Kevin’s new picture book, Rocket Princess vs. Snaggletooth the Dragon, has just been released.

In this episode, Catherine and Kevin discuss the inspiration behind the creation of the book, the influence of creators like Robert Munch and Lemony Snicket, as well as the collaborative process involved in creating a picture book. To hear Kevin’s reading of his new book, subscribe to Write Along Radio and gain access!

Listen now!

Final-Cover

 

Show Notes

Learn more about Kevin’s new picture book, Rocket Princess vs. Snaggletooth the Dragon, here.

We all have unique writing styles, but the what it takes to succeed is not so very different. With Catherine back in Ottawa, Canada, she and Kevin reunite over coffee/tea to dive into giveaway book Getting There: A Book of Mentors, by Gillian Zoe Segal, and gab about the commonalities of being an entrepreneur and how that applies to our world of writing. Also we speculate on the future of self-publishing and how to write a novel.

What did we think of Getting There: A Book of Mentors? Basically, we resonated. The stories in the book are from incredibly successful business people, artists, entrepreneurs, scientists, academics and more. But guys, despite their different fields, they share so many common points of success! So how can we take these insights and apply them to our writing? Listen in for that conversation . . .

Also, want to hear an additional ten minutes that were edited out from this episode? Join the Write Along Radio newsletter!

WAR 37

Segal’s book explores the struggles influential individuals in a number of different fields went through before finding success. The book is filled with lessons that apply to careers as authors, including trying to balance family with work, being able to pivot, dealing with failure, the need to focus, and more.


Show Notes

Purchase a copy of Getting There: A Book of Mentors by Gillian Zoe Segal (affiliate link)

Catherine’s guest post on Toni vs. Rooster When Professional is Personal

Kevin’s Facebook Group for First Time Authors

Want to hear an additional ten minutes that were edited out from this episode? Join the Write Along Radio newsletter!

At Quitters Coffee in Stittsville, Ottawa.

At Quitters Coffee in Stittsville, Ottawa.

6 Amazon Services For Writers:

Amazon Associates, Createspace, Author Central, Kindle Direct Publishing, Amazon Advantage, KDP Select … are you confused yet? Don’t worry, you aren’t alone. We are too!! (Don’t miss the comprehensive show notes for today’s episode! See post at http://bit.ly/AmazonMaze if you are reading this through a feed.)

In this episode, Kevin and Catherine discuss the complexities of navigating Amazon’s labyrinth of sub-companies as independent authors.

Kevin describes how he learned to use Amazon Advantage, Amazon’s consignment division, in order to pre-sell his new paperback, and Catherine discovers Author Central, an Amazon feature she wasn’t aware of. (Plus, updates on the Hungarian heat wave!)

As mentioned, don’t miss the comprehensive show notes below. We’ve got links galore for you:)  Share this episode with your friends and help them figure out this Amazon stuff too!

Write Along Radio(1)


Show Notes

Best selling author Eric Van Der Hope came to Kevin’s rescue and walked him through the Amazon Advantage process. Check out the awesome author services Eric provides on his website.

Here’s a great article Catherine discovered outlining the steps for using Amazon Advantage to set up a pre-order for a paperback on Amazon.

Pub-craft.ca (romance author service Catherine mentioned)

Writers Beware Blog, as discussed on the show

Kobo Writing Life, the Kobo platform for authors

And now for the Amazon links!

Amazon KDP (ebooks)

Create Space in association with Amazon (print books)

Amazon Author Central (author hub)

Amazon Advantage (to set up book pre-orders) check out the resources above to learn more!

Amazon Associates (for commission on your referrals)

KDP Select (giving Amazon exclusivity for perks)

ACX in association with Amazon