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The Art of the Ask, Ep 193

The Art of the Ask, Ep 193

Surely you can’t just ask for what you want? Kevin begs to differ. If you’ve been struggling to find a way to market your books on a shoestring or no-string budget, you’ll want to tune in to this episode for some first-step author marketing advice.


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Iterative Publishing and Perfect is the Enemy of Good, Ep 192

Iterative Publishing and Perfect is the Enemy of Good, Ep 192

Kevin talks about his “iterative publishing” approach and how to leverage it to produce more books, faster, and make them as close to perfect as they can be, over time.


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Content Marketing for Authors, Ep 190

Content Marketing for Authors, Ep 190

Can content marketing help authors with discoverability? Yes. Yes it can. That’s what Kevin believes, at least, and in this Solo Slinger episode he talks about some of the ways an author can leverage content beyond their books to bring more readers to their books.


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True Crime Inspirations with Jode Millman, Ep 189

True Crime Inspirations with Jode Millman, Ep 189

Jodé is the author of the best-selling SEATS: NEW YORK Theatre guidebooks, and her debut thriller novel, “The Midnight Call,” will released by Immortal Works Publishing on June 18, 2019. The unpublished manuscript of “The Midnight Call” was short-listed for the 2014 Clue Award and received the First Place Blue Ribbon as “Best Police Procedural” by Chantireviews.com.


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The Very Personable Mailing List, Ep. 188

The Very Personable Mailing List, Ep. 188

Kevin talks about building your platform with a focus on your mailing list, and creating super fans by being personable and engaging with your readers.


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Cops and Writers with Patrick O'Donnell, Ep 187

Cops and Writers with Patrick O'Donnell, Ep 187

Patrick O'Donnell is a self-published author and full-time police sergeant in one of the largest police departments in the United States. He has over 24 years of experience and has worked a variety of assignments ranging from undercover work, robbery details, vice squads, violent crime task forces, and served as the incident commander for multiple officer-involved shooting investigations. He currently works as a consultant to authors and screenwriters on police procedure.

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Bootstrapping your author career, Ep 186

Bootstrapping your author career, Ep 186

Kevin talks about how to get started in an author career when you have no money and very few resources. Learn how to get the basics—cover, ebook layout, print layout, and distribution—for free. And learn how to tackle some of the business aspects, such as tracking sales and royalties, building a website, and marketing your books, plus investing back into your business and your future.

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Hyper Creativity with GP James, Ep 185

Hyper Creativity with GP James, Ep 185

GP James is a writer and music creator living in Los Angeles. He has written four screenplays, two novels, and several volumes of poetry. His novels have been edited by Richard Marek, publisher and editor of Silence of the Lambs, The Bourne Identity, and countless other bestsellers. James has also worked as a music producer, sound mixer, and recording engineer for Snoop Dogg, Amy Winehouse, Patti LaBelle, and many other award-winning artists, television shows and feature films.


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What is the minimum you need for a writing career? Ep 184

What is the minimum you need for a writing career? Ep 184

What does it take to write a book? The bare minimum comes down to "the tool that lets you write." In this episode, Kevin talks about some of his experiences with writing using only the resources he had on hand, including a few found items.


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Getting a movie deal for your book with Michael Bunker, Ep 183

Getting a movie deal for your book with Michael Bunker, Ep 183

Michael Bunker is a USA Today bestselling author of fiction and non-fiction books. He was born in Lubbock, Texas and his family moved around a bit until finally returning to live in his beloved Texas when he was 14 where he went to high school in Odessa and then college at Texas Tech University. After marrying his wife Danielle and entering the business world, they left it all in 1998 to start a small sustenance farm in West Texas so Michael could write. In 2005 the family (now of 6!) moved to Central Texas and started a completely off-grid farm. Michael writes from a small office on his farm that is powered by solar power and occasionally a generator. His breakthrough bestselling novel was The Pennsylvania Omnibus, for which he sold his first film option, followed by the bestselling Amish Scifi thriller Brother, Frank.


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WPC-075 - Exploding Your Author Platform with Jonny Andrews

WPC-075 - Exploding Your Author Platform with Jonny Andrews

The very first piece of advice any entrepreneur or author gets, when it comes to marketing, is "Build your mailing list." Ask the wise advisor how to do that, though, and you're likely to get a string of overly complicated answers that are more or less a dodge. Because for all the wisdom of the advice, the actionable steps to accomplish building a mailing list are really up to the user. That's one reason why Jonny Andrews built Author Platform Rocket. This service uses highly targeted advertising to help funnel people onto a mailing list. It's the first service of its kind, and it's going to change the game for authors. Listen in on this Wordslinger Podcast interview to hear the full story.


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WPC-062 - Stories for Your Younger Self with Julian Hosp

WPC-062 - Stories for Your Younger Self with Julian Hosp

Julian left his home in Austria at the age of 16 to move to the US. From there, he became a professional kitesurfer traveling the world for 10 years while (oddly enough) he studied medicine and eventually working as a medical doctor. Like many professionals, he soon became disillusioned with his career choice, and left the medical field (over some family protest) to start his own business. He now lives in Hong Kong, where he inspires others to take a chance on the thing they might be too afraid to try. In this Wordslinger interview, Kevin talks to Julian about his life, his choices, and how all of us can go for our passion even if we're afraid of the path.


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WPC-054 - Writing your way back to good with Stephen Schwertley

WPC-054 - Writing your way back to good with Stephen Schwertley

After suffering a stroke, Stephen Schwertley needed something that would help him rediscover how his brain worked, and redevelop a few lost skills and abilities. Forever denied beer (ouch), he turned to red wine and writing. Not long after, Enemy in the Heartland was complete, and a new writing career was born. This episode, Stephen chats with Kevin about his "writing therapy," and how he got back to good through his books.


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WPC-050 - Powerful Words with Clark Gaither

WPC-050 - Powerful Words with Clark Gaither

We all stumble every now and then, and we all have our issues and challenges to overcome. Few people know that better than Clark Gaither. As a doctor, he expected he would help others deal with their own challenges and ailments, but never expected face some of his own. Now he is building a career around helping people face and overcome those things that might hold them back.


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WPC-048 - Above Extremely Average Indie Publishing with Brian D Meeks

WPC-048 - Above Extremely Average Indie Publishing with Brian D Meeks

Brian D. Meeks has managed to build an author career writing about the kind of characters you might have seen in old noir detective films and television shows. He's also written some amazing satire, and is now publishing an all new science fiction series. In many ways, he's an above average illustration of success for the average indie author. This week, Kevin and Brian chat about Brian's work and about marketing for indies. 


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WPC-046 - Selling Books in More Places with Dan Wood of Draft2Digital

WPC-046 - Selling Books in More Places with Dan Wood of Draft2Digital

Draft2Digital has helped over 16,000 authors distribute and manage their ebooks, worldwide. It has one of the simplest and best dashboards in the industry, and it makes publishing with a wide range of channels a breeze. Dan Wood talks about the service, and about how indie authors can fine-tune their work to reach a greater level of success, faster. This is a can't-miss interview for authors.


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WPC-26 - Marketing Your Authority Business with Tara Jacobsen

WPC-26 - Marketing Your Authority Business with Tara Jacobsen

It’s one thing to hang a shingle and declare yourself “open for business,” one you decide to build a career around your expertise. Marketing that business is key to being successful and growing as an authority, so you can reach (and help) more people. Tara Jacobsen knows this better than anyone. She has her own authority business, helping people marketing and promote themselves, so they can continue to grow and thrive in their dream careers. 


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WPC-25 - Building a Publishing Empire with Johnny B Truant

WPC-25 - Building a Publishing Empire with Johnny B Truant

If you’ve ever dreamt of being a full-time author, you’ve probably heard of Johnny B Truant. Along with Sean Platt and David Wright, Johnny hosts the Self Publishing Podcast, and is a storyteller at Sterling & Stone. Every week, Johnny, Sean and Dave give listeners an inside look into what they’re doing to master the indie publishing industry. In the process, they’ve build a publishing empire and an authority business that is absolutely remarkable and inspiring. This week, Kevin talks to Johnny about how it started and where it’s going.


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WPC-013 - Sean Platt and the Necessary Evils of Self Publishing

WPC-013 - Sean Platt and the Necessary Evils of Self Publishing

Everyone wants to know “the secret” behind self publishing success, but when it comes down to it it’s just one simple rule: Do the work. Writing, marketing, promoting, publishing (repeat), it’s all part of the “necessary evil” of building a publishing empire. And no one knows that better than Sean Platt, one of the trio who grace earbuds every week on the Self Publishing Podcast, and who tickle the frontal lobes of fiction and non-fiction readers alike from their publishing platform, Sterling and Stone. This week, Kevin sits down with Sean for some earnest talk about living the dream.


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