Welcome to
The Business
of Romance

The podcast that helps you turn your passion for writing romance novels into profits. I'm your hostess - Mai, also known as the romance fiction queen, and I stumbled into this lucrative world of romance novels As a full-time professional ghostwriter 5 years ago.

Since then, I’ve completed over 70 romance novels for clients, many of which became Amazon bestsellers. I've trained hundreds of writers, editors, and designers on how to create what readers are craving, and I've worked with some of the biggest names in the romance publishing industry.

Through my coaching and consulting business, I serve up my expertise and insights to help aspiring romance writers and self-publishers build scalable, thriving businesses. And now I’ll be joining you here each week to do the same. Listen in for practical tips and strategies on writing to market, mastering self-publishing, and becoming the ultimate romance fiction queen.

episode 5: Storytime

This episode is part writing prompt, part lesson on writing and storytelling craft. I've spent the first few episodes of this podcast talking about some of the business aspects of the romance novel industry, which are all super important. However, the business strategy ultimately means nothing if you can't deliver a story that readers are craving.  

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episode 4: Good enough book marketing with Emily Enger

I had the opportunity to have such a great conversation with Emily Enger of Good Enough Book Marketing. We talk about everything from how to sell your work without feeling like a sell out, do writers really need social media in their marketing strategy, and even - cycle synching - which if you don’t know what that is, I have a feeling you’re going to be just as thrilled about this concept as I was.

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episode 3: Where to start?

I’ve touched on what the business of romance is, how lucrative it is, and some of the different ways you can make money in this industry - one of those ways being the obvious: to write and self-publish your own romance novels. So if you love writing and reading romance novels, and I’ve piqued your interest so far - Your next question is probably: how do I get started? That’s what I’ll be answering for you in this episode!

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episode 2: The Fast Launch and What it Means for Quality in Romance

Today I want to go deeper into one of the best marketing strategies for self-publishers - putting out a new book every month! Now, I know some people might feel overwhelmed by the thought of writing a book every month, and wonder if it's even possible to write a good book that quickly. But trust me, it's totally doable! In fact, that's what we're going to talk about today - how to write fast and still maintain quality. 

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episode 1: How do people make money from self-publishing romance novels?

In this first official episode of The Business of Romance, I'll be discussing the lucrative world of writing and self-publishing romance novels online, specifically through Amazon KDP. I'll explain what the business of romance is, how people make money in the world of self-publishing romance novels, and how you, as a listener, can make money in this industry. 

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I dive into just a few of the reasons I'm so passionate about the world of writing and self-publishing romance novels. In this first season, we'll cover everything from the basics of how to get started to more advanced techniques for building a sustainable career in the romance writing industry. So whether you're a seasoned author or just starting out, I hope you'll join me on this exciting journey into the Business of Romance.

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