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  • Risks and Rewards When Writers Share Personal Stories Online

    By Jennifer Mattern on July 27, 2016
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      In the most recent All Indie Writers Podcast, Princess Jones stopped by again. This time we chatted about writers sharing personal information and stories online (or in books in some cases). Are there any benefits to opening up to your readers? What are the risks? And when does being open turn into oversharing? These are some of the questions […]
  • Ask Us Anything: Taking Questions for Next Week’s Podcast

    By Jennifer Mattern on July 15, 2016
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    This weekend Princess Jones and I will finish recording a podcast episode on writers sharing personal information on blogs, in books, and in social media. And we need your input! The episode will go into the benefits of opening up (such as building community), the risks (such as safety concerns), and then we're answering a series of questions from readers […]
  • Catch Up on Recent Writing Podcast Episodes

    By Jennifer Mattern on July 8, 2016
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    In the past, I've published blog posts to announce each podcast episode. But I haven't done that lately. So today I'd like to go back and introduce you to some of the episodes you may have missed if you don't subscribe to the podcast itself. You can learn more about, or listen to, the six most recent episodes below: Ep. […]
  • Choose My Next Writing Challenge

    By Jennifer Mattern on June 4, 2016
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    While having coffee with Lori Widmer yesterday, I mentioned I was thinking about letting my readers choose my next big writing challenge or experiment. I'm not sure if I'm a total glutton for punishment or if I just trust you guys and gals an awful lot, but I decided I'm going to run with this idea. So here's the deal: […]
  • Pen Names and Gender Anonymity (Podcast)

    By Jennifer Mattern on May 9, 2016
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    This week on the All Indie Writers Podcast, I tackle a question from Jeremy Tarrier. He was curious about how a writer might protect gender anonymity when writing under a pen name (or if it's really even a problem). Listen now. This was an interesting topic for me because I actually have the opposite problem: I write under an ambiguous […]
  • Should You Critique a Friend’s Writing? (Podcast)

    By Jennifer Mattern on April 30, 2016
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      This week's podcast episode is now up. If you aren't subscribed yet, you can listen from the show notes page (or directly via SoundCloud).   Listen now.   This week's episode features guest co-host, Yolander Prinzel (find her on Twitter). Yolander and I chat about serving as a critique partner, beta reader, or editor for friends and other writers you know […]
  • Personal Branding for Freelance Writers: Social Media Dos and Don’ts (Podcast)

    By Jennifer Mattern on April 25, 2016
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    Last week's podcast is now up. If you aren't subscribed yet, you can listen from the show notes page (or directly via SoundCloud). In this episode I pick up on my conversation with Dann Alexander, having answered another of his questions in Episode 18. This time Dann wanted some social media dos and don'ts when it comes to building your […]
  • Fear, Confidence, Lying, and Using What You’ve Got (Podcast)

    By Jennifer Mattern on April 17, 2016
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    Princess Jones is back at it again, co-hosting the All Indie Writers Podcast. OK. She pretty much ran the show. But that's why we had so much fun with this one. We chatted about fear and confidence issues writers often deal with. Listen now. (Extended cut) *Note: This episode contains explicit language. Also, if you prefer the shorter version you can […]
  • Find Writing Motivation by Going Back to Basics [Podcast]

    By Jennifer Mattern on April 11, 2016
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    I'm a bit late in sharing this, but last week's podcast episode on writing motivation is now up. This one is the first solo episode after the re-launch. Dann Alexander (DannAlexander.com) and I were chatting on Twitter about show ideas. He suggested going back to basics as a way of staying motivated to write. He specifically brought up the idea of writing […]
  • Why Freelance Pros Should Care About Media Outlets Not Paying Writers [Podcast]

    By Jennifer Mattern on April 2, 2016
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    The All Indie Writers Podcast officially re-launched yesterday with Episode 17. Lori Widmer stopped by the show again to serve as my guest co-host, so a big "thank you" to Lori. Some of the things we touch on in this episode include: The Huffington Post, and Stephen Hull's stance that he's "proud" to not pay their bloggers; Why freelance professionals […]