How Authors Work: Learn the process from professional authors and become a more productive writer

How Authors Work: Learn the process from professional authors and become a more productive writer

Every week we interview an author or publishing pro and dig into how they work. We get as detailed as possible, exploring their tools, techniques, and workflow secrets, and share their tips and tricks so you can use them too.

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    Montiese McKenzie

    In this episode, we talk about how one scene appeared in Montiese McKenzie's head one day and it led her to be an urban fantasy writer. Her "rear window" writing process and diversifying her cast.

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    M.D. Neu

    We talk with sci-fi author M.D. Neu about how his characters talk to him. Working through his dyslexia. The challenges of finding a professional community as a writer and how writing LGBTQ characters interacts with genre choices.

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    Kevin Jackson

    Kevin E. Jackson talks to us about how and where he writes, how he went from 90 rejections to having an agent he loves and how he found his writer tribe.

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    We talk with Kristina Stanley about her writing, sailing around the world, creating Fictionary and how she found success selling her books to non-bookstores.

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    Motorcycling around the world with Carla King

    We talk with Carla King about her motorcycle related travel writing. We met when she used BetaBooks to get feedback for her Consumer Guide to Writing & Publishing Tools & Service.

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    Planning for your bad days — with John Hartness

    We had an amazing talk with John at the end of 2017. He covered a lot of ground talking about everything from mental health to starting a publishing company to finding the writing rhythm that works for your brain.

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    Writing By Hand – with Cayla Keenan

    Andrew and I have referenced Cayla Keenan’s process in just about every podcast since this one was recorded. She's a college student and author, and her debut novel, "Catching Stars" is coming out in June of 2018. Learn how she works, and hear her journey from PitMAD to published.

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