I’ve wanted to be a 5-figure author since I hung out with Tom Corson-Knowles in Vancouver. He had dozens of books out and was making 10K a month in book sales. How amazing would it be to write books full time, and never need to work for anyone else? Last year I started publishing fiction.
Recently I figured out that far more people are searching for “how to write a book” than “how to market a book” – because far more people want to write books than people who actually finish writing one. The insight I gained from that was, I can’t just be targeting clients and customers where I want
I’m a slow writer… I published two books in January but have been mostly brain-dead since. I even pushed back the preorder for my next book… but now it’s got to get done. To encourage myself to write more in March, I’m sponsoring a writing challenge. Two months ago I was on a cruise with
I’m not a fast writer. And I’m not a pantser. I need to outline first and no exactly what happens in the story. But once I have that part, the problem becomes motivating myself to sit down and fill in the outline, consistently. I usually feel drained after writing for 15 minutes, and if I
I’ve been making a living online for almost a decade, but I still have trouble pricing my services and offers. I usually focus on making everything a good deal. I include lots of bonuses and options to make the value seem incredible. I also tend to price low. This is probably a mistake. I see book
I don’t always share income reports, and I wasn’t really going to talk about how much my books earn until I hit 10K a month in revenue, but I think it’s also important to point out that my methods are working. 5K a month from Kindle books is nothing to sneeze at, and
This isn’t actually a huge deal, but my recent book on book marketing isn’t doing so well (ranking at around 5ok). But that’s embarrassing because books about book marketing should do well, right? I mean, if it’s a good book and they guy knows about book marketing, it should be smoking! But that’s not true,
My friend Ricardo from Reedsy just sent this awesome infographic. It covers the basics of work with a designer, but misses some of the important stuff (what is a cover that sells? What actually goes on the cover?). They address some of that in the actual article on cover design – and the main advice is “hire
This week a few issues have brought up an issue that needs mentioning. I think there’s a reluctance in high-brow literary circles towards money, or marketing, or sales. Many indie authors talk about craft or quality but hate the idea of marketing their books. “Profit” is not the intended result of writing and publishing, for...
I’ve been seeing a trend for a couple years that goes like this: Set up a coffee shop or book store that “supports indie authors” and charge writers $25 a month to put their books on your shelves. It sounds like a good idea. A bunch of writers coming together to build their own bookstore.
My wife and I have been travelling full time for the last 5 years, and I’ve been living abroad since the early 2000’s. One of the most important factors in our travel plans is connecting with friends in the digital nomad community; lifestyle satisfaction and productivity improves when I can meetup and talk business with
I’ve had problems with GoDaddy for the last year, but I’ve sticked with it because it’s mostly functional and I don’t want to start over with a new host. I did recently move all my managed wordpress sites to SiteGround, because I was paying over $100 a month with GoDaddy’s options (which had somehow ballooned...