On October 13, 2022, I had my first Write and Retire Right seminar at the University of Technology in Kingston, Jamaica.
In that presentation, I recounted the story behind my book, Write and Retire Right. I shared with attendees online and in person the process and possibilities to write and retire right via Authorpreneurship and invited them to join the movement by 2030.
My journey began in 2015, with a mid-life crisis and a desire to move from Fear and Frustration to Fulfillment. At age 35, I was behind on my dreams and my bills and brokenhearted.
I was forced to redesign my life and career after a second broken engagement and a decision to move from being a donor supported missionary, depending on the financial generosity of others for survival, to being an author, personal development coach, and speaker to transform lives.
Little did I know then, how frustrating this process would be until I found myself so broke, I could not find J$500 (US$5) to take a taxi, and each month my rent and bills were in jeopardy, but God was faithful to come through every month.
In the ensuing years, feelings of regret and fear engulfed me. I did not want to reach 40 in the same condition.
I thought I should have been married at this stage with a doctorate to my name, driving a fancy car, living in my own home 🏡 and being financially stable. Instead I was educated, broke, and brokenhearted, struggling to make a living selling books and living like a pauper.
But at age 39, I made a decision to become fearless and design the next decade for greater.
I wanted my later to be greater. Instead of fearing my future and living in regret, I could design a better sail, and with God’s help, soar to new heights for my next innings.
What mattered was not the last innings but my next innings. So, what would I do differently?
How would I do it?
That’s when I made the decision to Write and Retire Right by age 50 and to do so by going the extra mile with books.
By then, I had heard about a retirement movement called 20booksto50K by Michael Anderle, in which he found that if he had 20 books each selling at US$7.50, he could earn $50K annually and retire in Cabo.
So, I decided to have 20 books for 2020 and do something extraordinary, to move from nominal to phenomenal, because to get extraordinary results, you got to be extraordinary.
I would publish these books on a budget and then leverage this body of work for transformation and help others to replicate my process.
So, I became the Rocket-Writer, writing 20 books in one year. I decided I would use these books to establish my authority as a publishing expert and multiply my impact.
I would also tackle my fears head on and launch at least 7 of these new books in a birthday celebration called Fearless 40.
I would also do something different beyond launching books, which I had been doing since 2015. I would launch a paid Academy membership group around my book Authorpreneur Secret$.
This book, Authorpreneur Secret$, captured my writing and publishing process and goal of writing and retiring right with its subtitle: Write fast, publish affordably, and generate lasting income.
And finally, I would go after my delayed dreams, achieve financial freedom, and soar to new heights as I got older.
I would turn my regrets into a roadmap for success as an Authorpreneur and move from frustration to fulfillment.
So, between ages 40 and 42, I went from having 4 published books in 2018, to having 27 published books, including the book, “Write and Retire Right”and launching several book-based initiatives.
This has led to helping over 20 freelancers and at least 50 authors to earn an income from writing and book publishing initiatives.
Not only that, this path has enabled me to assist tertiary students with education scholarships, and is assisting with the funding my doctoral studies.
Now, I am able to support myself financially as an Authorpreneur.
With the guidance author and retirement expert, Patricia Reid-Waugh, and my financial advisor, Wendy Salmon, I was also able to renew my life and health insurance policies that had lapsed, and open a retirement account.
Now I now towards the future with confidence as I seek to Write and Retire Right and help others to do so.
But you don’t need 20 books to do it, only ONE.
What does it mean to WRR and how can you do that with one book and what kind of book works best?
Write and Retire Right (WRR) means doing fruitful and fulfilling work and being financially fit at age 60/65 using books as a platform.
This can be done as an Authorpreneur. An Authorpreneur is an author who leverages books to create income streams beyond book sales.
Although I have 27 published books, only one book has been the primary driver of majority of my income- Authorpreneur Secret$ .
Authorpreneurship helps you to Write and Retire Right quicker than merely selling books.
Consider this: How many books would you need to sell to make US$4,700 or US$47,000 dollars with the 70% royalty Amazon offers for an ebook of $9.99? Or consider the 60% royalty on a book priced at US$19.99.
It would take thousands of sales to do that.
However, with Authorpreneurship, you can get there faster.
If you write and publish a small non-fiction book on a budget and develop a product or service around it, you can get there faster.
The best book I find is a small non-fiction book of 10,000 -30,000 words with your story, expertise, life experiences and life lessons.
You then publish it on a budget and then leverage it to create multiple income streams.
There are 30+ Income streams possible with a book.
For example, I converted Authorpreneur Secret$ into a least five different income streams with different price points ranging from US$47 – US$1500. With just a few clients at the highest price point, I can make US$4700 quicker than trying to sell book by itself.
Will you join the movement?
If this story appeals to you, I am looking to raise up 10,000 Authorpreneurs by 2030, who will take on the challenge of writing and retiring right.
To get started, get my Rocket Writing ebook, which teaches you how to write a non-fiction book in 24 hours.
Visit www.extramileja.com to get it. It is also in audiobook format.
Coming 2023, there will be a WRR course and coaching program to help you to start yoru write and retire right journey.
Furthermore, each November is my annual Rocket-Writing Challenge (RWC) in my Indie Authorpreneurs Facebook group, to write a small nonfiction book of 10-30,000 words, and later to publish on a budget without compromising quality.
Patricia Reid Waugh wrote her book, “Retirement: The Journey and the Destination” on this challenge in 2020, and published on a budget afterwards without compromising quality.
So, are you ready to Write and Retire Right?
Will you join the Vision 2030 Authorpreneur Movement? If so, type “I am in” in the comments or type, “Count me in.”
It is time to be activated for greater and make your later greater.
Take the challenge to Write and Retire Right now.