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From Reedsy, this is Bestseller, a podcast for aspiring authors, demystifying the process of writing and self-publishing a book, one chapter at a time.
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But, as mysteriously as they begin, all creative journeys come to an end. Or do they?
These days, everyone wants to be the next overnight viral sensation. But, as it turns out, there's nothing overnight about it.
Before selling your book, you need to learn how to sell yourself.
How do you learn to see your creative work from other's perspectives? The answer is the same thing it's been for centuries: pick up a book.
The Hero's Journey is an excellent metaphor for any creative process. But when it comes to self publishing a nonfiction book, the line between fact and fiction is anything but metaphorical.
What do the Greek Gods, Walt Disney, and indie author slash creativity professor Tim Cigelske all have common? Apparently, everything.
As the Hero's Journey starts up again, Tim has to put his own creativity advice to the test.
Move too fast and, instead of working around your obstacles, you might just crash into them – in romance, in writing, and in writing romance.
When your story isn't a popular one, how do you get people to listen? According to I.L. Cruz, it helps to disguise it as a story everyone knows already.
It's one thing to turn a great book into a bestseller. But how do you learn to write a great book in the first place?
Behind every professional, there are many amateur hours. Behind every success story, there are many more that go untold.
In the era of the eBook, why are some authors still selling paperbacks from their front doors?
Paperback books have historically been derided as cheap, brief entertainment. So, in the era of the eBook, why would you print them at all?
Kids can be picky, especially when it comes to what they prefer to read. So why not give it to them?
How do you insult your audience without insulting their sensibilities... or their intelligence? When writing for a juvenile audience, finding the right balance is more important than ever.
When it comes to writing a bestseller, magical worlds work like a charm, right up until they don't.
It's hard enough writing a novel for anyone. When writing for kids aged 12 to 18, it's another challenge altogether.
What comes first, the novel or the genre? A journalist turned novelist, a zeitgeist changing election, and a young adult reading trend might help us to find the answer.
Drawing from your influences is one thing, stealing from them is another. How did Marlow York walk the tricky tightrope of writing with tropes?
How do you market a book that you can barely even describe? Benjamin Davis, author of a so called magical realism poetic memoir, travelled across the world to find the answer.
Writing never gets easier. How does Jenn still do so much of it anyway?
How do you transform "working writer" from the job of your dreams into a career?
In this day and age, readers care about your writing if they care about you first. So how do you turn "you" into a marketable brand?
Over the past ten years, self-publishing has become unequivocally common. How can a new author stand out in such a large community?
Before it was a multimillion dollar industry, self-publishing was a new world. But was the (literal) gold rush worth the (figurative) smallpox?
Is "writing to market" the same as selling out, or is it just good business?
How do you transform "working writer" from a job that's in your dreams to the job of your dreams?
Is ending your story "happily ever after" cliché? Maybe -- but some clichés exist for a reason.
What is the best way to market a book in the Internet age? Technology may have changed, but the answer hasn't -- for over 2,000 years.
How do you turn your first draft into a published book? According to Brett Putter, founder of CultureGene and author of "Culture Decks Decoded," the answer may be unsuitable for print.
How do you end a novel, a story, or a podcast? Perhaps, with an epilogue.
In an oversaturated market, how do you make your product stand out? Be it running shoes or books — the answer is the same.
How do you design the cover your book will inevitably be judged by?
The classic writer’s dilemma: traditional or self-publishing?
What better way to celebrate finishing a novel than by throwing out half of it?
Besides a room of one’s own, what does it really take to write a book?
Meet Shaz Kahng — working mother, sportswear CEO, indie author.
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