Michal asks: When I started writing and publishing, I wasn’t in the business owner mindset at all. I published my first book with an investment of just five dollars. I needed to grow and see progress before I was willing to invest more in my books. How would you have started with just five bucks? Forget about your business background when you answer the question. Thanks.
Michal is the first repeat caller Steve’s answered on SPQ. His most recent book, “The Art of Persistence,” has a 7,900 ranking on Amazon, so it’s a solid book that is selling well. Michael is a great example of someone who takes action. English isn’t his first language, but he’s still doing a great job putting out valuable content and building an audience. Continue reading
Kamal asks via email: I am a budding author and already a blogger. I am stuck on whether I should write fiction or nonfiction.
A lot of authors struggle with the issue of whether they should write fiction or nonfiction books. This is a hard decision to make because it can have a long-term impact on your business.
Steve recommends weighing the advantages and disadvantages of each tactic. Continue reading
I know you’ve mentioned a few times that you tried to publish a series of children’s books on Kindle. I’m wondering if you’d do a podcast where you went into exactly why you decided not to move forward with it, and why you think children’s books don’t do well on Kindle. Is it because it’s harder to build a platform when you are trying to market kids’ books? I’m curious because I’ve published a series of kids’ books, and it’s definitely a challenge. I’m only selling about five books per day. I’d love to hear the lessons you learned.
Not many people ask about his experience publishing kids’ books. Surprisingly, he learned more from that failed experiment than he has by publishing some of his other titles. Continue reading
It’s time for another Five Questions segment. In this episode, Steve covers a variety of topics including finding your international reviews, if the Author Follow button works, media liability insurance, formatting, and putting a product on Udemy.
Thomas Lau asks: What are the absolute essentials and good-to-have tools (online or offline) for authors?
Steve has a list of recommended resources on the SPQ Resources page. The tools on this page are really good for authors.
Thomas asked about the essentials, so Steve has a list of tools he uses pretty much on a daily basis. Continue reading
Gregg asks: I have a question about your business setup. Since you are publishing so many books, you must have someone on staff that helps with the editing and stuff, right? Do you have someone on your actual team, or do you just outsource the work?
Gregg helped put together the audio intro and outro for SPQ. Steve really appreciates his help.
Gregg asked specifically about editors, but he asked about building teams around books, so Steve decided to take this question and turn it into a larger question about building a team. Continue reading
I’m a first-time Kindle author. I’m almost ready to publish my first book on Amazon, and I’m a little nervous about it. What are the common mistakes you think every author should avoid, whether it’s a first-time author or a seasoned veteran?
Steve sees people make a lot of mistakes when they publish their own books. There are too many mistakes to cover in one podcast, so this episode covers six of the most common mistakes. Steve has covered some of these topics in previous episodes, so there are a lot of links to help you find more information. Continue reading
We’re starting a new segment called “Five Questions.” Steve will take five of the questions he’s gotten and answer them in a rapid-fire manner. He’s doing this because some questions only require a simple response, so he can’t devote an entire episode to them.
Some of the questions have already been covered, so he also doesn’t want to dedicate another full episode to something that has already been discussed. Right now, Steve has 120 questions in the queue, so this is a good way to make sure everything is covered. It can also help this podcast provide more value for listeners.
Even though there are a lot of questions waiting to be answered, Steve will get to them all, so don’t hesitate to submit a question via SpeakPipe or email. Continue reading
K asks: Based on your own experience in getting set up, how do you use virtual assistants in your self-publishing business?
Using virtual assistants and freelancers is a major part of Steve’s business. He does almost all of his own content creation, but he uses teams to take care of a lot of the moving parts. Unless you systematize everything you do, you’ll make mistakes if you try to handle all of these tasks yourself. Continue reading
What do you do about authors who publish books extremely similar to the ones you publish? I have noticed books with very similar covers and content in the marketplace.
This is a very touchy subject, and a lot of people get very emotional about it. No one likes to see their hard work get ripped off by someone who outsourced the work to a writer in a foreign country. Steve understands what this is like because his content is ripped off all the time. Continue reading