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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    Kalyn Josephson - Perservering for a book you belive in.

    Kalyn and I talk about the journey her debut novel, The Storm Crow, took through editors, contests, mentors, agents and then editors again and how you find the strength to persevere. There is also some talk of cats and manatees.

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    Maxine Kaplan - "You can't fix what you don't write"

    We talk with Maxine about how she got organized, the value of todo lists and delve into the misconceptions people have about sensitivity readers and why we all like the term expertise reader better.

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    K.D. Edwards - The day his debut novel launched!

    I talk to K.D. Edwards about all the normal writer process stuff we love so much only this interview is the day his debut hit stores so we also talk about launches the times between launches and the fact that he is hiding out at home.

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    Rich Leder - We talk about screenwriting and novel writing and how doing both has influenced his process.

    Our conversation with Rich covers a ton of ground, including the open door policy he established with his family. Moving from New Jersey to New York to California to Willmington and how he uses his screenwriting paradigm to write his novels and gets to fill every movie making role when he writes prose. Andrew and I were both also impressed by how he pitched his books at the end of the podcast so if you are having trouble talking people into reading your book give the end a listen.

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    Deborah Maroulis

    Today we talk about how Deborah uses her experience as a teacher in her writing process for inspiration and feedback, how you don't even want to know what the new slang is and how people who don't like the movie The Princess Bride should be suspected of cannibalism.

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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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    Writing a Thesaurus of Emotions — with Becca Puglisi

    Becca Puglisi talks to Andrew and Paul about the process of co-writing The Emotional Wound Thesaurus and how she and her co-author Angela Ackerman work to find one voice as two writers. We also spent time talking about emotional self-care for authors and the process of writing emotional tools.

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    From Fan Fiction to Original Work — with J.S. Dewes

    Jenny discusses how she uses Pinterest as part of her workflow, what her self-editing and beta processes look like, and how her experience on indie film sets influences her work as a novelist.

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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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