Friday, May 25, 2018

A Little-Known Secret to Author Success with E. Van Lowe

Before you pass on reading this piece because you’ve heard it all before, at least read beyond the second paragraph.  I believe I’m going to share an author success secret you’ve never heard before.

Let me first qualify myself.  I have been a millionaire in my life.  I’m not one today, although I do live rather comfortably.  I live in a fabulous home in one of the most affluent communities in America. I’m not saying this to brag, I’m saying this to qualify myself as a person who can tell you a secret you can take to the bank.

I’ve been a writer and author since the 80s, and like I said, I’ve made millions, but it didn’t all come from my writing, although my writing was the catalyst for all my success.
My secret… every successful person does something that non-successful people don’t do. Every successful person diversifies… meaning, to be successful you can’t make your living from one revenue stream.

LeBron James, probably the most successful athlete today does not make all (or even most) of his money playing basketball. Warren Buffet, the most successful investor today, does not make all of his money form one investment, or one kind of investment.

Tip #1, if you want to be successful, diversify.  Tip #2, a great way to diversify is to teach.

I currently make more money today by helping writers achieve my kind of success than I do from writing fiction, my great love.  I am currently working with a fabulous baker who is teaching others how to bake. I’m working with an actress who is teaching others how to put together one man (woman) shows.  The great thing about this revenue stream is you can help others while you earn—the best of both works.

We all have at least one skill people would pay money to learn.  Do you find yourself helping friends set up their websites, or their bank accounts?  Do friends ask you how do you put your wardrobe together? These are marketable skills people will pay money for.  It may take a little thought for some of you, but I know everyone has a marketable, teachable skill.
I’m not saying it’s easy to diversify, but making money from writing books isn’t easy, either, is it? And you may discover, as I did, that it’s not only personally rewarding, but it can be lucrative.

And now for the awkward segue.  If you’re thinking about self-publishing, or you simply need a bit of motivation, please read my new book, Self-Publish Now.  Yes, this is a bit of shameless self-promotion, but I’ve received emails from many readers who’ve said how much reading the book has helped them.  It really is motivating.

Natalie Martinez, a non-writer said this in an email to me: “Ohhhh my gosh!!! This book really touched me!! I  have been struggling to change my life plan. I pursued a career and even  obtained my doctorate but I hate my job. You described my every day struggle to  go to work. I loved your book.”

So that’s it for today: If you want to make more money, diversify; if you need a dose of motivation, or you’d like to learn how to self-publish, read my new book.

And while I have you here, please visit the new blog I created to inspire, educate and motivate authors,

~ E. Van Lowe

Self Publish Now: The Underground Playbook to Get You Writing, Finishing, and Self-Published NOW
By E. Van Lowe

Genre: Non-fiction/Self-help

Publisher: EViL E Books

Date of Publication: May 2, 2018


Number of pages: 67
Word Count: 16,043

Cover Artist:  Venkateshvinod

Book Description:

This tiny book contains my step-by-step, easy to follow system for getting your book written and self-published NOW. It's probably the most complete, no-nonsense guide to self-publishing available.

I take you on my personal journey, from an abject failure living in the Bronx with no future to speak of to becoming the writer I always dreamed of being--writing bestselling books, movies, and hit TV shows. I tell you how I went from dreamer to having money in the bank and fans around the world.

I tell you in my straight forward style what's holding you back from writing success, and give you the kick in the butt, plus all the tools you need to self-publish NOW. I tell you how I got where I am, but more importantly, how you can get there. 


It was 7:30 a.m. Monday morning. The alarm clock had gone off half an hour ago, yet no matter what I told myself, I just couldn’t get out of bed. I should have gotten up and started getting ready for work as soon as the clock went off.  That was normally how I did it.
Something was wrong.
As I lay there, I took inventory of myself. I wasn’t sick. It wasn’t a hangover. Truth is, I wasn’t actually tired, although every muscle in my body seemed wracked with fatigue.  I was sweating.
I thought back to Sunday morning.  I felt great when I got up on Sunday.  I was up early.  I read the paper, I played with my son, and we all went to church. 
We had brunch in Manhattan after church, and spent the warm afternoon in Central Park near the Merry-go-round.  My son loved to go to the merry-go-round. He didn’t like to ride it. He said it made him dizzy, but he loved being in the presence of all the energy exuded by the kids. He feasted on it.
Around 4 p.m. I started feeling a bit sluggish.  It increased gradually, and by bedtime, I was exhausted. I had developed flu like symptoms.
As I lay there that Monday morning, I realized it was around 4 p.m. Sunday afternoon when I started thinking about my job.  On Sunday evening as I prepared my route for the following day, I started feeling a sense of dread. 
I quickly diagnosed myself with a malaise felt by millions nationwide. My illness was that I dreaded going to work. I hated my job.
I asked myself “how did this happen?”  I had a dream job.  At least it was a dream job for a guy from where I’m from. I was the envy of all my friends. I was both proud and excited when I landed the job a few years earlier.  Back then, I couldn’t wait to go out into the field. WHAT had changed?
Hi, my name is Ehrich Van Lowe (pronounced Eric. My friends call me E.) and I am a writer. I’ve spent most of my working career writing professionally, and loving it.  I’ve written for big publishers, small publishers and I’ve self-published. I’ve written blog posts and articles in magazines.
I’ve written for the theater, I’ve written poetry, and I’ve written for TV and film. I’ve won many writing awards including being nominated for the Emmy Award and the Oscar, all for my writing.  I have written bestselling novels and hit TV shows. I am a working writer who has had, and still enjoys a wonderful and rewarding career.

But on that morning, a long time ago, I was a twenty-three year-old nobody who had abandoned my dreams.
 If you are a writer trying to figure it all out, or a failed writer, or a would be writer, I wrote this book for you. I hope you will read it from beginning to end. There are a few things I’d like to tell you that I believe can help launch your writing career, and keep you from years of not realizing your dream.

Much of what you are about to read in this book you have never heard before.  Some of it you have, but not from me. The purpose of this book is to get you comfortable with the idea that you, yes YOU, can actually become a published author and make money. It’s also to give you some tools you can use to get your writing career going, and not just going, but going quickly and successfully.

About the Author:

Ehrich Van Lowe, aka E. Van Lowe is an award winning television writer, screenwriter, bestselling novelist, and writing coach with over 30 years earning his living as a writer. He is a six figure author, and a seven figure entrepreneur. He knows how to be successful.  He has taken clients from having no knowledge of the business, to earning a living, to becoming bestselling authors.

Twitter @Evanlowe

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