Chapter 8

How Important Is Being a Published Author?


  • Publishing books will make you more in demand
  • Pros and cons of traditional and self-publishing
  • Do you need an agent?


To write a book or not to write a book—that is the question. It’s a good one. Does getting published help you build a profitable speaking career? Yes! Getting published in one form or another becomes the foundation that will provide your speaking career with

  • enhanced your credibility as a subject matter expert
  • content for a media kit
  • entry to more publications and editors
  • access to other media, such as TV, radio, Internet exposure, and others.

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