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Helping indie authors successfully write, market, & self-publish their books and make a living with their writing. In this show, Ella interviews successful authors who share their best writing, marketing, and mindset secrets. You'll hear from them about topics such as making time to write, tools to succeed as an indie author, exactly what steps they took to achieve their self-publishing success.
 
STORM THE GATES OF PUBLISHING with VP and literary agent Amanda Luedeke and novelist Charis Crowe. Teaming up to talk about both sides of publishing (self-publishing and traditional), Amanda and Charis share their combined twenty years of experience in the industry from both sides of the desk. They offer a glimpse behind the "gates" as they share the realities, opportunities, and difficulties of the publishing world. Amanda Luedeke is literary agent and Vice President at MacGregor and Luedek ...
 
Chris Jones teaches authors to think like publishers and promote like marketers. Each week, he highlights a different facet of the writing and self-publishing business. His goal: to equip authors and writers with the tools they need to get the recognition they deserve. Past guests have included Joanna Penn, John David Mann, Toby Neal, JV Crum III, Nathan Chan, and Mark Minard.
 
The podcast that helps authors make sense of all the social media marketing options out there and gives practical tips on how to sell more books and build loyal fans with social media. Based on award-winning marketer Chris Syme's 20+ years in marketing and bestselling indie author Becca Syme's self-publishing journey, the show features successful self-published authors and book marketing experts weekly.
 
Learn to publish ebooks like a pro. Mark Coker guides you step-by-step from the very basics of ebook publishing to more advanced topics. Whether you’re considering publishing your first book, or you’re already a New York Times bestselling author, the Smart Author Podcast will help you reach more readers. You'll learn how to make your ebook more discoverable, more desirable and more enjoyable to readers. Over 80% of people dream of writing a book one day, yet most are completely unaware of th ...
 
Are you ready to increase your book sales, and hit the bestseller list consistently? Welcome to the Book Marketing Show, where in this weekly podcast Dave Chesson will not only show you some of the best book sales tactics but also bring on top-notch guests to show how each tactic taught here was a game changer for their books and how it can be for yours as well. Having created one of the largest websites on book marketing, Kindlepreneur.com, he’s also been a book-marketing consultant for top ...
 
Do you want to learn how to write for children? The Institute of Children's Literature has taught hundreds of thousands of aspiring writers, and the director of ICL is the host of Writing for Children. Bestselling children's author Katie Davis focuses on the craft of writing for children: how to write a children’s book, how to write for children’s magazines, how to get paid, and get published. There are listener questions, with answers from the experts at the Institute, plus hard-to-find res ...
 
Author Katie Davis hosts Brain Burps About Books as a "fly on the wall" show. It's all about the craft and business of publishing, now including all genres––not just children's books. Interviews with experts cover publishing, creating, promoting, and writing them. Are you an aspiring writer who'd like to know the inside scoop on how others got their books published? Kid's books? Indie books? Non-fiction? Or are you already published and want to hear how to make your book trailer? Maybe you'r ...
 
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Episode 132 / This week Jami and Sara are re-airing an early episode with Kait Nolan, who talks about getting through burnout and writing during stressful times--whether that stress is coming from your own personal situation or world events. Intro links: Sara’s Kickstarter for her special edition hardcover - sign up to get notified when it goes liv…
 
Why do bookstores choose to carry one book over another? Why do some books perform better in certain areas of the country? The Gatecrashers sit down with bookstore owner and literary agent Elisa Saphier to discuss the art of bookselling. Amanda Luedeke is literary agent and Vice President at MacGregor & Luedeke, where she has agented since 2009. Ch…
 
Episode 131 / Historical cozy author Benedict Brown joins us to talk about writing mysteries, transitioning from one genre to another, and how he learned to lean into the tropes and expectations of the genre. Show notes: How Benedict started writing children’s books and why he shifted to contemporary cozies and then later transitioned to historical…
 
Episode 130 / It’s back to the archives this week for one of our most popular episodes. Jami and Sara share how they launch a book, covering tactics for low-, medium-, and high-budget launches as well as sharing beau·coup tips about what’s working for book launches right now. Intro links: Kickstart Your Book podcast Sign up to be notified when Jami…
 
Writing can be a joyous experience until all the pressures on what to write come crashing down on you. Sometimes, trying to write what your agent wants takes away all the spark and passion you have for writing. Today's guest, Sierra Simone, is all too familiar with this feeling. What snapped her back was simple advice: WRITE FOR YOU. This led her t…
 
Episode 129 / Dark fantasy author Kerstin Espinosa Rosero joins us to talk about bootstrapping her first book, lessons she’s learned about marketing, and tips on writing fantasy. Intro links: Sara’s interview on Behind the Book podcast Show notes: How Kerstin’s art led her to write her first book Her advice for new authors when it comes to marketin…
 
The Gatecrashers interview author Mel Todd, owner of Bad Ash Publishing. Mel is a Bestselling Amazon author in Urban Science Fiction and Urban Fantasy with over 30 titles to her name, plus stories in multiple anthologies. Amanda Luedeke is literary agent and Vice President at MacGregor & Luedeke, where she has agented since 2009. Charis Crowe is a …
 
Writing a memoir is a challenge not only in terms of writing but in sharing stories that connect people. Today’s guest has taken on that challenge. Zibby Owens is an author, podcaster, publisher, CEO, and founder of Zibby Owens Media, a privately-held media company designed to help busy people live their best lives by connecting to books and each o…
 
Episode 128 / We’re headed back to the archives for a fun interview with Lindsay Buroker. Lindsay talks about the benefits and drawbacks of pen names, the advantages of podcasting for writers, and how she writes and releases books into Kindle Unlimited using the rapid release model, then goes wide later. Intro links: Timeshifter app Claire’s Kickst…
 
A writing community is very important to have, especially if you're starting as a self-publishing author. You need to find a tribe that thinks like you. Join Ella Barnard as she talks to historical romance author, Wendy Vella about finding a community. Wendy is a Kindle Unlimited all-star and is also part of the SPA Girls Podcast. Learn how she fou…
 
Episode 127 / If you’re looking for a way to attract readers that doesn’t involve paid advertising, podcasting might be for you. Podcaster Diane Nue shares how she’s connected with readers through podcasting and the bookstagram community. We also discuss some of the reasons for the enduring appeal of Jane Austen, branding, and super practical thing…
 
Be open to opportunities around you and love what you do. In this episode, Renee Rose shares her experience of having the best outcome in her life by following her guts. She had a degree in creative writing and knew she would be a writer. Her opportunity came after discovering 50 Shades of Grey, wherein she knew she could also write the same genre …
 
Episode 126 / In this re-air episode we discuss expectations, common mistakes, and understanding our motivation to write. Claire is also an expert on applying the Enneagram to story structure. She has a kickstarter preview up for her book Reclaim Your Author Career, which uses the Enneagram to help authors align their careers. Intro link: Inkers Co…
 
The Gatecrashers sit down with award-winning novelist Piper Huguley and discuss the importance of fighting to tell the story that you want to tell. Amanda Luedeke is literary agent and Vice President at MacGregor & Luedeke, where she has agented since 2009. Charis Crowe is a marketer and freelancer who spent nearly ten years at the gates of publish…
 
There is so much more authors can do with their books. In fact, it need not only provide you with one income stream. You can leverage them to provide you with multiple streams of income. Today's guest is proof that this is possible. Ella Barnard sits with Willow Winters, an author who has over 50 books published and continues to deliver addictive l…
 
Episode 125 / Jami and Sara share the tips and ideas they got at Inkers Con then discuss how to connect with writers at in person events as well as how to connect online. Inkers Con digital ticket (affiliate code for discount: JAMI22) Show notes: Merchandising - Kimbra Swain Patreon - Emilia Rose Translations - Tanya Anne Crosby Get backlist sellin…
 
Every one of us has an inborn talent. Some are already visible at a young age, but some are just not that apparent until they grow up and discover it for themselves. Tasha L. Harrison, our guest today, knew writing was her passion and was confident that she could do it well. Tasha was burned out when she decided to build a community of writers and …
 
Episode 124 / We’re taking this week off for a summer break, but we’re giving you a quick recap on Inkers Con (it was great!) and then replaying one of our early episodes. Historical romance author Cecelia Mecca what she learned when she changed genres and how she now reverse engineers her books before she writes them. Intro links: Sara’s interview…
 
The Gatecrashers share updates and announcements about their publishing journeys! Amanda Luedeke is literary agent and Vice President at MacGregor & Luedeke, where she has agented since 2009. Charis Crowe is a marketer and freelancer who spent nearly ten years at the gates of publishing before deciding to launch her own self-publishing career.…
 
How do you succeed in writing cozy mysteries? Ella Barnard welcomes Cheryl Phipps, a USA Today best-selling romance author. Cheryl advises how you want more people to look guilty or have the potential to be the criminal. Then there should be love and trust, usually the sheriff, deputy, or forensic person. But writing the story is just the first ste…
 
Episode 123 / Mike Stop Continues, founder of SiteArcade, joins us to talk all the things related to author websites: why you need a website, what should be one it, branding, and the benefits of a press kit for authors. Links of interest: Sara will be chatting with Findaway Voices next week Wednesday (June 8th) about mysteries and audiobooks at 11:…
 
The Gatecrashers read first-page submissions and offer comments and critiques. Amanda Luedeke is literary agent and Vice President at MacGregor & Luedeke, where she has agented since 2009. Charis Crowe is a marketer and freelancer who spent nearly ten years at the gates of publishing before deciding to launch her own self-publishing career.…
 
Many writers, if not most, wear multiple hats while pursuing their author’s journey. There are moments when you need to prioritize and choose yourself. Here to share how she did it is Lexi Ryan. Lexi is a romance and YA fantasy author working in self-publishing and traditional publishing. In this episode, she joins Ella Barnard to share the ups and…
 
Yes, authors can write and pitch their own press releases. The Gatecrashers discuss how. Amanda Luedeke is literary agent and Vice President at MacGregor & Luedeke, where she has agented since 2009. Charis Crowe is a marketer and freelancer who spent nearly ten years at the gates of publishing before deciding to launch her own self-publishing caree…
 
KU publishing or Kindle Unlimited can be good for new authors but wide marketing is still the best way to go. You can your backlist first then go wide after so that you can reach more readers. Marketing is very important especially if you're new to the game. Learn more about wide marketing, duet writing, and all things romance with Ella Barnard and…
 
Episode 122 / Romance author and email expert Holly Darling joins us to share how we can connect with readers from the moment they opt-in to our emails. There’s so much good info in this episode! We guarantee you’ll come away with so many ways to improve your welcome sequence. Show notes: Creative ways to use double opt-in as part of the welcome se…
 
Create your very own story bible! Free story bible templates found here: https://www.dropbox.com/scl/fo/yq5ncpjcevpjfleuwcwfd/h?dl=0&rlkey=cjfh2b3bmkmelqav2qu02213b Amanda Luedeke is literary agent and Vice President at MacGregor & Luedeke, where she has agented since 2009. Charis Crowe is a marketer and freelancer who spent nearly ten years at the…
 
So many books out there dive deep into how to earn millions in the easiest and fastest ways possible. But for Lee Savino, she achieved her millionaire author mindset not just because of financial strategies but also by investing time in what she genuinely loves. She joins Ella Barnard to share how she built her wealth by reinvigorating her passion …
 
Episode 121 / Daniela Romero, new-adult and paranormal romance author, joins us to talk about why it’s important for readers to have books and characters that reflect their experiences and how authors can write diverse characters. We also delve into Daniela’s principle of having many streams of income, so that if one stream wanes her overall revenu…
 
The Gatecrashers read first-page submissions and offer comments and critiques. Amanda Luedeke is literary agent and Vice President at MacGregor & Luedeke, where she has agented since 2009. Charis Crowe is a marketer and freelancer who spent nearly ten years at the gates of publishing before deciding to launch her own self-publishing career.…
 
For a writer's work to succeed and thrive, one needs to find their marketable voice. They need to make let their personality shine through their words. In this episode, Ella Barnard teams up with bestselling author Nana Malone to talk about the author's voice. Nana discusses marketability, diversity and helping other up-and-coming authors get marke…
 
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