Before April 2010, Amanda Hocking used to live in a tiny, sparsely furnished apartment in Austin, Minnesota.
She was penniless. She was frustrated. She got rejected many times trying to interest traditional publishers in her work.
Fast forward to October 2010, Hocking has sold over 150,000 copies of her books. She became a millionaire netting over $2.5 million over the next 20 months.
Amanda Hocking didn’t get any outside help to make that huge sum. She did everything all by herself. She became a millionaire. Now she is living the American dream. She bought her own detached home.
Hocking achieved her dreams with only her writing skill. Just her writing skill and nothing else.
Are you a good writer? Can you put words together just like a bricklayer puts bricks together?
There’s no limit to what you can achieve in life when you have that writing skill.
Now, you must be thinking “I can’t wait to write my own book”.
Yes, I can feel that you can’t wait to write your own book. But only about 20 minutes or a few days later, you’ll realize that you just don’t have the time.
Is it true you don’t have the time to write and publish your own book?
I don’t think so.
We all have 24 hours, 7 days a week.
Successful Actors, Authors, Writers, Designers and YOU! Nobody has more than 24 hours in a day, yet some people are having more success.
You have time to write. You only have to find that time. That time is lost doing things that don’t contribute any meaningful things to your life. That time is lost chasing things that don’t move you closer to your goals. That time is lost. You have to find that time.
Welcome to the Self-Publishing World
You need no one to become a millionaire in the Book World. What you need is that zeal and drive to succeed.
Bella Andre was axed from her publisher when brick-and-mortar bookstores were shutting down in large numbers in 2010.
Many of her friends suggested she do different things. One friend told her to change her pen name. Another friend told her to change genres. Some told her to write anything but love stories.
She was lucky to have a friend who introduced her to the world of self-publishing. She took this advice and will forever be grateful.
Her first ebook Love Me was self-published by her on Amazon and she made $20,000 that first month alone. This earning was four times more than any book contract she had signed.
It’s your time to write and publish your own book. The self-publishing world is the ideal place for you.
How can you find time to write that story, that idea that’s been on your mind for a long time?
Do It Now
No amount of positive thinking, studying and books reading will make you a self-published author. You can’t substitute action for anything.
Your search for the next magic bullet, or shiny object that will help you land your dream almost overnight – you’ll find none.
Consistency is what you need. You have to write every day. If it’s 500 words you can write in one day – good! At least, it shows you’re taking action. It shows you’re taking those little baby steps that lead to success.
You just have to get things done. You have that talent – that writing skill in you. Now is the time to take advantage of it.
And it’s not an excuse if you’re a terrible writer.
I was once a bad writer. I improved my writing skill by studying the works of the greats. Reading every book that promised to teach me some things about writing. The most important thing is, I was writing every day.
I won’t say I’m a talented writer now. I won’t say I’m a good writer. But the fact that I’m writing almost every day is helping me improve my writing skills. So a bad writing skill is not an excuse at all. The self-publishing world is calling you to come and become a millionaire.
Find Time to Write
The weather may be hot. The weather may be cold. You have to find time to write. How the weather looks like isn’t your business.
Every passing minute is a precious time of your life. Don’t wait to get in the mood. Don’t wait for things to get right. Don’t wait for when you’re energized. You have to get in front of the blank screen and write something.
Writing isn’t always easy. There’s no perfect time for writing. The perfect time to write is when you set the time to write. That’s early in the morning for me. That’s when I write most of the articles I publish on this blog.
It’s not the perfect time as I sometimes find it difficult to get out of my bed. Sleeping is sweet. My body wants to relax and just lie there, but my mind tells me it’s time to write.
You don’t have to write early in the morning. It could be noontime. It could be when you’re on break at work. It could be before you go to bed. It could be at any time. You should ensure that it’s the time you write every day.
If you find it difficult coming up with this time, you should find the time you use to engage in those time-wasting activities. This can be when you watch TV, or when you sign into Facebook.
I’m not like saying you should stop watching TV or stop chatting with your friends on Facebook. What I’m saying is cut the time you spend on that activity and use that extra time to write. Even if it’s only 30 minutes, make sure you use that time to write.
I’m sure you have some free time during your day. This free time could be when you relax and just think. Well, use this free time to write.
You move closer to your goal of becoming a millionaire whenever you write. So make writing a compulsory everyday activity for yourself.
Set Small Writing Goals
The problem with goal-setting is that thinking about your goal alone can make you lose focus. And you’re likely to quit when the focus is lost.
We set yearly, monthly and weekly goals. That’s the reason we find it difficult to achieve our goals.
Forget about the week. Forget about the month. Forget about the year. These are big goals.
You should focus on days.
You’ll start to realize your dreams when you start to take each day at a time.
Don’t say you want to write your book this year. Don’t say you want to write your book this month. Say you want to write 500 words today. And make sure you write it.
Daily goals are so small, so tiny. Achieving a tiny goal each day is the only way to achieve a big goal at the end of the year.
The big goal distracts and weighs us down. The tiny goal looks so small that we just want to quickly do it and forget about it.
Imagine you say you want to publish a book of about 150,000 words this year. That 150,000 number alone is so huge that it makes you feel the goal can’t be achieved within a year.
But when you say you want to write 500 words per day, the goal looks small and achievable. Sometimes, you’ll feel you can get that wrapped up within 30 minutes. Sometimes, you’ll feel you can write it within an hour.
Remember: Rome wasn’t built in a day.
If you’re still on this page, it means you’ve picked up some important lessons. Now, you don’t have to overload your brain with too much information. What you need right now is action.
The Pain of action or the Pain of inaction, which Pain is more Painful?
Start now! And you could be a millionaire this time next year.
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