Author News Weekly
Author News Weekly is the only news show you need to become a better writer, market your books successfully, and stay in-the-know about the latest and greatest news in the self-publishing world. Every Monday we bring you a panel-like discussion of what’s what in the self-publishing and indie author community, featuring interviews with best-selling authors, book marketing and sales experts, and more. Hosted by RA McGee, Philippa Werner, Jim Heskett, and Nick Thacker.
This AI is Cringe | Good Morning, 'Murica
June 6, 2022 • 22 MIN
In "K Allado-McDowell on GPT-3, Amor, and Cringe," the author interviews K Allado-McDowell, a senior engineer at OpenAI, about the development of GPT-3, a new language model. Allado-McDowell discusses the potential applications of the model, as well as the ethical concerns around its use. In "How to Fail as a Writer," the author discusses some of the habits that lead to failure as a writer. These include procrastination, perfectionism, and not seeking feedback. Also, more talk about media attention (do you really need it?) and how to get it. ### https://www.wired.com/story/k-allado-mcdowell-gpt-3-amor-cringe/ https://blog.bookbaby.com/how-to-write/good-writing-habits/fail-as-a-writer https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/379289 https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/419644
Kill and Tell | Amazon Book Clubs?
May 30, 2022 • 27 MIN
In May of 2022, Nancy Crampton-Brophy, a writer, was found guilty of murdering her husband. She had previously written a novel in which a woman killed her husband. Amazon started a monthly book club in April of 2022. Kerri Sullivan wrote an article in May of 2022 about how working with libraries can help sell books. In April of 2022, Badredheadmedia.com published an article about productivity hacks. - https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/may/26/how-murder-husband-writer-guilty-nancy-crampton-brophy - https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/bookselling/article/89431-amazon-starts-monthly-book-club.html - https://catapult.co/dont-write-alone/stories/kerri-sullivant-how-working-with-libraries-can-help-sell-books-marketing-self-promotion - https://badredheadmedia.com/2022/04/do-productivity-hacks-work-yes-here-are-my-top-10/
Turns Out No One Likes Hybrid | Dead Books and Dead Twitter
May 24, 2022 • 35 MIN
The Amazon Kindle will now be able to convert ePub files to the Kindle format, making it easier for readers to switch between platforms. A UK investigation into hybrid publishing has found widespread dissatisfaction, with many authors feeling misled and cheated. Kindlepreneur provides tips on reviving a dead book, and an audit of President Biden's Twitter followers reveals that almost half of them are fake. ### On this episode: - https://gizmodo.com/amazon-kindle-e-readers-will-now-convert-epub-to-kindle-1848867278 - https://www.booksandpublishing.com.au/independentpublishing/2022/05/18/uk-investigation-into-hybrid-publishing-finds-widespread-dissatisfaction - https://kindlepreneur.com/revive-dead-book/ - https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10829675/Almost-half-President-Bidens-Twitter-followers-FAKE-audit-reveals.html
Jim Doesn’t Like Tiki Masala | Just Don’t Write About Doctors!
May 16, 2022 • 31 MIN
Email can be a helpful tool in achieving productivity goals. It can be used to manage tasks, set reminders, and track goals. However, it is important to use email in moderation and to be aware of the potential for email to become a time-waster. There are many ways to brainstorm story ideas. Some methods include free-writing, mind-mapping, and word association. It is important to find a method that works for you and to be open to new ideas. There are several mistakes that authors make when writing about doctors. These include making the doctor the main character, making the doctor seem perfect, and making the doctor's job seem glamorous. It is important to avoid these mistakes in order to create a realistic and relatable character. ### - https://blog.superhuman.com/how-email-can-help-you-achieve-your-productive-potential/ - https://writersinthestormblog.com/2022/04/creative-ways-to-brainstorm-story-ideas/ - https://kobowritinglife.com/2022/03/17/ten-mistakes-authors-make-writing-about-doctors%EF%BF%BC/
Even More Reasons to Hate Social Media | True Sci-Fi Crime
May 9, 2022 • 29 MIN
Social media comments are important for a variety of reasons. They can help businesses understand what their customers want and how they can improve their products or services. Additionally, social media comments can help spread word-of-mouth marketing for a business. Finally, negative comments can be used as an opportunity to improve customer service. But are they important for authors? Lauren Hough's Lambda Literary Award nomination was rescinded after social media comments called her out for allegedly plagiarizing parts of her novel. The incident highlights the importance of social media comments in the literary world. Science fiction and crime fiction are often lumped together, but they are actually quite different. Science fiction is usually set in the future and deals with themes of science and technology, while crime fiction is set in the present or past and deals with themes of crime and justice. However, there are some similarities between the two genres, such as their focus on suspense and plot twists. If you're a fan of crime fiction, you might want to give science fiction a try. ### - https://buffer.com/resources/social-media-comment/ - https://slate.com/culture/2022/03/lauren-houghs-lambda-literary-award-nomination-rescinded-online-lit-drama-twitter-and-goodreads.html - https://crimereads.com/science-fiction-for-crime-lovers-a-beginners-tour/
Traditional Publishers Run Out of Excuses || Don’t Kill Someone Then Write About It
May 2, 2022 • 27 MIN
In this episode: Authors often make mistakes when writing about doctors, due to a lack of understanding of the medical field. As print sales plummet, the industry blames "print fatigue." Two Charles Darwin notebooks disappeared more than 20 years ago, but have recently reappeared. Nancy Crampton-Brophy, a novelist, is on trial for killing her husband. Millennials and Gen Z are reviving chain bookstores. ### - https://www.businessinsider.com/millennials-gen-z-nostalgia-reviving-chain-bookstores-barnes-noble-2022-4 - https://www.cbsnews.com/news/nancy-crampton-brophy-novelist-trial-killing-daniel-murphy-oregon-culinary-institute/ - https://www.wsj.com/articles/two-charles-darwin-notebooks-disappeared-more-than-20-years-ago-they-mysteriously-reappeared-11649187376 - https://thenewpublishingstandard.com/2022/04/03/as-print-sales-plummet-20-industry-says-print-fatigue-is-to-blame/ - https://kobowritinglife.com/2022/03/17/ten-mistakes-authors-make-writing-about-doctors%EF%BF%BC/
10 Myths of Writing || Best Practices for Best Editing
April 18, 2022 • 27 MIN
When you hire an editor, there are best practices for working with an independent editor that you should follow. First, you should be clear about what you want from the editor. Next, you should give the editor enough time to do their job. Finally, you should be prepared to accept the editor's suggestions. There are also 10 myths of writing about crime that you should be aware of. Myth 1 is that you need to have experienced crime to write about it. Myth 2 is that you need to have a law degree to write about crime. Myth 3 is that you need to be a police officer or a detective to write about crime. ### - https://writershelpingwriters.net/2022/03/now-that-youve-hired-an-editor-best-practices-for-working-with-an-independent-editor/ - https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/421156 - https://www.writersdigest.com/write-better-fiction/10-myths-of-writing-about-crime - https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/2022/03/15/book-giveaway-virginia-jennifer-williams/
How to Be A Dictator | Giving Away 1,000,000 Books
April 11, 2022 • 31 MIN
Dictating a book can be a great way to get your ideas down quickly, but it's important to make sure you have a good system in place. Make sure you have a way to transcribe your dictation, and that you're comfortable with the way you're speaking. It's also important to keep in mind that you'll need to edit your work, so don't worry too much about perfection. Rejection is a part of writing, but there are ways to make it less painful. First, remember that it's not personal. Second, don't take it too seriously. Third, don't give up. Fourth, learn from your mistakes. Fifth, move on. Larry Brown was a legendary writer, and his writing shack was a reflection of that. It was filled with books, cigarettes, and whiskey. He wrote every day, and his work was defined by its simplicity and honesty. The Washington Post is giving away a copy of Virginia Jennifer Williams's book, The Virginia Way. The book is a love letter to the state of Virginia, and it explores the history, culture, and people of the state. ### - https://www.writtenwordmedia.com/how-to-dictate-a-book/ - https://annerallen.com/2022/02/rejection-6-never-fail-tips/ - https://gardenandgun.com/feature/inside-larry-browns-writing-shack/ - https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/2022/03/15/book-giveaway-virginia-jennifer-williams/
Should We Hate Brandon Sanderson? | Big and Useless Words
April 4, 2022 • 31 MIN
Brandon Sanderson, a best-selling author, raised millions of dollars on Kickstarter to write and self-publish a new book series. Some other authors are upset about this, because it sets a precedent for authors asking their fans for money instead of going through traditional publishing companies. Meanwhile, a man from Portage, Michigan pled guilty to wire fraud after he and three other men sold counterfeit textbooks on Amazon, making over $15 million dollars in the process. Finally, George R.R. Martin, another best-selling author, wrote a blog post about the changing landscape of publishing. He states that the industry is moving more towards self-publishing, and that this could be a good or bad thing. - https://slate.com/culture/2022/03/brandon-sanderson-kickstarter-criticism-why-writers-are-upset-about-his-record-setting-campaign.html - https://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/2022/02/portage-man-32-fourth-suspect-to-plead-guilty-in-15m-amazon-textbook-fraud-case.html - https://georgerrmartin.com/notablog/ - https://blog.reedsy.com/guide/publishing-companies-to-avoid/
Scammers, Cheats, and Chandler Bolts | Fighting The Inner Critic
March 28, 2022 • 27 MIN
Amazon self-publishing is a great way to get your book out there, but it's not worth it if you're not willing to put in the work. Ghostwriting scams are becoming more and more common, so it's important to know how to spot them. Book advertising can be a great way to get your book noticed, but it's not the only way. The writer's inner critic is something that all writers have to deal with, but it's important to keep it in check. - https://www.thebookdesigner.com/is-amazon-self-publishing-worth-it - https://accrispin.blogspot.com/2022/01/how-to-spot-ghostwriting-scam.html - https://davidgaughran.com/book-advertising/ - https://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/the-writers-inner-critic/
The Smashening | The Art of Suspense
March 21, 2022 • 28 MIN
- D2D acquires Smashwords. Why does this matter? - More about the Iowa ghostwriting beef from last week. An in depth article on what the hell happened, and, spoiler alert, the author dismissed her lawsuit. https://accrispin.blogspot.com/2022/01/pink-sand-press-what-can-happen-when.html - Along the lines of the above story (where the author might not have read the terms too well) is Wattpad’s crappy entry rules. https://accrispin.blogspot.com/ - The art of suspense. https://crimereads.com/sara-gran-art-of-suspense/ - How many books does it take to make a home? (hint, you definitely don't have enough) https://www.businesstimes.com.sg/life-culture/how-many-books-does-it-take-to-make-a-place-feel-like-home
The Book Was Better | The Adaptation Game
March 14, 2022 • 27 MIN
Whsmith, the UK's largest bookstore chain, has been accused of paying publishers to feature books on their bestseller charts. https://inews.co.uk/news/whsmith-bestselling-book-chart-rankings-publishers-paid-feature-1415545 — The Nelson Agency has released their end of year stats for their agency. The results are… interesting (and pessimistic for all you new authors looking for a traditional deal). https://nelsonagency.com/2022/01/2021-nla-end-of-year-stats/ — In a study of the top 100 films from 2000-2017, it was found that films based on books earned 53% more at the worldwide box office. This is largely due to the fact that books are often more in-depth and have a more complex plot than films. The article also discusses how film adaptations of books can be a double-edged sword, as they can be both a blessing and a curse. https://www.forbes.com/sites/adamrowe1/2018/07/11/why-book-based-films-earn-53-more-at-the-worldwide-box-office/?sh=4a9ac3f8306f — Publishers are looking for new ways to adapt their books into other formats. The adaptation game is a way for publishers to find new and innovative ways to adapt their books into other formats. https://www.thebookseller.com/blogs/adaptation-game-1301027 — George Saunders, author of Lincoln in the Bardo, offers advice on how to get started writing a book. He suggests that writers should start by writing about what they know, and to use their own voice. He also recommends that writers read as much as possible and to keep writing. https://www.theguardian.com/books/2022/jan/08/always-wanted-to-write-booker-winner-george-saunders-on-how-to-get-started
How to Break Rules | Turns Out Kindle is Rich
March 7, 2022 • 27 MIN
We wanted to talk about the trends in the Kindle category for 2021 and 2022. This article mentions that the Kindle category is expected to grow by $1.2 billion in 2021 and $1.8 billion in 2022. The article also mentions that the Kindle category will be dominated by romance, mystery, and thriller books. https://k-lytics.com/kindle-category-trends-2021-into-2022/ — Buffer is a social media management tool that allows users to schedule posts and track analytics. The article talks about the benefits of using Buffer for personal and business accounts. We talk about how to use Buffer as an author. https://buffer.com/resources/personal-content-business-account/ — This article discusses 10 grammar rules that are often broken. We discuss the rules and provide examples of how they are broken, and why we may not care. https://prowritingaid.com/art/1487/10-breakable-grammar-rules.aspx
More Publishing Trends for 2022
February 14, 2022 • 31 MIN
The publishing industry is going through a lot of changes, and this article talks about 8 of them. The first trend is that people are reading less and publishers are looking for new ways to reach readers. The second trend is that there are more self-published authors coming out with their own work. The third trend is that the book industry is being pushed into the digital age, and there have been many new developments in this area. https://www.writtenwordmedia.com/the-top-eight-publishing-industry-trends-for-2022/
Publishing Trends for 2022 | The Real-Life Book Thief
February 7, 2022 • 27 MIN
A man was arrested for allegedly stealing unpublished books from a London bookstore. The man was found to have a large quantity of books in his possession, including many unpublished titles. The police are investigating the man's motives and the extent of his thefts. https://www.theguardian.com/books/2022/jan/06/literary-mystery-may-finally-be-solved-as-man-arrested-for-allegedly-stealing-unpublished-books — The publishing industry is going through a lot of changes, and this article talks about 8 of them. The first trend is that people are reading less and publishers are looking for new ways to reach readers. The second trend is that there are more self-published authors coming out with their own work. The third trend is that the book industry is being pushed into the digital age, and there have been many new developments in this area. https://www.writtenwordmedia.com/the-top-eight-publishing-industry-trends-for-2022/
How (Not) to Use Social Media to Sell Books | Book Credits — Yay or Nay?
January 31, 2022 • 25 MIN
### - https://dnyuz.com/2021/12/07/millions-of-followers-for-book-sales-its-unreliable/ - https://www.janefriedman.com/yes-social-media-can-sell-books-but-not-if-publishers-sit-on-their-hands/ - https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/columns-and-blogs/soapbox/article/87989-guess-what-s-better-than-a-book-blurb.html - https://bookriot.com/why-dont-books-have-a-credits-page/
The NEW New (Totally New) Facebook… for Authors | Nick Hates Surveys
January 24, 2022 • 25 MIN
In a Goodreads-esque sort of move, a seemingly well-meaning person has decided to "shake up" the author and reader social game. No way this backfires, right? Also, hear why Nick hates surveys! ### - https://www.forbes.com/sites/amyschoenberger/2021/10/18/this-founder-created-a-social-media-platform-for-authors-that-aims-to-disrupt-the-publishing-industry/ - https://www.alessandratorreink.com/home/emailsurvey - https://writingcooperative.com/10-legendary-writers-their-daily-word-counts-692c56cb97a5
Are You In the Club(house)? | The Mysterious Vague Mystery of Vagaries
January 17, 2022 • 23 MIN
All about Clubhouse, all about writing mysteries. Don't miss this — Vellum 3.0 is out! ### - https://blog.vellum.pub/2021/11/coming-soon-vellum-3-0/ - https://badredheadmedia.com/2021/11/how-to-build-your-author-platform-when-you-have-no-clue-what-that-means/ - https://nathanbransford.com/blog/2021/11/build-mysteries-around-whether-characters-will-succeed-or-fail - https://badredheadmedia.com/2021/04/what-is-the-clubhouse-app-and-how-can-writers-benefit-withhelpmenaomi/
New Year, New You: Writers’ Edition
January 11, 2022 • 32 MIN
Today’s episode is all about Vegas. 20BooksTo50k - Vegas, anyway. If you missed out, catch up on the best presentations and talks now! ### - http://booksbywomen.org/on-significant-authorship-writing-as-a-team/ - https://www.legalgenealogist.com/2021/10/19/inheriting-the-copyright/ - New Years’ Goals and Such
Vegas, Baby!
January 3, 2022 • 23 MIN
Today’s episode is all about Vegas. 20BooksTo50k - Vegas, anyway. If you missed out, catch up on the best presentations and talks now! ### - Findaway acquired by Spotify - Vegas, baby! - Ghostwriting — how to set expectations
Another Day, Another Lawsuit | Three Authors in a Large Trenchcoat
December 20, 2021 • 26 MIN
Yep, another lawsuit. This time it's, well, the same sort of thing we always hear — the Big 6? 5? 4? are now become the Big 3? Also, did you hear that one about the three authors stacked up on top of one another in a huge trenchcoat pretending to be one person? Well, that's sort of what we're dealing with here... ### - https://www.cnbc.com/2021/11/02/doj-sues-to-block-merger-of-penguin-random-house-simon-schuster.html - http://booksbywomen.org/unstuck-writing-the-beginning-over-and-over-by-martha-conway/ - https://kriswrites.com/2021/10/20/business-musings-untapped-part-one/ - https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/oct/16/female-spanish-thriller-writer-carmen-mola-revealed-to-be-three-men
How to Write a Book in 100 Years | The Next Chapter In Marketing
December 13, 2021 • 25 MIN
How long could you sit on your current WIP/manuscript? How about... over 100 years? That's what this author is doing, along with others who are taking part in the "future library" project... ### - https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/aug/25/tsitsi-dangarembgas-next-work-wont-be-read-by-anyone-until-2114-future-library - https://annerallen.com/2021/10/chapter-titles-great-marketing-tool/ - https://www.bestproducts.com/lifestyle/g22024547/most-popular-book-by-year/
The Most Obvious News Ever | All About the Lists
December 6, 2021 • 28 MIN
Want to hit a bestseller list to ease your humbling pleas toward vanity? We didn't think so. But if you're secretly still hoping for some clarity regarding the big lists and how to get on them, listen to this one. ### - https://www.bbc.com/news/business-58802805 - https://www.writtenwordmedia.com/bestseller-list-guide - https://lithub.com/10-excellent-storytelling-tips-for-writers-from-how-i-met-your-mother/
The Fall of an Erotic Hero | Think Like A Horror Writer
November 29, 2021 • 27 MIN
In a twisted case of role-swapping, an erotica author is now the one binding people — to contracts that she's not reverting. Also digging into writing better villains by following the lead of horror writers. ### - https://www.thepassivevoice.com/an-erotica-pioneer-goes-from-hero-to-villain-for-dozens-of-authors/ - https://www.jacobinmag.com/2021/09/facebook-zuckerberg-metaverse-stephenson-big-tech - https://www.sfwa.org/2021/09/21/think-like-a-horror-writer-to-create-better-villains/ - https://lithub.com/10-excellent-storytelling-tips-for-writers-from-how-i-met-your-mother/
Hardcover Options Through KDP | AI Audiobooks: Not If, But When
November 22, 2021 • 23 MIN
Amazon KDP launches their hardcover program (out of beta), and early reviews are good. We also cover the advent of artificial intelligence as it pertains to audiobooks. The future is now, folks! Get on board or get left behind! ### - https://rogerpacker.com/amazon-widens-out-kdp-print-hardcover-beta-program/ - https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-58648566 - https://goodereader.com/blog/audiobooks/deepzen-partners-with-ingram-for-ai-audiobooks
The Annual ANW Spelling Bee | The $1.5M First Edition
November 15, 2021 • 29 MIN
Perhaps the most interesting podcast episode you'll ever hear (at least today)... join us as we talk bookstores, Frankenstein, and throw down in an epic writerly spelling bee. ### - Acquisition to Bookstore: The Lifecycle https://nathanbransford.com/blog/2021/09/how-a-book-goes-from-acquisitions-to-bookstore-shelves - Keeping Series’ Organized Sucks: https://www.indiewire.com/2021/09/blade-runner-studio-jobs-keep-timeline-straight-1234666541/ - Frankenstein: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/sep/20/frankenstein-first-edition-sets-world-auction-record-for-a-printed-work-by-a-woman-mary-shelley - Bonus content: Mary Shelley’s Virginity: https://lithub.com/did-mary-shelley-actually-lose-her-virginity-to-percy-on-top-of-her-mothers-grave/ - How to Start A Book Podcast: https://bookriot.com/how-to-start-a-book-podcast
Launching A Book w/ Kate Greenwood
November 1, 2021 • 39 MIN
Kate Greenwood asked a question on Reddit, and got plenty of responses. These responses ranged from the completely unhelpful to the misguided-yet-well-meaning. R.A. decided to bring her on the show, where us professionalz could try to help her out, without the BS. ### - https://www.kategreenwoodbooks.com
Should We Feel Bad for Agents? | QueryShark Doo Doo Doo
October 25, 2021 • 28 MIN
All the agents are up in arms! (Or, at least, the ones who are up in arms about stuff). Should we care? Also, let's talk queries! *shudder* ### - Big Business of LIbrary E-Books: https://www.newyorker.com/news/annals-of-communications/an-app-called-libby-and-the-surprisingly-big-business-of-library-e-books - Craft: How to make your story longer? As in, things are plotted well, how do you actually put the meat on the skeleton? What do you concentrate on? - Follow up to the Audible return beef: https://lawstreetmedia.com/tech/authors-sue-audible-for-back-royalty-payments/  - Poor Agents? https://nelsonagency.com/2021/08/14-reasons-agenting-is-harder-now-than-20-years-ago/ 
Personalize Everything for Better Sales?
October 18, 2021 • 28 MIN
In a world of customized ads, not-so-secret “always on” listening devices, and plenty of spy-level technology, shouldn’t our recommendations engines for entertainment catch up as well? And should books be part of that advancement? Creepy or necessary? Welcome or terrifying? ### - How to use Vellum on Windows: https://streamyard.com/exj72i3fgy - Netflix artwork: should personalization win the day? https://netflixtechblog.com/artwork-personalization-c589f074ad76 - Purple prose, and why we should care: https://www.thebookdesigner.com/2021/08/what-is-purple-prose-a-guide-for-writers/
Jimterview! - An Interview with Thriller Author Jim Heskett
October 11, 2021 • 27 MIN
Who is the REAL Jim Heskett. Author, ranter, father, man of mystery. Hear the official interview now! ### - https://jimheskett.com
How to Get More Reviews | Marketing With A+ Content
October 4, 2021 • 31 MIN
You've seen the fancy new A+ content on some of Amazon's sales pages, right? Here's how to make it work for you. Also in this episode: reviews! How to get them, and when you need them! ### - BookFunnel announcing author swaps: https://blog.bookfunnel.com/2021/announcing-author-swaps/ - How to Get Book Reviews for Self-Published Authors https://www.writtenwordmedia.com/how-to-get-book-reviews/ - Amazon A+ Content for Authors https://www.writtenwordmedia.com/amazon-a-plus-content/ - Outsource Your Weaknesses https://www.inc.com/gary-vaynerchuk/askgaryvee-episode-26-go-all-in-on-your-strengths-and-outsource-your-weaknesses.html
Smarketing! (Smart Marketing) | How to Market Your Book
September 27, 2021 • 26 MIN
Marvel's paying peanuts? Anyone surprised? James Patterson writes another book... with Dolly Parton? How to win an award with your book (and does it even matter?). ### - https://gizmodo.com/report-disney-is-only-paying-comics-creators-5-000-fo-1847450512 - https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/aug/11/dolly-parton-to-publish-her-first-novel-in-2022 - VIA Passive Guy - Will a traditional publisher republish my self-published books: https://janeyburton.com/republishing-previously-self-published-book/ - https://selfpublishingadvice.org/book-awards/
Prove Your Worth | A Novel’s Secret Ingredient
September 20, 2021 • 34 MIN
What if you had to prove your publishing rights in order to keep them? Why is this an issue? How do you write good dialogue? What are some tips and tricks to ensure that you’re writing good dialogue? What makes it good? Finally, what's a secret ingredient to a novel? ### - https://selfpublishingadvice.org/prove-your-publishing-rights/ - 100 “Best” novels ever written. How many have you read? Any you’re dying to read? - https://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/aug/17/the-100-best-novels-written-in-english-the-full-list - https://www.janefriedman.com/the-secret-ingredient-of-a-commercially-successful-novel
100 Best Novels We Can Argue About | Good Will, Still Hunting
September 13, 2021 • 28 MIN
Podcasting to build an author platform? On writing Good Will Hunting. And here we go again: another list of "all-time greatest novels," as decided by someone who's not us. Join us as we argue about them all! ### - Every Book Lover Should Fear This Graph: https://medium.com/@andyhunter777/every-book-lover-should-fear-this-graph-4f16d85bf2b1 - Good Will Hunting: https://www.cinemablend.com/news/2570968/matt-damon-explains-why-writing-good-will-hunting-with-ben-affleck-inefficient-compared-last-duel - Will Podcasts Build Your Author Platform? https://socialmediajustforwriters.com/2021/07/26/a-podcast-will-build-your-author-platform/ - 100 Best Novels in English: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/aug/17/the-100-best-novels-written-in-english-the-full-list
What Happened To Yer Grammar? | BookFunnel Strikes Again
August 30, 2021 • 28 MIN
Is teaching grammar racist? Is it even necessary? In a world of AI and machine learning-based editing and writing apps, will writing education be rendered obsolete? Speaking of apps, check out what BookFunnel's been up to! Finally, let's dig into what a self-publishing mainstay (Dean Wesley Smith) has been saying about the publishing industry (grains of salt recommended). Perhaps this will settle the age-old "traditional" or "indie" publishing debate once and for all. (Hint: no, it won't). ### - Dean Wesley Smith Stirring Up Stuff: https://www.deanwesleysmith.com/traditional-book-publishers/ - Three W’s of Scene Orientation: https://writerunboxed.com/2021/07/08/the-three-ws-of-scene-orientation/ - BookFunnel Custom Domains: https://blog.bookfunnel.com/2021/announcing-custom-domains/ - Whatever Happened to Teaching Grammar? https://larrycuban.wordpress.com/2021/06/17/whatever-happened-to-teaching-grammar/ - Dave Berens' cover design: http://www.cover2book.com
Email for Authors | TikTok, BookTok, LockStockAndStuffTalk
August 23, 2021 • 27 MIN
BookFace, MyTok, TikLer, TubSpace — trying to keep all the social networks straight is, well, a job for a pre-adolescent. If that's what you want, please do not listen to this episode. (Although we're doing our best, and our best may be worth listening to...). Also other cool author-related news, so it's not just about social media... ### - David Gaughran’s email tips: https://preview.mailerlite.com/f6a5o1/1721075293411612367/i1h1/ - Congress going after Amazon? https://www.shelf-awareness.com/issue.html?issue=4006&share=true#m52786 - Sci-Hub under attack, is freely available information also under attack? https://www.thepassivevoice.com/is-the-pirate-queen-of-scientific-publishing-in-real-trouble-this-time/ - TikTok? BookTok? https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/tiktok-taking-book-industry-storm-retailers-are-taking-notice-n1272909
Your Favorite Conqueror | Can Novels Predict the Future?
August 16, 2021 • 24 MIN
Who's your favorite barbarous ancient conqueror? These are, of course, the topics you come here for. BUT in case they're not, we've got other topics on hand today as well — marketing tips from Amazon, writers helping writers, and more about the future... stay tuned! ### - Kindlepreneur marketing tips: https://kindlepreneur.com/how-to-sell-books-amazon/ - Writers Helping Writers: https://writershelpingwriters.net/2021/06/act-like-a-professional/ - Can Novels Predict the Future: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2021/jun/26/project-cassandra-plan-to-use-novels-to-predict-next-war
Amazon Ads Challenge | Write to Market?
July 19, 2021 • 34 MIN
Today we're dropping a new news jingle, played by our own Jim Heskett. That alone should be worth the listen. However, if you need more persuading, join us as we discuss Bryan Cohen's Amazon Ads Challenge, a new offering from Facebook, and more! ### - Bryan Cohen’s ad challenge: https://advertising.amazon.com/en-us/library/case-studies/bryan-cohen - Facebook entering the podcast game? https://www.theverge.com/2021/6/16/22537023/facebook-podcast-rss-feed-publish-clips-pages - How to Write A Book to Market: https://www.writtenwordmedia.com/how-to-write-a-book-to-market - Agatha Christie’s Fans want to Turn Her Home into Literary Center: https://people.com/real-estate/agatha-christie-fans-plotting-to-turn-her-3-8-million-english-home-into-literary-center/ - New Wizarding World Launches free Harry Potter Hub: https://www.thebookseller.com/news/wizarding-world-launches-free-harry-potter-hub-school-summer-holidays-1266289
The End of the Newsletter | Burnout, Schmurnout
July 12, 2021 • 33 MIN
Will Apple end the newsletter boom? What's Storytel, and why should you care? Do you remember what it was like to take a break and just relax? ### - Will apple end the newsletter boom? https://www.theverge.com/2021/6/8/22525195/apple-mail-protection-privacy-pixel-tracking-newsletters-substack  - Storytel - Spotify partnership: https://selfpublishingadvice.org/storytel/   - How to combat burnout and take breaks. Can you even take a break? https://www.janefriedman.com/strained-brain-how-to-stoke-your-mental-fire/ - 50 yo writes first novel. What would we tell people struggling to climb the mountain?  https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2021/may/19/never-too-late-in-my-late-40s-i-realised-writing-a-novel-had-become-like-everest
Of Werewolves and Men | Mo Pubby, Mo Scammy
July 5, 2021 • 31 MIN
John Steinbeck wrote a werewolf book? And in "obvious news of the day," more publishing shenanigans. Also, big changes coming to the writing/publishing space, and let's dive deep into contests! Should you enter them? ### - John Steinbeck wrote a werewolf book?! https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/may/22/john-steinbecks-estate-urged-to-let-the-world-read-his-shunned-werewolf-novel?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=facebook - Applying for contests: https://accrispin.blogspot.com/2021/05/two-scams-to-watch-out-for-writers.html - Changes to the industry https://www.writersdigest.com/getting-published/three-crucial-changes-to-the-book-publishing-industry - Trad pub's take on the last ten years: https://www.writersdigest.com/getting-published/three-crucial-changes-to-the-book-publishing-industry 
Dave Chesson Talks Publishing | Atticus To Save the Day?
June 28, 2021 • 47 MIN
Dave Chesson, of Kindlepreneur and Publisher Rocket fame, master marketer and arms dealer (yep!), joins us this week on the show! His newest venture, Atticus, got off to an admittedly rocky start, but we discuss the future and what's in store for authors using it. - https://kindlepreneur.com - https://publisherrocket.com - http://atticus.pub
The Nick Thacker-sode | The Greatest Amateur Writer You've Never Heard of
June 21, 2021 • 38 MIN
This week, it's all about Nick (Thacker). R.A. interviews our cohosts and panelists, one at a time, and this time it's Nick on the hot seat. Find out why Nick started writing, what he's working on, and how he deals with anxiety.
Their Screed is Greed | Is Jack Reacher Good Enough For Love?
June 14, 2021 • 35 MIN
Textbooks are expensive because… you know… the poor publishers have to… you know… make money. We guess? And are YOU a pretentious reader? Find out today on the show! - Ebook price fixing: https://www.bbc.com/news/business-54922764 - https://www.thebookseller.com/news/bookshoporg-urges-industry-back-indies-during-ibw-1259129 - https://www.newstatesman.com/culture/books/2020/12/bookshoporg-independent-bookshops-andy-hunter-waterstones - https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/stephaniemcneal/hayley-paige-jlm-lawsuit - https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/may/06/i-couldnt-be-with-someone-who-liked-jack-reacher-can-our-taste-in-books-help-us-find-love
Sharks On A Plane | Old Bearded White Guy Promises He’ll Finish Fantasy Series…
May 31, 2021 • 27 MIN
“Can we start over?” “No.” Thus begins one of the most iconic (well, one day it will be. You heard it here first) episodes of any podcast of all time. ...Okay, maybe not. BUT one of the most iconic book series of all time is, undoubtedly, Game of Thrones. We’ll talk about that today, of course. (Or maybe we’re talking about someone else?) - SWFA How to write action scenes: https://www.sfwa.org/2021/04/20/spec-fic-fu-how-to-make-aliens-and-robots-fight-better/ - Flight attendant sells book for seven figures: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/may/04/jaws-35000-feet-falling-torri-newman-debut-novel-terror-skies - https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/may/03/im-bursting-with-fiction-alan-moore-announces-five-volume-fantasy-epic?CMP=twt_books_b-gdnbooks - https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/may/04/gordon-mcculloch-92-year-old-grandfather-becomes-bestselling-poet - https://www.overdrive.com/apps/libby/
Disney Still Hates You | Will You Pay for Podcasts?
May 17, 2021 • 37 MIN
As podcasters ourselves, we'd love to get our hands on your money! But is that how the world will work? Apple is betting big on it... - More Disney Shenanigans: https://deadline.com/2021/04/predator-rights-original-screenwriters-sue-disney-1234735451/  - Apple Podcast for pay: https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2021/04/apple-leads-the-next-chapter-of-podcasting-with-apple-podcasts-subscriptions/  - Book Subscription updates: https://www.thepassivevoice.com/the-runaway-digital-subscription-train-shows-no-sign-of-slowing/ - How to name characters: https://www.thepassivevoice.com/naming-fictional-characters-10-tips-to-avoid-pitfalls/ - More Hugh Howey: https://hughhowey.com/writing-insights-part-one-becoming-a-writer/
Vella, Vellum, Voila! | Keeping It In the Family
May 11, 2021 • 39 MIN
Amazon breaks into* the short fiction game? *Not really, since Amazon pretty much makes the game... - Kindle Vella https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/digital/content-and-e-books/article/86072-amazon-debuts-self-published-kindle-vella-story-format-for-ios-devices.html - Collaborations & Support from Partner/Family https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/mar/13/my-father-was-famous-as-john-le-carre-my-mother-was-his-crucial-covert-collaborator - Hugh Howey Mega List of Tips (We’ll dissect a few of these from time to time. See if they still hold up true to today’s best practices) https://hughhowey.com/writing-insights-part-one-becoming-a-writer/
Amazon's A Jerk (Again) | How to Make Money with Short Fiction in 2021
May 3, 2021 • 35 MIN
Amazon's changing things up, but not really. Or maybe. We don't know. But they're kinda mean. Want to write short fiction and make more money from it? Listen to this. Links: - Amazon no longer supporting MOBI - “We listened to your feedback and are making it simpler to publish eBooks on Kindle. Starting June 28, 2021, we will no longer support files in MOBI, PRC or AZK formats when publishing new reflowable eBooks or updating the content for previously published eBooks. Instead, we ask publishers to use EPUB, KPF (Kindle Create files), or DOC/DOCX (Microsoft Word files) files for reflowable eBooks. Please note MOBI files are still accepted for fixed-layout eBooks.” - Amazon the Steamroller: https://www.thepassivevoice.com/how-amazon-wins-by-steamrolling-rivals-and-partners/ - How DWS makes a living (in 2021!) with short fiction: https://www.deanwesleysmith.com/making-a-living-with-short-fiction-2021/
To Pre- or Not to Pre- | The Future of Books
April 26, 2021 • 33 MIN
The current state of the pre-order game, and the future of writing (and selling) books Links: - Preorders: https://www.writtenwordmedia.com/the-authors-guide-to-ebook-pre-orders/ - The future: https://www.thepassivevoice.com/inkitt-raises-16m-led-by-kleiner-perkins-to-publish-crowdsourced-novels-in-mini-episodes/ - And more: https://indiesunlimited.com/2021/02/23/the-future-will-be-monthly-subscription-models-for-authors/ - https://www.theguardian.com/games/2021/mar/11/raven-leilani-luster-video-games-final-fantasy
Ol' Georgey | How to Waste Money on Book Trailers
April 19, 2021 • 33 MIN
What's George R. R. "Writes Too Slow" Martin up to? And should you invest in a book trailer? Links: - https://winteriscoming.net/2021/02/19/george-r-r-martin-bringing-roger-zalazny-fantasy-novel-roadmarks-hbo/
Super-Secret KDP Stuff | Editing, Schmediting
April 12, 2021 • 43 MIN
What's going on over at KDP these days? A super-secret beta program? How to edit, according to David Gaughran. Links: - KDP Super Secret Beta Program - https://bestfilmstime.com/books/the-great-gatsby-glut/ - https://davidgaughran.com/editing-a-book/ - Why you should sell global (from Fussy Librarian Email) - Kevin2nick.com
Be A Healthy Writer | The Noble Barnes
April 5, 2021 • 33 MIN
Is Barnes & Noble still relevant? Can they save themselves? How to stay healthy (as a writer) this year. Links: - https://goodereader.com/blog/digital-publishing/bn-may-reinvent-itself-and-it-could-save-bookstores - https://blog.acx.com/category/site-updates/ - https://selfpublishingadvice.org/how-audiobook-authors-are-paid-by-audible-acx/ - https://www.thecreativepenn.com/2021/01/04/healthy-writer-2021/ - https://bookbrush.com/6-myths-holding-you-back-in-your-writing-career/ - The Writer’s Well
The Pen Name Game | Amazon in the Hot Seat (Again)
March 29, 2021 • 38 MIN
Pen names beware - is Amazon outing you? Are they getting hit with ANOTHER price-fixing suit? What does it mean for authors? Links for this week’s episode: -https://www.hiddengemsbooks.com/amazon-outing-author-pen-names/ - One thing you CAN do, however, is opt out of receiving physical mail via your Amazon marketing communication preferences. - https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/publisher-news/article/85318-amazon-hit-with-e-book-price-fixing-suit.html - https://alinaleonova.net/blog/goodreads-scam - https://bookbrush.com/6-myths-holding-you-back-in-your-writing-career/
How to Go From $0 to $100k | Setting Goals
March 22, 2021 • 36 MIN
Can you really earn $100k from your writing? How can you approach goal setting in 2021? Find out on today's show!
What's the Deal With Disney? | Audio, ARCs, Awesomeness
March 15, 2021 • 31 MIN
Why did Disney stop paying royalties to the writer of Star Wars? How is that legal? New ideas in audiobooks, how to get more reviews from your ARCs (Advanced Reader Copies), and much more...
How to Fix Barnes & Noble | Is ACX Ripping Us Off (Probably)?
March 8, 2021 • 32 MIN
What's wrong with Barnes & Noble (and traditional booksellers)? Can these problems be solved? The ins and outs of audiobook royalties through Audible (hint: it ain't pretty). Are you healthy (as a writer)? Find out this and more today on the show!
The Gamification of Kindle | Facebook Enters the Newsletter Game
March 8, 2021 • 37 MIN
Is Amazon trying to make reading more fun? Is that even possible? What would a newsletter subscription service from Facebook even look like? Is any of this good (or bad) for authors? Find out today on the show...