expert-led course

The Writer’s Guide to Hustle Economy

For writers who want their words to earn more

When does it start?

Soon!

Next course starts
June 18, 2022
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How long is it?

6 weeks

What's included?

6 weeks

Of instruction and much more!
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How will I fit it in?

It’s async

Our asynchronous classes fit your busy life so you can learn when and where you want.

How much is it?

$599

Is this for me?

Yes!

Do you want to make a living off your words?

Your words are powerful. It's time to get paid for them.

A tip jar isn’t going to cut it. 

Writing– journalism, essays, memoir, fiction, research– is hard work. It’s also a job. 

Thanks to platforms like Patreon, Substack, Kindle Direct Publishing (and a thousand more), it’s never been easier to build a paying audience for your writing. But the number of writers vying for the same readers in a tough economic climate means it’s also never been harder

Paul Bradley Carr has earned his living as a writer for more than two decades. He has written memoirs and novels for several of the Big Five publishers and has also worked as a journalist for publications including The Guardian, the Telegraph, the Wall Street Journal, Private Eye, Food and Wine… and dozens more. 

BUT some of his most successful projects have been reader-funded.

While still at University (almost 20 years before Substack) he created one of the world’s most successful paid-subscription email magazines, he launched the reader-supported NSFWCORP that the New York Times dubbed "the future of journalism." He has hosted 30-hour telethon podcasts (netting $50k from listeners) and most recently self-published his first novel which led to a starred review in Publishers Weekly and international rights sold to Penguin Random House. 

In other words, Paul knows a lot about what readers will pay for. 

And now he’s ready to share.

In this 6-week course, Paul will teach everything he knows about the so-called “hustle economy” for writers. How to find your niche, how to build an audience, which platform (or platforms!) to choose, pitfalls to avoid, and everything else you need to know to turn your talent into a real job.

Your words are valuable. Your audience is waiting. 

What’s
included

Everything you need to build your high-grossing writing empire

  • Live weekly office hours 
  • 12+ hours of instruction
  • Guide to various digital platforms (and which is best for your goals)
  • Tips on marketing and promoting your work 
  • Your personal amplification playbook
  • 6 weeks of online, asynchronous content that fits your busy schedule
  • Invaluable support, accountability, and feedback from the community
  • Free annual membership to the ChairmanMe community (valued at $120 per year)

The Writer’s Guide to Hustle Economy

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Meet
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Paul Bradley Carr

Paul Bradley Carr

he/him

The author of more than a dozen books, with 20+ years of experience, Paul is best known for his three memoirs, The Upgrade, Bringing Nothing To The Party, and Sober Is My New Drunk. His first novel, 1414º, was published in 2021.

Throughout his career, he has written books for two of the "Big Five" publishers and several independent publishers on both sides of the Atlantic. He has also self-published two books and co-founded the publishing house, The Friday Project (acquired by Harper Collins), and multimedia publishing company, NSFWCORP. 

When not writing and publishing books, Paul was media and technology columnist for the Guardian, editor of Pando, and a senior editor at TechCrunch.


“Every writer should be so lucky to have an editor like Paul Bradley Carr”

-Mark Ames, author of The Exile


“Uproarious and brilliant.”

Wired


“America's next top media mogul”

ZDNet


“Amazing and worth 10x more than the cost! It totally kicked my ass and gave me an actionable, strategic structure”

Michele


“Carr has made a reputation as one of the feistiest writers on the beat.”

The Guardian


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6 weeks

Week 1: Finding Your Niche, Choosing a platform

We kick off the course by digging into your own unique voice, and how to find your niche in a crowded market. From there we’ll examine all the various platforms, and which one will best launch you to success. 

Week 2: Building your platform 

It’s time to dig into the nuts and bolts of establishing your presence  (please don’t call it a ‘personal brand’) on your chosen platform and building your audience. Here we’ll talk about promotion, frequency of posting, pricing, pitfalls to avoid, and generally everything you need to know to maximize your success. 

Week 3: Paid Newsletters (and how to build subscribers)

And so to specifics! With help from a guest speaker or two, Paul will share everything you need to know about building a successful paid newsletter. We’ll dig into the most popular platforms, how to write and edit each issue, strategies for success, and how/when to monetize. 

Week 4: Your Podcast Playbook

Again assisted by a guest teacher, Paul will teach how to build a successful subscription-based podcast. He’ll share tips on equipment and sound engineering, building a content calendar, growing your audience authentically and sustainably. And then just for fun, he’ll dig into other ways to monetize your podcast: advertising, sponsorship, and more. 

Week 5:  Self-Publishing a Book

It has never been easier to self-publish your writing as an ebook or hardcover book. As a former publisher, and self-publisher of two successful books of his own, Paul will teach everything you need to know to turn your words into a (potential) bestseller.

Week 6: Bringing It All Together

The real secret to thriving in the “hustle economy” is to meet your readers everywhere they are. In this final week, Paul will talk about combining several of the platforms above - plus others including video, live speaking gigs, events, and even merchandise - to maximize your success as a writer. He’ll also share more real-world examples of writers who have made thousands (or in a few cases millions) from their own words, even in an oversaturated market. You’ll leave the course armed with a concrete plan for your own success.

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