Creativity in writing is about saying ‘yes’ to the Muse, about leaning into what we think, rather than self-censoring. But this is one of the hardest things about being a writer. In today’s interview, Andrea Vahl gives us some tips from improv and stand-up comedy.
In the introduction, I discuss the latest Author Earnings report and the focus on international markets, and refer to my self-publishing Salon with Orna Ross, where we discuss the dominance of Amazon and the changes in the publishing scene, including Bonnier’s new platform, Type & Tell, as well as Hachette buying Bookouture, one of the UK’s most successful digital-only publishers.
Plus, exciting news on free author training. Check out the Indie Author Fringe from the Alliance of Independent Authors next week. Plus, join me and Mark Dawson for a free webinar and demo of how to set up your own Amazon Ads.
This podcast is sponsored by Kobo Writing Life, which helps authors self-publish and reach readers in global markets through the Kobo eco-system. You can also subscribe to the Kobo Writing Life podcast for interviews with successful indie authors.
Andrea Vahl is a social media speaker and consultant who is passionate about helping businesses understand and leverage the power of social media to actually grow their business. She’s the co-author of Facebook Marketing All-in-One for Dummies, and she’s also been an improv, stand-up comedian for 10 years.
- How Andrea got into improv
- Tackling the fear of standing up in front of an audience
- How stand up comedy and improv have informed Andrea’s professional speaking skills
- On letting go of self-censorship
- How Andrea captures good ideas for her stand-up comedy routines
- Managing a personal brand that has two distinctive halves
- Upcoming changes in the Facebook Ads landscape
- What to do if you’re feeling overwhelmed by all the social media options
You can find Andrea at AndreaVahl.com and on Twitter @AndreaVahl