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Writers working together (interview).

July 17, 2020 | By | Reply More
Writers working together (interview).

Many authors have got together up to tell stories they might not wish to tackle alone or, in James Patterson’s case, simply haven’t got the time to write. Daniel Willcocks is a horror writer who is no stranger to teaming up with other writers – he’s written with Michael Anderle, J. Thorn and Luke Condor, to name a few – enough that he’s now written a book all about his experiences: Collaboration for Authors. 

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Young adult fantasy author Sarah K.L. Wilson interviewed (video).

July 9, 2020 | By | Reply More
Young adult fantasy author Sarah K.L. Wilson interviewed (video).

Young adult fantasy author Sarah K.L. Wilson chats about how her career as a writer took off in early 2018 with her successful Dragon School serial. She’s been publishing books just about every month since then, and she speaks about the viability of serials, how she’s kept her initial success rolling along, and the young adult fantasy market.

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Making book sales with Amazon Ads (how-to video).

June 13, 2020 | By | Reply More
Making book sales with Amazon Ads (how-to video).

Christopher Coleman is a horror author who self-published his first book back in October of 2015. He got a small following and made a few hundred dollars a month for the first couple of years, but it wasn’t until spring of 2018 that things started to take off, when his wife Eileen invested in Amazon ads which resulted in a significant improvement in sales. In this episode, Eileen shares the story of how she got started with ads, what she’s learned, and her best tips for authors just starting to advertise.

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Getting punchy with power words! (craft)

June 5, 2020 | By | Reply More
Getting punchy with power words! (craft)

What are power words, and what is it about them that makes them so effective? Here’s a 50-minute-long video walk-through on the reasons you should keep an eye on your use of power words, and the deeper psychological effect they have that many authors ignore (to their peril!) in their creative writing.

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How to (actually) read more books?

May 25, 2020 | By | Reply More
How to (actually) read more books?

Have you ever thought it would be nice to read more books? Yep, us too. Now, there’s just the matter of freeing up some time to actually read them. Here’s a handy tutorial packed with ideas on how to achieve just that in your life.

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Great writing & productivity software for authors.

May 20, 2020 | By | Reply More
Great writing & productivity software for authors.

A bad craftsperson usually blames their tools (apparently), so let’s remove that excuse from the list and crack on with this great piece from authors Joanna Penn and Orna Ross about what the best software tools are you’ll need to cope with the writing world. Everything from writing, editing, formatting, productivity, marketing, sales, and accounting software for writers is covered. Interestingly enough, I use about 80% of what they talk about here, myself.

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Using Kickstarter campaigns to fund your books.

May 8, 2020 | By | Reply More
Using Kickstarter campaigns to fund your books.

Here’s an interesting hour long video interview with epic fantasy author Nicholas Kotar who funds his novels using the Kickstarter web site to crowd-fund money for each release.

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Editing your novel: how to do your initial self-edits?

May 7, 2020 | By | Reply More
Editing your novel: how to do your initial self-edits?

In this short six-minute-long video, fantasy author Joanna Penn explains how to tackle your first round of edits, what to look for in the manuscript, and other helpful tips for your self-editing process.

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Romance author Rachael Anderson interviewed (video).

April 28, 2020 | By | Reply More
Romance author Rachael Anderson interviewed (video).

Romance author Rachael Anderson started out with a traditional publishing contract and later shifted to indie-publishing. She’s a rare beast in that she still puts her books together inexpensively (DIY covers and editing swaps with other authors), even though she sells very well. In this interview with the Six Figure Authors Podcast crew, Rachael chats about the state of the romance genre for authors, and how hard marketing novels is in the various romance subgenres. 

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Good mental health for writers (video).

April 28, 2020 | By | Reply More
Good mental health for writers (video).

People are eager to seek help whenever they suffer a physical sickness, but can be less quick when it comes to mental health. Stress, anxiety, depression – these can all take a toll. Author James P Sumner, discovered this the hard way. The problems started when he was stuck in a poor relationship and, with nowhere to escape to (when your hobby is your job, your problems are always only a room away), his mental health began to suffer. It all crescendoed when he had a heart attack at 37. Something needed to change. Here’s an interview between James and fellow author Mark Dawson, where James details his tips for good […]

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