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Welcome to the Wish I'd Known Then podcast. Join authors Jami Albright and Sara Rosett as they interview self-published authors about how they found success as well as lessons they've learned. Because being an indie author is about being innovative and creative and learning from your mistakes.

Wish I'd Known Then . . . For Writers Sara Rosett and Jami Albright

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    • 4.8 • 8 Ratings

Welcome to the Wish I'd Known Then podcast. Join authors Jami Albright and Sara Rosett as they interview self-published authors about how they found success as well as lessons they've learned. Because being an indie author is about being innovative and creative and learning from your mistakes.

    💸 How to Save and When to Splurge in your Author Business

    💸 How to Save and When to Splurge in your Author Business

    Episode 215 / When it comes to your author business, a bargain sometimes costs money in the long run, but other times it pays to splurge instead of scrimp. Join us as we discuss tips for saving money as well as when we’re willing to pay more.
    💜 🎙 Become a supporter of the podcast! We can’t wait to give you a shoutout in a future episode. https://wishidknownforwriters.com/support
    Use a “savings triage,” a list of ways to save money on business expensesInnovative side-hustlesWhat items we’re willing to spend more onTips on saving on editing, cover design, and marketingLinks: 
    https://www.sararosett.com/author-business-expenses-save-splurge/
    https://blog.reedsy.com/save-on-your-self-publishing-budget/


    Support the show
    🚀 Jami’s Launch Plan https://www.jamialbright.com/authorservices

    ❤️ Jami’s books https://amzn.to/3wSraA5

    🔎 Sara’s books https://www.sararosett.com/bibliography/

    📚 Sara’s How to Write a Series book and audiobook: https://www.sararosett.com/how-to-write-a-series/

    The Big List of Craft and marketing books mentioned on WIKT podcast episodes https://bookshop.org/lists/recommenced-resources-for-writers-from-the-wish-i-d-known-then-podcast
    Resources from the Author and Reader Community to Help Ukrainians https://docs.google.com/document/d/1E9QQhmcpa_dlxQY-GEqBiIbIZk-_J1MgQX_BxLI3F84/edit?usp=sharing

    • 47 min
    How to Find Your Author Brand

    How to Find Your Author Brand

    Episode 214 / How do you pull in readers who will love your books and push away those readers who won’t enjoy your book? Branding.
    Branding is more than colors, fonts, and covers.
    Join us for an in-depth discussion on how to determine your brand and carry it through in everything from your voice to ad copy to covers. And you know we’re always here for food analogies so the alternate title of this episode is “Why branding is like a layer cake.” 🍰
    What is a brand promise? UniquenessUsing comp authorsDoes your voice need to match your brand? Creating an author tagline that reflects your brand💜 🎙 Become a supporter of the podcast! We can’t wait to give you a shoutout in a future episode. https://wishidknownforwriters.com/support


    Support the show
    🚀 Jami’s Launch Plan https://www.jamialbright.com/authorservices

    ❤️ Jami’s books https://amzn.to/3wSraA5

    🔎 Sara’s books https://www.sararosett.com/bibliography/

    📚 Sara’s How to Write a Series book and audiobook: https://www.sararosett.com/how-to-write-a-series/

    The Big List of Craft and marketing books mentioned on WIKT podcast episodes https://bookshop.org/lists/recommenced-resources-for-writers-from-the-wish-i-d-known-then-podcast
    Resources from the Author and Reader Community to Help Ukrainians https://docs.google.com/document/d/1E9QQhmcpa_dlxQY-GEqBiIbIZk-_J1MgQX_BxLI3F84/edit?usp=sharing

    • 53 min
    🔒 Character Archetypes

    🔒 Character Archetypes

    Subscriber-only episode
    The sage. The rebel. The everyman. These are a few character archetypes that resonate with readers.

    We discuss fifteen character archetypes, their common characteristics, strengths, weaknesses, and their desires along with examples in popular culture.

    We also discuss the difference between an archetype and a stereotype and how to avoid cliques.

    And quick note: Jami said "Xander" but meant "Xaiden." :) 

    Links mentioned:
    List with definitions from Kindleperuner:
    https://kindlepreneur.com/character-archetypes/


    Some examples from: https://www.scribophile.com/academy/what-are-character-archetypes


    Strengths/Weakness/Desires: 
    https://blog.reedsy.com/12-common-character-archetypes-every-writer-should-already-know/
    How to Write Funny by Scott Dikkers




    🚀 Jami’s Launch Plan https://www.jamialbright.com/authorservices

    ❤️ Jami’s books https://amzn.to/3wSraA5

    🔎 Sara’s books https://www.sararosett.com/bibliography/

    📚 Sara’s How to Write a Series book and audiobook: https://www.sararosett.com/how-to-write-a-series/

    The Big List of Craft and marketing books mentioned on WIKT podcast episodes https://bookshop.org/lists/recommenced-resources-for-writers-from-the-wish-i-d-known-then-podcast
    Resources from the Author and Reader Community to Help Ukrainians https://docs.google.com/document/d/1E9QQhmcpa_dlxQY-GEqBiIbIZk-_J1MgQX_BxLI3F84/edit?usp=sharing

    • 31 min
    Constructing a Compelling Series: Sara Rosett on the Indy Author Podcast (Reair)

    Constructing a Compelling Series: Sara Rosett on the Indy Author Podcast (Reair)

    Episode 213 / We’re sharing an interview Sara did with Matty Dalrymple on the Indy Author Podcast last year. Sara and Matty go deep on the topic of how to structure a series so that it works for your writing style and your genre. 
    💜 🎙 Become a supporter of the podcast! We can’t wait to give you a shoutout in a future episode. https://wishidknownforwriters.com/support
    The three types of seriesExtending your seriesSpin-offsUsing short stories to enhance your seriesDealing boredom in writing in the same story world again and againChallenges around ending a seriesHow to Write a Series by Sara Rosett: https://books2read.com/howtowriteaseries
    Buy the print version of How to Write a Series direct from Sara:https://sararosettbooks.com/products/how-to-write-a-series
    Sara’s website: https://www.SaraRosett.com
    This podcast originally aired on the Indy Author Podcast on 10/31/23: https://www.theindyauthor.com/210---constructing-a-compelling-series.html


    Support the show
    🚀 Jami’s Launch Plan https://www.jamialbright.com/authorservices

    ❤️ Jami’s books https://amzn.to/3wSraA5

    🔎 Sara’s books https://www.sararosett.com/bibliography/

    📚 Sara’s How to Write a Series book and audiobook: https://www.sararosett.com/how-to-write-a-series/

    The Big List of Craft and marketing books mentioned on WIKT podcast episodes https://bookshop.org/lists/recommenced-resources-for-writers-from-the-wish-i-d-known-then-podcast
    Resources from the Author and Reader Community to Help Ukrainians https://docs.google.com/document/d/1E9QQhmcpa_dlxQY-GEqBiIbIZk-_J1MgQX_BxLI3F84/edit?usp=sharing

    • 50 min
    Author Sustainability and Kickstarter with Claire Taylor

    Author Sustainability and Kickstarter with Claire Taylor

    Episode 212 / Claire Taylor, humor and mystery author and Enneagram expert, shares how authors can use the Enneagram to create a resilient approach to the often chaotic writer lifestyle. We also discuss Claire’s successful track record on Kickstarter, and she tells us what she wishes she knew about using the crowdfunding platform.
    💜 🎙 Become a supporter of the podcast! We can’t wait to give you a shoutout in a future episode. https://wishidknownforwriters.com/support
    How the Enneagram can help authors with sustainabilityMost common mistakes authors make in regard to sustainabilityThe superpower each Enneagram has that helps with resilience Typical blocks authors strugglingWhat Claire wishes she’d known about running Kickstarter campaignswww.kickffs.com
    www.ffs.media 
    www.liberatedwriter.com 


    Support the show
    🚀 Jami’s Launch Plan https://www.jamialbright.com/authorservices

    ❤️ Jami’s books https://amzn.to/3wSraA5

    🔎 Sara’s books https://www.sararosett.com/bibliography/

    📚 Sara’s How to Write a Series book and audiobook: https://www.sararosett.com/how-to-write-a-series/

    The Big List of Craft and marketing books mentioned on WIKT podcast episodes https://bookshop.org/lists/recommenced-resources-for-writers-from-the-wish-i-d-known-then-podcast
    Resources from the Author and Reader Community to Help Ukrainians https://docs.google.com/document/d/1E9QQhmcpa_dlxQY-GEqBiIbIZk-_J1MgQX_BxLI3F84/edit?usp=sharing

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Financial Freedom, Direct Sales, and Author Nation with Joe Solari

    Financial Freedom, Direct Sales, and Author Nation with Joe Solari

    Episode 211 / How do you live your best life through your writing career? We talk with Joe Solari about how to achieve author goals and how various business models, including direct sales and subscriptions, play into reaching those goals. We also discuss Author Nation, the largest indie author conference, and tips on how to have a great conference experience. 
    New business models: direct sales, subscriptionsImpact of AI across industriesThe single factor that will attract readers to youStructure of Author Nation conference tracksWhat to do after the conference ends: why narrowing your focus is importantAuthor Nation: www.authornation.live Nov 11-15, 2024
    💜 🎙 Become a supporter of the podcast! We can’t wait to give you a shoutout in a future episode. https://wishidknownforwriters.com/support


    Support the show
    🚀 Jami’s Launch Plan https://www.jamialbright.com/authorservices

    ❤️ Jami’s books https://amzn.to/3wSraA5

    🔎 Sara’s books https://www.sararosett.com/bibliography/

    📚 Sara’s How to Write a Series book and audiobook: https://www.sararosett.com/how-to-write-a-series/

    The Big List of Craft and marketing books mentioned on WIKT podcast episodes https://bookshop.org/lists/recommenced-resources-for-writers-from-the-wish-i-d-known-then-podcast
    Resources from the Author and Reader Community to Help Ukrainians https://docs.google.com/document/d/1E9QQhmcpa_dlxQY-GEqBiIbIZk-_J1MgQX_BxLI3F84/edit?usp=sharing

    • 1 hr 6 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
8 Ratings

8 Ratings

lmartin01 ,

So incredibly helpful!

I have learned so much from these two wonderful ladies and authors, both in my writing journey and in my personal life. I recently lost my mom to cancer and Jamie’s thoughts and raw honesty about how she was coping helped me so much. I LOVE this podcast

Rachelwritesromance ,

Fabulous resource

Inspiration for authors, delivered in accents like syrup. I’d tune in just to listen to Jamie and Sarah speak. The mix of personal and professional cuts to the heart of the challenges facing contemporary authors. Jamie’s personal struggles with grief and how she’s continued to make a living through a writing lull are illuminating.

Victoria Tait ,

Brightens Up My Midweek!

I have to force myself to wait and listen to Sara and Jami whilst doing my mid-week shopping. We all need our treats during the pandemic and something to lighten and brighten our lives.
There’s fun, laughter, advice and gems of information, especially for a newbie author like myself. Thank you ladies.

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