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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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May 29, 2017

Robert Scott-Norton writes high-octane sci-fi thrillers and is the creator of The Tombs Legacy, a universe of fiction.

A lifelong fan of Stephen King and Doctor Who, it was perhaps inevitable that his work would sit somewhere between horror and sci-fi.

Robert’s books all take place in this same story universe – The Tombs Legacy.

His debut sci-fi novel, The Face Stealer, is the first book in a series and sets up this fictional universe.

A second series, set in the future, looks at Southport one hundred years from now as repercussions from The Face Stealer start to be felt.

Find out more:

Robert's books on Amazon https://www.amazon.co.uk/Robert-Scott-Norton/e/B00GGH0GUU

Follow Robert on Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7210319.Robert_Scott_Norton

Follow Robert on Twitter https://twitter.com/robscottnorton

Robert's LinkedIn page https://www.linkedin.com/in/robertscottnorton/

Robert's InstaFreebie author page https://www.instafreebie.com/discover/author/3813/robert_scottnorton

Talking points:

1) Terrance Dicks, Dr Who writer https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terrance_Dicks

2) NaNoWriMo (highly recommended!) http://nanowrimo.org/

3) Killing the Sacred Cows of Publishing by Dean Wesley Smith http://www.deanwesleysmith.com/killing-the-sacred-cows-of-publishing/

4) The Creative Penn podcast (highly recommended!) http://www.thecreativepenn.com/

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

The Smashwords style guide https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/52

6) Draft2Digital https://www.draft2digital.com/

Books2Read booking linking service https://books2read.com/

7) Scrivener https://paulteague.com/scrivener [My affiliate link]

8) Chris Fox's 5000 Words Per Hour here [Affiliate link]

9) A Week in The Life of an Indie Author http://robertscottnorton.net/writing/a-week-in-the-life-of-an-indie-author/

10) Time management techniques:

David Allen's Getting Things Done http://gettingthingsdone.com/

Zen Habits https://zenhabits.net/

11) Nick Stephenson's Reader Magnets http://amzn.to/2oVHkTq [Affiliate link]

12) Email marketing services:

Mailchimp https://mailchimp.com/ (I don't really like this!)

MailerLite https://paulteague.com/mailerlite  (I'm moving to this service, this is my affiliate link)

13) InstaFreebie

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

Use Zapier to automate the InstaFreebie process https://zapier.com/

14) Book cover websites:

http://www.nessgraphica.com/

https://bookcoverpedia.com/

http://goonwrite.com/

May 27, 2017

1) This week's writing progress:

Burden of Guilt word count

2) Appearing at Amazon Academy in Edinburgh, representing The Alliance of Independent Authors:

Amazon Academy

3) I did a bit of author research this week! One of the characters in my Don't Tell Meg trilogy is a clairvoyant, Steven Terry.

He's only a minor character, but I like writing him, so I wanted to dig a little deeper!

 

Stephen Holbrook

4) I'm hoping to hit two targets by May 31st.

My first target was to achieve 100k page reads this month - this target has been hit:

Page reads

I am also hoping to break $1000 in book earnings this month - and become a 4-figure author at long last.

Finally, I'm hoping to hit my highest number of podcast downloads in one month by the end of May - I'd like to hit the 3000 downloads mark if I can.

5) My guest blog post for Ingram Spark: http://www.ingramspark.com/blog/email-marketing-for-authors

6) My first author booking for March 2018 is for the Crime & Publishment event: https://www.facebook.com/CrimePublishment/

7) New Writing North: http://newwritingnorth.com/

May 22, 2017

Mike Bodnar is a former continuity announcer, regional newsreader and TV & radio presenter.

Mike's latest book – Against the Current – is the story of how he and his wife left New Zealand for the UK, choosing instead to take a year-long detour through France, living and travelling on a boat.

He has just recorded it in audio format, but he did all of the voice work himself.

That seemed like a great opportunity to catch up with Mike and find out about the good, the bad and the ugly of recording your own audiobooks.

Mike Bodnar in the studio

Talking points:

Check out Mike's audiobook on Scribl (cheapest price) https://scribl.com/books/E8G1A/against-the-current

Blog post 1: http://www.againstthecurrent.uk/single-post/2016/11/22/Books-Aloud

Blog post 2: http://www.againstthecurrent.uk/single-post/2017/01/27/My-Woof-was-Very-Upset

List your audiobook on Amazon ACX http://www.acx.com/

List your audiobook on Author's Republic https://www.authorsrepublic.com/

List your audiobook on Scribl https://www.scribl.com/

Auphonic https://auphonic.com/

Promote your audiobook via AudioBookBoom: https://audiobookboom.com/

ACX bounty program https://www.acx.com/help/50-bounty-program/201556680

May 20, 2017

1) This week's writing progress - this was Saturday's effort:

Burden of Guilt word count

This was Friday's tally:

Dead of Night at 30k words

2) Having spent the previous weekend pulling out all the stops to get Don't Tell Meg to number 1 in the UK, Dead of Night just got there of its own accord with zero promos from me - I was just using up my remaining promo days :-)

 

Dead of Night

3) I recorded my Instafreebie Leads Explosion video for the next ALLi Author Fringe event which is taking place on Saturday 3rd June: http://selfpublishingadvice.org/will-you-help-us-spread-the-word-about-indieauthorfringe/

4) My Facebook non-fiction book, newly republished! https://books2read.com/FB

5) The membership criteria for the Society of Authors: http://www.societyofauthors.org/Join/Eligibility

6) Mark Dawson's interview in The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/may/15/self-published-authors-hollywood-andy-weir-the-martian-el-james (Read the comments!)

7) This was the Instafreebie blog promo that they ran this week: http://blog.instafreebie.com/see-it-first-paul-teague-kellie-mcallen-nj-lindquist/

These were the leads that I'd added when I took my Friday afternoon screenshot:

Mailchimp stats

9) Reminder! Amazon Academy event in Edinburgh on 23rd May http://selfpublishingadvice.org/amazon-academy/

10) Reminder! ALLi Indie Author Fringe event on June 3rd http://selfpublishingadvice.org/6-weeks-until-bookexpo-indie-author-fringe-2017-are-you-ready-to-sell-more-books/

May 15, 2017

Justin Sloan is a video game writer, novelist, and screenwriter.

He studied writing at the Johns Hopkins University 'MA in Writing' program and at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television's Professional Program in Screenwriting.

Additionally, he has published short fiction and poetry.

Justin was in the Marines for five years and has lived in Japan, Korea, and Italy.

He recently gave up his day-job to go full-time as an author.

Find Out More:

1) Justin's website: http://www.justinsloanauthor.com/

2) Follow Justin on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JustinSloanAuthor

3) Follow Justin on Twitter: https://twitter.com/justinmsloan

4) Justin's Goodreads profile: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/9772692.Justin_Sloan

5) Justin's Amazon Author page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Justin-Sloan/e/B00OJPAM0K

6) The Creative Writing Career website: http://creativewritingcareer.com/

7) Justin's YouTube Channel 'The Sloan Zone': https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7-f7OkD-MudUjBLINdRdIw

8) Justin's podcast: http://creativewritingcareer.com/

Talking points:

1) Justin's work with military veterans: https://creativewritingcareer.wordpress.com/category/military-veterans/

2) Brandon Sanderson is one of Justin's favourite authors https://www.amazon.co.uk/Brandon-Sanderson/e/B001IGFHW6/

3) Book promo sites:

Book Barbarian http://bookbarbarian.com/

FreeBooksy https://www.freebooksy.com/

Booksends http://booksends.com/advertise.php

4) Story beats explained https://timstout.wordpress.com/story-structure/blake-snyders-beat-sheet/

5) Michael Anderle, one of Justin's writing partners https://www.amazon.co.uk/Michael-Anderle/e/B017J2WANQ

May 13, 2017

1) Over 14000 unique clicks were generated in my Crime/Thriller Giveaway at https://freebie-books.com/crime-thrillers-may2017/

Ian Sutherland was the top promoter, sending 3500+ unique clicks, many of those directly via his Twitter accounts.

Check out Ian's Author Platform Sidekick service: https://self-publishing-journeys.com/APS [Affiliate link]

3) My Dead of Night proof copy arrived - I have 10 x fiction paperback books now:

4) I've now put Self-Publishing Journeys on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SelfPublishingJourneys/

5) Avril McDonald's new book:

[amazon_link asins='B06XTV7ZJ5' template='ProductAd' store='author-pt-21' marketplace='UK' link_id='fffcc329-373c-11e7-8700-95a48855f596']

6) Sarah Painter's Worried Writer podcast (highly recommended!) at http://www.worriedwriter.com/ and her first self-published book:

[amazon_link asins='B06Y6GXFY6' template='ProductAd' store='author-pt-21' marketplace='UK' link_id='310ce1bb-373d-11e7-9308-2f2c71aeabd0']

7) Books2Read service https://www.books2read.com/ (highly recommended!)

8) My crappy Amazon review - note the anonymity of the reviewer who simultaneously gets to screw up my chances of shifting the book and remain hidden in the shadows!

9) Reminder! Amazon Academy event in Edinburgh on 23rd May http://selfpublishingadvice.org/amazon-academy/

10) Reminder! ALLi Indie Author Fringe event on June 3rd http://selfpublishingadvice.org/6-weeks-until-bookexpo-indie-author-fringe-2017-are-you-ready-to-sell-more-books/

May 8, 2017

Jason Blacker writes mystery fiction and literary fiction as well as poetry and daily haikus at his haiku blog.

Jason's stories range from Adventure to Zombies, though he's best known for his Lady Marmalade cozy mysteries and his Anthony Carrick hardboiled mysteries.

Jason received an incredible 300 rejections from traditional publishers before turning to self-publishing, here he deploys lots of online marketing techniques to promote his work.

Find Out More:

Jason's Amazon Author page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jason-Blacker/e/B0051QUDA0

Jason's website: http://jasonblacker.com/

Jason Blacker on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2156914.Jason_Blacker

Follow Jason on Twitter: https://twitter.com/jasonblacker

Jason Blacker on Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/jasonblacker

Jason's Haiku website: http://haiqueue.com/

Talking Points:

1) More about the Pomodoro technique http://www.lifehack.org/articles/productivity/the-pomodoro-technique-is-it-right-for-you.html

2) Scrivener https://self-publishing-academy.com/SC [My affiliate link]

3) Vellum software https://vellum.pub/

How to use Vellum on a PC https://paulteague.com/how-to-use-vellum-on-a-pc/

4) ConvertKit website https://convertkit.com/

I use GetResponse https://paulteague.com/getresponse [My affiliate link]

I'm currently moving over to MailerLite https://paulteague.com/ML [My affiliate link]

5) My sci-fi/dystopian Instafreebie Giveaway https://freebie-books.com/

My Crime/Thriller Giveaway https://freebie-books.com/crime-thrillers/

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

May 6, 2017

1) This week's writing progress - 5125 words:

Dead of Night 20k words

2) This is my PayPal HERE card reader - it links to my phone via Bluetooth and allows me to take book payments at training events:

3) My current InstaFreebie Giveaway: https://freebie-books.com/crime-thrillers-may2017/

Giveaway graphic

4) My appearance on Begin Self-Publishing podcast here

Podcast promo

5) Reminder! Amazon Academy event in Edinburgh on 23rd May http://selfpublishingadvice.org/amazon-academy/

6) Reminder! The Newcastle Writing Conference on Saturday 20th May http://newwritingnorth.com/projects/newcastle-writing-conference/ [Waiting list only]

7) Reminder! ALLi Indie Author Fringe event on June 3rd http://selfpublishingadvice.org/6-weeks-until-bookexpo-indie-author-fringe-2017-are-you-ready-to-sell-more-books/

8) Sarah Painter's Worried Writer podcast: http://www.worriedwriter.com/

9) Self-Publishing Formula recommended interview with TS Paul https://selfpublishingformula.com/episode-62/

This Week’s Self-Publishing News

The Alliance of Independent Authors news update: http://selfpublishingadvice.org/self-publishing-news-ebooks-are-not-in-crisis/

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May 1, 2017

Mark Edwards writes psychological thrillers in which scary things happen to ordinary people and is inspired by writers such as Stephen King, Ira Levin, Ruth Rendell and Linwood Barclay.

His first solo novel, The Magpies reached the No.1 spot on Amazon UK and has sold 300,000 copies to date.

This was followed by What You Wish For (2014), Because She Loves Me (2014; also a No.1 bestseller in the UK) and Follow You Home (2015).

Mark started writing in his twenties while working in a number of dead-end jobs.

He lived in Tokyo for a year before returning to the UK and starting a career in marketing - he now writes full-time.

Find Out More:

Mark's Amazon Author page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mark-Edwards/e/B004PP3WV0

Mark's website: http://www.markedwardsauthor.com/

Louise Voss & Mark Edwards: http://vossandedwards.com/

Mark Edwards on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5267328.Mark_Edwards

Follow Mark on Twitter: https://twitter.com/mredwards

Mark Edwards & Louise Voss on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vossandedwards/

Mark Edwards on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/markedwardsbooks/

Mark Edwards in The Guardian - Trad vs Self-Publishing: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2013/jun/25/self-publishing-mark-edwards

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