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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!


How Writers Can Overcome Limiting Money Beliefs With Austin L. Church
What are your limiting mindsets around money and freelancing?Like many writers, I’ve had some limiting beliefs around money, which have held me back over the years. I guess I was telling myself I don’t deserve to get paid to write. Later on, when I started getting paid as a copywriter for a British software company, I said things like, “I should be content with what I have because lots of other people I know are worse off.”Even later, in my 30s, I used to say things like, “It’s really hard for writers to make money or to earn a living today because perhaps it’s harder to sell books or people don’t read as much as they used to.” I still encounter these types of limiting beliefs around money from time to time, so I haven’t unwound them all. Do any of these strike a chord with you? In that case, I’d encourage you to dig a little deeper into why you think you don’t deserve to earn money for creative work or feel like you should be content with what you already have. Or perhaps even limiting beliefs like, “I’m just not good with money,” because the thing is, you can get paid for creative work and still pay the bills.This week’s interviewee is Austin Church. He’s a brand consultant, and part of his work is helping freelancers or new freelancers overcome these types of limiting beliefs. In this episode, we discuss:The different strategies Austin offers to overcome limiting mindsetsTips on branding for writers and creativesImagining and realizing your brandDiversifying your personal brand vs. your professional identityResources:Website: the show
33:24 09/26/2022
Is WordAgents The Right SEO Content Service For You? With David Peterson
Years ago, I worked as a freelance writer producing my content exclusively. These days, I still write articles for the websites I run, but I also employ several writers to create content for me on topics outside my areas of expertise. To scale a content website, you need to publish more articles and blog posts, and it's impossible to write them all yourself. When you dive into a niche, you'll quickly find many untapped keywords, topics, and ideas on which you should publish content to scale up your traffic and hopefully increase your revenue. Your options include hiring freelance writers using a service like Upwork or perhaps advertising on the ProBlogger Jobs board, or outsourcing to a content agency.One agency that I've used for my content websites is called For context, at the time of recording this interview, you could order 1,000 words, about the length of a standard article, for $114 and 10,000 words for $810. The more you order, the greater the discount. If you're running a website and need content on topics you're not an expert in, I'd encourage you to consider using an agency like WordAgents. I wanted to understand a little more about how they produce content and help writers understand what it's like working for a company like WordAgents. So this week, I caught up with David Peterson. He's based in Boston and is the Chief Operating Officer of WordAgents. In this episode, we discuss:How WordAgents produce contentHow many writers WordAgents employWhat it's like to work for a company like WordAgentsThe role of AI in content publishingThe value of a writing portfolio vs. academic qualificationWordAgents' new money-back guarantee if they don't produce your content in 7 days (per 10,000 words)Resources:Website: WordAgentsSupport the show
26:20 09/19/2022
Creators! Reach Your True Audience Using NFTs with Julien Genestoux
I've spent a lot of time thinking about the future of content publishing online. When you run a content website, you must understand a couple of strategies to build an audience. If you're focused on attracting traffic from Google, you need to figure out search engine optimization. Alternatively, if you're looking for traffic from Facebook, you need to understand social media marketing and paid advertising. And if you want to build a relationship with your audience, you need a way of connecting with them over email. With some of those methods, you're not always in control of that relationship. And in fact, I know many creators that run content publishing businesses and have seen their sites plummet in traffic and value after a Google algorithm update. In other words, you're at the mercy of Google for how your website will perform over time. There are similar issues with Facebook, Twitter and Amazon. As a content creator, you must play within the walled garden of whatever platform you use.Web 3.0 could change all of that. One way you can own a relationship directly with your audience, readers, and fans is by creating a non-fungible token or NFT. This week's guest may help you understand how creators can use NFTs in the future. His name is Julien Genestoux, and he's the founder of Unlock Protocol. Even if you're not quite ready to create your first NFT or even to purchase an NFT, it's worth figuring out what this technology can do because I guarantee in a few years, we will use NFTs in some way on the online platforms that we take for granted. In this episode, we discuss:What Unlock Protocol isUsing NFTs for your online businessThe advantages of Web 3.0 toolsMembership NFTsCarbon neutral blockchainsResources:Unlock ProtocolSupport the show
30:22 09/12/2022
Go Wide With Your Audiobook Says Scott Curry of Findaway Voices
Over the years, I've produced, recorded, and outsourced various audiobooks based on works I've written. For my first book, I narrated it myself using a microphone at home. Later, I commissioned a narrator, also known as an ACX, and asked them to rework the entire audiobook. They did a better job than I did. For subsequent books, I outsourced production by hiring narrators, and I paid between $1,000 and $2,000 for a finished audiobook. More recently, when I wrote my parenting memoir, I Can't Believe I'm a Dad!, I decided I wanted to narrate this book myself, so I rented a studio nearby.Each chapter ranged between 1,500 and 2,000 words and took about half an hour to narrate. I'd have to stop and rerecord a sentence for pickups or get the right tone, speed, and pace. The radio producer often asked me to go back and rerecord certain sections. After several hours of recording, my voice would crack and dry up, which would be it for the day. The whole process took a lot longer than I thought. But you don't have to go and rent an audio studio for your audiobook; there are multiple services available to help you break down the process. One excellent service to consider is Findaway Voices. I use Findaway Voices to distribute the audio files I recorded for I Can't Believe I'm a Dad! It enables authors to go wide with their audiobooks. Even if you don't have an audiobook that you've narrated yourself, you can use their newly launched marketplace to source a narrator who can record your audiobook for you.This week, I caught up with Scott Curry of Findaway Voices. He's also a self-published author.In this episode, we discuss:Using the platform if you're bringing your own audioUsing the marketplace to source a narratorScott also describes his writing process and how he thinks about audio production today. I think you'll love his tip about auditioning himself for his audiobook and why he didn't get the job!Resources:Findaway VoicesScott Curry as an Independent AuthorSupport the show
36:00 09/05/2022
The Craft of Self-Editing with Tiffany Yates Martin
How can you balance the analytical act of editing with the creative act of writing? I spend a lot of time thinking about editing and considering the best ways to take a draft and turn it into something publishable. That's probably because I spend some of the working days editing the work of other writers and because I've worked as a sub-editor for several newspapers over the years. I learned from editors far more talented than I am about how to take an early draft and turn it into something you can publish in a professional publication. This week, I caught up with a talented developmental editor. Her name is Tiffany Yates Martin. She runs FoxPrint Editorial and is also the author of Intuitive Editing: A Creative and Practical Guide to Revising Your Writing. Tiffany has spent nearly thirty years as an editor in the publishing industry, working with the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today, to name a few.In the interview, I explained to Tiffany how I currently approach editing or self-editing first drafts of manuscripts and narrative nonfiction. She gave me a few practical tips to help me improve next time. We also discussed how to separate every editor's analytical approach. As an editor, it's your job to figure out what to take out, what to clarify, what to condense, what to improve on, and how to balance all of that with the creative act of writing. I started to explain how I sometimes consider using a template like Blake Snyder's Beat Sheet or the three-act structure when preparing a manuscript to write. Tiffany offered a different approach that could help me embrace the creative act of writing with the analytical act of editing. In this episode, we discuss: The craft of self-editingThe importance of soliciting feedbackThe best ways to get feedback from other readersResources: Visit Tiffany orwww.phoebefoxauthor.comSupport the show
33:39 08/22/2022
Evolve Your Creative Writing Process Through Meditation with Albert Flynn DeSilver
Meditation, mindfulness, and creativity, how do they work hand in hand? I like to meditate twice a day. It's a practice that took 8 or 9 years to develop. I first learned meditation using the app Headspace and took guided meditation courses. Then, I started taking some in-person meditation courses. I even went away on a meditative retreat. Because I spend so much time working alone, I find meditation helpful for mental health and learning how to focus and gain a bit of perspective. These days, I also use the meditation app Waking Up, which Sam Harris created. Sam interviews guests and experts about the topic of meditation and the different types of meditative practices that are out there. It's a good way of understanding how you can fit meditative and mindfulness practice into your writing, creativity, and overall life. This week, I caught up with Albert Flynn DeSilver, an award-winning, internationally published writer, speaker, and workshop leader. He's also a former Poet Laureate and has written several books, including a memoir and a book about writing, creativity, and meditation called Writing as a Path to Awakening. Albert hosts workshops whereby he teaches attendees how to develop a meditative practice and build a writing habit. In this episode, we discuss:How Albert got into writingHis fascinating writing journey to dateBecoming Marin County's first poet laureateHow meditation can help a writerHow he brings meditation and writing together in workshopsAlbert would love to offer listeners to the episode a 30-minute FREE writing and coaching session on any aspect of writing, editing, or publishing. Please book a call at or contact him via Website: www.albertflynndesilver.comSupport the show
33:29 08/08/2022
Using AI to Write Content That Ranks With Jeff Coyle of MarketMuse
What should writers and content publishers know about using AI as part of their creative workflow? Over the past year or two, I’ve tested various content marketing tools, software, and so on. One tool that I use extensively is MarketMuse. About a year ago, the traffic on my main website, Become a Writer Today, dipped by 10 to 20 percent after a Google algorithm update. I was pretty stressed about the whole thing because I had just left my permanent job and relied on the site to pay the bills. When I dug into the traffic dip, I found a few issues. One was that competitors were reverse-engineering some of my top-performing content. But I had also missed opportunities to publish supporting content that would help and engage readers. It isn’t easy to figure out all of this yourself, and that’s where AI and content marketing tools like MarketMuse can help. Using MarketMuse, I analyzed all the top-performing content on my site and figured out what content was outdated and needed an overhaul to ensure a consistent journey for readers. I could have done some of this manually, but it would have taken me several months. An AI-powered tool like MarketMuse dramatically sped up the process. And as a result, traffic for the site corrected itself within a month or two and then grew. Whether or not you’re running a content website, consider how you can use AI as part of your writing workflow. Learn how an AI tool can help you write better headlines, SEO meta descriptions, and supporting copy for social media.And don’t worry, they’re not going to take the creativity out of writing because skills like understanding what readers want, storytelling, and driving engagement are something only writers can do. In this episode, I meet Jeff Coyle, the co-founder, and chief product officer for MarketMuse. MarketMuse primarily helps content marketers build topical authority by figuring out gaps in their content, but it’s also great for small content publishers and bloggers who want to take their site to the next level. In this episode, we discuss:How MarketMuse came aboutHow to create an effective content workflowHow MarketMuse can help content writers add more value to clients and land paid workWhere you can access free advice and support nowResources:Website: the show
27:09 07/25/2022
How Passionate Creatives Can Earn a Good Living From Their Interests with Adam Davidson
How can you earn a living from your passion for the written word? When I started as a writer, it seemed exceptionally difficult to earn a good living from the written word. That's probably because I was trying to make a living as a journalist in Ireland, and as a pretty small country, there were few opportunities. But I quickly discovered that my experiences weren't unique. It's pretty tricky to earn a living from the written word. Or at least it was up until a few years ago.Now there are a variety of platforms and online tools that make it easier for writers to connect with readers and their audience. You can start a blog, you can build a following on Twitter, you can self-publish a book, and then you can create a companion course. There are a plethora of opportunities for writers today. It depends on where your passion lies, but finding time for all these projects and balancing creative work with earning a living can be challenging.In this week's podcast, I caught up with Adam Davidson. He's the founder of Planet Money and a former writer for publications like The New Yorker. He's also the author of the rather excellent book, The Passion Economy: The New Rules for Thriving in the 21st Century, which I recommend you check out. In the book, Adam profiles eight rules that people who are passionate about something can use and apply to earn a good living from whatever takes their interest, including writers. In this episode, we discuss:His next creative project and how it's more of a passion projectThe tension between doing something that pays the bills and doing something to build a businessCreating something just for you that you want to release out into the worldAnd what this scenario looks like for AdamResources:Adam on TwitterPlanet MoneyAdam on NPRSupport the show
31:25 07/18/2022
How to Use Expert Interviews For Your Book with Market Wizards Author Jack Schwager
How can interviews help you if you are writing a non-fiction book? I spent a lot of time interviewing guests for this podcast and as a freelance journalist. Interviews can seem like they're pretty straightforward to do. But it can take almost as long to prepare for an interview, particularly if you don't know the topic well. Even if you're knowledgeable about a topic, it's still helpful to figure out an angle for your interview because it gives a strong structure. I have learned to use interviews in my non-fiction because they help add a third-party voice. If you're writing a non-fiction book about a particular topic, interviewing an expert in your niche adds credibility. One series of books that's made a significant impact on me is the Market Wizards series by Jack Schwager. He profiles day traders, investors, and various types of financial entrepreneurs who have made money in the markets. Now, I don't day trade, but I particularly like these books because they give a good insight into a different type of career. They also reveal commonalities between writers who spend a lot of time alone in a room writing and day traders who can do the same except in front of their terminals or computer screens. Jack uses interviews to craft a compelling argument throughout the chapters. The Market Wizards series extends over five books, and he's spent 30 years working on this particular series.So when I caught up with Jack, I had a stack of questions for him. I hope you enjoy my catch-up with Jack about his Market Wizards series of books. I recommend them even if you're not interested in day trading. They offer excellent advice about risk management and starting your own business, and they are a great read.In this episode, we discuss:How Jack gets ready to interview day traders, investors, and people who found success in the marketsHow Jack had sustained his interest in a topic for over 30 yearsHow difficult it is to find new angles and ways to talk about the same ideas or topics Resources:Website: the show
32:34 07/11/2022
Why Solitude is So Important for Creatives with Bryan Crosson, Author of The Lonesome Thread.
How important is solitude for the creative process, and how can you balance finding solitude for your creative work with everything else that's going on in your busy life? In this week's episode, I catch up with Bryan Crosson. He's the author of the Lonesome Thread, and his book is all about creativity, solitude for creatives, and why it's so important. In his book, Bryan draws on his experiences when he was serving in Afghanistan, and he relates that to creative work and writing. The book particularly resonated with me because I believe in having time and space for writing and creative work each day.These days, I have enough time to write full time, but when I first started Become a Writer Today and taking writing a bit more seriously, I used to get up early in the morning and write for an hour or more before the kids got up. I particularly liked writing early in the morning because it was quiet, and I didn't have to check email or worry about work meetings or phone calls, or daily life, and that's a theme that Bryan, this week's interviewee, also talks about. In fact, his mantra is if you win the morning, you can win the day. Now I try to write for an hour or two in the morning before moving on with the rest of the tasks related to the business. I'm telling you this because even if you have a full-time job, you can still consider how you can find a little bit of time for writing in the morning or writing in the evening after work. And writers who work full time still have to balance writing with all of the other things they have to do to earn a living. In this episode, we discuss:Bryan's role as an adviser in AfghanistanThe evolution of his creative journeyWriting a book in lockdownBryan's creative process as a sporadic writerHow to deal with boredom as a creativeMeditation and his many other interests and hobbiesResources:Website: the show
28:16 07/04/2022
How to Become a Successful Creative Non-Fiction Writer with Susan Scott
How can you write creative non-fiction? And what makes it stand out?I am fascinated by creative non-fiction. It is a type of writing where the writer or author injects something of themself from their personal life or a little bit of creativity into the work.In other words, it's not simply researching a topic and turning it into another dry business book.Writing creative non-fiction can be a challenge. In addition to selecting an intriguing idea, you need to find the best way to express that idea and tell compelling stories that will captivate the reader's attention.This week's guest is a specialist in writing creative non-fiction. Her name is Susan Scott.Susan has written three books over her career and is a New York Times best-selling author.In this episode, we discuss:Her 22 years plus writing journeyHow to approach creative non-fictionHow creative non-fiction and non-fiction differSusans' research and writing processAnd her influences and inspirationResources:Website: Susan ScottTwitter: fierce_incSupport the show
31:59 06/27/2022
The Collaborative Writing Process with Becky Breed & Lucy Adkins
How can you collaborate with other writers and authors? And what should you know before you decide to write an article, essay, or book with someone else?This week's interview is all about collaborative writing, and I caught up with two authors from Nebraska, Becky Breed, and Lucy Adkins, to discuss the process. They are collaborative authors who have known each other for over 20 years.Collaborative writing involves embarking on a creative project, whether big like a book or small like an essay, and writing everything from the first to final draft together. You will both work through the topic, ideas, and edits and decide what the final piece looks like. This seems a challenging process to me, but many authors have great success with collaborative writing projects.In this episode, we discuss:how they got started togetherthe advantages of collaborationwhere to look to find a suitable collaboratorSupport the show
33:34 06/20/2022
How to Find Your Creative State Even When a Project Loses Its Meaning with Sharlene Anders
In this episode, I caught up with Sharlene Anders, better known as Shallalla who is a creativity coach based in Germany. Shallalla turns the tables during our conversation and asks me questions about my creative work and what I do when I feel like a project doesn’t have any meaning.Like all authors, I enjoy the process of writing. But when I was writing my parenting book, I would turn on the news and be faced with grim stories about the virus, lockdowns, and other world issues. It left me feeling depressed, isolated, and lonely because I couldn’t see anybody outside my immediate family circle due to the country being in lockdown. There were times when I wrote the book when I would say to myself, “What’s the point in writing this book about parenting when there’s so much more going on in the world? Am I just wasting my time? Shouldn’t I be doing something with more purpose or something that adds more value to everything I’m reading and listening about?” Shallalla explained that it’s a pretty common experience that many creatives went through during the lockdown and the past few years. She offers several strategies that creatives can use when they feel like their work doesn’t have any meaning and they feel creatively blocked.In this episode, we discuss:How to reframe lonelinessUnderstanding how meaning comes and goesThe benefits of journallingTechniques for getting into a flow stateDealing with money beliefsBuilding an audienceResourcesThe Van Gough Blues by Eric MaiselI am ShallallaShallalla on YouTubeSupport the show
34:21 06/13/2022
Growing and Promoting a Podcast and Should you Script the Episodes? With Jack Rhysider
If you're a regular listener to this podcast, you know I stick to a format where I interview an expert on a particular topic. I talk to them about their background and ask them about their writing process and journey.I like the interview format, but there are other formats that you can use for podcasts like the one popularized by Serial, where you script out an episode in advance and tell a story within the episode. That takes a lot more work, but it's an excellent format for writers.I wanted to get in touch with a podcaster who does just that, which led me to talk to Jack Rhysider. He's the host of Darknet Diaries, an award-winning podcast all about the world of hacking and security. Publications like The Guardian and The New York Times have featured the podcast.Jack has been podcasting for over three years, and he says there is real value in consistency and turning up. He describes some of the growing pains he had at the start of his podcast when he found a competitor talking about the same topic.Jack also talks about how you should go where your community is, and he's built a fantastic community on Discord and Reddit. He finds his community often come to him with story ideas and feedback about the show, and word of mouth has helped him grow the podcast.Jack also offers some advice about the storytelling process and recommends a book that has helped him.In this episode, we discuss:How Jack finds someone willing to talk about being hackedJack's research processUsing Discord and Reddit to engage with the audienceUsing storying telling when scripting an episodeIs it too late to start a podcast?Techniques for growing a podcastResources:Out on the Wire by Jessica AbelLimeLinkDarknet DiariesTwitterSupport the show
32:01 06/06/2022
How to Write Technical Topics in a Fun and Accessible Way with Steve Krug
Steve Krug is the author of the book Don’t Make Me Think. He’s rewritten the book three times, and so far, it’s sold over 600,000 copies. During the interview, I got into why he decided to rewrite the book several times and how the book helped him build a business around writing technical non-fiction for his audience. Steve also talks to me about what he’s up to these days and gives some valuable tips for overcoming problems in the creative process like procrastination and writer’s block. Listening to Steve is reassuring as it shows that writers of all levels have issues with procrastination and motivation. In this episode, we discuss:The best approach for setting up a new website todayHow Steve came to write his bookWhat Steve is writing todayUsing the Getting Things Done methodology How procrastination has been an ongoing problem for SteveThe books that have significantly influenced him.Resources:Don't Make Me ThinkSensibleGetting Things DoneSteve on TwitterSupport the show
33:25 05/30/2022
How Writers and Content Publishers Can Use AI Content Generation with James Scherer
As a writer, you may be concerned that AI writing tools will replace you. The answer is no, at least not just yet. I've tested multiple tools, and while they're helpful and save time, they won't help if you are writing something complex or requiring creativity or in-depth research. What they can do is help overcome problems like writer's block. They can help you figure out topics you need to cover in your articles and content. They can also help you develop headlines, meta descriptions, and other elements that you should include to help your content rank. Now, I wanted to catch up with someone who is an expert on the topic, and so in this episode, I talked to James Scherer, the VP of Growth at Codeless. In the first half of the interview, we talk about James's SEO approach and recommendations for somebody who is starting a site from scratch and his approach to link building. In the second half of the interview, we get into AI, and James provides some practical tips which will help you get started using AI as part of your writing or content publishing workflow. In this episode, we discuss:Is it too late to start content marketingHow to speed up results from content marketingHow to start a content site from scratchWhen should you introduce AI tools into your content marketingTips for trying AI software for the first the show
30:50 05/23/2022
NFTS for Writers or Are They a Scam? With Jessica Artemisia
Jessica Artemisia Mathieu is a sci-fi, fantasy author and digital marketing agency owner. She's also the creator of The Sovereigntii, which uses NFTs on blockchain as a new form of storytelling, community, and income.Jessica is one of the few writers I've talked to so far who's successfully using NFT as part of her writing career. I wanted to find out how she's doing it and how writers can get involved today. My key takeaway from talking to Jessica is that we're still incredibly early, so if you find some of the language, terminology, and steps to buying NFTs confusing, don't worry, you're not alone. But now's a good time to learn about the space because NFTs are here to stay for creatives. And it'll be interesting to see how writers and authors use NFTs in future years to connect with their fans and readers. In this episode, we discuss:How to create an NFT based on a piece of writingHow NFTs are opening the door for artists worldwideAre NFTs expensive and what are the alternatives?Why do NFT creators use pseudonyms?Keeping yourself safe in the NFT spaceResourcesHEN jessartemisia.comSupport the show
31:29 05/16/2022
Why Non-fiction Writing Is So Powerful with Dr. Joan Smoller
Dr. Joan Smoller is a creative non-fiction writer, a writing coach, a former lecturer at NYU, and author of three books.She’s also written for multiple high-profile publications in the United States, including the New York Times. In this interview, she talks about the power of non-fiction, how writers could use it to inspire social change and what non-fiction has done for her. Joan demonstrates that a writing career can be diverse. She has taught, instructed, edited, has prepared multimillion-dollar grant proposals, has written about topics like skin cancer, and has run a successful writing program. In other words, the genre or subject that you’re writing about today doesn’t necessarily have to be the genre or topic that you will pursue tomorrow.Joan talks about advice she gives her students: the importance of writing every day and the value of freewriting. I was delighted when Joan mentioned free writing because I’ve used it on and off over the years. If you’re not familiar with freewriting, Joan describes how to apply it, and she also gives some tips which can help you get over a fear of self-judgment and what other people think. In this episode, we discuss:How writing can be a lifesaverChoosing to write about specific genres How writing has changed over the yearsCommon mental hurdles that writers have to overcomeThe benefits of freewritingWhat to do in order to get your non-fiction to succeedWriting about difficult topicsOvercoming the fear of self-judgement ResourcesResume Docrsmejsr@gmail.comSupport the show
28:51 05/09/2022
What Is Creative Independence and How Can You Find It? With Jay Clouse
Jay Clouse is the host of the popular podcast, Creative Elements. A couple of months ago, I took one of Jay's podcasting courses, which changed how I think about podcasting and creative work. In this episode, Jay and I discuss the value of consistency. He's interviewed several top performers, like Seth Godin, and turning up and doing consistent work is often the key to their success. Jay also says that it's not too late to start a podcast, write a book, or whatever your creative goals are. Jay has talked to podcasters who started their shows as late as 2007, proving that if you're passionate about a topic and understand your niche, you can connect with an audience. I also asked Jay how he's promoted and built his podcast over the years, and he offers some actionable tips.  We finish the interview talking about NFTs or non-fungible tokens. So if that's something you're interested in, stay tuned until the end of the podcast.In this episode, we discuss:The techniques he's used for getting high profile guests on his podcastHow long it takes Jay to edit a podcast episodeHow Jay balances all of his work projectsWhy it's not too late to start a podcastHow to monetize your podcastWhy all creatives should consider NFTsResources:Creative Elements @jayclouse on TwitterSupport the show (
31:39 05/02/2022
How to Go Viral on Medium with Amardeep Parmar
Amardeep Parmar is a content creator and a prolific Medium writer. Within around two years, he built up approximately 60,000 followers. One of his articles went viral, he's got millions of views, and he's featured in top-tier publications online like Wired and Morning Brew. Amar's experience shows that if you feel like it's too late to start online writing or it's too hard to build an online portfolio and stand apart, you can still do it. It is possible to start writing today and have readers and followers tomorrow.Amar talks about balancing creativity with a scientific approach to the writing process. And he describes how he picks his topics, plans and edits them, and then prepares them for publication. Amar also talks about why he set up his podcast and describes how he turns content from the podcast into articles. In this episode we discuss:Amar's viral Medium articleThe writing processTools that Amar uses when writingPlanning out future articlesRepurposing podcast contentHow Amar balances all of his projectsResources:mindfuldriven.comSupport the show (
35:09 04/25/2022
It’s Not Too Late to Earn Money from Blogging with Debbie Gartner
Debbie Gartner is known as The Flooring Girl. Her website is all about home improvements, but the emails she sends to her list are all about SEO, creating content, and affiliate marketing. I wanted to find out how somebody can run two different business models and earn a living.Debbie is very open and transparent about what works in her business and what she earns from it. She produces monthly income reports where you can see the types of digital courses that people are interested in and she provides inspiration for the types of digital products you can create. Debbie started The Flooring Girl as a side project and it turned into a business when she found herself in debt. She also honed her SEO skills and began coaching clients in SEO and then transitioned to teaching what she knows about SEO into digital courses and other products. Debbie confesses in the interview that she doesn’t like to write which is interesting considering she’s built a successful content business. She also describes her process for creating all of her digital products. In this episode, we discuss:Using an email list to generate income and promote productsFinding the right products to promote as an affiliateChoose one thing and implement it wellStop going after the next shiny objectWhich digital products work wellResources:The Flooring GirlSEO CourseSupport the show (
29:28 04/18/2022
Managing Distractions as a Writer with Dan Clarke
Dan Clarke is the founder of, a service designed to help you focus on your task. It was popularized in 2016 via an AppSumo deal but has gone through many iterations since helps you manage distractions which can be a real challenge for writers. Distractions can take you away from your flow state and affect your writing.Dan Clark talked with me about how evolved and how writers and creatives can use it. Dan also states that it pays to understand what time of the day you’re creative, what time you’re productive, and what times you should step back from your work, switch off, and even do nothing. He talks about finding a balance between being bored and hyper-energetic and how that sweet spot can help you get into a creative groove. This interview is a more extended episode than usual because Dan has given a free preview of, which you can listen to at the end of this episode around the 25- or 30-minute mark. In this episode, we discuss:What is and how does it work?What are binaural beats?How the music is createdThe most effective way of listening to Brain.fmHow writers can use Brain.fmHow the product is changing and adapting Resources:Brain.fmSupport the show (
55:19 04/11/2022
Using Content Marketing to Build Your Business or Personal Brand with Pam Didner
The internet thrives on great content. Somebody has to write it, and while some people say AI could replace writers, that’s not going to happen anytime soon.That's a topic I talk about in this week’s interview with the expert content marketer, Pam Didner. Smart content marketers write books, articles, or publish content that aligns with a product or service that they create. Non-fiction authors like Pam will write a book about a topic which potential clients find interesting so they may then hire the author. Pam also talks about writing for the sake of writing, which can be fun but it’s not necessarily something you do with commercial intent. I’ve interviewed a number of non-fiction writers for the Become a Writer Today Podcast, and if you like this interview with Pam, check out my chat with Neal Schaffer.In this episode, we discuss:How to make your content stand outWill AI change how content marketers do their jobKey analytics and stats to look out forHow writing a book can boost your careerResources:Pam DidnerNeal Schaffer InterviewThe Modern AI MarketerEffective Sales EnablementGlobal Content MarketingSupport the show
33:24 04/04/2022
Should Writers Start a Podcast? With Matty Dalrymple
Matty Dalrymple has been the host of The Indy Author Podcast since 2016 and published her first book in 2013.She's the author of the Ann Kinnear suspense novels and suspense shorts and the Lizzy Ballard thrillers.  In this episode of the podcast, I ask Matty why she decided to set up her podcast and if it’s too late for aspiring podcasters today. We also get a little bit into the workflow of podcasting and the various software and hardware that she uses. Matty also describes how podcasting has shaped her writing and why she believes it’s a fantastic format for creatives.In this episode, we discuss:What encouraged Matty to start her own PodcastMatty's personal podcast highlights Forward planning podcast episodesThe process for finding new guestsHow many hours a week to spend preparing and promoting your podcastMatty's podcast set upReviewing podcast metricsResources:The Indy AuthorMatty DalrympleSupport the show (
35:47 03/28/2022
Content Marketing for Creators. How to Get Started with Jon Tromans
Jon Tromans is a fellow podcaster. His podcast is called Not Another Marketing Podcast, and he uses content marketing to build his business and provide consultancy services to his clients.It can be challenging to balance creative work, like writing a book or writing stories, with content marketing, so I wanted to talk to Jon about his productivity tips for creatives. Jon explains that if you want to build a lasting business, you need to experiment with different formats like blogging and podcasting. In this interview, he gets into some of the tactics that have worked for him. He explains his definition of content marketing, and he also talks about how he structures his day so he has time for creative work and building his business.The content that you create encourages your audience to act. So, if you’re a blogger, they’re joining your email list or buying one of your digital products. If you’re an author, they’re buying your book. If you’re a podcaster, they’re subscribing to your show and leaving a review.Whatever content you create and publish online leads your fans and followers further down into your world and helps you build a lasting creative business.In this episode, we discuss:What is content marketing?How a podcast can help to grow your businessProductivity tips for creativesKeeping good documentation of your processesTools for creating contentTalk to people in your niche and ask what content they want to seeResources:Not Another Marketing PodcastJon TromansLinkedInTwitterSupport the show
30:37 03/21/2022
Getting Started as a Ghostwriter with Treasa Edmond
Treasa Edmond has been an accomplished ghostwriter for over 15 years. She's written across many different genres and, in this interview, she talks about how much ghostwriters can earn, how to get started, and the types of questions you should ask clients before you decide to work with them.You'll learn a lot from this interview, especially if you are a freelancer who struggles to find clients and never really negotiate a proper contract. Treasa covers both of these topics in this interview.Treasa also describes how she structures her day, spending several hours in the morning writing up to 5,000 words and then using the afternoon to work on the administrative work that keeps the lights on in her business. In this episode, we discuss:Writing articles and books in the client's voiceHow many ghostwriting projects Treasa takes on each monthThe five structures for writing a non-fiction bookProofreading and editingGetting started as a ghostwriterFinding your clientsHow to balance working on one project while looking for your next oneResources:Show Your Work - Austin Kleon The Writing MindsetSupport the show (
30:56 03/14/2022
What Are the Conventions of a Book Cover and Which Should You Use? With Mariah Sinclair
Mariah Sinclair is an Arizona-based book cover designer who recently set up and sold a book cover directory.  I wanted to know what a book cover directory is, how authors can use them, and how her sale went. I also asked Mariah to critique a book cover for one of my earlier books that didn’t sell well. Mariah gave me some interesting insights that I could use if I decided to relaunch the book at some point.Book covers are an investment in your craft. I’ve spent anywhere from $100 or $200 to over $1,000 on book cover designs. I also worked with professional designers while working for a software company, and one thing I’ve learned is that design is a different discipline from writing. It’s still creative work, so if you’re going to work with a book cover designer, it pays to understand the language of design.In this episode we discuss:How long it can take to design a book coverHow a good book cover can sell more copies of a bookMariah critiques one of Bryans's book coversCliché book coversWhat different fonts representHow much should you spend on a book cover?When should you start looking for someone to design your book cover?Resources: Mariah Sinclair Support the show (
34:40 03/07/2022
The Zettelkasten Method - My Exact Process
If you've not heard of it before, the Zettelkasten Method is a way that will help you collect and organize your research, thoughts, and ideas, and any information you come across in a structured manner or a single system.It has its origins in the mid part of the 20th century. The German scholar Niklas Luhmann is the man behind it, and he used the Zettelkasten Method to write over 70 books and more than 400 different articles.His Zettelkasten method was a paper-based system. When Niklas read or came across an interesting piece of research, he wrote a single idea down on an index card and filed it in a cabinet. He also referenced where he found the idea on the index card and interlinked each index card using a numbering system.Today, you can replicate much of what Niklas Luhmann did using digital tools and software. But you don't necessarily need to have fancy software to build your version of the Zettelkasten Method.Resources:Digital Zettelkasten by David KadavyThe Zettelkasten Method Means You’ll Never Run Out of Ideas Again - Sascha FastSupport the show (
20:12 02/28/2022
What Every Author Should Know About Copywriting with Geoff Kullman
In this episode, I talk to Geoff Kullman about his writing journey and how he became an instructor in the art of copywriting.Geoff also helps authors turn their ideas and non-fiction books into emails, landing pages, and other digital assets, which help them earn more money. Geoff taught me that there are different types of copywriting. If you’re uncomfortable with the idea of using words to sell, then take heart because copywriting can help you convince your audience to make a decision that’s in their best interest. It can also help you earn a better living as a writer and as a creative, and then you can use that money to invest back into your craft and improve the quality of your work. In this episode we discuss: Working as a freelancerFinding your nicheRecommended copywriting booksCreating an email campaign to sell your bookMap out an email campaign before you write your first emailUsing bonuses and incentives in a campaignHow to balance different businesses and interestsResources: Geoff KullmanThe Psychology of CopywritingSupport the show (
29:41 02/23/2022
How to Use NFTs to Sell More Books with Shane Neely
NFTs are a topic that has been in the news a lot lately. I recently went down the NFT rabbit hole by reading up on the subject, joining Discord channels, watching videos on YouTube, and reading articles.One person who knows more than me is this week’s guest, Shane Neeley. He wrote a fantastic article about how writers and authors can use NFTs to sell some of their books and increase their income. The other thing we got into in this week’s interview is using AI writing software. I was fascinated to hear how Shane has tested AI writing software like, Writesonic, and Wordtune. These apps are great for writing headlines or an introduction to a blog post, but if you want to rely on AI to write an entire article, it’s just not possible yet.In this episode, we discuss:How a writer could use AIWhere writing technology will go over the next few yearsUsing AI tools when you have no knowledge or experienceHow Shane used an NFT based on his bookHow easy is it to create an NFT?Resources:OpenSeaShane NeeleyStoneage CodeChimpsarehungryWhat are NFTs?Support the show (
26:03 02/14/2022