The Rebel Author Podcast
099 How to Write and Sell Short Fiction with Matty Dalrymple

099 How to Write and Sell Short Fiction with Matty Dalrymple

August 18, 2021

Episode Show Notes

In this episode we cover: 

  • Defining short fiction
  • How much story do you need for short fiction?
  • How to do more with your short fiction
  • Mistakes writers make with short fiction
  • Quirky ideas for your short fiction

This week’s question is: how do you use short fiction in your writing business?

Recommendation of the week is:

The Anatomy of Prose: The Senses Course: Discount Code: rebelvacay15

Matty’s The Short Tack Book

Links I mentioned are:

The Senses Course

Find out more about Matty on:

Website

Facebook

Twitter

The Indy Author YouTube channel

​LinkedIn

Episode I did with Matty on Side Characters

Example of Short Fiction Promotion:  Ann Kinnear Suspense Short ALL DEATHS ENDURE

 

Rebel of the Week is: Shirish Deshpande

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 and welcome to: Kirstin Bussey, Maggie Menane, L.K. Latham, Paisleykaat, and Claire L. Fishback. 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

 

098 Everything You Need to Know About Formatting Your Book with Formatted Books

098 Everything You Need to Know About Formatting Your Book with Formatted Books

August 11, 2021

Episode Show Notes

In this episode we cover: 

  • Why formatting is important
  • Mistakes to avoid with formatting
  • Why you might consider a formatting company
  • Differences between print and ebook formatting
  • What to look for in a professional formatting company

This week’s question is: How do you format your books?

Recommendation of the week is: 10 Steps to Hero: How to Craft a Kickass Protagonist by ME!

books2read.com/10stepstohero 

books2read.com/heroworkbook

**Please note this show uses affiliate links

Links and shows I mentioned are:

3 Mistakes to Avoid with Your Side Characters on Angela Ackerman’s site

Writers Cookbook

Book Echoes

Find out more about Formatted Books and their services on:

Website

Facebook

Instagram

Twitter

LinkedIn

 

Rebel of the Week is: Claire L. Fishback

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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097 Know Your Book Market with Nat and Kindletrends

097 Know Your Book Market with Nat and Kindletrends

August 4, 2021

Episode Show Notes

In this episode we cover: 

  • What Kindletrends is and how it can help you
  • The different aspects of book market research
  • How to find readers
  • How to research blurbs, covers, content and more

This week’s question is: How do you learn about your genre?

Recommendation of the week is: Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating by Adiba Jaigirdar

Apple

Kobo

Amazon UK

Amazon USA

***This show uses affiliate links

Links I mentioned are:

Grab your copy of 8 Steps to Side Characters today:

Universal link textbook

Universal link workbook

Order direct from me

ALLI ratings page

To find out more about Nat and Kindletrends:

What Kindletrends does

How to use Kindletrends to research genre fiction

If you use the code REBEL at checkout time, you’ll get USD5 off your monthly Kindletrends subscription, bringing it down to USD10 per month, forever.  

 

Rebel of the Week is: Amber Sauer

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 Aaron Betts. A big thank you to my existing patrons too. 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: 4 Tips to Write Better Side Characters

Bonus Episode: 4 Tips to Write Better Side Characters

July 30, 2021

To celebrate the launch of 8 Steps to Side Characters, I thought I’d add a sneaky little bonus episode. I’m going to give you a few tips from the book to help you write better side characters.

If you haven’t purchased your copy yet, you can do so here:

Order the textbook here.

Order the workbook here.

Or you can order signed paperback copies or digital copies straight from me using this link.

If you missed the series of mini tips videos some of these tips are covered at a high level in those. See those episodes here:  

What Are Side Characters? 

The “Three Whys”

Stop Them Taking Over 

How to Kill Your Side Characters 

How to Use Humour with Your Side Characters 

Three Types of Side Character

What You Need to Know About Character Arcs

 

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.

096 How to Win Amazon Kindle Storyteller Competition with Darren Hardy

096 How to Win Amazon Kindle Storyteller Competition with Darren Hardy

July 28, 2021

Episode Show Notes

In this episode we cover: 

  • What the Kindle Storyteller Competition is
  • What the judges are looking for
  • Storyteller success stories
  • How to increase your visibility on Amazon
  • Publishing mistakes to avoid

This week’s question is: Do you enter competitions?

Recommendation of the week is: The Girls I’ve Been by Tess Sharpe

Apple

Kobo

Amazon UK

Amazon USA

***This show uses affiliate links

Links and events I mentioned are:

Unstoppable Authors ep 100 - Sustaining a Writing Career with the Right Mindset

Facebook Live: 29th July 8pm BST 

Your Side Characters and You LIVES: 8pm (BST) every night from the 30th July on my instagram 

Preorder Bonus 

Find out more about Kindle Storyteller here.

 

Rebel of the Week is: Shay Raby

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 Charlotte Platt. A big thank you to my existing patrons too. 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

 

095 Six Figure Author on One Book a Year with Helen Scheuerer

095 Six Figure Author on One Book a Year with Helen Scheuerer

July 21, 2021

Episode Show Notes

In this episode we cover:

  • The type of book launch when you’re only publishing once a year
  • The type of marketing needed between launches
  • How to build your audience and find readers
  • The writing and marketing process for one book a year
  • Tips for marketing to YA audiences

This week’s question is: how many books would you ideally like to publish a year?

Recommendation of the week is: A Lair of Bones by Helen Scheuerer

Amazon UK

Amazon USA

***This show uses affiliate links

Links and events I mentioned are:

Daniel Wallace Find Your Next Reader summit

IngramSpark Interview

Facebook Live: 29th July 8pm BST

Your Side Characters and You LIVES: 8pm (BST) every night from the 30th July on my Instagram

Preorder Bonus

Find out more about Helen on:

Website

Amazon

Instagram

Facebook

 

Rebel of the Week is: Laura Hatchell

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 Kirsten Taylor. And thank you to Jen Roundell for upping your pledge.  A big thank you to my existing patrons too. 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

094 How to Create a Magic System with Angeline Trevena

094 How to Create a Magic System with Angeline Trevena

July 14, 2021

Episode Show Notes

In this episode we cover: 

  • How to start building a magic system
  • How and why you need to limit your magic system
  • Common magic building mistakes
  • Diversity in magic systems 
  • How to make a magic system integral to the plot and characters

This week’s question is: what is your favorite magic system?

Links and events I mentioned are:

Order a signed copy of Side Characters (or any other book) direct from me.

Order Side Characters: 

Textbook

Workbook

LIVE Side Characters Launch Q&A. To join in, you’ll need to be a member of my Facebook Group

When: 29th July

Time: 8pm GMT (5am AEST, 12pm PDT, 3pm EDT)

Find out more about Angeline on:

Website

Worldbuilding

Facebook

Instagram

Twitter

 

Rebel of the Week is: Gordo

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 Melinda Brack. A big thank you to my existing patrons too. 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.

DISCOUNT CODE: REBEL25

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093 How to Run an Author Event with Daniel Wallace

093 How to Run an Author Event with Daniel Wallace

July 7, 2021

Episode Show Notes

In this episode we cover: 

  • Mistakes to avoid when running an author event
  • What small details set an event apart from others
  • How to make author events into a revenue stream
  • How to pitch speakers
  • What considerations do you need to make
  • What kind of person do you need to be to run author events

This week’s question is: What are the best author events you’ve been to (digital or in-person)?

Recommendation of the week is: The Science of Storytelling by Will Storr

Apple

Kobo

Amazon UK

Amazon USA 

***This show uses affiliate links

Find out more about Daniel on:

Website

Twitter

Instagram

But the best way for people to make contact Daniel is his free, do at your own pace, writing course.

 

Rebel of the Week is: Ian Worrall

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

5 new patrons today, welcome and thank you to Cassi Emerson, Kelllye Burroughs, Lynn Reed, John Rindfleisch IX and Elizabeth Prais. A big thank you to my existing patrons too. 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 

092 The Self-Publishing Blueprint with Daniel Willcocks

092 The Self-Publishing Blueprint with Daniel Willcocks

June 30, 2021

Episode Show Notes: 

In this episode we cover: 

  • The overarching steps indies need to take to publish their book
  • Most common indie publishing mistakes
  • MVP launches versus bells and whistles launches
  • The self-publishing cycle
  • How to work with a writing coach

This week’s question is: what part of self-publishing do you enjoy the most?

Recommendation of the week is: 8 Steps to Side Characters: How to Craft Supporting Roles with Intention, Purpose, and Power

Preorder everywhere

Preorder workbook everywhere

Submit preorder proof to get goodies here

***This show uses affiliate links

Find out more about Dan on:

Hawk & Cleaver

Devil's Rock Publishing

Next Level Authors Podcast

The Other Stories Podcast

The Self-Publishing Blueprint

 

Rebel of the Week is: Candy Glynn Wilde

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 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.

091 How to Sell More Books on Apple with Kristy Bromberg

091 How to Sell More Books on Apple with Kristy Bromberg

June 23, 2021

Episode Show Notes

In this episode we cover: 

  • Methods and tactics for selling on Apple
  • Mistakes on Apple
  • Using preorders on Apple
  • What it’s like to have your book turned into a film
  • How to write better sexy scenes

This week’s question is: what is your focus for the last half of 2021?

Recommendation of the week is: Writing and Marketing Systems by Elana Johnson

Apple

Kobo

Amazon UK 

Amazon USA

**This show uses affiliate links

Links and events I mentioned are:

The Rebel Author Diaries Anthology Submissions are now open.

Find out more here.

Find out more about Kristy on:

Facebook 

Instagram  

Amazon

Website

 

Rebel of the Week is: CJ Dainton

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 today, welcome and thank you to Herman Steuernagel. A big thank you to my existing patrons too. 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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