Chris Fox has two lives. One where he is the lead developer of a medical app for a Silicon Valley startup, and another where he works redefining werewolf fiction. After seeing Twilight and thinking “we can’t have werewolves like that” Chris decided to write the sci-fi novel, No Such Thing As Werewolves. Since it’s recent launch it has taken off, and Chris puts a large part of that down to applying the startup mentality to indie publishing. In this interview, we talk about that. Show notes: rspcast.com/fox
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Writers’ Circle – RSP’s private mastermind forum.
10X Thinking – Great post on KBoards by Chris.
Talent is Overrated – Another great book about thinking big.
ENT Book Promotion – Worked well for Chris.
Chris has been writing short stories for a long time, and had several of them published, but he knew that writing a full sized book is a different animal. He wrote four books that will never see the light of day – his practice novels. He then spent two years writing the first book in the series. This process took some time because Chris was also becoming an app developer at this time, a choice he had made over writing many years ago.
Startup Background / Time Management
Chris is the lead developer at a Silicon Valley startup, CellScope, that allows you to do ear exams with a smart phone. Startup people don’t tend to get much time off work so I was curious how Chris balances everything and managed to write his book which is nearly 400 pages long. The answer? He works all the time. After exercising and thinking about the book for an hour, he will write for an hour, and then put in a 12 hour day at work. After that in the evening It reminds me of that great quote, “Live like no one else will, so you can live like no one else can,” or simply, that hard work really does pay off.
Chris also hires a team to work for him, not just for the book production, but for marketing and management.
Chris was a beta reader for Audiobooks for Indies as he was just putting out his first audiobook. He followed the case studies in the book, posted his book, and it has had enormous success since day one, with his audiobook sales now outstripping his ebook sales. We discuss a few theories about why Chris thinks that this book has done rather well.
This is not easily wrapped up in the short show notes format, so have a listen to the show for more, but essentially, 10X thinking is the idea that growth actually becomes easier when you stop thinking, how do I grow 10% next year, but how do I grow ten times bigger. The shift in mindset and ideas is remarkable.
- If you are struggling to get everything done, fire up Word, or wherever you take notes, and start writing down tasks that you have done many times before. Move the most common tasks to the top of the list. Can someone else do these tasks for you? If yes, consider hiring someone to do them for you. I personally hire through Odesk.com.
- Are you using a word too much in your books? You can get an idea of how many times you have used a word in a book through a “word cloud” – check out this website to get an idea about that: http://www.wordle.net/create
- If you are a brand new author, and really want to improve your craft, and have a bit of money to invest, consider looking into hiring a writing coach. They will improve your craft, so that each subsequent books gets better.
- Get people invested in the book. This can be hard, but made way easier if you write them into the book. They’ll read it if they are in it.
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