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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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Jun 26, 2017

Rachel Abbott spent most of her working life as the Managing Director of an interactive media company.

After her company was sold in 2000, it took until November 2011 for Rachel to launch her first novel Only the Innocent.

The book was self-published in the UK through the Kindle Direct Publishing programme on Amazon, and reached the number 1 spot in the Kindle store just over three months later.

In August 2015, Amazon confirmed that Rachel is the UK's bestselling independent author over the last five years.

She is also listed at number 14 in the list of bestselling authors – both traditionally and independently published – over the same five year period.

Rachel now splits her time between homes in Italy and Alderney, where she writes full time and has just published her sixth novel, The Sixth Window.

Episode 69, release date Monday 26th June, 2017

1) Rachel's website: http://www.rachel-abbott.com/

2) Rachel's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/RachelAbbott1Writer/

3) Follow Rachel on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RachelAbbott

4) Rachel's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/RachelAbbott

5) Follow Rachel on Pinterest: https://uk.pinterest.com/rachelabbott1/

6) Rachel's Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Rachel-Abbott/e/B0068FBVCW/

7) Rachel's Goodreads author page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5349971.Rachel_Abbott

Talking Points

1) Rachel uses Scrivener for writing her books: https://www.literatureandlatte.com/scrivener.php

2) Rachel plots her books with Scrapple: https://www.literatureandlatte.com/scapple.php

3) Createspace: https://www.createspace.com/

4) Ingram Spark: http://www.ingramspark.com/

5) New Writing North (which hosted Rachel's talk in Newcastle): http://newwritingnorth.com/

6) The AIDA marketing model: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AIDA_(marketing)

7) The Writer's Workshop: http://www.writersworkshop.co.uk/

Jun 24, 2017

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

1) My planning board for Quarter 2 (April – June):

My Q2 planning board

2) The Facebook page for this podcast: https://www.facebook.com/SelfPublishingJourneys/

3) My Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/PaulTeague

4) Self-Publishing Academy on Teachable: http://self-publishing-academy.teachable.com/p/self-publishing-academy/

5) How To Use Vellum On A PC on Teachable: http://self-publishing-academy.teachable.com/p/how-to-use-vellum-on-a-pc/

 

Jun 19, 2017

Jackson Dean Chase is a Pacific Northwest author and poet who specializes in “Bold Visions of Dark Places.”

Jackson loves science fiction, fantasy, and horror, but it wasn’t until he combined them with pulp thrillers and noir that he felt that he'd really found his voice as an author.

He aims to leave his fiction readers breathless but ALSO writes non-fiction 'how-to' books for authors giving useful advice on specific elements of writing technique.

As an author with over 30 books to his name, Jackson has tried a lot of different strategies on the path to his indie author breakthrough.

Episode 64, release date Monday 22nd May, 2017

1) Jackson's author website: http://www.jacksondeanchase.com/

2) Jackson's Goodreads profile: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13450002.Jackson_Dean_Chase

3) Jackson's Amazon Author page: https://www.amazon.com/Jackson-Dean-Chase/e/B00T4BOAGQ

5) Follow Jackson on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jacksondeanchaseauthor/

6) Follow Jackson on Twitter: https://twitter.com/jackson_d_chase

Talking Points

1) The YAAA Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/YAauthoralliance/

2) Jackson's Tumblr account: http://jacksondeanchase.tumblr.com/

3) Jackson's Wattpad account: https://www.wattpad.com/story/17951564-forever-dark-book-1-of-the-forever-dark-series

4) Book Report for viewing your Amazon sales: https://www.getbookreport.com/

5) InstaFreebie for growing your author mailing list: https://self-publishing-journeys.com/IF [My affiliate link]

6) Mailchimp, email marketing software: https://mailchimp.com/

7) ConvertKit, email marketing software: https://convertkit.com/

8) 20BooksTo50k Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/781495321956934/

Jun 17, 2017

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

1) ManyBooks promo site ... over 350 downloads for $29: http://manybooks.net/promote

2) Self-Publishing Academy on Teachable: http://self-publishing-academy.teachable.com/p/self-publishing-academy

How To Use Vellum On A PC on Teachable: http://self-publishing-academy.teachable.com/p/how-to-use-vellum-on-a-pc

3) Leave a podcast review on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/self-publishing-journeys/id1086207483

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

Jun 12, 2017

Ruth Sutton's first novel ‘A Good Liar’ was published in 2012 and two further books that formed the Jessie Whelan trilogy followed in successive years – Forgiven (2013) and ‘Fallout’ (2014)

In 2015 Ruth turned her hand to crime fiction in ‘Cruel Tide’, which was shortlisted for the Lakeland Book of the Year.

The sequel ‘Fatal Reckoning’ came out in 2016.

As a self-published author, Ruth is constantly trying new things – she's just launched a crowd-funding campaign, recently recorded her own audiobook and has signed two books with Fahrenheit Press which is marketing her writing to a much broader audience.

Find Out More:

Website: https://www.ruthsutton.co.uk/

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ruth-Sutton/e/B001JS1A60

Blog: https://ruthwords.wordpress.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ruthsutton

Interview Talking Points:

1) Fahrenheit Press books: http://www.fahrenheit-press.com/

2) Unbound Publishing: https://unbound.com/

Ruth's crowd-funding page: https://unbound.com/books/burning-secret

Ruth's blog post on her crowd-funding experiences: https://ruthwords.wordpress.com/2017/05/07/almost-there/

3) The Music Farm studio at Egremont: http://www.themusicfarm.co.uk/index.htm

Ruth's blog post on her audiobook recording: https://ruthwords.wordpress.com/2017/04/13/recording-an-audio-book-lessons-learned/

4) Ruth's blog post on writing explicit sex scenes in her books: https://ruthwords.wordpress.com/2016/12/29/explicit-sex-in-the-novel-too-much-information/

5) Ruth's blog post on using an agent: https://ruthwords.wordpress.com/2017/03/04/im-asking-again-do-i-need-an-agent/

Jun 10, 2017

1) Last week's writing progress - this is Saturday and Sunday's writing:

2) Mailchimp 1st automated email 'how-to' video: https://youtu.be/4NXjlTfiYuI

3) My meagre Google Play sales:

Google Play

4) What Makes a $100k Author: 8 Findings Every Author Should Know

Blog post: https://www.writtenwordmedia.com/2017/06/07/100k-author/

ALLi video presentation: http://selfpublishingadvice.org/indie-author-fringe-june-2017-agenda/

5) My Instafreebie Leads Explosion presentation: http://selfpublishingadvice.org/instafreebie-explosion-how-to-add-thousands-of-targeted-readers-to-your-email-list-paul-teague/

Jun 5, 2017

Before writing books, Sarah Painter worked as a freelance magazine journalist, blogger and editor.

Sarah writes contemporary fiction with a touch of magic and her debut novel, The Language of Spells, became a Kindle bestseller.

She presents the Worried Writer podcast, has just self-published her first non-fiction book – Stop Worrying; Start Writing – and recently signed a new book deal with Lake Union.

In spite of all of those achievements, Sarah is a self-proclaimed worrier and procrastinator.

Find out more:

1) Sarah's Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sarah-Painter/e/B00CWYQ25E/

2) Sarah's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/sarahpainterbooks/

3) Sarah's blog site: http://www.sarah-painter.com/

4) Sarah's podcast – HIGHLY recommended! http://www.worriedwriter.com/podcasts/

5) My Journey to Publication by Sarah Pianter http://www.carinauk.com/my-journey-to-publication-by-sarah-painter

6) Sarah's Goodreads author page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7093560.Sarah_Painter

Talking Points:

1) Sarah's InstaFreebie page: https://www.instafreebie.com/author/SarahPainter

2) Sarah referred to a TED talk by Brené Brown called The power of vulnerability.

You can see the video at: https://www.ted.com/talks/brene_brown_on_vulnerability

Sarah also referred to Elizabeth Gilbert who wrote Big Magic: https://www.elizabethgilbert.com/

3) Digital book publisher Carina: http://www.carinauk.com/

4) Sarah now published with Lake Union, an Amazon Imprint: https://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?ie=UTF8&docId=1003018741

5) This is the link for the laptop stand that Sarah was describing – it's not the exact model, but this is very similar:
https://uk.backpainhelp.com/posture-stand.html

6) Fancy a garden office? This is where Sarah writes: http://www.boothsgardenstudios.co.uk/

7) Amazon ACX for audiobooks: http://www.acx.com/

8) Rocking Self-Publishing podcast: http://rockingselfpublishing.com/

9) Audiobookboom for audiobook promotion: https://audiobookboom.com/

10) Inspired Cover Designs: http://inspiredcoverdesigns.com/

11) Mark Dawson's courses (recommended): https://selfpublishingformula.com/courses/

Jun 3, 2017

1) This week's writing progress – 5161 words on Friday, another 5k to come on Saturday:

Burden of Guilt word count

2) I forgot to mention that Don't Tell Meg had been longlisted for the Retreat West First Chapter Competition – more info at http://www.retreatwest.co.uk/

3) The ALLi Author Fringe event running all day on June 3rd: http://selfpublishingadvice.org/indie-author-fringe-newcomers-read-this-first/

4) My How To Use Vellum On A PC …

My original blog post: https://paulteague.com/how-to-use-vellum-on-a-pc/

My Teachable course: http://self-publishing-academy.teachable.com/p/how-to-use-vellum-on-a-pc/

View the course as it's sold on Clickbank: https://use-vellum-on-a-pc.com/ [At the time of publishing, still needs work!]

5) My WordPress Unboxed book on Amazon: https://books2read.com/WP

6) I've just moved over to MailerLite for email marketing: https://self-publishing-journeys.com/ML

7) Here's my affiliate link for InstaFreebie – this is a great way to build a mailing list! https://self-publishing-journeys.com/IF

8) My book numbers from the past month – firstly income from my new crime books:

My overall sales and numbers:

This Week’s Self-Publishing News

The Alliance of Independent Authors news update: http://selfpublishingadvice.org/self-publishing-news-indie-breaktrough/

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