Newbie Writers! http://www.newbiewriters.com Because Writing Shouldn't Be Boring! Tue, 03 Jan 2017 19:33:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 https://i0.wp.com/www.newbiewriters.com/public_html/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/cropped-newbiepodcastlogo.jpg?fit=32%2C32 Newbie Writers! http://www.newbiewriters.com 32 32 41520472 5 Career Fields to Go Into While You Work on Your Writing http://www.newbiewriters.com/2016/12/23/5-career-fields-to-go-into-while-you-work-on-your-writing/ http://www.newbiewriters.com/2016/12/23/5-career-fields-to-go-into-while-you-work-on-your-writing/#comments Thu, 22 Dec 2016 16:00:58 +0000 http://www.newbiewriters.com/?p=3830 Five jobs for writersWe all have other jobs –  Damien owns his own company and works insane hours, Catharine is a Chief Storytelling Officer and college professor.  I’ve learned that staying close to writing and what I love is actually good enough.  Weighing that book down with both emotional and financial expectations can backfire causing massive writer’s block and pain.

Book sales don’t really pay the bills, so here are five ideas:

  1. Publishing
    Working in the publishing industry is a no brainer. If you’re lucky enough to secure a job with a publishing house, or even like my niece, an internship, you can
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Read this if you are really, really unhappy http://www.newbiewriters.com/2016/06/29/read-this-if-you-are-really-really-unhappy/ Tue, 28 Jun 2016 16:10:51 +0000 http://www.newbiewriters.com/?p=3417 I just read Seven steps on the Writer’s Path by Nancy Pickard and Lynn Lott.  The authors identify the seven steps on the writer’s path as:

  • Why authors are unhappyUnhappiness
  • Wanting
  • Commitment
  • Wavering
  • Letting Go
  • Immersion
  • Fulfillment

I will not belabor the points here; you can read the book yourself.  But I do want to point out that the authors cover something that is sometimes over looked and misunderstood:  unhappiness.

This unhappiness or restlessness is critical to how authors wrestle with their own  limitations. Newbie writers think of  unhappiness as failure, many writers and creatives consider  unhappiness as a sign of  inadequacy or … Read more

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Sisterhood in Sports:  How Female Athletes Collaborate and Compete- interview with Dr. Joan Steidinger http://www.newbiewriters.com/2016/06/15/sisterhood-in-sports-how-female-athletes-collaborate-and-compete-interview-with-dr-joan-steidinger/ Tue, 14 Jun 2016 16:01:04 +0000 http://www.newbiewriters.com/?p=3481 Our on-going interviews with Cool Authors, Cool Books

Joan’s book Sisterhood in Sports explores how there is far more to athletics than we think.

Sisterhood in SportsCompetitive sports are about achieving positive performances.   The stories in the book  provide examples of inspiration, show how women support women, and how together, we can perform better than we think.  I also emphasize how the women in the stories model behavior that is helpful to all women both athletic and non-athletic. Our emotional and intimate relationships with other women lead us to greater success. That is true for all of us.

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Meditation on Runaway Success http://www.newbiewriters.com/2016/06/08/meditation-on-runaway-success/ Tue, 07 Jun 2016 16:06:55 +0000 http://www.newbiewriters.com/?p=3797 Maybe you watched it – the Viral video about fame featuring Russel Brand and Lady Gaga lamenting the hollowness of fame and how being famous didn’t really make them happy. Speaking as an audience member and not participate, I wouldn’t mind confirming this for myself. I’d like to give all that money and fame thing a whirl, then tearfully admit it wasn’t all I thought it would be, but wow, those clubs are fantastic!

Got that out of the way.

The essential message isn’t bad. For writers, our wildly successful path looks like Emmys and Oscars and Pulitzer Prizes.  Just … Read more

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Quiver of the Pure Heart – interview with Burnita Bluitt http://www.newbiewriters.com/2016/06/01/quiver-of-the-pure-heart-interview-with-burnita-bluitt/ Tue, 31 May 2016 15:52:43 +0000 http://www.newbiewriters.com/?p=3478 Quiver of the Pure HeartOur on-going interviews with Cool Authors, Cool Books

Burnita Bluitt’s  debut novel, Quiver of the Pure Heart, began as a love-letter to San Francisco’s painted ladies. However, after uncovering the Western Addition Victorian’s dark history, she felt compelled to shine a light on their tragic past, and on the forces that left an indelible impact on the Fillmore community which is still felt today.

Quiver of the Pure Heart was not only a labor of love, but one of, well, labor.

Her road to publication is one many of us have traveled, and if you have not, Burnita’s experience … Read more

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Episode #214 – “Get Your Book Swag On Yo!” http://www.newbiewriters.com/2016/05/31/episode-214-get-your-book-swag-on-yo/ Mon, 30 May 2016 22:48:13 +0000 http://www.newbiewriters.com/?p=3823 The Newbie Writers’ Podcast

Guest: Scott Mullins

BookSwag

Book Swag is a free weekly email that helps you find the best e-books from established, new and indie authors. We search the internet and trawl through amazon reviews each week to find you must-read books at great prices. The authors featured on Book Swag haven’t paid to be here. Their books are chosen for one reason – they’re exciting books that you’ll want to read.

We make finding the best eBooks easier. Book Swag was created for people who love to read, by people who love to read.

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The Gravity of Birds- interview with Tracy Guzeman http://www.newbiewriters.com/2016/05/25/the-gravity-of-birds-interview-with-tracy-guzeman/ Tue, 24 May 2016 17:25:42 +0000 http://www.newbiewriters.com/?p=3465 Gravity of BirdsOur on-going interviews with Cool Authors, Cool Books

Like so many of our novels, Tracy created The Gravity of Birds from other works.

“I had two short stories I liked, but couldn’t seem to finish. One was about how the relationship between two sisters is altered when one is forced to assume the role of caregiver for the other. The second story concerned a young man, recently out of school, who unexpectedly finds his career on a downward trajectory, a situation he’d never prepared himself for. No matter how I tried, none of the endings I came up with seemed … Read more

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Episode #212 – “Alan Leddon Publishes Us!” http://www.newbiewriters.com/2016/05/18/episode-212-alan-leddon-publishes-us/ Wed, 18 May 2016 09:32:35 +0000 http://www.newbiewriters.com/?p=3820 The Newbie Writers’ Podcast

Guest:  Alan Leddon

New owner of Damnation Press.  Now Caliburn press.  The wild crazy life of an indie publisher. Author in his own right!

We also pick Alan’s brain on why he was happy to publish our book Don’t Write Like We Talk.

Alan had advice about the difference between slander and Libel, and what WE asked was why we needed to discuss the difference at all?

You’ll notice, first off, that the civil law definitions all require the statement to be false. So, if I receive a statement from Paypal that shows that the company … Read more

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INSIDER TIPS for Publishing Success http://www.newbiewriters.com/2016/05/18/insider-tips-for-publishing-success/ Tue, 17 May 2016 16:02:39 +0000 http://www.newbiewriters.com/?p=3816  

Thank you Brenda Knight, a recent Newbie Writers Podcast guest for her wonderful insights and advice for our readers.

The Art of the Book Deal
Insider Secrets to Navigating the Publishing Process

From the outside, book publishing can seem mysterious, but from the inside it is really quite simple. Twenty-two year publishing veteran Brenda Knight will teach you how to sell yourself and your book idea, who you are really selling, the importance of “comp titles,” how to craft the perfect proposal, and trend tracking. “I have acquired over one thousand books in my career, including a few New … Read more

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Please, ignore. Sincerely, “The Market” http://www.newbiewriters.com/2016/05/11/please-ignore-sincerely-the-market/ http://www.newbiewriters.com/2016/05/11/please-ignore-sincerely-the-market/#comments Tue, 10 May 2016 15:46:06 +0000 http://www.newbiewriters.com/?p=3809 Guest post by Photo of guest blogger Patrice Caldwell

The market. We’ve all heard about it. We’ve certainly all talked about it. But, what really is “the market”?

The market is a few things, but most of all the market is 100% unimportant to your creative process. Yep. You heard me, forget about the market.

Now, I know you’re probably thinking, but, uh, doesn’t the market dictate whether or not my book will sell? Um… sorta.

If you haven’t completed your book, worrying about the market won’t do you any good. I know writers who are constantly trying to chase the next big trend. AND, I … Read more

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