Self-publishing Answers



Want to sell your book? This is the podcast you need to listen to!Learn how to write, create, market, and promote your indie book. Each week, Nick Thacker, Justin Sloan, and Kevin Tumlinson answer questions about self-publishing, entrepreneurship, writing, and go off on numerous hilarious (we think) tangents. From writing to marketing, productivity, motivation, and a bunch of off-topic humor, this is THE podcast for authors!Have a question? Call 978-48-ASK-ME and leave a message!


  • SPA 63: Compromise!

    27/05/2016 Duración: 59min

    Today the dudes chat about "compromise," or how to spend less to get a "minimum viable product," or MVP. They talk a lot about cover design, and how to make a book cover that works well enough to at least get some attention.

  • SPA 62: Live from the NETWO Conference!

    20/05/2016 Duración: 57min

    Today is a special day - the guys are live at the North East Texas Writer's Organization conference, doing a live podcast. That's right - they've got a table set up in the front of the meeting hall, and they discuss some of the reasons for podcasting as a marketing tool. This episode is great for beginning podcasters, but it's also just a really fun episode in general. Don't miss it!

  • SPA 61: Short Stories and How to Use Them

    13/05/2016 Duración: 54min

    The guys discuss the deceptively difficult genre for writers: the elusive short story. From Arthur C. Clarke to Philip K. Dick, and a few other notable short story penners in-between, they discuss how they're using them to build their platforms, how to approach them as a writing tool, and how to write them.

  • SPA 60: Genre Targeting for Authors

    06/05/2016 Duración: 52min

    Today the goodly gents discuss genres with C.S. Lakin. She's a hugely successful author in different genres, both fiction and nonfiction, and she has some amazing insights into the all-too-important task of choosing a great genre for your books.

  • SPA 59: How to Plan A Book Launch (Listener Voicemails)

    29/04/2016 Duración: 50min

    The dudes answer a couple listener questions about launching two books at the same time, building a "funnel" and setting up book giveaways, and other on-topic (really!) stuff.

  • SPA 58: Relaxing with Indiana Jones

    22/04/2016 Duración: 59min

    Subtitle: Being Awesome, Successes, and Celebration Rituals.

  • SPA 57: The Most Inspirational, Awesome Books of All Time

    24/03/2016 Duración: 45min

    ...Or at least according to the guys. In this episode, the dudes chat about the most inspiring presentations, talks, books, movies, podcasts, etc. they've ever encountered and had the pleasure to consume.

  • SPA 56: Trilogies, Theft & Plagiarism, and Ebook Images

    24/03/2016 Duración: 49min

    Today the goodly gents discuss trilogy and serial promotion and marketing, reviews for trilogies, and what defines a "trilogy."

  • SPA 55: Improvisation and Revising for Writers

    19/02/2016 Duración: 46min

    Today the guys discuss the rules of improve, as they apply to writers. Comedy improvisation rules are things like, "never say 'no,'" "yes/and," etc. But while these "rules" are helpful and can lead to really funny improvised comedy, it can also be a detriment to your story arcs. Which rules are meant to be broken? Which are the rules that are necessary? When should you break them? The guys chat about these rules, their processes, and what they've heard other authors do. Justin's process for writing wearing four hats during four phases of the journey: "The Madman" (first draft), "The Architect" (second draft and moving big pieces around), "The Carpenter" (moving the tinier "boards" around the story), and "The Judge" (the final "is it good" draft). Here's a great lecture explaining the process.

  • SPA 54: Writing Christian Fiction with Rachel Starr Thomson

    12/02/2016 Duración: 48min

    Rachel Starr Thomson doesn't just have a cool name. She's a veritable writing rockstar (a "wrockstar"). She's been on the show before, but we caught up with her today to discuss a HUGE topic we've been pondering for quite some time: writing Christian fiction. Specifically, we talked about: What is Christian fiction? Why write it? How in the world do you keep everyone happy ("it's too Christian," or "it's not Christian enough...") Marketing strategies for Christian fiction And way more. As usual, this was an awesome, super-informative happy-fun-time. Don't you want to be a part of it? Well, click "download" and start listening! And please don't forget to leave us a review on iTunes!

  • SPA 53 - 2016 Goals and Dreams, and Looking Back at 2015

    29/01/2016 Duración: 01h01min

    We had some podcast issues last month, so some of the later episodes appeared out of order. Not to worry though, this is the long-awaited, critically-acclaimed, and highly anticipated "goals and dreams" episode we publish every year. It's a look back at 2015, a look ahead at 2016, and a discussion of our dreams, goals, and what we want to accomplish this year. Don't miss this one. Also (IMPORTANT!): Since we had some podcast issues, we had to set up a new feed on iTunes, which means that all of your awesome reviews are gone! Would you mind heading to iTunes to leave us a fancy review? Thanks!

  • SPA 52 - Reader Questions, Tackling Multiple Projects at Once, and Napping

    15/01/2016 Duración: 54min

    Today's episode is a fun look at some of the ways we're trying to get more out of our schedules, writing plans, and tackling multiple projects at once. We dive into napping, multitasking, and much more!

  • SPA 51 - Better Book Descriptions with Bryan Cohen

    08/01/2016 Duración: 58min

    Today on the show, the guys invite special guest and friend Bryan Cohen, who wants to teach authors how to write book descriptions that don't suck. Happy New Year! Not much else to say about this episode, except... ...LISTEN TO IT!

  • SPA 50 - Overcommitting: How to Determine What is Worth Your Time

    18/12/2015 Duración: 01h08min

    Happy Christmastime Veteran's Day podcast! (It's Veteran's Day-ish when this was recorded, but Christmas-ish when it's going live) We answer a voicemail about building a website, then jump into the topic: "overcommitting." Basically, "overcommitting" is committing to too much at one time. How do you know you're overcommitted? Can you effectively diagnose overcommitment?

  • SPA 49: 12 Fatal Flaws of Fiction Writing

    11/12/2015 Duración: 53min

    Today, Kevin, Nick, and Justin chat with VERY prolific writer-friend Rachel Starr Thomson, who writes on a Neo. She's the co-author of Five Editors Tackle the 12 Fatal Flaws of Fiction Writing, a book that tackles writing fiction from the perspective of editors. Here's a brief overview: What sets this book apart from all other writing craft books? Instead of merely explaining how to write fiction well, this book demonstrates how. It is packed full of Before and After passages that show clearly what each “fatal flaw” looks like — in a variety of genres, POVs, and writing style—then shows how those flaws can be remedied. Some of these fatal flaws, for example, are overwriting, weak construction, faulty dialogue mechanics, telling instead of showing, and POV violations. Writers learn best by seeing examples — of both great writing and weak writing. No other fiction-instruction book goes into the depth this one does. At nearly 100,000 words, this comprehensive book gives writers the arsenal to successfully lea

  • SPA 48: How to Write in A "Cinematic" Way

    27/11/2015 Duración: 58min

    Writing is hard. Writing well is near impossible for most of us. Today on the show, Nick Thacker, Kevin Tumlinson, and Justin Sloan discuss what it's like, in their own experience, to write in a "cinematic" way. Tips, tricks, and answer galore in this show!

  • SPA 47 - Talking with David Bruns About Writing in Other Authors' Worlds

    20/11/2015 Duración: 52min

    Today the guys talk with a guy who's been on a "nuculur" submarine... and a writer.

  • SPA 46: Children's Books, Book Printing, Exclusivity, Fraud, and Plagiarism

    13/11/2015 Duración: 59min

    In this episode, the guys (Justin Sloan, Kevin Tumlinson, and Nick Thacker) take some time to update the world (or whoever's listening) on their world. Kevin's selling his house (finally), Justin's finishing up an exciting book and jumping into more projects, and Nick's dealing with how to build more margin into his life.

  • SPA 45 - When Do You Start Paying for Author Services (and What Services)?

    06/11/2015 Duración: 53min

    We talk about an important issue today: when do you start getting "serious" about writing (seeing it like a business)? More specifically, when you start paying real money for "author services" like publishing help, cover design, etc.?

  • SPA 44: Talking Book Marketing and Advertising with Mark Dawson

    30/10/2015 Duración: 50min

    Only have one book? Mark's advice: write the second book. No matter what. Want more advice? Read on, and listen in to this week's show!

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