Most wannabe authors cannot handle the truth

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A student on a Writing, Publishing, Marketing, and Selling Your First Book course I teach online recently asked me how quickly they could expect to earn $5,000 on the various eBook and Print on Demand publishing platforms I recommend working with.

Wow, there are so many unknown variables here, this was a question that was almost impossible to answer.

It was time for a “tough love” response because I doubted the motivation my student had for becoming an author was coming from the right place and I didn’t want my student to waste their time and money chasing false hopes.

Writing a book is difficult and despite countless online publishing gurus telling you otherwise, it’s not a quick route to fame and fortune and the dream of giving up the nine-to-five. …

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Too many wantrepreneurs give up when their side hustle fails to make the kind of big-dollar returns promised by those social media business mavens who have apparently bottled the wealth-generating capabilities of the Internet. The fact is, there is gold in them there hills, but the guy standing in front of a private jet on Instagram is highly unlikely to show you where it is.

Success rarely comes in an instant. You’ve got to work at it and take your time to understand what it actually looks like.

Multiple Streams of Income

As an entrepreneur, I like to have multiple streams of income. I believe there is nothing worse than relying on a single big client to pay my bills. This is because, especially when you work in the tech sector, there is no such thing as certainty. Start-ups go bust every day and even when they skyrocket, acquisitions don’t always provide security. …

How many great books, songs, works of art, and other creative endeavors are going to be made during this period of isolation?

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I’ve been incredibly lucky in my career as a writer. I’ve not only managed to earn a living from my craft for well over a decade, but I’ve also thoroughly enjoyed myself while doing it. How many of us can truly say that?

I believe great writing doesn’t happen in isolation. …


John W Hayes

Marketing Strategist, Author of #BecomingTHEExpert, Content Marketing Trainer, and Cyclist. Check out my author profile: https://amzn.to/2OO5DR5

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