Some threads on facebook and other forums about writing and publishing I’m following inspired me to share another perspective on independent writing and self-publishing and how to be successful with your books and ebooks.
This is not on how hard it is to be an independent writer, a self-publishing author, this is not about how you get going with your writing. This is about how long it takes to be successful as an independent writer, a self-publishing author
Some people who are independent writers, self-publishing authors or want to be, might wonder, why they should spend time reading and doing exercises that help to control and enjoy their own thoughts, feelings and actions on a very deep level, like dealing with your self-talk and your internal images, for example.
Just keep those writing, publishing and marketing tips coming. I do not care for that psychological stuff!
I heard that.
So I have a couple of questions for you.
What do you think? Can you be rich and famous as an author, as a writer within a week? Within a month?
Well, famous maybe that is always a possibility, people get to be famous for doing all kind of crazy stuff within a day-not for their writing skills, though.
And rich? Not with Amazon that is for sure. Amazon pays your royalties two months after the actual sale, so you have to be patient.
So how about a year?
Now that is a definite possibility. Provided you are a very productive writer, have already a large and active network, where you are really present and interacting with lots of different people, members of your target audience.
And we are talking about you being willing to put in 60-70 hours of work per week. To be famous and rich within a year, a lot of things have to fall into the right places for you.
Your commitment to change is playing a very important role in this process. And in my world you want to add endurance to the mix, the decision to unleash your creativity and material help to get you started.
Nobody sells well in a position of need. You need to build and use resources that allow you to sustain working as a writer, as an author, while you rejoice in watching your royalties building a steady and growing income.
Some people call this passive income. Believe me, there is a lot of activity required for you to earn a „passive“ income.
I do not have to tell you that all people who are already earning a significant passive income are very active. And the ones I like best and learn the most from are very clear and open about this, take Pat Flynn for example.
So why all these questions and answers?
Because there might come a day in your writing career, when you look at the growing rate of your royalties and it seems not to be quite steep enough.
Because there might come a day in your writing career, when your sales actually do drop for the first time.
Because there might come a day, where a little doubt tries in vain to settle into your mind.
Because there might come a day, when you try to compare yourself to others and their achievements and in stead of focusing on your own progress.
Because there might come a day, where your stamina, commitment and endurance is called out.
I want you not only to be prepared to meet these challenges as opportunities to grow.
I am preparing you for emotional success on a very deep level of your mind.
You change your mind set and your attitude, both consciously and other-than-consciously. And this is the way to actually guarantee your success.
Because you, yourself are the only person in the world, who can actually do this.
It is you, you make the choice, each day is a new beginning.
Yes, there are skills you have to learn.
Yes, you have to practice and that is the way that you keep improving day, after day, one day at a time.
Yes, you have to commit yourself to put in the work.
That, by the way, is why it so important that you are honest with yourself and check, if writing is what you really love to do.
That, by the way, is why it is so important that you not only find a target audience, you want to write for, you also want to make sure that you spend your time writing about topics you care about.
While it is very feasible to master the technical part of things, like writing, formatting, publishing, marketing within quite a short period of time, because you have an open mind and are willing and ready to keep learning and mastering change at all times, you want to set your mind to really big goals and I am talking about 5, 10, even 20 years, you look into the future.
That is what this blog and my books and my coaching and training are all about: I help you to prepare yourself for the long haul. Because I already know, what you are about to learn: In the moment, you remove time out of the equation, you know that you cannot fail.
That is one of my messages to you and this will keep popping up in your mind over and over again: Given your love, humor, commitment, stamina and endurance the only remaining question is: When are you emotionally successful?
So I congratulate you on investing time into your own personal development and improvement, because you yourself are the most powerful resource you have and I look forward to you sharing your successes with me!