How to Make Money Online by Writing Books

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How to Make Money Online by Writing Books.

This post is from my good friend and work compatriot, Timotheus Lee. Fighting, and winning, against cancer spurred Timotheus to write this book about how he got through his cancer scare.

I too have had a cancer scare, bowel cancer, where I ended up with a colostomy bag for 5 months and this wanted me to help share his misadventures to help those others who think they may be going through it alone. 

I would ask you on behalf of my good friend to please look at this book and if you have anyone going through a similar problem, consider purchasing it. 

Steve Hey 

A Comprehensive Guide

Here is a copy of Timotheus’s book and his Facebook account.


Writing books is a great way to share your knowledge and expertise with the world. It can also be a very rewarding way to make money online.

There are many different ways to make money from writing books. You can self-publish your books on Amazon or other ebook platforms, or you can try to get a traditional publishing deal. You can also sell your books directly to your readers through your website or blog.

No matter which method you choose, there are a few things you need to do to make money from writing books. First, you need to write a great book that people will want to read. Second, you need to market your book effectively so that people know about it. And third, you need to be patient and persistent. It takes time and effort to build a successful career as a self-published author.

In this blog post, I’ll walk you through the steps involved in making money online by writing books. I’ll cover everything from choosing a topic to marketing your book.

Three Ways You Can Make Money Writing Books.

Self-publishing your works on websites like Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing, Smashwords, or Kobo is one option. This gives you complete control over the cost, appearance, and distribution of your book. The majority of the royalties, which can range from 35% to 70% depending on the platform and country, are also yours to keep. You can check out Kobo here.

Another option is to work as a ghostwriter and write novels for other people. In other words, you write the book in accordance with the client’s instructions without receiving credit or royalties. You are compensated for your work with a flat payment or a per-word charge. If you only want to write for enjoyment or practice, this can be a nice alternative if you aren’t concerned about developing your own brand or audience.

Making and selling online courses based on your books is a third option. This is a fantastic method to enhance the value of your books and attract additional readers who prefer to learn through audio or video. You can put your courses on websites like Udemy, Teachable, or Skillshare and make money from sales of enrollments or subscriptions. 

Everyone knows Udemy and I have a link on my sidebar but look at Teachable too because you can start for free.

Section 1: Choose a Topic

The first step to writing a book is to choose a topic. What are you passionate about? What do you know a lot about? What would you love to write about?

Once you’ve chosen a topic, you need to do some research to see if there is a market for your book. You can use Amazon’s Keyword Tool to see how many people are searching for books on your topic. You can also look at the bestseller lists in your genre to see what other authors are writing about.

It’s important to choose a topic that you’re passionate about and that you know a lot about. But it’s also important to choose a topic that has a market. If no one is interested in reading about your topic, then it’s going to be difficult to make money from your book.

Section 2: Write Your Book

Once you’ve chosen a topic, it’s time to start writing your book. This is the most important step in the process, so it’s important to take your time and do it right.

There are many different ways to write a book. Some authors outline their book before they start writing, while others prefer to write by the seat of their pants. There is no right or wrong way to write a book, as long as you’re producing high-quality content.

Here are a few tips for writing a great book:

  • Do your research. Make sure you know your topic inside and out.
  • Write an outline. This will help you to stay organized and on track.
  • Write regularly. Set aside some time each day to write, even if it’s just for a few minutes.
  • Get feedback from others. Ask friends, family, and beta readers to read your book and give you feedback.
  • Edit your work carefully. Once you’ve finished writing, take some time to edit your work carefully.

Challenges In Writing Your Own Book.


I certainly don’t write as much, book-wise, as Timotheus does but the first problem I always come up with is motivation. I am currently writing a children’s book and sometimes I just don’t want to go near it.

I believe a good writer will find a space and time to concentrate on their book. And the second thing that I find a challenge is trying to second-guess what your readers want to see. Often I will find myself going back and changing script that I feel may be too difficult for the reader, This is where you need to know your market, and one thing I do have on my side is I am an ESL teacher and have been for the last 15 years

Writer’s block. 

The terrible blank page syndrome is when you find yourself stuck for what to write next. It can happen at any time and linger for a few hours, a few days, or even a few weeks. Take a break, engage in some brainstorming, read other literature, or simply write whatever comes to mind as solutions.


Only half of the struggle is writing. The other half involves editing, proofreading, and shining up your work. This can be laborious and time-consuming, and you can end up changing or removing elements that you previously found appealing. Use online tools like Grammarly or Hemingway, consult beta readers, or engage a professional editor as some potential options.


No matter how good your book is, you will inevitably face some criticism, negative reviews, or low sales. This can be discouraging and hurtful, and it can make you doubt yourself and your abilities. Some possible solutions are to develop a thick skin, focus on positive feedback, or learn from constructive criticism.

This is one you will have to tackle yourself. But remember the story about J.K. Rowling.

Jk Rowling and Rejection.

Before her magical tales were published Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling encountered a lot of rejection Twelve different publishers received her manuscript, but they all declined it. That’s comparable to receiving 12 Howlers in a single day 

She didn’t give up though. She persisted in looking until she discovered a publisher who was interested in her wizarding universe. The remainder is history. 

Next time you consider giving up on your goals, keep in mind that even the most famous authors had to overcome certain challenges. And maybe, just maybe, one day you’ll come across your own Hogwarts letter.

Section 3: Market Your Book.

Once you’ve written your book, it’s time to start marketing it. There are many different ways to market your book, including:

  • Social media. Use social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to promote your book.
  • Blogging. Write blog posts about your book and your topic.
  • Guest blogging. Write guest posts for other blogs in your niche. For example, here I am writing on this blog as a guest writer.
  • Advertising. Run paid ads on platforms like Facebook and Amazon.
  • Email marketing. Build an email list and send regular newsletters to your subscribers.

It’s important to market your book effectively so that people know about it. If no one knows about your book, then they’re not going to buy it.

Marketing Companies.

There are a lot of companies that promise they will market your books with some being more effective than others.

If you are marketing a business book you probably want to consider Mindstirmedia. It is one of “Inc5000’s” fastest growing companies and has been shown on Shark Tank. Below is the Video.

In Closing

Making money online by writing books is possible, but it takes time and effort. If you’re willing to put in the work, you can achieve your dream of becoming a successful self-published author.

Here are a few additional tips for making money online by writing books:

  • Write high-quality books. This is the most important factor in your success. If you write great books, people will be more likely to buy them.
  • Write in a popular genre. Some genres are more popular than others. If you write in a popular genre, you’ll have a better chance of making money.
  • Promote your books effectively. There are many different ways to market your books. Use a combination of different strategies to reach your target audience.
  • Be patient and persistent. It takes time to build a successful career as a self-published author.

Do you have any questions or comments? Please feel free to add them to the comments section below. I will be more than happy to reply or help you.

I wish you good health, wealth, and success!

Timotheus Lee

About Timotheus:

Timotheus Lee is an Amazon Bestselling Author, lecturer, and online entrepreneur. He has been writing since a young boy and has worked as a copywriter and scriptwriter. 

Today, he is an adjunct lecturer at UCD (UCD (National University of Ireland, Dublin. He is a cancer survivor and advocates holistic healing. His hobbies include catching up with people over coffee, photography, art, travel, TV shows, movies, comics, yoga, and meditation.

About Stephen Hey:

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