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.
The End of a Season
It's time for a new season in my creative journey. Which means a pause on the podcast. Find out why and what's next!
How to Write a Bestseller
I've covered a lot recently on author platform this year, but I almost never talk about craft. It's time! If I wanted to rename this post, instead of How to Write a Bestseller it could be called Write Good Books to Sell More Books or Sell More Books with Your Craft.
At least, a little. I literally have a master's degree in fiction, but craft isn't my favorite thing to teach. Mostly because it's subjective. I do sometimes work with authors one on one regarding craft, but I find the focus on selling easier for ME.
WHY? Because authors are emotionally invested in their craft. So, discussing this is hard. We either think our books are amazing or terrible, and we have a lot of feelings on the subject.
People don't always respond well when they ask why their books aren't selling and the answer is: your writing.
I know it hurts. I've sat silently through critiques in grad school while people shredded my work. Just ... destroyed. I got over it. Having a beer at the bar with everyone after helped. For today and this post though, we're going to try to look a bit more objectively at our own craft.
Read the full show notes at http://createifwriting.com/204
Instagram for Authors
I've talked recently on social media for authors, but wanted to highlight a specific platform that I've been using more and seeing results from and discuss Instagram for authors.
I think that most social media platforms have potential to work for you if you understand how they work and make it your goal to connect with the correct audience. (As opposed to authors who accidentally gather an audience of other authors, rather than fiction readers, by posting author-y stuff.) This year, I dove into Instagram, a platform I've been on since 2014 and not really used well since that time.
For the full show notes, head to http://createifwriting.com/203
Lessons Learned in Three Years as an Author
The first month I published a book in 2018, I made $115. Which totally excited me! People were reading my book! I wrote and published a book! But the goal was always a CAREER. I joked (but not really) about building an Emma Empire.
Three years later, I made $26k in February 2021 and am slated to make over $20k this March. Want some takeaways? I've got 'em!
For the full show notes, head to http://createifwriting.com/202
Advertising for Authors
As a part of my series on what authors need to sell books, I've covered the overall author platform, email, social media, and blogging/content strategy. Which leads me into another piece of the puzzle: ads for authors.
Let's first rewind a bit to talk about author platform. I defined it in my post as the way that authors connect with readers. And while ads aren't NORMALLY what someone might think of when it comes to platform, it absolutely is a way to connect with readers. It's simply ... not organic.
Let's dive into what you need to know about ads for authors, when you should consider running ads, and how you can learn them without breaking the bank.
For the full show notes, head to http://createifwriting.com/201
What Should Authors Blog About? Content Strategy for Authors
As a part of my author platform series, we've talked about overall platform, newsletters for authors, social media for authors, and now I want to talk about what authors should blot (and video and podcast) about: aka, content strategy for authors.
Authors often aren't so familiar with that term... and I think it's because often we create content without the strategy. Let's start using the term more because we should be intentional with the content we create.
Let's talk about what authors should blog (and podcast and video) about: content strategy for authors!
For the full show notes, head to http://createifwriting.com/200
This podcast is excellent!
Very useful information for writers at every level. Highly recommend!
Informative podcast with very helpful advice and suggestions for writers in regard to many, many areas of the business, especially for the indie author. With advice for both new and seasoned authors.
Great podcast for writers
Practical help and lots of specific information on what works and what doesn’t for writers. Love listening!