BOOK REVIEW – HOW TO MAKE A LIVING WITH YOUR WRITING BY JOANNA PENN

Successful Author MindsetThis is the second book I am reviewing from Joanna Penn on my journey to explore authorpreneurship. You can read the first one here. This book subtitled, ‘Turn your words into multiple streams of income’ is about learning how to make money with books and other forms of writing. This is not a large book, it has approximately 118 pages but it does have a lot of good content which will give you more insight into the world of earning money as a self-published writer.

The book is divided into two main parts. Following is a list of topics (or chapters) in each part of the book.

PART 1 – HOW TO MAKE MONEY WITH BOOKS

  • Your publishing options and how the industry has changed
  • Your book is a valuable intellectual property asset
  • Traditional publishing
  • Self-publishing or becoming an indie author
  • Write more books
  • Write books that people want to buy
  • Publish in multiple formats
  • Publish globally
  • Sell direct to your audience
  • Market your books

PART 2 – HOW TO MAKE MONEY WITH YOUR WRITING IN OTHER WAYS

  • Your author ecosystem
  • Afilliate income
  • Crowdfunding, patronage and subscription
  • Professional speaking, teaching, performing and live events
  • Online courses, webinars, events and membership sites
  • Advertising and sponsorship
  • Physical products amd merchandise
  • Freelance writing and ghostwriting
  • Consulting and coaching
  • Author services
  • Other ways to make money with your writing

PERSONAL INSIGHTS

Here are my own personal insights from the book. As someone who also wants to self-publish ebooks, these are some of the insights that I found really useful. Continue reading

BOOK REVIEW – SUCCESSFUL SELF PUBLISHING BY JOANNA PENN

Successful self-publishingIf you are looking to self-publish your own book or become an authorprenuer then Successful Self-Publishing subtitled, How To Self-Publish and Market Your Book, will give you a broad overview about how to go about doing that and a good start. Joanna Penn, the author has written a number of other books which go into some of the topics discussed in this book in more depth but here she presents a great starting point and insights into what you will need to do to self-publish your own book.

The book is split into two parts. Part 1 titled – How to self-publish, discusses how to self publish a book while part 2 titled – How to market a book, is about marketing your self-published book. This is not a large book, it’s just over 100 pages, so you can go through it in less than Han 3 hours.

Below are the titles of what is contained in each part of the book. Continue reading

FOCUSING ON AUTHORPRENEURSHIP

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Over the next couple of weeks I will focusing my book reviews and lesson from books on specific aspects of building a side hustle. I am starting with the subject of authorpreneurship and learning from the books of Joanna Penn.

Joanna Penn is an accomplished self-published author in both the fiction and non-fiction space who has been able to create a six figure income from her writing ventures. She also acts as a great guide to those interested in become succesful writers and making a living from it. She has a lot of great resources on her website at http://www.thecreativepenn.com. She also hosts a weekly podcast called The Creative Penn Podcast. Following is a description of her podcast:

Podcast episodes are posted every Monday and include interviews, inspiration and information on writing and creativity, publishing options, book marketing and creative entrepreneurship.

I will be reading and reviewing these books from Joanna Penn so look out for the posts of my reviews and lessons from them in the coming weeks: Continue reading