It’s often said that meeting your hero’s in real life can be disappointing but in my case it was the total opposite!
This weekend I attended a full day workshop with my role models, online mentors and author hero’s who are making serious waves in the indie author world!
If you haven’t guessed it yet, I am a huge fan of Joanna Penn and have been following her author journey online for a number of years.
It was only through Joanna that the penny dropped and I realised that I could make a very good living from my writing.
Not only that, she opened my eyes to all the different business models available for writers. Authors are not just writers! We are speakers, teachers and running our own media empires. How exciting is that!
It was so encouraging and inspiring to be in a room full of authors and writers who are ambitious and want to make good money from their writing.
They understand and embrace business models and don’t have a ‘starving artist’ mentality!
You can make a living from your writing and it’s never been easier especially with the recent leaps and bounds in technology. In fact, it has never been a better time to write your book!
So here are a few key insights and takeaways I came across.
#1. Things take time – be patient
Writing a book is hard. Publishing it is hard. Selling it is hard.
But if you enjoy the process then the end product will be worth it.
Appreciate the process you have to go through (i.e the author journey) as well as the end product (the books).
So give this journey the time it needs.
#2. Keep learning & growing
As an author you will always be learning.
As an author entrepreneur, you are effectively running a small business. There will always be something to learn. So if you like learning, this is the right path for you! And I love learning and growing!
So if you like learning, this is the right path for you! And I love learning and growing!
#3. ”10-year overnight success”
Joanna Penn has over 20 books and makes a multi-six figure income. But it didn’t happen overnight. It took ten years. Ten years of consistent effort.
She is living proof that if you put in the work, you can make it.
Just do one thing every day that will take you closer to your writing goals. She is not an overnight success but a ’10-year overnight’ success. And this is the type of success I am aiming for because it’s sustainable.
#4. Don’t create another job you hate
Another key point Joanna mentioned is that you should look at the mentors you want to emulate, not just in their writing success but in their lives.
Sure, we all want to sell millions of books but do you want to do that at the risk of burning out or losing your health? Do you want to produce a book per month like some successful authors? How do you want your life to look like?
Joanna resonates with me because her lifestyle, as well as her writing, are in tune with what I am trying to achieve.
I quit the corporate world so that I could pursue a path where I had greater freedom and control over my time, express my creativity, freedom to travel, be location independent, run an online business….. and still have fun! And Joanna shows this is achievable.
#5. Community is key
Orna Ross talked about the importance of community. Finding your tribe is great because it can help and support your author journey.
Orna also heads up the Alli community. They are a community of authors who support and help self-published authors.
They also have a number of free articles on useful information regarding the self-publishing journey here.
Here is a picture of me and Clare Lydon who writes lesbian romance. It was so lovely to meet with fellow authors and I came away so inspired knowing that I am just a few steps behind them.
Clare has written a number of books and also has her own podcast which you can find here. I will definitely be adding this to my playlist!
It was so wonderful to meet with fellow authors and it is so worth meeting your mentors and heroes.
I came away from the ‘How to make a living (and life) with your writing’ workshop totally inspired and motivated to continue on my author journey.
And after that session, I know more than ever, this is the right path for me.
We are all on our own unique paths on this creative journey.
Embrace it, learn it, put in the effort and there is no reason for why you cannot make a living from your writing.
Thank you Joanna, Orna and Clare!
Who are your writing mentors?