About Author Media

Author Media is a family business that helps authors learn how to build a platform, sell more books, and change the world with writing worth talking about.  

How Author Media Helps Authors


Novel Marketing Podcast

Each episode is packed with practical wisdom to help you get published, grow your influence, and sell more copies of your book.

Weekly Blog & Email

Each week, we release a blog post that covers the same topic as that week’s podcast. Subscribe to get new posts delivered by email.


Do you have a publishing question? Connect with other writers on our exclusive social network.



Author Media courses are focused, practical, life changing, and fun!

Mastermind Groups

Personalized small group coaching from Thomas Umstattd Jr. Each group is limited to 10 authors.

Podcast Host Directory

Gain the ability to contact over 100,000 podcast hosts, who may want to have you on as a guest.

A Podcast Packed with Practical Wisdom

Novel Marketing is a weekly podcast that helps writers build a platform, sell more books, and change the world with writing worth talking about. You can listen to the podcast on this website, but it is even better when you subscribe using the podcast app on your phone like Podcast Addict (Android) or Overcast (Apple).


Author Media has courses to train you how to write, launch, and promote your book. These step by step courses take you from where you are to where you want to be.

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Mastermind Groups

Thomas Umstattd Jr. hosts several small coaching groups for authors who are serious about advancing their publishing careers.


Part social network, part community site, AuthorMedia.social is a great place to connect with other authors, find someone to work with, find deals, and so much more.

While part of the community is open to the public, students of Author Media courses also have special students only areas to discuss homework and chat with other students.


Podcast Discussion

Craft Discussion

Publishing & Promotion Discussion

Job Board


And More!

Podcast Host Directory

Get in contact with podcast hosts from around the world! The Podcast Host Directory gives you access to contact info for over 100,000 of the world’s top podcast hosts. Right now, the Podcast Host Directory is only available for patrons of the Novel Marketing Podcast.


Thomas Umstattd Jr.

Thomas Umstattd Jr.


Thomas is an award-winning speaker and hosts the Novel Marketing Podcast, and the Christian Publishing Show.

In his spare time, he enjoys reading, blogging on his personal website, ThomasUmstattd.com and listening to an embarrassingly high number of podcasts. 

Margaret Umstattd

Margaret Umstattd


Margaret first joined the Author Media team in 2013 after receiving her Bachelor’s in Communication from Texas A&M University. She is a National Merit Scholar and mother of three children.   

Shauna Letellier

Shauna Letellier

Content Manager

Shauna Letellier is an author, copywriter, and Bible teacher. With her husband Kurt, she has the wild and hilarious privilege of raising three boys along the banks of the Missouri River where they fish, swim, and rush off to ball games.

William Umstattd

William Umstattd

Podcast Editor

William graduated from the Podcast Engineering School in 2019 and edits Novel Marketing, Christian Publishing Show, and several client podcasts.  

Laurie Christine

Laurie Christine

Podcast Producer

Laurie Christine is a podcast host, writer, certified Biblical Parenting Coach, wife, and mom of four boys. She serves as the Producer for the Christian Publishing Show and Novel Marketing podcasts, and assists with web design and video editing for Author Media. She also hosts her own podcast, Redeeming the Chaos.


Here is a summary of the Author Media story year by year. You can find the extended history here.


Umstattd Media Founded

While still in college, Thomas Umstattd Jr. started Umstattd Media a company that built websites for authors and small businesses.



We launched  AuthorTechTips.com an award-winning blog to help authors with marketing and technology.



In 2011, AuthorTechTips.com became AuthorMedia.com a company that build websites for authors all over the world. 


Castle Media Group, LLC

Author Media and Umstattd Media became part of Castle Media Group, LLC.


Novel Marketing & MyBookTable

Thomas Umstattd Jr. & James L Rubart launched the Novel Marketing Podcast. That same year, Author Media Kickstarted and released the MyBookTable WordPress Plugin.



Author Media Kickstarted and released the and MySpeakingEvents and MySpeakingPage WordPress Plugins. 



Author Media released the MyBookProgress plugin and MyBookTable 2.


MyBookTable 3


5 Year Plan

Author Media & Novel Marketing released the 5 Year Plan Course to help authors avoid costly mistakes early in their careers.


Patreon, Podcast Production, & Book Launch Blueprint

Novel Marketing joined Patreon, and Author Media started providing podcast production services. Author Media also released the Book Launch Blueprint for the first time.


Pruning & Focusing

Author Media sold the WordPress plugins to Stormhill Media. NovelMarketing.com merged into AuthorMedia.com


Mastermind Groups

Author Media started Mastermind Groups for authors and podcasters.



AuthorMedia.social is a community to help authors learn, connect with each other, and have fun.


Obscure No More

Author Media launched Obscure No More our most comprehensive book marketing course.


Publishing A to Z

Author Media launched Publishing A to Z a course that teaches writers both traditioanl and independent publishing.