Tools for Authors & Writers
HOW DO I MAKE A LIVING AS AN AUTHOR?
It is extremely difficult to make a living as a writer. Wow! What an opening, right? Stay with me now- there’s more. Yes, people are doing it, so what’s the secret?
First thing's first: there are no secrets. I know we see ads all the time on how we can be a New York Time's bestseller. All we have to do is purchase this or that service and we will be on our way.
How about these quotes?
“There is no substitute for hard work.” -Thomas Edison
“To succeed, work hard, never give up and above all, cherish a magnificent obsession.” -Walt Disney
"But remember this—if you give little, you will get little. A farmer who plants just a few seeds will get only a small crop, but if he plants much, he will reap much.” II Corinthians 9:6
Honestly, the best way to increase your chances of attaining every author's dream is to write, write, and write some more. The more books you have the better.
HOW DO I MEASURE MY SUCCESS?
There are many answers to that question. Some authors give their books away. I don’t. You worked hard writing and rewriting, paying for editing and cover design. Why give it away? I understand the premise. You want your book in the hands of as many readers as possible, but you can do that without giving it away. (As always there are exceptions.) You just need to optimize your book and price it to sell.
My philosophy is a simple one. If you only have one book available, free makes absolutely no sense unless of course you are not interested in and have no intention of making a living at it. There is nothing wrong with that if it makes you happy or fulfills a particular passion you have. However, if you are looking to make writing a career, then read on.
WRITE A SERIES
Writing a series is a great way to sell books. I have two series out right now. My second series Hidden Thrones is ongoing (I’m currently working on book 7). In my case, pricing book one at $0.99 makes sense. I am confident that once a reader begins the series, they will continue the journey through all seven books. Selling 500 books at 99 cents won't pay many bills, but selling 6 books at the regular price will.