Margie Lawson

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The Truth About Writing Life and Money

Are you wondering what career path to follow, Indy or Traditional? Would you like to know how much money authors really make, but Google shows you a hundred different numbers? Confused about how much to invest promoting your novel, on skill-development, or making an audiobook? Do you feel like you spend hours on your writing career but don’t get anywhere? Experienced, happy, bestselling author Kathleen Baldwin has answers to your questions and wants to help.

In addition to your questions, we will cover:

  • Discover the hidden reasons why you write. You may think you know, but the truth is tucked away deep in your psyche. Kathleen will help you dig to find out what lies beneath. This is essential information for new writers and equally crucial for experienced writers, who may be burning themselves out chasing the wrong dream. Understanding your inner motivations determines what pathways are optimal for your writing business.
  • What does it really take to be a successful author? How many hats must a writer wear?
  • Maintaining balance in your writing life. A wholistic approach, with multiple real-life examples of how to focus, and write through life's personal challenges.
  • A clear look at the differences between Traditionally Published versus Independently Published versus Hybrid authorship—the demands, the pitfalls, the perks of each, and the financial rewards. And which path is best for you based on your motivation for writing.
  • A candid look at money. Are your expectations in line with reality? Examine the recent trends and financial data regarding writing incomes and publishing in general. Ignore misinformation: both the false hype and negative Nellys are misleading. Instead, check out reliable data and facts.
  • How much time do you really need? Should you write full time or part-time, and how to flourish either way.
  • Writing sideshows: how and where you can make extra cash as an author.   


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“Master of the unexpected,” Kathleen Baldwin, is a Wall Street Journal, #1 Barnes & Noble, and Amazon bestselling author who enchants readers worldwide with over 650,000 books in the hands of readers around the globe. A Japanese publisher adapted one of her novels into a manga. Ian Bryce, producer of Transformers, optioned her series for film.

Kathleen loves real life adventures. She taught rock climbing in the Rockies, tackled white water on the Colorado, survival camped alone in the desert and mountains, and inadvertently slept beside a mountain lion. She’s married to her very own hero and raised four adventurous children.

Kathleen’s alternate history for teens, A SCHOOL FOR UNUSUAL GIRLS, was a Junior Library Guild selection. The New York Times called it “enticing from the first sentence.” Kansas State NEA gave it a starred review in their “Best of the Best” for High Schools. It was awarded the Spirit of Texas for middle school reading programs. Scholastic licensed her series for school book fairs, and REFUGE FOR MASTERMINDS won a 2018 Booksellers’ Best award. Ian Bryce, producer of Transformers, Saving Private Ryan, and other blockbuster films, optioned the series for film. The series is currently under its fifth film option.




A Fascinating Look Into the Business of Writing From an Author Who Knows Her Stuff

February 15, 2022

The information in this class was invaluable, and I just adore the teacher. She absolutely goes above and beyond to make sure we have what we need to succeed. If you're even a little bit curious, I would take this one!

Mary Chase

A life raft in a heaving ocean

November 15, 2021

Kathleen's is a compassionate, enthusiastic teacher. She makes you feel valued and gives you the tools to help you find your OWN journey. The information is provided in the course is encouraging while staying real. I managed to solidify my goals and clarify my path forward. Invaluable!

Beth Wilson

The Class you NEED!

November 15, 2021

This class is amazing and Kathleen is the best. This is not a doom and gloom class, nor is it a rainbows and buttercups view. It's an honest view on what kind of written life you can create by getting honest with your goals. Kathleen is very responsive, and even added things into the course based on questions that were asked in class. It was great and dynamic and we learned from classmates questions. Kathleen also doesn't let you shy away from digging deep and finding your big why that will keep you going and was available for phone calls if need. I could go on even more, only I won't except to say make this class a 1 click buy!

Megan Ganesh

Excellent Teacher. Valuable Information. Worth the Money.

December 29, 2020

This was the best class I have taken on the publishing industry. Kathleen used statistics and her own personal experiences to break down the different paths a writer can take to publication. She also explored the good and the bad involved. I've never received this much information on publishing from any other class I've taken. Her insight was invaluable. She went above and beyond to help me understand my motivations for writing and how to use them effectively.

Robin Lynn

Truth About Writing Life and Money provides valuable career info

December 15, 2020

I learned a great deal about the publishing business in this course. Kathleen Baldwin is an expert on traditional and indie publishing, and generously offers detailed numbers about what authors really make. There's a lot of misinformation floating around the internet, but this class lays out the truth. Kathleen is also generous with her time, answering each and every question in great detail. By the time you finish this class, you have a firm grasp on why you write, and your goals for your writing career.

Maggie Fitzroy

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