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Episode 68 – Accidental Affairs and Australia Day!

January 28, 2013

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Episode 68- The Newbie Writer’s Podcast

Special Guest: Leslie McKelvey

Accidental Affair


Leslie McKelvey has been writing since she learned to write. Her mother still stores boxes of handwritten stories in the attic. Leslie read her first romance at 12 and was hooked. When her high school Creative Writing teacher told her she needed to be a novelist, she decided to give it a try. Finally, at the ripe old age of…forty-something…her debut novel, Accidental Affair made it into print through Black Velvet Seductions Publishing. The publisher has also contracted two more manuscripts, which will follow Accidental Affair shortly. The next story slated for release is Special Agent “Bear” Bristol’s, so for all who fall in love with Jack Vaughn’s best friend, get ready. The 6’8″ FBI agent saves wildlifeRead More

Episode 52 – French Kissing Pigeons and Natasha Yim!

September 29, 2012

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Episode 52- The Newbie Writer’s Podcast

Natasha Yim

Our Guest: Young Adult Author: Natasha Yim.

Catharine’s back from holidays! What craziness abounded abroad?

Let’s find out about Natasha:
I just wanted to pass on this announcement from my publisher about my upcoming non-fiction children’s book, Sacajawea of the Shoshone, for kids 9 – 13. It tells the amazing story of the Shoshone teenager who traveled the American West with Lewis and Clark. The book will be released in October, and I’ll get an opportunity to talk more about her and writing the book at the RW October Author Launch on Oct. 14.

I’m going to be at the Green Gulch writing retreat which is hosted by the SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators)—am planning to get there by 3 so I can beRead More

Diary of a Newbie Novelist

August 20, 2012

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As we wave goodbye to the Olympics in the UK, I’m left feeling a great sense of pride for all the talented athletes that took part, sharing the elation of those who managed to achieve their aims: whether to reach the event, make a certain round, or gain a medal. All those years of hard work, finally paying off.

I celebrated an achievement myself this past week (very small in comparison to the above) by completing the first draft of my second book. Some writers claim to write a book in a few months, others (including a professional author with a major publishing house I spoke to recently) aim to write two a year, some release one a year. As Newbies, many of us have day jobs as well as the usual family commitments, and squeeze our word mongering into every spare moment in the busyRead More

Diary of a Newbie Novelist

April 23, 2012

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Many of us Newbies balance our writing with family commitments and day jobs. When I wrote my first book, it was my hobby and I was able to devote what little spare time I had to it, undivided.

These days, times have moved on. With a book published, I am required to utilise social media to promote it regularly. Now, anyone that knows me will know that I’m a Twitter convert. I love meeting other writers, readers, and the world at large, and having a chat. This combined with regular blog posts and the fact that my favourite pastime is procrastination (I learned long ago that I’m fundamentally lazy) means that there aren’t many hours left in the day.

Also, my daughter is now eleven. I’m very aware that time is passing quickly and there’ll soon come a time when she will want to spendRead More

Diary of a Newbie Novelist

February 21, 2012

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This week I have been researching different background tunes for a scene in my current work in progress, the sequel to An Unfamiliar Murder. I need to find an album that is generally well known, atmospheric and melancholic in places, with resounding lyrics; but also upbeat in others. A tall order…

It led me to consider how important music is in our fiction, and whether indeed we should we use it all? Some might argue that music dates a novel, which it inevitably does, but I think there are few novels out there that don’t date already themselves in some way. If you’d written a book in the early 90’s, you’d be unlikely to mention the internet, people didn’t have mobile phones clung to their ears, folk could still smoke cigarettes in restaurants…

Others would say that music isRead More

Episode 19- Newbie Writers Podcast

February 11, 2012

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Episode 19- I wish to propose.

Stephanie Chandler
Authority Publishing
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Our guest today is Stephanie Chandler

Stephanie Chandler is the author of several books including Booked Up! How to Write, Publish, and Promote a Book to Grow Your Business, From Entrepreneur to Infopreneur: Make Money with Books, eBooks and Information Products, and The Author’s Guide to Building an Online Platform: Leveraging the Internet to Sell More Books. Stephanie is also founder and CEO of, which specializes in custom publishing for non-fiction books, and, a directory of resources for entrepreneurs. A frequent speaker at business events and on the radio, she has been featured in Entrepreneur Magazine, BusinessWeek,, WiredRead More

Newbie Writers Podcast Episode 16- What Readers Want

January 16, 2012

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Episode 16

Newbie Writers podcast January 16  (Catharine is riding elephants in Thailand today)

Guest Anne Naylor, Dionne Lister

What do readers want?

How can we as writers’ give it to them or even know what the hell it is?

What readers want.

As an emerging writer, I want (and need) to know what readers want.
These are my thoughts.

As a reader, this is what I know:

My time is precious. I am very busy and I beg, borrow and steal time away from other things to read. There is too much to do, too little time to do it in and too much information to deal with on a daily basis. An author needs to give me a very compelling reason to start, and then continue reading his/her work.

I have a short attention span. I don’t necessarily read a book from start to finish. My eyesRead More

Diary of a Newbie Novelist

January 9, 2012

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“…writing so good, I didn’t notice it.” When I first read this line in a book review, some years back, my initial thoughts were – the poor author.

As writers, we agonise over words to convey just the right message, layer our descriptions to build a certain atmosphere, craft phrases to achieve the correct imagery in readers’ minds.

There are those inspired sentences: ones that come to you into the night, those that spring into your mind in the supermarket queue. Lines that need to be scribbled down on the back of old receipts, scraps of paper, backs of hands; caught quickly before they slip away into the deep, dark abyss within our heads.

When my writing tutor cast her red pen across these precious lines, I wanted to wrap my arms around them, my babies to protect. As she whippedRead More

~ Common errors ~

December 1, 2011

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I came across the following error in a conversation I was editing this week. The spelling was correct and the sentence still made sense to the reader but because I’d seen this author misspell definite elsewhere in the manuscript, I queried her about which word she intended to use. She was adamant that the character was definitely (not defiantly) evasive.


“I asked her yesterday.”

“What did she say?”

“Well, she defiantly avoided answering the question, but I know she wanted to see him.”


This is a simple example of an issue that a spelling and grammar check programme will not pick up, and one that an Autocorrect function can often create, rather than prevent.

Definitely seems to be one of those words that many people have difficultyRead More

Diary of a Newbie Novelist

October 19, 2011

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When it comes to traditional publishers, which way should we jump as Newbie’s? Major, minor, new or old?

To submit to a major publishing house these days, generally you need to secure an Agent. In my limited experience, it’s difficult to find an Agent these days, especially one who’ll read unsolicited manuscripts from new writers. However, if this is your choice, here are a couple to try:-

So, if we can’t attract the attention of an Agent, what next? We try the independent publishing houses. Again, experience has taught me that many of these, certainly the larger ones, only accept submissions through Agents. However, there are still some that will entertain direct submissions and from newRead More