Chances are you’ve heard of self-published authors making six-digit incomes. How is this possible? Is there a magic formula for selling your books and launching a successful writing career? While there’s no guarantee that books will sell, there are tricks that authors swear by.
Writing is one of the many ways one can make money from home. It's easier than ever to be an author these days. With resources like Grammarly for editing and Amazon for self-publishing, the expense is low if you'd like to write a book.
Let’s take a closer look at how to fast track your writing career.
Author Tips to Fast Track your Writing Career
Create a Storyline That Can Become a Series
Readers LOVE a series. There doesn’t necessarily have to be a cliffhanger ending (some readers hate that), but books that are tied together in some way are very popular. For example, you might write a series about a group of friends and have each book in the series focus on one of the friends. As people fall in love with the characters, they’ll want to learn more about them in future books.
Set a Daily Word Count Goal
If you seriously want to be an author, you need to write each and every day. A good goal is to write 2000 words per day. This goal is very achievable, even if you’re working full-time. It takes around an hour to knock out that word count. Many authors recommend getting your writing out of the way first thing. See if you can find the inspiration to get your word count in before work. Writing 2000 words per day allows you to write a full-length novel in just one month.
Publish at Least One Book Every Two Months
Something that many successful authors do is publish a new book every two months. This may sound like a lot for someone who is new to writing, but it’s doable. As mentioned above, writing 2000 words per day will allow you to write a novel per month. The more books you have out there, the more money you’re going to make. It’s that simple.
Spend Money on Good Book Covers
They say you can’t judge a book by its cover but when it comes to ebooks that’s exactly what readers do. You have literally seconds to capture a reader’s attention. If your book cover is poor quality, it won’t matter how great the story is. If you’re good with graphic design, you can do this yourself. Hire someone to create your book cover if graphics are not your thing.
Last, but not least, stop saying you’ll start tomorrow. The sooner you get to work, the sooner you’ll have your first book published. A year from now, you could have at least six books out there. The more your backlog of books grows, the more readers will have to choose from. If a reader likes ones of your books, chances are they’ll go on to read the rest of your books.
Imagine being able to make a living telling stories. Best of all, imagine being able to work just two hours a day and make enough money to live off of. You may not earn a six-figure income in the beginning, but it is possible to make enough money for writing to be your full-time job.