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Episode 145 / Becca Mysoor is a Fairy Plot-Mother and developmental editor. She joins us this week to share how she works with bestselling authors on their stories from conception to marketing strategy. Intro links: Spotify Promo Cards - Example: Murder at Archly Manor Show notes: What Becca wishes authors knew about developmental editing What she’…
 
Episode 144 / We’re answering your questions this week as we dig into launching prep and what to do after a launch plus more questions about direct sales, winter promos, and how to handle disruptions in your schedule. Submit your questions: https://forms.gle/Q1viJahz4o5dsqda8 Questions answered this episode: Planning your future releases After the …
 
Episode 143 / Tess Thompson, author of small town romances and American historical romances, joins us to talk about mindset changes she made that have helped her achieve career goals. We delve into resistance, limiting beliefs, and discoverability. Tess also shares tips for writing a small town romance series. Intro links: Subscriptions for Authors…
 
Episode 142 / Karen McQuestion shares how she successfully writes across different genres and how that has contributed to her longevity in publishing. Show notes: Trusting your instinct when it comes to storytelling Marketing tips for authors who’d rather do online promotion instead of in-person events Following the story idea even if it takes you …
 
Episode 141 / Do you want to up your newsletter game? Newsletter expert Tammi Lebrecque joins us to discuss building an email list, automations, reader magnets, the unique value you provide to readers, and much more. Intro links: Kickstarter Accelerator - open until Nov 23rd (Affiliate Link) Show notes: Tammi’s definition of success How Tammi went …
 
Episode 140 / Paranormal cozy mystery author Trixie Silvertale joins us to discuss secret pen names. This episode is part of our New Author series. Show notes: Marketing and promotion tips for introverted authors Holding back books for a rapid release launch Shifting from monthly releases to quarterly releases Benefits and challenges of a secret pe…
 
Episode 139 / Jami updates us this week, sharing about the difficult time her family has been through as well as how grateful she is to be an indie author, which allowed her to spend extended time with her sister before she passed away. Sara’s Kickstarter is over and it exceeded all her expectations! Sara shares what she learned from running her fi…
 
Episode 138 / We’re going back to the archives this week as we re-air an episode with J. Thorn. Sci-fi author, podcaster, teacher, and event organizer J. Thorn joins us to discuss creative ways to diversify your author income, podcasting, and what he wishes he’d known about co-writing. Intro links: Sara’s Kickstarter In this podcast episode, you’ll…
 
Episode 137 / Helen Scheuerer, bestselling fantasy, joins us this week to talk about writing a series. We also discuss finding breathing room in your career, reaching out to other authors to develop friendships in the writing community, and work/life balance. Intro links: Author Wheel podcast Sara’s Kickstarter Show notes: How Helen learned to love…
 
Episode 136 / Cozy mystery author Morgana Best joins us today to talk about direct sales. We discuss how to get started as well as advanced tactics like SMS marketing and influencer marketing. Intro links: GoFundMe for Jami’s sister: Joni’s Hospice Journey Sara’s Kickstarter Show notes: Why Morgana looks at mistakes as opportunities for discovery W…
 
Episode 135 / Brad West, one of the creators of Vellum software, joins us to talk about how authors format their books, both ebook and print, what’s changed in the publishing industry, and unique ways authors are using Vellum. Intro links: Troy Lambert WIKT interview - promotion idea: bookstore giveaway copies Free Little Library Show notes: Brad s…
 
Episode 134 / Do you want to add subscription income to your business? Emilia Rose, USA Today bestselling author of steamy romance, joined Sara to give tips and ideas on how authors can include a recurring income stream in their business models. Intro link: Bookvault.app Sara’s Kickstarter Show notes: How Emilia uses subscriptions to connect with r…
 
Episode 133 / Jami is flying solo in this week’s interview with Katlyn Duncan, who writes suspense thrillers, young adult fiction, and nonfiction for writers. They discussed the ins and outs of getting your rights back from traditional publishers. As well as Youtube for Authors and ghostwriting. Come over and say hi to Jami and Sara in the WIKT Fac…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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:…
 
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…
 
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…
 
Episode 120 / Lisa Suzanne, sports romance author, joins us to talk about how a pivot to writing shorter sports romance books, banking them, and releasing rapidly took her career to a new level. We also talk about how she brands her series as well as using cliffhangers to keep readers coming back to a series. Show notes: How Lisa shifted from pants…
 
Episode 119 / Southern urban fantasy author Kimbra Swain joins us this week to share tips on connecting with your readers and expanding your income streams. Kimbra creates jewelry, book boxes, tumblers, and many other items for her readers. Learn how she uses physical items to deepen her connection with readers and create life-long fans through her…
 
Episode 118 / Orna Ross, author and poet as well as director of the Alliance of Independent Authors, joins us this week to talk about writing across multiple genres and planning for authors. So much wisdom on how to learn from mistakes and grow in your career in this episode! Show notes: How Orna transitioned from teaching to writing fiction and po…
 
Episode 117 / Do you want to use TikTok to grow your readership? BookTokker Sarah Thompson shares tips for authors who want to get started as well as insights on how she picks and reviews books. Show notes: How Sarah got started reviewing books How Sarah picks and reviews books Tips for authors who want to reach out to BookTokkers Mistakes authors …
 
Episode 116 / Do you want to pitch your books to Hollywood for film or television? Entertainment attorney Maggie Marr is here to share insight on how to find and vet and entertainment attorney. Plus she shares tips on negotiation as well as why now is a good time to delve into screenwriting, if you’ve always wanted to adapt your novel. Intro links:…
 
Episode 115 / Cindy Burnett, host of the Thoughts from a Page Podcast, joins us this week and shares tips for authors who want to pitch book reviewers, podcasters, or bookstrammers. We also talk about Cindy’s Patreon and how she’s structured it to appeal to readers. Show notes: How Cindy’s love of reading launched her into reviewing books, writing …
 
Episode 114 / Do you wonder if a secret pen name is for you? Do you want a sustainable long term writing career? Romance and nonfiction author Zoe York joins us to discuss secret pen names, how she iterates her goals, and gives out of the box marketing tips. Also why Tik Tok is working now and Facebook is stagnating for authors Show notes: Why Zoe …
 
Episode 113 / Are you looking for a new revenue stream? Selling in person at shows is an option to add to your list of possibilities. Young adult science fiction and fantasy author Clare C. Marshall joins us today to share her tips for selling in person at craft shows, festivals, and comic conventions. Intro links: The Thing About Austen podcast Th…
 
Episode 112 / We get an update from Jami on her vacation, check in on how the writing community is helping Ukrainians, and answer listener questions. Intro links: Writers For Ukraine Wish I’d Known Think Mini-sode: Writers Helping Ukrainians Show notes: Listener questions: How do you record audio yourself? What is the equipment you need, how do you…
 
Resources to Help Ukrainians Ways to help, sourced by author Sara Rosett, from the writing community: Fundraisers from Writing Community Author Daniel Willcocks has set up a fundraising writing challenge: Writers for Ukraine, the One Million Word challenge. The charity drive runs March 9th-15th www.activatedauthors.com/ukraine Author Cecelia Mecca …
 
Episode 111 / Paranormal romance author Krystal Shannan joins us this week to talk about how shifting to writing intuitively was freeing for her and revitalized her writing process. We also talk about whether or not you should cull your newsletter, what Krystal does when she gets stuck, and why readers want specific emotional payoffs in each genre.…
 
Episode 110 / Do you want to simplify your publishing process? Evan Gow joins us to talk about how Story Origin can make things easier in your writing life. Story Origin has been around since 2018 and has created a list of features to help authors including, reader magnet distribution, email integration, beta copy and ARC copy distribution and trac…
 
Episode 109 / Jami and Sara talk about creating compelling characters sharing their lessons learned. They give examples of how they created specific characters and delve into naming characters, backstory, and physical description. How they developing a main character Ways to create characters: Character sheets/study/history Images Enneagram Astrolo…
 
Episode 108 / Mark McGuinness joins us this week to talk about poetry and it’s a fascinating discussion. We chat about the multiple ways to experience poetry as well as how writing first thing in the day has been a key to Mark’s success. Show notes: Why you sometimes have to get out of the way and let the poem or prose come through Why it’s much be…
 
Episode 107 / Kate P. Adams joins us this week as part of the New Author series. She’s a newly published cozy mystery author and shares how she researched the genre and self publishing as well as how she rapid-released her series. Show notes: How Kate began writing nonfiction and shifted to fiction Expectations of cozy readers Why Kate wrote a read…
 
Episode 106 / Do you think being a hybrid author is the best of both worlds? Join us this week as we chat with romantic comedy author Stefanie London about balancing traditional publishing with indie publishing. Intro links: Ines Johnson Metadata Sheet Market Better Faster Jami’s interview on the Rebel Author Podcast Body Beats to Build On by April…
 
Episode 105 / Do you want to get off the new release treadmill? Are you looking for a way to connect with your readers and keep your backlist alive without writing additional books? Monica Leonelle and Russell Nohelty have a possibility for you: Kickstarter. Monica and Russell gave us so many fantastic ideas for how to add Kickstrater to your autho…
 
Episode 104 / Do you wish there was an easy way to keep track of your sales on all platforms? Phillipa Werner joins us today to share how Scribecount solves this problem for indie authors. Phillipa is a prolific author and the Director of Strategic Partnerships at Scribecount. Phillipa gives us the details on Scribecount, which collects and collate…
 
Episode 103 / Do you struggle to outline? Are you an organic writer who writes into the dark? Then you’ll enjoy this episode with thriller author Kevin Tumlinson who is a discovery writer. We talk about his process of writing, what he does when he gets stuck, and how he edits as he goes. Kevin also describes how he uses crossovers to build his seri…
 
Episode 102 / Do you want to promote your audiobooks? Or are you just getting started with audio and aren’t sure how to create an audiobook? Will Dages, Head of Findaway Voices, joins us talk all things audio. Will tells us about Findaway’s new Marketplace, which helps connect narrators and authors. He also shares tips about how to work with narrat…
 
Episode 101 / Do you want to be more organized in 2022? Do you love planners, calendars, and notebooks? Then this week’s episode with author and creator of The Author’s Planner, Audrey Hughey, is for you. If you’re not a fan of planners, don’t tune out. Audrey has a great perspective on making your plans work for you so that you’re not stressed out…
 
Episode 100 / 🎉 It’s our 100th episode and we’re celebrating with a look behind the scenes. Join us as we talk all things podcasting with Alexa Larberg and Adriel Wiggins, who make sure the podcast goes out each week. If you’re thinking of starting a podcast, you’ll find this episode full of useful tips. We also pick their brains for tips on workin…
 
Episode 099 / Romance author Ines Johnson joins us this week. So much goodness in this episode. We cover everything from coupling your financial goals to your happiness, the upside of trying and failing, and tips on organizing metadata as well as your writing schedule. Show notes: How the music of her dad’s funk band helped Ines learn about story I…
 
Episode 098 / In this post-Thanksgiving show we walk through our writing and publishing process, delving into the tools we use from software to dictation apps. We also chat about our favorite craft books, then we wrap up with some tips for keeping everything organized. QOTW: What organizational tips do you have for writing and publishing? Show note…
 
Episode 097 / Romance author Theodora Taylor, author of 7 Figure Fiction: How to Use Universal Fantasy to Sell Your Books to Anyone, joins us this week. She shares her top tips for new authors and she breaks down the universal fantasies of four movies: Beauty and The Beast, Knives Out, Notting Hill, and Crazy Rich Asians. Show notes: Why your writi…
 
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