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Episode 075 / Michelle Scott writes in contemporary fiction, mystery, and thriller genres. She joins us today to talk about how she learned to treat her author career like a business in both the writing and marketing aspects. Michelle shares about craft, her “marketing Mondays,” mistakes involving a cliffhanger, and branding. 🗄️ Question of the wee…
 
How can you write a useful self-help book with actionable tips, but also bring it to life with personal stories? How can you use a book title to attract your target market? Natalie Sisson shares her experience in writing her latest non-fiction book. In the intro, 94% of the world’s internet users are not in the USA — what does that mean for your in…
 
Episode 074 / Life is a bit crazy for Sara (moving!) and Jami, so it’s a great week to look back at a favorite episode, the interview with Pippa Grant. Enjoy the timewarp and travel back to pre-COVID days when travel and meeting with people was the norm, not the exception. :) This episode is packed with tons of tips and ideas about pen names, the p…
 
Some say you can only be successful if you focus on one thing, but what if you are a multi-passionate creative? What if your Muse is inspired to write song lyrics as well as poetry, non-fiction as well as novels and heart-wrenching memoir? Jessica Bell manages to juggle many aspects of a creative career and shares her experiences in this interview.…
 
Why are NFTs (Non-Fungible Tokens) so exciting for authors and the publishing industry? How will they generate more streams of revenue for creators? What are some ways that authors could use them? All this and more in today's interview. I also mention Bloomberg's article on how NFTs shift power to artists in the intro. Thanks to my patrons at Patre…
 
Episode 073 / Surprise pregnancy. Murder on a train. Rag-tag crew. In this episode Jami and Sara dive into the wonderful world of tropes. They discuss why you want to use tropes in your writing and marketing. They share their personal favorites and then brainstorm creative twists on tropes. This episode was inspired by two things: Jami’s interview …
 
The pandemic has favoured digital business models, but how can you transition to online sales when you run an in-person business? How can you move from one stream of income to multiple streams? Guy Windsor has lots of ideas for your author business in this fascinating interview. In the intro, fear-based decision making [Kris Rusch]; Amazon and MGM;…
 
Episode 072 / Action & Adventure Thriller author Nick Thacker joins us this week to talk about the delicate balance of plot versus character. Nick is also a systems guy and he shares tips on getting a Bookbub and well as what trends for authors he sees on the horizon. Sara’s in a fantastic nonfiction promo this week: the Writer Blowout 99 cent sale…
 
How you can prepare your book before sending it to an editor? What are the different types of edits and editors you can use for different phases of your writing process? When is editing software worth using and when do you really need human eyes on your work? All this and more in the interview with Natasa Lekic. In the intro, cycling through the Co…
 
Gail Carriger and Piper J. Drake discuss the kinds of keepsakes and souvenirs they like to gather in their travels. Souvenirs: Piper's favorite keepsakes: Pressed pennies Collector coins Fountain Pens Jewelry Gail's favorite keepsakes: Weird regional foods or candies with unique flavors Interesting scarves Locally printed, locally published history…
 
Episode 071 / Do you want to cultivate a core readership who will read anything you write? Historical fantasy and historical mystery author C.J. Archer joins us this week to talk about how she’s nurtured a group of readers who will read anything she writes no matter what the genre it is. We also discuss how discipline and consistency have contribut…
 
What is discovery writing (sometimes known as pantsing)? How can you write a novel with structure if you don't plot in advance? How can you build a writing career for the long-term? All this and more with Patricia McLinn. In the intro, “98 percent of the books that publishers released in 2020 sold fewer than 5,000 copies,” [NY Times]; How much do a…
 
Episode 070 / Dan Wood from Draft 2 Digital joins us to talk about how using an aggregator like Draft 2 Digital can make your your life easier. We also talk about the importance of building relationships with author service providers. Plus tips and ideas for using subscription models, book trends, and Dan’s advice for new authors. Intro links: Sara…
 
What are the challenges of writing a first novel — even when you think you know what you're doing? How do you define success when you are just starting out on the author journey? James Blatch talks about these questions and more. In the intro, thoughts from attending the Audio Publishers Association conference, and audiobooks being delivered by pod…
 
Episode 069 / Daniel Willcocks, author of dark fiction that spans the genres of horror, post-apocalyptic, and sci-fi, joins us this week to talk about how being authentic attracts your ideal reader. We also touch on how Daniel began his fiction writing career with short stories, why he’s moving away from the rapid release model, and his advice for …
 
What is the heroine's journey and how can it help you write a story that readers will love? Gail Carriger shares her writing tips in this interview. In the intro, publishing house mergers [Agent Kristin Nelson]; KDP Print in Australia; Bookwire announces a new NFT marketplace for the publishing and creator industry [Publishing Perspectives]. Plus, …
 
Artificial Intelligence is already part of our lives in the tools and services we use every day. As AI development accelerates, how can authors and small businesses use it as leverage to expand income and opportunities? Ash Fontana gives some ideas in this interview on The AI-First Company. In the intro, How GPT-3 is quietly ushering in the A.I. re…
 
Episode 068 / Thriller, mystery, and horror author Simon Wood joins us this week to talk about how he learned he was his own best advocate in negotiating right and how he’s become a “rights raptor” because he realizes the value of his intellectual property. We also discuss how his background as a mechanical engineer helps him breakdown stories and …
 
The book market is saturated for certain genres in digitally mature markets like the US and UK, but readers in other markets are hungry for books. In this episode, Nadine Mutas talks about self-publishing in German, French and Italian and her tips for finding a translator and marketing the books once they're available. In the intro, Authors Guild c…
 
Episode 067 / Mystery author Nancy Warren has been publishing for 20 years and has over 100 books out. She joins us to chat about writing mysteries and explains how her Vampire Knitting Club series came about and how she’s kept the series fresh and interesting for readers for 13 books. We talk about finding joy in writing and taking care of yoursel…
 
How do we make time for original insights that set our creative work apart? How do we reframe productivity so it serves our career for the long term? David Kadavy talks about mind management, not time management in this interview. In the intro, Jane Friedman reports on how the pandemic is affecting book publishing, lessons […] The post Mind Managem…
 
If you want to make a living with your writing, you will need the right mindset, as well as the practical skills to write, publish and market your books. In this excerpt from How to Make a Living with Your Writing Third Edition: Turn Your Words into Multiple Streams of Income, I go into the […] The post How To Make A Living With Your Writing: First…
 
Episode 066 / Prolific romance author Nana Malone joins us to talk about being a pantser and writing instinctively, how she uses Instagram live to connect with her readers, and why she includes adventure, mystery, or intrigue. We also discuss the difficulties for authors of color and ways to support authors of color, including the gofundme campaign…
 
How can you reach every reader on every platform in a global, distributed reading environment? How can you take a long-term, relaxed attitude to your author career? Mark Leslie Lefebvre talks about self-publishing wide in this interview. In the intro, KDP introduces Kindle Vella, a new serial reading platform, perhaps a response to China Literature…
 
Gail Carriger and Piper J. Drake discuss a few of the villages, small towns, and rural places of their travels and why the love them. Where have you been? Piper went on a socially distanced getaway! Road trip with Corbin to Getaway House for a tiny cabin and camp site glamping week with private bathrooms in each cabin. Yay! Village Memories: Piper'…
 
Episode 065 / Paranormal cozy mystery author Bella Falls joins us to talk about how she learned to write to market. Writing with her readers in mind helps Jenn plot a series as well as plan her release schedule. Jenn’s active on Clubhouse, and she tells us how authors can use the new platform. Plus, talking squirrels! Come over and say hi to Jami a…
 
How can you write a children's story with a message without being preachy? How can you find and work effectively with an illustrator? How can you market your book to kids in schools? Crystal Swain Bates gives her tips on writing, publishing and marketing books for children, as well as how we can make books […] The post Writing, Publishing And Marke…
 
How can you sell more ebooks and audiobooks on Google Play Books to the global market? How can you optimize your books so they are more likely to be discovered? How might auto-narrated audiobooks help expand the market? All this and more in today's interview with Ryan Dingler from Google. Ryan Dingler is a product […] The post Publish Wide, Sell Mo…
 
Episode 064 / We answer your questions about newsletter content and autoresponders plus tips for reviving backlist sales and launch strategies for debut authors and/or first in series books. Intro links: Come over and say hi to Jami and Sara in the WIKT Facebook group! You can find show notes and links at wishidknownforwriters.com. In this podcast …
 
How can we write authentic and engaging character dialogue? How can we incorporate sub-text that deepens our writing? Jeff Elkins, The Dialogue Doctor explains more in this interview. In the intro, the new AudibleGate site; scammers using big publisher names [Writer Beware]; Vellum update for Ingram PDF [Vellum software; my tools and tutorials] ; D…
 
What is your writer's tic and how can you fix it with Pro Writing Aid? Why are commas such an issue for writers? (and my own personal nemesis!) How can AI tools enhance our creativity and usher in a new abundant future for writers? I discuss all this and more with Chris Banks from Pro […] The post Fix Your Writing Tics With Chris Banks From ProWrit…
 
Episode 063 / Podcaster and historical mystery author Jenny Wheeler joins us on the podcast to talk about podcasting for readers, transitioning to writing fiction after another career, and the benefits of taking time off--a whole month! Intro links: Productivity site Jami mentioned: Pacemaker Sign up for historical mystery book releases and updates…
 
What can authors learn from the digital changes in the music industry? In this interview, Tristra Newyear Yeager talks about the empowerment of the indie musician, multiple streams of income, and the uses of blockchain and AI. In the intro, I report back on attending SXSW and some other online conferences on lessons learned from […] The post What C…
 
Episode 062 / Prolific cozy mystery author Tonya Kappes joins us this week and we delve into how her reader-centric focus has brought her success. Intro links: Jami has continued writing first each day and her words are adding up. Shout-out to Becca Syme’s video Why Can’t I Hit My Deadlines that helped Jami. Sara’s revising and editing. She has a n…
 
Why is cozy mystery such a popular genre? What are the important tropes? What are the best ways to market a cozy series? Debbie Young talks about these aspects and more in this interview. In the intro, K-lytics genre reports; Findaway Voices Headphone Report 2020; Edison Research Infinite Dial report on audio; 16 tips on […] The post How To Write A…
 
Gail Carriger and Piper J. Drake discuss their favorite foods to order, so that it comes to each of them. * new episode! Foodie Desires Piper's must obtain: Instant packs of โจ๊ก (Thai Jok, rice porridge) from Thailand พริกป่น (Thai Prik Bon, Thai Roasted Chili Powder) from Piper's stepmother Plant seeds for ผักบุ้ง (Thai Water Morning Glory; Water…
 
Episode 061 / Do you want your life set up to weather storms like 2020? Adriel Wiggins joins us this week to talk about how she learned to structure her life in a way that helps her get through the tough times. Intro notes: Sara’s celebrating completing the first draft of her historical mystery, while Jami shares a video of Becca Syme that’s helped…
 
How can you reach more readers worldwide and sell more books on Kobo? What are the advantages to publishing direct with Kobo Writing Life? Tara Cremin gives her tips in today's show. In the intro, the launch of HelloBooks.com; Twitter Spaces for audio-only social [The Verge]; Blockchain, smart contracts, and NFTs; Mapwalker Trilogy available now; […
 
Blockchain technology offers exciting opportunities for authors and the publishing industry. In this interview, Simon-Pierre Marion and I discuss copyright protection, smart contracts, estate management and faster, more transparent payments, as well as how digital scarcity could expand the revenue potential in the digital supply chain. Plus, I add …
 
Episode 060 / Romance author Lucy Score joined us to talk about how staying in her lane and creating a backlist of titles, all with a similar tone, has contributed to her success. Our conversion ranges from craft to setting boundaries to how Lucy works with her publishing team. Jami’s novella launched last week, and Sara locked up her computer tryi…
 
How can you write through self-doubt? How can you break through Resistance to write and market your work? How do you decide which book to write next? Steven Pressfield talks about being a warrior of the blank page, how he deals with Resistance around writing and marketing, as well as self-doubt and other aspects of […] The post Warrior Of The Blank…
 
Episode 059 / Thriller author and creative entrepreneur Joanna Penn of The Creative Penn podcast joined us this week to talk about learning from mistakes, the importance of mindset, and taking the long view in your writing career. The sun is out in Houston and we’re recovering from the great “snow-apocalypse” of 2021. Jami has running water again (…
 
How can you write nuanced police characters in your crime novels? What are some under-used crimes that might make interesting plots? Patrick O'Donnell talks about Cops and Writers in the interview today. In the intro, thoughts on a digital sales webinar from Ingram Content; the Immersive Books & Media 2020 Research Report [Publishers Weekly]; how […
 
How can authors use AI writing tools like GPT-3? What's the best way to prompt the models to output usable text? Are there copyright issues with this approach? Author Paul Bellow explains how he is using the tools and how authors need to embrace the possibilities rather than reject them. In the intro, I talk […] The post The AI-Augmented Author. Wr…
 
Episode 058 / Are you thinking about doing translations for your books? Historical and contemporary romance author Tanya Anne Crosby has coordinated over 100 translations across German, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, and Dutch. When a health scare meant she couldn’t write quickly, she focused on translations as a way to exploit her intellect…
 
Why is a series the not-so-secret weapon for making a decent living with your writing? What's the difference between episodic series and one with a clear arc across the books? What are some of the best ways to market a series? Sara Rosett talks about all these things and more. In the intro, Facebook shuts […] The post Writing Tips: How To Structure…
 
Episode 057 / How do you get a fabulous cover for your book? Najla Qamber, cover designer and founder of Qamber Designs and Media is here to answer all our questions about covers, including how to find a cover designer, what to include in your cover brief, and how to give feedback to a designer. Najla also gives tips for custom covers and clues us …
 
What makes a non-fiction book stand out from the crowd? What are the essential elements of a non-fiction book proposal if you want to pitch agents and/or publishers, or if you want to prepare for effective self-publishing? In this interview, Alison Jones goes into detail on these things and how the publishing industry has changed […] The post How T…
 
Can artificial intelligence augment our human creativity? Will AI ever be able to create art on its own and would we even be able to appreciate it? In this interview, Arthur I. Miller talks about the nature of creativity and The Artist in the Machine. In the intro, I mention my list of AI writing […] The post The Artist In The Machine: The World Of…
 
Episode 056 / Do you have financial goals you’d like to achieve in your author career? Romance author L.B. Dunbar tells us how focus and pacing helped her reach her goals. Our conversation also hit on how L.B. went against the conventional wisdom of what sells with her over 40 romance, writing in other authors’ worlds, and transitioning out of a da…
 
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