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Becoming a successful Indie Author!

Today I read Joanna Penn's book, How to Make a Living With Your Writing. If you're an indie author, this is a book you'll want to check out. She covers topics that I've been considering, but not quite sure how to implement.

It's offered FOR FREE right now, so you'll want to check it out IMMEDIATELY!

The main theme of this book is to tell indie authors what they can do to become full-time authors. To become a full-time author, the author needs to be an author entrepreneur. To be an author entrepreneur, the author needs to have multiple streams of income. Joanna Penn, for example, writes fiction, non-fiction for authors, has a podcast, a very popular blog, and is a professional speaker. The idea is that she's not solely dependent on one source of income. If one line of income falters, there are still many others. Now if you're Hugh Howey or Liliana Hart (two of the most successful indie authors around today), you probably don't have to be so worried about multiple lines of income.
Although, you can find Liliana Hart speaking at writer conferences around the world, sharing her keys to success. In fact, she's been a speaker at conferences for years. 

I enjoyed reading How to Make a Living With Your Writing. It had many of the same ideas I read in Write. Publish. Repeat by Sean Platt, Johnny B. Truant, with David Wright: One of the biggest being, multiple streams of income! Like Joanna Penn, the authors have a podcast, non-fiction books for authors, and are speakers.

So how does a busy indie author who is holding down a full-time job find the time to create lines of income in addition to writing fiction. For me, that means doing something I've been passionate about for a long time anyway. Sharing what I've learned on my publishing journey with newbie authors. What format will that take? I'm not 100% sure yet. What I do know is that I'm going to focus my blog on "writerly" posts. I'm still relatively new to this indie things, so I'll share more of my discoveries here on the blog. Hopefully you won't make the same mistakes that I have. Another thing I'm considering is creating short modules for readers. Right now, topics would be geared more toward authors looking to go the traditional publishing route, since most of my experience has been as a traditionally published author. Topics would include:

  • The importance of a well-written query letter
  • How not to piss of an editor
  • The importance of a well written synopsis
  • Ways to make writing the synopsis less painful
  • How to know who to submit your query package to

That's all for now. I hope everyone had a great weekend!

Soon, Sunday nights won't be back to the day job in the morning. It will mean, tomorrow I get to do something I LOVE!


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