Becoming a published author can be a mysterious, daunting, and unclear path. It can also be a great entry point into a successful career in entrepreneurship, and here today to talk about how she helps authors on this journey is Sharon Woodhouse, the owner of Conspire Creative.
Sharon has worked in publishing for decades, and her work as a coach and consultant for authors sees her helping them build small businesses, find their true value offer, and set up sustainable futures doing what they love.
This conversation is packed with many exciting and eye-opening insights into a greatly under-discussed topic. Our guest shares some important reality checks for aspiring writers, the state of the publishing landscape right now, and busts some myths about the industry along the way.
We also explore the idea of meaning-making in the current economic and intellectual climate, along with monetizing intellectual property, and some amazing tips for authors to keep building and improving. Tune in now for a potentially life-changing conversation on your “finding brave” path to growth as an author and entrepreneur.
Key Highlights From This Episode:
- A look at Sharon’s inspiring resume, career journey, and values. [01:36]
- Exploring the most significant challenge that authors face. [03:26]
- The life of a book and the evolution of an author’s relationship to their work. [05:52]
- Common myths about authorship. [09:43]
- Confronting the difficulties around outreach and building a following. [18:08]
- Dealing with external negativity and a lack of understanding. [23:38]
- Unpacking the concept of “defensive entrepreneurship” and monetizing intellectual property. [27:55]
- Systematization and building on your vision for a business. [35:24]
- Final words of encouragement from Sharon about the possibility of success. [37:16]
- Where to find and connect with Sharon and her business online. [37:47]
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“Writing a book and what motivates you to write a book are just so different from the bulk of what comes afterwards” — @SharonWoodhouse [0:04:01]
“You have this thing to say that you’re sharing with the world. What does it need? Where does it need to go?” — @SharonWoodhouse [0:07:12]
“Sometimes what you want from your book changes as you go, because you’ve put yourself into it, you’re expanding your horizons, you’re committing, and all of sudden new opportunities come along that you didn’t even think were possible.” — @SharonWoodhouse [0:08:20]
“Most authors want to make money from their books, but they are reluctant to admit it.” — @SharonWoodhouse [0:14:02]
“Everyone wants to make a living off what they are good at, and what they love, there is no shame in that.” — @SharonWoodhouse [0:14:11]
“Some people think you are self-employed because you can’t get a job!” — @SharonWoodhouse [0:26:31]
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