Episode 83 The Newbie Writers’ Podcast
Draft revision, the live version
Apologies on the audio quality. Had technical difficulties.
Draft from Catharine’s novel – Five Elements of Time (working title)
A rock shattered the stained glass window scattering shards of red glass at Charity’s feet.
She glanced up at the hole, almost perfectly round. Through it the sky hovered gray, heavy, and unchanged despite the increasing volume of the chanting outside.
Preacher John stopped Charity from reading any more from the One True Word.
A big imposing man, twice the size of slender Charity, he never the less, glanced out at the men in the congregation for approval. Charity didn’t see a single nod, or twitch from any one, but there must have been some approval.
“We will exit, thisRead More
May 18, 2013 Writing Tips
Self-publishing a book is a complicated endeavor. It is an especially daunting effort the first time it is undertaken. The new author will face a series of issues, tasks and decisions that must be addressed.
One way to get a handle on all this activity is to use a project management approach. That is the way I approach a new book that I’m prepping for publishing. I’ve developed this process over a number of years in in publishing a number of print and ebooks. It works.
To begin the process, the author needs a manuscript that is complete and ready to publish. What ready to publish means is that, prior to this point, other writers have critiqued the book and you’ve made the changes they suggested.
The first order of business at this time is to establish a budget. Yes,Read More
May 11, 2013 Newbie Writers Podcast
Episode 82 of The Newbie Writers’ Podcast
Special Guest: Anne Waddington-Feather
Recommended by Tim Leeder via Facebook. The Newbie Writers’ Group on Facebook
Annie trained as a journalist before taking to the road as a tour leader for an adventure travel company. She now lives in Blackwood and has written for a number of publications ranging from travel, historical and martial arts to business, insurance and finance trade articles. When she’s not writing for her local newspaper The Blackwood Times, her regular column for the UK publication Credit Control, also a couple of blogs, she is writing a child’s novel based in Shropshire where she grew up – watch this space!
Latest Book: From the GrandRead More
May 4, 2013 Newbie Writers Podcast
Episode 81- The Newbie Writers’ Podcast
Special Guest:Jordan Rosenfeld
–Author of debut novel FORGED IN GRACE, “…a luminous, edgy debut…” (Patry Francis), MAKE A SCENE, and WRITE FREE (with Becca Lawton).
–Co-Creator, Indie-Visible: Literary Justice for All, a Writer’s Collective
Jordan E. Rosenfeld learned early on that people prefer a storyteller to a know-it-all. She channeled any Hermione-esque tendencies into a career as a writing coach, editor, and freelance journalist and saves the Tall Tales for her novels. She earned her MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars and is most
recently the author of the novel, Forged in Grace (indie-visible ink).Read More
April 30, 2013 Learn the Craft
Writing Humor is difficult. Besides developing the humor, these stories must have all the other elements of a non-humorous story. To state it differently, a comedic story must have a protagonist, a plot problem, an antagonist and the humor.
A major part of the problem with writing humor is that humor is very subjective; what one reader sees as hilarious, another will view as stupid. Thus, no matter how good a humor writer you are, you always have the disadvantage that many readers will think your stuff is dumb. While this caveat applies to all writing, it is more pronounced with humor and satire.
A mistake I see in many short stories, and one that occasionally I’m prone to make, is a failure to tip off the reader early on that the story is humorous. The author has to let theRead More
April 27, 2013 Newbie Writers Podcast
The Newbie Writers’ Podcast
Special Guest: Stacey Aaronson
Special Co-host: Philippe Perez of The TaleTeller Podcast
Tell us about being a book doctor, what inspired you to create a career out of helping other authors?
Tell us about your clients – in general terms, who uses a book doctor? Should a newbie writer approach and hire a book doctor?
How far along should the manuscript be before you can really help an author with their book?
What is the worst thing you ever read?
The Best thing you’ve read?
Catharine always recommends that authors do not design their own covers – and you are a designer- what are some tipsRead More
April 14, 2013 Newbie Writers Podcast
The Newbie Writers’ Podcast
Special guest: Dionne Lister
I almost feel like I’m spamming everyone; my cover was ready so I did the cover reveal, and I was going to wait to upload to Amazon, but I couldn’t! So now, the next book in The Circle of Talia series is out there. You can find it on Amazon or Smashwords and soon iTunes, Kobo and Barnes & Noble. The sequel to Shadows of the Realm continues the story of realmists, Bronwyn and Blayke and their creaturas, Sinjenasta and Fang. It’s fast-paced, scary and has awesome dragons (although those who have read Shadows of the Realm would know that).
I hope a lot of readers are waitingRead More
April 7, 2013 Newbie Writers Podcast
Episode 78- The Newbie Writers’ Podcast
Special Guest: Keith Abraham
Book: Living your Passion
He is the author of the best selling book ‘Creating Loyal Profitable Customers’ and his second book ‘Living Your Passion.’ From humble beginnings, he climbed the rung to head a team of 65 with a $15 million dollar budget at the tender age of 27. In 1999, Keith was awarded the prestigious title of Certified Speaking Professional by the National Speakers’ Association-acknowledging him as one of Australia’s top 30 professional speakers – and today he shares his thought – provoking ideas with over 175 corporate clients in 3 continents. He regularly contributes to magazines and industry journals across the country.
Our belief is thatRead More
March 31, 2013 Newbie Writers Podcast
Episode 77 of The Newbie Writer’s Podcast
Special guest: Vanessa Bogehold
First of all, since Catharine met you, the name of the company has changed from Blog Frog to tap influence. What influenced the change in name? And has the concept be altered or evolved as well?
Can you walk us through the idea of influencers and explain a little about bloggers and being influential? What does that mean anyway?
It looks like this is software geared to help major brands develop relationships with social influencers. Now, back in the old fashion days, we called that selling out – what is the difference? And is there a difference?
In a recent article a professor of journalism bemoaned the idea that readers will not know if they are reading something that is straight,Read More
March 23, 2013 Newbie Writers Podcast
Episode 76 Newbie Writer’s Podcast
Special Guest: Brett Bumeter
My website is http://softduit.com. I am working to build out my YouTube channel this year at http://youtube.com/brettbum
I am a newbie writer in progress myself. My books is called Peter3d Out at http://peter3dout.com . It’s a nice little science fiction novel based prosthetic sexual devices used as drugs wrapped in a formulaic murder mystery, or at least it would be formulaic if I could follow a formula.
A Gripping Cyber Punk ‘whodunnit’!
Filled with intrigue and erotic role reversals, Peter3d Out is a comical peep show into the future of technology, crime fighting, politics and sex.
In the spirit of Forest Gump visiting the set of Boogie Nights portrayed by the descendants of the cast of PulpRead More