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The Happy Writer

The Happy Writer

By Patty Jansen

If you're selfpublishing or interested in self-publishing, but you want to enjoy it, get off the hamster wheel of fast production or piling money into ads, this is the place to be.
I've been self-publishing since 2011 and have made a stable income at it while jumping on new platforms I liked, but staying off the ones I considered a time suck.
I'll be talking about things like: do you really need to spend so much time on social media? How can you set up passive advertising? How do you diagnose what you need to improve?
I sell fiction, nothing else. This podcast is for fun.
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The Happy Writer 73: Returns on Amazon
The Happy Writer 73: Returns on Amazon
This episode of The Happy Writer deals with the infuriating issue of ebook returns, which seems to be so much more prevalent on Amazon than on other platforms. Why is this, can we do anything about it, and how can we not let it get to us? If you enjoy this show, please put some money in the tip jar at Patreon or Ko-fi. I am an author of science fiction and fantasy. You can get my books here.
17:36
October 25, 2022
The Happy Writer 72: Self promotion
The Happy Writer 72: Self promotion
This episode of The Happy Writer talks about self promotion, which if often an uncomfortable subject for writers. Some do too much, others do too little. But how do you know which is which? If you enjoy this show, please put some money in the tip jar at Patreon or Ko-fi. I am an author of science fiction and fantasy. You can get my books here.
14:20
October 18, 2022
The Happy Writer 71: When should you start advertising
The Happy Writer 71: When should you start advertising
When new writers ask when they should start advertising, they may be given a number of confusing, overwhelming or mutually exclusive pieces of advice. Why is this and how do you pick what's useful for you? If you enjoy this show, please put some money in the tip jar at Patreon or Ko-fi. I am an author of science fiction and fantasy. You can get my books here.
13:53
October 11, 2022
The Happy Writer 70: Book lists have stopped working
The Happy Writer 70: Book lists have stopped working
If you hang out in writers' groups, you will hear people say that book advertising list sites have stopped working. And while most people who regularly book promotions with these sites report that the results are genreally less, does that mean you shouldn't use these services? If you enjoy this show, please put some money in the tip jar at Patreon or Ko-fi. I am an author of science fiction and fantasy. You can get my books here.
15:40
October 04, 2022
The Happy Writer 69: Benefits of selfpublishing
The Happy Writer 69: Benefits of selfpublishing
This episode of The Happy Writer mentions some of the main benefits that I have experienced when selfpublishing, something that does not get talked about often enough: that you are liberated from the feeling that you have little chance of landing a deal and the world is rigged against you. You learn to not stake your emotional wellbeing on the chances or the outcome of a submission, and that makes you a happier person. Here is the article I referred to in the episode: https://www.sfwa.org/2021/12/30/breaking-into-publishing-isnt-easy-but-if-youre-not-in-america-its-even-harder/ If you enjoy this show, please put some money in the tip jar at Patreon or Ko-fi. I am an author of science fiction and fantasy. You can get my books here.
15:39
September 27, 2022
The Happy Writer 68: Vanity presses
The Happy Writer 68: Vanity presses
What are vanity presses? Why are they predatory? Why do people fall for them? And why will they probably never go away. If you enjoy this show, please put some money in the tip jar at Patreon or Ko-fi. I am an author of science fiction and fantasy. You can get my books here.
17:00
September 20, 2022
The Happy Writer 67: Writing diverse characters
The Happy Writer 67: Writing diverse characters
This episode of The Happy Writer deals with using characters who are not like you in your fiction. Should you (spoiler: you should!), what are the pitfalls and how can you avoid them? If you enjoy this show, please put some money in the tip jar at Patreon or Ko-fi. I am an author of science fiction and fantasy. You can get my books here.
14:36
September 13, 2022
The Happy Writer 66: Building characters from lived experience
The Happy Writer 66: Building characters from lived experience
This episode of The Happy Writer discusses lived experience and how it shaped and form characters and their reactions to events, and why you should use real experiences from people you know, or published experiences, to build your character's background. If you enjoy this show, please put some money in the tip jar at Patreon or Ko-fi. I am an author of science fiction and fantasy. You can get my books here.
15:59
September 06, 2022
The Happy Writer 65: Point of View
The Happy Writer 65: Point of View
Point of view is one of the bugbears of beginning writers, and one that, poorly handled, can make your book confusing. Without going into nitty-gritty, this episode explains the major principles and guidelines to adhere to. If you enjoy this show, please put some money in the tip jar at Patreon or Ko-fi. I am an author of science fiction and fantasy. You can get my books here.
16:30
August 30, 2022
The Happy Writer 64: AI narration
The Happy Writer 64: AI narration
We hear a lot about AI narration becoming good enough for audiobooks, while thousands of writers hold high hopes of being able to press a button for an audiobook that they can sell. The reality is not quite like that, so this episode looks at the current state of AI narration and how and where you can use it. If you enjoy this show, please put some money in the tip jar at Patreon or Ko-fi. I am an author of science fiction and fantasy. You can get my books here.
14:55
August 23, 2022
The Happy Writer 63: Infodumping
The Happy Writer 63: Infodumping
If you've ever spent any time in creative writing groups or have read any of the creative writing books, you'll probably have heard that infodumping is bad. But does that mean all dissemination of information needs to be banished from fiction? Quite the opposite. There is such thing as a "good" infodump. But how would you know which is which? If you enjoy this show, please put some money in the tip jar at Patreon or Ko-fi. I am an author of science fiction and fantasy. You can get my books here.
14:19
August 16, 2022
The Happy Writer 62: Writing mistakes
The Happy Writer 62: Writing mistakes
This episode of The Happy Writer covers a few ways that editors can tell that a writer is inexperienced and that are likely to cause trouble with reader engagement. If you enjoy this show, please put some money in the tip jar at Patreon or Ko-fi. I am an author of science fiction and fantasy. You can get my books here.
16:30
August 09, 2022
The Happy Writer 61: The Writers of the Future workshop
The Happy Writer 61: The Writers of the Future workshop
Many self-published writers are seeking to cast a wider net than just to publish on Amazon. Many are looking once again at the venues that were available before selfpublishing came on the scene. Competitions, and awards are part of the industry. What is the Writers of the Future contest, does it make sense to submit, and what about the controversy? I attended in 2011, and in this episode I talk about mingling with big name authors, and yes, controversy. If you enjoy this show, please put some money in the tip jar at Patreon or Ko-fi. I am an author of science fiction and fantasy. You can get my books here.
20:45
August 02, 2022
The Happy Writer 60: Book links
The Happy Writer 60: Book links
This episode of The Happy Writer looks at book links: how and where to link your catalogue of books and the different options available. Here is the URL of the Kindlepreneur QR code generator I mention: https://kindlepreneur.com/qr-code-generator-for-authors/ If you enjoy this show, please put some money in the tip jar at Patreon or Ko-fi. I am an author of science fiction and fantasy. You can get my books here.
16:05
July 26, 2022
The Happy Writer 59: Quit being precious about words
The Happy Writer 59: Quit being precious about words
This episode of The Happy Writer looks at a writer's relationship with words: writing the right words, or the wrong words, how many words to write, and how we should treat those words we have written. If you enjoy this show, please put some money in the tip jar at Patreon or Ko-fi. I am an author of science fiction and fantasy. You can get my books here.
14:29
July 19, 2022
The Happy Writer 58: The Survival Mindset
The Happy Writer 58: The Survival Mindset
This episode of The Happy Writer deals with the mindset necessary to survive long-term in a writing career. What is the most important attribute that will guarantee that you'll be able to do this for many years? If you enjoy this show, please put some money in the tip jar at Patreon or Ko-fi. I am an author of science fiction and fantasy. You can get my books here.
14:26
July 12, 2022
The Happy Writer 57: The Forbidden Words
The Happy Writer 57: The Forbidden Words
This episode of The Happy Writer goes into writing craft. Is it really true that there are lists of "forbidden" words that you don't need and what do writing teachers mean when they say your writing must be "active"? If you enjoy this show, please put some money in the tip jar at Patreon or Ko-fi. I am an author of science fiction and fantasy. You can get my books here.
17:05
July 05, 2022
The Happy Writer 56: Using Dictation In Your Writing
The Happy Writer 56: Using Dictation In Your Writing
This episode of The Happy Writer looks at how you can effectively use dictation in your writing process. If you enjoy this show, please put some money in the tip jar at Patreon or Ko-fi. I am an author of science fiction and fantasy. You can get my books here.
13:58
June 28, 2022
The Happy Writer 55: Mistakes beginning Writers Make
The Happy Writer 55: Mistakes beginning Writers Make
Episode 55 of The Happy Writer looks at common issues that beginning writers face, and deals with misconceptions about the writing career that beginning writers will probably need to understand before they can find success. If you enjoy this show, please put some money in the tip jar at Patreon or Ko-fi. I am an author of science fiction and fantasy. You can get my books here.
16:13
June 21, 2022
The Happy Writer 54: using series to increase sales
The Happy Writer 54: using series to increase sales
Episode 54 of The Happy Writer goes into way you can use the readers' tendency to want to read series to your advantage to passively market your entire catalogue. If you enjoy this show, please put some money in the tip jar at Patreon or Ko-fi. I am an author of science fiction and fantasy. You can get my books here.
13:36
June 14, 2022
The Happy Writer 53: How to get accepted by promotion sites
The Happy Writer 53: How to get accepted by promotion sites
This episode discusses best practices for submitting books to many of the smaller promotion sites to give yourself the best chance of being accepted. Also how to make the most out of promotions. If you enjoy this show, please put some money in the tip jar at Patreon or Ko-fi. I am an author of science fiction and fantasy. You can get my books here.
16:07
June 07, 2022
The Happy Writer 52: Promoting audiobooks
The Happy Writer 52: Promoting audiobooks
This episode of The Happy writer looks at the very limited options we have to promote audiobooks, and what are best practices if you want to have regular audiobook sales. If you enjoy this show, please put some money in the tip jar at Patreon or Ko-fi. I am an author of science fiction and fantasy. You can get my books here.
15:11
May 31, 2022
The Happy Writer 51: Free or 99c?
The Happy Writer 51: Free or 99c?
When you promote your book, is free or 99c the best option? The Happy Writer 51 discusses your options and advantages and disadvantages of each. If you enjoy this show, please put some money in the tip jar at Patreon or Ko-fi. I am an author of science fiction and fantasy. You can get my books here.
15:00
May 24, 2022
The Happy Writer 50: Has publishing become too competitive?
The Happy Writer 50: Has publishing become too competitive?
Episode 50 of The Happy Writer looks at the claim that publishing has become too competitive and whether you should let this influence your decision to publish. If you enjoy this show, please put some money in the tip jar at Patreon or Ko-fi. I am an author of science fiction and fantasy. You can get my books here.
16:48
May 17, 2022
The Happy Writer 49: A Career Without Bestsellers
The Happy Writer 49: A Career Without Bestsellers
The Happy Writer 49 looks at how it is possible to have a successful writing career without ever having a bestseller. If a book you wrote becomes a bestseller, that's great, and secretly we all wish for that to happen, but it's mostly out of our control, and trying to engineer a bestseller is expensive and stressful and dicey at best. It may not be a productive use of your money or time. Not worrying about sales rankings is enormously liberating and leaves you more time for creativity and to concentrate on where you get the most benefit per sale. If you enjoy this show, please put some money in the tip jar at Patreon or Ko-fi. I am an author of science fiction and fantasy. You can get my books here.
18:09
May 10, 2022
The Happy Writer 48: Book Trailers
The Happy Writer 48: Book Trailers
In episode 48 of the Happy Writer we look at book trailers and other book-related video, how you can produce it and what you can do with it. With the advent and popularity of short video content on social media, the traditional "book trailer" concept is outdated, and so is its hideous price tag. You can easily and cheaply produce book-related video that you can use on social media, in ads and even on your Amazon page. What do you need and what apps to use? Listen to this episode. If you enjoy this show, please put some money in the tip jar at Patreon or Ko-fi. I am an author of science fiction and fantasy. You can get my books here.
18:03
May 03, 2022
The Happy Writer 47: Drip Ads
The Happy Writer 47: Drip Ads
In The Happy Writer 47 I talk about drip ads, what they are and why they can be beneficial, especially when you're just starting with ads for your book marketing. If you enjoy this show, please put some money in the tip jar at Patreon or Ko-fi. I am an author of science fiction and fantasy. You can get my books here.
19:21
April 26, 2022
The Happy Writer 46: Turning Ideas into Stories
The Happy Writer 46: Turning Ideas into Stories
The Happy Writer 46 is a craft episode in which we look at how to use your ideas and craft them into stories. Most writers have ideas files, and files of notes from which they borrow all the time. One idea is usually not enough to fill an entire novel, but it can enough for a shorter work. I discuss how short stories can be training for writing longer works if you have trouble with plotting. If you enjoy this show, please put some money in the tip jar at Patreon or Ko-fi. I am an author of science fiction and fantasy. You can get my books here.
18:24
April 19, 2022
The Happy Writer 45: choosing an email list provider
The Happy Writer 45: choosing an email list provider
In The Happy Writer episode 45, we will go into the things you'll need to consider when choosing an email list provider. In the first place, why do you need one? What is the purpose of your list? How do you intend to recruit people onto the list?   If you enjoy this show, please put some money in the tip jar at Patreon or Ko-fi. I am an author of science fiction and fantasy. You can get my books here.
16:23
April 12, 2022
The Happy Writer 44: Book covers that sell
The Happy Writer 44: Book covers that sell
In The Happy Writer 44, we look at how to determine what makes a good book cover, how to evaluate cover design portfolios and about having a cautious attitude towards cover design. If you enjoy this show, please put some money in the tip jar at Patreon or Ko-fi. I am an author of science fiction and fantasy. You can get my books here.
15:48
April 05, 2022
The Happy Writer 43: Things you don't need to focus on, ever
The Happy Writer 43: Things you don't need to focus on, ever
Episode 43 of The Happy Writer we discuss five things that as self-published writer of fiction you don't need to worry about. If you enjoy this show, please put some money in the tip jar at Patreon or Ko-fi. I am an author of science fiction and fantasy. You can get my books here.
13:54
March 29, 2022
The Happy Writer 42: Things you don't need to focus on right now
The Happy Writer 42: Things you don't need to focus on right now
In episode 42 of The Happy Writer, we look at a few things that are advanced strategies that you can safely ignore for the time being when you're just beginning. If you enjoy this show, please put some money in the tip jar at Patreon or Ko-fi. I am an author of science fiction and fantasy. You can get my books here.
14:30
March 22, 2022
The Happy Writer 41: Things you should focus on
The Happy Writer 41: Things you should focus on
In The Happy Writer 41, we talk about the things you should focus on for a long-term career. There is only so much time in the day and a vast array of things you can do. Which are the things that are vital for a sustainable writing career? If you enjoy this show, please put some money in the tip jar at Patreon or Ko-fi. I am an author of science fiction and fantasy. You can get my books here.
16:23
March 15, 2022
The Happy Writer 40: Where to keep up to date
The Happy Writer 40: Where to keep up to date
Episode 40 of The Happy Writer deals with finding a community of fellow writers that is useful to you. Some writing and marketing books that have author communities attached: Help my Facebook ads suck - Mal Cooper The Indie Mindset - Adam Croft The Indie Author Unleashed - Robert Ryan Advantage - Joe Solari There are far more of these, of course. Feel free to comment with extra communities based on books. If you enjoy this show, please put some money in the tip jar at Patreon or Ko-fi. I am an author of science fiction and fantasy. You can get my books here.
19:46
March 08, 2022
The Happy Writer 39: What to put in your newsletter
The Happy Writer 39: What to put in your newsletter
In episode 39 of The Happy Writer, we discuss the things you can put in your newsletter. Especially if you commit to sending a newsletter more often than you have new releases, what do you put in it and how can you make sure that sending out your newsletter results in sales. If you enjoy this show, please put some money in the tip jar at Patreon or Ko-fi. I am an author of science fiction and fantasy. You can get my books here.
12:20
March 01, 2022
The Happy Writer 38: ARC teams and reviews
The Happy Writer 38: ARC teams and reviews
In episode 38 of The Happy Writer, we talk about ARC (advanced reader copy) teams and how to get early reviews on your books. This is important both for the presentation of the book and to cushion against early one-star reviews. If you enjoy this show, please put some money in the tip jar at Patreon or Ko-fi. I am an author of science fiction and fantasy. You can get my books here.
14:01
February 22, 2022
The Happy Writer 37: Trials and tribulations of editing
The Happy Writer 37: Trials and tribulations of editing
In episode 37 of The Happy Writer we talk about getting your book edited, especially if this is your first foray into selfpublishing. What are the types of editing? What can you expect? What do you need to look out for? What are the trade-offs you should consider? If you enjoy this show, please put some money in the tip jar at Patreon or Ko-fi. I am an author of science fiction and fantasy. You can get my books here.
21:49
February 15, 2022
The Happy Writer 36: Does a one star review sink your book?
The Happy Writer 36: Does a one star review sink your book?
In The Happy Writer 36 we look at why people write one star reviews and how you can deal with and shield yourself from the effects when this happens. Do you even need to worry? If you enjoy this show, please put some money in the tip jar at Patreon or Ko-fi. I am an author of science fiction and fantasy. You can get my books here.
12:13
February 08, 2022
The Happy Writer 35: becoming a better writer
The Happy Writer 35: becoming a better writer
Episode 35 of The Happy Writer deals with how to keep improving our writing craft, where to look for options to learn and where improvements are likely to have the greatest impact on your sales. You can find a curated list of books for writers here: https://shop.aer.io/BooksForWriters If you enjoy this show, please put some money in the tip jar at Patreon or Ko-fi. I am an author of science fiction and fantasy. You can get my books here.
15:15
February 01, 2022
The Happy Writer 34: Promotions
The Happy Writer 34: Promotions
In The Happy Writer episode 34, we explore what to expect from promotions, your tactics and strategies for getting started with doing paid promotions. Here are some links that you may find useful. These sites list a huge variety of free and paid promotion sites that you can try: https://davidgaughran.com/best-promo-sites-books/ https://nicholaserik.com/promo-sites/ https://kindlepreneur.com/list-sites-promote-free-amazon-books/ https://blog.reedsy.com/book-promotion-services/ https://scribemedia.com/book-promotion-sites/ Do realise that the last three sites are commercial and will point you at their products. I am not an affiliate of any of these sites and get no money from mentioning them. If you enjoy this show, please put some money in the tip jar at Patreon or Ko-fi. I am an author of science fiction and fantasy. You can get my books here.
14:53
January 25, 2022
The Happy Writer 33: Should you write about the pandemic
The Happy Writer 33: Should you write about the pandemic
In The Happy Writer 33, we look at how major events, like the pandemic, and politics, will inform your fiction, and that it will be hard to avoid to at least mentioning them in passing. But you can also use events and political situations to add colour to your setting and characters. If you enjoy this show, please put some money in the tip jar at Patreon or Ko-fi. I am an author of science fiction and fantasy. You can get my books here.
10:31
January 18, 2022
The Happy Writer 32: Services all writers should use
The Happy Writer 32: Services all writers should use
In episode 32 of The Happy Writer, I give a list of services that are beneficial to the writing, publishing and selling of books. Services mentioned are: For Writing: Scrivener Ywriter For Editing: ProWritingAid Grammarly For formatting: Vellum Calibre Jutoh Atticus Draft2Digital For promotions: Bookfunnel StoryOrigin MyBookCave Prolific Works Email list services: Mailchimp Mailerlite Convertkit Sales tracking: Scribecount Booktrakr For making promotional graphics: Canva Bookbrush Shortlink services: Books2Read Prettylinks If you enjoy this show, please put some money in the tip jar at Patreon or Ko-fi. I am an author of science fiction and fantasy. You can get my books here.
16:38
January 11, 2022
The Happy Writer 31: Is Bookbub worth the money?
The Happy Writer 31: Is Bookbub worth the money?
In The Happy Writer 31, we look at the high-end advertising list service Bookbub. New writers are often advised that that is the panacea of list-based advertisers, but the cost is very steep. Are you likely to earn your money back, and how do you optimise your listing when you get accepted? If you enjoy this show, please put some money in the tip jar at Patreon or Ko-fi. I am an author of science fiction and fantasy. You can get my books here.
12:29
January 04, 2022
The Happy Writer 30: Aggregator or Direct?
The Happy Writer 30: Aggregator or Direct?
In episode 30 of The Happy Writer, we talk about whether you should open accounts with all the retailers direct or use an aggregator. We go through the pros and cons of each and talk about some of the considerations. If you enjoy this show, please put some money in the tip jar at Patreon or Ko-fi. I am an author of science fiction and fantasy. You can get my books here.
10:47
December 28, 2021
The Happy Writer 29: Improve Your Newsletter
The Happy Writer 29: Improve Your Newsletter
The Happy Writer 29 looks at what to do when you're unhappy with the results you get from your newsletter emails. What are the causes and what can you do to increase the number of sales you get? What should you consider? If you enjoy this show, please put some money in the tip jar at Patreon or Ko-fi. I am an author of science fiction and fantasy. You can get my books here.
13:33
December 21, 2021
The Happy Writer 28: Print Books
The Happy Writer 28: Print Books
The Happy Writer 28 looks at print books. Where to upload your books, what to consider and about the traditional publishing industry and their model for distributing print books. If you enjoy this show, please put some money in the tip jar at Patreon or Ko-fi. I am an author of science fiction and fantasy. You can get my books here.
14:20
December 14, 2021
The Happy Writer 27: Piracy
The Happy Writer 27: Piracy
As soon as you publish your book, it's probably going to pirated. Why would pirates steal books from completely unknown writers, and do you need to worry about it. What are the types of piracy that will cause problems for you? If you enjoy this show, please put some money in the tip jar at Patreon or Ko-fi. I am an author of science fiction and fantasy. You can get my books here.
12:56
December 07, 2021
The Happy Writer 26: Social Media
The Happy Writer 26: Social Media
The Happy Writer 26 looks at social media. Do you need to be on all of it? Is it necessary? Why should you be on social media? What are the considerations? If you enjoy this show, please put some money in the tip jar at Patreon or Ko-fi. I am an author of science fiction and fantasy. You can get my books here.
14:52
November 30, 2021
The Happy Writer 25: Building Your Mailing List From Giveaways
The Happy Writer 25: Building Your Mailing List From Giveaways
In The Happy Writer 25, we dispel a few notions about building your mailing list through giveaways. These promotions, where readers sign up in order to get something for free, often get a bad name. But is the reputation deserved? What do you need to know about these giveaways and how should you treat the subscribers you get from them? Listen and find out. If you enjoy this show, please put some money in the tip jar at Patreon or Ko-fi. I am an author of science fiction and fantasy. You can get my books here.
17:20
November 23, 2021
The Happy Writer 24: Comparisonitis
The Happy Writer 24: Comparisonitis
All writers deal with comparisonitis at least at some stage in their career, or even continuously. It's horrible and can be debilitating, even kill your love of writing. What can you do about it? If you enjoy this show, please put some money in the tip jar at Patreon or Ko-fi. I am an author of science fiction and fantasy. You can get my books here.
09:35
November 16, 2021
The Happy Writer 23: About Book Length
The Happy Writer 23: About Book Length
This episode of The Happy Writer looks at how to use book length to your advantage. If you enjoy this show, please put some money in the tip jar at Patreon or Ko-fi. I am an author of science fiction and fantasy. You can get my books here.
14:45
November 09, 2021
The Happy Writer 22: Selfpublishing is marketing
The Happy Writer 22: Selfpublishing is marketing
The Happy Writer looks at the source of the myth that selfpublished writers spend most of their time marketing. If you enjoy this show, please put some money in the tip jar at Patreon or Ko-fi. I am an author of science fiction and fantasy. You can get my books here.
13:52
November 02, 2021
The Happy Writer 21: What should your readthrough be?
The Happy Writer 21: What should your readthrough be?
This episode talks about readthrough within series and within your catalogue and when and how you should use it. A lot of people go crazy when calculating this figure, but what does it actually mean and how reliable is it? If you enjoy this show, please put some money in the tip jar at Patreon or Ko-fi. I am an author of science fiction and fantasy. You can get my books here.
13:21
October 26, 2021
The Happy Writer 20: Why do people sell box sets for 99c?
The Happy Writer 20: Why do people sell box sets for 99c?
The Happy Writer episode 20 looks at something that baffles new writers: people selling big sets of books for only 99c. Because that devalues books, right? Not necessarily, and there could be several sales tactics at play. This episode explains what these authors are hoping to achieve and what their reasoning is. If you enjoy this show, please put some money in the tip jar at Patreon or Ko-fi. I am an author of science fiction and fantasy. You can get my books here.
11:24
October 18, 2021
The Happy Writer 19: Does my book need an ISBN
The Happy Writer 19: Does my book need an ISBN
Episode 19 of The Happy Writer looks at another much-asked question: does my book need an ISBN? What are ISBNs for, when are they used, who uses them and when do you need one? If you enjoy this show, please put some money in the tip jar at Patreon or Ko-fi. I am an author of science fiction and fantasy. You can get my books here.
08:44
October 11, 2021
The Happy Writer 18: Can I Pay Someone To Do My Advertising For Me?
The Happy Writer 18: Can I Pay Someone To Do My Advertising For Me?
Can I pay for someone to do my advertising for me? The Happy Writer episode 18. This is one of the questions that gets asked the most often in writer groups.  A new writer have discovered they don't like marketing and is willing to throw money at the marketing problem to make it go away. Except when you're a writer (traditionally published or selfpublished) the marketing never "goes away". Is it a good idea to employ someone to do it for you, and what sort of questions do you need to ask yourself. Where do you find such a person. How do you make sure they're not selling you shovels for your DIY gold rush? If you enjoy this show, please put some money in the tip jar at Patreon. I am an author of science fiction and fantasy. You can get my books here.
15:15
October 05, 2021
The Happy Writer 17: Editing and editors
The Happy Writer 17: Editing and editors
The Happy Writer looks at editing. What kind of editing? Why do you edit? Who should edit your book. Some of the opinions here might be a little controversial, but they are designed to make you think about the editing process and what you hope to achieve with it. If you enjoy this show, please put some money in the tip jar at Patreon or Ko-fi. I am an author of science fiction and fantasy. You can get my books here.
21:12
September 28, 2021
The Happy Writer 16: Preorders
The Happy Writer 16: Preorders
The Happy Writer looks at how you can use preorders to capture readers. If you enjoy this show, please put some money in the tip jar at Patreon or Ko-fi. I am an author of science fiction and fantasy. You can get my books here.
14:48
September 21, 2021
The Happy Writer 15: Reviving a dead series
The Happy Writer 15: Reviving a dead series
The Happy Writer discusses how to spruce up or revive an old series that you published a while ago. We discuss how much effort and time to put into it, and how to decide whether it's worth doing. If you enjoy this show, please put some money in the tip jar at Patreon or Ko-fi. I am an author of science fiction and fantasy. You can get my books here.
15:31
September 14, 2021
The Happy Writer 14: when and why to go wide
The Happy Writer 14: when and why to go wide
The Happy Writer episode 14 talks about considerations before you go wide. Why should you do it and what do you need to consider before taking the step? If you enjoy this show, please put some money in the tip jar at Patreon or Ko-fi. I am an author of science fiction and fantasy. You can get my books here.
14:58
September 07, 2021
The Happy Writer 13: Getting started with Websites
The Happy Writer 13: Getting started with Websites
Getting started with websites. The Happy Writer 13 looks at why and when you need a website and what you need to consider when setting up a website. If you enjoy this show, please put some money in the tip jar at Patreon or Ko-fi. I am an author of science fiction and fantasy. You can get my books here.
17:47
August 31, 2021
The Happy Writer 12: Authors and Reviews
The Happy Writer 12: Authors and Reviews
In this episode of The Happy Writer, we look at the fraught relationship many authors have with their reviews. Many of you who know me will know that I tell authors not to look at them, because you can't change them, you can't remove them or reply to them and they're not worth getting upset about. But that doesn't mean that I think they're either useless or unimportant. We look at how to get reviews, and how NOT to get them, what to look out for when someone offers a service that will get you reviews, and whether you need to pay for review services anyway. We discuss how reviews can inform you of future steps you may need to take in your writing, and what bad reviews can mean. Are one-star reviews always bad? Can they really ruin your career? We talk about review teams and review agreements. What can you do if people have agreed to review and they don't? What is a good return rate for giving out review copies anyway? What are some simple tricks for getting reviews that cost nothing? Of course there is one major ingredient that's pretty much required for all successful publishing careers. What is it? Listen to this episode. If you enjoy this show, please put some money in the tip jar at Patreon or Ko-fi. I am an author of science fiction and fantasy. You can get my books here.
18:14
August 24, 2021
The Happy Writer 11: Selling Books From Your Website
The Happy Writer 11: Selling Books From Your Website
In episode 11 of The Happy Writer, we discuss how and why to sell books from your website. When you sell books direct to your readers, you gain a number of important advantages: you get paid more, your get paid immediately, you can reward loyal readers, you know precisely who your readers are and what they bought (or didn't buy). You can tailor your interation with them, and you can offer them discounts they won't get anywhere else. Listen to find out more If you enjoy this show, please put some money in the tip jar at Patreon or Ko-fi. I am an author of science fiction and fantasy. You can get my books here.
18:33
August 17, 2021
The Happy Writer 10: Keeping up with book admin
The Happy Writer 10: Keeping up with book admin
This episode of The Happy Writer talks about book admin: maintaining front matter, back matter as well as retailer links and other book information across a number of retailers. It deals with why it's important to keep everything up-to-date, and discusses how you can make it evergreen, and why you might want, or not want, to do that. In the episode I mention an example spreadsheet for making website pages for your books. You can access it here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1EYcFV9wSYg_FJH7vDRZjLFBro949NLoxzOw2jUhFZCc/edit#gid=702999916 Copy it to your own Google Drive or export as CSV (all sheets) for use in Excel. If you enjoy this show, please put some money in the tip jar at Patreon or Ko-fi. I am an author of science fiction and fantasy. You can get my books here.
17:21
August 10, 2021
The Happy Writer 9: How To Package Your Book
The Happy Writer 9: How To Package Your Book
In this episode of The Happy Writer, we go into the all-important aspects that control selling your book to prospective readers. How to get them to stop and take notice of the book, how to bring them across the line so that they download or buy it. Apart from the usual suspects (cover, blurb and Look Inside), we also touch on some of the less talked about subjects: the book's premise and secondary premise, and the title. If you enjoy this show, please put some money in the tip jar at Patreon or Ko-fi. I am an author of science fiction and fantasy. You can get my books here.
20:34
August 03, 2021
The Happy Writer 8: Multi-author Box Sets
The Happy Writer 8: Multi-author Box Sets
This episode of The Happy Writer looks at multi-author box sets, how people use them and how you can use them to your advantage. If you enjoy this show, please put some money in the tip jar at Patreon or Ko-fi. I am an author of science fiction and fantasy. You can get my books here.
16:35
July 27, 2021
The Happy Writer 7: Advertising Wide
The Happy Writer 7: Advertising Wide
In this episode of The Happy Writer, we look at the difference in mindset required to advertise successfully wide (non-exclusive to Amazon). It's one of the questions that comes up the most in relation to going wide: how do you advertise? Because it's impossible to advertise to every retailer, and therefore we're not going to try. That's right. As a wide writer, your focus for advertising will be very different. It's about your whole catalogue and letting the book's metadata do a lot of the work for you. If you enjoy this show, please put some money in the tip jar at Patreon or Ko-fi. I am an author of science fiction and fantasy. You can get my books here.
18:00
July 20, 2021
The Happy Writer 6: Why I'm wide
The Happy Writer 6: Why I'm wide
In this episode I talk about why I think that being wide (as opposed to being exclusive with Amazon) is a more relaxed lifestyle. If you enjoy this show, please put some money in the tip jar at Patreon or Ko-fi. I am an author of science fiction and fantasy. You can get my books here.
14:21
July 13, 2021
The Happy Writer 5: Advice to beginning writers
The Happy Writer 5: Advice to beginning writers
Here is some of the advice I wish someone would have given me when I first started. If you enjoy this show, please put some money in the tip jar at Patreon. I am an author of science fiction and fantasy. You can get my books here.
13:21
July 06, 2021
The Happy Writer 4: Narrating Your Own Audiobook
The Happy Writer 4: Narrating Your Own Audiobook
The Happy Writer explains the basic things you need to start recording your own audiobooks. I cover basic suggestions for software, hardware and recording space, but also where to get further help. If you enjoy this show, please put some money in the tip jar at Patreon. I am an author of science fiction and fantasy. You can get my books here.
15:36
June 29, 2021
The Happy Writer 3: Finding a Narrator
The Happy Writer 3: Finding a Narrator
Tips on finding a narrator for your audiobook, and the things you should look out for. If you enjoy this show, please put some money in the tip jar at Patreon. I am an author of science fiction and fantasy. You can get my books here.
09:32
June 29, 2021
The Happy Writer 2: Should I sell audiobooks
The Happy Writer 2: Should I sell audiobooks
Why and when should you (or shouldn't you) get into audiobooks? They are expensive to produce and can take a long time to earn out. The Happy Writer goes into the pros and cons. If you enjoy this show, please put some money in the tip jar at Patreon. I am an author of science fiction and fantasy. You can get my books here.
12:56
June 29, 2021
The Happy Writer 1: What is The Happy Writer?
The Happy Writer 1: What is The Happy Writer?
Introducing The Happy Writer show. For self-published authors. If you enjoy this show, please put some money in the tip jar at Patreon. I am an author of science fiction and fantasy. You can get my books here.
03:48
June 29, 2021