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Marathon Author 45 - Beta Teams and Your Ideal Readers

Marathon Author 45 - Beta Teams and Your Ideal Readers

June 17, 2021

Vagabond Space 1 is done!

As part of my editing process, and with a lot of help from my friends, I got a beta reader team together to give final feedback on the book.

What's a Beta Reader team? Is there a set definition? What should they look for and how can you set them up for success?

Also, there's some author angst out there about what readers want... so I talk about that a bit, and how you can find your ideal readers.

Thanks for listening!

James

Editing One-Liners | Ellen Campbell, Ep. 3.21

Editing One-Liners | Ellen Campbell, Ep. 3.21

June 8, 2021

Ever read a sentence in a book that makes you stop and go "Dang..." You read it again, just to be sure. Oh yes, that was one excellently crafted bit of words there!

And we at TWJ, with our bestie, Ellen, want to delve into yours!

But why stop at the good stuff? We're digging into one-liners--the good, the bad, and the ugly--and finding ways together to make each sentence better.

Richard Fox & David Weber AMA, Ep. 3.20

Richard Fox & David Weber AMA, Ep. 3.20

June 1, 2021

Wherein two of science fiction's hottest authors answer all of your burning questions, including about their up-and-coming release, GOVERNOR...

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Today’s spotlight is on Governor by David Weber & Richard Fox

Terrence Murphy is coming for whoever has orchestrated fifty-six years of bloodshed and slaughter, and Hell itself is coming with him.

OUT JUNE 1ST: https://amzn.to/3i6Rv69 

Ep 6.20 - LIVE! Let’s Discuss Creating Character Arcs - Part 1

Ep 6.20 - LIVE! Let’s Discuss Creating Character Arcs - Part 1

May 25, 2021

Josh, Scott, and Chuck do their thang in all about character arcs! 

Indie Publishing World Updates with Aethon Books, Ep. 3.19

Indie Publishing World Updates with Aethon Books, Ep. 3.19

May 24, 2021

It's a star-studded cast, yo. Steve Beaulieu (no relation to Jamie Castle) and Rhett C. Bruno are back to wow us with their beards and their words of wisdom. And apparently... a beard battle? Find out more LIVE!

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Hosts: C. Steven Manley, James S. Aaron Kalene Williams

Special Guests: Rhett Bruno, Steve Beaulieu

00:00 Opening remarks and introductions

-Discord server is up! https://discord.com/invite/t96CVRD

-Keystroke Coffee is live! https://keystrokemedium.com/product/keystroke-coffee/

-Fill out a survey and 3 people will get selected for a free copy AND a coffee mug! https://keystrokemedium.com/survey  01:41 Main Event – Indie Publishing World Updates with Aethon Books

-Is Aethon Indie? -Upcoming releases. -Audible and audiobooks.

-The difficulty in Audible and Audible Plus. -The dropoff in listening in Audible is steeper than ebooks.

-Royalty share vs. paid production. -Thoughts on Kindle Vella.

-You are special, just like everyone else! -Sometimes you can’t sell a good book even if your try.

-The restaurant analogy. -Books to sell need a market. -What’s selling? -Thoughts on release strategy.

-Thoughts on full-time writing. -Your books don’t matter to Amazon. They matter to your readers.

-Suggestions for promotions.

59:00 Closing remarks

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Ep 6.19 - LIVE! Writing Roundtable - May 2021

Ep 6.19 - LIVE! Writing Roundtable - May 2021

May 23, 2021

Let's talk about words and how to write them!

Authors & Editors AMA, Ep. 3.18

Authors & Editors AMA, Ep. 3.18

May 22, 2021

It's a Keystroke family reunion as a bunch of hosts unit on one screen... Who knows what'll happen. Tag team championships, battle of the sexes, an AMA, beer pong edition... We'll find out soon.

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Today’s spotlight is on Blue Sun Armada by Scott Moon: 

Blue Sun Armada is the first in a new epic space opera set in the far-flung future. Legendary mech battles, intense fleet engagements, and deadly politics all make Blue Sun Armada a magnificent read. Pick your side and buy now to start the fight for survival!

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Marathon Author 44 - Is Your Website Doing its Job?

Marathon Author 44 - Is Your Website Doing its Job?

May 21, 2021
  • What is your author website for, really?
  • Why do you maintain a website?
  • What are readers looking for when they find your site, and how quickly are you providing that information or solving that problem?

In this episode, I walk through a useful article on how digital markers approach their landing pages, and how you can use these techniques to streamline your author site.

Here's the article: https://blog.roastmylandingpage.com/landing-page-roasts/

Vagabond Space 1 is almost off to Aethon. I'm ready. Really, really ready.

Thanks for listening!

Ep 6.18 - LIVE! Galaxy’s Edge Season Two

Ep 6.18 - LIVE! Galaxy’s Edge Season Two

May 14, 2021

Jason Anspach and Nick Cole return to KSM to talk about their best-selling series Galaxy's Edge and starting its epic Second Season!

Marathon Author 43 - Beating Down the Part Time Job

Marathon Author 43 - Beating Down the Part Time Job

May 13, 2021

In this episode I talk about what I've learned about budgeting for the last year as a writer, how I wish I had more indie published work, and a big decision I made about the part time job.

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