So much of becoming a successful author, indie or otherwise, is about mindset.
Today I talk to Susan Kaye Quinn about some of the biggest issues we all have as writers: self doubt, fear of judgement and comparisonitis. We also go into branding and tips on organizing your marketing.
In the intro, I mention some time critical info, plus my fantastic night at CrimeInTheCourt – you can see the pics here on my author FB page – the launch of How to Make a Living with your Writing, and the audiobooks of Gates of Hell and One Day in New York. It's been a big week!
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- On the journey from rocket science to writing books.
- On making a living as a writer and the indie-author revolution that the mid-listers are spearheading.
- The big lie of traditional publishing and the areas of validation and approval, as well as writers' mission statements, and the personal reasons why we write, which can help with decision making in our writing careers.
- On experimenting with what works for us and what doesn't in our writing careers. Also fear of judgment and how it can hold us back from fully expressing ourselves in our work, and what we can do to deal with that. Susan has a video on dealing with fear on her site here.
- Susan's top recommendations for book marketing including the three key elements. What to do if your books aren't selling and knowing your target market.
- The longevity of writing careers, the long tail of book sales and the possible cycles of sales through a writer's lifetime.
- Using Scrivener for organizing book marketing materials and how this serves to keep marketing in a separate mental space from writing. [I also recommend the Learn Scrivener Fast training for getting the most out of Scrivener.]
- The differences between writing for love or for money. The speed with which writers can now bring new works to market and the gap that is rapidly closing between writers and readers.
You can find Susan at SusanKayeQuinn.com and her books,, The Indie Author Survival Guide and For Love or Money: Crafting an Indie Author Career, on all online stores.Continue Reading