These are the top 7 benefits of being published.
1. Publications add value to your career. They may influence a hiring or promotion decision. Employees who write a chapter in a contributed book may be accorded increased recognition and stature in the company.
2. Publications that are well done establish your credibility. You may become known as an expert in your field. Someone may say about you: “She is an expert on the subject. She wrote the book on that subject.” Some individuals spend their whole professional career writing articles and capitalizing on those articles.
If the publications you are writing are relevant to showing your expertise, they get your name known. Your publications enable people to find you, particularly, if the biographical information says enough about how to locate you. It is common to see an e-mail address in the biographical description which is that little paragraph at the end of the article or at the bottom of the first page of the article.
It enables people to be able to reach you to ask you to speak, to consult on a legal nurse consulting case or be involved in a project of some kind. If you are visible in other ways, an internet search will lead people to you.
3. Depending on the publication, you may receive some compensation for an article. Professional journals may pay you a fee for writing. Books published by a traditional publisher result in royalties, usually 10-15% of the net price. Self-published books will give you a proportionately higher amount of the net price.
4. Authors may generate income in addition to royalties by buying and selling their own books. The publisher may provide a 50% discount off the net cost of the book.
5. An interesting article may lead to a request for you to do a column. An interesting column may be syndicated, or picked up by other publications. An interesting book or article may result in requests for more books, speaking opportunities, consulting jobs, business, fame, interviews by the press, podcasts, radio shows, television shows, and more.
6. The writing skills that you develop are translatable to writing in different forms such as e-books or online courses, and developing other products that can be sold to increase revenue. As long as you are comfortable with words and with the process of putting the words down on the paper, then you can translate those words into various forms.
7. It is easier to get work as a legal nurse consultant, particularly as an expert witness, if you have publications.
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