Since I took the path of becoming an indie author, a priority has been to learn more of the evolving and growing movement. From time to time, I come across material that in my opinion, every independent author should read, as it may be very beneficial. I came across two important books that I am reading now, and a third that I am planning to read next. I could not pass on the opportunity to mention them here, hoping that any indie authors out there that need this information will benefit. These have been written by people who have walk the path and done the job, as well as independent authors, entrepreneurs. Here they are,
- Business for Authors – How to be an author entrepreneur – Joanna Penn
Joanna Penn is a very successful independent author and entrepreneur, and one of the leading figures of the movement.
A book about the subject of intellectual property,
- How to Use Eye-catching Images Without Paying a Fortune or a Lawyer – Helen Sedwick
Helen Sedwick is a California attorney and independent author who represents small businesses and entrepreneurs.
Another book by Helen Sedwick on my “to own” list is Self-publishers Legal Handbook.
If you have embraced becoming an indie author for the long run, I advice you to start your own learning library, as I am doing. The more you know the better, and knowledge will enhance your journey, and hopefully, will make it fruitful.
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This morning, I had a conversation with my sister about how successful some entrepreneurs become, and how financially rewarded they became. Some examples seemed too simple to have landed in success. When I looked at the simplicity of their plan and at the product/service, if I had not known that their ventures were successful, I would have thought that there was no way that would work. There was only one thing in common among these people – their venture met a need, filled a void, in a different way. These people were helping other people with their product and they were making a difference with it. One of the examples my sister talked about was of a woman who gave a pedicure/manicure to a pregnant friend who couldn’t go out to get it and certainly could not do it herself. The result was that from helping that friend a lightbulb went on and she started her business, helping women in the same situation as her friend.
For many people, the first issue in mind when starting a venture is to make it financially, to make money at it and see results. The more I look at other examples, the more I see a pattern – you have to want to help people first, and the success and the money will come as a result. If you start thinking about getting money first, and helping people later, it just doesn’t seem to work. This applies to any example, product or service. It is understandable that people go into business to make money, but it seems that it is all in the approach, on how they approach the venture – the more worried about money, the farther from success. On the contrary, the happier they are offering their services/product genuinely helping in that way the clients who need that product/service, the more successful they become.
By observing many of those examples, one has to conclude that success is not about me, on the contrary, it is about someone else. And maybe, that is the only lesson we have to learn to become successful in our craft. Once you have gone thru self-discovery, found your niche, heard your call … or whatever you want to call it, money should become second to helping your clients. When you think about it, nobody wants to be seen as a dollar sign. It seems to be more about being a genuine entrepreneur than being in business for yourself.
Writers are entrepreneurs
According to a simple definition of the word, an entrepreneur is a person who is willing to take upon herself or himself a new venture or enterprise and accepts full responsibility for the outcome and is looking to make a profit (from Wikipedia). Although most of the time we define it in the traditional business sense, this definition can be applied to writers. Aside from their love of writing, writers take chances, are willing to put the long hours that it takes, and go from rejection to rejection learning and adjusting their venture, until they make it. Writers also want to make money in the end. They look for their own clients, present their own projects and work, and even do the legwork in promoting their work. Most dream of the day that they publish “the book,” and will endure anything for the love of the craft.
When we think of an entrepreneur we hardly think of writers. The image that comes to mind is of the traditional business man or woman starting a venture. But if you are a serious writer you well know that you have the entrepreneurial spirit deep in you.