Tonight I had the pleasure of listening & joining in on the conversation of the accomplished designers, podcasters, bloggers & e-bookers; Sacha Greif, Nathan Barry, Paul Jarvis + Justin Jackson during their the Self-Publishing Hangout. Being a freelance designer myself, the entire experience was inspiring, motivating and insanely informative – I felt very lucky being in that room. See the full event details here: Self-Publishing Hangout.
The hangout in a nutshell was the four guys chatting about their self-publishing experiences via video while us chat-roomers followed along, had our own discussions and interacted with the guys as well – they were great about answering our questions! They even answered one of mine & I won a t-shirt from Gumroad! Thank you!!
I listened, took notes and was a “sponge” during the hangout & below are a couple of my key takeaways:
- Drink wine or mimosas to get over writers block.
- If you want to write a book or even want to start blogging more, be aware of what people are asking of you – people are looking at you as an expert.
- If you are hired for a job, you are enough of an expert. If you are getting paid for it, other people will pay to learn it.
- Start writing & use that to get better at writing.
- Write to a specific person to get over writers block.
- Set deadlines.
- Build an e-mail list.
Watch the entire hangout here: Self-Publishing Hangout
While taking notes, I made a list of the numerous companies, people, books, etc. that I wanted to look further into/make note of & I figured I should share them with you! (I know I missed some, please feel free to add them in the comments if you were there as well and I will update my list).
Sacha Greif’s Book
Step by Step UI Design
Justin Jackson’s Podcast:
Product People: A podcast focused on great products and the people who make them
Double your freelancing rate in 14 days
Sacha’s post that was mentioned: Lessons Learned from an eBook launch
Justin’s site that went viral: This is a webpage
Getting Real by 37 Signals
I hope this list was helpful to you!
It was truly inspiring listening to these guys talk so humbly and openly about their experiences around self-publishing, both positive & negative. One thing they all touched on multiple times is that they write about what they do…what they love to do. It has inspired me to keep going in the direction of doing what I love.
Thanks again guys, you rock!