For the writer who wants to make more money. A few years ago, a new friend said to me, “Well you’ve published so many books, I bet you can just live off the royalties.” I tried not to laugh (or cry). I’ve been writing professionally since 1992. My royalty checks might finance my latte habit for the year, if I limit myself to one beverage a week. When I want to make some real money—enough to make a house payment or take my family on vacation—I take on projects without bylines. I don’t get credit for the writing, but the projects are usually short, and the pay is great.
If you or one of your writing buddies is hoping to make more money in 2012, buy this book: Goodbye Byline, Hello Big Bucks: The Writer’s Guide to Making Money Ghostwriting and Coauthoring Books by Kelly James-Enger. James-Enger has made a six-figure income from writing and shares her secrets to success in this book and her previous guide, Six-Figure Freelancing: The Writer’s Guide to Making More Money. Like Six-Figure Freelancing, Goodbye Byline, Hello Big Bucks is packed full of information, practical tips, and real-life examples. James-Enger tells you how to find clients, separate promising clients from time wasters, set your fees, and negotiate a contract. If that isn’t enough, she’s thrown in a chapter on how to avoid the most common problems. If you are thinking of adding ghostwriting or coauthoring to your repertoire this year, Goodbye Byline, Hello Big Bucks is your must-have resource.
For the writer who needs to write faster. So how are you going to ghost write all of those books and still have time to write that novel, exercise daily, prepare and eat three meals, and sleep? You either need to get cloned or use the tips in my latest book: Write-A-Thon: Write Your Book in 26 Days (And Live to Tell About It) by Rochelle Melander. I wrote this book to help wannabe authors dump the excuses, organize their time, and write their books faster than they thought possible. Even if you do not want to write your book in 26 days, this guide will help you discover your hidden expertise, plan your writing schedule, keep your butt in the chair, and overcome just about any obstacle that life throws at you.
For the writer who needs to be inspired. If you heard my Write Now! Mastermind class yesterday, you know that the writers who succeed have grit—perseverance and passion to work toward achieving a long term goal. We can strengthen our grit by hanging around gritty people and, if that’s not possible, reading about them. Fanny Fern (1811-1872), a novelist, journalist, and feminist, “outsold Harriet Beecher Stowe, won the respect of Nathaniel Hawthorne, and served as literary mentor to Walt Whitman.” (From Shame the Devil book jacket). Though Fanny Fern achieved literary success, it did not happen overnight. It took a great amount of grit for Fanny Fern to overcome the death of a husband, abuse from another, poverty, and dozens of other challenges to become the Oprah of her day. In the novel Shame the Devil, author Debra Brenegan has taken the historical Fanny Fern and given us a delicious and resonant portrait of this successful nineteenth century writer. Readers follow Fern from childhood through difficult years and into times of success and prosperity. Brenegan’s careful eye for detail provides a unique look into nineteenth century life for women. Shame the Devil is not only a fascinating read but also an inspiring record of a writer’s life.
Your turn: What books will you be giving the writers in your life this year? What books have made a difference to you?
The Giveaway. I have a copy of each of these books to give away. If you’d like to be entered into the drawing, do one or more of the following actions between now and Tuesday, December 20 at midnight. Each of the following tasks will get you one entry in the drawing:
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And yes, you can do all four actions!
I will announce the winner next Wednesday on the blog!