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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    Plot bunnies, own voices, and publishing — with Kaelan Rhywiol

    Kaelan joined us for a wide-ranging discussion on several topics, including: plotting and character development, authentic representation, what it really means to be a sensitivity reader, and what it's like to be a publisher. We had a great conversation, and Paul and I both came away feeling that we'd learned a lot. Thanks, Kaelan!

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    Ruminating on Ideas – with Jay Posey

    Jay joined us for an awesome discussion, but Paul kept the show notes to himself! He'll be adding those in the morning, and when he does this temporary episode summary will be rendered moot.

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    Growing from freelance to full-time – with C. Hope Clark

    Hope is a mystery author and the editor of Funds For Writers. She joined us for a wide ranging conversation on how she learned to write, and how she organizes her work, and how her career as a writer evolved over the last eighteen years. We also talked about beta readers, newsletters, and the value of writing conferences.

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    Beginning with the Ending – with T.A. Chan

    Tina joined us to discuss her writing process, including how she plans story from concept to completion by starting with the ending she wants and the final feeling she wants her readers to have.

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    A realistic look at the slush pile and your chances of making it out – with Gray Rinehart

    Gray Rinehart joins us to talk about his writing process and his work as a Contributing Editor at Baen Books. Gray oversees the infamous "slush pile," where unsolicited manuscripts go when they're sent to Baen. He gives us some great insight into how he approaches the manuscripts submitted, and a realistic look at the odds an author faces trying to escape from the slush pile.

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    I could write a comedy if I had to – with Kelli Fitzpatrick

    Kelli joined us to talk about her officially licensed Star Trek story and how it's launched her career, took us on tour of her writing process, and encouraged aspiring authors to write whenever (and whatever!) they can.

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    Working with schools, authentic representation, and not judging one font over another – with Scott Reintgen

    Scott joined us to talk about the launch of his upcoming book, Nixia. He shared tons of great insight including how he works with schools (huge for a YA author), how he thinks about representation and the importance of authenticity, and how he's approaching launch day. He may have also said something about real authors only using Garamond... you'll have to listen and decide for yourself :)

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    Building community with your readers (and why Rome fell) – with Dr. Markus McDowell

    Dr. Markus McDowell joins us to discuss his writing workflow. Markus has tested just about every writing app out there, and has some great recommendations for everything from outlining to publishing. We also talked a lot about his success in building community with his beta readers, and how they've helped him grow as an author.

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    Your Writing is Killing You – with Bill Powell

    Bill joins us to talk about his workflow, how he uses beta reading to build his mailing list, the psychology of being a writer, and his latest project titled: "Your Writing is Killing You."

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