I’ve been giving out free advice to authors, artists and entrepreneurs for several years. During that time I’ve been building businesses, starting websites, raising my prices, publishing books and growing my platform. Although I’m pretty good at nearly all aspects of building a creative business, I’ve recently discovered the area where I really excel. I often tell people things like “Get started – it’s so easy! You just pick a name, buy a domain, pick a WordPress theme and start writing!”
If I’m with them, I can take out a notepad, consolidate their idea and brainstorm it into a powerful brand name and the perfect tagline. I can isolate the ideal focus (which is a blend of their core passion and the subject that others value enough to make it profitable). In minutes I can build a masterful one year business plan for quick growth, dream up innovative ways to market and promote, offer book titles or products or events that will sell well and explode your platform. I can jot down 10 powerful headlines that will drive viral traffic.
I can do all these things because I’m a creative rebel & literary scholar, and because I’ve gained experience going through this process hundreds of times already, and because I truly love it. It’s my favorite thing to do in the world. It’s gotten really easy for me, which is why I’ve assumed anybody could do it.
But I’ve realized recently that very few people can.
Everybody will tell you to choose a powerful brand name, target the precise subject that makes you unique and memorable, tell your personal story in an epic way… but they couldn’t actually help you to do it, and on your own you may flounder or procrastinate for a year and still have trouble concentrating your skills or values into a profitable lifestyle business.
And if you email me with questions or seeking advice, I’ll probably help you anyway for free.
But if you want my full attention and need a chunk of my time (which I don’t like to share, because I’m working on exciting projects of my own) you can get personal feedback and support by joining one of my courses or booking a CIC.
Creative Independence Consult: $1000
$500 will get you a CIC – a Creative Independence Consult. First, we’ll talk on the phone so I can get a sense of your goals and vision. I’ll take a look at everything you’re doing, all the projects you’ve made, all the products you’re selling and tell you how to improve them. If I can do an easy design overhaul I will. I’ll give you a specific, multi-layered business plan for growth, with a bunch of action steps, and help you achieve them. I’ll also spend up to 4 hours brainstorming for you, researching opportunities, possibly creating guest posts to promote you (or telling you how/where you should do them), building viral content if applicable, or improving your website or sales copy.
Keep in mind you’re mostly renting me for my breathtaking creative superiority: I can solve problems and generate brands and play with words and envision a successful future for you better than anyone else in the world. I won’t be making your a book cover (I may do a quick reboot that will significantly boost sales, but I won’t give you as much control as I allow my real clients). I won’t build you a website (though we can discuss options). although I can help you get started and set it up. But I will help you focus, clarify, and get started.
I’m putting this offer up because I know how valuable it is and how many people need it, but I’ll also be writing a few guides and ebooks soon that will walk you through the process (you’ll get a basic version if you sign up to my list). Honestly, I prefer writing everything down once, making DIY templates, or recording video tutorials so that you can do things yourself and I can keep happily working on my own exciting projects, but I’m leaving this offer up – it’s limited to three people per month.
Read some of my content, books and guides before you decide anything; and I have cheaper courses that include feedback on specific things like cover design or your author platform. Consulting like this would be a last option if you’re really stuck getting started. I’ll help you focus, and build a creative, income-generating business that turns your life into a thrilling adventure.
Need help with your book?
I’ve stopped offering book design so I can help more people, while reserving more time for my own projects.
INSTEAD, I’ll be building online courses that include several months of personal feedback, advice and help. For example, if you join my Guerrilla Publishing Program, you’ll not only get advice and feedback on how to sell your books, you’ll also get a huge amount of video tutorials, book design templates, tools for growing your email list and more – and we won’t have to try and cram everything into just an hour (long-term motivation and productivity is more important, and it’s hard to learn everything in a short amount of time).
I genuinely believe you’ll get more value for less money by joining my courses, but if you really *have* to talk with me directly, that can be arranged.
If you’re not interested in publishing books, but are interested in starting an online creative business yourself, I’ll be working on some books and courses for you soon – in the meantime make sure you sign up to my list for my free email series on providing value and creating work that matters.
What do you know, anyway?
I used to be a fine artist and philosopher. Now I write and publish fiction and non-fiction and make a living as a writer. I’ve started several six-figure companies, and now make several hundred dollars a day in passive income. I’ve built dozens of websites and side projects, designed over a thousand books, and have over a decade of experience with branding and online marketing.
I’ve also gotten well over 100,000 email subscribers, though every few months I cut my list down to only the most engaged subscribers. I even have a PhD in Literature (my graduate theses are on Harry Potter and Paradise Lost) and my wife and I travel the world full-time, working on projects we love and seeking out new adventures. A few years ago we got featured in CNN for renting a castle. I’ve enjoyed speaking at over a dozen publishing and business conferences as an “indie publishing specialist.”
Let my decade of experience save you time and money.
You can totally do all this stuff on your own. I did. But it took me ten years of constant effort (I’m older than I look!)
Do you have ten years to spare, or do you want to see results now?
Over the past few years I’ve put hundreds of hours into building templates, tutorials and resources for authors and small businesses, but at the end of the day it’s hard to do everything right, if you’re doing it for the first time. And it needs to be just right or you won’t see results. With all this competition, “pretty good” isn’t good enough.
A quote I heard somewhere that has always stuck with me is, “There’s always room at the top.”
Most people get lost in the middle of their journey, overwhelmed by the burden of trying to figure everything out at once. But if you’re one of those few people who get it, and do everything right the first time, you’ll be above the competition and find a space where the money comes easily.
PS. Click here to learn more about me. Don’t forget I have TONS of free resources – look for the free books and courses in the menu!