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The First SPS Live Event: An Overview

EPISODE 186T This week I attended the first ever live event hosted by the Self Publishing Show podcast with Mark Dawson and James Blatch. It was awesome!! First of all, there is nothing like being with your people, the folks who “get” you, who don’t have a blank look on their face when you talk…

The Beginning and the End: An Interview with James Scott Bell

EPISODE 180I Today’s guest is bestselling and award-winning author James Scott Bell. We talk about two of his many nonfiction books for writers, The Last Fifty Pages and Plotman to the Rescue. From the first book, Jim talks about the Ahhh and the Uh-Oh types of endings. There can be a satisfying ending where it…

Advice From a Bookseller: An Interview with Jodie Brandt

Episode 151I Advice From a Bookseller

EPISODE 151I Today’s guest is Jodie Brandt, senior bookseller at Brilliant Books, an independent bookstore in Traverse City, Michigan. Jodie shares some ideas on how to approach Brilliant Books or another bookstore as an author. You can find more information on what Brilliant Books is looking for in authors who would like to do a…

120E – The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer

Episode 120E The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer

I recently finished listening to the audiobook version of The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer. Amanda is a popular musician, and her indie approach to her music and her fans reminds me a lot of the indie approach to self-publishing books. The thing is…Amanda isn’t afraid to ask her fans for what she needs.…

119T – Knowing Your WHY Will Change Your Writing

Episode 119T Knowing Your Why Will Change Your Writing

Today’s episode is taken from a live writing workshop I taught at my church in Malmö, Sweden, in November 2018. In this first portion of the talk, I discuss the “why” of your writing and how that “why” will help you choose topics and stories that will impact your audience to a greater degree. (See…