There’s no such thing as an overnight success in the writing game – well, maybe occasionally – but there’s a fast establishing pathway to give yourself the best chance of a long and profitable writing career.
First, it takes time and writing more than a few good books, preferably in series, followed by perfecting your marketing and branding, building a loyal following who sign up to your email list, and coming to grips with the vagaries of the available sales platforms.
And that perennial question, should we go Kindle Unlimited or wide with our books?
Someone who has come to grips with all of the above, and more, is Joanne Dannon, bestselling Indie author, and expert in all things Indie Publishing. Fresh home from conferences in both New Zealand and Australia, Dannon is current on what it takes to succeed in the writing game in 2018 and beyond.
But it wasn’t always that way. Joanne, a oft-returning guest on Writer on the Road, has learned the hard way, by doing the work, making a few mistakes along the way, and continually working at her craft and business skills.
In this episode, Dannon shares her tips for aspiring authors (and for those of us who need to brush up on the business side of our writing):
- Kindle Unlimited or wide
- the importance of writing in series and boxed sets
- consistency of book covers
- Goal, Motivation & Conflict – the keys to writing a great novel
- making mistakes
- marketing – D2D and other options
- it’s not a competition, silly
- the liberation of going Indie
- more, lots more
This is my best chat yet with Dannon, who has shared her journey with us from the beginning. She now has fourteen books published and is currently celebrating her most recent boxed set, Kiss Me.
You can find out more about Dannon and her books here.