Wow - we're hit 50 episodes! Thank you to all of you who have supported us and tuned in to Season 1 of the Happy Self Publishing Show. Our founder Jyotsna Ramachandran wraps up the first season of our show (and 2017!) with her tactics for creating the discipline necessary to write your book once and for all. If you've been struggling with procrastination this year and hope to finally finish writing your manuscript in the New Year, tune in to hear about Jyotsna's tried and true strategies to kick off 2018 with a bang. Happy holidays from the entire Happy Self Publishing team and see you next year!
Did you know? Only 3% of those who are hoping to write a book actually manage to finish it. For episode 49 of the Happy Self Publishing show, we sat down with Ajit Nawalkha, co-founder of Mind Valley, founder of EverCoach, business coach and author of the Book of Coaching to find out how he wrote his book in just 8 (yes, you read that right!) days. Ajit shares how he switched his mindset from an entrepreneur to an author's viewpoint and how aspiring authors can train themselves to achieve their highest productivity levels ever.
Julie Broad left her successful career in the real estate world after becoming an overall Amazon bestselling author – not just in one category! She went on to win an international book award and receive the Beverly Hills book award for best sales book. Through her new venture Book Launchers, Julie helps authors sell their book, boost their brand and gain overall credibility. Join us for Episode 48 of the Happy Self Publishing show, where she explains how you can sell 1000 copies of your book by spending just 100 dollars.
For episode 47 of the Happy Self Publishing show, we sat down with Joshua Lisec – bestselling international ghostwriter, content marketer and president of Entrepreneur’s Wordsmith LLC. Joshua uses his marketing and copywriting superpowers to help clients create influence and has ghostwritten over 20 books so far, as well as original copy across 50+ countries. He shared his invaluable insights for how business owners, influencers and bloggers can repurpose the content they’ve already spent time and energy creating into a successful book, instead of starting the book-writing process from scratch!
As the bestselling author of Hot Mess to Mindful Mom and the recently launched Get The Most Out Of Motherhood, Ali Katz is a rarity in today's self publishing sphere in that she has also gone the opposite route and had her books traditionally published. In a space where many authors are either on one side or the other of the fence, Ali joins us to explains the pros and cons of both self publishing and traditional publishing and explains how you can get your self published book picked up by traditional publishers.
As the bestselling author of over 5 books and an absolute Internet marketing rockstar, Debbie Drum is also the creator of several online products - including one that helps your book get reviews on Amazon. She stopped by the Happy Self Publishing Show to share how authors can get more reviews for their book on Amazon, and why the number of reviews you receive is increasingly important in a world that relies heavily on social pro
As the author of Money Lessons From Mother Nature and the founder of Success Habits Academy, our client and friend Sudhir Khollam is passionate about teaching and holding entrepreneurs accountable. We were inspired by his recent pre-order book campaign, which saw him sell 250 copies of his book before it was even published! Tune in as he shares how to start selling and marketing your book before it's even created and how to leverage the power of your inner circle to launch your own successful pre-order campaign.
As the founder of MonetizeMyExpertise.com, Grant Weherley works with experts across various industries to help them build and launch online courses to scale their businesses. As we've seen via many of our clients' experiences, the process of creating an online course from your book can overwhelming to say the least. Join us as Grant explains how authors can easily convert their book's content into a teachable format and help them reach a wider audience via an online course.
Writing a book is one thing, but marketing it is a whole other ball game! To help lift your marketing efforts off the ground, we asked bestselling author of the One Hour Content Plan and email marketing specialist Meera Kothand to stop by the show and share her invaluable insights. Meera's book hit the bestseller chart after just a few days thanks to the power of her e-mail list. She shares how delivering value and creating trust with your followers can ultimately grow your business and multiply your book sales in the long run.
For episode 41 of the Happy Self Publishing show, we sat down of Tsavo Neal – a digital specialist who helps businesses and consultants position themselves as authorities in their industries and gain new clients. Thanks to Tsavo’s expertise, a number of authors, consultants and coaches have been able to get the most out of their website and market their services effectively. Join us as Tsavo explains how self published authors can use their site and book in conjunction with one another to lead clients up their product ladder and offer them their highest paid services.
Many first-time authors become overwhelmed with all of the steps involved in the self publishing process and focus solely on Amazon to distribute their books, overlooking all of the other possible platforms. Kevin Tumlinson, bestselling author and Director of Marketing at Draft2Digital, joins us for Episode 40 of the Happy Self Publishing Show to explain how authors can distribute their audiobooks and e-books on alternative platforms, aside from Amazon. Having written over 40 books, Kevin explains how using a publishing aggregator such as Draft2Digital allows authors to upload and distribute their books on outlets worldwide, reaching a larger audience in the process.
How did a first-time self published author manage to get press coverage from the likes of Fox, CBS and NBC? Alan McComas, author of the bestselling book Laidback Lifestyle, joins us to highlight how he effectively used the power of media press releases to promote his book – while also acting as VP of an engineering company, dabbling in real estate as a side business and playing lots of golf! While he didn’t expect his book to receive as much coverage as it did, he shares his insights on how to work the press to get them interested in your content.
As the author of multiple bestselling books including Author Startup and High Performance Paperback, Ray Brehm has positioned himself as an expert who helps entrepreneurs become authors. Having spent over three months in the editing phase of his first book, he is no stranger to procrastination and how authors can become their own bottleneck. He joins us for Episode 38 of the Happy Self Publishing show to explain how the concept of rapid writing can help authors complete their books faster and overcome roadblocks in the self publishing process.
Having been recognized as a networking expert by Inc and Lifehacker, Robbie Samuels recently dropped by our podcast to discuss how authors can leverage the potential of LinkedIn to market their books. As the author of the recently launched Croissants Vs. Bagels, Robbie is an advocate of avoiding wasting time on networking and spending it building valuable relationships instead. He joins us to explain how he successfully used LinkedIn to promote his book before its launch and engage his network of contacts effectively on the platform.
We’ve all heard of the New York Times bestseller list, but what exactly is the WSJ bestseller list and how can self-published authors make it onto it? For episode 36 of the Happy Self Publishing Show, we’re joined by productivity coach Joanna Jast – author of Hack Your Habits and Laser Sharp Focus – the latter of which recently ranked on the WSJ bestseller list. While the general belief is that making it onto these prestigious lists is a privilege reserved for traditionally published authors, Joanna explains how self-published ones can break the mold by using a handful of clever strategies.
When entrepreneurs or coaches write a book, many of them are surprised to find that it quickly acts as a business card on steroids and shoots their sales through the roof. Our client Qat Wanders recently experienced a similar realization after her bestselling book Yoga for You brought in over $30,000 worth of coaching clients within just a month after its release! Readers found her on, Facebook and Twitter and quickly enlisted her savvy know-how to help them overcome chronic pain and more through her tailored yoga techniques. Join us as Qat explains how her book helped attract these clients and how you can mimic the strategies she used to ultimately grow your business.
Piyush Bhatia is the author of Get Your Dream Job and the founder of BM Consultants India, a site dedicated to helping professionals communicate more effectively. He recently hosted a successful launch party for his book, which saw over 150 of India’s senior executives from a range of multiple industries in attendance. He sat down with us to share what went into preparing his event and key details that authors should focus on to make sure that they launch their books with maximal bang. Join us to learn more about Piyush’s top event planning tips, including selecting an overarching theme and contacting noteable speakers to present their thoughts in order to increase the value that your launch can provide.
As the author of the bestselling book 30 Days: Change Your Habits, Change Your life, Marc Reklau knows a thing or two about attracting offers from traditional book publishers. After selling more than 25,000 copies of his book in multiple languages, he was approached by publishers around the world hoping to distribute his book. Join us as he explains how finding success as a self published author can attract publishers who weren’t previously interested in your work.
In this episode, we spoke with Akash Karia to find out how authors can attract speaking opportunities to promote themselves and their work. As the successful author of 23 books, eight of which are consistently on Amazon's bestseller charts, Akash is also a seminar leader and has been a keynote speaker on several international stages including TedX. He believes that all authors should reach a wider audience by becoming speakers and spreading their message through the world. Join us as he explains why becoming a content marketer in this day and age is the single most effective way to become a bestselling author and tune in as he shares his valuable tips on how to make that happen. Akash helps authors communicate more persuasively in public speaking presentations, encourages them to tell better stories by branding their messages and enables them to sell more effectively and increase sales.
As the CEO of Insurgent Publishing, Tom Morkes has helped bestselling authors Dan Norris, Jeff Goins and Jeff Lee Dumas market their books and has run a number of successful book crowdfunding campaigns. After recently raising $12,000 in just 30 days for his latest book, Collaborate, Tom sat down with us to share his tried and tested crowdfunding tips to help authors through each stage of the process. From pre-launching crowdfunding campaigns to making a plan of action once you've hit your target, join us for Episode 31 of the Happy Self Publishing Show.
Surprisingly, only 3% of the authors who start writing a book end up finishing it. The main reason? They don’t set a deadline to complete their projects. Tasks often expand into the time period we allot to them and if time isn’t allotted to writing your book, the task will expand into infinity! We recently sat down with John Lee Dumas, famed podcast host (Entrepreneur on Fire) and author of The Freedom Journal and The Mastery Journal, to learn more about how the writers who have read his books have hugely benefitted from the habit of journaling. Tune in to learn about how the process of journaling and setting S.M.A.R.T (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-bound) goals can help you complete your book in just 100 days.
While it's challenging enough for adults to write their first book, the feat seems even greater when a pre-teen is the author in question. But with all odds stacked against her - writing a book is exactly what eight year-old Emma Sumner did! As the bestselling author of The Fairies of Waterfall Island, we interviewed Emma and her father Sean Sumner for Episode 29 of the HSP Show to find out which steps children should take to publish their first book. Tune in to learn how Emma took a 150 word book writing challenge and turned it into 20 chapters of her first book with the help of her father, a talented author in his own right.
As the founder of TCK Publishing, Tom Corson-Knowles has written over 20 books and has made it his mission to help his clients earn a full-time income off of theirs. To increase authors' revenue flow, one of the approaches he suggests is to sell the foreign language distribution rights to their books. Join us for episode 28 of the Happy Self Publishing Show, where Tom highlights the key tips and tricks to employ to entice foreign publishers to approach you for your book's distribution rights and have your book sold across international markets.
Having written over half a million words of fiction spread across multiples genres, Monica Leonelle has also helped thousands (yes, thousands!) of authors plan their books. She is also the voice behind a popular non-fiction series that helps writers put pen to paper faster and become better storytellers. Join us as Monica explains how authors can craft an engaging storyline for their fiction novel by plotting out a roadmap of it ahead of time. Drawing on her extensive previous experience, she highlights how structuring your book before getting started on writing on it can be a more effective strategy for you.
As many author-entrepreneurs know, your book sales typically won’t be your greatest source of income! As such, it’s important to think of different ways that writing a book can ultimately generate profit for your business. In episode 26 of the Happy Self Publishing Show, we spoke with Alison Sigmon to learn about how she used her bestselling book, Delivering Bad News In Good Ways, to start conducting corporate workshops. Join us as Alison shares her tips for developing content, partnering with corporations to get your message across, pitching your skills and leveraging your professional relationships to make your workshop goals become reality.