My rating: 5 of 5 stars
How to Make a Living with Your Writing: Books, Blogging and More by Joanna Penn
This book was a wonderful look into the difference between being an indie writer and a traditional author. I love the way how this is laid out breaking down the entrepreneur side of writing in today’s market. If you are looking for an easy to read guide to kick start your independent writing career then this would be on my short list of recommendations.
What really established her ethos in this self-help book was that Penn discourages readers to continue reading that want to traditionally publish, however, she still offers options for writers that is seeking help. This made me feel like she was truly interested in the success of her readers instead of making a profit with offering false promises or leaving the audience high and dry without resources. That being said, she does self promote her blog TheCreativePenn.com throughout the book, pointing towards specific posts that feature guidelines or interviews with other indie writers and cover artists.
It’s important to remember when reading this book that it is written for the purpose to make a sizeable living out of writing. I have to say that she along with many other top bloggers, self-help resources, and authors out there believe in quantity over quality. Please take this with a grain of salt if you are planning on controlling the quality of your work. If you are interested in writing books quickly (the correct way) then I would like to take this opportunity to suggest reading Stephen King’s On Writing. It is not only a good read but it will help to have advice given by a master writer that mass produces quality work (look for my review to come!).
How has the book helped me?
As you know if you follow my blog that I have been having trouble with traditional publishing. I have had a lot of interest in publishers however the hope of getting a traditional contract is running thin. Must of publishers today are considered “vanity publishers” which offer to publish certain titles if money is put upfront by the author to cover the initial publishing costs. For more information check out my post last week, Self Promoting AKA Publishing 2019.
This book has helped me see the benefits that can be had by becoming an indie author. Penn walks the reader through the steps it takes to become an indie author from writing and editing to cover design and creating a marketing plan. I have been creating a marketing plan of my own for my first ever full-length novel, Tempting Indiscretions, to be placed on the market in the Summer of 2019!
I highly recommend this book to other writers looking for some much-needed direction.
Also a good blogging friend of mine has started a 2019 campaign to unit all bloggers together! I highly recommend checking out this post and meeting other bloggers at The Captain’s Speech.