Authors going from Poor to Wealthy

Roundtable 2No author is better than you. If there’s an author making more money, selling more books, getting their stories adapted to film, and has a terrific ancillary product line to go along with the books, then the difference is that author has learned how other successful authors are doing things.

Let that sink in for a moment. “A wealthy author has learned how to do things that other wealthy authors are doing.”

Here’s another way to look at things. The publishing industry is willing to pay some authors millions of dollars, but just not you…why?

When a poor author decides to gain knowledge from the wealthy authors and other successful people, then the process of selling books becomes much clearer.

If you’re ready to make the decision to become a successful, wealthy author, here’s what you can do.

First, know that everything you need to do in order to become successful can be learned and has been accomplish by people with less knowledge than you and certainly less talent.

Second, form a powerhouse roundtable with five or more of the wealthiest, most respected people in the world. (People you respect the most!)

Remember these people can be living, or dead. You simply want to learn everything they did to become successful.

Examples of Potential Roundtable Members

Malcolm Gladwell

By reading Gladwell’s books such as Outliers and Tipping Point, you’ll discover a blueprint for making the most of your potential, along with changing the way readers purchase books and how to spread ideas to readers.

How does that happen?

I’m going to open a random page in Outliers and read a random sentence. Here it is, “Success is not a random act.”

I actually didn’t plan that, but it’s a perfect example of how I chose to be random, but Gladwell suggested that success is not a random act.

Here’s the rest of the paragraph, “(Success) arises out of predictable and powerful set of circumstances and opportunities.”

When reading Outliers and learning from your roundtable member, Malcolm Gladwell, he’ll teach you the patterns of successful people. You can then apply those patterns to your author career.

Walt Disney

Another example of a potential roundtable member can be Walt Disney. By reading biographies of Disney, you’ll discover he went from failing many times in business, to being homeless, eating from a garbage can, to becoming a motion-picture and television producer, pioneer of cartoon films, and creator of a place called Disneyland.

In the biography, Walt Disney: An American Original, let’s open a random page and read a random paragraph.

“Over the years, Disney repeated to his animators, ‘Make it read!’ Meaning, make the action distinct and recognizable. No contradiction. No ambiguities. Disney constantly strove to make the cartoon more convincing and more entertaining. He added sound and color.”

Here’s what I can apply to my author career, based on Disney sitting at my roundtable and giving me advice.

  • My books must be unique and stand on their own, different than what everyone else is doing. For that matter, so should my marketing. I need to ask myself, what is the one thing other authors aren’t doing?
  • Disney also suggested that I remove flaws and doubts in both my writing and marketing. I need to take a hard look at myself and see what areas I can improve.
  • Another suggestion by Disney was to make my books and marketing more convincing and entertaining. When he added sound and color, it was unique, powerful, and just what the audience wanted. What is missing today in books that I can adjust to benefit a large audience of readers?

By the way, I’ve used ideas from both Gladwell and Disney to revamp everything I had been writing and started a completely new line of books and products, while going after a new market.

This took willingness to change, but I did it based on suggestions from my roundtable which also included Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Brian Tracy, Henry Ford, and Joel Osteen.

Reading books by these wealthy people and about them, while pretending they are sitting at a table offering advice, is a full proof way to becoming a successful author.

Remember to keep a notebook with you and read in short bursts, so you can absorb the wisdom from your roundtable.

Ron Knight

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