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Every episode we talk about common writing roadblocks. We interview publishing industry experts about how they overcame the hard things in their careers, and we give you our best tips to keep your stories rolling.
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This week's Quick Tips are all about self-care. From setting realistic expectations to financial budgeting, building in time for self-reflection and rest, and taking care of our physical bodies, we're tackling the mental, emotional, and physical roadblocks that can hold you back from a sustainable author career. Follow Us! The Author Wheel: Website…
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Ever wondered how your favorite indie authors make their mark in the vast expanse of international publishing? In this episode, we're talking with Tara Cremin of Kobo Writing Life. She's giving us the inside look at international publishing as well as the secrets to success on Kobo. Tara Cremin is the Director of Kobo Writing Life (KWL), Kobo’s ind…
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How do you deal with rejection, negative criticism, and disappointment? In this week's Quick Tips, we're giving you our best advice to overcome the negativity and flip the switch to a positive mindset. There are all kinds of disappointments in this job. Rejections from agents and editors, fizzled launches, and one-star reviews. Our advice? Remember…
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What's hiding in your shadow self, and how can you use it to improve your writing? Today's conversation with Joanna Penn is a brilliant look at what it takes to unearth the raw essence of author creativity. Joanna Penn writes non-fiction for authors and is an award-nominated, New York Times and USA Today bestselling thriller author as J.F. Penn. Sh…
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When motivation is flagging, how do you fall back in love with writing? The key lies in self-awareness—recognizing your introversion, extroversion, or something in between, and how these traits fuel your creative fire. Our personal stories and practical strategies will guide you to embrace who you are and channel your innate strengths into a writin…
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Have you ever tried to write your novel longhand? For this week's guest, that's simply how it's done. At least for the first draft. For her, it's a great way to connect body and brain and keep the story flowing. But when even that fails, Paula turns to reading to fuel her creative soul. This week's episode offers new solutions that can turn setback…
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How do you refill your creative well? In this week's quick tips, we're talking about creativity and how we can nurture our subconscious mind. Tips include: Intentional content consumption: no matter the medium, what we watch, read, or experience influences our writing Building community: conferences, writing groups, online summits are all fodder fo…
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Have you ever attended an in-person writing conference or summit? This week's guest is not only a full-time writer and productivity guru, she's organizing the Author Alchemy Summit in Portland February 22-25! Jessie Kwak is an author and business book ghostwriter living in Portland, Oregon. She is the organizer of the Author Alchemy Summit, as well…
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Ever feel like your New Year's resolutions vanish into thin air before January's over? In this week's quick tip, we're talking about the difference between goals and resolutions, and how to turn vague wishes into achievable progress. We'll walk you through the basics of the SMART goal setting method so you can make your goals Specific, Measurable, …
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Too many external voices... Today's guest, a former lawyer turned author and book coach, joins us in this week's interview to talk about her writing process. Mary's journey from courtrooms to the craft of storytelling is not only inspiring but also enlightening for writers navigating their own creative paths. Mary Adkins is the author of the nation…
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Imposter syndrome. It's the elephant in the room that almost every author faces at some point in their career. In today's episode, Mark Leslie Lefebvre's shares his wisdom on dealing with this behemoth. With over 30 years experience in the writing, publishing, and bookselling industry, Mark understands the heartbeat of writing and publishing. . Mar…
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Ever feel like the intricate dance of authorship could use a choreographer? Well, put on your dance shoes because we're here to help. From the solid foundation of goal setting with an author strategy template to the daily twirls of bullet journals and to-do lists, we have tools to help guide your steps. We share how breaking tasks into bite-sized p…
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As we catapult into a fresh year, many of us grapple with a mounting stack of tasks and the elusive beast that is organization. Luckily, tools like StoryOrigin are here to help! We're thrilled to have guest Evan Gow on the show. Evan is the indie developer of StoryOrigin, a marketing tool and community of authors that work together to find reviewer…
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Happy New Year and welcome back to the Author Wheel Podcast! This week isn't so much a quick tip as an update on our plans for 2024, and boy oh boy, do we have some great shows headed your way. Our regular Monday interviews will continue, and we have some fantastic guests lined up for the show. From the brilliant Joanna Penn, to indie guru Mark Les…
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Happy New Year! We're starting 2024 with a bang, and digging right into our first guest interview with the Voice of Indie Publishing, Kevin Tumlinson. Our conversation wheels through the valleys and peaks of a writer's life, from childhood tales etched in crayon, to overcoming self-limiting beliefs, to live blogging his story as its being written, …
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Ready to supercharge your productivity in 2024? This week marks our final December Quick Tip, and it's all about implementing a workflow that will keep your stories rolling. We dig into our past, examining our old habits and systems, and underscore the importance of making necessary amendments. Our personal experiences, like our morning writing rou…
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Do you know the difference between strategy and tactics? In this week's Quick Tip, we're talking about how we can simplify our strategy to focus on the most impactful activities that will move us toward our goals. To do that, we first have to understand the difference between the day-to-day tasks (tactics) and the overarching plan (strategy.) Keep …
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Ready to jumpstart your writing journey this New Year? This episode of the Author Wheel podcast will be your perfect guide. We've stitched together a mashup of wisdom-rich clips from our previous guests, including Tonya Kappes, Matt Holmes, Claire Taylor, Sacha Black, Paul Ardoin, and Becca Syme. Struggles and success go hand in hand. As a creative…
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Clarity. It's such an ephemeral concept. Ever changing and just out of reach, and yet we need clarity to focus. This week's quick tip is all about understanding ourselves and our motivations so we can set audacious goals for 2024 that are aligned with the future we want. Our dreams and ambitions can evolve over time. The things that we wanted yeste…
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Dream big and go for it! In this highly motivational interview, we're talking with bestselling author Jonathan Yanez about his journey from the written word to the big screen. From learning to write screenplays by reading them online, to immersing himself in film culture by attending film conventions and events, he discusses the importance of under…
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This month's quick tips are all about the end of year reset and refresh. Join us as we take a deep dive into the world of author strategy, turning the rear-view mirror towards 2023 and putting 2024 in sharp, clear focus. It's all about finding the sweet spot between your dreams, realities, and actions. We’ve distilled the planning process into four…
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The art of blurbs, navigating Amazon Ads, and seeking help . . . Writing is a lonely craft, but it doesn't have to be. In this week's episode, Bryan Cohen gets candid about the necessity of help-seeking in the author space, sharing personal stories of how collaboration and networking transformed his business. He opens up about his personal journey,…
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It's the final countdown! How are you doing with NaNoWriMo? Whether or not you "win" this month, you've done something amazing. You've created something out of nothing and gotten words on the page. That's incredible. Which is why... Tip #1: Celebrate! Whether you wrote 50k or 20k, recognize your effort this month. Tip #2: Take a break! Don't immedi…
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Bold statement: indie publishing is a maturing industry. A few weeks ago, The Author Wheel attended the 20Books to 50k conference in Las Vegas, and in this episode we're going to talk about our experiences. Our biggest takeaway? There are dozens, possibly hundreds, of different strategies for author success. Moreover, the very definition of success…
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Ever feel like the world conspires to distract you every time you sit down to write? In this week's "betweeniesode," award-winning fantasy author Megan Haskell and USA Today bestselling mystery thriller author Greta Boris share their best hacks to shut down distractions and focus on your writing. Tip #1: Use technology to your advantage. Try out ap…
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Ready for a front seat on the roller coaster ride of the writing world? Today's guest has pretty much done it all. From working in the theater, to writing Pakistani soap operas in New York, to moving to L.A. to pitch T.V. scripts, then transitioning to prose during the pandemic, there's barely a writing project that Lawrence hasn't tried. He's appl…
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During NaNoWriMo, speed is king (or queen) and the faster you write, the better you optimize your time. Which is why in today's quick "betweeniesode" we're sharing our best tips to pick up your writing pace. Join award-winning fantasy author Megan Haskell and USA Today bestselling mystery thriller author Greta Boris as we unveil tried-and-true stra…
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Hard magic systems, finding community, and creating luxury hardback book... This week is all about publishing on Kindle Unlimited and creating beautiful deluxe special edition books on Kickstarter. Join us for a deep and insightful conversation with renowned fantasy author Rachel Rener, whose international best-selling Gilded Blood series has left …
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NaNoWriMo is all about getting words on the page. In today's quick "betweeniesode" we're talking about how to avoid the distractions of research and revisions. Join award-winning fantasy author Megan Haskell and USA Today bestselling mystery thriller author Greta Boris as we unveil tried-and-true strategies to stay focused on your word count and ke…
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Do editors need editors? Short answer: Yes. In this episode, we're talking with Jennifer Silva Redmond - an accomplished editor, a resilient writer, and a true raconteur. From her early days as an aspiring Broadway actress, to life on a sailboat, to launching her own editing business, Jennifer has a treasure trove of experience to share. As we delv…
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Ever wondered about that magical state where words flow unrestricted, time seems suspended, and the world around you ceases to exist? To help you through NaNoWriMo this November, we're giving you practical tips to increase your productivity and get the words on the page. What better place to start than getting into the flow? Tip 1: Build a ritual t…
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What's the best way to approach literary agents? How do you make your manuscript stand out? Do you need to be on social media? Today's guest has the answers. We discuss understanding submission guidelines, showing respect for the agents you meet or query, and leveraging social media to promote your work (because yes, even traditionally published au…
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Ever felt overwhelmed at the thought of writing a 50,000-word novel in a month? We're here to help! In our second "betweeniesode," award-winning fantasy adventure author Megan Haskell and USA Today bestselling mystery thriller author Greta Boris, give you new tips to prep for the marathon of National Novel Writing Month, aka "NaNoWriMo." In this ep…
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Tired of the traditional 9 to 5 grind and yearn to ignite your creative spark? You've heard today's guest before . . . on our intro! We're talking with our podcast producer, Jim Wilbourne about his journey into the writing and publishing world. Fun fact: a lot of writers don't write full time. Arguably most. In fact, many "full-time authors" have m…
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Are you ready to WIN NaNoWriMo but worried about the overwhelming challenges to writing 50,000 words in the month of November? Fear not! Starting this week, The Author Wheel will be sharing our best tried-and-true novel writing and productivity strategies in weekly "betweeniesodes" of the podcast. First up, prepping for the challenge begins with se…
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Lead magnets, advanced reviews, author cross-promotions, and more... Are you ready to unlock the secrets to building an engaged readership and securely sharing your work with the world? Join us as we welcome Damon Courtney, creator of BookFunnel to the show. In this interview, we unpack the platform's fascinating features that help authors track re…
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Should you self-narrate your own book? Should an indie take a traditional deal? This week, mystery author and podcast host, Pamela Fagan Hutchins, is taking us on a journey into her writing world. We talk about the art of narrating your own audiobooks and how to manage continuity across multiple book series. Plus, hear first-hand why she's a dedica…
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The first step in defining your strategy? Getting clarity. Clarity. What is it? How do we find it? Where do we even start? In today's duo episode, we're once again talking about finding clarity in our lives. It's a topic that's been on our minds a lot, both personally and professionally. And honestly, it just might be the most difficult part of dev…
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In this week’s episode, we’re talking about the writing process. Specifically, we’re talking with screenwriter and novelist John Gaspard about the similarities between the movie-making process and the novelist’s journey. They have a lot in common! From pre-production story planning to writing productivity, then editing and distribution, it’s a comp…
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Overcoming depression and finding your purpose in writing books… Books provide an escape. I think most writers know and appreciate this, but sometimes we forget our books reach people on a fundamental level, giving them an experience they can’t find in the real world. Today’s guest, Tonya Kappes, leans into a desire to help one reader each week, an…
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What's your writing ritual? Do you have an accountability partner? This week's guest really does it all. Not only a fiction author, she's a multi-business owner, consultant, and savvy entrepreneur. She's found success by partnering with others to keep herself accountable, and keeping her creative fiction writing space separate from her business pub…
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Clarify, Simplify, and Implement . . . These are the lessons we've learned after a year of interviewing some of the top minds in the author world. Today, we're talking about our new Author Career Strategy system and how we've implemented these changes in our own author lives. Follow Us! The Author Wheel: Website: www.AuthorWheel.com Facebook: https…
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Have you ever considered going back to school for a Masters in Creative Writing? This week's guest did, but she realized what a privileged position she was in. Not everyone can afford the time and money to go back to school. So she set out to create a program that brings together the best of the MFA experience while allowing students to complete th…
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A realistic strategy for new indie authors. In this interview, Greta and Megan pick Paul Austin Ardoin's brain about his slow-and-steady wins. Paul's marketing approach is commonsense. He tells us how we can implement the same strategies he's used to make a steady $1,000 plus dollars a month on a single series. Paul Austin Ardoin is the USA TODAY b…
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Do you know your top 5 Clifton Strengths? This week's guest is an expert at using the Clifton's Strengths to help writers understand themselves so they can write more, write better, and build a writing career that they love. Becca Syme (MATL) is a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach and has been coaching success alignment for more than a decade. She i…
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Buckle up for this episode! This week Sacha Black helps us mold our writing careers by dialing into our personalities. For instance, she shares how she leaned into her competitive nature to triple her writing time! She shared so many fantastic ideas about craft, the author business, and productivity our heads were spinning. Sacha Black is an author…
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Finishing the first draft, finding yourself, and achieving your definition of success… This week we’re thrilled to be chatting with podcaster and book coach, Emma Dhesi. She talks about being a staying at home mom and how to balance caring for her family with building her own writing career. Tip of the day: do what you can, when you can! Emma Dhesi…
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The biggest risks can lead to things you never expected... The conflict between the maker's life and the manager's world is a constant struggle. It's something that every creative entrepreneur has to deal with. Luckily, this week we have Brock Swinson on the show to share the productivity secrets of some of the most prolific writers around. Brock S…
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One hour a day is all it takes. Some episodes of the podcast are contemplative, some are inspirational, this week's is full of absolutely practical information on how to find new readers for your books and increase your income. Our guest, Matt Holmes, brought the monthly income from his wife's fantasy series into five-figures through advertising, a…
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Perfectionism, time management, and saying "no" . . . This week we're talking with Maddie Margarita, a local author friend who is a community organizer for writers all over Southern California. She generously shares her time with different writing groups, sometimes at the expense of her own writing time. Maddie Margarita writes mystery/romantic sus…
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