The Compound Effect of Writing Multiple Books

Books library on laptop screen. E-books concept.The Compound Effect, by Darren Hardy, states that the “only path to success is through a continuum of mundane, unsexy, unexciting, and sometimes difficult daily disciplines compounded over time” and that small actions can have big consequences.

This is true for overall business success as well as for authoring success, because let’s face it, while writing books is a joy for some people and not so much for others, there is a lot that goes into it besides the writing part that can be tedious and boring-adding a table of contents, limits of liability, figuring out what bonuses to put in the book, adding website pages and autoresponder series, formatting etc. The truth is it just isn’t sexy or exciting!

But, here’s what is…..getting those checks every single month from Amazon and/or other sites where you list your books. Plus, the bigger the check the sexier it is! But, there’s so much to do all the time, it’s easy to put off writing more books on the back burner and think to yourself, “Someday, I’ll write another one and another one.” But, it never happens. Why? Because the path to success is “mundane, unsexy, unexciting,” and, sometimes, difficult to implement. It’s also long, which means you won’t see financial success right away.

But, let’s imagine for a minute, you wake up in the morning and you stretch and think about what you’d like to do today. You can do whatever you want because you know that you have enough money without doing much because of those checks you’re getting every month from your book sales. WOW! How good does that feel?

And there’s more good news… each time you write a book and start promoting it on Amazon, Amazon sees that you’re promoting it, and then Amazon starts promoting it for you, but that’s just the beginning. When you have more than one book and people go to your page, there is a section that shows potential buyers other books they might be interested in as well, and your other books will show up there and will garner more sales for you! And, that is “The Compound Effect”!

Now, I KNOW how hard it can be because I have gone through it myself and I have found that when you are doing something that gets results that you enjoy and is easy for you, you will generally do better than if it is something where you don’t see the results, you don’t enjoy it, and/or it isn’t easy for you. So here’s what I suggest, if you can do what you enjoy and what is easy for you, keep doing it. If you want to experience “The Compound Effect” from your books and there are some things that you don’t enjoy doing, think about outsourcing them, or learn a system to make it as easy as possible. (For more information on easy ways to create more books, go to

And remember, “The Compound Effect” takes time to achieve, but it’s easier to hang in if you enjoy it and are passionate about it.

It’s also easy to give up when you don’t see immediate results, so you have the have a little trust and faith that it will work over time.

Motivation is another big factor.

Why do you want passive income? Are you tired of working hard instead of smart? Do you have a goal you feel you can’t reach until you make more money? Do you want more free time? More vacation time? More time with family and friends? Whatever your motivation is, remind yourself daily of why you want to multiple books.

And, they don’t have to be long. Many of the books on Amazon are now in the 30-50 page range and many authors are writing one big book a year and several little ones. How? There are several ways to get books written so you can do them quickly: with blog posts, article posts, transcribed videos, and webinars, for example.

So, if you want to make passive income from your books, remember “The Compound Effect” and start cranking out those books NOW or have them done for you, but get them done!

Ellen Violette is a book & business coach & writer. She’s a 6-time, #1 bestselling author and creator of the Bestseller Business Blueprint. Ellen is also a 2-time ELit Award winner, recipient of the “Be the Change” Award, and a Grammy-nominated songwriter. She creates books and business strategies using publishing and content marketing for thought leaders, coaches, independent professionals, speakers, and authors. You can learn more at:

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