Goins, Writer

On Writing, Ideas, and Making a Difference

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.

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?

148: How to Become a Prolific Writer and Publish Over 200 Books: Interview with Jerry B. Jenkins

148: How to Become a Prolific Writer and Publish Over 200 Books: Interview with Jerry B. Jenkins

Writing your first book is like running a marathon. When it’s finally over, you’re equally excited and exhausted. You might even be a little sick (of your book). Now, imagine doing that almost 200 times.

With my fifth book getting ready to release this summer, I can barely fathom the level of discipline and creativity required to produce 20 books in a lifetime, let alone a couple hundred.

147: Spike Your Creativity by Sleeping Smarter: Interview with Shawn Stevenson

147: How to Spike Your Creative Output: Interview with Shawn Stevenson

The irony of the phrase “I’ll sleep when I’m dead” is that if you deprive yourself of sleep, you’ll be dead sooner. And when you’re dead, you’re not sleeping. And you’re not writing either.

For whatever reason we have a tendency, creatives in particular, to default to sacrificing sleep at the altar of our work before anything else. God forbid we binge watch Netflix less or stop bringing our smartphones to bed.

The trouble is, we’re doing more harm to our health and our creativity by burning the candle at both ends than we realize.

146: The Strategic Advantage of Creative Thinking: Interview with Rob Levit

146: The Strategic Advantage of Creative Thinking: Interview with Rob Levit

For too long an expanding gap has existed between working in a cubicle and spending time on your craft. Creative thinking and critical thinking are not at odds. In fact, when you allow the two halves of your mind to work together, you can unlock amazing potential.