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Writer on the Side

English, Finance, 1 season, 131 episodes, 2 days, 23 hours, 10 minutes
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Most employees want to write a book but don’t have the time to write or don’t know where to start. This podcast will show you how to get your nonfiction book published while working a full-time job. You'll also get simple tips about launching and marketing your book.
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148 Want to Write a Book with Me?

I’m launching my first ever cohort-based course about writing a book on the side (starting June 25). On this episode, I talk about the course and how you can learn more about it. 
6/12/202421 minutes, 58 seconds
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147 From Udemy Course to Book Deal with O'Reilly - Mike Taylor

Mike Taylor co-founded a 50 person marketing agency, created courses on LinkedIn, Vexpower, and Udemy taken by over 350,000 people, and published a book with O’Reilly on prompt engineering. On this episode, we talk about how he published his course on Udemy and ended with a book.
5/29/20241 hour, 2 minutes, 32 seconds
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146 No Longer Writer on the Side

A personal update no longer being a writer on the side (for a short period)
5/15/202421 minutes, 18 seconds
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145 Launching a New Idea (an Unlimited Leadership Library)

How to package all your books, courses and other digital products in a unique package that can make you some money. 
5/1/202417 minutes, 38 seconds
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144 A Novel Approach to Writing Books with Chris Fenning

Chris Fenning is the author of five non-fiction books on the topics of business communication and training. On this episode, we talk about how he writes and markets his books.   
4/17/202451 minutes, 29 seconds
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143 Publishing a Book in 5 Days with Kelly Wilde Miller

Kelly Wilde Miller is an emerging writer who wrote her first book in just 5 days. On this episode, we talk about how she wrote and marketed her book.  
4/3/202451 minutes, 42 seconds
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142 Amazon KDP Category and Keyword Secrets with Dave Chesson

Dave is the guy behind Kindlepreneur.com. On this episode, we talk about Amazon KDP tips & strategies that authors can use for their books.  
3/20/202456 minutes, 19 seconds
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141 Is Something Fishy Going on with Books on Amazon?

I stumbled on a new strategy that some authors might be using to publish multiple books on Amazon using AI.  
3/6/20248 minutes, 44 seconds
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140 Trying Amazon's Virtual Voice Service for an Audiobook

Amazon KDP released a new audiobook service called Virtual Voice that uses computer-generated narration. Here are some thoughts about trying the service out.  
2/21/202416 minutes, 1 second
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139 Marketing a Philosophy Book with Mahmoud Rasmi

Mahmoud Rasmi is the author of Philosophy for Business Leaders. On this episode, we talk about how he wrote and marketed his book.  
2/7/202447 minutes, 39 seconds
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138 10,000 Book Copies Sold in 3 Months with Jesse J. Anderson

Jesse J. Anderson is the author of Extra Focus, a book about guiding people on adult ADHD. On this episode, we talk about how he sold 10,000 copies in the first 3 months. 
1/24/202446 minutes, 31 seconds
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137 Co-authoring a Book to Create Change with Jane Leu

Jane Leu is the author of Unicorns Unite, a book about how nonprofits and foundations can build epic partnerships. On this episode, we talk about how she co-authored the book.   
1/10/202426 minutes, 8 seconds
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136 Using a Book for Impact with Nupur Saxena

Nupur Saxena is the author of The IMPACT Roadmap, a book about how to scale profit with purpose. On this episode, we talk about how she uses her book for impact.   
12/27/202341 minutes, 11 seconds
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135 Using a Book to Become the Go-To Person in Your Field with Maria Gallo

Maria Gallo is the author of The Alumni Way, a book about how to build value from your university investment. On this episode, we talk about how she uses her book as a business card.   
12/13/202335 minutes, 4 seconds
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134 I Published a One-Page Book (Why You Should Write Shorter Books)

I recently published a 1-page book called “This Book is One Page Long” as an experiment. Here are some lessons learned.
11/29/202310 minutes, 35 seconds
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133 $150K from One Book via Speaking Engagements with Rick Lewis

Rick Lewis has made over $150,000 in book sales from relying on a single marketing channel: speaking. No Amazon. No other platforms or distribution channels. Just back-of-the-room sales after speaking engagements.  
11/15/202348 minutes, 50 seconds
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132 How I Create on the Side Using 5 Simple Ideas

After 20 books (100K readers) and 12 courses (320K students), I learned a few lessons about how to create on the side. Here are 5 key ideas you can apply today.  
11/1/202318 minutes, 26 seconds
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131 A New Book in 48 Hours with ChatGPT

I recently published “Inverse Leadership” in 48 hours (using ChatGPT). This started out as a joke. Here’s the story.  
10/18/202317 minutes, 3 seconds
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130 Alex Hormozi's $100M Leads Book Launch

Alex Hormozi recently launched his $100M Leads book and gave a lot of value away for free. Some thoughts on that.  
10/4/202314 minutes, 32 seconds
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129 The Power of Offering Your Book for Free

Offering your book for free can be a great strategy for authors. Here are some benefits for doing so.
9/20/202316 minutes, 24 seconds
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128 How I Research my Travel Book Series

I’m writing a new book about traveling to a new city with kids. Here’s the approach I take to research it.  
9/6/202320 minutes, 36 seconds
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127 It's Okay Not to Create When You Don't Feel Like It

Should you force yourself to write books or create courses when you don’t feel like it? A short episode discussing the point.  
8/23/202313 minutes, 3 seconds
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126 Questions about Creating on the Side (Part 2 of 2)

Here are some of the top questions and answers I usually get about creating on the side (publishing books & courses).  
8/9/202326 minutes, 27 seconds
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125 Questions about Creating on the Side (Part 1 of 2)

Here are some of the top questions and answers I usually get about creating on the side (publishing books & courses).
7/26/202322 minutes, 14 seconds
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124 Luca Dellanna on How He Published 9 Books on the Side

Here’s the end-to-end process that Luca follows to publish multiple nonfiction books while working as a management consultant  
7/12/202336 minutes, 4 seconds
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123 Juergen Goeggerle on How he Published his First Book

A great conversation I had with Juergen Goeggerle about how he wrote his first book
6/28/202340 minutes, 1 second
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122 5 Strategies That Help You Create on the Side

I just surpassed 92,000 readers on Amazon and 300,000 students on Udemy. Here are the 5 strategies I use to help me create on the side.  
6/14/202311 minutes, 54 seconds
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121 New Book Published in 10 Hours: A Repurposing Strategy That Works

“ChatGPT for Better Business Communication” was repurposed from a short course and launched in 10 hours. Here are some ideas about how you can leverage this strategy for your own products.  
5/31/202315 minutes, 58 seconds
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120 ChatGPT and the Future of Writing with Logan Kilpatrick

Logan Kilpatrick from OpenAI talks about ChatGPT and how it's already disrupting the world of writing.  
5/17/202343 minutes, 30 seconds
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119 A Portfolio of Side Hustles Conversation with Mahmoud Rasmi

A great conversation I had with Mahmoud Rasmi on his Marketplace Discussions podcast about building a portfolio of side hustles (including books and courses) while working a full-time job.   
5/3/20231 hour, 10 minutes, 13 seconds
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118 4 Reasons Why Every Employee Should Write a Nonfiction Book

A repeat episode of how writing a book on the side will help you establish yourself as an expert, make some money, learn new skills, and get exposure to exciting opportunities.   
4/19/20239 minutes, 6 seconds
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117 Updating "ChatGPT for Nonfiction Authors" on KDP

A quick about how and when to update your book on Amazon KDP to take advantage of marketing trends.   
4/5/202311 minutes, 15 seconds
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116 How to Write Books on the Side with Arvid Kahl

A great conversation with Arvid Kahl on his Bootstrapped Founder podcast about how I write books on the side.
3/22/20231 hour, 4 minutes, 40 seconds
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115 650 Sales in 10 Days from Mitra Raman's First Book

Some tips and ideas from Mitra on how “Crush The Engineering Management Interview” sold hundreds of copies in the first 10 days.  
3/8/202331 minutes, 56 seconds
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114 How to Write a Book using Notion with Tanya Moushi

Here are some tips that will help you write your book by organizing your thoughts using Notion.  
2/22/202336 minutes, 26 seconds
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113 Three Quick Questions About Writing a Book on the Side

How long is a short book? How do you decide on a book topic? How do you write a great outline?   
2/8/202314 minutes, 23 seconds
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112 Lessons from "ChatGPT for Nonfiction Authors" becoming an Amazon #1 Bestseller

Seven simple lessons that can help you launch your own book to Amazon Bestseller status  
1/25/202336 minutes, 46 seconds
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111 ChatGPT for Nonfiction Authors - Book is out

Announcing the launch of "ChatGPT for Nonfiction Authors" - a short book that will help you write better, faster, and more effectively. This book was written with the help of ChatGPT.
1/11/202327 minutes, 5 seconds
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110 ChatGPT and the Future of Writing

An introduction to ChatGPT by OpenAI and how it will affect writers going forward. This episode was mainly written by a ChatGPT prompt.
12/28/202211 minutes, 34 seconds
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109 Why I Said No to a Top 10 Book Publisher

A repeat episode about the three reasons why I said no to a top 10 publisher when they wanted to republish my "Influencing Virtual Teams" book
11/30/202216 minutes, 10 seconds
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108 $400K+ in One Year from One Course: Thinking in Small Bets with Daniel Vassallo

Daniel Vassallo talks about how he thinks of businesses as Small Bets, and how he grew multiple products to over 6 figures. His latest course brought in over $400,000 in the last year alone, and in this episode, he discusses his philosophy and approach to how he built it along with a thriving community.  
11/16/20221 hour, 10 minutes, 41 seconds
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107 How to Start a Successful Newsletter with Louie Bacaj

Great insights about how to decide on a topic for a newsletter, how to write it, and how often you should send it out. Louie also talks about how you can make money from a newsletter, and what tools you can use.
11/2/202248 minutes, 51 seconds
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106 How Nick Gray Sold 5,000 Copies of His First Book in 3 Months

A great conversation with Nick Gray about how he launched and marketed his book "The 2-Hour Cocktail Party"
10/19/202244 minutes, 37 seconds
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105 How to Make Money using Amazon Affiliate Links

Here’s a step-by-step guide that shows you how to create Amazon affiliate links for your own books
9/28/202220 minutes, 27 seconds
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104 How to Write a WSJ Bestseller as a First Time Author with Liam Martin

Liam Martin is the co-author of Running Remote, a book that recently hit the WSJ bestseller list. Here are some insights from him about how he wrote and published a book.
9/14/202255 minutes, 43 seconds
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103 How to Write an Outline for your Nonfiction Book

In this episode, I cover a simple framework that shows you how to write an outline for your short nonfiction book. You’ll start with a concise introduction, then cover the main content, and then wrap up with a concise conclusion.
8/31/202213 minutes, 3 seconds
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102 How Maneetpaul Singh used his YouTube Audience to Launch an Amazon Bestseller

A strategy that leveraged his existing subscribers to sell copies of his first book.
8/17/202234 minutes, 18 seconds
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101 The Benefits of Building a Book in Public with Kevon Cheung

Here’s how Kevon Cheung wrote “Find Joy in Chaos” in public and made $4,000 in the first few weeks.
8/3/202246 minutes, 21 seconds
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100 Hybrid Publishing and Using Books to Upsell Coaching & Speaking Services with Deborah Grayson Riegel

Here’s how Deborah makes 5 figures from her services by selling 2 figure books.
7/20/202247 minutes, 21 seconds
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099 How to Get Paid to Create a Live Webinar

An actual example of how to create an online digital product using free tools and without spending more than two hours on it
7/6/202215 minutes, 14 seconds
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098 How Authors can use TikTok to Market their Books with Elliot Padfield

Here’s how you can use TikTok to sell more books as an author. A simple strategy that doesn’t involve dancing!
6/22/202233 minutes, 12 seconds
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097 $180K from Writing Tech Books with Greg Lim

Greg is an author of bestselling tech books. He's sold more than 50,000 copies and generated over $180k in royalties through organic sales on Amazon (on the side).
6/8/202244 minutes, 20 seconds
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096 How to Package Your Products for More Revenue

A simple strategy that helps you unlock more revenue streams by packaging your digital products into one main product (real example).
5/25/202217 minutes, 9 seconds
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095 Podcasting for Thought Leadership with Espree Devora

A great conversation with Espree about leveraging podcasts for repurposing content and establishing yourself as a thought leader.
5/11/20221 hour, 11 minutes, 38 seconds
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094 How to Write and Publish a Book in 4 Hours

Here's a step by step example of how I wrote and published a book on a Sunday afternoon by repurposing some older material.
4/27/202216 minutes, 53 seconds
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093 How to create online courses that sell with Daren Smith

A live Twitter Space conversation with Daren Smith about different strategies that help you create courses that sell
4/13/20221 hour, 1 minute, 30 seconds
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092 $1.6M from Writing on LinkedIn with Justin Welsh

In 3 years, Justin Welsh went from 0 to 150k+ followers on LinkedIn and generated over $1.6M in income with zero ads. Here's how he did it.
3/30/202248 minutes, 59 seconds
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091 A Quick Update

A quick update about "Create & Sell an Online Course on the Side" launching soon
3/16/20225 minutes, 41 seconds
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090 How Anyone Can Create an Online Course That Sells

Five quick tips that help you create & market a course while working a full-time job (even if you don’t know where to start).
3/2/202221 minutes, 43 seconds
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089 How to 10x Your Rates from a Book with Alexandra Watkins

Here’s how Alexandra Watkins, author of “Hello, My name is Awesome,” was able to increase her rates from $500 to $5,000 after writing her book (and made $500K in sales last year as a result of it).
2/16/202235 minutes, 22 seconds
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088 Should you Give Away Your Book for Free?

A live conversation with Josh Duffney (on Twitter Spaces) about whether it makes sense to write a book and give it away for free.
2/2/202244 minutes, 58 seconds
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087 A Quick Personal Update for 2022

A short update about the last month and what's coming in 2022
1/19/20225 minutes, 25 seconds
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086 Dickie Bush on the Top 3 Mistakes Digital Writers Make (And how to avoid them)

Dickie Bush is a portfolio manager, digital writer, and captain of Ship 30 for 30. On this episode, he talks about how he grew his Twitter account to over 100K followers, how he writes viral threads, and how he creates attention-grabbing headlines. 
12/22/202146 minutes, 35 seconds
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085 How to Sell a Book Before Writing it (Real Example)

Here’s a simple 3-step process about how to presell a book using Gumroad’s pre-order feature. The total cost is $0 (plus ~2hrs of your time) and the risk of failure is minimal.
12/8/202127 minutes, 5 seconds
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084 A Crazy Black Friday Deal for Writers (Time Sensitive)

Visit https://www.writerontheside.com/wc3 to claim the deal before Nov 30. Over $6,100+ of products for writers for only $49. You’ll get courses, books, masterclasses, and workbooks. Comes with a 60-day money-back guarantee.
11/24/20214 minutes, 29 seconds
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083 $240K Before Launch Day from Sahil Lavingia’s First Book

Sahil Lavingia (founder & CEO of Gumroad) made over $240K from his book “The Minimalist Entrepreneur” before its official launch date. He discusses marketing, NFTs, and the future of book publishing.
11/10/20211 hour, 53 seconds
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082 Amazon Best Seller Lists: How to Get On One in Easy Steps

Here’s how to turn your book into an Amazon #1 Best Seller in simple steps.
10/27/202123 minutes, 20 seconds
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081 Iwo Szapar on Publishing a Book as a Marketing Strategy

Iwo Szapar is the CEO of Remote-how, a platform for remote professionals around the world. He recently wrote “Remote Work is the Way,” and on this episode, we discuss how publishing a book helps his business.
10/13/202135 minutes, 35 seconds
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080 NFT Book Publishing with the Team Behind BookVolts

NFTs can change the game for authors. Guests James Faktor and Marius, the co-founders of BookVolts, explain how the world’s first NFT book publishing company could disrupt the way we write and read books.
9/29/202142 minutes, 12 seconds
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079 Daniel hit $40,000 in 16 Days from his First Book

Repeat episode: Daniel Vassallo co-authored a book called “The Good Parts of AWS,” and made over $40K in sales in the first couple of weeks. In this episode, he breaks down all the details about the marketing & pricing strategies that he followed.
9/15/202158 minutes
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078 Creating Microcontent while Writing a Book in Public

Here’s an example of how to market your book as you write it. You’ll also save time in creating microcontent for social media.
9/1/202115 minutes, 54 seconds
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077 NFTs for Authors: How a Book NFT can Make More Money for Authors

A repeat episode highlighting an example of how NFTs, or Non-fungible Tokens, can be used in book launches to make over $50,000 in additional revenue on launch day.
8/18/202138 minutes, 51 seconds
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076 Sharing a Little Secret About Writing Children's Books

I secretly published a couple of children’s books, and my daughter just found out about them. Here’s the backstory of the Lima and Ina book series (and the Mason Nassah name).
8/4/202120 minutes, 4 seconds
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075 How to Sell More Books Using Amazon Ads with Michal Stawicki

Here’s why Amazon advertising is great way to increase sales of your books, and how to run a successful Amazon Ad campaign.
7/21/202149 minutes, 52 seconds
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074 Four Reasons Why Every Employee Should Write a Nonfiction Book

Writing a book on the side will help you establish yourself as an expert, make some money, learn new skills, and get exposure to exciting opportunities.
7/7/20219 minutes, 6 seconds
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073 Terry Schmidt on Publishing the Second Edition of His Book

A few lessons from Terry about publishing the second edition of his book, “Strategic Project Management Made Simple,” and some great advice about how to write and market your own book.
6/23/202130 minutes, 26 seconds
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072 How to Rank on Amazon for Specific Keywords

Here's how to use keyword research on Amazon for validating book ideas, marketing your book, and increasing your book ranking. This is a repeat episode with Dave Chesson, the guy behind Kindlepreneur, a website devoted to teaching authors about book marketing and the digital world.
6/9/202137 minutes, 2 seconds
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071 How to Get Amazon Book Reviews (Part 2 of 2)

7 things you should know that will help you get book reviews on Amazon without breaking the rules (this episode is part 2 of 2)
5/26/202125 minutes, 19 seconds
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070 How to Get Amazon Book Reviews (Part 1 of 2)

5 mindset shifts and strategies that help you get book reviews on Amazon without breaking the rules (this episode is part 1 of 2)
5/12/202116 minutes, 51 seconds
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069 How to Sell a Product Before you Create it (Real Example)

Here’s a simple 3-step process about how to presell a “small bet” idea using Gumroad’s pre-order feature. The total cost is $0 (plus your time) and the risk of failure is minimal.
4/28/202120 minutes, 10 seconds
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068 David Sclar on Hitting the Amazon Bestseller list with his First Book

David discusses how his first book, Workplace Strategies for Technology Lawyers, hit the No. 1 Amazon Bestseller list in multiple categories (including reaching the No. 2 spot in Law).
4/14/202141 minutes, 57 seconds
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067 NFTs for Books: How a Book NFT can Make More Money for Authors

Here’s an example of how NFTs, or Non-fungible Tokens, can be used in book launches to make over $50,000 in additional revenue on launch day.
3/31/202138 minutes, 51 seconds
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066 Co-authoring a Book and Publishing it Traditionally with Shari Medini

Shari Medini and Karissa Tunis are the co-authors of Parenting while Working from Home. It’s their first book, and they opted to publish it traditionally. Here are some lessons learned about the process.
3/17/202145 minutes, 12 seconds
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065 $400K from Writing Nonfiction Books with Rob Fitzpatrick

Rob Fitz shares how he published three nonfiction books, including The Mom Test, without having a large platform and without spending a lot of time on promoting them.
3/3/202158 minutes, 57 seconds
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064 Reading Tips that Help You Become a Better Writer with Alex Wieckowski

Reading strategically will help you improve your writing. Alex from Alex & Books shares some insights on how to become a better reader so that you can write better.
2/17/202132 minutes, 9 seconds
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063 How much money can you make writing a book on Amazon?

Many prospective authors ask how much money they can make and whether publishing a book is worth their time. Here are some real numbers and three things you should be aware of.
2/3/202123 minutes, 29 seconds
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062 Josh Duffney on How his Book led to a Job at Microsoft

Josh Duffney recently joined Microsoft as a Senior Content Developer. He wrote a book called "Become Ansible" and shares the story of how the book led to getting a job at one of the biggest organizations in technology. 
1/20/202131 minutes, 42 seconds
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061 The Top 3 Episodes of 2020

The top 3 most downloaded podcast episodes include guest appearances by Daniel Vassallo, David Perell, and Liam Porr.
1/6/202110 minutes, 59 seconds
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060 Russ Hill on Why You Should Start Writing Your Book Today

Russ Hill recently published his first book, Decide to Lead, and it hit the #1 Amazon Bestseller list. He talks about some great lessons learned about his self-publishing process.
12/23/202050 minutes, 42 seconds
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059 Why I Turned Down a Top 10 Publisher

Here are three reasons why I said no to a top 10 publisher when they wanted to republish my "Influencing Virtual Teams" book
12/9/202016 minutes, 10 seconds
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058 An Advanced Book Launch Strategy on Amazon in 6 Steps

Here’s a step-by-step plan that covers an advanced strategy about how to launch a book on Amazon using KDP Select by alternating between free and paid promotions.
11/25/202038 minutes, 59 seconds
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057 Answers About Writing a Book in 2021

If you're planning on writing a non-fiction book in 2021, feel free to reach out and ask me any questions you may have (and I'll answer them on the show). You can reach me via email or social media at: https://www.writerontheside.com/about
11/11/20205 minutes, 37 seconds
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056 Philip Kiely on How his Book Led to a Head of Marketing Job at Gumroad

Philip Kiely discusses the process behind writing his first book, Writing for Software Developers, which made $15,000 during the first 24 hours of the launch.
10/28/20201 hour, 1 minute, 36 seconds
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055 Can AI and GPT-3 Replace Authors? A conversation with Liam Porr

Liam Porr discusses how he used GPT-3 to publish blog posts and articles, as well as the pros and cons of using artificial intelligence models for writing nonfiction content in the future.
10/14/202034 minutes, 48 seconds
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054 How to Write a Book by Blogging About It with Stefan Palios

A discussion with Stefan Palios about how he wrote his book, “The 50 Laws of Freelancing” and some interesting insights about pricing books in international markets.
9/30/202048 minutes, 12 seconds
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053 Rob Archangel on Book Publishing

A great discussion with Rob Archangel about how to publish your book, the difference between Gumroad and Amazon KDP for authors, and some tactics for book marketing.
9/16/202047 minutes, 34 seconds
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052 Zeno Rocha on Translating Books to Other Languages

Zeno Rocha recently published his first book, 14 Habits of Highly Productive Developers, and it made around $18,000 in 6 weeks after launch. He translated it to Portuguese and is working on the Spanish version now. Here's why this is a good idea.
9/2/20201 hour, 9 minutes, 42 seconds
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051 A Conversation About Writing Books with Alex Wieckowski

Alex Wieckowski runs Alex & Books and The Reader's Journey podcast (a podcast about interviewing interesting authors and their books). Here’s an interesting conversation about writing and publishing books on the side.
8/19/202051 minutes, 9 seconds
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050 The Top 5 SEO Mistakes that Authors Make with their Blogs – Simon Mcmahon

Tips from Simon Mcmahon about how authors can apply simple tweaks to their WordPress blogs to help them with SEO and improve their ranking with Google search.
8/5/202033 minutes, 14 seconds
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049 Over $8,400 in 1 Week from His First Book – Arvid Kahl

Arvid Kahl wrote a book called “Zero to Sold” about his experience bootstrapping and selling a SaaS (Software as a Service) business. He made over $8,400 selling the book on both Amazon and Gumroad (in one week only) and talks about how he did it on this episode.
7/22/20201 hour, 14 minutes, 56 seconds
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048 Chris Littlefield on Writing His First Book in 6 Weeks

Chris is an international speaker and founder of “Beyond Thank You.” He wrote his first book about virtual team games in around 6 weeks and it hit the Amazon Best Seller list. Here’s how he did it.
7/8/202058 minutes, 19 seconds
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047 $3,294 in Book Sales from 30 Days (Lessons Learned)

The final results of writing a book and donating profits to COVID-19 efforts are in. The book is about Fun Virtual Team-Building Activities and this episode breaks down all the numbers for you, as well as highlighting some lessons learned.
6/24/202029 minutes, 50 seconds
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046 A Short and Quick Update

A quick update about the recent events that have been going on.
6/10/20202 minutes, 54 seconds
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045 $1,423 in 24 Hours from a Book Launch (Lessons Learned)

I recently launched "Fun Virtual Team-Building Activities" on Gumroad to help with COVID-19 efforts. The book made $1,423 in sales during the first 24 hours. Here are some lessons learned.
5/27/202032 minutes, 4 seconds
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044 Tools to Write Your Book and Quick Update

Here are the tools I use to write all my books (hint: I keep it really simple). I also cover a quick update about the book I’m writing to help out with COVID-19 relief efforts.
5/13/202013 minutes, 59 seconds
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043 Preselling a Book on Gumroad and Making Some Sales

I recently listed a book for pre-order on Gumroad, created a book cover in 90 seconds, and got a few sales within a few hours. Here's how and why I picked Gumroad over Amazon KDP for this new book.
4/29/202019 minutes, 35 seconds
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042 Alison Jones on Writing and Publishing in Today's World

Alison Jones has a unique voice in publishing. She was a Director of Innovation Strategy at Macmillan, and currently leads Practical Inspiration Publishing. In this episode, we talk about everything from writing to publishing in today’s world.
4/15/202043 minutes, 7 seconds
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041 I’m Writing a Book and Donating to Coronavirus Relief Efforts

I decided to write a new book about virtual team building games, and I’ll be documenting the process on my site, www.WriterOntheSide.com. I’ll also be donating the profits to COVID-19 relief efforts.
3/29/202016 minutes, 32 seconds
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040 Coronavirus and 3 Thoughts on Writing

If you’re stuck at home as the coronavirus (COVID-19) spreads across the world, here are a few thoughts on writing and how you can take advantage of some downtime.
3/18/202019 minutes, 59 seconds
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039 How to Handle Negative Book Reviews

As an author, you will undoubtedly receive negative reviews about your book on Amazon. Here’s a point of view about how you can address them.
3/4/202021 minutes, 3 seconds
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038 David Perell on How to Be Uniquely Interesting Through Your Writing

David Perell teaches an online writing course called Write of Passage, and runs a weekly newsletter with over 17,000 subscribers. Here’s why he thinks everyone should write, and how to build a personal monopoly.
2/19/202042 minutes, 26 seconds
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037 $40,000 in 16 Days from his First Book

Daniel Vassallo co-authored a book called “The Good Parts of AWS,” and made over $40K in sales in the first couple of weeks. In this episode, he breaks down all the details about the marketing & pricing strategies that he followed.
2/5/202058 minutes
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036 How to collect email addresses from your readers (and why you should)

Four simple steps that explain how to collect email addresses from your readers, and which tools to use. This includes creating a freebie, creating a landing page, and using an email service provider.
1/22/202016 minutes, 55 seconds
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035 Writer on the Side: 3 Top Episodes of 2019

Here are the podcast episodes that will probably help you the most with writing a book in 2020 (they’re the most-viewed episodes of 2019).
1/8/20209 minutes, 50 seconds
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034 Write Your First Nonfiction Book in 2020

A webinar I hosted about how to write a bestselling Kindle book on the side, even if you don’t know where to start or how the publishing process works.
12/25/20191 hour, 14 minutes, 5 seconds
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033 Three Mistakes New Authors Make

If you’re planning on writing a nonfiction book in 2020, this episode will cover the 3 mistakes to avoid, including writing an autobiography, thinking that writing a book will make you rich, and not researching your book topic well enough.
12/11/201914 minutes, 31 seconds
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032 Steps to Follow Before Publishing Your Book

A few steps you should focus on before you publish your book, including designing a cover, preparing the marketing materials, and reaching out to early reviewers.
11/27/201912 minutes, 54 seconds
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031 David Burkus on Building a Platform to Sell More Books

The author of “Friend of a Friend” and other bestselling books shares the importance of starting a newsletter and building a platform to engage readers. He also discusses some advantages to traditional publishing vs. self-publishing.
11/13/201949 minutes, 6 seconds
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030 Tara Powers on How She Got her first Book Deal by Publishing Quality Content on LinkedIn

Tara Powers is the CEO of Powers Resource Center and the author of "Virtual Teams for Dummies." She discusses some lessons learned about how she wrote and published her first book.
10/30/201939 minutes, 44 seconds
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029 Just Get Started on Writing Your Book!

If you keep thinking about writing a book, then you probably won't. Here are a few tips about how to get started on writing and publishing your first book.
10/16/201913 minutes, 16 seconds
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028 How to Turn Your Book into an Amazon #1 Best Seller

Getting your book listed as an Amazon bestselling book is much easier than most people think. Here’s a quick overview about how to accomplish that by researching low-competition categories, listing your book on KDP, and targeting specific sales numbers.
10/2/201920 minutes, 27 seconds
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027 Writing a Book While Being Employed: 4 Issues to Consider

Does your employer have any rights over your book? Would you get into any trouble for publishing a book while being employed? Here are four issues you should consider before publishing your book.
9/18/201916 minutes, 50 seconds
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026 How to Get Amazon Book Reviews with Dhruv Garg from BookSirens

Dhruv Garg explains how you can get reviews about your book through BookSirens. This is a paid service that authors can use to get honest reviews on Amazon & Goodreads (and is permitted by Amazon's community guidelines).
9/4/201939 minutes, 36 seconds
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025 Getting 200x More Downloads by Offering Your Book for Free

Does it make sense to offer your book for free on Amazon? On this episode, I discuss the advantages of listing your book for free, and how you can still make money.
8/21/201924 minutes, 40 seconds
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024 Teresa Chahine on Publishing her Book with a Traditional Publisher

Teresa Chahine is a faculty member at the Yale School of Management and the author of “Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship.” We talk about some lessons learned about her experience publishing traditionally, and why she’ll do it differently next time.
8/7/201936 minutes, 4 seconds
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023 Seven More Tips About How to Find Time to Write Your Book (Part 2 of 2)

Learn how to write in a casual tone, why you should separate writing from editing, how to fight writer’s block, and when to hire a ghostwriter.
7/24/201918 minutes, 3 seconds
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022 Six Tips About How to Find Time to Write Your Book (Part 1 of 2)

Learn how to force a block of time, how to find your quiet zone, what tool to use, and why you should avoid setting a daily word count.
7/10/201914 minutes, 47 seconds
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021 Want More Book Sales? Get on a Podcast Show

Here's how showing up on one podcast show helped me hit the Amazon #1 Bestseller list in 5 different categories with my latest book "Effective Delegation of Authority." I discuss some lessons learned that can help with your own book launch.
6/26/201920 minutes, 49 seconds
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020 Dave Chesson on How to Do Amazon Keyword Research for your Book

Learn how to use Amazon keyword research for validating book ideas, marketing your book, and increasing your ranking. Dave Chesson is the guy behind Kindlepreneur, a website devoted to teaching authors about book marketing and the digital world.
6/12/201937 minutes, 2 seconds
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019 Rob Archangel on How to Create an Audiobook of Your Book

Rob Archangel is the owner of Archangel Ink. He helps busy authors self-publish their work so that they can focus on their area of expertise.  On this episode, we discuss everything about how to create an audiobook version of your book.
5/29/201935 minutes
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018 David Jahr on Ghostwriting Three New York Times Bestsellers

David Jahr is an award-winning writer and PR specialist. He has helped launch three NYT best-selling books (including "The Daniel Plan" and "The OMNI Diet"). On this episode, we discuss everything about ghostwriting and how the process works.
5/15/201948 minutes, 17 seconds