How to run a successful million dollar Kickstarter campaign (an in-depth crowdfunding plan for a coworking space, that you can use to fund anything).

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I’m reading “Go Bold” – which you should totally read – and it’s getting me excited about launching my Kickstarter campaign to buy a castle and use as the world’s best writer’s retreat and coworking space. It’s easier to do something huge and exciting than something medium sized. There is less competition. But raising a million dollars on Kickstarter or IndieGogo won’t ... Read More »

7 Things Indie Authors are Doing RIGHT (some positive reinforcement to support your confidence)

Recently I posted an article/video called “The #1 Things Indie Authors are Doing Wrong” – I didn’t expect much traffic but actually people have been sharing it quite a lot. So I watched my own video and I heard a lot of negativity. It’s frustrating, for me, and anybody who works in the publishing industry, to face an ever-increasing torrent ... Read More »

Tattoos for writers (#amwriting)

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I’ve wanted tattoos on my forearms or hands for a long, long time. I used to say, “I’ll get them done when I never have to consider getting a job or employment.” I passed that mark some time ago (I haven’t been employed for almost 5 years). But then I just didn’t know what to get. I thought about my ... Read More »

Reputation vs. Relevancy: understanding website traffic

There are a lot of authors who have no idea what to do with their website. And I’m not just talking about design (though I have in other posts, because it’s important). So I thought I’d raise the subject of reputation vs. relevancy, hopefully to clarify how people are finding you. Reputation If you build your reputation, people know about you. So ... Read More »

The #1 things most self-publishing authors get wrong (mistakes to avoid).

This month I published over 100 YouTube videos. I’m getting a little more confident, though I tend to ramble. In this one I discuss common self-publishing mistakes you should avoid that I see most indie authors screwing up. Here are some of the things I talk about. Ugly website Ugly book cover Spamming people Overprotective of their content Paying too ... Read More »

Book marketing lessons from Arnold Schwarzeneggar and Tony Robbins (how to make a bestseller).

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This is a long post, because it’s about two very important things that are essential to your successful writing career. Part One Two things happened recently that you may not know about. Lewis Howes, pro athlete turned “School of Greatness” podcaster interviewed Anthony Robbins, to promote Tony’s new book, “Money: Master the Game.” A little while later, Tim Ferriss (Four Hour Work ... Read More »

How to set up a website funnel with WordPress to build loyal readers and sell more books.

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I’ve written before about author websites but now that I’ve started making videos I can offer a more ‘hands-on’ approach. I volunteered to fix Randall Wood’s website, which was an eyesore: his books are already doing well but I knew he could be selling twice as much if he fixed up his website and his marketing funnel a little. As ... Read More »

10 excellent optin offers fiction writers can use to build their emails lists.

Hands down, the best book marketing – virtually the only book marketing that is still effective – is growing your email list. To do that, you need a powerful optin offer. Optin offers have to be concrete, specific and give free value that your target readers desire. Recently I made a small change on mine: at first I said “4 ... Read More »