21 Days of Self-Publishing Q/A chats in October! (Oops, nevermind…)

Edit: Shit, October came quickly. It’s Oct. First and I’m heading up to the Resort and Mt. Hood for Pioneer Nation… after that we’ll go down to Lake Tahoe, up to Vancouver, and end up back in Portland again in November. So my scheduling for these events is pretty crazy – I’m going to postpone this series indefinitely. I go through phases where one thing or another seems like a great idea and I get really excited about it. Right now it feels like time to be working on my novel again, so that’s the new plan for October – go into a cave and finish editing.

I just wrote a post about how much I love “Blab”, a new live-streaming up that’s much better for online video chats that Google Hangouts. So I’m committing myself to blabbing every day, leading up to doing Q/A sessions about building an author platform and book marketing.

These are the topics I’ve mapped out for a 21-ebook series and a video course I’m making; but I thought it would be a great idea to start off by listening to and answering your questions, so I can learn what problems you’re frustrated by (and resolve them!).

I’m going to use the videos as a “Q/A” bonus section later, so this won’t be a speech or presentation (I’ll probably do webinars like that later). Four people can talk at the same time, so I’ll invite friends/publishing experts/bestselling authors on as special guests, and leave a seat open for questions.

If you don’t like being on video, you can still ask questions in the chat and we’ll answer them live. I’m going to set them all up and link to them below, so you can save this post, or (I think) you can sign up and “register” – it’s actually easier than registering for a webinar and you don’t have to give up an email, so you’re not signing up to a list or anything, just the live chat.

This is a chance to really ask your questions and get real help and answers.

Ps) I chose to do them at noon PST so that guests from the UK will be able to join: I’m also going to post all of the videos so you can watch the replays later.

Topics

Oct. 1: How to write a heroic author platform that inspires people to love and support you

12pm (noon) PST time, 8pm UK

 

Oct. 2: How to write a book that millions of hungry readers will be hungry to buy

12pm (noon) PST time, 8pm UK

 

Oct. 3: How to make a beautifully designed book that people will want to sleep with

12pm (noon) PST time, 8pm UK

 

Oct. 4: How to self-publish and distribute your book around the world for free

12pm (noon) PST time, 8pm UK

 

Oct. 5: Stand out, get found, increase visibility and make your book impossible to ignore

12pm (noon) PST time, 8pm UK

 

Oct. 6: Get blurbs from famous people and hundreds of book reviews without begging

12pm (noon) PST time, 8pm UK

 

Oct. 7: How to set up a perfect author website that sells books while you sleep

12pm (noon) PST time, 8pm UK

 

Oct. 8: How to build your email list so quickly you’ll have to start culling subscribers

12pm (noon) PST time, 8pm UK

 

Oct. 9: Turn readers into addicts with an email series campaign of unmissable content

12pm (noon) PST time, 8pm UK

 

Oct. 10: Write 10 blog posts a week that bring you thousands of new readers a day, forever

12pm (noon) PST time, 8pm UK

 

Oct. 11: How to get famous overnight by writing guest posts for high traffic blogs

12pm (noon) PST time, 8pm UK

 

Oct. 12: How to get famous people with influence to promote your book for you

12pm (noon) PST time, 8pm UK

 

Oct. 13: Test your sales funnels with advertising to see where you’re losing buyers

12pm (noon) PST time, 8pm UK

 

Oct. 14: Master social media to easily build your platform, charm readers and sell books

12pm (noon) PST time, 8pm UK

 

Oct. 15: Cast a wider net: reddit, librarything, linkedin, goodreads and more

12pm (noon) PST time, 8pm UK

 

Oct. 16: Repurpose content on Slideshare and Youtube to double traffic and win the internet

12pm (noon) PST time, 8pm UK

 

Oct. 17: Generate early interest in your book by asking questions and getting feedback

12pm (noon) PST time, 8pm UK

 

Oct. 18: Identify, target and detour your target readers like bees to honey

12pm (noon) PST time, 8pm UK

 

Oct. 19: Make your offer more valuable with prizes, awards and incentives

12pm (noon) PST time, 8pm UK

 

Oct. 20: The automatic bestseller book launch campaign that works every time

12pm (noon) PST time, 8pm UK

 

Oct. 21: Staying relevant by newsjacking current events and trends in your field

12pm (noon) PST time, 8pm UK

About Derek Murphy

I help authors and artists turn their passions into full-time businesses, make a bigger impact, and blaze a luminous trail of creative independence. Right now I'm in Taiwan finishing a PHD in Literature, writing several books, and managing a handful of online businesses. Find me
  • David Emil Henderson

    Regarding Oct 3 topic, I wonder if it includes cover designs. For a romantic thriller, I have a design that features the beautiful heroine. But two marketing advisers on LinkedIn have urged me to ditch the dish, because she delivers the wrong message for the genre. On the other hand, a talented professional designer rated the cover very highly. And when Amazon asked readers to choose their favorite covers from an assortment similar to what the LinkedIn people advocated, the readers said they didn’t like any of those covers but chose books based on the names of the authors. Any thoughts on this?

    • Yes that’s part of it…. I can give you feedback on the cover if you comment with a link to it. Covers matter a lot, but most people won’t give you relevant feedback (will it actually sell or not)…

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