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E-Book Revolution Podcast Episode 15: How To Prepare For A Radio Or TV Interview With Bill Thompson.

February 5th, 2014 · Comments


Welcome to the first podcast for 2014!

If the thought of public speaking makes you feel like you’ve swallowed a litre of tequila, then I’m assuming the thought of approaching radio or TV shows to promote your book is the most horrifying thing you could think of short of chopping off your ears and sewing them to a mouse. No one wants to sound the fool, and when you’re not in charge of the questions being asked that can be a very real possibility. Plus, there’s the whole problem of how horrible you sound on tape. Well maybe not you, maybe you’re one of the rare few whose voice sounds like God’s gift to birds, but I know I sound horrible (Or think I do, sometimes listening back to these podcasts is torture). I feel like I’m kind of squeaky, slightly slow and my vocabulary seems to shrink by half. It’s an illusion of course, potentially a kind of jedi- mind-trick to make sure our egos don’t become too inflated, but it still makes those recorded snippets of promotion uncomfortable like you’re trying to swallow a cactus.  

But for an author, particularly a self-published author, audio and video interviews are crucial to your success. Because the best way to ‘sell’ is still ‘face-to-face’ or ‘voice-to-voice’ as the case may be. Words can be misconstrued, but when people listen to you speak they hear the passion you have for your writing and they connect with the emotion in your pitch and tone. Your personality shines through and you become more human to them, more interesting. When I first went searching for opportunities to promote my own book, I realised I wasn’t nearly as prepared as I needed to be to do recorded interviews. So for this podcast I went to an expert, a radio and interviewing veteran with almost twenty years under his cap, and I asked him what was the best way for an author to prepare themselves for an interview. That man is Bill Thompson, and not only does he sound amazing (man I wish I had a voice that smooth – it’s the kind of voice you get up in the middle of the night to listen to) but he had some practical and step-by-step advice to share.

Bill Thompson is the Creator and Host of The Bookcast. A radio journalist by profession, he is currently on the air on a major station in Washington, D.C., and has worked for the Associated Press Radio Network, USA Today SkyRadio, and Voice of America. Since 1985 he has interviewed well over nine thousand authors, including some of the biggest names in contemporary literature. In 2006 the opportunity to go “indie” presented itself and he grabbed it, taking Eye On Books to the web, and creating The Bookcast. Devoted solely to interviews with indie authors, its aim is to introduce readers to these immensely talented writers.

I was lucky enough to be able to do an interview with Bill for my Facebook Comedy novel The Grand Adventures of Madeline Cain which you can listen to here.  It was wonderful to work with such a professional, and I’m so grateful for his further kindness in appearing in this podcast.

In this podcast we discuss:

·         What an author needs to get ready for an interview

·         How to weed out bad speaking habits so you sound like a pro

·         The top three things you need before you approach a station for an interview

·         The mistakes indie authors make when approaching book interviewers

·         What you need to practise and purchase before your interview

·         The importance of knowing how much time you have to answer the questions.

·         The secret to preparing your voice

·         Why you should avoid the sleep inducing ‘monotone’

·         Three big no-noes to avoid

·         What the most important thing an author needs to get across in a three minute interview is

·         Whether interviews are worth your time

·         And much, much more!

At the start of the podcast I also talk about my New Year goals (see the blog post here) and my rather whimsical way of keeping track of my successes, a little jar where I place pieces of paper on which I’ve written my successes as they happen. So at the end of 2014 I can open the jar and remind myself of how far I’ve come. Here’s a picture of it:

Enjoy!

I love hearing from my listeners! If you’d like to appear as a guest, or offer any feedback on topics you’d like to see covered, email me at: ebookrevolution (at) yahoo (dot) com.

Emily's non-fiction book E-Book Revolution: The Ultimate Guide to E-book success is now available at KoboAmazon and Tomely (Australian e-book store).If you enjoy her tongue in cheek style you may also enjoy her comedy novel set in Facebook, The Grand Adventures of Madeline Cain: Photographer Extraordinaire also available from KoboAmazon and Tomely.

The companion website for this podcast is http://ebookrevolution.blogspot.com

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E-book Revolution Podcast Ep14 - How To Make A Book Trailer With Red 14 Films

August 14th, 2013 · Comments


I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one out there who thinks scrolling script, stock images, or god forbid, a PowerPoint presentation that zooms in on those images, is not a trailer. Not even close. If I wanted to be bored for 2 minutes I could watch the political debates. Or grass grow, or paint my toenails. No, a trailer is meant to entertain, excite and intrigue. Frankly when I think trailer, I think dynamic movie trailers with minimal words, a killer backing track, and people that move. Alright, a book is not a movie, and it would make sense that a book trailer is not a movie trailer, but fact of the matter is, if what’s floating around on YouTube is what I’m expected to produce for my story, I’d rather be smothered by a mound of my own books. 

 
So to avoid death by one’s own work, I did this podcast with Adam Cushman from Red 14 films on what makes an awesome book trailer and how you can make a live action one yourself for as little as $3. Red 14 Films was founded in 2011 by a small group of writers and filmmakers looking to engage potential readers through digital film. They produce very short arthouse films that accompany your book, serving as a cinematic back-cover synopsis. These trailers are made for publishing houses big and small, as well as indie and self-published writers. You can find out more about Red 14 Films and making your own book trailer at cinematicbooktrailers.com. Red 14 Films as also running an awesome crowdfunding project at the moment to fund several of their authors trailers. Check that out here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/red14films/four-literary-short-films.

In this podcast you’ll discover

• Why authors need a book trailer
• Why you should treat a book trailer like a music video
• How book trailers can be used to promote rights to film studios
• The difference between a cinematic and regular book trailer and why they’re not out of your price range.
• Top tips for looking professional
• How to make your own trailer for $3.
• Why you shouldn’t use a large amount of stock footage
• The reason why you should use voice overs over production sound
• Where you can hire a cheap (but good quality) camera
• How to pick what parts of your book should appear in your trailer
• Why trailers shouldn’t have credits and why they shouldn’t show your book cover
• The variety of video platforms you can distribute to other than YouTube.
• And the mistakes authors make when making a trailer.

In this podcast we talk about free stock footage websites like video blockspond 5 and archive.org. We also talk about the music site incomptech.com and the iPhone app Videfy.

Enjoy!

I love hearing from my listeners! Please feel free to contact me or offer any feedback on topics you would like to see covered at: ebookrevolution (at) yahoo (dot) com.

Emily's non-fiction book E-Book Revolution: The Ultimate Guide to E-book success is now available at KoboAmazon and Tomely (Australian e-book store).If you enjoy her tongue in cheek style you may also enjoy her comedy novel set in Facebook, The Grand Adventures of Madeline Cain: Photographer Extraordinaire also available from KoboAmazon and Tomely.

The companion website for this podcast is http://ebookrevolution.blogspot.com
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E-book Revolution Podcast Ep13 - Long Form Journalism E-Publishing With Charlotte Harper

June 19th, 2013 · Comments

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Thousands of commuters every day are looking to fill in the boredom during their public transit, I know I am! They need short, snappy pieces that can be consumed in a day on the ride to and from work. It is this need, and the decline of in depth features in newspapers and magazines, that has seen the rise over the past twelve months in long form journalism, non-fiction pieces between 10,000 and 35,000 words that according to Mark Leslie at Kobo, are selling like hot-cakes through the online platforms. We’re not talking a massive reporting of the facts, e-book readers are after narrative non-fiction, a sort of evolution of the non-fiction article for e-book consumers. A half way point between fiction and non-fiction if you will. This has opened a huge opportunity for writers of all callings, from journalists, to non-fiction authors to fiction writers who pen travel, to memoir, to essays about writing. It is non-fiction’s answer to short stories and novellas.

At the end of last year, my writing mentor, world renowned fantasy author Isobelle Carmody, presented me with a challenge. Keep a diary of impressionist writing, describing my trip to Cambodia as simply as possible with as little judgement as possible – let the description speak for itself. When I returned and let her read through the entries she was astounded at what I had written, “This is possibly better than your fantasy writing, you should do some non-fiction pieces with this.” Then I spoke with Mark Leslie, touching on the rise of long form journalism, and suddenly my interest was piqued enough to seek out a podcast expert in this area!  In this podcast I talk to new digital first long form publisher, Charlotte Harper from Editia about the rise of long form journalism and how emerging writers are using it as a path to professional publication.

charlotteharper.jpgCharlotte Harper covered the digital transformation of the book industry between 2010 and 2012 for Fairfax Media, Bookseller + Publisher and the EBOOKISH.com.au and Booku.com blogs. Charlotte is a former technology journalist, a Walkley Award-winning web producer (for her contribution to The Sydney Morning Herald’s online coverage of the 2000 Olympics) and ex-literary editor of The South China Morning Post in Hong Kong. At The Canberra Times, she was variously chief sub-editor, features, online editor, and editor of firstly the Saturday news features section and then the Sunday magazine. Charlotte recently founded publishing company Editia, which is a new digital first publishing business devoted to long form journalism and non-fiction shorts.

In this podcast we discuss:

· Why long form journalism is becoming so popular

· Why writers should look at it as a potential path to publication

· The length of a feature article in comparison to long form or a novel

· The rise of ‘commute’ fiction

· The potential for writers to make more money over time in comparison to freelance

· How long form publication could help increase your profile

· The importance of tying into recent news events when marketing long form journalism e-books

· Where the e-book revolution is going and how it will effect different genres

· The possibility of newspapers/magazines following Editia’s long form journalism path

· Thoughts on the future of newspapers

· Top 3 things an author needs to create a successful long form piece

· Elements of good research and interviewing

· The Key to being successful in this e-book niche

· The important difference between journalism for website/newspapers and journalism for e-books

· How to pitch long form journalism

· Marketing long form e-books

· Editia’s upcoming projects

· The top 3 tips for breaking into publishing via long form.

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I love hearing from my listeners! Please feel free to contact me or offer any feedback on topics you would like to see covered at: ebookrevolution (at) yahoo (dot) com.

Emily's non-fiction book E-Book Revolution: The Ultimate Guide to E-book success is now available at Kobo, Amazon and Bkclb (Australian e-book store).If you enjoy her tongue in cheek style you may also enjoy her comedy novel set in Facebook, The Grand Adventures of Madeline Cain: Photographer Extraordinaire also available from Kobo, Amazon and Bkclb.

The companion website for this podcast is http://ebookrevolution.blogspot.com

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E-Book Revolution Episode 12- Creating Audio Books With Bruce Coville

June 5th, 2013 · Comments

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Magic_Steps_FP.jpgMy parents tell me that when I was a little girl, I use to insist that the same book be read to me ten times in a row. Frankly, I can’t remember anything that happened before high school, so I’m not sure whether or not it’s an exaggeration. But it does make me wonder if some unconscious memory of these readings has contributed to my recent discovery and love of audio books and podcasts. Hearing stories of the followings authors like Scott Sigler, Cory Doctorow and JC Hutchins built via audio only intensified my interest in the process of production and how I possibly could apply it to my own writing. I decided not only would I like to find out more about the audio process, but I would also like to explore ways indie authors might be able to do their own!

bruceold.jpgIn this podcast I talk to YA author and audio book producer Bruce Coville. Bruce is an American author of children’s and young adult novels, one of his most popular series being Into the Land Of The Unicorns. He is also the founder of Full Cast Audio and prior to starting the company was involved in the production of acclaimed full cast audio books such as Phillip Pullman’s The Golden Compass. Full Cast Audio (FCA) has a simple mandate: to produce unabridged recordings of fine children's novels using a full cast rather than a single reader. Whenever possible, they invite the author to serve as narrator. Their recordings are always unabridged—the only things deleted from the text are those attributives ("he said", "she growled", etc.) made unnecessary by having a full complement of actors. Authors who have worked with FCA include Elizabeth Winthrop, James Howe, and Tamora Pierce, who wrote an original novel called Melting Stones specifically for the company to record before the print edition appeared. You can learn more about Bruce at www.brucecoville.com, and full cast audio at www.fullcastaudio.com

In this podcast we discuss:

· The benefits of producing an audio version of your book

· How an audio book can enhance the emotional intensity of your work

· The benefits of having a full cast

· How to match a voice to the character to increase characterisation

· How book adaption’s (radio theatre/plays) differ from audio books

· What you need to produce a good audio book

· The importance of articulation

· Things to consider if you’re doing a single voice narration rather than full cast

· Tricks used to indicate visible tags like italics or bold

· Why FCA don’t use sound effects

· When you should use music

· How indie authors can produce their own audio books

· The pros and cons of serialising audio (podcasting) in comparison to releasing the complete work.

· The science of luck

· The science of clean sound

· Whether or not accents are a good idea.

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I love hearing from my listeners! Please feel free to contact me or offer any feedback on topics you would like to see covered at: ebookrevolution (at) yahoo (dot) com.

Emily's non-fiction book E-Book Revolution: The Ultimate Guide to E-book success is now available at Kobo, Amazon and Bkclb (Australian e-book store).If you enjoy her tongue in cheek style you may also enjoy her comedy novel set in Facebook, The Grand Adventures of Madeline Cain: Photographer Extraordinaire also available from Kobo, Amazon and Bkclb.

The companion website for this podcast is http://ebookrevolution.blogspot.com

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E-book Revolution Podcast Ep9 - Digital First ‘Traditional’ Publishing With Jeffe Kennedy

May 8th, 2013 · Comments

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Most aspiring authors today are quick to note that the traditional publishing gates are closed to them and that digital is the way of the future. For many authors it has boiled down to self-publishing being the only potential path they are aware of to get their work published. And though the old prejudices against self-publishing are slowly fading (not without a whole lot of bar fighting and knifing of authors with one star reviews) the stigma is still there - digital books/authors = self-published = lesser quality.

Yet, with e-books taking a greater share of the reading markets each year it was only inevitable that traditional publishers would start using digital strategies to solve one of their biggest problems – how they could publish authors they really loved, but had to pass up because they didn’t believe there was a strong enough local market for an author’s odd mix of genre. Enter digital first publishing imprints, all the benefits of a traditional publishing deal (yep, editing provided and no formatting, designing or technical know-how required) with less risk to the publisher and more royalties for the author. In this podcast I talk to digital first author Jeffe Kennedy, a ‘traditionally’ published author with Carina Press (imprint of Harlequin), who has only had her work published digitally. During the podcast we explore this alternate path for authors, who just want to write and be published without dealing with the self-publishing/vanity press rollercoaster.

Jeffe-Headshot-Small.jpgJeffe Kennedy is an award winning author with a writing career that spans decades. Starting originally as a highly successful essayist, Jeffe found her career drawn towards fantasy and romance. Finding her feet at digital first imprint, Carina, her fantasy BDSM romance, Petals and Thorns, has won several readers awards. Sapphire, the first book in Facets of Passion has placed first in multiple romance contests and the follow-up, Platinum, is climbing the charts. Her most recent works include three fiction series: the fantasy romance novels of A Covenant of Thorns, the Facets of Passion, and the post-apocalyptic vampire erotica of the Blood Currency. Jeffe can be found online at her website: JeffeKennedy.com or every Sunday at the popular Word Whores blog. She is represented by Pam can Hylckama Vliea of Foreword Literary.

In this podcast we discuss:

· ‘Traditional’ deals in digital (Digital first publishers)

· How the romance community are at the forefront of the digital revolution

· Alternate paths to traditional and self-publishing (No, we’re not talking vanity press!)

· The benefits of submitting to digital first publishers rather than self-publishing

· How Jeffe ended up at a digital first press

· Benefits of online friendships with other authors

· How Jeffe signed with an agent after being published with a digital first press

· How the Harlequin ‘propaganda machine’ works

· Marketing  a digitally published book

· What genres lend themselves better to digital first releases

· Appeals of digital erotica to readers

· Whether or not her readers follow her work from romance to ‘sexy’ novels

· How digital first publishers are more likely to give ‘different’ books a chance

· Fairer royalties for authors

· And the more diverse marketing opportunities for erotica writers.

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I love hearing from my listeners! Please feel free to contact me or offer any feedback on topics you would like to see covered at: ebookrevolution (at) yahoo (dot) com.

Emily's non-fiction book E-Book Revolution: The Ultimate Guide to E-book success is now available at Kobo, Amazon and Bkclb (Australian e-book store).If you enjoy her tongue in cheek style you may also enjoy her comedy novel set in Facebook, The Grand Adventures of Madeline Cain: Photographer Extraordinaire also available from Kobo, Amazon and Bkclb.

The companion website for this podcast is http://ebookrevolution.blogspot.com

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E-Book Revolution Podcast Ep 8 - Storytelling In The Digital Age With Kobo’s Mark Leslie Lefebvre

April 3rd, 2013 · Comments

Kobowritinglife.jpgWith print on demand, self-publishing and global writing opportunities it's no wonder a new breed of writer is emerging. No longer are we restricted to traditional publishing, to shipping books from overseas, to just writing prose, or even to being in the same room as your fans at a signing. Even with 'new' pathways to publication you are no longer restricted, Amazon certainly isn't the only big fish in town. In particular I am thinking of Kobo, a fantastic company with some revolutionary ideas in the works for publishers and authors.

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CampusChills.jpgAfter the great experiences I've had with Kobo it makes total sense to me that they would hire someone as revolutionary as this podcast's guest, Mark Leslie Lefebvre. Mark is a writer, editor and bookseller and as of 2011 became the director of self-publishing & author relations at Kobo. He has been writing horror/twilight zone fiction since he was 13 and not only has several traditional publishing projects going at once, but also several self-publishing ventures. He was drawn to the profession of bookseller, and remained in the book industry in various management and information technology roles since graduating from university in 1992. He has been instrumental in developing strategies for the use of the Expresso Book machine and has organised several global POD projects using it. He has even organised successful book signings for his store without the authors even being in the same city. You can find out more about Mark at his website or his blog, and Kobo Writing Life at http://kobowritinglife.com/

showmanshivers.jpgIn the intro I talk about the slow but steady progress of my latest novel (released in December), and the various marketing mini-courses I'm putting together for writers as I market my own novel. The idea of the mini courses is to give writers the information they need in one simple and affordable package, not to make them pay for information they already know, to get the information they actually want! I've also started a new Facebook novel, and begun my two new jobs: one as Digital Producer at If:Book Australia and the other as Producer of the interactive Choose Your Own Adventure event set to launch at the Brisbane Writers' Festival in September this year - so it's been a busy month!

In this podcast we discuss:

  • The benefits of self-publishing.
  • How indie authors and Kobo are partnering with bricks & mortar book stores and how you can too!
  • How an e-book author can sell copies of their books at events and functions in the real world.
  • Why Mark bought an Expresso Book Machine (Print On Demand Technology) and how indie authors can use it to deliver cheap print runs.
  • The problem with CreateSpace for global distribution.
  • How Mark became a 'hybrid' author.
  • How you can use Kobo to sell pre-release copies of your book.
  • How to do global book launches.
  • How authors can use their out-of-print back list to increase the sales of their front list from publishers.
  • What Kobo can offer authors (promotion & development opportunities).
  • What sells best on Kobo.
  • Why the 99cent model is unnecessary and detrimental for authors.
  • The consequences of increasing the price of your book.
  • Mark's most successful self-publishing and marketing experiments.

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I love hearing from my listeners! Please feel free to contact me or offer any feedback on topics you would like to see covered at: ebookrevolution (at) yahoo (dot) com.

Emily's non-fiction book E-Book Revolution: The Ultimate Guide to E-book success is now available at KoboAmazon and Bkclb (Australian e-book store).If you enjoy her tongue in cheek style you may also enjoy her comedy novel set in Facebook, The Grand Adventures of Madeline Cain: Photographer Extraordinaire also available from Kobo, Amazon and Bkclb.

The companion website for this podcast is http://ebookrevolution.blogspot.com

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E-Book Revolution Podcast Episode 6: How To Become An Author-Entrepreneur With Joanna Penn

January 31st, 2013 · Comments

pentecostprophecytile-300x212.jpgPWsecrets-shadow.jpgThe days of a pasty author hunched over their manuscript in the garret have flown passed us in a whirlwind leaving more than one confused writer in the Land of Oz. No longer can authors let the publishing machine do all that pesky promotion work for them, heck authors can’t even throw their self-published works up on Amazon and expect to be ‘discovered’ anymore. Yet there are more people now then any time in history that claim being a writer as their full time job. While the paycheck for a self-published writer is slowly becoming more sustainable then a traditionally published writer, selling just books is still not going to be enough to keep the mortgage in check. Which is why this new generation of ‘full-time’ writers are using a new model, that of the author-entrepreneur. Basically, the author is making their money not only from their novels, but speaking, consulting and selling online courses, creating a more sustainable cash-flow. This is the model I am aiming for this year, being able to write and talk about writing is a dream job to me. So today’s podcast is all about learning how you and I can also become author-entrepreneurs! Our guest speaker for the podcast is none other than the fabulous author-entrepreneur herself, Joanna Penn.

JoannaPennNew27-248x300.jpgJoanna Penn is an author, internet entrepreneur and international speaker based in London, England. She spent 13 years as a business IT consultant in large corporates across the globe before becoming a fulltime author-entrepreneur in September 2011. In 2008 she self published her first non-fiction bookhttp://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=hotoenyojo-20&l=as2&o=1&a=140920376X and made ‘a lot of mistakes’ which culminated in the sale of almost no books. Determined to learn about marketing and become a better writer she started a website for indie authors called the Creative Penn. In Feb 2011, she self-published her first thriller novel ‘Pentecost‘,  and her  second novel in the ARKANE series, Prophecy was released in January 2012, debuting above Lee Child in the Action-Adventure list. Her novels have now sold over 50,000 copies, becoming bestsellers in the Thriller and Action Adventure categories. She has just released her third book in the series, Exodus. She has been asked to speak all over the world on self-publishing and the author platform and last year release four courses for authors on publishing with C.J.Lyons, a NY Times bestselling author. Although she continues to love self-publishing, she signed with a literary agent in July 2012 in order to pursue a traditional publishing deal for her mainstream novels.

In this podcast we discuss:

  • The benefits of being an author entrepreneur and how you supplement your income
  • Why you need an entrepreneurial spirit to be a successful indie
  • The reason why hybrid publishing is a good way to go
  • Why Joanna started the Creative Penn and how she found her creative 'stride'
  • How to create a community around what you love
  • The important truth: Traditional press does not necessarily give you book sales
  • How to get started on creating your author platform
  • How she went from connecting with writers to connecting with thriller readers (The best results for fiction)
  • What to do if you're starting from scratch
  • A typical day for Joanna (with and without a part-time job in IT!)
  • The ins and outs of working with JV partners
  • The compound effect
  • How to bridge the gap between giving things away for free and promoting novels
  • When giving away your fiction for free works
  • Top three pointers for indies starting out
  • Why writing novellas is a good idea
  • And much, much more!

You can learn more about Joanna and her ProWriter courses at http://www.thecreativepenn.com/prowriter/

I love hearing from my listeners! Please feel free to contact me or offer any feedback on topics you would like to see covered at: ebookrevolution (at) yahoo (dot) com.

Emily's non-fiction book E-Book Revolution: The Ultimate Guide to E-book success is now available at KoboAmazon and Bkclb (Australian e-book store).If you enjoy her tongue in cheek style you may also enjoy her comedy novel set in Facebook, The Grand Adventures of Madeline Cain: Photographer Extraordinaire also available from Kobo, Amazon and Bkclb.

The companion website for this podcast is http://ebookrevolution.blogspot.com

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E-book Revolution Episode 4: Crowd funding For Writers 101 with Alain Guillemain

November 20th, 2012 · Comments

Customer_Delight_cover_final.jpgWhat if I told you, you could get paid for writing, or to make your first print run? Especially if you are an already established author? If you are willing to do the work, then perhaps crowd funding is for you. Crowd funding allows artists to raise funds for their project, by asking everyday people to pledge money toward their project. It's not like traditional fundraising where you wear a Santa suit, put out a bucket to collect change and you hand it into the organisation (or I suppose yourself in this case). Crowd funding sets a goal and time limit, if you don't get enough people to pledge in the allotted time, everyone keeps their money, and the project goes back to square one. If the artist makes the funding goal, only then will the project go ahead, and then everyone who pledged gets some sort of reward for their wonderful help.

Crowd funding is what first time author Alain Guillemain used to edit, print, and launch his book Customer Delight (See his crowd funding project here).Yes you heard me right, Alain is a first time author, not an established author, and in 40 days he raised $7600. I was so intrigued I interviewed him about how he did it.

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  • What crowd funding is and how it works
  • Alain's proposal concept and how he made it appealing to pledge
  • How to create relevant and enticing rewards for project participants
  • How he promoted the project and in what time frame
  • The three things you need to start your own crowd funding project
  • The best way to get started
  • The amount of experience a non-fiction author needs in comparison to a fiction author
  • The plan of attack now that the money has been funded
  • The elements an author need to consider when costing the project

Customer Delight is available at http://customerdelight.com.au

Hope you enjoy the show! And remember, I love hearing from Listeners and readers so please drop me a line at ebookrevolution (at) yahoo (dot) com.

Emily's non-fiction book E-Book Revolution: The Ultimate Guide to E-book success is now available at http://emilycraven.bkclb.co. If you enjoy her tongue in cheek style you may also enjoy her comedy novel set in Facebook, The Grand Adventures of Madeline Cain: Photographer Extraordinaire also available from http://emilycraven.bkclb.co. Thinking of doing your own crowd funding project? Hire Emily's brain! Emily has successfully conducted her own crowd funding project and interviewed many other authors on the subject, she know exactly what is needed to get a project off the ground. Contact her about it on the above email address.

The companion website for this podcast is http://ebookrevolution.blogspot.com

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E-book Revolution Episode 3: Creating Your Own E-book Store in Bkclb with Connor O’Brien

November 6th, 2012 · Comments

bkclblogo.pngI am the first person to tell you that I am in awe of what Amazon, Smashwords, Apple and Kobo have created. Platforms where authors can release the content and stories they want to, with access to their stories made so easy you can purchase a novel at the click of a button. But then Amazon goes and locks authors out of their own dash board, only gives them 35% royalties  if an Australian reader is interested in their work (no matter what you think Amazon, we are a bloody first world country with technology equal to your own!) or Smashwords allows you limited options to pretty up their not so pretty author pages as well as committing heinous crimes against your cleanly formatted MS; it's enough to make you want to go into their office, smack them on the bottom and send them into a corner.

Connor.jpgWhich is why my interest was piqued by the new start up e-book platform Bkclb. It is not trying to be another Amazon or another distribution site like Smashwords. The founders aims is to give authors and publishers complete control of their own e-book stories, allowing them to customise colours and looks and promotions to suit them. Some fantastic features are in the works for this start up (including discounts on books for paying with a tweet, linking into Goodreads reviews, full analytics of reader locations and what site referred them to your store, as well as the ability to include YouTube videos/book trailers right next to the book in question) and I was very excited when founder Connor O'Brien agreed to this podcast. Bkclb is the first platform I used to test the water for my e-books.

In this podcast we discuss:

  • How Amazon and Smashwords don't allow a lot of control over how your 'book store' works
  • Promotion functions necessary to successfully market your novel (Twitter/video/Goodreads)
  • Partially paying for a book with a tweet
  • Different e-book models now available to writers such as short stories, subscriptions, and plays
  • The Kindle Serial program and its potential problems
  • Thoughts on creating communities for serial works
  • Getting more royalties AND Australian's reading your work
  • How independent publishers are forgotten in the digital revolution
  • How to create an epub file easily and cleanly
  • Taking advantage of reverted book rights
  • Digitally publishing magazines
  • Authors making money from sharing their mistakes
  • The boon online publishing is for poets
  • Mistakes authors make in marketing
  • How segregating yourself from the rest of the traditional publishing community may not be to your benefit

Hope you enjoy the show! And remember, I love hearing from Listeners and readers so please drop me a line at ebookrevolution (at) yahoo (dot) com.

Emily's non-fiction book E-Book Revolution: The Ultimate Guide to E-book success is now available at http://emilycraven.bkclb.co. If you enjoy her tongue in cheek style you may also enjoy her comedy novel set in Facebook, The Grand Adventures of Madeline Cain: Photographer Extraordinaire also available from http://emilycraven.bkclb.co

The companion website for this podcast is http://ebookrevolution.blogspot.com

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Tags: E-Book Revolution · writing · Education · publishing · Emily Craven · Digital Book Store

E-Book Revolution Mini-Podcast: Lead Up To The World Fantasy Convention with James Alan Gardner

October 25th, 2012 · Comments

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Over the next week E-Book Revolution Podcast is going to diverge into the realms of fantasy authors and writing in the lead up to the World Fantasy Convention in Toronto. For those listeners who are unaware I am a fantasy author and early this year I was awarded a grant by the South Australian Government to attend the convention.

What better way to celebrate and get excited for a convention then to talk to the attendees? Each mini-podcast has myself and a prominent fantasy author aiming to answer ten questions in twenty minutes covering a range of topics including writing, the digital revolution, avoiding procrastination and their own writing. Finally we end with a mystery question...dum-dum-dum!!!!

JamesAlanGardner.jpgToday's World Fantasy author is James Alan Gardner. James is a Canadian science fiction author with a Bachelor and Masters degree in Applied Mathematics (yeah, he knows what he's talking about!). He has published science fiction short stories in a range of periodicals, including The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction and Amazing Stories. In 1989, his short story "The Children of Creche" was awarded the Grand Prize in the Writers of the Future contest. Two years later his story "Muffin Explains Teleology to the World at Large" won an Aurora Award; another story, "Three Hearings on the Existence of Snakes in the Human Bloodstream," won an Aurora and was nominated for both the Nebula and Hugo Awards. He has written a number of novels in a "League of Peoples" universe and has also explored themes of gender in his novels, including Commitment Hour in which people change sex every year. Find out more about James here.

In this podcast we discuss:

  • Getting his big break via a competition
  • Using competition winnings to pay for intensive Clarion Workshop
  • A hot tip for finding which editors are more eager to sign new writers then most
  • How his KungFu helps him write fight scenes
  • How he uses his iPad to avoid procrastination
  • Using meditation to push away distraction
  • Reading science blogs and twitter feeds for research/story seeds
  • How the act of writing helps to draw out inspiration
  • The surprise an author gets when his character says something unexpected
  • How the internet has helped improve reader-author connection

JamesAlanGbook.jpgPLUS the all important MYSTERY QUESTION.

I love hearing from Listeners and readers so please drop me a line at ebookrevolution (at) yahoo (dot) com.

In 2011-2012 Emily undertook a twelve month mentorship with fantasy author Isobelle Carmody. Emily blogs about fantasy writing and the lessons she learnt from Isobelle at http://theoriginalfantasy.blogspot.com.au. Emily's trip to the World Fantasy Convention could not be possible without the assistance of the South Australian Government through the Carclew Youth Arts Board. Thank you Carclew for the opportunity.

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The companion website for this podcast is http://ebookrevolution.blogspot.com and http://theoriginalfantasy.blogspot.com.au.

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Tags: E-Book Revolution · writing · Education · Emily Craven · World Fantasy Convention · Fantasy Writing · Carclew Youth Arts