The Merry Writer Podcast

The Merry Writer Podcast

Two chatty authors asking all the 'write' questions. Hosted by Ari Meghlen and Rachel Poli, The Merry Writer Podcast is a fun, friendly show about all things writing and bookish.

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August 17, 2022 16 min
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Let's talk about all those old stories and ideas you have tucked away.  Or maybe you don't keep any and ruthlessly delete and discard any ideas that so far haven't made it into manuscript form.  Just what do you do with old story ideas or what could you do with them?

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Do you know who your target audience is for your book? How do you begin to figure it out?

This week, Ari and Rachel discuss what a target audience is and ways you can find yours.

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EPISODE SHOW NOTES   Have you ever considered collaborating with another author?  If so, then check out today's episode where author Morgan R R Haze joins Ari and Rachel.  This guest author is actually 3 writers who collaborate on their novel series.   

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ABOUT MORGAN R R HAZE

We are three siblings wri...

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Do you have your author bio written yet? How about a few different versions of it?

This week, Ari and Rachel discuss how to write a good author bio, such as what elements to include, how long it should be, and more.

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Marketing may not be everyone's favourite thing to do, but there are strategies that can put you on the best footing.  In today's episode, we discuss some marketing strategies to put in place when you are working on your marketing plan.

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Do you know the difference between self-publishing your book yourself or going through a vanity press?

This week, Ari and Rachel discuss the differences and red flags to watch for when it comes to going through a self-publishing company.

As always, thanks for listening, and let us know your thoughts in the comments below about the advice shared in the episode.

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Are you writing a series but aren't sure how to start?  Then check out today's episode where author Helen Scheuerer joins Ari and Rachel in discussing how to plan a series and things you might need to consider. 

As always, thanks for listening, and let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

  ABOUT HELEN SCHEUERER  

Helen Scheuerer is the YA fantasy author of the bestselling series, The Oremere Chronicles an...

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Do you know what a book publicist is? Do you know how they can help you as an author? In this week's episode, Ari and Rachel discuss what a book publicist is, what they do, the average cost of hiring one, and more.

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Have you ever created an Ideal Reader?  This is a specific marketing technique and in today's episode it's what we are going to be discussing! 

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Have you ever tried writing diverse characters and didn't know where to start? Or maybe you want to dive deeper into historical fiction?

This week, author Yecheilyah Ysrayl joins Rachel in discussing how to approach writing black historical fiction with plenty of tips, advice, and fun conversation. 

As always, thanks for listening, and let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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QUICK NOTE: Apologies for the sound quality at the start, I was having issues with my mic.  It does get better pretty soon, so please do persevere.  Thanks ~Ari   EPISODE SHOW NOTES   How important are beta readers?  Do you think you'll recruit any for your novel? Today, we discuss whether writers really need beta readers.

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Are you interested in being a fantasy author?  This week, author I. L. Cruz joins Ari to discuss how to approach writing fantasy and things to consider when building your fantastical worlds.

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  ABOUT I. L. Cruz

I.L. Cruz decided to make writing her full-time career during the...

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Today, we discuss the concept of adding pictures to your novel and the different forms these can take.  Do you think you would ever add imagery to your book?  

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Have you ever come across a secondary character in your novel that doesn't need to be there? Or maybe a character's death needs to advance the character development of the MC?

This week, we discuss a few ways to get rid of your characters - and yes, that means we're talking mostly about character deaths. 

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When you have finished your manuscript, is it a good idea to let family and close friends read your work?  You may be surprised by our thoughts on this one. 

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EPISODE SHOW NOTES   Have you ever thought about writing craft books? Or do you read them and haven't quite found the information you're looking for? Luckily, that's exactly what we're talking about in this week's episode.   Author Sacha Black joins Ari and Rachel in talking about her process of writing craft books for writers. We cover outlining, difficulties, research, and more.   Thanks for listening and ...

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We are back with a Marketing episode today, when we ask "Should You Offer Your Books For Free?"  and whether the free book is a good marketing strategy or not.

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Writing can be a lonely job and there are many other writers who have similar setbacks with their novels as you do. Also, they have different strengths and weaknesses than you. 

In this week's episode, we're discussing whether you should have a writing buddy or not. We discuss pros of having writing buddies and also a few cons to having one. 

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EPISODE SHOW NOTES   Do you find yourself getting tired throughout the day, and struggling to make good decisions?  You might be suffering from Decision Fatigue.   That's the topic of this week's podcast episode as we discuss what it is, how it affects us and what we can do to combat it.

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Have you ever thought about writing a series of books but thought it might be too daunting to start? This week, author KM Allan joins Ari and Rachel as we discuss tips and tricks to writing a series of novels.

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About KM Allan

K.M. Allan is an identical twin, but not the evil one. She s...

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