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107 How to Craft Conflict in Your Novel with Becca Puglisi

107 How to Craft Conflict in Your Novel with Becca Puglisi

October 13, 2021

Show Notes

In this episode we cover: 

  • What conflict is and why it’s so important for your novel
  • How to layer conflict
  • Mistakes writers make with conflict
  • How to show conflict
  • How to use “choice” and complicating choice to further tension and plot

This week’s question is: what is the best book you’ve read in your genre?

Recommendation of the week is: 13 Steps to Evil: How to Craft a Superbad Villain audiobook written and narrated by ME!

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Find out more about Becca at:

The Conflict Thesaurus 

One Stop for Writers

 

Rebel of the Week is: Andy Park

If you’d like to be a Rebel of the week please do send in your story, it can be any kind of rebellion. You can email your rebel story to rebelauthorpodcast@gmail.com or instagram me @sachablackauthor

Huge thank you to existing patron Jeff Elkins for upping his pledge and welcome and thank you to new patron Luke Kondor. A big thank you to my existing patrons as well. If you’d like to support the show, and get early access to all the episodes as well as bonus content you can from as little as $2 a month by visiting: www.patreon.com/sachablack

BONUS EPISODE 8 Lessons from Narrating and Producing My First Audiobook

BONUS EPISODE 8 Lessons from Narrating and Producing My First Audiobook

October 11, 2021

Show Notes

Howdie folks, I finally pushed my first audiobook over the finishing line. Now, I’m by no means an expert at any of this stuff, but boy did I learn a lot from the process. I love learning from other people’s mistakes, so I thought I would share 8 lessons I learned from narrating and producing my first audiobook.

Read full blog here.

Listen to audiobook:

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FURTHER RESOURCES FOR YOU

AUDIOBOOKS

Narrated by the Author: How to Produce an Audiobook on a Budget by Rene Conoulty

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Audio for Authors by Joanna Penn

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Storyteller: How to be an Audiobook Narrator by Lorelei King

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Writing for Audiobooks: Audio-First for Flow and Impact: Author Advice from Radio Writing by Jules Horne

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PODCAST EPISODES

006 How to DIY an Audiobook with Rene Conoulty

023 How to Write for Audio with Jules Horne

078 How to Sell Ebooks and Audiobooks on Kobo with Tara Cremin

104 How to Work with an Audiobook Narrator with Jillian Yetter

BLOG POSTS

Publishing Alternatives to ACX

How Audiobook Authors and Narrators are Paid by Audible-ACX. We think.

The Ultimate Guide to Self-Publishing Audiobooks

Audiobook Promotion for Indie Authors

 

106 How to Edit a Second Draft with Alex Kourvo

106 How to Edit a Second Draft with Alex Kourvo

October 6, 2021

Episode Show Notes

In this episode we cover: 

  • Analogies to help you better understand editing vs drafting
  • How to approach editing
  • The pitfalls and mistakes writers fall into
  • How to show the change a hero goes through
  • The five big scenes you need to get right
  • The stakes paradox

This week’s question is: tell me something you’ve achieved this year.

Recommendation of the week is: I Love You To My Heart by Matthew Dion Goodall

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Links I mentioned are:

The 2021 NaNoWriMo Writing Tools Bundle

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Activated Authors NaNoWriMo Preparation

Kindle Storyteller

Find out more about Alex on:

Twitter 

Instagram

The Big-Picture Revision Checklist

 

Rebel of the Week is: Jasmine Arch

If you’d like to be a Rebel of the week please do send in your story, it can be any kind of rebellion. You can email your rebel story to rebelauthorpodcast@gmail.com or instagram me @sachablackauthor

 

No new patrons this week, but a big thank you to my existing patrons. If you’d like to support the show, and get early access to all the episodes as well as bonus content you can from as little as $2 a month by visiting: www.patreon.com/sachablack

 

This Show is Sponsored by ProWritingAid

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105 How to Market a Children’s Book with Karen Inglis

105 How to Market a Children’s Book with Karen Inglis

September 29, 2021

Episode Show Notes

In this episode we cover: 

  • Why you need to establish a local brand
  • Indie marketing methods that don’t work for children’s author
  • How to connect with schools
  • How to work with curriculums
  • Children’s marketing mistakes to avoid

This week’s question is: What unusual marketing methods have you tried that have worked?

Recommendation of the week is: Keepers

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The 99c Fiction Sale (ends 29 Sept)

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The 99c Fiction Sale (ends 29 Sept)

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Find out more about Karen on:

Self Publishing Adventures

Website

Twitter

Facebook

Instagram

How To Self-Publish and Market a Children’s Book 

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Rebel of the Week is: Paulette Stout

If you’d like to be a Rebel of the week please do send in your story, it can be any kind of rebellion. You can email your rebel story to rebelauthorpodcast@gmail.com or instagram me @sachablackauthor

Welcome to new patron Judith Mortimore. A big thank you to my existing patrons. If you’d like to support the show, and get early access to all the episodes as well as bonus content you can from as little as $2 a month by visiting: www.patreon.com/sachablack 

Thank you to all of the patrons who have upped their pledge and joined the rebel readers group: Helen O’Neill and Lynne Wham

 

THIS EPISODE IS SPONSORED BY KOBO WRITING LIFE

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Visit Kobo Writing Life here, read the Kobo Writing Life blog here, and listen to their podcast here.

 

104 How to Work with an Audiobook Narrator with Jillian Yetter

104 How to Work with an Audiobook Narrator with Jillian Yetter

September 22, 2021

Episode Show Notes

In this episode we cover: 

  • How to work with audiobook narrators
  • How to find narrators
  • What information you need to give narrators
  • Mistakes authors make working with narrators
  • How to create good working relationships with narrators

This week’s question is: what’s your relationship with audiobooks?

Recommendation of the week is: Some Girls Do by Jennifer Dugan

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Amazon UK 

Amazon USA 

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Links I mentioned are:

The 99c Fiction Sale

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Find out more about Jillian on: 

Instagram

Facebook

Website

Her books on Audible

 

Rebel of the Week is: Mel

If you’d like to be a Rebel of the week please do send in your story, it can be any kind of rebellion. You can email your rebel story to rebelauthorpodcast@gmail.com or instagram me @sachablackauthor

No new patrons this week, but a big thank you to my existing patrons. If you’d like to support the show, and get early access to all the episodes as well as bonus content you can from as little as $2 a month by visiting: www.patreon.com/sachablack 

Thank you to all of the patrons who have upped their pledge and joined the rebel readers group: Scott Kavanagh, Jen Roundell, Herman Steuernagel and Matt Goodall.

 

103 Three Word Rebellion with Dr Michelle Mazur

103 Three Word Rebellion with Dr Michelle Mazur

September 15, 2021

Episode Show Notes

In this episode we cover: 

  • What a three word rebellion is
  • How to create one
  • How to then use your three word rebellion
  • Why writers and creatives feel like they’re bad at marketing
  • How to use the inoculation theory

This week’s question is: do you have a three word rebellion or tagline for your business?

Recommendation of the week is: Fixing Your Setting & Description Problems by Janice Hardy

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Rebel Readers

Find out more about Dr Michelle Mazur on:

Facebook

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Twitter

Website

 

Rebel of the Week is: Amy Heath

If you’d like to be a Rebel of the week please do send in your story, it can be any kind of rebellion. You can email your rebel story to rebelauthorpodcast@gmail.com or instagram me @sachablackauthor

2 new rebels this week, thank you Laura Lentz and Helen Scheuerer. A big thank you to my existing patrons as well. If you’d like to support the show, and get early access to all the episodes as well as bonus content you can from as little as $2 a month by visiting: www.patreon.com/sachablack

Thank you to all of the patrons who have upped their pledge and joined the rebel readers group: Lynn Reed Kendall, Sarah Louise, Nicole Cayer, Sassy Cassie, Eden Collier, Emma Geoffray, Juneta Kay, Maggie M, and Shane Millar.

102 How to Write Diverse Characters with Eliana West

102 How to Write Diverse Characters with Eliana West

September 8, 2021

Episode Show Notes

In this episode we cover: 

  • Why diversity in fiction is important 
  • What to do if you’re afraid to approach writing diverse characters
  • Sensitivity readers
  • What you need to research
  • How to include diverse characters when you yourself are not diverse

This week’s question is: Tell us a book you’ve enjoyed with diverse characters.

Recommendation of the week is: Jay’s Gay Agenda by Jason June 

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Diversity resources:

Writing With Color Blog 

How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

The Antiracist: How to Start the Conversation about Race and Take Action by Kondwani Fidel  

We Need Diverse Books

Writing Diversely 

How to Write Black Characters: An Incomplete Guide by Salt and Sage Books

Find out more about Eliana on:

Website

Instagram

 

Rebel of the Week is: Laura Rye

If you’d like to be a Rebel of the week please do send in your story, it can be any kind of rebellion. You can email your rebel story to rebelauthorpodcast@gmail.com or instagram me @sachablackauthor

No new patrons this week, but a big thank you to my existing patrons. If you’d like to support the show, and get early access to all the episodes as well as bonus content you can from as little as $2 a month by visiting: www.patreon.com/sachablack

 

This Show is Sponsored by ProWritingAid

Find out more about ProWritingAid here.

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101 Author Headshots Making the Most of your Photographer with Ed Crowther

101 Author Headshots Making the Most of your Photographer with Ed Crowther

September 1, 2021

Episode Show Notes

In this episode we cover: 

  • Why you need a headshot
  • How a shoot works
  • Considerations for tone and mood of photos
  • How to prepare for a shoot
  • Common mistakes in shoots

This week’s question is: Have you got a professional headshot?

Recommendation of the week is: Life in a Fishbowl by Len Vlahos

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Amazon UK

Amazon USA

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Events I mentioned are:

The York Writers Conference 2021. Three days, nine guest speakers, and plenty of opportunity to network and chat with authors from all over. Sessions include writer's craft and marketing workshops. Join Friday evening for a virtual cocktail party with opening remarks from our honorary patron, Terry Fallis. Then workshops begin Saturday with a lunchtime Keynote with Andrew Pyper and of course, Sacha Black.

When: October 22-24, 2021

Where: Zoom - Register here

Find out more about Ed at:

@LastmanPhotography

 

Rebel of the Week is: Sarah W. Sparx

If you’d like to be a Rebel of the week please do send in your story, it can be any kind of rebellion. You can email your rebel story to rebelauthorpodcast@gmail.com or instagram me @sachablackauthor

No new patrons this week, but a big thank you to my existing patrons. If you’d like to support the show, and get early access to all the episodes as well as bonus content you can from as little as $2 a month by visiting: www.patreon.com/sachablack 

100 Book Rights Reversion with Katlyn Duncan

100 Book Rights Reversion with Katlyn Duncan

August 25, 2021

Episode Show Notes

In this episode we cover: 

  • What rights reversion is
  • How you find out if you can revert your rights
  • A walk through of a high level rights reversion
  • How long the process takes
  • What mistakes to avoid in the reversion process

This week’s question is: Would you consider selling subsidiary rights and if so, what ones?

Recommendation of the week is: Take Back Your Book Rights by Katlyn Duncan

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Amazon UK

Amazon USA

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Links I mentioned are:

Join me on Patreon for Silent September.

Write Away Podcast: Episode 55: How do you write memorable characters?

My interview with Katlyn on her YouTube Channel: '8 Steps to Side Characters' by Sacha Black | Author Interview

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Find out more about Katlyn on:

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Podcast Channel

 

Rebel of the Week is: Lynn Reed

If you’d like to be a Rebel of the week please do send in your story, it can be any kind of rebellion. You can email your rebel story to rebelauthorpodcast@gmail.com or instagram me @sachablackauthor

Welcome and thank you to Mel Climo and Angie Green. A big thank you to my existing patrons as well. If you’d like to support the show, and get early access to all the episodes as well as bonus content you can from as little as $2 a month by visiting: www.patreon.com/sachablack

 

THIS EPISODE IS SPONSORED BY KOBO WRITING LIFE

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Visit Kobo Writing Life here, read the Kobo Writing Life blog here, and listen to their podcast here.

 

 

 

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