Authors, Creators & Visionaries

Elizabeth Lyons

5X bestselling author and founder of Finn-Phyllis Press Elizabeth Lyons interviews authors, creators and visionaries to uncover the backstories behind regular people doing extraordinary things. Through insider tips and strategies, listeners will also gain the necessary motivation, encouragement, and insights to write, publish, and launch an impactful book. Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/authors-creators-visionaries-podcast. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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If change scares you, this episode is for you! Monica Ortega grew up afraid of a lot, but she didn't realize HOW afraid she was until she started traveling. When she realized she wasn't alone in those fears, she thought, "There's a space [in the market] for that."In this engaging interview, we discussed:How You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero helped her changed direction and start hosting her show100 episodes in and 6 years later, what's the scariest thing she's done while traveling?Her rule about trying new things (there's a lesson for all of us here).Which of her pivots has been the most challengingMonica's top 2 tips for making connections when traveling or moving The pros of indie publishing when it came to her book, The Power of PivotingHow to identify a "through-line" in a business that seems discombobulated (boy, did this one resonate with me!)ABOUT MONICAMonica Ortega is a professional on-camera host, author, speaker, and actress. She created the travel show Monica Goes back in 2014 to inspire others to break out of their comfort zones and go on adventures. As someone who's afraid of everything, she'll put herself through almost anything to show that if an average everyday person like her can do these things, anyone can. Monica emcees at some of the biggest music festivals in the nation, has been seen in over 20 commercials, and is the co-host on the podcast Stumblin' Forward. She recently published her first book The Power of Pivoting - How to Embrace Change and Create a Life You Love”. Her goal is to inspire others to face their fears, break out of their comfort zones, and learn to lean into the pivot.LINKSBOOK (The Power of Pivoting):www.monicagoes.comwww.youtube.com/monicagoesshowwww.instagram.com/monicagoesshow or @powerofpivotingwww.facebook.com/monicagoesshow or @powerofpivotingwww.twitter.com/monicagoesshowwww.linkedin.com/monicajortegaSupport this show http://supporter.acast.com/authors-creators-visionaries-podcast. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jun 11

40 min 3 sec

Justin Guarini became a household name in 2002 as the runner-up in Season 1 of American Idol. From there, he's starred in multiple Broadway shows and, in 2015, began appearing in Diet Dr. Pepper commercials as "Lil' Sweet." But the road to success has not always been an easy one. Through the ups, down, and complete direction reversals that the public is often not made aware of, Justin ended up in unexpected territory, fascinated with the ins and outs of what allows entertainers, influencers, and entrepreneurs to be confident in moments when they're feeling anything but. It's been a journey that led to the creation of his Core Confidence program and his newly released book, Unshakeable Confidence.In this incredible conversation, Justin and I discussed confidence -- that "thing" that every creative person lacks at one point or another, no matter how much success he or she attains!A few interview highlights:[4:30] Confidence is not necessarily something you’re born with. You don’t “have it” or not. The formula that stands the test of time when it comes to consistent confidence.[7:28] The non-negotiable component that Justin tags onto the end of the philosophy “Be. Do. Have.” [9:59] Are 1500 thread-count Egyptian cotton sheets in the hotels of Bel Air really that great? [10:23] How confident Justin felt just after the Season 1 finale of American Idol and the news he got from Tina Fey that changed everything[18:25] The most profound realization Justin had after the mountain on which everything he thought he wanted sat came tumbling down [19:20] The true meaning of Followers and Likes“Anyone who’s ever made anything — whether that’s impact or a material thing of significance — has failed massive amounts of times.”[36:45] The belief that changes everything when people don’t show up to your events[48:10] The 4 key necessary skills when it comes to building a consistent state of confidenceConnect with JustinCoreConfidenceCoaching.com(For a limited time, he's giving away the eBook version of Unshakeable Confidence: Be, Do, Have, and Give More than You Ever Imagine for free!)Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/authors-creators-visionaries-podcast. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Apr 20

1 hr 7 min

Cory Goodrich is an actor, songwriter, singer, painter, and (most recently) author. Her memoir, Folksong: A Ballad of Death, Discovery, and DNA launches on January 11, 2021. In her first podcast on Authors, Creators, and Visionaries, we talked about the undeniably divine chain of events that led to our meeting, to me editing her manuscript, and ultimately, to Finn-Phyllis Press acquiring her memoir for publication. It truly is an example of the way that the universe works in our favor when we are able to take action and then surrender, be patient, and see what unfolds. If you are even a bit skeptical this principle (and I have been!), I invite you to listen to this episode with an open mind and a curiosity about what might be waiting for you to slow down long enough that it can catch up to you.***CONNECT WITH CORYWEBSITEwww.CoryGoodrich.comFACEBOOKhttps://www.facebook.com/CoryGoodrichfolksongINSTAGRAMhttps://www.instagram.com/corygoodrich/Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/authors-creators-visionaries-podcast. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jan 3

41 min 56 sec

Did ANYTHING good happen to you in 2020?It's the question that seemingly everyone is asking right now, and I had the unique opportunity to chat with business strategist Mike Young about our unexpected (but greatly appreciated) lessons learned this year. Among these lessons:What you say to yourself matters - how you describe or qualify your “failures” or missteps is crucial. When starting a new offer, you’ll always have an imposter-syndrome feeling because you don’t know how it’s all going to play out. The solution: DO NOT over-promise on your offer. It’s difficult to OVER-communicate with people you are close to.You have to know where you’re going and how you’re going to get there (plus my newest secret weapon in this area)The value of monitoring your energy as you determine what you DO like at any given point in time. Continue to explore your passion in order to most deeply understand it. You never know where the chips are going to fall. If you get the foundation right and take the focus off of yourself, magic begins to happen. The pivotal question to ask yourself each morning: Who can I help today?Resources:Mike Young's websiteMike’s book, Made Over: How to Create a Powerful Brand that Will Transform Your Business and Save Your LifeMike’s FacebookMike’s InstagramAuthors, Creators, and Visionaries Podcast with Frank LopesFrank Lopes' book, The 7-Minute Setup: How to Achieve Your Business and Personal Goals Faster and Easier***YOUR STORY IS TOO IMPORTANT NOT TO SHARE!Despite what you may think, you don't need to wait for the perfect story or the right launch day. You don't need a steady stream of confidence. And you sure as hell don't need validation from the right people. What you need is help from someone who's felt what you're feeling and done what you dream of doing. Someone who's made her fair share of mistakes and is ready to pass those along so that you can avoid them! I've published 5 bestselling books of my own (plus a few dozen for private clients), and I help people just like you write, publish, and launch books with clarity and purpose.✅ even if you’re busy as hell✅ even if you have no idea where to start✅ even if you're not sure what to include and what to leave out✅ even if you're concerned that someone will get upset with you✅ even if you don’t like writing (and/or think you aren’t good at it!)CLICK HERE to download the 6 CRITICAL STEPS to write, publish, and launch a profitable book.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/authors-creators-visionaries-podcast. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Dec 2020

1 hr 1 min

The 7-Minute Setup by Frank Lopes has truly changed the way that I organize and prioritize my life--professionally and personally. In this episode of Authors, Creators, and Visionaries, we dive into:The (until now) missing piece when it comes to a time management system that evolves with youThe level of true power and influence you can have over your own life, no matter what else is going on in your world or the world at largeThe long-term effect of peeling back your 7-year goals in order to be completely clear on what you'll do tomorrowHow detailing your goals can go from feeling overwhelming to feeling unbelievably exciting and fulfillingWhat most experts aren't including when it comes to priorities that deserve space on your to-do list-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------CONNECT WITH FRANKW E B S I T E https://www.getmorefrank.comF A C E B O O Khttps://www.facebook.com/TheFrankJLopesI N S T A G R A Mhttps://www.instagram.com/thefrankjlopes/-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------YOUR STORY IS TOO IMPORTANT NOT TO SHARE! Despite what you may think, you don't need to wait for the perfect story or the right launch day. You don't need a steady stream of confidence. And you sure as hell don't need validation from the right people. What you need is help from someone who's felt what you're feeling and done what you dream of doing. Someone who's made her fair share of mistakes and is ready to pass those along so that you can avoid them! I've published 5 bestselling books of my own (plus a few dozen for private clients), and I help people just like you write, publish, and launch books with clarity and purpose.✅ even if you’re busy as hell✅ even if you have no idea where to start✅ even if you're not sure what to include and what to leave out✅ even if you're concerned that someone will get upset with you✅ even if you don’t like writing (and/or think you aren’t good at it!)CLICK HERE to download the 6 CRITICAL STEPS to write, publish, and launch a profitable book.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/authors-creators-visionaries-podcast. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Dec 2020

54 min 57 sec

In episode 43, Drew Linsalata and I talk about audiobooks. People often ask, "What about an audiobook? Should I create one? HOW do I create one?" But we've learned that there are a few more important questions to ask first. In this episode, we discuss: What's more important than actually creating the audiobook?Should you narrate your own book or hire that out?What are indicators that you are not the best narrator for your audiobook? Common mistakes in the area of mic selection and other equipment usedHow audiobooks are far different from podcasts or YouTube contentThe actual profit margin on audiobooks (it's not what you've likely been told)How to use audio content most beneficially (even without creating a full-length audiobook)The newest trend in audiobook creation -- supplemental (bonus) content-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------CONNECT WITH DREWWebsitehttps://www.helix-interactive.com-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Are YOU ready to stop overthinking and start writing? If so (and even if "maybe"), my new on-demand (and free!) 49-minute masterclass will:✅ Counter common writing and publishing myths with the truth you've been hoping to hear✅ Provide proven solutions to common book writing roadblocks✅ GET YOU WRITING via my unique 8-box exercise (because sometimes, the best way to get you unstuck is by asking indirect questions). Sign up here to watch the masterclass right now (or whenever it's most convenient for you!) >>Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/authors-creators-visionaries-podcast. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Dec 2020

50 min 20 sec

Eileen Robertson Hamra is the author of the newly released Time to Fly: Life and Love After Loss, which immediately captivated me. Her honest vulnerability about the journey through a tragedy the likes of which I am blessed to not be able to imagine kept me riveted. Even though I've not experienced this degree of loss, I was able to incorporate her lessons of strength into my journey, and for that, I know I will be a better person. This is the magic of stories. We discussed:Her why, and how it morphed over the course of writing the bookThe realization that took the pressure off of "imposter syndrome" and needing to write the "perfect" bookHow to write without pressuring yourself to be a spokesperson or grief counselorWhat to look for in an independent publishing houseThe most surprising aspect of the writing process (hint: " whole book?!?!")The most freeing realization when writing that removes doubt and fear of others' reactionsHer biggest fear when it came to releasing the bookHer suggestion for those still in the writing phase to keep pushing through moments of doubtWhat she hopes for this book to allow in her professional life going forward CONNECT WITH EILEEN:Time to Fly: Life and Love After Loss:https://amzn.to/3lpyz0tWebsite:https://www.eileenrobertsonhamra.com/Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/eileenrobertsonhamra/Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/eileenrhamra/Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/authors-creators-visionaries-podcast. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Nov 2020

39 min 24 sec

When you launch your book, you'll feel like you're on top of the tallest mountain, and the view will be absolutely exhilarating. ButI then, yoiu'll have to walk back down. Learning to see the opportunities in the descent is critical to wanting to do it again and again!***WEBSITE:www.PublishAProfitableBook.comWRITE THE DAMN BOOK ALREADY MEMBERSHIP GROUP:https://www.publishaprofitablebook.com/wtdba-membership-groupELIZABETH'S ON-DEMAND BOOK WRITING MASTERCLASShttps://www.publishaprofitablebook.com/33daymasterclass***If you value the information you're receiving, you can further support this podcast right here:https://supporter.acast.com/authors-creators-visionaries-podcastSupport this show http://supporter.acast.com/authors-creators-visionaries-podcast. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Nov 2020

9 min 35 sec

It's common to worry that telling your story will make someone else angry or upset. Here is my advice on precisely how to honor your experience without hurting others (or being yelled at!) ***WEBSITE:www.PublishAProfitableBook.comWRITE THE DAMN BOOK ALREADY MEMBERSHIP GROUP:https://www.publishaprofitablebook.com/wtdba-membership-groupELIZABETH'S ON-DEMAND BOOK WRITING MASTERCLASShttps://www.publishaprofitablebook.com/33daymasterclass***If you're finding value in the information you're receiving through this podcast, you can further support our efforts right here:https://supporter.acast.com/authors-creators-visionaries-podcastSupport this show http://supporter.acast.com/authors-creators-visionaries-podcast. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Nov 2020

11 min 18 sec

There are likely times when you think, "I don't know if my story is worth sharing." This sonnet-size perspective shift provides you with a way to look at the pieces of your story in a way that makes you want to shine the light on them!***WEBSITE:www.PublishAProfitableBook.comWRITE THE DAMN BOOK ALREADY MEMBERSHIP GROUP:https://www.publishaprofitablebook.com/wtdba-membership-groupELIZABETH'S ON-DEMAND BOOK WRITING MASTERCLASS https://www.publishaprofitablebook.com/33daymasterclass***If you're finding value in the information you're receiving through this podcast, you can further support our efforts right here:https://supporter.acast.com/authors-creators-visionaries-podcastSupport this show http://supporter.acast.com/authors-creators-visionaries-podcast. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Oct 2020

11 min 8 sec

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Sep 2020

9 min 41 sec

Drew Linsalata sold 1100 books in 40 days --- with no launch team or heavy marketing. But it's critical for authors to understand HOW he did that, because it certainly wasn't as simple as posting once to social media and watching the sales flood in!This fascinating conversation with "the accidental bestseller" reveals:(7:51 ) Whether or not people want to hear about what you want to write about.(9:25) How your experience can organically morph into a career helping others based on your experience(10:20) How to start a podcast more simply than you ever imagined - debunks almost everything you’ve heard about how you “should” build a podcast(14:55) How NOT to panic about growing an audience(19:15) How Drew created an on-brand, intentional Facebook group unlike any other he’s seen (30:55) What held Drew back from getting the book written, and how one podcast episode shifted his mindset completelyTo connect further with Drew:WEBSITE:www.theanxioustruth.comPODCAST:The Anxious Truth podcastBOOKS:An Anxiety Story - How I Recovered from Anxiety, Panic, And AgoraphobiaThe Anxious Truth: A Step-By-Step Guide To Understanding and Overcoming Panic, Anxiety, and Agoraphobia***WRITE THE DAMN BOOK ALREADY FACEBOOK GROUP:https://www.facebook.com/groups/writethedamnbookalreadyELIZABETH'S ON-DEMAND BOOK WRITING MASTERCLASS -- IDENTIFY 8 COMPELLING CHAPTER TOPICS IN JUST 49 MINUTES!https://www.publishaprofitablebook.com/33daymasterclassSupport this show http://supporter.acast.com/authors-creators-visionaries-podcast. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Sep 2020

57 min 37 sec

In the third of four segments from my initial Black and White Conversation with Markiss Stone, we dove into some deeper topics.We discuss:- Suggestions on the how of changing people's hearts (or at least opening them to a different perspective)- Suggestions for moving forward through dialogue and action- How to have the "right" conversations with the "right" people (and when)- How the emergence of black programming (BET, Blackish, etc.) has affected perspectives******Are you writing a book? Do you want to write a book?If you're ready to FINALLY get the book written, I invite you take the next step (it's about moving the needle just one click each day) and sign up for my newest FREE masterclass.You'll discover:- How to assess whether there is a demand for your book (aka "Will anyone want to read it?") - Why the notion that you aren't a writer doesn't matter. At all. - How to manage your fears that someone might judge or criticize your book/story- Exactly how to start (or keep going if you're suffering from the dreaded "writer's block")REGISTER FOR THE MASTERCLASS RIGHT HERE >> Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/authors-creators-visionaries-podcast. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jun 2020

31 min 52 sec

In the second of 4 segments of my initial conversation with Markiss Stone about race, social injustice, and the current state of our country.In this episode, we touched upon:- Why we NEED to see race- The difference between overt and covert racism (plus, which is more hurtful short- and long-term)- Why "I understand what you're saying BUT..." is one of the most ineffective ways to respond to someone when it comes to truly moving our individual and collective understanding forward.- Why "All Lives Matter" and "Black Lives Matter" are two entirely different statements.- Why "Talking to the right people at the right time" has such profound impact when it comes to having the tough conversations. Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/authors-creators-visionaries-podcast. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jun 2020

32 min 18 sec

Story. Experience. Perspective. It's what impactful books are all about.My friend Markiss Stone and I got together to have a black and white conversation about race and current events in this country.Unbiased and with no agenda other than moving the conversation forward through understanding.It's time for everyone to feel comfortable telling their stories and connecting with the right people at the right time so we can all move to a new level of understanding.Within Part 1 of this 4-part interview, we discuss:What piece of information is missing across the world right now (and suggestions on how to fill that void) - what know WHAT'S going on, but WHY is it going on?The importance of gathering new perspectives. Dialogue is nothing without comprehension and a plan for moving forward toward something better.The value of logic versus emotion in decision-making and ways of respondingThe problem created by well-intentioned posts such as, "If you disagree, please unfriend. me."The danger of generalization"The truth of the matter is that there are a lot of people who know, deep down in their heart, that this is wrong, but they're afraid to speak out about it because of fear of what their friends, their family, or their co-workers are going to think of them. -- Markiss StoneADDITIONAL RESOURCES:Markiss Stone's Referenced Facebook PostSupport this show http://supporter.acast.com/authors-creators-visionaries-podcast. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jun 2020

19 min 12 sec

Sarah Thompson knows a whole lot about business, she has 22 total years of experience focused in Corporate Finance and Operations. She started her consulting business 8 years ago and helps clients grow their revenue and profits by focusing on improving systems and building highly effective teams.  She put herself through college and earned an MBA, while working full-time, at the age of 26.  She loves to solve problems - and is a total math geek.  Not too long ago she found herself unemployed, $85,000 in debt, starting a business that was barely making enough to cover expenses, and with nothing in savings.Getting out of that mess required a lot of work on her mindset about money, about her business, and about herself.  Fast forward to today and she has paid off the debt, saved a 20% down payment and used it to purchase a home, and has a thriving business doing work that she loves.Now Sarah shows entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs how to start, build and grow their businesses working with private clients or in her signature group program Write Your Own Paycheck. Her focus is on helping people build long-term sustainable self-employment income.  You can find Sarah on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/sarah.thompson.33886Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/authors-creators-visionaries-podcast. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

May 2019

1 hr

Lance has lived a pretty eventful life, but one thing it’s never been was easy. Throughout his journey, he has had to overcome some incredible challenges and adversities, which led him to rise from rock bottom on more than one occasion.From almost playing professional hockey to traveling the world running some of the top bars in Australia, he has never lived a dull moment. Although he has a ton of life experience through travel and living in different countries, he also has had to face some very difficult times. He battled with drugs and alcohol all through his twenties and had to overcome the loss of his younger brother to suicide as well as his father to cancer--both within a span of eighteen months.After hitting rock bottom for the second time in his life, he made a promise to himself that he would create a new life that was going to have meaning, value, and fulfillment. He made it his mission to show that even though once can be faced with adversity at the worst possible moments in life, there is hope, and there is always a light at the end of the dark tunnel.Since making the shift away from being a bar manager two years ago, he has gone on to hone his skill as an internet marketer, which allowed him to excel in the area of social media and realize his true purpose: building connections with human beings. With those skills, he has been able carve out a new path and dive into the podcast world. He has since created the top 200 podcast, “University of Adversity,“ which has allowed him to interview incredibly unique and inspiring human beings with incredible stories of overcoming adversity. He dives into their story and extracts the gold-filled practical lessons listeners can apply in their lives. The show showcases and highlights bravery, courage, and the undeniable resilience one must have in order to overcome life’s obstacles.Because of the fulfillment podcasting brought him, he decided to take his podcast reality one step further, and co-found IGNiTE: Podcasting with Purpose, which allows successful professionals and busy entrepreneurs the chance to bring their dream of podcasting to life without having to sacrifice the time it takes to create and learn all that is required as well as make sure all valuable content is created and distributed on all social media platforms.He continues to follow his passion of connecting with people and striving to be an inspirational influence while living a life of purpose and impact.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/authors-creators-visionaries-podcast. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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May 2019

48 min 16 sec

This week, I welcomed M. Shannon Hernandez, a sought after expert in the world of content marketing and strategy, to Authors, Creators & Entrepreneurs to discuss: The notion that selling is serving (let that sink in)The reason people aren't profitable is that they don't have a grasp on their message There is a way to GET a grasp on that message (which Shannon speaks to)A new way to think of selling: enrolling people into an idea (and then delivering on it!)How Shannon's Joy First, Then Money philosophy allows her to choose joy every single day (and bake a shit-ton of money while doing it)Shannon Hernandez is not your average entrepreneur. After a 15-year public teaching career, she jumped feet first into her journey as a business owner, and within just a few years, she had built a multi-six figure business.A sought after expert in the world of content marketing and strategy, Shannon is known globally as the creator of the Content Personality™ Wheel. Shannon is a voice and role model for Thought Leaders around the world, teaching them how to market their innovative ideas in a way that honors who they are and what they believe.In 2016 Shannon founded The Confident Expert Program, where she champions and rallies entrepreneurs, teaching them how to market their businesses from a place of intuition, integrity, and JOY–and make a shit-ton of money in the process.Shannon has been featured on CBS, ABC, The Boston Globe, The Huffington Post, FOX, Identity Magazine, and NBC. When she is not speaking and teaching globally, you will find her practicing yoga, snuggling her cat, traveling the world, whipping up new recipes in her kitchen, and hanging with the love of her life.To learn more about M. Shannon Hernandez and discover how she can help you market yourself as a Thought Leader in a way that feels good and honors who you are and what you believe, visit www.mshannonhernandez.comSupport this show http://supporter.acast.com/authors-creators-visionaries-podcast. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Apr 2019

54 min 53 sec

“No one has EVER told the story you are about to tell.And no one will ever again tell that story.”-Daniel Bruce Levin In the second half of this incredible conversation with Daniel Bruce Levin, author of The Mosaic, we dive deeper into the 4 connections we all have in this life (Self, Source, Purpose, Others) as well as Danny's 4 steps to create greater connection with oneself:1. DO UNTO YOURSELF: Because we are so inherently unkind to ourselves, it's necessary to flip the adage around 2. EMBRACE VULNERABILITY: The fact is, when my wall’s not up, I experience you and can give back to you. As Danny says, "The lie has become so easy to believe that we call it the truth. And the truth has become so easy to believe that we call it a lie.” When we listen to people’s stories, the picture we begin to see is completely different to the person we first saw. 3. LIVE PURPOSEFULLY: Do what you came here to do! Once we allow ourselves to become vulnerable, things start to come into us and go out from us. The outside world will always reflect what’s going on in the inside world. As soon as we can put into our GPS what our destination is, the road to where we’re going is clear. If you have no idea why you’re here or where you’re going, every road will take you there.[HOLY YES MOMENT] When you ask someone what they were came here to do and they answer, "I don’t know," the simple translation of those three words is, “I’m scared of what would happen if I actually knew what I’m here to do because I don’t feel good enough to do it.” Danny lets you in on the simply question that helps you authentically answer the question, “What did you come here to do?” 4. BUILD YOUR MOSAIC: Purposefully place the pieces that will take you in the direction you want to go.If you want to tell your story, but believe your topic has already been covered, this podcast is just for you! If you struggle to feel connection in this increasingly disconnected world, this episode is for you! The purpose of The Mosaic is to help people see what they’ve never seen before and experience "unzip the sky moments," moments when we become open to the idea that, as we unzip the sky above and see through to the other side, that new perspective changes the whole story.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/authors-creators-visionaries-podcast. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Feb 2019

1 hr 3 min

“A great story doesn’t directly say anything, but it hints at everything”-Daniel Bruce LevinThis podcast could easily be titled The 97% Agreement: The Significance of Connection because Danny and I agreed to disagree 3% of the time.We live in the most connected time the world has ever known, and we feel more alone than we ever have, which is why it was such an honor to interview Daniel Bruce Levin, author of The Mosaic. The conversation got so deep and raw, in fact, that we decided to split it into two podcasts.Daniel has accomplished and experienced a magnificent amount. A connectivity expert and business leader, he works with governmental organizations, corporations and businesses to improve how people treat themselves and each other. Sharing a message of unification, he is a popular speaker for groups whose focus is on problem-solving, innovation and conflict resolution.His thoughts around the concept of the book people think they are writing versus the book they are actually writing are fascinating. In short, “When we marry who we write about to who we are, we end the moment in time for our experience" and the result clarifies "how to marry the book that you needed to read with the concepts that you’ve lived since that point in time."He also answers the question about why, of all the people who could have written this book, he was the least likely person to have actually done it.The Mosaic, which is endorsed by Sonia Choquette, Arielle Ford, Caroline Myss (among others) has been touted as the new coming of The Alchemist (though Daniel hadn't read The Alchemist before penning The Mosaic), and, in his words, "Writing the book was erasing most of what I wrote because I was finding myself in the process."We talk about how and when being an over-thinker is actually a good thing as well as how we are all punching ourselves in the face (metaphorically speaking) every single day. (Hint: you think you need protection from others; the person you need protection from is yourself.)Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/authors-creators-visionaries-podcast. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Feb 2019

44 min 43 sec

"Our story is our biggest asset. I packaged up my past. I packaged up my passion. I packaged up my pain. I packaged up my problems. I packaged up my poverty. And presented it as a product."Joey YAK Pieper is a force to be reckoned with. Period.If statements such as: "If I just keep giving and giving and giving, I know that something will come back to me" or "My service is my purpose" or "When you have that fear, really what you should hear is: 'It's time to get busy.'" get you fired up or intrigue you, this episode was recorded just for you.If you wonder how someone just "approaches" influencers like Billy Gene and Brad Lea and creates genuine, authentic, long-term relationships with them.If you have ever believed that your not-so-ideal past determines your future, this episode was recorded just for you.If you want to hear me rap, this episode is just for you.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/authors-creators-visionaries-podcast. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Jan 2019

1 hr 2 min

Do you believe that self-confidence is an inherent personality trait that you are either born with...or aren't? Jane Stewart doesn't, and her perspective will likely change the way you think about the the high performers who appear to have it all together all the time. On today's episode of Authors, Creators & Visionaries, Jane and I talk about how she helps her clients combine practice with consistency in order to build on their state of self-confidence.While Jane has received numerous comments and direct messages based on an assumption that she was born with confidence, she assures listeners that confidence comes with practice. The perception of "inborn confidence" isn't the reality for your favorite speakers -- the ones who appear immovable on stage.Jane is passionate about working with high performers to help them understand how to get back to a state of self-confidence when they're feeling anything but, and to peel away what's going on in their mind that causes them not to believe in themselves in any given moment.After 20 years building a career (that "failed"), she shares:> how she has learned to express belief in herself and the lessons learned through her experiences> the profound event 21 years ago that kicked off her own challenges with self-confidence (as well as how she overcame them).> how to intentionally pull off self-confidence and have it look flawless> how to get from When I am to I am in the area of self-confidenceSupport this show http://supporter.acast.com/authors-creators-visionaries-podcast. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Dec 2018

37 min 45 sec

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Oct 2018

54 min 49 sec

Perry works with personal brands and online entrepreneurs who want to grow. He works with them to create and build their personal story to grow their influence, create a bigger impact and become an authority in their market.In addition to Perry’s own entrepreneurial backstory, you will discover:Why brands MUST pay attention to their storyHow Perry helps consumer brands create an effective bridge between the personal life of the founder and the brand through storyWhether brands gain more traction writing social media posts in the voice of the brand or the business ownerWhen in your business growth you should hire someone to do your social media posting (and types of what brands should NEVER hire someone to do this task)Perry’s unique approach to working with clients to bring out their most authentic brand story and create a movement around their messageThe way most brands are creating their stories (and it’s NOT effective)What to do if you believe you haven’t really lived enough yet to have a storyWhat a brand HAS to have in order to have a story that’s worth mentioningWhy Perry waited to share his own story (and it may be the exact reason you’re waiting)Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/authors-creators-visionaries-podcast. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Oct 2018

47 min 37 sec

Confidence Coach, instigator of joy, writer and speaker Kelsey Abbott helps driven humans learn to really love themselves, shed their "shoulds" and embrace their own unique greatness.Conversation Highlights:The limiting words Kelsey quickly removes from her clients' vocabularyWhat is confidence at its core?Why we don't speak nicely to ourselves (and why it's bullshit)The #1 limiting belief of Kelsey's clients and why we develop these notions to begin withThe activity that undeniably keeps us from being our greatest selvesThe experience Kelsey had in first grade that set the foundation for the limiting belief that held her back for yearsSupport this show http://supporter.acast.com/authors-creators-visionaries-podcast. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Sep 2018

41 min 6 sec

Episode 23 of the Authors, Creators and Visionaries podcast featured the amazing Dom Faussette. We discussed his journey as a speaker and a coach for speakers, the definite dos and the please-for-the-love-of-God DON'TS when it comes to positioning yourself as a speaker.YOU'LL DISCOVER:✅ How Dom, with admitted PTSD, Tourette Syndrome and a stutter is incredibly confident and effective on stage and his strategies for doing so✅ How a tiny audience (when it was supposed to be much larger) can be a great opportunity✅ Some major DON'TS when it comes to public speaking✅ A GREAT tip on getting past not knowing what to talk about on a Facebook or Instagram LIVE post✅ The aspects of your brand you HAVE to have on point before you can get traction as a speakerPLUS a surprising way to think the next time you get annoyed with someone in traffic (or anywhere)...Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/authors-creators-visionaries-podcast. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Sep 2018

46 min 26 sec

Isabel Hundt is an inspirational speaker, sociologist and emotions clearing practitioner who works with highly sensitive visionaries and world-changers who tend to be more introverted but have a big vision that they struggle to bring out (because they’d rather hide so as not to overstimulate their nervous system). She also studies and coaches on epigenetics and trans-generational transmitted trauma.1:40 - Isabel’s early attempts to logically craft her road to success8:08 – Isabel’s work with emotional healing in the area of epi-genetics and trans-generational transmitted trauma11:08 – the amount of work necessary for her clients to experience true transformation through learning about their emotional triggers15:50 – the way that your physical life provides evidence of your truest, deepest thoughts16:28 – the way in which Isabel sees the color of her clients’ frequencies and how it allows her to help them uncover and heal old wounds21:46 – How Isabel can sabotage herself (yes, it still happens to the best of the best) and how she sees it, accepts it for what it is, and then refocuses without beating herself up24:01 – how people – especially college students -- subconsciously make decisions that are in alignment with everyone but ourselves (and what to do about it)28:49 – the one thing that’s almost a non-negotiable prerequisite to trusting your intuition and how not trusting herself cost her $50,00032:30 – what stopped Isabel from writing her book as well as what started her up again and got her to the finish line45:51 – how Isabel perceives the fact that English is not her native language as a STRENGTH when it comes to her book when she could have seen it as a weakness48:45 – the below-the-surface reason you have trouble making peace with the moments when you’re stuck in a place of “doing all the things you’re supposed to do,” but it feels like nothing’s changing/happening in your tangible reality (and what one question can help you powerfully move forward)Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/authors-creators-visionaries-podcast. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Aug 2018

1 hr 1 min

Jessica Perez is a speaker, coach and networker who helps people unlock what they want out of life. After recognizing early in life that she was always the smallest on the field (she's just 4'11" today), she realized that becoming larger inside would would translate to her outward success.She chose to "supersize" her journey and adopted the motto Think Big. Do Big. Be Big.You'll discover:How her teacher responded (and then her mom) responded when she informed her teacher what she wanted to be at the age of 6How she likens our view of what’s possible to the plot of land we grew up onhow to push the envelope and step outside your comfort zoneJessica's ideal reader’s BIGGEST challengesThe idea of EQ + IQ = Good HumansThe mistake many non-fiction writers make that stalls salesThe 3 simple, thought-provoking questions Jessica was asked by a videographer that helped her clearly communicate her purposeThe magic of doing a post for ONE person and having it attract hundredsThe nightly exercise that can re-wire your brain with regard to how powerfully ONE person’s story (even if their situation is completely different) impacts another’sYou can connect with Jessica further here:Jpcoachingandlife.comFacebook - Jessica PerezSupport this show http://supporter.acast.com/authors-creators-visionaries-podcast. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jun 2018

50 min 3 sec

Through this week's episode with Men's Life Coach, Nick Matiash, you'll discover:How his blog, Moving Past Mediocre blossomed into a coaching practice (and the title of a soon-to-be-written book)How and why he made the narrow his niche to men who are questioning whether they should "buck the trends" in order to live in line with their true selves.Our mutual "bromance" with Luke Kayyem (can a girl have a bromance? If not, I have whatever is acceptable without it being creepy) and what he's taught us about the remedy for NOT liking public speakingHis 3 favorite books as an entrepreneurThe ONE story he'll definitely tell in his book that was not fun to experience but positively contributed to his story as a wholeSupport this show http://supporter.acast.com/authors-creators-visionaries-podcast. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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May 2018

42 min 45 sec

On this week's episode, my guest is Nick Stephenson. As an English and Law student-turned-bestselling author and coach, Nick correctly states early on in our discussion that "Author" isn't a career option when one attends university!Nevertheless, having written multiple bestselling books, Nick has generated a huge following as well as an amazing list of tips and lessons-learned for authors wanting to grow their email lists with engaged fans as well as build a website that works for them.YOU WILL DISCOVER:Nick's #1 Rule when it comes to building a truly effective long-term reader listHow Nick's book sales enabled him to quit his day job -- and he began coaching other authors who wanted to grow the way he didThe value (and requirement) of experimentation with author marketingNick's belief in the existence of Author Marketing Hell -- and HOW TO GET OUT OF IT!The ONE question to ask yourself to determine whether a tool/activity is worth your time and/or financial investmentHow Nick and David Siteman Garland put together their incredible website template for authors -- that's making the attraction of new readers almost too easy for many of its usersNick's thoughts on how to determine how often to email your readersWhat to completely ignore when it comes to "email marketing wisdom"WHERE YOU CAN FOLLOW NICK:www.LeopoldBlake.com (author website)Blog.YourFirst10KReaders.comThree Part Video Training (email list-building trainings; referral link)Author Cats - Author Website Template (referral link)Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/authors-creators-visionaries-podcast. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Apr 2018

52 min 51 sec

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing David Villa, author and founder/CEO of IPD Marketing Solutions, to discuss author branding and growth.In this episode, you will discover:Why David wrote his bestselling book, Lead or Be LunchWhere branding is REALLY established (it isn't simply a logo; in fact, your logo is the least of your concerns!)The difference between being self-focused and "peripherally focused" when it comes to selling booksHow you can manage being a one-person show while working toward being a multi-person showThe importance of knowing your lane and hiring/partnering with people who are WAY BETTER than you areDavid's suggestions on how to comfortably sell your books (for people who hate the idea of selling)Why it's critical that the cart and horse are put in proper order with regard to writing a bookDavid's #1 rule for authors to successfully sell their bookThe one thing entrepreneurs get wrong and overlook when it comes to branding themselvesThe question David HATES being asked (and the answer, which counters what the "experts" say)What the concept of branding starts with, before a customer buys tools or products and before a brand even has a social media presence)The biggest mistake people make by going full-on toward a goal without thinking it throughDavid's skyscraper analogy for building a successful and sustainable braindThe gap between wanting the dream and being willing to do the workThe non-negotiable step when it comes to marketing an even mildly successful brandWho David studies and what he's learned from them that has deeply impacted his business (and can impact yours as well)CONNECT FURTHER WITH DAVIDDAVID'S BOOKSLead or Be LunchSales Pros Get Paid, Amateurs Don't: Playbook of a Sales Pro (Release date: May 7, 2018)WEBSITEwww.DavidVilla.mewww.ipdpressdirect.comFACEBOOKFacebook ProfileGame Changer Facebook GroupTWITTER@ipdmailSupport this show http://supporter.acast.com/authors-creators-visionaries-podcast. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Apr 2018

50 min 12 sec

Jenna McCarthy is the bestselling author of 15 books in multiple genres. In this incredible interview, you'll discover:The part of the publishing process that Jenna STILL gets nervous about and finds incredibly challengingHow Jenna deals with her own "Is this story THAT good? What if people don't like it?" concernsThe 10 things you need for a bestseller (you won't believe what #1 and #10 are)Her newest project (which she's self-publishing), why it so greatly excites her and why she chose self-publishing as the approach this time aroundThe reality of a $50,000 advance from a traditional publisher -- how it REALLY breaks downWhat happens when a historically successful author has a "bad" launch with a traditional publisher versus being self-publishedThe truth about book marketing -- even when you're published by a traditional publishing houseThe biggest misconception about your pub/launch date (you'll want to know this before that date arrives in your world)Our goals with regard to Jen Sincero (are you listening, Jen?)Connect Further with JennaWebsitewww.JennaMcCarthy.comFacebookhttps://www.facebook.com/jennamccarthywritesMy favorite books of Jenna's:Pretty Much ScrewedIf It Was Easy They'd Call the Whole Damn Thing a Honeymoon Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/authors-creators-visionaries-podcast. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Apr 2018

51 min 59 sec

While recently driving between Phoenix and Tucson, I began listening to Contagious: Why Things Catch On by Jonah Berger. One section of it prompted some thoughts around book publicity and why both immediate publicity and ongoing word of mouth are critical to an author's long-term success.In this episode you will discover:The one-day activity you can easily undertake that will prove how often we promote via word of mouth without even realizing it.Why negative publicity still triggers a response that benefits a product or serviceThe big bonus of self-publishing when it comes to ongoing word of mouth (which you can't take advantage of when you're published by a traditional publishing house)The lifespan of a publicity push for a traditionally published book versus a self-published bookWhy the long tail of a book launch contains the most potential for opportunityHow the implementation of ongoing word of mouth promotion strategies must be approached like sleep-training a babyWhy the correlations we tend to draw between super successful products are often quite misleadingResources MentionedContagious: Why Things Catch On by Jonah BergerSupport this show http://supporter.acast.com/authors-creators-visionaries-podcast. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Mar 2018

24 min 46 sec

"Is it better to write everyday or to write a certain number of words everyday?"This is a question a client recently asked, and I immediately knew my answer.It's often helpful to examine habits we already have (both good and bad) in order to better understand the way in which they become ingrained in our lives to the point that they create a healthy, productive lifestyle.In this episode, you will discover:Why unreasonable expectations when it comes to new habits never worksThe "odd" habits of writers Mark Twain, Marcel Proust and Maya AngelouThe simple step to get back on course when you fall into old (undesirable) habitsLearn More about Publish A Profitable Book:W E B S I T E:www.PublishAProfitableBook.comF A C E B O O K:http://www.Facebook.com/PublishAProfitableBookF A C E B O O K G R O U P:http://www.facebook.com/groups/authorscollectiveI N S T A G R A M:http://www.Instagram.com/elizabethlyonsdesignsSupport this show http://supporter.acast.com/authors-creators-visionaries-podcast. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Mar 2018

22 min 25 sec

EPISODE SUMMARYAre you having trouble making a choice in your life?Perhaps it's a seemingly simple choice such as whether or not to put honey or jelly on your peanut butter sandwich.Perhaps it's more complicated -- which website template or email service provider is the best to spend money on?Paralysis by analysis -- regardless of how superficial or life-altering the decision may be -- is pervasive and it's likely keeping you from being able to move forward in one or more areas of your writing and publishing career.IN THIS EPISODE, YOU WILL DISCOVER:The truth about the "right" choicesExactly how to make what feels like an impossibly difficult choice so that you can move on with the rest of your to-do listThe real reason WHY we don't simply make a choice and what we can learn from itHow to learn to love the process of choosing and committing to our choice without fearing that it's the "wrong" choiceTO LEARN MORE:www.PublishAProfitablebook.comwww.Facebook.com/groups/authorscollectiveTwitter.com/ElizabethLyonsInstagram.com/ElizabethLyonsDesignsSupport this show http://supporter.acast.com/authors-creators-visionaries-podcast. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Mar 2018

21 min 29 sec

EPISODE SUMMARYWhat's the story your telling YOURSELF about your future as an author?Whether you want to write full-time, as a side gig, or in order to build your influence and credibility in your field of expertise, it's critical to address the story you tell yourself about your future in this space.The HOW of writing, publishing and marketing a book can be taught.What fascinates me is that once people have the HOW the book oftentimes still does not appear.Why is that?It's because of the story the author is telling himself or herself about her potential in this space and how that influences the actions they take and the progress they make.IN THIS EPISODE, YOU WILL DISCOVER:How writing a book and learning to drive a car perfectly mirror each other in terms of mindset challengesWhy our 33-Day Book Writing Bootcamp (and similar approaches) are so successful at setting authors' momentum on fireThe excuses 90% of people make in order to justify "checking out" from finishing or further promoting their book (and how to stop making them)The HOW of shifting the story (so that it ends in your favor)TO LEARN MORE:www.PublishAProfitablebook.comwww.Facebook.com/groups/authorscollectiveTwitter.com/ElizabethLyonsInstagram.com/ElizabethLyonsDesignsSupport this show http://supporter.acast.com/authors-creators-visionaries-podcast. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Feb 2018

20 min 56 sec

Today we're talking about Imposter Syndrome, a.k.a. "I feel like a fraud."Do you want to stop ditching your idea because you feel like an imposter? And stop worrying that people may see you as a "fraud?"Imposter Syndrome (or some variation thereof) is experienced by nearly every single author at some point in his or her career. In the end, as with so many other negative feelings, it stems from fear. The question is: fear of WHAT?In today's episode, you'll discover: Why the thing you fear is EXACTLY what readers desperately want The four qualities that actually make you credible to readers(none is a fancy degree or established tribe of raving fans) Proof that anyone can shift his or her mindset around imposter syndrome (you'll never guess what award I received as a high school senior) Two mindsets that set authors up for mediocrity from the get-go The TRUTH about the importance of impressive credentials The SIMPLE EXERCISE that will jumpstart your recovery from Imposter Syndrome (and it's something you can do today!)Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/authors-creators-visionaries-podcast. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Feb 2018

24 min 15 sec

There are 4 core reasons why your book isn't (yet) a bestseller. They are:You haven't written it!You skipped over the critical steps thinking they were unimportantYour marketing plan is non-existent or stinks (just being honest!)With regard to the first reason (your book isn't yet written), if you fall into this category, in all likelihood:You're waiting for a critical moment to get started (when we finish moving, once summer break is over, after the kids start school, once I feel like my story is complete...)You don't know how to get started or what to do once the writing is completeYou fear that you don't have the credibility and/or platform to be successfulThe truth: these are all different ways of justifying an underlying fear. And the best way to overcome that fear, not just as an author but as a human being, is to address it.In today's episode, I get honest about these fears, where they come from and how to combat them.RESOURCES & EXPERTS MENTIONED:Dan Kennedy - strategic advisor, consultant, business coachDeep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal NewportSupport this show http://supporter.acast.com/authors-creators-visionaries-podcast. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Feb 2018

24 min 55 sec

The story behind the phrase ACHILLES' HEEL (note the placement of the apostrophe!)Total listen time: 3 MINUTESSupport this show http://supporter.acast.com/authors-creators-visionaries-podcast. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Feb 2018

3 min 4 sec

I frequently talk to writers about the WHY behind their book concepts. But, it's equally important to get clear on the WHY behind your overall mission at its highest level.In this episode, you will discover:-The reason kids have the right idea when they ask WHY over and over again (even though it drives us crazy!)-How a moment early in Brooke Castillo's career proved the domino effect of each person's unique (and often -unintended) contribution-The one way your WHY can be out of sync just enough to keep you unsatisfied long-term (and how to fix it)-Why shows such as X-Factor and America's Got Talent as well as energy-filled weekend seminars create powerful (yet short-lived) motivationSupport this show http://supporter.acast.com/authors-creators-visionaries-podcast. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Feb 2018

20 min 54 sec

[PPB PODCAST] EPISODE 08The Success Mindset with Austin DistelFor this week’s Business of Publishing a Successful Book podcast, I had the pleasure of interviewing fellow entrepreneur Austin Distel, co-founder of the Entrepreneur Alliance, about the success mindset (among other topics).Within the informative and insightful podcast, you will discover:The secret to selling (even if you’re an introvert)The philosophies Austin used to build a 6-figure MMR businessTips for not getting stuck in the feeling of “I’ll never be or I’m not yet as good as _______.”The importance of rest time (and we aren’t talking about sleeping)The ONLY way that competition works to your benefitThe struggle between Progress and Perfection (and how to find a healthy balance)The most important quality of an email list (hint: it’s not its length)Tips for honing the perfect group of mentors…and, of course, what book Austin is presently readingListen to the audio above or watch the video version of the podcast belowWhere on Earth to Find Austin Distel…Entrepreneur Alliance (Referral Link)Austin’s Facebook pageAustin’s Instagram page The post Publishing Podcast 08: The Success Mindset with Austin Distel appeared first on Publish a Profitable Book.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/authors-creators-visionaries-podcast. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jul 2017

53 min 28 sec

PPB PODCAST: EPISODE 007In this week’s Business of Publishing a Successful Book podcast, I had the pleasure of interviewing entrepreneur and branding expert Joshua Pearson. I first learned about Josh the co-founder of Influence Society, which helps influencers build powerful brands (including that of filmmaker, poet and speaker Prince EA) and CEO of Results for Life, It quickly became clear that we can all learn from his experience and mindset on what it takes to build (and sustain) a successful, effective brand.Within the info-packed podcast, you will discover:How to pronounce Prince EA, once and for all (thank you, Josh!)Why being clear on your “superpower” is critical to an effective brandWhat’s required to be a leader and share your message of influence (which, Josh believes, everyone can do)The required mindset shift to become comfortable charging money for the service of helping othersPros and cons of selling a low-price product to a large audience versus selling a high-price product to a small audienceWhere to Find Joshua PearsonInfluence Society (helping influencers build powerful brands)Results for Life (training, nutrition, mindset and community to take your life to the next level)Joshua Pearson’s Facebook pageAdditional resources mentioned in podcastPrince EA  The post Podcast #007: On Branding with Josh Pearson appeared first on Publish a Profitable Book.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/authors-creators-visionaries-podcast. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Oct 2016

36 min 11 sec

PPB PODCAST: EPISODE 006In this week’s Business of Publishing a Successful Book podcast, I had the pleasure of interviewing author Elizabeth Ann West. I was thrilled to get an honest look at Elizabeth’s journey from “accidental writer”—earning $7 for her first article—to making $1000 per month writing articles to a solid 6-figure revenue as an author.Within the info-packed podcast, you will discover:The marketing approach that sold 29 copies of first book and has now sold books in 50+ countriesElizabeth’s firm belief in publishing with purpose (and the unexpected value of having an ever-changing roadmap)The lessons she could only learn by jumping in and living the experience (that you can now learn BEFORE jumping you!)Her professional partnership approach that keeps drama at bay (as well as her strategy for gracefully exiting partnerships that aren’t working)The unique way she refers to herself to avoid the term “self published author”Why she’s learned that authors need not waste time reinventing the retail cycleHow authors can position themselves to realize that they are WORTH charging $9.99 for an eBook—even if they’ve never before written a book and have no platform.Her (extremely outside-the-box) pricing strategyHow to change your mindset to make you feel more comfortable selling your workThe bare minimum content you need to include on a website to start building a mailing list and networking with other authors to generate organic promo opportunities (it’s FAR less than you’d think!)The one format you may not have considered that has proven highly lucrative for Elizabeth (meaning, you might want to consider it)Elizabeth’s research- and fact-backed opinion on what’s going to be the next big thing in self/indie publishingBe sure to scroll down for links to resources mentioned throughout the episode! Where to Find Elizabeth Ann WestElizabeth’s websiteElizabeth’s Professional Facebook PageElizabeth’s Personal Facebook ProfileAdditional resources mentioned in podcastAmanda HockingMark DawsonJoanna PennElizabeth’s interview on BuildYourAuthorCareer.comAdobe’s Photoshop CC Classroom in a BookThink Like a Publisher (Dean Wesley Smith)   The post Podcast #006: Author Tips from Elizabeth Ann West appeared first on Publish a Profitable Book.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/authors-creators-visionaries-podcast. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Aug 2016

1 hr 8 min

PPB PODCAST: EPISODE 005When you don’t have a traditional publisher to enforce a writing deadline, you have to enforce that deadline yourself. It can be hard to declare a book “done.”In this week’s podcast, Genevieve and I discuss self-imposed deadlines as well as my definitive answer to the ever-burning “How many words do I have to have” question.Finally, we talk about who owns copyright—author or publisher.Oh, and a VERY IMPORTANT PSA on whether or not to single or double-space between sentences. *Hint: this could save you hours of editing re-work.The post Podcast #005: Word Count, Writing Deadlines and Copyright Questions appeared first on Publish a Profitable Book.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/authors-creators-visionaries-podcast. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Jun 2016

21 min 1 sec

PPB PODCAST: EPISODE 004When Genevieve Georget’s Facebook post went viral back in September 2015, she was contacted by several publishers (both traditional and vanity/hybrid). And she was overwhelmed with questions.Is it best to sign away rights to an as-yet-unwritten book to get the advance from a traditional publisher?If she went with a traditional publisher, how long would it be until her book was available for sale?Was the $8000 quote she received from a vanity press reasonable when it only included 100 print copies? (It wasn’t.)If she self-published, where would she even start?These are all questions we talked through and address again in this week’s podcast.Additionally, we’ll let you in on what intangible quality won us over about the designer we’ve selected to create Gen’s book cover— and convinced us that, without doubt, she was the right fit for this project.Resources Mentioned:Book Trailer for If It Was Easy They’d Call the Whole Damn Thing a Honeymoon by Jenna McCarthyThe post Podcast #004: How to Choose a Publishing Approach appeared first on Publish a Profitable Book.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/authors-creators-visionaries-podcast. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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May 2016

30 min 43 sec

PPB PODCAST: EPISODE 003One cannot simply claim to be a New York Times bestselling author. Nor can one simply claim to be a Wall Street Journal bestselling author. One can simply claim, however, to be a national bestselling author, or an Amazon bestselling author, or a Top Ten bestselling author.Why?Because beyond the bigger, traditional publications, the term “bestselling” is loosely defined.One can be a bestselling Amazon author and support that by showing that she hit the Top 100 on May 6, 2014 for 3 hours.Or, one can be a national bestselling author because…well…because he says he is and who’s going to challenge him on it?But while authors focus on the word “bestseller,” it’s important to realize that one can BUY his or her way onto the major bestseller lists. And, in the end, unless claiming (or legitimately having) bestseller status is the end goal, it’s not what authors should shoot for.In this podcast, Genevieve Georget and I discuss (among other things, including the current state of book printing and cover design quotes for Gen’s forthcoming book) the question authors would be better served by answering as they prepare to launch their book.Resources Mentioned:What No One Tells You About Becoming a Best-Selling Author (Jeff Goins)Ask by Ryan Levesque The post Podcast #003: What Constitutes a Best Selling Book appeared first on Publish a Profitable Book.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/authors-creators-visionaries-podcast. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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May 2016

38 min 30 sec

PPB PODCAST: Episode 02As Genevieve and I move along in the publishing of her book (which now has a title: Her Own Wild Winds), our informal weekly call included discussion of the editing process as well as the processes of getting book printing and cover design quotes. We know it’s not as organized as a standard PPB podcast would be, but we wanted to let you in on the discussion and show you exactly what our thought process, questions and concerns are at this point. Enjoy!The post Podcast #002: Tips for Book Printers & Cover Design appeared first on Publish a Profitable Book.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/authors-creators-visionaries-podcast. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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May 2016

17 min 14 sec

As Genevieve Georget and I began talking through the high-level details of her book (scheduled to launch September 30, 2016), she understandably had lots of questions. Many of them are, perhaps, questions you’ve had as you thought about writing a book.Will anyone want to read it?How will I market it?How do I find a good printer?Do I sell through Amazon?How do I get book signings (and do they really even matter)?I promised her that we would address each and every one of her questions and concerns but first, I had one very important question I needed her to answer. Without knowing the answer to this question, it would be challenging for us to move forward and be confident that we were on the “right” path for her project.And that question was:In the series premier of THE MAKING OF A BESTSELLING BOOK, Gen and I discuss:Why she REALLY writesHer honest opinion of the post that so many instantly lovedHandling the haters (because they WILL come)Her own personal WHY when it comes to the writing and publishing of her first bookI’d love to hear from you! What publishing questions do you have? Bring ’em on in the comments below! I read every single one.   The post Podcast 001: Authors — What Is Your Why? appeared first on Publish a Profitable Book.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/authors-creators-visionaries-podcast. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Apr 2016

1 hr