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Author Branding to Reach the Right Audience with Jynafer Rose Yanez - The Writer’s Journey, Ep 15

Author Branding to Reach the Right Audience with Jynafer Rose Yanez - The Writer’s Journey, Ep 15

March 14, 2019

You've written your book (yay, you!) and you're ready to launch it into the world, but how do you make sure it finds the right readers? It's all about identifying your target audience and using all the tools at your disposal to reach them. Marketing expert Jynafer Rose Yanez shares her tips on leveraging social media and crafting catchy taglines, compelling blurbs, and hot covers to find your next superfan.

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This episode of The Writer’s Journey is brought to you by: The Ember War Saga, By Richard Fox.

From Book 1: The countdown to the invasion of Earth has begun.

A merciless alien race bent on human extermination has pointed its armada towards Earth. The countdown to their arrival begins.

A mysterious intelligence warns only a young scientist, Marc Ibarra, of our impending doom. Together, the two create a plan for humanity to survive the invasion. Even with the aid of advanced new technology, Marc is faced with a major problem. The plan—if it works—can only save a fraction of us.

Who survives? Who dies? How can humanity win the battle against almost certain annihilation?

With what will only be an ember of humanity left, will it be enough to rekindle our chance for survival and strike back at the Xaros?

The Ember War is the first novel in an epic military sci-fi series. If you like The Legacy Fleet by Nick Webb or Omega Force by Joshua Dalzelle, then you'll love this explosive adventure with nail-biting sci-fi battles across the stars. Read this now!

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Mastering Amazon Descriptions AMA with Brian Meeks - The Writer’s Journey, Ep 1.14

Mastering Amazon Descriptions AMA with Brian Meeks - The Writer’s Journey, Ep 1.14

March 13, 2019

Want to know what draws Buy Now clicks quicker than Grammar Nazis to a misspelled tweet? A bang-up Amazon book description. But how do you write such a description? Funny you should ask, Brian Meeks is here to answer that question, and any other audience question, at the live launch party of his new book, Mastering Amazon Descriptions. Take a listen...

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Ep 4.10 - LIVE! with JN Chaney

Ep 4.10 - LIVE! with JN Chaney

March 11, 2019

Tonight on LIVE! Josh, Scott and Chuck talk with JN Chaney about his latest works, process, and his take on writing that next book.

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This episode of LIVE is brought to you by: Titan's Son: (Children of Titan Book 2) by Rhett C. Bruno

Titan's revolution is coming. All it needs is one final spark.

Kale Drayton knows his place. As a Ringer born on Titan, he's used to keeping his head down and his mouth shut - no matter how much the Earthers abuse him or his own kind berate him. So, when he's caught stealing from a wealthy merchant, he's lucky to be sentenced to low-paying maintenance work on a gas-harvesting ship instead of life in a cell... or worse.

But when his mother is quarantined, Kale finds himself backed into a corner. To pay for her medicine, he needs money - the kind of money he'll never make sweeping floors and cleaning ships. When he receives a mysterious offer asking him to do a simple job in exchange for his mother's treatment, Kale takes a chance once more. All he must do is upload a program onto his employer's ship and all of his problems will disappear.

What starts as a straightforward smuggling gig soon reveals its shattering repercussions. The people who hired Kale are more dangerous than he suspected - and he's more important to them than he ever could have imagined.

Grab the exciting sequel to Titanborn, which will transport you to the other side of the conflict on Titan, and the Ringers' fight for independence. *This book can also stand alone.

 You can also enjoy the Children of Titan series on Audible, narrated by the award-winning RC Bray.
 

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How Do I Master Amazon Ads? with Brian Meeks - The Writer’s Journey, Ep 1.13

How Do I Master Amazon Ads? with Brian Meeks - The Writer’s Journey, Ep 1.13

March 10, 2019

To succeed as an indie author, you need four things: a great book, cover, blub, and to get the book in front of eyeballs. Enter Amazon ads. Successful Amazon ad runs can make your career, but a failed one can make you want to tear your hair out. Keep your hair and bank account intact by taking a listen to our interview with Brian Meeks, the man who literally wrote the book on mastering Amazon ads. We'll ask him how to set up your first ad campaign, keep it running, and how to bid effectively on ads these days. Let's go!

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This episode of The Writer’s Journey is brought to you by: Titanborn: (Children of Titan Book 1) by Rhett C Bruno

Offworlders are only worth the price on their heads.

After three decades as a Pervenio Corporation Collector, chasing wanted offworlders and extinguishing protests throughout the solar system, Malcolm Graves doesn't bother asking questions. So long as the pay is right, he's the man for the job. But his latest assignment doesn't afford him that luxury.

A high-profile bombing on Earth has the men who sign Malcolm's paychecks clamoring for answers. They force him to team up with a strange, augmented partner who's more interested in statistics than instinct, and ship them both off to Titan to hunt down a suspected group of extremists: Titanborn rebels who will go to any length to free their home from the tyranny of Earth's corporations.

Heading into hostile territory, Malcolm will have to use everything he's learned to stay alive. But he soon realizes the situation on the ground is much more complex than he anticipated...and much more personal.

Check out the thrilling first book in a gritty and innovative science-fiction series perfect for fans of The Expanse and Blade Runner. You can also grab it on Audible performed by the award-winning RC Bray, narrator of The Martian.
This book is CURRENTLY 99 cents on Kindle, but if you start an audible membership today, you can get it free...

Book Link: https://amzn.to/2toQ4oZ 

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Keystroke International Ep 1.05 - How to Create a Science Fiction Navy

Keystroke International Ep 1.05 - How to Create a Science Fiction Navy

March 10, 2019

This week we forego our regular book discussion in favour of Ralph telling us about going on a date. He took his better half to see a talk by former NASA astronaut, Tony Antonelli.

The talk was organised by Pint of Science and the International Space School Trust and as you’ll discover, Ralph thoroughly enjoyed it.

After that, Ralph and Jon discuss real-world warships and how science-fiction authors can draw on them for inspiration.

We have a wide-ranging discussion about the types of ships in current usage, from destroyers to battleships to aircraft carriers.

For reference, we use World War II ships so Ralph can explain how a destroyer differs from a cruiser.

Find out how authors use the term ‘Dreadnought’ incorrectly.

Learn how you can create a realistic seeming navy when doing your worldbuilding.

Listen to our recommendation that you should use real-world navies as your basis, rather than just pick ship types that sound cool.

After this episode, you should be in a great position to get your Navy into the shipyard and start building a compelling, authentic, vision of the future.

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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How Do I Build and Grow My Newsletter? with Rhett C. Bruno - The Writer’s Journey, Ep 1.12

How Do I Build and Grow My Newsletter? with Rhett C. Bruno - The Writer’s Journey, Ep 1.12

March 7, 2019

Whether you're a hopeful writer like Lauren or a new writer like Kalene, you probably need to build up your newsletter--or get it started in the first place. In this video, we ask Rhett--author, publisher, and founder of the popular science fiction email list, SciFi Bridge--how to build and grow our newsletters. He happily gives us all the tips. Get ready to learn with us and take the next step in your writer's journey!

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This episode of The Writer’s Journey is brought to you by: Wings of Redemption (Terra Nova 3) by Richard Fox and Josh Hayes

The galactic balance of power shifts against humanity’s fledgling colony on Terra Nova.

After narrowly escaping a brutal attack, Chief Kit Carson and her surviving Pathfinders reach the Zeis Homeworld. Their mission to seek new allies among the uncharted stars continues, but first they must end the insurrection tearing across the planet, threatening the fragile negotiations.

Governor Ken Hale is in a desperate race against time to build up the colony’s defences. When his new soldiers are found dead on the colony’s streets, he must turn to a retired assassin to help hunt down the deranged killer.

And the greatest threat of all, the ancient Ultari Empire, rekindles under the iron rule of a returned Emperor. Their quest for vengeance will burn across the stars…and Terra Nova is the next target.

Wings of Redemption is the third action-packed book in the Terra Nova Chronicles, taking readers deeper into a dangerous new galaxy.

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Am I Sabotaging My Own Work? with Ellen Campbell - The Writer’s Journey, Ep 1.11

Am I Sabotaging My Own Work? with Ellen Campbell - The Writer’s Journey, Ep 1.11

March 6, 2019

Tonight we're joined by Ellen Campbell, editor to numerous Amazon Top 10 science fiction authors. We discuss some of the biggest writing traps authors fall into and how to revise your way out of them. To make the show extra-useful to you, Ellen spent a month collecting author writing samples in order to show you editing in action. So, get ready for your next step in the writer's journey with Ellen...

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This Episode of The Writer’s Journey is brought to you by: Jordie In Charge (A Castre World Novel Book 1) By E. A. Shanniak

Happily ever after was within her grasp.
Instead, she took a chance on love.

Princess Jordie defied conventionality to chance true love, only to have her world come crashing down.

In a land where women aren’t expected to have opinions, she dares to rule her own destiny with her wit and sarcasm. Because she’ll learn to not only survive but to thrive.

Now, the King dares to re-enter her life and forces her to choose between giving up her freedom or her life. Can she have a second shot at love?

You’ll laugh, cry and feel frustration with Jordie as she discovers more of who she is and love she is capable of in the first book in the Castre World Series. For fans of historical romance, and the proud and determined women found in Eliza Knight’s Stolen Bride Series and Philippa Gregory’s The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels.

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Ask the Editor on Keystroke Medium, Ep 1.02

Ask the Editor on Keystroke Medium, Ep 1.02

March 5, 2019

Welcome to episode two of Ask the Editor with Ellen Campbell and special guest Devon C. Ford.

Ellen has opened her editorial wiles to answer any and all of your questions!

Today she tackles questions such as:
- What are your recommendations for new authors who can't afford the editors they need?
- What are your favorite and least favorite genres to edit?
- How can you tell the quality of an editor?

And more!

Have a nagging question only an editor can answer? Ellen is here for you. Send your questions to: ecf2xtreme@gmail.com 

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Ep 4.09 - LIVE! with Marc Alan Edelheit

Ep 4.09 - LIVE! with Marc Alan Edelheit

March 5, 2019

Tonight on LIVE! Josh Hayes and Scott Moon talk with Marc Alan Edelheit. He returns to the show to speak about his latest works, and his plans to break into Sci-Fi.

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Tonights Episode is brought to you by: Hope is Not a Strategy, A Four Horsemen Universe Anthology

Fifteen of the best Indie authors. Fifteen extraordinary stories. One bestselling universe.

It’s the Twenty-Second Century. The galaxy has opened up to humanity as a hyperactive beehive of stargates and new technologies, and we suddenly find ourselves in a vast playground of different races, environments, and cultures. There’s just one catch: we are pretty much at the bottom of the food chain, and there’s only one way for humanity to move up—by becoming mercenaries.

In every mercenary’s life, though, there comes a time when things go wrong and even the best laid plans go awry. When they do, though, the best mercs fall back and work out new plans, and you can bet on one thing—hope is not their strategy. Whether you’re a kid looking to get off your planet, or an unarmed merc facing an overwhelming force, or even the sole survivor of a pirate attack, there’s always an edge—and it’s up to the merc to find and exploit it!

Edited by bestselling authors and universe creators Chris Kennedy and Mark Wandrey, “Hope is Not a Strategy” includes all-new stories in the Four Horsemen universe by some of the bestselling Indie authors currently in the business. These authors take on various aspects of the universe, giving you additional insight into a galaxy that isn’t at war…but definitely isn’t at peace. There’s only one thing for sure in the 4HU—anything’s possible…for a fistful of credits!

Inside, you’ll find:
Preface by Chris Kennedy
Golden Ticket by Jonathan P. Brazee
The Tide Changes by Craig Martelle
Something You Are Not by Kevin Steverson
Hijacked! by Terry Mixon
The Wagner Method by Josh Hayes
Paying the Price by Scott Moon
Without a Shot by Chris Fox
Raid by Mark Wandrey
Second Chances by Kevin McLaughlin
The Problem of the Qualis by Brian Niemeier
Eye on the Prize by Nathan Hystad
Earworm by Robert E. Hampson
A Guilded Affair by Chris Kennedy
Sunset by A.K. DuBoff
Survivor by Kacey Ezell

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Keystroke International Ep 1.04 - Book Covers That Sell Books

Keystroke International Ep 1.04 - Book Covers That Sell Books

March 2, 2019

The book talk for this episode is Unchosen by Rick Partlow from Keystroke Mediums first anthology, Kingdoms of Iron and Stone.

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

For our fourth episode, Devon Ford joins Ralph and Jon and we discuss book covers.

Your book cover is crucial to finding readers. We discuss why the choice of book cover is so important, how to avoid the pitfalls when looking for a book cover and why hitting the genre tropes is crucial.

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