Page Up is a podcast for authors-in-transformation who are ready to write a book that makes a difference, hosted by best-selling author and publisher, Dr. Angela Lauria.
Dr. Lauria created the show for people who want to write a non-fiction authors of personal growth, self-help, how-to, business, and spiritual books, and memoirs but want to make sure they do it in a way that people buy it and read it. She created and runs The Author Incubator, which offers a program nurturing books from idea to completion with a team of editors, designers, and book coaches to support authors on their book journey.
Topics will cover overcoming writer's block, developing a structure for your book, developing a marketing plan for your book, understanding your reader, advice on what publishing method you should use, how to set boundaries as a writer, legal issues for authors, PR strategies for authors, techniques for get cover designs and titles, how to write a fantastic author bio and just about anything else on the road from "I have an idea for a book" to a completed best-seller.
Also on iTunes, check out the sister program to this podcast, Book Journeys.
#16: Advice for Writing Author Bios that Rock
A well-crafted bio is essential for every author and expert and there is a simple formula to follow to make sure your bio has all the right elements. But don’t skip out on the mindset work required to FEEL as awesome about your bio as it reads.
#15: Flap Copy Master Class (Writing Book Descriptions that Shine)
Most book descriptions suck! Why? Because authors and not marketers are writing them. You need to take off your author hat and put on your marketer hat before you write your book description or flap copy. This is a specialized skill and requires a lot of attention to nail these 250 or so words.
Here’s what you’ll learn in this episode:
• Why we call book descriptions “flap copy” and why it matters
• The effect the Internet and search engine optimization has had on book descriptions
• The one teeny tiny element that’s missing from almost all book copy that could double or triple your sales.
• How to get your credibility across in your book description without sounding arrogant
• Why other authors can be the key to a successful book description and how to find the right ones
#14: Writing a Great Title for Your Non-Fiction Book
Titles sell books. I wish what sold books was great content. But the truth is people make snap decisions on whether to buy a book – especially a low-cost ebook. Having a great title is one of the most powerful tools at your discretion.
In this episode you will learn:
- Why having a great book title is so important
- The one question ever title HAS to answer
- 10 of the rules I’ve created for myself for writing great book titles.
- 3 great options for testing your book title and one terrible one!
- What you need to know about copyright law to protect yourself.
#13: The Hero of Your Book Journey
In this episode Dr. Lauria explains how you can be the hero or the victim of your book journey. As an author you are the director of your experience. It will look to you sometimes like the things effecting your book are coming from outside of you. Maybe your editor will drop out of society and move to the mountains without wifi and take your manuscript with him. Maybe your publisher will close down 2 weeks before you publish. Things will happen but your ability to stay in the driver’s seat is the single most important determining factor in your success.
#12: Choosing a Topic for Your Book
In this episode Dr. Lauria addresses 3 different stumbling blocks authors run into in picking their topics: Deciding between too many ideas, Coming up with an idea when you are kind of blank, and Knowing what to do when you have an idea but you just aren’t sure if it’s good enough. Using Martha Beck’s 4 stages of change, Dr. Lauria helps you identify where you are on your book journey and how to pick the topic that’s right for you.
In this episode you will learn:
• Martha Beck’s cycle of metamorphisis and how to identify where you are in it
• How to let your topic pick you
• Easy ways to test your topic
• When to stick with the discomfort of not know and when to choose to take action even if you aren’t sure.
• How to defy the laws of the time/space continuum, connect with your book – already written – and find out what you wrote about!
#11: Lessons from Rilke's Letters to a Your Poet
In this episode Dr. Lauria shares lessons from Rainer Maria Rilke's Letters to A Young Poet. In this book almost every question a new author has is addressed and the answer RIlke profoundly returns to almost each is to turn inward for the truth. Rilke says:
" Do not seek the answers, which cannot be given you, because you would not be able to live them, and the point is to live everything.
Live the question now, perhaps you will then, gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer."
Never imagined a podcast could be such a powerful resource as I ponder writing my first book. Wish there were more episodes. Gonna start over and listen to all again!
Actionable & straight forward
Angela - thank you for putting together such a great and fun resource. You are able to instruct as well as guide in a way that helps to move the book writing process forward. Chuck Wang
Super Useful For First Time Authors!
I really dug the episode about the bigger mistake, I’ll be checking out more of these episodes as I write my first book!