Saturday October 19th, 1 – 4pm
Hey writer, do you like to make money?
If you do, I’m teaching a class about creativity and income.
As a storyteller, you’ve got more opportunities today to create income from your work than you may realize and I’m excited to share some of these ideas with you.
From book sales, affiliate income, Patreon supporters and sharing your knowledge with others, you probably have more chances to make money from your learned skills as a writer than you realize. In this class, we’ll talk about those opportunities, where they are now, and what may be appearing in the near future so you’re ready to pivot with change.
What I do
For the last three years, I’ve been working with one of the best-selling science fiction series on Amazon, and I’ve learned what it takes to build a loyal audience who love and support your work. I’m the author of nine novels and a member of the Science Fiction Writers of America.
I’ll share how to build a flagship series with multiple entry points for readers, how to build an email list so you talk directly to your readers, as well as engagement in Facebook groups, how to identify who is not your audience, and to build relationships with readers who are your audience.
We’ll talk about affiliate income from your newsletters, how to build a successful Patreon presence that serves your readers, and even why and how you might run a crowd-funded Kickstarter campaign.
That’s just the foundation. Once you have your series, there are many ways to generate income off your creativity, from audio, merchandising, affiliate income, events and experiences.
Multiple Income Mindset
You also may be looking at your writing career as an either/or situation: You can only be a full-time author, or a full-time employee.
For me, thinking about multiple income streams from my work and in my life helps me feel more confident about my financial and personal decisions.
This class will give you actionable steps to assess your writing from a financial perspective, build an audience of readers who want to buy your work, and then options on authentic merchandise and experiences to build their loyalty to you and your work.
I don’t teach often (I’m busy writing) so I look forward to seeing you!
Sign up here: https://www.facebook.com/events/477885196096654/
September 8, 2019
You may have heard authors talking about co-writing… what is it? Is it right for you? How do you even find co-writing opportunities?
In this episode I talk about what I’ve learned from three years of co-writing with Mal Cooper in Aeon 14. Spoiler alert: it’s been a great experience that has taught me a lot during this phase of my writing career.
However, there are pros and cons, like any business relationship.
If there’s anything I didn’t cover, shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for listening!
September 2, 2019
In this episode I talk about dinners with fans.
Spoiler alert, they’re great.
They can help you build engagement, make your series’ world more real, and create priceless experiences for your fans.
If you’re like me and your mind goes blank while talking, you might want to take some flash cards so you don’t forget the name of your latest book.
I also struggled with a bout of “comparisonitus” this week, where I found myself comparing my career in the last three years with other authors I know, wondering if I’ve made the right decisions, and choosing to focus on what’s right for me… even if I haven’t completely figured that out yet.
Also, Google says podcasting is the new blogging, so get on that. Lol.
Thanks for listening!
August 26, 2019
What do you do when the baby eats your work space? You prop your laptop on the dresser and record anyway.
I’m back with a quick update, some notes on the current book, and some more big changes in my life that should mean positive things for my writing.
I also talk a bit about writing on deadline and how I refine my outlining process as I write to make sure I’m always heading in the right direction and not wasting words.
Thanks for listening!
July 26, 2019
In this episode I talk about the resolution of my old business debt problem, a close reading of From Russia with Love by Ian Fleming and plotting my next book, The Spreading Fire.
Episode 20! Thanks for listening and all your support.