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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

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