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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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Aug 17, 2019

Coming up this week:

  • I’ll be getting an end of term report card from author Bill Cokas who got to see my writing in its completely unedited form
  • I’m back advertising on FB after being banned
  • AND The rapid release preparation gathers pace - with new covers created and promo slots being booked in

Show noteshttps://self-publishing-journeys.com/podcast-diary-166-17-08-2019/

Aug 10, 2019

Coming up this week:

  • I’m off travelling again - but did anything get done this week?
  • I’m back on BookSweeps, this time with my thrillers
  • I just hit a big target, but it's nothing to do with books
  • 15 Things I’ve Changed My Mind About In Self-Publishing

Show noteshttps://self-publishing-journeys.com/podcast-diary-165-10-08-2019/

Aug 5, 2019

Bill Cokas is a writer of humorous suspense novels who's based in North Carolina.

He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a journalism degree and has spent more than two decades writing award-winning ads and commercials, first in Chicago, and now back in North Carolina, where he also teaches writing at his alma mater.

He has written and published three humorous suspense novels, all involving European travel - "Ring of Fire","Battle Axe" and #Blarney Rubble."

Bill recently offered to help me to get the USA languages and references correct in my first USA-based novel, Now You See Her- and he did a great job of that.

He has also released a book of cartoons called 'The Man from UNCle'.

Bill's interview:

Useful web links

1) Writing website: http://margawriterville.com/

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

3) Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/Bill-Cokas/e/B007N4JBGK

4) Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5780162.Bill_Cokas

5)Twitter profile: https://twitter.com/WPCokas

6) Wattpad: https://www.wattpad.com/user/bcokas

7) Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bcokas/

Aug 3, 2019

Coming up this week:

  • All the gossip from 20BooksEdinburgh
  • It's back to writing book number 21 and my skivitis is now cured (for now!)
  • I'll let you know if my latest BookBub submission was successful
  • My new thriller covers are in and they’re looking GREAT!

Show noteshttps://self-publishing-journeys.com/podcast-diary-03-08-2019/

Jul 27, 2019

Coming up this week:

  • I’ve now got the 20 books written ... so where’s my 50k?
  • That’s one book off for editing and already the next one is planned and ready to get writing again
  • It’s 20BooksEdinburgh weekend ... it’s time to head for the Scottish capital

Show notes: https://self-publishing-journeys.com/podcast-diary-27-07-2019/

Jul 20, 2019

Coming up this week:

  • I’m back to listing in Giveaway events as I start to top up my email lists - I’m now listed in FOUR thriller events!
  • Now You See Her is 5k words from the end - I’ll let you know how the writing & editing is going
  • More reshuffles than the UK government - I’ve tweaked my rapid release plans once again!

Show noteshttps://self-publishing-journeys.com/podcast-diary-20-07-2019/

Jul 13, 2019

Coming up this week:

  • I have tweaked my rapid release plans - I'll let you know how that changes things now
  • Now You See Her is entering the final push towards completion
  • Why I may have just got a little boost to my plans in September

Show noteshttps://self-publishing-journeys.com/podcast-diary-13-07-2019/

Jul 6, 2019

Coming up this week:

  • I finally reached a KOBO earnings goal this week – it’s been a long time coming!
  • I’ll have my Q3 objectives for you
  • I’ve started my pre-rapid release list boosting plans
  • I have an important announcement if you’ve been a supporter of the podcast on Patreon

Show noteshttps://self-publishing-journeys.com/podcast-diary-29-06-2019-2/

Jul 1, 2019

Jerry Evanoff is the US-based first-time sci-fi author of Forgetting Tomorrow, book 1 in the Nightmares Through Time series.

He is also the presenter of the New Author Podcast which he set up in October 2018 to chart his journey to publication.

Jerry is a regular attendee at 20Books events, having been at both Las Vegas get-togethers and flying to the UK for 20BooksLondon last year.

I was keen to catch up with Jerry just before the launch of his first book and ahead of getting to meet him in person for the first time at 20BooksEdinburgh – his fourth 20Books event.

Find Out More:

1) Jerry's website: http://www.jerryevanoff.com/

2) Follow Jerry on Twitter: https://twitter.com/jerrye25

3) Jerry's podcast on Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/cz/podcast/new-author-podcast/id1439722009

Jun 29, 2019

Coming up this week:

  • I’ll let you know how advertising a sci-fi story in a horror promo worked out for me in this week’s BookBub featured deal
  • I’ll be reviewing my Q2 goals for 2019
  • I’m revealing the cover for my forthcoming collaboration with Adam Nicholls and I’ll have a writing update for you on Now You See Her

Show noteshttps://self-publishing-journeys.com/podcast-diary-29-06-2019/

Jun 22, 2019

Coming up this week:

  • I’ll be summing up my plans and strategies for the rapid release of my books in this special read-along-with-Paul edition
  • How my ducks are now all in a row for my next BookBub promo
  • That’s another book edited and off to beta readers!

Show noteshttps://self-publishing-journeys.com/podcast-diary-22-06-2019/

 

Jun 15, 2019

Coming up this week:

  • It’s ‘all-change’ for my Paul J. Teague author name ... my old thrillers have got their new titles
  • I can now announce the name of the author I’m collaborating with next
  • AND the writing has begun ... and never have I been so well prepared :-)

Show notes: https://self-publishing-journeys.com/podcast-diary-15-06-2019/

Jun 8, 2019

Coming up this week:

  • How I just received a refund for a disappointing promo
  • So Many Lies is on its way back for final checks this weekend – coming next, it’s time to edit Left for Dead & get writing again!

Show notes: https://self-publishing-journeys.com/podcast-diary-08-06-2019/

Jun 3, 2019

Regular listeners will know I've wanted to re-interview Adam Nicholls for some months now.

We first spoke in January 2017 when Adam was struggling to sell his thrillers in any volume and had just released a series of fantasy novels.

We met in person at 20Books London in 2018 then – the next thing I knew – Adam was posting in the 20Book Facebook group, explaining how he'd earned tens of thousands of dollars in a couple of months by re-releasing his revamped thrillers.

In fact, last year was such a success for Adam that he became a 6-figure author … and that in pounds, not dollars.

With rapid release being such a hot topic at the moment, and with my own author career having so much in common with Adam's, I've been dying to get him in front of a microphone and find out the secrets to his success.

Find Out More:

Adam's website: https://www.adamnichollsauthor.com/

Adam Nicholls on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8201611.Adam_Nicholls

Adam's Amazon Author page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Adam-Nicholls/e/B078Y6R15W

Follow Adam on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authoradamnicholls/

Talking points:

BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/home/ [The Holy Grail of book promotion sites]

Freebooksy: https://www.freebooksy.com/for-the-authors/ [The next best thing to BookBub!]

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

EReaderNews Today book promo site: https://ereadernewstoday.com/

Robin Reads book promo site: https://robinreads.com/

Jun 1, 2019

Coming up this week:

  • I’m making my way through my edit of So Many Lies - I’ll have a progress report for you from the world’s most reluctant editor
  • I have BookBub news after a wait of almost 1 week this time around
  • Amazon made me an offer this week ... but I knocked them back!
  • PLUS My BookFunnel changes, KDP reporting gets a very welcome makeover and how I still squeezed in a bit of writing over the past 7 days

Show noteshttps://self-publishing-journeys.com/podcast-diary-01-06-2019/

May 25, 2019

Coming up this week:

  • Surprise! I just finished my 4th book of 2019 - and earlier than I’d scheduled!
  • The guy who reckons paperbacks aren’t important just sold 60 of them at one sitting - I’ll tell you how ...
  • The rapid-release testing has begun already - even though I’m not getting serious until September!

Show noteshttps://self-publishing-journeys.com/podcast-diary-25-05-2019/

May 18, 2019

Coming up this week:

 

  • The end is in sight - I’m on target to finish my first draft of Left for Dead next week ...
  • I’ve just landed three big fish for a podcast interview
  • What me and Captain James Cook have in common - it appears I’ve been publishing books for longer than anyone thought!

 

Show noteshttps://self-publishing-journeys.com/podcast-diary-18-05-2019/

May 11, 2019

Coming up this week:

 

  • I caught up after my slacking day last week - I’ve written over 20k words since we last spoke!
  • I’m back to BookBub again with another submission for a book promo
  • My thrillers are no longer listed wide ... the pincer movement towards rapid re-release has begun!

 

Show noteshttps://self-publishing-journeys.com/podcast-diary-11-05-2019/

May 6, 2019

Kirsten Oliphant is a writer, blogger, and presenter of the excellent 'Create If Writing' podcast.

At first, she tended to focus more on internet marketing tips and tools,and had published a variety of books online with some success.

However, in 2018, Kirsten doubled-down on her writing and began to write sweet romance books - to market - as Emma St. Clair.

This strategy has paid huge dividends for her and since returning from a summer podcasting break in September 2018, Kirsten has been sharing some excellent information about how she's achieved her amazing success.

Find Out More:

1) Kirsten's blog: http://kirstenoliphant.com/

2) Kirsten's podcast: https://createifwriting.com/

3) Follow Kirsten on Twitter: https://twitter.com/kikimojo

4) Follow Kirsten on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KirstenSOliphant/

5) Kirsten's Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/Kirsten-Oliphant/e/B00AH0969Y

6) Writing as Emma St. Clair on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Emma-St.-Clair/e/B077ZZGR17

7) Follow Kirsten on Amazon: https://www.instagram.com/kikimojo/

8) Follow Kirsten on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZuUBTvqKZAiNZhBVmW46Qw

May 4, 2019

Coming up this week:

  • How I just achieved my highest number of replies to a mailout EVER … and no, they weren’t refund requests!
  • What I learned from finally getting around to listening to a couple of audio books by Dean Wesley Smith
  • I’ll be talking to Kinga Jentetics CEO & Co-founder @ PublishDrive about the publishing platform, how it can help authors and what’s planned for the future

Show noteshttps://self-publishing-journeys.com/podcast-diary-04-05-2019-2/

Apr 27, 2019
  • The Secret Bunker has been submitted to BookBub for the 14th time - but did it get accepted?
  • I had hoped to start writing my next psychological thriller on Thursday - I'll reveal if I cut the first turf this week!
  • Why I took a day-trip for writing inspiration this week AND I’ve found a way to get me out of a book shop in record time
  • AND as it’s the 150th episode of thee diary episodes, I have a special episode for you ... I’ll be sharing My Indie Author Positives, Negatives & Aspirations ...

Show notes: https://self-publishing-journeys.com/podcast-diary-27-april-2019/

 

 

Apr 20, 2019

Coming up this week:

  • Military science-fiction book 3 has been dispatched - now it’s just a waiting game
  • Why I MAY have to move my writing dates this month!
  • I get to record a podcast interview with a new self-publishing superstar!

Show notes: https://self-publishing-journeys.com/podcast-diary-20-april-2019/

Apr 13, 2019

Coming up this week:

  • A 5-day warning from KDP Select!
  • I’m back in non-fiction after a quick polish and re-release
  • I’ve been doing my taxes - so I’m going to tell you how much income I generated for each book channel over the past year
  • My quest to improve my self-editing skills gathers pace thanks to feedback from listeners to this podcast :-)

Show notes: https://self-publishing-journeys.com/podcast-diary-13-april-2019/

Apr 6, 2019

Coming up this week:

 

  • I’ve got my Q2 goals all teed up and ready to go - I’ll let you know what I’ll be up to between April & June this year
  • I’ve made a radical change in favour of KDP Select - I’ll share my strategy with you this episode
  • Why it’s time for another BB submission already!

 

Show notes: https://self-publishing-journeys.com/podcast-diary-06-april-2019/

Apr 4, 2019

Coming up this week:

  • It’s a celebration of 3 years of this podcast today!
  • To mark the occasion, I’m going to share 75 things over 3 episodes that I’ve learned which may be useful to you as a self-published author
  • If you’re new to the podcast, this will be useful as a jumping off point ... it’s a Reader’s Digest style summary of where I am as an indie author in 2019

Show noteshttps://self-publishing-journeys.com/podcast-diary-3-years/

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