Episode-2309- Freedom Through Independent Publishing

Phil M. Williams is an author, permaculture consultant, and activist for a stateless society. He is the author of thirteen books with permaculture and anarchist themes.

In 2008, after a decade as a landscape contractor, Phil sold his business and moved from the McMansion filled suburbs of Northern Virginia to rural Pennsylvania. He spent a couple of years as a mediocre gardener, before finding permaculture.

A few years later, and two completed PDC’s, he became a permaculture consultant. In addition to consulting, he’s spent the past six years developing his six-acre hillside into a permaculture site. His permaculture work can be found at FoodProduction101.com.

Phil is an accidental author. He had been writing in the winter for many years—with no intention of publishing. With the support of his wife, he published his first book, Fire the Landscaper in 2015. With his permaculture site mostly complete, more of his time is now spent writing.

He believes that entertainment is biased in favor of the state. Books, movies, and television often feature government employees as heroes, and anti-government people as the antagonists. With his books, he endeavors to counteract this bias, and show the state as it is.  He joins us today to discuss how independent publishing can be a path to freedom.

His new releases can be read for free at PhilWBooks.com.

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6 Responses to Episode-2309- Freedom Through Independent Publishing

  1. Jack,

    Thank you for having me on. I enjoyed the conversation. I look forward to reading your book. FYI, FoodProduction101.com is no longer an active website.  Thanks again!

  2. Phil,

    I’ve just got my Steemit account approved, and will be putting up some of my own content up on there soon. I’m wondering if you’ve ever put content on Steemit yet… and if so, have you had any success with it?

  3. Hey Nick,

    I’ve never tried Steemit. I’ve never even heard of an author talking about using Steemit. Maybe you’re on to something new. One thing I have learned. As more and more authors use a marketing technique, the less effective it tends to be. Maybe you’ll be a trendsetter. Good luck!

  4. Phil,

    I’m not sure how one would effectively use Steemit for posting full-length books, but as you allude to I can see the possibilities for shorter content like educational blog posts and videos, short stories or teaser chapters for marketing/promotional purposes, or perhaps posting chapters of a book individually. My content is webcomics rather than traditional books or stories, but from what I’ve seen so far there’s a fair bit of short stories and some longer stories posted by chapters as they’re written (I’m guessing). I haven’t looked to see how much they’re earning on average, but there are definitely some novice/aspiring authors posting their stuff there…

  5. Nick,

    Sounds promising for shorter content. I think you could post a full length book chapter by chapter. It might work if you had a first in series permafree book. Then at the end you could post links to book 2.

  6. Too bad the song of the day wasn’t Bad Religion’ Against the Grain. Lyrics would have been great for the show and for appropriate for so many aspects related to TSP’ overall message.

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