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My Plan to Self-Publish

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My 16-month plan to (among other things) self-publish a few illustrated essays.

The Doug Neill Show: Episode #34

Recorded on August 20th, 2019

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  • 0:35 – How my plan to self-publish took shape, with help from Hugh Howey on The Knowledge Project.
  • 3:53 – How making a 16-month plan can create space to work on a new creative project without neglecting other commitments.
  • 5:26 – Stage 1 of my 16-month plan (September 2019): get married! 
  • 6:23 – Stage 2 (October 2019): course improvements. Specifically, I want to add English captions to all video lessons, and provide PDF transcripts (with images of the completed sketchnotes) as an easy look back on those lessons.
  • 9:15 – Stage 5 (2020): Build an new online course for Verbal to Visual! 
  • 9:55 – Stage 4 (December 2019): self-publish three illustrated essays.
  • 11:04 – Stage 3 (November 2019): three print designs (sketchnote illustration style) to offer on posters, mugs, and t-shirts.
  • 12:54 – Dipping my toes in new waters to inform which projects to take on in the future, specifically whether or not to continue creating designs for physical products and/or continue writing and illustrating essays.
  • 15:29 – The constraint that helps me keep a sustainable pace: only work on one long-term project at a time.
  • 16:46 – Your turn! What new waters might you need to dip your toes in? How might you create a short-, medium-, or long-term plan to both meet your current commitments and also move in the direction of your creative ambitions?

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