Video: Dan Blank of We Grow Media on Challenges for Authors

by Joel Friedlander on January 4, 2012 · 6 comments

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I think you’re going to really enjoy my talk today with Dan Blank of We Grow Media.

Dan interviewed me for his blog in July, 2011, and I can tell you he is a master of the split-screen format. He has interviews in his archives with many of the most interesting people in publishing.

One of the reasons I wanted to talk to Dan is that he helps authors build their writing careers as a business, and also consults for publishers. He has a unique vantage point on what’s going on in the industry. You can get his free and excellent newsletter here.

In this interview we talk about:

  • Digital publishing will continue to be a big part of the business
  • Will self-publishing and traditional publishing learn to get along?
  • Writing as a business, as a career
  • How authors build a platform today
  • The kinds of motivations that move writers
  • Building up a support network
  • Why writers have to build their own “roadmap”

It runs 24:50 minutes and Dan shares quite a bit of wise advice for writers. Let me know what you think.

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    Scott January 4, 2012 at 7:17 am


    Would you consider making audio-only versions of your interviews available? Like many people, I like to listen to podcasts and interviews while hiking or exercising. I was so intrigued by your last interview (BookBaby) that I downloaded the video interview, brought it into Quicktime, exported the audio portion to AIFF, then converted it to MP3 to listen on my iPhone. That was a lot of work for a short interview. Anyway, let us know if you plan audio versions. Thanks. — SB


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