Revenue Streams For Authors

Stephanie Chandler, founder of the Nonfiction Writers Association, has presented some good ideas as additional money streams for authors besides book sales. Here, verbatim, are her ten top suggestions: Says Stephanie, “The reality is that it’s hard to make money on books alone. As authors we need to incorporate additional ways to earn money. Following is a list of some of my favorite revenue stream opportunities for authors. 1. Niche Books and Ebooks – Many authors are quietly making lots of extra income by producing short books and ebooks based on niche topics that aren’t widely covered. For example, the folks at food-allergy.org produce niche books about—you guessed it—food allergies. If you’re an expert in a topic that isn’t widely covered in books, consider producing your own niche ebooks and books. 2. Workbooks – One of the wonderful benefits of workbooks is that they have a high perceived value, which means people are willing to spend more on them. It’s funny since there is usually 50% to 75% less text in a workbook than in a typical trade book, but perhaps we’re willing to pay more because workbooks are interactive. Workbooks can make great add-on items to your main book, giving you the ability to upsell by offering a bundle for sale when you appear at events. 3. Professional Speaking – Pro speakers earn $5k to $10k and up for keynote presentations, plus have all of their travel expenses paid. This is a powerful market opportunity for authors with expertise in their field. 4.Teleseminars and Webinars – Early on in my author career, I built my mailing list by...

” Get to the Mystery of the Human Personality”

“You must get beyond divertissement, sketch, anecdote, the interesting moment. You must get to the mystery of human personality. What is the line of the story that leads us to a point where we see or intuit something we haven’t before?” John L’Heureux I love this because it is the mysteries of life that intrigues most of us and to add the dimension of the mystery of the human personality makes for a good read. People often ask me, “Why did you buy a sailboat when you didn’t even know how to sail?” or “How did you find the courage to take off alone in the Pacific for all those years?” I always have trouble coming up with answers to these kinds of questions. It’s sort of like the question mountaineers get, like, “Why did you climb Mt. Everest?” There’s something in the human personality that encourages a person to live by or rather to thrive on the challenges that confront them. Speaking strictly for myself,sometimes, I have to create challenges so I won’t feel like I am half-dead. To feel real? to feel scared? to feel happy? to feel threatened? to feel amazed? Who knows the answer, but fitting into my writing a sneak-peak into a person’s raison d’etre sometimes provides a hint at what the questions might be but seldom the answers are there until the book is finished and sometimes not even then. I guess the climber would say, “Because Everest was there.” I guess I would say, “Because the Pacific was there.” I always like to say adventure is in my DNA…my father was an...

Advice To Writers: “If You Want to Write …”

“If you want to write, it must be the thing not that you want to do, or would like to do. It must be the thing you feel you have to do. It must be that without which you could not live. If you’ve got that, then it’ll be all right.” CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS This is so true for me. When I am working on my book or other writing, I always feel like I’m doing what I was born to do. I feel energized, excited as to what might next show up on the page, happy about what I am doing, and thrilled that I am able to write something that just might entertain or help a reader. Unfortunately, I have another full-time labor-intensive business (I own Cliff Cottage Inn, a B&B in Eureka Springs, Ar) and sometimes the inn “eats my wellll, breakfast”. I know I was given a gift…the ability to write a good story or article. I know I must dedicate a certain amount of time a day to work on my writing. And yet, sometimes days, even weeks go by when I am so busy at the inn that I don’t do anything on the book or article I have already begun. It sits there, waiting in my computer and the longer I stay away from it, the worse I feel. I get antsy, discontented, even miserable because I believe the muse inside me is struggling to get out and I”m not allowing her to do so. Then, when I feel so bad about ignoring her and she starts to claw at my guts to...