I love meeting people who challenge me by what they accomplish and how they work.
Chandler Bolt has inspired me with his focused and ‘work smarter’ approach and today I interview him about how he does it. Here come the productivity tips!
In the intro, I talk about the launch of Deviance and the Desecration promotional approach, plus how Amazon’s Follow button now seems to work (see the pic here). I also mention the free video series on 11 ways to make money as an indie author and thank you for all your wonderful comments. Over 2000 people have now watched the video and I’m super happy that it’s going down so well
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Chandler Bolt is the author of 5 non-fiction books and is one of the entrepreneurs behind the Self-Publishing School training program and the recent Self Publishing Summit, which was fantastic.
- Working smarter, not harder at writing and the value in keeping things simple.
- Chandler’s three-step process for writing a book and why getting the first draft finished matters so much.
- On timed writing, tracking time, using Parkinson’s Law to gather momentum, and the tools Chandler uses to support his timed writing.
- On confidence, fear and working hard despite a perceived lack of validation. Also the best ways to develop confidence, including the willingness to fail.
- The beginnings of an entrepreneurial approach to life, the value of starting, no matter what that looks like, and the importance of not comparing your success with anyone elses. And how putting unnecessary pressure on ourselves can strip away the pleasure of being entrepreneurial.
- On falling into the business of self-publishing, the reduction in barriers to making art and the legacy that is left by being creative.
- The value of learning from those who are just two steps ahead.
- The key learnings from the self-publishing success summit, including the concept of having a system behind a book at the ‘backend’, the importance of pre-sales, and the message of discipline and consistency, even when validation is not offered.
- Ambition and the underlying values behind it of growth, learning and contribution.
- On the future of publishing and the prediction that the balance of power is shifting to the artists’ hands.
You can find Chandler’s free book and video series at Self Publishing School.