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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 The unpublished manuscript of “The Midnight Call” was short-listed for the 2014 Clue Award and received the First Place Blue Ribbon as “Best Police Procedural” by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-092 - Writing Your Own Stunts with John L Monk

WPC-092 - Writing Your Own Stunts with John L Monk

John L. Monk lives in Virginia, USA, with his wife, Dorothy. A writer with a degree in cultural anthropology, he boldly does the dishes, roots out evil wherever it lurks, and writes his own stunts.

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WPC-091 - Scifi Legend Larry Niven

WPC-091 - Scifi Legend Larry Niven

Larry Niven has written science fiction and fantasy for more than 52 years, and is the multiple Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author of the Ringworld series, along with many other science fiction masterpieces.

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WPC-084 - Soulful PR with Janet Murray

WPC-084 - Soulful PR with Janet Murray

Janet Murray helps businesses and brands get press coverage in newspapers, magazines and on radio and TV. She has 15 years’ experience writing and editing for national newspapers and magazines. 

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WPC-081 - The Writing Life with Mark Lefebvre

WPC-081 - The Writing Life with Mark Lefebvre

Mark Leslie Lefebvre is a writer (horror, non-fiction paranormal, thrillers), editor (speculative fiction anthologies) and bookseller (most recently Director of Self-Publishing & Author Relations at Kobo where he heads up the Kobo Writing Life team). The easiest way to define Mark is as an all around Book Nerd. 

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WPC-080 - The Fascinating Life of Arnold Logan

WPC-080 - The Fascinating Life of Arnold Logan

Arnold Logan was born in North Toronto. He went from boarding school in England to working on Southern Ontario dairy farms, from fiberglass factories to horseback riding with the King of Nepal. He studied at Innis College, University of Toronto, and lived abroad for many years. Springtime in Lawrence Park is his first novel. 

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WPC-078 - Hollywood Stunts & Beating Cancer with Mark Chavarria

WPC-078 - Hollywood Stunts & Beating Cancer with Mark Chavarria

Being a Hollywood stunt man is dangerous work. Every day you face challenges that could lead to you or someone else being injured. So it takes a lot of physical and mental discipline to do it at the professional level—and there is no amateur level. Mark Chavarria has been a professional stunt man for years, appearing in some of the best known intellectual properties around—from 'Inception' to 'Iron Man' to 'Sons of Anarchy.' He's traded blows with Chuck Norris, Robert DeNiro, and Billy Bob Thornton. But his biggest battle was against the cancer that threatened his life. In this episode, you'll learn how he won that fight.

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WPC-077 - Writing to Market with Chris Fox

WPC-077 - Writing to Market with Chris Fox

Anyone who has ever wanted to write books for a living has faced the question of genre. Some people just know instinctively what they want to write, but even with that question settled they may still struggle with the best way to reach and build their audience and their revenue stream. Author Christ Fox dealt with these issues as well, and even though he knew exactly what he wanted to write, he quickly discovered that even readers in his genre might not want to read his work. So he became more targeted, and soon learned to write for the market. He shares some of that insight in this interview. 

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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-074 - Unconventional Marketing with Melissa Burch

WPC-074 - Unconventional Marketing with Melissa Burch

Melissa Burch is the author of My Journey Through War and Peace: Explorations of a Young Filmmaker, Feminist and Spiritual Seeker. She's also a filmmaker, producer and war journalist. Her team was one of the first documentary crews in the Soviet Union at the height of the Cold War. A story about her in Afghanistan was featured in The New York Times. In this episode of the Wordslinger Podcast, Kevin and Melissa talk about her work, her history, and the unconventional ways in which she is marketing her book.

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WPC-073 - Living Well with Roland Denzel

WPC-073 - Living Well with Roland Denzel

Feeling good is the kind of thing we never quite think about. We get so busy building our careers, trying to be more productive, trying to balance work against family life—we can sometimes forget that our bodies are part of the equation. Roland Denzel realized this years ago, and he's been sharing everything he learns about eating better, getting fit, and living well. This episode takes a look at some of Roland's philosophy, so that you can start feeling better right now.

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WPC-072 - Writing for Comics with Nick Macari

WPC-072 - Writing for Comics with Nick Macari

Comic books are big business, especially with the recent flood of movies from Marvel and DC alike. Writing for comics has been the dream of many, but finding a guide for helping writers hone their craft and produce work that makes the industry take notice has been challenging. Nick Macari has literally written the book on writing for comics and graphic novels, and in this episode of the Wordslinger Podcast he shares what he's learned from decades in the business.

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WPC-071 - The Empire of Simon Whistler

WPC-071 - The Empire of Simon Whistler

There's a saying that goes "If you want to really learn something, teach it." Simon Whistler knows that truism first hand, as his Rocking Self Publishing Podcast has helped thousands of budding authors learn the biz right alongside Simon himself. But his entrepreneurial growth doesn't stop there. Simon is on to conquering book narration and YouTube, just as a start. This episode of the Wordslinger Podcast dives into the growing empire of Simon Whistler. 

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