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Self Publishing Journeys

The Self Publishing Journeys podcast is a weekly show for all indie authors. Show host Paul Teague interviews self- published authors about their writing journeys, passing on hints, tips and tricks along the way. He'll also chat to experts in related fields - proofreaders, development editors, cover designers, PR specialists, author platform creators - and they'll be offering their best advice and strategies.
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Oct 23, 2017

Lucy Branch's fiction has been featured on Radio 4, Timeout London and The BBC World Service.

She is an expert in the conservation of public sculpture and has worked on some of the UK’s highest profile projects including Nelson's Column, Eros and Cleopatras Needle.

She studied at University College London, The Royal College of Art and Victoria Albert Museum.

Her knowledge and passion for the art world is poured into her fiction which she weaves together with myth, conspiracy theory and fantasy.

She has self-published two books - A Rarer Gift Than Gold: An Alchemist Conspiracy Mystery and Girl In A Golden Cage: A Magical Realism Romance Novel.

Find Out More:

1) Writing website: https://www.lucybranch.com/

2) Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/lucybranchauthor/

3) Twitter feed: https://twitter.com/lucyBranch11

4) Pinterest page: https://www.pinterest.co.uk/taffy321dog/

5) Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13692832.Lucy_Branch

6) Lucy's 'day-job' as a conservator: http://antiquebronze.co.uk/

Interview Talking Points:

1) Listen to Lucy on BBC Radio 4's Midweek programme: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05tlv99

2) Writer's Workshop: http://www.writersworkshop.co.uk/ [Recommended!]

3) BookBub promotions: https://www.bookbub.com/home/

4) Alliance of Independent Authors: https://self-publishing-journeys.com/ALLi [My affiliate link]

5) ALLi BookBub guides: https://selfpublishingadvice.org/how-to-optimize-your-bookbub-submission-katie-donelan/ and  https://selfpublishingadvice.org/how-to-reach-more-readers-get-your-book-listed-on-bookbub/

6) Troubador self-publishing: http://www.troubador.co.uk/

Oct 21, 2017

1) 5135 words written this week:

Writing progress

2) I added 635 new subscribers to MailerLite as a result of my participation in an Authors XP Thriller promo [Affiliate links]

MailerLite subscribers

3) Book promo sites discussed in the diary:

http://booksends.com/

https://www.freebooksy.com/for-the-authors/

https://partners.bookbub.com/

4) This week's offline promo activity, ready to go to the Post Office:

Parcels

5) Vellum software - please use it! https://vellum.pub/

Oct 16, 2017

Episode 85, release date Monday 16th October, 2017

From dystopian science-fiction to fast-paced and in-depth techno-thrillers, Craig Martelle provides his readers with edge of the seat adventure and suspense.

He’s taken his more than twenty years of experience in the Marine Corps, his legal education, and his business consulting career to write believable characters living in a real world.

Craig is an extremely prolific self-published author and one of the names behind the very successful 20BooksTo50k brand.

Through a bizarre series of events, Craig and his wife ended up in Fairbanks, Alaska where they get to watch the northern lights from their driveway.

Find Out More:

1) Writing website: http://www.craigmartelle.com/

2) Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorCraigMartelle/

3) Twitter feed: https://twitter.com/rick_banik

4) Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/Craig-Martelle/e/B01AQVF3ZY

5) Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14879410.Craig_Martelle

6) Craig's Kurtherian News website: http://kurtherianbooks.com/craig-martelle/

7) LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/craigmartelle/

Interview Talking Points:

1) 20BooksVegas: http://20booksvegas.com/

2) 20BooksLondon: http://20bookslondon.com/ [See you there?]

3) 20BooksTo50k Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/781495321956934/ [Highly recommended]

4) Tom Edwards designs many of Craig's covers: http://www.tomedwardsdesign.com/

5) Jonathan Brazee, an author who was in the miltary: http://www.jonathanbrazee.com/

6) Justin Sloan is a previous guest on this podcast: https://self-publishing-journeys.com/episode-63-justin-sloan/

7) Dave Chesson is a previous guest on this podcast: https://self-publishing-journeys.com/episode-80-dave-chesson/

8) Chris Fox - author and very fast writer! http://www.chrisfoxwrites.com/

9) Mark Dawson's courses: https://selfpublishingformula.com/courses/

Oct 14, 2017

1) This week's writing progress:

Deleted - word count

2) My Goodreads Giveaway:

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Burden of Guilt by Paul J. Teague

Burden of Guilt

by Paul J. Teague

Giveaway ends October 31, 2017.

See the giveaway details

3) My AuthorsXP list-building event: http://AuthorsXP.com/giveaway My affiliate link for AuthorsXP is https://self-publishing-journeys.com/Promos

4) Dragon Dictation information: https://learn-dragon-fast.com/

5) The Alliance of Independent Authors October Fringe event: https://selfpublishingadvice.org/what-is-indie-author-fringe/

You can access the Ingram Spark free set-up offer at http://www.ingramspark.com/lp/format-benefits

6) Jon Cronshaw has launched his own podcast diary at: https://joncronshaw.com/

7) Librarything - good for digital giveaways: https://www.librarything.com/

9) 20BooksTo50k event in the UK: http://20bookslondon.com/

Oct 9, 2017

Colin Shelbourn is a professional cartoonist from Cumbria.

His work has appeared in Private Eye, Reader’s Digest and The Times and his humorous postcards can be found all over the Lake District.

Colin's writing highlights include working with Hunter Davies on The Good Guide to the Lakes, as a researcher for Melvyn Bragg's The Maid of Buttermere and co-authoring the Great Drives book with Stirling Moss.

His favourite and most personal book is Drawing Cartoons, which arose out of 10 years running cartoon workshops.

His illustrations appear in many of his own books and those of other authors.

Find Out More:

1) Colin's website: http://shelbourn.com/

2) Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/colinshelbourn

3) Twitter feed: https://twitter.com/colinshelbourn

4) Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Colin-Shelbourn/e/B001KC8450/

5) Colin's LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/colinshelbourn/

Interview Talking Points:

1) DC Thomson's Starblazer comic: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Starblazer

2) Colin's column in the local newspaper: http://www.thewestmorlandgazette.co.uk/author/profile/25918.Colin_Shelbourn/

3) Joining the Society of Authors: http://www.societyofauthors.org/Join/Eligibility

4) Ronald Searle cartoons: http://punch.photoshelter.com/gallery/Ronald-Searle-Cartoons/G0000ZUQrEilxBU4/

5) D.C.Thomson publications: https://www.dcthomson.co.uk/

6) Colin Shelbourn in The Westorland Gazette: http://www.thewestmorlandgazette.co.uk/author/profile/25918.Colin_Shelbourn/

7) Frank Hampson, creator of Dan Dare: http://frankhampsonartwork.co.uk/

8) The Society of Authors: http://www.societyofauthors.org/

9) Hardknott Pass in Cumbria: https://www.visitcumbria.com/wc/hardknott-pass/

10) Lilian Harry's Twitter feed: https://twitter.com/LilianHarry

11) My Society of Authors event: http://www.societyofauthors.org/Events/Events/The-Author-Business

12) Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS): https://www.alcs.co.uk/

Oct 7, 2017

1) This week's word count for my new sci-fi/dystopian novel was 5068:

2) I bought a pre-made cover from Dan Van Oss at https://www.facebook.com/covermint – well worth checking out Dan's work and he'll be a future guest:

Deleted book

3) My Quarter 4 planning board:

Q4 planning

4) Here's a breakdown of my marketing and podcast objectives:

5) I'm an ‘also-ran' in this year's Kindle Book Awards:

Kindle Review competition

6) Draft2Digital now has a referral link – here's mine: https://www.draft2digital.com/PaulTeague

7) Dave Chesson's Kindle Rocket can be found at https://kdprocket.com/ – great for researching Amazon ad keywords.

8) I'm speaking at Carlisle's Borderlines on Sunday, see https://www.borderlinescarlisle.co.uk/events/2017/paul-teague/

9) I'm booked in to speak for the Society of Authors in November: http://www.societyofauthors.org/Events/Events/The-Author-Business

10) AuthorsXP promos – recommended for list building – this is my affiliate link to the site.

Oct 2, 2017

Ameila Hay is the author of the soon to be published, James Lalonde thriller Novels, a seven novel series.

When she's not writing thrillers, Amelia loves to travel and coach aspiring writers.

She helps authors to write, brand, and market their books so they can, create their dream business, build their author platform, and be creatively independent.

As a teenager, Amelia dreamed of being a writer but, but made one mistake - she listened to the never-ending brigade of negative voices around me who all said the same thing ‘you can’t make money writing.’

In 2011, she started taking her writing seriously, studying the craft of storytelling through screenwriting - then turned to writing fiction novels and independent publishing because she wanted people to read her work instead of it sitting in an archive somewhere waiting many years to be made into a film.

Find Out More:

1) Amelia's writing website: http://www.ameliahay.com/

2) Amelia's Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/WriterADHay/

3) Amelia's Twitter feed https://twitter.com/writeradhay

4) Amelia's Google+ profile https://plus.google.com/+OrangeowlmediaCoUk

4) Amelia's Amazon author page for non-fiction https://www.amazon.co.uk/Amelia-Hay/e/B00XC3CDKC

5) Amelia's life & business coach website http://www.coachameliahay.co.uk/

6) Amelia's Be Motivated Podcast https://soundcloud.com/coachameliahay/

7) Follow Amelia on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/writeradhay/

Interview Talking Points:

1) Amelia's great Mailchimp tip - tag your subscribers based on where they signed up to your email marketing list:

Mailchimp

Check out Mailchimp at https://mailchimp.com/

I recommend MailerLite: https://paulteague.com/ML [My affiliate link]

2) The Divi Wordpress theme: https://www.elegantthemes.com/gallery/divi/

Details of the forthcoming changes to Wordpress: https://the-digital-reader.com/2017/08/30/attention-authors-wordpress-5-0-will-change-everything-know-wordpress/amp/

3) Joanna Penn's blog [highly recommended!] is at https://www.thecreativepenn.com/

Joanna's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/thecreativepenn

4) Mark Dawson's Self-Publishing 101 course: https://selfpublishingformula.com/courses/

Mark's cover designer is Stuart Bache: http://stuartbache.co.uk/

5) Amelia's recommended learning channels ...

Self-Publishing Podcast: https://sterlingandstone.net/series/self-publishing-podcast/

Self-Publishing formula: https://selfpublishingformula.com/

Olivia Charlet: https://oliviacharlet.com/

Marie Forleo: https://www.marieforleo.com/

Clark Chamberlain's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZ7wi_B7GAn1smmDvQdLDZA

Sep 30, 2017

This Week's Talking Points

1) My Goodreads author page for thrillers: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16616393.Paul_J_Teague

2) My Q3 planning board:

2) My Q3 planning board:

Q3 planning board

3) Bookfunnel now allows you to sell your books directly: https://bookfunnel.com/

Payhip is my recommended method for selling via Bookfunnel if you're subject to VAT Moss – check it out here [My affiliate link]

A great guide to VAT Moss: http://www.sitesell.com/blog/2014/12/definitive-guide-new-eu-vat-rules.html

4) Bloodhound Books: http://www.bloodhoundbooks.com/ {I'd love to place one or more of my thrillers with them!]

5) Hawk & Cleaver Story Studio: http://www.hawkandcleaver.com/

6) Historical Novel Society Conference August 2018: https://historicalnovelsociety.org/events/uk-conference-2/

Sep 25, 2017

Joanna Penn is an Award-nominated, New York Times and USA Today bestselling thriller author, as well as writing non-fiction for authors.

She's written 23 books and sold over 500,000 books in 84 countries and 5 languages.

Joanna is an indie author and also runs a small press, Curl Up Press, with her husband.

She I spent 13 years as a business IT consultant in large corporates across the globe before becoming a full-time author-entrepreneur in September 2011.

Joanna is regarded as one of the UK's most authoritative voices on self-publishing.

 

Find Out More:

1) Joanna's self-publishing website: https://www.thecreativepenn.com/ [Highly recommended! For the podcast, the blog ... everything!]

2) Joanna'a author website: https://jfpenn.com/

3) Joanna's Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Joanna-Penn/e/B002BM8ICW/

4) J.F.Penn Amazon Author page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/J.-F.-Penn/e/B00AVLL4WG/

4) Joanna on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7514223.Joanna_Penn

5) Joanna on Twitter: https://twitter.com/thecreativepenn

6) Joanna's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/joanna.penn

7) Joanna's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/thecreativepenn

8) Joanna's courses on Teachable: http://creative-penn-courses.teachable.com/

Interview Talking Points:

1) My favourite picture of Joanna from 2008 - proof that we all have to start somewhere!

Joanna Penn

2) Joanna's income report: https://www.thecreativepenn.com/2015/08/07/six-figure-income-writing/

3) 20BooksLondon: https://www.facebook.com/20BooksLo

Sep 23, 2017

1) My Alliance of Independent Authors Time Management presentation: https://selfpublishingadvice.org/creating-more-time-tips-techniques-tools-paul-teague/

2) Monica Leonelle's Prose on Fire website: https://proseonfire.com/

3) The Story Studio podcast: http://www.hawkandcleaver.com/podcasts/

Hawk and Cleaver website: http://www.hawkandcleaver.com/

 

 

Sep 18, 2017

Laura Read has worked in publishing for over seven years, as a designer for a journal and its award-winning website.

She is now an author and freelance designer.

Her poetry has been published in two anthologies.

Her debut novel is called Deadly Sins – an exploration of the sexism that can permeate families and how sin can influence us all.

Laura's follow-up novel - Caught in a Lie - is a tale of sex, politics and betrayal.

Find Out More:

1) Laura's website: http://laurareadauthor.com/

2) Laura's Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Laura-Read/e/B06Y193Y6P/

3) Laura on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4756022.Laura_Read

4) Laura on Twitter: https://twitter.com/laurareadauthor

5) Laura's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/laurareadauthor

Interview Talking Points:

1) Recommended way to build a website with WordPress: https://wordpress.org/

Don't know how to use Worpdress? I've written a book on that: https://www.createspace.com/7131886

2) Divi theme for WordPress: https://www.elegantthemes.com/gallery/divi/

3) I use Thrive Themes at https://paulteague.com/Thrive and Optimizepress at https://paulteague.com/optimize [Both affiliate links]

4) Wix websites: https://www.wix.com/ [Very simple, but not recommended as a long term solution]

5) MailerLite is what I use for email marketing: https://paulteague.com/ML [My affiliate link]

Mailchimp is another alternative: https://mailchimp.com/

Don't know how to use Mailchimp? I've written a book about that too: https://www.createspace.com/7379643

6) InstaFreebie is great for building a mailing list: https://paulteague.com/IF [My affiliate link]

7) Mark Dawson's Self-Publishing 101 course: https://selfpublishingformula.com/101

8) Laura's book cover design services page: http://laurareadauthor.com/book-cover-design-services/

Sep 16, 2017

1) This week's writing progress – I should finish draft 1 of One Fatal Error on Saturday:

One Fatal Error

2) My 3d box set covers:

Paul Teague thriller trilogy

I got these done via this Fiverr account: https://www.fiverr.com/dhananjayaeffec

3) Here's a sneak peek at my Amazon ads account – look at those $1200 budgets! You never actually spend those amounts 

4) I forgot to mention this in the diary, but bursaries are available to attend the Society of Authors event in November: http://mailchi.mp/1e9be1a902a8/4fmx32ig59-2559521?e=d6b5f14af9

5) My book promotion this week.

Weds = 1252 books 95.1% US store
Thurs = 505 books 86% from US store

Freebooksy: https://www.freebooksy.com/for-the-authors/

ManyBooks: http://manybooks.net/

Fussy Librarian: http://www.thefussylibrarian.com/

6) 20BooksLondon:

Book for the event now: http://20bookslondon.com/

Sep 11, 2017

Dave Chesson is best known for his Kindlepreneur blog and website.

He's is an 11 year veteran of the US Navy, but started a side hustle learning about online marketing.

He created niche websites, learnt about SEO and affiliate income, then made the move into self-publishing.

He now supports indie authors via his Kindlepreneur blog and service and also self-publishes books under a range of pen names.

Of particular note to new authors are Dave's free Amazon Ads course and his KDP Rocket web tool.

Find Out More:

Website: https://kindlepreneur.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KindlePreneur/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DaveChesson

Dave's KDP Rocket service: https://kdprocket.com/

Dave's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-s3Pb8uIBm0QN8MVaulJKA

Dave's free Amazon ads course: https://courses.kindlepreneur.com/courses/AMS

Interview Talking Points:

1) Clickbank is an online marketplace [My affiliate link]

2) SiteBuildIt - keyword based websites: http://www.sitesell.com/websiteacademy.html [My affiliate link]

3) Best book promotion sites article: https://kindlepreneur.com/list-sites-promote-free-amazon-books/

4) Quora: https://www.quora.com/

5) Infusionsoft: https://www.infusionsoft.com/ [Also known as 'confusionsoft']

6) GetResponse: https://paulteague.com/getresponse [This is my affiliate link, it's a great service and the one that Dave uses}

7) MailerLite: https://self-publishing-journeys.com/ML [My affiliate link, this is what I'm currently using]

8) I used to recommend https://www.hostgator.com but I fell out of love with that service a couple of years ago, and now use/recommend Siteground at https://paulteague.com/SG [My affiliate link]

9) 20BooksTo50k UK: http://20bookslondon.com/ This is a highly recommended UK event

Sep 9, 2017

1) This week's writing progress - 5k words for One Fatal Error:

Word count

2) Brian Meeks' Amazon Ads book:

[amazon_link asins='1942810156' template='ProductCarousel' store='author-pt-21' marketplace='UK' link_id='ed89fde3-9499-11e7-9781-01729003d3f9']

3) Sci-Fi & Fantasy Giveaway - I'm taking part in this InstaFreebie Giveaway next week: http://sffbookbonanza.com/freebooks/

I recommend MailerLite for email marketing: https://self-publishing-journeys.com/ML [My affiliate link]

This book giveaway is using InstaFreebie: https://self-publishing-journeys.com/IF [My affiliate link]

4) The Grid 1: Fall of Justice has been shortlisted in the Kindle Book Awards - hurrah!

More info at https://wp.me/P2H01p-amQSemi-finalist/Kindle Book Review

5) One Fatal Error is now on pre-sale:

6) Burden of Guilt is on sale next week:

7) Marie-Claire Allington who listens to the podcast whilst riding - pictured here with Rufus the pony: http://www.marie-claireallington.com/

Marie-Claire Allington

 8) From Twitter this week - bunny rabbits!

Sep 4, 2017

Emily Benet is an author, journalist and award-winning blogger.

She writes contemporary fiction.

Her titles include the blog-to-book retail comedy, Shop Girl Diaries, the quirky romantic comedy, The Temp, and a novel about social media addiction, #PleaseRetweet.

Her fourth novel, The Hen Party, is a fun, fast-paced reality TV saga set in the island of Mallorca.

Tired of the lack of support that she got with her traditionally published books, Emily decided to go it alone with her most recent book, opting for self-publication.

Find Out More:

Website: http://www.emilybenet.com

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Emily-Benet/e/B008OGBRPO/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EmilyBenetAuthor/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/EmilyBenet

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3436559.Emily_Benet

Emily on Wattpad: https://www.wattpad.com/user/emilybenet

Interview Talking Points:

1) Emily's Harper Collins page: https://www.harpercollins.co.uk/cr-108875/emily-benet

Harper Impulse: http://www.harperimpulseromance.com/

2) Emily's ALLi article on why she swapped traditional publishing for indie: https://selfpublishingadvice.org/opinion-why-i-swapped-the-traditional-publishing-dream-to-self-publish/

3) Emily's Wattpad experiences: http://www.publishingtalk.eu/case-studies/emily-benet-wattpad-success-story/

4) Emily on Wikiepedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emily_Benet

5) Salt Publishing: https://www.saltpublishing.com/

6) The Creative Penn podcast: https://www.thecreativepenn.com/ [Highly recommended]

7) The Alliance of Independent Authors: https://self-publishing-journeys.com/ALLi [My affiliate link]

8) Paperback publishing on https://www.createspace.com/ and http://www.ingramspark.com/

9) Use Vellum to format your books at https://vellum.pub/ and Calibre is a cheaper alternative: https://calibre-ebook.com/

Sep 2, 2017

1) Some good Createspace royalties coming my way, I've been selling decent numbers of paperbacks recently, mainly non-fictions and in particular, my Mailchimp book. I've received net earnings of Earnings of £380.30 this month, with zero promotion, and although I want it to be much more, this seems to be a reasonable amount:
Createspace Royalties

2) I wanted to get back to exercising over summer and I exceeded my two-times-per-week target and managed three times each week over the 6-week holiday period:

Exercise stats

3) I've been linking my paperbacks with my Kindle versions - it's important to do this! Just drop the KDP helpdesk an email:KDP

4) I formatted my first paperback with Vellum and it's fabulous - a huge cost-saving and it took no time at all:Vellum formatting

Non-Mac users check out my How To Use Vellum On A PC: https://paulteague.com/how-to-use-vellum-on-a-pc/

5) Winter is coming with Wordpress! This is important and worrying info for Wordpress users: https://the-digital-reader.com/2017/08/30/attention-authors-wordpress-5-0-will-change-everything-know-wordpress/amp/

6) Check out the new group giveaways feature on Instafreebie: https://self-publishing-journeys.com/IF [My affiliate link]

Aug 28, 2017

Jon Cronshaw is a newly self-published sci-fi and dystopian author.

It's the second time on the podcast for Jon – we met at Carlisle's Bordlerlines Book Festival last year and at that time, Jon was about to self-publish his first book.

When I first spoke to Jon in January 2017, he'd just got the first book written.

He'd also been writing lots of short stories for the Ray Bradbury Challenge and he'd done his homework about the best strategies to use for launch and promotion.

He's now got six books listed on Amazon and has another in the works – not bad for a year's work!

Find Out More:

Jon's blog: https://joncronshaw.com/

Follow Jon on Twitter: https://twitter.com/JLCronshaw

Jon's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/joncronshawauthor/

Jon's Short Science Fiction Review podcast: https://twitter.com/ShortSFReview

Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/248839295552288/

Talking points:

InstaFreebie: https://www.paulteague.com/IF [My affiliate link]

MailChimp: https://www.paulteague.com/mailchimp-ar [My affiliate link]

MailerLite – great MailChimp alternative: https://paulteague.com/ML [My affiliate link]

Kindle Scout: https://kindlescout.amazon.com/

20BooksTo50k Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/781495321956934/ [Highly recommended!]

Recommended indie author event in 2018: http://20bookslondon.com/

Ray Bradbury Challenge: https://raybradburychallenge.blogspot.co.uk/

ACX (for audiobook production): https://www.acx.com/

Bargain Booksy: https://www.bargainbooksy.com/

The Fussy Librarian: http://www.thefussylibrarian.com/for-authors/

EdgeLit: http://www.derbyquad.co.uk/special-event/edge-lit-5.aspx

The Story Grid: http://www.storygrid.com/ [Recommended!]

Aug 26, 2017

The Essential Weekly Podcast For New And Aspiring Indie Authors Paul's Podcast Diary Feature

Aug 21, 2017

Based in Northamptonshire, England, ‘Morgen with an e' is the author of numerous short story collections, a chick-lit novel (with crime and mystery novels in the works), a series of writer's block workbooks, articles, and she dabbles with poetry.

As well as being a freelance editor (who offers a free 1,000-word sample), she is a creative writing tutor for Northamptonshire County Council's Adult Learning (10-week evening and one-day Saturday classes). Morgen is also speaker of anything writing-related, panel moderator, and event tutor, and will be running a two-hour editing course at the 2017 Crime & Publishment weekend, alongside Lin Anderson and Martina Cole!

Morgen is also a writing-related blogger who ‘spotlights' authors, agents, editors, illustrators and publishers.

Other content includes guest posts, flash fiction, poetry, and reviews (crime / chick lit novels, short stories and writing guides).

Find Out More:

1) Morgen's website: http://morgenbailey.com

2) Follow Morgen on Twitter: @morgenwriteruk

3) Follow Morgen on Facebook: Facebook profile

4) Connect with Morgen on LinkedIn: http://uk.linkedin.com/pub/morgen-bailey/26/933/866

5) Morgen's Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Morgen-Bailey/e/B007SNIBF8/

Interview Talking Points:

1) Sally Spedding, who taught Morgen at that first session: http://www.sallyspedding.com/biography.html

2) Crime & Publishment event: http://www.crimeandpublishment.co.uk/

3) NaNoWriMo: http://nanowrimo.org/

4) Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/

5) Harrogate Crime Writing Festival: http://harrogateinternationalfestivals.com/crime-writing-festival/

6) Bailey's Writing Tips: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/baileys-writing-tips/id389840707?mt=2 [Now closed]

7) I should be writing podcast: http://murverse.com/subscribe-to-podcasts/podcasts/

8) Bloodhound books: http://www.bloodhoundbooks.com/

9) Morgen's ‘Writer For Hire' page: https://morgenbailey.wordpress.com/writer-for-hire/

Aug 19, 2017

1) This week's writing progress - 5123 words written, in spite of A level and UCAS interruptions :-)

3) Joanna Penn's podcast: https://www.thecreativepenn.com/podcasts/ [Recommended]

Aug 14, 2017

Joseph Alexander has been a guitarist and expert music tutor for over 20 years.

His tuition books are published in four languages and have sold over thousands of copies to widespread critical acclaim.

Recently his books passed £1,000,000 in revenue and he is currently writing a guide book to self-publishing for authors.

Joseph travels constantly and has lived in many countries, choosing to build a location-free online business.

Find Out More:

Website: hhttp://www.fundamental-changes.com/

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Joseph-Alexander/e/B008VW6Q0M

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jopheza

Twitter: https://twitter.com/guitar_joseph

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/guitarcheshire

Interview Talking Points:

1) Mailchimp - email marketing software: https://mailchimp.com/

2) Ian Sutherland's Author Platform Sidekick service: https://self-publishing-journeys.com/APS

3) Joseph's (possibly) forthcoming Self-Publishing guide: http://www.self-published.co.uk/

4) It's a tiny picture, but this image shows the dominance of Joseph's books on Amazon ... the majority of those titles belong to him!

Aug 12, 2017

1) This week's writing progress - 5044 words written on Saturday 5th August, bringing my running total to about

2) Bookfunnel: https://bookfunnel.com/

3) Author's XP book promotion site: https://www.authorsxp.com [My affiliate link]

4) InstaFreebie: https://self-publishing-journeys.com/IF [My affiliate link]

5) Wattpad: https://www.wattpad.com/

6) My next book to be released is Burden of Guilt: https://books2read.com/Guilt

7) The Creative Penn podcast: https://www.thecreativepenn.com/ [Recommended podcast!]

8) The Sell More books Show: http://sellmorebooksshow.com/ [Recommended podcast!]

9) Dave Chesson's Kindlepreneur website: https://kindlepreneur.com/

10) Caledonian Sleeper train: https://www.sleeper.scot/

Aug 7, 2017

James P. Sumner writes a series of action thrillers about a former soldier-turned-hitman named Adrian Hell.

He's worked in every type of office environment you can think of – insurance, banking, mobile phones, telesales … you name it, he's done it.

In July 2013, he began work on his first novel and eventually self-published his debut thriller, True Conviction, on Amazon, where it has now been downloaded over 300,000 times.

He is a member of the Crime Writers Association, and saw his fifth novel, A Necessary Kill, selected as a winner in the 2015 Kindle Scout Program, winning him a publishing contract with one of Amazon's imprints.

Find Out More:

Website: http://www.jamespsumner.com/

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/James-P.-Sumner/e/B00ICL7TIK

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jamespsumner/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/thefirsthellion

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7833853.James_P_Sumner

Instafreebie: https://www.instafreebie.com/discover/author/801/james_p_sumner

Interview with James: http://thisiswriting.com/author-interviews-james-p-sumner-and-a-necessary-kill/

Interview Talking Points:

1) Calibre e-book software: https://calibre-ebook.com/

2) Scivener writing software: https://paulteague.com/scrivener [My affiliate link]

3) Nick Stephenson's website: http://www.blog.yourfirst10kreaders.com/

4) Joanna Penn's website: https://www.thecreativepenn.com/

5) Bookfunnel: https://bookfunnel.com/  [Makes it really easy to deliver free e-books to readers]

6) Instafreebie:

7) Jimmy Gibbs on Fiverr.com: https://www.fiverr.com/jimmygibbs [Jimmy designs James' covers]

8) Find out more about Mark Dawson: https://selfpublishingformula.com/

9) The Crime Writer's Association: https://thecwa.co.uk/

10) Kindle Scout: https://kindlescout.amazon.com/

Aug 5, 2017

1) This week's writing progress - 500 words of a short story teaser and writing 5k words on Saturday.

2) I'm now a member of the International Thriller Writers: http://thrillerwriters.org/

I'm also a member of the Society of Authors: http://www.societyofauthors.org/

The 'must-have' membership for indie authors is The Alliance of Independent Authors [My affiliate link]

3) My Mailchimp Unboxed book: https://books2read.com/EMarketing

4) I have entered the Writer's Digest e-book awards: http://www.writersdigest.com/writers-digest-competitions/self-published-ebook-awards

5) My books on Google Play :-)

 

Jul 31, 2017

Meg Cowley was first interviewed in episode 3 of this podcast, in April 2016.

At that time Meg was experiencing her biggest success in self-publishing having created a series aof adult colouring books which were selling very well.

However, the bottom dropped out of that market and Meg had to so a very sharp pivot to set her writing career back on track.

Prior to the breakkthrough with the adult colouring books, Meg had written two young-adult ‘sword and sorcery' novels and two illustrated children's books.

She's now returned to writing fiction but is still using her artistic skills to generate an author income.

Find Out More:

Website: https://www.megcowley.co.uk/

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Meg-Cowley/e/B00M6BQ0PA/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/megcowley/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/meg_cowley

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1NeaBtI2bInpE4NbP-hxAg

1) Me and Meg in Manchester when we attended Amazon Academy:

Meg Cowley & Paul Teague

2) Meg's creative roadmap (Jan-April): http://blog.megcowley.com/2017/05/04/2017-creative-roadmap-january-april-progress/

3) Meg's 2017 creative roadmap http://blog.megcowley.com/blog/2017/01/03/2017-creative-roadmap-my-2017-plans-for-success/

4) Meg's reflection on 2016 http://blog.megcowley.com/blog/2016/12/31/reflections-on-2016/

5) Meg's blog post on quitting her day-job: http://blog.megcowley.com/blog/2016/11/17/quitddj/

6) Meg's 2 year milestone http://blog.megcowley.com/blog/2016/08/04/2yrmilestone/

7) Michael Anderle: http://kurtherianbooks.com/

Also see 20BooksTo50k https://www.facebook.com/groups/781495321956934/ [Highly recommended!]

Here are details of the London event:

20BooksTo50k

8) MailerLite: https://self-publishing-journeys.com/ML [Recommended email marketing tool - my affiliate link]

9) Meg's book cover creation service: http://bookcovers.megcowley.com/

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