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The Writer's Tavern Podcast: A serious place for writers and readers to ... not be so serious.

The Writer's Tavern Melanie and Jerry

    • Books

The Writer's Tavern Podcast: A serious place for writers and readers to ... not be so serious.

    The Sweet Spot for Pricing Books?

    The Sweet Spot for Pricing Books?

    Price your digital copies too low, and you might make sales, but they may never get read.  Price them too high and you pass the pain point and encourage pirating. Where's the happy medium where you actually make enough money for it to be worth your time and effort? Or, do you even care? We want to know...

    • 29 min
    Yes, You Are Worthy

    Yes, You Are Worthy

    The ins and outs of producing a newsletter for your readership, and why you should do it, and what to avoid. Also Mel explains to Jerry the difference between having readers subscribed to your newsletter, and readers who are subscribed to your blog. (Even if your blog subscribers get the blog posts in their email, there's still a reason to also do a newsletter.)

    • 36 min
    Book Marketing: Websites, Covers, and Ads ... and Cats

    Book Marketing: Websites, Covers, and Ads ... and Cats

    Should you make an author's website? And what should you put on it? And how can you keep it "fresh" in the robotic eyes of the Google bots? We also have some very valuable tips for indie authors about book covers, and also some great inside info on running ads. Readers, you may be interested in this inside info as well ... and also, we talk about cats. Cats are always relevant. Meow!

    • 51 min
    You've Been Smut-Boxed

    You've Been Smut-Boxed

    What happens to your book on Amazon if they arbitrarily decide to categorize it as "erotica?" Also, Melanie tells the tale of why she made the jump from traditional publishing to indie publishing (Melanie to Jerry: do NOT refer to it as "that Amazon thing!") and Jerry asks the question, "How much does an author's photo influence book sales?" Remember, if you have an answer or comment, you can send us voice messages via WritersTavern.show.

    • 38 min
    Special Guest William Ledbetter

    Special Guest William Ledbetter

    Its writer's tavern talk with Nebula Award winning author and aerospace engineer William Ledbetter! We chat about what it was like to win the Nebula and how it's changed his writing career, as well as having his novel Level Five published as an Audible Original. We also chat about book conventions during a pandemic, video games and other distraction, and -- among other things -- character creation and bourbon. But, not creating characters with bourbon, just ... bourbon. And absinthe. And Scrivener (we always seem to end up talking about Scrivener). There's also some marketing talk, and Melanie gives some really nifty tricks which she's using right now and that are bringing in book sales. So come on in, get yourself some grog, and pull up a chair for a fun and informative chat with our buddy Bill!

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Tools of the Trade: Word Processors, Note Keepers, Databases

    Tools of the Trade: Word Processors, Note Keepers, Databases

    Typing, scribbling with a pen/pencil/stylus, or dictating into a microphone?

    Microsoft Word, Apple Pages, Scrivener, or Google Docs? Microsoft OneNote, Apple Notes, or Evernote? Roam Research, or Walling?

    How about Otter AI?

    What are your favorite tools of the trade?

    • 30 min

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