Love Is In The Air

Love Is In The Air

Happy Valentine's Day! Love is in the air and we have a little treat for our Romance writers!

Free Writing Romance Mastery Summit!

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We are really excited to announce that Paula Judith invited Alexa back to be a speaker at her FREE Writing Romance Mastery Summit that begins Feb. 19th!

Their conversation this time is around overcoming the fear of marketing, but as you'll see when you check out the page below, there are SO MANY great sessions with so many masters of romance and the writing and publishing business!

Register for the Free Writing Romance Mastery Summit now!

The Writing Romance Mastery Summit will take place from February 19, 2024 through February 23, 2024, and we can promise it’ll be a top-notch event. Paula Judith is bringing together a great lineup!

Here’s a selection of speakers we are excited about hearing from:

  • Alexa Bigwarfe – Overcome the Fear of Marketing (you might recognize that name 🙂 )


Alexa is an author coach, book marketing expert, host of the Women in Publishing Summit, and a published RomCom author under the pen name Lexi Haddock. Alexa is known for her courses and training, which focus on author platform growth and creative ways to make marketing FUN, not scary!

Whether you are indie or traditionally published, marketing is essential. In this session, Alexa Bigwarfe discusses ways to approach marketing in a manner you enjoy.

  • Jill Lublin – Audience Building for Romance Authors

Jill Lublin is a Premier Publicity Authority, 4x Best-Selling Author, and International Speaker, who helps Entrepreneurs, Speakers, Coaches, and Authors. Jill has worked with ABC, NBC, CBS, and other national and international media as a highly regarded publicity expert. She has been featured in The New York Times, Women’s Day, Fortune Small Business, Entrepreneur, Forbes, and Inc. magazines.

There are many ways to approach building your author platform. In this session, Jill Lublin explores how branding yourself leads to more book sales.

  • Philip Duncan – Book Marketing Made Easy With Email (Philip is one of my favorite people and knows his stuff with email marketing!)

Philip Duncan is an award-winning and Amazon bestselling fiction author. He's the host of Email Marketing and List Building Made Easy and the co-host of Fiction Marketing Academy.

In this session, Philip Duncan discusses how to make book marketing with email a natural and easy process to incorporate into your author platform.

Philip is a friend and I've had him guest lecture on email list growth. He's a pro!

  • Ellen Finkelstein – How to Promote Your Books through Email Marketing


Ellen Finkelstein started her first website in 1999 as an author platform – she's written 11 published books with McGraw-Hill and Wiley and self-published 10 e-books during her 20-year career as an author. The books range from 20 pages to more than 1200 pages. Since then, she has developed e-mail lists of over 22,000 people and a social media audience of over 100,000.

In this session, Ellen Finklestein explores ways to build your author platform to make more book sales from your reader email list.

  • Elise Krentzel – Generating Sales Without Advertising on Amazon


World traveler, author, ghostwriter, and coach. Elise is known as the Rebel Writer. From rock journalist to restaurant critic, she’s been stirring up the pot since the 1970s! Published her wild memoir, Under My Skin – Drama, Trauma, and Rock & Roll was a #1 bestseller in 9 categories on Amazon.

Elise Krentzel details connections and methods to increase organic book sales.

Happy Valentine's Day, Romance Writers!

And do not miss the 2024 WOMEN IN PUBLISHING SUMMIT!

See the full schedule here and grab your ticket today!

We hope to see you at the 2024 Women in Publishing Summit!

PublishHER Podcast Episode 121: I Still Have Love to Give with Emily A. Myers

PublishHER Podcast Episode 121: I Still Have Love to Give with Emily A. Myers

In this episode of the PublishHer Podcast, host Alexa Bigwarfe interviews Emily Myers, an author who delves into romantic suspense, mafia romance, and poetry. Emily's writing journey, from her initial struggles with contemporary romance to finding her niche in mafia romance, sheds light on the importance of personal growth and healing in creative pursuits. Her recent poetry collection, “I Still Have Love to Give,” serves as a powerful outlet for emotional healing and offers support and inspiration to others facing similar experiences.

Uncover the unexpected journey of a mafia romance author's poetic release as a healing outlet. Listen in as Emily A. Myers, renowned for romantic suspense, sheds light on her surprising foray into a world of heart-wrenching poetry. Join us as she unveils her intense emotional journey and the creative healing process behind her latest book, I Still Have Love to Give. Stay tuned for the gripping tale of personal growth and artistic evolution. Will this unexpected detour lead to a new wave of inspiration that transcends genres? Find out how Emily's poetic pursuit intertwines with her captivating storytelling in this intriguing rollercoaster of emotions.

“I just naturally write poetry when I'm going through really intense things. That's how I process.” – Emily Myers

 

Key Takeaways

  • Explore different genres to expand your writing skills and find your unique voice in the literary world.
  • Harness the intrigue and passion of the Mafia romance genre while understanding its marketability in the publishing industry.
  • Discover the potential of poetry as a powerful tool for personal healing and emotional expression.
  • Overcome the marketing challenges specific to nonfiction poetry and effectively promote your work to a wider audience.
  • Embrace the importance of personal growth and find your niche as a writer to stand out in the competitive literary landscape.

Memorable Moments:

00:00:55 – Emily's Writing Journey
Emily Myers shares her journey from wanting to be an author since middle school to publishing her first book, “The Truth about Unspeakable Things,” and venturing into mafia romance.

00:05:36 – Writing Poetry as a Healing Process
Emily discusses how she uses poetry to process intense emotions, leading to the creation of her poetry collection “I Still Have Love to Give,” which reflects her experiences with divorce and heartbreak.

00:09:11 – Marketing a Poetry Collection
Emily talks about her marketing plan for the poetry book, reaching out to consistent reviewers and finding readers who resonate with the themes of healing, heartbreak, and self-discovery.

00:13:29 – Using Social Media for Book Promotion
Emily shares her experience of using TikTok to create a book club and share insights from a self-help book, highlighting the potential for connecting with similar audiences and building engagement.

00:16:20 – The Healing Power of Writing
Emily discusses how writing helped her heal during a dark time, emphasizing the importance of personal growth alongside the creative journey.

00:22:00 – Finding Her Genre: Mafia Romance
Emily shares her fascination with mafia history and how it influenced her decision to write mafia romance. She highlights the flexibility within the genre and her plans to incorporate variety in her series.

00:27:35 – Milestones and Goal-Setting
Emily reflects on achieving her goal of publishing five books by the age of 30, expressing excitement for her upcoming steamy mafia romance, “Mind to Tease”.

00:30:09 – Series Planning and Time Jumps
Emily reveals the natural progression of her series and the decision to incorporate a time jump, providing a glimpse into her interconnected arc for the upcoming books in the series.

00:33:25 – Inspirational Conversations
Emily and Alexa discuss how their conversation has inspired them. Emily shares her website and where her books can be found, and teases her next release coming in 2024.

00:34:00 – Where to Find Emily's Books
Emily directs listeners to her website and Amazon for her books. She also hints at a new release in 2024 and encourages people to follow her on Instagram for updates.

00:34:35 – Meeting in Person
The hosts discuss the possibility of meeting in person in Vegas for an Author nation Conference. They talk about potential dates and express excitement about a potential meeting.

00:34:54 – Wrapping Up
The hosts thank each other for the conversation and discuss future plans to meet in person. They express gratitude for the episode and sign off with thanks to the musician Jasmine Commerce for the podcast's theme song.

Learn more at:

  • Grab your ticket to the Women in Publishing Summit at womeninpublishingsummit.com to join the virtual event and access pre-conference events, post-conference events, and year-round offerings.
  • Share the podcast to help it reach more people and provide support to those who may benefit from the content.
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  • Check out upcoming events and join the Women in Publishing Summit community for monthly free webinars and other training at womeninpublishingsummit.com/events.
  • Join local writing groups in your state or city to find a community of like-minded individuals who can support you through your writing and publishing journey.

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PublishHER Podcast Episode 120: What Should I Do Before I Research an Editor? with Jenny Hubert

PublishHER Podcast Episode 120: What Should I Do Before I Research an Editor? with Jenny Hubert

Fantasy editor Jenny Hubert dives into the world of genre-specific editing, guiding indie authors towards improved manuscript quality.

Jenny Hubert, a seasoned freelance editor and writer based in the New York City area, brings over nine years of expertise in the editing domain, underpinned by a degree in communications and writing. Her unparalleled experience includes editing numerous number one new releases on Amazon for fantasy authors, solidifying her reputation as a go-to professional in the indie author community. Jenny's commitment to assisting authors in refining their manuscripts is evident in her publication, “The Book Editor Matchmaker,” which offers comprehensive guidance on vetting and hiring a book editor. With a keen focus on developmental editing, line editing, copy editing, and proofreading, Jenny provides invaluable genre-specific insights and meticulous attention to detail, ensuring improved manuscript quality for indie authors. Her dedication to enhancing the editing process and elevating authors' work positions her as an indispensable resource for indie authors seeking expert guidance in the editing journey.

“Remember, your editor is your friend and your partner to help you get your book better, not to tear you down.” – Jenny Hubert

Navigate Different Types of Editing
The editing process isn't one-dimensional; it expands through various stages from developmental to copy editing. It's crucial for authors to understand these stages and their specific needs in each. Balancing between focusing on the big-picture elements of the story and the nitty-gritty details like grammar and punctuation can greatly enhance the final manuscript.

 

Key Takeaways

  • Master the Art of Editing for Publishing Success
  • Navigate the Different Types of Book Editing
  • Discover How to Find the Ideal Editor for Your Genre
  • Explore Top Resources for Finding Professional Editors

Memorable Moments:

00:00:25 – Importance of Editing in the Writing Process
Host Alexa and Jenny discuss the crucial role of editing in the journey of writing a book. They emphasize the importance of editing to ensure a final product that readers will love and adore.

00:01:50 – Journey to Becoming an Editor
Jenny shares her journey of becoming an editor, starting with a degree in communications and writing. She discusses how the demand for book editors surged during the pandemic, leading her to dive into fulfilling the need for authors.

00:04:24 – Understanding Types of Editing
Jenny explains the five main types of editing – manuscript critique, developmental editing, line editing, copy editing, and proofreading. She emphasizes the importance of knowing the order of these editing types and their impact on the writing process.

00:06:16 – Managing Author Expectations
Alexa and Jenny discuss the role of an editor in improving a book, highlighting that an editor's goal is to elevate the book rather than achieving perfection. They emphasize the need for manageable and achievable advice to avoid overwhelming authors during the editing process.

00:14:50 – Importance of Genre in Editing
Jenny Hubert emphasizes the importance of finding an editor who works within your genre. Knowing the difference between fiction and nonfiction, as well as understanding the subgenre, is crucial for effective editing.

00:16:16 – Understanding Subgenres
Jenny discusses the impact of subgenres on editing, using an example of a cozy fantasy. Understanding the subgenre allows for tailored advice to match the specific style and stakes of the story.

00:18:27 – Finding the Right Editor
Jenny recommends resources like the Editorial Freelancers Association and Reedsy for finding an editor. She also highlights the value of author referrals for identifying a suitable editor for a specific genre.

00:20:47 – Specialization in Genres
Jenny mentions her primary focus on fantasy, science fiction, contemporary, and historical fiction editing. She explains her decision to avoid editing romance due to lack of familiarity with the genre's tropes.

00:21:36 – Contacting Jenny Hubert for Editing
Jenny shares that authors can reach out to her through her website, jennyhubertedits.com, to inquire about her editing services. She prefers email correspondence for official communications.

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  • Grab your ticket to the Women in Publishing Summit at womeninpublishingsummit.com to join the virtual event and access pre-conference events, post-conference events, and year-round offerings.
  • Share the podcast to help it reach more people and provide support to those who may benefit from the content.
  • Rate the podcast to help increase its visibility and reach a wider audience.
  • Check out upcoming events and join the Women in Publishing Summit community for monthly free webinars and other training at womeninpublishingsummit.com/events.
  • Join local writing groups in your state or city to find a community of like-minded individuals who can support you through your writing and publishing journey.

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PublishHER Podcast Episode 119: Better Together: The Case For Community! with Alexa Bigwarfe

PublishHER Podcast Episode 119: Better Together: The Case For Community! with Alexa Bigwarfe

Publishing is inherently an empowering activity, enabling writers to share their unique stories, experiences, and insights with the world. However, the journey toward publication can be a complex and daunting one. The supportive ecosystem of a community can help authors navigate this terrain, providing tools, advice, and encouragement, thereby empowering them to see their dream turn into a reality.

Have you heard the myths about authors and publishing professionals having to go it alone in the industry? Myth #1: Collaboration is a sign of weakness. Myth #2: Success is only achieved through individual effort. Myth #3: Sharing knowledge and resources is a risk to one's own career. But what if I told you that we are better together? Stay tuned to discover the truth about mutual growth and success through collaboration.

“I just encourage you to find your community and to dig into it. Look in your state and your city and see if there are local writing groups and become a part of those. I'm telling you, it is life changing when you are surrounded by other people who get you, understand you, and can help you through this process.” – Alexa Bigwarfe

“Books matter. Words matter. Books are the staple of education. They are the staple of change. They transport us to places we can't go, travel. They help us know and understand people that are different from us. They teach us concepts. They inspire us. They change us, they heal us. They help us grow.”
-Alexa Bigwarfe

 

Key Takeaways

  • Learn the significance of community in publishing for mutual growth and success.
  • Harness the power of collaboration and support for enhanced industry impact.
  • Gain insights into the role of training, education, and networking in publishing success.
  • Explore the advantages of sharing resources in the dynamic publishing landscape.
  • Discover the compelling benefits of being part of a supportive publishing community.
  • Understand the pivotal role of community in publishing success.
  • Harness the transformative power of collaboration and support.
  • Elevate your skills through specialized training, education, and networking in publishing.
  • Embrace the advantages of sharing resources within the publishing industry.
  • Reap the exclusive benefits of being part of a thriving publishing community.

Memorable Moments:

00:03:34 – Benefits of Community
00:06:12 – Training and Professional Development
00:08:31 – Overcoming Impostor Syndrome
00:13:54 – Valuing Community and Support
00:15:14 – The Importance of Books and Words
00:16:13 – Impactful Words and Community
00:18:10 – Building Supportive Author Pods
00:18:56 – Positive Leverage in Community
00:21:53 – The Power of Finding Community

Learn more at:

  • Grab your ticket to the Women in Publishing Summit at womeninpublishingsummit.com to join the virtual event and access pre-conference events, post-conference events, and year-round offerings.
  • Share the podcast to help it reach more people and provide support to those who may benefit from the content.
  • Rate the podcast to help increase its visibility and reach a wider audience.
  • Check out upcoming events and join the Women in Publishing Summit community for monthly free webinars and other training at womeninpublishingsummit.com/events.
  • Join local writing groups in your state or city to find a community of like-minded individuals who can support you through your writing and publishing journey.

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PublishHER Podcast Episode 118: Enneagrams for Authors with Mary Adkins

PublishHER Podcast Episode 118: Enneagrams for Authors with Mary Adkins

In this episode of the PublishHer Podcast hosted by Alexa Bigwarfe, the focus is on exploring the Enneagram personality types and how understanding one's type can enhance their writing process. The guest, Mary Adkins, a writing coach and founder of the Book Incubator, shares insights into aligning writing goals with Enneagram types.

Mary Adkins is a writing coach and founder of The Book Incubator, a 12-month program to write, revise, and pitch your novel or memoir. She is author of the novels When You Read This (Indie Next Pick, “Best Book of 2019” by Good Housekeeping and Real Simple), Privilege (Today.com “Best Summer Read,” New York Post “Best Book of the Week”), and Palm Beach (recently named one of the New York Post’s “Best Books of 2021”). Her books have been published in 13 countries, and her essays and reporting have appeared in the New York Times, The Atlantic, Slate, and more.  A graduate of Yale Law School and Duke University, she helps aspiring authors finish their books with joy and clarity. You can apply for The Book Incubator by going to apply.maryadkinswriter.com.

You don't have to have hours and hours a day to write a book. You can finish a draft in a season. People are doing it. – Mary Adkins


Utilize Enneagram Types

Understanding and implementing Enneagram types in writing can be a game-changer. This personality assessment tool can tap into powerful insights about a writer's unique motivations, fears, and desires, and influence their writing style. By aligning their work with their Enneagram type, writers can propel their talent to its full potential and craft a highly authentic narrative.

Enneagrams for Authors
In this episode, Alexa and Mary discuss various Enneagram types, their motivations, and how writers can tailor their writing goals based on their personality traits. Mary encourages aspiring authors to embrace their unique approaches and dispels the notion that extensive time is required to write a book. She also emphasizes the importance of finding the right writing schedule that aligns with one's lifestyle.

 

Key Takeaways

  • Understanding Enneagram Types for Writers: Mary Adkins, a writing coach, discusses how knowing your Enneagram type, a personality assessment tool, can help writers understand their motivations and navigate through challenges.
  • Working with Enneagram Types in Writing Goals: Mary explains how she helps writers set goals based on their Enneagram types. Different types may struggle with distinct challenges, and tailoring writing goals to individual personalities can enhance productivity.
  • Writing Goals Beyond Word Count: Mary suggests various writing goals beyond word count, such as page count, scene count, or finding pockets of time for writing. The goal is to align writing practices with an author's Enneagram type and lifestyle.
  • Encouragement for Aspiring Authors: Mary emphasizes that authors don't need extensive time to write a book. With the right goal-setting and understanding of their motivations, writers can complete a draft even in the midst of a busy life.
  • Book Incubator Program: Mary introduces her program, the Book Incubator, which helps writers finish their books and prepare them for pitching to agents. The Enneagram aspect is just one component of this comprehensive program.

Memorable Moments:

  • 00:00:08 – Introduction to the Enneagram and Writing Goals
  • 00:01:55 – The Journey to Becoming a Novelist
  • 00:09:05 – Understanding the Enneagram
  • 00:12:46 – Writing Goals Based on Enneagram Types
  • 00:14:26 – Enneagram Types and Writing Challenges
  • 00:19:02 – The Ambitious Achiever (Type Three)
  • 00:22:05 – Writing Goals and Personality Types
  • 00:25:37 – Handwriting Vs. Typing
  • 00:28:17 – Overcoming Writing Challenges
  • 00:29:22 – Pursuing Passions
  • 00:30:16 – Empowerment through Writing
  • 00:30:59 – Enneagram Test
  • 00:31:30 – Book Incubator Info

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