Level Up Your Life by Writing Your First Book (And What to do if You Hate Marketing) [Steve Kamb Interview]
Steve Kamb is the author of the recently released “Level Up Your Life: How to Unlock Adventure and Happiness by Becoming the Hero of Your Own Story.” He is also the creator of nerdfitness.com, a worldwide community of average people looking to live better lives. He hopes to one day become Captain America.
During our 2016 Self Publishing Success Summit, Steve shared some helpful tips for those who want to become a writer, but maybe don’t know where to start.
It’s All About the Baby Steps
If you only sit down to work when you have five hours of free time you likely won’t accomplish much. Instead, make progress getting small things done consistently, instead of finding time to cram everything all at once. And we all know, cramming is usually not the smartest way to get work done anyway, right?
Write Now, Edit Later
Sometimes it’s hard to get motivated but regardless, it’s still important to write! Sit down and write, even if you just have ten or fifteen minutes. You can edit later. Being a writer starts with getting content on the page, and if you never sit down to write, that content won’t be there when it comes time to edit. So write now, edit later! The first draft is always the messy one. Don’t worry if it’s not exactly how you want it. The editing will be taken care of in later stages. In the words of Steve Kamb, “Screw motivation, cultivate discipline.”
Promote Your Book
So you’ve taken all of those spare minutes and crafted a book out of them, you’ve edited that content, and now it’s time to really promote it. This is not the time to step back! If you feel good about your work, you are doing a disservice to yourself and your message if you don’t promote it. At first it may feel uncomfortable to promote something you’ve done, but if you really believe in the message of your book, let that override any feeling of discomfort. Go for it! This is what you’ve worked so long and hard to complete. Give other people the privilege of reading it.
Reach Out to Your Followers
Many people have at least some type of a social media presence or following. Having followers of your content is great, but reaching out to these followers in real life and connecting with them as people, not just as numbers, will bring you so much progress. Reaching out to people personally will create much more value and loyalty for your work and your brand. This personal connection will take you far.
Create a System
Progress is necessary if you are to see any success as a writer, but physically tracking your progress can bring levels of encouragement you didn’t know you needed. Everyone needs encouragement to continue once in awhile, and creating a personalized, fun system to track your progress could be the factor that keeps you going. Spend some time developing a system, or even finding an existing one, where you can track your progress. This will encourage consistence, resulting in more content to work with.
Steve Kamb put two years of thought into his process of writing. He said starting was the hardest part of the journey for him. Four months in he hadn’t written one word. With only four to five months left before his first draft was due, he realized he had to start writing content. After figuring out he had to write about five hundred words a day, Steve got to work. Every week day he woke up, made coffee, turned on one of his favorite playlists, and wrote. Sometimes he would exceed his word count for the day, other times it was hard to even make it to five hundred words. But with consistence, Steve wrote his book and has achieved the success he is known for today.
As parting advice, Steve says to just “shut up and write, shut up and market.” An introvert at heart, Steve loves the writing part of the process but not so much the interviews, the guest posting, the photos, or even the marketing as a whole. Despite this, he says to enjoy the process. You will never write a first book again, so you should enjoy the moment, taking pride in what you have worked so hard to accomplish. In addition, Steve’s main goal was not for people to simply buy his books in bulk, or buy himself onto a bestseller list. Instead, Steve Kamb wants the message of his book to spread. After all, this is where the impact lies!
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