Successful Multi-Genre Author: Joanna Penn
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Usually, I share interviews in this space, but today, I just wanted to tell you about a multi-niche writer I follow and admire—not only because of her absolutely perfectly writer’s name, but because of what she represents to multi-niche writers and indie writers in general.
Joanna Penn, multi-niche writer and indie publishing all-star
Joanna Penn is a fiction writer as well as a nonfiction writer. She’s a successful independent author and a champion of the independent publishing industry. She has written several thrillers as well as several nonfiction books specifically for authors.
Penn has a great website, The Creative Penn, where she teaches authors about the independent publishing process, and she also has a podcast where she shares publishing news and interviews authors and publishing experts.
She is open about how she earns money as a full-time writer, and in her openness, shows what’s possible when you’re willing to branch out into different but related fields (something that mind mapping can help you with).
How to earn an income as a full-time writer
Joanna suggests that if you’d like to be a full-time writer, you should consider doing more than just writing. While book sales are great, it’s not often that a beginning author can live solely off their earnings from sold books. But you can diversify your income streams by doing things that are related to writing.
For instance, if you’re a book writer, consider doing some freelance writing. Consider doing things like coaching, speaking at colleges and universities, or developing courses related to your book. If you keep a blog, you can think about affiliate marketing, ads, or selling ad space directly to companies, if you have enough of a following.
Stumbling through the process to become a bestselling author
Penn has now sold over 500,000 books, and she sells both nonfiction as well as thrillers. She started from humble beginnings, initially self-publishing a non-fiction book that sold zero copies. She then learned everything she could about marketing, restarted the process, blogged about it, and never looked back.
As a successful full-time independent author, small publisher, and international speaker, she makes a living doing what she loves while writing in two separate niches and diversifying her income in ways that suit her work style.
The Creative Penn is both an inspirational story for new writers as well as an excellent resource for writers in various stages of the writing and publishing process. Be sure to check out her site.
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