The Newbie Writers’ Podcast
Guest: Brenda Knight
Brenda has opened an “author-centered marketing consultancy.” Among her first clients are members of the band Blink 182.
Many times a publisher is acquired by a larger company because they are unique and distinctive in the field. Cleis Press worked hard for 34 years to become “best in class” and the leader in their genres, even being named “Publisher of the Year 2014” during my tenure. This made “the little publisher that could” attractive to a bigger company. What made Cleis different was what made Cleis great and that legacy … Read more
DIY memoir, a memoir based on crafts. These memoirs are either historical, the author looks back and says, wow, there is a pattern here, I can construct a book around that pattern. OR the writer picks up a craft on purpose and as she creates each item: the cupcake, the sweater, each recipe in the cook book, she uses those projects as triggers and organizing memes for each chapter in her memoir.
Either approach can be very effective. And on first reading: easy.
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The Newbie Writers’ Podcast
Guest: Courtney Killian
Courtney has two websites. One is What Not To Write And Writing Tips (https://whatnottowriteandwritingtips.com/) and My Life According To Courtney (https://mylifeaccordingtocourtney.com/)
Days of the Kill is Courntey’s first book. It was nearly two years in the making. In this tale of murder and mystery, a small town girl moves to Oregon to start a new life away from her dysfunctional family. However, after she takes a teaching job she realizes to her horror she had not really escaped the dysfunctional members of her family. As the body count rises … Read more
Thanks for having me today Catharine!
My first official publication was a poem called “A Rose Is A Lovely Flower.” And it appeared in my junior high school yearbook. It may not sound as much but when I was first told the news and actually saw it in print, I was on top of the world. I never thought it’d feel so good to have something I crafted and labored with words born from 26 letters. Even when I knew a future in publication was for me after my friend and classmate became my first fan of my stories.
Yet … Read more
Read this if you are overwhelmed by the competition
Do you log onto Goodreads and gulp?
Did you walk into Powell’s or Strand and think, there is too much here, I can’t compete, look at all the books!
Do you not even focus on Amazon because that A to Z thing is too much to consider.
You are not alone. We all feel the immense bottomless universe of which we’ve signed up to become a part. It’s like dangling over the half blown section of the Death Star. It’s like walk through Times Square and realizing that everyone in this … Read more