A podcast for indie author moms. Writer Mom Life is a collaboration between the indie author moms Daphne James Huff and J.R. Frontera. Every other week Daphne interviews self-published moms who are defining success in ways that make sense for them and their Writer Mom Life. J.R. provides quick, actionable tips to help both those just starting out and those who may have a few books under their..
Writer Mom Life Episode 53: Kelsie Stelting and Why Audio Is Important
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Kelsie Stelting has been publishing for a while, but this year, her life changed in a big way... she is a new foster mom to two little ones! This experience, along with many others, influences her work and allows her to think about how it will impact others for years to come. Like how she's making sure her most recent book, featuring two blind protagonists, will be available in audio so her brother and his friends can enjoy her writing!
Writer Mom Life Episode 52: Natalie Banks and Coming Back To Writing
Natalie Banks came back to writing once her 5 kids were a little older, and her homeschooling days were winding down. It's a great reminder that putting aside writing to focus on other things doesn't mean you'll never come back to it!
Writer Mom Life Episode 51: Maya Hughes and Creative Instagram Ideas for Authors
Maya Hughes is a romance author of over a dozen books, with plans to publish another 6 this year! All of that on top of raising two kids overseas where she and her husband work full-time. Daphne and Maya talk about the batching and planning this all requires along with other great insights into her busy writer mom life.
Writer Mom Life Episode 28: Happy one year anniversary! A look back and a look ahead.
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Writer Mom Life launched July 24th, 2017 and here we are 28 episodes (and 3 bonus episodes) later! It's been an incredible and transformative year and Daphne takes the opportunity to step back and see what has changed, what's stayed the same, and what the plans are for WML's future (hint: continue making stuff you writer moms like and need!).
Writer Mom Life Episode 26: Rhea Pechter and Self-Editing Tips
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There are many ways to get your stories out into the world, and Rhea Pechter found hers through podcasting while she gets her first picture book ready to self-publish. She shares details on how she got started and what her recording schedule looks like, along with:
What building a relationship with listeners looks like
How writing for audio is different than writing for books
Ways her husband and family supports her
How creating without pressure of an audience kept her motivated
Why she thought she wouldn’t come back after her third child
What her sons think of the podcast
In the tips, JR and Daphne discuss ways to save money by self-editing.
Mary Castillo is a hybrid author. She had some books traditionally published before the 2008, then self-published a few more, then tried erotica, and now has been focusing on her audiobooks. Mary talks a lot about the process of recording and releasing her own audiobooks, along with:
- How she makes her living as a writer
- How she structures her days to get in both client work and her work
- How her schedule in the 40s compares to that in her 20s
- How she markets her audiobooks
>>In the tips, JR and Daphne discuss their favorite organization tools, from planners to online note-taking.
Writer Mom Life Episode 23: Elizabeth Ann West and Marketing Tools
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Elizabeth Ann West is a military wife and homeschooling mom who has been getting paid for her writing for over ten years. She writes Jane Austen derivative fiction but will be branching out into cozy mysteries this year. Diversifying is a big part of her strategy for success, and she talks to Daphne about her goals for this year and next.
Elizabeth also shares:
Why she only plans 3 weeks at a time
Why she doesn’t write every day
How her definition of success has changed as her daughter gets older
A peek into her author education resources
Why she is focusing on giving live classes
Where she gets her indie author news - What she’d like to tell new authors on the scene (hint: you don’t need to know everything right away! Really!)
>>In the tips, J. R. and Daphne go over the four basic marketing tools you need to get started in the indie author business (though traditionally published authors should probably be using them, too!)
Writer Mom Life Episode 21: Karen Tomlinson and the Importance of Ritual!
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It’s the second international guest of the podcast! British author Karen Tomlinson works full-time for the NHS, released her first YA fantasy book a little over a year ago, and has already scored a USA Today bestseller tag thanks to a boxset with 25 other authors. Oh, and she has twins! She has a great optimistic and positive attitude about her work and writing that keeps her going, even though she hasn’t hit all of her goals quite yet.
Daphne had a lot of fun talking with Karen about her writing and self-publishing journey, including:
How long it took her to write her first draft of 250k words! (Hint: not as long as you might think!)
Transferable skills between her training role and her writing
How the 25 authors worked together to hit the USA Today bestseller list
Her strategy for getting her list to pay for itself
Her weekly schedule (that includes a day off from everything business every week!)
What her short-term goals are -Why she may not ever want to transition to full-time writer
Why writing to market just isn’t for her
>> In the tips, J. R. and Daphne talk about the importance of ritual in our daily lives, and especially as it relates to writing!