I signed up for the paid version of Instafreebie back in October 2016. At the time, I had about 1,600 subscribers on my mailing list. I heard some great stories about Instafreebie and thought I would give it a try. For $20/month I connected the service to my Mailchimp account and I had a simple marketing funnel setup.
What's the biggest obstacle you're trying to overcome?
I'm curious. Write and let me know.
For me, I could probably write a book about all the challenges I've had to overcome. The question is a hard one because there are so many competing ones...
When I first started writing books, my wife must have been sick of me saying, "But I don't have enough time." I complained a lot. I worked full-time, we were raising two kids, there were chores to do, I wasn't getting enough sleep and I'd finish my book—only to realize that now the real work needed to get done. I had to figure out how to market the damn thing!
Kevin T. Johns of The Writing Coach podcast was kind enough to interview me on his January 27, 2017 episode of the podcast. During the interview, we talk about how storytelling helped me escape a challenging childhood without a father as well as wasting years waiting for the publishing industry to validate me as an author. I also talk through my long term approach to my publishing career, sharing my year-end numbers from 2016 and the challenges of earning money as an indie author.
I wanted to share the episode of the Self-Publishing Journeys podcast on which Paul Teague interviewed me about my "What I Learned about Indie Publishing in 2016: Full Sales & Figures" article that I wrote back in December 2016.
Based right outside of Philadelphia, I took the train up to New York and went hoping to find answers at Digital Book World Indie 2017. Truth be told, one of the main reasons why I went was to hear Data Guy talk in the Tight Insights: The Indie Universe Quantified session. I wanted to see his data on the big screen. I could have listened to him for hours (more on that in a bit).