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SFWC: Authors on Books, Writing, Reading, Publishing, and more

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RELAUNCHING Friday, March 5, 2021, the San Francisco Writers Conference Podcast features author Matthew Felix in conversation with fellow writers about craft, commerce, and community. [o] Music credit: Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod; Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3788-funkorama; License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license
 
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Episode 121 / Daniela Romero, new-adult and paranormal romance author, joins us to talk about why it’s important for readers to have books and characters that reflect their experiences and how authors can write diverse characters. We also delve into Daniela’s principle of having many streams of income, so that if one stream wanes her overall revenu…
 
Episode 120 / Lisa Suzanne, sports romance author, joins us to talk about how a pivot to writing shorter sports romance books, banking them, and releasing rapidly took her career to a new level. We also talk about how she brands her series as well as using cliffhangers to keep readers coming back to a series. Show notes: How Lisa shifted from pants…
 
Episode 119 / Southern urban fantasy author Kimbra Swain joins us this week to share tips on connecting with your readers and expanding your income streams. Kimbra creates jewelry, book boxes, tumblers, and many other items for her readers. Learn how she uses physical items to deepen her connection with readers and create life-long fans through her…
 
Episode 118 / Orna Ross, author and poet as well as director of the Alliance of Independent Authors, joins us this week to talk about writing across multiple genres and planning for authors. So much wisdom on how to learn from mistakes and grow in your career in this episode! Show notes: How Orna transitioned from teaching to writing fiction and po…
 
Episode 117 / Do you want to use TikTok to grow your readership? BookTokker Sarah Thompson shares tips for authors who want to get started as well as insights on how she picks and reviews books. Show notes: How Sarah got started reviewing books How Sarah picks and reviews books Tips for authors who want to reach out to BookTokkers Mistakes authors …
 
Episode 116 / Do you want to pitch your books to Hollywood for film or television? Entertainment attorney Maggie Marr is here to share insight on how to find and vet and entertainment attorney. Plus she shares tips on negotiation as well as why now is a good time to delve into screenwriting, if you’ve always wanted to adapt your novel. Intro links:…
 
Episode 115 / Cindy Burnett, host of the Thoughts from a Page Podcast, joins us this week and shares tips for authors who want to pitch book reviewers, podcasters, or bookstrammers. We also talk about Cindy’s Patreon and how she’s structured it to appeal to readers. Show notes: How Cindy’s love of reading launched her into reviewing books, writing …
 
Episode 114 / Do you wonder if a secret pen name is for you? Do you want a sustainable long term writing career? Romance and nonfiction author Zoe York joins us to discuss secret pen names, how she iterates her goals, and gives out of the box marketing tips. Also why Tik Tok is working now and Facebook is stagnating for authors Show notes: Why Zoe …
 
Episode 113 / Are you looking for a new revenue stream? Selling in person at shows is an option to add to your list of possibilities. Young adult science fiction and fantasy author Clare C. Marshall joins us today to share her tips for selling in person at craft shows, festivals, and comic conventions. Intro links: The Thing About Austen podcast Th…
 
Episode 112 / We get an update from Jami on her vacation, check in on how the writing community is helping Ukrainians, and answer listener questions. Intro links: Writers For Ukraine Wish I’d Known Think Mini-sode: Writers Helping Ukrainians Show notes: Listener questions: How do you record audio yourself? What is the equipment you need, how do you…
 
Howdy, fine zine folk! On this episode, I spoke with local (& bicoastal) heavy hitters, Irrelevant Press. We talked about their forthcoming poetry book release, IRL zine fests they're excited about (including the Bay Area Queer Zine Symposium!!), and words of wisdom for people looking to start their own presses, among other things. Find IP: @irrele…
 
Resources to Help Ukrainians Ways to help, sourced by author Sara Rosett, from the writing community: Fundraisers from Writing Community Author Daniel Willcocks has set up a fundraising writing challenge: Writers for Ukraine, the One Million Word challenge. The charity drive runs March 9th-15th www.activatedauthors.com/ukraine Author Cecelia Mecca …
 
Episode 111 / Paranormal romance author Krystal Shannan joins us this week to talk about how shifting to writing intuitively was freeing for her and revitalized her writing process. We also talk about whether or not you should cull your newsletter, what Krystal does when she gets stuck, and why readers want specific emotional payoffs in each genre.…
 
Episode 110 / Do you want to simplify your publishing process? Evan Gow joins us to talk about how Story Origin can make things easier in your writing life. Story Origin has been around since 2018 and has created a list of features to help authors including, reader magnet distribution, email integration, beta copy and ARC copy distribution and trac…
 
Episode 109 / Jami and Sara talk about creating compelling characters sharing their lessons learned. They give examples of how they created specific characters and delve into naming characters, backstory, and physical description. How they developing a main character Ways to create characters: Character sheets/study/history Images Enneagram Astrolo…
 
Episode 108 / Mark McGuinness joins us this week to talk about poetry and it’s a fascinating discussion. We chat about the multiple ways to experience poetry as well as how writing first thing in the day has been a key to Mark’s success. Show notes: Why you sometimes have to get out of the way and let the poem or prose come through Why it’s much be…
 
Episode 107 / Kate P. Adams joins us this week as part of the New Author series. She’s a newly published cozy mystery author and shares how she researched the genre and self publishing as well as how she rapid-released her series. Show notes: How Kate began writing nonfiction and shifted to fiction Expectations of cozy readers Why Kate wrote a read…
 
Episode 106 / Do you think being a hybrid author is the best of both worlds? Join us this week as we chat with romantic comedy author Stefanie London about balancing traditional publishing with indie publishing. Intro links: Ines Johnson Metadata Sheet Market Better Faster Jami’s interview on the Rebel Author Podcast Body Beats to Build On by April…
 
* Lee Kravetz is author of the acclaimed nonfiction, Strange Contagion and SuperSurvivors. He has written for print and television, including The New York Times, New York Magazine, The Atlantic, Psychology Today, The Daily Beast, The San Francisco Chronicle, and PBS. Lee’s new book is a work of fiction, his novel The Last Confessions of Sylvia P. *…
 
Episode 105 / Do you want to get off the new release treadmill? Are you looking for a way to connect with your readers and keep your backlist alive without writing additional books? Monica Leonelle and Russell Nohelty have a possibility for you: Kickstarter. Monica and Russell gave us so many fantastic ideas for how to add Kickstrater to your autho…
 
Episode 104 / Do you wish there was an easy way to keep track of your sales on all platforms? Phillipa Werner joins us today to share how Scribecount solves this problem for indie authors. Phillipa is a prolific author and the Director of Strategic Partnerships at Scribecount. Phillipa gives us the details on Scribecount, which collects and collate…
 
Hey hey zine people! I'm back with a new episode featuring zinester Laura Chenault. Laura is an interdisciplinary artist and zine maker AND zine fest organizer! We talk about queer identity, book binding, Discord as a community-building tool, and print quality. Find Laura: https://laurachenault.com/ https://laureltreebindery.com/ Long Arm Stapler: …
 
* A graduate of the School of Library and Information Studies, UC Berkeley, Kate Farrell has been a language arts classroom teacher, an author, a librarian, a university lecturer, and a storyteller since 1966. She founded the Word Weaving Storytelling Project, and she has published numerous educational materials on the art of storytelling. Kate edi…
 
Episode 103 / Do you struggle to outline? Are you an organic writer who writes into the dark? Then you’ll enjoy this episode with thriller author Kevin Tumlinson who is a discovery writer. We talk about his process of writing, what he does when he gets stuck, and how he edits as he goes. Kevin also describes how he uses crossovers to build his seri…
 
Episode 102 / Do you want to promote your audiobooks? Or are you just getting started with audio and aren’t sure how to create an audiobook? Will Dages, Head of Findaway Voices, joins us talk all things audio. Will tells us about Findaway’s new Marketplace, which helps connect narrators and authors. He also shares tips about how to work with narrat…
 
Hello! I'm back and chatting with Eli Shroom of The World Beyond Our Station, a charity transmasc sci-fi zine. We talk about Eli's upcoming zine anthology, queer role models and representation, and needing to pivot when something is no longer serving you. The World Beyond Twitter: https://twitter.com/WorldBeyondZine The World Beyond Tumblr: https:/…
 
Hello! Pleased to announce season 3 of Long Arm Stapler, a podcast about zines. If you'd like to get in touch with me about reviewing your zine OR being on the podcast, please shoot me an email (longarmstapler@gmail.com) or visit my website (http://longarmstapler.com). Looking forward to sharing more with y'all soon! Intro/outro music: Who Likes to…
 
Episode 101 / Do you want to be more organized in 2022? Do you love planners, calendars, and notebooks? Then this week’s episode with author and creator of The Author’s Planner, Audrey Hughey, is for you. If you’re not a fan of planners, don’t tune out. Audrey has a great perspective on making your plans work for you so that you’re not stressed out…
 
Episode 100 / 🎉 It’s our 100th episode and we’re celebrating with a look behind the scenes. Join us as we talk all things podcasting with Alexa Larberg and Adriel Wiggins, who make sure the podcast goes out each week. If you’re thinking of starting a podcast, you’ll find this episode full of useful tips. We also pick their brains for tips on workin…
 
Episode 099 / Romance author Ines Johnson joins us this week. So much goodness in this episode. We cover everything from coupling your financial goals to your happiness, the upside of trying and failing, and tips on organizing metadata as well as your writing schedule. Show notes: How the music of her dad’s funk band helped Ines learn about story I…
 
Episode 098 / In this post-Thanksgiving show we walk through our writing and publishing process, delving into the tools we use from software to dictation apps. We also chat about our favorite craft books, then we wrap up with some tips for keeping everything organized. QOTW: What organizational tips do you have for writing and publishing? Show note…
 
* Jeff Greenwald is a photojournalist, author, and stage performer whose experiences in Asia have framed his style of travel writing. His six books include the best-selling Shopping for Buddhas (recently republished in a 25th anniversary edition), The Size of the World (for which he created the first international travel blog), and Snake Lake, a tr…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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 …
 
* Elisabeth Kauffman is the Marketing Director for the San Francisco Writers Conference, as well as an independent editor, an author, and an artist. She edits fiction and memoir for independent clients as well as for publishing companies, and she coaches writers on finding their voices and connecting to the magic in their creative lives. Elisabeth …
 
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…
 
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 …
 
* Charlie Jane Anders is the author of The City in the Middle of the Night and All the Birds in the Sky. Her fiction and journalism have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, McSweeney's, Mother Jones, Tor.com, Wired, and elsewhere. Her TED Talk, "Go Ahead, Dream About the Future" got 700,000 views in its first week. Along with Annal…
 
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 …
 
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…
 
* Litquake is an annual literary festival started in 1999 in San Francisco that has since spread to cities throughout the country and abroad. The festival consists of readings, discussions, and themed events. Since its inception more than 10,000 authors and 250,000 attendees have participated in the festival. * Event co-founder Jack Boulware shared…
 
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…
 
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…
 
* Margaret Rosenberg has journeyed more than 30,000 miles to conduct Napoleonic research, including to St. Helena Island in the remote South Atlantic. She is director of the Napoleonic Historical Society, a non-profit that promotes knowledge of the Napoleonic era, and on her website, margaretrodenberg.com, she reports on Napoleon’s ongoing presence…
 
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…
 
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