Here’s an interview I did recently with Dave Chesson of Kindlepreneur about selling books on Kindle. You can listen online by clicking the play button above or read the transcript below. If you’d like to download the audio to listen to later, click this button:
Self Publishing School is launching this week, and it’s a great way to learn how to write, publish and sell your first book.
I recently caught up with Chandler Bolt, the author of six self-published books and the founder of Self Publishing School.
In this video interview, he told me about:
- How to self-publish a book in 2017
- The one thing you must do before you write or self-publish your book
- How to avoid the common mistakes new writers (not authors!) make
- The simple rule that helps Chandler balance writing with running a successful business
You can listen to the interview online, download the audio to listen to later (click the button below) or watch the video. There’s also a transcript if you’d prefer to read the interview.
Writing is a tough gig.
Perhaps you’re working on that difficult first draft, but you’re struggling with self-belief?
Maybe you’ve been playing with an idea for months, but deep down you know it’s not good enough.
Or perhaps you want to turn a hobby into a professional career that pays the bills, but you’re not sure how to do it?
Even if you’re a more accomplished writer or someone who’s finished a book or works with paying clients, it can take years to gain the confidence needed to become a professional writer.
These are common challenges, which anyone who wants to become a writer faces.
I wanted to learn more about these common writing challenges so last year, I asked 22 top authors and writers one question:
Now, I’ve put together the best answers in this writing infographic.
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In that job, I learnt a lot about what is self-care and how important it is to take time out from hard work to recover.
Although I don’t work as a carer any more, the importance of taking time out to look after your mental health is an important practice.
It’s particularly important for writers because we spend so much time alone, in a room with only our ideas for company.
The hard work is done.
You’ve written your book, you’ve made that final round of edits, it’s been proofed by a professional, and you’ve hired a designer to create the perfect ebook cover.
Now, all you have to do is upload your book to Amazon, sit back and wait for the money to roll in.
Oh, how I wish it were that easy.
If you’re a new indie writer, the hardest part of your job often isn’t writing your book, it’s selling it.
I’ve faced this problem too.
Last year I spent months writing A Handbook for the Productive Writer only to find that my book didn’t see very well.
For a while, I thought I was a failure, but it doesn’t do a writer any good to wallow in self-pity.
This year, I’ve spent more time promoting my book by writing guest posts, but several months ago I took one look at my sales and realised I still needed to learn more about marketing for writers from the experts.
Like you, I wanted to figure out exactly what it takes to market and sell copies of a successful book.
So I went out and I asked 19 top writers one simple question:
What’s the biggest challenge facing new writers who want to sell or market their first book and how can they overcome it?