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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
Tools, Strategies, and Inspiration to Grow Your Author Business
Rank #1: 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.
Rank #2: TAB068: Zero to $10k Per Month in 90 Days, with Michael Anderle.
Author Michael Anderle is this guest on this first every audio and video episode (see below) of The Author Biz. Have you seen those year-end articles by indie authors who share sales numbers on their websites? In some cases those numbers are staggering, and it’s easy to read them and ask yourself, how the heck is it even possible to sell that many books. If so, you’re not alone. It’s hard not to be impressed and happy for those authors. But it WOULD be nice to hear exactly how things started for them. Michael’s Journey In December, Michael Anderle heard an episode of The Author Biz where I mentioned being a bit of a spreadsheet geek, so he sent me a link to the spreadsheet he uses to track the major components of his author business. The spreadsheet included daily sales and borrows for multiple books, as well as his marketing costs across using various advertising platforms, including Facebook. The numbers showed remarkable sales growth in a very compressed time frame, and since this is the beginning of Michael’s career as an author, they also provide some useful guidance. Here’s the short version: Michael published his first book, DEATH BECOMES HER on November 2nd, 2015 and earned $6.00. He wrote and published two more books in November and generated Amazon royalties of $427 for the month. In December wrote and published one more book (bringing his total to 4) and ran his first Facebook ad on December 18th. His total Amazon royalties for December was $3,700. On January 11th, he published his fifth book. For the period of January 1st, through January 24th, he’s generated Amazon royalties of over $10,000. We go into great detail about Michael’s Amazon revenues, his writing process and the various Facebook (and other) marketing campaigns he runs during the interview. But, he goes even deeper in this document he wrote following our talk. It’s a must read document for those of us interested in book marketing. So how did Michael go from $427 in monthly Amazon royalties to over $10,000 in less than 90 days? We discuss that, and more in this episode of The Author Biz. As an experiment, this episode is being released as both a podcast and as a video interview on YouTube so please let me know if you find the video version of the interview useful. If so, I’ll try and incorporate them whenever possible. Watch the Video Michael Anderle Interview Show Notes Michael describes his Kurtherian Gambit series which launched on November 2nd with DEATH BECOMES HER and now includes five books. He describes the books as a combination of paranormal, urban fantasy, military sci-fi, and science fiction. He comes from a technical background and applied the concept of the minimum viable product (MVP) to the first two books in his series. Meaning, he wrote the books and published them, without beta readers or professional editing. Michael’s publishing journey began without the benefit of much research into the world of self-publishing. He made his decisions based on what he would want as a reader, rather than spending time doing research on best practices. We walk through Michael’s sales numbers, which began with a $6.00 day on November 2nd, 2015, finishing with the most recent week of January where his sales averaged over $500 per day. We discuss Michael’s experience with advertising. He’s tried multiple marketing channels but experienced his greatest success using Facebook ads. His daily revenue grew from between $7-$19 for each of his books to between $40-$50 per book beginning with his first experiment with Facebook advertising. One of Michael Anderle’s Facebook ads. Michael’s Facebook ads were all targeted to driving readers to Amazon to purchase his books at their full price of $2.99. Michael estimates that he’s directly earned back $3.00 for each $1.00 he’s spent on Facebook advertising, which does not include the buy through on the rest of his series. All of Michael’s books are available through Kindle Unlimited, and his KU revenue exceeds the sales income for the series. Michael did his first price promotion earlier this month, combining a Kindle Countdown deal with ads from Fussy Librarian and I Love Vampires. He offered the book for 99 cents for three days, and was pleased with the sales results, but discovered that most borrowed the book using Kindle Unlimited, which earned him far more than his royalty on 99 cent sales. We discuss Michael’s initial plan of producing 20 books to earn $50,000 and his thoughts on what is possible based on what he’s learned since coming up with the original plan. We discuss an intriguing cross promotion that Michael did with fellow paranormal author Rick Gualtieri. Links Michael Anderle’s author website www.lmbpn.com Michael’s 90 days to 10K document Michael’s Amazon author page Michael’s Facebook Author Page The Taylor Stevens Show Podcast 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. Thanks to Michael Anderle for joining us this week. Please note that Amazon links are affiliate links. You’ll pay the same price for anything you order, but The Author Biz will earn a small commission. The post TAB068: Zero to $10k Per Month in 90 Days, with Michael Anderle appeared first on The Author Biz.
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: KWL EP 100 - Behind the Scenes at Kobo with Featured Author Sarah Woodbury .
For our 100th episode, we decided to give our listeners a behind the scenes look into Kobo Writing Life and the magic that goes into publishing a new title on Kobo. We follow Sarah Woodbury’s upcoming release The Favored Son, as it makes its way onto the Kobo store and into the libraries of our customers. We also introduce an exciting edition to the KWL podcast, Chrissy Munroe’s newest co-host, Stephanie McGrath!
Rank #2: #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!
Self-publishing is a fast-changing industry and in our #AskALLi podcasts we cover every aspect, from beginners to advanced. Successful self-publishers trust the Alliance of Independent Authors to bring only the most up-to-date best practice and actionable ideas, tools and techniques in our self-publishing weekly broadcasts.#AskALLi Advanced Self-Publishing Salon with Orna Ross and Joanna Penn Top tips, tools and trends for running a successful author business, plus analysis of the latest self-publishing news. This salon is for those who know how to self-publish and want to expand their income and influence. Tune in to and learn more about the Advanced Self-Publishing Salon Brought to you by Specialist Sponsor IngramSpark.#AskALLi Self-Publishing Fiction and Nonfiction Salon with Orna Ross, Boni Wagner-Stafford, and Adam Croft Advice on writing, book production, and book marketing from ALLi Communications Manager Boni Wagner-Stafford and bestselling crime novelist Adam Croft. This salon will explore a different theme each month from the often differing perspectives of writing fiction or nonfiction.#AskALLi Members’ Q&A and Self-Publishing News with Orna Ross, Michael LaRonn, and Dan HollowayAnswers to members’ current self-publishing queries, co-hosted with Partner Liaison and US Ambassador Michael La Ronn. All are welcome to listen and learn but only ALLi Members can submit questions. Also, ALLi News Editor Dan Holloway updates us on the latest news from the indie author-publishing world.#AskALLi Self-Publishing Poetry Salon with Orna Ross and Dalma SzentpályOrna and Dalma discuss a different theme each month with a focus on developing prosperity for poets through community building and self-publishing.#AskALLi Inspirational Indie Authors Interview with Howard LovyHoward Lovy, ALLi’s multimedia manager, runs weekly audio interviews with author members whose books or personal stories are inspiring to other authors.
Rank #1: Member Self-Publishing Q&A w/ Joanna Penn & Orna Ross: January 2016.
Ep#25: Orna Ross and Joanna Penn answer members' questions on writing, publishing and promoting books. Here’s the questions posed to Orna and Joanna this month: Q: Is ALLi continuing to work with Ingram Spark this year and are they offering a self-publishing discount to ALLi Members? Q: Do you have Insights about iUniverse Services? Q: What are the legal issues about setting up your publisher imprint? Q: What are the differences between CreateSpace and Ingram Spark POD distribution services? Q: Should authors release their books in Hardback? Q: Do ALLi maintain a list of reputable book Editors? Q: Is there such a thing as a "Book Shepherd" who could help an aspiring author publish their first book? Q: Is there any recourse if my publisher won't take my book off Amazon or Barnes and Noble? Q: I'm publishing my book via Lightening Source, but on CreateSpace it shows that it has a long lead time for delivery. Is there anything I can do about this? And why is this happening to a POD version of my book? Q: Where can I find my ALLi Author Seal (and affiliate code?) Q: What's the #1 Marketing Tip for Authors? Our weekly Self-Publishing Advice broadcast is brought to you by ALLi, the Alliance of Independent Authors. This Member Self-Publishing Q&A is one of four regular shows, which include a more advanced salon, a beginners' salon and a special guest highlight presentation from the Indie Author Fringe, ALLi’s free online author conference. Find more author advice, tips and tools at our self-publishing advice center, www.selfpublishingadvice.org. And, if you haven’t already, we invite you to join our organization and become a self-publishing ally. You can do that at www.allianceindependentauthors.org. Now, go write and publish. About your hosts Joanna Penn is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling thriller author, as well as writing non-fiction for authors. She is also a professional speaker and entrepreneur, voted as one of The Guardian UK Top 100 creative professionals 2013. She spent 13 years as a business IT consultant in large corporations across the globe before becoming a full-time author-entrepreneur in September 2011. Connect with Joanna on Twitter @thecreativepenn Orna Ross launched the Alliance of Independent Authors at the London Book Fair in 2012. Her work for ALLi has seen her named as one of The Bookseller’s “100 top people in publishing”. She also publishes poetry, fiction and nonfiction, and is greatly excited by the democratising, empowering potential of author-publishing. Connect with Orna on Twitter @OrnaRoss
Rank #2: Which Self-Publishing Companies Are Reputable? Other Questions Answered; News From the London Book Fair.
Welcome to AskALLi, the Self-Publishing Advice Podcast from the Alliance of Independent Authors. This week it’s our monthly Member Q&A where ALLi Members’ have their most pressing self-publishing questions analyzed and answered. Join your regular hosts for the Member Q&A: Michael La Ronn and Orna Ross. The AskALLi podcasts are sponsored by Damonza: Books Made Awesome. Questions this month include: Should authors get liability insurance? How to make a PDF. Can you display your ALLi badge on your books? Which self-publishing companies are reputable and provide effective service—especially in marketing and promotion? Also, News Editor Dan Holloway and Howard Lovy bring you the latest self-publishing news. They talk about the first winner of the Selfie Awards and other news from the London Book Fair. Find more author advice, tips and tools at our Self-publishing Author Advice Center: https://selfpublishingadvice.org, with a huge archive of nearly 2,000 blog posts, and a handy search box to find key info on the topic you need. And, if you haven’t already, we invite you to join our organization and become a self-publishing ally. You can do that at http://allianceindependentauthors.org. Now, go write and publish! About the Hosts Michael La Ronn is the author of over 30 books of science fiction & fantasy and authors self-help books. His books include the Galaxy Mavericks series and Modern Necromancy series. You can now find his new writing course on Teachable. Orna Ross launched the Alliance of Independent Authors at the London Book Fair in 2012. Her work for ALLi has seen her named as one of The Bookseller’s “100 top people in publishing”. She also publishes poetry, fiction and nonfiction, and is greatly excited by the democratising, empowering potential of author-publishing. For more information about Orna, visit her website: http://www.ornaross.com Dan Holloway is a novelist, poet and spoken word artist. He is the MC of the performance arts show The New Libertines Earlier this year he competed at the National Poetry Slam final at the Royal Albert Hall. His latest collection, The Transparency of Sutures, is available on Kindle.
Join Rachael Herron and J. Thorn every Wednesday for conversations about writing from craft to wellness.
Rank #1: The Petal to the Metal Episode 72: How on earth do you ACTUALLY plot?.
Petal sets up Metal with a softball question, enticing him into a discussion on how he’s adapted a few Story Grid elements to plan a novel. The duo agrees to post before and after versions of Petal’s 15 Obligatory Scenes for a new contemporary romance! What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments… Rate & subscribe on iTunes and then share with other writers. Support us on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/thepetaltothemetal More information here - http://thepetaltothemetal.com/
Rank #2: The Writer’s Well Episode 133: How do you set specific writing goals?.
Special thanks to Kat Brown who submitted the question for this episode. Exactly how do you determine what to write, and how? J. asks Rachael.Jami Albright’s new book - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07TT87VXB/Rachael’s Query Letter Service - http://rachaelherron.com/query/J.’s Author Services - https://theauthorlife.com/editing/What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments…Rate & subscribe on iTunes and then share with other writers.Support us on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/thewriterswell More information here - http://thewriterswell.org
Explore the processes of working writers with bestselling author Rachael Herron. How do you write a book? Start here. You'll gain tips to get in the chair, tricks to stay there, and inspiration to get your own words flowing.
Rank #1: Ep. 065: Michelle Spiva on How to Grab Your Reader Instantly.
In this episode, the amazing Michelle Spiva shares the 5 essential things she does to make sure her books are the ultimate page turners. Define, harness, and propel your unique creative brilliance. That’s what you'll discover during an encounter with Michelle Spiva. With an MBA-Finance, MAPsych, Masters of Divinity (Education Concentration), and 20+ years’ experience as a psychotherapist and Corporate Finance strategist, Michelle’s approach to all things publishing and personal management is relevant, contemporary and useful wisdom. Experience Michelle’s witty and common-sense approach to thriving as a consistently productive and profitable author. How Do You Write Podcast: Explore the processes of working writers with bestselling author Rachael Herron. Want tips on how to write the book you long to finish? Here you'll gain insight from other writers on how to get in the chair, tricks to stay in it, and inspiration to get your own words flowing.
Rank #2: Ep. 099: Laura Morelli on Writing Historical Fiction and How to Take Care of Yourself as a Writer.
Laura Morelli is a hybrid author of fiction and non-fiction. She holds a Ph.D. in art history from Yale University and has taught college students in the United States and Europe. She is the creator of the Authentic Arts guidebook series that includes Made in Italy and Made in France. She has been a columnist for National Geographic Traveler and Italy Magazine, and has also developed lessons for TED-Ed.As a historical novelist, Laura has published the award-winning novels The Gondola Maker and The Painter’s Apprentice, both set in 16th-century Venice. Currently she is at work on a series of novels based on famous painters of the Italian Renaissance. In fiction, her passion is bringing the stories of art history to life.How Do You Write Podcast: Explore the processes of working writers with bestselling author Rachael Herron. Want tips on how to write the book you long to finish? Here you'll gain insight from other writers on how to get in the chair, tricks to stay in it, and inspiration to get your own words flowing.
Interviewing and Learning from Successful Authors
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 130: Better Marketing, More Productivity, and Turning Your Writing Hobby into a Career with Monica Leonelle.
Today, we interviewed young adult urban fantasy and paranormal romance author Monica Leonelle. In addition to writing fiction, she also blogs at Prose on Fire and writes the non-fiction “Growth Hacking for Storytellers” series. We talked about improving productivity for writers and some of the basics of marketing that get overlooked in the urgency to just make more sales. Here are a few more details of what we discussed: Going from writing 1,000 to 3,500 words an hour. How doing some extensive pre-planning (world-building and creating characters) before getting started can make the writing process smoother. Using “thematic” world building as a way to help discover motivations for characters and also various factions in your worlds. Outlining stories and scene beats before sitting down to write for the day. Breaking up your goals into manageable chunks (i.e. I’m going to write 15 or even 8 minutes today rather than starting out saying you’re going to write for 2 hours). Setting yourself up to meet your goals by having a good mindset. How important is a regular schedule for productivity? Monica’s Spanish translation of one of her books and whether it’s been worthwhile. When it comes to marketing, giving out samples to get new readers to try you rather than simply trying to go straight to the sale. Moving a person from being a reader to a fan to a true fan or evangelist. Doing things to “activate your fans” to get them to take actions to help you get the word out. Whether you should focus your efforts on your most recent release or if the back list should always get attention. Whether permafree is still working as a way to get “samples” out there. Taking your writing efforts from hobby to career. You can find Monica online on her website or at Prose on Fire. If you’ve found her advice useful, you can check out her books such as 8-Minute Writing Habit: Create a Consistent Writing Habit That Works With Your Busy Lifestyle and Prosperous Creation: Make Art and Make Money at the Same Time. http://traffic.libsyn.com/marketingsff/SFFMP-130_-_Marketing_Productivity_and_Turning_Your_Writing_Hobby_into_a_Career_with_Monica_Leonelle.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.
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 240 - Live from Las Vegas.
If you had one "author wish" what would it be? Our Happy Book Reviews feature winner this week is George Sirois. Bryan thanks our wonderful Patrons: Fighting to Survive, The Hunted, and Leading Effectively: Proven Leadership. This week, Bryan talked success stories with nine awesome special guests. Expect insights, entertainment, and wildly varying amounts of white noise. Enjoy! Question of the Week: If you could get a genie to grant you your perfect author success story, what would it be? Please describe it in your response.
Rank #2: Episode 244 - Slow Publishing, Swallowing Your Pride, and Writing What You Know to Market.
If a genie could grant you one of the following, which would you want: Amazon Charts ranking, New York Times bestseller ranking, or 1,000 reviews on the book of your choice? Bryan encourages everyone to listen to the Self-Publishing Decisions Webinar Replay and set some goals for 2019. Long-time friend of the show Clark Chamberlain is currently running a sale for his outstanding outline service and Bryan is going to purchase one and raffle it off - listen to the podcast for details. Jim reminds everyone that an Author Marketing Club lifetime membership is still available for $97. The Happy Book Reviews Feature winner this week is Nicki Davis. Bryan thanks this week’s Featured Patrons: Planet Dead One Shot: The Briggs Boys, Strings of Subversion, and Mayhem & Murder. Hot Tips for indie authors include why mental endurance is important to a writer, how slow and steady can win the race, and how to prioritize writing even with a day job. Honorable Mention goes to Joanna Penn and her amazing decade. The news stories that matter most this week are why Mystery Writers of America un-awarded, how to make a go of publishing/aggregating, Dorene Stalter's likes and interests author success story, how to hit the NYT bestseller list, and how JA Culican found success around the world. Question of the Week: What would you rather have: a spot on the Amazon Charts, a spot on the New York Times bestseller list, or 1,000 reviews on a single book and why?
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: SSP081 Writing Routines.
Our creative routines cover the gamut in our studio, proving there’s no one-size-fits-all solution to how to be a productive storyteller. But there are general guidelines to becoming a productive and prolific storyteller, and today we wanted to talk about our routines so you can learn from our mistakes and successes. We Talk About: Worst. Show. Ever. is back! Everything in Dave’s refrigerator is ruined. Sean is finishing the hardest book he’s ever written today. Sean’s routine & early creation time. Dave’s routine & deadlines. How our story meetings have evolved. Johnny’s routine & constant optimization. Breaking the procrastination loop. Accountability. Thomas Wolfe’s fail-safe method of productivity. Learning to be honest with yourself. The exceptions that prove the rule. Resources: https://www.rd.com/culture/daily-rituals-authors/ https://masoncurrey.com/daily-rituals — In 15-Minute Dictation, Platt and Silver show you how to adjust your approach to dictation to leave behind frustrating starts and stops and finally be able to produce more books in less time: https://sterlingandstone.net/book/15-minute-dictation/ This is a book about how Dave understands darkness, its place in story, and how I make dark fiction that people enjoy reading. And, at its heart, this book isn’t just about the dark, but also the light. And in our darkest times, it’s more important than ever that we hold onto the light. But first, we must be willing to explore the darkness: https://sterlingandstone.net/book/into-the-darkness/ If you’ve ever wondered what sets the outstanding career authors apart from the wannabes, if you’ve ever been faced with doubts and fears, this is the book for you. Pick up your copy of The 10X Author today!: https://sterlingandstone.net/book/the-10x-author/ Join the list for LIVE SHOW Reminders: https://sterlingandstone.net/liveshow Join the mailing list for nonfiction book updates: http://sterlingandstone.net/stonetable
Rank #2: 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.
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 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.
Rank #2: Episode 116: The Five Commandments of Story with Shawn Coyne.
In this episode, Leslie is joined by Shawn Coyne, the author of T_he Story Grid: What Good Editors Know_. They discuss the five commandments of story in the context of chapter five of Animal Farm by George Orwell and what makes this story a great one to analyze. The five commandments (the inciting incident, progressive complications, crisis question, climax, and resolution) provide the basic structure for your global story, but also your acts, sequences, and scenes, like nesting dolls. If you learn to execute the five commandments in your story, you’ll become a better writer. This week’s mission encourages you to look for the five commandments in one of your favorite stories, and then use them to plan or revise your own work-in-progress.
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-004: Masterclass – Five Must Do Actions for New Authors – With Mark Dawson.
If you’re thinking of kicking off a career as an indie author, or have already started down that road, listening to Podcast number 4 might save you a lot of time, money and effort as you move forward. Mark and James focus on key elements that are worth getting right at the start of your […]
Rank #2: SPF-110: How I Quit the 9 to 5 to Write (And Never Looked Back) - with Ernest Dempsey.
Thriller author Ernest Dempsey shares his road to indie author success, including some of the bumps along the way.
Follow along as book launch expert Tim Grahl teaches you the fundamentals of launching a bestselling book. Based on his work with hundreds of authors and launching dozens of top New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and other bestselling books, he will share the insights and step-by-step tactics you can use to launch your own successful book.
Rank #1: The Single Most Important Thing To Do.
This week Tim and Valerie talk about the elephant in the book marketing room; asking people to buy your book. If earning a living from your writing is your goal, you have to do it eventually. So, when it comes time to sell your book what is the single most important thing you have to do? Tune in to find out.
Rank #2: Planning My Book Launch.
With my next book, Running Down a Dream, being published on July 11th, I'm now in book launch mode! This week I talk about the origins of the book, my overall plan to launch this book, and my emotions around launching such a personal book. Links mentioned in the show: The War of Art by Steve Pressfield The episode of the Story Grid Podcast where I found the theme for my book. Part 1. Part 2. Book Launch Coach Certification Book Launch Outreach Training
Non-Traditional Book Publishing for Independent Authors
Rank #1: 113: Creating an Indie Publishing Plan for Fiction Authors with Brian Anderson.
Brian Anderson is the bestselling author of The Godling Chronicles series. He was a musician for many years until he decided to write a novel. Within a year of publishing his first book, he was earning enough money to support his family and write full-time. Brian experimented with writing fiction for several years before his […]
Rank #2: 03: How To Become a Top 100 Bestselling Self Published Author on Amazon.
Steve Scott started out as a regular guy who just wanted to stay home with his family and work from home. He started his blog several years ago and was supporting his family on the income from his site with affiliate marketing and ads. A few years ago, Steve figured out how to self-publish his […]
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.