Sean and Dave are anomalies in many ways, but probably the most relevant here (and safe to discuss in mixed company) is the fact that they’ve laid it all on the line and are essentially writing their fiction for a living.
That’s not normal.
Most of us (and I’m including myself, Johnny, very much in this group) do SOMETHING ELSE and want to move more into the kinds of writing we’d like to do. I’m actually a writer. I mean, I make my living through one form or another of writing, and the truth is I love everything I do in my business. But one thing I’d like to do more of is to write fiction, and it’s hard to give myself permission to do that… seeing as it doesn’t pay any bills and is just one more thing amidst a sea of things that I need to justify spending time on.
Many of you listening, I’d guess, would like to write.
Maybe you want to write fiction, or maybe you want to do what I currently do — write nonfiction, or blog, or even be a writer for hire, writing for magazines or newspapers or websites or, hell, for an ad agency.
If you’re currently having an internal struggle about spending time on that writing — if you’d like to self-publish your stuff, be it fiction, nonfiction, or poems about goths in trees but are having time giving yourself permission — then have a listen.
Ultimately, I went around in a few circles and kind of feel like I didn’t make my point as well as I’d have liked.
This isn’t about making money. It isn’t about becoming famous.
It’s more about changing your internal perception of who you are and what you do. It’s about thinking of yourself as a writer so that the “permission” takes care of itself. Because what does a writer do? He or she writes. And what do you do when you’re a published author? You research how the Kindle algorithms work. You spend time listening to self-publishing podcasts. You read. You study storytelling process and character development. You take the time to figure out what works and what doesn’t work in self-publishing.
To do these things and to have permission from yourself, you’ve got to become those things. Change your identity.
Anyway, drop us a line in the comments and let me know if 1) this made sense and 2) if it’s relevant/if you agree.
But before we could get that far, we got off into some typical diversions.
Johnny’s Podiobook novel is coming out July 25th
I got a formal release date for the Podiobook (free podcast audiobook) version of my novel The Bialy Pimps the other day. It releases on July 25th, so if you’re into it (or if you want to follow the process, because you’re a self-published author or want to become one) be sure to join the event using this Facebook event page.
Sean and Dave are still being big slackers. They’ve recorded their own Podiobook, but it’s not done yet. What a couple of douchebags.
Dean Fucking Koontz called in
And we’re still a little weirded out.
And we talked about how to spice up nonfiction and funnels
We didn’t talk about how to spice up funnels. We talked about how to spice up nonfiction. And we talked about funnels. Two totally separate things.
The short version on making nonfiction better is to use your own voice. Don’t let your words be dry and encyclopedic, because then you’re just releasing a commodity. Let your personality intrude. Tell stories to illustrate your point.
The “funnel” discussion was led by Sean. How do you keep people from just being one-off contacts for you? You build a funnel, meaning that you give them something else to buy, or you get them on a mailing list, or you give them bonus material… anything to keep their interest, and keep in touch.
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