SPA 40: First Book? What You Need to be Focusing On

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The guys (Kevin, Justin, and Nick) talk through damaging mindsets, not “feeling” it, and what to do about it, like discussing this stuff with your writing network. Don’t have a writing network? That’s step one.

Then we start discussing some things you should be focusing on while you’re working on your first book:

Build your list!

We use Author.Email (currently in beta), but WAY better (and WAY cheaper) than any other option, and designed specifically for authors.

Write that book!

This is even more important in some ways as building your list.

Develop a writing relationship with one or more people

Writer/critique groups, find like-minded people. (Nick’s dead-simple hack: find someone who has the same sense of humor as you)

Books mentioned (affiliate links): 

The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary by Gary Keller

7 Habits for Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey

Creative Writing Career by Justin Sloan

The Hero’s Journey by Joseph Campbell

Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Brown

How Fiction Works by James Wood

Techniques of the Selling Writer by Dwight Swain

Take Off Your Pants by Libbie Hawker

Until next time,

Nick ThackerSPA 40: First Book? What You Need to be Focusing On
  • Hey guys, Just wanted to let you know that I love this episode. Being a new writer and writing my first book can get a little overwhelming at times. Now, after listening to this episode, I know I need to just focus on getting that first book done, building my email list and posting more in my website ( and I will be good to go for now. Thanks again helping out the newbies…Oh and by the way, just wanted to welcome to Justin to the Podcast, he fits in perfectly!