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Selling Your Debut Novel with Brian Mansur and Aethon Books - The Writer’s Journey, Ep. 1.23

Selling Your Debut Novel with Brian Mansur and Aethon Books - The Writer’s Journey, Ep. 1.23

April 18, 2019

So you've gotten your book written, edited, polished up all nice and pretty, and you're ready to publish. But is your marketing game in place? Debut novelist Brian Mansur joins us on the show to talk about his marketing strategies, and he's brought along his publisher, Steve Beaulieu of Aethon Books.

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This episode is brought to you by - Cover for a Cure 3

[From Josh Hayes]
I’m happy to announce Keystroke Medium’s 3rd Annual Cover for a Cure event on April 27th, 2019 @ 2pm Eastern / 1pm Central.

The past two events were hugely successful, bringing in over $6,000 for two different charities and this year we hope to continue that success.

Tom Edwards and Jamie Glover have generously provided several covers, created specifically for this event. If you’re an author in need of a cover, you will not find a better return for your money than a cover from either of these two artists.

For the previous events, we’ve donated to Parkinsons UK and the American Diabetes Association, and this year we’ve chosen something that hits a closer to home for Scott Moon and I. Our friend and co-worker, Police Detective Matt Young was recently diagnosed with Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer and given 3 to 6 months to live. As you can imagine, this came as quite a shock to Matt, his wife Laurie and their 7 children.

Working through a local 501c3, the Honor Adversis Foundation, we will be donating 100% of the proceeds from the event to help Matt and his family through this extremely difficult time.

If you’re in the market for a cover (or two or three) please consider buying one through this event. Interested bidders can email keystrokemedium@gmail.com to register.

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Ep 4.15 - LIVE! with Andy Peloquin

Ep 4.15 - LIVE! with Andy Peloquin

April 16, 2019

Tonight on LIVE! Josh and Scott are joined by Andy Peloquin, where he discusses all of his epic fantasy of gritty fantasticism.

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This episode of LIVE! is brought to you by - The Knights of the Dawn King: The Setting of the Sun, by Scott E. Stabler

The sun is setting over the realms of Un'Etheia

The lands have forsaken the memory of their liege and drift toward an age of horrific enslavement.

Prophetic utterances are reaching fulfillment, while rumors of war multiply in the north and whispers of the Black Horde arise from the south.

The mysterious race of the First-Born gather to reclaim their ancient homeland, even as the ruling houses succumb to greed and power lust.

Over it all an ancient and dark force rises to crush the only adversary who would yet make a stand against the swelling tide of its evil designs - a once proud and honored knighthood, now fractured and held in little esteem, their allegiance to the true High King waning from within.

Thrust into seemingly random circumstances and prevailed upon by harbingers of myth and legend, one man is driven to desperate measures to save his family and in so doing learns the true peril facing the lands. Hounded across mountain and realm by unspeakable evil and fettered by a burden of shame and guilt, he will come to understand true friendship, sacrifice and courage, and will, in the end, discover his place within the decrees of a King.

Utilizing a backdrop of Tolkienesque imagery The Knights of the Dawn King - The Setting of the Sun weaves a compelling new take on the ageless struggle between Light and Darkness. Courage in the face of debilitating fear, bonds of companionship strengthened in a forge of hardship, and epic scenes of battle and chaos all combine in this tale of sacrifice and love to compel the reader to ask one simple question: "Do I truly stand in allegiance to the King?"

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The Indie Author’s Essential Marketing Tips with Michael Cooper - The Writer’s Journey, Ep. 22

The Indie Author’s Essential Marketing Tips with Michael Cooper - The Writer’s Journey, Ep. 22

April 12, 2019

In all of his cosmic cosplay glory, Michael Cooper returns to the show to lay out a marketing game plan for new authors and authors who have been in it for a while. Learn all of his tips and strategies, including when and how to launch a book, how to build your list, how to expand your audience, and what is up with the Facebook pixel. Take a listen!

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Tonight's episode is brought to you by - Covers for Cure

Saturday, April 27th, at 1 PM CST

Covers by Tom Edwards and Jamie Glover

All funds go to Detective Matt Young, a police officer in the Wichita Police Department and a father with stage 4 Pancreatic cancer.

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Ep 4.14 - LIVE! with Joshua Gayou

Ep 4.14 - LIVE! with Joshua Gayou

April 8, 2019

Josh Sqaured strikes again! Tonight on LIVE! Josh and Scott are joined by Joshua Gayou.

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Tonight's episode is brought to you byAge of Heroes: A Superhero Adventure (Book 1) by C.C. Ekeke

Every hero has a beginning.

So does every villain.

When the world’s greatest superhero is found murdered, new threats emerge. And three lives are forever changed. From the ashes rises a new generation of superheroes. But with immense superpowers, and a history of tragedy, the line between right and wrong blurs.

Will they become protectors of justice, or agents of chaos?

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WARNING: This novel contains moderate swearing and big damn superhero action. If you’re not a fan of moderate swearing or big damn superhero action, this novel might not be for you.

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How Do I Crowdfund My Novel? with Jon Del Arroz - The Writer’s Journey, Ep. 1.21

How Do I Crowdfund My Novel? with Jon Del Arroz - The Writer’s Journey, Ep. 1.21

April 4, 2019

Ever considered using Kickstarter to fund your novel? It's a strategy that has worked for many authors before and could be right for you. #1 Amazon Bestselling author and "the leading Hispanic voice in science fiction," Jon Del Arroz, is here to help you consider the pros and cons of Kickstarting your novel, and to lay out a few strategies for success. Take a listen!

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Tonight's episode of TWJ is brought to you byCovers for a Cure

All funds go to Detective Matt Young, a police officer in the Wichita Police Department, and a father with stage 4 Pancreatic cancer.  

Join KSM on Saturday, April 27th, at 1 PM CST

Covers donated by Tom Edwards and Jamie Glover.

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Ep 4.13 - LIVE! with James Jakins

Ep 4.13 - LIVE! with James Jakins

April 1, 2019

Tonight on LIVE! James Jakins joins the show, and Josh, Chuck, and Kalene dive into his take on orcs, his process, and all the good stuff.

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This episode of LIVE! is brought to you by - Order of the Centurion, by Jason Anspach, and Nick Cole, narrated by Mark Boyett

A price paid in blood

"The Order of the Centurion is the highest award that can be bestowed upon an individual serving in, or with, the Legion. When such an individual displays exceptional valor in action against an enemy force, and uncommon loyalty and devotion to the Legion and its legionnaires, refusing to abandon post, mission, or brothers, even unto death, the Legion dutifully recognizes such courage with this award."

Tired of sitting out the war on Psydon in a mobile office lab, Legion Lieutenant Washam agrees to undertake a covert and unsanctioned mission with a band of Republic Recon Marines. Inserted deep behind enemy lines, the strike force uncovers a surprise key to ending a bitter war. Now they must navigate a hostile jungle teeming with murderous alien rebels, pushing themselves to the limits of their abilities, to get this vital intel to Legion Command - if they can survive that long.

The Order of the Centurion is an all-new series of stand-alone military science fiction thrillers set in the Galaxy's Edge universe, ranging from the Savage Wars to the arrival of the Black Fleet. Each book features the legendary heroes of the Legion who forgot nothing in their earning of the Legion's highest honor.

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Indie Author Conferences - Keystroke International Ep 1.08

Indie Author Conferences - Keystroke International Ep 1.08

March 31, 2019

This week we're talking about author conferences, mostly the 20booksto50K conferences and why you should be looking for events you can attend as an indie author.

If you are interested in attending Edinburgh please join the 20booksto50k group and search for Edinburgh in there.

If you want someone to introduce you at Edinburgh or Vegas, please do let Jon know.

Keystroke Medium International is a destination for readers, writers, either or both and is hosted by Ralph Kern, Jon Evans & Devon Ford.

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This episode of Keystroke International is brought to you by - Kingdoms of Iron and Stone

Heroes are not born, they're forged.

Kingdoms of Iron and Stone is an anthology of monumental proportions, featuring a collection of epic fantasy themed stories by some of today’s best authors.

Edited by two of the best editors in the business, Ellen Campbell and Lauren Moore, these fourteen stories of knights, wizards, thieves, and dragons will take you on an incredible journey through many amazing worlds, filled with great characters on unforgettable adventures.

Inside you’ll find:
A Foreword by Michael J Sullivan (NYT Bestselling Author of the Riyria Revelations)
“Unchosen” by Rick Partlow
“King Edrick and the Dragon” by Kacey Ezell
“The Beast of Balmonna” by C.Steven Manley
“Brothers” by Nathan Hystad
“The Prince, the Thief, and the Dragon” by Paul Summerhayes
“Blueback Flight” by Dean Floyd
“Thirty Silver Pieces” by Monroe Todd
“Black Tongued Heathen” by Kalene Williams
“On the Hunt” by Wayne Ligon
“Little Mage” by Cassidy Taylor
“The Wrath of Khazafel” by Blake Arthur Peel
“The Guardian” by Amanda Kaye
“The Nightmare Tree” by James Evans
“The Westfield Line” by Scott Moon

Produced by Keystroke Medium, the #1 community for authors of all levels and walks of life.

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Mastering Facebook Ads with Michael Cooper - The Writer’s Journey, Ep. 1.20

Mastering Facebook Ads with Michael Cooper - The Writer’s Journey, Ep. 1.20

March 28, 2019

With so much of your readership on Facebook these days, Facebook would be the place to sell your book and find new readers, right? Well, maybe. If you've tried to run an ad on Facebook, you know it's not that simple. Here to teach us how to set up Facebook ads and run them effectively is the bestselling author of Help! My Facebook Ads Suck, Michael Cooper. Enjoy the show!

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This episode of The Writer's Journey is brought to you by - Valhalla Station: A Space Opera Noir Technothriller (The SynCorp Saga: Empire Earth Book 1) by Chris Pourteau and David Bruns

The Expanse meets The Godfather in this Space Opera/Noir Technothriller about corporate greed, rebellion, and mankind's survival among the stars.

Revolution threatens a longstanding peace...

Thirty years after the Syndicate Corporation saved Earth from climate-change extinction, SynCorp's Five Factions rule the solar system with an iron fist wrapped in a velvet glove. Food, entertainment, safety, security--SynCorp provides it all. In return, the Company requires complete loyalty and obedience to corporate law.

The Soldiers of the Solar Revolution claim life under SynCorp is slavery cloaked in comfort. They launch their rebellion, targeting the pillars of corporate production: sabotaging refineries on Mars, shattering Callisto's orbital ring. Meanwhile, brutal pirates siphon off Company resources in the Belt, and hackers tap into citizens' implants, addicting them to fantasies shaped from their own dreams.

Besieged on all sides, SynCorp's Five Factions are in retreat. The rebels aim to destroy the Company to free mankind. But does mankind really want to be freed?

Book Link: https://amzn.to/2HK8tFR 

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Ep 4.12 - LIVE! with CC Ekeke

Ep 4.12 - LIVE! with CC Ekeke

March 25, 2019

Josh, Chuck, Lauren, and Kalene are joined by CC Ekeke tonight to discuss his upcoming series that delves into the deeper world of heroes and villains.

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LIVE! is brought to you by - Fear the Reaper: An Intergalactic Space Opera Adventure (The Last Reaper Book 2) by J.N. Chaney and Scott Moon

New enemies. Unlikely allies. A neon city in the Deadlands that never sleeps.

Halek Cain has mysteries to solve, people to rescue, and a vendetta to carry out.

But he must fix his Reaper augmentations before they kill him. He needs raw materials from Gronic, a technical specialist on Roxo III, and time to put himself right before the Union comes for him.

Everything seems like it’s going to work out…until he learns Elise is in trouble.

If Cain doesn’t get to her first, everything that happened on Dreadmax will have been for nothing.

The Last Reaper will encounter assassins, Union special operators, and a mysterious rival from his past. The odds are overwhelming, and the enemies are mounting.

But when all is said and done, each of them will learn that you must always fear the Reaper.

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Authors Building Facebook Communities with Kevin Tumlinson - The Writer’s Journey, Ep 1.19

Authors Building Facebook Communities with Kevin Tumlinson - The Writer’s Journey, Ep 1.19

March 24, 2019

One of the most successful book marketing strategies out there is to build a Facebook community of readers. This way you can connect instantly with your fans, share your life and thoughts, get their feedback, and bring them along on your writing journey. But how exactly does one do that?

As a bestselling author, host of the Wordslinger Podcast, and Director of Marketing at Draft2Digital, Kevin Tumlinson knows all about building Facebook communities--why and how to do it, what you should look out for, and easy strategies for success.

Take a listen!

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This Episode is brought to you by - Valhalla Station: A Space Opera Noir Technothriller by Chris Pourteau and David Bruns

The Expanse meets The Godfather in this Space Opera/Noir Technothriller about corporate greed, rebellion, and mankind's survival among the stars.

Revolution threatens a longstanding peace...

Thirty years after the Syndicate Corporation saved Earth from climate-change extinction, SynCorp's Five Factions rule the solar system with an iron fist wrapped in a velvet glove. Food, entertainment, safety, security--SynCorp provides it all. In return, the Company requires complete loyalty and obedience to corporate law.

The Soldiers of the Solar Revolution claim life under SynCorp is slavery cloaked in comfort. They launch their rebellion, targeting the pillars of corporate production: sabotaging refineries on Mars, shattering Callisto's orbital ring. Meanwhile, brutal pirates siphon off Company resources in the Belt, and hackers tap into citizens' implants, addicting them to fantasies shaped from their own dreams.

Besieged on all sides, SynCorp's Five Factions are in retreat. The rebels aim to destroy the Company to free mankind. But does mankind really want to be freed?

BOOK LINK: https://amzn.to/2umIX0A 

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