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Coffee & Pens

Coffee & Pens

By Kjell Vandevyvere

Writing a book isn't as difficult as it seems—not if you can look over the shoulders of successful authors. Follow Coffee & Pens to learn about self-publishing, building a readership and writing more prolifically.
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The End — 27 Tips from Idea to Published
The End — 27 Tips from Idea to Published
A collection of the best tips I've learned from the Coffee & Pens interviews. Read on: https://kjellv.com/27-book-marketing-ideas/ 
29:05
March 14, 2022
#14 Andrew Warner — Overcoming Struggles
#14 Andrew Warner — Overcoming Struggles
Andrew Warner talks about his struggles while writing Stop Asking Questions, his thoughts about podcasting and his love for hot beverages. Check out the blog for more information and links to everything we discussed. Follow Coffee & Pens: Twitter: @coffeepens Instagram: @coffee_pens Youtube: Coffee & Pens Newsletter
52:00
February 04, 2022
#13 Steph Smith – Distribution and Higher Pricing
#13 Steph Smith – Distribution and Higher Pricing
Steph Smith talks about content distribution, what to do before you start writing, and the pricing behind Doing Content Right. Check out the blog for more information and links to everything we discussed. Follow Coffee & Pens: Twitter: @coffeepens Instagram: @coffee_pens Youtube: Coffee & Pens Newsletter
54:16
January 14, 2022
#12 Laura Vermeire — Standing Your Ground & Sharing Everything with Your Audience
#12 Laura Vermeire — Standing Your Ground & Sharing Everything with Your Audience
Laura Vermeire talks about her book "Gekooid door mijn eetstoornis", mental health, inspiration, Instagram and other product ideas. Check out the blog for more information and links to everything we discussed. Follow Coffee & Pens: Twitter: @coffeepens Instagram: @coffee_pens Newsletter
37:03
December 20, 2021
#11 Ravi Jayagopal — Audience Building as an Author
#11 Ravi Jayagopal — Audience Building as an Author
EIght-time author Ravi Jayagopal talks about his recent book Dogpoo & Dosaa, collecting emails, selling books from India and being in control of time. Check out the blog for more information and links to everything we discussed. Follow Coffee & Pens: Twitter: @coffeepens Instagram: @coffee_pens Newsletter
57:30
December 11, 2021
#10 Ben Guest — Writing advice & optimising Amazon sales
#10 Ben Guest — Writing advice & optimising Amazon sales
Two-time author Ben Guest talks about his recent memoir: Zen and the Art of Basketball Coaching. We also discussed writing advice, teaching and becoming an Amazon bestselling author.  Check out the blog for more information and links to everything we discussed. Follow Coffee & Pens: Twitter: @coffeepens Instagram: @coffee_pens Newsletter
55:22
November 06, 2021
#9 Michaeleen Doucleff — Travel, book deals and parenting
#9 Michaeleen Doucleff — Travel, book deals and parenting
Michaeleen Doucleff is a science correspondent at NPR and the author of Hunt, Gather, Parent. In this rollercoaster interview, she talks about travelling, the pressure of writing a best-selling book and parenting. She also shares a bunch of writing tips you don't want to miss. Check out the blog for more information and links to everything we discussed. Follow Coffee & Pens: Twitter: @coffeepens Instagram: @coffee_pens
43:08
October 17, 2021
#8 Jon Parker — Scratching Your Own Itch
#8 Jon Parker — Scratching Your Own Itch
Jon Parker is the perfect example of scratching your own itch in the writing world. He designs his own covers, writes books based on personal experiences and created his own writing community. Check out the blog for more information and links to everything we discussed. Follow Coffee & Pens: Twitter: @coffeepens Instagram: @coffee_pens
37:54
October 09, 2021
#7 Adam Putterman & Bob Manfreda — Two Writers, One Voice
#7 Adam Putterman & Bob Manfreda — Two Writers, One Voice
Adam and Bob discuss their book MBA Coffee Chats, how they niched down and how they found their voice.  Check out the blog for more information and links to everything we discussed. Follow Coffee & Pens: Twitter: @coffeepens Instagram: @coffee_pens
42:18
October 02, 2021
#6 Michele Hansen — Interviewing potential readers
#6 Michele Hansen — Interviewing potential readers
Michele Hansen talks about her book Deploy Empathy, why newsletters were an essential tool for her writing process, and how to make writing a book a social process instead of a lonely one. Check out the blog for more information and links to everything we discussed. Follow Coffee & Pens: Twitter: @coffeepens Instagram: @coffee_pens
40:55
September 24, 2021
#5 Jamie Russo & Ash Lamb — Minimum Viable Books
#5 Jamie Russo & Ash Lamb — Minimum Viable Books
Jamie Russo and Ash Lamb discuss their new picture book: If Creators Are Like Wizards. We also talked about a range of other topics such as NFTs, MVBs and belief capital. Check out the blog for more information and links to everything we discussed. Follow Coffee & Pens: Twitter: @coffeepens Instagram: @coffee_pens
48:42
September 15, 2021
#4 April Dunford — Positioning your book
#4 April Dunford — Positioning your book
April Dunford, the author of Obviously Awesome talks about her successful marketing strategy, self-publishing and how to do a positioning exercise for a book. Hint: it includes many interviews.  For more about this book and shownotes, see www.coffeeandpens.com/april-dunford 
50:53
September 06, 2021
#3 Rob Fitzpatrick — Optimising word of mouth sales
#3 Rob Fitzpatrick — Optimising word of mouth sales
Rob Fitzpatrick, who wrote The Mom Test, The Workshop Survival Guide and Write Useful Books, discussed beta-reading, product-testing and marketing your books. Links via www.coffeeandpens.com/rob-fitzpatrick
48:55
August 20, 2021
#2 David Kadavy — Advantages of Self-Publishing
#2 David Kadavy — Advantages of Self-Publishing
David Kadavy talks about writing his books "The Heart to Start", "Design for Hacker" and "Mind Management, not Time Management". We also discussed creativity, writing tools and the difference between traditional and self-publishing. Article and show notes: https://coffeeandpens.com/david-kadavy/
47:02
August 13, 2021
#1 Craig Burgess — Daily habits and inspiration sources
#1 Craig Burgess — Daily habits and inspiration sources
The first podcast episode of the Coffee & Pens brand, but the thirteenth interview. In this episode, Craig Burgess talks about finding inspiration, journaling, the power of daily habits, and publishing tools.  Full article including shownotes: https://coffeeandpens.com/craig-burgess
42:32
July 21, 2021