Are you struggling with self-doubt, fear of failure or comparing yourself to other authors? In this interview, Joanna Penn talks about the successful author mindset. (Yes, it’s an interview with me!)
In the intro, I talk about the week’s publishing news, including the launch of Amazon Prime Reading, KU page reads allegedly affected by Page Flip, and the new ban on incentivized reviews that does NOT relate to books.
I remind everyone to focus on what you can control, which is writing great books and connecting with customers. I also get excited about Mark Zuckerberg in Lagos meeting with entrepreneurial Nigerians, and how Peter Diamandis’ book Bold talks about 5 billion more people coming online by 2020. If you own your rights, you can publish everywhere. We live in constantly changing, exciting times 🙂
Today’s show is sponsored by The Successful Author Mindset, available in ebook, print, workbook and audiobook formats here.
Joanna Penn is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of thrillers under J.F.Penn. She also writes inspirational non-fiction for authors and is an award-winning creative entrepreneur and international professional speaker. Her site, TheCreativePenn.com is regularly voted one of the top 10 sites for writers and self-publishers.
This interview first appeared on the Big Gay Fiction Podcast – thanks to Jeff and Will. You can watch the original episodes on video here and here. Here are the highlights and the full transcript is below.
- What are the most common mindset issues for authors?
- On fear of rejection, fear of criticism, imposter syndrome and self-censorship
- How to deal with comparisonitis (comparing yourself to more successful authors)
- How to be gentle with yourself, but also tough enough to get things done
- On writing non-fiction as well as fiction
- My influencers, including Steven Pressfield and Seth Godin
- Producing a workbook as well as a standard print book
- How mindset issues evolve over years of being an author
- Long term thinking and making the shift into full-time author entrepreneur
- Advice to an author suffering from career issues. [This is the post we discuss.]