Successful Writer Podcast

Successful Writer Podcast

By Alana Terry
A marketing-focused podcast for indie authors of any genre! Skyrocket your writing career with tips and inspiration on productivity, mindset, and marketing. It’s everything you need to take your writing career to the next level, brought to you by 6-figure USA Today bestseller Alana Terry.
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072. Pandemic lessons for authors (and life)
For many of us, life is going to feel quite a bit different than it did before the pandemic started. Today's episode of the Successful Writer Podcast is an invitation to reflect on what lessons this time of isolation has taught us about business, creativity, and life.
21:02
May 14, 2020
071. What we can learn from procrastination
As authors, we'll all struggle with the propensity to procrastinate over the course of our careers, but not all procrastination is the same. Here's how knowing the root of your procrastination can help you get more focused and be more productive and creative.
12:22
May 9, 2020
070. Author Chat with Ella Barnard
Ella Barnard from Author Like a Boss joins the Successful Writer Podcast to chat about writer's block, creativity, self-care, and more!
49:06
May 4, 2020
069. The Dos and Don'ts of Growing your Email List
When it comes to adding new subscribers to your email newsletter, there's a right way, a definite wrong way, and an OK way. Today let's chat about the do's and don'ts of growing your email list on the Successful Writer Podcast.
11:50
April 30, 2020
068. Good Covid-19 news for authors ...
The numbers are in, ebook sales are up, and the indie author industry is weathering this pandemic like a boss. Direct stats from Bookbub, Reedsy, Draft2Digital, and other industry leaders bring tons of reasons to be hopeful. We're in this together, and we're going to be just fine.
10:59
April 24, 2020
067. Acting like a professional even during a pandemic
Ways to stay professional, creative, and motivated ... even when the world feels uncertain and chaotic.
11:29
April 17, 2020
066. 3 things authors need to hear right now
A pep talk for authors to help you let go of guilt, give yourself grace, and get through these hard times we're facing.
10:36
April 16, 2020
065. Should you run ads during a pandemic?
Life and business have drastically changed in the past month, but that doesn't mean your creative ambitions have reached the end of the road! On today's episode of the Successful Writer Podcast, we'll be discussing whether or not now is a great time, a terrible time, or an OK time to be running ads, and what questions you should ask yourself about ads before you start (or stop) your campaigns. Want some extra ads training? Check out http://courses.alanaterry.com for all my author courses on ads or to sign up for the All Access Members Pass!
10:09
April 13, 2020
064. Raising funds for charity with your books
If you're interested in using your books to raise funds for charity, today's video will give you several options for the types of fundraisers you can run, as well as pitfalls to avoid to make sure your fundraiser is 100% above board. Raising funds for charities doesn't just help you make a positive difference in the world. There are a ton of additional benefits, like increased exposure to new readers, an increased sense of community, and potentially certain tax benefits. Interested in running a pay-what-you-can fundraiser with Gumroad? Use this affiliate link to get started! http://affiliates.alanaterry.com/gumroad
14:10
April 10, 2020
063. Thriving in Times of Uncertainty
As the pandemic looms large in our psyches and as hunker-down mandates appear like they could last for months as opposed to weeks, it's time to switch gears and start focusing on thriving during times of uncertainty as opposed to just getting from one day to another. As indie authors, we're uniquely prepared to thrive economically and creatively during this time in history, and today's episode of the Successful Writer Podcast will give you some practical ideas on how to do just that. Join our fundraiser to access our Productivity for Authors course with pay-what-you-can pricing to raise money for Covid-19 relief! Details at http://courses.alanaterry.com/fundraiser. (Offer expires 04/01/20)
09:58
March 30, 2020
062. Inspiration and Motivation for Stressed-out Writers with Ella Barnard
Ella Barnard from Author Like a Boss joins us today for a candid discussion on health, stress, survival, and creativity. For our full course on Productivity for Authors, visit http://courses.alanaterry.com/fundraiser to get the entire course with pay-what-you-can pricing (that also helps raise funds for Covid-19 relief!).
52:39
March 26, 2020
061. Recession-Proof your Writing Business with Joe Solari
Join our fundraiser to access our Productivity for Authors course with pay-what-you-can pricing to raise money for Covid-19 relief! Details at http://courses.alanaterry.com/fundraiser. (Offer expires 04/01/20) These are stressful times, and a lot of authors are wondering what current events are going to mean for our income and our business. Joe Solari from Treat your Writing like a Business is on the show today with some really practical as well as encouraging advice for recession-proofing your writing business. (Spoiler warning: It's probably not as bad as you fear!) To sign up for Joe's email list, visit https://joesolari.com. You can also access his YouTube playlist with practical tips for the current economic situation at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7iP_j9HTte8&list=PL5Xz6uXI2aheyMUuwSOzEPba-lUHrsCl3
44:35
March 25, 2020
060. Productivity Tips for Parents Writing with Kids at Home
With schools closed around the whole globe, many parents are having to learn to write AND parent at the same time. This chapter from the Successful Writer's Guide to Productivity audiobook gives some tips for work-at-home parents, along with takeaways that apply whether or not you've got kids. For our full course on Productivity for Authors, visit http://courses.alanaterry.com/fundraiser to get the entire course with pay-what-you-can pricing (that also helps raise funds for Covid-19 relief!).
35:48
March 24, 2020
059. Focusing on the things you can control
When the world seems out of control, it's important to focus on things that we CAN influence. You can't decide (or even know) when self-isolation limits will be lifted ... but you can focus on doing the things each day that will get you and your family through these trying times. Sometimes that's easier said than done, however, which is why I recorded today's video to give you some encouragement today. If you'd like to join us in our all access members only site for ongoing encouragement, join us at http://courses.alanaterry.com/members (http://courses.alanaterry.com/members)
09:39
March 19, 2020
058. The pandemic and its emotional and financial impact on authors
Welcome to the temporary new normal living in the time of a global pandemic. Let's face it. We're all concerned. We're all worried. And there's lots of uncertainty. Here are a few ideas of what we as authors can do to protect our own emotional health as well as bless our readers during this time of the unknown.
08:42
March 18, 2020
057. Leveling up your Success
Join Alana and her husband Scott for a teaser episode from their new personal development podcast, Level UP. For more inspiration and encouragement, search for the Level UP show with Alana and Scott wherever you listen to podcasts!
48:36
March 9, 2020
056. Finding your Ideal Reader with Larissa Reynolds
No matter how many readers are following you, if you're not attracting the RIGHT kind of readers, you're spinning your wheels! Today Larissa Reynolds joins us for a question on how to know exactly who your ideal reader is, and how to tailor your specific message to them. Attract the readers who are most likely to LOVE your books and develop your super tribe of fans today. To join Larissa's mailing list to see how she can help you with your reader discovery work (no strings attached), visit http://authorlistlab.com
32:38
March 2, 2020
055. Audience Building on Facebook and Beyond
Finding the right audience for your books might sound simple, but it's a step many authors overlook. Whether you're advertising on Facebook, growing your email list, or talking to the lady next door about your book, knowing who makes up your ideal audience is critically important. Join us for today's episode of the Successful Writer Podcast for a discussion on some of Facebook's recent changes to audience targets as well as a broader talk about building your audience in general. For more step-by-step help setting up your Facebook ads, join our Facebook ads course for authors at http://courses.alanaterry.com/facebook.
09:19
February 24, 2020
054. Marketing Myths that Sabotage our Success
If you've been reluctant to dive into the world of paid marketing, you might have bought into one of these common marketing myths that sabotage our success. Tune in to the Successful Writer Podcast with six-figure novelist Alana Terry today to up your marketing game and skyrocket your author career today.
08:43
February 17, 2020
053. Become a Healthy(ier) Writer
Gain more energy and mental clarity with some of these gentle tips for treating your body well and becoming a healthy(ier) writer in 2020. Also, if you want some one-on-one encouragement from Alana (the author, coach herself!), the first 5 writers who donate to Liberty in North Korea's underground railroad at http://courses.alanaterry.com/fundraiser before Valentine's Day will receive a free one-on-one call to discuss your writing goals! For more tips on time management, personal development, and productivity (not just for authors but for anyone wanting to succeed at life), tune into Alana's brand-new podcast Level Up Personal Development, which she co-hosts with her husband Scott!
14:56
February 10, 2020
052. Daily Habits for Scucessful Writers
A motivational episode covering what successful writers do every single day to achieve the next level of success. Also, if you want some one-on-one encouragement from Alana (the author, coach herself!), the first 5 writers who donate to Liberty in North Korea's underground railroad at http://courses.alanaterry.com/fundraiser before Valentine's Day will receive a free one-on-one call to discuss your writing goals! For more tips on time management, personal development, and productivity (not just for authors but for anyone wanting to succeed at life), tune into Alana's brand-new podcast Level Up Personal Development, which she co-hosts with her husband Scott!
13:27
February 3, 2020
051. Atomic Habits for Writers
Ready for some inspiration on building great habits for your writing career? Dive into our discussion based on the book Atomic Habits by James Clear. Also, if you want some one-on-one encouragement from Alana (the time management author herself!), the first 5 writers who donate to Liberty in North Korea's underground railroad at http://courses.alanaterry.com/fundraiser before Valentine's Day will receive a free one-on-one time management call! For more tips on time management and productivity (not just for authors but for anyone wanting to succeed at life), tune into Alana's brand-new podcast Level Up Personal Development, which she co-hosts with her husband Scott!
13:18
January 27, 2020
050. Multiple Streams of Income (and 2019 Earnings Report)
Join 6-figure author Alana Terry for a discussion about how successful authors create multiple streams of income to protect their creative careers.
12:57
January 20, 2020
049: Preparing Yourself for a Successful New Year
Start your 2020 off to a strong start with a series of questions and reflection exercises that will help you focus on past achievements and set strong goals for the future.
24:02
January 13, 2020
048: Amazon Ads Expert Bryan Cohen
Join Amazon ads expert Bryan Cohen for a comprehensive discussion on book marketing, paid ads, and some of the best tips and tricks to learn ads ... even if you're a total beginner! Sign up for Bryan's free Amazon ads challenge at https://www.bestpageforward.net/challenge (https://www.bestpageforward.net/challenge)
32:57
January 5, 2020
047: Three Books and Zero Sales
What would you do if you had three books written, no marketing experience, and no audience? Tips from a 6-figure author with over 40 books written on what she'd do if she was starting over.
17:38
December 29, 2019
046: Overcoming Shiny Object Syndrome
If you suffer from Shiny Object Syndrome, you're not alone! Instead of hating the fact that you have so many ideas and get passionate about so many things, learn on today's episode of the Successful Writer Podcast about how as a creative you can make Shiny Object Syndrome work for you.
13:58
December 22, 2019
045: All Things Bookbub (and Bookbub featured deals)
Everything you want to know about Bookbub featured deals: How to increase your chances of getting selected for a featured deal, How to prepare for your featured deal, stacking deals to get a stickier rank, following up your featuring deal with Bookbub click ads and more!
11:45
December 15, 2019
044: The Importance of Gratitude to your Writing Career
On today's show we're talking about how important it is to be grateful authors, and how developing a lifestyle of gratitude and appreciation can go a long ways in helping us combat discouragement and negativity.
10:13
December 8, 2019
043: Why you Procrastinate (and how to overcome it)
Join Alana Terry from the Successful Writer Podcast for an encouraging discussion on how to identify the roots of procrastination so you can get more done, be more productive, and feel more motivated and inspired.
11:30
December 2, 2019
042. Personality Typing for Authors
Join Alana and her husband Scott, who is a certified MBTI practitioner, for a discussion on the Myers Briggs personality types and how your type will impact things like your writing schedule, creativity, and style. For a time management consult with Alana (with a special limited-time bonus to also book a call with Scott to get your official MBTI results) visit courses.alanaterry dot com slash mbti.
39:30
November 24, 2019
043: Vegas, Audiobooks, and Writing with Depression
A recap from the 20booksto50k Las Vegas conference, as well as discussion on audiobook marketing and writing with depression.
18:53
November 20, 2019
042: The Right (and Wrong) Way to Talk about your Book
Are you ready to sell more books? Improving the way you talk about your book (in your description, newsletter, social media posts, etc.) can tip the scales and help you reach more readers and sell more books. Follow these tips so that when you talk about your book, readers will be begging you for the chance to buy now.
14:45
November 17, 2019
041: Fighting Negative Thoughts in your Author Career
Many authors are fearful about changes in the Amazon algorithm and how that will impact book sales and visibility in the future. It's time to take negative thoughts and fears like these and learn how to turn them around so we aren't controlled by anxiety.
10:57
November 12, 2019
040: Marketing Tips and News (plus what's working right now)
A behind-the-scenes look at some of my newest marketing strategies and observations. Stay up-to-date with industry updates and hear what kind of marketing has and hasn't been working for me lately (plus the tests I'm trying out to gain new readers).
13:37
November 3, 2019
039: The Key to Motivation
You might think you're unmotivated, but chances are you just haven't found the right type of motivation that matches your personality. Listen in to today's episode of the Successful Writer Podcast for a discussion on the different types of motivation and find what's going to work the best for you.
26:44
October 26, 2019
038: How to Become a Newsletter Ninja (book club discussion)
Join us for a discussion on the book Newsletter Ninja by Tammi Labrecque. We'll be talking about how to write engaging emails, how to increase your open rates, how often you should be emailing your list, and more. 
25:08
October 20, 2019
037: Finding Time to Write AND Market
As indie authors, it's our job to not only to write our books, but to market and publish them as well. Although it's sometimes hard juggling both hats, it IS possible. Join us for today's discussion on finding time to write AND market your book so you feel less stressed and more productive.
09:33
October 12, 2019
036: Overcoming Fear in your Writing Career
As writers, we can tend to be a fearful lot. Fear can have a direct impact on our artistic and creative decisions, however, so let's talk about ways to overcome that fear so we can be as courageous and bold in our writing as possible.
15:37
October 5, 2019
035: When it's OK to Lose Money on Ads
We all want to make money on ads, but every once in a while it makes sense to keep an ad running even if it *looks* like it isn't bringing in a profit. Tune into today's Successful Writer Podcast episode to learn when losing money on an ad is just fine (and can actually work in your favor).
13:47
October 1, 2019
034: Nurturing your Creativity
A lot of time is spent in the author community talking about discipline, productivity, and time management. It's just as important (or even more so) to make sure that you're regularly nurturing your creativity so you can keep writing books (and enjoy doing so) for years to come. 
09:03
September 15, 2019
033: Preorders: Pros, Cons, and Improved Amazon Policies
Should you set your book up on preorder? Dive into the pros and cons of preorders, plus get the inside scoop on Amazon's newest improvements to their preorder policy.
13:48
September 13, 2019
032: Silencing your Inner Critic
Nothing slows down your writing time and gets you out of your creative zone like your inner critic. Today, learn to write faster with these tips to let your critical editor take a back seat to your creativity so you can reach flow state and maintain momentum while you write.
09:33
September 8, 2019
031: Audiobooks for Indies ~ Should you make them and where do you begin?
Audiobooks are gaining popularity amongst readers and are a great way for you to create a secondary stream of income for you books. Unfortunately, they can also be costly and time-consuming to create. Today we're chatting about how to know if audiobooks are right for your business, where to find a narrator (and what to expect to pay), plus how to get started if you don't know where to begin.
22:51
September 6, 2019
030: How to Treat your Writing as a Business with Joe Solari
What steps do you take to go from a hobby writer to a full-time author who makes a living from their book sales? What mindset shifts have to accompany those practical changes?
30:35
August 20, 2019
029: Mistakes Authors Are Making Right Now When Running Ads
Mistakes authors are making when running ads right now. (Just a reminder that the Author Ads Experience closes in one more day!)
15:20
August 14, 2019
028: Amazon, Facebook, and Bookbub Ads (and how to know which to choose)
There's lots of conflicting information out there about which ads platform authors should be using. Let's dive in for an in-depth discussion about the pros and cons of each of the major ads platforms and questions you can ask yourself to decide which is best for YOU.
35:26
August 13, 2019
027: Why NOW is the Best Time to be Running Ads
If you've been waiting to dip your toes into paid ads for book marketing, today's episode will tell you how to know when you're ready to start advertising and when the best time is to start running ads.
14:59
August 13, 2019
026. Growing an International Audience
The ebook market continues to grow more and more global. Are you doing everything you can to reach international readers? If you need a few tips on how to find readers in other countries, tune in now for today's episode of the Successful Writer Podcast.
15:33
June 26, 2019
025. Publishing Wide: Go Direct or Use an Aggregator?
There are many great reasons to publish your books wide (not just on Amazon), and there are also a few different ways to get your books on the wide platforms. Is it better for you to publish your books through an aggregator like Draft2Digital or publish directly on the various platforms available? Here are the questions you can ask yourself to determine which course of action is best for you. Tune in now.
15:20
June 18, 2019
024: Slowing Down in order to Speed Up
Today on the Successful Writer Podcast we're talking about the importance of breaking up your writing day into small sprints and having regular breaks to increase your productivity.
05:21
June 16, 2019
023. Does your Business Need a Virtual Assistant? (and where to find one if it does)
Hiring a VA can be a huge help for your business. It can also be a scary prospect. Today on the Successful Writer Podcast, we're talking about how to know when and if you're reading to hire an assistant and how to find the right person to work with.
22:21
June 10, 2019
022: How to Deal with Negativity (both from others and yourself)
Dealing with critics is part of the writer's job, but that doesn't mean the negativity has to pull us down. Sometimes, our own thoughts can prove to be our worst enemy. Dive into today's episode of the Successful Writer Podcast for some timely encouragement!
32:09
June 5, 2019
021. Do You Need a Coach (and how to find the right one)
With all the conflicting and out-dated information out there, sometimes the easiest way to learn something is for an expert or mentor to hold your hand and show you step-by-step what to do. Today, we're chatting about how a writing coach can help inspire your business, bring you clarity, and sky-rocket your career. Our guess is Larissa Reynolds from http://www.authorlistlab.com
42:40
May 31, 2019
020: Permafree, 99 Cents, and is it Really Impossible to Make a Living as a Writer?
A recent article from Electric Lit claims that it is now "impossible" for authors to make a living from their writing. Is this really true? With so many readers only looking for free and bargain books, just how hard is it to become financially successful as a writer?
19:06
May 5, 2019
019: Mistakes I Made my First Year of Writing
While it can be crippling to focus too much on our mistakes or disappointments, if we ignore them entirely we can miss the chance to learn and grow. Here are some of the mistakes I made during my first year of writing and what I'd do differently if I knew now what I did going into my publishing journey.
16:39
April 24, 2019
018: Why I Always Brew a Cup of Coffee before I Write (and it's not about the caffeine)
It's time for another productivity hack for successful writers everywhere. Find out why brewing a cup of coffee (or having another similar routine) before you start your writing time can be a great way to trigger your mind that it's time for work. Tune in now.
08:26
April 20, 2019
017: When is the Best Time to Start Running Ads (and how do you know if you're ready)?
Diving into ads can be scary. It takes time, money, and mental energy to learn a whole new platform. If you're on the fence about whether or not you should start running ads, today's epsiode is for you! Tune into the Successful Writer Podcast to hear the questions you should be asking yourself to know if now is the best time for you to start running ads.
11:35
April 17, 2019
016: How to measure your readthrough rate (and why you should bother in the first place)
If you write in a series, one of the most important metrics you can measure is your readthrough rate. This will tell you not only how many readers you're gaining each time you sell a copy of book 1. It will also tell you the actual amount of profit you make series-wide for one sale of book 1. We'll make the calculations nice and simple so even if you're not a fan of math and formulas you can easily measure the health and value of your own series. Tune in now!
32:54
April 15, 2019
015: Batching tasks for more efficient time management
When you think of all the "should-do's" a writer has on a daily basis, it can be very overwhelming. Batching your tasks is a way to make sure you've got uninterrupted time for the jobs that matter most. In addition to increasing your creative output, time batching can go a long way in keeping you sane! Tune into the Successful Writer Podcast for more time management tips today.
22:09
April 11, 2019
014: Planned Time Off
Let's face it. Sometimes it's hard to step away from our work! Tune into the Successful Writer Podcast for a discussion (as well as practical tips) for taking time off in order to nurture your creativity and boost your productive output.
15:29
April 8, 2019
013: Profit first (and how it can transform your work finances)
Most of us know that writing can be a pretty expensive job. Here's how the profit first method (both its practical applications and the mindset shift behind it) can help make sure that you're taking care of your very best employee ... (namely, yourself!). Tune in now for an encouraging (and practical) discussion of how to keep an eye on profit even when expenses add up.
16:40
April 8, 2019
012: Maintaining your Writing Momentum
Once you get in the writing zone, you want to do as much as you can to stay in that flow state. Today's episode of the Successful Writer Podcast discusses tips and tricks to maintain your writing momentum, reduce distractions, and help your word count and creativity soar!
07:44
April 1, 2019
011: Troubleshooting your Amazon ads
Are your Amazon ads suffering from any of these 3 problems? Here's a crash course in troubleshooting your Amazon ads with 3 quick fixes for each!
12:18
March 28, 2019
010: Mastering your Amazon descriptions with Brian Meeks
Join Alana and Amazon ads guru Brian Meeks for 3 helpful ways you can optimize your Amazon book descriptions to increase sales!
30:50
March 26, 2019
009: Facebook ads vs. Amazon ads (and which should you start with?)
Many authors today are talking about the success they've had with Facebook ads or Amazon ads, but which really works better? And if you're brand new to running ads at all, which should you start with? Find out when you tune into the Successful Writer Podcast. Tune in now.
19:15
March 23, 2019
008: Curious Benefits of Dictation that might Surprise You
Most people have heard how using dictation can increase your word count and productivity. While that's totally true, there are several other benefits of dictation which we'll be discussing today. Whether you use dictation regularly or have been afraid to give a try at all, you'll find some tips and ideas to take your writing career to the next level! Tune in now.
08:57
March 20, 2019
007: Jealousy (and how it harms our own chances at success)
We all know we shouldn't be jealous of other authors and their success, but having that head knowledge doesn't make it easy! The fact is, envy doesn't just make us unhappy. It also leads to misconceptions that can sabotage our own personal success if we let jealousy get the best of us. Tune in for today's episode of the Successful Writer Podcast.
15:51
March 17, 2019
006: Getting in the Writing Zone
Useful tips to get yourself into the writing zone so you show up to your desk ready to work and pound out the words! Get your creative juices flowing with this motivational tip from the Successful Writer Podcast!
07:26
March 16, 2019
005. How to Keep Fear from Controlling your Art and Business
If we want to be free to express ourselves as authentically and creatively as possible, we need to know how to handle fear when it comes along.
15:32
March 15, 2019
004. Your 20k Day
Tips and tricks from USA Today bestseller Alana Terry on how to hit over 20,000 words in a single day! Learn to write faster no matter what your word count goal is. No dictation or outlining required!
16:01
March 14, 2019
003: Taking Time to Rest
As authors, we face pressure to pound out more words, publish more books, complete more series. Some industry experts lead us to believe the only way we can succeed at all is to rapid release twelve or more books a year. Is that possible? Absolutely! But it's only sustainable IF you take care of yourself and your creativity. Today's episode of the Successful Writer Podcast is all about taking time off when you need to in order to increase your productivity down the road.
07:50
March 13, 2019
002: What Writers Should Stop Doing Right Now
Join us in the Successful Writer Podcast for a discussion on 3 things writers should totally give up ... at the very least for a season.
09:52
March 13, 2019
001: Three Things We’ll Focus on in this Podcast (and is it for you?)
Welcome to the Successful Writer Podcast, where we'll be focusing on marketing, mindset, and productivity. Find out why we’re emphasizing these three things (and what things we AREN’T going to focus on) in today’s show. Tune in now.
09:18
March 10, 2019