The self-publishing revolution has caused many people to become new authors, and this is often true for people who have professions where they are writing anyway. In this interview I talk to screenwriter Chuck Rose, who used some of his down time to write a thriller called “Head Games.” There is a lot of talk in the self-pub world, about how you need to have several books out before you start really moving the needle, but Chuck had a successful launch that took him from 30,000 in the Kindle store, right up to the top 25. In this interview we talk about how he did that. Show notes and action steps at rspcast.com/chuck.
Mark Wayne McGinnis started putting out books in 2013. Since then he has had great success with his series “Scrapyard Ship” which now has seven books in it, all written in the last 18 months. In this interview we talk about how he really set himself up for success by looking in depth at the market, and talking to authors who were already successful. You can find show notes and action steps from today’s episode at rspcast.com/markwayne.
It’s not often that I bring a guest back onto the show. But if anyone was going to make a reappearance, it would be Joanna Penn. Thriller and non-fiction author, recently of Business for Authors, Joanna is a force in the self-publishing world. In this episode we talk about why you have to start looking at writing as a business if you want to make it an income and not just a hobby. Show notes rspcast.com/penn
From Simon: Inspiration is a funny thing. Seeing a writing peer selling thousands (or even tens of thousands) of books, can be enormously motivating. On the other hand it can be intimidating, and make you feel as if you have not worked hard enough to make it happen for yourself. Personally, I take enormous inspiration from those who are succeeding, but I also sometimes feel that other side of the coin, and that’s something that Amelia Smith explores in todays guest post. Over to Amelia…Read More
This week I have a chat with Gordon Doherty about the complexities of writing historical fiction, and why fans of the genre can be a little more demanding about the accuracies of the novel than others. We also chat about how Gordon successfully branched out into translations (through a publisher) and audiobooks. Show notes at rspcast.com/gordon.