About Russell Noehlty’s Publishing Company, Wannabe Press
Russell Nohelty is the founder of Wannabe Press and Kickstarter University. He loves writing and publishing, but his true passion is helping creators launch careers with their own two hands. The culmination of that work is summed up in a free 7 day course that shows creators how to develop, launch, deliver, and market their books to become financially independent.
He set up a kickstarter and successfully funded ICHABOD JONES:MONSTER HUNTER to 150% of its goal. Along with a reprint of his first novel Gumshoes and two other properties, Ichabod made up the January 2015 launch lineup of Wannabe Press.
His third Kickstarter, My Father Didn’t Kill Himself, is trying to become the most overfunded Kickstarter of all time by raising 1,000,000% of it’s goal!
About Entrepreneur & Crowd-Funding Expert, Russell Nohelty
Mostly he writes novels, both graphic and traditional. He wrote all of Wannabe Press‘s launch titles and still releases 1-2 books a year.
Russell Nohelty started writing because the voices in his head needed to live on their own. He set up condos for them in the various worlds of his imaginary universes, and he’ll continue to do so as long as he’s able. The fact there are people who like what Russell has to say is unbelievable to him. He truly cherishes every one of his fans.
Inspirational Interview with Russell Nohelty
How long did it take you to get to where you are now?
10 years. Wow. Yeah, almost exactly ten years. I started as a director, then a producer. I was a writer by necessity, not design. Then, I got in a major car accident and was laid up with nothing but a computer.
So I got to writing. TV, Movies, web series. All manner of things that took legions to make…and never did come to fruition.
Then, in 2010, my manager turned me onto comic books, and that led me to writing novels, and the rest is history.
How did you deal with fear, doubt and worry?
I cast them aside. I know it’s easier said than done, but I have built up a good network now that I trust to tell me if I’m crazy, and they haven’t told me I’m crazy in a while. In fact, usually when I think about quitting, that’s when they think I’m crazy.
There is always doubt. Sometimes crippling doubt, but there’s also work to be done. And work has to get done.
What people, places or things motivated you to make your dreams come true?
Is it too narcissistic to say myself? I’m very self-motivated. Honestly, while my family is supportive, they all have jobs. Like real jobs, with pensions and 401ks and such. They don’t really, truly understand, they just know this makes me happy.
What I want is the freedom to do what I want when I want it. I also want the freedom to make mistakes, and learn from those mistakes, and own those mistakes.
What struggles did you encounter in order to become successful doing what you love?
All of them. Seriously though, people cut you down a lot. I was very lucky to be very supported in my life, but even then if people aren’t cutting you down, you are cutting yourself down.
Honestly, it’s way easier to take the route of having a job. There’s a guaranteed amount of money you will make, and that amount of money is consistent.
Who or what inspires you to stay motivated?
I just keep laying track, little by little. I’ve been doing it for years, and it keeps working…somehow. I keep laying down track over and over. After time, that track is very long, and the train keeps bearing down.
It’s really easy to stay motivated if you think of things like that. I just do the work because there’s work to be done. If I have a free moment I do more work because there is time.
Is there anything else you’d like to contribute to this interview?
This is critical. You can do it, too. I mean it’s really not that hard. All you need is focus and grit. You have to be able to weave and bob, understand money is going to be wasted, learn from your mistakes, and never stop.
The biggest thing I can say is that the road to success is paved with people that stopped and quit. Talented people. Way more talented than you and I.
They couldn’t tough it out. They didn’t have a plan. They didn’t have clarity. They didn’t have vision.