In this weeks interview I talk to Jason Brant who had always wanted to be a writer, but got distracted while being a computer hacker spy. After reading Jason’s crazy blog (check it out to see what I mean), I thought even if he didn’t have any value to add he would still certainly be an entertaining guest! Turned out he shared a whole bunch of useful info and managed to be entertaining at the same time!
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Becoming a Writer
Jason left a secure government job to become a writer before he had even written his first book. He put away enough money to survive (on cheap beer) for two years and decided to give it a shot.
He spent a lot of time researching the writing and marketing side of writing before he wrote a book. He didn’t just jump into writing and hope the book would sell, he said if that is your attitude you are in for a “rude awakening”.
Although this was his path he does not recommend it for people. He says you should make sure you have had several months of good income before you quit your job.
Saw initial success because of the “KDP gold rush” days. When KDP started going downhill he realised it and started getting himself onto other platforms. Still he largely had to go back to the drawing board when KDP lost its power. He also relied too much on Facebook and when they changed something he lost a lot of traffic to his books.
DIdn’t start a newsletter at the start – regrets this. Builds this today by attracting people to his website with random (funny) blog posts. He also includes a link to his blog in the back of his book.
Writing often is absolutely essential. If you can release often then you can ‘make a killing’. Elle Casey writes a novel a month and see a huge amount of success. Jason puts books out every 60 days – “it does really well”.
Set up how you are going to work together before you start writing. Be specific about this. They wrote chapters from different characters perspectives and then could comment on each others work.
“I’m an author though I wear pajama pants everywhere”
On Brian Keene “Well he was traditionally published, that was his first problem”
“I have no interest in writing a book, waiting two years and then getting paid 8%”
“it’s still a little odd when people ask what I do and I tell them I’m an author… they look at me like I’m crazy”
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