Can YOU Make Money Writing Books?

I had a couple of questions this week from Challenge members who are getting cold feet; they’re wondering if you really can make money writing books.

When I told my Dad at age eight that I was going to be a writer and write BOOKS, he laughed. Writers, he told me, starved, usually in garrets. Writing wasn’t a JOB. At eight, starving sounded romantic, and once I looked up “garret” I thought living in a garret sounded romantic too.

Bless his heart, he’s been gone for 24 years, but I did manage to get books published before he died. I wish he’d lived to see the Kindle era.

Bob Mayer’s done very well; he’s made over a million dollars in 18 months, How To Make Over A Million Dollars in 18 Months with eBooks:

“There are so many self-published books being thrown up on Kindle and PubIt and Kobo and the Berlin Wall, it’s numbing.  I was just watching some lawn guys in the convenience store buying lottery tickets and realized they had a better chance of earning a million dollars than most of the self-publishing authors.

But you can do it.  But it’s not a lottery.  It’s called work.

I have had a HUGE advantage in this game.  It’s called backlist.”

You can do it. I got publishing contracts in the days when starving in a garret was more likely than not. These days, you can make money, but you have to:

* Study

* Learn your craft

* Read

* Write, write, write, and write some more… Then…

* Publish.

Garrets are optional. 🙂

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Angela Booth is a top copywriter, multi-published author, and writing teacher. She offers many guides, courses and classes to help writers to enhance their skills on her websites. She also provides inspiration and motivation for writers on her writing blogs. Angela has been writing successfully since the late 1970s, and was online in the 1980s, long before the birth of the Web. Her business books have been widely published.