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Marketing | Best Practices for Adding Author Services to Your Book Biz
Want to start offering author services alongside your books? Or have you done so, but seen zero results? Special guest Katie Phillips and I have you covered in this biz-tastic episode. Learn how to balance author services with books, top reasons NOT to offer author services, and our mistakes from our first offers. Plus, Katie answers the flavorful random question of the day.
Writing | Writing Jerks: How to Work With Unlikable Characters
Dealing with an unlikable character? Unsure whether to redeem them? What about characters that your readers love, but you don’t? Author and book coach A.C. Williams comes aboard to discuss all things unlikable characters. Learn what Pride & Prejudice, Doctor Who, and The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles get right about characterization. Plus, we discuss Hallmark “bad boys” and our favorite Doctors. You don’t want to miss this episode!
Writing | 5 Ways to Nail the Opening of Your Book
Irresistible book intros can get you agents, contracts, and more readers--but how do you write them well? I’ve got you covered in this tip-tastic episode. Includes why genre matters, how to start with story tension, and why clever lines aren’t always the answer. Plus, in the Episode Action tip, I share one of my secrets to series writing (without retconning).
Marketing | Best Practices for Getting Great Book Covers
Want to get a great book cover that sells books? I got you covered in this episode loaded with advice for getting the best, marketable book cover for your story. Learn when genre matters, when it doesn’t, and why communication skills are your best friend. Plus, in the Episode Action tip we focus on when to switch up your email newsletter platform, social media scheduler, and other subscription services. Tune in for all the awesome info!
Marketing | How to Promote Your Book Without Being a Jerk
Book promotion is hard enough without feeling like you’re annoying people. In this episode, learn key tips and tricks for book promotion without being obnoxious--and feel more confident sharing about your book! Plus, in the Episode Action Tip learn my #1 plotting essential, and how it helps with marketing.
Writing | Best Practices for Writing Unforgettable Short Stories with Laura VAB
Ready to level up your short fiction--or dive in for the first time? Special guest Laura VanArendonk Baugh has you covered in this wordtastic interview. Learn the best way to approach short fiction, how to get started (and finished), and what to do when you get stuck. Plus, why short stories are like kale--and ice skating.