Starting Your New Career as a Published Author
Posted on: 11 September 2018 by Lerone Graham
Enjoy writing? It can be lucrative. Use these tips to get started.
Even if you’re reaching retirement age, you are still just a few steps away from starting a new career path absolutely anytime that you decide to. In this regard, becoming an author is one of the most viable career paths you can take, and best of all, you don’t have to wait for anyone’s permission to do it.
Since everything these days is digital, you can publish your own content so that it becomes an income stream and a source of passive income. Today, you can upload e-books in seconds and begin earning money right away.
They say that everyone has a book in them. Isn’t it about time that you find out?
Follow these five tips so that you are able to get the most out of your next career path, as you take the bull by the horns and become a creative entrepreneur.
#1: Work on your craft like a maniac
There are no two ways about it -- the only way you will become a successful author is if you continuously work on your craft and build it from the ground up.
This is both of rewarding and fulfilling, because you will be building an income based on sharing your thoughts and ideas and flexing your creative muscles.
One of the best ways is to get started with a blog first. Writing this blog allows you to key in on the real life experiences that will be interesting to your public. You will get used to telling these stories and will draw some readership at the same time. By taking the time to author this blog, you will also find your voice and figure out what makes you interesting.
Since the blog posts are absolutely free to read, there is no pressure on having to make a sale or even have the content be good.
While you can always take classes and find out tips, the only way to get better at writing is to write all the time. Since this is the career path that you are choosing, hold yourself accountable to writing every single day no matter what.
Even if you write content that you end up not releasing, the very act of building discipline allows you to stay ready and to hone your craft accordingly.
Contrary to popular belief, there is actually no such thing as writer's block!
In the book, "The Artist's Way", Steven Pressfield notes that resistance is the enemy. You don't have writer's block because you don't have ideas, you simply have resistance to the process of allowing those ideas to come out.
By writing all the time, you keep that valve open and will be able to watch the creativity pour out of you.
To become a better writer, you also need to read as much content that you can get your hands on. Not only will this allow you to hone your taste, it will also train your brain to produce content that is well-read and in your voice. This is a never-ending pursuit that will pay huge dividends in your authorship career.
#2: Publish to the Best Outlets
To be sure you are not only writing, but making money from your writing, take the time to find and publish to the best outlets available. Without question, Amazon needs to be tops on your list.
Amazon started as a book company and grew into arguably the biggest business in the world.
This is where your customers are, so you absolutely need to open an account that allows you to publish to Amazon regularly. Aside from Amazon, be sure that you are publishing to outlets such as Barnes & Noble, Apple and others.
By finding your customers where they naturally shop, you will have the opportunity to grow your readership and take in money from different streams. The beauty of these outlets is that they are continuously coming up with new ways to promote and allow you to grow your library however you see fit. You can also come up with the audiobook version so that you can reach a greater base than you otherwise would have.
#3: Market so that you can retain customers
Finally, it is crucial that retain a rapport with your customers. The more that you look into marketing efforts, the easier it will be for you to get the absolute most out of your company.
One of the best things you can do is set up an email list that will let you reach out to customers and keep them. Keep these links in your books so that people can click around and read through the rest of your library. This email list is an incredibly valuable tool which will propel you to new heights and always let you notify your readers whenever you have new content out.
Offer them some freebies that incentivizes people to sign up for your email list as well.
Aside from this, be sure that you are also taking advantage of social media in all of its regards and growing your customer base by leaps and bounds. You will always be able to come up with new and different strategies to grow your brand and reach customers all over the world.
So, there you have it.
The ball is in your court if you have ever considered becoming an author and an entrepreneur. By publishing your own books and e-books, you are able to get the most out of your time as a retiree. Imagine being able to not just coast on retirement checks, but grow your income larger than it has ever been!
You can do that by taking time out to publish your own works, market them and continuously hone your craft so that the money keeps coming in. This article shows you the finely tuned points that will take you to where you want to get, and you’ll have everything that you need to launch into this career path when the time is right for you.
Follow these points and get ready to embark upon a new journey in your life.