Welcome to the first official episode of the Rebel Author Podcast. Today, I talk to Adam Croft about all things indie author mindset, wide marketing and a sprinkling of banter.
In The Introduction
In the introduction, I talk about three things, first up a poetry book by Atticus called The Truth About Magic, you can get a copy here. I also talk about a book I’m listening to on audible called Playing Big by Tara Mohr, that gave me a bit of an epiphany about fear and the different type, grab a copy here. Last, I get all excited about a new animated version of The Addams Family coming to a cinema near you for Halloween.
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Here’s more about today’s guest.
Advertising your book feels like the ugly elephant in the corner of the I-just-typed-THE-END-room. You’ve managed to get your book cover design, you’ve had the book formatted and your proof copies have arrived.
Previously you might have organised a blog tour, thrown up some tweets, a Facebook page post, maybe scheduled a couple more tweets, told your friends and then…? Well, back then, maybe your got sales. Today? I doubt it.
With the rise of the ‘pay to play’ market, getting serious levels of organic traffic to your book sales pages is next to impossible UNLESS you join in and pay to advertise. [Read more…] about Do you want to learn how to advertise your books?
Most people think their hero is the most important character in their book. I argue it’s the villain. After all, the villain is – for the most part – the source of conflict in your story. And without conflict you don’t have a story. Conflict is your hero’s catalyst for change, which means it’s quite literally the holy grail of story telling.
So your villain is important. But surely your heroes are too?
Yes. Yes, they are.
Your hero is the lens through which your reader experiences your story. Without your hero there is no narrator, no filter for which the story can be told. It would be like going to the movies and wearing headphones and a blindfold.
That’s why I wrote 10 Steps To Hero: How To Craft A Kickass Protagonist.
And guess what?
It’s out today.
Want to know more? Read on… [Read more…] about 10 Steps To Hero: How To Craft A Kickass Protagonist OUT NOW
Here’s the thing. Burnout is inefficient. And there’s literally nothing I hate more than inefficiency. It’s my archnemesis. It slows me down, makes me angry and ragey, and mildly violent… (toward my keyboard)1
But worse, if you’re anything like me, you’re completely incapable of realizing you’re tired, let alone reaching the brink of total burnout. I’m blind to burnout. It’s like fighting a custom built invisible demon while blindfolded and strapped into a straight jacket. Suffice to say, I’ve probably gone through at least six months of piss poor writing performance, chronic exhaustion, a terrible mindset and insomnia. Because I know what’s useful when you’re tired, NOT SLEEPING.
Okay, I’ll wind my neck in because I like to be a sparkling ray of positivity here.
We all know I’m a scathingly cynical, intensely sarcastic rage-beast from the depths of your nightmares. But that slight tangent aside, I do like to be helpful.
So here’s me being helpful:
Whatever you’re doing, stop. Stop right now and head over to Writers Helping Writers to find all of the amazing prizes you can win.
There’s fourteen giveaways, (I’m part of two). The first is the chance to win a signed copy of 13 Steps To Evil and a three chapter critique.
The second you’ll have to check back in and see…!
But it’s not just my prize you should check out. There’s absolutely stacks to win including: [Read more…] about A Writer’s Christmas Bonanza from @angelaackerman & @beccapuglisi #amwriting