Let’s take the next step in your writing life! Maybe you’re a beginner stumped about what to do first. Or you’re experienced but aren’t sure what to do next. Maybe you need help knowing your message or who you’re actually writing for. Maybe you want to reach more readers but without becoming a self-promoting robot. Maybe you’re an author who’s been doing this for years but you long to see how other writers balance the business and marketing side of the writing life. Or you want to know how to write a book or find an agent or just start a regular writing routine. Maybe you’re afraid of failure, or that you’re a bad writer and no one will tell you. Or you think what if I work hard at this and never get published or make even a dollar? What if my spouse or family never understand how much this means to me? What if I share too much and people in my real life get mad? What if I make a fool of myself or break the internet? And what if I’m successful and my life changes and I have to do new things and sacrifice my family?
The three of us have collectively written a bunch of books, some of them bestsellers, and we know what it’s like to have all these questions and more. The Hope*writers Podcast will help you skip the long learning curve we’ve struggled through and will put you ahead of the game. Each week you get answers to these questions, from us and from interviews with publishing pros, to help you have clarity for what’s next for you.
AND to find out where you are now on the writing journey and take one next step, just take the simple fun quiz at hopewriters.com/quiz.
What it’s like to write as a job with novelist Katherine Reay
What’s it like to write when it’s your job?
What does the writing life look like when you become a working writer? What does a day or a week look like? How many hours?
And what about marketing and getting an agent?
How important are writing conferences?
How important is reading?
What changes when you get published?
In this episode, award-winning novelist Katherine Reay talks with hope*writers co-founder Emily P. Freeman about a favorite subject of writers - the craft of writing and the life of a working writer.
So what’s it like to be a writer when it’s your job?
Let’s listen and find out!
From hobby to working writer with Joshua Becker
So how do you take your writing serious? How do you commit and show up?
One important way is to begin looking at yourself as a working writer. Even before you get paid.
So what focus and mindset does a working writer have that’s different from a hobby writer?
Author Joshua Becker was a pastor. That was his job. His writing was a hobby. He wrote for himself like most of us start out.
Then he shifted, he transitioned. On purpose.
We’re going to see the shift he made and how it changed everything.
And we’ll learn he faced imposter syndrome like we all do when we start getting serious, that little voice that says, “who are you to do this, some kind of expert?”
We’ll learn how he overcame that challenge and ended up with 3 published books and a blog with a million readers a month.
So what does moving from hobby writer to working writer look like?
Let’s listen and find out!
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Facebook for writers - How ads work, with Amanda Bond
Spending money on facebook ads can be scary. You want it to work. You don’t want to waste your money.
Well how do you know if it’s working? How do you know which posts to spend money on? And why would a writer want to run facebook ads? What are they and how do they work? And that pixel thing? Can I do that myself?
Amanda Bond is an expert on facebook and buying ads and she answers all these questions in this episode. BTW, there are a few things to do BEFORE you buy facebook ads - that’s the previous episode, “Episode 47, Facebook for writers, before you run ads.”
Once you’re ready, how do you run Facebook ads and make them count and not waste money? Let’s listen!
Facebook for writers--before you run ads, with Amanda Bond
So how should a writer use facebook? How do you know if you’re doing it right? How do you know what’s working? Do you boost posts? Buy ads? Is it worth it?
Whether you want to build a platform, promote your book, or just get your message to readers, there’s a certain order to doing things.
Amanda Bond is an expert on using facebook and buying ads. In this episode she’ll help you learn a few basic things a writer should do on facebook first, before you buy ads or boost posts.
Then the next episode will guide us in how facebook ads work so you get results and don’t waste your money.
So what does a writer do first on facebook? Before spending any money? Let’s listen!
Inside the Mind of a Children’s Author - with Matthew Paul Turner
Writing for children is a different kind of writing. One of the beautiful things about it is when you successfully keep things simple, you can end up reaching far beyond children.
That’s how it’s worked for Matthew Paul Turner, a long time writer who tried writing for children as an experiment. He’s now written “When God Made Light,” “When God Made You,” and “When I Pray for You” which you can find at Target and Sam’s and Walmart and all over the place.
How is writing for children different? How do you think and see in a very simple - but sometimes profound - way? What goes on inside the mind of a children’s author?
Well, if you’re interested in writing for children, or think you might be someday, or if you just want to see how to tap into the parts inside you that can matter to others, this episode is for you.
Amazing podcast for all writers!!!
I love this podcast! The variety of topics keeps my interest and everyone offers such great advice to writers of all kinds. Thank you for making this podcast!
Go-To Writing Inspiration!
I love listening to the HopeWriters podcast and am so thankful for this free resource amidst all the other things they do! So many good interviews, tips, and words of encouragement.
Thanks Emily, Brian, and Gary!
Great writing podcast. I’m a nonfiction writer, and this podcast has really helped me hone my skills and learn new skills like Facebook ads.