In Episode #310 Nathan interviews Jake Ducey. Jake’s 24 years old and he’s already written three books with Penguin Random House. Jake’s making money from his books – but he’s out to make a difference. Last year he raised 345,000 pounds of food for homeless people off the back of his book tour. Tune in to hear Nathan and Jake talk self-publishing, how to launch your writing career, and why patience is everything.
- Favorite Book? – Pitch Anything
- What CEO do you follow? — Oren Klaff
- Favorite online tool? —Youtube
- Do you get 8 hours of sleep?— Pretty close
- If you could let your 20 year old self know one thing, what would it be?—Patience
Time Stamped Show Notes:
- 01:11 – Nathan’s introduction
- 01:45 – Welcoming Jake to the show
- 02:00 – Jake wrote a book not expecting to make money from it
- 02:55 – Wrote his first book, Into the Wind, aged 19
- 04:00 – Self-published; have now sold 30k copies
- 05:00 – Made around $100k from that book alone
- 05:40 – Got a literary agent because he wanted someone with experience and a mentor
- 06:30 – Founded in 2012 and had only $200 topline revenue
- 06:25 – Agent’s name is Bill Gladstone at Waterside Productions
- 06:50 – “I would recommend going through Amazon if you’re self-publishing”
- 07:35 – Next book, The Purpose Principles, was published by Penguin Random House
- 08:50 – Had an advance on the contract – around $30k
- 09:36 – Jake was starting to pick up momentum by this point
- 10:03 – “I want to influence people’s lives”
- 11:00 – Took Jake around 4 months to write his 60,000-word book
- 12:30 – “It’s nice to write a book with support and an editor and help”
- 13:37 – Having a publisher is also a credibility stamp for speaking engagements
- 14:00 – Jake mostly makes money through speaking engagements
- 15:13 – Hired Ryan Holiday for book launch strategy sessions
- 16:05 – The next book, Profit From Happiness, will be published in June 2016
- 17:40 – Plans to give away his book to underprivileged youth: for every book that’s bought, he’ll donate one
- 19:10 – Jake hopes to expand internationally and keep writing books
- 20:00 – Connect with Jake on Facebook
- 21:40 – The Famous Five
3 Key Points:
- Don’t be afraid to self-publish. Publishing houses are more likely to pick you up if you’ve already had some success.
- Profit has to intertwine with service and fulfilment. Make sure you’re helping other people.
- Most people overestimate what they can accomplish in a year and underestimate what they can accomplish in a decade. Be patient.
- Host Gator – The site Nathan uses to buy his domain names and hosting for cheapest price possible.
- Freshbooks – The site Nathan uses to manage his invoices and accounts.
- Leadpages – The drag and drop tool Nathan uses to quickly create his webinar landing pages which convert at 35%+
- Audible – Nathan uses Audible when he’s driving from Austin to San Antonio (1.5 hour drive) to listen to audio books.
- Show Notes provided by Mallard Creatives