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Rank #1: SFFMP 191: Most Popular Science Fiction and Fantasy Sub-Genres and Analyzing Data Guy’s SWFA Slides.
On this week’s show, Jeff, Jo, and Lindsay discussed the information on Data Guy’s slides from his 2018 SFWA presentation in May. The slides are up here if you want to take a look. They also discussed some of the news in the indie world this summer and how the Amazon hammer has been coming down on those partaking in Kindle Unlimited shenanigans. Here are Lindsay’s notes (but you’ll get more out of just looking at the slides!). Also, the tool Jo mentions partway through the episode is KDP Rocket. Notes from the SFWA 2018 slides: Adult SF/F sales peaked around 2009 and then, according to Nielson/NPD Bookscan, have been on the decline since. Result? The SF/F sections in bookstores shrank and author advances did too. It’s true that after 2009, print sales dropped twice as far as in most other book genres, but digital sales have taken up the slack. While only 25% of overall sales for traditional publishers are ebooks, it’s different with SF/F. Ebooks make up 37% of traditionally published purchases. Add in SF/F audiobook sales, and things seem to be even or even slightly on the rise. And on the indie/small press side… SF&F sales by traditional publishers have become the minority. Big Five takes 21% of the pie, Amazon publishing imprints 7%, other small/med/large publishers 9%, and then indie self-pub w/o imprint, with their own imprints, or in indie self-pub collectives make up more 52% (the rest uncategorized stuff). This is units sold. He looks at dollars earned too. The average purchase price for a trad published SF/F ebook was $8.04 (May 2017 – April 2018) For self-pub and Amazon imprints: $3.20 (sweet spot of $4 the highest with $5 right behind it). Put them together and the average purchase price is $4.43. How does KU factor in? $30 million a year in US subscription revenue is from KU which accounts for 25% of non-traditional SF/F ebook dollar sales. When it comes to money, self-pub SF/F authors are now earning a much larger share of the royalty dollars generated by SF&F books than traditionally published SF&F authors. SF/F sales are disproportionately ebook and audio now – digital. This may explain why incomes of traditionally published and self-published authors appear to be moving in opposite directions. Most traditionally published SF/F ebooks purchased in the last 12 months were deep backlist titles published prior to 2015. Nontraditional SF/F ebook purchases were mostly frontlist and recent backlist (since 2015). “What happens when the non-trad “deep backlist” fills in?” Science Fiction Top subgenres by ebook sales: Military SF – over 4 million Adventure SF – just shy of 4 million Post-Apocalyptic – about 3.5 million Dystopian – about 3 million Space Opera – shy of 3 million Toward the bottom: steampunk, alternative history, LGBT, Humorous “Traditional publishers outperform in some SF categories but underperform in many of the highest selling ones.” Fantasy Top subgenres by ebook sales: Paranormal & urban – over 11 million (PNR/romancy in there but top selling by almost a factor of 2) Epic fantasy – close to 6.5 million Sword & sorcery – 4 million Coming of Age – 3.5 million Romantic fantasy – 3 million Toward the bottom: Alternate history, dragons & mythological creatures, humorous, Christian fantasy, Gaslamp End stuff: This means SF/F sales (print, ebook, audiobook) are actually significantly up overall from that supposed high point in 2009. A lot. They’ve doubled since 2010 with the majority of sales just going unreported right now and thus understating SF&F true popularity with readers. Why? Speculation: new SF/F readers, old readers reading more, former used book readers now buying ebooks instead, or former library users brought in because ebooks are more affordably priced? http://traffic.libsyn.com/marketingsff/SFFMP-191_-_Most_Popular_Science_Fiction_and_Fantasy_Sub-Genres_and_Analyzing_Data_Guys_SWFA_Slides.mp3 | Open Player in New Window Click to download the mp3. Subscribe to the Science Fiction and Fantasy Marketing Podcast on iTunes. Subscribe to the Science Fiction and Fantasy Marketing Podcast on YouTube. Subscribe to the Science Fiction and Fantasy Marketing Podcast via RSS. Like us on Facebook.
Rank #2: SFFMP 128: Kindle Unlimited, Perma 99-Cents, and ACX vs. Traditional Audiobook Publishers with Anthony J. Melchiorri.
It’s not every week that we get authors with PhDs in science on the show (though we’ve had a few!), but today Anthony J Melchiorri joined us. By day, he uses his PhD in bioengineering to develop cellular therapies and 3D-printable artificial organs, and by night, he writes medical thrillers, post-apocalyptic fiction, and space opera. So far, he’s best-known for his Tide series. Here’s some of what we chatted about: How Anthony’s background led him to start writing medical thrillers with a science fiction twist. How those books didn’t sell as well as he’d hoped and he ended up writing post-apocalyptic fiction. PA fiction having a really rabid reader base that wants more books than are out there. How you might be able to find a good subgenre on Amazon to exploit by looking for ones where books with poor covers are selling well. Whether his Kindle Worlds project was worth it as far as time and money invested in it went. If authors with tons of in-depth scientific knowledge can still expect to get “corrected” by well-meaning readers. Concerns about possibly including too much science in the stories when you have that in-depth knowledge. Marketing in the various different genres (space opera, post apocalyptic, and medial thrillers) and why some do well in Kindle Unlimited and others don’t. Trying a perma- or long-term 99 cent price on a Book 1. The differences in producing your own audiobooks through ACX and going with a publisher — Blackstone Audio is doing Anthony’s Eternal Frontier series. Challenges in marketing audiobooks and what works. You can find Anthony on his website, on Facebook, or check out his books on Amazon. If you want to try his fiction, Book 1 in the Tide series or Book 1 in the Eternal Frontier series would be good starts. http://traffic.libsyn.com/marketingsff/SFFMP-128_-_Kindle_Unlimited_Perma_99-Cents_and_ACX_vs._Traditional_Audio_Publishers_with_Anthony_Melchiorri.mp3 | Open Player in New Window Click to download the mp3. Subscribe to the Science Fiction and Fantasy Marketing Podcast on iTunes. Subscribe to the Science Fiction and Fantasy Marketing Podcast on YouTube. Subscribe to the Science Fiction and Fantasy Marketing Podcast via RSS. Like us on Facebook.
On the Writership Podcast, professional book editors Leslie Watts critiques five pages of fiction from writers who are, or soon hope to be, traditionally or independently published. The submissions come from actual authors who understand they may need help seeing the flaws in their stories and are brave enough to share this experience so that you might improve your writing too.
Rank #1: Episode 109: Where to Begin Your Story?.
In this episode, fiction editors Leslie and Clark critique the prologue and first chapter of From the Flame, a fantasy novel by Kristen Franklin. They discuss where to begin your story. If all the events of the protagonist’s life were laid out in front of you, which is the most powerful moment to use for chapter one?
Rank #2: Episode 3 - Last Search: Mystery Critique.
In this episode, Alyssa and Leslie critique the opening pages of a mystery novel in progress. They discuss: tense, point of view, consistency in characterization, dialect in dialogue, permissions and copyright issues, and touch on the issue of showing versus telling.
We make stories and Smarter Artists
Stories turn songs into symphonies, events into memories, and lives into legends. In our crowded world, “knowing your story” cuts through the noise so you can make your mark — whether you want to sell more books, increase profits, or just make a difference. At Sterling & Stone, Story is our business. The Story Studio Podcast is where we explore ways we can all tell our stories better.
Rank #1: SSP046 On Mastery and 10000 Hours.
The “10,000 hour rule” has become a staple of the practicing artist. When applied with intention, the consistent daily effort of putting in your hours can produce results that appear to be magical to your audience. In today’s episode, we talk about how we’ve put in our time in the past, and what direction we’ll move in the future to continue our trajectory toward mastery. We Talk About: Why intentional and deliberate practice is the effort that matters. Finding the balance between practice that forces us to grow and practice that is viable to our muse and market. The gap between your taste and your ability. How we differ in our approaches to solving story problems. How emulating your idols can help you find your narrative voice. With mastery comes trust in the process. — You’re invited to join us at the final Smarter Artist Summit on February 18th and 19th in Austin, TX. Authors and publishing experts from around the world will join us to teach you strategies that will outlast the “what’s working yesterday” tactics everyone else is talking about. Attendance is limited, so reserve your spot at smarterartistsummit.com now.
Rank #2: SSP054 Habit Hacking.
The most important part of achieving a goal is not at all sexy. It’s the process—the system you follow day in and day out that results in success. The best way to ensure that you stick to your system is by hacking your lifestyle and building habits around the systems you create. But hacking yourself is often uncomfortable. There needs to be a willingness to step out of your comfort zone if you want to improve. In today’s episode, we share a few ways you can tune your habits to reach your goal. We Talk About: The power of streaks (streaks app / strides app) Awareness of when you should take action Bundling activities Establishing rewards Dictation as a supplement rather than a replacement The difference between procrastination and a tactical delay. The magic of re-framing Accountability
Each week we interview some of the biggest names in self-publishing. In these in-depth interviews we look at where these authors started, how they made it, and how an aspiring self-published author can aim to do the same thing.
Rank #1: 167 - Diversifying Your Income with Rachael H.
Popular return guest Rachael Herron has left her day job! This week I catch up with Rachael to learn how she has successfully transitioned to full-time writing and the creative ways she’s diversified her income since going full-time. rspcast.com/rachaelherron
Rank #2: 178 - What Makes a Book Successful.
We first met T. Ellery Hodges back in 2015 here on RSP to talk about the amazing success of his first book The Never Hero. This week he returns to talk about the recent release of his second book, how he built his beta reader team, and the wild success of his first audiobook. rspcast.com/178
Odyssey is an intensive six-week workshop for writers of fantasy, science fiction, and horror held each summer on the campus of Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire. Top authors, editors, and agents serve as guest lecturers. These podcasts are excerpts from guest lectures. For more information, visit https://odysseyworkshop.org.
Rank #1: Gardner Dozois on Getting Published.
An excerpt from the lecture Gardner Dozois gave at Odyssey in the summer of 2004 on getting published.
Rank #2: Christopher Golden on Setting the Scene.
An excerpt from the lecture Christopher Golden gave at Odyssey in the summer of 2006 on setting the scene for the reader.
The Kobo Writing Life Podcast features exciting interviews with bestselling authors, tips on the craft and business of writing, and advice for successfully self-publishing. Millions of readers are waiting to discover your book - self-publish today at www.kobo.com/writinglife
Rank #1: #139 - Crafting Characters with Damon Suede.
Damon Suede, a chart-topping M/M romance author, will change the way you think about craft and characters. Damon gives listeners tips from his books Verbalize and Your A Game, such as thinking about characters in the term of budgeting a blockbuster film and why every character should be driven by a specific word. He also talks about sex, romance, and exploring different types of relationships. Warning: this episode contains explicit content!
Rank #2: KWL EP 112 - Lauren Blakely .
In this episode, Chrissy and Stephanie chat with #1 New York Times best-selling author, Lauren Blakely. Lauren talks about her tips and tricks for marketing, her philosophy on writing and why it is important to be authentic on social media. She also examines a mistake she believes to have made with her publishing schedule last year. Lauren also gives listeners some great recommendations for readers curious about the romance genre.
Tools, Strategies, and Inspiration to Grow Your Author Business
Rank #1: TAB134: Two Books to 43k (2BOOKSto43k) with Romance Author Jami Albright.
In today’s episode, we take close look at the process romance author, Jami Albright uses to keep her books tickling the Amazon algorithms, staying near the top of the sales charts, and generating around $5,000 in royalties each month. Jami manages all of this despite the fact that she’s published only two books, both in the last year. Jami is an active participant in the 20booksto50k Facebook Group, so when I saw that she’d come close to 50k with just two books, I had to talk to her, if for no other reason than to be able to title an episode 2 books to 43k. I’ve known and followed Jami, and this show delivers way more than just a great title. We also get some great laughs and insights from an author who gladly shares both the hits and the misses in this episode of The Author Biz. Links See Jami’s Amazon Author Page Jami Albright’s Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Jami-Albright-Author-576095932592545/ Jami Albright’s Website: https://www.jamialbright.com/ Amazon Marketing Services: https://ams.amazon.com/ Sell More Books Show by Jim Kukral and Bryan Cohen: http://sellmorebooksshow.com/ Become a Successful Indie Writer by Craig Martelle: Amazon Link Jami Albright’s Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Jami-Albright-Author-576095932592545/ Jami Albright’s Website: https://www.jamialbright.com/ Thanks for Listening! Thanks so much for joining us again this week. If you’d like a deeper connection with the show, please check out the Author Biz Facebook Group. If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see on the left of the post. Also, please leave an honest review for The Author Biz Podcast on iTunes! Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and mean a great deal to me. They matter in the rankings of the show, and I read every one of them. If you’re not sure how to leave an iTunes review, you can follow the step-by-step instructions here. And finally, don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes or Stitcher to get automatic updates. Please note: Amazon links in this post are affiliate links. You’ll pay no more for buying through these links but the show will earn a small commission. The post TAB134: Two Books to 43k (2BOOKSto43k) with Romance Author Jami Albright appeared first on The Author Biz.
Rank #2: TAB096: Hacking Your Way to Self-Publishing Success, with Michael Anderle.
Author Michael Anderle joins us this week to discuss the ways he’s found self-publishing success in his first year as an author. If you listen to this show on a regular basis, you know that there are several paths to success as an author. One of those paths, the one that seems to give the author the most control over the myriad of variables that go into building a successful author business, is to write and publish books quickly and regularly. Of course, you can’t just write and publish crap. Your stories have to engage readers, your covers need to be good enough, and you need to be able to pivot, to use a startup world term when readers aren’t connecting with your books. Meaning, if something’s not working, say a series, for example, move on to the next series to find something that will connect with readers. Michael Anderle joined us in January of this year to talk about his first three months as an author, where he published multiple books. During that time we considered his goals, which were to write 20 books that would generate $50,000 in annual revenue. When we talked after those first three months, he’d gone from around $400 to over $10,000 in monthly income from his Kurtherian Gambit series. Now that Michael has been self-publishing author for just over one year it made sense to touch base with him again, to see how his plan of publishing a book every five weeks had worked out. While he didn’t quite hit the 20 book target, his net revenue from Amazon, on the day we recorded the interview has already exceeded $400,000, with revenue growing each month. In this wide-ranging 60 minute conversation, we discuss his progress towards the goal, the value he sees for participating in anthologies, and how his focus in 2017 will shift to improving his author rank. We get into a variety of other topics as well, including his 20 Books to 50K Facebook group and some self-publishing success stories members of that group have experienced during the past year, and the document he wrote after his first year in publishing, State of the Hack (PDF Download). Links: Michael’s latest book, DON’T CROSS THAT LINE at Amazon Michael’s Amazon Author Page 20 Books to 50K Facebook Group Download Michael’s State of the Hack document Book Report website www.getbookreport.com/ Camven Media website www.camvenmedia.com Thanks for Listening! Thanks so much for joining me again this week. If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see on the left of the post. Also, please leave an honest review for The Author Biz Podcast on iTunes! Ratings and reviews are extremely helpful and mean a great deal to me. They matter in the rankings of the show, and I read every one of them. If you’re not sure how to leave an iTunes review, you can follow the step-by-step instructions here. And finally, don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes or Stitcher to get automatic updates. Thanks to Michael Anderle for joining us this week! Creative commons image by TSP Dave Please note, Amazon book links on this page are affiliate links. You’ll pay the same price for the books, but I’ll earn a small commission. The post TAB096: Hacking Your Way to Self-Publishing Success, with Michael Anderle appeared first on The Author Biz.
Turn writing into more than a hobby, make it your career. Stephan Bugaj (Pixar's Brave, Wall-E, The Incredibles), Justin Sloan (Telltale's Game of Thrones, Walking Dead, and Minecraft: Story Mode), and Kevin Tumlinson (Citadel, Lucid, The 30-Day Author) give you their advice on writing for books, movies, video games and more, and occasionally try to sound smarter by having on amazing guests.
Rank #1: The Realities of Writing Careers.
Join Stephan Bugaj, Justin Sloan, and Kevin Tumlinson as they discuss what it really takes to establish yourself as a creative writer. NOTE: We apologize for the audio not being perfect in this episode. We're taking steps to ensure better audio quality in the future. You have to be 100 percent dedicated ...which can be tough advice, we get that. But here we discuss the commitment needed to make it as a writer if you hope to make it a career. We don’t say to drop everything and only write, but discuss how to make sacrifices and when to be committed to it. The group further discussed: Sacrificing sleep. Or work (if you can do it). Keep in mind that how good you are is relative (just because your college English teacher said you were amazing, that same level of amazingness may not be the same when surrounded by professionals. Watch out for the scams! How to break in, or how we did. And more! Some awesomeness brought up in this episode and cool links: The UCLA Professional Program: http://www.tft.ucla.edu/programs/professional-programs/ For more descussion like this, check out the books in the Creative Mentor series: 1) Creative Writing Career 2) Creative Writing Career 2 3) Military Veterans in Creative Careers
Rank #2: Fantasy and Supernatural Thriller Author and BookTuber PT Hylton .
This episode starts with Justin fan-boying over PT Hylton's book, Thorns and Tangles. The first book is only $0.99 and is amazing, and Justin wanted to know the strategy behind publishing 6 books of 100-ish pages each, versus going for a trilogy. Next, the group discussed the differences between fantasy, urban fantasy, and supernatural thriller, and finished with a discussion on BookTubers and how doing stuff like this can be useful as an author. ** Who is PT Hylton? (from his website): I mostly write about secrets. People with secrets. Towns with secrets. How keeping secrets tears people apart, and how sharing secrets, even terrible ones, brings people together. In that spirit, I’ll share my own secret origin story.PT Profile I’ve always wanted to be a writer, and I’ve written in some form or fashion ever since I could. But it wasn’t always fiction. After college, two friends and I started a small production company called Plethora Films. We spent a few years making short films and almost-but-not-quite finishing a feature film. For better or for worse, we disbanded just before YouTube hit the scene. To my knowledge, none of our shorts are even online. I spent the next eight years putting all my creative energy into making podcasts, most successfully with the long-running guitar podcast Six-String Bliss. I also had some short-lived podcasts, including Guitar New Weekly, Real Dad Fitness, and Time-Traveling Film Critics. One day I was talking with my daughter and encouraging her to go after her dreams. “Do you have any dreams, Daddy,” she asked. “I want to be a writer,” I said. “Then why aren’t you doing it?” That lit a fire under me something fierce, and I got to writing. The things I’ve published so far: The Deadlock Trilogy – A science fiction suspense series about a small town with a secret. Includes Regulation 19, A Place Without Shadows, and The Broken Clock. Zane Halloway -The Zane Halloway series takes place in a world of magic, mystery, and assassins. It’s an epic sword and sorcery tale told in novella-sized chunks. Drop me a line on Twitter or through email and say hello! You can do so by commenting on his YouTube channel, HERE. ** Don't forget that this podcast is sponsored by the two writing books, Creative Writing Career 2 and 30-Day Author. Thank you for your continued support!
Authors, are you struggling to get the word out about your books? Discover the latest book marketing and publishing news, tools and strategies. This is the Sell More Books Show with Jim Kukral and Bryan Cohen. Every week you'll get helpful tips and ideas to make your book sales soar. Visit SellMoreBooksShow.com for detailed show notes and more info.
Rank #1: Episode 212 - KU Pirates, Rugby Co-Authors, and the Rise of Nonfiction.
Do you have to write nonfiction to make it as an author? Is nonfiction a more steady earner? Bryan and Jim are both a little under the weather but the excitement of the upcoming Summit in Chicago fuels them on! They first thanked their generous patrons - Mayhem & Murder, Cubicle Jail to Laptop Lifestyle, and Where The Leaves Wither. Next the guys jump into some useful weekly tips, including how to cut editing costs, how making friends with the competition can payoff, and choosing the best price point for your next promo! This week in news hear the winning story of an unlikely writing team, find out how breaking the rules seems to work, discover the growing power of indie authors in the Author Support Network, learn more about modern-day pirates and their affect on indie authors, and get the details on why trad publishers are putting their bucks behind nonfiction. Question of the Week: Do you think nonfiction is a more reliable (slow and steady) earner than fiction? If you write fiction, have you considered writing nonfiction to supplement your income?
Rank #2: Episode 199 - BookStat, Author Earnings, and the Top 50 Indies.
Has Data Guy sold out? Bryan and Jim are back for another week of the latest news and tips for authors. After taking a moment to thank their patrons How to Kick Author Overwhelm to the Curb, The Thing Speaks for Itself, and Dark as the Grave, they jump into this weeks tips. Authors can get to know their readers better with some simple tips, boost reader interest by thinking outside the box, and how indie authors can avoid getting booted out of Facebook Groups . News items include how authors should never give up trying to get their rights back, Amazon raising the monthly Prime subscription rate, CreateSpace shutting down some of its divisions, Data Guy launching Bookstat, and the latest Author Earnings report. Question of the Week: Did Data Guy sell out by starting Bookstat?
A writing show hosted by A.C. Fuller featuring interviews with authors, screenwriters, journalists, and publishing experts. The show will illuminate the writing process, explore the publishing industry, and discuss excellent books.
Rank #1: Breaking into the Romance Genre with Emma Scott–Episode 82–November 25 2015.
On episode 82 of the WRITER 2.0 Podcast I was joined once again by romance author Emma Scott. Emma is the author of 4 books—all released in the last 13 months: Love Beyond Words, Unbreakable, Rush, and Endless Possibility: A Rush Novella In a fun, wide-ranging interview, we discussed: the costume she’ll be wearing to the new Star Wars film; […] The post Breaking into the Romance Genre with Emma Scott–Episode 82–November 25 2015 appeared first on A.C. Fuller.
Rank #2: From 0 to 20+ Books in 12 Months with Michael Anderle–Episode 122–January 19 2017.
On episode 122 of the WRITER 2.0 Podcast I spoke with Michael Anderle, who set out to make $50,000 per year by writing 20 books, and ended up doing a lot better than that. We talked about: why he considers himself a “publisher” more than a “writer”; his original goal, to make $50,000 a year […] The post From 0 to 20+ Books in 12 Months with Michael Anderle–Episode 122–January 19 2017 appeared first on A.C. Fuller.
Click here to Subscribe in iTunes.Helping you become a better writer.Join Shawn Coyne, author of Story Grid and a top editor for 25+ years, and Tim Grahl, struggling writer, as they discuss the ins and outs of what makes a story great.More at www.StoryGrid.com.
Rank #1: 15 Most Important Scenes.
Shawn walks Tim through the 15 most important scenes he has to figure out for his novel.
Rank #2: Chaos vs Order.
What is the overarching engine running every story? Shawn uses Tim's latest scene to step into this question and share some of his latest research.
The show is designed to help writers of all levels. The focus is on characterization, narrative, plot development, dialogue, conflict, setting, literary archetypes, etc. Episodes are not centered around mindless, useless pep talks and recycled writing tips. Rather, the Podcast at AmericanWriters.com offers in-depth analysis of what works and what doesn't, with explanations and original writing samples.
Rank #1: Likeable Characters.
Okay, write that hateful character -- but make sure that he is loveable.
Rank #2: The Subtle Dimensions of External Conflict.
Learn how external conflict can be written to underscore the turmoil brewing within the character's psyche.
Mark Dawson is a best selling self-published author on multiple platforms including Amazon and Kobo. He is the author of the John Milton thriller series and its spin-off Beatrix Rose. In addition, he’s written several ‘Soho Noir' novels. Mark’s breakthrough came when he developed a marketing strategy for promoting and selling his books. His swift success enabled him to quit his 9 to 5 job and he has generated gross revenues of more than a million dollars in less than five years. Mark has become a leading voice in the self publishing industry and he advocates and teaches a strategy based around offering books for free, mailing list development and social media advertising. In 2015, he published the first version of what is now his acclaimed online course ‘Advertising for Authors’. He has also developed a course for writers at the start of their careers – Self Publishing 101. James Blatch co-hosts the podcast and he represents the first time, wannabe author. James is a former BBC News journalist who is currently writing his first novel. Between them James and Mark explore the world of self publishing with a focus on actionable tips for new and experienced indie authors.
Rank #1: SPF-023: How to Increase Your Daily Word Count Exponentially – with Rachel Aaron.
Daily word count is one of the metrics many authors track to ensure they are moving toward completion of their projects. One of the struggles is increasing that word count to get more work done, but doing so in a way that doesn’t sacrifice quality for quantity. Today’s guest has discovered a way to do […]
Rank #2: SPF-013: Masterclass: A detailed look at a book launch – With Mark Dawson.
There are many, many things that go into a successful book launch. For a self-published author it can be enough to make your head spin. That’s why it’s such a great thing to have an experienced and successful self published author like Mark to walk you through his own best practices and mistakes. That’s exactly […]
A weekly podcast on reading, writing music and books, and any thing else that takes my fancy. If you are looking for writing tips and NPR whisper-voices, this isn’t the podcast for you.If, however, you’d like to join in on a conversation about the life that surrounds writing books and songs, then you’ve found a home, a friend, and a passionate lover.
Rank #1: #45 - Who's the Boss, Short Stories, the C-Word, and Victor Hugo.
Books I mention: Les Miserables by Victor Hugo Prayers to Broken Stones by Dan Simmons Skeleton Crew by Stephen King (I mention the short story "Uncle Otto's Truck", but I call it "The Red Truck" or something idiotic. Moby Dick by Herman Melville Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org www.goodreads.com www.twitter.com/awriterslifepod Support: If you would like to advertise on the show you can contact us at palefirecreative [at] gmail [dot] com www.palefirecreative.com www.goodreads.com/danblack
Rank #2: 023- How to Write Like Neil Gaiman.
How important is finding a daily rhythm in a writer’s life? If it’s broken and we find ourselves not doing our job, how do we get that rhythm back? Dan talks about how important it is both to find it and, once in a while, lose it. Also on the show Dan gives 5 ways to write more like Neil Gaiman, the award winning author of such works as Neverwhere, Coraline, American Gods, and several short story collections. Visit http://awlshow.com for complete show notes. Mentioned on the show The works used as examples on the show all came from Neil Gaiman’s short story collection, Fragile Things Other Works by Neil Gaiman: Anansi Boys The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel Neverwhere Coraline American Gods Other Mentions: Rabbit, Run by John Updike The Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe Seize the Day by Saul Bellow The Great Book of Amber by Roger Zelazny Dan’s Recommendation of the Month Leaf Storm and Other Stories by Gabriel Garcia-Marquez Buy on Amazon: http://bit.ly/Leafstorm Email your poetry to: email@example.com General questions: firstname.lastname@example.org