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Become a Writer Today

Do you want to share your story, earn more money and make an impact with your writing? You're in the right place. On the Become a Writer Today podcast, Bryan Collins interviews creatives and best-selling authors. He profiles their writing processes, so you can learn about everything from writing your book to building a profitable creative business. Subscribe today!

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Amy Yamada Reveals How AI Can Transform Your Writing and Connect Deeply with Audiences
In this episode of the Become a Writer Today podcast, my guest is Amy Yamada, a former marketing director and AI expert. During the interview, Amy shares her innovative approach to using AI to develop authentic messaging and form deep connections with audiences. Amy and her use of ChatGPT to help content creators scale their businesses is a one-of-a-kind approach. No one else is teaching what she does. Amy's method allows busy content creators to generate more content while preserving their authentic voice and speaking directly to their audience.Here are my top 3 takeaways from our discussion:1. Authenticity is Key: Amy uses an innovative approach called the "heart speech model" to infuse her voice into AI-generated content, ensuring that her communication is not only efficient but also authentic and resonates with her audience.2. Utilizing AI for Relationship Building: Amy highlights how entrepreneurs, including writers, can leverage AI for various forms of communication, such as marketing emails, social media posts, and even difficult conversations with clients or team members while maintaining their authentic voice.3. Future of AI in Content Creation: Amy shared insights on the growing role of AI in content creation and how it's important to balance efficiency with maintaining a human touch in the content we generate. We also discussed the potential of AI in serving as a research assistant and helping with content organization.If you're interested in learning more about Amy's unique approach to using AI in writing, check out the full podcast episode. Don't miss out on these valuable insights! Resources:Amy's WebsiteSupport the Show.If you enjoyed the show please leave a review on Apple. And if you have any questions you can find me on Twitter @BryanJCollinsThanks for listening!
26:26 1/22/24
How to Become a Content Strategist With Amanda Hand
In our latest episode of the Become A Writer Today podcast, I had the pleasure of interviewing Amanda Hand, an experienced content strategist and SEO team lead. We delved into the world of content strategy and discovered some valuable insights into this fascinating field.In this episode, we discuss the following:Client Goals and Data: Content strategy goes beyond writing and editing. As a content strategist, understanding client goals and aligning them with data is crucial. Become a data nerd, master tools like Google Analytics, and marry creativity with data-driven strategy.User Behavior Analysis: Dive deep into user data to understand what drives decision-making and meet users' needs. Learn to follow the user's journey from the first website visit to the final conversion goal. This understanding will help shape effective content strategies.Continual Learning and Skill Development: Embrace the ever-evolving nature of the content strategy field. Take advantage of free courses, such as Google Analytics, to acquire new skills and stay up-to-date with the latest trends. Adaptability and curiosity are essential in this exciting industry.If you want to learn more about content strategy and how to transition from content writing to strategy, this episode is a must-listen. Resources:Regex SEOSupport the Show.If you enjoyed the show please leave a review on Apple. And if you have any questions you can find me on Twitter @BryanJCollinsThanks for listening!
25:24 1/8/24
13 Best Irish Authors You Must Read
In today's episode, we delve into the world of Irish literature and explore the works of some of the best Irish authors you must read. From the celebrated CS Lewis, who straddled the line between British and Irish, to the incomparable James Joyce and his masterpiece "Ulysses," we'll take you through a journey of influential writers who have shaped modern literature. Join us as we uncover the rich literary heritage of Ireland and provide insights into these renowned authors. So, whether you're searching for your next book club read or simply looking to expand your literary horizons, this episode is for you. Stay tuned as we explore the works of Oscar Wilde, Maeve Binchy, Bram Stoker, Roddy Doyle, John Banville, Brendan Behan, and Samuel Beckett. Let's dive into the fascinating world of Irish literature.Support the Show.If you enjoyed the show please leave a review on Apple. And if you have any questions you can find me on Twitter @BryanJCollinsThanks for listening!
13:40 12/18/23
15 Best Horror Authors: Alive and Dead
I am thrilled to share that in the latest episode of the "Become a Writer Today" podcast, I've profiled 15 of the best horror authors, both alive and dead. If you're a fan of horror or looking to explore the genre, this episode is a must-listen!Here are 3 key takeaways from this episode:1️⃣ Stephen King: Known as the master of horror, Stephen King's entry point into the genre is his debut novel "Carrie." Don't miss his other iconic works like "Pet Sematary," "The Shining," and "The Stand."2️⃣ Bram Stoker: If you're into vampires, you can't miss Bram Stoker's original masterpiece, "Dracula." Explore his other chilling works like "Dracula's Guest" and "The Jewel of the 7 Stars."3️⃣ Anne Rice: Alongside Stephen King and Clive Barker, Anne Rice is a favorite horror author. Start with her captivating "Interview with a Vampire" and delve into the mesmerizing Vampire Chronicles series.Tune in to the episode for more spine-chilling authors and their notable works! Don't forget to leave a review on iTunes and share the podcast with fellow horror enthusiasts. Happy reading, and may your nights be filled with terrifying tales! 🧛‍♂️💀📚Support the Show.If you enjoyed the show please leave a review on Apple. And if you have any questions you can find me on Twitter @BryanJCollinsThanks for listening!
12:19 12/4/23
Best Copywriting Books You Must Read
In this week's episode of the "Become a Writer Today" podcast, we're diving into the world of copywriting books that every aspiring writer must read! 📖✍️ Join me, Bryan Collins, as I share some invaluable insights and recommendations on the best copywriting resources out there.Key takeaways from this episode:🔸 Dive into "The Robert Collier Letter Book," a classic written in the 1930s that offers timeless advice on writing high-performing copy, including real examples that have stood the test of time.🔸 Explore the autobiographical gem, "Confessions of an Advertising Man" by David Ogilvy, and gain a deeper understanding of the mindset and psychology behind successful copywriting.🔸 Uncover the power of long-form sales page writing with "The Ultimate Sales Letter" by Dan Kennedy, which provides detailed guidance and examples on constructing persuasive and effective sales pages.Tune in to the full episode on the "Become a Writer Today" podcast to discover more captivating copywriting books that will enhance your writing journey! 🎧✨Support the Show.If you enjoyed the show please leave a review on Apple. And if you have any questions you can find me on Twitter @BryanJCollinsThanks for listening!
14:34 11/20/23
Behind the Headlines with Isaac Saul of Tangle: Running and Monetizing a Media Newsletter
I had the opportunity to go behind the headlines with Isaac Saul, the creator of Tangle, on my latest episode of the Become a Writer Today podcast. In this episode, we dive deep into Isaac's journey of running and monetizing a media newsletter while striving for balanced reporting in today's politically divided climate.Here are three key takeaways from our conversation:Building Trust through Balanced Reporting: Isaac's upbringing in a politically divided community inspired him to create a publication that both liberals and conservatives trust. With Tangle, he offers accurate, thorough, and balanced information by summarizing controversial political stories using neutral language and including arguments from both sides. This approach has earned them a diverse readership and positioned Tangle as a trusted source for fair news.The Power of Organic Growth and Mailing Lists: Tangle's success began with a daily newsletter on Substack. Their mailing list grew organically, and they tapped into the power of surveys to identify their readers' demographics and preferences. By understanding their audience and building relationships with them, Tangle attracted a loyal readership. They aim to expand further, especially among younger audiences, by branching out to platforms like YouTube, TikTok, and Instagram.Strategy, Research, and a Growing Team: Behind Tangle's impactful content lies a strategic process. Isaac and his team carefully select and research the main story, finding arguments from various perspectives. Extensive research, including reading news articles, listening to podcasts, and watching political commentators, helps them curate fresh and diverse takes. The team's hard work has paid off, growing Tangle from a one-person operation to a full-time team with four employees and an extended network of part-time editors and interns.Resources:Tangle NewsSupport the Show.If you enjoyed the show please leave a review on Apple. And if you have any questions you can find me on Twitter @BryanJCollinsThanks for listening!
29:02 11/6/23
27 Must-Read Classic Literature Books
I recently had the pleasure of discussing 27 must-read classic literature books on the Become a Writer Today podcast. These books have stood the test of time and offer timeless wisdom and insights into the human condition. Whether you're a seasoned reader or just starting your literary journey, these classics are an essential addition to your bookshelf. 🔹 Classic Literature: Dive into the world of the classics and explore timeless themes and masterful storytelling. From epic adventures to thought-provoking social commentaries, these books offer a rich and diverse reading experience.🔹 Coming of Age Tales: Many of the classic literature books discussed on the podcast explore the coming-of-age journey. These stories allow us to reflect on our own growth, self-discovery, and challenges as we navigate life's complexities.🔹 Understanding Society: Classic literature gives us a window into different cultures and historical periods, offering a deeper understanding of society and human nature. Through these books, we can explore themes of love, power, identity, and social injustice.So, whether you're seeking to expand your literary horizons or simply looking for a captivating read, make sure to check out these must-read classic literature books. They are a treasure trove of inspiration and storytelling that will leave a lasting impact on your reading journey.Support the Show.If you enjoyed the show please leave a review on Apple. And if you have any questions you can find me on Twitter @BryanJCollinsThanks for listening!
24:18 10/23/23
Skyrocket Your Email List Using Copywriting Game With Eddie Shleyner
My guest today is Eddie Shleyner. He is the Founder of VeryGoodCopy, a popular newsletter I subscribe to. He's also the former Copy Chief at G2.com, an excellent resource for finding software and other services. In this episode, we discuss the following:How Eddie got into copywritingSocial media managementThe role of AI in copywritingDirect response campaignsHow to create an effective landing pageResources:Eddie's websiteSupport the Show.If you enjoyed the show please leave a review on Apple. And if you have any questions you can find me on Twitter @BryanJCollinsThanks for listening!
23:16 10/9/23
How Doug Evans is Using Reels to Get 1000s of Book Reviews
Could Instagram or TikTok help you generate reviews and sell copies of your new book?One author who offers a resounding yes to that question is Doug Evans. He's behind The Sprout Book: Tap into the Power of the Planet's Most Nutritious Food. The Sprout Book is hugely popular and was an Amazon Best Seller. Doug has grown social media accounts on TikTok and Instagram, with many of his posts going viral and attracting thousands or hundreds of thousands of likes. Doug used his social media accounts to generate reviews for The Sprout Book and sell more copies.I wanted to catch up with Doug to determine what types of content authors should create on social media and how they can get started if they procrastinate.In this episode, we discuss the following: Which networks are the best these daysThe art of creating short-form contentDoug's content creation process for social mediaResources:The Sprout Book WebsiteDoug Evans on TikTokSupport the Show.If you enjoyed the show please leave a review on Apple. And if you have any questions you can find me on Twitter @BryanJCollinsThanks for listening!
23:19 9/25/23
From Passion to Paycheck: The Journey of Writing Blogger Hiten Vyas
My guest today is Hiten Vyas. He is the founder of Writing Tips Oasis, a fantastic resource for writers. Writing Tips Oasis started in 2014 to help writers across India ride on the wave of digital publishing that was about to take over the country. The site used to be called e-Books India and published regular articles that helped writers improve their writing and learn how to market and sell their ebooks and books.However, by the very nature of the Internet, the materials quickly reached writers, authors, freelancers, and independent publishers from across the world—the brand e-Books India needed to be more expansive, so Hiten rebranded.Writing Tips Oasis provides tips, advice, and guidance for published authors, freelance writers, business writers, journalists, and poets. In this episode, we discuss the following:Hiten's entrepreneurial journeyHow to generate a sustainable income from writingThe free novel writing course available on Writing Tips OasisResources:The Writing Tips Oasis websiteSign up for Novice to Novel – A Free Novel Writing CourseSupport the Show.If you enjoyed the show please leave a review on Apple. And if you have any questions you can find me on Twitter @BryanJCollinsThanks for listening!
28:37 8/21/23
11+ Motivational Books You Must Read
Welcome to another episode of the Become a Writer Today podcast. Today we have an exciting lineup for all you aspiring writers out there. In this episode, we'll dive into the world of motivational books. We'll explore eleven must-read titles that will inspire and ignite your personal and professional creativity.Get ready to discover some old classics that have stood the test of time and some contemporary gems that will challenge your mindset. From Dale Carnegie's timeless masterpiece to James Clear's revolutionary "Atomic Habits," we've covered everything. So please sit back, relax, and let's dive into the world of motivation and inspiration. But before we start, I'd like to remind you to leave a review for our show on iTunes and share it with your fellow writers. Your support helps us reach more people who can benefit from our content. Also, remember to check out our companion YouTube channel for even more writing advice. So, without further ado, let's jump into the captivating world of motivational books and become the best writers we can be!Support the Show.If you enjoyed the show please leave a review on Apple. And if you have any questions you can find me on Twitter @BryanJCollinsThanks for listening!
13:21 7/31/23
Create Time, Reduce Errors and Scale Your Profits, with With David Jenyns
In this episode of the Become a Writer Today podcast, my guest is an entrepreneur and author, David Jenyns, who specializes in helping business owners, entrepreneurs, and creatives like you scale their businesses through the power of systems. David introduces his book SYSTEMology, which outlines seven stages of implementing systems and processes in a business, from defining to optimizing. He emphasizes the importance of mapping out client flows and using automation to improve efficiency. David also shares his experience in writing and promoting his own book, as well as the benefits of delegating tasks and hiring part-time help or offshoring for solopreneurs with a tight budget. In this episode, we discuss the following:The importance of lead generation and onboardingThe need for business owners to delegate tasks Building a business that doesn't solely rely on the owner's skillsResources:David's WebsiteSYSTEMology on AmazonSupport the Show.If you enjoyed the show please leave a review on Apple. And if you have any questions you can find me on Twitter @BryanJCollinsThanks for listening!
27:16 7/17/23
The Ultimate Guide to the Best Books on Creativity
In this episode, I consider some of the best books on creativity. Many aspiring writers and artists feel they don’t have what it takes to express themselves. I felt the same way for years. The funny thing is that all creatives have felt this at some point during their careers. It’s a common theme found in many of the best books about creativity. Other themes include procrastination, fear of failure, and even a fear of success!I’ve read dozens of creativity books over the years. This guide profiles the best creativity books for modern writers and artists, so you can start writing, creating, and publishing your best works.Support the Show.If you enjoyed the show please leave a review on Apple. And if you have any questions you can find me on Twitter @BryanJCollinsThanks for listening!
17:58 7/10/23
16 Best Selling Stephen King Books
In this week's podcast, we're diving into the thrilling world of Stephen King and exploring some of his most captivating best-selling novels. Whether you're a die-hard fan or just discovering King's work, these books are guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat.So buckle up and get lost in Stephen King's world of spine-tingling suspense, heart-pounding thrills, and unforgettable characters. Discover why his books have become cultural touchstones and made King a literary legend.Until next time, keep listening and let your imagination soar!Support the Show.If you enjoyed the show please leave a review on Apple. And if you have any questions you can find me on Twitter @BryanJCollinsThanks for listening!
11:12 7/3/23
How to Break Into Screenwriting With Brock Swinson
Do you want to learn how to become a prolific screenwriter? I love catching up with screenwriters. I don't write screenplays myself, but it's a fascinating genre because many principles apply to other types of writing.My guest today is Brock Swinson. He's the interviewer for Creative Screenwriting magazine and the author of Ink by the Barrel, which illustrates Brock's prolific writing principles.In the interview, Brock shares his secrets for breaking into the screenwriting industry and how to overcome the most significant challenge most writers face. In this episode, we discuss the following:Screenwriting principlesProductivity hacks and the intersection between creativity and productivityThe importance of finding your voice and organizing your ideasBalancing writing with editing and marketingThe benefits of becoming a PatreonResources:Creative Principles PodcastCreative ScreenwritingBrock's WebsiteSupport the Show.If you enjoyed the show please leave a review on Apple. And if you have any questions you can find me on Twitter @BryanJCollinsThanks for listening!
27:07 6/26/23
How to Write Pitches Editors Love With Rebecca L. Weber
Would you like to break into freelance writing? And if so, how do you pitch the editors of big-name publications? I was a freelance writer and journalist before I set up Become a Writer Today. It was a challenging profession. I studied journalism in college for a few years, and when I graduated, I struggled to find any work at all. It was only when I specialized in a particular niche that I was able to start finding regular commissions. And even then, I found it quite difficult to pay the bills as a freelance writer. If you're looking to get into freelance writing, my tip is to spend some time each week or every other week pitching for new clients and finding additional work, even if you have enough work in the queue.This week's interviewee, Rebecca Weber, has written for several prestigious publications, including CNN, Forbes, and The Guardian. She's an expert at pitching high-profile editors. In this week's interview, she goes through her five-step process, which you should use to pitch an editor for a publication. I wish I'd known about this five-step process as a freelance journalist. It would have saved me a lot of time and heartache.In this episode, we discuss the following:The importance of researching before you pitchConsidering your unique angleKeeping abreast of trendsResources:Rebecca's WebsiteSupport the Show.If you enjoyed the show please leave a review on Apple. And if you have any questions you can find me on Twitter @BryanJCollinsThanks for listening!
28:45 6/19/23
Building Your Brand: How to Establish Authority in Your Genre With Anna David
Many people say they have a book inside them, but few actually take the time to write it. Writing a book is a great way to build a personal brand and authority and make a name for yourself. But it takes a lot of work to write a book. So why even do it?This week, I caught up with Anna David, a New York Times best-selling author of not one but eight different books. She also runs a company, Legacy Launch Pad Publishing. Her company helps people build authority and, in some cases, reach The New York Times bestseller list. Anna made the point that whether you're writing a book or working with a ghostwriter, asking yourself a few questions before starting on page one is helpful. For example:What is my book about? Who is my book for? And what does success look like? That's an exercise I undertook a couple of years ago when I started writing and self-publishing books. Once I understood what the book was about, it immediately gave me some constraints to work within. In this episode, we discuss the following:The process of identifying what success looks like for you.The importance of understanding your ideal reader.How to motivate yourself to finish that book!Resources:Anna's websiteSupport the Show.If you enjoyed the show please leave a review on Apple. And if you have any questions you can find me on Twitter @BryanJCollinsThanks for listening!
30:05 6/12/23
The Art of Audience Growth: A Deep Dive with a Content Creation Expert Josh Spector
My guest today is Josh Spector, a writer, podcaster, and consultant. He also runs an engaging newsletter over at fortheinterested.com.Josh has been publishing the For The Interested Newsletter for almost seven years. It exists to help creative entrepreneurs grow their audience and business. Around a year ago, Josh launched the podcast I Want to Know. It's a three-question podcast. Guests come on and ask three questions about things they're struggling with, trying to figure out how to grow their audience or business. Josh also operates as a consultant, offering clarity calls where he takes people through his framework to help them develop their strategy for audience growth.In Josh's words, "In order to build an audience, you have to provide value." "You want to help a specific person who's at point A get to point B. And your content, your product, your social posts, your services, whatever you're doing — free or paid — is the bridge that gets them from point A to point B."In this episode, we discuss:Providing value for your audienceGetting the total value out of the content you createLeveraging social mediaResources:For The Interested NewsletterJosh's WebsiteI Want To Know PodcastSkill SessionsJosh on TwitterSupport the Show.If you enjoyed the show please leave a review on Apple. And if you have any questions you can find me on Twitter @BryanJCollinsThanks for listening!
32:52 6/5/23
Unlocking the Power of Email Marketing: Matt Treacey Teaches Authors and Writers to Monetize Their Lists
What should writers, bloggers, and authors know about email marketing automation?Email marketing automation can be overwhelming. When I started figuring out what to send to readers and subscribers, I ended up with a smorgasbord of forms, segments, and rules to follow and check. It took me quite some time and a lot of hair-pulling to get it right.I'm currently using the email marketing software ConvertKit, which is easy to use and was initially built with bloggers and writers in mind. People with lists of all sizes use ConvertKit to send the right message to their readers, segment their list, and sell their latest books, courses, and offers.Email marketing automation can still be tricky to get your head around. So, if you're struggling, you may enjoy this week's interview with Matt Treacey. He teaches authors and writers how to monetize their lists more effectively through the power of marketing or email marketing automation. In this episode, we discuss:Email marketing automation as a powerful way to build a narrative for authorsNurturing the relationship with your readers or audienceMatt's helpful strategies and tips for email marketing automationResources: Matt's websiteSupport the Show.If you enjoyed the show please leave a review on Apple. And if you have any questions you can find me on Twitter @BryanJCollinsThanks for listening!
25:54 5/29/23
The Art of Swipe Files And Using AI to Copywrite With Neville Medhora
AI tools like ChatGPT are all the rage these days. While they won't write everything effectively for you, they can be a real time saver if used correctly. So rather than opening up Microsoft Word or Google Docs and wondering how you will write some compelling copy for your customers or clients, you can use a tool like ChatGPT. It'll generate headlines for you. It could help you turn product features into benefits and give you a good angle or an introduction for your emails, your sales page, or even your blog post about your latest product or service. Not only that, but these tools take away some of the mystery surrounding copywriting. In other words, they make it easier for everybody to express themselves. And if you're a writer working online, copywriting is a valuable skill because it will help you sell your products, services, books, articles, and, of course, your ideas.In this week's interview, I caught up with the expert copywriter, Neville Medhora. He runs swipefile.com, a fantastic website if you want to browse new and old copy that has stood the test of time. He also runs copywritingcourse.com, where you can get your copy workshops from Neville and his team. In this episode, we discuss:How Neville got started way back in 1998How Neville built a successful finance blogNeville's approach to using AI tools to write copyThe art of using a swipe fileHow to grow your platform as a writerResources:SwipefileCopy Writing CourseSupport the Show.If you enjoyed the show please leave a review on Apple. And if you have any questions you can find me on Twitter @BryanJCollinsThanks for listening!
31:37 5/22/23
Insider Tips for Making a 6-Figure Living as an Amazon Indie Author With Marc Reklau
This week, I caught up with a highly successful Amazon indie author. His name is Marc Reklau. He's from Germany but lives in Budapest, Hungary. Marc got into the self-publishing game about ten years ago, when selling books on platforms like Amazon was much easier. He writes about personal development, self-help and covers topics like productivity, happiness, habits, and money. He also uses Amazon ads prolifically to sell copies of his non-fiction books. Believe it or not, he's had a huge success selling books translated into different languages, specifically Spanish.I was fascinated to hear about Marc's approach – firstly, to writing his books and, secondly, to promoting them via Amazon ads. In this episode, we discuss:Marc's process for promoting his workTranslating your books into different languagesMarc's insights into self-publishing Resources:Marc's websiteSupport the Show.If you enjoyed the show please leave a review on Apple. And if you have any questions you can find me on Twitter @BryanJCollinsThanks for listening!
28:07 5/15/23
Jake Thomas of Creator Hooks Talks Headlines and Thumbnails
When writing for YouTube, many top channel creators say the headline for a video and the thumbnail are the two most important things creators must consider. So, what can you do if you need help writing your headline and figuring out a complementary thumbnail? What other channels do you consider if you want to start a YouTube channel that complements your blog, book, or writing?This week's interviewee is Jake Thomas. He's developed a fantastic product, which I recommend you check out. It's called Creator Hooks and Creator Hooks Pro. Creator Hooks is a free newsletter where Jake debunks or analyzes top YouTube videos, including their headlines, the thumbnails, and what made them go viral.Creator Hooks Pro is like a swipe file where you can get in-depth insights into these videos. It's a real time saver for writing headlines and gives me ideas for other videos. In this episode, we discuss:How Jake came up with Creator HooksThe best way to use itWhat's working on YouTube todayEven if you're not currently running a YouTube channel, the principles behind headlines, thumbnails, imagery, and so on come straight from the world of copywriting. You can apply them to other types of writing, including — yes, you guessed it — blog posts, newsletters, Twitter threads, social media, and so on.Resources:Creator HooksSupport the Show.If you enjoyed the show please leave a review on Apple. And if you have any questions you can find me on Twitter @BryanJCollinsThanks for listening!
26:43 5/8/23
How to Serialize Your Book, Novel, or Memoir with Sarah Fay
There's never been a better time to be a writer. We have so many different ways of finding readers and getting our work in front of them. You can self-publish a book, which is fantastic because you don't have to rely on gatekeepers. But let's face it. Self-publishing takes a little bit of time, and you have to invest in a book cover. You've also got to spend money on advertising now, and so on.But what if there's a different way? Enter serialization. Famous authors, from Charles Dickens to Agatha Christie, have all serialized their works. The good news is, it's easier than ever to do it today. Perhaps, the best place to serialize your book is on Substack. I've interviewed several top Substack publication owners over the past few years. But this week's interview is a good one. It's with Sarah Fay, a creative writing professor at Northwestern in the United States. She's also an author at HarperCollins. In this episode, we discuss: Sarah's two different Substack publicationsHer exact process for serializationKey things to do before you serialize your book or workWhatever stage your current writing project is at, serialization is a great way to practice your work in public and connect with your readers.Resources:Writers at Work with Sarah FaySupport the Show.If you enjoyed the show please leave a review on Apple. And if you have any questions you can find me on Twitter @BryanJCollinsThanks for listening!
34:26 5/1/23
The Creative Process of Web 3.0 Influencer: Zeneca
If you're writing or creating content online, then Web3 could be the future. Years ago, many people were sceptical about blogging and didn't see it as a viable way for writers to earn a living. Then it was self-publishing, sometimes considered a bit scammy and not a great way for authors to sell their books directly to their fans.That's the place Web3 is at today. Many people look at the technologies surrounding Web3 — I'm talking about cryptocurrency, the blockchain, and NFTs — with much scepticism.In some cases, they are right. However, Web3 could be how content creators work online to build a relationship directly with their followers and fans. And if you're a writer, it could represent the future of how you write or create something that your readers like to collect or want to own. In this week's interview, I met one of the NFT space's best-known content creators. His name is Zeneca. I asked him how he researches, creates, and writes content in such a new and emerging space.If you feel like you've missed out, or it's too late to get involved in such a technical space, then fear not because Zeneca has a number of takeaways that will help you get started.In this episode, we discuss:how Zeneca got started on Twitter before iterating into different platformshow technologies within Web3 are constantly adapting and changingusing both Web3 and Web2 tools to build a relationship with an audience Resources:One37, ZenecaSupport the Show.If you enjoyed the show please leave a review on Apple. And if you have any questions you can find me on Twitter @BryanJCollinsThanks for listening!
29:13 4/24/23
Exploring the Limitless Potential of AI For Fiction Writers With Tim Boucher
ChatGPT is fast becoming the biggest trend of 2023. But what does that mean for writers?Like many, I've been using ChatGPT intermittently over the past few weeks and months for various parts of the writing process. I don't describe myself as an advanced ChatGPT user, but I use it for some administrative aspects of running a blog and content websites. For example, I use it to generate iterations of headlines, write SEO meta descriptions, create ideas for FAQs that I put at the bottom of articles, and even develop article outlines. However, I do not use ChatGPT or AI tools to write an entire article because, let's face it, the results can be mixed. I still like to insert some personality and research into the pieces I might write.AI tools can be a real time saver. I even used an AI tool to help develop a headline for this week's podcast episode. So, if you're listening to this, you must have found the headline at least slightly engaging. That said, many writers and creatives from other professions, particularly artists, are worried about how AI will potentially replace them. In this week's interview, I caught up with the Canadian AI author, Tim Boucher. He describes how he uses multiple AI tools to produce short-form fiction. One key thing Tim said struck me. He's not using AI to produce his short stories and novels faster or more efficiently. If anything, he's using AI to experiment and explore different creative approaches.In this episode, we discuss:the tools Tim is usinghis writing promptshow AI is helping him experimentResources:Tim's websiteSupport the Show.If you enjoyed the show please leave a review on Apple. And if you have any questions you can find me on Twitter @BryanJCollinsThanks for listening!
30:38 4/17/23
From BookTok to Writing About Blockchain: How to Stay Ahead of the Curve with Creator Nat Eliason
There are endless ways writers and authors can connect with readers. An author website, TikTok, YouTube, personal newsletters, Substack, the list goes on. But how do you identify which is the right discovery platform for you? This week I was fascinated to catch up with a content creator who has succeeded multiple times across different platforms. He has a popular personal newsletter and writes about Web3 and cryptocurrency. He's also a well-known book talker. I'm talking about Nat Eliason, who creates content on various discovery platforms.Now, my key takeaway from talking to Nat is that it's still crucial to connect directly with your readers. And for writers, that hasn't changed.In this episode, we discuss:the best way to connect with your readershow Nat gets subscribers organically within the Substack appwriting a cryptocurrency bookpersonal knowledge managementResources:Nat's websiteSupport the Show.If you enjoyed the show please leave a review on Apple. And if you have any questions you can find me on Twitter @BryanJCollinsThanks for listening!
31:35 4/10/23
Unlocking Creativity: How Journaling Can Transform Lives Behind Bars
In this week's episode, I interview a creative writing instructor who works in a local county prison to instruct inmates on the practice of journaling. Tina Welling is a big believer in the therapeutic power of this practice. She's also a big believer in the link between creativity and nature. Those are two themes that she addresses in her recent books. I'm going to cover both in this week's podcast episode.I was particularly fascinated to catch up with a writing instructor focusing on journaling because journaling is a fantastic practice for anybody, particularly for writers. It helps you get into the habit of writing regularly. You don't have to ask permission from anybody to journal. It enables you to express yourself through the written word.And it will give you source material that you could use later on. Best of all, you can't get journaling wrong. After all, when you write an entry, usually — unless you decide to do something with it later — it's for you and you alone.In this week's episode, Tina Welling explains how she teaches prison inmates how to journal. She also talks about the link between journaling and therapy. Resources:Tina's website.Support the Show.If you enjoyed the show please leave a review on Apple. And if you have any questions you can find me on Twitter @BryanJCollinsThanks for listening!
29:52 4/3/23
Mastering the Art of Online Writing: Tips from Dickie Bush
What are the skills you need to write successfully online today? In this week's episode, I caught up with Dickie Bush. Now, you may already know Dickie Bush because he has nearly 330,000 followers on Twitter. He's the co-founder of Typeshare, a fantastic online writing tool. And he also runs Ship 30 for 30, an online writing course I took a year ago. I was really excited to catch up with Dickie because he's an expert in writing online, specifically on Twitter. One of my key takeaways from talking to Dickie is how he looks at the creative process. In this episode, we discuss: how he transitioned from working as a trader at BlackRockchoosing your subject matterhow to supplement your subject with information and datahow he co-formed TypeshareDickie is getting ready to launch a new cohort of Ship 30 for 30. I have added the link below so you can sign up. It really is an excellent course. If you haven't written much online and perhaps lack confidence about publishing your work on Twitter or other platforms, or you want to see how an expert does it and learn about their tactics and strategies, then I would encourage you to take this particular course.Resources:Ship 30 for 30 CourseTypeshareDickie's websiteSupport the Show.If you enjoyed the show please leave a review on Apple. And if you have any questions you can find me on Twitter @BryanJCollinsThanks for listening!
32:13 3/27/23
Behind the Screams: Writing Horror with Chris Coppel
My guest this week is a prolific horror author. His name is Chris Coppel. He's the author of more than a dozen books in this genre. Chris also has a famous father who wrote a screenplay for a film that I guarantee you'll know, which has had a huge cultural impact. I was fascinated to catch up with Chris.In this episode, we discuss:how Chris approaches writing horrorhow to sustain interest in one genrewhy you should write what you love to readand his famous dadResources:Chris's websiteSupport the Show.If you enjoyed the show please leave a review on Apple. And if you have any questions you can find me on Twitter @BryanJCollinsThanks for listening!
25:27 3/20/23
Maximizing Your Writing Income: Using Affiliate Websites to Earn More With Jamie IF
Can affiliate marketing help you earn more money as a writer working online? The answer is yes; affiliate marketing is a fantastic way to grow your income as a writer.You can create content about the products, services, or tools you use daily. The difference is that you would do this on a niche website about a specific topic or concept rather than about you. In other words, it's different from writing about something personal or what's happening in your day. That's a mistake that new bloggers often make. They wonder why they're not earning money online because they simply write about their day.There are a few caveats to affiliate marketing. Firstly, it can be competitive. And secondly, it's usually a good idea only to pick products, services, and tools you use, recommend, and trust yourself. In other words, you're going to create content about something you rely on and are happy to recommend to others. This week, I caught up with a niche website expert specializing in affiliate marketing and in-affiliate content. Jamie I.F. of increasing.com runs over ten different websites across many niches. He publishes monthly income reports on his website about what's working and not working. He earns five figures a month from his portfolio from affiliate marketing, display advertising, and other monetization methods. In this episode, we discuss:Janie's framework for affiliate marketingBuilding affiliate websitesHow to capture the attention of your readersResources:Jamie's websiteSupport the Show.If you enjoyed the show please leave a review on Apple. And if you have any questions you can find me on Twitter @BryanJCollinsThanks for listening!
32:42 3/13/23

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