100 episodes

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 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
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    • 48 min
    Fully Booked EP119: Helping Author's Find Their Own Story

    Fully Booked EP119: Helping Author's Find Their Own Story

    Have you ever considered what truly defines you beyond the highlights of your resume? This week on Fully Booked, we engage in an enlightening conversation with author and columnist Brent Olson, who regularly challenges authors to strip back the layers of accolades and academics and instead focus on the raw and personal experiences that shape their essence.
    Brent's own eclectic array of life experiences reads like a series of classic one-liner Chuck Norris jokes, such as "Of the ten most dangerous jobs in America I’ve dabbled in six." While most of us lead more mundane lives, we still harbor a treasure trove of defining moments waiting to be unearthed. These experiences, once recognized, serve as the bedrock for crafting stories that resonate deeply and authentically with our audience.
    As Brent explains, the trick is simply learning how to transform the ordinary into the extraordinary. Through the power of introspection and narrative, the tales most personal to you can become the ones that echo in the hearts and minds of readers everywhere, turning your own life into a legacy of adventure.
     
    Brent Olson
    https://www.brentolson.online/
     
    Hidden Gems
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    • 45 min
    Fully Booked EP118: Diversifying Your Author Income

    Fully Booked EP118: Diversifying Your Author Income

    In this week’s episode of Fully Booked, we explore the concept of diversifying your income stream beyond traditional book sales with our guest, Kendra Q. Drawing on her background in HR consulting and her transition to authorship and speaking engagements, Kendra guides us through the maze of opportunities available for authors eager to transform their literary passion into multiple profitable ventures.
    An alternative to juggling a traditional job with writing on the side is for authors to bolster their income through avenues such as speaking engagements, workshops, or personalized consulting services. By leveraging their unique areas of expertise in a variety of ways, authors not only have an opportunity to enhance their financial stability but may find a broader audience for their writing. So if you're looking to expand your horizons and discover new ways to thrive in the competitive world of self-publishing, Kendra's tips can provide ideas and inspiration for monetizing your talents in ways you may never have imagined.
     
    Kendra Qhttps://kendraqdodd.com/
     
    Hidden Gems
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    • 48 min
    Fully Booked EP117: A Psychological Approach to Character Development

    Fully Booked EP117: A Psychological Approach to Character Development

    In today's episode of Fully Booked, we dive deep into the human mind for a unique psychological spin on character development. Caroline Dunford, novelist, lecturer and forensic psychologist, takes us through the profound impact of using psychological principles to shape memorable and multi-dimensional characters. As the author of over 20 mystery novels and an expert in the psychological underpinnings of criminal behavior, Caroline provides a fascinating exploration of how an understanding of forensic psychology enriches the depth and authenticity of fictional characters.
    Her expertise offers a roadmap for authors seeking to elevate their characters through balancing both their strengths and vulnerabilities, building rich backstories that explain current behavior, and using empathy to bring readers closer to not only our heroes, but our darkest villains as well. Applying an understanding of the human psyche to your characters will help humanize them, burning them into the minds of your readers and keeping them alive long after they've read your final page.
     
    Caroline Dunfordhttps://caroline-dunford.squarespace.com/
     
    Hidden Gems
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    • 51 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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