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Business for Authors: How to be an Author Entrepreneur Paperback – September 19, 2014
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"Ready to become CEO of your own Global Media Empire? Then Business for Authors is for you, featuring clear and concise steps to managing your writing career." New York Times and USA Today bestselling author CJ Lyons "I wish I had been given this book when I first graduated from my MFA program, back when the accounting of writing was even more of a mystery to me. With warmth and intelligence, Penn demystifies so much about what it takes to be a writer for life. This is a book that will remain on my bookshelf for the years to come." Elizabeth Hyde Stevens, Author of Make Art Make Money: Lessons from Jim Henson on Fueling Your Creative Career and Lecturer at Boston University and Harvard University Extension School "The best book I know of for authors who are serious about making their writing into more than a hobby. Joanna Penn writes in an engaging, personal style to lead you through the often-confusing world of publishing for profit, sharing her own hard-won lessons. A boon to self-publishers everywhere." Joel Friedlander, TheBookDesigner.com "BUSINESS FOR AUTHORS ought to be required reading if you're a beginning writer who wants to make money in publishing. You can learn it all the hard way, like I did, but that usually takes years and it usually means that you'll make a LOT of mistakes along the way. Or you can read through Joanna Penn's awesome little guidebook in just a few hours and save yourself a huge amount of time, energy, and money." Randy Ingermanson, author of "Writing Fiction for Dummies" "This book demonstrates why Joanna Penn has become a favorite role model for professional author-publishers, those indie-minded writers who want to turn their passion into their job. In it Penn offers the step-by-step process she has followed to success and covers every aspect of earning a good living from writing. Not a word is wasted and not a lesson offered that hasn't been forged in the hotbed of her own experience. A must-have book for every indie author." Orna Ross, Bestselling author and founder of the Alliance of Independent Authors "Business for Authors has now become my business bible. Packed with advice, experience and knowledge, it opened my mind to so much more that I could be doing." Mel Sherratt, Crime writer and Amazon UK #1 Bestseller. "With Business for Authors, I felt like I stepped inside the brain of an entrepreneur. I love how Joanna explored the topic from so many angles, and then provided real-life context of how she worked through each opportunity/challenge." Dan Blank, WeGrowMedia.com "There's no doubt about it, to be successful as an author today you must think like an entrepreneur. But maybe you need some advice and guidance on exactly how to do that? Good news! Joanna Penn's latest book Business for Authors will walk you through everything you need to know for success. It's a comprehensive step-by-step guide for authors, written by someone who walks the walk as a best-selling author and entrepreneur." Jim F. Kukral, Author Marketing Club --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
Joanna Penn is an author, international speaker and entrepreneur. Writing as J.F.Penn, she is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling thriller author. Joanna was voted one of the Guardian UK Top 100 creative professionals in 2013. Connect @thecreativepenn
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Ms. Penn is one of the very few non-fiction authors who I continuously purchase books from. I have personally read all her books except for the one on public speaking. Though, I am sure if I was interested in going that route, I would be devouring that book as well.
What you can except from this book is EXACTLY what the title says! This is a great starter book to have to begin your journey with. It breaks down the personal, the YOU side: the psychological, mental, emotional, the whys and your goals, free time and taking time for yourself. Then there's the author side: the inspiration, finding your niche, scheduling creative time, then there's the business workings. She touches on legal structure, bookkeeping and accounting, sales, marketing, taxes, employees/contractors, and so much more.
There's tons of content in this book. I love this author's style, her tone, usage of words. She's fresh and insightful. She includes her personal experiences and blog post from the past. There's also a compiled resource section that features books, podcast, and videos from authors.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. You will not go wrong and there is also a FREE companion workbook on her site to help you process your thoughts during or after you read this book.
Another highly recommended!
My issue with most books like this is that they are geared toward beginners, and while those books definitely have a place in the market, I've been doing this too long to really find any value there.
Thankfully, that was not at all an issue with Business for Authors. Every bit of info was for people who have been writing a while, have some works published, and are ready to turn a hobby into a career. The information was really in-depth and applicable to where I am and where I'm looking to go.
I also really enjoyed the resources and the long list of recommended reads, some of which I've read but most I haven't. All in all, a relatively easy and short read (about 200 pages) that is stuffed full with great info and useful advice. I know I'll look back and mark this as one that really changed things for me and my career.
This book will give you the practical knowledge you need to make your own personalized business plan. You'll answer questions like, is my business idea a good one? How can I do my taxes? What is your production plan (how many books will you write per set of time), who do you need to help you in your business (editors, covers, etc.) and of course, will I make a profit and how can I increase them? There is much more to it, but this is a sampling.
Some of the best features of the book are that she tells you specific tools (programs, apps, etc.) she uses to get the job done. They add up, and you don't need to use them all, but they sure help. Also, I like that she links to outside sources pretty regularly for anyone that wants more detailed information. I plan to follow up on some of those.
One of my favorite parts of the book is when she talks about strategy. She emphasizes the importance of your time, and that strategy is choosing what you focus on, as well as what you won't focus on.
If you want to get a bigger picture understanding of your writing career as a business and put yourself on a long-term track to success, this book is a great start. Before this book, if you wanted to understand the business of writing, you probably needed read several business books, and several books on writing for a living, and some blogs. Now, it's all easy to digest in one place.
Bottom line, if you have any interest in making a living and a career out of your writing, read this book.
If/when you get the book, I advise opening up a word file and answering key questions Joanna poses, and jotting down notes on the parts that are most relevant and important to your particular writing. Even if you don't do this, she conveniently has a list of key questions to answer at the end of the book if you prefer. You'll want to have all this information organized in one convenient place.
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She takes the time to break down the difference between fiction and nonfiction to help me work through my tasks.
Thank you, Joanna! I really appreciate this and your mindset book.