Joanna Penn (@thecreativepenn) is one of the leaders in helping self-published, or I should say “indie” authors, find their way. She has been self-publishing since 2009. She’s written 27 books under 3 different pen names, and she earns a multi-six-figure income.
As regular listeners know, I recently self-published for the first time. I traditionally-published my first book, Design for Hackers, and I had a good experience. I liked having the extra support for getting my book laid out and printed, and onto shelves around the world, and as a first-time author, I really needed the vote of confidence and accountability of a publishing contract.
Jordan Harbinger (@jordanharbinger) started out as a lawyer, but made a big change. You heard about another lawyer who made a career change, Jodi Ettenberg, back on episode 23. Jodi became a food and travel writer.
In today’s media climate of collecting and selling eyeballs with “rage porn” and fake news, there aren’t a lot of ways to make a living doing thoughtful writing. Books are the most honest exchange of money-for-words there could be, but in the months or years between releasing my books, I personally have found myself waiting for a payday. Then, I discovered STEEM, the cryptocurrency that powers the Reddit-like social network, Steemit. keep on reading »
Something that has been on the top of my mind the past few years is how creators can make an honest living from their work. You heard me talk with Hooked author Nir Eyal back on episode 21 about how technology is fragmenting attention, for example. These economics incentivize creators to be outlandish or even dishonest.
Todd Henry (@toddhenry) has written a ton of books. My personal favorite is called Die Empty, and it’s all about finding the urgency to pursue your creative destiny. His newest book is called Herding Tigers, and it’s all about leading creative people so they can do their best work. keep on reading »