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Writing, Publishing, Book Marketing, Creative Entrepreneurship

Writing, Publishing, Book Marketing, Creative Entrepreneurship
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Writing, Publishing, Book Marketing, Creative Entrepreneurship






Why Authors Should Learn To Speak In Public With Joanna Penn

All successful creatives have to speak and present in public, whether that's at a festival, on a podcast or radio show, or as part of earning multiple streams of income. But you don’t have to be like Tony Robbins, bouncing around on stage with a booming voice and larger than life personality. You just have […]


How To Write a Novel In A Month #NaNoWriMo With Grant Faulkner

Is it your dream to write a novel but you just don’t know where to start? Have you written lots of non-fiction but secretly, you'd love to write fiction? In today's interview, I talk to Grant Faulkner about tips for writing a novel in a month, whether that's part of #nanowrimo, or whenever you decide […]


Writing For Audio First With Jules Horne

Audiobooks are the fastest-growing segment in publishing, but how do you make sure your books sound good in audio? How can you improve your writing so listeners come back for more of your books? In this interview, Jules Horne gives some tips for audio-first writing. In the intro, I mention Underland: A Deep Time Journey […]


Book Marketing: Publicity Tips For Your Book With Dana Kaye

Is it worth pitching traditional media for PR in an era of paid ads? Can PR build your author brand and attract opportunities you might not have had otherwise? What are the best ways to pitch your book? Dana Kaye answers these questions and more in today's show. In the intro, Kobo Writing Life announces […]


Trust Your Creativity And Choose Yourself With Jen Louden

How can you continue to create when you're plagued with self-doubt? How can you let go of your fears and trust your creativity in order to move forward as a writer? In today's show, Jen Louden shares her lessons learned about writing and self-care. In the intro, I talk about Publish Drive's new move […]


Writing Tips: Unforgettable Endings With James Scott Bell

The last pages of your book are critical because they determine how the reader will feel when they leave your world — and whether they will buy your next book. As readers, we've all been disappointed by weak story endings, so how can we make sure that we leave our readers satisfied? James Scott Bell […]


Audiobook Narration And Performance Tips For Authors With Sean Pratt

Successful authors have to perform their work — whether that's reading at a book launch or literary festival, on a podcast or radio show, or even with audiobook narration. In today's show, Sean Pratt gives some tips for giving your best performance at every stage of your author journey. In the introduction, I talk about […]


Happiness, Anxiety And Writing As A Second Career With Lisa Lilly

Anxiety is an aspect of many writer's lives, so how can you write and publish while still balancing your physical and mental health? Plus, how writing can be a fulfilling second career. These topics and more in discussion with Lisa M Lilly today. In the intro, big publishers sue Audible over the new Captions feature […]


Podcasting Goes Mainstream. How Can Authors Benefit? Lessons Learned From Podcast Movement 2019

Audiobooks are the fastest-growing segment in publishing — and podcasts sell audiobooks because you’re reaching people who are already listening. Those who consume media in audio (like me) want everything in this format, and whether it’s conversational interviews, industry news, serial fiction, or a full-cast, multi-voice production, podcasts are on the rise. In this episode, […]


Navigating Changes In The Publishing Industry With Mike Shatzkin

Will Barnes and Noble survive the takeover by a hedge fund company? Will Amazon Publishing continue to take market share? Will audio-first become more dominant for readers? How will AI impact the publishing industry? I discuss these things and more with Mike Shatzkin on today's episode. In the intro, Open AI releases an updated version […]


The Creative Introvert With Cat Rose.

You can be a successful creative entrepreneur and an introvert. It's all about finding the best way of working for your personality and your business goals, as I discuss today with Cat Rose. In the intro, I talk about the importance of thinking long-term, both about your creative projects, but also about building assets and […]


Transitioning To A Full-time Creative Career With Blaire Palmer

If you want to become a full-time author-entrepreneur, it's not just about quitting your job and starting to write. There are many challenges to face as you go through the transition. In today's show, I talk to Blaire Palmer about mindset, routine and productivity, cashflow management, and more. In the intro, big publishers are changing […]


Book Marketing: Content Marketing Strategy With Pamela Wilson

Paid advertising may spike your book sales for the short term, but if you stop paying, you stop selling. With content marketing, you can create value for the long term, attract your target market and sell sustainably for years. I know this to be true because my business is built on content marketing through my […]


Amazon Advertising Insights With Russell Blake And Michael Beverly

Book marketing through organic reach on Amazon is over, but there's no point lamenting the end of an indie era. Surf the changes and get to grips with Amazon Ads — or outsource them if you're ready to. Some hard talking — and encouragement — with Russell Blake today, as well as tips from Michael […]


Flash Fiction And Making A Living As A Writer With Jason Brick

Writing for fun and for money is definitely possible, as I discuss with Jason Brick in today's interview. He writes flash fiction for fun and takes high-paying freelance writing jobs for income and shares tips for both. In the intro, highlights from the Audio Publishers Association survey [Publishing Perspectives]; PublishDrive announces Abacus, a tool for […]


Managing A Diverse Creative Career With Tim Chizmar

Established wisdom says that success in a creative career is more likely if you choose your niche and focus entirely on one thing. But what if you are someone who likes to play in all kinds of creative arenas? What if you are interested in writing in multiple genres? In today's interview, I discuss diversity […]


Attraction Marketing And Tips For Creative Business With Andre Chaperon

Many authors are introverts and prefer creation to marketing, but what if you could use your words to attract your perfect target market? In today's episode, André Chaperon gives some valuable tips for building a sustainable creative business. In the intro, I talk about intellectual property rights and the indie path for musicians. Taylor Swift […]


Mobile Payments, Reaching Chinese Readers, And AI For Voice With Makoto Tokudome

What if the future of book discovery and purchasing is mobile-first through apps like WeChat which dominates in China? I talk about AI translation, voice-first tech and more with Makoto Tokudome today. In the intro, I mention the UK All Party Writer's Group report into author earnings, and the Alliance of Independent Authors response which […]


9 Ways That Artificial Intelligence (AI) Will Disrupt Authors And The Publishing Industry

Some people say that publishing has already been disrupted, that this current state is the new model. But I don’t think the disruption has even started yet. As Jeff Bezos says, “it’s always Day One.” In the last ten years, we’ve seen the rise of digital publishing, print on demand, and the independent author movement, […]


Storyteller: Audiobook Narration Tips With Lorelei King

Audiobooks are the fastest growing segment in publishing and voice-first technologies like Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Cortana, and others mean that voice content will become even more popular. But audiobook production is still expensive, so should you try narrating your own audiobooks? If you fancy expanding your creative into the realm of voice, as I […]