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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 ...
 
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 ...
 
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 ...
 
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.
 
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.
 
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 ...
 
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The Gatecrashers discuss three different approaches to book-release marketing, as originally presented by Elana Johnson at the 20Booksto50k conference. 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 pub…
 
Episode 097 / Romance author Theodora Taylor, author of 7 Figure Fiction: How to Use Universal Fantasy to Sell Your Books to Anyone, joins us this week. She shares her top tips for new authors and she breaks down the universal fantasies of four movies: Beauty and The Beast, Knives Out, Notting Hill, and Crazy Rich Asians. Show notes: Why your writi…
 
Charis discusses her main takeaways from the 20Booksto50k 2021 indie publishing conference in Vegas. 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-publ…
 
Yes! It is time to talk about all the "nice" platforms that you can sell your book on. But (...there's always a "BUT!") this time I wanted to brag about the platform that I am a part of, "BOOK SELFIE" Cool platform to sell all formats of your books; Print, Audio and eBooks. And guess what, they even started offering POD. aahhh... one more thing! of…
 
Episode 096 / Troy Lambert, author, editor, freelance writer, and lead educator for Plottr joins us this week. We had a wide-ranging conversation including what he’s learned from interviewing authors who use Plottr. Troy also gives some out of the box tips for getting your books in bookstores. Intro links: Jami’s talk, What I Wish I’d Known about I…
 
Slow and steady book sales are better than that two-day spike on Amazon. The Gatecrashers discuss why. 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-pu…
 
In this episode, Patrick Belcher talks about his new book "Fundraising Is" and shares tips, advice, and guidance for nonprofits and how his book can help them find organizational success., Patrick Belcher instructs local non-profit organizations on how to consistently raise money. His passion is to guide charities in developing a long-term strategy…
 
In the previous episode, I explained both of the publishing methods. In this episode, I am going deeper to explain the difference between the Traditional Publishing and Self-Publishing. ...and as usual, the episode is full of jokes and funnies about you know who :) 1:47 Book Submission Period 4:31 No Initial Investment 5:38 Royalties 7:54 Advance 9…
 
Episode 095 / Cozy mystery and historical fiction author Heather Day Gilbert joins us to talk about the challenges of moving from a traditionally published author to an indie author. We touch on the mindset shifts she had to go through, and she gives us an overview of how she launched a successful indie cozy mystery series. Plus we delve into one o…
 
What are your strengths as a writer? The Gatecrashers discuss six common strengths and how to spot them in your writing life. 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…
 
... and the self-publishing humor continues with this episode, where I explain the the meaning of "What Is Writing To Market". Needless to mention, we also need to know "What Is NOT Writing To Market". This is one of those subjects that usually misunderstood by the self-publishing authors, and consequently avoided. However, it has a great importanc…
 
Dawn Brotherton is an award-winning author and featured speaker at writing and publishing seminars. When it comes to exceptional writing, she draws on her experience as a colonel retired from the US Air Force as well as a softball coach and Girl Scout leader. Her variety of interests has led to a variety of genres including mystery, romance, young …
 
In the previous episode, I explained both of the publishing methods. In this episode, I am going deeper to explain the difference between the Traditional Publishing and Self-Publishing. ...and as usual, the episode is full of jokes and funnies about you know who :) 1:47 Book Submission Period 4:31 No Initial Investment 5:38 Royalties 7:54 Advance 9…
 
Episode 094 / Romantic comedy author Tru Taylor shares how she stays positive and how she successfully launched a new pen name in 2021. QOTW: How do you stay positive? Do you use affirmations, meditation, or something else? Show notes: Tru’s shift from new reporter to author The books that helped Tru develop her writing craft and understand how to …
 
There are many explanations of traditional publishing and self-publishing. However this podcast has a humor, where I explain both of them for the beginners as well as the advance authors. 00:21 The Topic: Traditional Publishing & Self-Publishing 00:54 Traditional Publishing - What is it all about? 09:06 Self-Publishing 10:08 Which Way to Go? 12:38 …
 
What are your strengths as a writer? The Gatecrashers discuss six common strengths and how to spot them in your writing life. 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…
 
Episode 093 / Paranormal cozy author Lynn Morrison joins us this week for the second installment of our New Author series. We talk to Lynn about her first series that was five years in the making. QOTW: How did you find your cover artist and editor? Links mentioned in the intro: FreeThesauras.com Apple Books Promotion Tips Show notes: How Lynn shif…
 
Part 2! What if your manuscript isn't the problem? What if it's you? The Gatecrashers discuss six common flaws that they see in themselves and other writers. 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 …
 
In this episode, I talk to Marilen Crump, the expert dream catcher. Marilen has helped countless people—women in particular—create the blueprint for achieving their dream goals and then mobilizing them to achieve them with great results. If you have a writing dream, Marilen offers steps to improve your mindset and clarity and exercises you can do t…
 
Episode 092 / We kick off our New Author series with cozy mystery Victoria Tait, who began writing in 2019. She published her first book wide in 2020. She now has several books out in that series and is starting a new series. Show notes: How wrote her first book, including the resources she used to learn the craft of writing Her marketing plan for …
 
What if your manuscript isn't the problem. What if it's you? The Gatecrashers discuss six common flaws that they see in themselves and other writers. 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 publi…
 
Episode 091 / Romantic comedy author Adriana Locke shares how she maintains balance in her life, shares some great tips on branding, and tells us how trauma in her life helped her make a big mindset shift. Intro notes: The Creative Penn podcast about using mystery in all genres Six Figure Author podcast with Mark Leslie Lefebvre about his new book …
 
Supply chain shortages, holiday shopping concerns, and a flooded audio market. The Gatecrashers discuss how COVID-19 is currently 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 o…
 
Episode 090 / Steamy rom com author Kayley Loring joins us today to talk about how she went from writing screenplays to writing novels. Intro link: Historical Mystery Day Show notes: How Kayley got into screenwriting in Hollywood Kayley’s “under the radar” marketing plan of writing several books before focusing on marketing The power of series when…
 
How do you fix your writing life? Sometimes you just have to throw out the rulebook. 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 career.…
 
Episode 089 / Science fiction, fantasy, and horror author Angeline Trevena joins us today to talk about worldbuilding and being a discovery writer. Intro links: Jami Albright free book Historical Mystery Day Show notes: The value of a university degree in writing versus the value of experience when it comes to novel writing The pros and cons of not…
 
Is your manuscript the problem? Or are you the problem? The Gatecrashers discuss what it takes to face your flaws as a writer. 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…
 
Created a series of podcasts from the short videos about self-publishing. We have the following in this podcast: 00:13 What is keyword research on Amazon and is it important? 03:09 What does knowing your target audience affect? 05:12 Are there any other platforms you can use to enhance your book sales (besides social media)? 06:06 What is the diffe…
 
Created a series of podcasts from the short videos about self-publishing. We have the following in this podcast: 00:14 Five points you should know before you start spending on advertising 01:30 Five steps that people go through before buying a book 02:19 Ten steps to start your indie author career the right way 04:12 How does Amazon’s search algori…
 
We had a lovely conversation with Wendy L. Anderson, who is an indie author of eight fantasy novels (so far!) and quite a few coming up! She shared her author journey, which started in early ages but took a little while to get it going... nevertheless, just like any determined indie author, she started publishing one book after another. Here is the…
 
Our interview with Melinda Martin with Martin Publishing Services. 00:0 Intro (Melinda Martin and Martin Publishing Services) 00:58 How do you plan on growing your business? 02:10 How do you keep competitive, what makes it so that not many people can copy you? 03:08 I am in the people business first and publishing business second 03:59 Since you ar…
 
Lisa Orban, the owner of Indies United Publishing House, brings a new business model to the indie world. More flexible, more author friendly, and of course, more profitable for the indie authors. Here's the timeline of our chat with Lisa: 0:53 How did you come up with the name of your company? 1:32 What were the first names you came up with for you…
 
Episode 088 / In this podcast we chat with dark urban fantasy author H.B. Lyne, who also writes nonfiction for authors as Holly Lyne, including Goal Setting for Writers. Additionally, she co-hosts the Unstoppable Authors podcast. Intro links: Behind the Book podcast interview with Jami Albright Historical Mystery Day - Sept 29th Question of the wee…
 
We had a nice chat with Jennie Rosenblum, who has edited quite a few books for the past six years. She gave some valuable insight as well as some recommendations to seasoned and the new coming authors. You can watch the videocast at www.SelfPublishingAuthors.com Here's the timeline of our chat: 00:28:13 Introduction 01:05:20 How did you become an e…
 
Is it even possible to have a 15,000-word writing day? Is it realistic to write while juggling a career and family? The Gatecrasher say yes! 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…
 
Episode 087 / Pricing expert Sally Farrant joins us this week to discuss how authors can find the best price point for their books plus so much more. It was a great interview with lots of tips and ideas for authors. In this podcast you’ll discover: The relationship between confidence and pricing Common pricing myths Sally’s suggestions for “big tic…
 
This week I’m joined by Dr. Deborah Tillman, parenting expert and star of Lifetime TVs American Supernanny. On this episode, Dr. Tillman and I talk about how writers should balance creative life and family life. You’ll learn: How to parent and create during an uncertain pandemic How prioritizing your family helps with getting creative time schedule…
 
Episode 086 / In this podcast with historical mystery author Jane Steen you’ll discover: Why Jane feels that a permafree book is still a good marketing tactic Her mindset shift from being a writer to the publisher How she’s found success with her slow-and-steady production schedule Details on her cover rebrand for the House of Closed Door series an…
 
Episode 085 / Becca Syme from the Better Faster Academy joins us to talk about the impact of the pandemic on our writing lives and give us some coping strategies. In this podcast you’ll discover: How the extensive time of dealing with trauma and stress from the pandemic is impacting us What energy pennies are and how traveling to “pandemic land” pr…
 
Sell your books and make money using live events! Listen in as Ben Wolf dishes on how to be successful hand-selling your books and your brand. 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 b…
 
Episode 084 / Thomas Umstattd Jr., CEO of Author Media, joins us today to talk about mistakes authors make with social media and how to avoid them. We delve into the world of ubiquity and scarcity and discuss how to use scarcity to sell your books. He’s also got some great ideas on how to find and get to know your readers. We wrap up by talking abo…
 
Episode 083 / Nicholas Erik shares tips on branding and discusses how to use your backlist for long term success. We also talk about the importance of testing when it comes to ads as well as productivity and the power of focus. Come over and say hi to Jami and Sara in the WIKT Facebook group! You can find show notes and links at wishidknownforwrite…
 
Sell your books and make money using live events! Listen in as Ben Wolf dishes on how to be successful hand-selling your books and your brand. 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 b…
 
Episode 082 / How do you take a germ of an idea and shape it into a full-length novel? It’s not a clean-cut process, and it changes with each book, but we share what we wish we’d known about developing story ideas as well as series ideas. And also we discuss the joys of sticky notes. :) QOTW: Do you link your series books? Come over and say hi to J…
 
C.M. Healy currently lives in Mesquite, Texas with his wife, dog, and two giant cats where he teaches HS chemistry. When he's not busy writing, he enjoys building Lego sets, playing video games, reading comic books (The Flash is his favorite), and watching TV with his best buddy, his wife. He earned the distinguished award of Eagle Scout during hig…
 
Episode 081 / Romance and cozy author Tricia O’Malley shares how she designed her perfect day and then created a writing lifestyle that gave her freedom and flexibility. Plus: Tricia tells us how a stolen dog launched her writing career The importance of backmatter and the unique thing Tricia did with her backmatter that has engaged her readers How…
 
New York Times bestselling ghostwriter and collaborative writer David Thomas shares what it takes to make a living on telling someone else's story. 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 publish…
 
John David Mann is an award-winning author whose books have sold more than 3 million copies in 3 dozen languages, including the bestselling classic THE GO-GIVER with Bob Burg, the New York Times bestselling memoir THE RED CIRCLE with former Navy SEAL Brandon Webb, and the New York Times bestselling parable THE LATTE FACTOR with personal finance leg…
 
Episode 080 / The romantic comedy writing team of Max Malone shares how they’ve collaborated and produced over thirty five books as discovery writers. We also talk about the importance of building your newsletter, how to assess negative reviews, and why the quantity of books is critical to long-term success, and being genuine. QOTW: Have you ever c…
 
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