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Ink and Impact, a podcast for Christian writers hosted by author and book coach Dalene Bickel, offers bi-weekly rotating content that includes tips and best practices for all aspects of your writing, publishing, and marketing journey. Listen in to improve your craft, magnify your message, build your faith, and keep a pulse on the overall publishing industry. Whether you’re a fiction or nonfiction writer, traditionally or indie published, established or just starting out, this podcast is for ...
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I recently had the honor of interviewing Becca Wierwille, author of the middle grade novel, Road Trip Rescue. On today's episode, we address how to incorporate your own experience into a fictional story ... and why it matters. Regardless of what genre of fiction you're writing - and even if you're writing nonfiction - today's episode offers practic…
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How is your writing coming along? How about your marketing? Are they going as well as you had hoped they would at the beginning of the year? If not, know you're not alone. New habits can be difficult to establish, and mindset plays a big factor in how successful you'll be. Do you want to learn how to develop an effective, God-honoring mindset? if s…
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Regardless of whether or not you like Costco, the 7 strategies I'm going to share with you today can help you reach - and retain - your readers. Book marketing, after all, is all about serving your readers. This is one of several great topics I have lined up for you in Quarter 1 this year, along with some fabulous guest interviews. I can’t wait to …
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Creating content out of thin air is never a great idea. What's the source of YOUR writing? Listen to today's episode to discover three distinct yet unified sources you can use right away to become a better writer! Resources Mentioned in this Episode: 1:1 Coaching Session - gain strategy and clarity; limited slots available The Inkwell - try a sessi…
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If you're like me, you might be eagerly anticipating the new year on one hand, but also hesitant about it on the other hand. In today's episode, I share how to prepare for 2024 as Christian writers and authors, and that revolves around the acronym R.A.C.E. Listen in to discover what RACE means and be encouraged in your writing journey! Register for…
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With so many U.S. Christian bookstores that have gone out of business over the last ten years, is there still a market for Christian books? And if so, what can indie authors do to reach that market and sell more books? That’s what I’m going to discuss on today’s episode of Ink and Impact! Register for the Self-Publishing Unpacked Master Class! Tues…
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Happy Thanksgiving, fellow writer! Just like Thanksgiving dinner, there are a multitude of moving parts associated with self-publishing. To ensure that the book gets done on time AND that it satiates your hungry readers' expectations, you need to do a lot of advance planning and prep work. That’s what I’m going to share with you today: 3 Things to …
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Remember how the saying used to be, “There’s an app for that”? Well, today there seems to be a coach for everything, too. A quick online search reveals dozens if not hundreds of different types of coaches: life coaches, business coaches, fitness coaches, executive coaches, health coaches, acting coaches, even travel coaches. And yes, book coaches. …
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In the last episode, I shared how you can find time to write your book. Today, I’m going to share the ONE thing you need to sell more of that book. As I’ve mentioned before, we need to market our books at all stages of the author journey – from just starting out to long after publication. There are many practical tips and strategies available to he…
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One of the biggest challenges I hear from writers is a variation of time: There’s no time to write in my crazy busy life. It takes too long to grow a platform. There’s not enough time to juggle everything you’re supposed to do for writing and marketing your book. It takes too much time to learn how to use a particular tool or technology to help wit…
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In this episode, your host Dalene Bickel shares 7 Things to Avoid When Writing Your Life Story (or memoir, or autobiography). When you follow these guidelines, your story will attract readers rather than repel them. Sometimes, it's not about what you do but what you DON'T do that makes the biggest impact. Listen and SUBSCRIBE! Resources Mentioned i…
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Did you know that while booksellers are buying about 250 to 300 titles a month (if they're a large seller), there are almost 1 million new, traditionally published books and, on top of that, 2-3 million self-published books produced every year in the United States alone? That is a lot of competition, my friend. So how can you make your book stands …
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In this episode, you'll learn not only about the Kentucky Christian Writers Conference and why you should attend, but special guest Gregg Bridgeman also shares some excellent tips for how to best prepare for a conference AND key insights about the challenges we Christian writers face in today's culture. Also, I announce that the Ink and Impact podc…
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You have a message to share. But how you can do it in a way that offers hope and makes a difference in the lives of your readers? Today's guest, author James H. Belt III, joins me and shares the approach he took to do this - and the lessons he learned along the way - when writing his new book, Hope Realized. Be assured: No matter your message, you,…
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On today's episode, Dalene Bickel shares a self-check for writers: four things you should consider throughout every stage of your writing life, not just when you’re embarking on a new project or entering a new calendar year. Can you guess what they are? You just might be surprised! Listen in to discover if you’re correct … and if any of them resona…
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Do you want to get word out about your self-published book? If so, you'll want to land media coverage in outlets such as newspapers, podcasts, radio, and television. But getting those coveted interview spots isn't always easy. That's why I invited Jason Jones, founder of Jones Literary (a PR firm for authors and publishers), to come on Ink and Impa…
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Whew - I cover a lot of important info in today's book industry update! Tune in to learn about: Recent Christian Bookstore Sales Data, Foreign Market Opportunities, KDP Changes, The New Book Rating System in Texas I'd love to hear your thoughts about what is shared in this episode - select from the options below to connect with me! Prefer to read t…
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Today's episode concludes the Author Summer School series by sharing 6 Steps to Setting Up an Email List and Growing Your Platform. Whether you're just starting out as a writer or are already an established author, this episode will ensure your email list is set up correctly AND help you reach - and attract - new readers. Share this with a fellow w…
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This week I'm continuing my Author Summer School series, and today we're specifically talking about the benefits of blogging, how to start an author blog, and how to market an author blog. Lots of tips are coming your way, so if you are, driving or exercising or somewhere that you can't take notes, don't worry. Just be sure to go to the blog at ink…
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Hey there, fellow pen pusher! The Author Summer School Series continues here on the podcast. Today I'm sharing how you can build an effective author website in 10 steps, whether you plan to build it yourself or hire a web designer. Already have a website? Wonderful! But you’ll still want to follow along to make sure you’re not overlooking any key c…
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Not sure if it's time to publish your book? Listen in to today's episode where you’ll learn: what led Rick and Jane McKinney to walk across America almost 20 years ago, why they waited until now to publish a book about it, and how the lessons they learned along their trek and throughout the writing and publishing of their book can benefit your auth…
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You're excited to write your book, so you immediately start typing. That's a good thing, right? Yes, but in your eagerness, you might be overlooking or dismissing two critical things that should be done at the outset of your author journey. Listen in to today's episode to discover 2 Important Things Authors Tend to Dismiss, why they're important, a…
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Do you have these 6 things every author needs? Today's episode kicks off what I'm calling my Author Summer School series. Now through the end of July, I'm going to be focusing primarily on the fundamentals of authorship and the practical things you need to put in place. Whether you're an aspiring author needing step-by-step guidance or an establish…
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Wondering how to do the thing ... that is, write your book? Unsure what to expect throughout the writing and publishing process? If so, then be sure to listen to this episode of the Ink and Impact podcast in which Rebecca George and I discuss her experience writing and publishing her recently released book, Do the Thing: Gospel-Centered Goals, Gump…
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Today I’m keeping it real by talking about comparison, specifically how it hinders us and what we can do to combat it, plus 5 ways that Jesus models effective marketing for our God-given messages. Ready? Listen in! Would you rather read the blog version? Go to the website. Looking for a Christian writing group? Join the Inkwell Collective! Follow D…
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Starting a podcast as an author offers some unique benefits that other types of marketing just can't replicate. And starting a podcast doesn't have to be difficult, either. However, it does require a bit of planning and effort. On today's episode of the Ink and Impact podcast, I'm joined by Sarah Moffat, a podcast manager and launch specialist. Tog…
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In this episode of the Ink and Impact podcast, we look at how King David's desire to build a house for the Lord compares to our motivation to write today by asking ourselves 3 important questions. We also consider our identity as writers based on the names and titles we use. Plus, there's an important reminder about the current book giveaway! Enter…
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Have you ever wondered if your story is worth writing? Are you aware that not every book has to be written in narrative form? Would you like a chance to win a free book? Have I caught your attention yet? 😀 On today's episode of the Ink and Impact podcast, author Lori Ann Wood joins me to share the backstory behind her new book, Divine Detour: The P…
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Have you ever wondered what the differences are between autobiography, biography, memoir, and genealogy? Sometimes they overlap, but each has a distinct purpose. If you plan to write one of these genres - or are in the midst of writing one - do you know what to include ... or NOT to include? In honor of May being Personal History Awareness Month, I…
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It's Personal History Awareness Month! This fact led me to update my opt-in offer for individuals wanting to write their life stories, which in turn made me think that maybe I should do a podcast episode on how to create an opt-in offer. And here we are! Note that this episode differs from Episode 12 (How to Create and Distribute a Reader Magnet) i…
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Have you ever wondered what the differences are between hybrid publishing and traditional publishing? Have you considered using a hybrid publisher, but weren't sure if they were legitimate or worth the investment? After all, there are a lot of author horror stories about them out there. The good news is that they're not all bad, and choosing one ju…
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Hey there, Pen Pusher. Welcome back! This week's episode is going to be a bit shorter than usual, but still valuable. Today, I'm going to share about Christian Book Month and reveal the potential financial differences between traditionally published authors and indie or self-published authors. I also want to invite you to join the Inkwell Collectiv…
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In this episode of the Ink and Impact podcast, host Dalene Bickel offers practical tips for authors to promote their backlist books. She shares ideas from the free resource, "Backlist Book Promotion for Busy Authors," by Christian author assistant Amanda Geaney that provides a wealth of tips and strategies to help you continue to market your books …
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On today's episode of the Ink and Impact Podcast, I speak with author Jennifer Hand, whose most recent book is My Yes Is On the Table. We specifically talk about what it was like for her to say yes to writing a book and the different things that she experienced through her author journey that many of us as fellow writers can relate to. I think that…
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In today's episode, I discuss AI for writers and how it's affecting the publishing industry. I wanted to really dig into this because while everyone else seems to be so excited about it and diving into it and touting all the benefits, I have a little hesitation about it. Not that I don't think that it should be used, but that we should be aware of …
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Whether you write middle-grade fiction or not, this episode is packed full of helpful insights and practical tips to benefit you throughout your author journey! Just a few of the topics covered in this episode include: Why middle-grade fiction is needed now more than ever, What happens when you invite God into the writing (and marketing) process, H…
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Today I discuss the foundation of our writing efforts. Without a vision and mission, the author life is much more difficult, and dare I say less fruitful. You might be thinking that a vision and mission statement are only for businesses. But guess what? Your writing is a business! If you plan to sell your book and earn money from it, you need to tr…
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Daylight Savings Time takes place this weekend in many portions of the United States. What will you do with your extra hour? If you're like me, you might be tempted to sleep in. But perhaps we could better utilize that hour, and our time in general, regardless of which equinox we’re in. So, today I’m going to share 5 time & mind management tips for…
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How do you know if you’re called to write a book? What do you do when you feel like an imposter in your faith or as a writer? How do you develop a writing niche? Naomi Fata generously shares her personal experience in each of these areas, which all fall under one overarching theme: relationships - with Christ and others. Listen in to discover why r…
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Today we're talking about your leadership role as a writer and the ten characteristics that define leadership as they pertain to writers and authors. You don't want to miss it! Listen, read, and watch at inkandimpact.com. Learn more about The Inkwell Collective. Thanks for listening! Join the FREE Ink and Impact Facebook community for Christian wri…
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Since we celebrated Valentine’s Day earlier this week, I thought I’d play off of that theme and ask you: Are you in love with your book’s appearance? Even more importantly, do you know how to ensure that your target audience will fall in love with your cover and interior design? The most important marketing aspect of your book – whether ebook or pr…
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Writers know they need to build a platform. But what is an author platform and why does it really matter? How do you even start to build a platform? Writing a book is much more than simply putting words on a page. In today's episode, Dalene Bickel discusses how platform and publishing go hand in hand and shares ways writers can begin to grow their …
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I'm kicking off Season 2 with a giveaway (free book, anyone?!) and practical advice to help you wrap your mind around the book creation process. Whether you’re planning to indie or traditionally publish, these 5 components are critical across the board. So be sure to stick around to the very end for full giveaway details and prepare to make an impa…
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As you review your writing in 2022, can you say with confidence that it has positively impacted your readers? Sometimes when we sense God prompting us to do a particular thing, we try to talk ourselves out of doing it. But when we push aside our excuses and fears, something wonderful happens: God opens doors and is glorified. I know this for a fact…
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Do you struggle to express yourself? You're not alone. Today's episode addresses this issue and encourages us not to just take the easy way out. Listen in to learn what we're to do instead. Read show notes and SUBSCRIBE at inkandimpact.com. Get your free copy of the Christian Book Catalog mentioned in this episode here. Thanks for listening! Join t…
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Do you like journals? Have you ever wondered how crowdfunding works? Curious about the differences between offset printing and print-on-demand? No matter what kind of book you're self-publishing, this episode will help you make informed decisions throughout your journey. Be sure to listen all the way to the end! Christa has a special offer for you …
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Be aware of some important book industry updates, especially if you're: rushing to publish (or revise) your book before Christmas, planning to only publish a print version in the new year, or currently writing a children's book. And, as always, there are several helpful writing resources mentioned as well. Be sure to subscribe and mention the podca…
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If you’re listening from the U.S. on the day this episode airs, you’re probably trying to get comfortable after stuffing yourself with turkey and all the other accompanying gastronomical goodies of a typical Thanksgiving feast. While I was prepping for my own family’s feast this week, I listened to a podcast that shared a portion of George Washingt…
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Could you use some encouragement in your writing life? Do you wish you had an opportunity to hang out with fellow Christian writers and learn from their experiences? Are you looking for a book to read that will not just educate or entertain, but truly make an impact on you? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this episode is for you…
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In honor of Veterans Day this week in the United States, Ink and Impact is featuring interview clips of two veterans' military experiences. Host Dalene Bickel also shares a couple of interview tips for writers, plus discusses how we should see ourselves as being in service not only for our readers, but for our God as well. Listen and subscribe at i…
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