Editor’s note: This post first appeared in a slightly different form here in January, 2016. However, its lessons are still as valid as they were last year, and Nick has recently opened enrollment for his groundbreaking course, so I thought it was worth repeating for authors today.
One of the reasons it’s so exciting to see new people coming into the indie publishing field is that they are constantly re-imagining the processes and strategies we’ve been using in new and useful ways.
Nick Stephenson is one of the most exciting authors to “crack the code” on how to build your readership, often quite quickly. There’s simply nothing that will help you reach your publishing goals better than a robust author platform, and that requires people—lots of them.
Nick’s system is so solid, and has worked wonders for so many authors, I’ve partnered with him to bring his course to my readers. He has opened enrollment for the course and accompanied it with some bonus materials that will be very helpful to you going forward.
I invite you to find out more about this opportunity while it’s available: Find Your First 10,000 Readers.
I asked Nick to tell us a bit about how he put his system together, and here’s his report.
A few years ago I launched my first book. A novel.
I had been holding onto the book for a while. I had decided it wasn’t good enough. Then I decided it was.
Then I re-wrote it.
I uploaded everything to Amazon’s KDP dashboard and sat back, mouse hovering over the “publish” button.
I waited 48 hours to click it.
During that 48 hours, I decided I didn’t want to find out what it felt like to have a failed book. A book I had spent close to a year writing, re-writing, and obsessing over.
Then I decided I didn’t want to find out what it felt like to have a successful book, either. I wasn’t used to people paying attention.
At the 47th hour, I realized I had found myself at a roadblock. I was scared of failure, but I was also scared of success.