Episode 146 – “Writing For Love With Melissa Smith Baker”

September 3, 2014

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The Newbie Writers’ Podcast

Special Guest: Melissa Smith Baker, MA

Relationship Educator and Author

www.lovingforkeeps.com

Melissa and Catharine met through our speaker’s Bureau and she has written Save your Relationship from Yourself.

You blog and offer classes and produce a newsletter. Tell us about your journey in creating your book.

What are the most common questions you get asked?

Tell us about your favorite relationship myth.

How did your business grow? What was the thought behind the book, web site and classes?

How are the classes at the SMI coming along? How did you get that partnership?

Word of the week:

From Arlene Miller and author of the new The Best Grammar Workbook Ever

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10 Things Every Serious Writer Has…

September 3, 2014

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10 Things Every Serious Writer Has… | Writing in a Dead World.

Writing in a Dead World  posted a most excellent list for writers.  I’m a fan of owning too many pens and too many notebooks none of which I can seem to locate when I have a really great idea.

And if you are a serious writer, here is a tip if you are prone to  scribbling in the car, in traffic, on a note pad, because there isn’t a RULE against actual WRITING in the car, just texting.  Anyway, if you are trying to scrawl down that great idea for your NaNoWriMo novel, use a big, legal sized note pad.  That way you can write all over it, and something will be captured. Plus it may prevent you from writing on your slacks.

10 Things Every Serious Writer Has… | Writing in a Dead World

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What About A Book?

August 27, 2014

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I just met with potential clients – talented, interesting, successful women who want to share what they’ve learned beyond their client base and Influence more people than they will ever meet.

They are smart and thoughtful,  and so are considering many aspects of writing a book that on the face of it, have nothing to do with writing:

  • How to  attract guests to the workshop based on the book
  • Who to hire to create the web site for the book
  • Who is the best person to manage SEO.
  • Graphic artist for the cover design
  • How long or short is the time line  to create the finished product
  • What key words will best describe the book
  • Marketing plan for promotion
  • Business plan for the book
  • Proposal plan for publication
  • Indie or legacy publisher?
  • What is the ROI?

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Episode 145 – “Writing, Creativity And Business With Valerie Khoo!”

August 26, 2014

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The Newbie Writers’ Podcast

Special Guest: Valerie Khoo

This week I had the pleasure to chat with Valerie Khoo, who is an extraordinary person who some how finds the time to write, run a national writer’s centre, is a professional speaker, blogger and podcast host. I try to find out how she does it all and keep a sane mind! We discuss how it all began, why accounting is not the ideal career for a writer, tips for newbies and much more.

Inspire. Create. Write.

You’ve heard of ‘writer’s block’. Well, think of the Australian Writer’s Centre as the complete opposite of writer’s block… a place where inspiration, encouragement and motivation don’t just reside – they thrive. This was certainly the aim of founder Valerie Khoo when she launched the Centre back in 2005. And sinceRead More

Episode 144 – Rocking The Blog Tour!

August 21, 2014

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The Newbie Writers’ Podcast

Special Guest: Beth Barany

Beth and Catharine are actually on a blog tour today – Meet My Characters blog tour.

This week we get all rock n roll as we will discuss how to set up a blog tour, how to manage a blog tour and why do it at all. We also get side tracked and talk about beta readers and where to find them.

Word of the week

A.Word.A.Day

with Anu Garg

The human body has been described as the most complex machine around. No wonder Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, said, “The life so short, the craft so long to learn.” The parts of this machine have become such a part of the language that we use them without even realizing it. This week we’ll review five body parts (eye, hand, head, heel, and throat) that are embedded in our language in the form ofRead More

Hachette versus Amazon

August 14, 2014

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First, congratulations to Edan Lepucki, whose first novel, California: A Novel, hit the NYT Best seller list when Stephen Corbert endorsed it as example of of her (and his) publisher Hachette being bullied by Amazon over price fixing.  How marvelous to be the center of attention particularly when it doesn’t involve you per se.

The Hachette versus Amazon controversy has been mostly about author pay, the price of hard copy books and publisher’s margins, all the arguments depict Amazon as bad – very bad – and Hachette as the last vestige of traditional civilization.  The only company who really cares about authors is the legacy New York based  publisher.  The men who bring you the beautiful, book store distributed books.  This is the way it’s always been. And the fight to keep itRead More

Episode 143 – “Shoot Your Novel!”

August 12, 2014

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The Newbie Writers’ Podcast

Special Guest: Susan Lakin

www.cslakin.com

C. S. Lakin is novelist and writing coach who spends her time divided between developing new book ideas and helping writers polish theirs. She is the author of fourteen novels – six contemporary novels, seven in the fantasy/sci-fi genre, and one in historical Western romance. Whether she is exploring the depths of the human psyche and pushing her characters to the edge of desperation, or embellishing an imaginary world replete with talking pigs and ancient magical curses, she is doing what she loves best – using her creativity and skills to inspire and affect her readers.

In all her books she seeks to journey to the heart of human motivation, to uncover unmet needs, and show the path to healing and grace.

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The Difference Between A book and The Book

August 7, 2014

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Graphic A book or The book?

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Back to the salt mines – revising the finished book.

July 31, 2014

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osloBabyStatueOne really wonderful feature of an e-book  is that it can be endlessly modified, updated, repaired and uploaded again and again. Authors can fix their work on a continual basis with no additional costs or penalties.  But even as I say this, perhaps this new and somewhat liberating feature  it not all it promises to be.

Writers (okay, just about everyone) over think. We overthink our plots, we overthink our syntax, we overthink the theme. Once we’ve spent an entire afternoon overthinking, we fall into a deep depression because nothing we’ve done has ever amounted to anything of value – like a Nobel in Literature.  So what is the point? We ask, why do this at all? It’s all just crap anyway and soon we will be dead (at least that’s where I go when I start really overthinking).

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It’s Okay to be an Amateur

July 24, 2014

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beach stepsWriting is hard work, so is water skiing: it takes practice, it’s intense and you will probably fall.  But if you water ski, no one assumes you do it professionally.  No one asks a really brilliant water skier; how many times you’ve skied, or how many prizes you’ve won, or how many people paid yesterday to watch you.

If you are a good water skier, you can show off for the dozen or so other boat loads of observers and they applaud. Perhaps toss you a beer for your efforts.

Writing can be like that.  Practice, make it yours, share a couple of newsletters or even just a brilliant Christmas letter, score free beer and get out of the water.

Consider, as you wrestle with a novel or poem or essay, that the work doesn’t need to be much more than the effort.  It’s the doing thatRead More