How Aspiring Authors Are like the First Female Self-Made Millionaire
Born into an enslaved family in 1867, African-American Sarah Breedlove married at age 14 to escape family violence. Left a widow with two children by age 20, her first job as laundress paid less than a dollar a day. Married and divorced from her third husband, Sarah (now Madam C.J. Walker) became the first female self-made millionaire in the United States.
Sarah had severe scalp and skin ailments from harsh soap ingredients. She developed remedies to solve her problems then made them available to other women with similar challenges. Sarah learned to sell locally then by mail order. She opened her own production facility and created an empire. As part of her sales force, Madam Walker taught 20,000 other women to teach, sell, and run their own business.
Once Sarah learned how to achieve success she shared her knowledge. The magic in her formula was sharing her path of empowerment with others.
How Your Message Is Your Contribution
Most aspiring authors have more in common with Sarah Breedlove than Madam C.J. Walker. They have something valuable to share but haven’t figured out how to effectively offer it to the reading public.
If you’re a non-fiction author like me, you have knowledge or skills others need. Folks who know you already appreciate the value of your message but you haven’t figured out how to share it with the world. Fiction authors are entertainers. Your story may offer readers hope, escape, or a who-dun-it no one figures out till the last page.
Sarah Breedlove mastered the process of business success then taught others the formula. At the end of 2016 I was a published author with 5 paperbacks and eight ebooks. Great material, but pitiful sales. Few readers bought my books and I had no clue how to get their attention.
What It Feels Like To Ride the Amazon Sales Rankings
I became a best-selling author April 27, 2017.
Like any business, achieving success as a writer is both formula and process. Imagine the differences among the 20,000 women Madam Walker’s company trained, yet the path to success was the same for all.
You are talented. You are unique. You have a message or story you want everyone to read. You and I may have a lot in common or very little. The one thing we both want is for people to buy and read our books.
Sarah Breedlove achieved one success then parlayed that knowledge into many more. That’s what best-selling authors do. Now that I’ve done it with one title I plan to do it with another, and another after that.
I’m beginning to understand the process, but I didn’t teach myself the formula for author success. Someone else shared her knowledge with me – and I’m still learning!
Sarah Breedlove didn’t rest on her first success – she built on it. Gaining best-seller status motivates me to set larger goals. The path to achieving them is the same I used to become a best-selling author the first time.
You Can Do It Too
Do you want your website tagline or business card to read, “Best-selling Author”? Lots of people write books. If you’re reading this you’re probably not content as one of the crowd. You want others to benefit from your knowledge or skill, and you want to reap the professional and financial rewards of providing it.
Sarah was the daughter of slaves. She is remembered for her entrepreneurial and philanthropic contributions. She didn’t just make money, she changed people’s lives by sharing the formula with others.
In January 2017 I was an Amazon footnote. Today I’m a best-selling author. I write books to help folks achieve their dream goals so they can help others do the same. That’s the purpose of this blog post. Some call it the Golden Rule. As a Christian writer, I know where it’s found in the Bible (Matthew 7:12).
Get Started Now
Where did I learn the process of becoming a best-selling author? I watched hours of videos and read countless books and articles but still didn’t understand the formula. That’s how I discovered Alinka Rutkowska’s Author Remake program – and signed up.
I love best-seller status, but the change I’m most thrilled about is offering better books to more readers. Author Remake teaches authors to produce better books, maximize promotion opportunities, and learn a formula to grow their business.
Alinka constantly gives more than she promises. Like Sarah Breedlove, Alinka teaches what she knows. If one of your goals, spoken or not, is to become a best-selling author – maybe you should sign up, too.
[Alinka here: if you’d like to join us at Author Remake send me a message at firstname.lastname@example.org and put “Author Remake” in the subject line]
This is a guest post by Lynn Baber.
Lynn is a best-selling author, world and national champion trainer and breeder.
Get in touch with Lynn at www.LynnBaber.com.