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Six Figure Authors is the show that helps you take your writing career to the next level. Lindsay Buroker, Jo Lallo, and Andrea Pearson are sharing their own insights, as authors who’ve been publishing since the beginning of the e-reader revolution, and they’re also interviewing industry experts and other successful authors to help you figure out what’s working right now.
 
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For this week’s show, we started out discussing some of the predications that Mark Coker of Smashwords made in his beginning-of-the-year post: 2021 Publishing Predictions – Pandemic Reshapes Publishing, Accelerates Consolidation. After that, we moved into our main topic of trying to offer some suggestions for people who have been writing for a whil…
 
Actress, artist, and writer Irene Tsu joins us on the podcast this week to discuss her debut memoir, A Water Color Dream: The Many Lives of Irene Tsu. Irene tells us about her life and career as an actor, from a child dreaming of becoming a ballerina to becoming one of the first working Asian-American actors in Hollywood, appearing in films alongsi…
 
For this week’s show, which we recorded right before the end of the year, we took a look at what worked and what didn’t for authors and publishers in 2020. We also discussed some of the things we learned from the strange year, and then went into our writing, marketing, and publishing plans for 2021. Here are a few highlights from the show: Jo found…
 
We are kicking off 2021 with a delightful conversation with Kobo’s Chief Content Officer Pieter Swinkels. Pieter has worked for Kobo for almost a decade and previously worked as a publisher in the Netherlands, giving him a wealth of experience in the publishing industry which he was kind of enough to share with us. Pieter discusses the differences …
 
We had a lot of listener questions that we didn’t get to in the first Selling Hard-to-Categorize Books That Aren’t Written to Market show, so we’re back for part 2, and it’s all about answering your questions. Here they are! Patricia: What kind of cover do you pick for a book that may be between genres? Should you just pick a cover for the closest …
 
Our guest this week is publishing consultant and author Jane Friedman. With twenty years of experience in the publishing industry, she has expertise in digital media strategies for authors and publishers. She’s the co-founder and editor of The Hot Sheet, the essential publishing industry newsletter for authors that covers industry news, market anal…
 
Author Tara L. Roí joins us on the podcast this week to discuss her career and how she combined her love of writing with her passion for fighting climate change. Tara writes “steamy romance in a heating world”, and she talks to us about her path from screenwriter to journalist to romance author, what her writing process looks like and how it has ev…
 
Very few authors think of writing “to market” or “to trope” with their first book/series. They’re just writing what they love! Sometimes, that ends up being popular with readers, but sometimes you end up with some cross-genre mashup that doesn’t fit tidily into any of the categories on Amazon or the other online bookstores. You don’t realize that’s…
 
Brad West, the co-creator Vellum, joins us on the podcast this week to answer our questions about his ePub creating software. Brad tells us how Vellum its start, how the software works, what users can expect from Vellum in the future, and he talks to us about what he’s learned during his time as a small business owner. Learn more about this episode…
 
On this week’s show, we talked about the Gartner Hype Cycle as a framework to think about where we are with ebooks, audiobooks, and the up-and-coming technologies that may become useful (or even necessary) for us as authors. We also mused a bit about audiobooks specifically and whether they’ve reached a tipping point, whether you need to worry abou…
 
Author and winner of the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize for Literary Fiction Zalika Reid-Benta joins us on the podcast this week to discuss her award winning debut title Frying Plantain. Zalika tells us about the book’s road to publication, from high school writing project to finished work, she tells us about her writing process and how it has evolved …
 
It’s a “just-us” episode today, with Jo, Andrea, and Lindsay answering listener questions. We ran out of time and didn’t get to the leftover protagonist-craft questions that we teased in the intro (whoops), but we did answer questions on Amazon ads, audio reader magnets, and whether social media and newsletters are really worth the time investment …
 
Librarian Jaclyn Derlatka sits down with Steph and Joni this week to discuss her role as the department head for children’s and adult fiction at Whitby Public Library, and how she curates the library’s collection. Jaclyn talks to us about using Overdrive and Hoopla to build the digital library, what publishing trends she’s noticed recently, and how…
 
Our guest this week is Honoree Corder, an executive and strategic book and publishing coach, TEDx speaker, and the author of dozens of books including You Must Write a Book and The Prosperous Writer series. She’s also the co-author of The Nifty 15: Write Your Book in Just 15 Minutes a Day! with Brian Meeks. For a few more days, you can pick up the …
 
Author consultant Kate Tilton joins us on the podcast this week to discuss figuring out your goals as an indie author and what practices to implement in order to reach them. Kate started out in the publishing industry as an author’s assistant, and she talks to us about what prompted her to start her own business, why authenticity is key when it com…
 
Please enjoy this preview of Season 3 of Kobo in Conversation! Eden Robinson joined us to talk about how she outfoxed her inner editor to write the Trickster trilogy -- including Return of the Trickster, coming in 2021 -- and explained why it’s a bad idea to follow her on twitter if you enjoy popular TV shows. And we learned how many narrators she …
 
For this week’s show, we’ve got an interview with contemporary/urban fantasy author Sarah Painter. She publishes wide (in all the stores) and has had good luck with her books, even without signing up for Amazon’s exclusivity program. She is the host of the Worried Writer Podcast and is also a self-identified introvert who has written the book Stop …
 
Bestselling author Talia Hibbert joins us on the podcast this week to discuss her career, her writing process, and her newest Kobo Original, Wrapped Up in You. Talia writes sexy, diverse romance and she talks about how indie publishing is more accessible for diverse authors. We also discuss how she works from the initial story idea to the finished …
 
We return to the craft of writing for this week’s show, because good craft makes it a lot easier to sell books! The topic for the show is protagonists. How do you create the kind of heroes that readers fall in love with and will continue to read about book after book, no matter what is happening with the plot? We start off sharing some of our tips,…
 
Author and co-host of the Six Figure Authors podcast Lindsay Buroker joins us on the podcast this week. Lindsay has been an indie author for almost a decade and she talks to us about how the industry has changed over that time, where she thinks it’s going next, and she tells us about her Patreon and how she utilizes the platform to distribute ARCs …
 
We had a guest on this week’s Six Figure Authors, USA Today bestselling romance writer Serena Miller. She’s both traditionally and indie published, and she’s had one of her books (Love Finds You in Sugar Creek) made into a movie with a second movie in the works. She has written mysteries and lumber camp historical fiction but is best known for her …
 
New York Times bestselling author Karin Slaughter joins us on the podcast this week to discuss her career and what makes a great crime novel. Karin tells us how she plots both her novels and her long-running series, what her research process is like, and the double standards imposed on female crime writers. Karin also tells us about her non-profit,…
 
If you frequent the various author forums and Facebook groups, you probably see people say it again and again: book publishing (especially ebook publishing for indie authors) has gotten too competitive, it’s pay to play (meaning you have to have piles to spend on ads), and nobody’s making what they used to. But is it true? We did an informal poll i…
 
Debut author Vanessa Åsell Tsuruga joins us on the podcast this week to discuss her novel Förgätmigej för alltid (Forget-me-not Forever), and how she went about translating her book into English. Vanessa tells us how she found the right translator for her novel, what the translation workflow was like, and how she fits writing into her busy work and…
 
For this week’s show, we discuss some of our big-picture writing, publishing, and marketing tips, things we’ve learned over our ten years of publishing. Hopefully, you’ll find some of this advice helpful. We finished up the show by answering a few of the craft-related questions that we didn’t get to in our craft episode. News/Links: Book Cover Desi…
 
Bestselling author Gail Carriger joins us on the podcast this week to discuss her writing career and her new non-fiction book, The Heroine’s Journey. Gail started out as a traditionally published author, but once she got a taste of indie publishing she absolutely loved it. Her newest book, The Heroine’s Journey, takes a look at the storytelling dev…
 
Welcome to Six Figure Authors, the show that helps you take your writing career to the next level. Our guest this week is Sara Rosett, USA Today Bestselling author of light-hearted mysteries, co-host of the Wish I’d Known Then podcast for writers, and author of How to Write A Series: A Guide to Series Types and Structure plus Troubleshooting Tips a…
 
Bestselling mother-daughter author duo, PC Cast and Kristin Cast, join us on the podcast this week. PC and Kristin tell us how they got their start writing and what prompted them to start working together, what their co-writing process looks like and how their individual writing practices differ, and they discuss the evolution of YA as a genre and …
 
It’s a lot easier to sell books that grab the readers, don’t let them go, and leave a lasting impression on them. We talk marketing a lot on this podcast, but solid writing and good stories make it easier to build a dedicated fanbase. This week, Lindsay, Andrea, and Jo share some of their favorite craft tips before answering listener questions rela…
 
Award winning author Brooke Adams Law joins us on the podcast this week to discuss her writing method, embodied writing, which aims to explore emotions and experiences through the physical body. Brooke also talks to us about her MFA experience, and the journey from idea to publication for her award winning debut novel, Catchlight. Learn more about …
 
On this week’s show, Jo, Andrea, and Lindsay share some of their favorite productivity tips for getting more books written and published, and only spending time on marketing that actually works. They’ve all had challenges of their own this past month, so they know what it’s like not to get everything done that you want done. Fortunately, when it co…
 
Bestselling author Susan Stoker joins us on the podcast this week to discuss how she creates her romance series from creating the initial layout on an Excel spreadsheet to deciding which marketing strategies to use when launching a new series or bringing a new audience to an older one. Susan also talks to us about translating her series for a non-E…
 
This week, Andrea, Jo, and Lindsay continue their discussion on newsletters. We open up talking about what types of bonuses we offer to readers who sign up and also share which ones have worked best to entice people onto our lists. After that, it’s on to the rest of our questions for Andrea. When it comes to the body of the email (or content), I al…
 
Novelist, poet, and director of the Alliance of Independent Authors Orna Ross joins us on the podcast this week to discuss taking a global approach to your indie publishing business. Orna talks about what business decisions authors should consider and how to get into the right mindset before going global, and she gives us some great advice for new …
 
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