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Writing Conflict With Becca Puglisi

How can you intensify the conflict in your books to hook readers? How can you introduce different types and layers of conflict to improve your story? Becca Puglisi explains why and how to write conflict. In the intro, thoughts on the DOJ vs PRH trial [Twitter @JohnHMaher] and Publishers Weekly round-up; my thoughts on subscription models; D2D...

Selling Books Direct With Shopify: The Minimum Viable Store

In July 2022, I launched my online shop at www.CreativePennBooks.com. It’s built on Shopify’s eCommerce platform, and in this solo episode, I’ll explain why I built the store, my lessons learned, tips if you want to build your own, and how I intend to expand it over time.  This episode is sponsored by my wonderful patrons. If you find...

Selling Books Direct On Shopify With Morgana Best

Selling your books direct to readers and listeners can bring you more money, faster, and allow you to control your customer's experience and data. Morgana Best explains why selling direct is so important for an author business, and some of her tips for implementing a Shopify store. In the intro, the publishing court case of the DOJ vs PRH and...

Bookbinding: From Print-On-Demand To Leather-Bound Original

One of my goals for 2022 is to be “more digital and more physical.” Even as I explore the future of creativity through AI-generated art, writing with GPT-3, and special edition NFTs, I also expand my physical print products by selling special edition print books through my Shopify store, speaking at in-person events, and writing a memoir about...

Lessons Learned From 3 Years As A Full-Time Author with Sacha Black

What do you need to consider if you want to go full time as an author entrepreneur? What challenges might you face in your first few years? Sacha Black shared her lessons learned from 3 years full-time. In the intro, PRH and S&S merger heads to trial [Publishers Weekly]; Pilgrimage episodes on my Books and Travel Podcast; plus, Steven Pressfield's...

Blockchain For Copyright And Intellectual Property With Roanie Levy

How will blockchain technology change the way creatives register copyright, as well as monetize their work? Roanie Levy explains how blockchain can solve the attribution problem, and how smart contracts will allow new business models with ownership of digital assets in web 3. This podcast is sponsored by Written Word Media, which makes...

How I Use Scrivener For Fiction And Non-Fiction

I've written over 30 books using Scrivener software, and in this video tutorial, I show you how I use it for both fiction and non-fiction. You can watch the video below or here on YouTube. The video covers: Using template projects for fiction or non-fiction, or blank projects, which I preferDrag and drop, so you can...

Writing A Bestseller With A.G. Riddle

How can you lean into your strengths as a writer to find the genre — and the business model — that suits you best? A.G. Riddle talks about his writing process, his publishing choices, and how he's planning to pivot into the next phase of his career. In the intro, I talk about my experience at Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Writing festival this...

Tutorial: How To Use Publisher Rocket To Research Categories And Keywords

If you self-publish on Amazon, you need to add categories and keywords onto your book. The choice can make a difference in how easily readers can find your book. You can also use keywords for Amazon ads. In this tutorial, I'll show you how I use Publisher Rocket. You can watch the tutorial below or here on YouTube. I go through:...

Reach: Create The Biggest Audience For Your Book With Becky Robinson

Tools and tactics may change, but the principles of book marketing remain the same whatever the situation. Becky Robinson gives advice on how to reach readers and market your books for the long term. In the intro, The Things You Think Matter — Don’t [Ryan Holiday]; Boost Your Backlist [ALLi]; Craving Independence [The Bookseller]; 21st Century...

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