SPA 43: How Not to Suck at Writing (Resources, Podcasts, and Books)

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...

SPA 42: Analyzing Pixar’s 22 Rules of Story with Stephan Bugaj

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...

SPA 41: Pricing is a Tricky Thing

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...

SPA 40: First Book? What You Need to be Focusing On

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...

SPA 39: How Not to Be A D-Bag Author

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....

SPA 38: Panels, Signings, and Guest Appearances

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”...

SPA 37: Crafting a Killer Book Launch

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...

SPA 36: How to Get Reviews for Your Books

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...

SPA 35: The Future of Self-Publishing

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...

SPA 34: “To Niche Or Not to Niche”

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...

SPA 33: How to Design a Great Book Cover (Part 2)

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...

SPA 32: How to Design A Great Book Cover (Part 1)

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...

SPA 31: Story Structure and Crafting Great Books (Part 2)

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...

SPA 30: Story Structure and Crafting Great Books (Part 1)

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,...

SPA 29: Translation and Localization with Yannick Nelson of Azoogma

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...

SPA 28: Dealing With Rejection as a Writer and Author

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,...

SPA 27: How to Be (and Stay) Productive As A Writer

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...

SPA 25: How to Generate Book Ideas

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...

SPA 24: Foreign Markets for Indie Authors

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...