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Four Secrets to Earning Income as an Author

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      Article Title:
      Four Secrets to Earning Income as an Author

      Article Description:
      Authors write books because they're passionate about the
      topic and the message they have to share with the world.
      But it's also nice to make a little money doing it. Your book
      can create a substantial stream of income for you,
      particularly when you use these four strategies for making
      your book successful.

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      Word Count: 571 (not including resource box)
      Category: writing and speaking

      Written By: Melinda Copp
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      Four Secrets to Earning Income as an Author
      � Copyright 2009 Melinda Copp

      Authors write books because they're passionate about the
      topic and the message they have to share with the world.
      But it's also nice to make a little money doing it. Your book
      can create a substantial stream of income for you,
      particularly when you use the following strategies for
      making your book successful.

      1. Invest in Your Book
      All the passion in the world can�t make up for a mediocre
      product. So if you are really serious about your book and
      you want other people to take you seriously as an author,
      then you should invest in making the book as strong and
      successful as possible. So what does that mean? Well, it
      could mean taking a book writing class, hiring an editor,
      having it proofread, investing in a cover, working with a
      writing coach, putting together a web site, or investing in
      marketing. All these strategies help ensure your book is of
      the highest quality and your message reaches the most
      people possible, and they are all worth the investment. Just
      like any other business, as an author you should look for
      ways to improve your product and your position in the
      marketplace.

      2. Grow Your Network of Followers and Fans
      As an author, you want to make growing your marketing list
      a priority. By marketing list, I mean followers on social
      media networks like Facebook and Twitter, opt-in e-mail
      subscribers, mailing addresses for direct marketing, and
      bloggers and media contacts. You want to collect these
      people and add value to their lives over and over again.
      When nurtured over time, the people on these lists can
      become your built-in readership. They'll buy everything you
      write for the rest of your career as an author.

      3. Think Beyond the Book
      You can sell your book for about $15 a copy, which is a slow
      way to recoup your investment. But you can adapt the
      material in your book to create speeches you get paid to
      deliver, courses you get paid to teach, and other products
      you can sell that relate to the book. In other words, your
      book can be much more than a book�it can be a business
      in itself. So as you're writing, think about how else you
      might package the same ideas to leverage your reading
      audience.

      4. Don�t Be Afraid to Market Your Book
      I've heard this from numerous aspiring authors: "I'm not
      interested in selling books; I want the publisher to handle
      that." Well, even if you find a publisher for your book, you
      still need to sell it�and oftentimes you won't find a
      publisher unless you can prove to them you know how to
      sell books. If you�re an author, you have to put yourself out
      there. Market your book, your ideas, and your solutions to
      everyone you meet. You never know who is going to be an
      ideal reader or strategic connection, so reach out in as
      many ways possible. Publish a blog, put together a web
      site, grow your following, and continuously market your
      book and yourself.

      Being an author is like any other business�you need to
      invest in your book, grow your network of readers, think
      beyond the book, and get comfortable marketing yourself
      and your book. Making a living as an author takes work, but
      these four secrets can make it happen for you!

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      Melinda Copp helps aspiring nonfiction, business, and self-
      help authors get clear on their story and book idea, and
      figure out how to put it all together so their ideal readers
      love it. Visit
      http://www.writerssherpaprograms.com/writeabook.html
      for a free copy of her "Jump Start Your Book E-course!" and
      get your book started now.

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