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Chris Jones teaches authors to think like publishers and promote like marketers. Each week, he highlights a different facet of the writing and self-publishing business. His goal: to equip authors and writers with the tools they need to get the recognition they deserve. Past guests have included Joanna Penn, John David Mann, Toby Neal, JV Crum III, Nathan Chan, and Mark Minard.
 
STORM THE GATES OF PUBLISHING with VP and literary agent Amanda Luedeke and novelist Charis Crowe. Teaming up to talk about both sides of publishing (self-publishing and traditional), Amanda and Charis share their combined twenty years of experience in the industry from both sides of the desk. They offer a glimpse behind the "gates" as they share the realities, opportunities, and difficulties of the publishing world. Amanda Luedeke is literary agent and Vice President at MacGregor and Luedek ...
 
Jam-packed with smart, easy and simple ideas, this weekly podcast features experts who share proven techniques to add power and zest to supercharge your book marketing plan. Hosted by Susan Friedmann, CSP, international bestselling author, and founder of Aviva Publishing, this new and exciting podcast aims to rev up your marketing efforts with fewer struggles, and more success. Start listening today and discover how to get noticed in a crowded marketplace.
 
Learn to publish ebooks like a pro. Mark Coker guides you step-by-step from the very basics of ebook publishing to more advanced topics. Whether you’re considering publishing your first book, or you’re already a New York Times bestselling author, the Smart Author Podcast will help you reach more readers. You'll learn how to make your ebook more discoverable, more desirable and more enjoyable to readers. Over 80% of people dream of writing a book one day, yet most are completely unaware of th ...
 
Do you want to learn how to write for children? The Institute of Children's Literature has taught hundreds of thousands of aspiring writers, and the director of ICL is the host of Writing for Children. Bestselling children's author Katie Davis focuses on the craft of writing for children: how to write a children’s book, how to write for children’s magazines, how to get paid, and get published. There are listener questions, with answers from the experts at the Institute, plus hard-to-find res ...
 
Are you ready to increase your book sales, and hit the bestseller list consistently? Welcome to the Book Marketing Show, where in this weekly podcast Dave Chesson will not only show you some of the best book sales tactics but also bring on top-notch guests to show how each tactic taught here was a game changer for their books and how it can be for yours as well. Having created one of the largest websites on book marketing, Kindlepreneur.com, he’s also been a book-marketing consultant for top ...
 
Helping indie authors successfully write, market, & self-publish their books and make a living with their writing. In this show, Ella interviews successful authors who share their best writing, marketing, and mindset secrets. You'll hear from them about topics such as making time to write, tools to succeed as an indie author, exactly what steps they took to achieve their self-publishing success.
 
The podcast that helps authors make sense of all the social media marketing options out there and gives practical tips on how to sell more books and build loyal fans with social media. Based on award-winning marketer Chris Syme's 20+ years in marketing and bestselling indie author Becca Syme's self-publishing journey, the show features successful self-published authors and book marketing experts weekly.
 
Author Katie Davis hosts Brain Burps About Books as a "fly on the wall" show. It's all about the craft and business of publishing, now including all genres––not just children's books. Interviews with experts cover publishing, creating, promoting, and writing them. Are you an aspiring writer who'd like to know the inside scoop on how others got their books published? Kid's books? Indie books? Non-fiction? Or are you already published and want to hear how to make your book trailer? Maybe you'r ...
 
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INTERVIEW WITH A CONTEST JUDGE In this rebroadcast, we interview frequent ICL contest judge and longtime instructor Nancy Coffelt. As well as being a multi-published picture book author and illustrator, Nancy is a fine artist and has been showing in galleries across the country since 1984. Her work is included in personal, public and corporate coll…
 
James Noll is the author of dozens of short stories and a handful of novels. He recently began adapting his stories into films. In this episode, James discusses: How he got started as a writer How he chose his genre Pivoting into authorship The evolution of self-publishing (2013 to present) The need for authors to be fearless and to try new ways to…
 
Do you want to know how to write a short book in a day? Listen as writing and publishing expert, Mila Johansen shares simple techniques to make writing easy, simple, and enjoyable. In this week's powerful episode "How to Best Write a Short Book in a Days" you will discover.. What exactly is a short book Why you should write a short book as well as …
 
Episode 064 / We answer your questions about newsletter content and autoresponders plus tips for reviving backlist sales and launch strategies for debut authors and/or first in series books. Intro links: Come over and say hi to Jami and Sara in the WIKT Facebook group! You can find show notes and links at wishidknownforwriters.com. In this podcast …
 
The Gatecrashers discuss Facebook's recently announced publishing platform, which should offer newsletter services, superfan subscription services, and more. Amanda Luedeke is literary agent and Vice President at MacGregor & Luedeke, where she has agented since 2009. Charis Crowe is a marketer and freelancer who spent nearly ten years at the gates …
 
TIPS FOR YOUR WRITER WEBSITE Every author needs a website—yes, even if you're not published yet. In the Internet age, your website acts as your online business card for readers and even prospective agents and editors. In this rebroadcast, we discuss tips for keeping your website user friendly and keeping them coming back for more.…
 
When you want to make it easy for bloggers, editors, journalists, show producers, and podcast hosts to give you guest posting/contribution opportunities, write a story about you, or interview you, what’s your best resource for getting their attention? A press kit, of course. In this episode, I show you nine elements of an attention-grabbing press k…
 
Do you want to know how to best proven remedies to build business with podcasts ? Listen as podcasting expert, Steve Gordon shares his secret sauce to business producing podcasts. In this week's powerful episode "How to Best Use Proven Remedies to Build Business with Podcasts" you will discover.. What are the benefits of podcasting Why should autho…
 
Episode 063 / Podcaster and historical mystery author Jenny Wheeler joins us on the podcast to talk about podcasting for readers, transitioning to writing fiction after another career, and the benefits of taking time off--a whole month! Intro links: Productivity site Jami mentioned: Pacemaker Sign up for historical mystery book releases and updates…
 
The Gatecrashers discuss the difference between traditional book marketing and self-published book marketing. Amanda Luedeke is literary agent and Vice President at MacGregor & Luedeke, where she has agented since 2009. Charis Crowe is a marketer and freelancer who spent nearly ten years at the gates of publishing before deciding to launch her own …
 
5 QUESTIONS ABOUT AUTHOR PLATFORM A while back I sent out a one-question survey. Writers could submit any one question about author platform and marketing. I learned a ton from reading all the questions that were submitted, but there were definitely some common themes. Today, we’re diving into the five most common questions writers have as they sta…
 
My first foray into minimalism started when I read Walden many years ago. Next came Tim Ferriss in the 4-Hour Work Week when he quoted William of Occam, who said, " It is vain to do with more what can be done with fewer." Then I read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up back in 2017 on a whim. All the pieces came together this year when I read Ato…
 
Do you want to know how to get over the fear of selling? Listen as sales technician and Aviva Publishing author, Greg Andersen shares his secret sauce on how best to sell when you don't like to sell. In this week's powerful episode "How to Best Get Over the Fear of Selling" you will discover.. What you need to focus on when it comes to promoting an…
 
Episode 062 / Prolific cozy mystery author Tonya Kappes joins us this week and we delve into how her reader-centric focus has brought her success. Intro links: Jami has continued writing first each day and her words are adding up. Shout-out to Becca Syme’s video Why Can’t I Hit My Deadlines that helped Jami. Sara’s revising and editing. She has a n…
 
Every author needs a break now and again. Here's how to make sure that break effectively sets you up to get back in the game when it's time. Amanda Luedeke is literary agent and Vice President at MacGregor & Luedeke, where she has agented since 2009. Charis Crowe is a marketer and freelancer who spent nearly ten years at the gates of publishing bef…
 
INTERVIEW WITH VICTORIA BOND Victoria Bond is a writer and professor. Her novel, Zora and Me, co-written with T.R. Simon, won the John Steptoe/Coretta Scott King Award for New Talent and was nominated for an Edgar Award in the category of Juvenile Fiction, as well as being a Junior Library Guild Selection. Victoria holds a MFA in poetry. The occasi…
 
Welcome back to the Art & Business of Writing podcast. I am your host Chris Jones, and I am ... BACK! It's been nearly three full years (March 30, 2018) since my last podcast episode so, before we get rocking and rolling and picking up where we left off, let's play some catch up, because my writing life has been an exciting adventure. Roman poet Ov…
 
Do you want to know how to sell thousands of books in a micro-niche market? Listen as multi-talented expert, Rob Kopman shares how to really penetrate a niche market with your book. In this week's powerful episode "How to Best Sell Thousands of Books In a Micro Niche Market" you will discover... Why it's important to take the niche market route wit…
 
Episode 061 / Do you want your life set up to weather storms like 2020? Adriel Wiggins joins us this week to talk about how she learned to structure her life in a way that helps her get through the tough times. Intro notes: Sara’s celebrating completing the first draft of her historical mystery, while Jami shares a video of Becca Syme that’s helped…
 
What do book editors REALLY think? We asked them. Hear the things that editors wish they could tell their authors (but can't) in this episode of The Gatecrashers Podcast. Amanda Luedeke is literary agent and Vice President at MacGregor & Luedeke, where she has agented since 2009. Charis Crowe is a marketer and freelancer who spent nearly ten years …
 
FINDING YOUR CHILDLIKE VOICE Voice is the number one thing that can make or break your children’s story. So, let’s see how to find a childlike voice that appeals to your audience. Readers love dialogue. It lightens the page, making the whole story feel easier to read. It allows us to hear the characters directly, helping us to know them. And it is …
 
Do you want to know how to best market your book and yourself as an introvert? Listen as a "champion for introverts," Jennifer Kahnweiler, Ph.D., shares how to use quiet influence to expand your leadership capacity. In this week's powerful episode "How to Avoid Disappointing Book Marketing Results" you will discover... What are the main differences…
 
Episode 060 / Romance author Lucy Score joined us to talk about how staying in her lane and creating a backlist of titles, all with a similar tone, has contributed to her success. Our conversion ranges from craft to setting boundaries to how Lucy works with her publishing team. Jami’s novella launched last week, and Sara locked up her computer tryi…
 
How do you figure out what kind of people are reading your books? The Gatecrashers have some ideas. Amanda Luedeke is literary agent and Vice President at MacGregor & Luedeke, where she has agented since 2009. Charis Crowe is a marketer and freelancer who spent nearly ten years at the gates of publishing before deciding to launch her own self-publi…
 
AUTHENTIC KID VOICES A while ago on the Institute's Facebook page, someone was asking about dialogue, which made me think again about this important writing tool. Readers love dialogue because it makes a scene and a character come to life. Dialogue puts us into a specific moment within a story and that's a powerful thing for readers. But many write…
 
Do you want to know how to build buzz with a powerful personal brand? Listen as personal brand expert, Jen Dalton shares how to shape an authentic personal brand to boost your reputation. In this week's dynamic episode "How to Best Build Buzz with a Powerful Personal Brand" you will discover.. What is the importance of a personal author brand? Whic…
 
Episode 059 / Thriller author and creative entrepreneur Joanna Penn of The Creative Penn podcast joined us this week to talk about learning from mistakes, the importance of mindset, and taking the long view in your writing career. The sun is out in Houston and we’re recovering from the great “snow-apocalypse” of 2021. Jami has running water again (…
 
What do book editors REALLY think? We asked them. Hear the things that editors wish they could tell their authors (but can't) in this episode of The Gatecrashers Podcast. Amanda Luedeke is literary agent and Vice President at MacGregor & Luedeke, where she has agented since 2009. Charis Crowe is a marketer and freelancer who spent nearly ten years …
 
INTERVIEW WITH MAGGIE TOKUDA-HALL & JAMIE TAN Katie interviews award-winning author Maggie Tokuda-Hall and Candlewick Senior Publicist Jamie Tan about Maggie's latest book THE MERMAID, THE WITCH, AND THE SEA. We talk about: Gender fluidity in characters Shondaland interest Maggie’s lyrical writing How Jamie did the publicity for this particular boo…
 
Do you want to know how to harness new clients using marketing magic? Listen as marketing expert, Seth Greene shares his secret sauce to create successful results. In this week's powerful episode "How to Best Harness Magical Marketing to Get New Clients" you will discover.. How new clients can appear like magic using five principles of magical mark…
 
Episode 058 / Are you thinking about doing translations for your books? Historical and contemporary romance author Tanya Anne Crosby has coordinated over 100 translations across German, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, and Dutch. When a health scare meant she couldn’t write quickly, she focused on translations as a way to exploit her intellect…
 
The Gatecrashers give an update on how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting book publishing. Amanda Luedeke is literary agent and Vice President at MacGregor & Luedeke, where she has agented since 2009. Charis Crowe is a marketer and freelancer who spent nearly ten years at the gates of publishing before deciding to launch her own self-publishing car…
 
ACTIVE AND PASSIVE VOICE Voice can be a tough thing to define and a tougher thing to master, but when I ran across this article about active voice and passive voice from my old friend Mary Rosenblum I knew I had to share it with my listeners. See how you can improve your active voice with these tips and take your work to the next level and beyond. …
 
Do you want to know how to get successful marketing results? Listen as publishing expert, Ally Machate gives you the inside scoop on book marketing for success. In this week's powerful episode "How to Best Devise a Successful Book Marketing Strategy" you will discover.. What exactly makes for a good book marketing strategy? Guidelines to define you…
 
Episode 057 / How do you get a fabulous cover for your book? Najla Qamber, cover designer and founder of Qamber Designs and Media is here to answer all our questions about covers, including how to find a cover designer, what to include in your cover brief, and how to give feedback to a designer. Najla also gives tips for custom covers and clues us …
 
We writers have a tendency to be verbose. But that doesn't always give us the results we want and need. From marketing copy to career updates, the Gatecrashers talk about when less is more. Amanda Luedeke is literary agent and Vice President at MacGregor & Luedeke, where she has agented since 2009. Charis Crowe is a marketer and freelancer who spen…
 
INTERVIEW WITH TALIA BENAMY Talia Benamy is an associate editor at Philomel Books (an imprint of Penguin Young Readers), where she focuses on everything from picture books to middle grade and young adult novels. She has worked on books by Chelsea Clinton, Sonia Sotomayor, Temple Grandin, Jane Yolen, Abigail Harrison, Lisa Graff, Ruta Sepetys, Dev P…
 
Do you want to know how to avoid disappointing book marketing results? Listen as marketing expert, Kathryn Calhoun shares how to stop spinning your wheels with the techie stuff with your online business. In this week's powerful episode "How to Avoid Disappointing Book Marketing Results" you will discover.. When is the best time to start marketing y…
 
Episode 056 / Do you have financial goals you’d like to achieve in your author career? Romance author L.B. Dunbar tells us how focus and pacing helped her reach her goals. Our conversation also hit on how L.B. went against the conventional wisdom of what sells with her over 40 romance, writing in other authors’ worlds, and transitioning out of a da…
 
The Gatecrashers discuss the three things that traditional publishers look for before signing a self-published author. Amanda Luedeke is literary agent and Vice President at MacGregor & Luedeke, where she has agented since 2009. Charis Crowe is a marketer and freelancer who spent nearly ten years at the gates of publishing before deciding to launch…
 
Want to know how to best create a screenplay with your book? Listen as movie muse, Susie Schaefer shares the nuts and bolts of screenplay writing to take your book to a whole new level of success. In this week's powerful episode "How to Best Create a Screenplay with Your Book" you will discover... What you need to know about getting started writing…
 
Episode 055 / NYT bestselling author Gail Carriger joins us this week to talk about The Heroine’s Journey. This episode is a deep dive into story and plotting. Our conversation also touches on the benefits of direct sales, the importance of a newsletter, and how to recover when things that are out of your control go wrong. In the intro Jami talks a…
 
What do book editors REALLY think? We asked them. Hear the things that editors wish they could tell their authors (but can't). Amanda Luedeke is literary agent and Vice President at MacGregor & Luedeke, where she has agented since 2009. Charis Crowe is a marketer and freelancer who spent nearly ten years at the gates of publishing before deciding t…
 
Want to know how to market in such a way people want to buy from you? Listen as empowerment coach, Steve Eriksen as he shares his secret sauce to become the trusted advisor clients turn to. In this week's powerful episode "How to Market in Such a Way People Want to Buy From You" you will discover... What the biggest challenges are facing solopreneu…
 
Episode 054 / Do you want to be a successful writer? Friendships with other writers can be a big factor in contributing to a long career. Romance and cozy mystery author Cheryl Phipps joins us this week to talk about how her writer friends spur her on to greater achievements in writing and promotion. We also talk about her move into cozy mystery. I…
 
If you ever feel like you're out of your league and don't belong in the writing world, you're not alone. The Gatecrashers talk about imposter syndrome...how to overcome it and even welcome it. Amanda Luedeke is literary agent and Vice President at MacGregor & Luedeke, where she has agented since 2009. Charis Crowe is a marketer and freelancer who s…
 
THINGS THAT MAKE EDITORS CRINGE Nobody wants to make an editor (or anyone) cringe when they read your manuscript. Inspired by a post from Jamie K. Schmidt, we’re covering 10 things that make editors cringe with tips to avoid them. Be sure to head to writingforchildren.com/231 to download the show notes because many of these tips will be easier to s…
 
Do you want to know how to create a powerful certification program with your book? Listen as master coach, Ann Ljungberg as she shares powerful methods to use certification programs as the next stepping stone in your business. In this week's podcast episode "How to Create a Powerful Certification Program With Your Book" you will discover... What ki…
 
Episode 053 / It may be 2021, but many writers are juggling working from home and caring for their families. Mystery author, editor, and book coach Connie B. Dowell has tips on how to write with the kids at home. She also shares why she created The Messy Author Planner. In the intro, Sara shares a “wish I’d known then” mistake related to using her …
 
What do book editors REALLY think? We asked them. Hear the things that editors wish they could tell their authors (but can't). Amanda Luedeke is literary agent and Vice President at MacGregor & Luedeke, where she has agented since 2009. Charis Crowe is a marketer and freelancer who spent nearly ten years at the gates of publishing before deciding t…
 
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