11 Secrets For Starting A Successful Publishing Business

Want to start your own publishing business? Here are 11 tips you should know.
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We've interviewed thousands of successful founders at Starter Story and asked what advice they would give to entrepreneurs who are just getting started.

Here's the best advice we discovered for starting a publishing business:

#1: Tucker Max, founder of Scribe Media:

We chatted with with Tucker, founder of Scribe Media ($1.3M/month). In our interview, Tucker says:

You have to really understand who your customer is. They’re not just buying what you think you’re selling, they’re buying a solution to a problem. Not having a deep understanding of that was a big weakness of mine at the beginning.

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It was not easy to accept that we had to be replaced as CEO & COO. We had to swallow our pride. But what made it possible was that, from day one, we always promised each other we'd do the right thing for the tribe.

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#2: Tucker Max, founder of Scribe Media:

We chatted with with Tucker, founder of Scribe Media ($1.3M/month). In our interview, Tucker says:

Every interaction we have with our clients has a major impact on our reputation and our growth. And remember, it takes years to build up a reputation, but only minutes to ruin one.

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#3: Adam Witty, founder of Advantage Media:

We chatted with with Adam, founder of Advantage Media ($1.5M/month). In our interview, Adam says:

Your job as CEO is not to grow a company; your job is to grow people who grow the company.

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Launching a business is all about selling. Until you make the cash register ring and a customer gives you their precious dollars, you don’t have a business.

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Make sure everyone is in alignment. Everyone in the company, from the intern all the way up to the CEO, should know what the company’s strategic plan is and how what they do each day helps the company achieve that plan.

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#4: Jeremy Hendon, founder of Nourishing Brands:

We chatted with with Jeremy, founder of Nourishing Brands ($600K/month). In our interview, Jeremy says:

Jumping on a trend definitely helps, but you often need to be in the thick of things to see those trends coming.

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Say “no” very fast to most projects, so that you can stay focused on the most important things.

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#5: Ricardo Fayet, founder of Reedsy:

We chatted with with Ricardo, founder of Reedsy ($1M/month). In our interview, Ricardo says:

Our biggest missed opportunity was not thinking about SEO on the Reedsy blog until a year or two after we’d started it. We were effectively wasting time and money producing blog posts that very few people would read.

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You don’t want to rely on third-party software. Our email open rate increased by over 30% since dropping MailChimp, and our blog is 2x faster since dropping WordPress.

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Establish some thought leadership in your niche before launching your first product. We struggled to get Reedsy recognized in the beginning because we had little experience and visibility in the industry.

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