TRATWD 114 – Why the Storyteller Needs a Narrator

In this panel from Balticon 51, I lead a discussion with Melissa Hayden, Erin Kazmark, A. F. Grappin and Veronica Giguere about audio book narrators. Why should you have someone narrate your book? How does the process work? How do you find someone who will do the job well? There’s a lot of great advice in here for self-published, hybrid and aspiring authors.

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The Raven & the Writing Desk, Episode 11: Publishing and Social Media Strategies, with Tee Morris and Philippa Ballantine

For today’s episode I sat down with long-time friends and award-winning authors Tee Morris and Pip Ballantine to discuss the pros and cons of different strategies for publishing your work. We also talked about the different social media platforms that are available, and which ones are the most effective tools for authors looking to build their audience and promote their work.

tee-and-pip-shepherdstownReferenced in this interview:

Tee Morris’s Blog

The Worlds of Philippa Ballantine

The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences

One-Stop Writer Shop

Galileo Games: The Ministry Initiative

Social Media for Writers (pre-order now!)

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OzGuvnor talks about the unexpected benefits of putting in small, incremental efforts on a consistent basis. Nobilis suggests an easy way of leaving feedback for the show. Sara T. talks about the final installment of FLYING FREE, big emotions, and bisexual characters in fiction.

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TRATWD 011 – Publishing & Social Media Strategies

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Publishing on a Shoestring: Open-Source Software for Self-Publishers

Step into any big business office and you’ll find lots of software with big names attached: Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop, Intuit QuickBooks, Adobe InDesign, and many more. These software packages have a long history behind them and a huge installed user base. Many people learned to use them in college and have continued using them throughout their professional lives.

For a do-it-yourselfer trying to get started in self-publishing, however, they have a big disadvantage: they’re all expensive as hell. Even if you have access to them through your primary employer, you’ll probably be violating some terms of service if you use them for your own for-profit work. Getting yourself into murky legal waters is the last thing you want when you’re trying to get to market as quickly and cheaply as possible.

Fortunately, there are a number of excellent tools available that can do everything the big-name software titles can do, but which are completely free or very inexpensive. Here are a few that I couldn’t do without.

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