100 episodes

Create If Writing is a weekly podcast for writers and bloggers dealing with authentic platform building online. You will hear from experts on list-building, connecting through Twitter, and how to utilize Facebook. But tools for building an audience would feel empty without a little inspiration, so these training episodes are balanced with inspirational interviews with writers who share their creative process, ups and downs, and how they have dealt with success or failure.

Kirsten Oliphant is a self-published author with an MFA in Fiction who has been blogging for 11 years and is in the top 20 of Houston's Social Media Power Influencers. She has spoken at Blog Elevated, Houston Social Media Breakfast, Adventure Con, Houston Business Advancement Conference, and Social Media Day Houston. She created the Free Email Course and loves to get nerdy about all things email list.

Create If Writing Kirsten Oliphant

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Create If Writing is a weekly podcast for writers and bloggers dealing with authentic platform building online. You will hear from experts on list-building, connecting through Twitter, and how to utilize Facebook. But tools for building an audience would feel empty without a little inspiration, so these training episodes are balanced with inspirational interviews with writers who share their creative process, ups and downs, and how they have dealt with success or failure.

Kirsten Oliphant is a self-published author with an MFA in Fiction who has been blogging for 11 years and is in the top 20 of Houston's Social Media Power Influencers. She has spoken at Blog Elevated, Houston Social Media Breakfast, Adventure Con, Houston Business Advancement Conference, and Social Media Day Houston. She created the Free Email Course and loves to get nerdy about all things email list.

    177- How to Set Up a Simple Author Platform

    177- How to Set Up a Simple Author Platform

    Platform matters whether you are writing fiction or nonfiction, trying to publish traditionally or independently. Here's the skinny on setting up a basic author platform.

    • 31 min
    176 - The Light and Dark Side of Success Stories

    176 - The Light and Dark Side of Success Stories

    When authors share success stories publicly, it can be incredibly encouraging and provide a great resource for other authors. 

    There is also a dark side to this. 

    Namely: backlash from posting, misinformation or missing information in posts, copycats, and comparisonitis. 

    Questions to ask before sharing your success and questions to ask before READING success stories. 

    • 21 min
    175 - Sustaining Your Book Sales and Yourself

    175 - Sustaining Your Book Sales and Yourself

    Books don't sell themselves! Learn to create goals that sustain your sales and yourself.

    • 32 min
    174 - Writing to Market and Writing to Trend

    174 - Writing to Market and Writing to Trend

    Learn what the term writing to market means and how writing to trend is different, but falls underneath the term. Helpful for indie authors trying to sell more books!

    • 30 min
    173 - How to Establish Healthy Relationships with Your Readers

    173 - How to Establish Healthy Relationships with Your Readers

    When you build your author platform, YOU get to choose the relationship you have with your readers. If you don't do this well, you could be creating unhealthy patterns that come back to bite you in the... profits.

    • 28 min
    172 - Marketing for Authors Who Hate Marketing

    172 - Marketing for Authors Who Hate Marketing

    Hate marketing? Reframe the conversation. Simple ways to think about and actually DO marketing.

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

Suzanne Stanmeyer ,

Informative, fun and inspiring

I found Kristen’s podcast last week after she was a guest on the Sell More Books Show. I’ve been listening to author podcasts for a little over a year and have covered all the basics. Kristen’s podcast is a breath of fresh air. She’s my new favorite. Optimistic, real, and entertaining. Subscribe. You won’t be disappointed!

Rachael Bloome ,

Binge-Worthy!

I’m a new listener, but already want to devour every episode! Kirsten gives in-depth, easy-to-understand, and practical steps to find success as an indie author. I highly recommend this podcast.

Bwholeton ,

Kinda preachy

So the earlier episodes of this podcast seemed really informative in a fun and interesting way, but the more it went on the more preachy it got and the more complaining it contained... I would say if he episodes available, only the first 3 or 4 are of any use.

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