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In today's publishing landscape, you can reach fans all over the world. Query letters are a thing of the past. You don't even need a literary agent.

There is nothing standing in the way of making a living from writing.

Join the two bestselling fantasy authors, Autumn and Jesper, every Monday, as they explore the writing craft, provides tips on publishing, and insights on how to market your books.

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In today's publishing landscape, you can reach fans all over the world. Query letters are a thing of the past. You don't even need a literary agent.

There is nothing standing in the way of making a living from writing.

Join the two bestselling fantasy authors, Autumn and Jesper, every Monday, as they explore the writing craft, provides tips on publishing, and insights on how to market your books.

    The AmWritingFantasy Podcast: Episode 107 – Creating Reader Engagement with Tiers

    The AmWritingFantasy Podcast: Episode 107 – Creating Reader Engagement with Tiers

    Last year, Autumn rolled out a pretty unique system for organizing and encouraging engagement with her reader email list through a tiering system. Would it work for you?
    We go over the details along with the pros and cons - like "Yay, readers sharing your books on social media while website stats skyrocket" to "OMG, I have to write how many emails to do this?" 🤣  Check it out and see if you find a piece that will help you reach and motivate your readers in a new way!
    Don't forget to check out the FREE Self Publishing Success course at https://ultimatefantasywritersguide.com/self-publishing-success/!
    Tune in for new episodes EVERY single Monday.  SUPPORT THE AM WRITING FANTASY PODCAST!
    Please tell a fellow author about the show and visit us at Apple podcast and leave a rating and review.  
    Join us at www.patreon.com/AmWritingFantasy.
    For as little as a dollar a month, you’ll get awesome rewards and keep the Am Writing Fantasy podcast going. 
    Read the full transcript below. (Please note that it's automatically generated and while the AI is super cool, it isn't perfect. There may be misspellings or incorrect words on occasion).
    Narrator (2s):You're listening to the Am writing fantasy podcast in today's publishing landscape. You can reach fans all over the world. Query letters are a thing of the past. You don't even need a literary agent. There is nothing standing in the way of making a living from writing. Join two best selling authors who have self published more than 20 books between them now onto the show with your hosts, Autumn Birt, and Jesper Schmidt. Hello, I am. Yes ma'am. And I'm autumn.
    Jesper (36s):This is episode 107 of the am writing fantasy podcast. And today we have some interesting thoughts to share with you. I guess I could say that it's a way to almost gave me your email list. Would that be a fair way to describe it?
    Autumn (57s):As long as readers don't get offended by that kind of a scheme, but yeah, it's a way of maybe strategizing the best way to market books so that readers keep buying them and become fans with a bit of a game to it.
    Jesper (1m 16s):Yeah. What I meant this it's like, it's a bit like engaging your list with like a tiering structure, which is similar to what you see in games, right? So you can sort of level up to the next year. Yeah. But, but more on that in a bit, first, I wanted to hear if you have actually survived the snowstorm or right up there, automotive was close.
    Autumn (1m 39s):It was very close. We are so lucky in many ways, because this snowstorm that of which you speak was originally supposed to miss us in just smear my parents who live in Pennsylvania, but Vermont up where I'm at, they thought it was going to move off the coast. Well, yeah, no, it came inland and we got over 25 inches of snow from nothing bare ground to two over two feet. But just North of us, just North, they got guests. How many feet of snow from zero to,
    Jesper (2m 16s):I have no idea.
    Autumn (2m 19s):Feet, eight inches, four feet. So that would have been up to my chest. No two feet it's been hard enough, but especially since we live in a small cabin that we actually don't drive to, we have to walk about a thousand feet through the woods to get to our cabin. And that's challenging enough in two feet of snow, but four feet. I mean, my dog you've seen pictures of my dog. He's like, what? 18 inches? Tall jumps like a little rabbit. It looks like a little wee, a Wolverine, you know, jumping through this still. I can't imagine we have to dig a tunnel for him to go.
    Jesper (2m 59s):And I was just about to Say he needs to make some tunnels,
    Autumn (3m 3s):But Oh, it's all getting cleared out and packed down. And it's actually, it's sad. I, I should be very upset because it's supposed to rain on Christmas day and we'll probably end up with bare ground again. But yes, I cannot wait to get rid of the snow fo

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    The AmWritingFantasy Podcast: Episode 106 – 5 Book Ideas I WON'T Write!

    The AmWritingFantasy Podcast: Episode 106 – 5 Book Ideas I WON'T Write!

    Welcome to the first episode of 2021. Autumn and Jesper each share 5 book ideas that they won't write.
    Some of those ideas are lighthearted - and perhaps outright silly (read: hilarious) - whereas others can prove to be excellent inspiration for your own stories.
    As promised here's the link to our new and free course on self-publishing: https://ultimatefantasywritersguide.com/self-publishing-success/  
    Tune in for new episodes EVERY single Monday. 
    SUPPORT THE AM WRITING FANTASY PODCAST!
    Please tell a fellow author about the show and visit us at Apple podcast and leave a rating and review. 
    Join us at www.patreon.com/AmWritingFantasy. For as little as a dollar a month, you’ll get awesome rewards and keep the Am Writing Fantasy podcast going. 
    Read the full transcript below.
    (Please note that it's automatically generated and while the AI is super cool, it isn't perfect. There may be misspellings or incorrect words on occasion).
    Narrator (2s):You're listening to the Am Writing Fantasy podcast. In today's publishing landscape, you can reach fans all over the world. Query letters are a thing of the past. You don't even need a literary agent. There is nothing standing in the way of making a living from writing. Join two best selling authors who have self published more than 20 books between them. Now onto the show with your hosts, Autumn Birt, and Jesper Schmidt.
    Jesper (30s):Hello, I am Jesper. And I'm Autumn. This is episode 106 of the am writing fantasy podcast. And welcome to 2021. I wish we're actually in 2021 when we're recording this, but that's okay. We're so we're getting close. We're getting very, very close. We, once again cheating with the time-traveling we can do with podcasting.
    Autumn (53s):We are so far future versions could come back, even if it's a dream. So just let me know how you know, the new year's and everything shaping up. That'd be really cool.
    Jesper (1m 3s):Yeah. And maybe, maybe a future selves could tell us a bit about if 2021 already looks better than 2020 or not.
    Autumn (1m 12s):I don't want to know. I just want to assume it's going to be better. And if it's not just don't tell me I can't handle another bad year.
    Jesper (1m 21s):Well, so today we are starting out this 2021 year with a bit of a light hearted and fun topic, because we're going to do an alternating list of five book ideas. I won't write. So this should be fun, Autumn.
    Autumn (1m 37s):I'm looking forward to it. I, like I said, I, I had, I have some comments on it later when we get there, but it was interesting. Cause I really did pull out my file by little folder. It dusted it off of ideas of things I'd picked that. And I have to say, I was like, Oh, I like that one. Ooh, I like that one. Oh, I forgot about that. So that's just home. I actually had a hard time finding five. I went to let go of, so this will be really interesting. And I went a bit of a different direction with my five list. So I just try to find some, some of the most gracious shit you can think of and say, this is definitely never going to be a story to hear what they are. They're going to inspire someone.
    Autumn (2m 18s):So where, which is going to be really awesome. And if they do, if it does, you have to let us know in the comments, if something we give you today, does it inspire something? Just, just let us know because that'd be so much fun.
    Jesper (2m 31s):Absolutely. Yeah. But how are things over at your place then?
    Autumn (2m 34s):Oh, it's pretty good. You know, right now it's December. It's a little snowy for long too, so pretty right now. And I'm still thrilled because I finished that massive website rebuild and I feel like, you know, life is maybe evening out though. I did realize because I kind of, I, you know, I'm writing this series that I'm hoping to release as soon as the first book as, as early or late February in 2021. We're just like, what two

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    The AmWritingFantasy Podcast: Episode 105 – The Worst Advertising Mistake Authors Make - with Bryan Cohen

    The AmWritingFantasy Podcast: Episode 105 – The Worst Advertising Mistake Authors Make - with Bryan Cohen

    Join Autumn and special guest Bryan Cohen to discuss AMS ads, book blurbs, and, oh yeah, the worst advertising mistake authors can make.
    Bryan is an expert on book blurbs and his free AMS ad challenges have helped thousands of authors learn the ropes of using Amazon ads. Does that mean AMS ads are hitting saturation? What might be the next big move for self-published authors to connect with readers? We discuss that and more!
    Check out Bryan's podcast the Sell More Books Show at https://sellmorebooksshow.com/. And learn more about Bryan on his website: http://bryancohen.com/.
    Join Bryan's January 2021 AMS challenge at https://bryancohen.lpages.co/january-amazon-ad-challenge-2021-ov4/
    Tune in for new episodes EVERY single Monday.  
    SUPPORT THE AM WRITING FANTASY PODCAST!
    Please tell a fellow author about the show and visit us at Apple podcast and leave a rating and review.  
    Join us at www.patreon.com/AmWritingFantasy.
    For as little as a dollar a month, you’ll get awesome rewards and keep the Am Writing Fantasy podcast going.
    Read the full transcript below. (Please note that it's automatically generated and while the AI is super cool, it isn't perfect. There may be misspellings or incorrect words on occasion).
    Narrator (1s):You're listening to the am writing fantasy podcast in today's publishing landscape. You can reach fans all over the world. Query letters are a thing of the past. You don't even need a literary agent. There is nothing standing in the way of making a living from writing. Join two best selling authors who have self published more than 20 books between them now onto the show with your hosts, Autumn Birt, and Jesper Schmidt.
    Autumn (30s):Welcome to the am. Writing Tennessee podcast. This is episode one Oh five I'm autumn. And today Yesper has the recording session off and I have with the very special guest instead author and entrepreneurial Brian Cohen. Whoa. Welcome to the writing fantasy podcast. Brian,
    Bryan (50s):Thank you, autumn. I appreciate you having me. We had some nice technical difficulties figuring this out, but I'm so glad we were able to make it work
    Autumn (1m 0s):Well. It's always nice working with someone who is probably, I mean, you do live webinars and all these other things. So I have a feeling you can roll with the technical difficulties very well. I wasn't worried. Hey, that's the nice thing is, is with modern technology. There's always a workaround. There's at least like three or four, so we figured it out and you're here and I'm so excited for you to join us today. So I know you through these amazing AFS ad challenges you run, but I had of course heard of your name way before the AMS ad challenges, because you were known as like a guru of book blurbs, but I know that's not even close to everything you've done.
    Autumn (1m 43s):So if you could introduce yourself, that would be fantastic.
    Bryan (1m 48s):Sure. Of course. Well, of late, the big thing that I I've been doing is I run these free courses that we, we talk about them as challenges, these free challenges about Amazon advertising. One of the, the, the strangest weirdest little advertising platform is Kindle author them. And it's our goal to try to just make it simpler, but it also try to make them not spend all of your money. And those are the five day Amazon ad profit challenges and, and I've been running them and I have a really good team behind them and it's a lot of fun, but originally I would say some people might know me from my podcast, the some more books show, some people might know me from the author copywriting agency.
    Bryan (2m 47s):I run best page forward. We write book descriptions and ad copy, and I'm an author myself having written multiple young adult scifi fantasy. Depends on it. Depends on where you're placing superheroes. Amazon has a category on both sides.
    Autumn (3m 6s):Oh, that's so is it like more t

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    The AmWritingFantasy Podcast: Episode 104 – What's To Come in 2021 & Happy Holidays!

    The AmWritingFantasy Podcast: Episode 104 – What's To Come in 2021 & Happy Holidays!

    The holidays are upon us as well as the last few weeks of 2020!
    We take a quick look back to see how well we did with the goals we outlined a year ago and talk about where Am Writing Fantasy and the podcast is headed in the brand new year.
    Plus, Happy Holidays to all of our listeners and Patreon supporters. We love having you share this time with us!
    SUPPORT THE AM WRITING FANTASY PODCAST!
    Please tell a fellow author about the show and visit us at Apple podcast and leave a rating and review.  
    Join us at www.patreon.com/AmWritingFantasy. For as little as a dollar a month, you’ll get awesome rewards and keep the Am Writing Fantasy podcast going. 
    Narrator (4s):You're listening to the M writing fantasy podcast in today's publishing landscape. You can reach fans all over the world. Query letters are a thing of the past. You don't even need an literary agent. There is nothing standing in the way of making a living from writing. Join two best selling authors who have self published more than 20 books between them now on to the show with your hosts, Auden, Bert, and Gasper.
    Jesper (32s):Hello, I'm Jesper
    Autumn (34s):and I'm Autumn.
    Jesper (36s):This is episode 104 of the am. Riding fences, you podcast. And we are right before Christmas Episode releases. So first of all, Merry Christmas, everyone. Yes. Happy holidays.
    Autumn (50s):Hey, it is also the winter solstice. So that's kinda cool. Yeah. And th this episode might be slightly different from most probably shorter as well, but we'll see how that goes. We're notorious for our 40 minutes. So maybe now you never know. We'll see. But we wanted for one to talk about the year that passed and also the year to come for the am writing fantasy podcast, but above all, we wanted to thank you for listening.
    Jesper (1m 24s):And also say that we hope that you will have a wonderful Christmas. Are you feeling the Christmas mood yet?
    Autumn (1m 33s):Oh, well, I didn't expect you to play Christmas music. So I guess that's adorable.
    Jesper (1m 41s):Very, yeah, I was, I was actually playing the jingle there just to see if I could do something to get into the mood myself. Well you're yeah. I mean, you've had such a busy week. I mean, looking back with this as a recorded, who knows you're going to have your entire new apartment, like completely set up, but right now you're sitting on boxes and the darks. Oh yeah, yeah. And of course, we're also recording this a couple of weeks before Christmas. So while you might live well, when this release is it's going to be the 21st of December, but we actually recording it a few weeks in advance. So yeah, I'm not really in the mood at the moment, as you say, I've just been through over the last week, moving from the house to an apartment.
    Jesper (2m 27s):So it's, it's so messy and stressful. I do not feel very Christmas like at the moment. Oh, you'll get there. You'll get there. There'll be, especially with the two boys. You'll, you'll have lots to celebrate and it's a celebration and your first one in a new place, it's exciting new journey, a new stage of your guys's life. So you'll have a lot to celebrate. I'm sure it'll be fine. Yeah, that is true. Yeah. And I actually didn't open the computer once for about a week. Isn't that crazy? I don't know if that has ever happened before my computer would think that the world had ended. If I didn't touch it for a full say so, Oh, that's amazing.
    Jesper (3m 7s):That's going to feel very, Yeah, it, yeah. And I, every muscle in my body is like aching from moving. And, but we managed to cram an entire house into an apartment apart from the few things that we had, we put into a small storage room. But other than that, it's just like boxes. Yeah. Yeah. Do you think you'll get everything to fit or you think a few things, more things will go back to the storage unit? Well, the story's unit is full, so there's no. So it's

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    The AmWritingFantasy Podcast: Episode 103 – Re-releasing an Existing Book or Series!

    The AmWritingFantasy Podcast: Episode 103 – Re-releasing an Existing Book or Series!

    If one of your books, or series, aren't selling much, will it help to change the book cover, the book description (also known as the blurb), or will it be a lot of effort for nothing?
    In episode 103, Autumn share the results after she re-released one of her book series.
    Tune in to learn all the do's and don'ts.
    As promised here's the link to the free Self-Publishing Success course: https://ultimatefantasywritersguide.com/self-publishing-success/ 
    Tune in for new episodes EVERY single Monday. 
    SUPPORT THE AM WRITING FANTASY PODCAST!
    Please tell a fellow author about the show and visit us at Apple podcast and leave a rating and review. 
    Join us at www.patreon.com/AmWritingFantasy.
    For as little as a dollar a month, you’ll get awesome rewards and keep the Am Writing Fantasy podcast going.
    Read the full transcript below.
    (Please note that it's automatically generated and while the AI is super cool, it isn't perfect. There may be misspellings or incorrect words on occasion).
    Narrator (2s):You're listening to the Am Writing fantasy podcast in today's publishing landscape. You can reach fans all over the world. Query letters are a thing of the past. You don't even need a literary agent. There is nothing standing in the way of making a living from writing. Join two best selling authors who have self published more than 20 books between them now onto the show with your hosts, Autumn Birt, and Jesper Schmidt.
    Jesper (30s):Hello, I'm Jesper, and I'm, Autumn. This is episode 103 of the Am Writing Fantasy podcast. Well, today, Autumn, you recently went through some renaming and rebranding of your books. So that's something we wanted to talk a bit about today.
    Autumn (48s):Yeah. I definitely have some reasons why you might want to do it some stats because you know, we like to provide that kind of information and things to watch out for that. I didn't think about the first part, but that we'll get to that. Right. You're in the middle of some big events going on. So how are you doing over there?
    Jesper (1m 11s):Oh, I'm good. I was, well, today has been one of these organization days. I was setting up some emails this morning to announce the VIP launch of the world building course that we talked about last week and I've just also just trying to get organized in general before I actually, tomorrow I take the rest of the week off because I'm going to move out of our house and into the apartment, as I've mentioned a few times. So if everything goes well by Friday, this week, we should be living in our new place by then. That's amazing. That'll be really exciting. And I hope it does go well because it'll be a lot of work, but it's so exciting.
    Jesper (1m 53s):Cause you've been working on this for like two years. So it's really, really cool. It's finally here. You're doing it. Yeah, it was actually in November two years ago that we first put the house up for sale. So it is just, just past two years since, since this whole journey started. So that's quite amazing. Amazing. Yeah. So we were actually thinking that if all goes well and we do move into the apartment and start living there by Friday, we did think about going because the apartment is much more centrally located than our house. So it's like I've said before, it's in the main city in this area.
    Jesper (2m 33s):So there are, that also means that there are restaurants around. So we actually thought about a Saturday going to this very nice sushi place that is, and we don't have to drive there. Now we can just walk, walk.
    Autumn (2m 46s):So that's pretty nice. That's going to be kind of cool. I might be a little envious because I lived in town when I first moved to where we are in Vermont and I didn't enjoy the noise. Cause it was only a second floor apartment and we're right at an inter big intersection. But you know, we could, especially, this was before COVID. So there was like Tuesda

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    The AmWritingFantasy Podcast: Episode 102 – Find Self Publishing Success

    The AmWritingFantasy Podcast: Episode 102 – Find Self Publishing Success

    What do you really need to know to become a successful self published author?
    Well, not only do we have the tips for you ranging from mindset to marketing and covers to the cornerstone you won't find success without, but we have a whole course of advice, strategies, and steps ... and we are giving it to you for FREE!
    Plus there are a few other announcements in this episode like the release of our long-awaited worldbuilding course. So check out the episode and find the links you need below!
    Enroll in the brand new Crafting Incredible Fantasy Worlds worldbuilding course during its exclusive VIP launch from December 7 - 14 while it is at a super special VIP price at https://ultimatefantasywritersguide.com/worldbuilding/.
    And don't forget to pick up the newly released Self Publishing Success course for FREE at https://ultimatefantasywritersguide.com/self-publishing-success/!
    Tune in for new episodes EVERY single Monday.  
    SUPPORT THE AM WRITING FANTASY PODCAST! Please tell a fellow author about the show and visit us at Apple podcast and leave a rating and review.  
    Join us at www.patreon.com/AmWritingFantasy. For as little as a dollar a month, you’ll get awesome rewards and keep the Am Writing Fantasy podcast going. 
    Read the full transcript below. (Please note that it's automatically generated and while the AI is super cool, it isn't perfect. There may be misspellings or incorrect words on occasion).
    Narrator (2s):You're listening to The Am Writing Fantasy Podcast in today's Publishing landscape. You can reach fans all over the world. Query letters are a thing of the past. You don't even need a literary agent. There is nothing standing in the way of making a living from writing. Join two best selling authors who have self published more than 20 books between them now onto the show with your hosts. Autumn Bert and Jasper Schmidt.
    Jesper (30s):Hello, I'm Jesper
    Autumn (31s):and I'm Autumn.
    Jesper (33s):This is episode 102 of the Am Writing Fantasy podcast. And today we are going to talk about having success in self publishing and how to go about it. So this is something that many have been looking forward to, because it also means that when you are listening to this are brand new and a a hundred percent free self publishing Success course is available to you. People just do it.
    Autumn (1m 0s):We just talked about needing to celebrate, you know, we need to learn to celebrate Maura. So I'm celebrating those. I'm so excited that this course is ready and we can send it off to author's so that they can hopefully learn these things a lot straighter, faster than we ever did in FREE. And it's a fricking awesome. So I hopefully you got to check it out.
    Jesper (1m 21s):Oh yeah, absolutely. I mean, it's, it's been a lot of work and is finally here. So we are going to go through some of that stuff today. And so you can get a feel for what's what's there and what, what it is that we are offering there. But, but before we get that far, how has life been Autumn? Oh, its been busy. Well, it doesn't help that I decided to work. You know, we are building these, of course I'm putting up the finishing touch. It touches on our self publishing course on the website. But I also, as I mentioned, I had joined a nano Ramo for the first time, but of course I joined at seven days late. So that was kind of a bit of a stumbling block.
    Autumn (1m 57s):But I, so we're recording this the week of the U S Thanksgiving. So guests I've got like what, four or five or six days that finish this up. But I guess what my current Writing I word count is a So I think right now, correct me if I'm wrong. But last time when you ask me what it was the 25. So I guess let's say you do it again because it was right at the middle of the month and you get 25 and it was at 20 like three. Okay. So six days left out of seven days left, approximately. So your probably at, let's say

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