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How To Write Authentic Crime Fiction With Patrick O’Donnell From Cops and Writers

How can you write nuanced police characters in your crime novels? What are some under-used crimes that might make interesting plots? Patrick O'Donnell talks about Cops and Writers in the interview today. In the intro, thoughts on a digital sales webinar from Ingram Content; the Immersive Books & Media 2020 Research Report [Publishers Weekly];...

The AI-Augmented Author. Writing With GPT-3 With Paul Bellow

How can authors use AI writing tools like GPT-3? What's the best way to prompt the models to output usable text? Are there copyright issues with this approach? Author Paul Bellow explains how he is using the tools and how authors need to embrace the possibilities rather than reject them. In the intro, I talk about getting access to the Open AI GPT-3...

Book Marketing On Podcasts: How To Be A Great Podcast Guest

Podcast interviews sell books — but only if you're a great guest. Here are some tips on how to make your podcast interview a fantastic experience for you, the host, and the listeners. This article is an excerpt from Audio for Authors: Podcasting, Audiobooks, and Voice Technologies, available in ebook, print and audiobook editions. You’ve been booked...

Writing Tips: How To Structure And Write A Series With Sara Rosett

Why is a series the not-so-secret weapon for making a decent living with your writing? What's the difference between episodic series and one with a clear arc across the books? What are some of the best ways to market a series? Sara Rosett talks about all these things and more. In the intro, Facebook shuts down news organizations (and a lot more)...

How To Sell Ebooks And Audiobooks Direct With Payhip And Bookfunnel

Do you want to sell ebooks and/or audiobooks direct to readers and make 80-90% royalties, as well as retaining customer data? In this video tutorial with extensive notes below, I'll show you how I do it with Payhip and Bookfunnel. The benefits of selling direct [01:08 mins] When is it worth selling direct? [03:40 mins] Various technological options...

How To Write A Non-Fiction Book Proposal With Alison Jones

What makes a non-fiction book stand out from the crowd? What are the essential elements of a non-fiction book proposal if you want to pitch agents and/or publishers, or if you want to prepare for effective self-publishing? In this interview, Alison Jones goes into detail on these things and how the publishing industry has changed due to the pandemic....

The Artist In The Machine: The World Of AI-Powered Creativity With Arthur I. Miller

Can artificial intelligence augment our human creativity? Will AI ever be able to create art on its own and would we even be able to appreciate it? In this interview, Arthur I. Miller talks about the nature of creativity and The Artist in the Machine. In the intro, I mention my list of AI writing sites, and DALL-E by Open AI, as well as episode 518...

Value Your Books For The Long Term With David Farland

You are not writing one book. You are creating an intellectual property asset that can make you money for the rest of your life and 50-70 years after you die. In this interview, David Farland talks about the importance of valuing your writing, and how to keep a long-term mindset as an author. In the intro, Jeff Bezos steps down as Amazon CEO [WIRED]...

Stop Worrying, Start Selling. Change Your Author Mindset With Sarah Painter

How can we reframe book marketing as a creative and essential part of the author life? How can we manage fear and self-doubt in order to write? How can we embrace our ambition and aim high while still managing the day to day writing life? Sarah Painter talks about all this and more in this interview. In the intro, Spotify launches audiobooks [Engadget]...

Turn Your Author Failures, Setbacks, And Mistakes Into Success With Joanna Penn And Orna Ross

We all experience failures, setbacks, and mistakes on the author journey — but if we learn from them, they can be the basis for our greatest success. In this episode, Orna Ross and Joanna Penn share their biggest mistakes, failures, and setbacks as well as lessons learned. This interview originally went out on the Ask ALLi Podcast on 11 December...

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