So I launched a podcast.
Teeeeechnically, it’s not true that I launched a podcast; I guess it’s more accurate to say that Sean Platt, Dave Wright, and I launched a podcast. But I’m the guy with the mixer and the recorder and the knowledge of how it all works, so without me it’s just the two of them talking to their computers, not even connected via Skype, and wondering why nothing is happening. (And just between us, I’m fairly sure that’s what was going on before I entered the mix. Dave: “So I feel that XYZ.” Sean: [sleeping hundreds of miles away] “.” Dave: “WHY WON’T YOU ANSWER ME?”)
Our new podcast is The Self Publishing Podcast with Johnny, Sean, and Dave. It’s all about how to get your work published in the age of eBooks and Kindle and actually make some money at it — because you CAN do that today, and it’s a mindblowing time to be a writer. You CAN actually make money as an author — even of fiction! — without being Stephen King or (as Dave says it) DEAN FUCKIN KOONTZ.
(And speaking of Dave, his obsession with goths who may or may not be pissing on trees rears its ugly head more than once, after which a melee inevitably ensues.)
You should check it out if you’re at all interested in getting something published — be it fiction, nonfiction, or grotesque elf porn.
Here’s the official podcast description, from iTunes. (Side note: We’re already ranked #1 for “self publishing,” proving either that we’re awesome, that there’s no competition, or that nobody is interested in self-publishing):
Want to get your words out into the world without contending with agents, publishers, or any of the other gatekeepers in traditional publishing? There’s never been a better time to become a writer, and to be in charge of your own destiny rather than jumping through hoops to please the Powers that Be. Self-publishing ninjas David Wright and Sean Platt — who have manufactured a publishing machine around Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing platform — join popular blogger and author Johnny B. Truant to explore everything related to getting published in today’s new DIY digital publishing frontier. This isn’t artsy talk… we’re business guys with no-BS strategies to help you make self-publishing a rewarding reality. Submit your questions at SelfPublishingPodcast.com!
We’ve got two very different perspectives on self publishing on the podcast, which is part of what makes it interesting… and applicable for just about any type of writer.
Sean and Dave (who are basically one person; I call them “Seave” or “Daan” or “Brangelina”) have built a very complex, very prolific machine around their own writing, enabling them to write and publish as their full-time jobs. I, on the other hand, am stepping into publishing much more slowly. I have one bona-fide novel, one short story, one humor collection, and a handful of experimental small titles that began life as posts on my blog. I do NOT have a complex, prolific machine. I’m a guy who has another business, and who gets a kick out of the idea that I can actually write and sell real books while using my marketing mojo to drive new readers to them.
Need tips on how to format your book? No problem.
Need marketing advice? We’ve got it.
Need ideas on how to create book covers, info on how to use free promos to drive sales, pricing tips, or anything else? We’re your guys.
Come on over and check us out our awesome new Self Publishing Podcast. It’s dandy good fun. (And really, it’s fun even if you don’t give a shit about self-publishing. There is much tomfoolery.)
Oh, and also: You can ask us questions! It’s way cool. We’ve got a call-in number right on the homepage. Call with your questions about self-publishing and we’ll play your question and then answer it on the show if we can. Just like a real radio show, as if we were professionals or something.
We’re pretty psyched about this new venture. Join us, will you?