How Much Money Do Best-Selling Authors Make With Born For This Author Chris Guillebeau

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In Episode #208, Nathan speaks with Chris Guillebeau, a world traveler and writer who helps people get the kick start they need in life. Listen as Nathan asks Chris about the publishing industry’s trade secrets, and how he built a booming career in writing.

Chris travels the world and writes for a small army of remarkable people at His new book, Born for This, will help you find the work you were meant to do.

Famous 5

  • Favorite Book? – Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • What CEO do you follow?— N/A
  • What is your favorite online tool?— OmniFocus
  • Do you get 8 hours of sleep?— No
  • If you could let your 20 year old self know one thing, what would it be?—You don’t need to have everything figured out, don’t be afraid.

Time Stamped Show Notes:

  • 01:17 – Nathan’s introduction
  • 01:35 – How Chris makes money
  • 02:30 – Chris is 37
  • 02:38 – An entrepreneur is someone who will work 24 hours a day to avoid working 1 hour a day for someone else
  • 03:15 – So many people are out there making a great living for themselves OUTSIDE of silicon valley
  • 04:15 – The #1 thing you can do is create something of value
  • 05:55 – Relationships are the key to success
  • 07:12 – Make sure your book kills in the first few week
  • 07:51 – Chris is published through Random House
  • 09:24 – If you don’t love books, if you don’t love to read and if you don’t love to WRITE—do not become a writer
  • 10:18 – Books account for 50% of Chris’ revenue
  • 10:58 – Multiple six figures in royalty income via Chris’ books
  • 12:34 – Converting email and social followers into sales
  • 16:35 – Optimizing book orders depends on the stage of the publication process
  • 17:50 – Cracking the Amazon Top 25 means selling a copy in a day
  • 19:03 –

3 Key Points:

  1. Don’t be afraid of making a move, just go for it.
  2. If you’re going to become a writer, you had better LOVE writing.
  3. Relationships are the key to success.

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