Episode 124 – “Character Development!”

March 15, 2014

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The Newbie Writers’ Podcast

This week it’s just Catharine and I and we are privileged enough to have wonderful listeners who communicate with us! This week Jen Sosniak: http://www.jennifersosniakbooks.com/ tweeted us with a couple of questions. What a great idea for an entire show! If you have any writing or podcast related questions, please email them to podcast@newbiewriters.com or tweet us: @newbiewriters. Can also find me on GooglePlus too. Links to the right.

Questions from Jen:
Jenny Kushen Sosniak@dreamsofwriting

 @newbiewriters Will do! My first is how to balance likable but flawed. I’ve also been struggling w/dev of relationships between characters.

@newbiewriters I often go too fast with the dev of the romance and I don’t hit it right with the dev between antagonist &Read More

Episode 123 – “The Gravity of Birds With Tracy Guzeman”

March 8, 2014

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Special Guest: Tracy Guzeman

 

Pre-recorded show due to timing and scheduling conflicts.

Tracy Guzeman’s new novel The Gravity of Birds was released in August last year and we had the pleasure to have a chat about all things writing, how to’s and birds. We asked her about combining a love of birds and love of books because it’s such an interesting idea.

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We also talk about Tracy’s love of spine poetry. Can see more at her website: www.tracyguzeman.com

Love always

Little Earthquakes

In Between Days

When the world was steady.

Prompt:

Make spine poetry of course. Find your favorite books and line them up. Did you discover a theme? Are there repeats? Can you manipulate the spines to make sense? Try for four or five poems of five books each.

Word of theRead More

Partnership Publishing Defined

March 5, 2014

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Partnership Publishing Defined: What Authors Need to Know – She Writes.

In her blog this week Brooke Warner commented on the difference between partnership publishing and pure self publishing, like the imprints under Author House.

Partnership publishing isn’t cheap, but the process is warmer and friendlier, the author is part of the team and the work is vetted.  In other words, you can’t get any book publishing through a partnership or author assist system. Your book not only needs to be good, it needs to fit with the publisher’s mission and style.

Author House will help any and all authors publish their books, and takes no responsibility for the quality of the work, which is true for the editing, book covers and look.  Author House is a great resource for those writers who have it allRead More

Episode 122 – “It’s A Bloodmarked Saga With Aurora Whittet”

March 1, 2014

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Special Guest: Aurora Whittet


www.aurorawhittet.com | www.bloodmarksaga.com

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Preorder Bloodmark on Amazon

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BLOODMARK SYNOPSIS

Sixteen-year-old werewolf princess Ashling Boru is different from other wolves—she was able to shift to wolf form at birth. Rather than bringing pride to her family, it brings fear, and as a result, she is forced to live in seclusion in Ireland’s countryside. Ashling’s reputation is further blackened when she refuses her betrothed and defies the ancient laws. When her pack’s oldest rivals begin hunting her, she finds herself in the small town of York Harbor, Maine—far from everything she’s ever known.

In Maine, she crossesRead More

Episode 121- “Enlightening Newbies With Polly Campbell”

February 25, 2014

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Special Guest: Polly Campbell


The popular teacher on the Daily OM shows how real-life moments afford opportunities for spiritual growth

Imperfect Spirituality
Extraordinary Enlightenment for Ordinary People

The author has written for Spirituality & Health, Arthritis Today, Gaiam Life, The Oregonian, Family Circle, is a highly read blogger for Psychology Today, and a teacher with The Daily Om

Pulling a raisin out of a two-year-old’s nose probably wasn’t on Buddha’s path to enlightenment, but it was one of the obstacles for author Polly Campbell. For many people, stuck raisins and other real-life moments provide a day’s only opportunity for spiritual growth. Imperfect Spirituality shows readers how to integrate those everyday moments withRead More

These 8 Female Characters In Literature Deserve Their Own Damn Books

February 21, 2014

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These 8 Female Characters In Literature Deserve Their Own Damn Books.

Need some help with creating a story line or a character?  Re  -imagine the life of a famous but misunderstood   character or the minor character in a major novel.  Geraldine Brooks won the Pulitzer for her back story on March, the shadowy father in Little Women.  Wicked considers Glinda and Elphaba in  a new light.

You don’t even need to mine “great” literature. What is your favorite story?  Is there another story line ignore, one  you want to address? Even as an exercise to get your creative juices flowing, thinking of the other story can be an enormous help – you already know what your new character looks like, you know what he or she ends up doing, or you already know about their past.

And if you are veryRead More

Episode 120 – “It’s An Ample Attraction With Melissa Craig!”

February 15, 2014

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Special Guest: Melissa Craig

We all know the saying “sex sells” and for Australian erotic author Melissa Craig, it certainly does! This week we have the pleasure of chatting with her about what it takes to write erotic romance fiction, how it’s perceived and what Aussie newbies need to know when it comes to Amazon royalties. Catharine is busy this week in San Francisco so Dionne Lister is co-hosting.

From Melissa’s website:

http://melissacraigauthor.wordpress.com

I released my debut erotica novella called PLENTIFUL PACKAGE  in October, 2011 in e-book edition and then Paperback in November, 2011.  It’s the first novella in the Simply Breathtaking Series – which will be six books. stay tuned for the release news of the next five. 

I am very lucky toRead More

11 Reasons to Date a Bookworm | BookBub

February 12, 2014

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11 Reasons to Date a Bookworm | BookBub.

I haven’t thought about the phrase “Bookworm” in a long time, so when I came across the term, I had to post it and of course, comment.  Oh, sorry, and also finish this book.

Think of readers as the perfect partners. We really don’t care if you’re late, we’re reading our book.  We don’t care if the cable is out, we have five books to read next to the bed.  We are perfectly happy at the ski lodge when there is no snow.

My mother sends me articles from the local paper, magazines, books, pieces of interest from twenty year old newsletters from obscure and forgotten benevolent societies.

My son gifts me with books that he thinks I should read.  My husband gifts me with books he knows I don’t already own.  Family members give me Amazon gift cardsRead More

Episode 119 – “Stop! Grammar Time! With Mignon Fogarty”

February 8, 2014

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Special Guest: Mignon Fogart (Grammar Girl!)

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http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/grammar-girl

A snippet of questions from the show:

How does one get to such a popular blog and books?

Tell us about Oprah.

How do you react when you are approached by the Oprah producers?

She had driven the podcast thing as well as the blog thing.

How did you go about making grammar fun? You have a knack, tell us about it.

Where did it all begin? What was it that gave you the writing/grammar bug?

What’s planned for the future?

Ultimate tips for Newbies.

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A pet peeve card game! Peeve Wars http://FundAnything.com/peevewars

MignonFace100x100  Mignon Fogarty is the creator of Grammar Girl and the founder and managing director of Quick and Dirty Tips. A magazine writer, technical writer, andRead More

The Tale of Sharon Hamilton, Romance Writer

February 6, 2014

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The Tale of Sharon Hamilton, Romance Writer.

I am so proud of Sharon Hamilton!  She and I met when she had just started writing Heavenly Lover.  We met multiple times while figuring out the plot, the characters and where the story would go.  She wasn’t sure if she was crazy to give up Real Estate for writing but since I had just done the very thing myself,  I encouraged her!

I had so much fun helping with Heavenly Lover that I knew coaching was exactly what I should do as my next career.

Sharon had so much fun writing her first romance that before Heavenly lover was even finished, she was working on the sequel. And as soon as she started up the sequel, she had launched her SEAL series.

She loves Romance because the girl always wins.

And if you love what you do,that is always a win.

Sharon Hamilton

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