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Build Your Utopia

Josh Marsden & Ben Thompson

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Build Your Utopia is a podcast made for you. If you have lofty ambitions in corporate or entrepreneur settings, this is the show that delivers quality episodes to inspire and arm you to achieve your goals. One of the biggest challenges that you are faced with is juggling work-life balance. Our guests, such as Honoree Corder, Hal Elrod, Jason Snell, Darieth Chisolm, John Lee Dumas, Kate Erickson, Ray Higdon, and many others, all provide plenty of honest feedback on how you can tackle this con ...
 
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Draft2Digital, Kevin Tumlinson, Mark Leslie Lefebvre, Dan Wood

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Brought to you from the indie author experts at Draft2Digital! Each week, Self Publishing Insiders features an interview with a new guest, covering self-publishing topics from writing and craft to marketing and promoting your books, and anything that can help you build and grow your author career. Learn about new tools, new software, new markets—and of course, all the inside information that D2D can provide! This show features interviews taken from our live D2D Spotlight, available on YouTub ...
 
Yann Ilunga sits down with some of the world’s top entrepreneurs, online marketing experts and best-selling authors to talk about their success and struggles, the “tools of the trade” and to give actionable tips to business-builder, small business owners and those who are in the process of building an online business. Every episode features some of the world's top entrepreneurs, experts and NYT bestselling authors and focuses on a different aspect of topics such as entrepreneurship, blogging ...
 
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Money. It's a word that dredges up all kinds of emotions. And few authors understand the money mindset (and how to change it) more than Honorée Corder. In this episode of Self Publishing Insiders, we're talkin' money, and how you improve your relationship with it. //Draft2Digital is where you start your Indie Author Career// Looking for your path t…
 
Audiobooks are becoming a bigger part of the party for self published authors, and the company leading the charge is D2D's partner, Findaway Voices! In this episode of SPI, we're talking to Findaway's Will Dages about their new Marketplace, and how it's changing the game for indie authors. //Draft2Digital is where you start your Indie Author Career…
 
In a recent blog post, D2D’s own Kevin Tumlinson wrote about “5 Common Questions Authors Ask” (find that post here: http://d2d.tips/5authorqs). In this episode of Self Publishing Insiders the D2D team talks about the questions they get the most, and answers questions from our live audience! //Draft2Digital is where you start your Indie Author Caree…
 
Jeff Putnam, founder of Rugged Legacy Grooming Supply Co., chats with D2D’s Kevin Tumlinson about the importance of everyday writing and how developing writing skills can help propel your life and career. Find Jeff and his work at ruggedlegacygrooming.com. //Draft2Digital is where you start your Indie Author Career// Looking for your path to self-p…
 
Author conferences can be a springboard for leveling up your author career. Meet other authors and learn from them, find people to collaborate with, discover helpful and useful services, and meet-n-greet with movers and shakers in the industry! In this episode of Self Publishing Insiders we’re talking about the secrets and tips we’ve learned from y…
 
Whether you’re traveling for work or pleasure, there’s really no need to skip out on your writing time. And though it can be a challenge to stay on a routine, it can be done! In this episode of Self Publishing Insiders with Draft2Digital, some of D2D’s seasoned travelers share their tips and tricks for keeping up the word count from wherever you ar…
 
We love helping authors come together, especially if it means crafting more books! In this episode of Self Publishing Insiders, the D2D team are offering their tips for collaborating and co-authoring, from box sets to anthologies to short story collections. //Draft2Digital is where you start your Indie Author Career// Looking for your path to self-…
 
Ever wondered how to convert your book from a Word Doc to an EPUB in an instant? Looking for a way to send readers to everywhere your book is sold online from a single link? Trying to figure out how to set a promotional price for your book that ends on a specific date? That's a lot of questions. And we're here to answer all of them and more! In thi…
 
Mark Leslie Lefebvre interviews Angela Ackerman & Becca Puglisi of WRITERS HELPING WRITERS. Angela and Becca are the co-authors of the “gold standard” of writing guides, the Writers Helping Writers thesaurus collection. The series is available in eight languages and has sold over 600,000 copies. These books are used in universities and by editors, …
 
Mark Leslie Lefebvre interviews Philippa A. Werner, Director of Strategic Partnerships and the public face of ScribeCount. ScribeCount is an easy to use, all-in-one sales reporting platform currently servicing sales from Amazon, Apple, Google, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and Draft2Digital. ScribeCount offers every feature to every subscriber, regardles…
 
Join the Draft2Digital team to talk about some of the tools D2D has baked right in to help you make a little extra cash—even if you never publish a book! This will be a good one to tune into for all authors, bloggers, podcasters, and social media influencers, as we cover topics such as affiliate income, referral fees, and more. //Draft2Digital is w…
 
Mary Robinette Kowal is the author of The Glamourist Histories series, Ghost Talkers, and the Lady Astronaut series. She’s the President of SFWA, part of the award-winning podcast Writing Excuses and has received the Astounding Award for Best New Writer, four Hugo awards, the Nebula and Locus awards. Her stories appear in Asimov’s, Uncanny, and sev…
 
Writing your best possible book is something that takes time—time to produce, obviously, but also time to perfect. Writing is a skill that gets better with use, but just like any other craft the quality of your practice makes as big a difference as the quantity. In this episode of Self Publishing Insiders, Draft2Digital's resident authors talk abou…
 
There's no doubt that AI is sweeping across the digital landscape, changing the way just about every industry thinks and operates. It's still early days for knowing how this will impact publishing, particularly for the independent, self-published author. But the technology is evolving so rapidly that "early days" may become ancient history in the b…
 
D2D’s Tara Robinette, Director of Operations & Customer Support, sits in to answer the most asked questions from D2D authors! //Draft2Digital is where you start your Indie Author Career// Looking for your path to self-publishing success? Draft2Digital is the leading ebook publisher and distributor. We’ll convert your manuscript, distribute it onlin…
 
Starting a new year has a lot of challenges (especially some new years in particular), but one of them is planning your approach for your author business! In this episode of Self Publishing Insiders with Draft2Digital, the D2D team talks about approaches to setting goals and planning out your author career. What to think about, what to include, and…
 
Author and conference organizer William Bernhardt talks about his career and his work helping authors find the kind of success he’s built. //Draft2Digital is where you start your Indie Author Career// Looking for your path to self-publishing success? Draft2Digital is the leading ebook publisher and distributor. We’ll convert your manuscript, distri…
 
A thirty-year project manager with a geophysics degree, M.L. “Matt” Buchman has designed and built houses, flown and jumped out of planes, solo-sailed a 50’ sailboat, and bicycled solo around the world…and he quilts. In this episode of SPI, Mark Leslie Lefebvre chats with Matt about his work, shifting genres, updating his website and more. //Draft2…
 
Authors and D2D Insiders Kevin Tumlinson and Mark Leslie Lefebvre take questions and chat live about what it's like to work as both authors and industry people. Learn how two authors juggle working on both sides of the self-publishing fence! //Draft2Digital is where you start your Indie Author Career// Looking for your path to self-publishing succe…
 
Orna Ross is an award-winning novelist, poet and director of the Alliance of Independent Authors Find more about ALLi at www.allianceindependentauthors.org //Draft2Digital is where you start your Indie Author Career// Looking for your path to self-publishing success? Draft2Digital is the leading ebook publisher and distributor. We’ll convert your m…
 
Timothy Cerepaka has written in multiple genres under several pen names, but he's best known as superhero author Lucas Flint. He is the author of young adult The Superhero's Son series and the superhero LitRPG Capes Online series, among many others. He currently lives in Central Texas. //Draft2Digital is where you start your Indie Author Career// L…
 
Quadragenarian fitness model, lifestyle coach and bestselling author of the critically acclaimed Feast of Fates, Christian A. Brown received a Kirkus star in 2014 for the first novel in his genre-changing Four Feasts till Darkness series. He has appeared on Newstalk 1010, AM640, Daytime Rogers, and Get Bold Today with LeGrande Green. He actively wr…
 
Patrick O'Donnell is a very recently retired police sergeant who is also a published author and technical advisor for writers and screenwriters. His focus is on writing and helping authors get their facts straight regarding police procedure. Find more about Patrick and his work at: Website:: www.copsandwriters.com Facebook:: https://www.facebook.co…
 
Michael La Ronn is the author of over 40 science fiction & fantasy books and self-help books for writers. He writes from the great plains of Iowa and has managed to write while raising a family, working a full-time job, and even attending law school classes in the evenings. You can find his fiction at www.michaellaronn.com and his videos and books …
 
Gregg McBride is a film and television writer/producer living in Los Angeles, where he works for entities including BET, Disney, Paramount, Sony, Hallmark, FreeForm, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, MTV and others. His Hallmark Hall of Fame movie, A Heavenly Christmas, premiered to the highest ratings for an original movie in the history of the Hallmar…
 
Building any sort of successful author career takes thinking things through, figuring out how things work, and working a plan. Few authors have done that as well as thriller writer Ernest Dempsey. In this chat, Kevin Tumlinson corners Ernest on how he's making his author career work, and how you can use what he's learned to move forward with your o…
 
Book layout is an important part of transitioning from your final draft to a polished and published book. Hiring a layout professional is a good idea, but isn't always practical on a self-publishers budget. That's why Vellum may be a good option. //Draft2Digital is where you start your Indie Author Career// Looking for your path to self-publishing …
 
In many ways, the pandemic led to a boon for indie publishers, opening the door for readers to discover new books and new authors. Draft2Digital saw record numbers of sales for self-published authors over the course of 2020, and even as those sales began to level off, they remained much higher than previous years. In this discussion, recorded live …
 
Jeff Adams has written stories since he was in middle school and became a published author in 2009 when his first short stories were published. He writes both gay romance and LGBTQ young adult fiction…and there’s usually a hockey player at the center of the story. Will Knauss is a child of the seventies. When he wasn’t twirling around on the playgr…
 
//Draft2Digital is where you start your Indie Author Career// Looking for your path to self-publishing success? Draft2Digital is the leading ebook publisher and distributor. We’ll convert your manuscript, distribute it online, and support you the whole way, and we won’t charge you a dime. We take a cut of royalties on each sale you make through us,…
 
//Draft2Digital is where you start your Indie Author Career// Looking for your path to self-publishing success? Draft2Digital is the leading ebook publisher and distributor. We’ll convert your manuscript, distribute it online, and support you the whole way, and we won’t charge you a dime. We take a cut of royalties on each sale you make through us,…
 
//Draft2Digital is where you start your Indie Author Career// Looking for your path to self-publishing success? Draft2Digital is the leading ebook publisher and distributor. We’ll convert your manuscript, distribute it online, and support you the whole way, and we won’t charge you a dime. We take a cut of royalties on each sale you make through us,…
 
//Draft2Digital is where you start your Indie Author Career// Looking for your path to self-publishing success? Draft2Digital is the leading ebook publisher and distributor. We’ll convert your manuscript, distribute it online, and support you the whole way, and we won’t charge you a dime. We take a cut of royalties on each sale you make through us,…
 
//Draft2Digital is where you start your Indie Author Career// Looking for your path to self-publishing success? Draft2Digital is the leading ebook publisher and distributor. We’ll convert your manuscript, distribute it online, and support you the whole way, and we won’t charge you a dime. We take a cut of royalties on each sale you make through us,…
 
Learn more about D2D Payment Splitting in a complete walk-thru with our own Mark Leslie Lefebvre! Find it on our blog: https://www.draft2digital.com/blog/d2d-payment-splitting-a-walk-thru-with-mark-leslie-lefebvre/ //Draft2Digital is where you start your Indie Author Career// Looking for your path to self-publishing success? Draft2Digital is the le…
 
//Draft2Digital is where you start your Indie Author Career// Looking for your path to self-publishing success? Draft2Digital is the leading ebook publisher and distributor. We’ll convert your manuscript, distribute it online, and support you the whole way, and we won’t charge you a dime. We take a cut of royalties on each sale you make through us,…
 
//Draft2Digital is where you start your Indie Author Career// Looking for your path to self-publishing success? Draft2Digital is the leading ebook publisher and distributor. We’ll convert your manuscript, distribute it online, and support you the whole way, and we won’t charge you a dime. We take a cut of royalties on each sale you make through us,…
 
//Draft2Digital is where you start your Indie Author Career// Looking for your path to self-publishing success? Draft2Digital is the leading ebook publisher and distributor. We’ll convert your manuscript, distribute it online, and support you the whole way, and we won’t charge you a dime. We take a cut of royalties on each sale you make through us,…
 
//Draft2Digital is where you start your Indie Author Career// Looking for your path to self-publishing success? Draft2Digital is the leading ebook publisher and distributor. We’ll convert your manuscript, distribute it online, and support you the whole way, and we won’t charge you a dime. We take a cut of royalties on each sale you make through us,…
 
J.F.Penn is an award-nominated, New York Times and USA Today bestselling thriller author and also writes non-fiction for authors as Joanna Penn. She’s a podcaster and an award-winning creative entrepreneur. Her site, TheCreativePenn.com has been voted in the Top 100 sites for writers by Writer's Digest. Find Joanna and her work at TheCreativePenn.c…
 
Nathan Van Coops lives in St. Petersburg Florida on a diet comprised mainly of tacos. He enjoys old planes, motorcycles, and Volkswagens; and contends that there is such a thing as "dressy" flip-flops. He is the author of two time travel adventure novels: In Times Like These, and, The Chronothon. Find Nathan and his work at https://www.nathanvancoo…
 
Interested in learning how YOU can easily make custom images and ads featuring your book cover in a simple and easy to use tool that has been described by some as "Canva on steroids"? Join D2D's Mark Leslie Lefebvre and Corey Alderin, Co-Founder of BookBrush, as they chat about how BookBrush can help with resources to market your books. //Draft2Dig…
 
Author Roland Denzel chats with D2D's Kevin Tumlinson about author platforms—what they are, how to build them, and how to get the most out of them. //Draft2Digital is where you start your Indie Author Career// Looking for your path to self-publishing success? Draft2Digital is the leading ebook publisher and distributor. We’ll convert your manuscrip…
 
Nick Thacker is a USA Today Bestselling thriller author and Co-Founder of Author.Email. He's joining D2D's Kevin Tumlinson to chat about his work, marketing for authors, and just the indie author life in general! Find Nick and his books at https://nickthacker.com //Draft2Digital is where you start your Indie Author Career// Looking for your path to…
 
How's your author website looking? Nate Hoffelder sits in with Kevin Tumlinson to chat about some do's, don'ts, and do-overs of web design. Pick up some tips on how to improve your own homepage! //Draft2Digital is where you start your Indie Author Career// Looking for your path to self-publishing success? Draft2Digital is the leading ebook publishe…
 
Michael Bunker, author and off-grid advocate, was thrilled when an agent approached him about optioning his Amish sci-fi as a motion picture. In this episode, Michael sits down with D2D's Kevin Tumlinson to talk movie adaptations and more. //Draft2Digital is where you start your Indie Author Career// Looking for your path to self-publishing success…
 
D2D's Kevin Tumlinson chats with author Malorie Cooper about how she balances workload between writing and marketing. Listen in to hear the backstory on her publishing career. //Draft2Digital is where you start your Indie Author Career// Looking for your path to self-publishing success? Draft2Digital is the leading ebook publisher and distributor. …
 
Will Dages from Findaway Voices joins Dan Wood from Draft2Digital to talk about how audiobooks are a boon for authors, and how you can get your books into audio and distributed worldwide. //Draft2Digital is where you start your Indie Author Career// Looking for your path to self-publishing success? Draft2Digital is the leading ebook publisher and d…
 
Tawdra Kandle is a USA Today bestselling romance author, and has organized Orlando's Indie Bookfest (now known as Orlando Reads Books) as well as NINC, the Novelists Inc. conference in St. Pete's Beach, Florida. In this episode, Tawdra talks about her own work, as well as the importance of connecting with other authors and industry influencers at a…
 
Dan Wood talks with USA Today bestselling author Patricia McLinn about her advice for authors looking to make a career out of their writing. //Draft2Digital is where you start your Indie Author Career// Looking for your path to self-publishing success? Draft2Digital is the leading ebook publisher and distributor. We’ll convert your manuscript, dist…
 
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