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Authors Love Readers, hosted by USAToday bestselling author Patricia McLinn, is a conversation between authors about how and why they create stories. With questions contributed by readers. Quite a few podcasts are out there for aspiring and established writers, both on the craft and the business. This podcast, though, is for readers. The goal is to have authors on the show who write in all sorts of fiction genres. As a reader, it doesn’t matter which path to publication an author takes – ind ...
 
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Episode Show Notes In this episode we cover: Planning systems How to plan effectively Planning for the unknown Balancing family and career Mindset shifts This week’s question is: what have you learned about yourself this year? Recommendation of the week is: High School Rocket Science: For Extraterrestrial Use Only by Patron Stanley B Trice Apple Ko…
 
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…
 
Banish brain fog, defeat writers' block, and write more words. Greta and Megan go back a long way with today's guest, Roland Denzel. The message of his upcoming book for writers, The Author Brain, is both necessary and inspirational. Roland Denzel is a health and fitness author who grew up overweight and sedentary before turning his life around. He…
 
The conference presented by Novelists, Inc. (NINC) is a unique experience that brings together multi-published authors who publish traditionally, independently, or both. Speakers are selected from the top echelons of the industry, and the conventions and networking opportunities rise far above what authors experience anywhere else. Host Patricia Mc…
 
Episode Show Notes In this episode we cover: Giving yourself permission Changing your mindset around writing How to start writing How to keep writing fun Quitting vs Sticking vs Pivoting This week’s question is: What should you be doing, that you aren't? Recommendation of the week is: Even Though I Knew the End by C.L. Polk Apple Kobo Amazon UK Ama…
 
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 …
 
Working with a small press, creating pop-up conferences, and giving yourself grace . . . These are just some of the topics we tackled with Jodi Thompson. Jodi Thompson has been writing for as long as she can remember, but her real talent lies in assisting others with their dreams. After spending some time as a freelance book manager and publicist, …
 
Episode Show Notes In this episode we cover: Japan The most common writer fears How to become fearless Approaches to perfectionism Approaches to failure This week’s question is: What country is top of your bucket list? Recommendation of the week is: Quit by Annie Duke Apple Kobo Amazon UK Amazon USA ***this show uses affiliate links Find out more a…
 
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 Show Notes In this episode we cover: Advice for working full-time and trying to write Balancing caring duties and writing Boundaries, how to have them and hold them Mindset shifts This week’s question is: Do you struggle to make time for all the things in life? Recommendation of the week is: How to Fail by Elizabeth Day Kobo Amazon UK Amazo…
 
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…
 
Hello Rebels and welcome to fireside chat number three between Rachael Herron and I. This is The Black Herron Episode three. Don't forget, Patrons get early access to these episode an entire month early and then we air them on the podcast feeds the following month. If you’d like to hear them early you can join me on Patreon from as little as $2 rig…
 
Prioritization, building habits, and keeping it fun . . . In this duo episode, we're talking all things productivity. Whether you're scheduling your writing around kids' schedules and a day job, or struggling to focus and find the flow, we've been there. How do you make writing a priority and build a habit in the face of so many other activities? Q…
 
Episode Show Notes In this episode we cover: What elements make urban fantasy Crafting the urban fantasy voice Marketing urban fantasy Urban fantasy tropes This week’s question is: how do you approach editing? Recommendation of the week is: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas Apple Kobo Amazon UK Amazon USA ***this show uses affiliate links…
 
Part 2 of our 2-Part Interview with USA Today Bestselling Author Russell Nohelty Launching a book on Kickstarter . . . Russell Nohelty is a USA Today bestselling author, publisher, and speaker. He runs Wannabe Press, a small press that publishes weird books for weird people. Russell is the author of dozens of novels and graphic novels including The…
 
Michelle Monkou is a multi-platform author, spanning 20 years in the business and with over 25 titles. She began her career writing romance for Black Entertainment Television (BET) Arabesque and then with Harlequin Kimani. Michelle is currently writing short fiction, from sweet to steamy, under her pen name Thea Monk, and shortly will launch her ot…
 
Episode Show Notes In this episode we cover: What NaNo is and how to participate The community of NaNo Tips and tricks for setting yourself up for NaNo Methods for keeping going NaNo Mindset This week’s question is: Have you ever done NaNo? or will you do NaNo this year? Recommendation of the week is: Darkest Night by Alessa Thorn Amazon UK Amazon …
 
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…
 
Part 1 of our 2-Part Interview with USA Today Bestselling Author Russell Nohelty Validation, Indie vs. Traditional publishing, and there's no substitute for time and experience . . . Russell Nohelty is a USA Today bestselling author, publisher, and speaker. He runs Wannabe Press, a small press that publishes weird books for weird people. Russell is…
 
Episode Show Notes In this episode we cover: The psychology of cozy mysteries Cozy tropes Mistakes to avoid Craft advice for writing cozy mysteries Marketing for introverts This week’s question is: What would you like for Christmas? Recommendation of the week is: A Lair of Bones by Helen Scheuerer Apple Amazon UK Amazon USA ***this show uses affili…
 
Goals, Motivations, Personality, Skills, Genre . . . Are you pursuing a traditional publishing contract or going the indie route and publishing on your own? Your dreams and background may affect your choice. There's no single right way to write, publish, or promote your book. Every journey to publication is different, just like every author. In tod…
 
🔎 If you like mysteries with dapper gentlemen sleuths, vintage CSI, and Golden Age fiction with themes that still resonate today, you’ll enjoy The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club by Dorothy L. Sayers. 🎩 Lord Peter Wimsey is the epitome of the dapper gentleman sleuth. He hides his sharp intellect under a foppish and sometimes silly manner. In man…
 
Episode Show Notes In this episode we cover: Mistakes to avoid when outlining or trying to write fast The 9 critical story beats What to do when you veer off your outline The pillars of writing fast This week’s question is: What and when was the last bit of self care you did? Recommendation of the week is: A Glasgow Kiss by Sophie Gravia Apple Kobo…
 
Flat arcs, dynamic arcs, writing in trilogies, extending a series . . . These are just some of the topics we tackled with the inspirational Sara Rosett. Sara Rosett is the USA Today bestselling author of over 30 cozy and historical mysteries as well as books and courses for writers, including How to Write a Series and How to Outline a Cozy Mystery.…
 
Hello Rebels and welcome to fireside chat number two between Rachael Herron and I. This is The Black Herron Episode two. Don't forget, Patrons get early access to these episode an entire month early and then we air them on the podcast feeds the following month. If you’d like to hear them early you can join me on Patreon from as little as $2 right h…
 
Episode Show Notes In this episode we cover: What makes a historical novel Craft tips for historical novels Research tips for historical novels Writing about real historical people The line between fantasy and historical This week’s question is: what’s the best TV show or movie you’ve seen this year? Recommendation of the week is: Relentless: From …
 
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…
 
Cozy Horror? Is that a thing? How well do you understand your genre? Genre is the broad category where your books would be shelved in the physical bookstores. Sub-genre is the narrow niche category of books as they're grouped on ebook retailers, often defined by tropes, protagonist age, and writing style. Why should you care? In this episode, Greta…
 
🏛Take “Downton Abbey,” add a lady interested in science who becomes involved in a murder mystery, and you’d have “Poison at Pemberton Hall” by Fran Smith. 🧪As Vita Carew pursues the murderer, the book considers some serious questions about education (and obstacles women encountered in 1903), the perceptions of beauty, and beauty versus brains. Than…
 
Episode Show Notes In this episode we cover: Dozens of ideas for how to collaborate Ways to market your collaborative work Mistakes to avoid when collaborating Benefits of collaborating Why you should consider collaborating This week’s question is: would you ever collaborate and if so, in what way? Recommendation of the week is: Send me YOUR recomm…
 
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…
 
Screenwriting, Putting in the Work, and Worldbuilding . . . Whether you write science-fiction and fantasy, thrillers, or contemporary women's fiction you have to develop a world for your characters to live in. Luckily, today's expert has the text to help. M. D. Presley loves to talk all things worldbuilding with a narrative focus. A screenwriter an…
 
Former newspaper journalist, magazine editor, and company director, author Jenny Wheeler writes historical suspense and mystery. Jenny is currently working on her fifth book of the “Of Gold & Blood” series (Book 1, “Poisoned Legacy,” released 2018) set in Gilded Age California. Born in New Zealand, Jenny Wheeler grew up in a farming community and f…
 
Episode Show Notes In this episode we cover: Can you pivot in 2022 and be successful? What are good reasons to pivot? What you need to research before pivoting Mistakes to avoid How to build a new audience This week’s question is: what month or season are you most productive in? Recommendation of the week is: It Happened on Fifth Street by Robyn R …
 
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…
 
Ever wonder how novelists come up with book idea after book idea? In this episode, Greta and Megan talk about their latest book, The Author Wheel Quick Guide to Planning a Novel. They talk about how to fight writers' overwhelm, make your daydreams productive, and the importance of creating a story bible. Final Question: How do you feed your creativ…
 
🧐If you every wished for a mashup of Jane Austen’s Catherine Moreland from Northanger Abbey and a Christie-type shipboard murder, you’ll want to check out “Death in a Deck Chair” by K.K. Beck. 🕯While “Death in a Deck Chair” doesn’t have gothic overtones or take place at an abbey, it does feature Iris Cooper, a plain-Jane kind of heroine similar to …
 
Episode Show Notes In this episode we cover: What makes a good thriller How to market thrillers How to create pace and tension The voice of thrillers How to build an audience for thrillers This week’s question is: What’s the best thriller you’ve ever read? Recommendation of the week is: The Anatomy of a Best Seller by ME! Reasons to Read The Anatom…
 
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…
 
Rejection, Perfectionism, Negative Reviews, Next Book Syndrome, Imposter Syndrome, Comparisonitis . . . In this episode, Greta and Megan take a deep dive into all of their writing insecurities and how they've overcome them in each stage of their career. Final Question: What kind of insecurity are you facing right now? Let's chat on the Facebook pag…
 
Mindset, goal setting, and the stories writers tell themselves. Today we’re thrilled to be talking with Sue Campbell from Pages & Platforms. She’s a certified Book Launch Coach from Tim Grahl’s BookLaunch.com, and has worked with hundreds of authors, helping them spend their limited time and resources wisely and give their books their best chance i…
 
Welcome to the first episode of The Author Wheel Podcast! We thought we should take this opportunity to introduce ourselves and our hive mind. At the Author Wheel, our goal is to help you overcome the roadblocks in the writing life and keep your stories rolling. Greta and Megan have different personalities, skills, and goals, and their journey to p…
 
Hello Rebels, And welcome to a special episode. Going forward, Rachael Herron and I will be doing a bonus episode each month. Think of it as a fireside chat between two good friends and you get to eavesdrop on the gossip. We’re calling these special episodes “The Black Herron”. Patrons will receive the episodes one month early. If you’d like to hea…
 
Episode Show Notes In this episode we cover: How to approach a series Setting up a character arcs Series writing for “pantsers” Making every book land with a punch Wrapping up a series early This week’s question is: what’s your favorite series? (either you’ve written or read) Recommendation of the week is: King of Battle and Blood by Scarlett St. C…
 
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 Show Notes In this episode we cover: How the literary agency landscape has changed How indie authors can work with agents Mistakes authors make trying to work with agents How to stand out to an agent How essential brand and platform is for an agent This week’s question is: where was the last holiday you took or fun place you’ve been? A few …
 
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 Show Notes In this episode we cover: The foundations of managing social media How to track social media progress What content should authors produce How to create a social media strategy Social media mistakes to avoid This week’s question is: What has surprised you recently? Recommendation of the week is: How To Write A Successful Series: W…
 
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…
 
Matty Dalrymple, member of Sisters in Crime and International Thriller Writers, writes suspense, thriller, and mystery. Matty is the author of the Lizzy Ballard Thrillers (Book 1 published in 2017), “Rock, Paper, Scissors,” “Snake and Ladders,” and “The Iron Ring.” She also writes the Ann Kinnear Suspense Novels (Book 1 published in 2013), “The Sen…
 
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