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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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Jan 30, 2017

Pip Reid is the co-founder of Bible Pathway Adventures a childrens’ author and an app creator.

She is based in New Zealand and will be more familiar to readers as Pip Dumbill which is the author name that has appeared on books prior to her recent marriage.

Pip writes adventures that help bring the Bible to life for parents and children and has a strong desire to create tools that help children understand the true foundation of their faith.

She completed a diploma in Writing for Children before embarking on her writing career.

Find Out More:

Follow Pip on Twitter: https://twitter.com/pip_dumbill

The Bible Pathway Adventures website: http://www.biblepathwayadventures.com/

Bible Pathway Adventures on Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bible-Pathway-Adventures/e/B00NCAKS8O/

Bible Pathway Adventures on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/biblepathwayadventures

Bible Pathway Adventures on Pinterest: https://nz.pinterest.com/biblestory4kids/ [Highly recommended that you check out Pip’s use of Pinterest as an author]

Bible Pathway Adventures on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/ComeOnAHeartJourney

Bible Pathway Adventures on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/biblepathwayadventures/

Bible Pathway Adventures on Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+Biblepathwayadventures2014

Bible Pathway Adventures on app in iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/temple-run/id839702361?mt=8

Bible Pathway Adventures on Google Play store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.BiblePathway

Talking points:

1) Upwork (for finding international freelancers): https://www.upwork.com/

2) Patreon (for encouraging support from your fans): https://www.patreon.com

3) Kickstarter (for crowd funding): https://www.kickstarter.com/

4) Fiverr (for very small, outsourced jobs): http://www.paulteague.com/fiverr [My affiliate link]

5) Scrivener (recommended writing tool): http://www.paulteague.com/scrivener [My affiliate link]

6) Kindle Kids’ Book Creator: https://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?docId=1002979921

Jan 28, 2017

1) Another 5k words of Dead of Night written this week, running total is about 16k at the moment.

Total target word count is 50k.

Dead of Night word count

2) Dragon Dictation software: http://self-publishing-journeys.com/DRAGON [Affiliate link with 20% off]

3) My InstaFreebie demo pages:

Demo 1: http://freebie-books.com/dystopian-scifi

Demo 2: http://freebie-books.com/dystopian-scifi-3/

Demo 3: http://freebie-books.com/thrillers/

Page preference poll on an InstaFreebie Facebook group - the small image version was the one that I preferred too, so in spite of the poor vote stats, I'll go with that version:

Poll results

4) Author Platform Sidekick: http://self-publishing-journeys.com/APS [My affiliate link]

This is the Twitter profile that Ian built up from 200+ followers: https://twitter.com/secretbunkerfan

5) Annie Weir's PLR earnings:

Listen to Annie's interview at http://self-publishing-journeys.com/episode-2-annie-weir/

6) Vellum formatting software: https://vellum.pub/

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

 

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

8) My recommended website service is SiteGround: http://paulteague.com/siteground [Affiliate link]

Jan 25, 2017

This is one in an occasional series of extra episodes targeted at helping indie authors to build subscribers lists and boost activity online.

In this episode, we’re checking out Author Platform Sidekick with Ian Sutherland the creator of the service.

If you have any questions about the service, just drop me an email at paul@paulteague.com I’ll be happy to tell you about my beta testing results.

2) The Twitter feed that I used for the test: https://twitter.com/secretbunkerfan

3) Author Platform Sidekick: http://self-publishing-journeys.com/APS [Affiliate link]

Testimonials for Author Platform Sidekick: https://www.authorplatformsidekick.com/testimonials/

4) WordPress plugins discussed:

Affiliate Royale https://www.affiliateroyale.com/

MemberPress https://www.memberpress.com/

Jan 23, 2017

Ron Vitale caught my attention on Twitter because of an excellent post that he made to his blog outlining in great details his indie-author outgoings and income.

Few authors dare to share this information, but Ron broke it all down in great detail holding back nothing in the process.

Ron is the author of the author of the Cinderella’s Secret Witch Diaries and A Witch’s Coven Novels series and is a sci-fi/fantasy writer.

In his podcast interview, he gives a very detailed report on what you can expect to earn in your early days of indie publishing.

 

 

Find out more about Ron:

Website: http://www.ronvitale.com/

Follow Ron on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Ron.Vitale.Author/

Follow Ron on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ronvitale

Amazon Author page: https://www.amazon.com/Ron-Vitale/e/B004W0MQPG/

Follow Ron on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4078431.Ron_Vitale

 

 

Find out more about Ron:

Website: http://www.ronvitale.com/

Follow Ron on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Ron.Vitale.Author/

Follow Ron on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ronvitale

Amazon Author page: https://www.amazon.com/Ron-Vitale/e/B004W0MQPG/

Follow Ron on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4078431.Ron_Vitale

Talking points:

Ron’s 2016 Income Report: http://www.ronvitale.com/blog/2016/12/18/what-i-learned-about-indie-publishing-in-2016

Neil Patel SEO blog: http://neilpatel.com/

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

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

99Designs book cover design: http://self-publishing-journeys.com/99 [My affiliate link]

 

Jan 21, 2017

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

1) How to use Vellum on a PC blog post: http://paulteague.com/vellum

2) My 'black-hat' internet marketing past on Kindle :-)

My evil past on Kindle

3) Alliance of Independent Authors events: http://selfpublishingadvice.org/newsflash-about-our-2017-alli-events/

Join ALLi via my affiliate link: http://www.paulteague.com/alli

4) Amazon Associates Link Builder Wordpress plugin: https://en-gb.wordpress.org/plugins/amazon-associates-link-builder/

Installation guide: https://en-gb.wordpress.org/plugins/amazon-associates-link-builder/installation/

Jan 16, 2017

Jon Cronshaw is an author and the host of the Short Science Fiction Review podcast.

He is a former newspaper reporter and feature writer.

Jon plans to release three post-apocalyptic thrillers in rapid succession in early 2017.

To get properly warmed up for this feat, he’s been taking part in the Ray Bradbury challenge, which asks writers to come up with one short story per week for a year.

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

Talking points:

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

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

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

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

The Ultimate Guide for Becoming an Idea Machine by James Altucher: http://www.jamesaltucher.com/2014/05/the-ultimate-guide-for-becoming-an-idea-machine/

ZoomText software: http://www.zoomtext.com/products/zoomtext-magnifierreader/

ProWritingAid: http://self-publishing-journeys.com/PRA [My affiliate link]

KickStarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/

CreateSpace: https://www.createspace.com/

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

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

BNIB library: http://www.rniblibrary.com/

AudioBookBoom for promoting audiobooks: https://audiobookboom.com/authors [Keep asking Amazon for new .co.uk and .com free promo codes]

Amazon withholding tax – useful article at  https://meritaking.com/2012/09/13/navigating-the-usa-tax-nightmare-for-uk-authors/

Jon’s cover designer: http://yocladesigns.com/

Jon’s recommended writing resources

The Creative Writer’s Toolbelt: http://www.andrewjchamberlain.com/podcast

Writing Excuses podcast: http://www.writingexcuses.com/

The Story Grid Podcast: https://storygrid.simplecast.fm/

Self-Publishing Formula Podcast: http://www.selfpublishingformula.com/

Sell More Books Show: http://sellmorebooksshow.com/

Science Fiction & Fantasy Marketing Podcast: http://www.marketingsff.com/

Save The Cat! http://www.savethecat.com/

Lynne Truss: http://www.lynnetruss.com/index.asp

Stephen King’s On Writing (useful summary): http://www.openculture.com/2014/03/stephen-kings-top-20-rules-for-writers.html

Bryan Cohen’s Best Page Forward book blurb service: http://www.bestpageforward.net/blurbs/

Jan 14, 2017

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

This Week’s Talking Points

1) ALLi self-publishing Q&A on Tuesday 17th January: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZk1BhdGq8g&feature=youtu.be

Alli membership: http://www.paulteague.com/alli [Affiliate link]

2) I use The Results Machine to time my uninterrupted writing stints in 1 hr + 1 hr + 1.5 hr blocks.

I beat the clock today, writing my first 2k words in that first 60-minute session.

The Action Machine is exactly the same software, just a different name.

Here is my affiliate link: http://www.paulteague.com/AM

3) I ordered those covers from fiverr via https://www.fiverr.com/lisabook/design-professional-book-cover-08cef513-b312-4301-a9ca-8875b29ad7b6

4) I’m going to use Vellum to format my books from now on: https://vellum.pub/

To use Vellum on a regular PC, you can access MacInCloud, which lets you use a virtual machine: http://www.macincloud.com/

5) Listing in Kindle Scout: https://kindlescout.amazon.com/submit

6) Dave Jackson’s School of Podcasting: http://schoolofpodcasting.com/

Also see

John Lee Dumas: http://www.eofire.com/

Cliff Ravenscraft: http://podcastanswerman.com/

7) Writing tools

Scrivener: http://www.paulteague.com/scrivener [Affiliate link]

The Novel Factory: http://www.paulteague.com/novelfactory

Save The Cat: http://www.savethecat.com/

8) My recommended web hosting service: http://www.paulteague.com/SG

Jan 9, 2017

Adam Nicholls is an indie crime writer with a writing tally of 15 books written over and 18 month period.

He has created the Evie Black and Mason Black series as well as the Salinger trilogy.

He’s just in the process of moving over to a new genre, writing under the name A.C. Nicholls.

Adam shares many of his writing challenges in the excellent Kindling Facebook group.

It is the writing model recommended in the Kindling community that he has followed to get his own career underway.

Find Out More:

Adam’s brand new website! http://adamnicholls.net [I built this for Adam using the free Hemingway WordPress theme at https://en-gb.wordpress.org/themes/hemingway/ and using my favourite hosting service, Siteground, which you can access via my affiliate link at http://paulteague.com/siteground]

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/B00KHUQOEY

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

Adam’s About The Author page: http://www.abouttheauthor.co.uk/adam-nicholls/

Talking points:

Kindling: http://self-publishing-academy.com/Kindling [Highly recommended for indie authors, my affiliate link]

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!]

Adam’s Book Cover Designer: https://www.fiverr.com/lisabook/design-professional-book-cover-08cef513-b312-4301-a9ca-8875b29ad7b6

WeBook: http://www.webook.com/

Deranged Doctor Design: http://www.derangeddoctordesign.com/

BKKnights promos on fiverr: https://www.fiverr.com/bknights

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

Stephen King’s ‘On Writing’ book: http://amzn.to/2hkhcC1 [My affiliate link]

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

Udemy – great training site: https://www.udemy.com/

Jan 7, 2017

This Week's Talking Points

1) This is how week 1 of my writing went https://youtu.be/VFP_Yrjnab0?t=8s :-)

2) I used SpeechPad for my transcriptions: https://www.speechpad.com/

3) Crime and Publishment event: http://www.crimeandpublishment.co.uk/

4) InstaFreebie for free e-book giveaways: http://www.paulteague.com/IF [Affiliate link]

Also look at BookFunnel: https://bookfunnel.com/

5) My 'work in progress' Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/PaulTeague it's probably still a bit early in my podcasting career to be pushing this for the time being!

6) Excellent ALLi guide to the best indie author competitions: http://selfpublishingadvice.org/allis-self-publishing-service-directory/award-and-contest-ratings-reviews/

7) Brian Tracy's 'Flight Plan': https://www.amazon.co.uk/Flight-Plan-BRIAN-TRACY/dp/1626563225/

Jan 2, 2017

Clare Lydon is a writer of contemporary lesbian romance and host of the Lesbian Bookclub Podcast.

She’s a No.1 best-seller on lesbian fiction charts around the globe.

Clare has five full-length novels to her name, as well as writing the All I Want series.

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