Become a Multiple-Book Author

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I’m a big proponent of authors planning out their careers. When they come to me with one  book idea, I ask them what other books they plan to write. This allows me to see the possible trajectory of their career and how all their books might work together. One book builds on the next and helps them sell more books and create an author brand.

It’s important to do this type of planning early. Sometimes your ideas don’t fall in line. You might have one first, but a second idea comes along and ends up being your first published book. The two might still work as a series, or spin-offs, helping to create a brand.

That’s how it happened to me.

From One Book to the Next

Around 2008 or 2009, I conceived “the proposal process” and a book to take aspiring authors through that process. I wrote a short ebook to test the market; it was called How to Evaluate Your Book for Success. However, before I could get that book sold to a publisher, I came up with a second book idea, called How to Blog a Book. Since I still wanted to write the first book, and I felt the process in that book could—and should—be applied to any book idea prior to it being written, I included a chapter on the proposal process , or how to create a business plan for a book, in How to Blog a Book.

This move was strategic. It set me up to write my second book (formerly my first book). Only I later revamped that book idea to give it more depth and breadth, renamed my process “The Author Training Process,” and proposed The Author Training Manual to my publisher, Writer’s Digest Books. (I had an agent who did this for me.) It is an entire book on how to craft a marketable book—one that will sell—using a business plan for a book.

V8375_AuthorTrainingManual_lowresIn this second book, I included a chapter related to personal development. It talks about attitude and results. In the book proposal for The Author Training Manual, I included a spin-off book—the next book I want to write—that elaborated on that chapter. If that book becomes my next, it allows me to move into another area of successful authorship, but it remains related to The Author Training Manual.

In effect, if the publisher accepts this book, I will have taken a chapter in my first book and expanded it into a second book. I will then have taken a chapter in my second book and expanded it into a third book. I also will have given myself a path as an author to move toward subjects that interest me and to expand my own career as an author and coach.

Can you see the strategy here? In the process, an author brand develops: I become known for producing books on successful authorship and on how to get books written and successfully published.

The Importance of Being a Multiple-Book Author

As you plan out your first book, always think ahead to the second or third book. This helps you succeed as an author.

First, publishers—should you want to go the traditional publishing route—don’t like to invest in one-book authors. They prefer to invest in multiple-book authors.

How to blog a bookSecond, the more you write and publish, the more books you sell. That’s why traditional publishers want to go into business with multiple-book authors, not one-book wonders. This speaks to what is known as the “long-tail effect.” Your second book likely will stimulate sales of your first book, as will your third book or fourth book. I can already see this happening with How to Blog a Book, whose sales went up considerably the last week of February as more and more people began to pre-order The Author Training Manual.

You might sell books that are unrelated in topic as well. One of my readers purchased How to Blog a Book and then went on to find and purchase an ebook of mine, called The Priestess Practice, which is only available on my website.Your List of Forthcoming Books Keeps You Moving Forward I have found that having a strategy for producing more books also keeps me writing and working. Whether you plan to self-publish or traditionally publish, knowing another book is waiting in the queue to be written, provides daily incentive to keep at the job of becoming a successful author.

For me, writing spin-off books means I keep building my author platform with the books I write. I keep strengthening my brand, and I keep writing.

My list of forthcoming books is large and diverse. Sometimes I’m overwhelmed by the list, and I wonder how I’ll ever have time to write them all. But that’s a better problem to have then to wonder if you have another book in you.

About Nina Amir

Nina Amir, the Inspiration to Creation Coach, inspires writers and bloggers to create published products and careers as authors. Additionally, she helps her clients and readers achieve their potential, fulfill their purpose and make a positive and meaningful difference with their words. She is the author of How to Blog a Book, The Author Training Manual, and Creative Visualization for Writers, all published by Writer’s Digest Books. As a hybrid author, she also has published 17 books independently. She is a nonfiction book editor and doctor, proposal consultant, and an Author Coach and Trainer as well as a Book and Blog Coach. Some of her clients have sold 320,000+ copies of their books and been published by major publishing houses. Nina also is an award winning blogger and journalist, international speaker and founder of National Nonfiction Writing Month, also known as the Write Nonfiction in November Challenge, and the Nonfiction Writers’ University. Also a Certified High Performance Coach, Nina strives to help creative people Achieve More Inspired Results personally and professionally.

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