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How To Become A Millionaire Author

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is one of those experiences where simply just creating your own book is a reward in itself. But there is nothing wrong with wanting to be a major success either. We always hear breakthrough stories about authors like Stephen King, Nicholas Sparks, Stephenie Meyer, or J.K. Rowling who become overnight successes and very wealthy.

If you want to become a successful author then here are some steps that must be taken in order to achieve that goal. Keep in mind that the road to mainstream success is a varied one, but these principles should apply to every writer who wants success.

 

The Steps Of A Successful Author

The first thing you need to know is that you MUST hone your craft. You wouldn’t try to sell paintings if the only thing you know how to draw is a stick figure would you? Writing is an art just like any other, so you need to develop your craft as much as possible. This means experimenting with different writing styles, figuring out how you approach subject matter, and most importantly developing your professional tone. A mastery of the language you write in is vital. It is only when you know the rules of language that you can break them.

While mastering your craft it is also a good idea to find the best audience that fits your genre and begin to build a following. Publishing has changed a lot over the past ten years with the internet becoming an increasingly viable (and often necessary) means of gaining success. Using online writing sites where users give feedback will not only help you build up readers, but it will give you an idea of what readers are looking for.

JK-Rowling-Millionaire-AuthorOne of the keys to becoming a successful author is finding the right balance between meeting commercial imperatives without compromising your vision as an author. After all, success is not worth much if you think of yourself as a sell-out. You need to remember that no author gains success by playing it safe.

J.K. Rowling is a prime example of an author who gives her fans what they want while sticking to her creative guns and throwing in great twists that readers did not see coming. Remember that you attain success and fans as a result of your creativity. On the other side of that coin it cannot hurt to know what your audience wants, so long as you do not fall into the trap of constant fan service. It may seem to be a situation where you are trying to have your cake and eat it as well, but it is a balance that every author must work towards striking.

Developing the ability to write quickly is also vital. While it is most important to get your book right as you writing it, when you are trying to get it published time is of the essence, especially if you have a book deal. Learning to write under the pressure of a deadline will also help to make you a more productive writer, and if you can write quickly as well as write well then you are more desirable to publishers and worth their investment in you.

One of the most difficult steps to becoming a successful author is actually getting your book published. There are several steps you can take to become published, but none of them are exactly easy. E-books are becoming increasingly popular, but because of the lack of expense that goes into them the market is heavily saturated. Another form is self publication, this takes a little bit of cash initially but a number of authors have proven that this method is becoming more of a promising option.

Another option that many find helpful is to submit your work to a publishing house. You could even find an agent to do this for you, there are plenty agents out there, if you have the quality and they believe in you then they will get your work to the right publishing house for you. Just know that this process can be a little longer and you may find it frustrating. Don’t be discouraged if you receive a rejection letter as there are many authors who wrote best selling works that were turned down multiple times before finally landing a book deal.

NY Times best selling author Robert Kiyosaki, the author of ‘Rich Dad, Poor Dad’ had his ‘Rich Dad, Poor Dad’ book turned down by every publisher he approached and Barnes & Noble refused to stock his work initially. He decided to self publish the book and has sold over 26 million copies. This goes to show that you CAN make it happen by yourself, if you have quality work then others with promotional power ie.. Celebrities, Talk Shows, Radio Shows etc… Will spread the word of your amazing book which should in turn give you the leverage needed to move units.

Just remember, if you don’t self publish and you are going through a publishing house, be careful not to give away all your rights in your rush to get published. Take your publishing contract to an experienced lawyer who can explain all the terms before you decide to sign.

While being a well known author may seem like it should be easy enough once the big bucks are rolling in you need to keep in mind that fame won’t last without a solid building block to hold it up. The last thing you want to be is an author that is huge one day and gone the next. Whether you reach this stability through multiple sequels or through a just one timeless work of art it is completely up to you so long as you do eventually reach it in the end.

Checkout our article The Top 10 List Of The Highest Paid Authors to see how much a successful author really makes.

 

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Article By: Coty Ellis | Addicted2Success.com

I am the the Founder of Addicted2Success.com and I am so grateful you're here to be part of this awesome community. I love connecting with people who have a passion for Entrepreneurship, Self Development & Achieving Success. I started this website with the intention of educating and inspiring likeminded people to always strive for success no matter what their circumstances.I'm proud to say through my podcast and through this website we have impacted over 100 million lives in the last 6 and a half years.

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  1. Bonnie E. Howard

    Oct 26, 2015 at 9:39 pm

    Seriously I’m blessed of this simple write-up because I feel and see need to be excited about what I have read here…..it’s going to improve my mentality and abilities towards becoming a better author.

    Actually, I have personally seen that the “book world” is majorly hanged on marketing, though the quality of your material is also a factor to be considered. I have written 2 books: the first is “The Pains Of The Youth” which I sold about one thousand copies within a month……. Up till now, I am receiving calls from many persons requesting of more copies, but I ceased the sale because I also listened to the complaints and choosed to aments some flaws.

    The second book is titled “Choice Power” which is actually waiting to get into the market at when some possible strategies are put in place to have a free marketing platform, and to have my speaking tone set.

    The writing world has a lot of competition, and those whose self-confidence is weak constantly draws back. In all, just want to say ‘ride on’…………

  2. Housseina himou

    Jan 20, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    I read all your comments because I’m always looking for ways to become a successful author. The book I wrote is called “Let a child be a child. My mom story”. It was published On December 2011. A story of child bride in West Africa. I’m welcoming everybody’s tips on how I can do better, the sites and the people who can help me.

  3. Melanie Toye

    Sep 26, 2012 at 7:00 am

    I am on my way to becoming a Best Selling Author. Dream chasing is what I do and hard work and promotion is how I am going to get the title. Entice Me, a chick lit fiction novel, is self-published eBook available on all e-reading devices. I am on a 10 week campaign filled with interviews, published press releases, book reviews and more. I have created these opportunities which makes the feeling of success much more sweetier. I am currently writing an ebook on how to promote your books. It just takes a bit of cuts and creativity on how to go about it. You’re a writer, so you can do it.

  4. Phyllis Zuccarello

    Sep 20, 2012 at 11:09 am

    My book “When the Lights Are On But Nobody’s Home” was originally published in 2006 by a local publisher here in Phoenix, Az. It got a lot of 5 star reviews on amazon and I did book signings at some of the “what used to be” Borders Book Stores. I didn’t push it…I felt it needed more work. Because I own the rights to it I learned I could revise it so I did…on my own. It’s a book that takes readers on a Poetic Journey back to reality urging them to pay attention to what’s most important in a variety of situations. I also re-did the cover, much more appealing. This time I will give it my all to get it out. Readers are finding it to make a difference in their life. What is ahead of me is a challenge, I know, but it is such a unique book I have confidence it will do well. You should check it out on amazon, it is also available on kindle.

  5. Calvin

    Sep 19, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    I believe writing is like anything else you work hard to achieve success in. Whether your playing sports or CEO of a company failure is not an option. That’s why successful people train hard and win even when they fail, because they never give up. Writing is no different, I have self published and have not had much success yet. But I continue to write in my blog and am currently working on my next book. I just believe that just because it did not go well the first time that’s not how it’s going to always be. I continue to write because I believe in myself and I believe I have something to say that will help people live a better more meaningful life. So never give up, because you never know how close success really is.

  6. alec hudson

    Sep 5, 2012 at 12:52 am

    I wrote a book 3 years ago. I liked it, thought it offered solutions. Had to publish myself, as 85% of people do, and sold 20 copies. one has to be a celebrity or a proven seller. sorry, don’t believe you

    • maritakinney

      May 18, 2013 at 9:05 pm

      I read this blog and I’m currently working on a book to help authors just like you. I wrote my first book in 2009 and sold very little copies. The writer of this blog may have some insight for you too…just apply and see what happens. Then in 2013, I got it! I’m not famous, just a regular person like you. I sold over 300 copies within two weeks. That may not mean a lot to some folks, but that was huge for me and I believe that I have found a method that really works.

      Author of The Snow’s Meltdown

  7. Greg

    Sep 3, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    I agree somewhat…

    Writing a book is a creative mind game that seeks expression. So writing when you don’t want to (see#5) is not using your time wisely. How is one to concentrate and be creative when they dont want too? Authors need to clear their minds just like anyone else, even if this means spending time at the family bbq. We all need to recharge our batteries, being disciplined isnt always the key to success.

  8. Amandah

    Sep 3, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    Great article!

    I think you have to WANT to be a best-selling author. Translation: you’ll work your butt off. Writers are disciplined people. A novel won’t write itself. And you may have to miss out on family gatherings. Can you handle the backlash you may receive because you didn’t show up at a family reunion or BBQ? What about criticism? If you send your manuscript to traditional publishers, you may receive a few rejection letters. If you can’t handle rejection, being an author may not be for you. Most authors/writers write because they have to; otherwise, they’d burst at the seams. 🙂

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Why You Should Prefer Emails to Phone Calls if You Want to Be More Productive

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“Email” and “productivity” rarely go together in a sentence. Emails have been declared as one of our largest time wasters. A McKinsey report stated that people spend around 2.6 hours each day responding to emails. That’s 13 hours a week, 52 hours a month and over 60 days a year! Imagine what you could’ve achieved in 60 days!

Emails also negatively affect our cognitive resources. When we think of responding to them while doing other important tasks, it takes up to 23 minutes and 15 seconds after being disrupted to return to full attention to a current task. Imagine how much our cognition and productivity gets fractured when we get distracted over and over again.

Constant emailing also drains us mentally. And at the end of a day, we realize that we’ve achieved nothing worth mentioning. With a phone call, you can sort issues and solve problems quickly, right? In theory, you’re right. But we live in a practical world where many variables come into play.

Below are three variables that make phone calls adversely affect our productivity, and why emails are a better alternative:

1. Wasting Time

Most “five-minute conversations” can quickly turn into 35-minute calls because people ramble about irrelevant aspects. This derailment, several times a day, severely limits the limited time and energy you have for important tasks.

Emails, on the other hand, force writers to streamline their thoughts and stick to the point. Emails can save you plenty of time and energy because you avoid lengthy phone calls. The constant strife to keep your own emails short and crisp also makes you a clearer thinker, which rewards you in other aspects of your life.

“It’s better to waste money, than it is to waste time. You can always get more money.” – Hal Sparks

2. Inaccurate Responses

An unexpected phone call can catch me caught off guard on a topic. I might respond emotionally or give an answer that doesn’t do justice to what I want to share. In a world dominated by panic buttons and fire-fighting, these don’t just stress me out but the caller as well.

Emails give me flexibility to prepare a coherent response and share it when I’m satisfied. If I feel a surge of emotion, I can sleep over the thought and share a better (more rational) response the next day. Many page-long email responses to emails that upset me have turned into a simple “thank you for your email” the next day.

3. Constant Back-and-Forth

Phone calls often are ineffective to solve business problems. Accounting for multiple people, their views, their timelines… One phone call can quickly turn into three.

Emails are quicker and more effective than even conference calls. They let you communicate with multiple people at the same time. You can share information, assign tasks and give status updates while being as specific as possible.

You must be wondering, “What about back-and-forth emails then? Why do we waste precious time on them?” Yes, email has earned a bad rap. But it’s not because of the medium; it’s because we handle it ineffectively.

A Better Approach to Emailing

For most people, constantly refreshing the inbox is part of the daily to-do list. It keeps them busy and gives them a kick of dopamine – the feel-good chemical.

Ironically, this quest to remain busy makes people compromise on taking action that can move them forward. Using emails prudently, rewards you with plenty of energy and mind space to focus on tasks that truly matter.

Here are three steps that benefited me without succumbing to the side effects of email:

1. Checking Them Less

I check emails just 3 times a day – at 9:30 AM, 12:00 PM, and 4:30 PM. If you don’t have the luxury to do the same, you can start by checking your emails for ten minutes at the end of each hour. Most senders expect a response in a little over an hour. So they won’t mind a slightly delayed response. This gives you 45 undisturbed minutes each hour to work on your core tasks.

2. Responding Quickly

People delay responding to emails at least 37% of the time, which turns finding emails and responding to them into additional tasks that cost time and lead to attention residue. Most emails take under two minutes to respond. When you can respond to an email, do so instead of putting it off. This won’t just put your mind at peace, it’ll also reduce the number of “did-you-see-this” follow-up emails in your inbox.

“I do love email. Wherever possible I try to communicate asynchronously. I’m really good at email.” – Elon Musk

3. The If-Then Technique

The If-Then technique helps you address multiple scenarios at once. For instance, an email that says, “Can we meet at 3:00 PM?” becomes, “Can we meet at 3:00 PM? If not, please advise three other times that work for you.”

This technique is also effective when you want to suggest ideas or provide instructions on alternative steps. For example, “Here’s Plan A. If it doesn’t work, connect with [name] and ask for [specific information]. If you don’t get what you need, inform me.”

I’ll admit. This sounds like more work in the current moment, but it drastically cuts down the number of trail mails, confused correspondences, and fire-fighting instances that occur due to miscommunication.

The If-Then formula is the single most effective technique I’ve learned from The 4-Hour Workweek. All of this doesn’t mean that you abandon phone calls, In fact, it’s better to use the phone for sensitive topics or if an email conversation gets dragged. But remain mindful to not let phone calls waste your time.

If you want to pursue a meaningful life, place a premium on your time. Do things that create time for you to pursue meaningful actions and avoid doing what pulls you away from them. In the knowledge economy, this is the key to success.

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4 Questions You Need to Answer Before You Reach the Level of Success You So Desperately Crave

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It’s normal that every person in the world wants to reach success and happiness. Yet, everyone defines both of these things differently. For some, success is making a whole bunch of money while for others this can be to become a good parent. Happiness is defined differently as well. Some people need to own a jet, boat and 3 cars to be truly happy, while others are happy just to be able to wake up in the morning.

It doesn’t matter how you define success and happiness, the truth is, you want to achieve them both. But, to be able to reach success and happiness, you need to answer 4 questions for yourself.

Here are the 4 questions you need to answer before you can achieve success and happiness:

1. Where Are You?

No, not geographically. It doesn’t matter where you live. What matters is where are you in life. Where are you in your way to success and happiness. Let’s say you are lost in the woods. You know exactly where you want to go, but you don’t know where you are. Even a map doesn’t help you with that.

The same is true in life. You may have a goal, but until you truly define where you are in the moment, you can’t move toward this goal. So, step 1 on your way to success and happiness is to define where you are right now.

“Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do. Don’t wish it were easier; wish you were better.” – Jim Rohn

2. Where Do You Want to Go?

When you define where you are in life, then you can think of where you want to be.

There’s this saying:  When you don´t know your final destination, you´ll end up somewhere you didn’t want to be. Until you don’t know clearly where you want to be in life and who you want to become, your life doesn’t have a true purpose.

Without purpose, there´s no motivation. Without motivation, there´s no energy. And without energy, you´re not living, you´re just existing. I am sure you know someone who looks like a walking corpse everytime you see them. Do you think this person lives a successful and happy life? Most likely not.

So, step 2 on your way to success and happiness is to clearly define your goal. What do you want to accomplish and who do you want to become?

3. Why Do You Want It?

Okay, you know the basics. You know where you are and where you want to be. But, as Rocky Balboa said, “The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows.” And as you already know, life usually doesn’t go according to your plan. There will be hard times and to overcome those and not give up, you need to know WHY you do what you do.

You need to know WHY you want to accomplish your goals. When you answer this for yourself, you don’t struggle so much to motivate yourself. You will be motivated every minute of every day.

So, as a step 3, sit down and think of WHY you want to accomplish your goals. What’s the big purpose?

“We can change our lives. We can do, have, and be exactly what we wish.” – Tony Robbins

4. How Are You Going to Get There?

And finally, how are you going to get there? What’s your plan? You may know where you are, where you want to be and why you want to do it, but until you truly understand how you are going to get there, there won’t be much success and happiness in your life.

For example, you want to become a bodybuilder. You want to do it because you want to have big muscles and you want to look fit. But, you have no idea how to work out, how to build muscle and how to lose fat. Do you think, you´re going to be happy? No. As Tony Robbins says, “true happiness comes from progress.”

To make progress, you need to have a specific plan; how to get from point A (where you are) to point B (where you want to be). So, as a step 4, sit down and make a specific plan for how you’re going to get what you want in life.

In order to reach success and happiness, there are 4 questions you need to answer for yourself. Without answering them, you´re not going to  get ahead in life, you´re just bouncing around. Success and happiness never come from just bouncing around in life.

Good news is, that these questions are really simple. It won’t take much time to answer them. Just be aware of where you are and where you want to be. Don´t forget to understand why you are pursuing your dream and finally, how are you going to get what you want.

Answer these 4 simple questions today and you won’t struggle with finding success and happiness in life anymore.

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The Empathetic Heart: How The CHO of VaynerMedia Is Changing The Way We Work

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A month after I had joined LinkedIn back in July of 2018, I sent Claude Silver a connection request and began following her content. One day she made a post saying “Ask and you shall receive, what can I do to help you today?”. I commented on that post asking for a 5 minute interview and to my surprise she agreed by asking me to send her a message (I was given a full hour). This was the first example of pure kindness I witnessed from Claude.

The first message you see on Claude’s website is: People need people. People need people that listen and then do something. That message spoke to me on an emotional level, and I believe it will speak to you too. I wanted to know how she created such an amazing culture, what being a “culture carrier” meant, and how the employees at VaynerMedia have been changed by her work there.

A culture carrier in Claude’s own words is “someone who is aligned with our values, I can’t teach someone to be kind they have to already be kind. The process of developing a culture carrier takes about 6 months. It’s about bringing people together and having strong core values of kindness and empathy.”

Gary Vaynerchuk, co-founder of VaynerMedia, is often referred to as a combination of hustle and heart. With the hiring of Claude and the work she has accomplished within the company, it speaks to the level of empathy that can be felt throughout the entire operation.

Although business can be a challenging, tough, and often cut-throat terrain, by putting employees first and providing honest feedback the company has grown to include offices in New York, Chattanooga, Los Angeles and London, and continues to dominate the market.

Below we’ll see 3 different ways the CHO of VaynerMedia is changing the way people work:

1. By being unafraid to share her own story

Claude has been an influential part of breaking the stigma surrounding vulnerability in the business arena. Not only does she openly share her own story, but she sits down with employees to better understand their vulnerabilities and how to use characteristics that previously would have been considered weaknesses as strengths.

When asked what her biggest adventure to date was she replied “Having Shalom (her daughter). I have had an amazing life, I moved, worked hard, landed an amazing job and fell in love but it didn’t come without its challenges.”

Claude is openly gay and is living proof your sexual orientation doesn’t matter. Nothing matters but your character, your track record, and if you leave people a little better off than before you met them. From Claude, business leaders, employees and entrepreneurs can learn to be more open both on social media and in person, allowing them to build more meaningful relationships and connect on a deeper level. A deeper connection can mean more leverage but it also means a more lasting impact on the world.

“Everyone has something they can share. I’m not famous. I don’t have anything that would be newsworthy, but I have stories.” – Tafta Johnson Watson

2. Committing to a strong value system

VaynerMedia has some serious values for such a large company and those values are expected to be upheld by every employee and visitor. Values like kindness, empathy, honesty, hustle and the art of not complaining.

With Claude holding the title of Chief Heart Officer, she is the guiding light for others. When recruiting, she says she “takes the time to evaluate an individual’s talents but most importantly their own heart”.  

Gary Vaynerchuk is quoted as saying:”To me, there’s no debate that kindness is a strength. And it breaks my heart to know that so many people believe it’s a weakness. So many people are afraid that other people will take advantage of their kindness or make them feel “used.” But the truth is, those who take advantage of your kindness are weak on the inside. Feel bad for them, don’t let them make you feel bad about yourself“.

Both Claude and Gary teach aspiring entrepreneurs that it is okay to live with an open heart and that having the strength to commit to and live with a strong value system, will be a powerful tool during the hustle journey. It also allows you to go to bed at night actually liking the person that you are, nothing will kill a business faster than going to bed at night and hating yourself.

3. Listening with action

As mentioned above Claude’s slogan is: People need people. People need people that listen and then do something.  As a woman who wears many hats, she is also an Outward Bound Instructor, taking individuals on amazing adventures in the outdoors.

Taking action on any given day can mean a number of different things but it speaks to her own character and driving force that she is able to not only guide people through the world of office politics but also through the serene and sometimes challenging wilderness.

Claude cultivates an environment of trust by first offering individuals her own trust. It is a huge and vulnerable action that leads to a relationship of love – heart – and productivity. Listening as an action is something that has the power to change an entire organization from an unproductive, toxic environment to one that promotes creativity, passion, inclusion and positivity.

“Relationships are leverage. If you give value to someone else first, you have leverage.” – Gary Vaynerchuk

To get the truest sense of how Claude was changing the way people work, I asked her co-workers to tell me what working alongside Claude has done for them. Here is one of the answers I received:

“During my time working alongside Claude, I’ve really come to appreciate her example of being a good listener. As a society, we tend to praise the power of speaking. But Claude demonstrates on a daily basis that the most important thing everybody wants is to be heard.” – Steve Babcock, Chief Creative Officer VaynerMedia.

I tried looking for images of Claude on her website and I think it speaks to how focused she is on holding space for others, because I couldn’t find a single full sized image of her to use. I googled. Writing this piece has opened me up to evaluate my own values and the way I connect with people in my daily life.

From this article, it is my own hope that entrepreneurs come to the understanding that although tenacity and true grit are really important, the whole of what Claude represents is something to strive towards. The “soft” skills you develop are humongous strengths and to truly impact an entire organization.

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The 7 Secrets of High Achievers Revealed

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We all have goals in life, but very few of us ever learn to consciously set, work on and see our goals through. In our naturalness bias, we marvel at those who have set and reached their goals thinking they have some esoteric abilities that we don’t. We overlook that the final product is the result of a series of mistake-ridden, unrecorded pains. What if we could learn from the process, the habits and rituals of the high achievers? (more…)

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