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Humility, Resilience, and Finding Joy . . . In this interview, Megan and Greta chat with romance author Jami Albright about her earliest roadblocks while learning the craft of writing, and how she's overcome them by being open to constructive criticism. Now, as an Amazon top 100 author, she's helping other writers evaluate their sales pages to impr…
 
Episode 152 / Olivia Hayle, author of contemporary romance, joins us this week to discuss how her shift to focusing on what her readers want in both her writing and her promotion helped her author career. Oliva’s website: http://oliviahayle.com 💜 🎙 Become a supporter of the podcast! We can’t wait to give you a shoutout in a future episode! https://…
 
The 4 C's of Indie Publishing, writing as a team sport, and framing your story boat to make sure it will float . . . This week on the podcast, Megan and Greta were thrilled to speak with Matty Dalrymple of the Indy Author podcast! Matty Dalrymple is the author of the Lizzy Ballard Thrillers, the Ann Kinnear Suspense Novels, and the Ann Kinnear Susp…
 
Episode 151 / Do you want to write a memoir? Joanna Penn joins us to share her lessons learned about writing memoir and other nonfiction. Joanna is a discovery writer and shares how the structure and content of the book evolved. We also delve into overcoming fear around Kickstarter and launches as well as what’s on the horizon for authors related t…
 
Episode 150 / Cozy and romance author Kate Baray joins us this week to talk about how she focuses on productive longevity and creates a sustainable author career. Show notes: Kate’s unusual path to being an author Why it’s important to tune out writing and craft advice that doesn’t apply to your genre or your personality type Kate’s method of tryin…
 
Welcome to 2023 and season two of The Author Wheel Podcast! As we begin the new year, we thought it would be a good time to talk about setting a strategy for 2023. Although we don't really believe in new year's resolutions, we do believe that the changing of the year can be a good time to reevaluate your goals and your motivations for being a write…
 
Episode 149 / Megan Haskel, co-host of the Author Wheel podcast and fantasy writer, joins us this week. We delve into defining success when you’re an achiever, going wide, selling direct, and helping new authors. Show notes: Tips for getting writing done with kids at home Setting goals and defining success when you’re an achiever Why marketing and …
 
Episode 148 / Want to get your mind right for the New Year? Then join us as we talk with romance author Renee Rose about mindset, abundance, and how we can stop holding ourselves back. Show notes: Renee’s definition of success, “Are you joyful?” How Romancing the Beat by Gwen Hayes helped her with the craft of writing Why being fearless is critical…
 
Episode 147 / Anton Eine, a science fiction and nonfiction author who lives in Ukraine, joins us this week and shares his experience of being a writer living in Kiev and Lviv during the war and how he translated those experiences into a documentarian war diary, The Thin Blue-Yellow Line Between Love and Hate. Show notes: Why Anton decided to take a…
 
Episode 146 / Mystery author Greta Boris joins us to talk about the benefits of publishing with a small press for her first series, and how she transitioned to self publishing with her new series. She also shares about collaborating with another writer for nonfiction and their podcast, The Author Wheel. Intro links: PirateShip https://www.pirateshi…
 
We're wrapping up our first season of The Author Wheel Podcast and getting ready for the holidays. But first, what were our biggest takeaways from the interviews this fall, and what are we trying to achieve next? Make sure you subscribe to the podcast on your favorite player so you don't miss our triumphant return in January. We're lining up some f…
 
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’…
 
Trading services, copyediting, and putting your best foot forward . . . Today, Greta and Megan have a conversation with prolific action thriller writer and editor, Steven Moore. Englishman Steven's innate love of travel and a degree in anthropology and archaeology informed his action thriller fiction novels. Steven has lived on five continents and …
 
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 …
 
Obstinate characters, poor motivation, and plot setup . . . In this duo episode, we're talking about characters. In particular, how do we handle unruly, obstinate, problematic characters who don't follow your author rules! Sometimes it all comes down to understanding their motivations and personality. Other times, it's all about staying flexible in…
 
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…
 
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 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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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.…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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