SPP 112 – How to Write More in Less Time

http://traffic.libsyn.com/selfpublishingpodcast/spp_episode_112.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download For our first show in a while without a guest, we wanted to talk about how to be more efficient. Dave pointed out halfway through that it’s ironic to talk about efficiency on a podcast in which we never get to the fucking point. But whatever, Dave. Basically, we want to eliminate distraction behaviors and recoup that time. In my case, I’ve recently moved to a schedule that actually allows me to get some sleep… but to do it, and to wake up later without losing time, I’ve instituted an INCREDIBLY anal and strict set of behaviors for myself for the times when I DO work. The result? I actually seem to be getting more done and having more free time. All while sleeping more than an hour extra every night. This one is chock full of habits for making slow improvements and always getting better at what we do. (And I’m sure we’ll do another of these… because our efficiency presentation was so inefficient, we could have gone on for another hour, easy.) Watch the Video Version...

SPP 111 – Building an Author Platform with Chris Garrett

http://traffic.libsyn.com/selfpublishingpodcast/spp_episode_111.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download We started the show by talking a bit about how surprising Fiction Unboxed is turning out for us, in terms of showing us how our own process works. If you still want to join Fiction Unboxed, you still can (it’s not at all necessary to follow along live), but even if you don’t, check out a few of the freely visible blog posts to see what we’re doing and what we’re learning. I almost want to recommend that writers teach what they know to someone else because the learning that comes from it is awesome. Seriously; check out those blog posts. (The Day 13-15 posts are especially illustrative.) After answering a few voicemails, we were joined by Chris Garrett, CDO at Copyblogger. Copyblogger is one of our favorite online authorities, friends, and partners, and we’ve been huge advocates and supporters from the beginning. (Chris is also one of the authors of the first book Sean ever read about online business. Oh, and he’s also an ardent Fiction Unboxed participant, since he’s learning to write fiction.) Chris talked to us a ton about the importance of having an online platform, what that platform should entail and what its main purposes should be, and how you can get one. We also hit a few key topics like: – Should you blog? What should you write about if so? – How can you maximize engagement with readers and conversion to what you want to buy?” – How should you build your email list? – Should you sell your products direct? This was an amazing...

SPP 110 – Social Media Strategy with Ashley Coombe

http://traffic.libsyn.com/selfpublishingpodcast/spp_episode_110.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Before adding our guest today, we talked briefly about the very interesting things that we’ve discovered while writing our novel for Fiction Unboxed. Specifically, we began writing the rough draft yesterday (check out the writeup here) , and the whole experience has been downright exhilarating. We also talked about partnering, and what to keep in mind when working with anyone else. Sean and I share a story from our passionate affair while Dave added anecdotes about how things are in his and Sean’s long-term marriage. Ahem. Moving on… Our guest today was Ashley Coombe, who has a whole bunch of stuff going on… but whose most relevant role to this episode is her position with Shareist, a cool social media scheduling tool. We’re social media idiots, so Ashley (who we met in Denver) spent the show convincing us 1) that social media is very worth paying serious attention to and 2) that we can do it without pulling our hair out. Ashley also posted a Social Media Setup Checklist on the Shareist blog, which you can get here. View the video version...

SPP 109 – Cover Design With Author and Artist Jason Gurley

http://traffic.libsyn.com/selfpublishingpodcast/spp_episode_109.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Today we had on someone for whom we all have a serious professional boner, Jason Gurley. These days, Jason is working hard on his writing (his new book Eleanor is available for pre-order now), but we’ve salivated over his book cover designs for a while now. Alas, he’s stopped taking commissions just in time for us to miss out. Bummer! But we got the next best thing: we got Jason on the show to talk about what you can do yourself in terms of covers, what makes a good cover, and what you need to keep in mind when hiring a cover artist. This was a great show, and it gave Dave an inferiority complex. Learn something and give Dave a heart attack… what’s not to love? View the video version here: SHOW TRANSCRIPT Transcripts of The Self Publishing Podcast are provided by CaptionAccess. You can download the PDF version of this week’s show here, or click the box below to read it in-line on this page. Click here to read the full transcript ROUGH EDITED COPY  SPP  Self-Publishing Podcast  EPISODE #109  June 4, 2014  CAPTIONING PROVIDED BY:  CAPTIONACCESS  contact@captionaccess.com  www.captionaccess.com  * * * * *  This is being provided in a rough-draft format. Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) is provided in order to facilitate communication accessibility and may not be a totally verbatim record of the proceedings  * * * *  JOHNNY B. TRUANT: Self Publishing Podcast, episode number 109. DAVID WRIGHT: This episode of the Self Publishing Podcast is brought to you by 99 Designs, the online marketplace that helps...

SPP 108 – Darren Wearmouth and Colin Barnes Talk Collaboration

http://traffic.libsyn.com/selfpublishingpodcast/spp_episode_108.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download If you were on YouTube this week for the live show, you might have seen a false start, which we cancelled halfway through because Sean’s internet wasn’t working. WTF. Saving us from ourselves, we were able to get a pair on that we’d been meaning to talk to: the second appearance of Darren Wearmouth with his co-author, Colin Barnes. We’ve been wanting to talk to these guys because not only can they give us a different-than-us perspective on working with other writers, but they’re also business-minded. And British, which Dave likes. Colin and Darren talked all about how they worked together on Sequence (currently with Darren’s literary agent and the upcoming Critical Dawn (independently published). We got the ins and outs on how they plan, how they write, and how they work in general. Colin and Darren also gave us a big scoop on research for targeting a book at its launch. They’re better with data than us, trust us. View the video version here: SHOW TRANSCRIPT Transcripts of The Self Publishing Podcast are provided by CaptionAccess. You can download the PDF version of this week’s show here, or click the box below to read it in-line on this page. Click here to read the full transcript ROUGH EDITED COPY  SPP  Self-Publishing Podcast  EPISODE #108  May 28, 2014  CAPTIONING PROVIDED BY:  CAPTIONACCESS  contact@captionaccess.com  www.captionaccess.com  * * * * *  This is being provided in a rough-draft format. Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) is provided in order to facilitate communication accessibility and may not be a totally verbatim record of the proceedings  *...