Author Business

Author Entrepreneur

It’s been on my mind for while now about being an author entrepreneur. But first I need to learn more about it. So I’ve turned to Joanna Penn who wrote a book about business for authors which teaches us creatives how to bring business into our creative world and help us to sell more books.

In case you’re interested I’ll let you know what is in the table of contents:

Is the book for you?

Introduction

I. From Author to Entrepreneur

1.1Arc of the Author: From author to running a business

1.2 Definition of an author-entrepreneur

1.3 What is your definition of success?

1.4 what do you want with your life?

1.5 Should you start a company?

II. Products and Services

2.1 Definition

2.2 It’s not just one book. Your rights and how to exploit them

2.3 Business models for authors

2.4 Evaluating business models

2.5 Contracts

2.6 Copyright and piracy

2.7 Production plan

III. Employees, Suppliers and Contractors

3.1 Definition

3.2 You. The Writer.

3.3 Co-writing partners

3.4 Editors

3.5 Agents and Publishers

3.6 Translators

3.7 Book designers and formatters

3.8 Audiobook narrators

3.9 Bookkeeping and accounting

3.10 Virtual or executive assistant

3.11 Managing your team

IV. Customers

4.1 Definition

4.2 Who are your customers?

4.3 Customer service

V. Sales and Distribution

5.1 Definition

5.2 Selling through distributors

5.3 Selling direct

5.4 Publishing imprint and ISBNs

5.5 Pricing

VI. Marketing

6.1 Definition

6.2 Key Concepts

6.3 Book-based marketing

6.4 Author-based marketing

6.5 Customer-based marketing

6.6 A tale of two author brands

VII. Financials

7.1 Definition

7.2 Money mindset

7.3 Income circles exercise

7.4 Revenues of the author business

7.5 Increase your revenue

7.6 Costs of the author business

7.7 Funding your business

7.8 Banking and Paypal

7.9 Accounting, reporting, tax and estate planning

VIII. Strategy and Planning

8.1 Definition

8.2 Strategy

8.3 Business Plan

8.4 Managing your time

8.5 Developing professional habits

8.6 Accountability

8.7 The long term view

8.8 Becoming a full-time author. Why, when and how?

8.9 Looking after yourself

Your next steps

Need more help?

IX. Appendices

 

So once I get through all of this, if I find anything useful I”ll do another blog post on it. If you’ve read this book, what are your thoughts on it? Please let me know in the comments.

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Amazon Author Central

Tonight I finally did it! I visited Germany, France, Japan, and the UK all in one night!! Alright, alright so it was just to their Amazon Author Central pages, but still. I set up my author central page at each of these in hopes of letting other potential readers learn a little more about me and get to see my lovely face. 😉 If you are looking to add your author profile to these sites here are the links:

UK – https://authorcentral.amazon.co.uk/gp/landing?

Germany – https://authorcentral.amazon.de/gp/landing?

France – https://authorcentral.amazon.fr/gp/landing?

Japan – https://authorcentral.amazon.co.jp/gp/landing?

I also tried looking for the author central pages for Spain, India, Italy, Canada, China and Brazil but they don’t have them yet. I will keep my eyes peeled and pass along other updates.

Cheers!

 

 

Author Spotlight

Persistant Love by Laura J. Marshall – Free Kindle Book

I would like to introduce you all, my blog followers & readers, to author Laura J. Marshall. Here is a bit about her new book Persistent Love. A brief author Q&A and bio will follow. Thanks for reading and please check out her book!

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Free Tuesday May 14th and Wednesday May 15th

Persistent Love:

Christian Romantic Suspense Novella set in 1685, England.

Fear has been Tara’s constant companion since age nine when she witnessed her mother’s murder. Tara’s father moves his family to the ancient castle of Raven’s Cliff, far from the ships that could carry her back to India and the answers she believes lie there. Andrew offers her friendship and guides her gently to the One who will give her peace. Will she find hope for something other than revenge?

A Brief Q&A with the Author, Laura J. Marshall.

Q: How many books have you written and in what genres?

A:  I have written two devotionals in my Battle Cry Devotional series (with three more slated for release), a story in a non-fiction anthology, and this fiction work which is Christian Suspense/Historical.

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Laura J. Marshall is the full-time mother of five sons and part-time writer and blogger. She operates a popular blog called The Old Stone Wall. Laura is the best-selling author of the Battle Cry Devotional Series. Visit www.LauraJMarshall.com to find out more about Laura’s books.

 

General Updates

Working On Projects for Friends

Today I took a break from working on my own writing to work on some projects for a woman who is elderly, but seeking to live her dream as a writer. She doesn’t quite grasp the computer age, but she tries. Since I have more experience in the writing and published field as well as computers, I have decided to help her out.

I started writing her author biography today, but first I spent some time reading about writing a good author biography to see how things have changed since I last wrote mine several years ago wish some updates. I think I am going to have to change mine! An update is in order.

It is a chore to write your own author biography, but the real challenge comes when you write one for someone else. While I am working on putting a professional spin on her biography, I have sent her some interview questions that will help me to write her biography, as well as an interview article, and possibly help with writing the press release for her book The Rose Garden.

Then, I will be helping a friend post updates on his blog about his adventures into the world of developing apps. He is starting off with an Android App called OrganicGarden. He has a list of things he wants to talk about on his blog, so this will be more learning experience, but also a learning curve into the world of a computer engineer. Shall be enlightening! He hasn’t added anything to his blog in quite some time. I guess he hadn’t found what he really wanted to do yet.

So that is what I have been working on for today. I have made some progress. Not as much as I had hoped, but I am thankful for what I was able to get done. Now we’ll see what tomorrow will bring.