From Author To Authorpreneur: Six First Steps To A Successful Business

With the continued rise of indie publishing, it’s not enough anymore to write a book, submit it, and then sit back and wait for the money to roll in. Although that sounds awesome, it just doesn't happen that easily.... :( Smart authors have to treat their books as they would any business. Yes, it requires some work, but once you get the initial steps in play, it's not as hard as you think.
1. Build a Brand

You do this by starting a blog and building a social media presence.

If your specialty is in Non-fiction, such as Business, Self-Help or How-To books: Building your brand is easy, just write about what you know!

If your specialty is Fiction, Memoir, or other books in a variety of genres: YOU become the brand. Use the unique tone and style you write your books with and carry that value into your other writings.

2. Establish Your Online Presence

First and foremost, you need a website. The shift of consumer consciousness has dictated that businesses who have no website cannot be trusted.

Not only is it a matter of trust, but as like any other business, authors are judged by their website – so make sure yours is clean, up to date, and engaging.

3. Know Your Audience

One of the key components in successful marketing is knowing where to find your audience, and then knowing how to connect and engage them to build that relationship and trust.

Your time and money is precious, so only advertise in areas where your targeted audience would hang out. It helps to put yourself in their shoes – where would you go or what would you search for?

4. Maintain Relationships 

Keep your audience engaged with valuable content; whether it’s sending out a weekly or monthly newsletter or updating your social media at least one to two times a week.

5. Invest In Yourself

When it comes to book publishing, you can only go so far on cheap services. For example, don’t make the rookie mistake of thinking $10 for a cover is a good deal. I assure you, it is not – and about 35% of my clientele have come to me only after learning this valuable lesson.

Remember: You are in business to sell a product, and how your product is presented can make or break a sale.

In order to have a book armed for success right out of the gate, it needs the best care applied to it. Invest in professional editing, design, formatting, etc. to create a high-quality product.

Because if you don’t invest the money into your book, people will take notice. And if you don’t care about the way your product is presented, why should they care enough to buy it?

Luckily there are options such as crowdfunding, a brilliant concept which has been a godsend to many authors who need a little financial boost to get their book funded and attract readers at the same time.

6. Pre-Promotion / Pre-sale

Many new authors fail to take advantage of this valuable asset and end up missing out on all the momentum and excitement-building, potentially leaving a lot of money on the table.

Months or weeks ahead of time, announce the new release of your book and offer a pre-sale, perhaps including an excerpt of the first few chapters, with or without a discounted price. This will entice your audience to pre-buy, and start building a buzz around your book.

Branding you as a business will help bring focus and clarity in all of your marketing directives. I can help organize the overwhelm. Connect with me and let’s have a chat! 🙂
Since 1999, Angela Donelle has worked as a Virtual Author's Assistant for numerous indie authors. She provides consulting and customized service, including book design, editing, office, and marketing tasks. Along with her personal expertise, Angela also runs a progressive web-based platform for self-designing books. You can reach her at

Hi and welcome! I’m Angela, and I’m a mom, author coach, and book designer.

Since 1999, my passion has been helping indie authors design and polish their books + increase profitability through branding.

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