Episode 167 – “Pushups, Peeps And Poetry!”

March 29, 2015

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The Newbie Writers’ Podcast

Guest author: Vicki Hudson

We interviewed Vicki Hudson author of No Red Pen, Writers, Writing groups and Critique



Here is the short version of Vicki’s advice for Newbie Writers looking to join a critique group or start their own:

  • Have a group with a code and established guide lines on submissions and critiques
  • Make sure there is a mix of genres being reviewed
  • Make sure the group is an attitude fit
  • Make sure the work load is manageable
  • Make sure the meeting time is manageable

More about Vicki:

Wanting always to become a writer and told “write what you know” she has worked in culinary, security, health, sales, educational, and other fields of endeavorRead More

The Price of Being a Best Selling Author- Part II

March 25, 2015

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At the Day of the Book conference March 7 at JFK University, I discussed the price of being a best selling author.

The four things you need to achieve best selling status are: Write a lot of books

  • Genre
  • Exposure
  • Engagement
  • Investment

Let’s discuss exposure a little further:

You Tube

Posting You Tube videos to promote your books are now a requirement.

You can produce the videos yourself, and it’s free to post them on You Tube. Video is also time consuming and annoying and did I mention terrifying? I tried to create a talking head video, I spent about half an hour contemplating the joys and possible outcomes of plastic surgery. Not for the faint of heart, videos are however, an effective part of the best selling persona. If you aren’t comfortable with your own face writ large on You Tube, you may be asRead More

Episode 166 – Killing Me Softly With Nathan Weaver.

March 24, 2015

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The Newbie Writers’ Podcast

Interview with Nathan Weaver

Five dollar murder!

Damien signed up to be laid out. He is victim #5. You can review the previous entries here. The body count is rising and there doesn’t appear to be an end in sight. Which is OK with me, I’m fine with selling out, if it means the death of a few people.

You can learn more about the gig and sign up yourself at this link.

Dionne Lister cohosted this week and we tried our hand at a radio melodrama. It was a lot of fun! Below is the excerpt we read out.

“He knocked on the door.

It opened and a small, wrinkly woman was standing there. “What do you want? Do you know how late it is?”

“Sorry to bother you ma’am,” he said politely.

“Miss. T’aint been married for years,” she said, “Don’t assumeRead More

Rosie The Riveter – A Future Girl

March 17, 2015

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Rosie the Riveter, a Future GirlGot Girls?  There is a wonderful and little visited Museum dedicated to the women who worked at the Richmond, CA shipyards during WWII.  The women were strong, talented and dedicated.  At it’s height of production the shipyards launched one battle ship a day.

Needless to say, when women were needed to help in the war effort, resources were found, day care, pick up dinners, group housing (okay the last doesn’t appeal)  but the government helped make it easy for women to work.  I think the government could do it again.

For a fictionalized account, check out  Jeane Slone’s book – She Built Ships During WW II. 

To Go:

 Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Park

For photos and more information according to me:

And what does this have to do with writing?  Explore, exposeRead More

Episode 165 – 12 Key Pillars of Novel Construction

March 16, 2015

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The Newbie Writers’ Podcast

Special guest: Susanne Lakin

We talked with Susanne in Episode 143
But she has a new book out: The 12 Key Pillars of Novel Construction: Your Blueprint for Building a Strong Story (The Writer’s Toolbox The 12 Key Pillars of Novel Construction)
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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 magicalRead More