Earn More Money with a Short Book: Nonfiction Writing Prompt #37

increase income as an authorIf you are like me, you love writing, and you’d like to make a living from your writing. However, the vast majority of writers do not make a living from their work—especially not from their books. If you strategically publish many short books rather than just a few long books you can make more money as an author, though.

Did you know that four in five traditionally published books never “earn back” the advances received by their authors? That means they don’t sell enough copies to make the writers any money past the initial amount paid by publishers for writing the books. Most e-books don’t sell more than 560 copies per year, and most print books don’t sell more than 250 copies per year. In fact, the average books sells 3,000 copies in its lifetime.

You can be different. You can earn a living from your writing and from your books—not book.

It’s a proven fact that the more books you write, the more books you sell. And if you write a lot of books quickly and strategically, you can boost your income through sales of those short books and of your longer works.

Consider what would happen if you churned out books that solved problems, answered questions, explained benefits, or generally helped ease the pain of your readers. That’s what nonfiction is all about, right? You can do that.

So go do it…not with 50,000-word books but with 4,000-to–30,000-word books. Do it digitally! It’s fast and inexpensive. See if you don’t start making some money.

Maybe at first it will just be Starbuck’s money. Then it might be gas money. Before you know it, it could be your car, rent or mortgage payment.

Nonfiction Writing Prompt #37: Earn More Money with a Short Book

To complete this nonfiction writing prompt, brainstorm ideas for several short books that could help you create more income as an author. Then, write and publish one book before the end of November.

Use the Write Nonfiction in November Challenge (WNFIN), also known as National Nonfiction Writing Month (NaNonFiWriMo) to give you the energy of a group, support and a deadline. Find out more and register here.

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Then all you need to do is sit down and write…fast…and keep it short! You’ll be an author before you know it, and you’ll start making money from those books as soon as you get them published.

I’d love to hear about the short books you write fast and how they increase your residual income. Leave me a comment below.

If you would like to learn more about the variety of short-book structures you might try and how to write them quickly, and get inspired with numerous ideas for short nonfiction books you can write in under a month so you can start earning more money as an author, join me on TODAY, October 15 from 12–1:30 p.m. Pacific Time for a brown-bag lunch webinar, How to Write a Short Book Fast. Click here to learn more about this mini-course and register. Only a few spaces left…grab yours before the webinar begins or all the spots are taken!

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  1. What an inspiring and motivating post! I’m slogging my way through a long, long memoir and have had a couple of ideas for ‘off-shoots’ but thought there wasn’t enough in them for other books.

    Now I’m thinking they’re probably good ‘short’ books as you are encouraging here. I also love the idea of the intrinsic reward of actually finishing and publishing the next ideas so much faster too!

    Thank you, Lisa

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