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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Morgan James Publishing; First Edition, General edition (October 20, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933596864
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933596860
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,388,445 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

A Blueprint For Success Without Stress, Now and In The Future.
The face of publishing has changed drastically in recent years, and the twenty-first century promises to bring the most dramatic alterations to the publishing paradigm to date, calling for an overall revision of the structures and attitudes with which authors set up shop. By following the way of The Entrepreneurial Author, new and seasoned authors alike will discover that achieving and maintaining a professionally and personally balanced life is the way to achieve emotional and financial success, now and in the  21st Century.

From the Publisher

In The Entrepreneurial Author, Levinson and Hancock guide both new and seasoned authors into the 21st century of publishing. They prepare them for the inevitable changes and helps ensure their continued business and personal success. Levinson and Hancock cover everything from preparing a focused mission statement and delegating effectively, responding to technological advances, and sustaining flexibility. By following the way of The Entrepreneurial Author, enlightened and successful entrepreneurs will discover that a balanced life - involving more free time, stronger family ties, care for the community and environment, and creative stimulation - is the means to achieving emotional and financial success as an author in the 21st century.

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And I think it's time to listen.
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These are very useful and I agree wholeheartedly why each.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Randy Gilbert on December 2, 2009
Format: Paperback
For me, being an Entrepreneurial Author starts with having a Entrepreneurial Publisher, so what better person to write this book than David Hancock. And if there was ever to be named an Entrepreneurial Marketer, it certainly would be Jay Conrad Levinson, the father of Guerrilla Marketing.

Together they have put together one of the best books on writing, publishing, and marketing a book. Although they do talk a great deal about achieving a balanced lifestyle (something most entrepreneurs struggle with), they do cover some of the best ways to make money from a book by turning it into a business, which has become a passion of mine.

Here's a quick rundown of this 5 chapter book.

Chapter 1 - The Goals. This chapter goes straight to the issue of writing for a reason, to satisfy a passion you have. It is important to note however, that what they imply but do not say outright, is that there is no money to be made in just selling books...you really do need to have an information business that sells your expertise so that you can achieve your goals and maintain a balanced lifestyle. Authors without a business around their books are either dirt poor or they have another job. With having a book around your book as the assumption, their advice is spot on.

Chapter 2 - The Setting. They cover an issue in this chapter that I have never seen elsewhere and that is how to have a great relationship with your publisher, so that you both achieve your goals. Of course this is assuming that you have not self-published your book. But even if you have, you should be aware of all of the variables that play into being on top of the publishing game.

Chapter 3 - The Tools. One of the tools that an author needs to have is a team...
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jurgen Wolff on March 25, 2010
Format: Paperback
Usually I only review books I like, but I was so disappointed by this one I felt I had to warn you to save your money. Based on the title and the highly-respected authors (I've enjoyed several of Jay Conrad Levinson's other books) I was prepared to love this book. What a let-down, then, to find it so full of bland advice about leading a balanced life, not being a workaholic, following your passion, etc. Those are all good thoughts, but in this book they stay at such a basic level that there is nothing new. It's all on the level of homilies like "you have to add value" and "You have to keep up with the internet." No specifics, no strategies, none of the guerrilla marketing spirit, and very little that is unique to writers--it should have been called "Nice Thoughts About Having a Business." Plus it's all double-spaced and could have fit into half the number of pages. I'm really sorry to be so negative, I would prefer to be writing a glowing endorsement. If you're doubtful, use the "look inside" feature and read a few pages and you'll see what I mean.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kristen Moeller on May 11, 2010
Format: Paperback
Achieving Success and Balance? Now, I want that. Things are shifting in our society. Many people are questioning the traditional drive for success which often comes at the expense of well-being. But is the answer to go to the other extreme? To give up the "lifestyle" and head for the hills? I actually live in the hills but find myself too often on the go.

I appreciate the messages in "The Entrepreneurial Author" - finding balance, having integrity, making a difference in the world AND expressing much of that by being an author. There are many books out there on marketing oneself as an author, selling books, being successful. I haven't seen any others that give suggestions around these important topics but all from a place of remembering what really matters - such as our relationships, our families, being peaceful, connected to something bigger than we are. This book covers it all. And I think it's time to listen.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alain B. Burrese TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 15, 2010
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"The Entrepreneurial Author: Achieving Success and Balance as a Writer in the 21st Century" by Jay Conrad Levinson and David L. Hancock was not what I expected, but I still found it to contain some valuable information regarding living in balance while pursuing a career, and ensuring you don't become a workaholic. The authors outline a life where money is not the most important thing and encourage the reader to seek things that promote happiness, such as fitness, achieving goals, friendships, family, and spiritual elements of life.

The book can be beneficial for any small business owner, not just writers. In fact, at times I felt it was more appropriate for small business owners than the author or writer than does not also run a business.

If you are looking for a book that contains advice on writing, this book won't be the book you are looking for. There is very little about "writing." The book is more about integrating business with life and maintaining balance between work and the other areas of your life.

Again, much of the advice contained in this short volume is applicable to many small businesses, not just writing. The advice is good, and I found myself pondering on a few of the ideas and thinking of ways to align my life with some of the suggestions presented in this quick read.

If you are looking for a motivating read regarding becoming a successful entrepreneur while maintaining a balanced life, which includes family, community, and the environment, this book is a quick good read. If you are looking for a book containing tips and suggestions for writing, this book isn't going to help you much.

Reviewed by Alain Burrese, J.D., author of Hard-Won Wisdom From the School of Hard Knocks.
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More About the Author

David Hancock is the Founder of Morgan James Publishing and The Ethan Awards, and has co-authored twelve books including "Guerrilla Marketing for Writers", "The Entrepreneurial Author" and "Performance Driven Thinking".

David has been cited as one of the world's most prestigious business leaders and is reported to be the future of publishing.

David also serves as President of the Executive Board for Habitat for Humanity Peninsula & Greater Williamsburg. And is Chairman of the Board of The National Center for the Prevention of Community Violence.

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