HOW TO BUILD YOUR AUTHOR AUDIENCE / PART 4
If you haven’t already checked out the first three steps of How To Build Your Author Audience, don’t forget to do so by clicking the links below 🙂
- BECOME A FOLLOWER – HOW TO BUILD AUTHOR AUDIENCE 1
- AVOID DEAD SOCIAL CIRCLES – HOW TO BUILD YOUR AUTHOR AUDIENCE 2
- START WITH WHY – HOW TO BUILD YOUR AUTHOR AUDIENCE 3
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE SHAMELESS?
Cambridge University Press describes SHAMELESS as being:
Not ashamed, especially about something generally considered unacceptable:
- to shameless flattery
- shameless manipulation of the press
WHY IS BEING SHAMELESS IMPORTANT FOR AUTHORS?
Deciding to announce to the world that you are in business to become an author is pretty embarrassing, daunting and makes a rock suddenly appear in your stomach, and you soon lose a little bit of courage.
And unfortunately for the writers of today, you need to be able to announce that you plan on being an author. You need to single handily convince people to like your Facebook page, investigate the website you’ve built and eventually buy your book. But you can’t do that without the confidence to even start. And you cant get a manuscript anywhere without an online following these days. Insert sad face. It’s totally a catch-22!
And then there is the whole other emotional level to announcing – to the world – that you’re going to try and become an author.
- What about your ego?
- What if you fail?
- What if your friends think you’re a joke? A good percent will.
- What if your book sucks?
- What if your book flops?
You don’t want to make promises of epic-ness and grandiosity without first having someone else’s intellectual support. (Usually the best support is that of a publishing house who loves your book. – but that will never happen these days because holla, you don’t have a following because you don’t have a platform.)
And all of that is the reason why you have to be absolutely shameless as a writer. It is fundamentally important for you to be able to scream to the world that are the greatest writer! The greatest book writer in the entire universe! And you really do have to be able to say you don’t give a flying fuck!
- But how? You wonder.
- How do I become shameless? That’s the big ass question right there…
- How do I learn to be stupid and ignorant and unnaturally confident on the outside while laughing, and not worrying about it on the inside?
- Which academy will teach me this skill?
- Is there a seminar I can attend?
There are no academy’s! There are no skills. There are no seminars.
Schools don’t teach you this because they want you to sit down, shut up, get a real job, and eat your shit sandwich!
The only and best way for you to learn how to be shameless is to mimic the masters of it.
And for that reason I recommend you do a personal investigation and study of two people who I think are the best at being absolutely shameless on the global stage.
THE 2 MASTERS OF BEING SHAMELESS
The first master of being shameless is a fictional character named Timmy Failure, who is the main protagonist in the Timmy Failure series.
And the second god of being shameless is the 45th President Of The United States Of America: Donald J. Trump.
WHO THE HELL IS TIMMY FAILURE?
Timmy Failure is the ultra confident CEO of his own detective agency, here is how he sells himself:
“MY NAME IS FAILURE. TIMMY FAILURE. I AM THE FOUNDER, PRESIDENT AND CEO OF THE BEST DETECTIVE AGENCY IN TOWN, PROBABLY IN THE WORLD. TIMMY FAILURE: MISTAKES WERE MADE IS A HISTORICAL RECORD OF MY LIFE AS A DETECTIVE. IT HAS BEEN RIGOROUSLY FACT-CHECKED.”
To the learn the art of being absolutely shameless from Timmy Failure, you need to go out and buy the fantastic children’s book series by Stephan Pastis.
It’s a work of genius, and while it is written for kids, I would personally argue with any business leader that the Timmy Failure books are some of the best business fiction books ever written.
It has the jargon business leaders use. It has the paranoia and insanity of the smartest business leaders. It has the arrogance of some of the worst business leaders in the business, and it also shows you the incredible confidence that you as a writer need to learn to develop.
Timmy Failure is legitimately the god of confidence, and that is what you need for your success as an author; shameless, grounded, confidence.
You can buy Stephan Pastis books HERE or you can pop into your local bookshop or library.
WHO THE HELL IS DONALD J. TRUMP?
Everyone in the entire world knows who Donald J. Trump is.
This is one example of Trump being shameless:
“I’m speaking with myself, number one, because I have a very good brain and I’ve said a lot of things… I know what I’m doing and I listen to a lot of people, I talk to a lot of people and at the appropriate time I’ll tell you who the people are. But I speak to a lot of people. My primary consultant is myself, and I have, you know, I have a good instinct for this stuff,” Trump said during an interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
Trump was asked who he was talking to on foreign affairs issues on March
To learn the art of being shameless from Donald Trump, I suggest you open YouTube and search up and watch every video on the 2016 presidential election you can find.
Search up the following terms:
- “Funny Hilary vs Trump,”
- “How Trump became President,”
- “Trump funny moments.”
Watch Trump. Listen to what he says. Learn how he uses simple phrases to make himself sound incredibly stupid while stabbing someone in the back at the same time.
Donald J. Trump also uses a very interesting law of power called Play A Sucker To Catch A Sucker. Look for every time he uses the law. You’d be surprised how intelligent he actually is. You’ll also discover how much doubt in himself he’s trying to hide. This is all what you need to learn and pay attention to to become absolutely shameless.
It would also be very beneficial of you to read his books and get the gist of his overall attitude, but watching the 2016 election and his rise to power on YouTube should be enough.
And by the end of this little course of personal study, you should notice a very interesting thing: Donald Trump and Timmy Failure are comically alike in their confidence and personality, and overall ability to be completely shameless!