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As a writer, you may be concerned that AI writing tools will replace you. The answer is no, at least not just yet. I've tested multiple tools, and while they're helpful and save time, they won't help if you are writing something complex or requiring creativity or in-depth research. What they can do is help overcome problems like writer's block. They can help you figure out topics you need to cover in your articles and content. They can also help you develop headlines, meta descriptions, and other elements that you should include to help your content rank. Now, I wanted to catch up with someone who is an expert on the topic, and so in this episode, I talked to James Scherer, the VP of Growth at Codeless. In the first half of the interview, we talk about James's SEO approach and recommendations for somebody who is starting a site from scratch and his approach to link building. In the second half of the interview, we get into AI, and James provides some practical tips which will help you get started using AI as part of your writing or content publishing workflow. In this episode, we discuss:Is it too late to start content marketingHow to speed up results from content marketingHow to start a content site from scratchWhen should you introduce AI tools into your content marketingTips for trying AI software for the first the show
Jessica Artemisia Mathieu is a sci-fi, fantasy author and digital marketing agency owner. She's also the creator of The Sovereigntii, which uses NFTs on blockchain as a new form of storytelling, community, and income.Jessica is one of the few writers I've talked to so far who's successfully using NFT as part of her writing career. I wanted to find out how she's doing it and how writers can get involved today. My key takeaway from talking to Jessica is that we're still incredibly early, so if you find some of the language, terminology, and steps to buying NFTs confusing, don't worry, you're not alone. But now's a good time to learn about the space because NFTs are here to stay for creatives. And it'll be interesting to see how writers and authors use NFTs in future years to connect with their fans and readers. In this episode, we discuss:How to create an NFT based on a piece of writingHow NFTs are opening the door for artists worldwideAre NFTs expensive and what are the alternatives?Why do NFT creators use pseudonyms?Keeping yourself safe in the NFT spaceResourcesHEN jessartemisia.comSupport the show
Dr. Joan Smoller is a creative non-fiction writer, a writing coach, a former lecturer at NYU, and author of three books.She’s also written for multiple high-profile publications in the United States, including the New York Times. In this interview, she talks about the power of non-fiction, how writers could use it to inspire social change and what non-fiction has done for her. Joan demonstrates that a writing career can be diverse. She has taught, instructed, edited, has prepared multimillion-dollar grant proposals, has written about topics like skin cancer, and has run a successful writing program. In other words, the genre or subject that you’re writing about today doesn’t necessarily have to be the genre or topic that you will pursue tomorrow.Joan talks about advice she gives her students: the importance of writing every day and the value of freewriting. I was delighted when Joan mentioned free writing because I’ve used it on and off over the years. If you’re not familiar with freewriting, Joan describes how to apply it, and she also gives some tips which can help you get over a fear of self-judgment and what other people think. In this episode, we discuss:How writing can be a lifesaverChoosing to write about specific genres How writing has changed over the yearsCommon mental hurdles that writers have to overcomeThe benefits of freewritingWhat to do in order to get your non-fiction to succeedWriting about difficult topicsOvercoming the fear of self-judgement ResourcesResume Docrsmejsr@gmail.comSupport the show
Jay Clouse is the host of the popular podcast, Creative Elements. A couple of months ago, I took one of Jay's podcasting courses, which changed how I think about podcasting and creative work. In this episode, Jay and I discuss the value of consistency. He's interviewed several top performers, like Seth Godin, and turning up and doing consistent work is often the key to their success. Jay also says that it's not too late to start a podcast, write a book, or whatever your creative goals are. Jay has talked to podcasters who started their shows as late as 2007, proving that if you're passionate about a topic and understand your niche, you can connect with an audience. I also asked Jay how he's promoted and built his podcast over the years, and he offers some actionable tips.  We finish the interview talking about NFTs or non-fungible tokens. So if that's something you're interested in, stay tuned until the end of the podcast.In this episode, we discuss:The techniques he's used for getting high profile guests on his podcastHow long it takes Jay to edit a podcast episodeHow Jay balances all of his work projectsWhy it's not too late to start a podcastHow to monetize your podcastWhy all creatives should consider NFTsResources:Creative Elements @jayclouse on TwitterSupport the show (
Amardeep Parmar is a content creator and a prolific Medium writer. Within around two years, he built up approximately 60,000 followers. One of his articles went viral, he's got millions of views, and he's featured in top-tier publications online like Wired and Morning Brew. Amar's experience shows that if you feel like it's too late to start online writing or it's too hard to build an online portfolio and stand apart, you can still do it. It is possible to start writing today and have readers and followers tomorrow.Amar talks about balancing creativity with a scientific approach to the writing process. And he describes how he picks his topics, plans and edits them, and then prepares them for publication. Amar also talks about why he set up his podcast and describes how he turns content from the podcast into articles. In this episode we discuss:Amar's viral Medium articleThe writing processTools that Amar uses when writingPlanning out future articlesRepurposing podcast contentHow Amar balances all of his projectsResources:mindfuldriven.comSupport the show (
Debbie Gartner is known as The Flooring Girl. Her website is all about home improvements, but the emails she sends to her list are all about SEO, creating content, and affiliate marketing. I wanted to find out how somebody can run two different business models and earn a living.Debbie is very open and transparent about what works in her business and what she earns from it. She produces monthly income reports where you can see the types of digital courses that people are interested in and she provides inspiration for the types of digital products you can create. Debbie started The Flooring Girl as a side project and it turned into a business when she found herself in debt. She also honed her SEO skills and began coaching clients in SEO and then transitioned to teaching what she knows about SEO into digital courses and other products. Debbie confesses in the interview that she doesn’t like to write which is interesting considering she’s built a successful content business. She also describes her process for creating all of her digital products. In this episode, we discuss:Using an email list to generate income and promote productsFinding the right products to promote as an affiliateChoose one thing and implement it wellStop going after the next shiny objectWhich digital products work wellResources:The Flooring GirlSEO CourseSupport the show (
The internet thrives on great content. Somebody has to write it, and while some people say AI could replace writers, that’s not going to happen anytime soon.That's a topic I talk about in this week’s interview with the expert content marketer, Pam Didner. Smart content marketers write books, articles, or publish content that aligns with a product or service that they create. Non-fiction authors like Pam will write a book about a topic which potential clients find interesting so they may then hire the author. Pam also talks about writing for the sake of writing, which can be fun but it’s not necessarily something you do with commercial intent. I’ve interviewed a number of non-fiction writers for the Become a Writer Today Podcast, and if you like this interview with Pam, check out my chat with Neal Schaffer.In this episode, we discuss:How to make your content stand outWill AI change how content marketers do their jobKey analytics and stats to look out forHow writing a book can boost your careerResources:Pam DidnerNeal Schaffer InterviewThe Modern AI MarketerEffective Sales EnablementGlobal Content MarketingSupport the show (
Matty Dalrymple has been the host of The Indy Author Podcast since 2016 and published her first book in 2013.She's the author of the Ann Kinnear suspense novels and suspense shorts and the Lizzy Ballard thrillers.  In this episode of the podcast, I ask Matty why she decided to set up her podcast and if it’s too late for aspiring podcasters today. We also get a little bit into the workflow of podcasting and the various software and hardware that she uses. Matty also describes how podcasting has shaped her writing and why she believes it’s a fantastic format for creatives.In this episode, we discuss:What encouraged Matty to start her own PodcastMatty's personal podcast highlights Forward planning podcast episodesThe process for finding new guestsHow many hours a week to spend preparing and promoting your podcastMatty's podcast set upReviewing podcast metricsResources:The Indy AuthorMatty DalrympleSupport the show (
Jon Tromans is a fellow podcaster. His podcast is called Not Another Marketing Podcast, and he uses content marketing to build his business and provide consultancy services to his clients.It can be challenging to balance creative work, like writing a book or writing stories, with content marketing, so I wanted to talk to Jon about his productivity tips for creatives. Jon explains that if you want to build a lasting business, you need to experiment with different formats like blogging and podcasting. In this interview, he gets into some of the tactics that have worked for him. He explains his definition of content marketing, and he also talks about how he structures his day so he has time for creative work and building his business.The content that you create encourages your audience to act. So, if you’re a blogger, they’re joining your email list or buying one of your digital products. If you’re an author, they’re buying your book. If you’re a podcaster, they’re subscribing to your show and leaving a review.Whatever content you create and publish online leads your fans and followers further down into your world and helps you build a lasting creative business.In this episode, we discuss:What is content marketing?How a podcast can help to grow your businessProductivity tips for creativesKeeping good documentation of your processesTools for creating contentTalk to people in your niche and ask what content they want to seeResources:Not Another Marketing PodcastJon TromansLinkedInTwitterSupport the show (
Treasa Edmond has been an accomplished ghostwriter for over 15 years. She's written across many different genres and, in this interview, she talks about how much ghostwriters can earn, how to get started, and the types of questions you should ask clients before you decide to work with them.You'll learn a lot from this interview, especially if you are a freelancer who struggles to find clients and never really negotiate a proper contract. Treasa covers both of these topics in this interview.Treasa also describes how she structures her day, spending several hours in the morning writing up to 5,000 words and then using the afternoon to work on the administrative work that keeps the lights on in her business. In this episode, we discuss:Writing articles and books in the client's voiceHow many ghostwriting projects Treasa takes on each monthThe five structures for writing a non-fiction bookProofreading and editingGetting started as a ghostwriterFinding your clientsHow to balance working on one project while looking for your next oneResources:Show Your Work - Austin Kleon The Writing MindsetSupport the show (
Mariah Sinclair is an Arizona-based book cover designer who recently set up and sold a book cover directory.  I wanted to know what a book cover directory is, how authors can use them, and how her sale went. I also asked Mariah to critique a book cover for one of my earlier books that didn’t sell well. Mariah gave me some interesting insights that I could use if I decided to relaunch the book at some point.Book covers are an investment in your craft. I’ve spent anywhere from $100 or $200 to over $1,000 on book cover designs. I also worked with professional designers while working for a software company, and one thing I’ve learned is that design is a different discipline from writing. It’s still creative work, so if you’re going to work with a book cover designer, it pays to understand the language of design.In this episode we discuss:How long it can take to design a book coverHow a good book cover can sell more copies of a bookMariah critiques one of Bryans's book coversCliché book coversWhat different fonts representHow much should you spend on a book cover?When should you start looking for someone to design your book cover?Resources: Mariah Sinclair Support the show (
In this episode, I talk to Geoff Kullman about his writing journey and how he became an instructor in the art of copywriting.Geoff also helps authors turn their ideas and non-fiction books into emails, landing pages, and other digital assets, which help them earn more money. Geoff taught me that there are different types of copywriting. If you’re uncomfortable with the idea of using words to sell, then take heart because copywriting can help you convince your audience to make a decision that’s in their best interest. It can also help you earn a better living as a writer and as a creative, and then you can use that money to invest back into your craft and improve the quality of your work. In this episode we discuss: Working as a freelancerFinding your nicheRecommended copywriting booksCreating an email campaign to sell your bookMap out an email campaign before you write your first emailUsing bonuses and incentives in a campaignHow to balance different businesses and interestsResources: Geoff KullmanThe Psychology of CopywritingSupport the show (
NFTs are a topic that has been in the news a lot lately. I recently went down the NFT rabbit hole by reading up on the subject, joining Discord channels, watching videos on YouTube, and reading articles.One person who knows more than me is this week’s guest, Shane Neeley. He wrote a fantastic article about how writers and authors can use NFTs to sell some of their books and increase their income. The other thing we got into in this week’s interview is using AI writing software. I was fascinated to hear how Shane has tested AI writing software like, Writesonic, and Wordtune. These apps are great for writing headlines or an introduction to a blog post, but if you want to rely on AI to write an entire article, it’s just not possible yet.In this episode, we discuss:How a writer could use AIWhere writing technology will go over the next few yearsUsing AI tools when you have no knowledge or experienceHow Shane used an NFT based on his bookHow easy is it to create an NFT?Resources:OpenSeaShane NeeleyStoneage CodeChimpsarehungryWhat are NFTs?Support the show (
 The self-publishing landscape has changed quite a bit since I self-published my first book in 2014. It was easy to sell your book using Amazon ads back then. These days, you've got to invest a lot more time and money and learn the basics of Amazon advertising. That's on top of learning how to commission a book cover, finding an editor, and the rest! But what if you don't want to do all of that? An alternative is to work with a small indie press. Maria Dismondy is the founder of Cardinal Rule Press. She's also an author and has published over ten children's books, and a podcaster who podcasts regularly on the topic of publishing. During our chat, she explained her writing journey, why she started writing children's books, and how she set up her publishing company. In this episode we discuss:Writing for childrenHow long it took Maria to set up a publishing companyFocusing on characters with disabilitiesThe process of working with a small pressA typical working day for MariaDeciding which books to publish each yearResources:Cardinal Rules PressMaria DismondyKindness is a Kite StringSupport the show (
Amy S. Peele is a successful indie author who’s written across several genres, including medical mysteries and, more recently, rom-com. Amy says that when you start writing in a new genre, it’s natural to feel a sense of imposter syndrome. After all, this is something that you haven’t written in before. But, with a little bit of practice and some know-how about the genre, you can easily overcome this natural part of the creative process.Amy proves that it is possible to build a writing career on the side of a busy job. Amy is a registered nurse and a retired organ transplant expert, and she uses many of her insights and anecdotes from when she worked in that field for her medical mystery books.Maybe stories from your career could be fodder for a future book?In this episode, we discuss:The key to switching genresThe conventions of a good rom-comTaking improv classes to improve your writingOutlining stories vs. freewritingBreaking down mental blocksHaving a tribe that you can share withResources:Amy S. PeeleAmy's BooksSupport the show (
 Katja Kaine is the founder of The Novel Factory, a piece of software that makes it easier to write compelling stories. Katja developed the software and now uses real-world feedback from readers to improve the product.Katja talks about how she balances creative work and writing with running a business. She told me she writes for between two and three hours in the morning before she starts work on her business. The remainder of her day involves working in her Novel Factory business. She handles all of the support messages from customers, plans the latest features, and manages her team of developers.It's great to hear from a creative who balances working on their craft and telling compelling stories with working on their business and doing something to help other writers and other authors get their published works out into the world.To get  20% off The Novel Factory, use the discount code: BECOMEAWRITERTODAYIn this episode, we discuss.Why Katja designed The Novel FactoryThe evolution of The Novel factoryWho is Katja's ideal customer?How The Novel Factory worksSwitching from creative work to running a businessTraditional publishing vs. self-publishing Resources.The Novel FactoryKatja KaineSupport the show (
If you've never tried affiliate marketing before, it can be an excellent way to earn some passive income.I've been using affiliate marketing for some time, and I've also promoted some courses directly as an affiliate. How it works is, when there's a big course launch, you get invited to recommend it to your audience by an affiliate manager. Matt McWilliams is one of the most well-known affiliate managers online today.I met Matt several years ago online when he invited me into the affiliate program for Michael Hyatt's Five Days to Your Best Year Ever course. Since then, I've taken part in other affiliate launches with Matt, like Self-Publishing School.In this episode, I want to help you understand how affiliate marketing can help you earn more money as a writer and build an ecosystem of products and services that you can promote. I finally had the chance to catch up with Matt for this podcast episode. I asked him about his journey into affiliate marketing and how writers and creators can use affiliate marketing to promote goods and services.In this episode, we discuss:Strategies to learn as a beginnerHow to get into affiliate marketingHow to make affiliate marketing serve your audienceWhat do successful affiliates do that others don't?How to increase conversionsShould you use Facebook advertising?Resources:Matt McWilliamsMichael HyattSelf-Publishing SchoolSupport the show (
Julie Broad is the author of Self-Publish & Succeed and she is an expert when it comes to book launches.If you've written a book and have been thinking about its launch, there are several strategies that you can try.On her YouTube channel, Book Launchers, Julie offers practical advice about how to launch your book on Amazon, get reviews, and sell more books.I caught up with Julie to get some first-hand advice on launching a book. In this episode, we discuss.Why are there so many boring self-published, non-fiction booksWhat it takes for a book to succeed on AmazonGood strategies for launching a bookWhere should you sell your book other than AmazonOther tactics for selling a bookHow to find a good editorHiring a developmental editorUsing YouTube as a promotion toolResources.Book Launcher More than CashflowThe New Brand YouSelf Publish and SucceedBooklaunchers.comSupport the show (
Many of you who listen to Become a Writer Today want to write a book and take action and do it. Others say they want to write a book or have a book inside of them, but somehow, that goal or that intention never actually happens.The best way to start writing your book is to think about your intention. Do you want to be more creative, build a business, make an impact or share your stories? Or is it simply something that you want to tick off your bucket list? Travis Bell is known as The Bucket List Guy, and he has built a popular business around public speaking and teaching other people how to tick items off their bucket list. He’s also the author of the Bucketlist Blueprint.Travis describes how his focus has helped him become an author, build a profitable public speaking business, travel the world, and serve his audience.In this episode, we discuss.Where the name The Bucket List Guy came from.How to get started writing your bookUsing a book to build a businessMotivational books to readHow Travis structures his dayHow Travis built his businessResources.The Bucket List GuyThe Bucketlist Blueprint Bucket List Life PodcastBucket List Guy CoachingTravis on InstagramTravis TEDxSupport the show (
As the founder of Filthy Rich Writer, Nicki Krawczyk teaches other people how to become profitable copywriters.In our chat, Nicki talks about how you can become a copywriter, the skills you need to land clients, how to pitch your first client, and how to set your rates so you can get paid well for doing it. I also asked Nicki what courses copywriters should take and which books they should read. Nicki has her own courses, and she details some of the lessons and how she helps her students.In this episode, we discuss:How Nicki got into copywritingHow a good copywriter understands their target marketCopywriting is half creativity and half strategyWhat you should include in a copywriting pitchWho to pitch to and what should you charge?How to change your writing to that of a copywriterHow much can a copywriter earn?Resources:Filthy Rich WriterBuild Your Copywriting Business PodcastFree Video TrainingFilthy Rich Writer on FacebookFilthy Rich Writer on InstagramSupport the show (
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