The Historical Action and Adventure Podcast – making history come alive!
Bestselling authors Matthew Harffy and Steven A. McKay chat about writing action and adventure stories, diving into some of the more quirky and unusual aspects of history, with a detour through music and its role in their process.
Each episode covers different exciting themes, often with brilliant guests who help shed light on what Matthew and Steven have decided to talk about that week.
Yes, we have a brand new festive rock song for all you lucky boys and girls. Stream it NOW for free on Spotify, YouTube Music, Amazon Music, Deezer, iTunes and all major streaming services, just search for ”Christmas is coming Rock Paper Swords”.
Give it a like, add it to your Christmas music playlists, and please do share with your friends on social media! Look out too for an acoustic version, which will be dropping any day now and is a really cool little take on the same tune…
Thank you for joining us in 2023, we hope you enjoy this little Christmas gift from us.
Cover artwork by Dave Slaney (with some Xmas-y additions by us!).
Music by Steven, lyrics and vocals by Matthew. Copyright Rock, Paper, Swords! 2023
Our guest today is Darren Hardy, manager of the UK Author and Editorial Programmes at Amazon. Before that Darren was UK Manager for Kindle Direct Publishing. With nearly 20 years working at Amazon, Darren is the perfect person to answer all our questions about what goes on behind the scenes at KDP and what new and exciting plans Amazon has for the future.
Join us today as we chat about things like:
The Kindle Storyteller Award – how to enter, and what you can win (20 grand!)
The “magic formula” for understanding Amazon’s algorithms (there isn’t one!)
Amazon’s new book categories and how to use them best
Artificial Intelligence (AI) and how it might affect KDP in future be it for “writing” nonsensical books, or affecting the charts
And a load more!
If you have a question that we didn’t ask Darren please post it here, or on our social media pages and we’ll pass them on!
https://www.facebook.com/RockPaperSwordsPodcast and Twitter @rock_swords If you’re an indie author, you need to listen to this one!