How to Get Published in 2014: With Jonathan Gunson of Bestseller Labs

It’s time to introduce the next superstar!

I’m really enjoying this series: 7 Superstars in Writing and Publishing. I’ve connected with some brilliant brains, and each one of them has taught me a lot about their particular field of the writing world.

Today’s interview is no different! Jonathan Gunson is the best-selling author of The Merlin Mystery, and founder of He and I met on Twitter, sharing a love for helping writers reach their publishing goals, and… coffee!

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I was delighted to connect with him over in New Zealand to discuss writing and publishing in today’s climate.

How to get published in 2014

Specifically, we dive deep into the three things needed for publishing success – a great book, promotions, and serendipity. And of course, how to rock each of those things to your best ability!

Without further ado, here’s the interview:

In this 23 minute chat, we talk about:

– How to write a good book that sells itself through word of mouth

– The pros and cons of self-publishing vs. traditional publishing

– Colleen Hoover, a self-published New York Times’ best-seller

– Using Twitter and other social media to connect with literary agents and other people in the publishing world

– Why this is a career, not a short-term thing. The importance of hard work and patience

– How to encourage more luck and serendipity into your writing and publishing life!

I hope you enjoy the video. Be sure to check out Jonathan’s site, and follow him on Twitter @JonathanGunson.


Tweet: A great book, promotions, and a touch of serendipity. Publishing success in 2014 with @JonathanGunson

Tweet: “Use Twitter to connect with literary agents and other publishing pros.” Advice from @JonathanGunson


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