SPA 23: Outsourcing

Outsourcing.  What is it? Basically, getting someone else to do work for you. What kind of work? That's the question. In this episode, Kevin and I chat about outsourcing as an author, what we outsource, what we want to outsource, and, of course, tangents. Here are the...

SPA 22: The Merry Christmas Episode!

Merry Christmas episode! Today Kevin and I talk about these "Must-Haves" for writers. For you or the writer in your life, these tools and toys are just what you want to see under the tree! First, our own stuff! The Lucid Citadel Series The Atlantis Deception Scrivener...

SPA 21: Voicemail Q&A

Voicemails! Two today: 1. Should I "ship" (release the book) right away or wait until it's "perfect?" Nick's answer: Have a process ("The Gauntlet") that protects you. Here's mine: Write Rewrite Self-Edit Send to Editor Beta Readers Final Read-Through Release! Kevin's...

SPA 20: Dreams, Goals, and “Breaking the Chain”

This week, Kevin and I chat about goals: how to set them, how "granular" they need to be, and why they're important to us as writers/entrepreneurs. Also, we chat about the difference between "dreams" and "goals," and why I think they're crucial to my long-term success...

SPA 19: The Kevin and Jonny Andrews Show!

Kevin and Jonny steal the airwaves from me (Nick) today, since I was held up with frozen pipes. Kevin and Jonny do an interview-style episode about marketing yourself on Facebook and other things. I found myself taking notes on things I'd never even considered. Jonny...

SPA 18: Systems for Writers (Part 2)

We're talking today about the second type of "systems" in an author business: the business side of things, including marketing and growing a mailing list. We started to get into a few things and quickly realized that this topic is WAY bigger than we initially thought....

SPA 17: Systems for Writers (Part 1)

In this episode on systems, Kevin and I discuss "systems" we use for writing fiction. We'll get into systems for the business side of things in a later episode, but in today's, here's what we discuss: NaNoWriMo Scrivener Learn Scrivener Fast Writing 10k Words A Day...

SPA 16: Routine, Author Earnings, and Book Markets

(I know it's not Friday, so I'm sorry for getting this posted late!) Today on the show, Kevin and I briefly talk through our current projects, including The Lucid: Season One, Sawyer Jackson: Book 2, and life while trying to write four books a month (me!). Kevin...

SPA 15: Focus and Productivity for Writers

Happy Halloween! On the show today we talked about the thing we've talked about talking about for the last two times we've talked (still following?): Focus and Productivity for Writers Focus and productivity for writers means anything that helps us, as writers, focus...

SPA 14: Momentum

Talking today about "accidental success," "luck," and other feelings we've been having as of late, especially momentum. What is it? How do you "get" it? Show notes: The Lucid - Almost done! Check it out here, and pre-order here. The Enigma Strain - Also almost done...

SPA 13: Riffing with Kevin Tumlinson (Part 2)

Kevin Tumlinson returns! In this week's episode of the Self-Publishing Answers podcast, Kevin Tumlinson and I chat about the same sort of stuff we chatted about last week... self-publishing, books, and random tangents. Don't miss out!

SPA 12: Riffing with Kevin Tumlinson

Kevin Tumlinson: In the House! Starting TODAY, please welcome to the show THE Kevin Tumlinson, author and marketer extraordinaire! He's written a handful of fantastic books, all of which can be found at his website, Kevin Tumlinson, and he's also been co-writing a...

SPA 11: Interview with Roz Morris

Roz Morris: Author, Editor, Speaker, Coach Another Friday means another podcast... and this one's AWESOME as well. Seriously, if you've never heard of Roz Morris, go check out her stuff right now. She's a fantastic writer, editor, and professional ghostwriter (no,...

SPA 10: Interview with Joanna Penn

Well, it's a great day in the life of a podcaster when you get to interview Joanna Penn of TheCreativePenn.com. So today's a great day. Yep, we've got Joanna Penn, full-time indie author and self-publishing expert. I don't use that term lightly, either. Joanna knows...

SPA 9: Interview with Dan Blank

Dan Blank is the founder of WeGrowMedia.com, where he consults and helps authors do their thing better. Today we talk about what it is they do, how he does it, and what it means for you! Show Notes:  WeGrowMedia.com...

SPA 8: Interview with Denise Wakeman

In today's episode, I interview Denise Wakeman of DeniseWakeman.com and TheFutureofInk.com. I highly recommend you check out her websites! She's a fantastic marketer and expert on teaching self-promotion, which is a crucial skill for artists and authors.

SPA 7: Depressed?

Have you ever been depressed? I've been there. It wasn't anything too life-threatening, nor was it chronic, but it was a form of mild depression, caused by work stress, the feeling of never-ending boredom, and that I'd reached a dead-end with my job. At the time, I...

SPA 6: Write Another Book

...Or create more art. Or whatever is you do, do more of it. That's really the "secret" to building a successful, sustainable online platform. Mentions in this episode: Downcast - Best podcasting app I've used (iOs and Mac) MichaelHyatt.com Michael Hyatt's Ideal...

SPA 5: What Works for You?

When you market your book, think about this first: what works on you? Don't do things that don't work... do things that do work. It's not a difficult concept, but it can still be a little confusing to try to wade through all of the "proven" marketing strategies that...

SPA 4: Always Add Value

Today's post continues the "5 Principles of Self-Publishing" discussion with #3: Always Add Value. Also, I answer a question about the marketing "silver bullet." (Hint: it doesn't exist...) As mentioned in the show, here are the links to the 10 (really 11) books I...