Episode 22- Newbie Writers Podcast

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Episode 22- Bovines Have No Place In Anthologies
Newbie Writers’ Podcast
Guest Beth Barany


From her site: http://bethbarany.com/

Beth will help you have more fun and ease promoting online while growing your potential readership, and increasing your sales.

Beth Barany, Award-Winning Author / Speaker
Bestselling Author’s Coach
Founder, We Write Books community
Writer’s Fun Zone blog

1. for your discombobulation: http://www.writersfunzone.com/blog/2012/02/27/how-to-deal-with-overwhelm-as-an-indie-author/
2. links to Ezra’s class How to Become a Bestselling Author Teleseminar Program: http://community.bethbarany.com/page.aspx?ID=421

1. What so great about anthology?
collective effort in the marketing
collection of wisdom and experience and story
appetizer for longer work
great way to get published, as a first timer
can be good fundraisers
a collective creative experience for a group
2. How to Create an Anthology: Big Picture to Nuts & Bolts
Pick a theme
Know your purpose
Decide on a timeline and a budget
Know how you’ll sell the book
Online vs. Print
Decide who is the Editorial Captain
Who has the final say on design of the cover (and layout)
Writers’ Rights: Agreement & Contracts
And the Profits go to…
3. Editorial Questions
Kinds of writers
Length of each piece
What about an Author’s Bio?
Editing, proofing & copy editing
4. Publishing the Anthology
Get your writers excited about promoting as early as possible
Marketing Phases
Make it easy for your readers to buy it
Sales page/Website
What’s next!


What is your relationship with technology?  What is your character’s relationship?
Do they love it?  Hate it? Complain about it?   Some authors create characters who pointedly scoff at the idea that computers will soon hold all their information.  Some imagine computers working with gears and attitude (steampunk).

What are your thoughts on technology?
Write a love sonnet to your iPhone.

Word of the week



Verb 1. discombobulate – cause to be confused emotionally
bemuse, bewilder, throw
discomfit, discompose, untune, upset, disconcert – cause to lose one’s composure
2. discombobulate – be confusing or perplexing to; cause to be unable to think clearly; “These questions confuse even the experts”; “This question completely threw me”; “This question befuddled even the teacher”


Bring Out Your Dead

From Catharine’s new book that will be on Pub Slush:

My stomach clenched at the sight of him, I stepped back into the shadow of the building as he worked his way through the party guests, glad-handing everyone, to the front patio area. Had he seen me? I fervently hoped not. Then again, when had he ever really seen me? I glanced around, but I was too far from the tasting room entrance for a quick exit inside. Besides, a sudden movement would telegraph my presence for certain.
I eyed him while arranging strands of my hair around my face as a pathetic disguise. I felt like my nieces and nephews who used to hide behind a door and close their eyes because if they couldn’t see me, I couldn’t see them. I always saw them, so I knew my ploy did not have longevity on its side.
He had lost some hair. He had gained some weight. We all look a little older in our late thirties, but he had aged more. Much more. And his face looked like his features had been moved around like Mr. Potato Head played with too vigorously then returned to the box all the features intact, but rumpled, never the same as when the toy was new. Maybe Mark had spent too much time baking in the sun, not because he toured the world on his yacht or because he volunteered to rebuild communities in Haiti, but because he didn’t pay attention pool side and always managed to get sun burned.

Shout Outs and Rants.

Justin Bogdanovitch.
The two people that became my 400th follower. WHAT?
Kriss Morton Weekley (@AKMamma),
Luke Romyn (@LukeRomyn)

Where to Find Us:

Catharine: www.yourbookstartshere.com @cbramkamp
Damien: www.newbiewriters.com @newbiewriters



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  • Beth Barany
    Posted on March 3, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    Damien and Catharine: THanks for having me on your showing even if I won’t help you make your bovine anthology!

  • Damien
    Posted on March 3, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    The cow chronicles will be a reality one day!!

  • EditorProofer
    Posted on March 3, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    Great insights Beth. 🙂

    I’ve read Sue Grafton’s alphabet series (still waiting for W, X, Y, and Z) and the lack of computers and mobile phones is really quite refreshing.

  • Justin Bogdanovitch
    Posted on March 6, 2012 at 8:48 am

    Hi Damien and Catharine (and Beth) — I really enjoyed your talk about forming anthologies. The system you and your husband have used in the past . . . the details about how you go about it, what a payment plan can be.

    And thank you Damien for the continuing shout outs/mentions, even though my name is so discombobulating you probably want to defenestrate the nearest meter reader. You can always just say my Twitter name @Justinbog since that’s how I introduce myself to anyone new (I save my long last name for book jackets LOL). Look forward to the next podcast and more on how the Adelaide Writer’s Conference turned out. Cheers, mate.

  • Jane Isaac
    Posted on March 10, 2012 at 3:42 am

    Hey Damien & Catharine! Enjoyed the podcast – good insight into anthologies and how they are put together.
    Good luck for the writers conference, Damien;-)

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