Want to earn your income from writing? Top tips from Joanna Penn #writers #writing #Indie #business #money #books #success #income

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How can you make money from your books?

Just watched a fantastic video from Joanna Penn – this is well worth the time it takes to watch it. As ever, Joanna is very generous with her tips and provides some great insights and ideas. Check it out at http://www.thecreativepenn.com/freedom

Here is my summary of the 11 top tips to make money from your writing:

  1. Choose a popular genre
  2. Choose something that will be searched for
  3. Write a series – hook people in
  4. Write different length books – novels, novellas
  5. Sell from multiple stores
  6. Consider the global market – Mobile, digital, global. We are heading for a huge global population (8 Billion) of mobile-connected people
  7. Different book formats – consider audiobooks! (Joanna sells eBooks 88%, print books 7%, audiobooks 5% in one year)
  8. Write across multiple genres – non-fiction, tap into spikes, write some short books
  9. 9 Write more books
  10. earn affiliate income – amazonassociates OR booklinker.net OR “bluehostaffiliate” recommend authors and sites that you approve (25% of Joanna’s income!)
  11. develop a ‘funnel’ – book leading to other products. ie. free book leading to series, leading to course, etc.

+ Use effective marketing:  Attention, Interest, Desire, Action

One of main messages throughout – Mix and match income streams – don’t rely on one source for income.

So what do you think? Worth a quick look?

Eating the frog – Using time wisely Part 4 #timemanagement #time #efficiency #writing

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You wake up in the morning and you know that you have to do something that day that you REALLY don’t want to do. It might be ringing a difficult client, it might be tackling a contentious issue, it might be addressing some ferocious editorial feedback, it could be any number of things.

You know you need to do it – if you don’t, you won’t be able to make progress on something that is important to you, BUT (and it’s a big but) you REALLY don’t want to. You would rather do ANYTHING else. And so you do everything you can to avoid it.

The result – you end up having a very unproductive day. You can’t focus properly on what you’re doing, you keep feeling guilty about that task you are not doing, you keep worrying about the fact that you have to do it. You just can’t get on with productive work.

The solution – Imagine that you have been told to eat a frog. It is not negotiable – you know you have to do it. So the best way to deal with it – just do it straight away. First thing. That way you know that nothing worse is likely to happen that day and you can enjoy the rest of the day more (instead of spending it in dread and procrastination).

Have you eaten your frog today?

To delegate or not to delegate – Using time wisely Part 3 #time management #time #delegation #efficiency #writers #writing

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Delegation – something many of us shy away from. We like to be independent, do things for ourselves. Or we are too shy to ask for help. Or we don’t want to bother others. Or we don’t want to spend money on something we can do ourselves. Or we think we can somehow find the time to do everything ourselves. Or we don’t trust anyone else to do things – even things that aren’t that important. Or we’ve always done it on our own, so we need to keep doing that, Or…. Seriously?

It is so important to find good ways to get things done, and it is not always ourselves who are the best or only people who can do things. If there is someone in your team or your family who can add value to a task and get some/most/all of it done, then why not share the load?

Yet it is not always easy to let go. You have to have people you can trust, with the right skills, etc., etc. There are lots of reasons (excuses) why many of us are slow to delegate. Here are some reasons why you should give it serious consideration:

1 Your time is precious. Maybe it’s worth more than money – maybe there are some things that you do that you could delegate to someone else, so that you can spend more time on what you are best at.

For example – house maintenance, cleaning, painting… sure they are all things you could do yourself, but are there any other options? Can you afford to buy yourself some time by hiring someone in to do it?

2 Other people may thrive if they are given opportunities to help you with your work

For example – specialised work tasks. Perhaps you are the best person for the job, but sometimes there are others who would be happy to have an opportunity to try. They may make some mistakes, but if they are good people and you trust them, then they will learn. And that can help to take the load off you (plus add an additional perspective).

3 Your work will be improved with additional perspectives

For example – editing your book. Of course you need to do a certain amount of this yourself, but getting in others to help, including a professional editor and beta readers, will IMPROVE your book beyond whatever you might be able to do on your own.

So get to it! Spread your tasks around – delegate. Find some helpers and share the load! And let’s hope that it leads you to getting more done and achieving better results for the stuff that’s important to you 🙂

How do you eat an elephant? – Using time wisely Part 1 #timemanagement #time #writing #tips

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OK – this is an oldie but a goodie. You are given a job to do (or you have imposed it on yourself).

It is BIG –

it is HUGE –

it is so mammoth that you fear it will CRUSH you.

It might be writing a novel, it might be moving house, it might be finishing a big report for a major project…

So how to tackle this enormous task? Well, actually there is only one way. If you are told that you have to eat an elephant, there really is only one way. And that is – one bite at a time.

So take your novel and reward yourself for every paragraph that you write. Because the book will only be finished one page or paragraph or sentence or word at a time. And you can do it if you just keep munching one word at a time. Good luck!

Are you good at managing your time? #timemanagement #time #writing #tips #efficiency

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OK, I admit it – I am no longer in my 20s. Yet this article is super relevant to me – indeed, I think it would be fair to say that it’s relevant to everyone. Especially those of us trying to cram as much as possible into every day so we can get on with our writing…

http://www.businessinsider.com.au/time-management-lessons-to-learn-in-your-20s-2015-7

What are your favourite tips from this article? There are lots that resonate with me… I will think some more on these and share some more ideas in future posts.

Have you finished your book? Really? Here’s a checklist… #writing #novel #book #finishing

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One of the hardest questions to answer when you are just starting out as an author and you have been struggling with your book for months/years is: “But how do I know when my book is ready?”

The answer is complicated. Firstly, it depends what you mean by ready. If you want something that is absolutely perfect and as good as it could be, then it will probably never be ready. Because I don’t think there is any such thing as ‘perfect’ when it comes to art. There are just different levels of quality, and some of it is in the eye of the beholder, and some of it comes down to the basics… Is it free of grammatical errors? Is it properly laid out? Does the story make sense? Does it engage the audience it is aiming for? Etc, etc.

I thought this checklist by Chris Robley was worth reading. Some important points to remember. I have been using this for my books, at least trying to! http://blog.bookbaby.com/2015/01/how-to-know-when-youre-done-writing-your-novel/

One of the ways I know that my book is finished is when I finally stop thinking about it and trying to add bits to the story. Sometimes you just know…

The editing and beta reading is also crucial. You need more than one set of eyes to look at it to get some perspective.

Good luck with finishing your books!