The Rebel Author Podcast
114 Understanding Money as an Indie Author with MJ Fievre

114 Understanding Money as an Indie Author with MJ Fievre

December 1, 2021

Episode Show Notes

In this episode we cover: 

  • How to decide what income streams are worth it
  • How to balance income streams and workload
  • Mistakes to avoid with income streams 
  • What are the most important factors for creating a sustainable long term career

This week’s question is: How do you work with deadlines?

Recommendation of the week is: Lies The Guardians Tell by Herman Steuernagel

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Rebel of the Week is: Lena Johnson

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

1 new patron this week, welcome and thank you to Sharon Muha. 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 

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113 Cover Design for Indie Authors with Julia Rozdobudko

113 Cover Design for Indie Authors with Julia Rozdobudko

November 24, 2021

Episode Show Notes

In this episode we cover: 

  • When should you update your covers?
  • How to know if a cover is good
  • Cover mistakes to avoid
  • How to create covers when you’re writing cross-genre

This week’s question is: How do you plan for a new year?

Recommendation of the week is: One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston

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Rebel of the Week is: Chris Williams

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

 

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112 How to Fix Settings and Descriptions with Janice Hardy

112 How to Fix Settings and Descriptions with Janice Hardy

November 17, 2021

Episode Show Notes

In this episode we cover: 

  • Mistakes to avoid in your description
  • What good description is and looks like
  • How to avoid information dumping
  • How maximise settings 
  • How to let a character’s personality impact description

This week’s question is: Since you started writing, what’s the best money you’ve spent?

Recommendation of the week is: Romancing the Beat by Gwen Hayes

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Rebel of the Week is: Anonymous

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

1 new patron this week, thank you and welcome to Hunter Keris and thank you to JP Rindfleisch IX for upping their pledge. A whopping 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

 

111 How to Create a Sustainable Hybrid Author Career with Tiffany Yates Martin

111 How to Create a Sustainable Hybrid Author Career with Tiffany Yates Martin

November 10, 2021

Episode Show Notes

In this episode we cover: 

  • How to write books when you’re an editor
  • Why you may or may not want to be hybrid
  • Benefits of being hybrid
  • What’s changed in 30 years of publishing
  • Why you may or may not want a pen name secret
  • How to transition between writing fiction and nonfiction

This week’s question is: do you have a pen name? or if you don’t what would your pen name be?

Recommendation of the week is: Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

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Rebel of the Week is: Khalina C.S.A

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 patrons this week, welcome and thank you to Christiane Erwin and Allison Carroll and thank you to Jay Rene Lawrence for upping her pledge. 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

 

110 How to Create Character Voice with Sebastien de Castell

110 How to Create Character Voice with Sebastien de Castell

November 3, 2021

Episode Show Notes

In this episode we cover: 

  • Where to start creating voices
  • How to reflect personality at the sentence level
  • Literary tricks and tools for creating richer character personality
  • Worldbuilding philosophy
  • Character accents, dialogue, rhythm and melody

This week’s question is: what characters have you read with really strong voices?

Recommendation of the week is: Way of the Argosi by Sebastien de Castell

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Rebel of the Week is: Lena Johnson

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 new patron Genevieve Schol. 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

 

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109 Book Release Strategies with Craig Martelle

109 Book Release Strategies with Craig Martelle

October 27, 2021

Episode Show Notes

In this episode we cover: 

  • Launch considerations  
  • Release strategy mistakes
  • Shorter vs Longer release strategies
  • Boxset release strategies
  • Preorder strategies
  • Nitty gritty tactics

This week’s question is: what type of launch appeals to you most?

Recommendation of the week is: Magick by C. M. Newell

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Rebel of the Week is: Anonymous

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 

 

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108 Travel Writing with Award Winning Anna McNuff

108 Travel Writing with Award Winning Anna McNuff

October 20, 2021

Episode Show Notes

In this episode we cover: 

  • Travel writing narrative arcs
  • Travel writing processes
  • Mistakes to avoid
  • Adventure planning 
  • Truth and lies in narrative nonfiction

This week’s question is: What adventure have you been on?

Recommendation of the week is: Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune

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Rebel of the Week is: Janelle Hardacre

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 Robyn Pearce. 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 Sneak Peek of 13 Steps to Evil Audiobook
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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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.

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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

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

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