Self-Publishing Answers | Write, Market, & Sell Your Book! http://www.writehacked.com Want to sell your book? This is the podcast you need to listen to!<br /> Learn how to write, create, market, and promote your self-published book. Each week, Nick Thacker and Kevin Tumlinson answer questions about self-publishing, entrepreneurship, writing, and go off on numerous hilarious (we think) tangents. From writing to marketing, productivity, motivation, and a bunch of off-topic humor, this is THE podcast for authors! <br />Have a question? Call 978-48-ASK-ME and leave a message! Sat, 28 May 2016 14:38:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.2 Learn how to write, create, market, and promote your self-published book. Each week, Nick, Kevin, and Justin answer your questions about self-publishing and writing. <br /> <br /> Have a question? Call 978-48-ASK-ME and leave a message! Nick Thacker - Writer, Blogger, Self-Published Author Nick Thacker - Writer, Blogger, Self-Published Author nick@nickthacker.com nick@nickthacker.com (Nick Thacker - Writer, Blogger, Self-Published Author) Write, promote, and sell your book! Self-Publishing Answers | Write, Market, & Sell Your Book! http://www.livehacked.com/wp-content/uploads/powerpress/self-publishing-answers-podcast.jpg http://www.writehacked.com TV-G Weekly SPA 63: Compromise! http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-63-compromise/ Fri, 27 May 2016 12:00:28 +0000 http://www.writehacked.com/?p=5964 http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-63-compromise/#respond Nick Thacker <p>Today the dudes chat about "compromise," or how to spend less to get a "minimum viable product," or MVP. They talk a lot about cover design, and how to make a book cover that works well enough to at least get some attention. <p><a href='http://rss.beaconads.com/click.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5964&c=2020775337' target='_blank' rel='nofollow'><br /> <img src='http://rss.beaconads.com/img.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5964&c=2020775337' border='0' alt='' /></a></p> <p><a href='http://beaconads.com/buy/sitedetails/pubkey/73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862/zone/1285313' target='_blank'>Advertise here with Beacon Ads</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-63-compromise/">SPA 63: Compromise!</a> is copyright 2013 by <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com">Write Hacked</a>.</p> <hr /> <table align="center"> <tr><a href="http://www.livehacked.com/course-rss"><img src="http://www.livehacked.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/FWGTWF-Promo.png" width="600px"></a></tr> </table> Today the dudes chat about “compromise,” or how to spend less to get a “minimum viable product,” or MVP. They talk a lot about cover design, and how to make a book cover that works well enough to at least get some attention.


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http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-63-compromise/feed/ 0 Today the dudes chat about “compromise,” or how to spend less to get a “minimum viable product,” or MVP. They talk a lot about cover design, and how to make a book cover that works well enough to at least get some attention. Today the dudes chat about “compromise,” or how to spend less to get a “minimum viable product,” or MVP. They talk a lot about cover design, and how to make a book cover that works well enough to at least get some attention. Nick Thacker - Writer, Blogger, Self-Published Author 59:53
SPA 62: Live from the NETWO Conference! http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-62-live-netwo-conference/ Fri, 20 May 2016 16:18:31 +0000 http://www.writehacked.com/?p=5967 http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-62-live-netwo-conference/#respond Nick Thacker <p>Today is a special day - the guys are live at the North East Texas Writer's Organization conference, doing a live podcast. That's right - they've got a table set up in the front of the meeting hall, and they discuss some of the reasons for podcasting as a marketing tool.</p> <p>This episode is great for beginning podcasters, but it's also just a really fun episode in general. Don't miss it!</p> <p>Oh, and maybe you wouldn't mind swinging by the podcast's homepage and rating the show on iTunes? <p><a href='http://rss.beaconads.com/click.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5967&c=38778847' target='_blank' rel='nofollow'><br /> <img src='http://rss.beaconads.com/img.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5967&c=38778847' border='0' alt='' /></a></p> <p><a href='http://beaconads.com/buy/sitedetails/pubkey/73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862/zone/1285313' target='_blank'>Advertise here with Beacon Ads</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-62-live-netwo-conference/">SPA 62: Live from the NETWO Conference!</a> is copyright 2013 by <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com">Write Hacked</a>.</p> <hr /> <table align="center"> <tr><a href="http://www.livehacked.com/course-rss"><img src="http://www.livehacked.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/FWGTWF-Promo.png" width="600px"></a></tr> </table> Today is a special day – the guys are live at the North East Texas Writer’s Organization conference, doing a live podcast. That’s right – they’ve got a table set up in the front of the meeting hall, and they discuss some of the reasons for podcasting as a marketing tool.

This episode is great for beginning podcasters, but it’s also just a really fun episode in general. Don’t miss it!

Oh, and maybe you wouldn’t mind swinging by the podcast’s homepage and rating the show on iTunes?


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http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-62-live-netwo-conference/feed/ 0 Today is a special day – the guys are live at the North East Texas Writer’s Organization conference, doing a live podcast. That’s right – they’ve got a table set up in the front of the meeting hall, and they discuss some of the reasons for podcasting a... Today is a special day – the guys are live at the North East Texas Writer’s Organization conference, doing a live podcast. That’s right – they’ve got a table set up in the front of the meeting hall, and they discuss some of the reasons for podcasting as a marketing tool. This episode is great for beginning podcasters, but it’s ... Read More Nick Thacker - Writer, Blogger, Self-Published Author 57:17
SPA 61: Short Stories and How to Use Them http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-61-short-stories-and-how-to-use-them/ Fri, 13 May 2016 13:00:15 +0000 http://www.writehacked.com/?p=5936 http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-61-short-stories-and-how-to-use-them/#respond Nick Thacker <p>The guys discuss the deceptively difficult genre for writers: the elusive short story. From Arthur C. Clarke to Philip K. Dick, and a few other notable short story penners in-between, they discuss how they're using them to build their platforms, how to approach them as a writing tool, and how to write them.</p> <p>Wikipedia's word count rules:</p> <p> Short story: under 7,500 words<br /> Novelette: 7,500 - 17,500<br /> Novella: 17,500 - 40,000<br /> Novel: over 40,000</p> <p>Links to great short fiction, and other helpful tidbits:</p> <p> Hills Like White Elephants - Ernest Hemingway<br /> How They Were Found - Matt Bell<br /> Lester Dent's Master Plot Formula</p> <p>What are your thoughts? How do you define a short story (or novella, or that weird novelette thing)? How do you write them? Any tips and tricks you have for us? <p><a href='http://rss.beaconads.com/click.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5936&c=1352326973' target='_blank' rel='nofollow'><br /> <img src='http://rss.beaconads.com/img.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5936&c=1352326973' border='0' alt='' /></a></p> <p><a href='http://beaconads.com/buy/sitedetails/pubkey/73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862/zone/1285313' target='_blank'>Advertise here with Beacon Ads</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-61-short-stories-and-how-to-use-them/">SPA 61: Short Stories and How to Use Them</a> is copyright 2013 by <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com">Write Hacked</a>.</p> <hr /> <table align="center"> <tr><a href="http://www.livehacked.com/course-rss"><img src="http://www.livehacked.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/FWGTWF-Promo.png" width="600px"></a></tr> </table> The guys discuss the deceptively difficult genre for writers: the elusive short story. From Arthur C. Clarke to Philip K. Dick, and a few other notable short story penners in-between, they discuss how they’re using them to build their platforms, how to approach them as a writing tool, and how to write them.

Wikipedia’s word count rules:

  • Short story: under 7,500 words
  • Novelette: 7,500 – 17,500
  • Novella: 17,500 – 40,000
  • Novel: over 40,000

Links to great short fiction, and other helpful tidbits:

What are your thoughts? How do you define a short story (or novella, or that weird novelette thing)? How do you write them? Any tips and tricks you have for us?


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http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-61-short-stories-and-how-to-use-them/feed/ 0 The guys discuss the deceptively difficult genre for writers: the elusive short story. From Arthur C. Clarke to Philip K. Dick, and a few other notable short story penners in-between, they discuss how they’re using them to build their platforms, The guys discuss the deceptively difficult genre for writers: the elusive short story. From Arthur C. Clarke to Philip K. Dick, and a few other notable short story penners in-between, they discuss how they’re using them to build their platforms, how to approach them as a writing tool, and how to write them. Wikipedia’s word count rules: Short story: under ... Read More Nick Thacker - Writer, Blogger, Self-Published Author 54:09
SPA 60: Genre Targeting for Authors http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-60-genre-targeting-for-authors/ Fri, 06 May 2016 13:00:34 +0000 http://www.writehacked.com/?p=5927 http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-60-genre-targeting-for-authors/#respond Nick Thacker <p>Today the goodly gents discuss genres with C.S. Lakin. She's a hugely successful author in different genres, both fiction and nonfiction, and she has some amazing insights into the all-too-important task of choosing a great genre for your books.</p> <p>She has two courses up as well that I (Nick) highly recommend. One is free, one is premium:</p> <p> 8 Steps to Selling Big on Amazon (free)<br /> Targeting Genre for Big Sales</p> <p>If you're selling on Amazon (or hope to), don't miss this episode! <p><a href='http://rss.beaconads.com/click.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5927&c=1377526837' target='_blank' rel='nofollow'><br /> <img src='http://rss.beaconads.com/img.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5927&c=1377526837' border='0' alt='' /></a></p> <p><a href='http://beaconads.com/buy/sitedetails/pubkey/73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862/zone/1285313' target='_blank'>Advertise here with Beacon Ads</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-60-genre-targeting-for-authors/">SPA 60: Genre Targeting for Authors</a> is copyright 2013 by <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com">Write Hacked</a>.</p> <hr /> <table align="center"> <tr><a href="http://www.livehacked.com/course-rss"><img src="http://www.livehacked.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/FWGTWF-Promo.png" width="600px"></a></tr> </table> Today the goodly gents discuss genres with C.S. Lakin. She’s a hugely successful author in different genres, both fiction and nonfiction, and she has some amazing insights into the all-too-important task of choosing a great genre for your books.

She has two courses up as well that I (Nick) highly recommend. One is free, one is premium:

If you’re selling on Amazon (or hope to), don’t miss this episode!


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http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-60-genre-targeting-for-authors/feed/ 0 Today the goodly gents discuss genres with C.S. Lakin. She’s a hugely successful author in different genres, both fiction and nonfiction, and she has some amazing insights into the all-too-important task of choosing a great genre for your books. Today the goodly gents discuss genres with C.S. Lakin. She’s a hugely successful author in different genres, both fiction and nonfiction, and she has some amazing insights into the all-too-important task of choosing a great genre for your books. She has two courses up as well that I (Nick) highly recommend. One is free, one is premium: 8 Steps to ... Read More Nick Thacker - Writer, Blogger, Self-Published Author 54:09
SPA 59: How to Plan A Book Launch (Listener Voicemails) http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-59-how-to-plan-a-book-launch-listener-voicemails/ Fri, 29 Apr 2016 13:00:23 +0000 http://www.writehacked.com/?p=5923 http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-59-how-to-plan-a-book-launch-listener-voicemails/#respond Nick Thacker <p>The dudes answer a couple listener questions about launching two books at the same time, building a "funnel" and setting up book giveaways, and other on-topic (really!) stuff.</p> <p>Tune in to see how the guys respond to some great - and tough - questions!</p> <p>How to launch more than one book (as in, you have more than one book ready to go)? Plenty of different ways to do it. A few answers we gave:</p> <p> Set the first one permafree<br /> Release one (for sale), and one for pre-release<br /> The Liliana Nirvana Technique</p> <p>The second voicemail they answer is about making books free - what's the strategy there? Why not just give away a free book at Amazon AND on your website? Tune in to find the answer!</p> <p>  <p><a href='http://rss.beaconads.com/click.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5923&c=1413169286' target='_blank' rel='nofollow'><br /> <img src='http://rss.beaconads.com/img.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5923&c=1413169286' border='0' alt='' /></a></p> <p><a href='http://beaconads.com/buy/sitedetails/pubkey/73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862/zone/1285313' target='_blank'>Advertise here with Beacon Ads</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-59-how-to-plan-a-book-launch-listener-voicemails/">SPA 59: How to Plan A Book Launch (Listener Voicemails)</a> is copyright 2013 by <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com">Write Hacked</a>.</p> <hr /> <table align="center"> <tr><a href="http://www.livehacked.com/course-rss"><img src="http://www.livehacked.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/FWGTWF-Promo.png" width="600px"></a></tr> </table> The dudes answer a couple listener questions about launching two books at the same time, building a “funnel” and setting up book giveaways, and other on-topic (really!) stuff.

Tune in to see how the guys respond to some great – and tough – questions!

How to launch more than one book (as in, you have more than one book ready to go)? Plenty of different ways to do it. A few answers we gave:

The second voicemail they answer is about making books free – what’s the strategy there? Why not just give away a free book at Amazon AND on your website? Tune in to find the answer!

 


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http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-59-how-to-plan-a-book-launch-listener-voicemails/feed/ 0 The dudes answer a couple listener questions about launching two books at the same time, building a “funnel” and setting up book giveaways, and other on-topic (really!) stuff. Tune in to see how the guys respond to some great – and tough – questions! The dudes answer a couple listener questions about launching two books at the same time, building a “funnel” and setting up book giveaways, and other on-topic (really!) stuff. Tune in to see how the guys respond to some great – and tough – questions! How to launch more than one book (as in, you have more than one book ready ... Read More Nick Thacker - Writer, Blogger, Self-Published Author 50:57
SPA 58: Relaxing with Indiana Jones http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-58-successes/ Fri, 22 Apr 2016 13:00:22 +0000 http://www.writehacked.com/?p=5916 http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-58-successes/#respond Nick Thacker <p>Subtitle: Being Awesome, Successes, and Celebration Rituals.</p> <p>Today the dudes talk about how they maintain positivity and celebrate their wins. There are plenty of ways to "celebrate" little victories (and big ones), and the guys chat about their weird and not-so-weird ways of doing just that.</p> <p>Before they jump into things, they discuss (yet again) new strategies with BookBub, whether or not to "go wide" and try for a BookBub, and pricing tactics.</p> <p>Bottom line: we need to celebrate little victories (and big ones), and we need to practice not feeling guilty about it. Everyone needs to read the short and sweet book called The Practicing Mind.  <p><a href='http://rss.beaconads.com/click.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5916&c=280080255' target='_blank' rel='nofollow'><br /> <img src='http://rss.beaconads.com/img.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5916&c=280080255' border='0' alt='' /></a></p> <p><a href='http://beaconads.com/buy/sitedetails/pubkey/73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862/zone/1285313' target='_blank'>Advertise here with Beacon Ads</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-58-successes/">SPA 58: Relaxing with Indiana Jones</a> is copyright 2013 by <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com">Write Hacked</a>.</p> <hr /> <table align="center"> <tr><a href="http://www.livehacked.com/course-rss"><img src="http://www.livehacked.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/FWGTWF-Promo.png" width="600px"></a></tr> </table> Subtitle: Being Awesome, Successes, and Celebration Rituals.

Today the dudes talk about how they maintain positivity and celebrate their wins. There are plenty of ways to “celebrate” little victories (and big ones), and the guys chat about their weird and not-so-weird ways of doing just that.

Before they jump into things, they discuss (yet again) new strategies with BookBub, whether or not to “go wide” and try for a BookBub, and pricing tactics.

Bottom line: we need to celebrate little victories (and big ones), and we need to practice not feeling guilty about it. Everyone needs to read the short and sweet book called The Practicing Mind


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http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-58-successes/feed/ 0 Subtitle: Being Awesome, Successes, and Celebration Rituals. Today the dudes talk about how they maintain positivity and celebrate their wins. There are plenty of ways to “celebrate” little victories (and big ones), Subtitle: Being Awesome, Successes, and Celebration Rituals. Today the dudes talk about how they maintain positivity and celebrate their wins. There are plenty of ways to “celebrate” little victories (and big ones), and the guys chat about their weird and not-so-weird ways of doing just that. Before they jump into things, they discuss (yet again) new strategies with BookBub, whether ... Read More Nick Thacker - Writer, Blogger, Self-Published Author 59:59
SPA 57: The Most Inspirational, Awesome Books of All Time http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-57-inspirational-awesome-books-time/ Fri, 01 Apr 2016 13:00:41 +0000 http://www.writehacked.com/?p=5912 http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-57-inspirational-awesome-books-time/#respond Nick Thacker <p>...Or at least according to the guys. In this episode, the dudes chat about the most inspiring presentations, talks, books, movies, podcasts, etc. they've ever encountered and had the pleasure to consume.</p> <p>Also Nick got a van.</p> <p>Mentions:</p> <p> Tony Robbins - Unlimited Power<br /> Neil Gaiman's Commencement Speech<br /> J.K. Rowling's interview with Oprah<br /> Veteran's Writing Project<br /> Austin Film Festival<br /> <p><a href='http://rss.beaconads.com/click.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5912&c=273315292' target='_blank' rel='nofollow'><br /> <img src='http://rss.beaconads.com/img.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5912&c=273315292' border='0' alt='' /></a></p> <p><a href='http://beaconads.com/buy/sitedetails/pubkey/73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862/zone/1285313' target='_blank'>Advertise here with Beacon Ads</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-57-inspirational-awesome-books-time/">SPA 57: The Most Inspirational, Awesome Books of All Time</a> is copyright 2013 by <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com">Write Hacked</a>.</p> <hr /> <table align="center"> <tr><a href="http://www.livehacked.com/course-rss"><img src="http://www.livehacked.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/FWGTWF-Promo.png" width="600px"></a></tr> </table> …Or at least according to the guys. In this episode, the dudes chat about the most inspiring presentations, talks, books, movies, podcasts, etc. they’ve ever encountered and had the pleasure to consume.

Also Nick got a van.

Mentions:


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http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-57-inspirational-awesome-books-time/feed/ 0 …Or at least according to the guys. In this episode, the dudes chat about the most inspiring presentations, talks, books, movies, podcasts, etc. they’ve ever encountered and had the pleasure to consume. Also Nick got a van. …Or at least according to the guys. In this episode, the dudes chat about the most inspiring presentations, talks, books, movies, podcasts, etc. they’ve ever encountered and had the pleasure to consume. Also Nick got a van. Mentions: Tony Robbins – Unlimited Power Neil Gaiman’s Commencement Speech J.K. Rowling’s interview with Oprah Veteran’s Writing Project Austin Film Festival Nick Thacker - Writer, Blogger, Self-Published Author 45:53
SPA 56: Trilogies, Theft & Plagiarism, and Ebook Images http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-56-trilogies/ Fri, 25 Mar 2016 13:00:37 +0000 http://www.writehacked.com/?p=5907 http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-56-trilogies/#respond Nick Thacker <p>Today the goodly gents discuss trilogy and serial promotion and marketing, reviews for trilogies, and what defines a "trilogy."</p> <p>Also, the boys discuss Kevin's recent experience with theft and plagiarism - he had his book stolen and reposted under a different Amazon account. Kevin tells the horror story and what he did to resolve it. He also shared an article that claims Amazon will actually recompense the original author for this stuff. Nick throws in this gem (affiliate link): Ice Station Wolfenstein, a clear and blatant ripoff by a guy named "Preston W. Child" (I know, right?!) of a lot of well-known authors and books in that genre.</p> <p>They also tackle an important technical ebook issue - how to make graphs, charts, illustrations, and images appear nicely in an ebook format. <p><a href='http://rss.beaconads.com/click.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5907&c=1708766107' target='_blank' rel='nofollow'><br /> <img src='http://rss.beaconads.com/img.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5907&c=1708766107' border='0' alt='' /></a></p> <p><a href='http://beaconads.com/buy/sitedetails/pubkey/73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862/zone/1285313' target='_blank'>Advertise here with Beacon Ads</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-56-trilogies/">SPA 56: Trilogies, Theft & Plagiarism, and Ebook Images</a> is copyright 2013 by <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com">Write Hacked</a>.</p> <hr /> <table align="center"> <tr><a href="http://www.livehacked.com/course-rss"><img src="http://www.livehacked.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/FWGTWF-Promo.png" width="600px"></a></tr> </table> Today the goodly gents discuss trilogy and serial promotion and marketing, reviews for trilogies, and what defines a “trilogy.”

Also, the boys discuss Kevin’s recent experience with theft and plagiarism – he had his book stolen and reposted under a different Amazon account. Kevin tells the horror story and what he did to resolve it. He also shared an article that claims Amazon will actually recompense the original author for this stuff. Nick throws in this gem (affiliate link): Ice Station Wolfenstein, a clear and blatant ripoff by a guy named “Preston W. Child” (I know, right?!) of a lot of well-known authors and books in that genre.

They also tackle an important technical ebook issue – how to make graphs, charts, illustrations, and images appear nicely in an ebook format.


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http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-56-trilogies/feed/ 0 Today the goodly gents discuss trilogy and serial promotion and marketing, reviews for trilogies, and what defines a “trilogy.” Also, the boys discuss Kevin’s recent experience with theft and plagiarism – he had his book stolen and reposted under a dif... Today the goodly gents discuss trilogy and serial promotion and marketing, reviews for trilogies, and what defines a “trilogy.” Also, the boys discuss Kevin’s recent experience with theft and plagiarism – he had his book stolen and reposted under a different Amazon account. Kevin tells the horror story and what he did to resolve it. He also shared an article ... Read More Nick Thacker - Writer, Blogger, Self-Published Author 49:57
SPA 55: Improvisation and Revising for Writers http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa/ Fri, 19 Feb 2016 14:00:58 +0000 http://www.writehacked.com/?p=5885 http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa/#comments Nick Thacker <p>Today the guys discuss the rules of improve, as they apply to writers. Comedy improvisation rules are things like, "never say 'no,'" "yes/and," etc. But while these "rules" are helpful and can lead to really funny improvised comedy, it can also be a detriment to your story arcs.</p> <p>Which rules are meant to be broken? Which are the rules that are necessary? When should you break them?</p> <p>The guys chat about these rules, their processes, and what they've heard other authors do.</p> <p>Justin's process for writing wearing four hats during four phases of the journey: "The Madman" (first draft), "The Architect" (second draft and moving big pieces around), "The Carpenter" (moving the tinier "boards" around the story), and "The Judge" (the final "is it good" draft). Here's a great lecture explaining the process.</p> <p>  <p><a href='http://rss.beaconads.com/click.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5885&c=1233742948' target='_blank' rel='nofollow'><br /> <img src='http://rss.beaconads.com/img.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5885&c=1233742948' border='0' alt='' /></a></p> <p><a href='http://beaconads.com/buy/sitedetails/pubkey/73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862/zone/1285313' target='_blank'>Advertise here with Beacon Ads</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa/">SPA 55: Improvisation and Revising for Writers</a> is copyright 2013 by <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com">Write Hacked</a>.</p> <hr /> <table align="center"> <tr><a href="http://www.livehacked.com/course-rss"><img src="http://www.livehacked.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/FWGTWF-Promo.png" width="600px"></a></tr> </table> Today the guys discuss the rules of improve, as they apply to writers. Comedy improvisation rules are things like, “never say ‘no,'” “yes/and,” etc. But while these “rules” are helpful and can lead to really funny improvised comedy, it can also be a detriment to your story arcs.

Which rules are meant to be broken? Which are the rules that are necessary? When should you break them?

The guys chat about these rules, their processes, and what they’ve heard other authors do.

Justin’s process for writing wearing four hats during four phases of the journey: “The Madman” (first draft), “The Architect” (second draft and moving big pieces around), “The Carpenter” (moving the tinier “boards” around the story), and “The Judge” (the final “is it good” draft). Here’s a great lecture explaining the process.

 


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http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa/feed/ 1 Today the guys discuss the rules of improve, as they apply to writers. Comedy improvisation rules are things like, “never say ‘no,'” “yes/and,” etc. But while these “rules” are helpful and can lead to really funny improvised comedy, Today the guys discuss the rules of improve, as they apply to writers. Comedy improvisation rules are things like, “never say ‘no,'” “yes/and,” etc. But while these “rules” are helpful and can lead to really funny improvised comedy, it can also be a detriment to your story arcs. Which rules are meant to be broken? Which are the rules that are necessary? ... Read More Nick Thacker - Writer, Blogger, Self-Published Author 46:14
SPA 54: Writing Christian Fiction with Rachel Starr Thomson http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-54-writing-christian-fiction-with-rachel-starr-thomson/ Fri, 12 Feb 2016 14:00:15 +0000 http://www.writehacked.com/?p=5897 http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-54-writing-christian-fiction-with-rachel-starr-thomson/#respond Nick Thacker <p>Rachel Starr Thomson doesn't just have a cool name. She's a veritable writing rockstar (a "wrockstar"). She's been on the show before, but we caught up with her today to discuss a HUGE topic we've been pondering for quite some time: writing Christian fiction.</p> <p>Specifically, we talked about:</p> <p> What is Christian fiction?<br /> Why write it?<br /> How in the world do you keep everyone happy ("it's too Christian," or "it's not Christian enough...")<br /> Marketing strategies for Christian fiction</p> <p>And way more. As usual, this was an awesome, super-informative happy-fun-time. Don't you want to be a part of it? Well, click "download" and start listening!</p> <p>And please don't forget to leave us a review on iTunes! <p><a href='http://rss.beaconads.com/click.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5897&c=1348131045' target='_blank' rel='nofollow'><br /> <img src='http://rss.beaconads.com/img.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5897&c=1348131045' border='0' alt='' /></a></p> <p><a href='http://beaconads.com/buy/sitedetails/pubkey/73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862/zone/1285313' target='_blank'>Advertise here with Beacon Ads</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-54-writing-christian-fiction-with-rachel-starr-thomson/">SPA 54: Writing Christian Fiction with Rachel Starr Thomson</a> is copyright 2013 by <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com">Write Hacked</a>.</p> <hr /> <table align="center"> <tr><a href="http://www.livehacked.com/course-rss"><img src="http://www.livehacked.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/FWGTWF-Promo.png" width="600px"></a></tr> </table> Rachel Starr Thomson doesn’t just have a cool name. She’s a veritable writing rockstar (a “wrockstar”). She’s been on the show before, but we caught up with her today to discuss a HUGE topic we’ve been pondering for quite some time: writing Christian fiction.

Specifically, we talked about:

  • What is Christian fiction?
  • Why write it?
  • How in the world do you keep everyone happy (“it’s too Christian,” or “it’s not Christian enough…”)
  • Marketing strategies for Christian fiction

And way more. As usual, this was an awesome, super-informative happy-fun-time. Don’t you want to be a part of it? Well, click “download” and start listening!

And please don’t forget to leave us a review on iTunes!


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http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-54-writing-christian-fiction-with-rachel-starr-thomson/feed/ 0 Rachel Starr Thomson doesn’t just have a cool name. She’s a veritable writing rockstar (a “wrockstar”). She’s been on the show before, but we caught up with her today to discuss a HUGE topic we’ve been pondering for quite some time: writing Christian f... Rachel Starr Thomson doesn’t just have a cool name. She’s a veritable writing rockstar (a “wrockstar”). She’s been on the show before, but we caught up with her today to discuss a HUGE topic we’ve been pondering for quite some time: writing Christian fiction. Specifically, we talked about: What is Christian fiction? Why write it? How in the world do you ... Read More Nick Thacker - Writer, Blogger, Self-Published Author 48:01
SPA 53 – 2016 Goals and Dreams, and Looking Back at 2015 http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-53-2016-goals-and-dreams-and-looking-back-at-2015/ Fri, 05 Feb 2016 14:00:08 +0000 http://www.writehacked.com/?p=5894 http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-53-2016-goals-and-dreams-and-looking-back-at-2015/#respond Nick Thacker <p>We had some podcast issues last month, so some of the later episodes appeared out of order. Not to worry though, this is the long-awaited, critically-acclaimed, and highly anticipated "goals and dreams" episode we publish every year.</p> <p>It's a look back at 2015, a look ahead at 2016, and a discussion of our dreams, goals, and what we want to accomplish this year.</p> <p>Don't miss this one.</p> <p>Also (IMPORTANT!): Since we had some podcast issues, we had to set up a new feed on iTunes, which means that all of your awesome reviews are gone! Would you mind heading to iTunes to leave us a fancy review? Thanks! <p><a href='http://rss.beaconads.com/click.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5894&c=1545943391' target='_blank' rel='nofollow'><br /> <img src='http://rss.beaconads.com/img.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5894&c=1545943391' border='0' alt='' /></a></p> <p><a href='http://beaconads.com/buy/sitedetails/pubkey/73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862/zone/1285313' target='_blank'>Advertise here with Beacon Ads</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-53-2016-goals-and-dreams-and-looking-back-at-2015/">SPA 53 – 2016 Goals and Dreams, and Looking Back at 2015</a> is copyright 2013 by <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com">Write Hacked</a>.</p> <hr /> <table align="center"> <tr><a href="http://www.livehacked.com/course-rss"><img src="http://www.livehacked.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/FWGTWF-Promo.png" width="600px"></a></tr> </table> We had some podcast issues last month, so some of the later episodes appeared out of order. Not to worry though, this is the long-awaited, critically-acclaimed, and highly anticipated “goals and dreams” episode we publish every year.

It’s a look back at 2015, a look ahead at 2016, and a discussion of our dreams, goals, and what we want to accomplish this year.

Don’t miss this one.

Also (IMPORTANT!): Since we had some podcast issues, we had to set up a new feed on iTunes, which means that all of your awesome reviews are gone! Would you mind heading to iTunes to leave us a fancy review? Thanks!


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http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-53-2016-goals-and-dreams-and-looking-back-at-2015/feed/ 0 We had some podcast issues last month, so some of the later episodes appeared out of order. Not to worry though, this is the long-awaited, critically-acclaimed, and highly anticipated “goals and dreams” episode we publish every year. We had some podcast issues last month, so some of the later episodes appeared out of order. Not to worry though, this is the long-awaited, critically-acclaimed, and highly anticipated “goals and dreams” episode we publish every year. It’s a look back at 2015, a look ahead at 2016, and a discussion of our dreams, goals, and what we want to ... Read More Nick Thacker - Writer, Blogger, Self-Published Author 1:01:53
SPA 52: Reader Questions, Tackling Multiple Projects at Once, and Napping http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-52-reader-questions-tackling-multiple-projects-napping/ Fri, 15 Jan 2016 14:00:16 +0000 http://fb8.627.myftpupload.com/?p=5858 http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-52-reader-questions-tackling-multiple-projects-napping/#respond Nick Thacker <p>Today's episode is a fun look at some of the ways we're trying to get more out of our schedules, writing plans, and tackling multiple projects at once. We dive into napping, multitasking, and much more!</p> <p>Seth Wilks writes in: "Would it be better to release stories as they come out, doing the full edit cycle, or wait for several to be done, and release at the same time after editing? What are your thoughts?"</p> <p> Nick's take: "The fact that you have a plan means that you're already ahead of the game. More power to you!"<br /> Justin's take: "It seems like you'd be better off writing the 'full cycle,' because you'll be so much better at writing in general after you finish a complete book."<br /> Kevin's take: "I agree with Justin, but I love the idea of having a body of work ready to go."</p> <p>Further reading on this topic: Hugh Howey: The Liliana Nirvana Technique (write 5 books, release 4 all at once, and then release the next one a month later)</p> <p>Bottom line: If you're focused on writing the best possible books, it probably makes more sense to release one book at a time. But if you're confident that your work is good, you'll probably have more success launching them closer together.</p> <p>Seth also asks: "What do you think is the best way to get lots of writing done while also doing other big projects?"</p> <p>Nick's take: "I 'theme' my days: Monday is for meetings, Tuesday is for weekly (small) projects, etc. Since I have a day job at a church, I have to build in my writing time around that schedule. While I try to write every single day, I have to 'theme' what type of writing I'm doing depending on the day of the week."</p> <p>Kevin's take: "Figure out what your strengths are, and schedule around that. Do a lot of writing/work in advance, then 'batch' launch it or schedule it so that while it's being published, you're working on the rest of the projects."</p> <p>Justin's take: "Multitasking. While you're watching movies to get the 'feel' for what you're working on, you can be writing or drawing. What I've found works the best is playing to my mood. I know I'm creative and undistracted in the morning, so that's when I'm going to be the best."</p> <p>Also mentioned is this episode:</p> <p> Kevin Costner on Building His Career, Positive Self-Talk, and Making Dances with Wolves Happen<br /> How I Work On Several Projects At Once - Productivityist.com<br /> Writing Two Books At Once - Productivityist.com<br /> Sara Mednick - Take a Nap, Change Your Life (the science behind why we're more productive/creative in the morning)<br /> Telltale Games (Justin Sloan's job)<br /> <p><a href='http://rss.beaconads.com/click.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5858&c=678032125' target='_blank' rel='nofollow'><br /> <img src='http://rss.beaconads.com/img.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5858&c=678032125' border='0' alt='' /></a></p> <p><a href='http://beaconads.com/buy/sitedetails/pubkey/73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862/zone/1285313' target='_blank'>Advertise here with Beacon Ads</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-52-reader-questions-tackling-multiple-projects-napping/">SPA 52: Reader Questions, Tackling Multiple Projects at Once, and Napping</a> is copyright 2013 by <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com">Write Hacked</a>.</p> <hr /> <table align="center"> <tr><a href="http://www.livehacked.com/course-rss"><img src="http://www.livehacked.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/FWGTWF-Promo.png" width="600px"></a></tr> </table> Today’s episode is a fun look at some of the ways we’re trying to get more out of our schedules, writing plans, and tackling multiple projects at once. We dive into napping, multitasking, and much more!

Seth Wilks writes in: “Would it be better to release stories as they come out, doing the full edit cycle, or wait for several to be done, and release at the same time after editing? What are your thoughts?”

  • Nick’s take: “The fact that you have a plan means that you’re already ahead of the game. More power to you!”
  • Justin’s take: “It seems like you’d be better off writing the ‘full cycle,’ because you’ll be so much better at writing in general after you finish a complete book.”
  • Kevin’s take: “I agree with Justin, but I love the idea of having a body of work ready to go.”

Further reading on this topic: Hugh Howey: The Liliana Nirvana Technique (write 5 books, release 4 all at once, and then release the next one a month later)

Bottom line: If you’re focused on writing the best possible books, it probably makes more sense to release one book at a time. But if you’re confident that your work is good, you’ll probably have more success launching them closer together.

Seth also asks: “What do you think is the best way to get lots of writing done while also doing other big projects?”

Nick’s take: “I ‘theme’ my days: Monday is for meetings, Tuesday is for weekly (small) projects, etc. Since I have a day job at a church, I have to build in my writing time around that schedule. While I try to write every single day, I have to ‘theme’ what type of writing I’m doing depending on the day of the week.”

Kevin’s take: “Figure out what your strengths are, and schedule around that. Do a lot of writing/work in advance, then ‘batch’ launch it or schedule it so that while it’s being published, you’re working on the rest of the projects.”

Justin’s take: “Multitasking. While you’re watching movies to get the ‘feel’ for what you’re working on, you can be writing or drawing. What I’ve found works the best is playing to my mood. I know I’m creative and undistracted in the morning, so that’s when I’m going to be the best.”

Also mentioned is this episode:


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http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-52-reader-questions-tackling-multiple-projects-napping/feed/ 0 Today’s episode is a fun look at some of the ways we’re trying to get more out of our schedules, writing plans, and tackling multiple projects at once. We dive into napping, multitasking, and much more! Seth Wilks writes in: “Would it be better to rele... Today’s episode is a fun look at some of the ways we’re trying to get more out of our schedules, writing plans, and tackling multiple projects at once. We dive into napping, multitasking, and much more! Seth Wilks writes in: “Would it be better to release stories as they come out, doing the full edit cycle, or wait for several ... Read More Nick Thacker - Writer, Blogger, Self-Published Author 54:17
SPA 51 – Better Book Descriptions with Bryan Cohen http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-51-better-book-descriptions-with-bryan-cohen/ Fri, 08 Jan 2016 14:00:22 +0000 http://fb8.627.myftpupload.com/?p=5869 http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-51-better-book-descriptions-with-bryan-cohen/#respond Nick Thacker <p>Happy New Year! Today on the show, the guys invite special guest and friend Bryan Cohen, who wants to teach authors how to write book descriptions that don't suck.</p> <p>Not much else to say about this episode, except...</p> <p>...LISTEN TO IT! <p><a href='http://rss.beaconads.com/click.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5869&c=1519886983' target='_blank' rel='nofollow'><br /> <img src='http://rss.beaconads.com/img.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5869&c=1519886983' border='0' alt='' /></a></p> <p><a href='http://beaconads.com/buy/sitedetails/pubkey/73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862/zone/1285313' target='_blank'>Advertise here with Beacon Ads</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-51-better-book-descriptions-with-bryan-cohen/">SPA 51 – Better Book Descriptions with Bryan Cohen</a> is copyright 2013 by <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com">Write Hacked</a>.</p> <hr /> <table align="center"> <tr><a href="http://www.livehacked.com/course-rss"><img src="http://www.livehacked.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/FWGTWF-Promo.png" width="600px"></a></tr> </table> Happy New Year! Today on the show, the guys invite special guest and friend Bryan Cohen, who wants to teach authors how to write book descriptions that don’t suck.

Not much else to say about this episode, except…

…LISTEN TO IT!


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http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-51-better-book-descriptions-with-bryan-cohen/feed/ 0 Happy New Year! Today on the show, the guys invite special guest and friend Bryan Cohen, who wants to teach authors how to write book descriptions that don’t suck. Not much else to say about this episode, except… …LISTEN TO IT! Happy New Year! Today on the show, the guys invite special guest and friend Bryan Cohen, who wants to teach authors how to write book descriptions that don’t suck. Not much else to say about this episode, except… …LISTEN TO IT! Nick Thacker - Writer, Blogger, Self-Published Author 58:11
SPA 50: Overcommitting – How to Determine What is Worth Your Time http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-50-overcommitting-determine-worth-time/ Fri, 18 Dec 2015 14:00:20 +0000 http://fb8.627.myftpupload.com/?p=5854 http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-50-overcommitting-determine-worth-time/#comments Nick Thacker <p>Happy Christmastime Veteran's Day podcast! (It's Veteran's Day-ish when this was recorded, but Christmas-ish when it's going live)</p> <p>We answer a voicemail about building a website, then jump into the topic: "overcommitting."</p> <p>Basically, "overcommitting" is committing to too much at one time. How do you know you're overcommitted? Can you effectively diagnose overcommitment?</p> <p>  Justin: "When I have to start sacrificing time with my family because there's too much on my plate." Also, "I use a stick-on whiteboard where I put all my books and ideas, then I just do what I want."<br /> Kevin: "Doing too many tasks or things that don't coincide with my long-term goals." Also: "My whole life, I've always balanced my life and tackled projects, but it's always been in my head."</p> <p>Neil Gaiman's commencement speech</p> <p>What would you tell newer writers/authors? </p> <p> Kevin: "Beware of chasing the good ideas!"<br /> Justin: "Don't be afraid to overcommit, to a degree."<br /> Nick: "Plan in your 20s so you can do what you want in your 50s."<br /> <p><a href='http://rss.beaconads.com/click.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5854&c=1519479946' target='_blank' rel='nofollow'><br /> <img src='http://rss.beaconads.com/img.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5854&c=1519479946' border='0' alt='' /></a></p> <p><a href='http://beaconads.com/buy/sitedetails/pubkey/73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862/zone/1285313' target='_blank'>Advertise here with Beacon Ads</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-50-overcommitting-determine-worth-time/">SPA 50: Overcommitting – How to Determine What is Worth Your Time</a> is copyright 2013 by <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com">Write Hacked</a>.</p> <hr /> <table align="center"> <tr><a href="http://www.livehacked.com/course-rss"><img src="http://www.livehacked.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/FWGTWF-Promo.png" width="600px"></a></tr> </table> Happy Christmastime Veteran’s Day podcast! (It’s Veteran’s Day-ish when this was recorded, but Christmas-ish when it’s going live)

We answer a voicemail about building a website, then jump into the topic: “overcommitting.”

Basically, “overcommitting” is committing to too much at one time. How do you know you’re overcommitted? Can you effectively diagnose overcommitment?

  •  Justin: “When I have to start sacrificing time with my family because there’s too much on my plate.” Also, “I use a stick-on whiteboard where I put all my books and ideas, then I just do what I want.”
  • Kevin: “Doing too many tasks or things that don’t coincide with my long-term goals.” Also: “My whole life, I’ve always balanced my life and tackled projects, but it’s always been in my head.”

Neil Gaiman’s commencement speech

What would you tell newer writers/authors? 

  • Kevin: “Beware of chasing the good ideas!”
  • Justin: “Don’t be afraid to overcommit, to a degree.”
  • Nick: “Plan in your 20s so you can do what you want in your 50s.”

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http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-50-overcommitting-determine-worth-time/feed/ 1 Happy Christmastime Veteran’s Day podcast! (It’s Veteran’s Day-ish when this was recorded, but Christmas-ish when it’s going live) We answer a voicemail about building a website, then jump into the topic: “overcommitting.” Basically, Happy Christmastime Veteran’s Day podcast! (It’s Veteran’s Day-ish when this was recorded, but Christmas-ish when it’s going live) We answer a voicemail about building a website, then jump into the topic: “overcommitting.” Basically, “overcommitting” is committing to too much at one time. How do you know you’re overcommitted? Can you effectively diagnose overcommitment?  Justin: “When I have to start sacrificing ... Read More Nick Thacker - Writer, Blogger, Self-Published Author 1:08:16
SPA 49: 12 Fatal Flaws of Fiction Writing http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-49-12-fatal-flaws-fiction-writing/ Fri, 11 Dec 2015 14:00:58 +0000 http://fb8.627.myftpupload.com/?p=5848 http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-49-12-fatal-flaws-fiction-writing/#comments Nick Thacker <p>Today, Kevin, Nick, and Justin chat with VERY prolific writer-friend Rachel Starr Thomson, who writes on a Neo. She's the co-author of Five Editors Tackle the 12 Fatal Flaws of Fiction Writing, a book that tackles writing fiction from the perspective of editors. Here's a brief overview:</p> <p>What sets this book apart from all other writing craft books?</p> <p>Instead of merely explaining how to write fiction well, this book demonstrates how. It is packed full of Before and After passages that show clearly what each “fatal flaw” looks like — in a variety of genres, POVs, and writing style—then shows how those flaws can be remedied. Some of these fatal flaws, for example, are overwriting, weak construction, faulty dialogue mechanics, telling instead of showing, and POV violations.</p> <p>Writers learn best by seeing examples — of both great writing and weak writing. No other fiction-instruction book goes into the depth this one does. At nearly 100,000 words, this comprehensive book gives writers the arsenal to successfully learn how to spot the twelve most prevalent types of writing flaws.</p> <p>This book offers a fun, engaging, and sometimes snarky approach to annihilating these writing culprits with the aim of helping writers become proficient wielders of words.</p> <p>Mentioned in this episode:</p> <p> Five Editors Tackle the 12 Fatal Flaws of Fiction Writing<br /> How Fiction Works<br /> On Writing<br /> The Writer's Toolkit series<br /> Independent Publishing Solutions - full-service self-publishing company.<br /> <p><a href='http://rss.beaconads.com/click.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5848&c=126117106' target='_blank' rel='nofollow'><br /> <img src='http://rss.beaconads.com/img.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5848&c=126117106' border='0' alt='' /></a></p> <p><a href='http://beaconads.com/buy/sitedetails/pubkey/73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862/zone/1285313' target='_blank'>Advertise here with Beacon Ads</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-49-12-fatal-flaws-fiction-writing/">SPA 49: 12 Fatal Flaws of Fiction Writing</a> is copyright 2013 by <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com">Write Hacked</a>.</p> <hr /> <table align="center"> <tr><a href="http://www.livehacked.com/course-rss"><img src="http://www.livehacked.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/FWGTWF-Promo.png" width="600px"></a></tr> </table> Today, Kevin, Nick, and Justin chat with VERY prolific writer-friend Rachel Starr Thomson, who writes on a Neo. She’s the co-author of Five Editors Tackle the 12 Fatal Flaws of Fiction Writinga book that tackles writing fiction from the perspective of editors. Here’s a brief overview:

What sets this book apart from all other writing craft books?

Instead of merely explaining how to write fiction well, this book demonstrates how. It is packed full of Before and After passages that show clearly what each “fatal flaw” looks like — in a variety of genres, POVs, and writing style—then shows how those flaws can be remedied. Some of these fatal flaws, for example, are overwriting, weak construction, faulty dialogue mechanics, telling instead of showing, and POV violations.

Writers learn best by seeing examples — of both great writing and weak writing. No other fiction-instruction book goes into the depth this one does. At nearly 100,000 words, this comprehensive book gives writers the arsenal to successfully learn how to spot the twelve most prevalent types of writing flaws.

This book offers a fun, engaging, and sometimes snarky approach to annihilating these writing culprits with the aim of helping writers become proficient wielders of words.

Mentioned in this episode:

  1. Five Editors Tackle the 12 Fatal Flaws of Fiction Writing
  2. How Fiction Works
  3. On Writing
  4. The Writer’s Toolkit series
  5. Independent Publishing Solutions – full-service self-publishing company.

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http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-49-12-fatal-flaws-fiction-writing/feed/ 1 Today, Kevin, Nick, and Justin chat with VERY prolific writer-friend Rachel Starr Thomson, who writes on a Neo. She’s the co-author of Five Editors Tackle the 12 Fatal Flaws of Fiction Writing, a book that tackles writing fiction from the perspective o... Today, Kevin, Nick, and Justin chat with VERY prolific writer-friend Rachel Starr Thomson, who writes on a Neo. She’s the co-author of Five Editors Tackle the 12 Fatal Flaws of Fiction Writing, a book that tackles writing fiction from the perspective of editors. Here’s a brief overview: What sets this book apart from all other writing craft books? Instead of merely explaining ... Read More Nick Thacker - Writer, Blogger, Self-Published Author 53:21
SPA 48: How to Write in A “Cinematic” Way http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-48-how-to-write-in-a-cinematic-way/ Fri, 27 Nov 2015 14:00:41 +0000 http://fb8.627.myftpupload.com/?p=5843 http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-48-how-to-write-in-a-cinematic-way/#respond Nick Thacker <p>Writing is hard. Writing well is near impossible for most of us. Today on the show, Nick Thacker, Kevin Tumlinson, and Justin Sloan discuss what it's like, in their own experience, to write in a "cinematic" way. Tips, tricks, and answer galore in this show!</p> <p>Don't miss it!</p> <p>And, of course, don't forget to rate us on iTunes! <p><a href='http://rss.beaconads.com/click.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5843&c=1619888314' target='_blank' rel='nofollow'><br /> <img src='http://rss.beaconads.com/img.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5843&c=1619888314' border='0' alt='' /></a></p> <p><a href='http://beaconads.com/buy/sitedetails/pubkey/73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862/zone/1285313' target='_blank'>Advertise here with Beacon Ads</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-48-how-to-write-in-a-cinematic-way/">SPA 48: How to Write in A “Cinematic” Way</a> is copyright 2013 by <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com">Write Hacked</a>.</p> <hr /> <table align="center"> <tr><a href="http://www.livehacked.com/course-rss"><img src="http://www.livehacked.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/FWGTWF-Promo.png" width="600px"></a></tr> </table> Writing is hard. Writing well is near impossible for most of us. Today on the show, Nick Thacker, Kevin Tumlinson, and Justin Sloan discuss what it’s like, in their own experience, to write in a “cinematic” way. Tips, tricks, and answer galore in this show!

Don’t miss it!

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http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-48-how-to-write-in-a-cinematic-way/feed/ 0 Writing is hard. Writing well is near impossible for most of us. Today on the show, Nick Thacker, Kevin Tumlinson, and Justin Sloan discuss what it’s like, in their own experience, to write in a “cinematic” way. Tips, tricks, Writing is hard. Writing well is near impossible for most of us. Today on the show, Nick Thacker, Kevin Tumlinson, and Justin Sloan discuss what it’s like, in their own experience, to write in a “cinematic” way. Tips, tricks, and answer galore in this show! Don’t miss it! And, of course, don’t forget to rate us on iTunes! Nick Thacker - Writer, Blogger, Self-Published Author 58:49
SPA 47 – Talking with David Bruns About Writing in Other Authors’ Worlds http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-47-talking-with-david-bruns-about-writing-in-other-authors-worlds/ Fri, 20 Nov 2015 14:00:53 +0000 http://fb8.627.myftpupload.com/?p=5835 http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-47-talking-with-david-bruns-about-writing-in-other-authors-worlds/#respond Nick Thacker <p>Today the guys talk with a guy who's been on a "nuculur" submarine... and a writer. David Bruns has been writing full-time for 2 years. Some books he's written/been a part of:</p> <p> Dream Guild Chronicles<br /> Weapons of Mass Deception<br /> The Yesterday Adjustment<br /> The Seal Bearer</p> <p>"Rules and limitations set on you by the author's world is strangely liberating."</p> <p>Other cool stuff we chatted about:</p> <p> Apocalypse Weird - a multi-author universe<br /> Pets for Vets<br /> Future Chronicles<br /> DavidBruns.com<br /> ReadyCovers.com</p> <p>...And Kevin invents the term #PodcastBombing <p><a href='http://rss.beaconads.com/click.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5835&c=1684321147' target='_blank' rel='nofollow'><br /> <img src='http://rss.beaconads.com/img.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5835&c=1684321147' border='0' alt='' /></a></p> <p><a href='http://beaconads.com/buy/sitedetails/pubkey/73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862/zone/1285313' target='_blank'>Advertise here with Beacon Ads</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-47-talking-with-david-bruns-about-writing-in-other-authors-worlds/">SPA 47 – Talking with David Bruns About Writing in Other Authors’ Worlds</a> is copyright 2013 by <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com">Write Hacked</a>.</p> <hr /> <table align="center"> <tr><a href="http://www.livehacked.com/course-rss"><img src="http://www.livehacked.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/FWGTWF-Promo.png" width="600px"></a></tr> </table> Today the guys talk with a guy who’s been on a “nuculur” submarine… and a writer. David Bruns has been writing full-time for 2 years. Some books he’s written/been a part of:

  • Dream Guild Chronicles
  • Weapons of Mass Deception
  • The Yesterday Adjustment
  • The Seal Bearer

“Rules and limitations set on you by the author’s world is strangely liberating.”

Other cool stuff we chatted about:

…And Kevin invents the term #PodcastBombing


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http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-47-talking-with-david-bruns-about-writing-in-other-authors-worlds/feed/ 0 Today the guys talk with a guy who’s been on a “nuculur” submarine… and a writer. David Bruns has been writing full-time for 2 years. Some books he’s written/been a part of: Dream Guild Chronicles Weapons of Mass Deception The Yesterday Adjustment The ... Today the guys talk with a guy who’s been on a “nuculur” submarine… and a writer. David Bruns has been writing full-time for 2 years. Some books he’s written/been a part of: Dream Guild Chronicles Weapons of Mass Deception The Yesterday Adjustment The Seal Bearer “Rules and limitations set on you by the author’s world is strangely liberating.” Other cool stuff ... Read More Nick Thacker - Writer, Blogger, Self-Published Author 52:38
SPA 46: Children’s Books, Book Printing, Exclusivity, Fraud, and Plagiarism http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-46-childrens-books-book-printing-exclusivity-fraud-and-plagiarism/ Fri, 13 Nov 2015 14:00:38 +0000 http://fb8.627.myftpupload.com/?p=5827 http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-46-childrens-books-book-printing-exclusivity-fraud-and-plagiarism/#respond Nick Thacker <p>In this episode, the guys (Justin Sloan, Kevin Tumlinson, and Nick Thacker) take some time to update the world (or whoever's listening) on their world. Kevin's selling his house (finally), Justin's finishing up an exciting book and jumping into more projects, and Nick's dealing with how to build more margin into his life.</p> <p>For the show, we delve into some voicemails that we've left unanswered for a special occasion.</p> <p>Links mentioned:</p> <p> Nick's favorite fantastic calendar app for Mac: Fantastical 2<br /> Kindle Kid's Book Creator<br /> Jonah Lehrer's plagiarism (of himself), discussed by Steve Laube<br /> Nina Amir's How to Blog A Book<br /> eBooks and audiobooks totally free at NoiseTrade Books</p> <p>Want to be on the show? Leave us a voicemail by calling 978-48-ASK-ME, or visit SPApodcast.com! (Don't forget to leave us a review!) <p><a href='http://rss.beaconads.com/click.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5827&c=1570958221' target='_blank' rel='nofollow'><br /> <img src='http://rss.beaconads.com/img.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5827&c=1570958221' border='0' alt='' /></a></p> <p><a href='http://beaconads.com/buy/sitedetails/pubkey/73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862/zone/1285313' target='_blank'>Advertise here with Beacon Ads</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-46-childrens-books-book-printing-exclusivity-fraud-and-plagiarism/">SPA 46: Children’s Books, Book Printing, Exclusivity, Fraud, and Plagiarism</a> is copyright 2013 by <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com">Write Hacked</a>.</p> <hr /> <table align="center"> <tr><a href="http://www.livehacked.com/course-rss"><img src="http://www.livehacked.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/FWGTWF-Promo.png" width="600px"></a></tr> </table> In this episode, the guys (Justin Sloan, Kevin Tumlinson, and Nick Thacker) take some time to update the world (or whoever’s listening) on their world. Kevin’s selling his house (finally), Justin’s finishing up an exciting book and jumping into more projects, and Nick’s dealing with how to build more margin into his life.

For the show, we delve into some voicemails that we’ve left unanswered for a special occasion.

Links mentioned:

Want to be on the show? Leave us a voicemail by calling 978-48-ASK-ME, or visit SPApodcast.com! (Don’t forget to leave us a review!)


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http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-46-childrens-books-book-printing-exclusivity-fraud-and-plagiarism/feed/ 0 In this episode, the guys (Justin Sloan, Kevin Tumlinson, and Nick Thacker) take some time to update the world (or whoever’s listening) on their world. Kevin’s selling his house (finally), Justin’s finishing up an exciting book and jumping into more pr... In this episode, the guys (Justin Sloan, Kevin Tumlinson, and Nick Thacker) take some time to update the world (or whoever’s listening) on their world. Kevin’s selling his house (finally), Justin’s finishing up an exciting book and jumping into more projects, and Nick’s dealing with how to build more margin into his life. For the show, we delve into some ... Read More Nick Thacker - Writer, Blogger, Self-Published Author 59:38
SPA 45: When Do You Start Paying for Author Services (and What Services)? http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-45-when-do-you-start-paying-for-author-services-and-what-services/ Fri, 06 Nov 2015 14:00:28 +0000 http://fb8.627.myftpupload.com/?p=5817 http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-45-when-do-you-start-paying-for-author-services-and-what-services/#respond Nick Thacker <p>We talk about an important issue today: when do you start getting "serious" about writing (seeing it like a business)? More specifically, when you start paying real money for "author services" like publishing help, cover design, etc.?</p> <p>The bottom line for us? It seems like everything you do costs time, energy, or money (or some combination of all three).</p> <p>A few resources mentioned:</p> <p> LeadPages<br /> 99designs<br /> Wordpress (custom web design for authors)<br /> A great website costs $10,000<br /> Canva.com</p> <p>Check out the website at SPAPodcast.com, and don't forget to leave us a review!</p> <p>  <p><a href='http://rss.beaconads.com/click.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5817&c=471654247' target='_blank' rel='nofollow'><br /> <img src='http://rss.beaconads.com/img.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5817&c=471654247' border='0' alt='' /></a></p> <p><a href='http://beaconads.com/buy/sitedetails/pubkey/73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862/zone/1285313' target='_blank'>Advertise here with Beacon Ads</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-45-when-do-you-start-paying-for-author-services-and-what-services/">SPA 45: When Do You Start Paying for Author Services (and What Services)?</a> is copyright 2013 by <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com">Write Hacked</a>.</p> <hr /> <table align="center"> <tr><a href="http://www.livehacked.com/course-rss"><img src="http://www.livehacked.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/FWGTWF-Promo.png" width="600px"></a></tr> </table> We talk about an important issue today: when do you start getting “serious” about writing (seeing it like a business)? More specifically, when you start paying real money for “author services” like publishing help, cover design, etc.?

The bottom line for us? It seems like everything you do costs time, energy, or money (or some combination of all three).

A few resources mentioned:

Check out the website at SPAPodcast.com, and don’t forget to leave us a review!

 


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http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-45-when-do-you-start-paying-for-author-services-and-what-services/feed/ 0 We talk about an important issue today: when do you start getting “serious” about writing (seeing it like a business)? More specifically, when you start paying real money for “author services” like publishing help, cover design, etc.? We talk about an important issue today: when do you start getting “serious” about writing (seeing it like a business)? More specifically, when you start paying real money for “author services” like publishing help, cover design, etc.? The bottom line for us? It seems like everything you do costs time, energy, or money (or some combination of all three). A few ... Read More Nick Thacker - Writer, Blogger, Self-Published Author 53:40
SPA 44: Talking Book Marketing and Advertising with Mark Dawson http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-44-talking-book-marketing-and-advertising-with-mark-dawson/ Fri, 30 Oct 2015 13:00:50 +0000 http://fb8.627.myftpupload.com/?p=5814 http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-44-talking-book-marketing-and-advertising-with-mark-dawson/#respond Nick Thacker <p>Only have one book? Mark's advice: write the second book. No matter what.</p> <p>Want more advice? Read on, and listen in to this week's show:</p> <p>We chat with Mark Dawson, of Self Publishing Formula course fame (and a damn fine author, to boot!), about Facebook (and other) advertising. One of the things that (naturally) came up was a discussion about building a mailing list, and the immense value therein. For instance:</p> <p> Mark has an advance team (like Nick's "Street Team") of over 700 readers<br /> Those readers help with technical issues, errors, typos, plot edits, etc.<br /> He's able to launch every book he writes to the Top 100 in Amazon's store</p> <p>In short, he's been able to do that using nothing but Facebook's advertising platform.</p> <p>Questions we asked Mark:</p> <p> How much money do we need to start?<br /> What about genre? Young Adult (young) readers aren't really on Facebook/able to purchase books<br /> What's next, after Facebook?<br /> <p><a href='http://rss.beaconads.com/click.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5814&c=1833539952' target='_blank' rel='nofollow'><br /> <img src='http://rss.beaconads.com/img.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5814&c=1833539952' border='0' alt='' /></a></p> <p><a href='http://beaconads.com/buy/sitedetails/pubkey/73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862/zone/1285313' target='_blank'>Advertise here with Beacon Ads</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-44-talking-book-marketing-and-advertising-with-mark-dawson/">SPA 44: Talking Book Marketing and Advertising with Mark Dawson</a> is copyright 2013 by <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com">Write Hacked</a>.</p> <hr /> <table align="center"> <tr><a href="http://www.livehacked.com/course-rss"><img src="http://www.livehacked.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/FWGTWF-Promo.png" width="600px"></a></tr> </table> Only have one book? Mark’s advice: write the second book. No matter what.

Want more advice? Read on, and listen in to this week’s show:

We chat with Mark Dawson, of Self Publishing Formula course fame (and a damn fine author, to boot!), about Facebook (and other) advertising. One of the things that (naturally) came up was a discussion about building a mailing list, and the immense value therein. For instance:

  • Mark has an advance team (like Nick’s “Street Team“) of over 700 readers
  • Those readers help with technical issues, errors, typos, plot edits, etc.
  • He’s able to launch every book he writes to the Top 100 in Amazon’s store

In short, he’s been able to do that using nothing but Facebook’s advertising platform.

Questions we asked Mark:

  1. How much money do we need to start?
  2. What about genre? Young Adult (young) readers aren’t really on Facebook/able to purchase books
  3. What’s next, after Facebook?

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http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-44-talking-book-marketing-and-advertising-with-mark-dawson/feed/ 0 Only have one book? Mark’s advice: write the second book. No matter what. Want more advice? Read on, and listen in to this week’s show: We chat with Mark Dawson, of Self Publishing Formula course fame (and a damn fine author, to boot!), Only have one book? Mark’s advice: write the second book. No matter what. Want more advice? Read on, and listen in to this week’s show: We chat with Mark Dawson, of Self Publishing Formula course fame (and a damn fine author, to boot!), about Facebook (and other) advertising. One of the things that (naturally) came up was a discussion about ... Read More Nick Thacker - Writer, Blogger, Self-Published Author 50:31
SPA 43: How Not to Suck at Writing (Resources, Podcasts, and Books) http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-43-how-not-to-suck-at-writing-resources-podcasts-and-books/ Fri, 23 Oct 2015 19:25:52 +0000 http://fb8.627.myftpupload.com/?p=5838 http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-43-how-not-to-suck-at-writing-resources-podcasts-and-books/#respond Nick Thacker <p>Today, the guys talk about what resources they used (and still use) to be not sucky at writing. There are many tools out there, and thousands of books to read, and there's certainly not enough time in the day to study them all.</p> <p>So, in addition to some great ideas for books to read, podcasts to listen to, and resources to use, we chat about how to make the best of these things, as well as when to use this stuff and when to PBIC (put butt in chair) and write.</p> <p>Example resources:</p> <p> Podcasts<br /> Books<br /> Conferences<br /> Other writers<br /> ...and more. Seriously, just listen to this one.</p> <p>And don't forget to rate us on iTunes! Visit us online at SPApodcast.com! <p><a href='http://rss.beaconads.com/click.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5838&c=898265215' target='_blank' rel='nofollow'><br /> <img src='http://rss.beaconads.com/img.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5838&c=898265215' border='0' alt='' /></a></p> <p><a href='http://beaconads.com/buy/sitedetails/pubkey/73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862/zone/1285313' target='_blank'>Advertise here with Beacon Ads</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-43-how-not-to-suck-at-writing-resources-podcasts-and-books/">SPA 43: How Not to Suck at Writing (Resources, Podcasts, and Books)</a> is copyright 2013 by <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com">Write Hacked</a>.</p> <hr /> <table align="center"> <tr><a href="http://www.livehacked.com/course-rss"><img src="http://www.livehacked.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/FWGTWF-Promo.png" width="600px"></a></tr> </table> Today, the guys talk about what resources they used (and still use) to be not sucky at writing. There are many tools out there, and thousands of books to read, and there’s certainly not enough time in the day to study them all.

So, in addition to some great ideas for books to read, podcasts to listen to, and resources to use, we chat about how to make the best of these things, as well as when to use this stuff and when to PBIC (put butt in chair) and write.

Example resources:

  • Podcasts
  • Books
  • Conferences
  • Other writers
  • …and more. Seriously, just listen to this one.

And don’t forget to rate us on iTunes! Visit us online at SPApodcast.com!


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http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-43-how-not-to-suck-at-writing-resources-podcasts-and-books/feed/ 0 Today, the guys talk about what resources they used (and still use) to be not sucky at writing. There are many tools out there, and thousands of books to read, and there’s certainly not enough time in the day to study them all. So, Today, the guys talk about what resources they used (and still use) to be not sucky at writing. There are many tools out there, and thousands of books to read, and there’s certainly not enough time in the day to study them all. So, in addition to some great ideas for books to read, podcasts to listen to, and resources ... Read More Nick Thacker - Writer, Blogger, Self-Published Author 56:35
SPA 42: Analyzing Pixar’s 22 Rules of Story with Stephan Bugaj http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-42-analyzing-pixars-22-rules-of-story-with-stephan-bugaj/ Fri, 16 Oct 2015 13:00:29 +0000 http://fb8.627.myftpupload.com/?p=5825 http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-42-analyzing-pixars-22-rules-of-story-with-stephan-bugaj/#respond Nick Thacker <p>Pixar has "22 Rules of Story" (stop and read that right now if you haven't already), and Stephan Vladimir Bugaj decided to analyze them.</p> <p>The result is a great resource for writers of all types: Pixar's 22 Rules of Story Analyzed as a PDF eBook, available for free on Stephan's website.</p> <p>This week, Kevin and Justin (Nick was feeling lazy today) interview Stephan and talk story! <p><a href='http://rss.beaconads.com/click.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5825&c=307146486' target='_blank' rel='nofollow'><br /> <img src='http://rss.beaconads.com/img.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5825&c=307146486' border='0' alt='' /></a></p> <p><a href='http://beaconads.com/buy/sitedetails/pubkey/73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862/zone/1285313' target='_blank'>Advertise here with Beacon Ads</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-42-analyzing-pixars-22-rules-of-story-with-stephan-bugaj/">SPA 42: Analyzing Pixar’s 22 Rules of Story with Stephan Bugaj</a> is copyright 2013 by <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com">Write Hacked</a>.</p> <hr /> <table align="center"> <tr><a href="http://www.livehacked.com/course-rss"><img src="http://www.livehacked.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/FWGTWF-Promo.png" width="600px"></a></tr> </table> Pixar has “22 Rules of Story” (stop and read that right now if you haven’t already), and Stephan Vladimir Bugaj decided to analyze them.

The result is a great resource for writers of all types: Pixar’s 22 Rules of Story Analyzed as a PDF eBook, available for free on Stephan’s website.

This week, Kevin and Justin (Nick was feeling lazy today) interview Stephan and talk story!


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http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-42-analyzing-pixars-22-rules-of-story-with-stephan-bugaj/feed/ 0 Pixar has “22 Rules of Story” (stop and read that right now if you haven’t already), and Stephan Vladimir Bugaj decided to analyze them. The result is a great resource for writers of all types: Pixar’s 22 Rules of Story Analyzed as a PDF eBook, Pixar has “22 Rules of Story” (stop and read that right now if you haven’t already), and Stephan Vladimir Bugaj decided to analyze them. The result is a great resource for writers of all types: Pixar’s 22 Rules of Story Analyzed as a PDF eBook, available for free on Stephan’s website. This week, Kevin and Justin (Nick was feeling lazy today) interview ... Read More Nick Thacker - Writer, Blogger, Self-Published Author 50:31
SPA 41: Pricing is a Tricky Thing http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-41-pricing-is-a-tricky-thing/ Fri, 09 Oct 2015 17:25:20 +0000 http://fb8.627.myftpupload.com/?p=5820 http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-41-pricing-is-a-tricky-thing/#respond Nick Thacker <p>The guys (Kevin Tumlinson, Justin Sloan, and Nick Thacker) chat about book pricing: ebooks, hardcover, paperback, etc.</p> <p>You, as an author, have certainly already had this debate, at least internally. Now listen to three authors have the same debate out loud!</p> <p>And, as always, feel free to give us a ring at 978-48-ASK-ME any time.</p> <p>Leave us a review on iTunes here! <p><a href='http://rss.beaconads.com/click.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5820&c=964971071' target='_blank' rel='nofollow'><br /> <img src='http://rss.beaconads.com/img.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5820&c=964971071' border='0' alt='' /></a></p> <p><a href='http://beaconads.com/buy/sitedetails/pubkey/73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862/zone/1285313' target='_blank'>Advertise here with Beacon Ads</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-41-pricing-is-a-tricky-thing/">SPA 41: Pricing is a Tricky Thing</a> is copyright 2013 by <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com">Write Hacked</a>.</p> <hr /> <table align="center"> <tr><a href="http://www.livehacked.com/course-rss"><img src="http://www.livehacked.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/FWGTWF-Promo.png" width="600px"></a></tr> </table> The guys (Kevin Tumlinson, Justin Sloan, and Nick Thacker) chat about book pricing: ebooks, hardcover, paperback, etc.

You, as an author, have certainly already had this debate, at least internally. Now listen to three authors have the same debate out loud!

And, as always, feel free to give us a ring at 978-48-ASK-ME any time.

Leave us a review on iTunes here!


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http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-41-pricing-is-a-tricky-thing/feed/ 0 The guys (Kevin Tumlinson, Justin Sloan, and Nick Thacker) chat about book pricing: ebooks, hardcover, paperback, etc. You, as an author, have certainly already had this debate, at least internally. Now listen to three authors have the same debate out ... The guys (Kevin Tumlinson, Justin Sloan, and Nick Thacker) chat about book pricing: ebooks, hardcover, paperback, etc. You, as an author, have certainly already had this debate, at least internally. Now listen to three authors have the same debate out loud! And, as always, feel free to give us a ring at 978-48-ASK-ME any time. Leave us a review on ... Read More Nick Thacker - Writer, Blogger, Self-Published Author 50:58
SPA 40: First Book? What You Need to be Focusing On http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-40-first-book-what-you-need-to-be-focusing-on/ Fri, 18 Sep 2015 13:00:37 +0000 http://fb8.627.myftpupload.com/?p=5809 http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-40-first-book-what-you-need-to-be-focusing-on/#comments Nick Thacker <p>The guys (Kevin, Justin, and Nick) talk through damaging mindsets, not "feeling" it, and what to do about it, like discussing this stuff with your writing network. Don't have a writing network? That's step one.</p> <p>Then we start discussing some things you should be focusing on while you're working on your first book:</p> <p>Build your list!</p> <p>We use Author.Email (currently in beta), but WAY better (and WAY cheaper) than any other option, and designed specifically for authors.</p> <p>Write that book!</p> <p>This is even more important in some ways as building your list.</p> <p>Develop a writing relationship with one or more people</p> <p>Writer/critique groups, find like-minded people. (Nick's dead-simple hack: find someone who has the same sense of humor as you)</p> <p>Books mentioned (affiliate links): </p> <p>The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary by Gary Keller</p> <p>7 Habits for Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey</p> <p>Creative Writing Career by Justin Sloan</p> <p>The Hero's Journey by Joseph Campbell</p> <p>Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Brown</p> <p>How Fiction Works by James Wood</p> <p>Techniques of the Selling Writer by Dwight Swain</p> <p>Take Off Your Pants by Libbie Hawker</p> <p>Until next time, <p><a href='http://rss.beaconads.com/click.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5809&c=2054472865' target='_blank' rel='nofollow'><br /> <img src='http://rss.beaconads.com/img.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5809&c=2054472865' border='0' alt='' /></a></p> <p><a href='http://beaconads.com/buy/sitedetails/pubkey/73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862/zone/1285313' target='_blank'>Advertise here with Beacon Ads</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-40-first-book-what-you-need-to-be-focusing-on/">SPA 40: First Book? What You Need to be Focusing On</a> is copyright 2013 by <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com">Write Hacked</a>.</p> <hr /> <table align="center"> <tr><a href="http://www.livehacked.com/course-rss"><img src="http://www.livehacked.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/FWGTWF-Promo.png" width="600px"></a></tr> </table> The guys (Kevin, Justin, and Nick) talk through damaging mindsets, not “feeling” it, and what to do about it, like discussing this stuff with your writing network. Don’t have a writing network? That’s step one.

Then we start discussing some things you should be focusing on while you’re working on your first book:

Build your list!

We use Author.Email (currently in beta), but WAY better (and WAY cheaper) than any other option, and designed specifically for authors.

Write that book!

This is even more important in some ways as building your list.

Develop a writing relationship with one or more people

Writer/critique groups, find like-minded people. (Nick’s dead-simple hack: find someone who has the same sense of humor as you)

Books mentioned (affiliate links): 

The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary by Gary Keller

7 Habits for Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey

Creative Writing Career by Justin Sloan

The Hero’s Journey by Joseph Campbell

Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Brown

How Fiction Works by James Wood

Techniques of the Selling Writer by Dwight Swain

Take Off Your Pants by Libbie Hawker

Until next time,


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http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-40-first-book-what-you-need-to-be-focusing-on/feed/ 1 The guys (Kevin, Justin, and Nick) talk through damaging mindsets, not “feeling” it, and what to do about it, like discussing this stuff with your writing network. Don’t have a writing network? That’s step one. The guys (Kevin, Justin, and Nick) talk through damaging mindsets, not “feeling” it, and what to do about it, like discussing this stuff with your writing network. Don’t have a writing network? That’s step one. Then we start discussing some things you should be focusing on while you’re working on your first book: Build your list! We use Author.Email (currently ... Read More Nick Thacker - Writer, Blogger, Self-Published Author 57:06
SPA 39: How Not to Be A D-Bag Author http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-39-how-not-to-be-a-d-bag-author/ Fri, 11 Sep 2015 19:31:08 +0000 http://fb8.627.myftpupload.com/?p=5811 http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-39-how-not-to-be-a-d-bag-author/#comments Nick Thacker <p>Okay, this is the one we KNOW you've been asking for, so we bit the bullet and gave it to you. If you know what "d-bag" really means, are okay hearing it a lot, and are an author, this one's for you.</p> <p>...No other introduction needed, really.</p> <p>Probably NSFW, for what it's worth... <p><a href='http://rss.beaconads.com/click.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5811&c=18916121' target='_blank' rel='nofollow'><br /> <img src='http://rss.beaconads.com/img.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5811&c=18916121' border='0' alt='' /></a></p> <p><a href='http://beaconads.com/buy/sitedetails/pubkey/73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862/zone/1285313' target='_blank'>Advertise here with Beacon Ads</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-39-how-not-to-be-a-d-bag-author/">SPA 39: How Not to Be A D-Bag Author</a> is copyright 2013 by <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com">Write Hacked</a>.</p> <hr /> <table align="center"> <tr><a href="http://www.livehacked.com/course-rss"><img src="http://www.livehacked.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/FWGTWF-Promo.png" width="600px"></a></tr> </table> Okay, this is the one we KNOW you’ve been asking for, so we bit the bullet and gave it to you. If you know what “d-bag” really means, are okay hearing it a lot, and are an author, this one’s for you.

…No other introduction needed, really.

Probably NSFW, for what it’s worth…


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http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-39-how-not-to-be-a-d-bag-author/feed/ 1 Okay, this is the one we KNOW you’ve been asking for, so we bit the bullet and gave it to you. If you know what “d-bag” really means, are okay hearing it a lot, and are an author, this one’s for you. …No other introduction needed, really. Okay, this is the one we KNOW you’ve been asking for, so we bit the bullet and gave it to you. If you know what “d-bag” really means, are okay hearing it a lot, and are an author, this one’s for you. …No other introduction needed, really. Probably NSFW, for what it’s worth… Nick Thacker - Writer, Blogger, Self-Published Author 52:07
SPA 38: Panels, Signings, and Guest Appearances http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-38-panels-signings-and-guest-appearances/ Fri, 04 Sep 2015 13:00:44 +0000 http://fb8.627.myftpupload.com/?p=5806 http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-38-panels-signings-and-guest-appearances/#comments Nick Thacker <p>Question from David:<br /> "Amazon pays out 70% up to $9.99 and half that for ebook prices above. Why would anyone ever charge between $10 and $20 for an ebook, when the author gets less from amazon (and presumably sells fewer at a higher price)?</p> <p>Thanks,</p> <p>David"<br /> Our response: Probably not worth it to price higher than $9.99. Obviously there a few exceptions, but generally keeping your stuff within that "Amazon-approved" range of $2.99 to $9.99. Here's a post from Nick that describes his pricing strategy a bit more.</p> <p>Topic du jour: Panels! Writing Conferences! And More!</p> <p>We discuss how to get into speaking publicly, why you should, what to expect, and what you should try to get out of going to these shindigs. <p><a href='http://rss.beaconads.com/click.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5806&c=1407123659' target='_blank' rel='nofollow'><br /> <img src='http://rss.beaconads.com/img.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5806&c=1407123659' border='0' alt='' /></a></p> <p><a href='http://beaconads.com/buy/sitedetails/pubkey/73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862/zone/1285313' target='_blank'>Advertise here with Beacon Ads</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-38-panels-signings-and-guest-appearances/">SPA 38: Panels, Signings, and Guest Appearances</a> is copyright 2013 by <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com">Write Hacked</a>.</p> <hr /> <table align="center"> <tr><a href="http://www.livehacked.com/course-rss"><img src="http://www.livehacked.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/FWGTWF-Promo.png" width="600px"></a></tr> </table> Question from David:

“Amazon pays out 70% up to $9.99 and half that for ebook prices above. Why would anyone ever charge between $10 and $20 for an ebook, when the author gets less from amazon (and presumably sells fewer at a higher price)?

Thanks,

David”

Our response: Probably not worth it to price higher than $9.99. Obviously there a few exceptions, but generally keeping your stuff within that “Amazon-approved” range of $2.99 to $9.99. Here’s a post from Nick that describes his pricing strategy a bit more.

Topic du jour: Panels! Writing Conferences! And More!

We discuss how to get into speaking publicly, why you should, what to expect, and what you should try to get out of going to these shindigs.


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http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-38-panels-signings-and-guest-appearances/feed/ 1 Question from David: “Amazon pays out 70% up to $9.99 and half that for ebook prices above. Why would anyone ever charge between $10 and $20 for an ebook, when the author gets less from amazon (and presumably sells fewer at a higher price)? Thanks, Question from David: “Amazon pays out 70% up to $9.99 and half that for ebook prices above. Why would anyone ever charge between $10 and $20 for an ebook, when the author gets less from amazon (and presumably sells fewer at a higher price)? Thanks, David” Our response: Probably not worth it to price higher than $9.99. Obviously there a ... Read More Nick Thacker - Writer, Blogger, Self-Published Author 55:00
SPA 37: Crafting a Killer Book Launch http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-37-crafting-a-killer-book-launch/ Fri, 21 Aug 2015 13:00:15 +0000 http://fb8.627.myftpupload.com/?p=5779 http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-37-crafting-a-killer-book-launch/#respond Nick Thacker <p>Want to launch a book, and actually make sales? This is the episode for you!</p> <p>Some things Kevin and Nick mention: </p> <p>"Stuff at the Back of the Book" - Kevin's strategy for launching the next book in the series</p> <p>Launching a book can certainly be done with big, epic, things, but for most of us small changes can lead to big wins:</p> <p> Sending emails to friends/family/acquaintances, asking them to support me in some small way<br /> Slowly building a mailing list from scratch<br /> ASK PEOPLE to do the things you need them to do!</p> <p>Best strategies for launching a book with no list:</p> <p> Guest posts<br /> Interview posts<br /> Build that mailing list!</p> <p>There's much more hidden in this episode, so give it a listen! When you're finished, give us a review on iTunes!</p> <p>Check out our new offering - the BEST email service provider for authors. PERIOD.</p> <p>www.author.email or www.authoremail.com (both go to the same place) <p><a href='http://rss.beaconads.com/click.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5779&c=623370374' target='_blank' rel='nofollow'><br /> <img src='http://rss.beaconads.com/img.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5779&c=623370374' border='0' alt='' /></a></p> <p><a href='http://beaconads.com/buy/sitedetails/pubkey/73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862/zone/1285313' target='_blank'>Advertise here with Beacon Ads</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-37-crafting-a-killer-book-launch/">SPA 37: Crafting a Killer Book Launch</a> is copyright 2013 by <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com">Write Hacked</a>.</p> <hr /> <table align="center"> <tr><a href="http://www.livehacked.com/course-rss"><img src="http://www.livehacked.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/FWGTWF-Promo.png" width="600px"></a></tr> </table> Want to launch a book, and actually make sales? This is the episode for you!

Some things Kevin and Nick mention:

“Stuff at the Back of the Book” – Kevin’s strategy for launching the next book in the series

Launching a book can certainly be done with big, epic, things, but for most of us small changes can lead to big wins:

  • Sending emails to friends/family/acquaintances, asking them to support me in some small way
  • Slowly building a mailing list from scratch
  • ASK PEOPLE to do the things you need them to do!

Best strategies for launching a book with no list:

  • Guest posts
  • Interview posts
  • Build that mailing list!

There’s much more hidden in this episode, so give it a listen! When you’re finished, give us a review on iTunes!

Check out our new offering – the BEST email service provider for authors. PERIOD.

www.author.email or www.authoremail.com (both go to the same place)


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http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-37-crafting-a-killer-book-launch/feed/ 0 Want to launch a book, and actually make sales? This is the episode for you! Some things Kevin and Nick mention: “Stuff at the Back of the Book” – Kevin’s strategy for launching the next book in the series Launching a book can certainly be done with bi... Want to launch a book, and actually make sales? This is the episode for you! Some things Kevin and Nick mention: “Stuff at the Back of the Book” – Kevin’s strategy for launching the next book in the series Launching a book can certainly be done with big, epic, things, but for most of us small changes can lead to big wins: Sending ... Read More Nick Thacker - Writer, Blogger, Self-Published Author 58:42
SPA 36: How to Get Reviews for Your Books http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-36-how-to-get-reviews-for-your-books/ Fri, 14 Aug 2015 13:00:13 +0000 http://fb8.627.myftpupload.com/?p=5755 http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-36-how-to-get-reviews-for-your-books/#respond Nick Thacker <p>Need more reviews?</p> <p>We all do.</p> <p>In this episode of the Self-Publishing Answers Podcast, we discuss a few different to generate more reviews for your books. There are a handful of "proven" methods to gain reviews, and there are some other "best practice" methods.</p> <p>All of them work, and all of them are strategies you should be implementing!</p> <p>Listen the episode by clicking "play" below, or subscribe to the entire show using your favorite podcast player app and visiting us on iTunes! <p><a href='http://rss.beaconads.com/click.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5755&c=23340214' target='_blank' rel='nofollow'><br /> <img src='http://rss.beaconads.com/img.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5755&c=23340214' border='0' alt='' /></a></p> <p><a href='http://beaconads.com/buy/sitedetails/pubkey/73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862/zone/1285313' target='_blank'>Advertise here with Beacon Ads</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-36-how-to-get-reviews-for-your-books/">SPA 36: How to Get Reviews for Your Books</a> is copyright 2013 by <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com">Write Hacked</a>.</p> <hr /> <table align="center"> <tr><a href="http://www.livehacked.com/course-rss"><img src="http://www.livehacked.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/FWGTWF-Promo.png" width="600px"></a></tr> </table> Need more reviews?

We all do.

In this episode of the Self-Publishing Answers Podcast, we discuss a few different to generate more reviews for your books. There are a handful of “proven” methods to gain reviews, and there are some other “best practice” methods.

All of them work, and all of them are strategies you should be implementing!

Listen the episode by clicking “play” below, or subscribe to the entire show using your favorite podcast player app and visiting us on iTunes!


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http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-36-how-to-get-reviews-for-your-books/feed/ 0 Need more reviews? We all do. In this episode of the Self-Publishing Answers Podcast, we discuss a few different to generate more reviews for your books. There are a handful of “proven” methods to gain reviews, Need more reviews? We all do. In this episode of the Self-Publishing Answers Podcast, we discuss a few different to generate more reviews for your books. There are a handful of “proven” methods to gain reviews, and there are some other “best practice” methods. All of them work, and all of them are strategies you should be implementing! Listen the episode by ... Read More Nick Thacker - Writer, Blogger, Self-Published Author 58:09
SPA 35: The Future of Self-Publishing http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-35-the-future-of-self-publishing/ Fri, 07 Aug 2015 18:32:17 +0000 http://fb8.627.myftpupload.com/?p=5776 http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-35-the-future-of-self-publishing/#respond Nick Thacker <p>From past to present to future, Kevin and Nick discuss what has come before and what (we think) will come next in self-publishing (and books and publishing in general).</p> <p>Some ideas include better "recommendation engines" for discoverability, Amazon's using reading speed to recommend books to readers (and possibly all kinds of other scary things), and more!</p> <p>Don't miss this episode of The Self-Publishing Answers Podcast, back after an all-too-long absence!</p> <p>And don't forget to leave a review on iTunes: spapodcast.com. <p><a href='http://rss.beaconads.com/click.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5776&c=566938867' target='_blank' rel='nofollow'><br /> <img src='http://rss.beaconads.com/img.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5776&c=566938867' border='0' alt='' /></a></p> <p><a href='http://beaconads.com/buy/sitedetails/pubkey/73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862/zone/1285313' target='_blank'>Advertise here with Beacon Ads</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-35-the-future-of-self-publishing/">SPA 35: The Future of Self-Publishing</a> is copyright 2013 by <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com">Write Hacked</a>.</p> <hr /> <table align="center"> <tr><a href="http://www.livehacked.com/course-rss"><img src="http://www.livehacked.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/FWGTWF-Promo.png" width="600px"></a></tr> </table> From past to present to future, Kevin and Nick discuss what has come before and what (we think) will come next in self-publishing (and books and publishing in general).

Some ideas include better “recommendation engines” for discoverability, Amazon’s using reading speed to recommend books to readers (and possibly all kinds of other scary things), and more!

Don’t miss this episode of The Self-Publishing Answers Podcast, back after an all-too-long absence!

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http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-35-the-future-of-self-publishing/feed/ 0 From past to present to future, Kevin and Nick discuss what has come before and what (we think) will come next in self-publishing (and books and publishing in general). Some ideas include better “recommendation engines” for discoverability, From past to present to future, Kevin and Nick discuss what has come before and what (we think) will come next in self-publishing (and books and publishing in general). Some ideas include better “recommendation engines” for discoverability, Amazon’s using reading speed to recommend books to readers (and possibly all kinds of other scary things), and more! Don’t miss this episode ... Read More Nick Thacker - Writer, Blogger, Self-Published Author 56:11
SPA 34: “To Niche Or Not to Niche” http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-34-to-niche-or-not-to-niche/ Fri, 22 May 2015 13:00:22 +0000 http://fb8.627.myftpupload.com/?p=5683 http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-34-to-niche-or-not-to-niche/#comments Nick Thacker <p>In today's episode of The Self-Publishing Answers podcast, Kevin and I answer a great question from Jackie Bolen about "niche" markets, and whether or not she should focus in on a smaller niche or broaden the spectrum and make the niche bigger. We think we did a decent job answering it, even though Nick's baby whined the entire time and he sounded like he was a late-night radio show host on NPR. Kevin, once again, saved the day.</p> <p>On this show:</p> <p> TumThack Anticourse: Don't miss out on this one! We are offering three 2-hour phone calls with yours truly (both of us) and you! Check it out here!<br /> Jackie Bolen asks us a question! Woohoo! Niches, what to focus on, and audience!</p> <p>Mentions:</p> <p> Ramit Sethi (I Will Teach You To Be Rich): How to make money online (the step-by-step instructions)<br /> Dorie Clark: Stand Out: How to Find Your Breakthrough Idea and Build A Following Around It</p> <p>Pat Flynn of Smart Passive Income and how he "niches down:"</p> <p> SmartPassiveIncome.com<br /> GreenExamAcademy.com<br /> SecurityGuardTrainingHQ.com<br /> FoodTruckr.com</p> <p>Haven't rated or reviewed the show on iTunes yet? Why not? Do it here! <p><a href='http://rss.beaconads.com/click.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5683&c=290195229' target='_blank' rel='nofollow'><br /> <img src='http://rss.beaconads.com/img.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5683&c=290195229' border='0' alt='' /></a></p> <p><a href='http://beaconads.com/buy/sitedetails/pubkey/73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862/zone/1285313' target='_blank'>Advertise here with Beacon Ads</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-34-to-niche-or-not-to-niche/">SPA 34: “To Niche Or Not to Niche”</a> is copyright 2013 by <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com">Write Hacked</a>.</p> <hr /> <table align="center"> <tr><a href="http://www.livehacked.com/course-rss"><img src="http://www.livehacked.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/FWGTWF-Promo.png" width="600px"></a></tr> </table> In today’s episode of The Self-Publishing Answers podcast, Kevin and I answer a great question from Jackie Bolen about “niche” markets, and whether or not she should focus in on a smaller niche or broaden the spectrum and make the niche bigger. We think we did a decent job answering it, even though Nick’s baby whined the entire time and he sounded like he was a late-night radio show host on NPR. Kevin, once again, saved the day.

On this show:

  • TumThack Anticourse: Don’t miss out on this one! We are offering three 2-hour phone calls with yours truly (both of us) and you! Check it out here!
  • Jackie Bolen asks us a question! Woohoo! Niches, what to focus on, and audience!

Mentions:

Pat Flynn of Smart Passive Income and how he “niches down:”

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http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-34-to-niche-or-not-to-niche/feed/ 2 In today’s episode of The Self-Publishing Answers podcast, Kevin and I answer a great question from Jackie Bolen about “niche” markets, and whether or not she should focus in on a smaller niche or broaden the spectrum and make the niche bigger. In today’s episode of The Self-Publishing Answers podcast, Kevin and I answer a great question from Jackie Bolen about “niche” markets, and whether or not she should focus in on a smaller niche or broaden the spectrum and make the niche bigger. We think we did a decent job answering it, even though Nick’s baby whined the entire time and he sounded ... Read More Nick Thacker - Writer, Blogger, Self-Published Author 46:24
SPA 33: How to Design a Great Book Cover (Part 2) http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-33-how-to-design-a-great-book-cover-part-2/ Fri, 15 May 2015 14:16:20 +0000 http://fb8.627.myftpupload.com/?p=5665 http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-33-how-to-design-a-great-book-cover-part-2/#comments Nick Thacker <p>Last week, Kevin and I shared our best tips for designing a book cover, or at least what to look for in a great self-published book cover. We spent most of the time talking about fonts and typefaces, and some tips and tricks for getting them to "pop" off the cover without being cliche, obvious, or cheesy.</p> <p>As we promised, this week we'll spend most of the time talking about the imagery on the cover -- that is, everything else that's not typeface or font. From where to find those images/pictures to tips and tricks to making them look great with your title and author name, and special announcement about a sweet new service we created!</p> <p>Stock Photo Sites</p> <p> 123rf<br /> Shutterstock<br /> iStockPhoto<br /> Dollar Photo Club</p> <p>Design Programs</p> <p> Photoshop<br /> Gimp<br /> Pixlr.com<br /> Canva.com</p> <p>Tips and Tricks</p> <p> Use the Hue/Saturation tool<br /> Colorize the image first (tint)<br /> Use textures to overlay grungy images on top of photos<br /> Burn/dodge tool or gradient on images below text to make text pop</p> <p>Premade book covers?</p> <p>YES! Check out ReadyCovers.com for a premade book cover, ready-made for your book!</p> <p>Don't forget to rate the show on iTunes! <p><a href='http://rss.beaconads.com/click.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5665&c=1631572495' target='_blank' rel='nofollow'><br /> <img src='http://rss.beaconads.com/img.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5665&c=1631572495' border='0' alt='' /></a></p> <p><a href='http://beaconads.com/buy/sitedetails/pubkey/73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862/zone/1285313' target='_blank'>Advertise here with Beacon Ads</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-33-how-to-design-a-great-book-cover-part-2/">SPA 33: How to Design a Great Book Cover (Part 2)</a> is copyright 2013 by <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com">Write Hacked</a>.</p> <hr /> <table align="center"> <tr><a href="http://www.livehacked.com/course-rss"><img src="http://www.livehacked.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/FWGTWF-Promo.png" width="600px"></a></tr> </table> Last week, Kevin and I shared our best tips for designing a book cover, or at least what to look for in a great self-published book cover. We spent most of the time talking about fonts and typefaces, and some tips and tricks for getting them to “pop” off the cover without being cliche, obvious, or cheesy.

As we promised, this week we’ll spend most of the time talking about the imagery on the cover — that is, everything else that’s not typeface or font. From where to find those images/pictures to tips and tricks to making them look great with your title and author name, and special announcement about a sweet new service we created!

Stock Photo Sites

  1. 123rf
  2. Shutterstock
  3. iStockPhoto
  4. Dollar Photo Club

Design Programs

  1. Photoshop
  2. Gimp
  3. Pixlr.com
  4. Canva.com

Tips and Tricks

  • Use the Hue/Saturation tool
  • Colorize the image first (tint)
  • Use textures to overlay grungy images on top of photos
  • Burn/dodge tool or gradient on images below text to make text pop

Premade book covers?

YES! Check out ReadyCovers.com for a premade book cover, ready-made for your book!

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http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-33-how-to-design-a-great-book-cover-part-2/feed/ 1 Last week, Kevin and I shared our best tips for designing a book cover, or at least what to look for in a great self-published book cover. We spent most of the time talking about fonts and typefaces, and some tips and tricks for getting them to “pop” o... Last week, Kevin and I shared our best tips for designing a book cover, or at least what to look for in a great self-published book cover. We spent most of the time talking about fonts and typefaces, and some tips and tricks for getting them to “pop” off the cover without being cliche, obvious, or cheesy. As we promised, ... Read More Nick Thacker - Writer, Blogger, Self-Published Author 1:01:30
SPA 32: How to Design A Great Book Cover (Part 1) http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-32-how-to-design-a-great-book-cover-part-1/ Fri, 08 May 2015 13:00:07 +0000 http://fb8.627.myftpupload.com/?p=5655 http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-32-how-to-design-a-great-book-cover-part-1/#respond Nick Thacker <p>Today we're discussing book cover design. The first of two (at least) episodes, this one's about typeface/font choice for DIY cover design (and what to look for if someone else is doing it for you).</p> <p>News from Nick:</p> <p> Nick has a BookBub ad, so we'll talk about the results of that next week<br /> KDP (Amazon) has a new Dashboard look and feel, and it's oh-so-nice!<br /> The Enigma Strain audiobook edition is in production, once again by Mike Vendetti (produced The Golden Crystal and The Depths) - at ACX.com<br /> The Atlantis Deception has 44 reviews! It hit the #9 spot in Kindle Worlds!</p> <p>News from Kevin:</p> <p> Sterling and Stone Colony Summit - Indie author mastermind group<br /> Libbie Hawker's Gotta Read It - How to write a great book pitch<br /> New covers and book descriptions for Sawyer Jackson and Citadel series<br /> New "Books" page on KevinTumlinson.com<br /> Audiobook Empires with David H Lawrence XVII</p> <p>Most important features, in order, of a great cover:</p> <p> Scale: needs to be able to be read at a small size<br /> Title: needs to be readable, designed well<br /> Fonts/Typefaces:</p> <p> Start simple, get "fancier" only if needed<br /> Use dafont.com<br /> Pulpit Rock Church - check out the logo (lots of tracking on that Gil Sans!)<br /> The difference between Leading, Tracking, and Kerning (typesetting 101)<br /> Brands: Typefaces help make the cover noticeably part of "your brand," examples are James Patterson's, Tom Clancy's, James Rollins', Dan Brown's books</p> <p> Use an artboard like Pinterest to see a lot of great covers at once, or use Scrivener</p> <p>...and then we gave up for the week. Check us out next week for the follow-up to this episode!</p> <p>And leave us a review on iTunes! <p><a href='http://rss.beaconads.com/click.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5655&c=692464768' target='_blank' rel='nofollow'><br /> <img src='http://rss.beaconads.com/img.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5655&c=692464768' border='0' alt='' /></a></p> <p><a href='http://beaconads.com/buy/sitedetails/pubkey/73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862/zone/1285313' target='_blank'>Advertise here with Beacon Ads</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-32-how-to-design-a-great-book-cover-part-1/">SPA 32: How to Design A Great Book Cover (Part 1)</a> is copyright 2013 by <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com">Write Hacked</a>.</p> <hr /> <table align="center"> <tr><a href="http://www.livehacked.com/course-rss"><img src="http://www.livehacked.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/FWGTWF-Promo.png" width="600px"></a></tr> </table> Today we’re discussing book cover design. The first of two (at least) episodes, this one’s about typeface/font choice for DIY cover design (and what to look for if someone else is doing it for you).

News from Nick:

  • Nick has a BookBub ad, so we’ll talk about the results of that next week
  • KDP (Amazon) has a new Dashboard look and feel, and it’s oh-so-nice!
  • The Enigma Strain audiobook edition is in production, once again by Mike Vendetti (produced The Golden Crystal and The Depths) – at ACX.com
  • The Atlantis Deception has 44 reviews! It hit the #9 spot in Kindle Worlds!

News from Kevin:

Most important features, in order, of a great cover:

  • Scale: needs to be able to be read at a small size
  • Title: needs to be readable, designed well
  • Fonts/Typefaces:
  • Use an artboard like Pinterest to see a lot of great covers at once, or use Scrivener

…and then we gave up for the week. Check us out next week for the follow-up to this episode!

And leave us a review on iTunes!


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http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-32-how-to-design-a-great-book-cover-part-1/feed/ 0 Today we’re discussing book cover design. The first of two (at least) episodes, this one’s about typeface/font choice for DIY cover design (and what to look for if someone else is doing it for you). News from Nick: Nick has a BookBub ad, Today we’re discussing book cover design. The first of two (at least) episodes, this one’s about typeface/font choice for DIY cover design (and what to look for if someone else is doing it for you). News from Nick: Nick has a BookBub ad, so we’ll talk about the results of that next week KDP (Amazon) has a new Dashboard look and ... Read More Nick Thacker - Writer, Blogger, Self-Published Author 1:01:43
SPA 31: Story Structure and Crafting Great Books (Part 2) http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-31-story-structure-and-crafting-great-books-part-2/ Fri, 01 May 2015 14:00:58 +0000 http://fb8.627.myftpupload.com/?p=5562 http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-31-story-structure-and-crafting-great-books-part-2/#respond Nick Thacker <p>Kevin and Nick are back! Nick was out with a new baby (yep, totally worth it!), and Kevin was just lazy (or something like that. Nick got to write the description this time around.)</p> <p>We continue our (long overdue) discussion about story structure and crafting great books. Once again, we wanted to start with a high-level, "birds-eye-view" approach first, then move into some more granular, tactical ways to structure, outline, and craft fiction.</p> <p>We get into a few specific resources, including:</p> <p> Take Off Your Pants by Libbie Hawker<br /> The DC Comics Guide to Writing Comics by Dennis O'Neil<br /> Blue Topaz: Machine Helicopter (don't ask)<br /> Scrivener. Seriously, go buy this.<br /> Techniques of the Selling Writer by Dwight Swain<br /> Announcing: TumThack! The all-new author, self-publishing, and writing hub for awesomeness. Go. Write. Now.<br /> How to Write A Review On iTunes</p> <p>Come see us over at TumThack and give us a shout! And don't forget if you have a question, please send us a voicemail!</p> <p>Most importantly, tell your favorite podcast hosts what's up by leaving a review on iTunes! <p><a href='http://rss.beaconads.com/click.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5562&c=1421267057' target='_blank' rel='nofollow'><br /> <img src='http://rss.beaconads.com/img.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5562&c=1421267057' border='0' alt='' /></a></p> <p><a href='http://beaconads.com/buy/sitedetails/pubkey/73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862/zone/1285313' target='_blank'>Advertise here with Beacon Ads</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-31-story-structure-and-crafting-great-books-part-2/">SPA 31: Story Structure and Crafting Great Books (Part 2)</a> is copyright 2013 by <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com">Write Hacked</a>.</p> <hr /> <table align="center"> <tr><a href="http://www.livehacked.com/course-rss"><img src="http://www.livehacked.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/FWGTWF-Promo.png" width="600px"></a></tr> </table> Kevin and Nick are back! Nick was out with a new baby (yep, totally worth it!), and Kevin was just lazy (or something like that. Nick got to write the description this time around.)

We continue our (long overdue) discussion about story structure and crafting great books. Once again, we wanted to start with a high-level, “birds-eye-view” approach first, then move into some more granular, tactical ways to structure, outline, and craft fiction.

We get into a few specific resources, including:

Come see us over at TumThack and give us a shout! And don’t forget if you have a question, please send us a voicemail!

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http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-31-story-structure-and-crafting-great-books-part-2/feed/ 0 Kevin and Nick are back! Nick was out with a new baby (yep, totally worth it!), and Kevin was just lazy (or something like that. Nick got to write the description this time around.) We continue our (long overdue) discussion about story structure and cr... Kevin and Nick are back! Nick was out with a new baby (yep, totally worth it!), and Kevin was just lazy (or something like that. Nick got to write the description this time around.) We continue our (long overdue) discussion about story structure and crafting great books. Once again, we wanted to start with a high-level, “birds-eye-view” approach first, then move ... Read More Nick Thacker - Writer, Blogger, Self-Published Author 1:00:52
SPA 30: Story Structure and Crafting Great Books (Part 1) http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-30/ Fri, 27 Mar 2015 13:00:54 +0000 http://fb8.627.myftpupload.com/?p=5554 http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-30/#respond Nick Thacker <p>Today Kevin and Nick discuss one of their favorite topics (no, not themselves): story structure. Specifically, they get into the details of the Three-Act Play structure, how it really seems like four acts, and then get into some granular topics like scenes, sequels, and writing with conflict and subtext.</p> <p> Story by Robert McKee<br /> Screenplay by Syd Field<br /> Larry Brooks - StoryFix.com<br /> Kevin's Resources Page<br /> Hemingway: Hills Like White Elephants<br /> The Hero with a Thousand Faces<br /> <p><a href='http://rss.beaconads.com/click.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5554&c=2057574466' target='_blank' rel='nofollow'><br /> <img src='http://rss.beaconads.com/img.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5554&c=2057574466' border='0' alt='' /></a></p> <p><a href='http://beaconads.com/buy/sitedetails/pubkey/73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862/zone/1285313' target='_blank'>Advertise here with Beacon Ads</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-30/">SPA 30: Story Structure and Crafting Great Books (Part 1)</a> is copyright 2013 by <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com">Write Hacked</a>.</p> <hr /> <table align="center"> <tr><a href="http://www.livehacked.com/course-rss"><img src="http://www.livehacked.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/FWGTWF-Promo.png" width="600px"></a></tr> </table> Today Kevin and Nick discuss one of their favorite topics (no, not themselves): story structure. Specifically, they get into the details of the Three-Act Play structure, how it really seems like four acts, and then get into some granular topics like scenes, sequels, and writing with conflict and subtext.


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http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-30/feed/ 0 Today Kevin and Nick discuss one of their favorite topics (no, not themselves): story structure. Specifically, they get into the details of the Three-Act Play structure, how it really seems like four acts, and then get into some granular topics like sc... Today Kevin and Nick discuss one of their favorite topics (no, not themselves): story structure. Specifically, they get into the details of the Three-Act Play structure, how it really seems like four acts, and then get into some granular topics like scenes, sequels, and writing with conflict and subtext. Story by Robert McKee Screenplay by Syd Field Larry Brooks – ... Read More Nick Thacker - Writer, Blogger, Self-Published Author 53:09
SPA 29: Translation and Localization with Yannick Nelson of Azoogma http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-29/ Fri, 20 Mar 2015 13:00:16 +0000 http://fb8.627.myftpupload.com/?p=5556 http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-29/#respond Nick Thacker <p>Yannick Nelson works at a nifty place called Azoogma, a company specializing in translation and localization.</p> <p>As authors interested in translating our own works, we thought it would be helpful to interview Yannick and ask about the differences between "translation" and "localization," why both (or neither) are important for authors, and her thoughts on "bargain-priced" options like Babelcube.</p> <p>Don't miss this episode! <p><a href='http://rss.beaconads.com/click.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5556&c=916940751' target='_blank' rel='nofollow'><br /> <img src='http://rss.beaconads.com/img.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5556&c=916940751' border='0' alt='' /></a></p> <p><a href='http://beaconads.com/buy/sitedetails/pubkey/73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862/zone/1285313' target='_blank'>Advertise here with Beacon Ads</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-29/">SPA 29: Translation and Localization with Yannick Nelson of Azoogma</a> is copyright 2013 by <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com">Write Hacked</a>.</p> <hr /> <table align="center"> <tr><a href="http://www.livehacked.com/course-rss"><img src="http://www.livehacked.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/FWGTWF-Promo.png" width="600px"></a></tr> </table> Yannick Nelson works at a nifty place called Azoogma, a company specializing in translation and localization.

As authors interested in translating our own works, we thought it would be helpful to interview Yannick and ask about the differences between “translation” and “localization,” why both (or neither) are important for authors, and her thoughts on “bargain-priced” options like Babelcube.

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http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-29/feed/ 0 Yannick Nelson works at a nifty place called Azoogma, a company specializing in translation and localization. As authors interested in translating our own works, we thought it would be helpful to interview Yannick and ask about the differences between ... Yannick Nelson works at a nifty place called Azoogma, a company specializing in translation and localization. As authors interested in translating our own works, we thought it would be helpful to interview Yannick and ask about the differences between “translation” and “localization,” why both (or neither) are important for authors, and her thoughts on “bargain-priced” options like Babelcube. Don’t miss ... Read More Nick Thacker - Writer, Blogger, Self-Published Author 53:53
SPA 28: Dealing With Rejection as a Writer and Author http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-28-dealing-rejection-writer-author/ Fri, 27 Feb 2015 14:00:00 +0000 http://fb8.627.myftpupload.com/?p=5546 http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-28-dealing-rejection-writer-author/#respond Nick Thacker <p>How Kevin makes jerks into his best friends.</p> <p>The biggest professional networking mistake Nick has ever made.</p> <p>And how Kevin talks Nick off the ledge when he wants to lash out and punch people in the face.</p> <p> Distance yourself from the criticism. Possibly physically, always emotionally.<br /> Take time to process the criticism. Pause, reflect, realize, have empathy, etc. "Disruption."<br /> Admit fault (if needed). Redirect<br /> Paraphrase, re-paraphrase, redirect, and close.<br /> "Are they saying something offensive or are you just being offended?"<br /> Take responsibility for yourself. YOU are most often the reason you're feeling a certain way.</p> <p>  <p><a href='http://rss.beaconads.com/click.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5546&c=1630261189' target='_blank' rel='nofollow'><br /> <img src='http://rss.beaconads.com/img.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5546&c=1630261189' border='0' alt='' /></a></p> <p><a href='http://beaconads.com/buy/sitedetails/pubkey/73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862/zone/1285313' target='_blank'>Advertise here with Beacon Ads</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-28-dealing-rejection-writer-author/">SPA 28: Dealing With Rejection as a Writer and Author</a> is copyright 2013 by <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com">Write Hacked</a>.</p> <hr /> <table align="center"> <tr><a href="http://www.livehacked.com/course-rss"><img src="http://www.livehacked.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/FWGTWF-Promo.png" width="600px"></a></tr> </table> How Kevin makes jerks into his best friends.

The biggest professional networking mistake Nick has ever made.

And how Kevin talks Nick off the ledge when he wants to lash out and punch people in the face.

  1. Distance yourself from the criticism. Possibly physically, always emotionally.
  2. Take time to process the criticism. Pause, reflect, realize, have empathy, etc. “Disruption.”
  3. Admit fault (if needed). Redirect
  4. Paraphrase, re-paraphrase, redirect, and close.
  5. “Are they saying something offensive or are you just being offended?”
  6. Take responsibility for yourself. YOU are most often the reason you’re feeling a certain way.

 


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http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-28-dealing-rejection-writer-author/feed/ 0 How Kevin makes jerks into his best friends. The biggest professional networking mistake Nick has ever made. And how Kevin talks Nick off the ledge when he wants to lash out and punch people in the face. Distance yourself from the criticism. How Kevin makes jerks into his best friends. The biggest professional networking mistake Nick has ever made. And how Kevin talks Nick off the ledge when he wants to lash out and punch people in the face. Distance yourself from the criticism. Possibly physically, always emotionally. Take time to process the criticism. Pause, reflect, realize, have empathy, etc. “Disruption.” Admit fault ... Read More Nick Thacker - Writer, Blogger, Self-Published Author 1:03:29
SPA 27: How to Be (and Stay) Productive As A Writer http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-27-stay-productive-writer/ Fri, 20 Feb 2015 16:00:57 +0000 http://fb8.627.myftpupload.com/?p=5527 http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-27-stay-productive-writer/#respond Nick Thacker <p>Productivity 101.</p> <p>Want to be a productive writer? Write.</p> <p>Outside of that, here are the best tips we could think of (on the spot, at least) to help us be and stay productive as a writer:</p> <p> "Feeling like you're not productive enough is often what keeps me productive..." - Nick<br /> Jon Morrow's advice: "What gets on the calendar gets done."<br /> Steven Covey: "Put first things first"<br /> Eban Pagan productivity video: "We have a finite amount of willpower each. Use it to build habits instead of spending it on something else."<br /> Affirmations<br /> Scott Adams' How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big<br /> Inbox Zero<br /> Take a walk<br /> <p><a href='http://rss.beaconads.com/click.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5527&c=1709767329' target='_blank' rel='nofollow'><br /> <img src='http://rss.beaconads.com/img.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5527&c=1709767329' border='0' alt='' /></a></p> <p><a href='http://beaconads.com/buy/sitedetails/pubkey/73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862/zone/1285313' target='_blank'>Advertise here with Beacon Ads</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-27-stay-productive-writer/">SPA 27: How to Be (and Stay) Productive As A Writer</a> is copyright 2013 by <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com">Write Hacked</a>.</p> <hr /> <table align="center"> <tr><a href="http://www.livehacked.com/course-rss"><img src="http://www.livehacked.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/FWGTWF-Promo.png" width="600px"></a></tr> </table> Productivity 101.

Want to be a productive writer? Write.

Outside of that, here are the best tips we could think of (on the spot, at least) to help us be and stay productive as a writer:


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http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-27-stay-productive-writer/feed/ 0 Productivity 101. Want to be a productive writer? Write. Outside of that, here are the best tips we could think of (on the spot, at least) to help us be and stay productive as a writer: “Feeling like you’re not productive enough is often what keeps me ... Productivity 101. Want to be a productive writer? Write. Outside of that, here are the best tips we could think of (on the spot, at least) to help us be and stay productive as a writer: “Feeling like you’re not productive enough is often what keeps me productive…” – Nick Jon Morrow’s advice: “What gets on the calendar gets done.” Steven ... Read More Nick Thacker - Writer, Blogger, Self-Published Author 52:49
SPA 26: POD With Spotify Model – CompletelyNovel with Sarah Juckes http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-26-pod-spotify-model-completelynovel-sarah-juckes/ Fri, 06 Feb 2015 14:00:38 +0000 http://fb8.627.myftpupload.com/?p=5477 http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-26-pod-spotify-model-completelynovel-sarah-juckes/#respond Nick Thacker <p>This week Kevin and I have the pleasure to chat with Sarah Juckes of CompletelyNovel.com, specifically about self-publishing as an indie author, how to do it, what it means, and a "completely novel" way to do it (see what I did there?).</p> <p>Show links:</p> <p> CompletelyNovel.com<br /> The Book Depository<br /> Lightning Source<br /> Nick said "cup o’ joe"<br /> Completely Novel Guide to Marketing (book)</p> <p>Tune in next week, and don't forget to give us a rating/review on iTunes! <p><a href='http://rss.beaconads.com/click.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5477&c=839302826' target='_blank' rel='nofollow'><br /> <img src='http://rss.beaconads.com/img.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5477&c=839302826' border='0' alt='' /></a></p> <p><a href='http://beaconads.com/buy/sitedetails/pubkey/73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862/zone/1285313' target='_blank'>Advertise here with Beacon Ads</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-26-pod-spotify-model-completelynovel-sarah-juckes/">SPA 26: POD With Spotify Model – CompletelyNovel with Sarah Juckes</a> is copyright 2013 by <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com">Write Hacked</a>.</p> <hr /> <table align="center"> <tr><a href="http://www.livehacked.com/course-rss"><img src="http://www.livehacked.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/FWGTWF-Promo.png" width="600px"></a></tr> </table> This week Kevin and I have the pleasure to chat with Sarah Juckes of CompletelyNovel.com, specifically about self-publishing as an indie author, how to do it, what it means, and a “completely novel” way to do it (see what I did there?).

Show links:

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http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-26-pod-spotify-model-completelynovel-sarah-juckes/feed/ 0 This week Kevin and I have the pleasure to chat with Sarah Juckes of CompletelyNovel.com, specifically about self-publishing as an indie author, how to do it, what it means, and a “completely novel” way to do it (see what I did there?). This week Kevin and I have the pleasure to chat with Sarah Juckes of CompletelyNovel.com, specifically about self-publishing as an indie author, how to do it, what it means, and a “completely novel” way to do it (see what I did there?). Show links: CompletelyNovel.com The Book Depository Lightning Source Nick said “cup o’ joe” Completely Novel Guide to Marketing ... Read More Nick Thacker - Writer, Blogger, Self-Published Author 50:01
SPA 25: How to Generate Book Ideas http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-25-generate-book-ideas/ Fri, 30 Jan 2015 14:00:15 +0000 http://fb8.627.myftpupload.com/?p=5468 http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-25-generate-book-ideas/#comments Nick Thacker <p>A few resources:</p> <p> 20 Master Plots: and How to Build Them - Ronald B. Tobias<br /> Story Cubes<br /> The Amazing Story Generator</p> <p>Nick's Methods:</p> <p> Swipe files: Popular Science magazine, National Geographic, etc.<br /> "Iterative Approach:" Iterate and change a simple, granular idea until you have a better idea<br /> Rewrite a book you've read in the past (don't worry, it will likely be completely different when you're done with it!)</p> <p>Kevin's Methods:</p> <p> Get inspiration from pre-made book covers, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, etc.<br /> Get inspiration from artwork, "fantasy/sci-fi artwork" (or generalize for your genre)<br /> "Characters might be born out of a conversation with someone in real life"<br /> "Forensic Approach:" Ask yourself questions about a (theoretical) story<br /> "Epic doesn't start with epic"</p> <p>"For sale: baby shoes, never worn."</p> <p>"Blue Topaz: Machine Helicopter." <p><a href='http://rss.beaconads.com/click.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5468&c=1805836620' target='_blank' rel='nofollow'><br /> <img src='http://rss.beaconads.com/img.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5468&c=1805836620' border='0' alt='' /></a></p> <p><a href='http://beaconads.com/buy/sitedetails/pubkey/73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862/zone/1285313' target='_blank'>Advertise here with Beacon Ads</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-25-generate-book-ideas/">SPA 25: How to Generate Book Ideas</a> is copyright 2013 by <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com">Write Hacked</a>.</p> <hr /> <table align="center"> <tr><a href="http://www.livehacked.com/course-rss"><img src="http://www.livehacked.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/FWGTWF-Promo.png" width="600px"></a></tr> </table> A few resources:

Nick’s Methods:

  • Swipe files: Popular Science magazine, National Geographic, etc.
  • “Iterative Approach:” Iterate and change a simple, granular idea until you have a better idea
  • Rewrite a book you’ve read in the past (don’t worry, it will likely be completely different when you’re done with it!)

Kevin’s Methods:

  • Get inspiration from pre-made book covers, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, etc.
  • Get inspiration from artwork, “fantasy/sci-fi artwork” (or generalize for your genre)
  • “Characters might be born out of a conversation with someone in real life”
  • “Forensic Approach:” Ask yourself questions about a (theoretical) story
  • “Epic doesn’t start with epic”

“For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”

“Blue Topaz: Machine Helicopter.”


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http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-25-generate-book-ideas/feed/ 2 A few resources: 20 Master Plots: and How to Build Them – Ronald B. Tobias Story Cubes The Amazing Story Generator Nick’s Methods: Swipe files: Popular Science magazine, National Geographic, etc. “Iterative Approach:” Iterate and change a simple, A few resources: 20 Master Plots: and How to Build Them – Ronald B. Tobias Story Cubes The Amazing Story Generator Nick’s Methods: Swipe files: Popular Science magazine, National Geographic, etc. “Iterative Approach:” Iterate and change a simple, granular idea until you have a better idea Rewrite a book you’ve read in the past (don’t worry, it will likely be completely ... Read More Nick Thacker - Writer, Blogger, Self-Published Author 59:57
SPA 24: Foreign Markets for Indie Authors http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-24-foreign-markets-indie-authors/ Fri, 23 Jan 2015 14:00:18 +0000 http://fb8.627.myftpupload.com/?p=5459 http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-24-foreign-markets-indie-authors/#comments Nick Thacker <p>Very important episode today, based on this question:</p> <p>What are you doing to secure your author future in international markets?</p> <p>If you haven't thought about it, definitely listen to this episode!</p> <p>Here's a little of what we discuss:</p> <p> Babelcube: Translations<br /> Fiverr.com: Easy, quick, and cheap jobs (I used it to review the Babelcube translation)<br /> ACX: Audiobook narration, owned by Amazon<br /> Azoogma: Localization and translation services<br /> The Lucid: Episode 1<br /> Lumbersexual - the article from TheAtlantic.com</p> <p>Tune in next week, and don't forget to leave a review! <p><a href='http://rss.beaconads.com/click.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5459&c=578485124' target='_blank' rel='nofollow'><br /> <img src='http://rss.beaconads.com/img.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5459&c=578485124' border='0' alt='' /></a></p> <p><a href='http://beaconads.com/buy/sitedetails/pubkey/73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862/zone/1285313' target='_blank'>Advertise here with Beacon Ads</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-24-foreign-markets-indie-authors/">SPA 24: Foreign Markets for Indie Authors</a> is copyright 2013 by <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com">Write Hacked</a>.</p> <hr /> <table align="center"> <tr><a href="http://www.livehacked.com/course-rss"><img src="http://www.livehacked.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/FWGTWF-Promo.png" width="600px"></a></tr> </table> Very important episode today, based on this question:

What are you doing to secure your author future in international markets?

If you haven’t thought about it, definitely listen to this episode!

Here’s a little of what we discuss:

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http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-24-foreign-markets-indie-authors/feed/ 2 Very important episode today, based on this question: What are you doing to secure your author future in international markets? If you haven’t thought about it, definitely listen to this episode! Here’s a little of what we discuss: Babelcube: Translati... Very important episode today, based on this question: What are you doing to secure your author future in international markets? If you haven’t thought about it, definitely listen to this episode! Here’s a little of what we discuss: Babelcube: Translations Fiverr.com: Easy, quick, and cheap jobs (I used it to review the Babelcube translation) ACX: Audiobook narration, owned by Amazon Azoogma: Localization ... Read More Nick Thacker - Writer, Blogger, Self-Published Author 1:00:47
SPA 23: Outsourcing http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-23-outsourcing/ Fri, 16 Jan 2015 14:00:29 +0000 http://fb8.627.myftpupload.com/?p=5464 http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-23-outsourcing/#respond Nick Thacker <p>Outsourcing. </p> <p>What is it? Basically, getting someone else to do work for you. What kind of work?</p> <p>That's the question. In this episode, Kevin and I chat about outsourcing as an author, what we outsource, what we want to outsource, and, of course, tangents.</p> <p>Here are the books mentioned:</p> <p> Miracle Morning by Hal "Yo Pal Hal" Elrod: MiracleMorning.com<br /> My Life as an Experiment by AJ Jacobs<br /> The Four Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss</p> <p>And a few of the services offered:</p> <p> 99designs<br /> Fiverr<br /> Elance</p> <p>Tune in next week!</p> <p>Want to rate this show on iTunes? Yeah, we thought you did. Just click here! <p><a href='http://rss.beaconads.com/click.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5464&c=2001412306' target='_blank' rel='nofollow'><br /> <img src='http://rss.beaconads.com/img.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5464&c=2001412306' border='0' alt='' /></a></p> <p><a href='http://beaconads.com/buy/sitedetails/pubkey/73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862/zone/1285313' target='_blank'>Advertise here with Beacon Ads</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-23-outsourcing/">SPA 23: Outsourcing</a> is copyright 2013 by <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com">Write Hacked</a>.</p> <hr /> <table align="center"> <tr><a href="http://www.livehacked.com/course-rss"><img src="http://www.livehacked.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/FWGTWF-Promo.png" width="600px"></a></tr> </table> Outsourcing. 

What is it? Basically, getting someone else to do work for you. What kind of work?

That’s the question. In this episode, Kevin and I chat about outsourcing as an author, what we outsource, what we want to outsource, and, of course, tangents.

Here are the books mentioned:

And a few of the services offered:

Tune in next week!

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http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-23-outsourcing/feed/ 0 Outsourcing.  What is it? Basically, getting someone else to do work for you. What kind of work? That’s the question. In this episode, Kevin and I chat about outsourcing as an author, what we outsource, what we want to outsource, and, of course, Outsourcing.  What is it? Basically, getting someone else to do work for you. What kind of work? That’s the question. In this episode, Kevin and I chat about outsourcing as an author, what we outsource, what we want to outsource, and, of course, tangents. Here are the books mentioned: Miracle Morning by Hal “Yo Pal Hal” Elrod: MiracleMorning.com My Life as an Experiment ... Read More Nick Thacker - Writer, Blogger, Self-Published Author 53:16
SPA 22: The Merry Christmas Episode! http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-22-merry-christmas-episode/ Sat, 27 Dec 2014 00:08:58 +0000 http://fb8.627.myftpupload.com/?p=5446 http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-22-merry-christmas-episode/#comments Nick Thacker <p>Merry Christmas episode! Today Kevin and I talk about these "Must-Haves" for writers. For you or the writer in your life, these tools and toys are just what you want to see under the tree!</p> <p> First, our own stuff!</p> <p> The Lucid<br /> Citadel Series<br /> The Atlantis Deception</p> <p> Scrivener (free trial available)<br /> Learn Scrivener Fast program<br /> Calibre<br /> Self-Publishing Podcast<br /> Audience Business Masterclass<br /> On Writing - Stephen King<br /> Poop (literally)<br /> Cards Against Humanity<br /> Apples to Apples<br /> Story Cubes<br /> Writer Emergency Packs<br /> The Productive Writer - 2015 Productivity Planner<br /> Evernote<br /> Dropbox<br /> MacBook Pro<br /> Reclaimed wood bath caddy (because... it's awesome)</p> <p>Hope you had a Merry Christmas, happy holiday, and a great New Year! <p><a href='http://rss.beaconads.com/click.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5446&c=1242128606' target='_blank' rel='nofollow'><br /> <img src='http://rss.beaconads.com/img.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5446&c=1242128606' border='0' alt='' /></a></p> <p><a href='http://beaconads.com/buy/sitedetails/pubkey/73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862/zone/1285313' target='_blank'>Advertise here with Beacon Ads</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-22-merry-christmas-episode/">SPA 22: The Merry Christmas Episode!</a> is copyright 2013 by <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com">Write Hacked</a>.</p> <hr /> <table align="center"> <tr><a href="http://www.livehacked.com/course-rss"><img src="http://www.livehacked.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/FWGTWF-Promo.png" width="600px"></a></tr> </table> Merry Christmas episode! Today Kevin and I talk about these “Must-Haves” for writers. For you or the writer in your life, these tools and toys are just what you want to see under the tree!

Hope you had a Merry Christmas, happy holiday, and a great New Year!


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http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-22-merry-christmas-episode/feed/ 2 Merry Christmas episode! Today Kevin and I talk about these “Must-Haves” for writers. For you or the writer in your life, these tools and toys are just what you want to see under the tree! First, our own stuff! Merry Christmas episode! Today Kevin and I talk about these “Must-Haves” for writers. For you or the writer in your life, these tools and toys are just what you want to see under the tree! First, our own stuff! The Lucid Citadel Series The Atlantis Deception Scrivener (free trial available) Learn Scrivener Fast program Calibre Self-Publishing Podcast Audience Business Masterclass ... Read More Nick Thacker - Writer, Blogger, Self-Published Author 1:07:39
SPA 21: Voicemail Q&A http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-21-voicemail-qa/ Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:56:27 +0000 http://fb8.627.myftpupload.com/?p=5443 http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-21-voicemail-qa/#comments Nick Thacker <p>Voicemails! Two today:</p> <p>1. Should I "ship" (release the book) right away or wait until it's "perfect?"</p> <p>Nick's answer: Have a process ("The Gauntlet") that protects you. Here's mine:</p> <p> Write<br /> Rewrite<br /> Self-Edit<br /> Send to Editor<br /> Beta Readers<br /> Final Read-Through<br /> Release!</p> <p>Kevin's answer: Don't wait until it's "perfect" -- it never will be! However, have an "MVP" (Minimum Viable Product) that's been edited, polished, make it something you're proud of. Don't just go for "good enough," but make it something you're truly happy with. Just not perfect!</p> <p>2. Should I buy an ISBN? Do I need one?</p> <p>In short, no. Unless you're really keen on having your book show up in book distribution catalogs and systems with your publishing company listed as the name. Kevin and I use CreateSpace for paperback versions, and I use IngramSpark for hardcover (they have a really nice matte finished cover option). CreateSpace is listed as the publisher according to Bowker when you look it up in the store (brick-and-mortar).</p> <p>Bottom line: build your audience through ebooks, not print. You'll make about the same amount from each anyway, and ebooks are obviously cheaper.</p> <p>Most importantly, Kevin knows the phone number! 978-48-ASK-ME <p><a href='http://rss.beaconads.com/click.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5443&c=1923280919' target='_blank' rel='nofollow'><br /> <img src='http://rss.beaconads.com/img.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5443&c=1923280919' border='0' alt='' /></a></p> <p><a href='http://beaconads.com/buy/sitedetails/pubkey/73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862/zone/1285313' target='_blank'>Advertise here with Beacon Ads</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-21-voicemail-qa/">SPA 21: Voicemail Q&A</a> is copyright 2013 by <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com">Write Hacked</a>.</p> <hr /> <table align="center"> <tr><a href="http://www.livehacked.com/course-rss"><img src="http://www.livehacked.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/FWGTWF-Promo.png" width="600px"></a></tr> </table> Voicemails! Two today:

1. Should I “ship” (release the book) right away or wait until it’s “perfect?”

Nick’s answer: Have a process (“The Gauntlet”) that protects you. Here’s mine:

  1. Write
  2. Rewrite
  3. Self-Edit
  4. Send to Editor
  5. Beta Readers
  6. Final Read-Through
  7. Release!

Kevin’s answer: Don’t wait until it’s “perfect” — it never will be! However, have an “MVP” (Minimum Viable Product) that’s been edited, polished, make it something you’re proud of. Don’t just go for “good enough,” but make it something you’re truly happy with. Just not perfect!

2. Should I buy an ISBN? Do I need one?

In short, no. Unless you’re really keen on having your book show up in book distribution catalogs and systems with your publishing company listed as the name. Kevin and I use CreateSpace for paperback versions, and I use IngramSpark for hardcover (they have a really nice matte finished cover option). CreateSpace is listed as the publisher according to Bowker when you look it up in the store (brick-and-mortar).

Bottom line: build your audience through ebooks, not print. You’ll make about the same amount from each anyway, and ebooks are obviously cheaper.

Most importantly, Kevin knows the phone number! 978-48-ASK-ME


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http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-21-voicemail-qa/feed/ 2 Voicemails! Two today: 1. Should I “ship” (release the book) right away or wait until it’s “perfect?” Nick’s answer: Have a process (“The Gauntlet”) that protects you. Here’s mine: Write Rewrite Self-Edit Send to Editor Beta Readers Final Read-Through ... Voicemails! Two today: 1. Should I “ship” (release the book) right away or wait until it’s “perfect?” Nick’s answer: Have a process (“The Gauntlet”) that protects you. Here’s mine: Write Rewrite Self-Edit Send to Editor Beta Readers Final Read-Through Release! Kevin’s answer: Don’t wait until it’s “perfect” — it never will be! However, have an “MVP” (Minimum Viable Product) that’s been ... Read More Nick Thacker - Writer, Blogger, Self-Published Author 59:17
SPA 20: Dreams, Goals, and “Breaking the Chain” http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-20-dreams-goals-breaking-chain/ Fri, 12 Dec 2014 15:00:40 +0000 http://fb8.627.myftpupload.com/?p=5435 http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-20-dreams-goals-breaking-chain/#comments Nick Thacker <p>This week, Kevin and I chat about goals: how to set them, how "granular" they need to be, and why they're important to us as writers/entrepreneurs. Also, we chat about the difference between "dreams" and "goals," and why I think they're crucial to my long-term success plan.</p> <p>Also, The Productive Writer: 2015 Productivity Planner is back for a limited time! If you missed out on one earlier, grab one here: http://www.lulu.com/shop/nick-thacker/the-productive-writer-2015-productivity-planner/paperback/product-21941917.html</p> <p>We also mention:</p> <p> Evernote<br /> Lift<br /> Commit (iOS app)<br /> "Beat the Week" (Kevin's brand of goal setting/keeping)<br /> Don't Break the Chain (Seinfeld's well-known recipe for goals, and the associate website)<br /> Tim Ferriss' "Lifestyle Costing" (or dreamlining)</p> <p>As always, if you like this stuff, PLEASE rate us on the iTunes podcast store/page!  <p><a href='http://rss.beaconads.com/click.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5435&c=473072741' target='_blank' rel='nofollow'><br /> <img src='http://rss.beaconads.com/img.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5435&c=473072741' border='0' alt='' /></a></p> <p><a href='http://beaconads.com/buy/sitedetails/pubkey/73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862/zone/1285313' target='_blank'>Advertise here with Beacon Ads</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-20-dreams-goals-breaking-chain/">SPA 20: Dreams, Goals, and “Breaking the Chain”</a> is copyright 2013 by <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com">Write Hacked</a>.</p> <hr /> <table align="center"> <tr><a href="http://www.livehacked.com/course-rss"><img src="http://www.livehacked.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/FWGTWF-Promo.png" width="600px"></a></tr> </table> This week, Kevin and I chat about goals: how to set them, how “granular” they need to be, and why they’re important to us as writers/entrepreneurs. Also, we chat about the difference between “dreams” and “goals,” and why I think they’re crucial to my long-term success plan.

Also, The Productive Writer: 2015 Productivity Planner is back for a limited time! If you missed out on one earlier, grab one here: http://www.lulu.com/shop/nick-thacker/the-productive-writer-2015-productivity-planner/paperback/product-21941917.html

We also mention:

As always, if you like this stuff, PLEASE rate us on the iTunes podcast store/page! 


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http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-20-dreams-goals-breaking-chain/feed/ 2 This week, Kevin and I chat about goals: how to set them, how “granular” they need to be, and why they’re important to us as writers/entrepreneurs. Also, we chat about the difference between “dreams” and “goals, This week, Kevin and I chat about goals: how to set them, how “granular” they need to be, and why they’re important to us as writers/entrepreneurs. Also, we chat about the difference between “dreams” and “goals,” and why I think they’re crucial to my long-term success plan. Also, The Productive Writer: 2015 Productivity Planner is back for a limited time! ... Read More Nick Thacker - Writer, Blogger, Self-Published Author 54:40
SPA 19: The Kevin and Jonny Andrews Show! http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-19-kevin-jonny-show/ Fri, 05 Dec 2014 16:00:57 +0000 http://fb8.627.myftpupload.com/?p=5434 http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-19-kevin-jonny-show/#comments Nick Thacker <p>Kevin and Jonny steal the airwaves from me (Nick) today, since I was held up with frozen pipes. Kevin and Jonny do an interview-style episode about marketing yourself on Facebook and other things.</p> <p>I found myself taking notes on things I'd never even considered. Jonny goes in-depth into some of the advanced list-building and marketing techniques that took him and his clients into the sales and success stratosphere.</p> <p>If you've got a book, or just something to say, don't miss this episode! <p><a href='http://rss.beaconads.com/click.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5434&c=660805332' target='_blank' rel='nofollow'><br /> <img src='http://rss.beaconads.com/img.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5434&c=660805332' border='0' alt='' /></a></p> <p><a href='http://beaconads.com/buy/sitedetails/pubkey/73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862/zone/1285313' target='_blank'>Advertise here with Beacon Ads</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-19-kevin-jonny-show/">SPA 19: The Kevin and Jonny Andrews Show!</a> is copyright 2013 by <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com">Write Hacked</a>.</p> <hr /> <table align="center"> <tr><a href="http://www.livehacked.com/course-rss"><img src="http://www.livehacked.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/FWGTWF-Promo.png" width="600px"></a></tr> </table> Kevin and Jonny steal the airwaves from me (Nick) today, since I was held up with frozen pipes. Kevin and Jonny do an interview-style episode about marketing yourself on Facebook and other things.

I found myself taking notes on things I’d never even considered. Jonny goes in-depth into some of the advanced list-building and marketing techniques that took him and his clients into the sales and success stratosphere.

If you’ve got a book, or just something to say, don’t miss this episode!


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http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-19-kevin-jonny-show/feed/ 2 Kevin and Jonny steal the airwaves from me (Nick) today, since I was held up with frozen pipes. Kevin and Jonny do an interview-style episode about marketing yourself on Facebook and other things. I found myself taking notes on things I’d never even co... Kevin and Jonny steal the airwaves from me (Nick) today, since I was held up with frozen pipes. Kevin and Jonny do an interview-style episode about marketing yourself on Facebook and other things. I found myself taking notes on things I’d never even considered. Jonny goes in-depth into some of the advanced list-building and marketing techniques that took him and ... Read More Nick Thacker - Writer, Blogger, Self-Published Author 50:06
SPA 18: Systems for Writers (Part 2) http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-18-systems-writers-part-2/ Fri, 21 Nov 2014 20:40:04 +0000 http://fb8.627.myftpupload.com/?p=5428 http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-18-systems-writers-part-2/#comments Nick Thacker <p>We're talking today about the second type of "systems" in an author business: the business side of things, including marketing and growing a mailing list. We started to get into a few things and quickly realized that this topic is WAY bigger than we initially thought. For that reason, we decided to end it by inviting you to call our voicemail line and ask a more specific question: 978-48-ASK-ME.</p> <p> Scrivener - Mac<br /> Scrivener - Windows<br /> The Lucid - Episode One (now live!)<br /> The Wake-Up Call: What It Means to Be A Self-Published Writer<br /> How to use Twitter</p> <p>Ask us a question: 978-48-ASK-ME. We'll air it on the show!</p> <p>Also, leave a review on iTunes! <p><a href='http://rss.beaconads.com/click.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5428&c=1035792111' target='_blank' rel='nofollow'><br /> <img src='http://rss.beaconads.com/img.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5428&c=1035792111' border='0' alt='' /></a></p> <p><a href='http://beaconads.com/buy/sitedetails/pubkey/73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862/zone/1285313' target='_blank'>Advertise here with Beacon Ads</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-18-systems-writers-part-2/">SPA 18: Systems for Writers (Part 2)</a> is copyright 2013 by <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com">Write Hacked</a>.</p> <hr /> <table align="center"> <tr><a href="http://www.livehacked.com/course-rss"><img src="http://www.livehacked.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/FWGTWF-Promo.png" width="600px"></a></tr> </table> We’re talking today about the second type of “systems” in an author business: the business side of things, including marketing and growing a mailing list. We started to get into a few things and quickly realized that this topic is WAY bigger than we initially thought. For that reason, we decided to end it by inviting you to call our voicemail line and ask a more specific question: 978-48-ASK-ME.

Ask us a question: 978-48-ASK-ME. We’ll air it on the show!

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http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-18-systems-writers-part-2/feed/ 2 We’re talking today about the second type of “systems” in an author business: the business side of things, including marketing and growing a mailing list. We started to get into a few things and quickly realized that this topic is WAY bigger than we in... We’re talking today about the second type of “systems” in an author business: the business side of things, including marketing and growing a mailing list. We started to get into a few things and quickly realized that this topic is WAY bigger than we initially thought. For that reason, we decided to end it by inviting you to call our ... Read More Nick Thacker - Writer, Blogger, Self-Published Author 57:07
SPA 17: Systems for Writers (Part 1) http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-17/ Sun, 16 Nov 2014 22:39:21 +0000 http://fb8.627.myftpupload.com/?p=5419 http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-17/#comments Nick Thacker <p>In this episode on systems, Kevin and I discuss "systems" we use for writing fiction. We'll get into systems for the business side of things in a later episode, but in today's, here's what we discuss:</p> <p> NaNoWriMo<br /> Scrivener<br /> Learn Scrivener Fast<br /> Writing 10k Words A Day<br /> Nick's 3 Hacks for Writing A Whole Bunch-A-Lot:</p> <p> Plan!<br /> Leave on a cliffhanger<br /> Set a writing schedule</p> <p>Don't forget to rate the show on iTunes! <p><a href='http://rss.beaconads.com/click.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5419&c=525867867' target='_blank' rel='nofollow'><br /> <img src='http://rss.beaconads.com/img.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5419&c=525867867' border='0' alt='' /></a></p> <p><a href='http://beaconads.com/buy/sitedetails/pubkey/73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862/zone/1285313' target='_blank'>Advertise here with Beacon Ads</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-17/">SPA 17: Systems for Writers (Part 1)</a> is copyright 2013 by <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com">Write Hacked</a>.</p> <hr /> <table align="center"> <tr><a href="http://www.livehacked.com/course-rss"><img src="http://www.livehacked.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/FWGTWF-Promo.png" width="600px"></a></tr> </table> In this episode on systems, Kevin and I discuss “systems” we use for writing fiction. We’ll get into systems for the business side of things in a later episode, but in today’s, here’s what we discuss:

  • NaNoWriMo
  • Scrivener
  • Learn Scrivener Fast
  • Writing 10k Words A Day
  • Nick’s 3 Hacks for Writing A Whole Bunch-A-Lot:
    • Plan!
    • Leave on a cliffhanger
    • Set a writing schedule

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http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-17/feed/ 2 In this episode on systems, Kevin and I discuss “systems” we use for writing fiction. We’ll get into systems for the business side of things in a later episode, but in today’s, here’s what we discuss: NaNoWriMo Scrivener Learn Scrivener Fast Writing 10... In this episode on systems, Kevin and I discuss “systems” we use for writing fiction. We’ll get into systems for the business side of things in a later episode, but in today’s, here’s what we discuss: NaNoWriMo Scrivener Learn Scrivener Fast Writing 10k Words A Day Nick’s 3 Hacks for Writing A Whole Bunch-A-Lot: Plan! Leave on a cliffhanger Set a ... Read More Nick Thacker - Writer, Blogger, Self-Published Author 47:01
SPA 16: Routine, Author Earnings, and Book Markets http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-16/ Wed, 12 Nov 2014 16:51:42 +0000 http://fb8.627.myftpupload.com/?p=5398 http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-16/#respond Nick Thacker <p>(I know it's not Friday, so I'm sorry for getting this posted late!)</p> <p>Today on the show, Kevin and I briefly talk through our current projects, including The Lucid: Season One, Sawyer Jackson: Book 2, and life while trying to write four books a month (me!).</p> <p>Kevin mentions the Author Earnings website, and why it's imperative as a self-published author to be reading these updates.</p> <p>Finally, we jump into an article that took me forever to find (had to remember where it was!) about routine, then finished with some shout-outs to some services we're currently using (ACX and Babelcube).</p> <p>Show notes:</p> <p> Author Earnings side-by-side comparison<br /> The Lucid - Season 1, Episode 1<br /> Sawyer Jackson, Book 2<br /> Woody Allen on routine<br /> Babelcube<br /> ACX - Mike Vendetti</p> <p>Like the show? Give us a call at 978-48-ASK-ME, or email nick@tumlinsonthacker.com. Leave a review on iTunes! <p><a href='http://rss.beaconads.com/click.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5398&c=1313304173' target='_blank' rel='nofollow'><br /> <img src='http://rss.beaconads.com/img.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5398&c=1313304173' border='0' alt='' /></a></p> <p><a href='http://beaconads.com/buy/sitedetails/pubkey/73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862/zone/1285313' target='_blank'>Advertise here with Beacon Ads</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-16/">SPA 16: Routine, Author Earnings, and Book Markets</a> is copyright 2013 by <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com">Write Hacked</a>.</p> <hr /> <table align="center"> <tr><a href="http://www.livehacked.com/course-rss"><img src="http://www.livehacked.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/FWGTWF-Promo.png" width="600px"></a></tr> </table> (I know it’s not Friday, so I’m sorry for getting this posted late!)

Today on the show, Kevin and I briefly talk through our current projects, including The Lucid: Season One, Sawyer Jackson: Book 2, and life while trying to write four books a month (me!).

Kevin mentions the Author Earnings website, and why it’s imperative as a self-published author to be reading these updates.

Finally, we jump into an article that took me forever to find (had to remember where it was!) about routine, then finished with some shout-outs to some services we’re currently using (ACX and Babelcube).

Show notes:

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http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-16/feed/ 0 (I know it’s not Friday, so I’m sorry for getting this posted late!) Today on the show, Kevin and I briefly talk through our current projects, including The Lucid: Season One, Sawyer Jackson: Book 2, and life while trying to write four books a month (m... (I know it’s not Friday, so I’m sorry for getting this posted late!) Today on the show, Kevin and I briefly talk through our current projects, including The Lucid: Season One, Sawyer Jackson: Book 2, and life while trying to write four books a month (me!). Kevin mentions the Author Earnings website, and why it’s imperative as a self-published author to be reading ... Read More Nick Thacker - Writer, Blogger, Self-Published Author 57:57
SPA 15: Focus and Productivity for Writers http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-15-focus-and-productivity-for-writers/ Fri, 31 Oct 2014 14:00:00 +0000 http://fb8.627.myftpupload.com/?p=5288 http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-15-focus-and-productivity-for-writers/#comments Nick Thacker <p>Happy Halloween!</p> <p>On the show today we talked about the thing we've talked about talking about for the last two times we've talked (still following?):<br /> Focus and Productivity for Writers<br /> Focus and productivity for writers means anything that helps us, as writers, focus and stay productive. It means doing things that improve focus and increase productivity. </p> <p>Show notes:</p> <p> Self-Publishing Podcast<br /> Jon Morrow<br /> Things<br /> CoSchedule<br /> 279 Days to Overnight Success<br /> Asana</p> <p>Hey, if you have a sec, would mind rating us on iTunes? <p><a href='http://rss.beaconads.com/click.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5288&c=1844196221' target='_blank' rel='nofollow'><br /> <img src='http://rss.beaconads.com/img.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5288&c=1844196221' border='0' alt='' /></a></p> <p><a href='http://beaconads.com/buy/sitedetails/pubkey/73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862/zone/1285313' target='_blank'>Advertise here with Beacon Ads</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-15-focus-and-productivity-for-writers/">SPA 15: Focus and Productivity for Writers</a> is copyright 2013 by <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com">Write Hacked</a>.</p> <hr /> <table align="center"> <tr><a href="http://www.livehacked.com/course-rss"><img src="http://www.livehacked.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/FWGTWF-Promo.png" width="600px"></a></tr> </table> Happy Halloween!

On the show today we talked about the thing we’ve talked about talking about for the last two times we’ve talked (still following?):

Focus and Productivity for Writers

Focus and productivity for writers means anything that helps us, as writers, focus and stay productive. It means doing things that improve focus and increase productivity. 

Show notes:

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http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-15-focus-and-productivity-for-writers/feed/ 10 Happy Halloween! On the show today we talked about the thing we’ve talked about talking about for the last two times we’ve talked (still following?): Focus and Productivity for Writers Focus and productivity for writers means anything that helps us, Happy Halloween! On the show today we talked about the thing we’ve talked about talking about for the last two times we’ve talked (still following?): Focus and Productivity for Writers Focus and productivity for writers means anything that helps us, as writers, focus and stay productive. It means doing things that improve focus and increase productivity.  Show notes: Self-Publishing Podcast Jon ... Read More Nick Thacker - Writer, Blogger, Self-Published Author 47:13
SPA 14: Momentum http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-14-momentum/ Fri, 24 Oct 2014 22:56:13 +0000 http://fb8.627.myftpupload.com/?p=5388 http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-14-momentum/#respond Nick Thacker <p>Talking today about "accidental success," "luck," and other feelings we've been having as of late, especially momentum. What is it? How do you "get" it?</p> <p>Show notes:</p> <p> The Lucid - Almost done! Check it out here, and pre-order here.<br /> The Enigma Strain - Also almost done (in editing). Check it out and pre-order here.<br /> NaNoWriMo - National Write A Novel Month, kicking off very soon!<br /> The Productive Writer: 2015 Productivity Planner - Coming soon (sign up for emails to stay up-to-date and get first access!)<br /> WriteHacked.com - New website design/features! Soft launch with new pants...<br /> Sawyer Jackson & Citadel (Omnibus) - Kevin's books<br /> KevinTumlinson.com<br /> Washington Post article: "Popular on Amazon: Wildly misleading self-published books about Ebola, by random people without medical degrees"<br /> <p><a href='http://rss.beaconads.com/click.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5388&c=1692572581' target='_blank' rel='nofollow'><br /> <img src='http://rss.beaconads.com/img.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5388&c=1692572581' border='0' alt='' /></a></p> <p><a href='http://beaconads.com/buy/sitedetails/pubkey/73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862/zone/1285313' target='_blank'>Advertise here with Beacon Ads</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-14-momentum/">SPA 14: Momentum</a> is copyright 2013 by <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com">Write Hacked</a>.</p> <hr /> <table align="center"> <tr><a href="http://www.livehacked.com/course-rss"><img src="http://www.livehacked.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/FWGTWF-Promo.png" width="600px"></a></tr> </table> Talking today about “accidental success,” “luck,” and other feelings we’ve been having as of late, especially momentum. What is it? How do you “get” it?

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http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-14-momentum/feed/ 0 Talking today about “accidental success,” “luck,” and other feelings we’ve been having as of late, especially momentum. What is it? How do you “get” it? Show notes: The Lucid – Almost done! Check it out here, and pre-order here. Talking today about “accidental success,” “luck,” and other feelings we’ve been having as of late, especially momentum. What is it? How do you “get” it? Show notes: The Lucid – Almost done! Check it out here, and pre-order here. The Enigma Strain – Also almost done (in editing). Check it out and pre-order here. NaNoWriMo – National Write A Novel Month, ... Read More Nick Thacker - Writer, Blogger, Self-Published Author 51:51
SPA 13: Riffing with Kevin Tumlinson (Part 2) http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-13-riffing-with-kevin-tumlinson-part-2/ Fri, 17 Oct 2014 14:00:00 +0000 http://fb8.627.myftpupload.com/?p=5286 http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-13-riffing-with-kevin-tumlinson-part-2/#respond Nick Thacker <p>Kevin Tumlinson returns!<br /> In this week's episode of the Self-Publishing Answers podcast, Kevin Tumlinson and I chat about the same sort of stuff we chatted about last week... self-publishing, books, and random tangents.</p> <p>Don't miss out! <p><a href='http://rss.beaconads.com/click.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5286&c=819542113' target='_blank' rel='nofollow'><br /> <img src='http://rss.beaconads.com/img.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5286&c=819542113' border='0' alt='' /></a></p> <p><a href='http://beaconads.com/buy/sitedetails/pubkey/73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862/zone/1285313' target='_blank'>Advertise here with Beacon Ads</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-13-riffing-with-kevin-tumlinson-part-2/">SPA 13: Riffing with Kevin Tumlinson (Part 2)</a> is copyright 2013 by <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com">Write Hacked</a>.</p> <hr /> <table align="center"> <tr><a href="http://www.livehacked.com/course-rss"><img src="http://www.livehacked.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/FWGTWF-Promo.png" width="600px"></a></tr> </table> Kevin Tumlinson returns!

In this week’s episode of the Self-Publishing Answers podcast, Kevin Tumlinson and I chat about the same sort of stuff we chatted about last week… self-publishing, books, and random tangents.

Don’t miss out!


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http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-13-riffing-with-kevin-tumlinson-part-2/feed/ 0 Kevin Tumlinson returns! In this week’s episode of the Self-Publishing Answers podcast, Kevin Tumlinson and I chat about the same sort of stuff we chatted about last week… self-publishing, books, and random tangents. Don’t miss out! Kevin Tumlinson returns! In this week’s episode of the Self-Publishing Answers podcast, Kevin Tumlinson and I chat about the same sort of stuff we chatted about last week… self-publishing, books, and random tangents. Don’t miss out! Nick Thacker - Writer, Blogger, Self-Published Author 1:01:28
SPA 12: Riffing with Kevin Tumlinson http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-12-riffing-kevin-tumlinson/ Fri, 10 Oct 2014 19:39:38 +0000 http://fb8.627.myftpupload.com/?p=5244 http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-12-riffing-kevin-tumlinson/#respond Nick Thacker <p>Kevin Tumlinson: In the House!<br /> Starting TODAY, please welcome to the show THE Kevin Tumlinson, author and marketer extraordinaire! He's written a handful of fantastic books, all of which can be found at his website, Kevin Tumlinson, and he's also been co-writing a series with me called The Lucid. (The Lucid is about a man who's being chased by baddies because they need something from him. He realizes they've put something in the water supply, and he needs to figure out what it is. It's available for pre-order on Amazon).</p> <p>Today's episode is more of a "fireside chat" with Kevin Tumlinson, without the fire. And without being next to one another (he's in Texas, and I'm in Colorado). We discuss an article Kevin found called 5 Reasons Why Your Self-Published Book Isn't Selling, written by Crystal Ponti. Aside from that, we sort of just... go off on tangents, which we think (*we hope*) is funny and somewhat entertaining. Also, I'm in a coffee shop, which is why you'll hear a bunch of noise in the background. I had internet connectivity issues up at my Writer's Cabin (aka "home"), so I apologize.</p> <p>We're both, uh, quite tangential in this show, so hopefully you'll join us on the ride!</p> <p>Links:</p> <p> 5 Reasons Why Your Self-Published Book Isn't Selling (Huffington Post)<br /> KevinTumlinson.com - Homepage of Kevin Tumlinson<br /> NickThacker.com - Homepage of me<br /> TumlinsonThacker.com - Homepage of Kevin Tumlinson meets Nick Thacker</p> <p>As always, leave us a review on iTunes and let us know what you think of the podcast! <p><a href='http://rss.beaconads.com/click.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5244&c=281375644' target='_blank' rel='nofollow'><br /> <img src='http://rss.beaconads.com/img.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5244&c=281375644' border='0' alt='' /></a></p> <p><a href='http://beaconads.com/buy/sitedetails/pubkey/73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862/zone/1285313' target='_blank'>Advertise here with Beacon Ads</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-12-riffing-kevin-tumlinson/">SPA 12: Riffing with Kevin Tumlinson</a> is copyright 2013 by <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com">Write Hacked</a>.</p> <hr /> <table align="center"> <tr><a href="http://www.livehacked.com/course-rss"><img src="http://www.livehacked.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/FWGTWF-Promo.png" width="600px"></a></tr> </table> Kevin Tumlinson: In the House!

Starting TODAY, please welcome to the show THE Kevin Tumlinson, author and marketer extraordinaire! He’s written a handful of fantastic books, all of which can be found at his website, Kevin Tumlinson, and he’s also been co-writing a series with me called The Lucid. (The Lucid is about a man who’s being chased by baddies because they need something from him. He realizes they’ve put something in the water supply, and he needs to figure out what it is. It’s available for pre-order on Amazon).

Today’s episode is more of a “fireside chat” with Kevin Tumlinson, without the fire. And without being next to one another (he’s in Texas, and I’m in Colorado). We discuss an article Kevin found called 5 Reasons Why Your Self-Published Book Isn’t Selling, written by Crystal Ponti. Aside from that, we sort of just… go off on tangents, which we think (*we hope*) is funny and somewhat entertaining. Also, I’m in a coffee shop, which is why you’ll hear a bunch of noise in the background. I had internet connectivity issues up at my Writer’s Cabin (aka “home”), so I apologize.

We’re both, uh, quite tangential in this show, so hopefully you’ll join us on the ride!

Links:

As always, leave us a review on iTunes and let us know what you think of the podcast!


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http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-12-riffing-kevin-tumlinson/feed/ 0 Kevin Tumlinson: In the House! Starting TODAY, please welcome to the show THE Kevin Tumlinson, author and marketer extraordinaire! He’s written a handful of fantastic books, all of which can be found at his website, Kevin Tumlinson, Kevin Tumlinson: In the House! Starting TODAY, please welcome to the show THE Kevin Tumlinson, author and marketer extraordinaire! He’s written a handful of fantastic books, all of which can be found at his website, Kevin Tumlinson, and he’s also been co-writing a series with me called The Lucid. (The Lucid is about a man who’s being chased by baddies because they ... Read More Nick Thacker - Writer, Blogger, Self-Published Author 38:18
SPA 11: Interview with Roz Morris http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-11-interview-roz-morris/ Fri, 12 Sep 2014 15:00:58 +0000 http://fb8.627.myftpupload.com/?p=5158 http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-11-interview-roz-morris/#comments Nick Thacker <p>Roz Morris: Author, Editor, Speaker, Coach<br /> Another Friday means another podcast... and this one's AWESOME as well.</p> <p>Seriously, if you've never heard of Roz Morris, go check out her stuff right now. She's a fantastic writer, editor, and professional ghostwriter (no, that doesn't mean she writes stories about ghosts). She's written or ghostwritten so many books that she's had over 1 million readers! Seriously: her average sales per book were 500,000 copies! Check out more on her homepage.</p> <p>In addition to writing, she teaches creative writing masterclasses for The Guardian in London. Check out more about Roz Morris on her Amazon.com page as well.</p> <p>In this interview we chat about ghostwriting as a business model, publishing, and some of the finer points of writing craft. Take a listen!</p> <p> <p><a href='http://rss.beaconads.com/click.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5158&c=965274150' target='_blank' rel='nofollow'><br /> <img src='http://rss.beaconads.com/img.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5158&c=965274150' border='0' alt='' /></a></p> <p><a href='http://beaconads.com/buy/sitedetails/pubkey/73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862/zone/1285313' target='_blank'>Advertise here with Beacon Ads</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-11-interview-roz-morris/">SPA 11: Interview with Roz Morris</a> is copyright 2013 by <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com">Write Hacked</a>.</p> <hr /> <table align="center"> <tr><a href="http://www.livehacked.com/course-rss"><img src="http://www.livehacked.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/FWGTWF-Promo.png" width="600px"></a></tr> </table> Roz Morris: Author, Editor, Speaker, Coach

Another Friday means another podcast… and this one’s AWESOME as well.

Seriously, if you’ve never heard of Roz Morris, go check out her stuff right now. She’s a fantastic writer, editor, and professional ghostwriter (no, that doesn’t mean she writes stories about ghosts). She’s written or ghostwritten so many books that she’s had over 1 million readers! Seriously: her average sales per book were 500,000 copies! Check out more on her homepage.

In addition to writing, she teaches creative writing masterclasses for The Guardian in London. Check out more about Roz Morris on her Amazon.com page as well.

In this interview we chat about ghostwriting as a business model, publishing, and some of the finer points of writing craft. Take a listen!

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http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-11-interview-roz-morris/feed/ 1 Roz Morris: Author, Editor, Speaker, Coach Another Friday means another podcast… and this one’s AWESOME as well. Seriously, if you’ve never heard of Roz Morris, go check out her stuff right now. She’s a fantastic writer, editor, Roz Morris: Author, Editor, Speaker, Coach Another Friday means another podcast… and this one’s AWESOME as well. Seriously, if you’ve never heard of Roz Morris, go check out her stuff right now. She’s a fantastic writer, editor, and professional ghostwriter (no, that doesn’t mean she writes stories about ghosts). She’s written or ghostwritten so many books that she’s had over ... Read More Nick Thacker - Writer, Blogger, Self-Published Author 44:08
SPA 10: Interview with Joanna Penn http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-10-interview-joanna-penn/ Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:30:57 +0000 http://fb8.627.myftpupload.com/?p=5116 http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-10-interview-joanna-penn/#respond Nick Thacker <p>Well, it's a great day in the life of a podcaster when you get to interview Joanna Penn of TheCreativePenn.com.</p> <p>So today's a great day.</p> <p>Yep, we've got Joanna Penn, full-time indie author and self-publishing expert. I don't use that term lightly, either. Joanna knows her stuff. Enjoy this one, and keep it handy -- you'll want to take notes on what she has to say!</p> <p>Show notes: </p> <p>I ask about Joanna's history -- how did she get to where she was? Who was she before she was a super-duper famous author? How did her early career experience prepare her for this indie lifestyle?</p> <p>Joanna and I talk about running an author blog, separate from a "nonfiction" or self-publishing blog. It's something I've considered for quite some time, and she ended up talking me into setting up my own (see the link mentioned below).</p> <p>Also, we discuss the concept of running a "media empire," or basically an "author business." What does it mean to be an entrepreneur and author, and how do you keep it all organized? When should you make the switch, and why?</p> <p>There's much, much more in this episode, so be sure to download it and listen to it when you've got some time!</p> <p>Mentioned in this episode:</p> <p> NickThacker.com - my new online home!<br /> JFPenn.com - Joanna's author website<br /> TheCreativePenn.com - Joanna's self-publishing blog and resource site<br /> Pentecost - Joanna's FREE thriller (affiliate link)</p> <p>See you in two weeks! As always, please help out by rating this podcast in iTunes, and by sharing it on social media! <p><a href='http://rss.beaconads.com/click.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5116&c=909080547' target='_blank' rel='nofollow'><br /> <img src='http://rss.beaconads.com/img.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5116&c=909080547' border='0' alt='' /></a></p> <p><a href='http://beaconads.com/buy/sitedetails/pubkey/73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862/zone/1285313' target='_blank'>Advertise here with Beacon Ads</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-10-interview-joanna-penn/">SPA 10: Interview with Joanna Penn</a> is copyright 2013 by <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com">Write Hacked</a>.</p> <hr /> <table align="center"> <tr><a href="http://www.livehacked.com/course-rss"><img src="http://www.livehacked.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/FWGTWF-Promo.png" width="600px"></a></tr> </table> Well, it’s a great day in the life of a podcaster when you get to interview Joanna Penn of TheCreativePenn.com.

So today’s a great day.

Yep, we’ve got Joanna Penn, full-time indie author and self-publishing expert. I don’t use that term lightly, either. Joanna knows her stuff. Enjoy this one, and keep it handy — you’ll want to take notes on what she has to say!

Show notes: 

I ask about Joanna’s history — how did she get to where she was? Who was she before she was a super-duper famous author? How did her early career experience prepare her for this indie lifestyle?

Joanna and I talk about running an author blog, separate from a “nonfiction” or self-publishing blog. It’s something I’ve considered for quite some time, and she ended up talking me into setting up my own (see the link mentioned below).

Also, we discuss the concept of running a “media empire,” or basically an “author business.” What does it mean to be an entrepreneur and author, and how do you keep it all organized? When should you make the switch, and why?

There’s much, much more in this episode, so be sure to download it and listen to it when you’ve got some time!

Mentioned in this episode:

See you in two weeks! As always, please help out by rating this podcast in iTunes, and by sharing it on social media!


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http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-10-interview-joanna-penn/feed/ 0 Well, it’s a great day in the life of a podcaster when you get to interview Joanna Penn of TheCreativePenn.com. So today’s a great day. Yep, we’ve got Joanna Penn, full-time indie author and self-publishing expert. I don’t use that term lightly, Well, it’s a great day in the life of a podcaster when you get to interview Joanna Penn of TheCreativePenn.com. So today’s a great day. Yep, we’ve got Joanna Penn, full-time indie author and self-publishing expert. I don’t use that term lightly, either. Joanna knows her stuff. Enjoy this one, and keep it handy — you’ll want to take notes ... Read More Nick Thacker - Writer, Blogger, Self-Published Author 48:09
SPA 9: Interview with Dan Blank http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-9-interview-dan-blank/ Fri, 27 Jun 2014 15:05:40 +0000 http://fb8.627.myftpupload.com/?p=5095 http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-9-interview-dan-blank/#respond Nick Thacker <p>Dan Blank is the founder of WeGrowMedia.com, where he consults and helps authors do their thing better. Today we talk about what it is they do, how he does it, and what it means for you!</p> <p>Show Notes: </p> <p>WeGrowMedia.com</p> <p>http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2011/10/03/111003fa_fact_gawande?currentPage=all</p> <p>http://wegrowmedia.com/how-i-am-trying-to-create-a-book-giveaway-filled-with-enthusiasm-fun-instead-of-spammy-self-promotion/</p> <p>http://wegrowmedia.com/bittersweet/</p> <p>http://wegrowmedia.com/publishing-is-a-team-sport-with-a-singular-black-hole-in-the-middle/ <p><a href='http://rss.beaconads.com/click.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5095&c=1866970514' target='_blank' rel='nofollow'><br /> <img src='http://rss.beaconads.com/img.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5095&c=1866970514' border='0' alt='' /></a></p> <p><a href='http://beaconads.com/buy/sitedetails/pubkey/73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862/zone/1285313' target='_blank'>Advertise here with Beacon Ads</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-9-interview-dan-blank/">SPA 9: Interview with Dan Blank</a> is copyright 2013 by <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com">Write Hacked</a>.</p> <hr /> <table align="center"> <tr><a href="http://www.livehacked.com/course-rss"><img src="http://www.livehacked.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/FWGTWF-Promo.png" width="600px"></a></tr> </table> Dan Blank is the founder of WeGrowMedia.com, where he consults and helps authors do their thing better. Today we talk about what it is they do, how he does it, and what it means for you!

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WeGrowMedia.com

http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2011/10/03/111003fa_fact_gawande?currentPage=all

http://wegrowmedia.com/how-i-am-trying-to-create-a-book-giveaway-filled-with-enthusiasm-fun-instead-of-spammy-self-promotion/

http://wegrowmedia.com/bittersweet/

http://wegrowmedia.com/publishing-is-a-team-sport-with-a-singular-black-hole-in-the-middle/


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http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-9-interview-dan-blank/feed/ 0 Dan Blank is the founder of WeGrowMedia.com, where he consults and helps authors do their thing better. Today we talk about what it is they do, how he does it, and what it means for you! Show Notes:  WeGrowMedia.com http://www.newyorker. Dan Blank is the founder of WeGrowMedia.com, where he consults and helps authors do their thing better. Today we talk about what it is they do, how he does it, and what it means for you! Show Notes:  WeGrowMedia.com http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2011/10/03/111003fa_fact_gawande?currentPage=all http://wegrowmedia.com/how-i-am-trying-to-create-a-book-giveaway-filled-with-enthusiasm-fun-instead-of-spammy-self-promotion/ http://wegrowmedia.com/bittersweet/ http://wegrowmedia.com/publishing-is-a-team-sport-with-a-singular-black-hole-in-the-middle/ Nick Thacker - Writer, Blogger, Self-Published Author 35:50
SPA 8: Interview with Denise Wakeman http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-8-interview-denise-wakeman/ Fri, 30 May 2014 22:39:26 +0000 http://fb8.627.myftpupload.com/?p=5080 http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-8-interview-denise-wakeman/#comments Nick Thacker <p>In today's episode, I interview Denise Wakeman of DeniseWakeman.com and TheFutureofInk.com. I highly recommend you check out her websites! She's a fantastic marketer and expert on teaching self-promotion, which is a crucial skill for artists and authors. <p><a href='http://rss.beaconads.com/click.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5080&c=300896216' target='_blank' rel='nofollow'><br /> <img src='http://rss.beaconads.com/img.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5080&c=300896216' border='0' alt='' /></a></p> <p><a href='http://beaconads.com/buy/sitedetails/pubkey/73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862/zone/1285313' target='_blank'>Advertise here with Beacon Ads</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-8-interview-denise-wakeman/">SPA 8: Interview with Denise Wakeman</a> is copyright 2013 by <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com">Write Hacked</a>.</p> <hr /> <table align="center"> <tr><a href="http://www.livehacked.com/course-rss"><img src="http://www.livehacked.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/FWGTWF-Promo.png" width="600px"></a></tr> </table> In today’s episode, I interview Denise Wakeman of DeniseWakeman.com and TheFutureofInk.com. I highly recommend you check out her websites! She’s a fantastic marketer and expert on teaching self-promotion, which is a crucial skill for artists and authors.


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http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-8-interview-denise-wakeman/feed/ 4 In today’s episode, I interview Denise Wakeman of DeniseWakeman.com and TheFutureofInk.com. I highly recommend you check out her websites! She’s a fantastic marketer and expert on teaching self-promotion, which is a crucial skill for artists and authors. In today’s episode, I interview Denise Wakeman of DeniseWakeman.com and TheFutureofInk.com. I highly recommend you check out her websites! She’s a fantastic marketer and expert on teaching self-promotion, which is a crucial skill for artists and authors. Nick Thacker - Writer, Blogger, Self-Published Author 40:10
SPA 7: Depressed? http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-7-depressed/ Fri, 23 May 2014 18:22:24 +0000 http://fb8.627.myftpupload.com/?p=5075 http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-7-depressed/#respond Nick Thacker <p>Have you ever been depressed?</p> <p>I've been there. It wasn't anything too life-threatening, nor was it chronic, but it was a form of mild depression, caused by work stress, the feeling of never-ending boredom, and that I'd reached a dead-end with my job. At the time, I was working a 9-t0-5 at a marketing company that was going nowhere fast. It was a ruthless, sales-focused environment, run by people who cared more about the bottom line than the people they worked with.</p> <p>It was all I could do to keep showing up to work each day... <p><a href='http://rss.beaconads.com/click.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5075&c=1325690807' target='_blank' rel='nofollow'><br /> <img src='http://rss.beaconads.com/img.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5075&c=1325690807' border='0' alt='' /></a></p> <p><a href='http://beaconads.com/buy/sitedetails/pubkey/73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862/zone/1285313' target='_blank'>Advertise here with Beacon Ads</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-7-depressed/">SPA 7: Depressed?</a> is copyright 2013 by <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com">Write Hacked</a>.</p> <hr /> <table align="center"> <tr><a href="http://www.livehacked.com/course-rss"><img src="http://www.livehacked.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/FWGTWF-Promo.png" width="600px"></a></tr> </table> Have you ever been depressed?

I’ve been there. It wasn’t anything too life-threatening, nor was it chronic, but it was a form of mild depression, caused by work stress, the feeling of never-ending boredom, and that I’d reached a dead-end with my job. At the time, I was working a 9-t0-5 at a marketing company that was going nowhere fast. It was a ruthless, sales-focused environment, run by people who cared more about the bottom line than the people they worked with.

It was all I could do to keep showing up to work each day…


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http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-7-depressed/feed/ 0 Have you ever been depressed? I’ve been there. It wasn’t anything too life-threatening, nor was it chronic, but it was a form of mild depression, caused by work stress, the feeling of never-ending boredom, and that I’d reached a dead-end with my job. Have you ever been depressed? I’ve been there. It wasn’t anything too life-threatening, nor was it chronic, but it was a form of mild depression, caused by work stress, the feeling of never-ending boredom, and that I’d reached a dead-end with my job. At the time, I was working a 9-t0-5 at a marketing company that was going nowhere fast. ... Read More Nick Thacker - Writer, Blogger, Self-Published Author 41:48
SPA 6: Write Another Book http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-6-write-another-book/ Fri, 02 May 2014 15:00:21 +0000 http://fb8.627.myftpupload.com/?p=5036 http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-6-write-another-book/#comments Nick Thacker <p>...Or create more art. Or whatever is you do, do more of it.</p> <p>That's really the "secret" to building a successful, sustainable online platform.</p> <p>Mentions in this episode:</p> <p>Downcast - Best podcasting app I've used (iOs and Mac)</p> <p>MichaelHyatt.com</p> <p>Michael Hyatt's Ideal Week - Explanation</p> <p>Michael Hyatt's Ideal Week - Spreadsheet</p> <p>Leave a review on iTunes and let us know what you think of this show! <p><a href='http://rss.beaconads.com/click.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5036&c=50714557' target='_blank' rel='nofollow'><br /> <img src='http://rss.beaconads.com/img.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5036&c=50714557' border='0' alt='' /></a></p> <p><a href='http://beaconads.com/buy/sitedetails/pubkey/73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862/zone/1285313' target='_blank'>Advertise here with Beacon Ads</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-6-write-another-book/">SPA 6: Write Another Book</a> is copyright 2013 by <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com">Write Hacked</a>.</p> <hr /> <table align="center"> <tr><a href="http://www.livehacked.com/course-rss"><img src="http://www.livehacked.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/FWGTWF-Promo.png" width="600px"></a></tr> </table> …Or create more art. Or whatever is you do, do more of it.

That’s really the “secret” to building a successful, sustainable online platform.

Mentions in this episode:

Downcast – Best podcasting app I’ve used (iOs and Mac)

MichaelHyatt.com

Michael Hyatt’s Ideal Week – Explanation

Michael Hyatt’s Ideal Week – Spreadsheet

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http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-6-write-another-book/feed/ 1 …Or create more art. Or whatever is you do, do more of it. That’s really the “secret” to building a successful, sustainable online platform. Mentions in this episode: Downcast – Best podcasting app I’ve used (iOs and Mac) MichaelHyatt. …Or create more art. Or whatever is you do, do more of it. That’s really the “secret” to building a successful, sustainable online platform. Mentions in this episode: Downcast – Best podcasting app I’ve used (iOs and Mac) MichaelHyatt.com Michael Hyatt’s Ideal Week – Explanation Michael Hyatt’s Ideal Week – Spreadsheet Leave a review on iTunes and let us know what you think ... Read More Nick Thacker - Writer, Blogger, Self-Published Author 40:23
SPA 5: What Works for You? http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-5-what-works-for-you/ Fri, 25 Apr 2014 22:57:39 +0000 http://fb8.627.myftpupload.com/?p=5030 http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-5-what-works-for-you/#respond Nick Thacker <p>When you market your book, think about this first: what works on you?</p> <p>Don't do things that don't work... do things that do work.</p> <p>It's not a difficult concept, but it can still be a little confusing to try to wade through all of the "proven" marketing strategies that are out there. In this episode we look at ways to determine what "works" for you, and I answer a reader question about online bookstores and which is right (or wrong) for her book.</p> <p>Don't forget to write an iTunes review! <p><a href='http://rss.beaconads.com/click.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5030&c=661009994' target='_blank' rel='nofollow'><br /> <img src='http://rss.beaconads.com/img.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5030&c=661009994' border='0' alt='' /></a></p> <p><a href='http://beaconads.com/buy/sitedetails/pubkey/73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862/zone/1285313' target='_blank'>Advertise here with Beacon Ads</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-5-what-works-for-you/">SPA 5: What Works for You?</a> is copyright 2013 by <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com">Write Hacked</a>.</p> <hr /> <table align="center"> <tr><a href="http://www.livehacked.com/course-rss"><img src="http://www.livehacked.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/FWGTWF-Promo.png" width="600px"></a></tr> </table> When you market your book, think about this first: what works on you?

Don’t do things that don’t work… do things that do work.

It’s not a difficult concept, but it can still be a little confusing to try to wade through all of the “proven” marketing strategies that are out there. In this episode we look at ways to determine what “works” for you, and I answer a reader question about online bookstores and which is right (or wrong) for her book.

Don’t forget to write an iTunes review!


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http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-5-what-works-for-you/feed/ 0 When you market your book, think about this first: what works on you? Don’t do things that don’t work… do things that do work. It’s not a difficult concept, but it can still be a little confusing to try to wade through all of the “proven” marketing str... When you market your book, think about this first: what works on you? Don’t do things that don’t work… do things that do work. It’s not a difficult concept, but it can still be a little confusing to try to wade through all of the “proven” marketing strategies that are out there. In this episode we look at ways to determine ... Read More Nick Thacker - Writer, Blogger, Self-Published Author 48:20
SPA 4: Always Add Value http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-4-always-add-value/ Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:04:28 +0000 http://fb8.627.myftpupload.com/?p=5018 http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-4-always-add-value/#respond Nick Thacker <p>Today's post continues the "5 Principles of Self-Publishing" discussion with #3: Always Add Value. Also, I answer a question about the marketing "silver bullet." (Hint: it doesn't exist...)</p> <p>As mentioned in the show, here are the links to the 10 (really 11) books I talked about:</p> <p> The 4-Hour Workweek - Tim Ferriss<br /> $100 Startup - Chris Guillebeau<br /> Techniques of the Selling Writer - Dwight Swain<br /> Plot & Structure - James Scott Bell<br /> Story - Robert McKee<br /> How to Market A Book - Joanna Penn<br /> Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World - Michael Hyatt<br /> Let's Get Digital/Let's Get Visible - David Gaughran<br /> Your First 1,000 Copies - Tim Grahl<br /> Welcome Home - Nick Thacker</p> <p>Also, I mentioned that I'm re-releasing Welcome Home: The Author's Guide to Building A Marketing Home Base sometime later this year (hopefully), and that I hired a freelance designer to do it for me.</p> <p>There's a cool story there, but I'll just make you wait ;-)</p> <p>Rest assured, I'll be posting about that release and my process here pretty soon!</p> <p>Well, what do you think? Leave a comment, and if you enjoyed the show, leave a review on iTunes! <p><a href='http://rss.beaconads.com/click.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5018&c=1444224217' target='_blank' rel='nofollow'><br /> <img src='http://rss.beaconads.com/img.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5018&c=1444224217' border='0' alt='' /></a></p> <p><a href='http://beaconads.com/buy/sitedetails/pubkey/73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862/zone/1285313' target='_blank'>Advertise here with Beacon Ads</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-4-always-add-value/">SPA 4: Always Add Value</a> is copyright 2013 by <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com">Write Hacked</a>.</p> <hr /> <table align="center"> <tr><a href="http://www.livehacked.com/course-rss"><img src="http://www.livehacked.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/FWGTWF-Promo.png" width="600px"></a></tr> </table> Today’s post continues the “5 Principles of Self-Publishing” discussion with #3: Always Add Value. Also, I answer a question about the marketing “silver bullet.” (Hint: it doesn’t exist…)

As mentioned in the show, here are the links to the 10 (really 11) books I talked about:

  1. The 4-Hour Workweek – Tim Ferriss
  2. $100 Startup – Chris Guillebeau
  3. Techniques of the Selling Writer – Dwight Swain
  4. Plot & Structure – James Scott Bell
  5. Story – Robert McKee
  6. How to Market A Book – Joanna Penn
  7. Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World – Michael Hyatt
  8. Let’s Get Digital/Let’s Get Visible – David Gaughran
  9. Your First 1,000 Copies – Tim Grahl
  10. Welcome Home – Nick Thacker

Also, I mentioned that I’m re-releasing Welcome Home: The Author’s Guide to Building A Marketing Home Base sometime later this year (hopefully), and that I hired a freelance designer to do it for me.

There’s a cool story there, but I’ll just make you wait 😉

Rest assured, I’ll be posting about that release and my process here pretty soon!

Well, what do you think? Leave a comment, and if you enjoyed the show, leave a review on iTunes!


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http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-4-always-add-value/feed/ 0 Today’s post continues the “5 Principles of Self-Publishing” discussion with #3: Always Add Value. Also, I answer a question about the marketing “silver bullet.” (Hint: it doesn’t exist…) As mentioned in the show, Today’s post continues the “5 Principles of Self-Publishing” discussion with #3: Always Add Value. Also, I answer a question about the marketing “silver bullet.” (Hint: it doesn’t exist…) As mentioned in the show, here are the links to the 10 (really 11) books I talked about: The 4-Hour Workweek – Tim Ferriss $100 Startup – Chris Guillebeau Techniques of the ... Read More Nick Thacker - Writer, Blogger, Self-Published Author 39:08
SPA 3: You Don’t Need An MBA… http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-3-dont-need-mba/ Sun, 13 Apr 2014 04:17:40 +0000 http://fb8.627.myftpupload.com/?p=5016 http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-3-dont-need-mba/#respond Nick Thacker <p>You don't need an MBA, but you do need to be an entrepreneur.</p> <p>This episode looks at the importance of "running your writing business," even we we, as authors, don't want to anything other than write. Your writing is your business, so you should take it seriously and build systems, set goals, and measure progress.</p> <p>If this all sounds boring, well, then, just wait for the question at the end: "How would you produce a book for $500?"</p> <p>Enjoy the show! Also, I'm getting tired of hearing my own voice -- would you consider sending a voicemail? Use the box on the side of the page at LiveHacked.com, or just call 978-48-ASK-ME and record your question! <p><a href='http://rss.beaconads.com/click.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5016&c=1287055270' target='_blank' rel='nofollow'><br /> <img src='http://rss.beaconads.com/img.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5016&c=1287055270' border='0' alt='' /></a></p> <p><a href='http://beaconads.com/buy/sitedetails/pubkey/73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862/zone/1285313' target='_blank'>Advertise here with Beacon Ads</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-3-dont-need-mba/">SPA 3: You Don’t Need An MBA…</a> is copyright 2013 by <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com">Write Hacked</a>.</p> <hr /> <table align="center"> <tr><a href="http://www.livehacked.com/course-rss"><img src="http://www.livehacked.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/FWGTWF-Promo.png" width="600px"></a></tr> </table> You don’t need an MBA, but you do need to be an entrepreneur.

This episode looks at the importance of “running your writing business,” even we we, as authors, don’t want to anything other than write. Your writing is your business, so you should take it seriously and build systems, set goals, and measure progress.

If this all sounds boring, well, then, just wait for the question at the end: “How would you produce a book for $500?”

Enjoy the show! Also, I’m getting tired of hearing my own voice — would you consider sending a voicemail? Use the box on the side of the page at LiveHacked.com, or just call 978-48-ASK-ME and record your question!


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http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/spa-3-dont-need-mba/feed/ 0 You don’t need an MBA, but you do need to be an entrepreneur. This episode looks at the importance of “running your writing business,” even we we, as authors, don’t want to anything other than write. Your writing is your business, You don’t need an MBA, but you do need to be an entrepreneur. This episode looks at the importance of “running your writing business,” even we we, as authors, don’t want to anything other than write. Your writing is your business, so you should take it seriously and build systems, set goals, and measure progress. If this all sounds boring, well, ... Read More Nick Thacker - Writer, Blogger, Self-Published Author 36:21
SPA 2: Write A Great Book http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/self-publishing-answers-podcast-episode-2/ Sun, 13 Apr 2014 01:44:07 +0000 http://fb8.627.myftpupload.com/?p=5012 http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/self-publishing-answers-podcast-episode-2/#respond Nick Thacker <p>In this episode, I cover the first principle of self-publishing: Write A Great Book.</p> <p>I also answer a great question about finding your target readers. Don't miss out on this one!</p> <p>If you want to submit a question, just call 978-48-ASK-ME and leave a voicemail! I'll try to answer it during an upcoming show. <p><a href='http://rss.beaconads.com/click.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5012&c=1466709505' target='_blank' rel='nofollow'><br /> <img src='http://rss.beaconads.com/img.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5012&c=1466709505' border='0' alt='' /></a></p> <p><a href='http://beaconads.com/buy/sitedetails/pubkey/73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862/zone/1285313' target='_blank'>Advertise here with Beacon Ads</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/self-publishing-answers-podcast-episode-2/">SPA 2: Write A Great Book</a> is copyright 2013 by <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com">Write Hacked</a>.</p> <hr /> <table align="center"> <tr><a href="http://www.livehacked.com/course-rss"><img src="http://www.livehacked.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/FWGTWF-Promo.png" width="600px"></a></tr> </table> In this episode, I cover the first principle of self-publishing: Write A Great Book.

I also answer a great question about finding your target readers. Don’t miss out on this one!

If you want to submit a question, just call 978-48-ASK-ME and leave a voicemail! I’ll try to answer it during an upcoming show.


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http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/self-publishing-answers-podcast-episode-2/feed/ 0 In this episode, I cover the first principle of self-publishing: Write A Great Book. I also answer a great question about finding your target readers. Don’t miss out on this one! If you want to submit a question, In this episode, I cover the first principle of self-publishing: Write A Great Book. I also answer a great question about finding your target readers. Don’t miss out on this one! If you want to submit a question, just call 978-48-ASK-ME and leave a voicemail! I’ll try to answer it during an upcoming show. Nick Thacker - Writer, Blogger, Self-Published Author 34:18
SPA 1: Introduction and Welcome http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/announcing-self-publishing-answers-podcast-episode-1-introduction-welcome/ Sun, 13 Apr 2014 01:33:43 +0000 http://fb8.627.myftpupload.com/?p=5008 http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/announcing-self-publishing-answers-podcast-episode-1-introduction-welcome/#comments Nick Thacker <p>Episode 1: Intro and Welcome</p> <p>In this first episode, I talk about what you can expect from the podcast. Basically:</p> <p> I try to answer self-publishing and writing-related questions<br /> There's a new episode every week<br /> I'm the person talking, with some interviews thrown in for good measure<br /> How to submit questions: 978-48-ASK-ME</p> <p>I hope you enjoy this -- it's a big project, but it's been fun so far to work on the intros, outros, and content!</p> <p>First, a huge thank you to those of you who completed the 2014 Reader Survey! There has been GREAT feedback from everyone so far, and while I'll spend the next few weeks really crunching the data, it looks like there were a few major points from everything. Generally:</p> <p> You have questions/problems and want to know more<br /> You wouldn't be opposed to paying money for whatever that solution is, but would love more free advice, tips, and help</p> <p>I'm working on it. </p> <p>As I mentioned in that post, I want to provide massive value to you, so that you are able to achieve your writing and authorship goals. I want to help with whatever it is you're struggling with.</p> <p>Also, I want to really up the ante for the free information about self-publishing that's floating around here. For that reason, as you may have guessed from the title of the post, I'm launching a podcast.</p> <p>What's a podcast?</p> <p>If you haven't heard of podcasting before, it's essentially an internet radio show that's syndicated and made available on podcast networks like iTunes, Stitcher, and BlackBerry.</p> <p>You can subscribe and download episodes, save them for later, and generally play them at your leisure. There are podcasts on literally thousands of topics, each with a unique flavor, sound, and style.</p> <p>"Self-Publishing Answers" is going to be hosted by yours truly, featuring questions sent in by you, the reader/listener. I've already got a head start on this thanks to the earlier blog-only Self-Publishing Answer series, so I already have content for the first six episodes.</p> <p>How to subscribe</p> <p>The podcast isn't quite ready in iTunes yet, so you'll have to listen in your browser to this first episode (embedded below). In a few days though, do check out the iTunes page and subscribe to get the latest episodes sent right to your phone/computer/device.</p> <p>I'll add a link to the podcast in the sidebar of the blog, and I'll be sending out an email to update everyone as well.</p> <p>Let me know what you think!</p> <p>In the comments section, would you let me know what you think of all this? Will you subscribe and listen? What questions would you like to hear answered? <p><a href='http://rss.beaconads.com/click.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5008&c=2060789561' target='_blank' rel='nofollow'><br /> <img src='http://rss.beaconads.com/img.php?z=1285313&k=73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862&a=5008&c=2060789561' border='0' alt='' /></a></p> <p><a href='http://beaconads.com/buy/sitedetails/pubkey/73516bec75141e175384aadae8fb0862/zone/1285313' target='_blank'>Advertise here with Beacon Ads</a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/announcing-self-publishing-answers-podcast-episode-1-introduction-welcome/">SPA 1: Introduction and Welcome</a> is copyright 2013 by <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.writehacked.com">Write Hacked</a>.</p> <hr /> <table align="center"> <tr><a href="http://www.livehacked.com/course-rss"><img src="http://www.livehacked.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/FWGTWF-Promo.png" width="600px"></a></tr> </table> Episode 1: Intro and Welcome

In this first episode, I talk about what you can expect from the podcast. Basically:

  • I try to answer self-publishing and writing-related questions
  • There’s a new episode every week
  • I’m the person talking, with some interviews thrown in for good measure
  • How to submit questions: 978-48-ASK-ME

I hope you enjoy this — it’s a big project, but it’s been fun so far to work on the intros, outros, and content!

First, a huge thank you to those of you who completed the 2014 Reader Survey! There has been GREAT feedback from everyone so far, and while I’ll spend the next few weeks really crunching the data, it looks like there were a few major points from everything. Generally:

  • You have questions/problems and want to know more
  • You wouldn’t be opposed to paying money for whatever that solution is, but would love more free advice, tips, and help

I’m working on it. 

As I mentioned in that post, I want to provide massive value to you, so that you are able to achieve your writing and authorship goals. I want to help with whatever it is you’re struggling with.

Also, I want to really up the ante for the free information about self-publishing that’s floating around here. For that reason, as you may have guessed from the title of the post, I’m launching a podcast.

What’s a podcast?

If you haven’t heard of podcasting before, it’s essentially an internet radio show that’s syndicated and made available on podcast networks like iTunes, Stitcher, and BlackBerry.

You can subscribe and download episodes, save them for later, and generally play them at your leisure. There are podcasts on literally thousands of topics, each with a unique flavor, sound, and style.

“Self-Publishing Answers” is going to be hosted by yours truly, featuring questions sent in by you, the reader/listener. I’ve already got a head start on this thanks to the earlier blog-only Self-Publishing Answer series, so I already have content for the first six episodes.

How to subscribe

The podcast isn’t quite ready in iTunes yet, so you’ll have to listen in your browser to this first episode (embedded below). In a few days though, do check out the iTunes page and subscribe to get the latest episodes sent right to your phone/computer/device.

I’ll add a link to the podcast in the sidebar of the blog, and I’ll be sending out an email to update everyone as well.

Let me know what you think!

In the comments section, would you let me know what you think of all this? Will you subscribe and listen? What questions would you like to hear answered?


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http://www.writehacked.com/spa-podcast/announcing-self-publishing-answers-podcast-episode-1-introduction-welcome/feed/ 1 Episode 1: Intro and Welcome In this first episode, I talk about what you can expect from the podcast. Basically: I try to answer self-publishing and writing-related questions There’s a new episode every week I’m the person talking, Episode 1: Intro and Welcome In this first episode, I talk about what you can expect from the podcast. Basically: I try to answer self-publishing and writing-related questions There’s a new episode every week I’m the person talking, with some interviews thrown in for good measure How to submit questions: 978-48-ASK-ME I hope you enjoy this — it’s a big ... Read More Nick Thacker - Writer, Blogger, Self-Published Author 17:46