Are You a One Book Author?

Some of the best-selling authors on are multiple-book authors. As Mark Coker, founder of Smashwords, says, they write a good book, and then they write another good book. They also give away a good book for free.

Recently I connected with a women on LinkedIn. I didn’t realize she and I had graduated from the same school, Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Communications. She’s a bit younger than me. However, she’s got a successful radio show and she wrote three books in one year. Three books! And it’s done wonders for her career. It’s given her expert status and catapulted her into the world of publishing and media success.

You know what? I could do that.

Could you? Can you write a great book and then write another great book? Would you be willing to give away a great book (maybe a short one) to help generate a readership?

Or are you just a one-book author?

When you write a nonfiction book proposal you compose a section called Spin-offs. Here you convince publishers you are just that–a multiple-book author. You offer pitches for your subsequent books. They like to know they can count on you to develop a readership over time. It takes more than one book to do so. With each book, you gain readers. You do more promotion, thus you and your work become better known. Your built-in readership, or author’s platform, grows.

Think about it. Do you have more than one book in you? If so, start writing…fast! Your writing career will be better for doing so.

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