How I became an Amazon bestseller

I published my paperback using Kindle Direct Publishing on 4th December 2019. Since then it has been a #1 Amazon bestseller in numerous categories every day. Until today.

Finally, after six months I’ve lost my #1 orange bestseller flag. Yet I am still in the bestseller categories, just not #1.

I’ve also sold over 5000 copies of my paperback edition of Edible and Medicinal Wild Plants of Britain and Ireland.

Am I concerned that I no longer hold the coveted orange flag? No. It isn’t that hard to achieve bestseller status. You just have to think outside the box.

Get savvy with marketing. Be prepared to spend some cash to reach your audience.

I just received an email from Seth Godin. Today he launched ‘Writing in Community’.

It’s about committing to a daily 15-minute writing practice over 184 days and then publish the finished result as a Kindle. All for $365 or $195 if you have attended one of his other workshops.

I really like Seth’s work. Really like it. His ideas have radically helped my own business. However, this new offer is bonkers! I wonder whatever happened to good old fashioned self-direction and self-discipline?

Do. The. Work.

As every writer in history knows. You just write. No whining. No wimping out. No excuses. Just fucking write. Every day.

Write on the bus. Write at home. Write on scraps of paper. Use a pencil. To hell with perfection. Just get that shitty first draft done.

Writing is only the beginning. Publishing a Kindle is as easy as clicking a few buttons.

The real work. If you actually want your work to have an impact in the world. Change the culture. Is marketing. How do you market your book?

Without this bit of the puzzle. You’re screwed. Dead in the water. Broke.

Thank God I figured the marketing aspect of writing and self-publishing out. Without it, you’re just writing for yourself.

Which is absolutely fine.

Just don’t tell me you are serious about changing the culture or want your writing to pay the bills.