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Product People

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A podcast focused on great products and the people who make them


EP41: Sacha Greif, Nathan Barry, Paul Jarvis, and Justin Jackson on self-publishing

Paul Jarvis ( Everything I Know), Sacha Greif ( Discover Meteor), and Nathan Barry ( Authority) invited me to host a  Self-Publishing Hangout with them this week. It was a great opportunity for me, because I’m about to publish my first “book” ( Amplification). Our Google Hangout ended being a 2 hour marathon of us sharing our experience with writing, publishing, and promoting eBooks, as well as answering questions from everybody in the chat room.

In Part 1 we cover choosing a topic, whether you need to be a good writer, writers block, fear and quality!


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Notable quotes

Nathan: “If you try to wait until you’re a great writer, that’s bad. I had someone contact me who read every one of my blog posts. He said in his email: ‘Man, when you started you were a horrible writer. But I could see you getting better each post you wrote.’ I would say: start writing, and use that to get better at writing.”

Paul: “I feel the same way. I don’t think I’m a great writer, but I know that I’m a lot better now than when I started writing. The only way I got better, was by writing. I write every day; I don’t publish work every day (that’s not the point). The more that I sit down and write, the more ideas that I come up with that are worth publishing.”

Sacha: “I didn’t have a fixed amount of words to write every day. I approach writing like design: start with a sketch, low fidelity mockup, high fidelity… every iteration comes close and closer to the real thing. I start with outline of the chapters, and start filling them up. For  Discover Meteor, we must have gone through each chapter about 10 times, it was really iterative.”

Show notes

Paul Jarvis:   Everything I Know

Sacha Greif:  Discover Meteor

Nathan Barry:  Authority

Justin Jackson: Amplification

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