Amanda Luedeke


Latest posts from Amanda Luedeke


  • October 22, 2020

    What You Say Online Matters

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    The Gatecrashers Podcast LogoWhat you say online matters.
    It matters when you’re trying to secure an agent.
    It matters when you’re trying to secure a publisher.
    It matters when you’re trying to win over readers.
    It matters and it can affect your publishing

  • October 15, 2020

    Quick Tips for Self-Publishing Success

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    The Gatecrashers Podcast LogoSelf-publishing can feel like you’re entering a world you know nothing about.

    And so many enter that world and make mistake after mistake after mistake.

    How do you avoid that? How do you do it well, right from the start?…

  • October 8, 2020

    When Is It Time to Self-Publish?

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    The Gatecrashers Podcast LogoSelf-publishing can be the greatest decision an author ever makes.

    So why does it feel like you’re giving up on your dream of being traditionally published?

    It shouldn’t feel that way. There are certain situations in which self-publishing is your

  • October 1, 2020

    Why Every Author Needs a Website

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    The Gatecrashers Podcast LogoYes, you need a website.

    Even if you’re unpublished.

    Even if you write fiction.

    Even if you don’t think anyone will ever visit it.

    You need a website, and we talk about why on the latest episode of The Gatecrashers …

  • September 27, 2020

    How to Win Over an Agent

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    The Gatecrashers Podcast LogoYou can do what most people do. You can send queries and attend conferences and pitch agents face-to-face. You can put your projects in front of agents and walk away with a “yes” or “no” answer.

    Or you can get …

  • September 17, 2020

    Why Agents Don’t Always Respond

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    The Gatecrashers Podcast LogoYou send that query and then patiently wait for a response. And wait. And wait.

    Or maybe you meet an agent at a conference, hit it off, start emailing back and forth. And then they go dark. You just can’t …

  • August 28, 2020

    Self-Publishing Success

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    The Gatecrashers Podcast LogoMost self-published authors rely on paid advertising and release strategies to sell their books. But not bestselling author Will Wight!

    Will has built his career with a focus on the writing craft instead of marketing strategies. It’s a breath of …

  • July 15, 2020

    How New Authors Break Through

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    The Gatecrashers Podcast LogoIt’s hard to get that first book deal. Really hard.

    Yet every year, numerous debut novels get publishing deals—and some for big advance amounts.

    So what causes a publisher to say “yes” to one debut novel and “no” to another?…

  • July 2, 2020

    Let’s Talk Children’s Publishing

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    The Gatecrashers Podcast LogoWhat’s your idea for a children’s book? Most authors have one. Whether you typically write adult romance or business nonfiction, chances are you have an idea for a picture book, chapter reader, or kids novel. Chances are, you’ve even written …

  • June 24, 2020

    Part 2! Talking with Your Unsupportive Spouse

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    The Gatecrashers Podcast Logo“Why do you spend so much time writing?”

    “You’re never going to get published.”

    “You want to spend HOW MUCH on a writer’s conference?!”

    If these complaints sound familiar, then you might be facing an unsupportive spouse (or parent, loved …

  • June 20, 2020

    Help! I Have An Unsupportive Spouse!

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    The Gatecrashers Podcast Logo“My spouse doesn’t support my writing career!”

    This is a common complaint among writers. Parents, family, friends, partners—it can sometimes seem as though the people we love the most are the least supportive of our writing dreams and goals.

    In …

  • June 11, 2020

    How I Became a Literary Agent

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    The Gatecrashers Podcast LogoI live in Indiana.

    I had no previous book publishing experience.

    In fact, when I first started working with Chip MacGregor, I wasn’t fully sure what an agent did.

    So how did I get to become a book agent? We

  • June 4, 2020

    How Authors Can Use Social Media Analytics

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    The Gatecrashers Podcast LogoAuthors are told to write what they’re passionate about, but many times this leaves them confused. “I have so many book ideas!” many of my authors have told me. “How do I determine which one to write?”

    I’ve known authors …

  • May 21, 2020

    When to Trash Your Book Idea

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    The Gatecrashers Podcast LogoEvery writer has doubts about his or her book idea. Is this marketable? Is this unique enough? Is this engaging? Does it hold attention?

    These doubts are normal! They’re part of the process.

    But sometimes those doubts point to more …

  • May 14, 2020

    Cover Art and What You Should Know

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    The Gatecrashers Podcast LogoI’ve worked with many authors who have said that the whole “publishing thing” didn’t feel real until they received their cover art. Maybe it was finally being able to visualize the book as it would be in stores. Maybe it …

  • May 7, 2020

    Let’s Talk About Books and Hollywood

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    The Gatecrashers Podcast LogoMost authors dream of getting a movie deal for their book. For years, that dream was near-impossible. Sure, the project may get picked up by a production company, but the chances of it making it to screen were small.

    And …