Developing your writing craft is not easy. As authors we stick to it because it’s our passion. The zeal with which we are connected is likened to a web but one in which we wish not to escape.
Many are the traditional thinking that authors hardly make money, let alone survive while working on their craft. But what do you say to the likes of Stephen King, Poet Maya Angelou, Harry Potter’s J.K. Rowling and countless others. You may say that they are successful because they are well known. Banish that thought and delve into the story of Stephen King who was rejected so many times that he actually threw in the trash his best selling novel. Were it not for his wife, the world would not have enjoyed this story’s amazing work.
So here I share excerpts of my presentation on the topic of “From Books to Bucks”, held at the South Florida’s Writers Book Festival.
Books 2 Bucks
Write Quality Work
Books can have babies. Think of workbooks, series, and so much more
Convert your book to Audio
Create an audience through tapping into Podcast listener-ship
Translate your Book into a different language. Oh the new audience it brings
Convert your book to film, movie, documentary
Written non-fiction? Immense business opportunities exists. Think of workshops, how-to events and more
In the arts? Use your book as the stepping stone to fashion and design
Want to develop and grow your passion? Stick with the right people
Become a Conference Speaker. Share your expertise
Don’t sit on it, enter your book for an Award
Want to go from Books to Bucks, Select from the list, focus your craft on the point(s) you believe you will get best win, then promote, promote, promote. Marketing your work is the key to success and it does not have to cost you a ton. Use social media wisely. It can help you grow into something you never thought you could be.
I end with encouraging you to Be Serious about your craft. SHOW UP and promote, promote, promote.
That’s how you grow. Be curious. Do something that don’t interest you. Sounds contrary to today’s thinking right? But it’s a valuable lesson. Many are the career paths and relationships that we never thought would interest us.
HBR Writer Joseph Grenny shared in his stance on being creative on the go. Included in it was his stance on doing something that does not interest you. Personally, I never thought of photography but based on my writing interest developed years ago, I realized that I needed photographs to go with my social media posts. Rather than buying, I chose to take them. This has developed an unexpected interest in photography through taking just about anything. My preferred pics include nature, the sand, sea, waves, and just about anything other selfie-takers may miss around them.
So today I encourage you to do something different. Who knows you may find a new delectable pleasure you can’t resist.
Words from a young college grad. I used to hate taking pictures. Photographers would ask you to turn here. Turn there. I found it rather annoying. Then at the passing of a close relative years ago, my niece begged and pleaded with me to take a pic with my siblings. Eventually, I yielded. Unknown to me (to us), that was the last time we would all be together. Within less than a year I lost my mom, brother and later, my younger sister.
So now I’m an avid neophyte photographer. Thanks to the iPhone, I’m able to take pics in my own novice way. I take pictures at professional association membership meetings, at social gatherings, the sea, nature (where I feel mostly at home), you name it…I take it! Besides, I am an avid blogger and author. I do not wish to pay for every picture I use on my Instagram posts. So I simply take them. Maybe I’ll take WordPress Photography course to build/grow my neophytic taste for pics!
What about you? Have you got a taste for anything that you need to build to achieve your goals? Do share. We would love to hear!
Heart pounding. I reached for the phone ….10 times. Scared. How can I ask? They will say no or think I’m factitious. But the feeling of uneasiness, discomfort and pain would not go away. So pride aside, I picked up the phone.
They said yes.
Aren’t we all like that at times? Whether its a job, promotion, increase, entrepreneurial venture, or relationship, we encounter sleepless nights and stress because we are afraid to ask. Our wants, desires and needs go unfulfilled because we are afraid to ask.
Asking alleviates confusion, conflict, clarifies, and resolves our challenges and issues. Most important it helps us grow and creates a feeling of importance and joy to the person who has the answer.
But what if they respond negatively? What if they don’t? Go ahead and ask….I dare you?
the entrepreneurial climb, the treks of academic acclaim, the beauty of a loving family, the scent of a beautiful relationship, and the scent of a music divine.
Trails of success.
For those who have achieved there is always a trail. Be it in the entrepreneurial climb, the treks of academic acclaim, the beauty of a loving family, the longing of a beautiful relationship, or the scent of music divine.
Indeed Success does leave a trail. Retreat, step back, cease the moment. Moments silently tugs. Hypothetical, real or imagined…. the journey’s path inspires serene connection.
Replace your doubts with confidence. Work hard, climb, cry if you must but don’t give up. It will be worth it when you look back all divinely satisfied.