Goins, Writer

On Writing, Ideas, and Making a Difference

Why the Story of the Starving Artist Needs to Die

Why the Story of the Starving Artist Needs to Die

For centuries, historians believed the great Renaissance master was just another Starving Artist, struggling to make ends meet. Michelangelo himself embraced this image, living frugally and often complaining about money. He once wrote in a poem that his art had left him “poor, old and working as a servant of others.”

But it turns out he wasn’t telling the truth.

Blog Your Way to a Traditional Book Deal: Interview with Erin Odom

Blog Your Way to a Traditional Book Deal: Interview with Erin Odom

Not long ago, Erin and her family were in poverty. Today, she has a successful writing business reaching countless people with her work that was 7 years in the making.

In January of 2011, she had a 2-year old and a newborn. Her family was barely making ends meet. Erin’s husband was teaching high school Spanish, she was working several jobs, and they were dangerously close to foreclosing on an out-of-state home.

Yes, You Can Make a Living Writing

Yes, You Can Make a Living Writing

For years, I’ve taught tens of thousands of writers the steps it takes to go from floundering in obscurity to turning their writing into a viable vocation.

This past week, I shared with you a series of resources that walked you through the first three of those steps.

And now, this week, I’m hosting a live training where I’ll teach you the WHOLE process — everything I’ve learned from coaching thousands of struggling writers, helping them succeed — and how you can follow in their footsteps.

$50,000 in 5 Months: 3 Essential Steps to Turn a Passion Project into a Business

$50,000 in 5 Months: 3 Essential Steps to Turn a Passion Project into a Business

If you would have told me then that selling physical products would be the way I make a full time income, I would have laughed. I’ve only been studying eCommerce for the past six months, hardly an expert!

Still, over the past 5 months, I’ve sold nearly $50,000 in products related to my niche, and I’d like to share the three steps I took to turn my passion project into a full time business.

3 Steps You Can Take Today to Start Making a Living Writing

The First 3 Steps You Can Take to Make a Living Writing

Since the last Tribe Writers class I taught in October, I’ve been busy. In the months since, I’ve spoken with hundreds of writers, asking them where they are getting stuck and how to work through those challenges.

I’ve been coaching, teaching, and learning a lot — all with the intent of better helping you, my dear reader and fellow writer.

I’ve been studying the methods of successful writers from all genres, and what I’ve developed is a 12-step roadmap that will help just about any struggling writer break through to the next level.

How to Sell 1,000 Copies of Your Self-Published Book in Two Weeks: Interview with Natalie Brenner

How to Sell 1,000 Copies in Two Weeks as a Self-Published Author: Interview with Natalie Brenner

If the question is how to sell 1,000 copies in two weeks as a self-published author, do you know the answer? If you don’t, have no fear because our guest will tell you! Natalie Brenner joins us on today’s The Portfolio Life. Natalie is the author of This Undeserved Life; she’s also a professional photographer, a doula, one of my coaching clients, and someone I call a friend. But most of all, Natalie is a writer. She’s always loved writing, and even as a kid would dream of writing a book. Recently, she made that dream a reality. In fact, […]