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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.
 
Tune into our podcast twice weekly. On Fridays, the self-publishing advice podcast offers guidance to authors about publishing their own fiction, nonfiction and poetry books, with ALLi director Orna Ross and co-hosts (includes ALLi Member Q&A). And on every other Sunday, multimedia manager Howard Lovy interviews ALLi members and advisors about their books in the Inspirational Indie Authors series.
 
Stories and Strategies for Women will share riveting stories about amazing women hosted by radio personality and author, Claudine Wolk. Through interview format Claudine introduces guests whose stories and expertise will entertain and motivate. Women will learn that they are not alone in feeling the way that they do and that they can feel good about their prospects. We cover self-care, beauty, mental health, romantic relationships, parenting, working mom issues, stay at home mom issues, wome ...
 
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This interview with the podcast host of the award-winning The Creative Penn podcast, Joanna Penn, proves the old adage that “you never know until you ask.” I am a big fan of Joanna’s podcast, website, and books. On a whim, I pitched an interview to her and she graciously and generously agreed to it. I am still on a high from this interview and the …
 
This week we have a chat with Joanna Penn - author, podcaster, entrepreneur - and she shares her views on the business side of writing and being a successful author. Really interesting stuff! https://www.thecreativepenn.com Let us know what you think of this AI voicing stuff https://deepzen.io/ --By The Failing Writers Podcast
 
The indie author’s life is full of creative transformations, which means closing one phase and beginning another. In this session, Orna Ross and Joanna Penn discuss their current transitions, lessons learned from years of growth, and the projects and approaches they left behind along the way. The #AskALLi Advanced Self-Publishing Salon is sponsored…
 
Joanna Penn and Indie publishing go together like sunshine and solar panels. If you can’t tell, I just made that up. Joanna Penn was early to the indie publishing game and has benefited greatly from the early belief that it was the future. She has over 30 books in multiple pen names both fiction and nonfiction, runs the highly adored TheCreativePen…
 
How can you write twists that surprise a reader? How can you market your books effectively as a traditionally published author? Clare Mackintosh talks about her creative process, and how she works with her publisher to reach more readers. In the intro, Kate Bush is “the world’s biggest independent artist” right now and more on intellectual property…
 
Last November in particular...I crashed and burned from working 80+ weeks for 6 months straight on getting my business off the ground. A friend of mine, Dave Chesson, recommended to me Gays book a month or so earlier. Working through my burnout, having an employee completely ghost me, and needing to drive a dog across the country, it was no coincid…
 
This week we're joined by a lovely chap by the name of Paul Quinn. He's just won a rather interesting "Best Unproduced Screenplay" award for his script, Pushing Daisy. So we have a chat with him about where he's been on his writing journey so far and where he hopes it might take him in the future.By The Failing Writers Podcast
 
My guest this episode is Keith A Pearson, who grew up in economically disadvantaged conditions in England, left school when he was sixteen, and developed a work ethic as he advanced in his career. That work ethic came in handy when he transitioned to full-time author. It was a very unlikely new career choice for Keith, who did not exactly surround …
 
Today on Self-Publishing News: Spotify rewrites the rules on audiobook sales by ditching the subscription model and going à la carte. Also, Spotify buys an AI narration tool, but is artificial intelligence really ready to take over from human narrators? These are among the topics discussed on Self-Publishing News with ALLi News Editor Dan Holloway …
 
What is GPT-3 and how can writers use it responsibly as part of their creative process? How can we approach AI tools with curiosity, rather than fear? Thriller author Andrew Mayne talks about these aspects and more. In the intro, I mention the discussion about whether Google’s language model, LaMDA, could be sentient [The Verge]; and the Alliance o…
 
How can you sell books direct to your readers for all formats without dealing with the pain of shipping print books? How can you automate sales with email? How can you earn 80-90% of the sales price and have it go into your bank account in days or even hours, instead of months? Katie Cross talks about the benefits of selling direct and practical ti…
 
Oh my god you must meet today's guest, Qat Wanders. She’s one of my all time favorite people, bestselling fiction and non fiction author of over 80 books, 7 figure business owner, and used to work in the circus. Yes, you heard that right. We were introduced a while back by a fellow connection but nothing came of it. I was listening to one of my fav…
 
Writers... erm... thingy. Does it... erm... errrrrr... y'know, is it a wotist. A thingy-majig. Or not? We answer these perfectly formed questions and many, many, many, many* others in this week's thrilling installment of The Failing Writer's Blockcast. *we probably only answer about two other questions if we're honest - but let's not pretend you th…
 
Should I traditionally publish my book? This is among the questions answered on our #AskALLi Members Q&A hosted by Michael La Ronn, author of science fiction and fantasy novels as well as author self-help books; and ALLi Director, author, and poet Orna Ross. Other questions include: Do I have to blog to be successful at writing? Should I hire someo…
 
How can you manage a successful Kickstarter campaign without burning out? How can you expand into multiple streams of income? Bryan Cohen talks about crowdfunding, changes in his business model, and more. In the intro, 10th year of double-digit audiobook growth [Publishing Perspectives]; Spotify's plans for audiobook expansion [Spotify]; Free webin…
 
My guest this episode is Tessa Buckley, who had a successful career working with architects and designers until she developed multiple sclerosis and had to rethink everything about her life. This led to research about the proper diet to prevent the progression of MS, which in turn led to a brand-new writing career. Today, she writes middle-grade ad…
 
If there’s one thing you should know by now, it’s that everyone we have on here is a master marketer or has one of their team. Joanna is a master marketer so in this episode we go deep into the nuts and bolts of the marketing that’s allowed her to make a full time living from writing.By Alex Strathdee
 
How can you make your self-published books available to libraries in every format? How can you pitch librarians so they are interested in ordering your books? Eric Otis Simmons explains how he successfully pitches and sells to libraries throughout the USA. In the intro, Books2Read is useful for sharing wide links; Lindsay Buroker gives long term ca…
 
This week we acknowledge that maybe our group writing project isn’t exactly racing ahead (surprise, surprise!) and try to actually get things moving on our stalling Poker Night sitcom. Plus we also have nice little guessing game, as Jon introduces a mystery guest. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Started-Swipe-Shelly-Smith/…
 
Meet Catherine Read...She holds a Ph.D. in developmental psychology from UCLA and is a Visiting Scientist at Rutgers University and an Associate at Ithaca College. She is also a mom of two daughters who decided to home school her girls using the Waldorf Method. She tells her story and shares her book on the subject "The Genius of Home." She also sh…
 
In this Self-Publishing Conference Highlight, Nick Stephenson discusses how to write emails that sell books. Nick will breakdown the four essential elements of every successful marketing email, including how to come up with topics and ideas (even if you have no idea what to write about), the "missing link" to launch campaigns that can double your s…
 
Why do you need an email list when you can just reach readers with social media? How can you use reader magnets to build your email list? Tammi Labrecque gives beginner and advanced tips for book marketing. In the intro, The state of the Creator Economy report from ConvertKit; and I use and recommend ConvertKit for my email service provider. Also, …
 
It wouldn’t look too great if a book about marketing didn’t sell well. Luckily that’s not the case here with hundreds of thousands of copies sold and over 5000 reviews on Amazon, Allan Dib wrote a book which continues to sell better and better years after it’s launch. I want to know why that is and what Allan Dib is currently doing to keep momentum…
 
This week it's Jon's turn to open himself up to some honest feedback from the other Failing Writers - and also, somewhat bravely, from an unfailing writer too. Will Jon just want us to leaf him alone? Will his story take root in our imaginations? Will Dave and Tom's critique sap Jon's enthusiasm or is their bark worse than their bite? (Will anyone …
 
My guest this episode is Kelly Chang Rickert, a family law attorney in California who is often asked to comment on high-profile celebrity divorce cases. But to Kelly, the airing of dirty laundry in public and couples who just cannot get past their disagreements can only have a negative impact on children. That's why she started writing books for di…
 
Today on Self-Publishing News: Book bans vs. hate literature. Librarians are accusing the Hoopla platform of distributing antisemitic and other conspiracy theory books, including Holocaust denial titles. But where is the line between "banning books" and establishing standards? Also, the Society of Authors released a report slamming all hybrid servi…
 
How do we decide on the hero for our story? How can we write distinctive — but still believable — characters? Matt Bird talks about aspects of writing character. In the intro, a guide to UBLs, Universal Book Links [Draft2Digital]; Your author brand [Ask ALLi with me and Orna Ross]; The Creator Economy in Bath. Today's show is sponsored by ProWritin…
 
The One Page marketing plan has a global following. The book has over 5,000 reviews on Amazon and is still a bestseller, years on from its launch. Allan Dib makes marketing palatable for the average business owner who has a great product or service but no idea how to get it to market. Like Allan says, it’s not a revolution in marketing but it is a …
 
This week we talk to Nels Abbey, author of Think Like a White Man, and mostly cover all the same old subjects really. You know; stripper politics, Jim Davidson, Didcot Parkway and how to solve racism worldwide. (We also definitely don't give a plug to the release of the paperback verison of Chris Palling's A Very Nice Rejection Letter either). http…
 
Does your personal brand as an author match your books? When we’ve been publishing for a while, we can sometimes lose sight of our author brand and what it’s saying to our readers. In this Advanced Self-Publishing Podcast episode, Orna Ross and Joanna Penn talk about pivots they needed to make to their author branding to make it more relevant and p…
 
I've been talking about AI narration for several years now, but it's just starting to go mainstream and I've been getting emails every day recently asking the same questions, so this is a round-up article with the most important information. For context, I am an audiobook narrator. I narrate my own non-fiction and short stories. I absolutely value …
 
Deborah Shepherd is the Author of "So Happy Together," a coming of age novel set in the 60's. Deborah fulfilled her lifelong dream in publishing this book. In her 70's, she is now close to completing her 2nd book - a memoir! She talks about the book and publishing the new way, with a hybrid publisher. You can find Deborah at DeborahShepherdWrites.C…
 
Why is writing so important? How can we pursue true independence as authors? How can we stay open to technological change while still focusing on the fundamentals of craft? Derek Sivers talks about these things and more. In the intro, How to know if you are putting too much pressure on yourself [Holly Worton]; Breaking down language barriers with a…
 
Daniel Pink is one of the biggest authors we’ve had on this show. I'm incredibly grateful for his willing ness to come on and share his wisdom but one of the great parts of interviewing an author about their book is also to interview them about how they became the NYT bestselling author they are today. I wanted a blueprint from Daniel on how any on…
 
So the time has come for Tom to get some honest feedback from Jon and Dave, as he bravely submits his silly little sales book for appraisal from his fellow podcast hosts. Take a listen to find out what they thought of it, what Tom thought of what they thought of it, and what they thought of what Tom thought of what they thought of it. And if you're…
 
My guest this episode is Jennifer Helfand, who writes under the pen name Jordana Chana Mayim. Jennifer specializes in writing stories for children and adults about people who don't quite fit in, who long for something more in their lives. It's a subject she knows well because she spent a childhood not really fitting in, herself, until she found tra…
 
How do I write in multiple genres? That is among the questions answered on our #AskALLi Member Q&A hosted by Michael La Ronn, author of science fiction and fantasy novels as well as author self-help books; and ALLi Director, author, and poet Orna Ross. Other questions include: How can I find a reputable translator? What is the best way to get free …
 
If you want to create, sell, buy, or trade NFTs, you need to understand the financial and tax implications. In this interview, Joe David explains the important aspects of blockchain assets and cryptocurrency. [Disclaimer: This is not financial or legal advice. This is just a conversation based on our interest and experience. Please consult a profes…
 
I’ve been following this next guest for almost a decade. From his book When, to his most well known book, Drive, Daniel Pink constantly takes complex topics, performs a ton of research on the topic, and then distills it into a framework that we then get to use to make our lives better. He’s done this with selling, our internal timing system, our dr…
 
In this inspirational interview, crime writer Angela Marsons talks about how she overcame years of rejection and broke out of societal expectations to reach writing and publishing success. She also talks about tips for writing a long-running crime series, and how she weaves her home of the Black Country into her stories. In the intro, […] The post …
 
We have a fantastic, illuminating and thought provoking chat with Will Storr this week. Delving into the human psyche and our fundamental core need for storytelling and narrative. Plus we continue to progress with our joint writing project for the season and Tom gets persuaded to share his work with Jon and Dave so they can offer "constructive crit…
 
What is an author platform? If you’re just setting out as an indie author, how do you build one? In this episode, ALLi Director Orna Ross and Content Production Manager Dan Parsons outline the fundamental pillars that uphold a good author platform—one that spreads your message and sells your books—without spending a fortune on advertising. This pod…
 
Marie Kondo, Eckhart Tolle, Deepak Chopra, Jack Canfield. These are just a few of the names of which today’s guest has represented as a literary agent. He has personally placed more than 5000 titles with dozens of publishers. He’s also the founder of Waterside Productions Inc. which stemmed from his great grandfathers publishing business - founded …
 
How can you make more money without growing the size of your business? What systems and mindset do you need to focus on in order to leverage your limited time? Elaine Pofeldt talks about Tiny Business, Big Money in this interview. In the intro, Google Play Books opens up their AI narration for audiobooks; thoughts […] The post Tiny Business, Big Mo…
 
My guest this episode is Ivan Wainewright, whose second book, The Other Times of Caroline Tangent, recently won the 2022 Selfie Award for fiction. It was presented to him at the Author HQ corner of the London Book Fair in early April. He was so surprised that he had won the award that acknowledges the best self-published books of the year, he had t…
 
Today on Self-Publishing News: Indie publishing is a great news story! I've given ALLi News Editor Dan Holloway the month off while I focus on the 10th anniversary of the Alliance of Independent Authors. I recently flew from my hometown of Traverse City, Michigan, to London to attend the London Book Fair, where my colleagues at ALLi were celebratin…
 
In this episode of the how, we talk about how John retired at 32 with his books, how he’s built his youtube channel to over 200,000 subscribers, and how he’s now using his latest book, Self Confidence for men as a lead generation tool for his bulldog mindset courses. It’s great to hear from people who have accomplished such great things but what I …
 
How can you hook readers into your story by using universal human desires and motivations? How can you write what you love, run your author business your way, and still maintain the ambition for a 7-figure author business? Theodora Taylor gives her thoughts in this interview. In the intro, self-publishing predictions for the 2020s [ALLi]; […] The p…
 
This week we welcome author, comedy writer, performer (and all round massively talented) Emma Kennedy on to the podcast. We find out about her writing, she throws a few home truths our way and she gives us some good old fashioned advice as we start out on our Season 2 quest to write a sitcom comedy drama. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emma_Kennedy …
 
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