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On Writing, Ideas, and Making a Difference

Every Writer’s Dream: Never Pitch Your Writing Again

I just signed a book contract. It’s a dream come true. The book (which I’ll tell you more about later) is slated to come out soon. I’m excited about it, but what I’m most eager to share with you is the process of how it all came together.

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You see, I didn’t write a book proposal, hire an agent, or do any of the stuff the “experts” tell you to do. I just started a blog, and the publisher came to me.

Then I figured I’d better get an agent. And then we signed a contract. And lo and behold, now I’m writing a book.

Every writer has a dream

The dream is to not have to sell yourself — to just write and have the readers, agents, and publishers come to you. No hoopla or marketing gimmicks. Just good writing that gets its due.

Most of us would rather not worry about promotion. We wonder:

Can’t someone else do that for us? If only we didn’t have to worry about such petty things. If only we could just write.

Maybe that’s not a dream, after all. Maybe you can start pursuing your passion and get your writing found now. Not in five years. Today.

That’s what happened to me, and it happened a lot sooner than expected.

The best authors do this

The best authors and writers aren’t knocking on the doors of publishers.

Do you think J.K. Rowling is begging to get a book deal? Not a chance.

The world’s best aren’t worried about marketing. They’re creating meaningful art and building a platform around their work. And the gatekeepers are coming to them.

Wouldn’t that be great, if that could happen to you? (Maybe it can.)

How to change your writing career forever

I’ve been working on something for a while now (ever since I started talking to my publisher). If you’re wondering how to get a book published without turning into a self-promoting sleaze, then this is probably for you.

I just finished an eBook called You Are a Writer (So Start Acting Like One). The title says it all.

Most writers hate selling themselves. They just want to do what they were meant to do: write. Not pitch their work or advertise their services. Just write.

In this eBook, I share how you can develop three very important tools that will make that a reality. They are:

  • A platform
  • A personal brand
  • Channels of connection (i.e. a tribe of dedicated followers and fans)

How do you get a copy?

This book is important, one of the most important pieces I’ve written yet. I’ve spent hundreds of hours working on this project, trying to make it as excellent as possible.

The result is a thorough introduction into the world of publishing, tribe-building, and difference-making — all leading you to living the dream of every writer.

To find out more about the eBook and to get your copy,  click here.

About Jeff Goins

I am the author of four books, including The Art of Work. I also run an online business teaching writers how to get the attention their work deserves. Every week, I send out an email newsletter with free tips on writing and creativity.

Your Work Deserves to Be Noticed — Here’s How

All art needs an audience. So does your writing. To download a free eBook and learn exactly what I did to grow my blog from zero to 100,000 readers in 18 months, enter your email below.

  • http://ordinarilyextraordinary.com/ Amy Nabors (@amykiane)

    Congratulations Jeff! So deserved!

  • Cyndi Pauwels


  • http://www.warriorshepherd.com/blog Dave Hearn

    Amazing.  Congratulations bro!  That’s so cool… Excited to hear more as time goes on!

  • http://www.socialmediawannabe.com Todd Lyden

    good on you jeff and for doing something to help others!

  • http://www.eileenknowles.com Eileen

    Congrats Jeff!  Look forward to reading the finished product.

  • http://www.fogformuses.wordpress.com Lyssah Ferguson


  • http://dr1665.com Brian Driggs

    Cheers, mate! Survey taken.

  • http://www.brandonclements.com Brandon Clements

    Congrats Jeff! That’s so awesome. Very happy for you. You are the best example of adding value to build a following that I know of right now, and this is well-deserved.

  • http://www.jasonvana.com Jason Vana

    Congrats Jeff! That is great news!!!

  • http://twitter.com/JerryGodsey Jerry Godsey

    Congrats! It couldn’t happen to a nicer guy. Well, except me, of course!

  • http://www.communicationartistry.ca Marnie

    Wonderful news, Jeff! Well done!

  • http://barefootonsacredground.wordpress.com Michi Lantz

    Thanks, Jeff! Survey taken. The e-book looks really good. I am also anticipating the online course/series of teachings…

    Keep up the good work.

  • http://swipeouthunger.com Caleb McNary

    Congrats, Jeff! I can’t wait to hear more about it as you work through the process. I took the survey and look forward to reading the ebook. Thanks for all of your hard work, we are better for it.

  • http://cherylbarker.blogspot.com/ Cheryl Barker

    Congrats, Jeff! Exciting stuff!

  • http://felicitywhite.com Felicity White

    I took the survey and, wow, this ebook looks great! And the story alone is definitely an encouragement! Thanks, Jeff!

  • Anonymous

    wow!  Super excited for you!  That is AWESEOME!  Congratulations, man.  Can’t wait to read it, and THANK YOU for the free e-book. Looking forward to that too! ;)

  • http://twitter.com/bethrago Elizabeth Rago

    How exciting! Congrats, you deserve it. Your writing is stellar and I cannot wait to read more about your journey.

  • EricAngela Andrews

    You are amazing! Truly inspiring and so very generous. Thank you for being true to your heart, to your passions, and to your dreams. I am so very happy to celebrate your book deal. And thank you for the free e-book. ~Angela

  • http://thehandwritten.com MichaelDPerkins

    Congrats Jeff! Praying God uses you and this book in a way that changes people.

  • http://www.taleist.com Steven Lewis

    Congratulations, Jeff, and thank you for the ebook. The very best of luck with your book and your publisher. I look forward to reading all about it.

  • Patricia W Hunter

    Congratulations, Jeff!!!  And thank you for the way you help and encourage the rest of us! 

  • http://travisrobertson.com Travis Robertson

    Congratulations, my friend! Soooooooo well-deserved. You are a talented writer who works very hard and I’m super excited for you.

    Can’t wait to hear more about it!

  • http://twitter.com/tg24 Tim Ghali

    That’s awesome Jeff, congratulations.  Appreciate your sharing nature and wishing you the best on this new project. 

  • http://twitter.com/Ironic_Mom Leanne Shirtliffe

    Woohoo. What fab news. Congrats. Looking forward to hearing more about it!

  • http://iamconvicted.com Brett Henley

    That sir, is fantastically awesome.

    Deserved indeed … a good benchmark for the rest of us trying to lead vs. wait. Kudos!

  • aj

    Congrats, Jeff!

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      Thanks, Anne. Means a lot.

  • http://jonstolpe.wordpress.com Jon Stolpe

    Wow, Congrats!  It’s definitely inspiring to hear that this is even possible.  Maybe someday….

  • Anonymous

    Congratulations Jeff! 
    And thank you for, true to form, turning the success of your hard work into a gift for the rest of us. I’m looking forward to hearing about the process and reading the final result!

  • Anonymous

    Thank you for pointing the way forward here.  I too am a new writer with many dreams for my writing.  I am also trying to get a following.  

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      Thanks. Be sure to read the free eBook! I’m not sure how long it’ll be available. Given the survey responses thus far, I’m considering taking it down in a week or so and starting to sell it. We’ll see, though.

  • Jenna B.

    Congratulations Jeff!

  • http://www.nginaotiende.blogspot.com Ngina Otiende

    Congratulations! So awesome…you have helped many of us out here..such a great thing God has done! :)

  • Anonymous

    wooohooooooooo!!!! SOOO excited for you, my friend! So excited!!

  • Dave

    This is great news Jeff!  Congrats on the deal and I can’t wait to read the finished product.  Keep up the great work and stay the path!

  • http://heathersunseri.com Heather Sunseri

    Huge, enormous congrats, Jeff!! So excited for you!

  • http://www.iknowwhathuntsyou.wordpress.com Aliza Scheiner

    That’s so exciting, Jeff, congratulations!!

  • http://www.CrazyAboutChurch.com Charles Specht

    Congrats, Jeff!

  • Siuon Chan

    I am from Hong Kong and started blogging a year ago. Your blogging tips are very helpful though I write primarily in Chinese. Thank you. 

  • http://twitter.com/girlmeetspaper Jane Graham

    Sending Congratulations!! What an awesome opportunity! Can’t wait to hear more about it :)

  • http://twitter.com/gritandglory Alece Ronzino

    congrats again, friend. so thrilled for you and this amazing journey you’re on. 

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      thanks, Alece. It all began with #oneword: DREAM. thank YOU.

  • http://twitter.com/brookeyarns Brooke T

    Congratulations! I’m already looking forward to it.

  • Jamie Yap

    all I can say is… thank you!

  • Ross

    Whaaaaaat?! JK Rowling doesn’t shop her work looking for a book deal? Wasn’t she turned down about 12 times for her Harry Potter manuscript? For first time writers, the free-for-all of agents, manuscripts, a slice of luck etc., is generally part-and-parcel of the profession.

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      You’re right. But now she has a platform. The good news is you can attract an audience now even before you write the book.

  • http://blog.cyberquill.com Cyberquill

    I spent a lot of time on this … and I think it’s worth a pretty penny. But for a limited time, I am giving the eBook away for FREE.

    I’m sure the book is precious, but now you sound like an infomercial for the Magical Onion Chopper or something. What’s next? Testimonials? (“But don’t listen to me! Listen to what my readers have said!”) 

    Our lives are finite. Planet Earth will not be there forever. Everything is “limited time only” by definition. The expression alone makes no sense.

    No doubt, this is the proper way to sell. But personally, I’m allergic to the plain old infomercial “limited time only” sales pitch routine. 

    Am I the only one?

    • http://iamconvicted.com Brett Henley

      I think there is a big difference between sharing insights and offering value born from experience (and packaging it for free for his loyal readers) vs. an infomercial from a bronzed stranger on the tele.

      I could point to countless successful bloggers who have used the same approach – value above and beyond before permission for the sale.

      Just my honest opinion, but Jeff has more than earned the right to ask. It’s just not an offer everyone will resonate with ;)

      • Theresa

        I fully agree with Brett. But of course, if you dislike the offer, feel free to wait until you have to pay for it. ;) 

        • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

          Which should be pretty soon (judging by these survey responses).

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      Cyberquill, sorry the phrase rubbed you wrong. But I’m planning on doing something different with the book very soon. If you don’t like how it sounds, you don’t have to get the free book (I’ve never seen an infomercial where the product is totally free.) Your choice.

      • http://blog.cyberquill.com Cyberquill

        Oh, you mean getting the free book is something I can not do just as if I don’t really love it?

        I’m not so much allergic to the concept of giving away free stuff in order to up sales down the road, but to the pre-fab cookie-cutter infomercial-ly manner in which this concept tends to be presented. Not allergic in a sense that it causes me personal discomfort but in the sense that I wonder how so many offerers of products or services can not recoil from rehashing the same shopworn phraseology.

        In fairness, I suppose the phraseology works, which is why people use it over and over, which is also why I don’t expect to ever sell much of anything even if I had a product, because I’d chop off my fingers with a hand ax rather than capitalize the word “FREE,” for example, or use the expression “limited time only.”

      • Anonymous

        Jeff Congratulations! now on to more pressing issues… I can’t access your archives! *runs around frantically in a circle!*

        Jokes aside, I am really happy for you! but please fix the archives issue:)

  • http://journalingwoman.blogspot.com/ Teresa

    Great news for you! And thanks for the book.

  • http://twitter.com/croyseniles Christine Niles

    Congratulations, Jeff.  I read the whole book this morning (and yes, invested my morning hustle-time in it) and it’s amazing!

    Every step you take, you inspire me.  You lead by example…by living out your dream and sharing your steps publicly, serving those of us who would follow you.  Thank you for helping us learn from your experiences, and grow as artists.

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      Thanks, Christine.

  • http://blogworkproject.com Josh Sarz

    Congratulations on your book deal! That sounds awesome Jeff. 

  • http://twitter.com/anicagrey Anica Grey

    Congratulations! And the best way to keep the blessings coming is by blessing others–which you have done. Thanks so much for the free e-book. I have to say, though, that I get an equal amount of education and inspiration from your posts about writing AND blogging. I am a writer first, however, I’m learning that building a platform is an important part of getting SEEN.

    Again, thanks for the e-book. I will be going over that now with my morning cup of coffee!

  • http://avajae.blogspot.com Ava Jae

    Congratulations on the book deal, Jeff! That really is a dream come true. :)

  • http://bryanallain.com Bryan Allain

    Hey, what happened to all that “let’s write some eBooks” talk??? :)

    Congrats, excited to hear more about it!

  • Joybilee Farm

    Jeff, congratulations on your book deal.  And thank you for the e-book.  I read it this morning with my coffee and it was inspiring.  What I love most about your e-books, your blog and your guest posts is that you keep saying, “we need your voice.”  Amazing!  You say, “pick yourself”, yeah, ok, when I have time.  But when I read “we need your voice” its like a calling.  I love that.  Thanks for the encouragement.

  • http://annieboreson.com Annie

    Congratulation, Jeff! Well deserved. Also, very inspiring to know that you were found because of your blog. There is hope! 

  • http://twitter.com/thewritershelp Jackie Paulson

    Congrats!  I hope to be like you by 2012!  

  • http://twitter.com/MuchClearer Sean Sankey

    Loved the ebook – love the design, the tone, the advice… just love it!! Reaffirmed the current path as well as offered some new ideas. Thanks Jeff. 

  • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

    Congrats Jeff! You write some terrific posts. Can’t wait to see the book!

  • http://www.jenwagenmaker.blogspot.com Jennifer Wagenmaker

    Yay!  I’m so excited for you Jeff!  What an encouragement this post was.  Blessings to you on this adventure and journey.

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  • http://quietanthem.blogspot.com/ Renee Ronika Klug

    Congratulations, Jeff. For as much as you help other writers alone, you deserve this recognition. May the Lord bless your writing and publishing journey. 

  • http://www.atlumschema.com Andy Mort

    Thanks for the ebook Jeff, really enjoying it. I was wondering, mid-read, have you ever explored the issue of fear of success, or have you read anyone else writing about it. I’m currently exploring it as I think it’s often a significant factor in holding me back from jumping into stuff fully. I thought it was a fear of failure, but I think it might be the opposite – like losing control of work/my time etc and the idea of fearing criticism – criticism as something which is not, as is sometimes my response, a sign of failure, but actually a sign of acknowledgement and to some extent, success. Failure would mean being ignored and wouldn’t really matter – it’s a bit dejecting but it’s nothing that I fear. I hope that makes sense. Any links to any relevant articles would be much appreciated. 

  • Marya Z

    Congratulations Jeff. May dreams of all writers come true!


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  • http://twitter.com/skottydog Scott E. Dog

    Excellent!  Congratulations, Jeff!   No one is more deserving!   You’re walking the walk!   

    Does this mean you’re not only attending the Killer Tribes Conference, but now will be a guest speaker?

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      Hah! Talk to Bryan… ;-)

  • Joni Brown

    YES! YES! Congratulations! Very, very happy for you, but not one bit surprised.
    Jeff Goins – Speaker of Truth. And thank you for the book.

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      Thanks Joni!

  • http://twitter.com/JLittleFleck Jennifer LittleFleck

    Jeff, I’m so excited for you.  I’ve been following your blog for awhile now, and have even gone back and read a lot of your archives.  I look forward to reading your newest ebook and I hope in a few years to be in the same place.  Thanks!

  • http://thomasmarkzuniga.com TMZ

    That’s so awesome. Congratulations! Can’t wait to read it and hopefully follow in your publication footsteps someday. All the best!

  • http://www.thejackb.com/ The JackB

    Congratulations on the book deal. That really is a dream come true!

  • http://www.dberruti.blogspot.com Deb.

    CONGRATS!!  Getting the ebook now, can’t wait to read the next one!  

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  • http://www.yTravelBlog.com/ yTravelBlog

    Awesome awesome awesome. I love hearing stories that come out like this from this amazing blogging world of ours. 

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  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.bulger Joe Bulger

    Thank you for your generosity Jeff. The wonderful thing about your message is that it reads like a Success Manifesto for any endeavor, not just writing.

    Keep inspiring!

  • http://spiritsentient.com JasonFonceca

    Love this Jeff! Glad I stumbled across it ! :)

    A platform, a personal brand, and channels of connection (i.e. a tribe of dedicated followers and fans) are keys to succeed and scale with… well… practically anything :)

    Even though that’s the case, for some reason the ratio of teachers of these principles feels minimal. Good for for spreading the wisdom :) Rock on!

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  • Anonymous

    Hi Jeff!  Congrats on the book deal. It’s always fun to know that a dream is moving forward. I have one question in your post that has left me scratching my head: what do you mean by being a self-promoting sleaze? I’m assuming this is aimed at those who self-publish? What thought or experience has led you to say that? I do know that book reviewers and readers alike are discovering negatives on those who self-publish, but I won’t bore anyone on that subject. I just wanted to understand more about your comment. Thanks so much.

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      hi there. not at all. it’s referring to the resistance i notice in most writers to self-promote. for many, it feels sleazy, like a necessary evil. in the eBook, I argue that it’s not.

  • http://twitter.com/ozfactorz OzFactor

    I got this message: The form “Goinswriter.com Survey” is no longer accepting responses

    : (

    • Ctorres10

      Me too…:-(

      • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

        yep. sorry, guys. i received over 1000 responses and am taking all of that into account to build a writing course. i’m currently reworking the eBook and will be re-releasing it for sale. if you have any questions, feel free to email me: jeff@goinswriter.com

  • http://www.redemptionsbeauty.com/ Shelly Miller

    Jeff, read both e-books and loved them. They were helpful, practical and simple to read. And affirming for me. I am further along in my journey than I even realized. Now my next question is how to do an e-book. Can you lead me to some resources there? I am so excited for you and so thankful for your generosity to share what you have learned along the way.

  • Cat York

    Woot Woot! Go Goins! :) GRATS!

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins


  • Asd

    But J.K Rowling did beg to get a book deal. She spent a year presenting her harry potter manuscript to 12 different publishers that all rejected her. Finally she got a deal with a super small publishing company that printed 500 copies. (Which now sell for thousands of dollars)Only a few months after that did she gain popularity and gain a good deal.

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      Right. The point isn’t how she got the deal; it’s the fact that with a platform now she doesn’t have to beg. You can spend years begging, or you can just build one yourself.

  • Tanner Morton

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  • Karthik

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  • http://theartofsacredbody.com/ Alexis Staley

    What a dream, to have people approach you about doing the things that you passionately want to do. I believe this dream, now just to make it into a reality by changing it from a dream to a goal! Thanks for your authentic vibe, I’m happy that you are successful.

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  • http://www.ebog.me/ ebog

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  • Kristina Gallo

    I think someone is born with talent or not, you cannot sow seed in the ground where simply can’t grow. You can only help someone to get noticed in right time and on right place.

  • Stephanie L. Robertson

    My dh said for me to just go ahead and write my book. If it’s ever published, then cool. If it never gets published, still cool…’Cause I will have written a book. And that’s cool.

  • Clive

    This is great stuff buddy! Love it. Worrying to much about the possibility of getting book deals, whether anyone will read my works and etcetera etcetera only create unnecessary distractions. I’m inspired. Period.


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