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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
May 18, 2013 Writing Tips
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.
The first order of business at this time is to establish a budget. Yes,Read More
May 11, 2013 Newbie Writers Podcast
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
May 4, 2013 Newbie Writers Podcast
Episode 81- The Newbie Writers’ Podcast
Special Guest:Jordan Rosenfeld
–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).Read More
April 27, 2013 Newbie Writers Podcast
The Newbie Writers’ Podcast
Special Guest: Stacey Aaronson
Special Co-host: Philippe Perez of The TaleTeller Podcast
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
April 7, 2013 Newbie Writers Podcast
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
March 16, 2013 Newbie Writers Podcast
Episode 75: The Newbie Writer’s Podcast
Special Guest: Mike Vardy
WRITER • TALKER • PRODUCTIVITYIST
INACTION SPEAKS LOUDER THAN WORDS.
Mike Vardy may spend a lot of time writing and talking, but it’s what he writes and talks about that can turn inaction into action. His work has been featured by many productivity-focused websites and publications, including Lifehack.org, Lifehacker, The Next Web, The Globe and Mail, and SUCCESS Magazine.
Mike, you describe yourself as a productivity enthusiast or, rather, a “productivityist”. Tell us what that means, and how you came to this position and vocation.
In your blog and web site youRead More
March 2, 2013 Newbie Writers Podcast
Episode 73 Newbie Writer’s Podcast
Special Guest: Betsy Fasbinder
She has been awarded the Floyd Salas Award, a Jack London award and two East of Eden awards for both fiction and memoir pieces. Four of her pieces have been produced as Readers’ Theater works in the historic Nevada Theater in Nevada City, California. She is the also co-producer of The Women’s Writing Salon in Nevada County.
See more at: http://www.betsygrazianifasbinder.com/about/
Published with She Writes an author assist program
Also organizes writing salons and reading salons
How do you organize those and what are the benefits to a new author
Tell us about your book and tell us about you journey as an author.
What advice wouldRead More
Episode 72: The Newbie Writer’s Podcast
Guest: Bob Fine
Founder and editor for http://thesocialmediamonthly.com/
The Social Media Monthly Magazine
Catharine met Bob at the NMX in Las Vegas and he agreed to come and discuss launching a hard copy magazine about the digital world.
Tell us about the magazine
Tell us about your journey in creating and distributing your magazine
You also request contributions by writers or graphic artists what is your criteria and have you come across any submissions that would stand in as cautionary tales for the newbie writer?
Should a newbie writer be looking at submitting to magazines, journals and blogs what would you tell them?
Re-write the ending to a favorite fairy tale. What if one of the ugly stepsisters got the prince? What ifRead More
February 2, 2013 Newbie Writers Podcast
Episode 69 Newbie Writer’s Podcast
Special guest: Kat Brooks Co administrator of www.IndiesUnlimited.com
From the Indies Unlimited Web site:
This site is dedicated to the independent authors, publishers, reviewers and readers who are on the cutting edge of that technological revolution.
A major challenge for any indie author is the lack of established infrastructure in place to market indie books. It can be challenging and time-consuming to get the word out about your book, to find reviewers, and to drive traffic to your website or Facebook page. As a new author, I was delighted to discover a very high level of mutual support and camaraderie in the indie author community. This platform is born from that spirit of mutual aid and support.
Please make Indies Unlimited your home forRead More