Turn Down the Volume in More Than One Way – An Interview With Full-Time Author Elizabeth Ann West

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Elizabeth Ann West is the author of five novels and seven novellas, 10 of which are story variations of Jane Austen’s “Pride & Prejudice.” Her books have won reader conference awards and hit the Historical Bestseller lists on Amazon, Kobo, and the iBooks stores multiple times. A lover of all things geeky, Elizabeth codes websites, dabbles in graphic design, and is always looking for new technology to learn and master. A Navy wife and mother of two, her family has lived all over the United States and is currently residing in upstate New York.

Join Elizabeth and me as we discuss:

  • How she accidentally became an author.
  • Her take on outsourcing some of the work and why she works with a partner.
  • Her favorite part about being a full-time author.
  • Why using Amazon is a privilege and not a right.
  • The different ways she’s generating revenue.
  • Why she doesn’t hesitate to give out her books for free.
  • How the size of your mailing list doesn’t matter.
  • Her worst moment as an author.
  • Navigating Amazon eBook categories to your advantage.
  • Why she went wide.
  • How keywords can help your book get visible.
  • The benefits of using Google Adwords instead of Facebook ads.
  • One question to ask yourself when trying to find a genre to write in.
  • What she’d do if she could do it all over again.

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How to Get Visible – An Interview with Full-Time Author Carolynn Gockel

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Carolynn Gockel has been writing stories for her friends and family since before word processors even existed. A few years ago she began posting those stories to the intertubes and started receiving emails, messages, and reviews from her fans telling her she should do it professionally. In the end, it was her husband’s nagging that wore her down, and she’s been writing professionally ever since.

Join Carolynn and me as we discuss:

  • Her favorite part about being a full-time author.
  • The various ways she’s generating revenue and how much.
  • Sales funnels and why they’re important for authors.
  • Her struggle in the beginning when she first tried going pro.
  • Why she prefers pantsing with the Stop Light method instead of outlining.
  • Her plan when she finished the manuscript for “I Bring the Fire”.
  • Why she’s switching to Vellum over Jutoh for formatting.
  • How she promotes her series.
  • Dealing with negative reviews.
  • Her advice for those of us trying to become full-time authors.

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Writing to Market and Loving It – An Interview with Full-Time Author Boyd Craven

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Boyd Craven has penned more than 20 books over the last two years, only recently deciding to take the plunge into publishing. His “The World Burns” series has hit the top 10 in the Dystopian Genre in the USA, the UK, Canada and Australia. Boyd has made his home in Michigan with his wonderful wife and about a million kids, but travels to Texas to visit family as frequently as possible. He hunts and goes fishing when he’s not dreaming up post-apocalyptic nightmares to put his characters through. Fear not, though. Boyd is a huge believer that in the darkest hour there is always a glimmer of hope to hold onto.

Join Boyd and me as we discuss:

  • Going full-time against conventional wisdom.
  • His favorite part about being a full-time author.
  • How a bookstore started selling his book.
  • His plan when he first launched “The World Burns“.
  • Why understanding your market pays off as an indie author and how he does it.
  • A marketing technique he uses that generated the third largest launch of his career.
  • Why he moved away from novellas to focus on full-length novels.
  • How he coped with imposter syndrome that put him in a two week writing slump.
  • His writing routine and why he starts at 4AM.
  • Why having a publishing team is so important.
  • How writing sprints were life changing for him.
  • Why some of his books didn’t sell.

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Kissing the Cubicle World Goodbye – An Interview with Full-Time Author Eric Thomson

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Eric Thomson is the author of the Decker’s War series and the Siobhan Dunmoore series. He’s a retired Canadian soldier with 31 years of service, both in the Regular Army and the Army Reserve. He worked for a number of years as an Information Technology specialist before retiring to become a full-time author.

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  • How becoming a full-time author changed his life for the better.
  • The freedom that being a full-time author provides him.
  • His mindset on having to write constantly as a self-published author.
  • The moment the switch flipped from hobbyist to professional.
  • The success he’s had and how he got there without a Bookbub ad.
  • How he got out of his 20 year writing slump where he practically gave up.
  • Why he chooses to stay all-in with Amazon Kindle Unlimited.
  • What he’d do differently if he could do it all over again.
  • A breakdown of the marketing techniques that he uses today.
  • His writing goals and why it’s OK to go at your own pace.

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One Year’s Salary in One Month – An Interview with Full-Time Author Timothy Ellis (Part 2)

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If you missed part one of the interview then check it out here. Otherwise, please join Timothy and me for part two of our chat as we discuss:

  • His publishing plan when he finished his first manuscript of “Hero at Large“.
  • What he would do differently if he could do it all over again.
  • How he gets out of a writing slump.
  • The one thing he does that contributes to his success as an author.
  • The major thing that gives him job satisfaction as an author.
  • One of his favorite quotes and what it means to him.

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One Year’s Salary in One Month – An Interview with Full-Time Author Timothy Ellis (Part 1)

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Timothy Ellis lives on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia somewhere in the future. Well, at least when he’s writing books in “The Hunter Legacy” series. His first novel of the series, “Hero at Large” was the start of combining three loves in his life: the space genre, spirituality, and cats. After publishing book three of the series his sales were sent into orbit, and after releasing book four he’s been making a full-time income with his writing ever since. Timothy shares so much about the indie publishing world that the interview had to be split into two parts.

Join Timothy and me in part one of the interview as we discuss:

  • The moment his series took off and what caused it.
  • His approach to finishing a novel in 31 days.
  • How he handles writing consistently with a disability.
  • Why you have to treat your writing like a job.
  • Dealing with pressure from fans.
  • His favorite part about being a full-time author.
  • When it’s a good time to release an audio book.
  • His take on going wide versus being exclusive to Amazon.

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Location Independence – an Interview with Full-Time Author Aaron Hodges

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After working for two years in an office as an environmental consultant Aaron Hodges left the small town of Whakatane, New Zealand to travel the world in search of his next adventure as part of the New Zealand tradition of an “Overseas Experience”. During his travels he rediscovered his love of writing after dusting off an old manuscript he had abandoned five years prior. In December of 2015 he finished rewriting that manuscript and published what is now his debut novel “Stormwielder”. It quickly took off in sales. Now his writing is supporting his world travels so he can continue living the adventure.

Join Aaron and me as we discuss:

  • His favorite part about being a full-time author.
  • What caused him to abandon writing for years.
  • How he got back on the saddle and finished his manuscript.
  • The point he realized that he could be an author full-time.
  • What he would do differently if he could do it all over again.
  • A personal habit that contributes to his success.
  • Where he goes to get his cover artist and editor.
  • Why he suggests focusing on writing over everything else.

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Everybody has 24 Hours a Day – An Interview with Full-Time Author Logan Rutherford

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In June of 2015 Logan was able to leave his job in the marketing department of a local company to pursue his passion of telling stories by becoming a full-time author. He later moved to Los Angeles, California after leaving his small hometown in Texas. Now he plans to publish his sixth and seventh novels by summertime to round out “The First Superhero” series and “The Mortis Desolation” series, respectively – just a few months after turning 21 years old.

Join Logan and me as we discuss:

  • How he handles writer’s block.
  • Landing an agent without writing a single query letter.
  • Why he outsources his audio books.
  • His personal struggle when he first started pursuing his full-time author career.
  • The point where he realized he could live off of his writing full-time.
  • How he got back on track after hitting a writing slump.
  • Why he doesn’t write at home.
  • What keeps him from procrastinating.

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Becoming a successful author – An interview with full-time author Wayne Stinnett

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Wayne Stinnett started his self publishing career with “Fallen Palm” in October of 2013 while working his day job as an over-the-road trucker. After a disagreement with his boss on May 14th of 2014, he abruptly left the trucking business and became a full-time author two months ahead of plan. That decision caused him and his family to hit financial hard times, but it was relatively short-lived. After six weeks of scraping by his author career took off, and he hasn’t looked back since. Now he’s making over $500 a day and about to publish his 10th novel. Life couldn’t be better.

Join Wayne and me in this jam-packed session as we discuss:

  • His favorite part about being a full-time author.
  • How he quit his over-the-road truck driving job and went all-in with his author career – it’s epic!
  • The moment everything clicked allowing him to make a living from his novels.
  • How he went from negative and ignored query responses to publishing his 10th book.
  • His plan for the next two years which includes breaking ground on his family’s dream home.
  • His writing routine that prevents him from getting into a slump.
  • Prioritizing family over the constant need to produce books.
  • Why it’s better to get out of the office and talk to people when doing research.
  • Dreamers vs. planners and why you need to stop dreaming and start planning for success.
  • Actionable advice on how to write every day.

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$21,000 in one month with a debut novel – An interview with full-time author Todd Ellery Hodges

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shutterstock_283522577During his twenties Todd worked in a laboratory performing drug trials, traveled most of Washington State fixing computers for Apple, sold gym memberships, and helped manage an international supply chain for a chemical distributor. Yet, much like the rest of his generation, he found that he wasn’t well suited to doing any type of work for long. So, he brushed the metaphorical dust off the novel he’d been writing in his head for six years. Soon after “The Never Hero” was published on September 14, 2014, and Todd was able to leave his day job on January 2, 2016 to become a full-time author.

Join Todd and me as we discuss:

  • His favorite part about being a full-time author.
  • Complete transparency with his income charts for 2014 and 2015.
  • What it really means to be “successful” as an author.
  • Moving past crushing self-doubt before he published.
  • How he overcame fear of losing a steady paycheck, left his job, and went full-time.
  • Why he stopped himself from writing a 1,000 page tome and broke the novel into a series.
  • The lessons he learned from making his own book cover and why he will never do it again.
  • Why he hires someone to do his book formatting for him.
  • His theory on how he made almost $20,000 in one month with his debut novel.

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