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But this is crazy, because artists need to eat and pay the bills … and in fact, I'd rather be an artist living the good life! Recently on my newsletter, I reviewed Austin Kleon's book Show Your Work, which goes into the themes around money and art. Today I talk to writer and publishing commentator, Jane Friedman all about this fascinating topic.
In the intro, I talk #AmazonCart, the Sell More Books show podcast, Amazon description changes and using Author Marketing Club's Premium service to format. Plus using IngramSpark for print expanded distribution and highly recommended book: Opening up to Indie Authors – A Guide for Bookstores, Libraries, Reviewers, Literary Event Organisers … and Self-Publishing Writers.
I also talk about the launch of ‘Day of the Vikings,' and how it was a brilliant, fun creative break in the middle of Delirium, another dark mystery. Desecration is also out as an audiobook and I've been learning about marketing for audiobooks, plus my German releases of Pentecost and Desecration, coming soon.
This podcast is sponsored by Kobo Writing Life, which helps authors self-publish and reach readers in global markets through the Kobo eco-system. You can also subscribe to the Kobo Writing Life podcast for interviews with successful indie authors.
Jane Friedman has spent more than fifteen years in the media industry as an editor, publisher, and professor. She’s currently the Web Editor of the Virginia Quarterly Review, based at the University of Virginia, where she also teaches Digital Publishing and Online Writing. She’s also the Editor of Scratch Magazine, with topics around writing, money and life.
- Why is there such a problem discussing money and art together?
- My own drive around proving that creativity can be a ‘proper' job that parents should encourage their children into
- The trade-offs that can make full-time writing possible
- The business models that writers are using these days
- Author collaborations and the gap in the market for ‘agents' who help with these
- The commonalities of authors making over $100,000 per year
- How to go from being an author to running a business as an author
- Understanding the profit and loss statement for your book
- The problem with short term thinking and buying into the dream of old-style publishing
- On the future of reading