We are living in an age of options. You can traditionally publish (if you get through the gatekeepers, that is). You can independently publish through Kindle. Or with a PDF. Or print on demand. You can sell through booksellers or through you own website. For clarification, in this episode Angela and I throw around self publishing and independent publishing interchangeably, though some people are more specific and use independent to mean publishing on a format like Kindle and self-publishing to create something like a PDF or having copies of your book printed.
(I talked with Ed Cyzewski about this as well in Episode 10 and he had some great thoughts on this as well!)
Angela England runs two fantastic sites: Untrained Housewife (all about things related to homemaking) and AngEngland (dedicated to writing and publishing). She is a scrappy entrepreneur (which you will hear when she talks about promoting her book AND making money doing it) and has had great success publishing. We are doing an INSANELY actionable training this Friday, November 27 about how you can break free from depending on ads and sponsored posts for your income and make money with your own writing! You are NOT going to want to miss it OR miss the fantastic bundle we have put together just through Cyber Monday. Find out more about Creative Profitability!
"Anytime you can begin to be really creative with the way you're marketing and think outside the box, you are going to be in a position to create long-term buzz and revenue."
Time-Frame - How quickly do you need your book? Traditional publishing takes MUCH longer. If you have a time-sensitive topic or reason to hustle, self-publishing is the way to go. Angela talks about how she independently published two books while waiting for her book to be traditionally published.
Technical - What kind of book do you want to produce? CAN you do it yourself or hire someone you trust? Would a traditional publisher be the best choice to have the right quality?
Brand and platform have almost lost their meaning because they have become so overused in the last few years. I generally hate coined, common phrases. Mostly because I'm contrary. But I love both these words despite overuse.
Often I think artists have the hardest time with these words. They seem, to use one of my favorite terms, SMARMY.
But brand and platform are more about your core identity, your WHY. They deal more with connecting with your ideal audience rather than shining a spotlight on yourself.
Do you think these are dirty words? Tweet and let me know: @kikimojo
This summer I had the privilege to talk with Valerie Koehler from The Blue Willow Bookshop here in Houston. I have been to a number of author readings at the Blue Willow, which hosts big names like Weird Al Yankovic (see his book Weird Al), independent authors like Jennifer Daiker (see her compilation New Life Within), and literary authors like Amanda Eyre Ward (her book How to Be Lost is one of my all-time favorites).
Blue Willow also hosts Teen Book Con, Tweens Read, and the Bookworm Bookfest. (I talk about wanting to crash Teen Book Con in this interview!) If you are in Houston, you MUST give the Blue Willow Book Shop a visit! Tell them I sent you!
My Big Takeaway: I loved hearing how Valerie is passionate about connecting readers with writers, especially through the three festivals.
Another week, another bunch of obstacles. I recorded the last episode dealing with obstacles because I had a bunch: sick kids, busyness, and MORE. This week? More of the same. I've got a super short episode for you where I get personal and talk about what I do to handle those obstacles.
Here is my biggest conflict right now:
I have a backlog of projects that keeps backing up behind me plus new things I want to work on. Plus I'm trying to get through #NaNoWriMo (the National Novel Writing Month) which means an extra 2000 words a day. Here are some of the fun things that I'm working on that you can look forward to:
-A live training November 12 with Matt from ConvertKit all about that email service provider
-A free email course
-Some other great courses through ConvertKit
-A mini course on branding your writing voice
-This novel I'm working on for NaNo
I'm tired just looking at the list. Plus I have two back-logged podcast episodes for Business 2 Blogger, an email audit for a friend, a brand audit for another blogger, and then things like, you know: DISHES. Cleaning my house. Taking a shower. Feeding children.
Here is my tip if you find yourself stuck in the pit of Too Many Things, Too Little Time:
How do you get through your conflicts? What are your big tips to get through an overwhelming list? Let me know in the comments or join the discussion in the Facebook group!