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Meet today's top nonfiction authors, agents, & editors!

Gain a new perspective on publishing as you listen to these candid and revealing interviews with today's most successful authors and the agents, editors, and publicists who helped them succeed

Get the inside story on nonfiction books that have created brands that have changed lives and opened doors of possibility. Here them describe, in their own words, what they did, why they did it, and--most important--what they'd do different today.

How I selected my guests

When selecting interview guests, my goal was not to emphasize professionally-written "best sellers." Instead, I focused on everyday business owners who wrote books to brand themselves in order to establish credibility, differentiate themseleves from their competition, and promote their businesses.

Published & Profitable can choose from 4 categories of recorded interviews:

  • Successful authors. Hear them describe their original goals, the steps they took to plan, write, and promote their books. Listen how they describe how they leverage their books into profits.
  • Editors. Acquisitions editors from trade publishers like Entrepreneur Press describe what they want to see in an author and an author's book proposal. Other publishers describe how they help authors self-publish their books. Editors share time-saving tips.
  • Publishers Hear publishers discuss the changes taking place in publishing and what authors need to know in order to make the right decisions.
  • Book marketers, journalists, promoters, and publicists Find out how profit from changes in technology that influence the ways authors should market and promote their books.

What you'll learn from these interviews

These interviews provide candid commentary and revealing looks at planning, writing, promoting, and profiting from books. You'll gain a new perspective on topics like:

  • Writing skills. You'll hear from some authors who don't particularly like to write, and how they write their books--or get them written.
  • Productivity tips. Learn simple tips for planning and writing your book as efficiently as possible.
  • The business of writing. Many authors begin at the end, by defining how they plan to profit from their book before they start writing.
  • Getting noticed. You'll learn how to craft compelling book proposals and ways to promote your book while writing it.
  • Delegation. You'll learn the pros and cons of writing with others and the tasks that many authors delegate to others.

Below are capsule descriptions of the more than 80 exclusive interviews available for members. Visit the Member Benefits page when you're ready to learn more about other benefits.


Note: here's a list of over 250 additional nonfiction authors, marketers, and publishing professionals I have interviewed.


INTERVIEW: Andy Crestodina, Positioning Your Book in a Crowded Field
INTERVIEW: Andy Crestodina, Positioning Your Book in a Crowded Field INTERVIEW. Andy Crestodina, author of Content Chemistry: An Illustrate Handbook for Content Marketing, shares ideas for positioning your book. . . . Keep Reading
INTERVIEW, Duncan Crary, turning podcasts into a published book
INTERVIEW, Duncan Crary, turning podcasts into a published book Listen as Duncan Crary describes the steps he took turning 3 years of weekly podcasts into The KunstlerCast: Conversations with James Howard Kunstler. You'll get a new perspective on podcasting, networking, and publishing success. . . . Keep Reading
AUTHOR INTERVIEW Michael Larsen on Becoming a Successful Writer Today
AUTHOR INTERVIEW Michael Larsen on Becoming a Successful Writer Today Michael Larsen, co-founder & partner in Northern California's largest literary agency and author of the classic How to Write a Book Proposal, provides a 40-year perspective on what it takes to be a successful writer today. Learn the 3 Cs of writing success. . . . Keep Reading
AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Nina Amir describes how you, too, can blog a book
AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Nina Amir describes how you, too, can blog a book Listen as Nina Amir describes the lessons she's learned and shared in her forthcoming Writer's Digest book, How to Blog a Book: Write, Publish, and Promote Your Book One Post at a Time. We discuss the origins of her book idea and the steps she took to make it happen. . . . Keep Reading
INTERVIEW: E-book Design Mastery with Karen Wickham
INTERVIEW: E-book Design Mastery with Karen Wickham Meet Karen Wickham, from That's Creative Design, a firm that helps authors fuse design as a strategic selling tool for ebooks and online brand-building. During this call, Karen and I reviewed the elements of ebook design success and discussed often overlooked book marketing opportunities. . . . Keep Reading
AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Colleen Jones' tips for creating influential online content
AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Colleen Jones' tips for creating influential online content In this interview, Colleen Jones, the author of Clout: The Art and Science of Influential Web Content, discusses the origins of her book and describes a process for creating a meaningful content strategy. Colleen Jones is also the founder of Content Science, a firm advising numerous Fortune 500 firms and U.S. Government agencies. . . . Keep Reading
AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Patrick Schwerdtfeger's journey to becoming an author
AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Patrick Schwerdtfeger's journey to becoming an author Listen as Patrick Schwerdtfeger, originally more comfortable with "numbers rather than words, established his personal brand by writing Marketing Shortcuts for the Self-Employed. Learn how he used outlines, video, and social media as brand-building tools. . . . Keep Reading
Author Interview, Andrea Marks, Content for Visual Thinkers
Author Interview, Andrea Marks, Content for Visual Thinkers Andrea Marks is author of Writing for Visual Thinkers which I consider one of the best books about writing and content creation. During our call, she described how her book came to be, and her approach to writing a book. . . . Keep Reading
Author Interview, Jack Hart's Story Craft
Author Interview, Jack Hart's Story Craft Listen as Jack Hart describes the story behind latest book: Story Craft: The Complete Guide to Writing Narrative Nonfiction. In this interview, Jack shares his love of narrative nonfiction and provides a detailed look at the writing and trade publishing proposal process. . . . Keep Reading
INTERVIEW: D'vorah Lansky shares Book Marketing Made Easy tips
INTERVIEW: D'vorah Lansky shares Book Marketing Made Easy tips Get a new perspective on book marketing and brand building by listening to the recording of my recent interview with D'vorah Lansky. Less than 4 days after D'vorah's Book Marketing Made Easy appeared, it was a Top 100 Amazon book! Learn how it happened! . . . Keep Reading
INTERVIEW: Tony Eldridge tells how to Attract more qualified Twitter followers
INTERVIEW: Tony Eldridge tells how to Attract more qualified Twitter followers Listen as Tony Eldridge describes how to attract 20% to 30% more qualified Twitter followers in 30 days! Tony's Conducting Effective Twitter Contests has helped authors around the world build their brand and sell more books. . . . Keep Reading
TRANSCRIPT of Brian Tracy Success Secrets interview
TRANSCRIPT of Brian Tracy Success Secrets interview Download the transcript of my interview with Brian Tracy, bestselling author who has helped 5 million people around the world achieve their goals. During this interview, Brian shares the details of how he writes his bestselling books. . . . Keep Reading
Interview: Lorraine Phillips' self-published Online Book Marketing
Interview: Lorraine Phillips' self-published Online Book Marketing Listen as Lorraine Phillips shares her experiences planning, writing, and marketing her 2nd self-published book, Online Book Marketing. During our interview, she shared entries from her writer's notebook as she reviews her journey from idea to self-published book. . . . Keep Reading
INTERVIEW Susan Daffron's Guide to Virtual Conference Profits
INTERVIEW Susan Daffron's Guide to Virtual Conference Profits This call is for you if you've ever thought about creating a virtual conference--today's version of yesterday's in-person conferences and workshops. Susan Daffron's Self-Publisher's Online Conference has celebrated its 3rd birthday, and she's here to share her experiences and tips. . . . Keep Reading
INTERVIEW: Sunni Brown's Doodle Revolution
INTERVIEW: Sunni Brown's Doodle Revolution Listen as Sunni Brown, co-author of the bestselling business book Gamestorming shares her writing and visual thinking experiences, leading up to her "Bring Back the Doodle" Visual Notetaking Doodle Revolution. Sunni is a Fast Company Top 100 Creative Thinker. . . . Keep Reading
INTERVIEW: Susan Weinschenk's journey from blog to book
INTERVIEW: Susan Weinschenk's journey from blog to book Listen as Susan Weinschenk describes her recent journey from a 100-post blog series to an Amazon Top 100 Book on a recent teleseminar call. Hear her describe the pros and cons of blogging her new book 100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know About People. . . . Keep Reading
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