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Archived Since:July 26, 2010

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Christmas Day Reading List 2014

Happy Holidays everyone! Holidays are for reading, in my opinion. Yes, yes, I know – every day is for reading but holidays mean you can spend more hours devouring books in any format. Here are some of the books I’ve enjoyed or found useful this year: some are useful for writers, others may change your […]

Audiobooks, Author Earnings, Global Focus And More. 2014 RoundUp With Hugh McGuire

In today’s show, I talk to publishing expert Hugh McGuire about some of the biggest stories of 2014 and how they affect indie authors. We go through the state of audio, exclusivity and subscription models, discoverability and publishing startups, print on demand, Author Earnings and global development. Exciting times! This podcast episode is sponsored by […]

BookTrack: Why Soundtracks For Books Are Great For Readers And Authors

I just did a fantastic event in Auckland, New Zealand, so a big thanks to everyone who came! Plus a big thanks to BookTrack who sponsored and organized the event, as well as Auckland Libraries who hosted it. So what is Booktrack? First up, watch this quick video to get the idea about what it […]

Audiobooks For Indies With Simon Whistler

Have you put your books into audio yet? Today I interview Simon Whistler about his new book, Audiobooks for Indies. I’m in New Zealand on a family visit! Delirium is now available as an audiobook, you can find it here on Audible or please email me if you’d like a review copy. This podcast is […]

Commonalities Of Successful Indie Authors Plus A New Way To Find An Editor

The fast-growing self-publishing environment is attracting all kinds of start-ups and companies that intend to serve authors. However, most of them seem to aim at the periphery of what authors really need, which in my opinion, is primarily editors and cover designers. Then I met Ricardo Fayet at a number of events, and discovered that […]

Writing The Million Dollar Outline And Resonance In Writing With David Farland

Would you like to hear the advice that Stephenie Meyer used to create Twilight, one of the bestselling books of all time? David Farland taught her and today he shares his advice on million dollar stories with you. In the introduction, I mention Mark Coker’s fantastic post about the realities for indie authors right now, […]

Final Chance To Get My Courses For Authors. 25% Off. Limited Time Offer.

Would you like to learn more about book marketing, becoming a pro writer, writing a novel or writing fight scenes? If you’ve been following my annual author-entrepreneur reports about my income split, you’ll note that I have been reducing my online course sales and ramping up my fiction, effectively swapping income streams over time. I […]

Self Development. We All Need Mentors At Different Points In The Journey.

I love to learn, and I’ve been sharing what I learn on this blog for almost 6 years now! I had an email from a lady the other week and she asked me, “How do you continue when things are tough?” This could be about writing, or just life in general, but for me, it’s […]

Book Cover Design And Entrepreneurship With Derek Murphy

There are two things that are non-negotiable in my opinion for indie authors who want to sell books. Professional editing and professional cover design. In today’s episode, I talk about book cover design with Derek Murphy, who designs all my book covers, plus we discuss the importance of artists also being entrepreneurial. In the intro, […]

Beating Self-Censorship And How Embracing The Shadow Helps My Fiction

I recently did an all-encompassing interview with the lovely Deb Ozarko about changing the status quo. We talked a lot about going indie, self-publishing and creative entrepreneurship, but we also got into some deep and meaningful topics. I must admit to being fueled by pinot noir for the interview, so I opened up a lot […]

Why The Writing Journey Is Just Like Skiing

Everybody wants to know the best way to write, to publish, to market. But although there are tracks to follow and experts to emulate, there really is no single right way to do anything in the author life. We will all have a different journey. Imagine that you want to ski down a hill. Even […]

The Christian Publishing Market With Jeremy Bouma

I have a degree in Theology and my interest in religion is enmeshed in my fiction. I write books that can be described as religious thrillers, and yet I’m not a Christian, although I do describe myself as spiritual. In today’s show, I interview Jeremy Bouma about the complexities of the Christian publishing market, and […]

Adapting A Novel And Other Lessons Learned From London Screenwriter’s Festival

A few weeks ago, I attended the London Screenwriter’s Festival which was a cornucopia of fascinating information and networking packed into a couple of intense days. Authors can learn a lot from screenwriters, especially in an age where there’s some amazing television. After getting rid of the physical TV six years ago, we’ve been downloading […]

Pitching Literary Festivals, Genre Boundaries And Crime Fiction. With Clare Mackintosh

I attend quite a few literary festivals and I always come away having learned something. I definitely think they are worth going to for the new perspectives as well as the networking opportunities. Today on the blog, I interview crime author Clare Mackintosh, who also runs a literary festival in Chipping Norton in the UK. […]

Reinvention And Lessons From The Journey. Special Podcast Episode 200

It’s a big day! This is episode 200 of the podcast! The first show went out in March 2009, so this also marks over 4.5 years of podcasting every couple of weeks. That has to be a milestone worth celebrating! In the extended intro, I reflect on the last 100 episodes and how things have […]

How To Get A Unique Illustration For Your Book Cover

With the explosion of creativity that is the indie publishing revolution, you may have noticed the array of book covers that use similar stock photos in their designs. Some authors these days have private photo shoots to ensure their cover images are unique, but what about if you have a smaller budget, or you want […]

Indie Author Power Pack. 99c For 3 Of The Biggest Books In Self-Publishing. Plus An Exclusive Interview.

Cue exciting music … dim the lights … And get ready for all the writing, self-publishing and book marketing advice that you can handle in the super-duper … Indie Author Power Pack! Including 3 of the top-selling books for indie authors PLUS/ a 1 hour exclusive conversation – never heard before – with me, David […]

From The First Book To Running A Multi Genre Story Studio With Sean Platt

For some authors, this creative life is about seeing their one book in the world. Others have a vision of their stories reaching the world in many forms, over many years. Today I interview Sean Platt about the beginning of his story studio, and his journey from co-author of one book to the multi-faceted creative […]

How To Be Successful In Self-Publishing

Last week, I spoke at the Frankfurt Book Fair on the Kobo booth and talked about what it takes to be successful in self-publishing to a small group of indie authors. Thanks to Camille Mofidi from Kobo Writing Life Europe for inviting me and also getting me a star on the walk of fame – […]

Six Figure Success Self-Publishing Non-Fiction Books With Steve Scott

If you want a six figure income from your books, it’s a good idea to model people who are already making this kind of money. Steve Scott seemed to burst onto the indie non-fiction scene in early 2014, but in fact, he has 42 books and has had an internet business since 2006. I interview […]

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