I’ve made money from my books. What I like about this article is that it tells you how much each of these people made from their books. The money isn’t overwhelmingly impressive, but you can see how they make money, and on what topics. I’m not suggesting you need to be a politician in order to make money as an author… you can do better than these guys have. But this article gives you an idea of what you might be able to expect, financially.
Sometimes, you just gotta get that book out of your mind, even if it has nothing to do with money. But heck, if the money is there, why not work towards it?
Here’s something else: you might not make much money from your book(s), but the money might come from speaking, consulting, etc.
Carrie Young is the mastermind behind the Summer Strings Adventure Camp in Layton, Utah (just north of Salt Lake City). I love how she combines her passions and allows others to benefit. This looks like a wonderful fit for someone interested in music, youth, etc.
She says she wants people to know:
The summer camp is for any child with 1 year experience, up to high school, and
The concert is a free concert open to families with children of all ages to the community that is interactive, full of costumes, well known music, and fun activities for the kids, and
There is a year round program for anyone interested in taking classes, being in a beginning orchestra, or wanting to be in a more advanced tour group not restricted by age and very affordable!
Charging the right amount, and feeling good about what you are charging, can be really hard! Here’s an excellent, must-read article on how one entrepreneur came to terms with charging what she is worth:
Watch this 7 minute video about Jack Andraka and what he is doing. How crazy-inspiring is this?
The word that sticks out in my mind as I watch this is FOCUS. Perhaps SINGULAR FOCUS.
We look for balance, and recreation, etc. There are more Jack’s out there who have singular focus who are working to make the world a different and better place, and I’m guessing this kid is going to have a very nice paycheck sometime. Watch here, and get inspired (not overwhelmed):
Many years ago, at a previous company, I hired an I.T. intern to do work for me in Idaho. Mike was a cool guy, and I learned he and his wife would go to a local restaurant weekly to make animal balloons for tips. I thought it was cool, and he had a bit of the entrepreneurial bug.
Before you read this article, realize that the idea, and polishing the idea, will likely take you more than five days… but the point of this article is that you don’t have to take years to create this type of income. And many people can quit their 9-to-5 if they can create this much money. OR, keep the 9-to-5, and simply experience a different type of financial mindset!