The Author Revolution™ Podcast
Do you have a novel idea that's been floating around in your head for far too long? Maybe you've even started writing it, but it never really went anywhere... We've reached the indie author revolution, my friends, and it's time to talk honestly about how to step into our role as the author we know we're meant to become. The reality is, you've been afraid to move forward and I totally get it. I was there once, too. Maybe you're stuck because you feel like you have more to research - either on your story or on writing and publishing in general. Whatever the case might be, it's time to take ownership of your dreams and dive into imperfect action. You are listening to a podcast that promises to help you get clear on how to move forward, as well as hand over actionable tips on what you can do to get your novel published as quickly as possible, without sacrificing quality. The great news is, this process is also 100% repeatable. I can't wait for you to reach your full author potential. Let's go forth and start your author revolution! SUBSCRIBE & REVIEW Are you subscribed to my podcast? If not, I'd love for you to do so today because I'd hate for you to miss a single episode. We have big plans coming up and I know you'll want to listen to learn all you can from the experiences and author advice we're about to share. If you're feeling extra awesome today, I would be so thrilled if you'd share a review of the episode or show in general. Reviews help other listeners decide whether or not to have a listen, too. Plus, I totally enjoy reading them. Thank you so much for being an awesome listener!
Unlock Your Author Potential
October 20, 2021 • 12 MIN
It really doesn't get much better than the next couple of weeks. At least, not for indie authors! We're coming up on THREE massive events - from the Alliance of Independent Author's 2021 Self Publishing Advice Conference to our 3-Day Plan Your Series Challenge, and then of course NaNoWriMo - this is the PERFECT time to commit to your writing. In today's episode, we're talking about making the most of your author career by attending ALLi's #SelfPubCon21 October 23-24 and then Author Revolution's Live 3-Day Plan Your Series Challenge on October 25th! Be sure to check out the show notes by going to authorrevolution.org/103.
How “far” should you plan your series?
October 13, 2021 • 16 MIN
I get asked all the time about how far an indie author should plan out their series. The truth is, it's a little more complicated than that. There are actually THREE different types of series and knowing which one you have is going to help dictate your plan. In today's episode, we're talking about just how many books you should be planning out in your series--and more specifically, why the TYPE of series matters most. Have a listen! Be sure to check out the show notes by going to authorrevolution.org/102.
Preptober is Here! Get ready for NaNoWriMo 2021!
October 6, 2021 • 20 MIN
NaNoWriMo is right around the corner and October is the time to start getting our plans in gear. That's why it's affectionately dubbed, "Preptober." So if you're planning on taking on the NaNoWriMo challenge this year, you definitely need to listen to this episode! In today's episode, we're gearing up for Preptober and talking about the ways you can get yourself ready to take on the challenge of NaNoWriMo. Have a listen! Be sure to check out the show notes by going to authorrevolution.org/101.
Episode 100! It's Time for a Little Author Alchemy!
September 29, 2021 • 18 MIN
Do you ever wish you could bring just a little more magic into your author life? I do! I've been toying with the idea of bringing more fun, magic, mystery, and even meditation around having the author career I want. Well, it's time to have a revolution, folks! (heehee) In today's episode, not only are we celebrating 100 episodes of the Author Revolution Podcast, but we're also celebrating the birth of something new - Author Alchemy! Have a listen! Be sure to check out the show notes by going to authorrevolution.org/100.
Industry Expert Interview: Orna Ross
September 22, 2021 • 46 MIN
Have you heard of the Alliance of Independent Authors? Well, I have a treat for you. Not only am I speaking with a bestselling and award-winning indie author, but she's also the co-founder of Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi). Yes, that's right. In today's episode, I'm speaking with Orna Ross! Learn more about Orna's author journey, about the conception of ALLi, and even how we indie authors are truly needed to help steer the world toward more joy and love. It's a great episode. Have a listen! Be sure to check out the show notes by going to authorrevolution.org/99.
Hot Mess Coming Through! Creating Your Dream Author Career By Staying True to You
September 15, 2021 • 18 MIN
Being an indie author has evolved tremendously over the past few years. I can honestly say, the biggest game-changer I had was when I chose to alter my mindset. I chose to see success in a new light and it brought more joy and creativity flooding back. All because I chose to be more... me! In today's episode, I'm riffing off on what it means to be an indie author right now--including how it's changed over the past decade. I'm seeing a change in the wind and I'm calling out my fellow hot messes to stand up and take pride. Have a listen! Be sure to check out the show notes by going to authorrevolution.org/98.
Industry Expert Interview: Mark Leslie Lefebvre
September 8, 2021 • 56 MIN
When it comes to publishing wide, very few people are as knowledgeable as today's podcast guest. Not only was he the Director of Self-Publishing & Author Relations at Kobo, but he now works as the Director of Business Development at Draft-2-Digital. Yes, that's right... Mark Leslie Lefebvre is on the show! In today's episode, I'm talking with Mark Leslie Lefebvre about what it means to be a wide author. We talk about mindset, setting yourself up for success, and the main differences between Amazon and its competitors. Have a listen: Be sure to check out the show notes by going to authorrevolution.org/97.
The Audacity to Be Revolutionary
September 1, 2021 • 15 MIN
In the past decade, indie publishing revolutionized the way authors come at their careers. Gone are the gatekeepers, yes. But it doesn't mean we've done everything right. In fact, I'd say we have some work to do. In today's episode, I'm talking about what it means to be a badass, author revolutionary. In my opinion, we have an obligation to change the course of indie authorship toward one that involves more royalties, sure. But more balance and long-term sustainability, too. Click here to have a listen: Be sure to check out the show notes by going to authorrevolution.org/96.
New Rapid Release Strategy for WIDE Authors
August 25, 2021 • 17 MIN
For most authors, learning to master Amazon as a publishing platform first before adding anything else into the mix makes the most sense. But what if you're not a fan of Amazon? Or if you want to be a wide author from the get-go? Well... In today's episode, I'm laying out a new strategy for utilizing rapid releasing for authors who want to be WIDE. It's one that I plan to use when I launch a new series in 2022, but it's one you might want to start implementing today. Have a listen! Be sure to check out the show notes by going to https://authorrevolution.org/95.
What is Amazon A+ Content?
August 18, 2021 • 17 MIN
Amazon has recently given authors a new tool to format their book's sales page to make it more appealing to readers. If you've ever seen books with a "From the Publisher" section that has a ton more options for images and content, you know what I'm talking about. In today's episode, I'm discussing Amazon's A+ Content and what it means for indie authors. If you'd like to learn more about this new way to format your book's sales page on Amazon, have a listen! Be sure to check out the show notes by going to authorrevolution.org/94.
Is Perfectionism Keeping Your Author Career Stuck?
August 11, 2021 • 15 MIN
I've seen it time and time again... Authors never getting past the planning phase because they don't feel ready. Their plan isn't perfect. There truly is no such thing as perfect, but all too often, we find ourselves locked in by our idea of perfection. This, in turn, keeps us striving, but never really arriving at our destination. It's time to break through all of that. In today's episode, I'm discussing perfectionism and how it actually keeps us STUCK rather than doing the thing we want to do most. Plus, get some tips on moving past it so you can become the author you were always meant to be. Have a listen! Be sure to check out the show notes by going to authorrevolution.org/93.
Decluttering Your Life to Make Room for BIG THINGS
August 4, 2021 • 17 MIN
Sometimes we keep people, groups, and things in our lives longer than we really should. In trying to declutter my own life so I can bring in more of the stuff that lights me up, I've had to make some tough decisions. Luckily, I really do believe that when one door closes, another door opens. Or in my case, opens wider... In today's episode, I'm talking about my own experience and recent personal breakthrough in decluttering. It wasn't an easy goodbye, but it's one that I have no doubt will increase my productivity and creativity. And I know you can learn from the lesson, too. Have a listen. Be sure to check out the show notes by going to authorrevolution.org/92.
The Grieving Author's Guide to Writing
July 28, 2021 • 13 MIN
Life has a funny way of changing plans and making us rethink things. This past week, I lost a dear friend of mine to cancer and it's impacted me in more ways than I can count. As much as we'd like to believe we can carry on, sometimes we need to honor where we are. In today's episode, I'm going to be talking about grief and how to deal with it when it impacts your writing. It's not always easy, but we authors are pretty special. Our superpower is healing through the power of our words. Have a listen: Be sure to check out the show notes by going to authorrevolution.org/91.
How to Write A Series Outline
July 21, 2021 • 21 MIN
One of the questions I get asked all the time is: How do you write a series outline? There's a lot of info out on the interwebs that can overcomplicate it. You shouldn't have to spend weeks or months planning it out or doing character development. There's an easier way. In today's episode, we're going through my process to getting a 4-book series mapped out in less time than you might think. If you've been wanting to start your prolific author career, this is a must-listen episode. Be sure to check out the show notes by going to authorrevolution.org/90.
Is Self Publishing Profitable? Carissa’s Top 3 Tips
July 14, 2021 • 19 MIN
A lot of authors come into the self publishing world, hoping they can earn some decent money. Others, though, question whether or not being profitable is even possible. In today's episode, we're going to talk about whether or not self publishing can actually be profitable. PLUS get my tips on how to increase profitability, if you feel yours is too low. Have a listen! Be sure to check out the show notes by going to authorrevolution.org/89.
Industry Expert Interview: Amanda Rose
July 7, 2021 • 27 MIN
Having the right mindset really is key to ultimate success. As indie authors, some of us have the right mindset in place, while others struggle with it a bit. Regardless of which camp you fall into, getting clear on where your mindset is will help you stay on track. In today's episode, I got to interview Amanda Rose, CEO of The Infinite Power of You, Inc. She's a business and mindset coach, as well as a prolific author herself. She's here to talk to us about why having the right mindset can put you on the path to success. Have a listen! Be sure to check out the show notes by going to authorrevolution.org/88.
Creating More Freedom In Your Writing Life
June 30, 2021 • 20 MIN
It's almost July 4th weekend here in the US and I've been thinking a lot about what "freedom" means to me as an author. I want more financial freedom and more freedom to write what I want to write. In today's episode, we're discussing what freedom means to us and how to make room for MORE freedom in our author lives. Are you ready? Have a listen now: Be sure to check out the show notes by going to authorrevolution.org/87.
Does Your Writing Space Scream Prolific Author?
June 23, 2021 • 18 MIN
When I first started writing I pretty much wrote from anywhere. My bed, the counter, a coffee shop. But as I grew as an author, I learned the power of a designated writing space. In today's episode, we're talking all about writing spaces. In specific, why we authors need a designated space and how it can drastically improve our writing and creative life. Ready? Have a listen now: Be sure to check out the show notes by going to authorrevolution.org/86.
The Prolific Author – Does Mindset Really Matter?
June 16, 2021 • 22 MIN
Being a prolific writer means writing and publishing our works consistently. But sometimes, we get hung up on negative self-talk, limiting beliefs, and even self-sabotage when we don't mean to. In today's episode, I'm taking a deep dive into author mindset and why it matters. It's time we get past all of the stuff that holds us back from greatness. Are you ready to be prolific? Listen now! Be sure to check out the show notes by going to authorrevolution.org/85.
Industry Expert Interview: Cary Richards at Infostack
June 9, 2021 • 26 MIN
Have you been stalling out on your author progress or feeling like you need some new tools to make your author life easier? If so, you're going to want to perk your ears and listen to today's episode! There's a special deal inside that only lasts until June 15th, so don't miss it! In today's episode, I'm chatting with Infostack Founder, Cary Richards. Write Publish Profit 4.0 launched yesterday (June 8th) and it's an author bundle chock full of online courses, books, and software every indie needs in their arsenal. Be sure to check out the show notes by going to authorrevolution.org/84.
The Truth About Self-Editing
June 2, 2021 • 20 MIN
Authors are often told that they really need to invest in good editing. While that can certainly be true, does the rule apply to everyone? What happens is you're the type of author who already writes clean? Can you self-edit your books rather than hire it out? In today's episode, I'm discussing the truth behind self-editing and why some authors need to embrace the idea of self-editing (and how I go about doing it). Have a listen! Be sure to check out the show notes by going to authorrevolution.org/83.
Stress & Trauma: Creativity’s Nemesis
May 26, 2021 • 18 MIN
The past year has amped up stress levels, big time. Pretty much everyone, everywhere is stressed out. But what happens when you're a creative - like an author? It can mean writer's block and your creativity going out the window. In today's episode, we're going to be talking about what stress and trauma do to the brain, how it affects our creativity, and what we can do to negate it ... Or get back on track. Have a listen! Be sure to check out the show notes by going to authorrevolution.org/82.
Industry Expert Interview: Dave Chesson Talks Atticus
May 19, 2021 • 38 MIN
In today's episode, I talked with Dave Chesson, founder of Kindlepreneur, Publisher Rocket, and now Atticus - a software app designed to help writers keep everything in one place. If you're an author looking for a smarter tool to write, edit, and even design your layouts in, you won't want to miss this episode. Have a listen!
Carissa’s Recommended Rapid Release Launch Strategies
May 12, 2021 • 16 MIN
Deciding on a launch strategy for your books can be difficult. When you first start looking into rapid releasing, it seems like everyone is dropping books left, right, and center. But should you really be launching books a month apart? In today's episode, we're talking all about the two rapid release launch strategies I recommend. We're talking about the pros and cons of both and how to best leverage them. Have a listen! Be sure to check out the show notes by going to authorrevolution.org/80.
Industry Expert Interview: Joanna Penn
May 5, 2021 • 51 MIN
In today's episode, I had the privilege of talking with Joanna Penn - host of The Creative Penn Podcast, fiction and nonfiction author, and futurist. We talked about her journey and where she envisions the indie author space heading as artificial intelligence starts to play more of a role in our author lives. Have a listen!
What is Amazon’s New Kindle Vella and Should Authors Join?
April 28, 2021 • 15 MIN
In today's episode, we're talking about Amazon's new Kindle Vella serialized fiction platform: what it is and who should use it. I'll also be talking about the royalty rates authors can expect and the hidden fees Amazon is glossing over. Have a listen!
USAT Bestselling Author Interview: Kel Carpenter
April 21, 2021 • 47 MIN
In my opinion, indie authors are never truly in competition with one another. In fact, we can learn so much about our own writing and journey by listening to the journey of other indie authors. Particularly, those indies in the same genre. In today's episode, I'm talking with USAT Bestselling indie author, Kel Carpenter! We talk about her journey to indie publishing and how her first book convinced her to keep going. Plus, she gives some advice to new indies wanting to make waves. Have a listen! Be sure to check out the show notes by going to authorrevolution.org/77.
Why Rapid Release Authors Should Hire a PA Early in Their Author Career
April 14, 2021 • 23 MIN
Authors are notorious for being introverts and lone wolves. Often, this mentality can make reaching success in their author careers much harder than it needs to be. On the other hand, sometimes it's really just hard to ask for help. However, as a rapid-release author, there's often too much for one person to take on. So what's an author to do? Hire a PA, of course! In today's episode, I'm talking about all the ways a personal assistant can help an author free up time, expand their reach, and earn more. Click here to have a listen! Be sure to check out the show notes by going to authorrevolution.org/76.
Industry Expert Interview: Bryan Cohen (Best Page Forward | Amazon Ad School)
April 7, 2021 • 43 MIN
If you've been in the indie author space, chances are, you've already heard of today's guest. He's known as the book blurb guy, the ad guy, and the co-host of the Sell More Books Show. Yes, that's right... In today's podcast episode, I'm talking with Bryan Cohen, author, CEO of Best Page Forward, and founder of the Amazon Ad School. We talk about his journey, why book descriptions matter, and how to get in on the latest Amazon Ad Profit Challenge. Have a listen! Be sure to check out the show notes by going to authorrevolution.org/75.
CASE STUDY: Bookbub Featured Deal v Freebooksy Series Promo
March 31, 2021 • 18 MIN
Authors are always looking for the best way to feature their books so they can gain attention, attract readers, and ultimately, get them sales. We've been discussing promo stacking, but last week I put FreeBooksy's Series Promo to the test to see if it's worth all the hype. In today's podcast episode, I'm going over the results from the past week's stacked promos for the Windhaven Witches. And in specific, the Freebooksy Series Promo and how it compares to last year's BookBub Featured Deal. The results might surprise you. Be sure to check out the show notes by going to authorrevolution.org/74.
Deviating from the Plan: Is it Ever Okay to Cancel or Postpone Launches?
March 24, 2021 • 22 MIN
Fear can get in the way of a lot of things. For example, it can keep you from reaching your true potential and getting your books out there. Maybe you don't put books up on preorder or launch them as fast as you could. But what happens when you make those plans with the best intentions, only to have something fall through? In today's podcast episode, I'll be discussing the topic many authors are afraid of - postponing or canceling a launch. Is there ever a time when this is okay? Or should you force yourself through just to appease your readers? Find out my take on this subject by having a listen. Be sure to check out the show notes by going to authorrevolution.org/73.
Industry Expert Interview: Ryan Zee (Plottr | BookSweeps)
March 17, 2021 • 27 MIN
For many new authors, the idea of plotting is a bit cringeworthy. We're creatives and our creativity can't be contained! Or can it? I was a pantser at first and I can honestly tell you that plotting changed my author world for the better. It can do the same for you, too. In today's podcast episode, I'm interviewing Ryan Zee from Plottr and BookSweeps. If you're never heard of Plottr before, you'll definitely want to listen up. Not only do we talk about this incredibly powerful plotting program, but how to use it in some nontraditional ways, as well. Check it out! Be sure to check out the show notes by going to authorrevolution.org/72.
The Truth About Reading in Your Genre
March 10, 2021 • 17 MIN
Most authors, at least, most that I've talked to, are also readers. However, one interesting thing that happens when they start writing... they stop reading! Why is this? Most of the time, it comes down to fear. They're afraid their own work might be "tainted" or they could accidentally plagiarize. In today's podcast episode, I want to talk about reading in our own genre. Should we be doing it? Or is it a minefield for potential lawsuits? Well, I'll let you be the judge. ;) Be sure to check out the show notes by going to authorrevolution.org/71.
Industry Expert Interview: Clayton Noblit (Written Word Media)
March 3, 2021 • 33 MIN
All of us indie authors wonder what the magic bullet is for making our books and career more successful. What it is may (or maybe not) surprise you. One thing's for sure, it means getting your mindset in the right place so you can make it happen. In today's podcast episode, I'm interviewing Clayton Noblit, Written Word Media's Digital Marketing Manager. Not only do they run successful promo sites like Freebooksy and Bargainbooksy - but they've also done some invaluable surveys on the indie author community. Trust me, you need to know what they're all about. Have a listen! Be sure to check out the show notes by going to authorrevolution.org/70.
Industry Expert Interview: David Gaughran
February 24, 2021 • 50 MIN
Have you been thinking about your 2021 marketing strategies yet? There are a number of levers an indie author can use from free books to promo sites and, of course, paid advertising. In today's podcast episode, I'm interviewing indie author and marketing guru, David Gaughran. We'll be diving into indie author marketing topics like promo stacking, free books versus 99 cent deals, and much more. You definitely won't want to miss it! Be sure to check out the show notes by going to authorrevolution.org/69.
Joss Whedon: Separating Creator From Creation
February 17, 2021 • 21 MIN
One of my writerly idols, Joss Whedon, has undergone a scandal this past week that I don't think he's ever going to rebound from. At least, not in the eyes of those - like me - who admired his work. In today's podcast episode, I'm talking about how we, as authors, can take a good hard look at the scandal that's broken with Joss Whedon and ask ourselves some hard questions. For example, can (or should) we separate creator from creation? And if so what impact does that have for us? Be sure to check out the show notes by going to authorrevolution.org/68.
What Does it Take to Make Consistent Author Income?
February 10, 2021 • 17 MIN
Have you ever looked at other indies and wondered how they seem to make so much money? Or maybe you've even thought to yourself that you must be missing something because you're still not earning what you think you should be... In today's podcast episode, we're talking about the three pillars you need to have in place to make consistent author royalties month after month. If you're an author who's been wondering why your royalties are so low, this is an episode you don't want to miss. Be sure to check out the show notes by going to authorrevolution.org/67.
How to Leverage a 6-Week Writing Sprint
February 3, 2021 • 20 MIN
Almost everyone knows what a writing sprint is. Generally, it's where you set a timer and write for an allotted time. Most often 15 or 20 minutes. However, at Author Revolution, we like to leverage a 6-week writing sprint to hammer out a clean, but completed, first draft. Think of it like NaNoWriMo - but implemented whenever and way more sustainable. In today's podcast episode, we're going to talk about why a 6-week writing sprint is super effective, plus how to implement it into your 2021 writing process. If you're looking for how to make the magic of rapid releasing work for you... you won't want to miss this episode! Be sure to check out the show notes by going to authorrevolution.org/66.
Using Plottr to Plan Your 2021 Rapid Release Series
January 27, 2021 • 18 MIN
Indie authors are notorious for flying by the seat of our pants. However, if there's one thing I know to be true, it's that you're far more successful when you plan your successes. That's why today I want to talk about editorial calendars and how to use a slightly different tool for mastering your year's releases. In today's podcast episode, we're going over how to use the tool Plottr as a Gantt Chart to help plan out your year's worth of book releases. It can help you easily see at a glance how your year will work in terms of writing and publishing your books. Be sure to check out the show notes by going to authorrevolution.org/65.
The #1 Mindset Shift Indie Authors Need to Make
January 20, 2021 • 14 MIN
For years, indie authors have touted that earning a fantastic income from our writing is just a stone's throw away. You can be making great money right away. But over the years, that's really become the stuff of legends. It's time to bust the myth and take on a different mindset. In today's podcast episode, we're going to be talking about the mindset shift indie authors really need to start taking on. Not only will it normalize a long-game approach to our careers, but it'll also help alleviate any fears of failure, thanks to comparisonitis. Be sure to check out the show notes by going to authorrevolution.org/64.
Interview with Scifi Author Paul Heingarten
January 13, 2021 • 63 MIN
Nothing motivates us more than hearing about the stories of authors who are in our indie author space. It can encourage us, inspire us, and even humble us in knowing we're not alone - and exactly where we need to be. In today's podcast episode, my good friend Paul Heingarten joins me for an interview. In it, we talk about his journey as an indie author, what inspires and motivates him--as well as the challenges he's working at overcoming for 2021. Have a listen! Be sure to check out the show notes by going to authorrevolution.org/63.
How to Make Your 2021 Better Than Your 2020
January 6, 2021 • 16 MIN
There are a ton of things indie authors could be focusing their time on. It seems like the list is never-ending. However, if there's one thing that 2020 taught us, it's that we have the power to craft our reality if we so choose. In today's podcast episode, I'm laying out 5 tips to start your 2021 off on the right foot. These are things you can start right now today, too. So, enjoy! Be sure to check out the show notes by going to authorrevolution.org/62.
Why You Should Do a 2020 Year in Review
December 30, 2020 • 11 MIN
I don't typically take a whole lot of time to sit and review all the things I've done. But I have learned over the years that taking a beat to remind myself how far I've come can motivate me and keep me moving forward. (Especially when it feels like I'm not making enough progress.) In today's podcast episode, we're going to talk about doing a "year in review" and why it's important to take a beat to celebrate your successes. Be sure to check out the show notes by going to authorrevolution.org/61.
Carissa’s End of 2020 Pendomus BookBub Check-in
December 23, 2020 • 13 MIN
In January, I had my first ever BookBub Featured Deal. In episode 14, I went into the details of the results from that deal and promised to come back at the end of the year with an update. So guess what... here we are! In today's podcast episode, we're going to take a look at Pendomus' sales over the course of the year and compare it to its last year in KU (2018). The results overall were kind of surprising. Be sure to check out the show notes by going to authorrevolution.org/60.
How Do We Craft a Lifelong Indie Author Career?
December 16, 2020 • 20 MIN
Being an indie author is hard enough without the stress and overwhelm of feeling like you have to constantly be writing and releasing your books. If you know me, you know I love a good rapid release strategy, but it's time for some tough love. In today's podcast episode, we're taking on the indie author myth that publishing a book a month is the way to go. Instead, we'll be talking about a different tactic and how to create a sustainable rapid release strategy that can set you up for a lifetime of writing. Be sure to check out the show notes by going to authorrevolution.org/59.
Books Are Like Christmas Trees
December 9, 2020 • 19 MIN
It's almost Christmas and I can't stop thinking about how our books are a lot like Christmas trees... You know, they're evergreen. They have so much potential and just because a single launch didn't go as planned, it doesn't mean you've got a bad book on your hands. In today's podcast episode, we're talking about the evergreen capabilities a book has...and how to leverage them when they aren't doing as well as we'd like. Want to start earning from your backlist? Start listening now! Be sure to check out the show notes by going to authorrevolution.org/58.
Is There Such a Thing as Sustainable Rapid Release?
December 2, 2020 • 15 MIN
To many authors, the idea of rapid releasing their novels is stress-inducing - and for good reason. There are a lot of moving parts. Some authors proclaim rapid releasing a book a month is the only way. But what if it isn't? In today's podcast episode, let's discuss the concept of sustainable rapid releasing. Is it possible? Or is it just a pipe dream? Let's find out! Be sure to check out the show notes by going to authorrevolution.org/57.
Getting Organized for 2021
November 25, 2020 • 21 MIN
We authors are in a unique position to make the most of the pandemic's work-from-home orders. Our content can be created literally anywhere and as it turns out, readers are buying more books, too! In today's podcast episode, I'm discussing the importance of having a publishing plan and the crucial items I plan for when gearing up for a new year. It's time to get motivated and inspired! Ready? Be sure to check out the show notes by going to authorrevolution.org/56.
5 Mid-NaNoWriMo Catch-Up Tips
November 18, 2020 • 14 MIN
It's time for a mid-NaNoWriMo check-in! How are you holding up? Are you hitting your word count goals? Or are you like me... totally missing the mark? In today's podcast episode, I'm discussing 5 tips to help you get refocused and back on track with your NaNoWriMo goals. There might even be a bonus tip in there, too. Are you ready? Be sure to check out the show notes by going to authorrevolution.org/55.
Carissa’s 2020 Vacation Plan & Why You Need One Too
November 11, 2020 • 16 MIN
Do you have a plan for your author career? What about a plan for just next year? 2021 has the potential to be awesome, but take it from me, you don't want to get lost in the process. In today's podcast episode, we're talking about creating a vacation calendar and making sure you take time off. Even authors need a break to boost their creativity and enjoyment in what they do. Start listening and get inspired for the possibilities that lay ahead in 2021. Be sure to check out the show notes by going to authorrevolution.org/54.
Talking Author Email Marketing with Stephen Gordon
November 4, 2020 • 52 MIN
Have you ever wondered how to use email marketing as an author? Whether you have zero books or a hundred, the best time to start your email list is yesterday. It is the single most effective tool in your author tool chest when it comes to converting people into readers. In today's episode, I'm talking with Email Marketing Superstars CEO, Stephen Gordon about how authors can best utilize their email lists. You definitely don't want to miss this one! Be sure to check out the show notes by going to authorrevolution.org/53.
1 Year of the Author Revolution Podcast
October 28, 2020 • 14 MIN
It's hard to believe, but it's officially been a full year since I started the Author Revolution Podcast! In honor of its first birthday, we're highlighting some of the most sought after episodes. In today's episode, I'm going over the top 10 Author Revolution Podcast episodes, just in case you may have missed one of the good ones. There are a few surprises in there, for sure. Stay tuned! Be sure to check out the show notes by going to authorrevolution.org/52.
3 Preptober Novel Writing Tips to Get Ready for NaNoWriMo
October 21, 2020 • 11 MIN
NaNoWriMo is almost here and we're in the home stretch for Preptober. But...is it too late if you haven't started? In today's episode, I'll be going over the 3 Preptober Tips to get your novel ready to rock and roll, come November 1st. You still have time to join NaNoWriMo, my friend. Have a listen and see for yourself. Be sure to check out the show notes by going to authorrevolution.org/51.
How Do You Test the Rapid Release Waters?
October 14, 2020 • 11 MIN
The concept of rapid releasing can be scary for some authors. The idea of writing and publishing multiple books a year just seems slightly out of their reach. But what if you could start off a little slower? Dip your toe into those waters? In today's episode, we'll be talking about how to ease into the concept of rapid releasing with a single trick. It might not be quite what you're expecting, either. Have a listen today to find out what it is!
The 20 Hats of Indie Authors
October 7, 2020 • 27 MIN
Indie authors are badasses. Not only do we write with the best of them, but we wear a bazillion hats, too. Okay, so admittedly, it's more like 20 or so, but still! That's a lot of hats! In today's episode, we're piecing apart all the distinct hats indies authors wear and what each one does. That way, we have a clear picture going forward with our author careers. Ready? Be sure to check out the show notes by going to authorrevolution.org/49.
Carissa's 1st Solo List-Aiming Results
September 30, 2020 • 17 MIN
The list-aim results are in for Carissa's first-ever solo list-aiming attempt. Did it provide the results she was hoping for? Or did all the hard work miss its mark? In today's episode, we'll be talking all about the results, as well as go over some tips and tricks in terms of keeping your sanity while you wait for the results. Plus, how to handle the news when it finally comes in. Ready?
List-Aiming 2020 (Hindsight, that is!)
September 23, 2020 • 27 MIN
Secret Legacy's list-aim launch week is finally over. It's been a year in the making to get here. So, did everything go as planned? Or did things fall apart? In today's episode, I'm going to use hindsight to our advantage and tell you what worked and what didn't work for the list-aim launch. Listen now! Be sure to check out the show notes by going to authorrevolution.org/47.
Kicking Book Launch Anxiety to the Curb
September 9, 2020 • 21 MIN
Launch weeks can be extremely stressful. There's a lot to think about and even more to be doing. Because of this, most authors either go completely crazy or they wing the whole thing entirely. In this week's podcast episode, we're going to talk about 7 tips to keep your stress levels down and maintain your sanity during a book launch. You ready? Be sure to check out the show notes by going to authorrevolution.org/46.
Talking Author Automations with Special Guest Stephen Gordon
September 2, 2020 • 51 MIN
There are always things we can automate. When we're thinking of rapid releasing, this becomes paramount. But where do we begin? In today's episode, I'm talking to special guest, Stephen Gordon. He's the founder of Email Marketing Superstars and known in the online marketing space as the "automations guy." He delivers some insightful tips on how to bring automations to your author business.  Be sure to check out the show notes by going to authorrevolution.org/45.
List-Aiming with a Rapid Release Series
August 26, 2020 • 32 MIN
You want to be a bestselling author, right? Have you dreamed about having NYT Bestselling Author beside your name, but you're not sure how you're going to get there? In today's episode, I'm talking about list-aiming your book or series so it can hit the USAT or NYT Bestseller lists. We'll be including information on what guidelines you need to qualify, as well as the details from my list-aim for Secret Legacy so far. Be sure to check out the show notes by going to authorrevolution.org/44.
Carissa's Best Analogy for Wrapping Your Head Around Rapid Releasing
August 19, 2020 • 18 MIN
Rapid releasing can be a love/hate scenario. Some authors love the challenge, while others hate the frantic pace. But for new authors who have never heard of it - or are maybe even afraid of it - what's the best analogy to help them understand the work involved? In today's episode, I'm talking all about the best way to view the synergy of rapid releasing in the simplest of terms. Start listening now to find out what analogy works best.
Which Platform Should You Focus on to Rapid Release?
August 12, 2020 • 11 MIN
If you're thinking about giving rapid releasing a try, you're probably wondering which platforms would make the most sense, too. Don't make things harder on yourself than they need to be. You'll want to focus on the one with the biggest bang for your buck. In today's episode, let's talk about the best platforms to use and when or where to leverage the others. Because there's a time and a place for everything. Ready? Be sure to check out the show notes by going to authorrevolution.org/42.
Can Hiring a PA Increase Your Publishing Speed?
August 5, 2020 • 45 MIN
Are you struggling to keep up with all the stuff an indie author has to do? What if you could actually get some help? Would you take it? Now, before you ask what's the catch, I'm talking about hiring your very own PA (or personal assistant). No, it's not as out of reach as you might think. In fact, it just might help you increase your publishing speed AND your royalties, too. In today's episode, I'm interviewing my own PA, Jenny Bodle. You won't want to miss this.
Carissa's Tips for Juggling Kids and Writing
July 29, 2020 • 23 MIN
We love our kids to death, but how do we find time to write when they want to so much of our time? Do we have to wait until they leave the nest? Or sneak in time during the wee hours of the morning, or late hours of the night? In today's episode, I'm dropping 11 tips and tricks I've learned over the past six years of working exclusively from home - with five kids in the house. Be sure to check out the show notes by going to authorrevolution.org/40.
How Do We Avoid Rapid Release Burnout?
July 22, 2020 • 19 MIN
Rapid Release authors are notoriously dedicated to their craft. They know how to get words on the page and get those words published on the web. But what happens when all this productivity bites you in the butt? In today's episode, it's time to talk about rapid release burnout - and the best ways to avoid it. If you don't take precautions in order to stay balanced, it can be detrimental to your health and wellbeing. Be sure to check out the show notes by going to authorrevolution.org/39.
Sometimes You Just Need a Break
July 15, 2020 • 3 MIN
This week, the Author Revolution podcast will be on hiatus while my family and I go camping. I was looking at my crazy schedule and decided a week off from the podcast wouldn't kill anyone. (However, I couldn't just walk away without warning you first!) So have a quick listen on what we're doing and why and I'll be back, same time, same place next week! :D
What's the #1 Thing You Gotta Nail in a Rapid Release Series?
July 8, 2020 • 18 MIN
Are planning on giving rapid release a try? If so, there is one thing that you're going to want to nail before it launches. Otherwise, you could end up with a womp womp launch. In today's episode, we're going to be talking about the #1 thing that can make or break your series. What it is, why it's important, and 5 ways you can make it rock. Ready? Be sure to check out the show notes by going to authorrevolution.org/37.
Carissa’s Top 10 Work Smarter, Not Harder Tips for Rapid Releasers
July 1, 2020 • 23 MIN
With it being summer, it's harder to want to stick to our publishing schedules. What if we could have it all? Rapid release and still have some time outside in the sun? In today's episode, we talk about Carissa's top 10 tips to help rapid release authors work smarter, not harder. They're easy and actionable and you can put them to use starting today. Be sure to check out the show notes by going to authorrevolution.org/36.
Should You Ever Stop Writing a Series that’s Not Working?
June 24, 2020 • 19 MIN
Have you ever struggled so much with a series that you wondered whether or not you should just stop writing a series altogether? You're not alone. In today's episode, we talk about the 7 reasons you should opt-out of a series and start writing something else. We'll also go over 6 tips to consider BEFORE you call it quits. Be sure to check out the show notes by going to authorrevolution.org/35.
Do Covers Matter if You Rapid Release?
June 17, 2020 • 29 MIN
When you're a rapid release author, some aspects of our marketing and publishing get condensed or shifted off to the side. In today's episode, we'll dive into the topic of whether or not covers matter in rapid released series. We'll also touch on tips to design your own covers or tips to working with a new cover designer. You won't want to miss it. Be sure to check out the show notes by going to authorrevolution.org/34.
How Authors Can Make a Difference in the World
June 10, 2020 • 11 MIN
Our world is a colorful one. As authors, we can make the world a better place by celebrating our differences and highlighting the beauty all around us. In today's episode, we talk about three big ways authors can make an impact in the world by celebrating diversity and supporting the causes that are forward-thinking. Be sure to check out the show notes by going to authorrevolution.org/33.
We Are All One Race - The Human Race
June 3, 2020 • 2 MIN
There's a lot weighing on my mind right now, my friend. In honor of #BlackoutTuesday and in standing in solidarity, the Author Revolution Podcast is taking a deliberate beat to pause, think about things, and determine a better course of action that will help be the change I wish to see in the world. To my broths and sisters of color - Author Revolution (and I, Carissa Andrews) - stand in solidarity with you.
Do Word Count Goals Matter with Rapid Releasing?
May 27, 2020 • 20 MIN
Nothing is more important to a rapid release author than writing consistently. One of the best ways to do that is to have clear deadlines and word count goals. Are you using them? In today's episode, we're going to talk about word counts – why they matter, how to leverage them, and when to ignore the rules. Most importantly, we'll also determine how they're important when Rapid Releasing. Be sure to check out the show notes by going to authorrevolution.org/31.
What Does Clarity of Vision Have to Do with Rapid Releasing?
May 20, 2020 • 15 MIN
Being a driven author who wants to make a difference in the world with our writing can be hard. Not only that, but without understanding why we write and how to reach our goals, rapid releasing may put some undue stress on us. In today's episode, we're going to get some much-needed clarity, my friend. Not only that, but we're going to talk about why it's important and how to go about getting it. You ready? Be sure to check out the show notes by going to authorrevolution.org/30.
Why it’s Crucial to Invest in a Series for Rapid Releasing
May 13, 2020 • 16 MIN
Getting to our author goal of 22-28 books to help us earn a full time living from our writing isn't easy. However, some decisions you make can make your life easier on the road to getting there. In today's episode, we're talking all about why a series is crucial when you rapid release, as well as how to test the market for your series concept, and when to know if you need to cut a series loose to start a new one. Be sure to check out the show notes by going to authorrevolution.org/29.
The Rapid Release Author’s Guide to Finding Your Ideal Readers
May 6, 2020 • 18 MIN
Are you hustling your buns off, trying to get sales for your books, only to manage a few crickets? Meanwhile, other authors in your genre are killing it? What gives? In today's episode, we're talking about identifying your ideal readers, as well as how to go about wooing them (along with other authors) to help you increase your exposure. You ready? Be sure to check out the show notes by going to authorrevolution.org/28.
Co-Authors & Ghostwriters: Collaborations for Rapid Releasing
April 29, 2020 • 15 MIN
Have you been thinking about rapid releasing, but just not sure how you're going to write and publish books so quickly? Collaborations through co-writing or ghostwriters just might be your golden ticket, my friend.  In today's episode, we're talking about a strategy that has the potential to put your stories or author platform on the map. Or at the very least, increase your speed to publication. Are you ready? Be sure to check out the show notes by going to authorrevolution.org/27.
Rapid Releasing: What's Timing Got to Do With It?
April 22, 2020 • 18 MIN
Have you been thinking about rapid releasing, but not quite sure when to start launching your books? Are you trying to hit a bestseller list or get in the good graces with a new cover designer?  In today's episode, we're going to talk all about other timing considerations you should think about as you plan out your rapid release strategy. Everything from NYT/USAT Bestseller considerations to whether super rapid releasing is better.   authorrevolution.org/26.
The Author’s Ultimate Guide to Writing Productivity During COVID-19
April 15, 2020 • 22 MIN
The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically altered the way our world works. Authors everywhere are either throwing themselves into their work or they're burying their heads in the sand.  In today's episode, I want to give you some alternatives to writerly productivity amidst the coronavirus inspired quarantines. I have 9 tips and most of them might surprise you. Are you ready to get inspired? Have a listen now.  Be sure to check out the show notes by going to authorrevolution.org/25.
Let's Start Taking Imperfect Action
April 8, 2020 • 12 MIN
Is perfectionism holding you back from moving forward? Are you trying to get every duck lined up before you can make a leap? If so, you could be killing your author career.  In today's podcast episode, we're talking about taking big, bold moves by leaning on the idea of taking imperfect action. What does that mean? Listen to today's episode to find out.  Be sure to check out the show notes by going to authorrevolution.org/24.
Why You're Not Writing Your Next Book (And What You Can Do About It)
April 1, 2020 • 18 MIN
Are you thinking about taking on Rapid Releasing? Still writing your first book and wondering when to let it go and move on? If either of these scenarios sound like you, this episode is just what you need.  In today's podcast episode, we're talking all about how to know when it's time to cut one book loose and move on to the next one. In Rapid Releasing, this concept gets easier. Have a listen now to find out why.  Be sure to check out the show notes by going to authorrevolution.org/23.
How Many Books Do You Have to Write to Make Money with Fiction?
March 25, 2020 • 20 MIN
Are you a new author, wondering why you aren't yet making millions with your writing? Or perhaps you're new to the indie author space & want to know how many books you'll need before you quit your day job. Well, you've come to the right place. In today's podcast episode, we're taking a closer look at a survey produced by Written Word Media. If you've been struggling as an indie author, you might want to think again & have a listen.  Check out the show notes by going to authorrevolution.org/22.
Synergy in the Life of a Rapid Release Author
March 18, 2020 • 17 MIN
Rapid releasing a series of books is not for the timid author, that's for sure. It takes a lot of prepping, planning, and contemplating (and yes, all at the same time). In today's podcast episode, we're talking about the synergy of doing all the things as a rapid release author. That means, prepping, planning, writing, post-production, marketing. All of it.  Be sure to check out the show notes by going to authorrevolution.org/21.
When Book Launches Bomb: Busting the Myth of Overnight Success
March 11, 2020 • 24 MIN
Have you ever gotten to an anticipated book launch and felt a little disappointed when it was all over? Maybe you didn't get the sales you had hoped, or the buzz around the book wasn't stellar... In today's podcast episode, we're talking about the best way to evaluate your book launch and how to get over disappointment when things don't go according to plan. Be sure to check out the show notes by going to authorrevolution.org/20.
Can a Rapid Released Novel Be Any Good?
March 4, 2020 • 23 MIN
Have you ever wondered whether or not a book that's written and published quickly can be any good? Have you been letting this thought hold you back from finishing your book and getting it out into the world? In today's podcast episode, I have a special guest joining me to talk about this idea. Colin Andrews is not only my husband, but he's also a writer. In fact, it's how we met. Together, we discuss what makes a good story and if rapid releasing can still mean good fiction. 
The 3 Acts Versus the 4 Quarters in Writing
February 26, 2020 • 10 MIN
Have you ever wondered how to make the middle of your book more exciting? Or the best place to add in a plot twist? Through understanding story structure, insights into better writing become evident.  In today's podcast episode, we're talking about the difference between the 3 Acts and 4 Quarter Story Structures. Which is better and how do you implement it into your writing. Let's dig in! Be sure to check out the show notes by going to authorrevolution.org/18.
The Author’s Ultimate Guide to Editorial Calendars
February 19, 2020 • 31 MIN
In today's podcast episode, we're talking about all things editorial calendar for authors. We start with foundational questions to ask before you start, platforms you want to plan for, and the tools you can use to make it all come together. It's gonna be a great one, guys. Let's get started. Be sure to check out the show notes by going to authorrevolution.org/17.
Pantsing v Plotting: Time to Talk Outlining
February 12, 2020 • 19 MIN
Do you struggle with getting words on the page? Are you often finding yourself staring at a blank screen, wondering what to write next in your novel? If so, you're not alone.  In today's episode, we'll be talking about pantsing versus plotting and why outlines are a crucial component to making the most out of your next novel. You definitely don't want to miss this one.  Be sure to check out the show notes by going to authorrevolution.org/16.
Why You Need a Project Management System to Rapid Release Novels
February 5, 2020 • 27 MIN
In today's episode, we'll be talking about why you need a project management tool to stay on track, as well as which tool I recommend because I use it myself. Let's get started! Be sure to check out the show notes by going to authorrevolution.org/15.
CASE STUDY: The Results from Carissa's 1st BookBub Deal
January 29, 2020 • 29 MIN
Have you heard of BookBub? Whether you have or haven't, you might be curious to know whether or not it works for authors as much as people claim. In today's episode, I go over my first ever BookBub deal results, as well as highlight the overall strategy I used and lay out five takeaways you can use when you try to get your next BookBub deal, too. You ready? Be sure to check out the show notes by going to authorrevolution.org/14.
9 Tips to Get Over Author Overwhelm
January 22, 2020 • 14 MIN
Is 2020 already kicking your author behind? Feeling stressed and overwhelmed with getting all of the author-related to-do's done on your list? If so, you're not alone, my friend. In today's episode, we're talking about my nine tips to get over (or avoid) author overwhelm. We'll cover everything from mindset tips to health and wellness. Are you ready to bring back more zen to your author routine?
Fiction Series Concept Brainstorming Tips
January 15, 2020 • 15 MIN
In today's episode, we'll be talking about how to brainstorm your next fiction series concept. There are a number of questions you need to ask yourself before you get started, not to mention some research just might be involved. But don't worry - I got you. Start listening now to get all the details. Be sure to check out the show notes by going to authorrevolution.org/12.
Do You Have Author Impostor Syndrome?
January 8, 2020 • 16 MIN
In today's episode, we'll be talking about something I call Author Impostor Syndrome. There are five main archetypes founded by Valerie Young and we're going to be discussing how those archetypes play a role in being an author. Be sure to check out the show notes by going to authorrevolution.org/11.
Goals or Process? Which is Better to Get Stuff Done?
January 1, 2020 • 20 MIN
Happy New Year, my fellow author badass! It's hard to believe we're already in 2020! Yet, here we are! Before we get too far into our New Year's Resolutions, we have plenty to discuss when it comes to making our big dreams and goals happen. Are you ready? In today's episode, we'll be talking about Goals or Process - which is better for making sure you accomplish everything you set out to tackle in the coming year.
Merry Christmas from Author Revolution
December 25, 2019 • 8 MIN
Merry Christmas from Author Revolution. In today's episode, Carissa Andrews takes a moment to thank all of her first-year students and the mentors in her life.
What's the Best Way to Make Money Writing Fiction?
December 18, 2019 • 15 MIN
Are you wondering if you can make a living writing fiction? The fast answer is yes - but if you'd like to learn how you'll definitely want to check out this episode. We'll discuss the #1 way to make money - as well as three other ways that will organically increase your royalties as an author. Ready to make more money writing your books? Great! Let's get started. Be sure to check out the show notes by going to authorrevolution.org/8.
Carissa's #1 Tip to Increase Writing Speed
December 11, 2019 • 11 MIN
We all want to write faster, right? If this sounds like you, then you definitely don't want to miss out on today's episode. We're talking all about my number one tip for increasing your writing speed. And trust me when I say - it's probably not what you'd expect it to be. Be sure to check out the show notes by going to authorrevolution.org/7 or to get my free mini-course, 14 Writing Hacks for Busy People.
What is Rapid Releasing?
December 4, 2019 • 14 MIN
If you've been thinking about making the switch into a full-time author career, you'll definitely want to listen to today's episode. We'll be discussing the topic of rapid releasing novels - what that means and what the top strategies are to make it happen. Be sure to check out the show notes by going to authorrevolution.org/6. Download today's PDF guide with the three questions we want you to ask yourself when it comes to figuring out the right rapid release method for you.
Why Writing One Novel Won't Help You
November 27, 2019 • 21 MIN
What are your goals as an author? If being profitable is one of them, you'll definitely want to pay attention. In today's episode, I talk about why writing a single novel won't make you a profitable author, and what you need to be thinking about instead. Be sure to check out the show notes by going to authorrevolution.org/4.
Life After NaNoWriMo
November 20, 2019 • 21 MIN
In today's episode, I talk about what the post-NaNoWriMo landscape looks like and the 3 phases you can expect to dive into.
7 Hacks for Writing Faster
November 13, 2019 • 22 MIN
Do you need to write faster? Learn 7 hacks that will increase your speed to get your novel finished.
5 Tips to Take On NaNoWriMo
November 6, 2019 • 17 MIN
Are you taking on NaNoWriMo this year? In this episode, we're going to be talking about 5 tips you can use to take on NaNoWriMo with ease. Not only will you increase your confidence, but you'll be able to hold yourself accountable and hit that 1667 daily word count goal. Be sure to check out the show notes by going to authorrevolution.org/2. There's a downloadable PDF with the tips, as well as the transcript and more.
The Author Revolution Podcast, Episode 1
October 30, 2019 • 30 MIN
Do you have a novel you want to see published and out into the world? What's holding you back from getting it out there?