What Is the Secret to Living a Happy Life?
It's easier than you think. Go up to a full-length mirror, look at your reflection, give yourself a hug and say, "I love myself." And mean it.
It's that last part that's the tricky part.
I write stories to not only help give voice to the pain of my past, but to give hope to others. In growing up, my mother dealt with domestic abuse, a husband that cheated on her, abandoned his family, and who was more interested in alcohol and drugs than in raising children.
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.