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How To Write Monsters With Philip Athans

Monsters tap into something primal that lies at the heart of being human. We have always feared what lies at the edge of the campfire, just out of sight, and as writers, tapping into those fears can be a powerful form of creation. In this interview, Philip Athans talks about why we find monsters so fascinating, how to create them, and why they can sometimes...

How To Write Memoir With Marion Roach Smith

“Write something universal as illustrated by a deeply personal tale.” This advice is true regardless of the genre we write, and in this interview, Marion Roach Smith explains how we can dig deep into our truth and experience to write memoir, plus how she has created a business around a book, and a podcast around curiosity. In the introduction, I...

Writing, Publishing And Book Marketing Facebook Live QA June 2020 With Joanna Penn

In this Facebook Live recording, I answer questions about writing, self-publishing, book marketing, author mindset, and more. You can watch the video below or here on YouTube. In this video, you can access the various questions with the timestamps below, or read the transcript below. 1:10 Do you buy your own ISBNs and how do you manage them in...

Building A Creative Business For The Long Term With Natalie Sisson

Writing is a life-long practice, and for many of us, a long-term career. But how can you continue to thrive in a creative business while still changing over time? In this interview, I talk to entrepreneur Natalie Sisson about how she pivoted her brand after a change in lifestyle and how books play just one part in her non-fiction business. In the...

Reassess Your Author Business And Reboot Your Brand With Joanna Penn And Orna Ross

The last few months have given us all a time to reflect. It's been a time of honesty and a time of examination. What do you really want? What do you want to let go of? What do you need to reclaim? Every month, I do the Advanced Self-Publishing Salon with Orna Ross for the Alliance of Independent Authors and in this episode, we talk honestly about reassessing...

How To Develop Bestselling Story Ideas With JD Barker

Do you aspire to write better stories? Do you have the ambition to aim for a career that rivals the biggest names in publishing? Today's interview with JD Barker will inspire you and give you some great tips around writing bestselling stories and building a long-term career. In the introduction, James Daunt of Waterstones and Barnes & Noble talks...

Writing Tips: How To Self-Edit Your Novel With Kris Spisak

Writing a first draft is only the initial step in the journey to creating a novel. The next step is editing, and in this interview, Kris Spisak talks about the different kinds of editing, as well as tips for your self-editing process. Plus, I share my insights from my latest edit on Map of the Impossible. In the introduction, Apple discontinues iBooks...

Creativity, Artificial Intelligence, And Time Off With Max Frenzel

As writers, we use tools every day — from the laptop we write on, to the internet we research with, and the social media sites we use to reach readers. We are used to using digital tools to enhance our author life, but could we really work with artificial intelligence to push our creativity to new levels? I talk to Max Frenzel about AI in today's interview....

How To Take Your Author Career To The Next Level With Mark Dawson

Are you ready to take your author career to the next level? In this wide-ranging interview, Mark Dawson gives tips on how to level up your books, your email list, and your advertising. In the intro, good news on book sales from New Zealand post-lockdown [The Guardian], why Joe Rogan's podcast deal with Spotify is such a big deal [BBC], and my ad...

Writing Tips: How Character Flaws Shape Story With Will Storr

How can you create characters with unique and interesting flaws that lead into plots that will enliven your stories? In today's interview, Will Storr explains the science of storytelling. In the intro, German booksellers and the challenges of re-opening [The Bookseller], Facebook launches Shops meaning more opportunities for direct sales [The Verge],...

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