Are you ready to make the leap from “Writer” to “Author”, but aren’t sure how go about it?
In The Seven Step Guide to Authorpreneurship, CEO and Publisher Rochelle Carter takes you through the seven major steps to write, polish, and market your book into success. Drawing on her own experiences as an authorpreneur, she lays out a simple, yet effective, strategy to help authors start off on the right foot in their publishing career, while avoiding costly (and embarrassing) mistakes.
In the book, Carter defines an authorpreneur as “an author who is not just creative but also a business person who works for him- or herself”. Note the inclusion of the word “work”- just because you get to write in your pajamas doesn’t mean you don’t have to put in some extra effort to get things going! As the author states, “the only way to get your book noticed the way you want is to invest in yourself by becoming an authorpreneur. Fortunately, she has simplified the process down to it’s bare bones, creating a plan that anyone can follow. Acting as an effective guide, she takes the reader by the hand and helps them through the murky and intimidating world of editing and publishing.
This book is an incredible resource for the aspiring author. Covering a range of topics such as identifying and writing for your audience, polishing your manuscript, how to find the right editor for the type of book you have written, creating a business plan, creating an author platform, engaging your audience, and pre- and post-launch marketing tactics, it literally has everything you need to get you on your way to becoming a published author. Perhaps most importantly, Carter has managed to write a thoroughly comprehensive and inspiring book without any of the typical filler and anecdotes that tend to weigh down so many do-it-yourself type books. Somehow (and I’m still scratching my head as to how) she has managed to condense all of this information into a practical and readable 180 pages, leaving you more time to apply the information and start getting things done.
As a blogger and book reviewer, I especially enjoyed the wealth of information Carter shares on using social networking to engage your audience. Remarkably, she covers a lot of “new” information in this area that not many other writers discuss, including helpful websites, apps, and plugins to help save you time while interacting with your audience on a more frequent basis.
If you are a writer, or even if you have already made the switch to that coveted title of ‘author’, you would do well to read this book. I guarantee you will come away with more knowledge than you began, and will certainly be more inspired to take control of your writing career and become a true ‘Authorpreneur’. Highly recommended!
Rating: 5 stars
I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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About the author:
A board member for Women Entrepreneurs of Oregon and a KOREducators Board Member for Portland’s first Leadership and Entrepreneurship Public Charter High School, Rochelle is also an Authorpreneur Business Consultant, providing publishing consulting services for various authors, and managing the acquisition and production process for all of her imprints. She resides in Portland, OR with her husband and two children.
Visit her website at www.ellechormedia.com for more information on Writing, Publishing, Marketing, and Authorpreneurship.