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Author Craig Tuch has written a large number of books under a variety of pseudonyms, which have collectively sold hundreds of thousands of copies and had close to 100 million page reads. In 2016, he started HiddenGemsBooks.com as a way to help new and established self-published authors navigate the complex and often-changing world of self-publishing.

Since then, Hidden Gems has become well known and respected for helping thousands of authors market their books more effectively and sell more copies through a variety of services, free tools, and a weekly blog.

Roland Hulme’s 15+ years as an advertising executive in New York and London gave him an advantage when he turned his hand to writing, because no matter how good your stories are, you can’t sell any copies of a book that no one knows about. His targeted ads have led to his novels being bought and enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of readers.

If you’re interested in ways to improve as a writer, or in learning about new or better ways to market, advertise and sell your books, then join Craig and Roland every Thursday as they talk with each other and their guests about a wide range of topics relevant to self-publishing and writing.

Fully Booked: The Hidden Gems Author Podcast Craig Tuch

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Author Craig Tuch has written a large number of books under a variety of pseudonyms, which have collectively sold hundreds of thousands of copies and had close to 100 million page reads. In 2016, he started HiddenGemsBooks.com as a way to help new and established self-published authors navigate the complex and often-changing world of self-publishing.

Since then, Hidden Gems has become well known and respected for helping thousands of authors market their books more effectively and sell more copies through a variety of services, free tools, and a weekly blog.

Roland Hulme’s 15+ years as an advertising executive in New York and London gave him an advantage when he turned his hand to writing, because no matter how good your stories are, you can’t sell any copies of a book that no one knows about. His targeted ads have led to his novels being bought and enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of readers.

If you’re interested in ways to improve as a writer, or in learning about new or better ways to market, advertise and sell your books, then join Craig and Roland every Thursday as they talk with each other and their guests about a wide range of topics relevant to self-publishing and writing.

    Fully Booked EP125: Unveiling the Secrets of Discovery Writing

    Fully Booked EP125: Unveiling the Secrets of Discovery Writing

    In this episode of Fully Booked, we dive into the fascinating world of discovery writing, featuring returning guest KimBoo York. KimBoo, an accomplished author, librarian, technology historian, and former IT project manager, brings a unique perspective to the art of "pantsing" — writing without an extensive outline. In fact, she's written a book on the subject: "By the Seat of Your Pants: Secrets of Discovery Writing." Today, KimBoo takes us through the contrasts and overlaps between plotting and discovery writing, highlighting the freedom and creativity that come with embracing a more spontaneous approach to storytelling.
    There are a variety of techniques and mindset shifts necessary for successful discovery writing, such as relying more heavily on intuition or embracing the concept of reverse outlining, but KimBoo provides some intriguing exercises that can help writers develop these and other discovery writing skills. So whether you're a seasoned plotter looking to incorporate more spontaneity into your process or just curious about the world of pantsing and discovery writing in general, this episode offers valuable insights and practical advice to enhance your writing journey.
     
    KimBoo Yorkhttps://houseofyork.info/
     
    Hidden Gems
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    • 47 min
    Fully Booked EP124: How Can Authors Define Their Target Market?

    Fully Booked EP124: How Can Authors Define Their Target Market?

    In this week's episode of Fully Booked, Craig and Roland dive into a crucial, but often overlooked aspect of author success: defining your target market. Joined by seasoned publisher and author Ann Aubitz, they explore the significance of understanding who your readers are, why it's essential to know your audience before you even start writing, and how this knowledge can shape both your writing and marketing process.
    Much like advertisers invest heavily in understanding their target market, authors need to be keenly aware of who they are writing for so that they can adjust their marketing strategies to reach the right readers and create a deeper connection to them. For authors seeking ways to better target and engage with their market, the insights and ideas discussed in this episode are invaluable.
     
    Ann Aubitzhttps://www.kirkhousepublishers.com/about
     
    Hidden Gems
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    • 47 min
    Fully Booked EP123: Embracing the Challenges of Writing Comic Books

    Fully Booked EP123: Embracing the Challenges of Writing Comic Books

    This week on Fully Booked, we delve into the process of writing comics and graphic novels with accomplished comic writer and publisher, Adam Wilson. What began as a fun hobby of creating mini comics during his college years evolved into a full-time passion and business when Adam co-founded Read Furiously with his partner S. Atzeni, a company specializing in various forms of illustrated narratives..
    Authors new to this medium will discover both similarities and differences between scripting comics and writing traditional novels, alongside unique challenges such as collaborating closely with artists to bring their stories to life while ensuring those artists are fairly compensated.
    Adam provides practical advice on these topics, and many others, while also highlighting a variety of useful industry resources. With Adam's invaluable insights into navigating the various forms of visual storytelling, this episode is essential for anyone looking to embark on a career in the world of comics and graphic novels.
     
    Read Furiouslyhttps://readfuriously.com/
     
    Hidden Gems
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    • 49 min
    Fully Booked EP122: Is Mindset an Author's Most Valuable Asset?

    Fully Booked EP122: Is Mindset an Author's Most Valuable Asset?

    What’s a self-published author’s most valuable asset? Their writing experience? Their marketing expertise? Their ability to create vivid and engaging characters? All of those attributes are undeniably important - but former Air Force fighter pilot and USA Today bestselling author Steve Pieper argues that the most important asset an author has at their disposal comes from within - their mindset.
    It’s mindset that has set Steve up as a pioneer in direct sales of his self-published books, and seen him lead dozens of other authors to similar success. He argues that mindset values such as grit, determination, self-awareness, and self-belief play a pivotal role in a self-published author’s eventual success - and in this week’s episode of Fully Booked, he provides Craig and Roland with some actionable techniques that authors can use to help cultivate their own winning mindset. 
     
    Steve Pieperhttps://app.stevepieper.com/
     
    Hidden Gems
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    • 50 min
    Fully Booked EP121: AI and the Realities of Copyright Law

    Fully Booked EP121: AI and the Realities of Copyright Law

    In this week's episode of Fully Booked, we explore the complicated issues around Intellectual Property (IP) laws as they collide with the advancing frontiers of artificial intelligence. Join us as seasoned IP attorney Peter Nieves walks us through the often misunderstood realm of copyright law, fair use, and the contentious landscape of AI-related legal battles. With a background rich in handling patents, trademarks, and copyrights, Peter brings a wealth of knowledge that enables him to clearly explain the technicalities and potential legal ramifications of using AI as a writing or publishing assistant in terms everyone can understand.
    Our discussion covers a wide variety of related topics such as the misuse of the fair use doctrine, the nuances of parody in legal contexts, and the pivotal lawsuits shaping the future of intellectual property in the AI arena. Peter's insights are particularly timely, given the high-profile AI-related cases currently progressing through the court system, which involve complexities surrounding digital content creation. So if you're an author looking to use artificial intelligence to help with your process, this episode will equip you with the essential knowledge needed to understand the evolving landscape of IP law in the age of AI.
     
    Peter Nieveshttps://nievesip.com/peter-nieves/
     
    Hidden Gems
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    • 56 min
    EP120: Enhancing Author Productivity with Sudowrite

    EP120: Enhancing Author Productivity with Sudowrite

    In today's episode of Fully Booked, we're diving into the future of writing by taking a look at Sudowrite, an AI-powered tool designed to transform the writing process. In the past few years, Sudowrite has grown from a small experimental tool into a revolutionary writing assistant, expanding in capabilities as the dynamic needs of modern authors change and evolve. To walk us through all that it can do, we're joined by one of its co-founders, James Yu.
    James not only takes us through specifics of how Sudowrite aids authors now, such as through detailed AI brainstorming and sophisticated outlining tools, but gives us some insight into what sorts of enhancements are coming up next. We also discuss Sudowrite's credit system and how it allows writers to select from a variety of AI models to best suit their project’s needs.
    Regardless of whether Sudowrite is right for you, this discussion will demonstrate how the efficiency and creativity of AI can be harnessed to aid in the writing process, while still maintaining your unique voice.
     
    Sudowritehttps://www.sudowrite.com/
     
    Hidden Gems
    Need our help publishing or marketing your book? 
    https://www.hiddengemsbooks.com/author-services/
     
    All episode details and links: 
    https://www.hiddengemsbooks.com/podcast

    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

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6 Ratings

SimonNever ,

A “jewel” for the self published author

I’ve been listening to the show for most of the past hundred episodes. Hope for 100 more! I really enjoy the multiple guests with varied and interesting points of view. I’ve used their services and ideas in my own writing and publishing. I enjoy podcasts that get to the point quickly, effectively, and in an entertaining manner. This show does it with a solid production value and actionable content. Keep up the good work!

authormary ,

Great Informative Show

I just recently discovered this podcast and look forward to it each week. I appreciate that Craig and Roland get right into the interviews without a lot of extraneous babble. I’ll go back and listen to several of their episodes again to make sure I’ve caught all the useful information they presented.

I also greatly appreciate the avoidance of foul out off-color language. Thank you, gentlemen!

repossible ,

A Gem of a Podcast for Indie Publishing

Craig and Roland bring their varied and deep experience in the indie publishing world to ask the right questions of their guests to dig into the mindset and strategies for a successful indie author career.

They both are authors but they both also have worked in author-related industries which adds another level of experience and perspective to the show.

Well done!

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