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The Authorpreneur Podcast™️ is hosted by Mystery Author Amelia D. Hay. Every second Thursday, Amelia will teach you how to develop a story idea, create compelling characters and outline your novel. In each season of the podcast, you will learn how to write your first draft, revise your story, self-publish, establish your author platform, and reach readers. Season one of the podcast is on Plot and Story Structure, and season two documents her writing adventures during her first year after self-publishing her debut novel. The current podcast season is about how to outline and the pre-writing phase. Once a month, in the Behind the Scenes Podcast Diary, Amelia shares her adventures with writing and self-publishing.

The Authorpreneur Podcast - Writing & Self Publishing Tips Amelia D. Hay

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The Authorpreneur Podcast™️ is hosted by Mystery Author Amelia D. Hay. Every second Thursday, Amelia will teach you how to develop a story idea, create compelling characters and outline your novel. In each season of the podcast, you will learn how to write your first draft, revise your story, self-publish, establish your author platform, and reach readers. Season one of the podcast is on Plot and Story Structure, and season two documents her writing adventures during her first year after self-publishing her debut novel. The current podcast season is about how to outline and the pre-writing phase. Once a month, in the Behind the Scenes Podcast Diary, Amelia shares her adventures with writing and self-publishing.

    TAP046, End Your Scenes with Cliffhangers | How to Write Great Scenes

    TAP046, End Your Scenes with Cliffhangers | How to Write Great Scenes

    So you've probably read the title of this episode and thought, what do cliffhangers have to do with outlining? I'm so glad you asked. Let me explain. If you're the kind of writer who needs to outline every scene, then you need to be aware of the types of cliffhangers and how to effectively use them to create a page-turning effect and not turn readers away. In fact, there is more than one type of cliffhanger—there are four. So, in this episode, I'll unpack the four types of cliffhangers in fiction so that you can avoid the common pitfalls and end your scenes with cliffhangers in a way that keeps the reader turning the page.


    Without further ado, let's get into the episode.


    Course, Podcasts, Books, and Tools Mentioned


    Check Out the Show Notes ⇢ https://authorpreneurpodcast.com/tap046/
    The previous Episode ⇢ https://authorpreneurpodcast.com/bts057/
    TAP045, The Anatomy of a Scene ⇢ https://authorpreneurpodcast.com/tap045/
    TAP041, What is a Scene? ⇢ https://authorpreneurpodcast.com/tap041/
    Got a burning question that you would love me to answer on the podcast ⇢ https://authorpreneurpodcast.com/question/
    Answers to Questions on Writing from Previous Shows ⇢ https://authorpreneurpodcast.com/question/faq/




    Products I Recommend
    Scrivener ⇢ https://www.literatureandlatte.com/scrivener-affiliate.html?fpr=authorpreneurpod *
    Grammarly Premium ⇢ https://www.grammarly.com/
    Pro Writing Aid ⇢ https://prowritingaid.com/?afid=22911 *
    AutoCrit ⇢ https://www.autocrit.com/
    Marlow/Authors.ai ⇢ https://authors.ai/marlowe/?awref=rt2q4bq7zq *
    Fiverr ⇢ https://www.fiverr.com/
    DIVI Theme ⇢ https://www.elegantthemes.com/affiliates/idevaffiliate.php?id=66529 *




    Other Useful Links
    Looking for an affordable premade book cover? | https://levillainbookcovers.com/shop/ **
    Be on the Podcast | https://authorpreneurpodcast.com/podcast/interview/
    Host Your Author Website with SiteGround ⇢ https://www.siteground.com/go/authorpreneur *
    Support the show
    Connect with me on Social Media
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/writeradhay
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorpreneurpodcast
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/authorpreneurpodcast/
    YouTube: www.youtube.com/c/authorpreneurpodcast/videos
    Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/authoradhay/
    Merch Store: https://www.redbubble.com/people/WriterADHay/shop


    * This is a service or product offered by me
    ** My bookish merchandise store

    • 25 min
    BTS057, A Year in Review and Self Publishing Products I Loved in 2023

    BTS057, A Year in Review and Self Publishing Products I Loved in 2023

    I'm back again. And yes, it's been sixteen weeks since I released an episode of the podcast. Between now and November, I took December and January off because it's a busy time of year and I tend to travel during these periods. When I got back from vacation at the end of January, I had caught the flu from a family function. Guess who didn't get the flu vaccine? But I was out of action for three weeks, and I wanted to wait until I got my voice back before I continued podcasting. In this episode, I look back on 2023 and discuss the highs and lows.  On top of this, I share the products and courses that I recommend and are still using in my writing and self-publishing business.


    Without further ado, let's get on with the episode.


    Show Notes and Links to Products and Courses


    I'm really sorry, but I ran out of room to list all of the products and courses that I love. They're all on the blog post. Just click the link above to see the post.


    Support the show
    Connect with me on Social Media
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/writeradhay
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorpreneurpodcast
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/authorpreneurpodcast/
    YouTube: www.youtube.com/c/authorpreneurpodcast/videos
    Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/authoradhay/
    Merch Store: https://www.redbubble.com/people/WriterADHay/shop


    * This is a service or product offered by me
    ** My bookish merchandise store

    • 52 min
    TAP045, The Anatomy of a Scene: Goal, Tension, Conflict and Stakes | How to Write Great Scenes

    TAP045, The Anatomy of a Scene: Goal, Tension, Conflict and Stakes | How to Write Great Scenes

    So, how do you write a great scene? But not just a great scene but a scene that keeps a reader engaged and turning the pages, no matter what genre you're writing. The answer is in the details. In order to write great scenes, you need to pay attention to the anatomy of the scene. So, what do I mean by anatomy? I'm referring to the elements of a scene, which include the goal, tension, conflict and stakes of a scene. In this episode, I'm going to break down these individual elements and share tips on how you can incorporate this into your writing.


    Course, Podcasts, Books, and Tools Mentioned
    Check Out the Show Notes ⇢ https://authorpreneurpodcast.com/tap045/
    TAP041, What is a Scene? ⇢ https://authorpreneurpodcast.com/tap041/
    TAP009, The 5 Types of Story Conflict ⇢ https://authorpreneurpodcast.com/5-types-of-story-conflict/
    TAP010, How to add more conflict in a story ⇢ https://authorpreneurpodcast.com/create-conflict-in-a-story/
    Got a burning question that you would love me to answer on the podcast ⇢ https://authorpreneurpodcast.com/question/
    Answers to Questions on Writing from Previous Shows ⇢ https://authorpreneurpodcast.com/question/faq/


    Products I Recommend
    Scrivener ⇢ https://www.literatureandlatte.com/scrivener-affiliate.html?fpr=authorpreneurpod *
    Grammarly Premium ⇢ https://www.grammarly.com/
    Pro Writing Aid ⇢ https://prowritingaid.com/?afid=22911 *
    AutoCrit ⇢ https://www.autocrit.com/
    Marlow/Authors.ai ⇢ https://authors.ai/marlowe/?awref=rt2q4bq7zq *
    Fiverr ⇢ https://www.fiverr.com/
    DIVI Theme ⇢ https://www.elegantthemes.com/affiliates/idevaffiliate.php?id=66529 *


    Other Useful Links
    Looking for an affordable premade book cover? | https://levillainbookcovers.com/shop/ **
    Be on the Podcast | https://authorpreneurpodcast.com/podcast/interview/
    Host Your Author Website with SiteGround ⇢ https://www.siteground.com/go/authorpreneur *


    Support the show
    Connect with me on Social Media
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/writeradhay
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorpreneurpodcast
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/authorpreneurpodcast/
    YouTube: www.youtube.com/c/authorpreneurpodcast/videos
    Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/authoradhay/
    Merch Store: https://www.redbubble.com/people/WriterADHay/shop


    * This is a service or product offered by me
    ** My bookish merchandise store

    • 23 min
    BTS056, AI-Generated Images, Designing Your Own Book Cover, Declining Free Downloads, and Struggling to Write Book Three

    BTS056, AI-Generated Images, Designing Your Own Book Cover, Declining Free Downloads, and Struggling to Write Book Three

    I'm back. And yes, it's been sixteen weeks since I released an episode of the podcast. Originally, I took the summer off because I needed to take a holiday from podcasting and writing. However, I did a bit of blogging during my break, where I discussed whether you should use AI-generated images in book covers. Also, I wrote a blog post on how to work with a book cover designer. This article was originally written to help potential clients and browsers for Le Villain Book Covers, but I shared the full article on authorpreneur podcast dot com because I believed it would be useful to you as well. While we're on the topic of book cover design, I discussed in another blog post the things you need to know before you design your own book cover. 


    This episode isn't just about blog posts; I also discuss my struggles with writing and the epiphany I've had, which helped me make progress after chasing my tail for so long.


    Without further ado, let's get into the show.




    Courses, Podcasts, Books, and Tools Mentioned
    Check Out the Show Notes ⇢ https://authorpreneurpodcast.com/bts056/
    How to Work With a Book Cover Designer ⇢ https://authorpreneurpodcast.com/how-to-work-with-a-book-cover-designer/
    AI-Generated Images on Book Covers ⇢ https://authorpreneurpodcast.com/ai-generated-images-for-book-covers/
    Things You Need to Know Before Designing Your Own Book Cover ⇢ https://authorpreneurpodcast.com/designing-your-own-book-cover/
    Accounting and Financial Terms for Authors ⇢ https://authorpreneurpodcast.com/financial-terms-for-authors/
    Plot Gardening by Chris Fox ⇢ https://amzn.to/49egmNu *




    Products I Recommend
    Scrivener ⇢ https://www.literatureandlatte.com/scrivener-affiliate.html?fpr=authorpreneurpod *
    Grammarly Premium ⇢ https://www.grammarly.com/
    Pro Writing Aid ⇢ https://prowritingaid.com/?afid=22911 *
    Natural Readers ⇢ https://www.naturalreaders.com/
    AutoCrit ⇢ https://www.autocrit.com/
    Marlow/Authors.ai ⇢ https://authors.ai/marlowe/?awref=rt2q4bq7zq *
    Fiverr ⇢ https://www.fiverr.com/
    DIVI Theme ⇢ https://www.elegantthemes.com/affiliates/idevaffiliate.php?id=66529 *
    Host Your Author Website with SiteGround ⇢ https://www.siteground.com/go/authorpreneur *




    Other Useful Links
    Affordable Premade Book Covers | https://levillainbookcovers.com/shop/ **
    Be on the Podcast | https://authorpreneurpodcast.com/podcast/interview/
    Got a burning question that you would love me to answer on the podcast ⇢ https://authorpreneurpodcast.com/question/
    Answers to Questions on Writing from Previous Shows ⇢ https://authorpreneurpodcast.com/question/faq/
    Support the show
    Connect with me on Social Media
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/writeradhay
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorpreneurpodcast
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/authorpreneurpodcast/
    YouTube: www.youtube.com/c/authorpreneurpodcast/videos
    Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/authoradhay/
    Merch Store: https://www.redbubble.com/people/WriterADHay/shop


    * This is a service or product offered by me
    ** My bookish merchandise store

    • 33 min
    BTS055, My Experiment with Tempting Readers to Impulse Buy the Second Book in My Series. Did It Work?

    BTS055, My Experiment with Tempting Readers to Impulse Buy the Second Book in My Series. Did It Work?

    So, I have a confession to make. Actually, I've been struggling to sell paid books. Sure, I can give them away for free, but paid is a different problem altogether. I've been struggling to sell Duplicity, the second book in my James Lalonde Amateur Sleuth Mystery Series. A few days before my forty-second birthday, I realised that FreeBooksy had a spot open on my birthday, the 29th of May. In this episode, I'm going to share with you the results of that experiment and my attempts to re-create the results with a Fussy Librarian Promotion.


    Without further ado, let's get into the show.


    Course, Podcasts, Books, and Tools Mentioned
    Check Out the Show Notes ⇢ https://authorpreneurpodcast.com/bts055/
    May Behind-The-Scenes Author Diary ⇢ https://authorpreneurpodcast.com/bts054/
    FreeBooksy ⇢ https://secure.writtenwordmedia.com/features
    The Fussy Librarian ⇢ https://www.thefussylibrarian.com/advertising/
    Support the show by buying me a coffee ⇢ https://www.buymeacoffee.com/authoradhay
    Got a burning question that you would love me to answer on the podcast ⇢ https://authorpreneurpodcast.com/question/
    Answers to Questions on Writing from Previous Shows ⇢ https://authorpreneurpodcast.com/question/faq/


    Products I Recommend
    Scrivener ⇢ https://www.literatureandlatte.com/scrivener-affiliate.html?fpr=authorpreneurpod *
    Grammarly Premium ⇢ https://www.grammarly.com/
    Pro Writing Aid ⇢ https://prowritingaid.com/?afid=22911 *
    AutoCrit ⇢ https://www.autocrit.com/
    Marlow/Authors.ai ⇢ https://authors.ai/marlowe/?awref=rt2q4bq7zq *
    Fiverr ⇢ https://www.fiverr.com/
    DIVI Theme ⇢ https://www.elegantthemes.com/affiliates/idevaffiliate.php?id=66529 *


    Other Useful Links
    Looking for an affordable premade book cover? | https://levillainbookcovers.com/shop/ **
    Be on the Podcast | https://authorpreneurpodcast.com/podcast/interview/
    Host Your Author Website with SiteGround ⇢ https://www.siteground.com/go/authorpreneur *



    Support the show
    Connect with me on Social Media
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/writeradhay
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorpreneurpodcast
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/authorpreneurpodcast/
    YouTube: www.youtube.com/c/authorpreneurpodcast/videos
    Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/authoradhay/
    Merch Store: https://www.redbubble.com/people/WriterADHay/shop


    * This is a service or product offered by me
    ** My bookish merchandise store

    • 32 min
    BTS054, Changes to the KDP Print Pricing, New Categories in KDP, and a Solution to My Series Mistakes

    BTS054, Changes to the KDP Print Pricing, New Categories in KDP, and a Solution to My Series Mistakes

    In the April Behind the Scenes Author Diary, I mentioned that I screwed up my amateur sleuth mystery series; well, a solution might be at hand. So, in this episode, I discuss my plans for my James Lalonde Amateur Sleuth Mystery series books three and four and a new shiny object. On top of this, I discuss a few self-publishing updates and selling direct with WooCommerce.


    But without further ado, let's get on with the episode.


    Course, Podcasts, Books, and Tools Mentioned
    Check Out the Show Notes ⇢ https://authorpreneurpodcast.com/bts054/
    April Behind-The-Scenes Author Diary ⇢ https://authorpreneurpodcast.com/bts052/
    Dave Chesson's Royalty Calculator ⇢ https://kindlepreneur.com/kdp-royalty-calculator/
    Changes to the paperback pricing on Amazon ⇢ https://kdp.amazon.com/en_US/help/topic/GPGVYM9KWTYLD2GD
    WooCommerce ⇢ https://woocommerce.com/marketplace-sale/
    DIVI Theme ⇢ https://www.elegantthemes.com/affiliates/idevaffiliate.php?id=66529 *
    My Author WooCommerce Shop ⇢ https://authoradhay.com/shop/ **
    Le Villain Book Covers WooCommerce Shop ⇢ https://levillainbookcovers.com/shop/ **

    Products I Recommend
    Scrivener ⇢ https://www.literatureandlatte.com/scrivener-affiliate.html?fpr=authorpreneurpod *
    Grammarly Premium ⇢ https://www.grammarly.com/
    Pro Writing Aid ⇢ https://prowritingaid.com/?afid=22911*
    Marlow/Authors.ai ⇢ https://authors.ai/marlowe/?awref=rt2q4bq7zq*
    Fiverr ⇢ https://www.fiverr.com/
    Host Your Author Website with SiteGround ⇢ https://www.siteground.com/go/authorpreneur*

    Other Useful Links
    Be on the Podcast | https://authorpreneurpodcast.com/podcast/interview/
    Want the podcast straight to your inbox? ⇢ https://authorpreneurpodcast.com/podcast/tap/
    Got a burning question that you would love me to answer on the podcast ⇢ https://authorpreneurpodcast.com/question/


    Support the show
    Connect with me on Social Media
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/writeradhay
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorpreneurpodcast
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/authorpreneurpodcast/
    YouTube: www.youtube.com/c/authorpreneurpodcast/videos
    Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/authoradhay/
    Merch Store: https://www.redbubble.com/people/WriterADHay/shop


    * This is a service or product offered by me
    ** My bookish merchandise store

    • 27 min

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