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Join Michael La Ronn as he documents his personal journey from nobody to bestselling science fiction & fantasy author. Eavesdrop on the secret life of a working writer who publishes 10-12 books per year.

The Writer's Journey with Michael La Ronn Michael La Ronn

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Join Michael La Ronn as he documents his personal journey from nobody to bestselling science fiction & fantasy author. Eavesdrop on the secret life of a working writer who publishes 10-12 books per year.

    Ep 137: How the Cookie Crumbled (Beast Mode Diaries, Week 12)

    Ep 137: How the Cookie Crumbled (Beast Mode Diaries, Week 12)

    In this episode, I discuss:
    1:00 Announcements:
    New Books: 250+ Writing Tips Vol 1: http://www.authorlevelup.com/writingtips1 The Author Income Problem: http://www.authorlevelup.com/theauthorincomeproblem The Indie Author Bestiary: http://www.authorlevelup.com/bestiary I’m speaking at the Escape the Plot Forest Summit this weekend: https://forest.plotsummit.com/?sc=rmliHW9q&ac=TRlKwHjC (paid link) Livestream Reminder: Saturday, October 24 from 11:00AM-12:30PM. Join here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZ6KeUImw_Y Wins for the Week: Will discuss in the topic of the week.
    7:00 Lesson Learned This Week: Happy Money vs. Unhappy money.
    8:50 Idea of the Week: Happy books vs. Unhappy books???
    10:50 Topic(s) of the Week: I talk about how my travels to STL went, and whether I met my goals to keep BEAST MODE alive. Also, I talk about what my next project after Beast Mode will be.
    You can listen to past episodes of the show at http://www.michaellaronn.com/podcast
    Listen to my other podcast, Writing Tip of the Day: http://www.authorlevelup.com
    Learn more about me and my books at http://www.michaellaronn.com
    My YouTube Channel for Writers: http://www.youtube.com/authorlevelup
    Also, join my (Fiction) Fan Club to get 3 free novels, early launch pricing, and notifications whenever I release a new book: http://www.michaellaronn.com/fanclub
    If you like the show, don't forget to rate and leave a review!

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    Ep 136: Writing While Traveling (Beast Mode Diaries, Week 11)

    Ep 136: Writing While Traveling (Beast Mode Diaries, Week 11)

    In this episode, I discuss:
    1:10 Announcements:
    I’m on The Creative Penn this week as a guest. Listen at https://www.thecreativepenn.com/2020/10/12/empowered-indie-author/ I’m speaking at the Escape the Plot Forest Summit run by Daniel David Wallace on Oct 22-25. Completely FREE if you need outlining help, with an option to buy a premium pass if you like: https://forest.plotsummit.com/?sc=rmliHW9q&ac=TRlKwHjC (paid link) 3:27 Wins for the Week:
    Successful speaking event at the GDEX Gaming Conference! Published two more books. Indie Author Confidential Vol 2: http://www.authorlevelup.com/indieauthorconfidential The Reader’s Bill of Rights: http://www.authorlevelup.com/billofrights 6:48 Lesson Learned This Week: Fun statistics from the Urban Fantasy Book Database tool that I created in 2019. It’s really taking off! http://www.authorlevelup.com/ufbookdatabase
    12:35 Idea of the Week: A “History of” a certain subgenre.
    15:00 Topic(s) of the Week: How I’m traveling this week but still plan to keep beast mode alive.
    You can listen to past episodes of the show at http://www.michaellaronn.com/podcast
    Listen to my other podcast, Writing Tip of the Day: http://www.authorlevelup.com
    Learn more about me and my books at http://www.michaellaronn.com
    My YouTube Channel for Writers: http://www.youtube.com/authorlevelup
    Also, join my (Fiction) Fan Club to get 3 free novels, early launch pricing, and notifications whenever I release a new book: http://www.michaellaronn.com/fanclub
    If you like the show, don't forget to rate and leave a review!

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    Ep 135: Wandering (Beast Mode Diaries, Week 10)

    Ep 135: Wandering (Beast Mode Diaries, Week 10)

    In this episode, I discuss:
    1:00 Announcements:
    Twitter Chat with Tim Lewis at The Alliance of Independent Authors about Mental Models for Writers: https://selfpublishingadvice.org/twitterchat-mental-models-for-writers-with-michael-la-ronn/ Guest interview with Huw Collingbourne: http://www.darkneon.co.uk/2020/10/michael-la-ronn-interview-sf-fantasy.html I’m speaking at the GDEX Gaming Conference (virtually) this weekend: register for FREE and sign up at http://www.thegdex.com Next Writing Power Hour will be October 24 @ 11:00AM-12:30PM Central Standard Time. Mark your calendar! I’ll be doing another power hour with Dale Roberts on Nov. 7th. 6:14 Wins for the Week:
    Got a new planner. Check out the Full Focus Planner by Michael Hyatt: http://www.fullfocusplanner.com 7:42 Lesson Learned This Week: Setting as an “ecosystem” from bestselling author Arthur Hailey.
    10:34 Idea of the Week: Author IT cooperative.
    14:23 Topic(s) of the Week: How my newest book is a weird rollercoaster ride. It’s a very “wandering” book, so I want to talk about what that means and how I’m dealing with it.

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    Ep 134: The Plates are Shifting (Beast Mode, Week 9)

    Ep 134: The Plates are Shifting (Beast Mode, Week 9)

    In this episode, I discuss:
    1:00 Announcements:
    I published a new book: Indie Author Confidential, Vol. 1. Get it at http://www.authorlevelup.com/confidentialvol1 I appeared on Marx Pyle’s Genretainment podcast. I’ll share the link when it’s available, but you can listen to my 2016 interview on the show here: http://www.scifipulse.net/genretainment-115-featuring-writer-michael-la-ronn/ More books coming next week 6:03 Wins for the Week:
    Published a book. That’s all the win I need. Got 4 books edited from my editor Started a new morning routine 7:16 Lesson Learned This Week: Book Brush’s new cover designer feature is (not surprisingly) good. It’s the only and most effective tool I’ve ever seen that can do ebook, paperback, and audio covers without any difficulty. Very impressive.
    Check out Book Brush at http://www.bookbrush.com
    11:52 Idea of the Week: What would a year of 30-day public challenges look like?
    13:45 Topic(s) of the Week: How I’m sensing a slowdown in productivity in my nonfiction books. My spirit is prepping me for a return to fiction, and I’m leaning into it. I talk about what I’m doing to wrap up loose ends so I can spend the rest of beast mode in fiction, which will be a different kind of beast.
    You can listen to past episodes of the show at http://www.michaellaronn.com/podcast 
    Listen to my other podcast, Writing Tip of the Day: http://www.authorlevelup.com 
    Learn more about me and my books at www.michaellaronn.com 
    My YouTube Channel for Writers: http://www.youtube.com/authorlevelup 
    Also, join my (Fiction) Fan Club to get 3 free novels, early launch pricing, and notifications whenever I release a new book: www.michaellaronn.com/fanclub 
    If you like the show, don't forget to rate and leave a review!

    • 32 min
    Ep 133: "The Beast is Preparing a Super Attack..."

    Ep 133: "The Beast is Preparing a Super Attack..."

    In this episode, I discuss:
    1:53 Announcements:
    I’m a guest lecturer at Fiction Marketing Academy, run by Brian Berni of Authorstech. Check it out and watch for free (limited time) at http://www.authorlevelup.com/fictionmarketingacademy  (PAID LINK) Follow my Beast Mode Diaries on my blog: http://www.authorlevelup.com/blog  3:52 Wins for the Week: Crazy week with a lot of little accomplishments
    4:12 Lesson Learned This Week: Ulysses for auto-posting to Wordpress
    9:35 Idea of the Week: The Holy Grail of Self-Publishing. No, I’m not telling you here. You have to listen to find out…
    16:21 Topic(s) of the Week: Some of the hidden costs of my beast mode. I’ve been insanely productive but I’ve paid some very real prices. There are consequences to hyper-productivity and I’m paying the piper this week.
    You can listen to past episodes of the show at http://www.michaellaronn.com/podcast 
    Listen to my other podcast, Writing Tip of the Day: http://www.authorlevelup.com 
    Learn more about me and my books at www.michaellaronn.com 
    My YouTube Channel for Writers: http://www.youtube.com/authorlevelup 
    Also, join my (Fiction) Fan Club to get 3 free novels, early launch pricing, and notifications whenever I release a new book: www.michaellaronn.com/fanclub 
    If you like the show, don't forget to rate and leave a review!

    • 31 min
    Ep 132: Pre-Incident Indicators (Beast Mode Diaries, Week 7)

    Ep 132: Pre-Incident Indicators (Beast Mode Diaries, Week 7)

    1:00 Apologies for last week’s episode
    1:42 Livestream result: 60 people, all over United States, Europe, and Southeast Asia. 23,000 words as a community in 90 minutes.
    Watch the replay:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOdw008LH0g&feature=youtu.be
    3:50 Wins for the Week: First illustration for Project Atlas is done!
    6:33 Lesson Learned: “Full Page Images” in Vellum.
    8:02 Idea of the Week: AI for slush piles
    11:33 Topic of the Week: How a recent life event almost plunged me into despair, and how the universe helped me along.
    Buy the Gift of Fear by Gavin De Becker(PAID LINK): https://geni.us/giftoffear
    Watch the talk by De Becker that inspired me: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNtXjIiJ0PU
    You can listen to past episodes of the show at http://www.michaellaronn.com/podcast 
    Listen to my other podcast, Writing Tip of the Day: http://www.authorlevelup.com 
    Learn more about me and my books at www.michaellaronn.com 
    My YouTube Channel for Writers: http://www.youtube.com/authorlevelup 

    Also, join my (Fiction) Fan Club to get 3 free novels, early launch pricing, and notifications whenever I release a new book: www.michaellaronn.com/fanclub 

    If you like the show, don't forget to rate and leave a review!

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audiofilly ,

Excellent info with a kindly guide

Michael La Ronn brings lots of great info, and he does it with unmistakable kindness and a pleasant voice. Really good production values, too, and always improving.

ReadItRecently ,

Such a valuable resource

So I will be binging at work while entering expenses for the end of the month...

I came across your YouTube channel a few weeks ago while trying to decide whether I would give dictating a try. I binged some of your other videos and for some reason didnt write down your name or your YouTube channel, but today I found it in my history. (WIN!) I've been looking for a podcast for the ride in to work.

I'm writing my first draft of a novel--an urban fantasy--by hand (face palm) and it's been tedious, but it flows better--so your video on dictating was beyond helpful. Two weeks into dictating and I went from 60 pages waiting to be typed to zero.

Good luck to you in your journey! Thank you for sharing so much of your knowledge and experience.

The qsuhdhd ,

Wonderful stuff

Pleasant to listen to and full of great advice. Inspiring stuff!!

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