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In today's publishing landscape, you can reach fans all over the world. Query letters are a thing of the past. You don't even need a literary agent.

There is nothing standing in the way of making a living from writing.

Join the two bestselling fantasy authors, Autumn and Jesper, every Monday, as they explore the writing craft, provides tips on publishing, and insights on how to market your books.

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In today's publishing landscape, you can reach fans all over the world. Query letters are a thing of the past. You don't even need a literary agent.

There is nothing standing in the way of making a living from writing.

Join the two bestselling fantasy authors, Autumn and Jesper, every Monday, as they explore the writing craft, provides tips on publishing, and insights on how to market your books.

    The AmWritingFantasy Podcast: Episode 115 – Ten TERRIBLE Ways of Creating Characters!

    The AmWritingFantasy Podcast: Episode 115 – Ten TERRIBLE Ways of Creating Characters!

    What happens when Autumn and Jesper lets go of the reigns and come up with the most crazy and stupid ways in which to create fictional characters?
    Episode 115 is NOT designed to give you any writing advice. Hopefully, it'll make you laugh instead.
    Tune in for new episodes EVERY single Monday. 
    SUPPORT THE AM WRITING FANTASY PODCAST!
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    For as little as a dollar a month, you’ll get awesome rewards and keep the Am Writing Fantasy podcast going. 
    Read the full transcript below.
    (Please note that it's automatically generated and while the AI is super cool, it isn't perfect. There may be misspellings or incorrect words on occasion).
    Narrator (2s):You're listening to the Am Writing Fantasy podcast. In today's publishing landscape, you can reach fans all over the world. Query letters are a thing of the past. You don't even need an literary agent. There is nothing standing in the way of making a living from writing. Join two best selling authors who have self published more than 20 books between them now onto the show with your hosts, Autumn Birt and Jesper Schmidt.
    Jesper (30s):Hello, I am Jesper
    Autumn (31s):And I'm Autumn.
    Jesper (33s):This is episode 115 of the Am Writing Fantasy podcast. And this is one more of our lighthearted episodes. We will share 10 terrible ways of creating characters. So I'm really looking forward to hear what you came up with here. Autumn.
    Autumn (50s):Yeah, it was good. It was a challenge and it was fun because there was times I was like, Oh, I might try that. But yeah, we'll see how it goes. And I actually, since we're doing 10, I assumed this is an alternating list. So I only needed to come up with five, but I came up with a couple of extra just in case you chose ones. I well, just in case you already chose one that way I, I, I could still put in an entry to win this one.
    Jesper (1m 16s):Damn that's well-prepared I didn't have to think about that.
    Autumn (1m 19s):I did my homework and I did extra homework. So HA, I already won.
    Jesper (1m 25s):Well, no, that I don't agree. Let's see, because you might have some mediocre bonus ones, but that doesn't trump. My very good ones.
    Autumn (1m 35s):Oh, we'll see. Challenge accepted. We will check this out, but it's the, how are things over on your side of the Atlantic?
    Jesper (1m 45s):It's it's good. Just writing, taking care of job stuff, you know? Right. But I also, I actually finished reading the Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. Oh, I finished reading it this weekend.
    Autumn (2m 1s):That, that book it's I hear so much about it. Like I recognize his name everywhere and it's, I have not read it yet myself, but I'm like, wow, it's just like, it's already got this known mythos. So how was it?
    Jesper (2m 14s):That was exactly why I bought it and read it because of all the praise it gets. So I thought, okay, I better read this one and figure out what's the, what is all the fuss about? Yeah. And I must have, I must say that I understand why he's getting so much praise for his writing. The writing itself is really well done. Oh, excellent. Really, really nice writing. And you, you get, you get so much into the characters. So that is very well done. I'm actually planning to share a bit more in our readers group on Facebook. A bit more my thoughts on it, but I also small, not spoiler for the book, but small spoiler for my opinions that I'm going to share on the readers group on Facebook is that I am missing a bit of action.
    Autumn (2m 59s):Oh,
    Jesper (3m 0s):I'm missing a bit that something happening actually. I mean, there is something happening here and there, but it is also a lot about just a character and, you know, basically like how the character grows into becoming the person that he is. And the entire bo

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    The AmWritingFantasy Podcast: Episode 114 – How to Edit Your Novel

    The AmWritingFantasy Podcast: Episode 114 – How to Edit Your Novel

    You've finished the first draft of your novel. GREAT! Now, how do you tackle edits?
    We've got you covered. In this episode, we discuss the pros and cons of different editing methods, take a peek at how Autumn runs her edits, and what you can do if you really aren't a fan of editing (like Jesper).
    Check out the Ultimate Fantasy Writer's Guide before enrollment closes on March 7th! Head over to https://ultimatefantasywritersguide.com/main/.
    Tune in for new episodes EVERY single Monday.  
    SUPPORT THE AM WRITING FANTASY PODCAST! Please tell a fellow author about the show and visit us at Apple podcast and leave a rating and review.  
    Join us at www.patreon.com/AmWritingFantasy. For as little as a dollar a month, you’ll get awesome rewards and keep the Am Writing Fantasy podcast going. 
    Read the full transcript below. (Please note that it's automatically generated and while the AI is super cool, it isn't perfect. There may be misspellings or incorrect words on occasion).
    Narrator (2s):You're listening to the Am Writing Fantasy podcast in today's publishing landscape, you can reach fans all over the world. Query letters are a thing of the past. You don't even need an literary agent. There is nothing standing in the way of making a living from writing. Join two best selling authors who have self published more than 20 books between them now onto the show with your hosts, Autumn Birt, and Jesper Schmidt.
    Jesper (30s):Hello, I am Jesper
    Autumn (31s):and I'm Autumn.
    Jesper (34s):This is episode 114 of the Am Writing Fantasy podcast. And this is one off Autumn's favorite Topics. And for me, not so much.
    Autumn (48s):That's fair enough though. I have to admit, I have been so up to my nose and edits recently that maybe it's not quite as favorite as it is at other times of the year.
    Jesper (59s):No. Okay. Fair enough. Well, we're going to talk about how to edit your novel today. So hopefully that'll prove very helpful for listeners. Yes, I think so. And I definitely, the first time I said was editing, I was a mess and I didn't know where to start. And I think a lot of re writers they're really good at writing, but they don't know how to tackle edits in an organized way. That is the most efficient and I love efficiency. So this should be a good topic. I hope. Yeah, for sure. But how have things been over the last week? Have you broken anything, any websites or computers you have messed up coding? That's so not fair.
    Jesper (1m 40s):A question. Oh, it's bad. I did to finish up that story. I did get my laptop back from the Apple Replair repair place and they ended up, I think if I hadn't had stickers on the back of my laptop, they would have just given me a whole new whole new laptop, but they took off my old screen, put it on a whole new base and I have new batteries, a new logic board, a new video graphic card. I have everything but more memories.
    Autumn (2m 7s):So because they refuse to upgrade the memory in the year of computer I have, but I have all my files. And so my laptop is working famously and I love it. I love the new keyboard. The old keyboard was crap. So I actually enjoy typing on this one, which is kind of nice for a novelist, but yeah, everything was going smoothly and I was catching up on work. And then our hosting agency for the websites got hacked and luck knock on wood. I happened to have been in there almost the exact same time it happened. And all they had done was just changed a few emails, you know, kind of weasel in through a few back doors.
    Autumn (2m 50s):And my husband and I spent the next three days blocking cleaning and upgrading and updating and doing a whole bunch of stuff. And that kind of like it was book, I'm a writer. I thought I was like a cyber stalker worm killer. I don't know. It was just a nightmare. It's just not our month. It's my year. I keep thinking about your comment that said, you know, now

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    The AmWritingFantasy Podcast: Episode 113 – Getting a Traditional Publishing Contract (with Andrea Phillips)

    The AmWritingFantasy Podcast: Episode 113 – Getting a Traditional Publishing Contract (with Andrea Phillips)

    We've been asked more than one occasion how an author can get a traditional publishing contract?
    While Autumn did sign a traditional contract years back, none of us are experts on the subject matter.
    To bridge that gap, we brought in the award-winning author, Andrea Phillips, to share some insights and advice on this very topic.
    If you want to learn more about Andrea, you can find here:
    http://www.andreaphillips.comhttp://www.deusexmachinatio.comhttp://twitter.com/andrhia
    Tune in for new episodes EVERY single Monday. 
    SUPPORT THE AM WRITING FANTASY PODCAST!
    Please tell a fellow author about the show and visit us at Apple podcast and leave a rating and review. 
    Join us at www.patreon.com/AmWritingFantasy. For as little as a dollar a month, you’ll get awesome rewards and keep the Am Writing Fantasy podcast going.
    Read the full transcript below.
    (Please note that it's automatically generated and while the AI is super cool, it isn't perfect. There may be misspellings or incorrect words on occasion).
    Narrator (1s):You're listening to the Am Writing Fantasy podcast. In today's publishing landscape, you can reach fans all over the world. Query letters are a thing of the past. You don't even need a literary agent. There is nothing standing in the way of making a living from writing. Join two best selling authors who have self published more than 20 books between them now onto the show with your hosts, Autumn Birt, and Jesper Schmidt.
    Jesper (30s):Hello, I'm Jesper. And this is episode 113 of the Am Writing Fantasy podcast. And while Autumn is busy editing one of our stories, I have a great guest on for you today. It just happens on a let's call it, semi-regular, basis that Autumn and I are asked about traditionally publishing contracts. And some are also interested in becoming what is known as a hybrid author, meaning that you are both sell publishing and traditionally published. So I thought this would be quite a good topic to cover while Autumn is busy doing other stuff. And while Autumn did have a traditional contract years back, we don't really have that much experience with this topic.
    Jesper (1m 17s):So today I'm going to be joined by Andrea Phillips and Andrea is an award winning transmedia writer. She does game designs and her projects have won awards like the broadband digital award, the Canadian screen award, and much more. She is published by FireSIGHT fiction. And her short fiction has been published in escape pod and the juice versus aliens anthology. So welcome to the Am Writing Fantasy podcast, Andrea, and I hope you are keeping safe during these crazy times.
    Andrea (1m 51s):Hello. Thank you. It's so exciting to, to be here and yes, yes. I'm, I'm keeping safe. I'm a hermit in my home. We're even snowed in right now. So I don't know if I could, well, no, I'm, I'm exaggerating. We, we do a lot of snow very recently, but I could probably escape if my house caught on fire, you know, it's, it's, it's not so bad. Yes. Yes. I am in New York, got a foot into half of snow over the weekend as we, as we record.
    Jesper (2m 28s):Oh my God. Yeah. We don't really have that much, you know, I'm in Denmark and we have like one centimeter of snow or something like that. And it has been snowing the last couple of days, but then yeah, everyday it melts away again. So it's just gray. That's what it is.
    Andrea (2m 48s):That's usually what happens to us, but I would have thought, you know, Denmark would be one of the places where it snows and then it just stays all winter. And you have piles and mountains of snow by the end. Yeah.
    Jesper (3m 0s):Well here between the Scandinavian countries, you know, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Finland, the other three countries actually do usually get quite a lot of snow because they're also much further North Norway and Sweden and Finland are huge countries compared to Denmark. It's just like this litt

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    The AmWritingFantasy Podcast: Episode 112 – Goodreads Marketing for Authors

    The AmWritingFantasy Podcast: Episode 112 – Goodreads Marketing for Authors

    Goodreads is a social platform where readers congregate.
    Are the ways in which we can market our books to these people without being sleazy?
    Jesper has no idea about Goodreads, so he asks all the stupid questions, while Autumn tries to convince him that Goodreads is a good platform.
    (For the record, Jesper did claim his author profile on Goodreads the day after the recording of this episode)
    Tune in for new episodes EVERY single Monday. 
    SUPPORT THE AM WRITING FANTASY PODCAST!
    Please tell a fellow author about the show and visit us at Apple podcast and leave a rating and review. 
    Join us at www.patreon.com/AmWritingFantasy. For as little as a dollar a month, you’ll get awesome rewards and keep the Am Writing Fantasy podcast going. 
    Read the full transcript below.
    (Please note that it's automatically generated and while the AI is super cool, it isn't perfect. There may be misspellings or incorrect words on occasion).
    Narrator (1s):You're listening to the Am Writing Fantasy podcast. In today's publishing landscape, you can reach fans all over the world. Query letters are a thing of the past. You don't even need an literary agent. There is nothing standing in the way of making a living from writing. Join two best selling authors who have self published more than 20 books between them now on to the show with your hosts, Autumn Birt and Jesper Schmidt.
    Jesper (30s):Hello, I'm Jesper. And I'm autumn. This is episode 112 of the Am Writing fantasy podcast. And we're going to discuss a topic today where, eell, I'm a total noob.
    Autumn (46s):That's very honest stuff, you know?
    Jesper (48s):Yeah. But luckily, well you autumn, you're not. And so we're going to talk about how to use good reads as a promotional tool to market books. So I don't know anything about that.
    Autumn (1m 3s):Yeah. You've never even claimed her author profile on there. You probably have reviews that you've never even looked at, but I can't imagine I enjoy. Goodreads is one of those things, I, I want to be on it more than I am. So maybe this will be another reminder to myself to get back on there and do something now maybe.
    Jesper (1m 24s):And I I'm hoping that I will learn a thing or two today as well.
    Autumn (1m 28s):Maybe I'll inspire. You. You'll have to tell me if I inspire you to maybe think about claiming your author profile by the end of today's podcast while you're setting yourself a very high goal. I, I took persuasive Fessel philosophy in my persuasive psychology actually in my college days. So we'll have to see if it comes out.
    Jesper (1m 52s):Yeah. Yeah. Just don't get disappointed.
    Autumn (1m 57s):Right. I'll try. Maybe I can convince you to give me your author profile.
    Jesper (2m 2s):Well that you could probably yes.
    Autumn (2m 4s):Okay. We'll have to see how it goes.
    Jesper (2m 8s):Yeah. Yeah, indeed. Yeah. I know you have a crazy times on your end. How's it going with all your jinxing of electronic stuff and destroying computers and have you screwed something else in the meantime?
    Autumn (2m 21s):Oh yes, absolutely. Besides destroying battery operated water pumps, I managed to, for some reason, make Adam's Mac, my husband's at Mac air unstable. So it stopped connecting to the internet. I just, my phone's. Okay. Thank goodness. It must be as no, we have a life case on that and it is, we've been joking because yeah, I've told you, my husband knows the, the Fe and my next series, I'm releasing, they cannot touch and they actually end up putting electronics and Faraday cages.
    Autumn (3m 3s):And it's like, my husband's now talking about making me go. I'm like, Oh, I can brand that for my books. So I still think he thought I'd be that excited about hearing. I can get my very unfair day cage from my laptop.
    Jesper (3m 19s):That would be a very interesting author image. And try to explain why, why you're sitting inside a cage.
    Autumn (3m 29s):I might

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    The AmWritingFantasy Podcast: Episode 111 – Seven Steps to Writing a Novel

    The AmWritingFantasy Podcast: Episode 111 – Seven Steps to Writing a Novel

    Do you get lost in the middle of writing your novel ... or just lost when writing, wondering what should come next?
    Discover seven steps that will give each part of your novel a purpose, link the plot to your character's arc, and get you writing with a direction. We go over each step, give you a chapter estimate for each, and talk about how this technique has changed our writing.
    For the Youtube video we mention in the podcast that has some visuals on the Seven Steps, check out https://youtu.be/DpIbF9r9fAk.
    Check out the new reader-oriented Facebook group we mention in the episode at https://www.facebook.com/groups/immersivefantasyfans
    And check out our book Plot Development: A Method of Outlining Fiction for more information on the Seven Steps of Story Structure and how it links to character arcs.
    Tune in for new episodes EVERY single Monday.  
    SUPPORT THE AM WRITING FANTASY PODCAST!
    Please tell a fellow author about the show and visit us at Apple podcast and leave a rating and review.  
    Join us at www.patreon.com/AmWritingFantasy. For as little as a dollar a month, you’ll get awesome rewards and keep the Am Writing Fantasy podcast going. 
    Read the full transcript below. (Please note that it's automatically generated and while the AI is super cool, it isn't perfect. There may be misspellings or incorrect words on occasion).
    Narrator (2s):You're listening to The Am Writing Fantasy Podcast in today's publishing landscape. You can reach fans all over the world. Query letters are a thing of the past. You don't even need a literary agent. There is nothing standing in the way of making a living from writing. Join two best selling authors who have self published more than 20 books between them now on to the show with your hosts. Autumn Birt and Jesper Schmidt
    Autumn (30s):Hello? I'm Jesper and I am Autumn
    Jesper (33s):This is Episode 111 have The Am Writing Fantasy Podcast and I always like these episodes on the craft of writing and that's what we are going to talk about today. It's all about the seven steps of story structure. I am looking forward to this one. Actually, I have to confess, we have a seven steps of the story structured. Tee-shirt that I designed and I was in the end of the other day. And I was like, Oh, hovering over the button. I want to buy my self. Well, well maybe for my birthday, I've got to want to get a nice So. I haven't gotten it yet, but I, and so getting a new one for myself.
    Autumn (1m 10s):Yeah, there, there was actually quite a lot of nice things, both tee-shirts and there was also from Zazzle, you know, there are fun. I definitely needed a smaller, I need as little assortment going on, but I mean, it's stuff that I did, so I had to get an apartment, but I haven't yet I have my traveling life. Tee shirt would be a good one, I think.
    Jesper (1m 33s):Yeah, it's true. You can find it on a Am Writing Fantasy dot come by the way, if anybody is interested, but yeah, there was a whole assortment have all kinds of stuff where you can get with a nice Writing a branded Well whatever you would like to have keeps it.
    Autumn (1m 51s):Maybe not. But yeah, so I'm looking forward to this, but I know first of all, of that, you have had a terrible week and that shouldn't be laughing, but it was just so you do it. If you don't laugh, sometimes you will just end up as a little puddle on the floor crying, but I feel so cursed. I actually just wrote my niece and said that Oh because I am writing that story of the tainted Fe and I have a dark Fay, and I know I just, I don't know how its going to happen if that will work in, into the novels on I'm about to release before I release them. But I just have this scene where he is cursed and everything he touches starts to like go round wrong.
    Autumn (2m 36s):Like you can almost feel like you're in a mousetrap and you realize suddenly you are in a mouse trap it, or you could f

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    The AmWritingFantasy Podcast: Episode 110 – Top 10 Most USELESS Spells & Magic Systems

    The AmWritingFantasy Podcast: Episode 110 – Top 10 Most USELESS Spells & Magic Systems

    In this hilarious episode of the Am Writing Fantasy podcast, Autumn and Jesper share the most stupid magic spells, and extremely useless magic systems, they can think off. 
    Listen in, have some fun, and learn about a spell animating walking tea cups, a more than deadly magic system made up by Autumn's evil mind, and lots more.
    Tune in for new episodes EVERY single Monday. 
    SUPPORT THE AM WRITING FANTASY PODCAST!
    Please tell a fellow author about the show and visit us at Apple podcast and leave a rating and review. 
    Join us at www.patreon.com/AmWritingFantasy. For as little as a dollar a month, you’ll get awesome rewards and keep the Am Writing Fantasy podcast going. 
    Read the full transcript below.
    (Please note that it's automatically generated and while the AI is super cool, it isn't perfect. There may be misspellings or incorrect words on occasion).
    Narrator (2s):You're listening to The Am Writing Fantasy Podcast in today's publishing landscape. You can reach fans all over the world. Query letters are a thing of the past. You don't even need a literary agent. There is nothing standing in a way of making a living from writing. Join two best selling authors who have self published more than 20 books between them now on to the show with your hosts Autumn Birt and Jesper Schmidt.
    Jesper (30s):Hello I'm Jesper and I'm Autumn. This is Episode 110 of the Am Writing Fantasy Podcast and this is one of our alternating lists and things might go a bit crazy here today, as we talk about the worst Magic Systems or Spells that we can think of.
    Autumn (50s):Oh, I cannot wait for this one. They had so much fun coming up with this list.
    Jesper (57s):Oh yeah. I, I got a bit of inspiration as well from, from the internet, but I'll, I'll talk more about that once we get to the list, but then some I can't wait, but how are you doing? Oh my God. Well, you know, we had a bit of a snow storm recently, and so we actually have no power that goodness, the house where we're at as a generator. So that kind of, you know, B and everybody kind of calmed down and just stay in and watch Netflix and get some writing done.
    Autumn (1m 28s):So that's always a good thing, but it just, you or emailing about a snow storm and all that, that's not good. It was a heavy, wet snow. I, it wasn't deep. It was just really heavy. So it broke things, but, you know, it's, you know, I just do my best to say off the news as much as possible, because otherwise it's like, you just keep watching. I keep thinking of like, by the time this is by the time this podcast is published, since we're recording early, that it's like, wow, hopefully the world's and a happy, safer place, then it feels like The for this week that were entering right now. But I will keep my fingers crossed. Oh yeah. Yeah. The, the things that are going a bit creepy over there and you'll part of the world's that's for sure.
    Autumn (2m 11s):Yeah, there is no other way of putting it. I just keeping my head down and writing and editing I'm on the edits for my next book release for the tainted face. So that's good. I actually put out a spreadsheet. What I did it, I thought I'd like, you would be proud because I always avoid spreadsheets and what we have. I made a spreadsheet for my edits and so I could tackle them organized matter and that they're going well. So I'm, I'm happy that way. Oh, that's right. Yeah. So how are things over there? Well, we are still in partial lock-down and Mark at the moment. It's a bit worse. So they've made more restrictions again.
    Jesper (2m 52s):Now we, we can still go grocery shopping and go for a walk outside, but that's more or less it and everything else are not really allowed. So I guess I'm starting to go a bit crazy or being locked up inside like that, but I'm, I'm sure I'm not the only one who is feeling increasingly annoyed at COVID 19. That was just so freaking annoying

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