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Episode 167 – “Pushups, Peeps And Poetry!”

March 29, 2015

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The Newbie Writers’ Podcast

Guest author: Vicki Hudson

We interviewed Vicki Hudson author of No Red Pen, Writers, Writing groups and Critique



Here is the short version of Vicki’s advice for Newbie Writers looking to join a critique group or start their own:

  • Have a group with a code and established guide lines on submissions and critiques
  • Make sure there is a mix of genres being reviewed
  • Make sure the group is an attitude fit
  • Make sure the work load is manageable
  • Make sure the meeting time is manageable

More about Vicki:

Wanting always to become a writer and told “write what you know” she has worked in culinary, security, health, sales, educational, and other fields of endeavorRead More

The Price of Being a Best Selling Author- Part II

March 25, 2015

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At the Day of the Book conference March 7 at JFK University, I discussed the price of being a best selling author.

The four things you need to achieve best selling status are: Write a lot of books

  • Genre
  • Exposure
  • Engagement
  • Investment

Let’s discuss exposure a little further:

You Tube

Posting You Tube videos to promote your books are now a requirement.

You can produce the videos yourself, and it’s free to post them on You Tube. Video is also time consuming and annoying and did I mention terrifying? I tried to create a talking head video, I spent about half an hour contemplating the joys and possible outcomes of plastic surgery. Not for the faint of heart, videos are however, an effective part of the best selling persona. If you aren’t comfortable with your own face writ large on You Tube, you may be asRead More

Episode 162 – Lost, Kidnapped And Eaten Alive!

February 17, 2015

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The Newbie Writers’ Podcast

Special Guest: Laurie King

Just to start this out: The kidnapped story in Laurie King’s travel memoir, Lost, Kidnapped, Eaten Alive, is when she accepted a ride from a “very nice” man who, it turned out, was not so nice, and she was rescued by a few locals.

The eaten alive refers to an encounter with a beautiful clear pool of water and hundreds of tiny leeches (in Austraila, had to point that out)

And we didn’t get to the lost story.

The market for Travel writing has changed and Laurie attributes that change to the internet, like pretty much everything else. Her advice to Newbie Writers is to create the articles about your travels, post them, gather a body of work, and then start pitching those articles to magazines or web sites. Money? This is not aRead More

Being the Child also alters Your View on These Things

February 3, 2015

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What if the future sucks?Technology certainly informs the plot and situations in Future Girls. In the next few blogs I linked quotes about technology to scenes in the books. Obviously, if you like what you read, you can purchase the download or book on Amazon

“I’m sorry, it’s true. Having children really changes your view on these things. We’re born, we live for a brief instant, and we die. It’s been happening for a long time. Technology is not changing it much – if at all.”

–Steve Jobs

Charity glanced at the hanging sheets, no longer the original white. Just this morning she had helped her mother wrestled those sheets out of the big tub, the fire burning underneath.

Charity was used to such odd behavior from her mother. Instead of sitting down to eat, she automatically arched over the hotRead More

Writers who explain too much

December 18, 2014

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Send the girlsDo you explain too much?

We read to experience another world and another life. We read to fall into a world. Excessive explanation takes us out of that experience and talks at us rather than guides us through a fantastic journey. If we wanted a lecture, we wouldn’t have sat in the back of the dark lecture hall either nodding off, or reading a novel, that if well written, was the polar opposite of the boring telling lecture taking place at the front of the class.

As Elmore Leonard commented: Try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip.

In the opening of my second Future Girls book, Future Gold, I agonized over how to get the heroine, Jordan, from her time (2145) back in time (1861). I wanted to explain why she was in the Duck and Screw. I wanted to give the reader Jordan’s backRead More