Imagine you’ve put your entire heart into a book that combines everything you learned in your personal and professional life. An amazing opportunity stands before you to submit your published book for a prestigious author award. You throw caution to the wind and, putting all your faith in yourself, you enter that book into that contest.
I had the vision to create an elite group of ghostwriters after I had to turn down several requests for my services as a ghostwriter. I no longer consider myself a ghostwriter because my current business focus doesn’t offer me the bandwidth. After all, in 2014, I started a publishing company: Author Academy Elite. We’ve published hundreds and hundreds of books written by authors all around the world.
Many traditional publishing houses have admitted that 70% of the books they publish were written by a ghostwriter. Even crazier—99% of books published by artists, celebrities, and politicians were done with the help of a talented ghostwriter. Would you like to be one of those high-paid ghostwriters? Every year, the publishing industry makes more and more room for new ghostwriters to throw their hat in the ring. Some modern ghostwriters even receive a credit—or an acknowledgment—from the publishing author to show their gratitude for the hard work they’ve put into the project.
’ve been an author since 2004. But for the first 8 years, it was always a side-hustle. After all, with a wife and 3 kids, I didn’t think I could make a living as a full-time writer. Then, in 2012, my friend, Scott, asked me if I could help him fulfill his dream of writing a book. After chatting further, he said he needed a ghostwriter.
You might not realize it yet, but the marketing process starts long before you start writing your first chapter. First, it starts quietly when you’re working on fleshing out your book idea. Then, the marketing wheels start moving much faster while you’re writing your nonfiction book proposal. Besides describing your book premise, you will also generate materials and ideas that will be helpful to you when you start to market yourself as a writer and when you start marketing your book.
One of the greatest feelings in the world is when we realize that we’ve just finished writing a book. But when we go back to read it, sometimes we question whether it’s good enough to publish or not. That’s when the imposter syndrome starts to set in, and we feel like failures.
Every author wants success, but most authors have no idea how to achieve it. No matter how you publish or what you publish, there are five essential elements that will put you on in the fast lane on the road to success.
As an author, you have a creative responsibility to finish writing your book and find a way to publish. After you’ve written your book, there are many more responsibilities you’ll need to take on to publish your book the right way. And part of that is understanding the legal challenges that can surface when you’re getting ready to publish. Without having a law degree, how do you know where to begin?
Is there such a thing as a key that can unlock your future? Sure, but it’s not a magic bean or a Holy Grail. And it’s not 1 key; it’s actually 4 of them. Back in 2012, while still stuck in my day job, I stood on the threshold of my future with a ton of uncertainty.
Authors are first and foremost dreamers, and as dreamers, we tend to see the bigger picture before we see what our next biggest step is supposed to be. For Felicity Fox, a successful Author Academy Elite children’s book author, that dream started way before she understood what it would eventually become. She started telling stories from childhood.