A brief few words from one of our hosts(me) ahead of next weeks Andrew and Paul talk
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.
A brief few words from one of our hosts(me) ahead of next weeks Andrew and Paul talk
We depart from our normal format because of how excited Andrew and I are. KT tells us how she launched her first book to 30 orders then restrategized and used her beta to build her audience and now sells 30,000.
We talk with writer, improviser, and voice actor Elizabeth Chatsworth, who sounds so much cooler than us, about her book The Brass Queen. We hear how she uses improv to write her books and how she creates a chapter in four layers.
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.
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.
We talk about how her passion for video games led her both to learn English and to start writing and we explore the importance of time in her writing process, both sleeping on her next days scenes and letting her finished books sit.
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.
I, yes just Paul this week, talk with CB Lee about superheroes, comics, using multiple whiteboards, and constructing a book out of pieces written out of order. We also talk a little about the challenge of labeling works that a striving to be inclusive in bookstores and libraries.
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.
Cherish shares her journey to getting an agent, teaches us about being a turtle writer, and we talk about doowop music and Tin Pan Alley.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A conversation with Andy Reagan about the Hedonometer and his work using computers to discern and understand the shapes of plots, the general happiness of twitter, and who swears most on the internet.
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.
Jacob Wright the creator of Dabble talks about how he created the online word processor and his hopes for its future.
We talked with Noel Fudge about how she helps authors build community with other authors through The Novel Exchange, how she hides to write, and why she chose a gender neutral pen name.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Unlucky episode 13 is a bonus conversation between Andrew and Paul. They cover what they've been up to on BetaBooks, How Authors Work, and have an in-depth conversation about the books they've enjoyed reading lately and how they buy them.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Carlos joined us to talk about his writing process, including dictating instead of typing and writing novels live with an audience of fans following along.
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.
Mike Kraus joined us to talk about his success in self-publishing, his writing process in-depth, and how he publishes an incredible word count every month.
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 :)
Mollie walks us through the editorial process, including how she defines different services, how she figures out pricing, how authors find her, and more.
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.
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."