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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.

Dec 31, 2016

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

Dec 26, 2016

Chris Longmuir is an award winning crime writer.

She is best known for her Dundee Crime Series, featuring DS Bill Murphy. Night Watcher, the first book in the series, won the SAW (Scottish Association of Writers) Pitlochry Award, and the sequel, Dead Wood, won the Dundee International Book Prize, as well as the Pitlochry Award.

Chris recently launched new historical crime thriller, Devil's Porridge and has also published a non-fiction book entitled Crime Fiction and the Indie Contribution.

Dec 24, 2016

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

Dec 19, 2016

Dina Santorelli is a writer editor, author and blogger.

She is the author of the award-winning debut novel, Baby Grand, a top-rated mystery/thriller and best-selling organised crime thriller on Amazon Kindle.

Having edited more than a thousand articles over the years, Dina has developed a keen and confident eye when it comes to polishing writers’ text, whether for articles or books.

Dina has been a freelance writer for over 15 years and has written for many publications and websites.

Dec 12, 2016

Melissa Addey writes historical novels and non-fiction books.

The first novel, which was set in China, The Fragrant Concubine, was longlisted for both the Mslexia Novel Competition and the Historical Novel Society Indie Award.

It landed Melissa an agent at Coombs Moylett & Maclean Literary Agency.

She also writes non-fiction books, the first being 100 Things to do while Breastfeeding and the second titled The Happy Commuter and has recently released The Storytelling Entrepreneur and Merchandise For Authors.

Melissa just finished a year as a Writer in Residence at the British Library in London and has spent three months this year being a blogger for Mslexia, the UK's bestselling magazine for women who write.

Dec 5, 2016

Harry Bingham is the author of the Fiona Griffiths series of crime novels.

The series is set in Cardiff and features a heroine described by the Sunday Times as ‘The most startling protagonist in modern crime fiction … brutal, freakish and totally original.’

Harry also created the Writers’ Workshop in 2005 by spending an initial £800 on a website offering editorial services.

The Writers’ Workshop is now the largest editorial consultancy in the UK.

The Festival of Writing is the biggest and best writers’ conference in the UK, and Agent Hunter is the UK’s premier online literary agent search tool.

Harry's books on Getting Published and How to Write are among the leading titles in their field and the first Fiona Griffiths novel was televised by Bonafide and broadcast on Sky Living.

Nov 30, 2016

The Essential Weekly Podcast For New And Aspiring Indie Authors

Author Platform Bootcamp Feature with Ian Sutherland

I am currently testing Ian's http://authorplatformsidekick.com/ service and this is an update on how it's going.

Nov 28, 2016

If you want to get your books ordered by traditional bookshops and libraries, then you need an alternative solution to publishing via Amazon's Createspace.

It's all to do with the ISBN numbers and the distribution channels, and it's a topic that confuses and trips up new indie authors time after time.

Put simply, you need to use a service like IngramSpark - in conjunction with Nielson for your ISBNs - to access the traditional distribution channels.

As the Marketing Manager at Ingram Content Group, Andrew Bromley is familiar with every question that indie authors could possibly ask about printing on-demand with the company.

Nov 26, 2016

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

Nov 21, 2016

Kerry Fisher spent half her life talking about writing a novel, then several years at Candis magazine reviewing other people’s.

It wasn’t until she took some online courses with the University of California that the dream started to morph into reality, culminating in the self-publishing of The Class Ceiling.

The Avon imprint of HarperCollins picked it up and retitled it The School Gate Survival Guide, publishing in summer 2014.

Kerry’s second book, The Island Escape, came out in May 2015.

It won first prize at the York Festival of Writing for the opening line: ‘I was wearing the wrong bra for sitting in a police cell’.

Her latest novel, After the Lie, was published by Bookouture in April 2016.

Nov 14, 2016

David Gaughran is an Irish writer who spends most of his time travelling the world, collecting stories.

He is the author of the Latin American historical adventures Mercenary and A Storm Hits Valparaiso, the short stories If You Go Into The Woods and Transfection, and the popular writers’ guides Let’s Get Digital and Let’s Get Visible.

He runs the publishing blog Let’s Get Digital and the Latin American history site South Americana, and his work has been featured in the Huffington Post, The Sunday Times, and the Irish Times.

I caught up with David at this year's Festival of Writing in York where he was giving several presentations about self-publishing.

Nov 7, 2016

Ginny Carter is a business book ghostwriter and book writing coach - she's known as The Author Maker®.

She is on a mission to turn established coaches, speakers and consultants from ‘experts’ into ‘experts-with-a-book’, so they can set themselves apart from the competition.

Prior to becoming a writer, Ginny worked in marketing for 22 years, including 3-4 years as a freelance social media manager.

She either ghostwrites clients' books in their own voice or coaches them through the process of writing and launching.

Oct 31, 2016

Rachel Amphlett is the bestselling author of the Dan Taylor thriller series, as well as a number of standalone crime thrillers.

Originally from the UK and currently based in Brisbane, Australia, her novels appeal to a worldwide audience, and have been compared to Robert Ludlum, Lee Child, and Michael Crichton.

With plotlines ripped straight out of the news, the international settings and colourful characters bring the world of modern espionage to life, exploring complex technology while providing an adrenalin-fuelled reading experience.

Rachel is releasing the first book in her new Kay Hunter series on 6th December 2016.

Oct 29, 2016

The Essential Weekly Podcast For New And Aspiring Indie Authors

Oct 24, 2016

Celina Grace a full time indie author, Top 100 UK Amazon bestseller & host of the Indie Author School.

Celina is UK-based and wrote her first book - The Blue Ruby - at age 7.

She experimented with screenplays, scripts and short stories and then had a very long and frustrating journey trying to get traditionally published.

This was in spite of achieving 3rd place in the 2004 Lit Idol competition, being shortlisted for the 2006 Crime Writers’ Association Debut Dagger Award and longlisted in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award.

So Celina decided to go it alone with indie publishing and - despite making £10 in her first week - everything changed for her in an incredible way when she made that decision ... she's a full time indie author and a Top 100 UK Amazon bestseller.

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