An entrepreneur creates value from ideas. Surely that makes authors the ultimate entrepreneurs!
I spent 13 years as a business consultant before becoming a full-time author and speaker. I absolutely consider myself an entrepreneur as well as a creative, but I realize that most authors don’t have the business background I do.
So I’m passionate about sharing the business side of being an author in this exciting digital age!
I share everything I do to make a multi-six-figure income in my book, How to Make a Living with your Writing, available in ebook and print formats.
Read on for selected excerpts and other useful articles on how to make a living as an author.
Exploiting your book rights and global expansion
How to make more money with your books. Video, audio and slides.
First Principles for Author Entrepreneurs
An Author Business Powered By Content Marketing
It’s not just one book. Your rights and how to exploit them.
How to make a living as a writer. A discussion on business for authors [Video, audio and transcript]
A guide to rights and how you can exploit them as an indie author
Author Entrepreneur: Increase Your Revenue
How to Turn your Non-Fiction Book into a Workbook Edition
How to Monetize a Creative Podcast
Author Entrepreneur. Why being an indie author is a great business model
Author Entrepreneur: Write Books You Love. Think Global. Consider Multiple Streams of Income.
Creative entrepreneur: Business models for authors
Author Entrepreneur. How to sell books and products directly to customers
Audiobooks: Tips for distribution with ACX and audiobook marketing
How to record, produce and distribute audiobooks with Dan Sawyer
How to Record Your Own Audiobooks for ACX
How to read your own audiobook and sell direct to your customers
How audiobook narration and production works with Rosalind Ashford
More audiobook articles and interviews here.
All the posts about translation into German, Spanish and Italian
Joanna Penn speaking passionately in Stockholm. Photo Credit: Petra Rolinec, www.8tiesbaby.com
Professional Speaking for Authors
The Transition to Making a Living From Your Writing
The arc of the indie author: From first book to CEO of your global media empire
What is your definition of success?
Creating money, creating meaning. Getting into financial flow with Orna Ross
The entrepreneurial reality of being a pro-writer with Mel Sherratt, crime writer
On writing, self-publishing and the business of being a pro writer with James Scott Bell
Make Art, Make Money: Lessons from Jim Henson on creativity and money with Elizabeth Hyde Stevens
Money, writing and life with Jane Friedman
Why The Writing Journey Is Just Like Skiing
The tools I use in my creative business
Book distribution: How to make the most of direct sales to customers
Cultivating raving fans. Lessons from the music industry.
My own entrepreneurial journey
A tale of two author brands. On managing both my own brands.
The maturing of self-publishing. Why I’m now focusing on author-entrepreneur
Lessons learned from 5 years as an author entrepreneur
Lessons learned from 4 years as an author entrepreneur
Lessons learned from 3 years as an author entrepreneur
Lessons learned from 2 years as an author entrepreneur
Lessons learned from 1 year as an author entrepreneur
I am creative. I am an author. From affirmation to reality. Giving up my day job to become an author-entrepreneur.
Why authors, creatives and other introverts should consider public speaking
Tips on public speaking for authors, creatives and other introverts
- Do you want to be a full-time author? Check out my Creative Freedom Course, where I share everything I’ve learned about making a 6 figure income with my writing.