Author: Sharon C. Jenkins
Review by Grace Olson
Before we get started on the book, there’s a little somethin’ I wanted to let you in on first. Onto Her Bookshelf’s first book review is going to be one year old on February 10th! Time has flown, and to celebrate, I’m going to be doing a giveaway of several books, including Fireflies in December, the book reviewed in that first post. So be sure to check back here on Monday to enter for a chance to win some great books!
Take control of your writing career!
What does it take to become a successful author in today’s publishing world? It’s not enough to write a powerful book – today’s author must understand and leverage the business side of writing. Authorpreneurshipby Sharon Jenkins takes the aspiring writer from curiosity to career, combining both sides of publishing – author and entrepreneur – to empower writers with direction, publishing options, marketing solutions and business savvy to grow their career.
- What publishing model is right for you
- Branding and how it sells your book
- Your publishing personality, and how to leverage it
- A business plan for a successful book launch
- How to manage your time
- How to create a powerful product
- Winning traits of a personal support team
- How to financially support your dream
- Strategic and easy marketing secrets – online and off!
And resources to help you apply what you learn!
Authorpreneurship is one book an aspiring writer, or even an already-established author, will want to have on their bookshelf. I was very excited to be given the chance to review this book, since I am in that aspiring writer category.
There are so many books out there about publishing, marketing, and refining your craft (a.k.a: writer jargon for writing stories, for those of you non-writers reading this), so sometimes it’s hard to know what will be a useful resource and not a waste of time and money. I found this book to be very helpful. For example, the idea of an author “brand” is bandied about within writer circles. Those of us writers trying to get our foot in the door may know what that word refers to, but we might have no idea how to implement a strategy to create a brand. Jenkins did a very good job of explaining what a brand is and how a person can develop one.
I mentioned that this book would be useful for an already-established author as well. You’re probably asking, how so? Well, Authorpreneurship covers a wide range of areas that all authors—published or otherwise—can be working on or toward. The book talks about time management (a skill I know I need help with), pursuing your dream, the ever-elusive concept of marketing, as well as quizzes to assess different areas of where you’re at on the topics discussed,. We aren’t just left reading information, however. Jenkins gives the reader rubber-meets-the-road “Practical Applications” where we can take the information given and put it into practice.
So, would I recommend this book? You betcha! This is a resource I will definitely pull out in the future. For the writer looking to make their book a success, Authorpreneurship is a must-have.
Sharon C. Jenkins is a literary project manager, author, motivational speaker and visionary who serves as the Inspirational Principal for The Master Communicator’s Writing Services. Formerly the managing editor of four electronic and print journals (business, community, health and wellness, faith-based) for one of the largest African American marketing and communications companies in Houston, she has also written articles in various national and local publications. These include Yahoo Shine, Diva Toolbox, Beauty Come Forth Magazine, Gospel Truth, d-mars.com, Houston Black Book and Small Business Today.
Jenkins is also the best-selling Amazon author of Beyond the Closet Door and has co-authored two other books, Songs of Three Sisters and Ready, Set, Succeed: Making Your Dream Come True.
Known as the Master Communicator, because she is proficient in communicating in multiple forms of media: radio, newspapers, magazines, and spoken word, her prevailing mission is to equip authors to live their literary dreams without emptying their bank accounts. She started this undertaking four years ago with the Desire to Inspire Workshops, which progressed to the 2010 – 2013 Authors Networking Summit, which were hosted in Houston and Detroit. To learn more about Sharon and her other books, visit her web page: http://www.sharoncjenkins.com/
I was given a review copy of Authorpreneurship from My Book Therapy in exchange for an honest review. I received no monetary compensation for my review. The opinions expressed are solely my own.