In episode 067 of Sonitotum with Matthew Wayne Selznick, the focus is on finding success. Listen as I fight valiantly through a head cold (and around a slightly illness-addled brain) to share what I’ve learned about the value (or not) of paying close and constant attention to the sales figures, analytics, and other statistics associated with a creative writing life.
How important is obsessing over numbers when it comes to finding success? Listen to find out!
This episode was recorded on January 14th, 2023.
Links and Topics Mentioned in This Episode
- I’m going to chalk it up to cold medicine’s undeniable effect: I neglected to thank my member community in the episode. I’m a doofus. With a runny nose. SO: Big thanks to my Multiversalists patron community, including Amelia Bowen, Ted Leonhardt, Chuck Anderson, and J. C. Hutchins! Join them for five dollars a month for lots of exclusive content and access!
- One of the reasons I got sick is because I was working waaaaay too hard in the previous week in my capacity as a creative services provider helping authors, podcasters and other creators.
- I’ve plotted out the next several installments of my free fiction serial, Hazy Days and Cloudy Nights: “How It All Got Started” for my mailing list and for my Multiversalists. Learn more about how you can read over a year and a half’s worth of fiction!
- As soon as the Multiversalists member community is thirty patrons strong, every other episode of Sonitotum with Matthew Wayne Selznick will feature an interview with a writer or other creator. These “evergreen” conversations will emphasize the what the creator makes, how they find success and how they define it, and their methods for staying healthy and sane in the process. I’ve begun booking conversations, and by the time the next Sonitotum is released, I’ll have recorded four! Are you a writer or author interested in being a guest? Inquire!
- The booking service I use is the excellent BookLikeABoss. Endorsed and recommended!
- I mentioned a book sales tracking service I used to use, but is not quite ready for prime time. It’s ScribeCount.
- The podcast file hosting service I’ve been using, and am in the process of moving away from, is Zencast.fm. Formerly endorsed and recommended, but for the reasons I discuss in the episode, I no longer recommend this service.
- I’ll be migrating the podcast media files to Amazon Lightsail and using the venerable and reliable Podtrac for podcast analytics, probably by the next episode.
- I mention a snippet of dialogue I thought was from Raymond Chandler, but I can’t find it anywhere. It’s something like, “You carry a flask. Do you drink a lot?” “I don’t drink, but I like knowing it’s there.” Can anyone identify that??
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