Freelance Round Table

Achieving the Impossible with Joel Runyon: Freelance Round Table #25

On this week’s Freelance Round Table, we take on the impossible. What would life be life without excuses and allowing limitations to hold us back?

Joel Runyon joins us to discuss how we can start living life on our own terms, blast through fears and excuses, and live a life worth writing a story about.

Joel Runyon is the founder of IMPOSSIBLE and Impossible Ventures where he helps people push their limits in fitness, gritness & business.

You can find him at:

Adventures of an Indie Author With Carl Sinclair: Freelance Round Table #24

Joining us on the Freelance Round Table this week is Australian Indie author Carl Sinclair. Carl Sinclair is a writer of urban & epic fantasy, with a dash of science fiction. He also teams up each week with fellow indie authors on the Self Publishing Round Table Podcast that interviews successful authors to glean the best tips, strategies and tactics to help writers sell more books.

Carl is also a big advocate of ideas being cheap and writing to market. We’ll discuss the challenges Carl has overcome during his writing career and the strategies and tactics he’s discovered along the way.

You can learn more about Carl at and the Self Publishing Round Table at

Proactive Productivity: Freelance Round Table #23

Do you struggle with managing your time or have too many ideas swirling in your head that you don’t know which one to focus on first?

On this week’s Freelance Round Table, we’ll discuss tips and strategies to help you be more productive and efficient in getting things done. Have questions? Ask us live on the air! And please share us with your friends!

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Self Publishing Challenges: Freelance Round Table #22

Breaking Down Barriers: Your Business Will Only Grow As Much As You Do

Are you tired of your own excuses? Sick of negatively bashing yourself and your dream? Feeling frustrated because you believe you are stuck in a rut and spinning your wheels? Struggling with self-sabotage?

In this week’s Freelance Round Table, we’ll grab our arsenal of Truth TNT and help you blast the barriers holding you back from achieving your goals and earning what you truly deserve!


The Well-Fed Writer: Freelance Round Table #20

Do you dream of a GOOD living as a writer?

Joining us on the Freelance Round Table this week is Peter Bowerman, author of the quadruple-award-winner, “The Well-Fed Writer,” which is the how-to “standard” book in the field of lucrative commercial freelancing.

Peter Bowerman, veteran commercial writer, is the self-published author of the three award-winning Well-Fed Writer titles (, how-to “standards” on lucrative “commercial” freelancing. He chronicled his self-publishing success (now, 70,000 copies of his books in print and a full-time living since 2001) in the award-winning 2007 release (and its 2014 revised edition), The Well-Fed Self-Publisher: How to Turn One Book into a Full-Time Living. In 2010, he launched The Title Tailor, his book-titling specialty (

Pick up your copy of the Well-Fed Writer today at:

Read my review of this book here:

The Well-Fed Writer: Financial Self-Sufficiency as a Commercial Freelancer in Six Months or Less: Book Review

Exposing Yourself: Revealing Publicly Personal Stories Through Your Writing

Revealing sensitive information about yourself publicly can be intimidating for writers. How much information is appropriate to reveal? Are you fearful about the negative consequences that might occur if you share your personal stories?


Creating Characters Your Readers Will Love With Debbie Alferio

When you write a story, it’s important to include strong characters that will keep your readers engaged and turning the pages. Readers most enjoy realistic characters who remind them of themselves or someone they know. Your portrayal of your characters is the only view of them your readers will get, so attention to detail is critical. Your ultimate goal is for your characters to come to life in the minds and hearts of your readers; but first, they must come to life within you. When you are able to view them as real people, your readers will view them that way as well.

Debbie Alferio is a native of northern Ohio whose award-winning Forever Love Series was inspired by an actual dream.  With no formal training in writing, she attributes her gift for the art to “Divine Intervention.”  Her unique approach to writing has earned her a multitude of speaking appearances, local television, radio, internet, and newspaper interviews, and listings in two Who’s Who directories.  She currently holds the title of Ohio Representative for Authors Across America, and is a member of the International Writers Association, American Author’s Association, Ohio Professional Writers, Writer’s Ink,  and the Sauna Friends Writer’s Group.  The author donates a portion of all her profits to the American Cancer Society.

In her spare time, Debbie enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons, walking, reading, and being outdoors.  A true animal lover, the author also shares her home with two spoiled dogs, and five lovable cats.


Mastering the Art of Conducting Interviews

In this week’s Freelance Round Table, we’ll discuss tips and strategies you can use to conduct a great interview to create intriguing profile pieces, magazine/newspaper articles, and audio/video podcasts.

Shy Writer Reborn: Freelance Round Table #16

Are you an introverted writer struggling in your quest to self-publish?

In this week’s Freelance Round Table, C. Hope Clark joins us to share her tips and strategies to help you amp up your confidence and master those moments in the writing world that can cause discomfort for you as a shy writer. You don’t have to change who you are. You can embrace your shyness and still be successful as a writer.

C. Hope Clark is editor of The Carolina Slade Mystery Series and is also the editor of with 40K readers and the distinction of being in Writer’s Digest’s 101 Best Websites for Writers for the past 14 years. And of course, she is author of The Shy Writer Reborn: An Introverted Writer’s Wake-up Call.

Read her guest post on this topic at :

Writer For Hire: How To Become a Six-Figure Freelance Writer

What does it REALLY take to be a six-figure freelance writer?

Kelly James-Enger from Dollars and Deadlines joins us to share her tips and advice on becoming a well-paid freelancer and earning what you truly deserve.

Kelly “escaped from the law” on January 1, 1997, leaving behind a legal career to become a full-time freelance journalist. Since then she’s published 700+ articles in 50+ national magazines including Family Circle, Health, Parents, Redbook, Self, Runner’s World, Continental, and Woman’s Day.

She’s also authored, co-authored, and ghostwritten twelve books, and specialize in health, wellness, nutrition, and fitness subjects. If you want to make money (or make *more* money) as a freelancer, check out her books: Goodbye Byline, Hello Big Bucks: The Writer’s Guide to Making Money Ghostwriting and Co-authoring Books; Six-Figure Freelancing: A Writer’s Guide to Making More Money; and Ready, Aim, Specialize! Create your own Writing Specialty and Make More Money, second edition.

In addition to writing, She’s also  a motivational speaker on topics ranging from creating healthy habits to stress management to successful self-employment, and has been an ACE-certified personal trainer for more than 3 years.

You can find her on the web by visiting her fantastic websites:

Kingdom of Paidalot Member Spotlight: Nell Curley

Come meet Nell Curley as she shares her experiences as a member inside the Kingdom of Paidalot. Nell is  a 29-year-old professional freelance writer who has written all her life, only realizing she could make a lucrative career out of it about eight years ago.
You can find her writing on the web at or at

Redefining How Stories Are Told: Serial Fiction With Johnny, Sean, and Dave

Are you intimidated by the art of storytelling? Are you afraid to release your primal voice, struggling to release the magic already inside you?

Joining us this week are Johnny B. Truant, Sean Platt, and David W. Wright: three authors who have written over three million words together.  They believe well-told stories come from a fun, exciting, and inspirational place. Readers want to care about the characters you create, and what situations you put those characters in. What readers want most is to be ENTERTAINED.

Sean Platt and David W. Wright are known as the Kings of Serial Fiction. Together they have co-authored five series: Yesterday’s Gone, WhiteSpace, ForNevermore, Available Darkness, and Dark Crossings. Their first series, Yesterday’s Gone has received over 200 5-Star reviews, and has spent time on Amazon’s list of the Top 100 Best Reviewed Fiction Books of All Time. (Sean Platt)

Johnny, Sean, and David are also the hosts of The Self-Publishing Podcast and Better Off Undead podcasts each week. They are currently working on an exciting new Kickstarter project called Fiction UnBoxed that demystifies the process of writing fiction.  Watch a novel be born live in 30 days in this fascinating publishing experiment. See everything they do right, along with every mistake, dropped ball, and off-color joke. Unwrap the magic with Fiction UnBoxed.


(If you’re going to fund the project, you may want to do it early, before all of the early-bird discounts get snapped up.)


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Author Bios:

Sean Platt

Co-founder: Collective Inkwell, Realm & Sands
Sean loves writing books, even more than reading them. He  might have never started writing if not for a gift from his wife on his 30th birthday. She bought him a Macbook, and told him to get started doing what she knew he was supposed to do.  She gave Sean the unparalleled gift of her unflagging support, fueled by the unflinching belief that he was born to tell stories.

In addition to authoring dark horror and sci-fi with Dave at CI and  genre benders with Johnny at Realm & Sands, Sean writes for children under the name Guy Incognito, and has more than his share of nose. He has indie-published more than two dozen fiction titles. Nonfiction credits include the freelancer’s guide, Writing Online, the indie how-to Write. Publish. Repeat., and the memoir Writer Dad. Sean lives in Austin, TX with his wife, daughter, and son.

Johnny B. Truant

Co-Founder of Realm & Sands
Johnny B. Truant is an author, blogger, and podcaster who, like the Ramones, was long denied induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame despite having a large cult following. He originally made his online home at but is recently moving to to continue his work in making the Internet more awesome.

Before Realm & Sands, Johnny wrote Fat Vampire and The Bialy Pimps. Then, Sean convinced him it was way more fun to write collaboratively and publish more than a million words in a year. He (mostly) agreed, and since then they’ve written Unicorn Western, The Beam, Robot Proletariat, Cursed, Namaste, and the three LOL comedies together. Johnny would like to live in Austin, but is unfortunately stuck in Ohio for the time being.

David W. Wright

Co-Founder of Collective Inkwell
David W. Wright is an author and cartoonist who writes thrillers, horror, and sci-fi. David writes humorous and heartfelt posts about parenthood at Blogger Dad, and about publishing at Collective Inkwell . He lives on the east coast with his wife, four year old son, and the laziest, most annoying cat not named Garfield.

Though he is Eeyore to Sean’s unrelenting Tigger, the duo have managed to reinvent serialized fiction on Amazon with their golden age of TV inspired serials, Yesterday’s Gone, WhiteSpace, ForNevermore, and Available Darkness. We know nothing more about Dave other than that he is involved in [REDACTED], lives in [REDACTED] with [REDACTED], is personally responsible for [REDACTED], and carries a decoy wallet at all times.

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How To Get A Book Deal

Tired of Dreaming of Being a Bestseller?

Kathy VerEecke joins us this week to share what you need to know to get a book deal from an insider’s point of view. Learn exactly what agents and editors want, and why.  Spend your time working only on the pieces that will get you the best book deal possible.

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If you’ve written a novel that people will love reading…

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If you want to get read by the widest audience, and make the biggest impact…

It’s time to stop dreaming, and get on the path to  published.
Introducing the Path to Getting Published

Simple, step-by-step, instructions with real world examples, templates and cheat sheets.

Taking the guesswork, the mystery and the frustration out to the process. See how other writers got their book deals, and learn the exact steps to take to get your book deal.

PLUS: 30-minute phone consult just for Kingdom of Paidalot writers!

Head over right now to to take advantage of this special offer.


Marketing as a Fiction Writer

You wrote your novel, your story, your creative work of art. Now what? How do you best approach getting it in the hands of those who who would love to read it? Join us as we discuss the most effective and productive ways to market works of fiction.


Small Press Publishing: What You Should Know Before Hiring a Publisher

Selecting a publisher can be a daunting and intimidating task. With so many options, it’s hard to know what to choose. James O. Barnes of Loconeal Publishing, LLC joins us this week to help us uncover the questions we need to ask before hiring a publisher and what red flags we should be alert for.

James, the author of Thief King, is a writer, publisher, teacher, speaker, amateur archaeologist, outdoor enthusiast, and father (Whew! Not always in that order). Though his background is in Education and he holds a Masters in Ancient and Classical History, James has learned much in life and writing from his many jobs too numerous to count. James grew up in the Ohio River Valley region where he learned to dream and tell stories along the banks of the Ohio River. He continues to teach, dream, and tell stories as he has for most of my life. For the last several years James has been teaching outdoor and historical related courses to students of all ages. He likes to weave characters into his lessons to bring them alive and make them more memorable. His students seem to like it. Currently, James is working on his second Book of Orenck, and a graphic novel based on his short story, Adventures In Purgatory. You can see his website at, .

Loconeal Publishing is a small-press publisher located in Amherst, Ohio.It is the mission of Loconeal Publishing to bring new, emerging, and experienced authors to readers locally and internationally. Loconeal Publishing is a multi-genre publisher of novellas, novels, anthologies, non-fiction, business and education materials.

For additional information regarding Loconeal Publishing, please check out their website at or send an email to Follow them on Facebook:

Handcar Press is the registered USA Distributor for Loconeal Publishing, LLC. Handcar Press provides Author and Publisher Services for independent and established authors, small presses, and other organizations. Through its services, Handcar offers a wide variety of editing, illustration, marketing materials creation, and opportunities for Authors to attend shows and events. Also provides customers with personalized support on all projects and services. For more information, visit:


Mastering Marketing Budgets with Special Guest Debbie Alferio

Debbie Alferio is a native of northern Ohio whose award-winning Forever Love Series was inspired by an actual dream.  With no formal training in writing, she attributes her gift for the art to “Divine Intervention.”  Her unique approach to writing has earned her a multitude of speaking appearances, local television, radio, internet, and newspaper interviews, and listings in two Who’s Who directories.  She currently holds the title of Ohio Representative for Authors Across America, and is a member of the International Writers Association, American Author’s Association, Ohio Professional Writers, Writer’s Ink,  and the Sauna Friends Writer’s Group.  The author donates a portion of all her profits to the American Cancer Society.

Visit Debbie’s website to learn more about her past and current work: or follow her on Facebook:

Manage Your Finances and Build Your Business with Carrie Smith Nicholson

You started your own business because you wanted to take control of your life and make money doing what you love most.  But somewhere along the way, your business has started to control you. You rush around putting out one business fire after the next. Your inbox is flooded with emails and you are drowning in all the tasks that need to be done. You know you need to streamline everything so you can get more done in less time. But how?

This week Methods and Means Maven Carrie Smith Nicholson joins us to discuss the best digital tools, apps, and systems that will help you manage your finances and build your business. In May 2013, she quit her small business accounting job of 10 years to pursue full-time entrepreneurship and blogging. Carrie helps other solopreneurs and freelancers learn how to organize their finances, simplify their lives and create their dream businesses at

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How LinkedIn Can Help You Become a Better and Wealthier Writer

Any modern professional knows that LinkedIn provides a ton of opportunities for career and business advancement. It lets you connect with colleagues, gives you a platform to showcase your work, and makes you more visible online.

But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. LinkedIn is so much more than just a social network that can “put you out there”. When used correctly, the site can help you create better content, find great sources, and earn more money. But how do you do that exactly?

+Francesca Nicasio of Credible Copywriting joins us this week to answer audience questions and share her advice on effectively using LinkedIn to become better and wealthier freelance writers.  She specializes in writing blog posts, web content, and press releases for online businesses and also helps aspiring freelance writers break into the business.

Download her FREE ebook and discover 25 types of writing gigs that pay good money:

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Crafting an Effective Social Media Strategy Plan With  Tommy Walker

How do you craft an effective social media strategy plan as a writer? What should you be including as part of your strategy? Special guest and online marketing strategist Tommy Walker will be joining us to answer your questions. Tommy Walker has been doing various forms of online marketing since 2005.

Tommy is a graduate from the New York Conservatory of Dramatic Arts, where he focused heavily on character study, improvisation, commercial acting, voice over, and a variety of other practical film & television acting techniques.

Tommy’s work has been featured on various high profile blogs including,, Hubspot, Remarkablogger, Problogger, and (to name a few)

With his show, Inside The Mind, he aims redefine online marketing education by making it both informative and entertaining.


SEO and Social Media Marketing For Writers with Erik Bauemlisberger

Join us as we discuss SEO optimization and social media marketing strategies specifically for writers with special guest Erik Baeumlisberger.

Erik Baeumlisberger has been professionally active in the areas of search engine optimization (SEO), search engine marketing (SEM) and web design since 1994. Erik has helped companies in varied industries, from healthcare to timeshare, for almost 20 years.

Erik graduated from Ringling School of Art and Design in May of 1999 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Computer Animation. He co-founded an Internet technology start-up in 2001 and worked on exciting projects for MTV’s Rock the Vote campaign and the Franchise Pictures movie Driven.

As the online business world matured, so did Erik’s skill set. In 2004, Erik transitioned from content creator to content marketer. Having accepted a new position at a direct response marketing company, Erik was given the opportunity to learn direct mail, lead nurturing, remarketing and, most importantly, lead generation via organic and paid search.

Erik has successfully lowered lead costs by half and doubled conversion rates for a highly competitive subset of the travel vertical. In 2008 he was invited by Google to participate in the AdWords Travel Summit, a gathering of top paid search marketers at Google’s Mountain View, CA complex.

As a consultant for an automotive brand, Erik contributed to the growth of web traffic (zero to 10k visits per month) as well as the growth of buzz and social media marketing channels (Facebook: zero to 18k likes; Instagram: zero to 11k followers) in only 8 months.

In 2013, Erik made the news as the content of his June 18th tweet was the focus of several articles from major industry news outlets such as Search Engine Land, Search Engine Watch andWebProNews.

Erik currently add his skills in buzz and social media marketing, conversion optimization, and organic search to the amazingly talented team at The Search Guru.

Freelance Round Table 5: Social Media For Writers

Learning to navigate the murky waters of social media is an extremely important skill for freelance writers. Come join us as we discuss the various social media platforms and how you can maximize your efforts in order to gain clients, gain followers for your work, and a whole lot more. Got questions? Ask away!

Freelance Round Table 4: Analysis Paralysis and Information Overload

We will be discussing how to overcome the fear of taking action as a freelance writer. Learn how to stop making plan after plan after plan and being overwhelmed by all the information out there about what  you “should” be doing. Learn how to start taking immediate action and earn what you deserve!

Help! My Client Sucks: Tackling Common Problems and Pitfalls

This week’s topic is: Help! My Client Sucks: Tackling Common Problems and Pitfalls With Freelance Writing Clients. If you know a writer who could benefit from listening to the show, please feel free to share this page and invite your friends! We look forward to seeing you on Thursday. And as always, if you cannot attend and have a question you would like to have answered, submit it in the comments below.


Manage Your Time by Managing Your Actions

In this episode, we discuss some of the wrong approaches freelance writers take concerning time management and how managing daily actions can boost productivity.


Freelance Round Table Episode #1

Come meet the Royal Court of the Kingdom of Paidalot, a membership community that helps struggling freelance writers get the resources and training they need to be successful.

Meet Lady Valerie Bordeau: a professional freelance writer who has written for a diverse clientele on a wide range of topics. She personally knows the frustration that beginning writers have when trying to launch their freelancing careers.

Meet Lord Robert Jennings: a freelance blogger, ghostwriter, copy editor and sci-fi novelist. Robert’s blog is The Freelance Rider where he offers a tough love approach to building a freelancing career. His website body checks writers with reality by smashing false perceptions and getting to the root of freelancing problems and fixing them

Meet Lady Sophie Lizard: a freelance writer, editor and content marketing specialist whose blog Be a Freelance Blogger shows writers how to make money blogging for hire. She also mentors bloggers one-on-one and in small groups to provide the kind of personalised guidance you can’t get from reading alone.

Meet Lady Dana Sitar: a freelance blogger, author of A Writer’s Bucket List, and managing editor of, a blog and community dedicated to the pursuit of happiness through writing.Her expertise offers information on how to grow an audience and connectwith freelance clients through blogging, ebook/infoproduct creation,and much more.

Meet Lady Kelly Boyer Sagert: a professional writer and editor with 23 years of experience, and a member of the prestigious American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA). She has published eleven full length nonfiction books, plus a shorter e-book. She has also contributed material to more than one dozen other books, and has sold thousands of pieces of her writing to magazines, newspapers, online sites, encyclopedias and literary journals.

Join us as we have fun talking about everything freelance writing! We will be answering questions throughout the show, so don’t hesitate to ask us whatever is on your mind!

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