Have you ever had a desire to make a living through writing? Your not alone. Over 80% of Americans say they’d like to write a book, but the problem is that very few ever take the necessary steps to make it happen.
I wrote and self published my first book The Official Small Business Guide to Marketing 2.0 back in 2009. It didn’t come close to hitting any bestsellers lists. I didn’t sell very many copies at all, but then again I didn’t really attempt to.
My main focus on this book being my first one, was to use it as a marketing tool – A glorified business card to hand out to potential clients. I could afford to hand out copies, since my costs for printing up a case of books was fairly inexpensive.
I used LuLu back then, but since then I’ve made the switch to CreateSpace. With CreateSpace I can have a single book printed up for about $2.60.
So while on the font end I didn’t make a ton of money from book sales (most authors never do), the back end sales that result from getting new consulting clients makes the whole process worth it.
This week, I had the opportunity to attend Dan Miller’s 48 Days to the Work You Love “Write to the Bank” Event. I wanted to attend this even to get some fresh ideas on not only self publishing, but also traditional publishing as well. I’ve got three books planned for the next year so I wanted to get a fresh perspective on both self publishing and traditional publishing.
Let me just say if have any thoughts of writing a book, you really need to attend this event! Dan is the author of a number of bestselling books including 48 Days to the Work You Love, No More Dreaded Mondays, and his newest one that he wrote with his son Jared, When Wisdom Meets Passion coming out later this month. You can find all of his products here.
Dan hosts these events right on his property in Franklin, TN. What was once an old barn on his property has been converted into a product fulfillment center and conference center for all of his workshop events.
On Thursday and Friday the days were jam packed with information on writing and publishing. Both Dan and his lovely wife Joanne talked very openly about the process of writing and publishing. Joanne has authored a number of children’s books.
In a addition, we had the opportunity to hear other speakers like Kent Julian.
Kent is a speaker and author of The Inside Out Youth Worker – a collaboration of 11 youth leaders. He shared plenty about the process of self publishing and how he sells a lot of books at speaking conferences. Kent will be hosting his own conference coming up in October called Speak it Forward for anyone wanting to become a highly paid speaker.
Ken Abraham, a York Times best-selling author, shared about his experience writing for celebrities. Ken is known around the world for his collaborations with fascinating, high-profile public figures such as Chuck Norris, Joe Gibbs, Joel Osteen, and Lisa Beemer, wife of the late Todd Beemer who was on flight 93 that went down in Pensylvania on September 11th.
Yesterday Matt Baugher, the senior vice president and group publisher of non-fiction trade at Thomas Nelson Publisher joined us to talk about what traditional publishers are looking for from authors who want to go with a major publisher.
I can’t recommend this two day event enough for anyone who want to become a successful published author. You’ll not only come away with some incredible ideas, but you’ll also get the opportunity to develop some new relationships and rub shoulders with some of the brightest minds anywhere! Dan and his family
Here’s a short video David Dutton and I did of the event. After the fun learning experience, I think it goes without question that we’ll be back again.