I love that phrase: writing empire. It sounds so awesome, doesn’t it?
Having an empire that you created with your writing at the center of everything.
Usually when you think of an “empire,” you imagine someone like Martha Stewart or Kim Kardashian or some other celebrity brand. But writers can have empires too.
Remember the other day when I talked about diversifying? That’s what building an empire is. It’s finding ways to diversify in your writing life so that you’ve got streams of income coming in from different things.
Freelance. Copywriting. Nonfiction books. Novels. Workshops. Virtual events. Live events. Digital products. Writing services. Coaching services. Editing.
There are tons of ways for you to diversify and build your writing empire. And here’s the best part: you get to create it however you want it.
If you hate doing live stuff, you can be 100% virtual. If you love live events, you can build those into your brand. Whatever you love to do, that’s what you should focus on and build your writing empire around.
I love teaching, I love writing, I love speaking, so that’s what I’m building my writing empire around. I have books, digital products, live virtual workshops, live events (more live events coming in 2017!), coaching, writing and self-publishing services.
The other thing about an empire is that it’s also a legacy. It’s the legacy of the person who it’s built around.
An empire will live on long after you do.
So really think about that for a second. What do you want your legacy to be?
I want to be known for changing the way writers think. For showing writers what’s possible when you set your mind to it. For being a living example of the power of combining practical physical actions with energetic mindset actions.
That is my legacy–the one I’m creating.
These are all things you’ve gotta think about if you want to be an authorpreneur. Not just a writer who publishes a couple books, but someone who builds a business around being who you are and doing what you love.
That is the true power of taking control of your writing destiny.
And you can absolutely do it. It’s yours to create, exactly as you want it.
For some examples of legacy and what a writing empire looks like, check out:
> Robert McKee
> Larry Brooks
> Joanna Penn
These are writers who have diversified. They’ve found what they’re awesome at and they’ve built a business around those things.
If you want to make a living as a writer, this is the best way to do it. Yes, you could just write books, but you’re limiting so many things when you do that, including growth, reaching additional audiences and, of course, the money you can make.
Diversifying is where it’s at. And while you’re at it, you may as well build an empire and create a legacy that lives on.
And speaking of empire… I wanted to introduce you to my new 1-1 coaching program:
Build Your Writing Empire
This program is your springboard to making a living as a writer.
For 6 weeks we will work together to:
> Map out your writing empire, including all the things you love to do
> Start setting up and implementing the systems and structures you need to support your empire (including an author website, if you don’t already have one)
> Overhaul your writing life so you’re aligned with and set up for the success you want to create
> Get your nonfiction eBook written and published (at least one, but possibly more than one, if you’re up for it)
> Grow your following
> Sell more books
You will walk away with a published nonfiction eBook, a blueprint for your writing empire–including what to focus on and in what order–and feeling confident and ready to continue growing your audience and your author brand.
With this program you get:
> Six 1-1 calls with me via phone or Skype (up to 60 mins each)
> Unlimited email support between calls
> Feedback, edits, guidance on everything you create while in the program, including your eBook
And as a BONUS, you get a FREE 1-YEAR MEMBERSHIP in the Bestselling Author Mastermind group (a $348+ value). [This is extra-awesome because I’m going to soon be announcing some major changes to BAM that include giving the group access to pretty much everything I’ve created (and the price is going up).]
This program is PERFECT for you if you:
> Have lots of ideas for books you want to write and just need help getting started/organized/productive/etc
> Want to build a writing empire and legacy with your author brand
> Are someone who takes action and follows through
> Are ready to get your damn writing career off the ground
> Want to finally get your first (or next) nonfiction eBook written and published
This program is for writers who are action takers and willing to put in the work.