On today’s show, we chatted with Chris Fox about marketing zombies, werewolves, and vampires, and also about how he writes incredibly quickly. He holds down a 60-hour-a-week day job as an app developer and doesn’t have a lot of time to devote to fiction, so he’s learned to be productive, logging 5,000 words in an hour. He’s even written about it in a book designed to help other authors: 5,000 Words Per Hour: Write Faster, Write Smarter.
Here are some of the highlights from the interview:
- Using the start-up mentality for indie publishing
- Investing in your product (including scouring DeviantArt for hours to find just the right artists!)
- How audiobook sales (from Audible) can help Kindle sales on Amazon
- Is it helpful to use popular tropes, such as werewolves, zombies, and vampires? Or do readers have expectations that can be hard to meet if you’re doing something slightly different?
- What advertising Chris has done and what’s been effective
- Why it doesn’t make a lot of sense to spend much time and money on marketing when you only have one or two books out
- Utilizing a mailing list to make promoting future books easier
- How Chris is writing so darned many words in an hour
- Addressing the argument that writing faster means writing poorly
- Using voice recognition software effectively as a fiction writer
If you’re looking for more information on marketing, you might want to visit Chris’s site and check out some of the articles he’s written for writers:
- Marketing Principles: Part 1- The Fundamentals
- Marketing Principles: Part 2- Passive Marketing
- Marketing Principles: Part 3- Paid Advertising
- How Gamification Will Dramatically Increase Your Word Count
If Chris’s fiction sounded interesting to you, give his first book, No Such Thing as Werewolves, a try.