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SPJ081 Laura Read, Thriller writer

Laura Read has worked in publishing for over seven years, as a designer for a journal and its award-winning website. She is now an author and freelance designer. Her poetry has been published in two anthologies. Her debut novel is called Deadly Sins – an exploration of the sexism that can permeate families and how sin can influence us all. Laura's follow-up novel - Caught in a Lie - is a tale of sex, politics and betrayal. Find Out More: 1) Laura's website:...

Duration: 00:50:43

Paul's Podcast Diary 16th September 2017

1) This week's writing progress – I should finish draft 1 of One Fatal Error on Saturday: 2) My 3d box set covers: I got these done via this Fiverr account: 3) Here's a sneak peek at my Amazon ads account – look at those $1200 budgets! You never actually spend those amounts 4) I forgot to mention this in the diary, but bursaries are available to attend the Society of Authors event in November:...

Duration: 00:37:25

SPJ080 Dave Chesson, creator of

Dave Chesson is best known for his Kindlepreneur blog and website. He's is an 11 year veteran of the US Navy, but started a side hustle learning about online marketing. He created niche websites, learnt about SEO and affiliate income, then made the move into self-publishing. He now supports indie authors via his Kindlepreneur blog and service and also self-publishes books under a range of pen names. Of particular note to new authors are Dave's free Amazon Ads course and his KDP Rocket...

Duration: 00:56:13

Paul's Podcast Diary 9th September 2017

1) This week's writing progress - 5k words for One Fatal Error: 2) Brian Meeks' Amazon Ads book: [amazon_link asins='1942810156' template='ProductCarousel' store='author-pt-21' marketplace='UK' link_id='ed89fde3-9499-11e7-9781-01729003d3f9'] 3) Sci-Fi & Fantasy Giveaway - I'm taking part in this InstaFreebie Giveaway next week: I recommend MailerLite for email marketing: [My affiliate link] This book giveaway...

Duration: 00:36:44

SPJ079 Emily Benet, From Trad To Indie

Emily Benet is an author, journalist and award-winning blogger. She writes contemporary fiction. Her titles include the blog-to-book retail comedy, Shop Girl Diaries, the quirky romantic comedy, The Temp, and a novel about social media addiction, #PleaseRetweet. Her fourth novel, The Hen Party, is a fun, fast-paced reality TV saga set in the island of Mallorca. Tired of the lack of support that she got with her traditionally published books, Emily decided to go it alone with her most...

Duration: 00:59:50

Paul's Podcast Diary 2nd September 2017

1) Some good Createspace royalties coming my way, I've been selling decent numbers of paperbacks recently, mainly non-fictions and in particular, my Mailchimp book. I've received net earnings of Earnings of £380.30 this month, with zero promotion, and although I want it to be much more, this seems to be a reasonable amount: 2) I wanted to get back to exercising over summer and I exceeded my two-times-per-week target and managed three times each week over the 6-week holiday period: 3)...

Duration: 00:44:18

SPJ078 Jon Cronshaw [Take 2]

Jon Cronshaw is a newly self-published sci-fi and dystopian author. It's the second time on the podcast for Jon – we met at Carlisle's Bordlerlines Book Festival last year and at that time, Jon was about to self-publish his first book. When I first spoke to Jon in January 2017, he'd just got the first book written. He'd also been writing lots of short stories for the Ray Bradbury Challenge and he'd done his homework about the best strategies to use for launch and promotion. He's now got...

Duration: 00:54:56

Paul's Podcast Diary 26th August 2017

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Duration: 00:26:21

SPJ077 Morgen Bailey, Freelance Book Editor

Based in Northamptonshire, England, ‘Morgen with an e' is the author of numerous short story collections, a chick-lit novel (with crime and mystery novels in the works), a series of writer's block workbooks, articles, and she dabbles with poetry. As well as being a freelance editor (who offers a free 1,000-word sample), she is a creative writing tutor for Northamptonshire County Council's Adult Learning (10-week evening and one-day Saturday classes). Morgen is also speaker of anything...

Duration: 00:55:31

Paul's Podcast Diary 19th August 2017

1) This week's writing progress - 5123 words written, in spite of A level and UCAS interruptions :-) 3) Joanna Penn's podcast: [Recommended]

Duration: 00:27:16

SPJ076 Joseph Alexander, Guitarist & Non-Fiction Author

Joseph Alexander has been a guitarist and expert music tutor for over 20 years. His tuition books are published in four languages and have sold over thousands of copies to widespread critical acclaim. Recently his books passed £1,000,000 in revenue and he is currently writing a guide book to self-publishing for authors. Joseph travels constantly and has lived in many countries, choosing to build a location-free online business. Find Out More: Website:...

Duration: 01:00:43

Paul's Podcast Diary 12th August 2017

1) This week's writing progress - 5044 words written on Saturday 5th August, bringing my running total to about 2) Bookfunnel: 3) Author's XP book promotion site: [My affiliate link] 4) InstaFreebie: [My affiliate link] 5) Wattpad: 6) My next book to be released is Burden of Guilt: 7) The Creative Penn podcast:

Duration: 00:18:59

SPJ075 James P. Sumner, Thriller Writer

James P. Sumner writes a series of action thrillers about a former soldier-turned-hitman named Adrian Hell. He's worked in every type of office environment you can think of – insurance, banking, mobile phones, telesales … you name it, he's done it. In July 2013, he began work on his first novel and eventually self-published his debut thriller, True Conviction, on Amazon, where it has now been downloaded over 300,000 times. He is a member of the Crime Writers Association, and saw his fifth...

Duration: 01:06:47

Paul's Podcast Diary 5th August 2017

1) This week's writing progress - 500 words of a short story teaser and writing 5k words on Saturday. 2) I'm now a member of the International Thriller Writers: I'm also a member of the Society of Authors: The 'must-have' membership for indie authors is The Alliance of Independent Authors [My affiliate link] 3) My Mailchimp Unboxed book: 4) I have entered the Writer's Digest e-book awards:...

Duration: 00:39:32

SPJ074 Meg Cowley Take 2 Interview

Meg Cowley was first interviewed in episode 3 of this podcast, in April 2016. At that time Meg was experiencing her biggest success in self-publishing having created a series aof adult colouring books which were selling very well. However, the bottom dropped out of that market and Meg had to so a very sharp pivot to set her writing career back on track. Prior to the breakkthrough with the adult colouring books, Meg had written two young-adult ‘sword and sorcery' novels and two...

Duration: 01:04:35

PPD 29th July 2017

1) This week's writing progress - writing on Sunday and Thursday this week, now half-way through 2) Booklinker - no longer recommended until they get the SSL sorted out! Books2Read is what I'm now recommending instead: 3) This is my updated author website at built with Optimizepress [My affiliate link] and Thrive Themes [My affiliate link] I...

Duration: 00:35:14

SPJ073 Steven A. McKay, Historical Fiction Writer

Steven A. McKay's first book, "Wolf's Head", came out in 2013 and was an Amazon UK top 20 bestseller. It has an incredible 389+ reviews on ... if you've ever tried to get reviews, that's an astonishing number. "Blood of the Wolf" is the fourth and final book in the Forest Lord series which has over 95,000 sales so far. As a historical fiction author, Steven is currently working on a brand new tale - tentatively titled "The Druid" set in post-Roman Britain. Find Out...

Duration: 01:07:03

PPD 22nd July 2017

1) This week's writing progress: 2) 20BooksTo50k in London: I originally booked through so I could cancel my rooms if I needed to (which I did!) [My referral link btw] Eventually I booked my room at the Travelodge in Egham which is just a short walk up the High Street to the venue and considerably cheaper: 3) MailerLite - my current, preferred email marketing service:...

Duration: 00:27:14

SPJ072 Alison Ingleby, As-Yet Unpublished Indie Author

Alison Ingleby is a freelance writer who provides blogging and copywriting services to businesses all over the world who are connected to travel or the great outdoors. Alison is planning to use this freelance business business to bootstrap her self-publishing efforts. She has just written her first book, which will form part of a dystopian trilogy. I asked Alison to join me on the podcast because I'm keen to capture the experiences and progress of a brand new indie author. Essential...

Duration: 01:02:15

PPD 15th July 2017

1) This week's writing progress - 5036 words written on Friday and I'll write another 5k on Saturday: 2) This is the location of my new thriller - I needed somewhere that a millionaire might own in the UK, but somewhere claustrophobic too: My book will feature a fictional version of one of these forts. 3) I got the cover for my email marketing book this week, the...

Duration: 00:36:56

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