How to Build a Tribe Online And Form a Community of Readers
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by Thomas Umstattd Jr.
1w ago
A few years ago, the popular buzzword in the author world was "tribe." Building a tribe of readers was seen as the key to success. Reader relationships are still important for authors, so why did the term "tribe" go out of fashion? Having a tribe of readers is still an incredible asset that will help you sell your books and raise your profile amongst readers, but you need to know how and where to build a tribe if you want it to grow. In this week's episode, you'll learn: The difference between a platform and a tribe Why authors need a tribe How large your tribe needs to be Where to gather you ..read more
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How to Market With No Money
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by Thomas Umstattd Jr.
2w ago
Learn two ways to proceed if you don't have money to market your book. Support the show ..read more
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When to Quit
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by Thomas Umstattd Jr.
1M ago
Are you thinking about quitting publishing or writing? You started full of energy and optimism, but it has been a hard road, and you feel tired. Should you quit? My answer may surprise you. Maybe you should. Publishing is an industry where almost everyone has a financial incentive to see you keep going. People in the publishing industry don’t earn money if you quit. But there is a lot of money to be made by telling writers exactly what they want to hear: “You will be the next bestseller and hottest thing in publishing!! Just keep paying for coaching, edits, covers, and conferences! Eventually ..read more
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From Page to Screen: How to Adapt your Novel into a Screenplay
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by Thomas Umstattd Jr.
1M ago
Do you long to see your story on the big screen? If so, I have good news. Every streaming platform is desperate for new content to give them the edge in the ongoing streaming wars, and traditional TV stations and movie companies are as prolific as ever. Even radio stations and theaters are looking for new content. But how do you turn a 100,000-word novel, which would be a 12-hour audiobook, into a two-hour movie? Is that even possible? Where do you begin? Few things boost a book's sales like a giant Hollywood marketing campaign for the movie based on a book. But how do you turn your book into ..read more
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Chrome Extensions Every Author Needs in 2024
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by Thomas Umstattd Jr.
1M ago
Google Chrome is the most popular web browser, but if you're just using basic Chrome, you're missing out on some amazing time-saving tools and assistance. Wouldn't it be great if you had an assistant who could correct a typo in your email before you hit send? How much time would you save if you didn't have to think of a new password for every account? Would you get fewer headaches if you didn't have to scroll past obnoxious ads as you research? Chrome extensions are tools that can help solve all of those problems! They can make you more productive, improve your writing, and give you more time ..read more
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Publishing Industry Secrets Revealed at the Penguin Random House Trial
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by Thomas Umstattd Jr.
1M ago
For those outside the publishing industry, the inner workings of the industry are wrapped in mystery. How do books get published? Who decides which books to publish? How well are books selling? How much money do authors really make? In secretive industries, information is typically leaked through hacks, whistleblowers, and court cases. Cases involving big publishers rarely go to trial because big companies dislike having their secrets publicized. But when one of the largest publishers in the history of publishing was taken to court by the Department of Justice, we got a rare peek behind the ..read more
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How to Write for American Readers - An Outsider’s Guide to the Different American Regional Cultures
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by Thomas Umstattd Jr.
1M ago
Did you know that one in five Novel Marketing listeners lives outside the United States? Authors living overseas view America as the land of plenty because there are so many American readers. However, foreign authors often struggle to sell their books in America. Why? These United States are made up of 11 ethno-geographic regions, each with its own culture. Your book will resonate with one region more than others, but how do you find out where it will sell? In this week’s episode, which will be our last episode of 2023, you'll learn about the vast differences between the 11 American nations, a ..read more
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Five Plugins Every Author Website Needs in 2024
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by Thomas Umstattd Jr.
1M ago
Most authors build their websites on WordPress, partly because of its powerful and enormous plugin repository. A plugin is like an app for your website. Each of WordPress’s nearly 60,000 plugins can add specific functionality to your website. But how do you know which ones you need and which to avoid? In this week’s episode, you’ll learn Three categories of WordPress plugins How to tell if a free plugin is good (or not!) Which plugins your author website needs Which plugins you should avoid If you’ve been overwhelmed by the number of plugins available or haven’t yet added any to your website ..read more
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How to Publish Your Book as an Audiobook With Scott Sigler
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by Thomas Umstattd Jr.
1M ago
For the last 11 years, audiobooks have seen double-digit sales growth year over year. The audiobook market is now $1.8 billion. That means audiobooks are no longer an optional, nice-to-have feature when you launch your book. But how do you make an audiobook? Should you read it yourself or hire a narrator? In this week’s episode, Scott Sigler walks us through the steps of turning your book into  an audiobook, and you’ll discover you have several good options. You’ll learn how to Write a book that sounds good to listeners Edit with an audiobook-first mindset Find and work with a narrat ..read more
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Time Saving Tools for Authors
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by Thomas Umstattd Jr.
1M ago
When I was in college, I experimented with cooking Asian food, but my stovetop-cooked rice never tasted very good. Then, one of my Asian friends introduced me to the right tool for the job: a rice cooker. Its only function was to perfectly cook rice, and it worked every time. While I never got good at cooking Asian food, I always had great rice because I had the right tool for the job. When we're cooking up books, many of us waste time doing things the hard way because we don't have the right tools for the job. But it's hard to find the right tool if you don't know it exists. In this week's ep ..read more
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