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Book Review: How to Make a Living With Your Writing by Joanna Penn

Book Review: How to Make a Living With Your Writing by Joanna Penn

“Would you like to make a living with your writing? This book will show you how.

I spent 13 years working as a cubicle slave in the corporate world. I was miserable in my job and my creativity was stunted by the crushing daily grind.

Then I started writing books and blogging, using my words to create products and attract readers. In September 2011, I left my corporate job to become a full-time author and creative entrepreneur and since then I’ve grown my business year on year ”” all based on my writing. More importantly, I’m finally living the happy life I always wanted.

I’m not a Kindle or blogging millionaire and this is not a get rich quick scheme. But I will share with you how I make a six-figure income from writing books, blogging and marketing in an ethical manner.˃˃˃ We’re living in the best time ever to make a living with your writing! Read on to learn more.

The book includes the following Table of Contents:

>>> Overview of how I make a living and income split

First principles

Tips on writing and productivity

Tips on mindset

>>> Part 1: How to make money from books

It’s not just one book

Your publishing options: Traditional publishing

Changes in the publishing industry

Your publishing options: Becoming an indie author

How to self-publish an ebook

How to self-publish a print book

How to self-publish an audiobook

>>> Part 2: How to make money online in other ways

A business powered by content marketing

Product sales

Affiliate income

Consulting or coaching

Professional speaking

Advertising and sponsorship

Freelance writing

Tips for content marketing

>>> The transition and your next steps

Plus/ Companion Workbook so you can answer the questions in the book for yourself.”

Book Review: How to Make a Living With Your Writing by Joanna Penn

What I thought:

I don’t have much to add to the blurb, to be honest XD I was going to tell you how Penn explains different income options for writers beyond writing books, but the blurb did that for me!

So, what can I tell you?

Like her other book I reviewed a few months ago, the first half is mostly an overview of the publishing industry, how to publish on Amazon, a brief history of her career, and so on. Nothing new if you’ve already self-published at least once or have read another book by her.

Like said other book, this one doesn’t get down to its title content until the second half–but that’s where it gets juicy.

Stop asking permission. You don’t need it.

Stop waiting to be chosen. Choose yourself.

As a writer, it’s easy to think that we should, well, write, and it can be surprisingly difficult to consider other income streams. But there are several options writers can explore that either complement our writing business or are natural additions in other ways.

I’ve been full-time self-employed for nearly nine months now, and I’ve had a lot of time to think since January. I’ve been so focussed on what I was doing already–writing, editing, and blogging–that I didn’t consider other options, but I’ve recently wondered about making a few changes.

How to Make a Living with Your Writing gave me plenty of ideas, and I’ll be going over my routine shortly to see what I can do.

Think more widely about what you can write. Don’t constrain yourself to just one genre.

This quote especially stuck with me, and the warm fuzzies I get whenever I read it tells me that it’s something I should explore. I have no idea where it’ll lead me right now, but it does bring a certain excitement.

Whether you’re new to your writing journey or have already published several times, How to Make a Living with Your Writing will show you how else you might make money with your books beyond the obvious.

If you’re not interested in ideas outside writing books, then this may not be for you–while it does cover a few book marketing ideas, it’s mostly about exploring other options like affiliate programs, coaching, and professional speaking.

It’s an easy recommendation if you’re interested in exploring income streams related to writing books.

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  1. What area’s do you think you can work in?

    • sarinalangerwriter sarinalangerwriter

      Besides writing books, I’m also a fiction editor and a self-publishing coach, although I haven’t been advertising the latter. I’m thinking about setting up a pen name in another genre, but that’ll need some experimentation!

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