Many studies show that many writers, most authors, and plenty of journalists do not make anywhere near a six-figure annual income. But if you combine strong marketing skills with real writing acumen— and persistence -- you can break through the barriers that leave t0o many authors struggling to make a few bucks.
There are some ways you can earn good money, but most likely, you’ll need to produce a lot of content, and do more than one thing to cobble together your earnings. Take a look at these:
- Write a professional reference book in hard cover.
- Write a series of trade paperbacks that sell as e-books and audiobooks as well.
- Create specialized content as a pdf.
- Create streaming content.
- Open a membership site for accessing your content.
- Charge for instructive webinars that are supplemented with written content.
- Craft an online course with workbooks.
- Become a consultant, coach, or mentor.
- Sell your books overseas or their translation rights.
- Turn your book into a play, film, or TV series.
- Chop your book up into mini-books that can be sold separately.
- Combine books to be packaged and sold as a collection, trilogy, or series.
- Sell ads to go into your book.
- Get paid penning freelance articles.
- Ghostwrite books for the wealthy.
- Convert your content into an app.
- Build a blog following and charge for product placement.
- Create calendars for sale.
- Make flash cards out of your content.
- Spin-off a game from your book.
- Sell plushies, cloths, and toys connected to your book.
- Make posters.
- Be a speech writer.
- Conduct seminars.
- Package your book with a product or service (whether it’s someone else’s or your own)
What are you waiting for? Start minting your wealth with every printed word.
Brian Feinblum, the founder of this award-winning blog, can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org He is available to help authors promote their story, sell their book, and grow their brand. He has 30 years of experience in successfully helping thousands of authors in all genres.
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About Brian Feinblum
Brian Feinblum should be followed on Twitter @theprexpert. This is copyrighted by BookMarketingBuzzBlog ©2022. Born and raised in Brooklyn, he now resides in Westchester with his wife, two kids, and Ferris, a black lab rescue dog. His writings are often featured in The Writer and IBPA’s The Independent. This blog, with over 4,000 posts over the past decade, was named one of the best book marketing blogs by BookBaby http://blog.bookbaby.com/2013/09/the-best-book-marketing-blogs and recognized by Feedspot in 2021 and 2018 as one of the top book marketing blogs. It was also named by WinningWriters.com as a "best resource.” For the past three decades, including 21 as the head of marketing for the nation’s largest book publicity firm, and two jobs at two independent presses, Brian has worked with many first-time, self-published, authors of all genres, right along with best-selling authors and celebrities such as: Dr. Ruth, Mark Victor Hansen, Joseph Finder, Katherine Spurway, Neil Rackham, Harvey Mackay, Ken Blanchard, Stephen Covey, Warren Adler, Cindy Adams, Susan RoAne, Jeff Foxworthy, Seth Godin, and Henry Winkler. He recently hosted a panel on book publicity for Book Expo America, and has spoken at ASJA, IBPA, Sarah Lawrence College, Nonfiction Writers Association, Cape Cod Writers Association, Willamette (Portland) Writers Association, and Connecticut Authors and Publishers Association. His letters-to-the-editor have been published in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, New York Post, NY Daily News, Newsday, The Journal News (Westchester) and The Washington Post. He has been featured in The Sun Sentinel and Miami Herald. For more information, please consult: linkedin.com/in/brianfeinblum.