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The Newbie Writer’s Podcast

Stacey Donovan

  Over 20 years ago, a colleague asked me if she could pay me to edit her novel. Since then, my love of words and working with creative people as a writing coach, editor and ghostwriter has only grown. Looking forward to hearing about your project.


STACEY DONOVAN is a six-time published book author of both fiction and non-fiction. Her first novel, DIVE, will be reissued by Open Road Media in 2015. Donovan has edited or ghostwritten more than a dozen published books for her clients. Three became New York Times Bestsellers, and another Read more

Luggage by Catharine Bramkamp
Luggage by Catharine Bramkamp

everything in one bag, – St. Petersburg

We were pleased to host Terry Lucas  (Episode 174) and learn more about poetry.  As an experiment I took Terry up on his 5 for $5 and sent in five poems.

Here is the poem and his suggestions, just so you can see what it’s like to work with a poetry coach.


The Poem:


Don’t Leave Home Without You  (Great Title!)

you are my flat umbrella  (as in broken open too far or unopened?  So he didn’t understand flat umbrella as a travel umbrella, so I need to another descriptor)
against … Read more

Books and Wine

Photo by Kurt Rogers

Writing the first draft of your novel is absolutely the most fun a writer can have. The next is receiving an award for the finished product.

It’s the middle that is challenging.

It’s the moment when you look at your work and your brain flashes with – what was I thinking?

You weren’t thinking. Misplaced modifiers and badly placed participial phrases are often the result of quick writing and a propensity, while creating the first drafts, of place holding. The challenge is rooting these sentences out of the manuscript and email or business proposal before they … Read more

The Newbie Writers’ Podcast


Co-host: Dionne Lister


So Catharine’s busy enjoying the silly season, and whilst I should be too, I decided to hijack the show completely and have Author, editor and Tweeper Dionne Lister host a show with me. Bound to be fun, and quickly spiraled into talk of her latest creation: Close Call: A Doris & Jemma Vadgeventure

What is a Vadgeventure you ask? Let’s think about it for a moment.

Dionne is a trendsetter for Newbie Writers. First guest to drop an F-Bomb on our show and this time around, the first conversation about vagina’s. … Read more

The Newbie Writers’ Podcast

Special Guest: Lori Michelle

Lila s perfect Saturday night means falling asleep on the couch with a glass of wine and a good book. But even the perfect night could go bad when Lila starts longing to know what secrets her brain keeps locked away. Left with only distorted nightmares of her life before the accident, she numbly goes through life, hoping to find out just who she is. Amber, double-crossed by a lover, would much rather be slipping something in the wine than sipping it. While she gives great pleasure, loving Amber … Read more

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