David Kadavy

David Kadavy is author of Mind Management, Not Time Management, The Heart to Start & Design for Hackers.

Posts from the Self-Publishing Category

Kindle Daily Deal: One Self-Published Author’s Experience

September 24, 2020

If you’re an author who has received a Kindle Deal nomination email from Amazon, congratulations! In this post, I’ll share with you my experience. keep on reading »

Failing to Succeed: Why I Made Only $3,000 Selling 11,000 Copies of my First Self-Published Book

January 22, 2019

The Heart to StartAbout a year ago, I launched my first self-published book, The Heart to Start. Looking at the numbers, it’s clear self publishing is not for everyone. In many ways, this first year looks like a failure. But it’s part of a larger plan toward success. keep on reading »

OMFG Seth Godin endorsed “The Heart to Start”

July 26, 2018

So many have you have helped me along the way, so I wanted to share some news with you. I woke up this morning to learn that Seth Godin had recommended The Heart to Start on his blog. keep on reading »

24 Things I Learned Publishing 3 Books in Only 6 Months – Love Your Work, Episode 134

July 16, 2018

After I published my first book, it took six years before I published my second book. Today, only six months after publishing my second book, I’m publishing my fourth book. keep on reading »

How to write a book: Even if you don’t know what to write about

March 07, 2018

I never thought I’d write one book, let alone two. I’m not one of those authors who spent his entire childhood loving to write. I became a writer by accident. keep on reading »

A writer’s guide to making money on the STEEM blockchain – for beginners

January 30, 2018

[UPDATE: June 4, 2018] Due to popular demand, this blog post – slightly updated and expanded – is now available in book form! You can find it on Amazon in Kindle, paperback, and Audible formats. In fact, you can get the Audible version for free if you’re a new customer.


In today’s media climate of collecting and selling eyeballs with “rage porn” and fake news, there aren’t a lot of ways to make a living doing thoughtful writing. Books are the most honest exchange of money-for-words there could be, but in the months or years between releasing my books, I personally have found myself waiting for a payday. Then, I discovered STEEM, the cryptocurrency that powers the Reddit-like social network, Steemit.
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Why I didn’t join a podcast network

March 28, 2017

If you enjoy the sensation of being punched in the stomach repeatedly, start a podcast. You put in a dozen hours to produce an hour of audio (or several weeks to produce twenty minutes), and you’ll probably never know if you did a good job. So, when you get a chance to join a podcast network, it’s very enticing. They’ll promote your show, they’ll sell your ad space, and you can concentrate on making a better show. keep on reading »