Podcast Diary 2017

Paul’s Podcast Diary 2016 Review

Welcome to Paul's Podcast Diary for Saturday 31st December, 2016.

This diary charts my self-publishing journey – the ups the downs, the successes and the failures.

Everything goes into this diary, week-by-week, but you'll also find it a source of great tips, resources, tools, podcast recommendations and so on.

If I ever miss something out, or you'd like more information, just drop me an email at paul@paulteague.com.

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This Week's Talking Points

My Q4/2016 planning board … personal/financial stuff is blurred.

Q4 Targets

My Q1/2017 planning board … personal/financial stuff is blurred.

2017 aims

Save The Cat book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Save-Cat-Only-Screenwriting-Youll/dp/1932907009

The Beat Sheet calculator: https://www.beatsheetcalculator.com/ [Helps you to calculate the beats of your book, whatever the number of words]

This is the website I built for future podcast guest Adam Nicholls: https://adamnicholls.net/

Adam's website was built using the free Hemmingway theme for WordPress: https://en-gb.wordpress.org/themes/hemingway/

My cloned version of Adam's website: https://paulteague.net/

Here's the first podcast that I ever produced, from a website that no longer exists: https://web.archive.org/web/20110903005956/https://www.web-work-at-home.com/gavin-mountford.html

This is Dave Jackson's School of Podcasting: https://schoolofpodcasting.com/

Brian Tracy's Flight Plan: https://www.amazon.com/Flight-Plan-Real-Secret-Success/dp/1605092754

Some great 2016 review articles from other indie authors/people I follow:

Ron Vitale: https://www.ronvitale.com/blog/2016/12/18/what-i-learned-about-indie-publishing-in-2016

Joanna Penn: https://www.thecreativepenn.com/2016/12/30/2016-goals-lessons-changes/

Sophie Playle: https://liminalpages.com/year-review-goals-2017/

Meg Cowley: https://blog.megcowley.com/2016/12/31/reflections-on-2016/

This Week’s Self-Publishing News

The Alliance of Independent Authors news update for Tuesday 27th December, 2016: https://selfpublishingadvice.org/self-publishing-news-that-was-the-year-that-was/

Find Out More

I post my social & digital marketing information – including ‘how-to' items about self-publishing  – at https://www.paulteague.com/

My author websites are:

https://thesecretbunker.net/ [Sci-fi/dystopian trilogy]

https://thegridtrilogy.com/ [Sci-fi/dystopian trilogy]

https://paulteague.co.uk/ [Thrillers]

https://paulteague.net/ [General author website]

https://www.facebook.com/paulteagueauthor/ [My Facebook author page]

https://twitter.com/secretbunkerfan [My Twitter author page]

My Diary Notes

[These are the notes I make before recording the diary as my talking prompt]

Update

> Adam Nicholls/Jon Cronshaw/David Penny/Keith Dixon podcast episodes edited

> Recording Pip Reid & Wendy Scott next week

> Templates created for Scrivener & The Novel Factory to make my writing process slicker

> Reading Save The Cat

> Made adamnicholls.net for future guest, ended up cloning it and creating paulteague.net for myself – uses Hemingway free wordpress theme

Things that worked this year

> I launched a podcast and kept it up for 43 episodes so far

> I wrote 3 x full-length thrillers

> I launched my Grid Trilogy

Things that didn’t get done this year

> I refunded on two writing courses because they weren’t what I was after … I’m still looking for the right thing!

> I was hoping after interviewing Jennfifer Blanchard to get a tally of 10 x non-fiction books written. That didn’t happen – mainly because I keep dithering about whether to maintain or kill off my non-fiction.

My 2017 aims

I have now updated my Q1/2017 planning board and I’ll put the photos on the resources page.

> I return to work for 3 days per week from January 3rd

> It’s flexible and part-time … it preserves my writing days

> I can also continue the podcast with confidence now

> I’m delighted that I’ve solved the issue of income in a way that will not effect my self-employed activity in any way – it’s a brilliant start to the year

> My part-time work has me involved in some really exciting digital marketing work, which I love anyway

Here’s what I want to achieve this year:

1) To get covers produced on my 3 x thrillers

2) To launch my 3 x thrillers on Thursday 23rd March, my 52nd birthday – no big splash, I’ll get them out there and see how they do with some promos ie Freebooksy & FB lead ads … will place on pre-launch asap

3) To write at least 3 x standalone thrillers [but hopefully 4] OR a final sci-fi trilogy to close my Secret Bunker/Grid series.

4) To hit the one year anniversary for the podcast on Mon 3rd April [Episode 57]

5) To evolve the podcast from that date to make it more of a magazine format – so PPD + interview + news & info – it needs more personality! Next target will be 75 episodes, then 100 episodes, it will be reviewed at every point. [I have a consultation with Dave Jackson from The School of Podcasting on Sunday!]

6) To get all my books individually listed on Kobo – I want to commit to Kobo as a platform

7) To re-introduce Paul’s Podcast Diary from next week – I really enjoy this and – interestingly – it seems to be the element of the podcast that most people appreciate most.

8) To sort out tax withholding in the USA … I’m losing too much now … I’ll do an interview on this topic if I solve the problem!

> This is a business, consistent action is what’s required.

My consistent action will be made up of:

Tier 1: Writing/Podcasting

Tier 2: Learning/Networking

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[July 2] Episode 118: Wendy Jones/Scottish Crime Writer Find out more

[August 6th] Episode 119: Debbie Young/Cosy Crime Writer & ALLi blog editor Find out more

[Sept 3rd] Episode 120: Peter Mortimer/Poet, Playwright, Author & Publisher Find out more

Podcast diaries continue weekly over summer, interviews resume regularly with episode 241 on Monday 1st October 2018

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