Goins, Writer

On Writing, Ideas, and Making a Difference

How to Start a Blog Even if You Aren’t an Expert

How to Start a Blog Even if You Aren't an Expert

Were you ever on the cusp of hitting publish on a blog post, hand hovering over the mousepad, and suddenly this thought floods your brain: “What do you have to offer? You aren’t an expert.” You hesitate. You pull back. You click ‘Delete’ instead. Has this ever happened to you? If so, you’ve encountered imposter […]

150: Why a Book Deal is Only the Beginning of Your Writing Career: Interview with Annie Downs

150: Why a Book Deal is Only the Beginning of Your Writing Career: Interview with Annie Downs

The day you get your first book deal feels much the same as getting accepted to a prestigious university, or landing a coveted internship after graduation. However, much like college and your first “real” job, you soon discover the hard work has only just begun.

Precious few authors are fortunate enough to quit their day jobs after landing their first book deal. Most are unable to avoid the need for side income to supplement writing revenue even after publishing multiple books.

“Real Artists Don’t Starve” is Coming Out (And I Need Your Help)

"Real Artists Don't Starve" is Coming Out (And I Need Your Help)

Waiting for your book to come out is a lot like waiting at the hospital for your child to be born. I have two kids and four books, so I feel semi-qualified to use the analogy. That said, I still can’t believe my fifth book is almost here.

My newest book, Real Artists Don’t Starve, is coming out June 6th. But that’s not why I’m writing today…

149: How to Sell 1000 Copies of Your Self-Published Book on Day One: Interview with Paul Sohn

149: How to Sell 1000 Copies of Your Book on Day One: Interview with Paul Sohn

The average self-published book sells 250 copies in its first year and maybe 1,000 copies in its lifetime. Most authors are ecstatic if they hit 1,000 copies in the first three months. But what if you sold 1,000 copies of your book on the first day it released?

Most Book Trailers Are Awful (But Here’s How Yours Can Be Different)

Why Most Book Trailers Are Awful & How Yours Can Be Different

My first book trailer was awful. The second one was great. And the third was even better. What made the difference? The way we approached the process.

For my first book, I met with a video crew and stared awkwardly into a camera for five minutes, talking about myself. I didn’t have any experience as a speaker and didn’t understand what a good trailer was supposed to do. Not surprisingly, it flopped.