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Episode 83 The Newbie Writers’ Podcast
Draft revision, the live version
Apologies on the audio quality. Had technical difficulties.
Draft from Catharine’s novel – Five Elements of Time (working title)
A rock shattered the stained glass window scattering shards of red glass at Charity’s feet.
She glanced up at the hole, almost perfectly round. Through it the sky hovered gray, heavy, and unchanged despite the increasing volume of the chanting outside.
Preacher John stopped Charity from reading any more from the One True Word.
A big imposing man, twice the size of slender Charity, he never the less, glanced out at the men in the congregation for approval. Charity didn’t see a single nod, or twitch from any one, but there must have been some approval.
“We will exit, thisRead More
Sorry for the mega lateness of this, the past week just vanished into thin air. Here are the show notes from last week.
Episode 67- The Newbie Writer’s Podcast
Special Guest: Dara Beevas
Dara Beevas is an author, speaker, coach, editor, and blogger. She is the vice president of Beaver’s Pond Press, an award-
winning mentoring publisher that provides consulting, editing, book design, printing, eBook and marketing services for indie authors. She is also president and co-founder of Wise, Ink, an online community dedicated to content creators. Her passion for writing and publishing has led her to help more than three hundred authors publish their books in her decade-long career in book publishing.
Her book, The Indie Author Revolution was released in fall 2012. She holds a Bachelor’sRead More
As an independent author, you ignore Amazon at your peril. Publishing through the giant retailer gives an independent author access to one of the largest readerships on the planet. Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing system offers some significant benefits to indie authors, but at a price. KDP Select offers tempting royalties but at the cost of exclusivity agreements.
Advantages of KPD Select
On average, authors receive 35 percent royalties for books sold through the KDP program. If, however, you register for KPD Select, you receive 70 percent royalties in select countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada and India (books sold to locations not on the 70 percent list still pay 35 percent royalties).
In addition, KDP Select authors can promote their book free ofRead More
Episode 65 – The Newbie Writer’s Podcast
Guest: Jeane Sloane
Nov 2/3 Guest Jeane Sloane. Who writes about women in WWII, and at the tender age of about 65, has sky dived just so she could write about it in her book.
She Flew Bombers
From the Factories to the Bases During World War II
A funny, sad and heroic historical fiction about heroine Violet Willey and her colleagues who join the experimental civil service organization, the Women Airforce Service Pilots. All the escapades from meeting the Soviet Night Witches to brushes with death and sabotage are based on fact. These daring young women fight against gender discrimination as they portray a vital role for a nation in crisis.
She Built Ships
During World War II
What do the Port Chicago explosion, TuskegeeRead More
Episode 62- The Newbie Writer’s Podcast
Guest: Jacob Ramirez
From the web site:
The question that sparked Paper Sky Creative is, “How do we use technology to bring more stories into the world?” What we came up with was a kind of venue inspired by indie rock and roll. We set the stage, and draw the crowd, and the author brings their tale to tell. And we do it online, using a web page that by its very design, creates drama, engages readers and forges avid fans for our spotlight author.
The ultimate goal in this whole endeavor is to bear more great stories into the world. With our venues we can increase book sales for authors, without taking a piece of the pie. Our hope is that the increased revenue makes it easier for great authors to write great stories.
This piece originally appeared on my own blog at Caffeine’s Not a Crime, however it elicited such a response on my social media, I wanted to share it with my newbie pals here.
This post was inspired by fellow crime writer Rebecca Bradley’s blog post, ‘Do I Want To Be Published?’ (You can read the full post here.), where she discusses her concerns about becoming a published writer. The post made me reflect on my own experiences. Is being published all I expected it to be?
Writing my first book was my hobby and, aside from family time and work commitments, I did little else. Receiving a book deal and watching the process from contract to print – editing, choosing cover art, writing blurbs, dedications and acknowledgements – was an exhilarating experience, culminating in me holdingRead More
Episode 50 – The Great Debate!
Traditional Publishing Vs Self Publishing.
Featuring: Tweep Nation (arguing on the side of Self Publishing) and Ciara Ballintyne as moderator (to keep Damien in line)
Outline of terms and back ground, then each team can give their opinion because, after all, this is a debate!
Once Upon A Time, publishing a book conjured up a happy vision of success achieved: the advance! The book signings! A devoted editor who possessed the magic to make your book perfect and desirable! No work for the author! The siren song of publication was strong. And deceptive.
During the last twenty years, the fantasy has altered into a universe of change in an Amazonian rivers of options followed by electric possibilities.
What can you expect of publishing? What has changed? AreRead More
Episode 44 – Interview with Jennifer Carr
Newbie Writers Pod Cast
The Thirteenth Heart:
FBI agent Joshua Kane had taken down the most heinous serial killer of his career. But his daughter, Alex Kane is only beginning to see the true horror of Mason Alexander
Your short story was marvelous, and very, very creepy. How do you separate your normal life (we are assuming it’s normal) from the bizarre strange world in your books?
Do you have a ritual that gets you in the mood to write, or does the blood and horror just splash on the page?
From Listener Elaine Duncan:
I’m new to writing but I know my plot etc and aim to write 3 novels. A friend said I should get out thereRead More
Deciding what time of year to set your book can prove quite a dilemma. And it’s a dilemma you need to resolve before you begin to write, because it permeates the whole story.
A no brainer, you might say? But, when you become immersed in the writing of a novel, it can be easy to forget how many times it rained, what the weather was like on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, depending on your timescales…
Seasonal weather can have a big impact on your storyline. It not only affects the way you dress your characters – you can’t have people running about in shorts in the middle of winter, or trussed up in hats and scarves in the midst of summer – but also the mood and atmosphere you wish to create.
An Unfamiliar Murder is set in November. Why? Because in November, in the UK, it can be icilyRead More
Interview with Tanya Egan Gibson author of How To Buy a Love of Reading
Tanya’s Website: http://tanyaegangibson.com/
Tanya Egan Gibson’s debut novel, HOW TO BUY A LOVE OF READING, was published by Dutton in 2009 and has since been translated into Spanish and Italian. Her short fiction and essays have appeared in such publications as CARVE, CICADA, and MILK & INK: A MOSAIC OF MOTHERHOOD. Her articles about the craft of writing have appeared in THE WRITER magazine and an her article about being authentic at writers conferences appears in the current July/August 2012 issue of WRITER’S DIGEST.
Tanya lives in Marin County, California with her husband and two young children, where she teaches writing classes, consults with writers, and is at work on her second novel, LANDS, whichRead More