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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 152 – Breaking Mental Health & Race Stereotypes in Your Novel—with Iona Wayland

    The AmWritingFantasy Podcast: Episode 152 – Breaking Mental Health & Race Stereotypes in Your Novel—with Iona Wayland

    Do you wonder if you've avoided stereotypes in your writing and been appropriately sensitive to people of different races, ethnicities, or neurodivergent?


    There are aspects to look for as you write and edit to make certain you are aware of how what you've written will be perceived. Plus, there are sensitivity readers who can help you out!


    With special guest and sensitivity reader Iona Wayland, Autumn covers some tips from tying mental health to character arcs to checking yourself for outdated language which will help your writing cast aside stereotypes.


    Find Iona on her website at https://ionawayland.wixsite.com/author and on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/iona.wayland/


    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 on to the show with your hosts, Autumn Birt and Jesper Schmidt.


    Autumn (31s):
    Hello, I'm Autumn. And this is episode 153 of the Am Writing Fantasy podcast. And this week we have, yes, we're on vacation and taking a bit of a break, you know, I guess he deserves, but so instead I have with me a different author and sensitivity reader and someone who writes fantasy and I'm so looking forward to talking to her, so welcome to the podcast. I own a Wayland.


    Iona (59s):
    Hi there. Thank you for having me.


    Autumn (1m 1s):
    Yeah, I'm so excited. I, you said you're a tea drinker. You're a pet mom. This is going to be so much fun. And I even like the sensitivity, I can't wait to talk about that because I know my first story, my first passions were like, well, you know, we have these giant epic fantasy quests and no one ever seems to come out the other side with like PTSD. So that was one of the first things that I thought of when I first started writing back in 2010. So I cannot wait to talk to you, but first go ahead and introduce yourself. I know you have your book, ashes and talk is tell us a little bit about that and tell us how you decided to become like a sensitivity reader.


    Iona (1m 45s):
    Well, I, and my day job is a trauma therapist and by night, so to speak, I write and ashes is my debut. It's a dark fantasy novel. It has a Latin X main character named Angela. And she has to decide if she wants to journey and avenge her brother's death. And so it's those trials of figuring out herself in the midst of trying to save her brother. Oh,


    Autumn (2m 16s):
    That is cool. So yeah. So he's dead. Is it saving his soul or saving him or is that giving away too much of the book?


    Iona (2m 23s):
    It won't give away too much. He is, he is dead at the beginning of the book, but it explores what was behind his death and what is behind like what his soul needs to pass on.


    Autumn (2m 36s):
    That is so cool. I love it. Well, that is because I looked at the cover. I'm also a graphic artist and I saw the cover. I'm like, cool. I like this. This is a very nice cover. So,


    Iona (2m 47s):
    So glad you like the cover. I designed it. I'm not, I mean, I'm not talented, like what you're saying, but I did design. I was like, this is exactly what I want, please, if you're able to do that. And they were so


    Autumn (2m 60s):
    Nice. Fantastic. Well, yeah, it came o

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    The AmWritingFantasy Podcast: Episode 151 – Good Characters doing Bad things

    The AmWritingFantasy Podcast: Episode 151 – Good Characters doing Bad things

    A Game of Thrones has inspired characters who contain such strong good qualities, like honor or justice, that it can lead to his or her death. 


    And writing classes teach developing characters with strengths and weaknesses to make them well rounded. A heroine can be a skilled warrior AND too self assured. 


    This makes a more complex character, one that is beyond two dimensions, but what about a good character that just loses it and takes the first punch?


    In this episode of the Am Writing Fantasy podcast, Autumn and Jesper discuss the Evil Within.


    The episode is inspired by this blog post: https://www.amwritingfantasy.com/the-evil-within/


    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 on to the show with your hosts, Autumn Birt and Jesper Schmidt.


    Jesper (30s):
    Hello, I'm Jesper


    Autumn (32s):
    And I'm, Autumn.


    Jesper (33s):
    This is episode 155 of the Am Writing Fantasy podcast. And when studying the craft of writing, we learn about creating characters who are well-rounded, who have weaknesses and strengths. But what happens when characters unleased the evil within?


    Autumn (55s):
    I like this topic because, well, I do like gray and nuanced characters. I like fillings with good traits and I like heroes with not always the best of traits. I think it makes them more relatable. So this is going to be a fun podcast to explore the dark side of your heroes.


    Jesper (1m 14s):
    Yeah. Yeah. Autumn wrote a blog post quite a while back for the AmWritingFantasy a block. So that's sort of the starting point for this conversation. I guess you could call it at least that's what inspired us to dive into the pool of evil to The


    Autumn (1m 34s):
    It's good. It's the good evil pool, right? So it should be kind of, I don't know if it's shallow early, deep in a couple areas, but we'll figure it out.


    Jesper (1m 42s):
    Yeah, yeah. That's yeah, that'll be interesting. We'll see where it takes us.


    Autumn (1m 47s):
    So how are things over in Denmark?


    Jesper (1m 51s):
    Well, not much as chains, to be honest since last week, you know, I'm still just preparing for the referee instructor class and practicing presentations. And I had a meeting the other day with, with my mentor. And so, yeah, I still have not gotten back to writing at all.


    Autumn (2m 11s):
    Well, I think you have enough going on that. That seems fair. Plus, it's giving me time to read book two so that I'll be ready to help plot book three. So take your time. You're good. Fine.


    Jesper (2m 25s):
    Good. Don't worry about it.


    Autumn (2m 27s):
    You deserve the break?


    Jesper (2m 30s):
    Yeah. Well, something funny. I wanted to mention, you know, how in the master mailing list, because that we have available for sale on I'm Am Writing Fantasy dot com total block there. If somebody wants to check that out, but, but you know, in that course, how we talk about how you can possibly segment your email list?


    Autumn (2m 52s):
    Yes. I remember that. Yeah.


    Jesper (2m 55s):
    Okay. Yeah. So our insurance company should really learn a bit about this segmentation of email lists. Yeah.


    Autumn (3m 3s):
    Oh,


    Jesper (3m 5s

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    The AmWritingFantasy Podcast: Episode 150 – How to Create Chapters That Will Hook Readers

    The AmWritingFantasy Podcast: Episode 150 – How to Create Chapters That Will Hook Readers

    Do you want to write a page turning novel that will keep readers up long past their bedtime? Well, one key to doing that is to write chapters that keep readers turning pages.


    We go over some tips from opening lines to closing and everything in between to help you write chapters that will keep your readers hooked.


    To check out the book Plot Development that we mention in the podcast, follow this link: https://books2read.com/Plot-Development


    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 on to the show with your hosts, Autumn Birt and Jesper Schmidt.


    Jesper (29s):
    I'm Jesper


    Autumn (31s):
    And I'm Autumn.


    Jesper (33s):
    This is episode 150 of the Am Writing Fantasy podcast. And we are taking a closer look at Chapters today. How to Create Chapters, That Hook you readers, and hopefully give you some good and strong tips in the process here.


    Autumn (50s):
    Absolutely. I mean, these are sort of the building blocks of that. Pull the reader through the story. And I don't think there's a lot of people who realize maybe the importance of setting them up. I mean, we spend so much time talking about that Plot outline and what goes into the intro of your story, but we don't talk a lot about what actually is happening in each individual chapter. So I think this will be a good one we'll chapters or a book is made up by chapter. So I don't know why Chapters would be important at all at all. It's like building a wall without using any bricks. We're putting them on the walls. No, there's you go, but let's assume you want a wall and if you just put your bricks, like just dump them in a pile, you're not going to have a very good wall, so you should make sure you put it together constructively.


    Autumn (1m 41s):
    Okay. Well, if I say showed and I guess we have to talk a bit about that today.


    Jesper (1m 45s):
    Yeah. I guess we will. We'll talk about some construction equipment. No, thanks where you over there.


    Autumn (1m 52s):
    It's quite good. There is a school break here this week. So actually I don't have to get up that early in the mornings. That's very, very nice. That is always a sweet thing considering, especially, yeah, since I'd be getting up at 5:00 AM with my husband to see him off to his current training, he's going through yeah. That's, I'm envious if I'm AM's a little early for me. Yeah. The only problem is that now when you don't have to get up that early, you stay up later. And especially because my wife and I started watching squid game on Netflix. I heard about that. Yes. I've actually, I started up watching episode one and honestly I didn't get into it and maybe I was tired.


    Autumn (2m 35s):
    So I just kind of put it aside. How are you guys liking it?


    Jesper (2m 39s):
    Oh, I love it. I think it's so good. I finally understand why this caught on so big that it had it's I think it's so good. I buy have to try it again eventually, but yeah, I'll have to keep that in mind. Maybe I was just off that night. I don't know. But I think one good thing that be Taken away from us, you know, for us as writers and authors, is that the writer who wrote squid game, h

    • 32 min
    The AmWritingFantasy Podcast: Episode 149 – Top 10 WORST Plot Twists EVER

    The AmWritingFantasy Podcast: Episode 149 – Top 10 WORST Plot Twists EVER

    Some plot twists can elevate a story into a masterpiece, whereas others utterly destroys everything that came before it. 


    In this humorous episode of the Am Writing Fantasy podcast, Autumn and Jesper compete to come up with the WORST five plot twists ever created.   


    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 on to the show with your hosts, Autumn Birt and Jesper Schmidt.


    Jesper (30s):
    Hello. I'm Jesper.


    Autumn (31s):
    And I'm, Autumn.


    Jesper (33s):
    This is episode 149 of the Am Writing Fantasy podcast. And this is the first episode of the month. And we all know what that means. Don't we Autumn?


    Autumn (44s):
    This one's a challenge where we compete with each other to come up with the worst of something. So these are always kind of fun.


    Jesper (54s):
    These are my favorite ones and today's top 10 list is the WORST Plot Twists EVER.


    Autumn (1m 3s):
    Oh gosh. At least I'm not going to give you a plot twist and say what? That's not what I prepared for. So I'm ready. Like I just mentioned to you, I actually was, I thought we were recording this two days ago, so I've been ready for two days. So I've got a good list. I think it'll be fine. It was actually really fun. This one was feeling kind of, I don't know what to come up with. And so I did a little bit of reading and research and started thinking and I'm like, oh yeah, there's some fun ones in this slide. Yeah, I think so too. All mine movies, although I only have two movies, so ha I, I actually tried to stick with books as much as possible, but yeah, two movies snuck in there.


    Autumn (1m 49s):
    Okay. I know I picked movies on purpose because then I could play some audio clips and I liked those. Lets you do one of these days. I want you to plan ahead and send you some movie, some clips and tell you not to listen to them until you play them. But that's going to be kind of hard cause you have to test them somehow. No, no, that'll be fine. That's fine. I can just click and listen half a second just to see if it plays and then stop it. Okay. One of these days, one of these days I'll really be prepared. It'll be a miracle, but everybody's mind just like my God. Yes, it will be and prepare us.


    Autumn (2m 30s):
    That'd be fantastic. Just imagine. Anyway, how are things going for you?


    Jesper (2m 37s):
    I'm pretty busy these days. I just finished up the first draft of book two in our new Sherry's over this last week. So that was good. That's exciting. Yeah, but I'm taking a short break from writing now because I have so much preparation to do for my attempt to become a referee instructor. So that's basically, Yeah, it's taking up so much time. So yeah, just taking a bit of a break between book two and book three in our series a so that will probably be okay. But


    Autumn (3m 11s):
    I think that is fine since you were so much further ahead of me on the Writing department. I don't mind if you take a little writing break and let me catch up a bit.


    Jesper (3m 22s):
    No, no, indeed. That's fair enough. And yeah. And, and, and speaking about referee, actually, sometimes it's nice to have a referee at hand

    • 1 hr 9 min
    The AmWritingFantasy Podcast: Episode 148 – YouTube for Authors with Jenna Moreci

    The AmWritingFantasy Podcast: Episode 148 – YouTube for Authors with Jenna Moreci

    Many authors have considered starting a YouTube channel. Autumn and Jesper tried for a couple of years - and failed.


    It's much harder than it looks. The questions is... will YouTube videos, focused on writing, actually help with fiction sales?


    The extremely successful YouTuber, Jenna Moreci, joins the Am Writing Fantasy podcast to offer advice and guidance. She knows everything there is to know about leveraging YouTube as a marketing tool for authors and writers.


     


    Check out Jenna's books:


    The Savior’s Champion: https://books2read.com/tsc/ 
    The Savior’s Sister: https://books2read.com/tss/ 


     


    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 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, Autumn Birt and Jesper Schmidt.


    Jesper (30s):
    Hello, I'm Jesper. And this is episode 148 of the Am Writing Fantasy podcast, and Autumn is taking care of some editing today. And once you use a way I've secured an amazing guest speaker for you, because today I'm going to talk to the very talented Jenna Moreci so welcome to The Am Writing Fantasy Podcast. Jenna,


    Jenna (51s):
    Thank you so much for having me. I'm super happy to be here.


    Jesper (54s):
    Yeah, it's a pleasure talking to you. And I just want to say for those who might not know, Jenna is a number one best-selling author of dark fantasy, and she also runs a very successful YouTube channel. So I couldn't think of anyone better to bring onto the podcast today to talk about YouTube for Authors, Jenna. Okay.


    Jenna (1m 13s):
    Well thank you. I'm super honored. Yeah. I kind of fell into YouTube sort of accidentally, or maybe not accidentally, but I didn't expect it to get to this level. So yeah, I'm, I'm super down to talk about it and everything that I've learned along the way.


    Jesper (1m 31s):
    Yeah, because wait, well maybe for context, I could just start out by saying Autumn and NAI and even myself before I sort of teamed up with Adam, tried my luck. If you want to call it that and running a YouTube channel and my God is difficult. And then Autumn and I tried for a while as well, probably like two years. And then we transitioned into podcasting and this is going much better to this, but the YouTube stuff is difficult. So yeah, it's, it's tough getting traction unusual. So I'm very going to be very curious during this episode here to sort of get your thoughts on it and maybe some tips and tricks for people who might want to try on their own to see if they can get a YouTube channel going.


    Jenna (2m 19s):
    Absolutely. I mean, I've been doing this for almost a decade now, so I've been, I've been around for awhile. I've made all the mistakes and you know, that's what you got to deal with in order to become successful. You got to mess up a few times. So I, I hope I can answer all of your questions.


    Jesper (2m 37s):
    Yeah, probably, but I don't know. Maybe we could just start a bit more on the, you know, not low side. I don't, that's not what you call it, but slowly and maybe, maybe you can just, yeah, a bit more about yourself and maybe put a more, a few more words on, on what you just said about why you started the

    • 45 min
    The AmWritingFantasy Podcast: Episode 147 – Critical Reading of the Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

    The AmWritingFantasy Podcast: Episode 147 – Critical Reading of the Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

    The best way to learn the craft of writing is to study the best of the best! Join us for our first critical reading episode where we take a look at the Hugo Award winning novel the Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin. We take a look at what this story does right... and what had us scratching our heads.


    Warning: there are spoilers if you haven't read the book!


    Do you agree on our assessment of the book's strength and weaknesses? Leave messages in the comments or join the discussion thread in the Am Writing Fantasy Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/AmWritingFantasy/!


    And don't forget to signup for the Fantasy Map Masterclass to be held October 28. Register at https://ultimatefantasywritersguide.com/fantasy-map-masterclass/.


    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 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, Autumn Birt and Jesper Schmidt.


    Jesper (30s):
    Hello. I'm Jesper.


    Autumn (31s):
    And I'm Autumn


    Jesper (33s):
    This is episode 147 of the Am Writing Fantasy podcast. And we've finally arrived at our new initiative. So once a month, we are reading a high profile fantasy book, and then we record an podcast episode about it. So this is our Critical Reading of the Fifth Season by NK Jemisin. Yes, I am looking forward to getting into the nitty gritty because I admit some of the aspects of this one or what kind of gave me the idea for the Critical Reading group when we were first talking about it. I also don't know if our listeners will be surprised at our, I think we both have a very similar takeaway from this book, but the Le there's some aspects of this one that are like, oh, that is so different.


    Jesper (1m 22s):
    It's amazing. I see why I want to Hugo for this is such a cool book and there's other aspects that well we'll get there all the way. Yes. You're already teasing it. Yeah. Yeah. Well, we got make people want to listen to like the heart of this line, which they should be excited. Yeah, I think it's, I think it's going to be an interesting conversation. And of course the, the idea is also here to see if we can try to draw out some things to learn in terms of either D these are good ideas or this kind of stuff you should probably avoid, you know, that kind of thing is what we're trying to draw out of the Critical Reading.


    Jesper (2m 3s):
    Exactly. And we'll, we'll get to it, but it's all matter of opinion, obviously. So yes, you can disagree with us. That's okay. It's just our opinions, but yeah, we'll, we'll get to, it sounds good. Well, if we're going to get to it, how are things going for you over in Denmark? Yeah. Well, I don't think I have wage that much to share this week. I'm just attempting to finish up the first draft of book two in our new series. So a couple of chapters to go and maybe I will be done by Friday. I hope don't tell me that. That that's my, well, you should be happy about that or very happy, but I was hoping to finish the edits on book one, which always seemed to be getting pushed back ever so slightly.


    Jesper (2m 50s):
    I'm so close. Maybe, maybe the end of next week, but you're going to beat me on the book too. I will

    • 51 min

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