Why is writing so important? How can we pursue true independence as authors? How can we stay open to technological change while still focusing on the fundamentals of craft? Derek Sivers talks about these things and more.
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]; Breaking down language barriers with augmented reality [Google
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is the author of four non-fiction books, as well as a musician, entrepreneur, and book publisher. His latest book is How to Live: 27 conflicting answers and one weird conclusion
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* Why focus on writing?* Decentralization and why selling direct is so important for authors who value independence * Tips for selling direct — for digital and print* Taking the long-term view* Thoughts of blockchain, GPT-3, and AI translation* Giving everything to one book — and starting again for the next one
You can find Derek Sivers at sive.rs
and on Twitter @sivers
Transcript of Interview with Derek Sivers
[Note: Derek provided his notes which have been added to the transcript, so we hope you find them useful!]
Joanna: Derek Sivers is the author of four non-fiction books, as well as a musician, entrepreneur, and book publisher. His latest book is How to Live: 27 conflicting answers and one weird conclusion. Welcome to the show, Derek.
Derek: Thanks, Joanna.
Joanna: I'm excited to talk to you today. So, my first question is, you are a multi-passionate creator and your bio says, ‘I'm ambitiously focused on creating.'
What part does writing play in your creative life and your business these days?
Derek: First, listeners should know I'm not doing any of this for the money. My cost of living is paid for by past investments, and I give all my profits to charity. So filter my answers accordingly.
If you're listening to this wondering how to get rich or something, I will not be giving a formula for how to get rich because I'm doing this for other reasons. So, what part does it play in my life?
I'm trying to better understand the world.I want to figure out life.I want to be smarter.I want to learn.I want insights into life.How to work and live more effectively.