“If you are not making things, you are not impacting people.” My Interview with Jennie Nash

Today I talk with author and book coach Jennie Nash. She shares some inspiring stories, and super practical insights about what it takes to write, publish, and ensure your work truly has an impact on readers. She runs Author Accelerator where her team of coaches provide accountability, feedback and support to writers. Oh, and Jennie is kind of a genius.

You can listen to the podcast by clicking ‘play’ below, or in the following places:

Some of what we cover in our chat:

  • I’m a huge believe in the power of having collaborators. In this chat, Jennie and I share a behind the scenes look at how we forged a longstanding (years and years) creative collaboration with each other, and how it started with a Tweet.
  • We talk about how many writers get lost in “information” about how to improve their craft, and why she believes that accountability, feedback, and support provide the real ways that writers can move towards their creative goals.
  • Why she feels that writing groups can actually be damaging for writers.
  • She explains what a book coach does and how you take good writing to greatness. In general, she digs into the difference between working with an expert vs just having the information alone and trying to do something by yourself.
  • She shares an incredibly inspiring story of how chose to become a writer.
  • How she got her first book deal.
  • Again and again in the interview, Jennie shares stories of how she reached out to create writing opportunities for herself. The types of opportunities that are possible for all of us, but too often, we shy away from.
  • The ways that she created marketing campaigns around her books are astounding. She shared a story of how she was able to create a huge campaign with Ford Motor Company around her memoir (which had nothing to do with cars), and then a collaboration with Benjamin Moore Paint around her novel. Her ideas are so outside the box, and she explains exactly how she crafted them.
  • Her perspective on why she encourages people to take creative risk and ensure that making things is central to your life.
  • She explains how she viewed her role in marketing her books — how it was her job to make her agent, publisher, editor, and publicist look good.

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