In this weeks interview I talk to Aubrey Rose about a wide range of things, including the benefit of working with other authors. Aubrey has been a part of numerous box sets with other authors and often sees them make her more money than her standalone books. We talk about how she found other authors to do these box sets with, how she gets her writing done despite having a full time job, and why she turned down Montlake Romance (an Amazon publisher).
Bryan Cohen lives in Chicago and wasn’t satisfied with the income that he was making from the sales of his self-published books. He didn’t want to go back to the 9-5 world so decided to look into how he could make additional income around his books. From having a successful online video course, to doing speaking gigs at the beach, Bryan has experimented with a lot of things. If you’re thinking of going full time, but worry about the cash flow, listen to this interview for some great inspiration and ideas!
For this week’s show I got to talk to one of the biggest names in hybrid publishing CJ Lyons, who turned self-pub after her contract with a traditional publisher fell through. We talk in depth about how she works in both publishing worlds and what she has learned from each and how that applies to her overall career.
Matt wrote 50,000 words in a single day on the 1st November 2013, completing NaNoWriMo in one day. He has a passion for fast drafting and we talk about the mechanics of that in this episode. In the show notes for this episode, you’ll be able to download the first draft of this book, as well as grab a PDF he has put together
It was a real pleasure to be able to talk to Russell Blake this week. We talk about treating writing as a business and how much this helped him when he was just starting out, and how it helps him shape the future decisions he makes about his writing career. We also touch on his production process and how he writes so much so quickly.
Victoria Danann is an award winning novelist and author of the Order of the Black Swan. I talk to her about her rather unique planning process and just how she manages to bring such depth to her characters (something her reviewers constantly praise her for). We also talk in depth about street teams and the value of having people around you supporting your writing.
Michael emailed me a few weeks ago and something in that email struck me, he wrote “self-publishing saved my life.” Michael went from being long-term unemployed to making enough money from self publishing to live off in under a year. It was a period of long days and dedicated work, but in the end he came out on top. This episode not only tells his story but it also looks at how you can launch a book even if you have no budget at all.
Over the past few days I’ve been working to get the past podcast episodes up on YouTube. I know some people prefer consuming their audio that way and it is a fairly easy process to upload the audio episodes there so I thought I would oblige.
For example, here is the video version of our first ever episode:
There isn’t any real video at any point, just a place holder image as the podcasts are not video calls.
There are also some other great videos on the channel that I created a while ago, such as the popular course about how to create an author website. You can check that out by clicking here.
As always, would love to know what you think of this development – reach me in the comments below!
This week I talk to Beverley Kendall about a survey she completed late last year and publishing in January 2014, which look at what self published authors were earning, and what the top earners were doing in common. We also talk about her journey from being a traditionally published author to going self published, and why she is so glad that she did!
I’ve recently been getting a few more emails about the possibility of transcripts for RSP episodes and I’m pleased to say these are now available for some of the most popular episodes so far!
I know there are only seven transcripts, but these things are expensive to create and then a require an hour or two to proofread (it’s well over 80,000 words of material for these seven).
You’ll find transcripts available for the following episodes (scroll down to the show notes section to find the link).
Episode 5 - Unconventional Marketing and Pricing with Joe Nobody
Episode 7 - The 7 Day Launch Strategy with Darren Wearmouth
Episode 11 – Writing a Series with Cege Smith
Episode 13 – Business Plans for Authors with Denise Grover Swank
Episode 16 – The Effectiveness of Perma-free with Elle Casey
Episode 17 – Marketing the Smart Way with Leeland Artra
Episode 20 - Book Bundles (and plush toys) with Joseph Lallo
If they prove super popular, I’ll try and work out a more affordable/faster way to get these out there!