Podcast Episodes

SPA Girls Podcast – EP456 – How Long To Make $1K?

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SPA Girls Podcast – EP456 – How Long To Make $1K?

Listen to this SPA Girls Minisode all about how long it will take you to make your first $1,000 dollars in self publishing! Full of great tips, sage advice and some vulnerable moments from our own self publishing careers.

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SPA Girls Podcast – EP455 – Interview with Clare Connelly

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SPA Girls Podcast – EP455 – Interview with Clare Connelly

First published in 2014, romance author Clare Connelly hit success from her very first self-published book. Now with over 120 books published, she talks to us this episode about the pros and cons of hybrid publishing, balancing writing life with a young family, how to be focussed and productive plus the mindset new writers and self publishers MUST have!

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SPA Girls Podcast – EP454 – Craft Tips To Help You Sell More Books

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SPA Girls Podcast – EP454 – Craft Tips To Help You Sell More Books

Writing great books with emotional impact is key to building your readership. Today we discuss craft tips that will help you attract new readers, build your fanbase and sell more books!

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SPA Girls Podcast – EP453 – Are You Ready To Be A Full-Time Writer?

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SPA Girls Podcast – EP453 – Are You Ready To Be A Full-Time Writer?

Want to make the leap to full time author? How do you know when it’s the right time to make that leap?

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SPA Girls Podcast – EP452 – Book Formatting Made Easy

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SPA Girls Podcast – EP452 – Book Formatting Made Easy

Got your final manuscript all ready to go, and wondering how to format it for publication? This is the SPA Girls episode for you! Welcome back to another 20 min SPA Girls mini-tips session, where we break down the basics of self publishing, just for you!

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SPA Girls Podcast – EP451 – Contracts for Authors with Maggie Marr

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SPA Girls Podcast – EP451 – Contracts for Authors with Maggie Marr

If you’ve ever wondered how to deal with contracts and other business issues, this is the podcast for you!

Maggie Marr the founder of Maggie Marr Legal PC and a USA Today Best Selling author of over 20 books. A former ICM motion picture literary and subsidiary rights (books to film/tv) agent, Maggie is the co-founder and legal advisor to the not-for-profit Women’s Fiction Writers Association and a member of Women In Film. The firm has negotiated deals with Netflix, HBO, Amazon Prime, Universal, Warner Bros, Disney.

The firm provides services such as entertainment and publishing representation, trademark & copyright, packaging and sales, business legal affairs and corporate, production and distribution legal.

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SPA Girls Podcast – EP450 – Interview with Melanie Harlow

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SPA Girls Podcast – EP450 – Interview with Melanie Harlow

USA Today and #1 Amazon bestselling author Melanie Harlow talks branding, publishing strategy and building a strong readership!

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SPA Girls Podcast – EP449 – 7 Ways To Boost Your Positivity

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SPA Girls Podcast – EP449 – 7 Ways To Boost Your Positivity

Feeling a bit blah about your writing and / or author career? Welcome back to another 15 min SPA Girls mini-tips session. Today’s topic is 7 easy ways to boost your positivity that you can put into action TODAY!

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SPA Girls Podcast – EP448 – Changing From Frontlist to Backlist Focus with Maggie Dallen

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SPA Girls Podcast – EP448 – Changing From Frontlist to Backlist Focus with Maggie Dallen

This week we talk to regency romance and young adult author Maggie Dallen, who tells us how she changed her mindset and her author business model, with huge success! Maggie is a prolific author who was writing up to twenty books a year, but she was reaching a point where she wanted to slow down and diversify her writing skills by learning script writing.

She realised she needed to find a system that would take advantage of her extensive backlist, and allow her more time for her other writing interests. In this fascinating interview, Maggie talks us through how she did it, what the major challenges were, and how you can do the same thing! 

Maggie was a delight to interview, and gave us so much useful advice – you’re going to love this one! 

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SPA Girls Podcast – EP447 – Overcome Doubts & Back Yourself!

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SPA Girls Podcast – EP447 – Overcome Doubts & Back Yourself!

Doubts are the biggest creativity and success blocker. But it takes a strong person not to have them.

No one said this was going to be easy, or everyone would be doing it. If you ask those that succeed in this business they will all tell you they’ve had knock backs. It’s about perseverance. It’s about holding on to your self belief and forging ahead.

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SPA Girls Podcast – EP446 – Patreon, Kickstarter & Serials – with Tao Wong

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SPA Girls Podcast – EP446 – Patreon, Kickstarter & Serials – with Tao Wong

How do you build superfans and a sustainable income through patreon*, kickstarter, subscriptions and serial works? Bestselling author Tao Wong joins us this episode to reveal all the secrets of keeping readers begging for more (cliff-hangers anyone ?!), building a thriving community of superfans and, most importantly, diversifying your income streams.

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SPA Girls Podcast – EP445 – 7 Easy Tips For Building Your Newsletter List

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SPA Girls Podcast – EP445 – 7 Easy Tips For Building Your Newsletter List

How the heck do you build a reader newsletter list when you’re first starting out? We’re back with another SPA Girls minisode, to get your author career rocking. Listen up for how we built our own reader newsletters and what tools and services we recommend.

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SPA Girls Podcast – EP444 – Five Steps to Being a Resilient Author with Patricia McLinn

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SPA Girls Podcast – EP444 – Five Steps to Being a Resilient Author with Patricia McLinn

Being a resilient author means being able to bounce back after experiencing a knock – and we all know that being a self-published author can knock you around sometimes! This week we talk with Patricia McLinn, an author who’s been writing for more than 35 years, and who knows a thing or two about how to keep going when the going gets tough. Pat gives us her top five pieces of advice so you can stay focused and keep the positivity flowing when it seems like everything is falling apart around you.

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SPA Girls Podcast – EP443 – Book Marketing and TikTok with Kate Hall 

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SPA Girls Podcast – EP443 – Book Marketing and TikTok with Kate Hall 

Kate Hall is a paranormal romance and non-fiction author who has taken her marketing expertise and used it to kick butt on TikTok. She started Alyne Digital Solutions in an effort to help authors make a sustainable income from their books, and since starting has scaled two of her businesses and several others’ to six figure incomes.
As well as discussing facts and figures for TikTok, we’re also delving into marketing for authors, and why you’re probably using the wrong hooks in your social media.
A wonderful open and informative discussion that could unlock answers to questions we’re all asking right now!

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SPA Girls Podcast – EP442 – Newbie Mistakes / Chapter Endings

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SPA Girls Podcast – EP442 – Newbie Mistakes / Chapter Endings

This week we’re covering two burning topics: what are the worst mistakes newbies are making, and how to write chapter endings that keep readers reading!

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SPA Girls – EP441 – Discovery Writing With Kimboo York

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SPA Girls – EP441 – Discovery Writing With Kimboo York

In this podcast we talk to KimBoo York about her latest book Secrets of Discovery Writing.
We dive into how you can successfully use discovery writing when crafting your novel. It’s an awesome podcast and one the pantsers among us will really enjoy.

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SPA Girls Podcast – EP440 – Launching a Successful New Pen Name with Melissa Pearl

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SPA Girls Podcast – EP440 – Launching a Successful New Pen Name with Melissa Pearl

Our guest today, Kiwi author Melissa Pearl, has five pen names across multiple genres and has been learning about self publishing since she published her first book in 2011. Since then she’s published more than 80 books, and shares with us some real and raw insights into the career of an indie author, including all the highs and the lows. When she launched her latest pen name last year, she made sure she used everything she’d learned over that time to ensure her new pen name was successful right from the start.
Melissa generously tells us exactly what she did to create her latest pen name, and every step she took along the way to make it successful. Don’t miss this information packed episode! 

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SPA Girls Podcast – EP439 – Using The Enneagram For Authors with Claire Taylor

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SPA Girls Podcast – EP439 – Using The Enneagram For Authors with Claire Taylor

The Enneagram is a personality typing system, where each person falls into one of nine types. Today we’re talking with author, educator and fiction strategist, Claire Taylor, about how understanding our enneagram type liberates writers from the “shoulds” and self-judgement, and helps us become more successful as authors.

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SPA Girls Podcast – EP438 – Overcoming Procrastination – with Kathryn Burnett

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SPA Girls Podcast – EP438 – Overcoming Procrastination – with Kathryn Burnett

Procrastination takes many forms for writers, and it holds us back from writing, publishing and promoting our work. We discuss how to get out of your own way with our guest today, Kathryn Burnett.

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SPA Girls Podcast – EP437 – Facebook Ads For Beginners

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SPA Girls Podcast – EP437 – Facebook Ads For Beginners

Creating and running Facebook ads has gotten a lot easier! Wondering how to delve into facebook advertising or had poor experiences in the past and wondering where you went wrong? This episode is for you!

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SPA Girls Podcast – EP436 – Fast Decisions, Big Results

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SPA Girls Podcast – EP436 – Fast Decisions, Big Results

Ever hesitate over making an important decision because you were trying to figure out what the ‘right’ thing to do was… and then miss out on an awesome opportunity because you didn’t take a leap of faith? Yeah, us too. That’s why this episode is all about making good decisions in your author career. 

In fact, we’re not only advocating making decisions and moving forward, we’re also suggesting that a FAST decision is even better than an average speed decision. Research has shown that fast decisions are often higher quality, perhaps proving that our subconscious brain can move faster than our conscious brain… or maybe it’s just our intuition is more capable than our overthinking brain? Whatever the reason, it’s a powerful reminder that we know more than we think we know… 

In this episode you’ll learn some ideas and techniques on how to assess decisions, learn when to make fast decisions and hear about some of the decisions we did and didn’t make in our careers and what we learned from them.

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SPA Girls Podcast – Episode 435 – Interview with Dan Wood from Draft2Digital

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SPA Girls Podcast – Episode 435 – Interview with Dan Wood from Draft2Digital

Today we’re interviewing Dan Wood, Chief Operating Officer at Draft2Digital, one of the best known distributors for eBooks, print and audio books.

We last spoke to Dan in 2019 and a lot has happened since then!

D2D has not only merged with Smashwords to make their reach stronger, they build tools and services that let you focus on writing while they take care of layout, publishing, distribution, print-on-demand paperbacks, and more.

If you’re a new author or simply want to level up and expand, Dan has lots of tips to help you, including promotional opportunities and Books2Read, an author promotions powerhouse that includes New Release Notifications, Universal Book Links (UBLs), B2R Author Pages, B2R Book Tabs, and so much more!

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SPA Girls Podcast – EP434 – Top 3 Mindset Tips For Authors with Heather Hildenbrand

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SPA Girls Podcast – EP434 – Top 3 Mindset Tips For Authors with Heather Hildenbrand

Your brain is a liar!

Heather Hildenbrand is a bestselling author and business coach for creatives. This episode she demystifies how our results are determined by our beliefs first, and our efforts, second.

Listen up for amazing (and do-able!) mindset tips for authors and how to overcome our blocks with less woo and more “do”!

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SPA Girls Podcast – EP433 – Selling Direct With Katie Cross

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SPA Girls Podcast – EP433 – Selling Direct With Katie Cross

In this episode we chat to YA Fantasy author Katie Cross. She has so much passion and enthusiasm for what she does, and loves her readers! 
We talk about direct sales and how to relate to your readers, and these are just two of the topics we covered. It’s action packed and full of information!

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SPA Girls Podcast – EP432 – What To Do When You’ve Finished The Book

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SPA Girls Podcast – EP432 – What To Do When You’ve Finished The Book

You are your own publishing house when you self-publish. There’s lots to do, and lots to think about, especially the first few times you publish a book.

That’s why we’ve created this helpful, back-to-basics SPA Girls Podcast episode – to help you go from rough manuscript to published book, with our notes on what you need to plan for and schedule, and how to figure out what you’re going to need to actually do to get your book published on all the platforms.

We haven’t given a specific order for these tasks to be done in – we know too many successful authors who get different aspects of the checklist done at different times. There are also tasks that can be finished quickly and others that will take time. The important thing is to know what you need to do, to work out a schedule that suits you and your life, and then to actually do the tasks!

To help out, we’ve also created a handy checklist for you to download; just click the links in the show notes to find it, or head to the show notes for the episode on our website!

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SPA Girls Podcast – EP431 – Graphic Design For Authors – with Book Brush

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SPA Girls Podcast – EP431 – Graphic Design For Authors – with Book Brush

This episode, we’re joined again by the effervescent Kathleen Sweeney from Bookbrush. She’s is going to update us on best practices, new additions to Book Brush software and added service options that can save authors time and stress producing graphics.

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SPA Girls Podcast – EP430 – Just One Thing: How To Simplify Your Writing Life

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SPA Girls Podcast – EP430 – Just One Thing: How To Simplify Your Writing Life

Inspired by Dr Michael Moseley’s JUST ONE THING we use his framework to give practical tips for uncomplicating your writing and author business life.

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SPA Girls EP – 429 – How To Create Your Author Business Plan

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SPA Girls EP – 429 – How To Create Your Author Business Plan

Today we discuss business plans. Need help creating yours? It doesn’t need to be complicated, just download our simple SPA Girls template in the show notes.

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SPA Girls – EP428 – 8 Awesome Tips to Kickstart your New Year

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SPA Girls – EP428 – 8 Awesome Tips to Kickstart your New Year

Want to set yourself up for an awesome 2024? Then this is the SPA Girls podcast episode for you. We go through our top eight tips to help amp up your career and kickstart your year!

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SPA Girls Podcast – EP427 – Our 12 Christmas Wishes for you!

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SPA Girls Podcast – EP427 – Our 12 Christmas Wishes for you!

We’re celebrating you, our wonderful listeners, in the SPA today by sharing our 12 Christmas Wishes for you and your self-publishing journey.

We want you to know how special to us. We’re so proud of this journey we’ve all embarked on and with what everyone has achieved. No matter where you are in the publishing process, it really is time to celebrate!

May your holiday be filled with love, joy, good food, fun, books and time to relax and recharge yourself.

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SPA Girls Podcast – EP426 – How To Launch A Successful Series with Helen B. Scheuerer

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SPA Girls Podcast – EP426 – How To Launch A Successful Series with Helen B. Scheuerer

Are you dreaming of an easy approach to create successful book releases? Listen up, because we’re joined again by the bestselling fantasy author, Helen Scheuerer, who shares all the secrets of a Successful Series Launch, including:

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SPA Girls Podcast – EP425 – Book Launch Strategies

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SPA Girls Podcast – EP425 – Book Launch Strategies

Congratulations! You’ve finished your first book (or series) and are ready to hit the publish button! So what can you do to get your book noticed in sea of other new books, and how can you find the right readers for you?
The SPA Girls are here to help!

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SPA Girls Podcast – EP424 – BookFunnel Tips for Authors

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SPA Girls Podcast – EP424 – BookFunnel Tips for Authors

Most authors know what BookFunnel is these days (just in case: it’s a platform that helps you deliver reader magnets, ARC copies, audio files, and so much more to your readers) but do we all know how to use it the best we can? I’m pretty sure the answer is no!
That’s why we spent this episode with Damon Courtney, creator and CEO of BookFunnel, going over all the functions, from the innovative ways that successful authors are using this platform to deliver ebook files, to using features like the one-on-one author swap tool, the group promo tool, certified mail, and the direct email integrations, to name a few. Because Damon is the creator of the platform, he knows every single thing about it, which means this episode is packed full of all the information you’ll ever need to make BookFunnel work for you!

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SPA Girls Podcast – EP423 – Turn Setbacks Into Success

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SPA Girls Podcast – EP423 – Turn Setbacks Into Success

Bumps on the publishing path are unwelcome yet inevitable. So how can we reset ourselves when the wobbles and disappointment set in?

Today we’ve got a SPA Girls 6-Step Guide to turning those setbacks into success!

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SPA Girls Podcast – EP422 – Writing Side Characters – with Sacha Black

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SPA Girls Podcast – EP422 – Writing Side Characters – with Sacha Black

Side characters – how do you make them memorable, but not over-take the spotlight? And what purpose do they serve in the story?

This episode, the awesome author and educator, Sacha Black, gives us the scoop on developing incredible side characters that will take your story from blah to bleepin’ amazing. She takes us through three different types of side character and how to create juxtapositions that SELL BOOKS.

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SPA Girls Podcast – EP421 – Book Marketing With Carrie Elks

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SPA Girls Podcast – EP421 – Book Marketing With Carrie Elks

This week we talk to contemporary romance author, Carrie Elks about amping up your book marketing. It’s a fantastic and informative interview packed with great tips and advice that you won’t want to miss!

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SPA Girls Podcast – EP420 – Why Forward Planning is Vital for Authors

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SPA Girls Podcast – EP420 – Why Forward Planning is Vital for Authors

This week we talk about the forward planning we all do for our author careers. Because we’re all so different here in the SPA, we all plan differently, and have different goals. But that means there will be nuggets of gold for everyone in this episode!

We go through what it means to forward plan in your author business, why it’s important, what we think about when we do our planning, and how to actually get it down in a format that works for you.

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SPA Girls Podcast – EP419 – The Best Mindset for Organisation and Productivity with Sarra Cannon

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SPA Girls Podcast – EP419 – The Best Mindset for Organisation and Productivity with Sarra Cannon

Self-publishing since 2010, Amazon top 100 best-selling Amazon author with 1 million books sold, Sarra writes magical contemporary fantasy novels with both teen and college aged characters (and lots of twists you’ll never see coming).

Do you feel like a hamster on a wheel?

Sarra talks to us about her solution to planning without all the heartache and leading us to be more joyful. “When we sit down to plan we see the perfect scenario. Then Life gets in the way.”

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SPA Girls Podcast – EP418 – Publishing Wide, Selling Audiobooks Direct, Working With Your Spouse – Interview with author Sarah Piper

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SPA Girls Podcast – EP418 – Publishing Wide, Selling Audiobooks Direct, Working With Your Spouse – Interview with author Sarah Piper

We’re thrilled to welcome UF/PNR author Sarah Piper to the show today. Sarah has seen great success publishing across a number of genres, and we discuss her strategy moving from Amazon-exclusive to publishing wide, selling her audiobooks direct and working with your spouse!

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SPA Girls Podcast – EP417 – How To Correctly Select Your Amazon Categories – with Alex Newton

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SPA Girls Podcast – EP417 – How To Correctly Select Your Amazon Categories – with Alex Newton

Amazon has moved the furniture again! This episode, Alex will help explain Amazon’s category changes, what they mean for authors, and how best to categorize your books now.

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SPA Girls Podcast – EP416 – Emotional Wounds with Angela Ackerman

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SPA Girls Podcast – EP416 – Emotional Wounds with Angela Ackerman

This week we chatted with Angela Ackerman, one of the authors of the classic writing book, The Emotion Thesaurus. 

If you’ve never picked up one of the amazing thesauruses by Angela Ackerman and her co-writer, Becca Puglisi, you’re missing out! Created especially for writers, the ten different thesauruses will help you add emotion, be more creative, and make your book sing! 

In this particular episode (aside from Trudi and the other SPA Girls singing the praises of Angela’s books) we talk to Angela about emotional wounds – what that means, why it’s important for our characters and how we can add emotional wounds into our writing and give our characters more depth.

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SPA Girls Podcast – EP415 – How To Get Unstuck

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SPA Girls Podcast – EP415 – How To Get Unstuck

There are many ways we get stuck as authors.

Some ways you can get stuck is in the writing, editing, time management and making decisions areas.

Getting unstuck is much harder and yet easier than we think. Letting go of perceptions of our writing or our characters helped Trudi a great deal when she put off writing the last book in a series – for years!

Cheryl had to get past the fear of getting edits back and find a way to embrace the process to get them done.

For Shar, it’s being done with the book and accepting it. No one wants to put up sub-standard work and we all do our very best to make sure that happens, but agonizing over a book doesn’t move you forward.

We discuss how to do these things while facing fears and preconceptions, as well as the overwhelm of too many ideas and choices.

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SPA Girls Podcast – EP414 – Publishing Powerhouse, Kathryn Le Veque

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SPA Girls Podcast – EP414 – Publishing Powerhouse, Kathryn Le Veque

Kathryn shares her unique publishing insights and forecast, historical romance trends, why she doesn’t have an author newsletter, and behind the scenes insight of running Dragonblade.

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SPA Girls Podcast – EP 413- Back Engineering a Bestseller

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SPA Girls Podcast – EP 413- Back Engineering a Bestseller

Today’s topic was prompted by a commenter on youtube who asked us about reverse engineering bestsellers. What makes a book, be it your second one published or your tenth, sell more than others. 

We believe there are many variables to that. Timing, tropes, the first 10% of how a book starts. The cover, blurb, and other popular tv or books that may have similar aspects. 

There are many things to consider, and today we take a dive into why a book can launch a career!

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SPA Girls Podcast – EP412 – Being Successful as a Hybrid Author with Katlyn Duncan

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SPA Girls Podcast – EP412 – Being Successful as a Hybrid Author with Katlyn Duncan

This week we talk to fiction and non-fiction author Katlyn Duncan, who wrote the non-fiction books The Successful Hybrid Author (all about being a hybrid author) and Take Back Your Book (all about how to get your rights back after being traditionally published). She shares her path to becoming a hybrid author, but also what you need to know about being hybrid, how it works, the pros and cons of traditional publishing versus indie publishing versus hybrid publishing, and how to get your rights back if you want to take up indie publishing.

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SPA Girls Podcast – EP411 – YouTube for Authors with Jenna Moreci

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SPA Girls Podcast – EP411 – YouTube for Authors with Jenna Moreci

Author Jenna Moreci is a YouTube sensation! With almost 300k subscribers on her YouTube channel “Writing with Jenna Moreci”, ten years of making videos, and over 28 MILLION views, she’s produced an incredible body of work and large community. So how has this impacted her writing and publishing, especially as her audience is both writers AND readers?

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SPA Girls Podcast – EP410 – What To Do When Your Marketing Isn’t Working

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SPA Girls Podcast – EP410 – What To Do When Your Marketing Isn’t Working

Marketing but not achieving results? Maybe you need to do a bit of a deep dive into why. We’ve got some tips on where to start …

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SPA Girls Podcast – EP409 – Six Figures with Short Romance – with Sadie King

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SPA Girls Podcast – EP409 – Six Figures with Short Romance – with Sadie King

USA Today Bestseller, Sadie King has grown her publishing business from zero to six figures in less than four years, writing short instalove romances. Learn how she’s done it …

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SPA Girls Podcast – EP408 – Branding for Authors

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SPA Girls Podcast – EP408 – Branding for Authors

This week we take an in-depth look at author brands – starting with what branding actually means, what your branding should look like as an author, and then how you can make sure your author brand is the best it can be. We talk about how newbie authors can set up a brand for the first time, and how more experienced authors can reassess your current brand and make any necessary changes. 

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SPA Girls Podcast – EP407 – Making Your Books Addictive with Alessandra Torre

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SPA Girls Podcast – EP407 – Making Your Books Addictive with Alessandra Torre

What is it EXACTLY that makes a book addictive?

How do twists and turns come into play?

And how do you create these elements with any genre of books?

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