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Paul's Podcast Diary 20th January 2018

1) Goodreads Giveaway results: 2) 3) Authors XP = 693 new leads = $45 = 0.06 cents per lead ... about 400 new subscribers added 4) Big promo next week ... Freebooksy, Fussy Librarian, My Book Cave, Kindle Nation Daily, eBook Soda, ManyBooks 5) AuthorsXP for book promotion - my affiliate link here 6) This Is Us - TV series on Amazon:

Duration: 00:27:30

SPJ098 Carol Rivers & Chris Wood, Trad To Indie

Carol Rivers' writing life began with short stories for women’s magazines, then novellas and eventually, sagas written for Simon & Schuster. She writes East End of London sagas which are set between the two World Wars, with gritty issues and feisty heroines and quite a bit of mischief. Carol's pen name is Parker Dee and her new series of self-published books are contemporary romances set in the tranquil British countryside, often with doctors and nurses as central characters, under the...

Duration: 01:01:01

Paul's Podcast Diary 13th January 2018

1) This week's writing progress: My work in progress: 2) My interview with Tim Lewis on the Begin Self-Publishing podcast: 3) My award for being 59 out of 71 listed in the Top 100 self-publishing podcasts 4) This info graphic is amusing but also bang on the money! 5) This is a view of the My Book Cave listings criteria: This Week’s Self-Publishing News

Duration: 00:39:35

SPJ097 Ron Vitale, Book Launch Strategy

Ron Vitale caught my attention on Twitter at the beginning of 2017 because of an excellent post that he made on his blog outlining in great detail his indie-author outgoings and income. Few authors dare to share this information, but Ron broke it all down in great detail holding back nothing in the process. When Ron got in touch with me to share the details of his latest book launch – revealing every detail of costs, what worked and what didn't – I couldn't resist catching up with him to...

Duration: 00:42:16

Paul's Podcast Diary 6th January 2018

1) Pip Reid sent in this useful article called Bookbub Deconstraucted: 2) My Q1 goals: 3) I was a runner-up in the London Book Festival: 4) Alliance of Independent Authors excellent guide to author competitions: 5) My book promo listing sites: FreeBooksy:...

Duration: 00:54:09

SPJ096 Michael Anderle, Indie Author & Collaborator

Michael Anderle is best known as the creator of The Kurtherian Gambit series and the wonderful 20BooksTo50k Facebook group. He published his first book, Death Becomes Her on November 2nd, 2015 and earned $6.00. He wrote and published two more books in November and generated Amazon royalties of $427 for the month. Between December and January he published two more books then went on to generate Amazon royalties of over $10,000, using Facebook ads to get things going. The rest is the stuff...

Duration: 01:00:57

Paul's Podcast Diary 30th December 2017

1) My sci-fi book ‘Deleted’ has had a change of title! It’s now called ‘Phase 6’ after the World Health Organisation’s 6-tier ranking for the stages of a pandemic ... Phase 6 is the worst and means the world is in big trouble! A new cover has been purchased from 2) £1000+ earned in December 2017 ... now well over £5500 earned since the BookBub promo, £4.5k+ earned between Oct 30th - Nov 30th. 3) My Q4 goals: 4) My marketing targets: 5) 20BooksTo50k...

Duration: 00:39:21

SPJ095 Patrick Sherriff, Writer/Artist On Japanese Themes

Patrick Sherriff worked in newspapers in the US, UK and Japan for 13 years. He is currently working on his third Hana Walker novel in between writing and illustrating textbooks for non-native speakers of English. Patrick lives in Japan with his wife and two daughters where He has even produced an adult colouring book celebrating the triumph of Leicester City Football club in winning the English Premiership. Patrick edited two anthologies about the Japan earthquake, tsunami and nuclear...

Duration: 01:06:00

Paul's Podcast Diary 23rd December 2017

Welcome to Paul's Podcast Diary for Saturday 23rd December, 2017. This diary charts my self-publishing journey – the ups the downs, the successes and the failures. Everything goes into this diary, week-by-week, but you'll also find it a source of great tips, resources, tools, podcast recommendations and so on. If I ever miss something out, or you'd like more information, just drop me an email at This Week's Talking Points 1) 20BooksLondon – get on the waiting...

Duration: 00:29:36

SPJ094 Dan Van Oss, Cover Designer & Sweet Romance Author

Dan Van Oss is a book cover designer and self-published author. He started writing during college, where he also penned a weekly column in the school paper under the pseudonym “Fletcher Ford”. Dan’s had pieces published on, won 2nd place in the Mona Schreiber Prize for Humorous Fiction and Nonfiction, was a semi-finalist in the writing contest. He was also given an honorable mention in the Soul-Making Keats Literary Competition for Humor. You can catch...

Duration: 01:01:39

Paul's Podcast Diary 16th December 2017

1) Here are the numbers to accompany this week's diary - the headings at the top of the page are Earnings - Page Reads - Sales - Free Books: Monthly earnings info: Sales in different territories: By the end of the podcast recording, this is the number that greeted me :-) 2) Vellum - highly recommended for creating e-books and paperbacks:

Duration: 00:36:34

SPJ093 James Blatch, Historical Thriller Writer

James Blatch is a former BBC Defence Reporter and a former BBFC Film Examiner. He's probably best-known in self-publishing circles as the co-host of the Self-Publishing Formula podcast. As listeners will already know, James is writing his first book - called The Last Flight - a historical military thriller set in 1966. James is fully immersed in military matters - he reported for the BBC on the UK military from, among other places, HMS Invincible, Kuwait and the Arctic Circle as well as...

Duration: 00:46:26

Paul's Podcast Diary 9th December 2017

1) The final 8k words of Deleted have been written – we're now into edits: 2) The final numbers from my recent Goodreads Giveaways: 3) One Fatal Error was published this week – hurrah! Remember that Kindle required your book 3 days before it's released, but they will keep nagging you: 4) 20BooksLondon – booking closes 20th December: 5) Check out Instafreebie at: Check out BookFunnel at: My...

Duration: 00:31:49

SPJ092 Rob Sinclair, Thriller Writer

Rob Sinclair began writing in 2009 following a promise to his wife that he could pen a ‘can’t put down’ thriller. He worked for nearly 13 years for a global accounting firm, specialising in forensic fraud investigations at both national and international levels. Rob now writes full time and is the author of the bestselling Enemy series of espionage thrillers featuring embattled agent Carl Logan, with over 250,000 copies sold to date. Rob's James Ryker series follows on from the Enemy...

Duration: 00:51:16

Paul's Podcast Diary 2nd December 2017

1) My forthcoming Thriller promo at InstaFreebie: 2) Goodreads is closing down the free UK book promos :-( 3) I edited my reviews rant out, but here's a review which may amuse you! 4) Authors XP - great list-building site: [That's my affiliate link!]

Duration: 00:44:23

SPJ091 Dana Ridenour, Thriller Writer & Former FBI Agent

Dana Ridenour is a retired FBI agent and the author of two FBI undercover novels - with the third in the pipeline. She spent most of her career as an FBI undercover operative infiltrating criminal organizations. Dana's debut novel Behind The Mask was released in April 2016 and was named one of the best indie books of 2016 by Kirkus Reviews. Her second novel, Beyond The Cabin, was released in August 2017 and, like her previous book, won the Hal Bernard Best Novel Award presented by the...

Duration: 00:55:25

Paul's Podcast Diary 25th November 2017

) You can see this week's sci-fi/dystopian promo at 2) This week's writing progress - that's another book almost written! 3) Jon Cronshaw's author diary: [Highly recommended!] 4) Authors XP, recommended promo site - check it out here [My affiliate link] 5) 20BooksTo50k London - book fast!

Duration: 00:35:05

SPJ090 Margaret Skea, Historical Fiction Author

Margaret Skea grew up in Ulster at the height of the 'Troubles', but now lives with her husband in the Scottish Borders. She was awarded the Beryl Bainbridge Award for Best First Time Author 2014 and Historical Fiction Winner in the Harper Collins / Alan Titchmarsh People's Novelist Competition for her debut novel Turn of the Tide. The sequel - A House Divided - was longlisted for the Historical Novel Society New Novel Award in 2016. Margaret is passionate about well-researched,...

Duration: 01:04:44

Paul's Podcast Diary 18th November 2017

1) My writing progress ... I managed to squeeze in a writing day before heading to Poland: 2) Look what happened to me this week :-) This means that I have now made sufficient sales to have to pay to use Book Report: 3) My Goodreads giveaways: Dead of Night at Mailchimp Unboxed at 4) Sarah Hardy's review:...

Duration: 00:35:35

SPJ089 Caimh McDonnell, Writer & Comedian

Caimh McDonnell, an award-winning stand-up comedian, author and writer of televisual treats. His debut novel is ‘A Man With One of Those Faces’ which he followed up with 'The Day That Never Comes'. When not writing books, Caimh is in great demand as a writer for TV. He has worked on the hit BBC2 show ‘The Sarah Millican Television Programme’ and written for comics on ‘Mock the Week’ and ‘Have I Got News for You’. He also works as a children’s TV writer and was BAFTA nominated for the...

Duration: 01:00:09

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