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Joanna Penn

How to Make a Living with Your Writing

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    along the way. I found successful people to model and read their books, took courses, and attended conferences to learn everything I could. I put those lessons into practice for my own career, and I share what I learn with my audience along the way.
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    I don’t have a degree in creative writing, publishing, internet business or marketing, but I learned the skills I needed
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    If you want to make a living with your writing, you need to embrace the growth mindset. The world changes every day and we have to adapt. You can learn new writing skills, and you can also empower yourself with the knowledge you need to be successful.
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    The growth mindset assumes that you can learn and develop new skills and that overcoming challenges will lead to progress. You can learn the art of writing and develop skills in marketing, business, and anything else you put your mind to.
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    Embrace the growth mindset
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    These days, I’m a full-time creative, so I spend more time in each segment, but the principle remains the same. You need to set aside time to be creative, but also to learn new skills and market your work.
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    Back when I had a day job, I would write between 5 am and 6 am, then go to work, and in the evenings, I’d spend an hour or so after dinner podcasting, connecting with authors, dealing with email and social media, reading books and taking courses to learn new skills.
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    I split my days into two. I create in the mornings, and I manage publishing, business and marketing tasks in the afternoon.
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    You also need to embrace the other aspects if you want to increase your income.
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    All authors have to market their books somehow, however they choose to publish. That might involve interviews and blog tours if you traditionally publish, or email marketing and paid ads if you go the indie route, but every author needs a platform these days.
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    Many authors just want to write and have no interest in marketing or the business aspects of making money. They just want someone to handle all that for them.

    But that’s not the reality of being an author or making a living from your writing these days.
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    Making a living from your writing is not just about writing
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    In 2008, 100% of my income was time-based through my consulting day job. I was paid for the hours I worked and nothing more. Over the years, I have slowly created books and other assets and as I write this, over 80% of my income is scalable, earning money even if I’m not working.
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    But if you set aside a little time each week to build creative assets, you can change the balance over time.
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    Most of us need a balance at the beginning, for example, keeping a day job or providing services like freelance writing or teaching to bring in immediate cash flow to pay the bills.
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    This can feel like a risk if you’re used to immediate money for time, but it is a fundamental mindset shift if you want to make a good living from your writing for the long term.
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    It could earn money for your lifetime plus 70 years after your death, if your estate is managed well.
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    But it could sell a thousand, ten thousand, even a million copies.
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    Let’s say you spend a year of evenings and weekends writing your book, then editing and publishing it. That time is spent once, and that book might only sell a few copies.
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    Science fiction and fantasy author Ariele Sieling has income from self-publishing, Patreon, speaking, online courses, and merchandise.
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