THE AUTHORPRENEUR PODCAST

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BTS034, Struggling to Write Book Two in a Series and the Results of My Free Book Promotion on Kobo

by Amelia D. Hay | The Authorpreneur Podcast - Writing and Self Publishing Advice

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Welcome to The Authorpreneur Podcast

 

The Authorpreneur Podcast is a virtual writing and business coach for fiction writers, hosted by Amelia D. Hay. The podcast will teach you how to develop a story idea, create compelling characters and outline your novel. Learn how to write your first draft, revise your story, self-publish, establish your author platform, and reach readers in less than fifteen minutes a day. Every week, Amelia releases a Behind the Scenes Podcast Diary (BTS) where she shares an honest account of her journey to self-publishing her novels.

 

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Episodes

BTS028, Book Blogging Tour, MailerLite Frustrations, and Rewriting a Thriller Novel

BTS028, Book Blogging Tour, MailerLite Frustrations, and Rewriting a Thriller Novel

Coming up in this episode, I’ll discuss who decided to enlist the help of a book blogging tour service. Also on the show, I will share my attempts to grow my email list, whether I’ve made any progress on book two, and what I’m doing to get book reviews for my crime thriller novella, Missing.

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BTS027, My Revision Plans for Book Two, A Huge Tech Fail, More Amazon Ads, and a Book Promo Update

BTS027, My Revision Plans for Book Two, A Huge Tech Fail, More Amazon Ads, and a Book Promo Update

There’s light at the end of the tunnel for the second book in my James Lalonde series. I’ve made a tonne of progress this week on fixing the issues in the story arc. In book marketing news, I started dabbling in Amazon ads for the US store. I’m going to share why I turned off the Amazon Ads on the UK store. On top of all of this, I experienced a few exciting author first’s this week.

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BTS026, I’ve Written a Pile of Garbage, Amazon Ads, and Book Promo Results

BTS026, I’ve Written a Pile of Garbage, Amazon Ads, and Book Promo Results

Coming up in this episode, I’ll share my experiences in experimenting with Amazon advertising and the results of the book promotion services that I purchased during the last week in January. And, I’ll discuss how I discovered that I’d written a pile of garbage which is the current state of book two in the James Lalonde series.

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BTS024, Getting Ready to Self-Publish a Thriller Novella, Translating a Novel in French, and Changes to the Podcast

BTS024, Getting Ready to Self-Publish a Thriller Novella, Translating a Novel in French, and Changes to the Podcast

Coming up in this episode, I’m going to discuss where I’m at in the publishing process for Missing, my thoughts and plans on how I’ll self-publish my crime thriller novella, and a few more marketing ideas. Before we dive into my exciting publishing news, I want to first talk about a slight change to my podcast and why I struggled with consistently publishing episodes. And, what I plan to do to overcome these issues in the future.

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BTS023, KDP Select or Going Wide: Which is Better for New Self-Published Authors?

BTS023, KDP Select or Going Wide: Which is Better for New Self-Published Authors?

Over the years, there has been a big push by some well-meaning people to avoid putting all your eggs in one basket and publish your books to all of the platforms or go wide. But, is this the best advice for a new author? In this episode, I’m going to discuss the difference between going wide and enrolling in the KDP Select programme and what you need to consider before deciding. And at the end of this section of the podcast, I’m going to share three actionable steps to help you decide which option is right for you. After that, in the second part of the podcast, I’m going to share with you a short behind the scenes author diary update.

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Special Announcement: The Authorpreneur Patreon is Live!

Special Announcement: The Authorpreneur Patreon is Live!

In the pursuit of sharing what I know and building a sustainable career as an author, I’ve turned to use Patreon as a writer to create another stream of income for my business. The one thing I’ve learned in business through my successes and failures is not to put all your eggs in one basket and to create a business that sustainable long term.

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BTS021, Migrating Away from MailChimp and Merging My Two Websites

BTS021, Migrating Away from MailChimp and Merging My Two Websites

Coming up in this show, I discuss why I migrated away from MailChimp and the steps involved. And, I also discuss my decision to merge my author and writing tips websites. In terms of writing, I will share where I’m at with Missing, Book Two, and the steps I need to take before I start writing my short story. But, first an update on my favourite cup of tea and what I’m currently reading.

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I’m Amelia. I’m the author of Missing the first book in the James Lalonde Mystery Series, the host of The Authorpreneur Podcast and the Thriller Novel Nerd Podcast. I help aspiring authors just like you to write and market their books so that they can, create their dream business, build their author platform, and be creatively independent. Right now, I’m editing book two in the James Lalonde Mystery series.

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My Books

A van Gogh is Missing and A Body is on the Lawn

 

When Will Thatcher, doesn’t show up for work, James Lalonde is forced to attend an afternoon tea with Alistair Carmichael in his place. The lovely autumn afternoon tea comes to an abrupt end when a body turns up on the lawn of the Carmichael Estate with strange markings on his neck.

 

But, something is missing, a priceless painting is off the wall. However, it’s no ordinary painting, it’s a Van Gogh purchased in an auction a few months ago. After discovering fresh tracks, most likely left by the murderer James realises the murder is still in the estate.

 

Can James figure out who the thief and murderer are before he or Alistair is next?

 

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A killer is on the loose, Excalibur is missing, and his career is on the line…

 

James, the chief editor of a small newspaper, returns home to discover that his girlfriend, Valentine has unexpectedly left. Later that morning, he fails to reallocate her story. To avoid blank space in the paper, James decides to write the story on the local museum’s latest acquisition, Excalibur. But, there’s one thing he didn’t count on… Excalibur is Missing, and his girlfriend has been kidnapped.

 

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What I’m Writing Now!

 

80%
Revised Draft

52,029 of 65,000 Words

 

Right now, I’m preparing Book Two in the James Lalonde series, for a final round of revisions. The next step is to send the story off to my editor. I aim to have this eBook published on all major ebook retailers by the end of April 2021. And, I will be making this novel available for free to my James Lalonde Insiders reader club. You can become an insider here.

 

Publishing Updates

 

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0 of 60,000 Words

I’ve decided to add an extra book between the second book and the start of the byline series, where James arrives in New York. Book Three will be set in a 24 hour period in London. This novel will be available in ebook in Kindle Unlimited by the end of July 2021. And, the paperback editions soon after. I will be making this novel available for free to my James Lalonde Insiders reader club. You can become an insider here.

 

 

 

100%
Revised Draft

112,960 of 99,000 Words

Book Four in the James Lalonde series needs one final round of revisions before I can hand it off to my editor. This longer novel will be available in ebook in Kindle Unlimited by the end of November 2021. And, the paperback editions soon after. I will be making this novel available for free to my James Lalonde Insiders reader club. You can become an insider here.

 

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