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If you’re new to the Business School for Writers podcast, start with Episode 1

In this epic first episode, I (Lauren Marie Fleming) introduce myself, share a bit of my journey from law student to a successful writer, and walk you through WHY I started this podcast, and what you can expect from it.

If you’re wondering how the heck you can make a living as a writer and build a thriving career, you’ve come to the right place!

Latest Episodes

Ep. 53 Alternative Styles of Publishing with Roxan McDonald

Ep. 53 Alternative Styles of Publishing with Roxan McDonald

How do you feel about the different publishing options out there? Do you feel confident or intimidated? As writers and creative entrepreneurs, we are told the traditional publishing route is the way to go if you want to be taken seriously in the writing world. Want to...

Ep. 52 Creating Tension and Conflict in Your Story

Ep. 52 Creating Tension and Conflict in Your Story

Want to know the secret sauce to keep your readers engaged? In today's episode, Lauren goes over two super important ingredients your story should have if you want to keep your readers from putting your book down - tension and conflict. She starts the episode by...

Ep. 51 Parchelle Tashi on Turning Your Book Into a Course

Ep. 51 Parchelle Tashi on Turning Your Book Into a Course

Have you ever thought about turning your book into a course? Creative entrepreneur Parchelle Tashi joins Lauren on the show today to talk all things course building! But hey, not just any type of course. We're talking about a course based on your book. The type of...

Ep. 50 Best Of First 50

Ep. 50 Best Of First 50

Hey, y'all! We are at episode 50, and we couldn't be more excited! Thank you all for your support and for helping make this podcast so successful! To celebrate this giant milestone, we are bringing back your favorite episodes from season 2. From interviews to solo...

Ep. 49 Building a Niche as a Writer with Katie Treggiden

Ep. 49 Building a Niche as a Writer with Katie Treggiden

Have you ever heard of circular economies? Don't worry, we hadn't either until this episode!A circular economy aims to close the gap between the production and the natural ecosystems’ cycles – on which humans ultimately depend upon. Today's guest, Katie Treggiden...

Ep. 48 Ego vs. Armor

Ep. 48 Ego vs. Armor

Does your writing make you feel egotistical?Writer's ego is a real thing. As a writer, you may face it more than once throughout your career. However, these blocks that oftentimes keep us away from sharing our stories, are covered by something thicker. An armor that...

Ep. 47 Rest and Writing with Octavia Raheem

Ep. 47 Rest and Writing with Octavia Raheem

Hey there! Welcome back to the School For Writers podcast!We're taking a short break during August but coming back in September. In today's episode, Lauren interviews devotee of rest, Octavia Raheem. Octavia is a yoga teacher, book author, wife, and...

Ep. 46 Finding Your Unique Voice as a Writer

Ep. 46 Finding Your Unique Voice as a Writer

Have you ever been told you need to find your own solid voice as a writer? That essence that makes your writing unique and distinguishable from the rest and that your teachers talked about in your first day of creative-writing classes. In today's solo episode, Lauren...

Ep. 45 Social Media Tips for Writers with Kia Young

Ep. 45 Social Media Tips for Writers with Kia Young

Feeling overwhelmed by social media? You're not alone!Here at the School For Writers podcast, we know how stressful it can be. Choosing between reels, stories, carousels, or trying to post them all every single day is just daunting. However, creating an effective...

Ep. 44 Using Story To Build Your Brand

Ep. 44 Using Story To Build Your Brand

What is your story? When we meet someone, we are interested in learning more about them. We ask questions and listen to what they have to say. We listen to their story. And then depending on what we hear, we may become intrigued or eager to learn more.Well, the same...

Ep. 43 Exploring Pleasure Through Romance Novels with Thien-Kim Lam

Ep. 43 Exploring Pleasure Through Romance Novels with Thien-Kim Lam

Do you enjoy romance literature, sex toys, and good tropes? If the answer is YES, you are going to love this episode! Today on the show, Lauren welcomes debut author, Thien-Kim Lam to chat about all things diversity in writing, sex toys, and the importance of own...

Ep. 42 10 Reasons Why Writers Need a Mailing List

Ep. 42 10 Reasons Why Writers Need a Mailing List

Hey writers! Are you ready to build an audience without paid advertising, while being authentic and in a place where you can shine? If the answer is YES, then this episode is for you! In today's episode, Lauren talks about email marketing as an alternative to the...

Ep. 41 Online Marketing Tips for Writers with Liz McVoy

Ep. 41 Online Marketing Tips for Writers with Liz McVoy

Do you feel confident when it comes to marketing your business as a writer? It's time to address the primary issue that most writers have around marketing: how to get your offerings in front of the right people. Today's episode is jam-packed with a bunch of vital...

Ep. 40 How to Choose a Cover for Your Book

Ep. 40 How to Choose a Cover for Your Book

Having put in hard work to make your book the best it can be, now it's time to make sure its cover design is attractive and enticing enough to catch your readers' eyes! This is probably one of the most exciting parts of the publishing process, where focusing on what...

Ep. 38 Writing and Editing a Self-Published Book

Ep. 38 Writing and Editing a Self-Published Book

While self-publishing is often seen as a lesser form of publishing, thought to be unpolished, and oftentimes not taken seriously, there are always ways to combat that! You don't need to wait for a traditional publisher to approve that your idea is worthy of being out...

Ep. 37  Tenacity and Success In Writing with Suzy Vitello

Ep. 37 Tenacity and Success In Writing with Suzy Vitello

In previous episodes, we've discussed the many parts and routes a writing career can include and take.We've talked about writing groups, different ways to make money as a writer, traditional publishing vs. self-publishing, and many other topics to help you thrive in...

Ep. 36 Finding and Training Beta Readers for Your Book

Ep. 36 Finding and Training Beta Readers for Your Book

Finding the right beta readers is key if you're actually serious about publishing your writing one day. However, it is important to make sure that you not only choose the right beta readers but train them so you can get useful feedback that helps improve your...

Ep. 35 Writing About Social Issues with Kavita Das

Ep. 35 Writing About Social Issues with Kavita Das

Today on the show, Lauren welcomes Kavita Das.Five years ago, Kavita transitioned from the world of social justice to the world of writing to tell the life story of Grammy-nominated Hindustani singer Lakshmi Shankar in her book Poignant Song: The Life and Music of...

Ep. 34 How to Become a Better Writer

Ep. 34 How to Become a Better Writer

What makes you a better writer? Practicing your craft. But what is craft and how do you practice it? According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, craft is defined as the skill in planning, making, or executing. An occupation or trade requiring manual dexterity or...

Ep. 33 Money Tips for Writers with Erin Skye Kelly

Ep. 33 Money Tips for Writers with Erin Skye Kelly

Today, Lauren is joined by money mindset and transformational coach, Erin Skye Kelly.Erin teaches people how to transform their lives through their relationships to health, money, and each other through keynote speaking, online courses, her podcast Get The Hell Out Of...

Ep. 32 45 Ways to Make Money as a Writer

Ep. 32 45 Ways to Make Money as a Writer

Do you dream of being a full-time writer but doubt this is possible?Did you know people are making a living by following their love for writing? Writing is a valid career. Making money as a writer is possible. And there are more ways than you might think!In today's...

Ep. 31 Producing Your Own Book with Logan Rená

Ep. 31 Producing Your Own Book with Logan Rená

This episode is hot, you guys! Logan Rena is here today to talk all things empowerment, mindset, and self-efficacy for writers! This talented Mississippi girl is a Certified Life Purpose Coach and speaker who has delivered over 350 talks to colleges, universities,...

Ep. 30 How to Write a Query Letter

Ep. 30 How to Write a Query Letter

A query letter is an introductory letter you send to an agent, telling them about you and your book. It is your opportunity to seduce the person who can help you thrive in your writing career and convince them you are the best person to write your book. But, how do...

Ep. 29 Business, Creativity, and Writing with Jincey Lumpkin

Ep. 29 Business, Creativity, and Writing with Jincey Lumpkin

Today, Lauren is chatting with the incredible Jincey Lumpkin. Jincey is a writer and freelance creative director in Luxury Beauty. She has lectured around the country at summits devoted to business, creativity, and writing. She has also been profiled by Dateline NBC,...

Ep. 28 How to Write a Book Proposal

Ep. 28 How to Write a Book Proposal

Did you know it is possible to get a book deal even before you finish writing your non-fiction book?If you're ready to take the traditional path to fulfill your publishing dreams and become a published author, then you're going to need a book proposal! In today's...

Ep. 27 The Joy of Diversity in Romance with Talia Hibbert

Ep. 27 The Joy of Diversity in Romance with Talia Hibbert

In today's episode, Lauren is joined by the amazing Talia Hibbert.Talia has written 19 books and she's only in her 20's!This talented writer is a USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author who enjoys writing diverse narratives that include marginalized...

Ep. 26 Your Book Writing Questions Answered

Ep. 26 Your Book Writing Questions Answered

In today's episode, Lauren responds to all of your questions about what it takes to write a book.Whether it's self-doubt, fear, or lack of training, writing a book is something we're all capable of!Some of the most popular questions you guys asked her were:Can I write...

Ep. 25 What it Takes to Write a Book

Ep. 25 What it Takes to Write a Book

In today's episode, Lauren is having a candid conversation with a few participants of her Write Your Friggin' Book Already™ program.Mars, Jess, and Kate are these brave writers (yes, consummate writers! no longer aspiring ones) who decided it was time to make...

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