Author Platforms (To Write and Have Written)

Often the idea of building and maintaining an author platform can be daunting. Let’s talk about the myths of author platforms and what we really do need to focus on (and how we can keep it manageable and fun).

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World Anvil for Story Bibles, Organization, Discovery (To Write & Have Written)

In this bonus episode, I welcome the fabulous ShyRedFox and SableAradia to explain the many features of World Anvil, a worldbuilding platform, for authors, from organization to content sharing to discovery.

Links mentioned in the stream:

World Anvil
Tutorials for a free account:
Follow Amy Winters-Voss:
Follow Diane Morrison:
Follow Laura’s Shard of Elan world:
Shard of Elan map:
Hacks & Help:

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Metal-Casting for Writers! (Learn With Me, To Write and Have Written)

This week we welcome Emi Blaser to talk about metal-casting in historical and contemporary context for writers to use in historical or fantasy settings.

Hurstwic Viking iron smelting:
Haunted scrambled eggs:
Emi on Twitter:
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How to Use Criticism and Rejection in Your Writing Career (To Write & Have Written)

This episode is on evaluating and handling negative feedback in a positive, productive way. Hint: It’s way more than, “Grow a thicker skin.” Negative feedback can hurt, but let’s talk about how to make it useful — or at least not harmful.

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Writing Career Maintenance for the New Year! (To Write and Have Written)

Let’s talk about backups, passwords, to-do lists, and oh yeah, goals (but actionable ones!).


LastPass | Authy | Dropbox | Onedrive | MS Sculpt ergonomic keyboard |
cheap vertical mouse | Trello

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Field Trip: Death in Floreana (To Write and Have Written)

For today’s field trip, we travel to Isla Floreana to explore the murders which may or may not have taken place. Another real life story to inspire you!

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Search & Human Remains Dogs: Writing Them Right (Learn With Me, To Write And Have Written)

For this month’s Learn With Me, we ask Connie Swaim to talk to us about search and rescue teams, using live search dogs and human remains or cadaver dogs to locate missing persons.

Note, there was a problem with our audio transcription, and it looks like the solution is for me to finish it manually, and that is not going to happen in the same week that I am trying to handle a novel launch, an audiobook launch, and Christmas. /sweat drop/ But I didn’t want to delay the post any longer, so please note that the transcription is only about two-thirds of the video.

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Just Dance! Keeping Business Out of Creativity (To Write And Have Written)

We’ve talked so much about the business side of things — now let’s review how we keep creating and business separate. It’s critical, even when looking at writing as a career, that we separate these mindsets and be able to switch modes. Let’s talk about why and how.

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Accounting for Writers (To Write & Have Written)

Okay, now that we’ve been talking about how to use spreadsheets, let’s talk about accounting! No, wait, come back, it’s not scary, I promise! We have Christ Morris, a CPA, a writer, and a CPA who helps writers, to walk us through beginning and not-so-beginning accounting for authors.

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Spreadsheets for Authors! (To Write & Have Written)

We’re writers. Spreadsheets are from the other side of the office suite, and they’re scary.

That’s why I brought in a freakin’ spreadsheet wizard to help you tame and embrace them, to simplify and organize your writing career. All sales from all countries on one page, rendered to your home currency and prettified for quick reference? Done. Know at a glance what you spent on production of your last release and how near it is to paying for itself? Done. Know how your mailing list is growing compared to your social media? Done. Keep all your ad copy organized for quick repeats or changes? Done.

And this is a great chance to get set up before we meet with the fabulous Chris Morris, a CPA who specializes with creative entrepreneurs, on Dec 1 to talk about accounting for writers.

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