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Inspirational Indie Author Interview. Denise Baden

Inspirational Indie Author Interview. Denise Baden: Climate Fiction Author Seeks Optimistic Shade of Green

My ALLi author guest this episode is Denise Baden, who sponsors climate fiction contests, but is continuously in search of green stories of a different color, an optimistic one rather than the usual dystopian visions of the future. Denise has a background in psychology, and she's convinced that if you show readers an optimistic scenario, they're more likely to work to make it come true. Those optimistic books are so rare, in fact, that she decided to write one herself.
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Lean Publishing

Lean Publishing for Beginner Authors, With Orna Ross and Dan Parsons: Foundational Self-Publishing Podcast

In this episode: lean publishing for beginner authors. If you’re an author who writes for pleasure, you can write for yourself but if you’re an indie author, you're also a publisher, and so your book(s) must also please readers. Lean publishing is one way of achieving that, using social media or other methods to publish a book-in-progress and, based on reader feedback and digital metrics, improve its chances of success as you write.
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Inspirational Indie Author Interview. M. K. Williams

Inspirational Indie Author Interview. M. K. Williams: Initially Rebuffed by Author, She Now Coaches Others on Self-Publishing

My ALLi author guest this episode is M. K. Williams, an indie author who got some rather dispiriting advice from a fellow author early in her career. She was told that she shouldn't bother. What could she possibly have to say? Turns out, she not only had a lot to say as an author but also as a coach for other indie authors. Today, she has different advice for anybody who wants to become a self-published author.
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Technologies For Authors

New Opportunities and Technologies for Authors: Advanced Self-Publishing Podcast With Orna Ross and Joanna Penn

So far, 2021 has seen an acceleration in emerging technologies for authors, including NFTs on blockchain and voice technologies for audio. In this month's #AskALLi Advanced Self-Publishing Salon, Orna Ross and Joanna Penn explain what these technologies mean for authors and the publishing industry and dispel some of the misinformation, fear, and doubt in the community.
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Podcast: Books To Big Screen

Inkitt Inks $39M Deal to Bring Books to Big Screen; ALLi Member Wins Kindle Storyteller Award: Self-Publishing News Podcast with Dan Holloway and Howard Lovy

With the rise in streaming services, many authors have visions of their stories tapping in to the books-to-big-screen pipeline. So far, Wattpad has come through on this promise to take stories from young writers and sell them to services such as Netflix. Now, there's another company, called Inkitt, and they just got a new round of investment to make that happen.
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Inspirational Indie Author Interview. Haelee Moon

Inspirational Indie Author Interview. Haelee Moone: After Abuse, Teen Author Teaches Self-Love

My ALLi author guest this episode is Haelee Moone, a fourteen-year-old author who survived an early childhood that was filled with bullying and abuse. Part of the way she healed herself was to write her book about how to love yourself. Now, she wants to give back by helping other kids who have been abused. I recently spoke to Haelee and her father, Dedrick, who told their amazing story.
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Writing Craft

An Overview of the Writing Craft, With Orna Ross and Dan Parsons: Foundational Self-Publishing Podcast

Mastering the writing craft is a foundational skill for indie authors and, if you want to earn your living as an author and publisher of books, you have to master not just quality but productivity. In this Foundational Self-Publishing Advice Podcast, Orna Ross and Dan Parsons set up the basics that ensure your production process supports your writing craft.
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Inspirational Indie Author Interview. Nicholas Nawroth

Inspirational Indie Author Interview. Nicholas Nawroth: Artist’s Love of Dogs Makes Heartwarming Kids’ Books Paw-sible

My ALLi author guest this episode is Nicholas Nawroth, who took his interest in art and dogs to create a series of children's books featuring the adventures of dog characters based on real canines he has known. What gives Nick the most joy is the thought that his books are creating special moments for children, when they settle down to a story with an adult. I'll let Nick tell his story.
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Focus On Your Strengths

Focus On Your Strengths As An Indie Author To Beat ‘Comparison-itis:’ Advanced Self-Publishing Podcast With Orna Ross and Joanna Penn

In this episode: Focus on your strengths. “Comparison-itis” is really just comparing yourself to other people in an unfavorable way. It is, of course, permissible, even desirable, to compare yourself to other people and to have role models. But “comparison-itis” is where you look around and think other people have it easier or are doing better, getting more accolades, or selling more, or writing better. You’re comparing yourself to others in such a way that it's either stopping you completely in your tracks, or it's making you not feel good about what you do and how you're doing it. Unfortunately, it’s pretty widespread in the indie community.
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