The Author Revolution™ Podcast

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All of us indie authors wonder what the magic bullet is for making our books and career more successful. What it is may (or maybe not) surprise you. One thing's for sure, it means getting your mindset in the right place so you can make it happen. In today's podcast episode, I'm interviewing Clayton Noblit, Written Word Media's Digital Marketing Manager. Not only do they run successful promo sites like Freebooksy and Bargainbooksy - but they've also done some invaluable surveys on the indie author community. Trust me, you need to know what they're all about. Have a listen! Be sure to check out the show notes by going to authorrevolution.org/70.
Have you been thinking about your 2021 marketing strategies yet? There are a number of levers an indie author can use from free books to promo sites and, of course, paid advertising. In today's podcast episode, I'm interviewing indie author and marketing guru, David Gaughran. We'll be diving into indie author marketing topics like promo stacking, free books versus 99 cent deals, and much more. You definitely won't want to miss it! Be sure to check out the show notes by going to authorrevolution.org/69.
One of my writerly idols, Joss Whedon, has undergone a scandal this past week that I don't think he's ever going to rebound from. At least, not in the eyes of those - like me - who admired his work. In today's podcast episode, I'm talking about how we, as authors, can take a good hard look at the scandal that's broken with Joss Whedon and ask ourselves some hard questions. For example, can (or should) we separate creator from creation? And if so what impact does that have for us? Be sure to check out the show notes by going to authorrevolution.org/68.
Have you ever looked at other indies and wondered how they seem to make so much money? Or maybe you've even thought to yourself that you must be missing something because you're still not earning what you think you should be... In today's podcast episode, we're talking about the three pillars you need to have in place to make consistent author royalties month after month. If you're an author who's been wondering why your royalties are so low, this is an episode you don't want to miss. Be sure to check out the show notes by going to authorrevolution.org/67.
Almost everyone knows what a writing sprint is. Generally, it's where you set a timer and write for an allotted time. Most often 15 or 20 minutes. However, at Author Revolution, we like to leverage a 6-week writing sprint to hammer out a clean, but completed, first draft. Think of it like NaNoWriMo - but implemented whenever and way more sustainable. In today's podcast episode, we're going to talk about why a 6-week writing sprint is super effective, plus how to implement it into your 2021 writing process. If you're looking for how to make the magic of rapid releasing work for you... you won't want to miss this episode! Be sure to check out the show notes by going to authorrevolution.org/66.
Indie authors are notorious for flying by the seat of our pants. However, if there's one thing I know to be true, it's that you're far more successful when you plan your successes. That's why today I want to talk about editorial calendars and how to use a slightly different tool for mastering your year's releases. In today's podcast episode, we're going over how to use the tool Plottr as a Gantt Chart to help plan out your year's worth of book releases. It can help you easily see at a glance how your year will work in terms of writing and publishing your books. Be sure to check out the show notes by going to authorrevolution.org/65.
For years, indie authors have touted that earning a fantastic income from our writing is just a stone's throw away. You can be making great money right away. But over the years, that's really become the stuff of legends. It's time to bust the myth and take on a different mindset. In today's podcast episode, we're going to be talking about the mindset shift indie authors really need to start taking on. Not only will it normalize a long-game approach to our careers, but it'll also help alleviate any fears of failure, thanks to comparisonitis. Be sure to check out the show notes by going to authorrevolution.org/64.
Nothing motivates us more than hearing about the stories of authors who are in our indie author space. It can encourage us, inspire us, and even humble us in knowing we're not alone - and exactly where we need to be. In today's podcast episode, my good friend Paul Heingarten joins me for an interview. In it, we talk about his journey as an indie author, what inspires and motivates him--as well as the challenges he's working at overcoming for 2021. Have a listen! Be sure to check out the show notes by going to authorrevolution.org/63.
There are a ton of things indie authors could be focusing their time on. It seems like the list is never-ending. However, if there's one thing that 2020 taught us, it's that we have the power to craft our reality if we so choose. In today's podcast episode, I'm laying out 5 tips to start your 2021 off on the right foot. These are things you can start right now today, too. So, enjoy! Be sure to check out the show notes by going to authorrevolution.org/62.
I don't typically take a whole lot of time to sit and review all the things I've done. But I have learned over the years that taking a beat to remind myself how far I've come can motivate me and keep me moving forward. (Especially when it feels like I'm not making enough progress.) In today's podcast episode, we're going to talk about doing a "year in review" and why it's important to take a beat to celebrate your successes. Be sure to check out the show notes by going to authorrevolution.org/61.
In January, I had my first ever BookBub Featured Deal. In episode 14, I went into the details of the results from that deal and promised to come back at the end of the year with an update. So guess what... here we are! In today's podcast episode, we're going to take a look at Pendomus' sales over the course of the year and compare it to its last year in KU (2018). The results overall were kind of surprising. Be sure to check out the show notes by going to authorrevolution.org/60.
Being an indie author is hard enough without the stress and overwhelm of feeling like you have to constantly be writing and releasing your books. If you know me, you know I love a good rapid release strategy, but it's time for some tough love. In today's podcast episode, we're taking on the indie author myth that publishing a book a month is the way to go. Instead, we'll be talking about a different tactic and how to create a sustainable rapid release strategy that can set you up for a lifetime of writing. Be sure to check out the show notes by going to authorrevolution.org/59.
It's almost Christmas and I can't stop thinking about how our books are a lot like Christmas trees... You know, they're evergreen. They have so much potential and just because a single launch didn't go as planned, it doesn't mean you've got a bad book on your hands. In today's podcast episode, we're talking about the evergreen capabilities a book has...and how to leverage them when they aren't doing as well as we'd like. Want to start earning from your backlist? Start listening now! Be sure to check out the show notes by going to authorrevolution.org/58.
To many authors, the idea of rapid releasing their novels is stress-inducing - and for good reason. There are a lot of moving parts. Some authors proclaim rapid releasing a book a month is the only way. But what if it isn't? In today's podcast episode, let's discuss the concept of sustainable rapid releasing. Is it possible? Or is it just a pipe dream? Let's find out! Be sure to check out the show notes by going to authorrevolution.org/57.
We authors are in a unique position to make the most of the pandemic's work-from-home orders. Our content can be created literally anywhere and as it turns out, readers are buying more books, too! In today's podcast episode, I'm discussing the importance of having a publishing plan and the crucial items I plan for when gearing up for a new year. It's time to get motivated and inspired! Ready? Be sure to check out the show notes by going to authorrevolution.org/56.
It's time for a mid-NaNoWriMo check-in! How are you holding up? Are you hitting your word count goals? Or are you like me... totally missing the mark? In today's podcast episode, I'm discussing 5 tips to help you get refocused and back on track with your NaNoWriMo goals. There might even be a bonus tip in there, too. Are you ready? Be sure to check out the show notes by going to authorrevolution.org/55.
Do you have a plan for your author career? What about a plan for just next year? 2021 has the potential to be awesome, but take it from me, you don't want to get lost in the process. In today's podcast episode, we're talking about creating a vacation calendar and making sure you take time off. Even authors need a break to boost their creativity and enjoyment in what they do. Start listening and get inspired for the possibilities that lay ahead in 2021. Be sure to check out the show notes by going to authorrevolution.org/54.
Have you ever wondered how to use email marketing as an author? Whether you have zero books or a hundred, the best time to start your email list is yesterday. It is the single most effective tool in your author tool chest when it comes to converting people into readers. In today's episode, I'm talking with Email Marketing Superstars CEO, Stephen Gordon about how authors can best utilize their email lists. You definitely don't want to miss this one! Be sure to check out the show notes by going to authorrevolution.org/53.
It's hard to believe, but it's officially been a full year since I started the Author Revolution Podcast! In honor of its first birthday, we're highlighting some of the most sought after episodes. In today's episode, I'm going over the top 10 Author Revolution Podcast episodes, just in case you may have missed one of the good ones. There are a few surprises in there, for sure. Stay tuned! Be sure to check out the show notes by going to authorrevolution.org/52.
NaNoWriMo is almost here and we're in the home stretch for Preptober. But...is it too late if you haven't started? In today's episode, I'll be going over the 3 Preptober Tips to get your novel ready to rock and roll, come November 1st. You still have time to join NaNoWriMo, my friend. Have a listen and see for yourself. Be sure to check out the show notes by going to authorrevolution.org/51.
The concept of rapid releasing can be scary for some authors. The idea of writing and publishing multiple books a year just seems slightly out of their reach. But what if you could start off a little slower? Dip your toe into those waters? In today's episode, we'll be talking about how to ease into the concept of rapid releasing with a single trick. It might not be quite what you're expecting, either. Have a listen today to find out what it is!
Indie authors are badasses. Not only do we write with the best of them, but we wear a bazillion hats, too. Okay, so admittedly, it's more like 20 or so, but still! That's a lot of hats! In today's episode, we're piecing apart all the distinct hats indies authors wear and what each one does. That way, we have a clear picture going forward with our author careers. Ready? Be sure to check out the show notes by going to authorrevolution.org/49.
The list-aim results are in for Carissa's first-ever solo list-aiming attempt. Did it provide the results she was hoping for? Or did all the hard work miss its mark? In today's episode, we'll be talking all about the results, as well as go over some tips and tricks in terms of keeping your sanity while you wait for the results. Plus, how to handle the news when it finally comes in. Ready?
Secret Legacy's list-aim launch week is finally over. It's been a year in the making to get here. So, did everything go as planned? Or did things fall apart? In today's episode, I'm going to use hindsight to our advantage and tell you what worked and what didn't work for the list-aim launch. Listen now! Be sure to check out the show notes by going to authorrevolution.org/47.
Launch weeks can be extremely stressful. There's a lot to think about and even more to be doing. Because of this, most authors either go completely crazy or they wing the whole thing entirely. In this week's podcast episode, we're going to talk about 7 tips to keep your stress levels down and maintain your sanity during a book launch. You ready? Be sure to check out the show notes by going to authorrevolution.org/46.
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Podcast Details

Created by
Carissa Andrews
Podcast Status
Active
Started
Oct 30th, 2019
Latest Episode
Mar 3rd, 2021
Release Period
Weekly
Episodes
70
Avg. Episode Length
21 minutes
Explicit
No
Order
Episodic
Language
English

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