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Episode 121- “Enlightening Newbies With Polly Campbell”

February 25, 2014

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The Newbie Writers’ Podcast

Special Guest: Polly Campbell

The popular teacher on the Daily OM shows how real-life moments afford opportunities for spiritual growth

Imperfect Spirituality
Extraordinary Enlightenment for Ordinary People

The author has written for Spirituality & Health, Arthritis Today, Gaiam Life, The Oregonian, Family Circle, is a highly read blogger for Psychology Today, and a teacher with The Daily Om

Pulling a raisin out of a two-year-old’s nose probably wasn’t on Buddha’s path to enlightenment, but it was one of the obstacles for author Polly Campbell. For many people, stuck raisins and other real-life moments provide a day’s only opportunity for spiritual growth. Imperfect Spirituality shows readers how to integrate those everyday moments withRead More

Episode 98 – “Handcuffed And Dreamy With Robbi Bryant”

September 7, 2013

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 The Newbie Writers’ Podcast

 Special Guest: Robbi Sommers Bryant

President Redwood Writers, Branch of California Writers Club

Web Editor Of Redwood Writers Web Site

www.robbibryant.com,    www.thecriminalmind.us

Buy Dream on Amazon

Buy Beautiful Evil on Amazon

We are discussing traditional versus Self or boutique publishing because Robbie has experienced both with the same novel.

Tell us about The Criminal Mind

The Beautiful Evil is now published by Ruby Paradise Publications, did you publish it yourself first?

Tell us about your novella Dream, what is urban fantasy?

Word of the week:

 Great:  Is it bone-brilliant, droolworthy, ripsniptious, splendidious, or stark-staring marvelous?

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Episode 87 – “The Perfect Proposal With Brenda Knight”

June 23, 2013

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The Newbie Writers’ Podcast

Episode 87

Special Guest: Brenda Knight, Associate Publisher

www.vivaeditions.com and Cleis Press

Viva Editions are books that inform, enlighten, and entertain. The very name, “Viva!”, is celebratory. And while Viva Editions is a line of books that are as fun as they are informational, the intention behind Viva is very serious—these are books that are truly helpful and intended to enhance people’s lives. Viva Editions was founded at a pivotal point in time, as the stock market plummeted, the economy softened, and businesses tightened and cut back. Viva focuses on expansion, courage, and joy in life. In short, Viva is about the very best in the human spirit.  As publishers, we need to be aware of the different economic environment we are publishing in—andRead More

Episode 86 – “Juvenile Hall, Dungeons And Dragons With Hank Mattimore!”

June 15, 2013

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The Newbie Writers’ Podcast

Special Guest: Hank Mattimore

The author is a parent, foster parent and a surrogate grandpa for twenty-four abused and neglected kids. A long-time newspaper columnist and author of four books, his career includes working with children, older adults and persons living with AIDS. He writes from a spiritual perspective about life,love and the human condition.

Books include: Grandpa to a Children’s Village
Figuring It Out as I Go Along: Thoughts on Kids and the God Within
The Priest Who Couldn’t Cheat
Life’s a Growin’ Thing
Hank is also a former priest who wrote about that experience in The Priest who Couldn’t cheat.

I’ve been considering Natalie Goldberg’s idea that writing is a form of meditation or even a way to access the spiritual side of our lives,Read More

Episode 83- “Live Edits From The Classroom!”

May 19, 2013

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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

Self-publishing a book

May 18, 2013

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Self-publishing a book is a complicated endeavor.  It is an especially daunting effort the first time it is undertaken.  The new author will face a series of issues, tasks and decisions that must be addressed.

One way to get a handle on all this activity is to use a project management approach.  That is the way I approach a new book that I’m prepping for publishing.  I’ve developed this process over a number of years in in publishing a number of print and ebooks.  It works.

 To begin the process, the author needs a manuscript that is complete and ready to publish. What ready to publish means is that, prior to this point, other writers have critiqued the book and you’ve made the changes they suggested.

To start

The first order of business at this time is to establish a budget. Yes,Read More

Episode 82 – “Travels, Quasimodo and Anna Waddington-Feather!”

May 11, 2013

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Episode 82 of The Newbie Writers’ Podcast

Special Guest: Anne Waddington-Feather

Recommended by Tim Leeder via Facebook. The Newbie Writers’ Group on Facebook


Annie trained as a journalist before taking to the road as a tour leader for an adventure travel company. She now lives in Blackwood and has written for a number of publications ranging from travel, historical and martial arts to business, insurance and finance trade articles. When she’s not writing for her local newspaper The Blackwood Times, her regular column for the UK publication Credit Control, also a couple of blogs, she is writing a child’s novel based in Shropshire where she grew up – watch this space!

Latest Book: From the GrandRead More

Episode 81 – “Indievisible With Jordan Rosenfeld”

May 4, 2013

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Episode 81- The Newbie Writers’ Podcast

Special Guest:Jordan Rosenfeld

Indie-Visible lady on logo


–Author of debut novel FORGED IN GRACE, “…a luminous, edgy debut…” (Patry Francis), MAKE A SCENE, and WRITE FREE (with Becca Lawton).

–Co-Creator, Indie-Visible: Literary Justice for All, a Writer’s Collective




Jordan E. Rosenfeld learned early on that people prefer a storyteller to a know-it-all. She channeled any Hermione-esque tendencies into a career as a writing coach, editor, and freelance journalist and saves the Tall Tales for her novels. She earned her MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars and is most

recently the author of the novel, Forged in Grace (indie-visible ink).

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Episode 80- “The Doctor’s In The House with Stacey Aaronson”

April 27, 2013

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The Newbie Writers’ Podcast

Special Guest: Stacey Aaronson

Special Co-host: Philippe Perez of The TaleTeller Podcast


Stacey Aaronson, Professional Book Doctor
Writing & Editing; Graphic, Website & Book Design

Tell us about being a book doctor, what inspired you to create a career out of helping other authors?

Tell us about your clients – in general terms, who uses a book doctor? Should a newbie writer approach and hire a book doctor?

How far along should the manuscript be before you can really help an author with their book?

What is the worst thing you ever read?

The Best thing you’ve read?

Catharine always recommends that authors do not design their own covers – and you are a designer- what are some tipsRead More

Episode 78 – “Getting Passionate With Keith Abraham!”

April 7, 2013

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Episode 78- The Newbie Writers’ Podcast

Special Guest: Keith Abraham


Book: Living your Passion

He is the author of the best selling book ‘Creating Loyal Profitable Customers’ and his second book ‘Living Your Passion.’ From humble beginnings, he climbed the rung to head a team of 65 with a $15 million dollar budget at the tender age of 27. In 1999, Keith was awarded the prestigious title of Certified Speaking Professional by the National Speakers’ Association-acknowledging him as one of Australia’s top 30 professional speakers – and today he shares his thought – provoking ideas with over 175 corporate clients in 3 continents. He regularly contributes to magazines and industry journals across the country.



 Our belief is thatRead More