How to Be a Part-Time Author: 5 Strategies for Success 

In our modern, busy world, pursuing a passion like writing can seem impossible. However, being a part-time author is not only achievable but can also be so rewarding. In this blog, you’ll discover five key strategies to help you find success as a part-time author.

How to Be a Part-Time Author

Set Realistic Goals

The journey of a part-time author begins with setting realistic and achievable goals. Understand your limitations and commitments outside of writing. Whether it's a certain word count per day or a specific amount of time spent marketing, tailor your goals to align with your schedule. Realistic goals not only make the process more manageable but also boost your confidence as you accomplish them, making you a successful part-time author.

Do One Thing Every Day (or Week or Month)

Consistency is key in anything, and being a part-time author is no exception. Allocate a small portion of your day, week, or month, whether it's 15 minutes or an hour, to work on your book. It could be writing, coordinating publishing resources, marketing, or something else. By consistently dedicating time to your project (even if it doesn’t seem like much) you’ll see results as those baby steps compound over time.

If being consistent with a daily habit doesn’t work for you, try making it a weekly or monthly commitment. Set reminders on your phone or calendar to automatically pop up when it’s time to work on your book that way it will stay top-of-mind without becoming overwhelming.

Don't Compare Yourself to Others

Every author has a unique journey, and comparing yourself to others can be detrimental to your success. Never compare your day one to someone else’s day one hundred. Instead, focus on your growth and celebrate small victories. Remember, the part-time author path is about personal fulfillment and inspiring readers, not an unattainable standard set by others.

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Remember Your Why

As you write, publish, and launch your children’s book, it's crucial to remember why you started in the first place. Whether it's a love for storytelling, a desire to share an empowering message, or the joy of entertaining young readers, reconnecting with your “why”  can reignite your passion as you work as a part-time author. Reflect on the purpose behind your writing, and let it be your guiding light when you hit bumps in the road.

Keep Going

Persistence is the cornerstone of success for any part-time author. You will have great days, and you will have days where you feel unmotivated and begin to question whether you can really do this. (Spoiler: you CAN do it!) 

During these times, remind yourself that progress, no matter how small, is still progress. Keep going, stay committed to your goals, and trust the process. The journey of a part-time author is a marathon, not a sprint, so take one step at a time, and never give up.

Becoming a part-time author is fulfilling, inspirational, and achievable when you adopt the right mindset. By setting realistic goals, being consistent, avoiding comparisons, remembering your why, and persisting through challenges, you can find success as an author while balancing other aspects of your life. Embrace the journey, enjoy the process, and let your creativity flourish as you continue your career.

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