Goins, Writer

On Writing, Ideas, and Making a Difference

153: Why Meaningful Work Automatically Attracts an Audience: Interview with Mark Frauenfelder

153: Why Meaningful Work Automatically Attracts an Audience: Interview with Mark Frauenfelder

One of the biggest challenges any creative faces is what to make and who to make it for. How do you determine if an idea is a good fit for you, or if anyone will pay attention long enough to buy it?

Being a full-time writer doesn’t necessarily equate to writing “full-time”. I don’t sit at my desk for eight hours every week day and pound away at the keyboard writing books and blog posts. There’s a bit more complexity to running a successful blog, launching books, and operating a digital business.

152: The Truth Behind Finding Luck: Interview with Brett Kelly

152: The Truth Behind Finding Luck: Interview with Brett Kelly

People start writing for all kinds of reasons. Fame, fortune, boredom, or another hobby they’ll quit in three weeks. But sometimes, a person writes for something more. They write for freedom.

Most of us want freedom from something. Our past, a bad habit, a toxic relationship, a dull day job, or even the distractions we let keep us from writing.

151: Leveraging the Power of SEO to Sell Your Books on Amazon: Interview with Dave Chesson

151: How to Validate Your Book Idea: Interview with Dave Chesson of Kindlepreneur

A few years ago, I was speaking a conference and a woman came up to me afterwards asking for advice about a book she wanted to publish. Not being familiar with her genre, I asked if there were any other books on the subject. Her answer scared me.

“None,” she said. “There are no books out there like this. This is a completely original idea.”

Why would this scare me?

How One Writer Landed a $220,000 Book Contract Without Being Famous

How One Writer Landed a $220,000 Book Contract Without Being Famous

I am consistently amazed by what many writers think is not possible. For instance, the other day I was talking to someone who wanted to get a book published and start making money writing. But at some point someone told her she couldn’t do that.

“You won’t make more than a few bucks off your first book,” one author told her.

“That’s not true,” I said.

And then I told her the story of Benjamin Hardy…

The Writer’s Roadmap: 12 Steps to Make a Living Writing

The Writer's Roadmap: 12 Steps to Make a Living Writing

“Writers don’t make any money.”

I’ve heard teachers and relatives and even authors themselves say this. But is it true? It doesn’t have to be.

Yes, we have all heard the tales of starving artists. But here’s the other side of that story: You don’t have to starve. Not today. Not with the countless opportunities that exist to share your message with the world.