Great Writers Share

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GREAT WRITERS SHAREIt’s no secret that writing can be lonely work. But, does it really have to be?Whether you’re full-time, part-time, or just starting out, you’ll get insights into the tricks, tips and production habits of writers from every level of the biz. From bestselling authors, to those launching their first novels, you’re sure to be in the company of friends as we encourage great writers to divulge and share their secrets.

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On this, the final episode of the Great Writers Share podcast, Daniel Willcocks is joined by Holly Lyne, John Crinan, and Faye Trask as they recount their time on the show, and discuss the reasons that the show will be drawing to a close. A huge thank you to everyone who has made this possible. Thank you to everyone who has graciously given their time to be a guest on the show. Thank you to Karl Hughes and Persephone Rose for giving the show its professional tune, voice, and edge. Thank you to the hosts of the show. Thank you to our patrons. And thanks to you, the listener. Follow Us: Follow Dan: www.danielwillcocks.com Follow Holly: www.hblyne.com Follow John: www.johncrinan.com Follow Faye: www.fayetrask.com Get your Great Writers Share merchandise! https://www.danielwillcocks.com/merch/gws GWS Press books: Collaboration for Authors: https://books2read.com/u/3G2jLn Special thanks to: Intro vocals: Persephone Rose Show theme: Karl Hughes Become a Patron of the show! Get exclusive bonus content, find your tribe, and get early access to all episodes. Thank you to my patrons: David Hines Harley Christensen Jon Cronshaw Jenn Mitchell Innes Richens Ian J Middleton Michael Anderle Katie Forrest Yanni Jade Meg Cowley H.B. Lyne Jo Sacha Black Laura K Crys Cain Samantha Frost Victoria LK Williams Brett Jackson Faye Trask See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Mar 26

48 min 9 sec

Jennifer Anne Gordon was born a strange, pale, and quiet child, a ghost scared of ghosts.... Originally from New Hampshire, she studied acting at The New Hampshire Institute of Art. She grew up to become an actress, magician's assistant, artist, writer, dancer, and muse. She currently haunts lonely places in New Hampshire, though she is not dead. Her debut novel, "Beautiful, Frightening, and Silent," earned Jennifer the Kindle Award for Best Horror/Suspense 2020, the Best Horror 2020 in the Authors on the Air Awards, and was a finalist for both the American Book Fest's Best Book Award Horror 2020, and the Authors on the Air Book of the Year. In this episode we go deep into: Jennifer’s dancing history and how it influences her writing How being a Pantser of Dance formed her witing process How her 7th grade bullies helped her craft Her experimentation with different styles of writing from poetry to journalism How she, ‘Broke through the barrier’ to start writing her first novel Why it’s always horror and how ‘Pet Cemetery’ and ‘The Haunting of Hill House’ were her genesis What drew her to horror as a child and her influences What her intentions were when writing her debut novel How PitMad kicked her in the pants to get her book ‘out there’ Her views on going back to a finished project The creative process through the drafts of her books Her journey from idea to award winning novel What being an award-winning writer does to self-expectations Why an author brand is important What art means to Jennifer and how it has helped her throughout her creative journey so far and how she continues to use it How she approaches character research for historical horror Find out more about Jennifer: https://www.jenniferannegordon.com/ https://www.facebook.com/JenniferAnneGordonAuthor/ https://www.instagram.com/jennifergenevievegordon/ https://twitter.com/JenniferAnneGo5 Links from the show: https://raisondetre.bandcamp.com/ (The artist she referenced) Get your Great Writers Share merchandise! https://www.danielwillcocks.com/merch/gws GWS Press books: Collaboration for Authors: https://books2read.com/u/3G2jLn Special thanks to: Intro vocals: Persephone Rose Show theme: Karl Hughes Become a Patron of the show! Get exclusive bonus content, find your tribe, and get early access to all episodes. Thank you to my patrons: David Hines Harley Christensen Jon Cronshaw Jenn Mitchell Innes Richens Ian J Middleton Michael Anderle Katie Forrest Yanni Jade Meg Cowley H.B. Lyne Jo Sacha Black Laura K Crys Cain Samantha Frost Victoria LK Williams Brett Jackson Faye... See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Mar 19

50 min 45 sec

Miranda Oh is the author of the successful Chick Lit series, Chin Up Tits Out! Author Miranda Oh, a girl of Metis tradition and descent is your typical girl: She loves the sunset, loves long walks on the beach, world travels, and when not playing the corporate part she can be found sipping wine and spending all her hard-earned money on nice shoes. Among her friends and family, Miranda Oh is known to be the storyteller of the group, always recapping crazy life stories and situations. Her personal experiences, emotions and fantasies are the inspiration for most of her books, so there is a little bit of her in every story. In this episode, we go deep into: Miranda’s history of writing and as a storyteller How her 20s inspired her first series - from immigration, to racism, to mental health problems Living with endometriosis and connecting with other women who have experienced it Being okay with being judged Evoking emotion in readers Refilling the creative well Finding the environment you need as a writer Seeking permission to write about family and how their experiences have a different effect on other members of the family Working from home Blocking out time for the day job and writing (and keeping the two separate) Whether to go full time or keep the corporate job How podcasting helps be a better podcast guest and a better writer Interviewing people you look up to The digital world making events more accessible How relatable other authors are Connect with Miranda: https://www.mirandaoh.com/ https://twitter.com/ohmirandaoh https://www.instagram.com/ohmirandaoh/ Get more from Great Writers Share! https://www.danielwillcocks.com/merch/gws https://www.facebook.com/groups/greatwritersshare/ GWS Press books: Collaboration for Authors: https://books2read.com/u/3G2jLn Special thanks to: Intro vocals: Persephone Rose Show theme: Karl Hughes Thank you to patrons: David Hines Harley Christensen Jon Cronshaw Jenn Mitchell Innes Richens Ian J Middleton Michael Anderle Katie Forrest Yanni Jade Meg Cowley Jo Sacha Black Laura K Crys Cain Samantha Frost Victoria LK Williams Brett Jackson Faye Trask See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Mar 12

56 min 24 sec

Suzy Vadori is a Book Coach, Editor, Public Speaker and the Calgary Bestselling Author of The Fountain Series, a fantastical Young Adult Series which has received two Aurora Nominations for Best Young Adult Novel, as well as Five Stars and a bronze medallion from Readers’ Favorite Book Awards. Suzy lives in Calgary, Canada with her husband and three children and is an involved member in the writing community. She is a Program Manager for Calgary’s When Words Collide (WWC), teaches writing at Alexandra Writers’ Centre Society, and is a touring member of the Young Alberta Book Society. Suzy is also the founder of WriteIt! creative writing programs in schools. In this episode we go deep into: How Suzy built an ice-rink in her back yard How Suzy got her start in writing Making it past the difficult beginning of the writing journey What exactly is a half-book? Why income streams means full-time author How to coach other authors Networking and taking the opportunities as they come Indulging yourself in physical, face-to-face writing groups Christmas markets for promotion Balancing in-person with digital events Managing the transition of the day job to full-time authorship How publishing has changed over the last five years Why Suzy writes Find out more about Suzy: www.suzyvadori.com Get your Great Writers Share merchandise! https://www.danielwillcocks.com/merch/gws GWS Press books: Collaboration for Authors: https://books2read.com/u/3G2jLn Special thanks to: Intro vocals: Persephone Rose Show theme: Karl Hughes Become a Patron of the show! Get exclusive bonus content, find your tribe, and get early access to all episodes. Thank you to my patrons: David Hines Harley Christensen Jon Cronshaw Jenn Mitchell Innes Richens Ian J Middleton PT Hylton Michael Anderle Mark McClure Katie Forrest Yanni Jade Meg Cowley H.B. Lyne Jo Sacha Black Faye Trask Brett Jackson See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Mar 5

47 min 42 sec

Marc Watson is an author of genre fiction of all lengths and styles. His works include the novels Death Dresses Poorly, Catching Hell: Journey, and Catching Hell: Destination, as well as having short stories in the collections Enigma Front 5: The Stories we Hide, and A Land Without Mirrors. His newest release, a collection of science-fantasy short stories Between Conversations: Tales From the World of Ryuujin, is available now! He began writing at the age of 15 and continues to be a part-time writing student at Athabasca University. He has been published on flash fiction site www.101words.org (find his stories here) as well as comedy site www.thecorrectness.com. Marc lives in Calgary, Alberta. He is a husband and proud father of two. He is an avid outdoors-man, martial artist, baseball player, and lover of all Mexican foods. In this episode, we go deep into: Managing a job, family and writing Working with publishers and how his second book found a home quickly His decision to go indie for his latest release The inspiration behind his anthology of short stories Trying different genres and having fun experimenting Why Marc doesn’t set writing goals and find out if he persuaded Holly to his POV! Narrating his own audiobook Connect with Marc: He can be found at online www.marcwatson.ca, as well as on Facebook at www.facebook.com/marcwroteabook, and on twitter at @writewatson. Get more from Great Writers Share! https://www.danielwillcocks.com/merch/gws https://www.facebook.com/groups/greatwritersshare/ GWS Press books: Collaboration for Authors: https://books2read.com/u/3G2jLn Special thanks to: Intro vocals: Persephone Rose Show theme: Karl Hughes Thank you to patrons: David Hines Harley Christensen Jon Cronshaw Jenn Mitchell Innes Richens Ian J Middleton Michael Anderle Katie Forrest Yanni Jade Meg Cowley Jo Sacha Black Laura K Crys Cain Samantha Frost Victoria LK Williams Brett Jackson Faye Trask See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Feb 26

51 min 33 sec

J. Benjamin is a sci-fi writer with a passion for space opera and aliens. He’s been writing since the 7th grade. However, it wasn’t until 2019 that he published his first novel, A Spacetime Tale. J.’s love for understanding the universe started as a kid, growing up in South Florida, watching the space shuttles take off from his backyard. He studied at the University of Arizona, which only deepened his curiosity for science. J. loves to imagine what is possible. He looks at the Universe, the pictures from Hubble, and likes to believe there is something beyond them other than static photos of stars and nebulae. When not busy writing, J works in the tech industry. His passions include yoga, running, rowing and Worms multiplayer. Burritos and Middle Eastern are his go-to cuisines. In this episode we go deep into: Why J loves the Worms video game How J’s author journey began J’s journey from fantasy to science fiction What it looks like to take writing seriously for the first time How to overcome failure and keep moving forward Following where the trails go, despite nothing seeming to go as planned They key to understanding your genre J’s influences in science-fiction How to project a possible future and place it in your fiction Paying attention to current political and technological advancements to inform your writing Why it’s important to include LGBTQ+ characters in your work where possible How to include LQBTQ+ characters in an authentic way How J has built his reader fanbase How to network with other authors Why J writes J answers questions from Patrons: David Hines: I have read that in Sci-fi, the science needs to be accurate/believable. Is this essential or can something just be made up, not fully explained and still work for the story? Find out more about J: https://www.jbenjamin.pub/ https://www.facebook.com/JBenjaminAuthor Links from the show: Space-time Tale https://www.amazon.com/Spacetime-Tale-J-Benjamin-ebook/dp/B081DYKD5W/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8 Get your Great Writers Share merchandise! https://www.danielwillcocks.com/merch/gws GWS Press books: Collaboration for Authors: https://books2read.com/u/3G2jLn Special thanks to: Intro vocals: Persephone Rose Show theme: Karl Hughes Become a Patron of the show! Get exclusive bonus content, find your tribe, and get early access to all episodes. Thank you to my patrons: David Hines Harley Christensen Jenn Mitchell Innes Richens Michael Anderle Yanni Jade Jo Sacha Black Laura K Crys Cain Samantha Frost Victoria LK Williams Brett Jackson Faye Trask See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Feb 19

51 min 34 sec

Michelle Raab is not the biggest fan of talking about herself unless you ask her about what her current passion project is, then she’ll talk your ear off. If she’s into something, she’s all in. She is currently working on a sci fi dystopian novel, has founded a group of indie creatives called the World Indie Warriors, is a branding and marketing consultant for indie creatives and freelancers, and is a middle-aged mom of a preschooler. So yeah. She’s tired. She holds a doctorate in psychology, does photography, and loves to play with graphic design. She loves fantasy and sci-fi and sappy love stories. Her favorite trope is friends to lovers, which is by no coincidence how she found the love of her life. In this episode, we go deep into: Writing dystopian fiction - how people adhere to traditions or rules without questioning why Her background in psychology and how the principle of asking why people do what they do is common to psychologists and writers Inspiration from history Using her experience as a psychologist to get into the heads of her characters and drawing on her experience to make her characters relatable and realistic When an author’s poor grasp of basic psychology interferes with her enjoyment of a book as a reader How most writers have an intuitively good understanding of people The psychology of buying and selling and how this helps as a marketer Start with yourself as a reader in order to understand buying behaviour Appealing to readers in a niche, rather than the mainstream/bestsellers Embracing the quirky and unusual and appealing to them Why chasing the market isn’t necessarily a sustainable approach The founding of World Indie Warriors as a collective in the style of 1920s creative salons Crowdsourcing promotion and gathering a supportive network Her vision for the future of WIW as a non-profit Bringing authors and readers together and how art isn’t complete until someone sees it Her advice for work at home parents - winging it one day at a time Letting go of old ideas of what it is to be “professional” and the blending of work and life How sci-fi explores current events more than exploring ideas for the future Fiction’s ability to make us think about deeper issues Connect with Michelle: https://michelleraabwrites.com/ https://michelleraabmarketing.com/ https://worldindiewarriors.org/ Get more from Great Writers Share! https://www.danielwillcocks.com/merch/gws https://www.facebook.com/groups/greatwritersshare/ GWS Press books: Collaboration for Authors: https://books2read.com/u/3G2jLn Special thanks to: Intro vocals: Persephone Rose Show theme: Karl Hughes Thank you to patrons: David Hines Harley Christensen Jon Cronshaw Jenn Mitchell Innes Richens Ian J Middleton Michael Anderle Katie Forrest Yanni Jade Meg Cowley Jo Sacha Black Laura K Crys Cain Samantha Frost Victoria LK Williams Brett Jackson See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Feb 12

57 min 22 sec

J.D. Barker (Jonathan Dylan Barker) is an international bestselling American author whose work has been broadly described as suspense thrillers, often incorporating elements of horror, crime, mystery, science fiction, and the supernatural. His work has been revered by the likes of Stephen King, Josh Malerman, Tosca Lee and many more, and his career has seen collaborations on a number of projects including writing the official sequel to Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” with Stoker’s great-grandnephew, Dacre Stoker, and his most recent novel “Coast to Coast Murders” with none other than James Patterson. In this episode we go deep into: What is J Thorn like to work with on the Writers Ink podcast What benefits JD has found in starting a weekly podcast Where JD’s journey started from Taking advantage of opportunities when they present themselves What it means to be a book doctor Getting permission from Stephen King The importance of presenting yourself as a professional The fear that comes with taking the plunge All or nothing JD’s relationship with imposter syndrome Writing with James Patterson Pantsing versus Plotting Seizing every opportunity, despite the consequence Top tip for making a career with writing Changing landscape of self-publishing and traditional publishing Importance of editing each book before pitching to agents Your reputation and brand as an author Why does JD write JD answers questions from Patrons: Holly Lyne: For Dracul, did you visit Whitby, and did you walk the steps? Faye Trask: What are your opinions on the tropes and cliches that have come from the Dracula stories? Find out more about JD: https://jdbarker.com/ Get your Great Writers Share merchandise! https://www.danielwillcocks.com/merch/gws GWS Press books: Collaboration for Authors: https://books2read.com/u/3G2jLn Special thanks to: Intro vocals: Persephone Rose Show theme: Karl Hughes Become a Patron of the show! Get exclusive bonus content, find your tribe, and get early access to all episodes. Thank you to my patrons: David Hines Harley Christensen Jenn Mitchell Innes Richens Michael Anderle Yanni Jade Jo Sacha Black Laura K Crys Cain Samantha Frost Victoria LK Williams Brett Jackson Faye Trask See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Feb 5

56 min 2 sec

Jenna Greene is a YA fantasy author from Alberta, Canada. She is known for the award-winning novel, REBORN, as well as the IMAGINE series. When she isn’t writing (or teaching), she is co-hosting the podcast “Quill and Ink: A Podcast for Book Lovers” with Miranda Oh. In this episode, we go deep into: How Jenna got her to start writing What a dragon boat coach is Finding balance between teaching and writing What makes a good YA novel How YA audiences have changed over the years What it’s like writing for a magazine How podcasting has helped her writing Why Jenna Greene writes Find out more about Jenna: https://www.jennagreene.ca/ https://twitter.com/jgreenewrites?lang=en https://twitter.com/podcastquill?lang=en https://www.amazon.com/Jenna-Greene/e/B07MFR13KY?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_3&qid=1611584307&sr=8-3 Get more from Great Writers Share! https://www.danielwillcocks.com/merch/gws https://www.facebook.com/groups/greatwritersshare/ GWS Press books: Collaboration for Authors: https://books2read.com/u/3G2jLn Special thanks to: Intro vocals: Persephone Rose Show theme: Karl Hughes Become a Patron of the show! Get exclusive bonus content, find your tribe, and get early access to all episodes. Thank you to our patrons: David Hines Harley Christensen Jenn Mitchell Innes Richens Michael Anderle Yanni Jade Jo Sacha Black Laura K Crys Cain Samantha Frost Victoria LK Williams Brett Jackson Faye Trask See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Jan 29

35 min 2 sec

Laura Kendrick is a Manchester based multi genre author with a love of the strange and unusual. After years of putting off publishing properly (and one slightly failed attempt in 2018), in 2021 she hopes to finally unleash her madness on the world. This year will see the release of the swashbuckling fantasy adventure novels The Silverdeer Chronicles 1 & 2, plus a dystopian YA novel called Collarless. She is in the process of getting her Masters in Creative Writing and starting a podcast with fellow author Samantha Frost. Alongside writing she is the proud owner of a small menagerie and the complete collection of Diagnosis Murder Episodes and Diagnosis Murder Books. In this episode we go deep into: Laura's writing journey so far… Studying Creative Writing (MA) First experiments in self-publishing Current projects What Laura learned writing her first novel Using movies as inspiration Fan fiction Handling criticism Being authentically you NaNoWriMo Bootcamp Writing communities The Ma’am Aight Queens podcast Find out more about Laura: https://www.laurakendrick.com/ https://www.instagram.com/betterlatethannovel/ Links from the show: The Ma’am Aight Queens podcast - https://linktr.ee/themaamaightqueens Get more from Great Writers Share! https://www.danielwillcocks.com/merch/gws https://www.facebook.com/groups/greatwritersshare/ GWS Press books: Collaboration for Authors: https://books2read.com/u/3G2jLn Special thanks to: Intro vocals: Persephone Rose Show theme: Karl Hughes Become a Patron of the show! Get exclusive bonus content, find your tribe, and get early access to all episodes. Thank you to my patrons: David Hines Harley Christensen Jon Cronshaw Jenn Mitchell Innes Richens Ian J Middleton Michael Anderle Katie Forrest Yanni Jade Meg Cowley H.B. Lyne Jo Sacha Black Laura K Crys Cain Samantha Frost Victoria LK Williams Brett Jackson See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Jan 22

1 hr

Paul Michael Anderson is the author of the collection Bones Are Made to Be Broken, which Jack Ketchum called “a dark carnival of rigorous intelligence and compassion, the title novella alone of which is well worth the price of admission”, as well as the novellas I Can Give You Life, and How We Broke (with Bracken MacLeod), and dozens of short stories, articles, and reviews. His new novella Standalone launches tomorrow (as of the time of recording), and Stephen Graham Jones describes it as “A metaphysical science fiction slasher that doesn’t scrimp on the gore and might just get you rooting for the guy with the machete, the ax, the knife, and that certain glint in his eye that lets you know it’s all over.” In this episode we go deep into: Paul’s entry into blogging and building his website How Paul wrote his way out of a driving ticket Balance content and expectation with a knowledge of your privilege Why Paul writes fiction alongside his blogging Paul’s encounter with a fan that spurred on his writing Paul’s journey into horror writing How Paul got featured in collections with such heavy-hitters of the genre Building a reputation in the short story world What to look for when entering into an anthology Why writing short stories is a numbers game Why “Standalone” was the book that ’needed to be written.' The power of the anti-hero and moral murkiness How to approach people to blurb your book Why Paul writes Find out more about Paul: Twitter: @P_M_Anderson https://thenothingspace.net/ Links from the show: www.danielwillcocks.com Stephen King’s "Pet Semetery" https://books2read.com/u/bw7kDy Jack Ketchum https://www.jackketchum.net/ Joe R Lansdale http://www.joerlansdale.com/ Harlan Ellison https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harlan_Ellison Get your Great Writers Share merchandise! https://www.danielwillcocks.com/merch/gws GWS Press books: Collaboration for Authors: https://books2read.com/u/3G2jLn Special thanks to: Intro vocals: Persephone Rose Show theme: Karl Hughes Become a Patron of the show! Get exclusive bonus content, find your tribe, and get early access to all episodes. Thank you to my patrons: David Hines Harley Christensen Jon Cronshaw Jenn Mitchell Innes Richens Ian J Middleton Michael Anderle Katie Forrest Yanni Jade Meg Cowley H.B. Lyne Jo Sacha Black Laura K Crys Cain Samantha Frost Victoria LK Williams Brett Jackson See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Jan 15

57 min 22 sec

Chris Allen has written, edited, and designed dozens of tabletop gaming products since 2005, including roleplaying games, board games, and miniatures games, and shows no signs of stopping any time soon. He has contributed to major game lines such as the World of Darkness and Trinity Continuum, and worked on licensed tie-ins for a broad spectrum of properties including Starship Troopers, Babylon 5, and 2000AD. His design work extends to live action roleplaying, where he served on the plot team for the major UK fest LARP, Empire, for several years. Chris is also a published short fiction author and is currently writing a tie-in novella for Trinity Continuum: Æon. Chris believes that tabletop games, albeit played increasingly via virtual tabletops, provide an important creative outlet for their participants and a different method of interacting with the resulting in-the-moment fiction to that traditionally provided by other forms of story media. Chris was born in Thailand, but these days lives in Bristol with his wife and two children. In this episode, we go deep into: How Chris got started with roleplaying and how that led to storytelling and writing Transitioning to writing and publishing in the games industry Chris's background as an editor Writing for licensed properties, such as Starship Troopers and Babylon 5 Working in someone else's sandpit The limitations of using stills from TV as artwork for licensed games Skirting burnout and reduced enjoyment for certain intellectual properties – draining the magic Coping with fan reactions Creating products to enable other people to create fanfiction and the layers of storytelling from game designer, to games master, to players, to game fiction Collaboration at the production end of games design Setting or mechanics first and how this varies The effect of being a gamer and a games writer and the feedback loop created The bleed effect when people get very into their characters Gamers intentionally seek out dark themes as a form of catharsis and the importance of consent and safety tools Writing for live action roleplaying games Chris's writing process for his fiction Chris answers a question from patron, Jo about managing his workload Connect with Chris: On Twitter: @Acrozatarim His Very Angry Dogs game is streamed at https://www.twitch.tv/paleo_gaming/videos/all Get more from Great Writers Share! https://www.danielwillcocks.com/merch/gws https://www.facebook.com/groups/greatwritersshare/ GWS Press books: Collaboration for Authors: https://books2read.com/u/3G2jLn Special thanks to: Intro vocals: Persephone Rose Show theme: Karl Hughes Become a Patron of the show! Get exclusive bonus content, find your tribe, and get early access to all episodes. Thank you to patrons: David Hines Harley Christensen Jon Cronshaw Jenn Mitchell Innes Richens Ian J Middleton Michael Anderle Katie Forrest Yanni Jade Meg Cowley H.B. Lyne Jo Sacha Black Laura K Crys Cain Samantha Frost Victoria LK Williams Brett Jackson See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Jan 8

1 hr 21 min

In this weeks’ episode, Daniel Willcocks, Holly Lyne, John Crinan, and Faye Trask sit down as a group to discuss the things they’re thankful for in 2021, what they plan to achieve in 2021, and we answer questions from Patreon (with an extra special song worthy snippet thrown in). From all of us at the Great Writers Share team, we hope you have a prosperous and productive 2021! Find out more about your hosts: https://danielwillcocks.com/ https://hblyne.com/ https://www.johncrinan.com/ https://www.instagram.com/writerfayetrask/ Links from the show: https://danielwillcocks.com/bootcamp https://unstoppableauthors.wordpress.com/ Next Level Authors podcast https://pod.link/1508555372 Get your Great Writers Share merchandise! https://www.danielwillcocks.com/merch/gws GWS Press books: Collaboration for Authors: https://books2read.com/u/3G2jLn Special thanks to: Intro vocals: Persephone Rose Show theme: Karl Hughes Become a Patron of the show! Get exclusive bonus content, find your tribe, and get early access to all episodes. Thank you to my patrons: David Hines Harley Christensen Jon Cronshaw Jenn Mitchell Innes Richens Ian J Middleton Michael Anderle Katie Forrest Yanni Jade Meg Cowley H.B. Lyne Jo Sacha Black Laura K Crys Cain Samantha Frost See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Jan 1

1 hr 20 min

In this episode of the Great Writers Learn miniseries, "Writes & Wrongs,” bestselling authors John L. Monk and Daniel Willcocks talk about their experiences with bad behaviors, highlighting bad author practices, suggesting alternatives, and holding each other to account on past mistakes. Discussing personal stories from their collected decade of publishing experience, you’ll get the breakdown of their top tips to ensure you’re author journey is unmarred by the mistakes of the past. Listen to the Great Writers Share podcast: https://pod.link/1473869415 Become a Patron over at https://patreon.com/greatwritersshare Join the Facebook group! https://www.facebook.com/groups/great... Find out more about Daniel Willcocks: https://www.danielwillcocks.com/ Find out more about John L Monk: https://john-l-monk.com/ Instagram: https://instagram.com/greatwritersshare OFFICIAL Merchandise available! https://www.danielwillcocks.com/merch... BUY ‘Collaboration for Authors’: See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Dec 2020

27 min 24 sec

In this episode of the Great Writers Learn miniseries, "Writes & Wrongs,” bestselling authors John L. Monk and Daniel Willcocks talk about the intricacies of author brand, sharing the pros and cons, and how to develop an effective brand, should you wish to. Discussing personal stories from their collected decade of publishing experience, you’ll get the breakdown of their top tips to ensure you’re building a solid author brand that’ll have you selling books for years to come. Listen to the Great Writers Share podcast: https://pod.link/1473869415 Become a Patron over at https://patreon.com/greatwritersshare Join the Facebook group! https://www.facebook.com/groups/great... Find out more about Daniel Willcocks: https://www.danielwillcocks.com/ Find out more about John L Monk: https://john-l-monk.com/ Instagram: https://instagram.com/greatwritersshare OFFICIAL Merchandise available! https://www.danielwillcocks.com/merch... BUY ‘Collaboration for Authors’: See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Dec 2020

21 min 27 sec

In this episode of the Great Writers Learn miniseries, "Writes & Wrongs,” bestselling authors John L. Monk and Daniel Willcocks talk genre hopping, analyzing the pros and cons of switching genres and the effect it has to an author’s career. Discussing personal stories from their collected decade of publishing experience, you’ll get the breakdown of their top tips to ensure you’re building a solid path towards publishing success, no matter the genre. Listen to the Great Writers Share podcast: https://pod.link/1473869415 Become a Patron over at https://patreon.com/greatwritersshare Join the Facebook group! https://www.facebook.com/groups/great... Find out more about Daniel Willcocks: https://www.danielwillcocks.com/ Find out more about John L Monk: https://john-l-monk.com/ Instagram: https://instagram.com/greatwritersshare OFFICIAL Merchandise available! https://www.danielwillcocks.com/merch... BUY ‘Collaboration for Authors’: See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Dec 2020

19 min 11 sec

In this episode of the Great Writers Learn miniseries, "Writes & Wrongs,” bestselling authors John L. Monk and Daniel Willcocks talk marketing for authors, exploring the platforms that have worked for them, the tactics that continue to work today, paid advertising, and the no-no’s of author behavior when it comes to book marketing. Discussing personal stories from their collected decade of publishing experience, you’ll get the breakdown of their top tips to ensure you’re building solid connections and selling books over the long term. Listen to the Great Writers Share podcast: https://pod.link/1473869415 Become a Patron over at https://patreon.com/greatwritersshare Join the Facebook group! https://www.facebook.com/groups/great... Find out more about Daniel Willcocks: https://www.danielwillcocks.com/ Find out more about John L Monk: https://john-l-monk.com/ Instagram: https://instagram.com/greatwritersshare OFFICIAL Merchandise available! https://www.danielwillcocks.com/merch... BUY ‘Collaboration for Authors’: See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Dec 2020

22 min 53 sec

In this episode of the Great Writers Learn miniseries, "Writes & Wrongs,” bestselling authors John L. Monk and Daniel Willcocks talk genre expectations for authors, covering the basis of post-apocalyptic, fantasy, romance, cosy mystery, and litrpg to name a few. Discussing personal stories from their collected decade of publishing experience, you’ll get the breakdown of their top tips to ensure you’re hitting tropes and making sure readers love your books. Listen to the Great Writers Share podcast: https://pod.link/1473869415 Become a Patron over at https://patreon.com/greatwritersshare Join the Facebook group! https://www.facebook.com/groups/great... Find out more about Daniel Willcocks: https://www.danielwillcocks.com/ Find out more about John L Monk: https://john-l-monk.com/ Instagram: https://instagram.com/greatwritersshare OFFICIAL Merchandise available! https://www.danielwillcocks.com/merch... BUY ‘Collaboration for Authors’: See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Dec 2020

21 min 43 sec

In this episode of the Great Writers Learn miniseries, "Writes & Wrongs,” bestselling authors John L. Monk and Daniel Willcocks talk book covers, dishing out their top 18+ tips on how to source a book cover that sells, and where to find a cover designer. Discussing personal stories from their collected decade of publishing experience, you’ll get the breakdown of their top tips and things to avoid. Listen to the Great Writers Share podcast: https://pod.link/1473869415 Become a Patron over at https://patreon.com/greatwritersshare Join the Facebook group! https://www.facebook.com/groups/great... Find out more about Daniel Willcocks: https://www.danielwillcocks.com/ Find out more about John L Monk: https://john-l-monk.com/ Instagram: https://instagram.com/greatwritersshare OFFICIAL Merchandise available! https://www.danielwillcocks.com/merch... BUY ‘Collaboration for Authors’: See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Dec 2020

23 min 10 sec

In this week’s episode, Dan invites collaborator, author, and friend, Luke Kondor onto the show to talk all things creativity, learning, 2020, and plans for 2021. In this episode we go deep into: The origin of Dan and Luke Trying to remain productive in 2021 Learning games development Luke’s journey into publishing through small presses The fleeting buzz of external validation Making it in the publishing business and surrounding yourself in the art Keeping on top of your mental health How we’ve changed over our podcast careers Bluster and bravado when starting out and why that’s not valuable Getting started in podcasting The secret to talking to Josh Malerman Top interview guests from over the years Our top podcasts for getting motivated Flipping trinkets with Gary Vaynerchuk Therapeutic nature of upcycling Luke’s beard journey The power of journaling to process life Looking back over the last 1, 5, 10 years Dan and Luke’s “Tough Mudder” experience Enjoying the process, and conquering the obstacles along the way Why Dan and Luke run, and how to deal with the discomfort Parallels between writing and running Why setting yourself constraints can make you more productive Winning the day Luke’s systems for getting things done Finding the writer that you are Writing fiction that means something and brings you joy Greatest lesson learned from this year What we're hoping to achieve in 2021 Find out more about Luke and Dan: https://danielwillcocks.com/ http://www.lukekondor.com/ Links from the show: The Story Studio podcast: https://pod.link/1140596479 Luke on GWS ep 001: https://pod.link/1473869415/episode/ZjZkZTAyZDYtZmRkZS00YTFmLWI0ZWYtMmUzYTlmNjQzNTA3 Hawk and Cleaver: http://www.hawkandcleaver.com/ Luke’s short film “Keith”: https://vimeo.com/125879832 Max Booth III on TSS ep 042: https://pod.link/1140596479/episode/MDM2ZjgzODQtMGExNy00NGVjLThjM2UtM2UwZWQzMjFkZDQy Josh Malerman on GWS ep 063: https://pod.link/1473869415/episode/MjMxZWU5ZDAtOGM2OS00ODc1LTlkODItMjQ4MjZhNzc3Zjll Jonathan Janz on GWS ep 027: https://pod.link/1473869415/episode/MDFkZDAxZjUtMzYyMy00NGU2LTg0M2YtYTRkMmYwMWZjZWM2 The Tim Ferriss Show: https://pod.link/863897795 Impact Theory w/ Tom Bilyeau: https://pod.link/1191775648 Danica Patrick: https://pod.link/1465014169 Gary Vaynerchuk: https://pod.link/928159684 Jack Conte's YouTube: See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Dec 2020

1 hr

Victoria LK Williams writes Cozy Mysteries with a Tropical Twist. Her Citrus Beach Mystery series, Sister Station series, Storm Voices series and Mrs. Avery’s Adventures series are set in small south Florida towns, with fun characters and often a dog or cat (or two). Victoria can often be found writing from her south Florida home. Her two cats, Miss Marple, and Fletch, often join her at the desk each has their assigned spot whether to supervise her writing or watch the birds. She shares a love of gardening with her husband of 35 years and together they have penned a gardening handbook for any Florida gardeners needing a hand tackling the tricky conditions the state often throws their way. In this episode we go deep into: What makes cozy mysteries different Where in the story her writing begins Striking balance with intrigue and maintaining the cozy aspect Florida Gardening Advice for new writers Why Victoria writes Find out more about Victoria: https://www.victorialkwilliams.com/home.html Links from the show: Teespring https://teespring.com/en-GB Writing Blog https://victorialkwilliams.blog Gardening Blog https://gossipfromthesoutherngarden.blog Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SunSandandStoriesPublishing/ Get more from Great Writers Share! https://www.danielwillcocks.com/merch/gws https://www.facebook.com/groups/greatwritersshare/ GWS Press books: Collaboration for Authors: https://books2read.com/u/3G2jLn Special thanks to: Intro vocals: Persephone Rose Show theme: Karl Hughes Become a Patron of the show! Get exclusive bonus content, find your tribe, and get early access to all episodes. Thank you to our patrons: David Hines Harley Christensen Jon Cronshaw Jenn Mitchell Innes Richens Ian J Middleton Michael Anderle Katie Forrest Yanni Jade Meg Cowley H.B. Lyne Jo Sacha Black Laura K Crys Cain Samantha Frost See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Dec 2020

39 min 36 sec

Samantha Frost is an actor and first-time novelist who recently took on the challenge of NaNoWriMo (to write 50,000 words in 30 days) and won in spectacular fashion, storming through her first draft in only 14 days and then completing her 2nd draft all before November 30th! As an actor, she appeared in the feature film, SEAT 25, which won 'Best Pro Feature (Fiction)' and the 'RAW Jury Prize (Fiction)' at the RAW Science TV and Film Festival. Sam also wrote, directed, produced and starred in the short comedy film, Oak-Smoked. In this episode we go deep into: Sam’s journey so far The necessity of creativity About Sam’s NaNoWriMo project Character-driven stories What story is for NaNoWriMo Bootcamp & Writing groups Writing under pressure High word count days Mindset; or, Failure is not an option Self-care Why Sam writes Find out more about Sam: https://www.instagram.com/Singlemumactor/ https://twitter.com/samfrost86 Samantha Frost author photo by Claire Grogan - http://www.clairegroganphotography.com/ Links from the show: https://www.danielwillcocks.com/bootcamp Get more from Great Writers Share! https://www.danielwillcocks.com/merch/gws https://www.facebook.com/groups/greatwritersshare/ GWS Press books: Collaboration for Authors: https://books2read.com/u/3G2jLn Special thanks to: Intro vocals: Persephone Rose Show theme: Karl Hughes Become a Patron of the show! Get exclusive bonus content, find your tribe, and get early access to all episodes. Thank you to my patrons: David Hines Harley Christensen Jon Cronshaw Jenn Mitchell Innes Richens Ian J Middleton Michael Anderle Katie Forrest Yanni Jade Meg Cowley H.B. Lyne Jo Laura K Sacha Black See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Dec 2020

1 hr 13 min

Alesha Escobar writes fantasy to support her chocolate habit. She enjoys reading everything from Tolkien and the Dresden Files, to the Hellblazer comics and classic literature. She’s the author of the international bestselling Gray Tower Trilogy, an action-packed supernatural thriller set in an alternate World War II. The trilogy hit the bestsellers lists at Amazon (Top 60 in the entire Kindle store), as well as iBooks, Kobo, Barnes & Noble online, and Amazon UK. Alesha is also the co-author of the bestselling Aria Knight Chronicles and Immortal Brotherhood series. Besides being a loving warrior mom to her six children, she enjoys crafts, consuming more coffee than is necessary, and spending time with her husband Luis, a 20-year art veteran for The Simpsons television show. In this episode, we go deep into: ● Alesha’s co-writing experiences and how she has learned from the writers she’s worked with. ● How co-writing helps her to write faster ● How she juggles writing multiple series ● Managing six kids and a household around her writing ● How Alesha cultivates and maintains a strong relationship with her readers ● Being a person of colour and how to write diverse characters ● The importance of research ● How fiction can open readers up to learning new things ● Getting covers with diverse models Find out more about Alesha: https://www.aleshaescobar.com/ Get more from Great Writers Share! https://www.danielwillcocks.com/merch/gws https://www.facebook.com/groups/greatwritersshare/ GWS Press books: Collaboration for Authors: https://books2read.com/u/3G2jLn Special thanks to: Intro vocals: Persephone Rose Show theme: Karl Hughes Become a Patron of the show! Get exclusive bonus content, find your tribe, and get early access to all episodes. Thank you to patrons: David Hines Harley Christensen Jon Cronshaw Jenn Mitchell Innes Richens Ian J Middleton Michael Anderle Katie Forrest Yanni Jade Meg Cowley Jo Sacha Black Laura K See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Dec 2020

43 min 36 sec

Josh Malerman is a New York Times bestselling author and also one of two singer/songwriters for the rock band The High Strung, whose song “The Luck You Got” can be heard as the theme song to the Showtime show “Shameless.” His critically acclaimed novel, Bird Box has been adapted into a Netflix feature film starring Sandra Bullock, John Malkovich, and Sarah Paulson and was also nominated for the Stoker Award, the Shirley Jackson Award, and the James Herbert Award. The sequel novel, Malorie, was released earlier this year to roaring success, and his books Black Mad Wheel and Goblin have also been nominated for Stoker Awards. In this episode we go deep into: What it is to be an artist in today’s world The power of writing “the end” on your first novel Josh’s early writing journey How rough drafts can perform their own magic Pacing yourself on larger projects Experimenting with form and process How consistency can aid the early writer The different kinds of re-writes What it means to be a Prolific How the act of writing is its own optimism Remaining humble under global attention Helping others along their journey Equality amongst artists Keeping the momentum of a story alive for fourteen years Giving books for free and earning karma Why Josh writes Josh answers questions from Patrons: Faye Trask: How much say did you have when it came to turning Birdbox into a movie? Did you get to do anything neat like meet the actors or visit the set? Find out more about Josh: https://joshmalerman.com/ https://www.instagram.com/joshmalerman/ https://twitter.com/joshmalerman/ https://www.facebook.com/JoshMalerman/ Links from the show: https://www.danielwillcocks.com Josh Malerman’s This Is Horror interview: https://pod.link/599755380/episode/aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cudGhpc2lzaG9ycm9yLmNvLnVrLz9wPTMxNTk3 Malerman’s “Goblin”: https://books2read.com/u/b6Kvq0 Malerman’s “Malorie”: https://books2read.com/u/me79aV Malerman’s “Bird Box”: https://books2read.com/u/mKywq5 Get your Great Writers Share merchandise! https://www.danielwillcocks.com/merch/gws GWS Press books: Collaboration for Authors: https://books2read.com/u/3G2jLn Special thanks to: Intro vocals: Persephone Rose Show theme: Karl Hughes Become a Patron of the show! Get exclusive bonus content, find your tribe, and... See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Nov 2020

1 hr 5 min

Lucinda E Clark is an award-winning self-published writer of memoir and psychological thriller, a global traveler, scriptwriting lecturer, and owner of a South African video production company. She is the recipient of a number of awards, including a finalist for book excellence awards, the 2017 New Apple award for excellence in independent publishing, a two-time winner of the readers’ favorite book award, and a finalist in the Independent Author Network’s book of the year awards. Lucinda has lived a colorful life, having met Nelson Mandela, broadcasted with a bayonet at her throat, managed a rock band, gotten involved in a crowd at a public hanging, survived riots, dodged a hail of bullets as well as deportation from Libya In this episode we go deep into: How managed a rock band How traveling can impact your writing Switching genres How Lucinda fell into numerous jobs How The very worst riding school came to be Scriptwriting and her production company Writing propaganda What it was like meeting Nelson Mandela What makes the best Memoir and Psychological thrillers The history of Umhlanga Press Broadcasting with a Bayonet to her neck Advice for new writers Why Lucinda writes Find out more about Lucinda: https://www.lucindaeclarke.com/ Links from the show: Blog https://lucindaeclarke.wordpress.com/ Facebook https://www.facebook.com/lucindaeclarke.author Facebook Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/226303738779560/ Twitter https://twitter.com/LucindaEClarke Get more from Great Writers Share! https://www.danielwillcocks.com/merch/gws https://www.facebook.com/groups/greatwritersshare/ GWS Press books: Collaboration for Authors: https://books2read.com/u/3G2jLn Special thanks to: Intro vocals: Persephone Rose Show theme: Karl Hughes Become a Patron of the show! Get exclusive bonus content, find your tribe, and get early access to all episodes. Thank you to my patrons: David Hines Harley Christensen Jon Cronshaw Jenn Mitchell Innes Richens Ian J Middleton Michael Anderle Katie Forrest Yanni Jade Meg Cowley H.B. Lyne Jo Sacha Black Laura K See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Nov 2020

57 min 46 sec

Andy Conduit-Turner is a writer, editor, occasional quiz host and serial podcaster from the UK (mostly). Writing across a number of genres and mediums, He is a fan of horror, comedy, picking on the small details and has a spreadsheet for everything! Andy is one of the founders of Horde Comics and, in addition to his work there, several of Andy’s short stories have featured on The Other Stories podcast. He recently directed The Halloween Horrors of Old Mill Lane, a week-long audio production which starred Emily Booth in the lead role. In this episode we go deep into: The Halloween Horrors of Old Mill Lane Premiering podcast episodes on YouTube Using audio adaptations of your stories in your portfolio Write once, publish many Working with Emily Booth What the future holds for Old Mill Lane The formation of Horde Comics Keeping your story ideas manageable… Start small! Writing for comics Online comics communities How to decide which medium best suits a story Using spreadsheets to collaborate on big writing projects Early storytelling experiences Publishing contracts (Things to look out for) Why Andy writes Find out more about Andy: https://twitter.com/AndyCTWrites https://www.hordecomics.com/ Links from the show: Selling Your Story – Peaks and Pitfalls of Publishing Contracts – https://superandyt.tumblr.com/post/622286140908666881 The Awesome Comics Podcast – https://awesomecomics.podbean.com/ Get more from Great Writers Share! https://www.danielwillcocks.com/merch/gws https://www.facebook.com/groups/greatwritersshare/ GWS Press books: Collaboration for Authors: https://books2read.com/u/3G2jLn Special thanks to: Intro vocals: Persephone Rose Show theme: Karl Hughes Become a Patron of the show! Get exclusive bonus content, find your tribe, and get early access to all episodes. Thank you to our patrons: David Hines Harley Christensen Jon Cronshaw Jenn Mitchell Innes Richens Ian J Middleton Michael Anderle Katie Forrest Yanni Jade Meg Cowley H.B. Lyne Jo Sacha Black Laura K See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Nov 2020

1 hr 8 min

Jessie Shedden is a British-Australian chicken-loving, cult-escaping badass woman, who has become a sought-after speaker, consultant and inspirational author of Those Boots Were Made For Walking. Jessie is an entrepreneur, coach, author, chicken mom, internationally published model and motivational speaker. After 23 years of bullying for her appearance, and with her self-esteem deeply eroded, she decided to create a life where she could be herself, experience freedom and independence, and develop the confidence she'd never known. Jessie now helps other women become the most successful version of themselves in their lives, relationships and businesses, through her mindset course and practical wisdom on releasing confidence blocks. With her rustic Western charm and authentic personality, she shares her personal journey of creating freedom and independence, and finding love on her own terms. In this episode we go deep into: The limitations that she grew up with as part of a cult Her writing background The system she used to write her book in 40 days The transformative act of writing a memoir The pushback from her old community over the book The thought processes behind her decision to independently publish Her plans to write a follow up book Her move into motivational speaking and working with women to empower themselves Jessie answers questions from Patrons: Dan: What one piece of advice would you give to someone who's heading into the coach and personal development space to help them embrace the role and grow their business? Find out more about Jessie: https://www.jessieshedden.com/ Get more from Great Writers Share! https://www.danielwillcocks.com/merch/gws https://www.facebook.com/groups/greatwritersshare/ GWS Press books: Collaboration for Authors: https://books2read.com/u/3G2jLn Special thanks to: Intro vocals: Persephone Rose Show theme: Karl Hughes Become a Patron of the show! Get exclusive bonus content, find your tribe, and get early access to all episodes. Thank you to my patrons: David Hines Harley Christensen Jon Cronshaw Jenn Mitchell Innes Richens Ian J Middleton Michael Anderle Mark McClure Katie Forrest Yanni Jade Meg Cowley Jo Sacha Black Laura K See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Nov 2020

41 min 42 sec

On today’s show, we forego the usual Great Writers Share format, as we turn off the lights, ignite some candles, place our Jack-o-Lanterns in the windows and invite the monsters in for a special Halloween episode of, what our guests have lovingly dubbed, the Great Writers Scare podcast. The premise is simple. Four horror writers. Ninety minutes of unfiltered time to discuss all things horror writing. But who are these other three writers, you might be wondering. Joining Dan today we have one of our regular co-hosts, sci-fi and horror author, John Crinan, as well as two powerhouses in the horror community. I’m excited to welcome back to the show, the founder and host of the This Is Horror podcast, Michael David Wilson, and to say hello for the first time to his glamorous (but haunting) co-host, Bob Pastorella. In this episode we go deep into: Why do we write horror? Our earliest horror experiences Why are we not repulsed by horror? What has 2020 brought to horror, and how has the pandemic shaped writers of the genre? Michael and Bob’s new book, “They’re Watching" Michael and Bob’s collaboration process when writing the book John Crinan’s story as featured on Hawk & Cleaver’s “The Halloween Horrors of Mill Lane” limited series The Other Stories anthology, edited by Daniel Willcocks Find out more about Dan, John, Michael, and Bob: www.danielwillcocks.com https://www.johncrinan.com/ https://www.michaeldavidwilson.co.uk/ https://www.thisishorror.co.uk/about/staff/bob-pastorella/ Links from the show: Michael’s Interview on the show: https://pod.link/1473869415/episode/NmM2NWRjMTctZDA3Yy00Y2VlLWI0N2MtMTA5NDMxODQ2MTlm Michael and Bob’s, "They’re Watching": https://books2read.com/u/4A7YGd Michael David Wilson’s, "The Girl in the Video": https://books2read.com/u/b5krzR Bob Pastorella’s "Mojo Rising": https://books2read.com/u/m2Mvn7 Chuck Palahniuk’s “Guts”: http://readfulltext.blogspot.com/2013/10/guts-by-chuck-palahniuk.html Let’s Scare Jessica to Death: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0067341/ Night of the Living Dead: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0063350/ Texas Chainsaw Massacre: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0072271/ Poltergeist: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0084516/ Stephen King’s “Cujo”: https://books2read.com/u/bQd9Xd An American Werewolf in London: See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Oct 2020

1 hr 38 min

V. S. Holmes is an international bestselling author. They created the REFORGED series and the NEL BENTLY BOOKS. Smoke and Rain, the first book in their fantasy quartet, won New Apple Literary's Excellence in Independent Publishing Award in 2015 and a Literary Titan Gold in 2020. In addition, they have published short fiction in several anthologies. When not writing, they work as a contract archaeologist throughout the northeastern U.S. They live in a Tiny House with their spouse, a fellow archaeologist, their not-so-tiny dog, and own too many books for such a small abode. As a disabled and queer human, they work as an advocate and educator for representation in SFF worlds. In this episode we go deep into: V’s tiny home and how that came into being What the life of a contract archeologist looks like How V got into writing and what fuels that passion How V won their awards, and what the process looked like in the five years between V’s understanding of complex political structures and how they apply that to their writing What is that bone behind them on camera? V's approach to genre hopping and how that affects their writing What is Amphibian Press and how does that changes their publishing process What’s the secret behind raising the voices of marginalized voices? What are the common mistakes people make when writing queer or disabled characters The importance of at least trying to write the voices of characters outside your comfort zone Working with sensitivity readers as part of your writing process V recommends an example for reading queer voices Working and building a collaborative universe How to market books in a collaborative universe Managing conflict and disagreements when you go your separate ways in a collaborative arrangement Exploring the possibilities of direct selling through your own website Managing pen names across genres Why V writes Find out more about V.S. Holmes: https://vsholmes.com/index.html https://www.facebook.com/authorvsholmes/ https://twitter.com/VS_Holmes https://www.instagram.com/vs_holmes/ Links from the show: The Other Side anthology: https://www.devilsrockpublishing.com/theotherside 9 Things Career Authors Don’t Do, Marketing: https://books2read.com/u/bPKVOz Dan’s Boot Camp: https://www.danielwillcocks.com/bootcamp O. E. Tearmann’s “Aces High, Jokers Wild” series: https://www.amazon.com/Hands-Were-Given-Aces-Jokers/dp/B07TMGQLBL/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=o+e+tearmann&qid=1603124448&sr=8-3 Get your Great Writers Share merchandise! https://www.danielwillcocks.com/merch/gws GWS Press books: Collaboration for Authors: See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Oct 2020

1 hr 2 min

Julia Scott is a British author, whose goal is to take you out of ‘regular life’ and teleport you to new worlds and alternate futures through her writing. The Mirror Souls is her debut novel, and like many sci-fi and fantasy books, it started off as a dream. In her ‘other’ life, Julia lives in Essex, England with her husband and two children. She spends her time mum-ing, writing, prettifying books (via Evenstar Books), graphic designing, singing, and digging or planting stuff up in the garden without really knowing what she’s doing. In this episode we go deep into: How Julia got started as a new author The difficulty of writing the second book after such a well-received debut Her history as a graphic designer How she wound up being such an in-demand formatter The common mistakes authors make when formatting their own books Having multiple streams of income - the pros and cons Her formatting course, The Book Formatting Formula And why she writes Find out more about Julia: https://www.evenstarbooks.com/ https://www.juliascottwrites.com/ Links from the show: NaNoWriMo Bootcamp: https://www.danielwillcocks.com/bootcamp Holly’s new release: www.bookst2read.com/fate-blue-moon Get more from Great Writers Share! https://www.danielwillcocks.com/merch/gws https://www.facebook.com/groups/greatwritersshare/ GWS Press books: Collaboration for Authors: https://books2read.com/u/3G2jLn Special thanks to: Intro vocals: Persephone Rose Show theme: Karl Hughes Become a Patron of the show! Get exclusive bonus content, find your tribe, and get early access to all episodes. Thank you to patrons: David Hines Harley Christensen Jon Cronshaw Jenn Mitchell Innes Richens Ian J Middleton Michael Anderle Mark McClure Katie Forrest Yanni Jade Meg Cowley Jo Sacha Black Laura K See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Oct 2020

43 min 56 sec

Ben Errington is a writer from Bristol, UK. With debut novel ‘Ten Tales of the Human Condition’ and novella ‘Dye Pack’ under his belt, Ben’s fast-paced, chaotic, cinematic style has earned him many plaudits. He co-created the post-apocalyptic Luchador comic book El Marvo with Luke Kondor and is the co-host of horror movie discussion podcast Horror Hangout. He’s also a member of the storytelling collective Hawk & Cleaver and one of the minds behind the highly successful fiction podcast ‘The Other Stories’, which releases original narrated horror, science-fiction and fantasy shorts every week. In this episode we go deep into: Publishing his first short story quickly Public accountability The early days of Hawk and Cleaver Using the momentum from small wins to complete his first novel Imposter syndrome Gaining Confidence as a writer Trusting the process Collaboration Designing his own book covers before starting to write Tips for authors working with their cover designer The importance of positivity on social media Curating your social feeds Writing for an audience of one Repurposing content Find out more about Ben: https://linktr.ee/ben_errington https://twitter.com/ben_errington https://www.instagram.com/ben_errington/ Links from the show: https://play.acast.com/s/thehorrorhangout https://www.danielwillcocks.com/bootcamp Get more from Great Writers Share! https://www.danielwillcocks.com/merch/gws https://www.facebook.com/groups/greatwritersshare/ GWS Press books: Collaboration for Authors: https://books2read.com/u/3G2jLn Special thanks to: Intro vocals: Persephone Rose Show theme: Karl Hughes Become a Patron of the show! Get exclusive bonus content, find your tribe, and get early access to all episodes. Thank you to my patrons: David Hines Harley Christensen Jon Cronshaw Jenn Mitchell Innes Richens Ian J Middleton Michael Anderle Mark McClure Katie Forrest Yanni Jade Meg Cowley H.B. Lyne Jo See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Oct 2020

1 hr 15 min

Faye Trask has had a love for writing and telling stories since she was a little girl. She was immediately drawn into the world of fantasy and science fiction. Throughout her schooling her passion grew. she put her writing on hold to serve in the US military. When not working at her day job or on her debut novel she can be found in the woods of Maine camping, hiking or trail riding with her fiancé and their dog. In this episode we go deep into: Where Faye’s love of writing started from Why Faye used to get distracted in English classes, and how that led to her teaching parts of the curriculum The importance of exploring your imagination and holding onto that muscle Dropping out of college and joining the military The existential crisis of leaving the military How Faye rediscovered her creative muscle Discovering writers on YouTube and falling down the rabbit hole of indie Lessons learned from Neil Gaiman and Jenna Moreci How Faye approaches finding the right bits of learning, and how to digest the lessons learnt Approaching your second novel and learning from your process Faye’s writing process and how to squeeze words in during the day job Understanding that your first book is likely not going to be your best book Immersing yourself in craft books and getting into the weeds in the words Approaching the next steps of publishing your book as a first time author Why finding the right author communities helps to keep you accountable Using lessons from the military to keep you accountable Making it through burnout and getting back to the page Why Faye writes Find out more about Faye: https://www.instagram.com/writerfayetrask/ Links from the show: Jenna Moreci’s YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS_fcv9kBpDN4WWrfcbCrgw Neil Gaiman’s Masterclass https://www.masterclass.com/classes/neil-gaiman-teaches-the-art-of-storytelling Jenna’s Livestream with Meg LaTorre and Sacha Black https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fqw89UXrL7o&t=336s&ab_channel=iWriterly Jenna’s Interview on Great Writers Share https://pod.link/1473869415/episode/NjQzMjU1ZDgtMDJlMi00MDlhLTgzNTItMGE5YmU2Y2E4M2Jk Three Story Method https://books2read.com/u/4jWkwv Save the Cat https://books2read.com/u/bzj5a9 Jenna’s Tips for Writing Fight Scenes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yM4lWE3qwBo&t=512s Rebel Author Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/rebelauthors https://thecareerauthor.com/summit2021/ Get your Great Writers Share merchandise! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Oct 2020

55 min 31 sec

Jennie Nash is the founder and chief creative officer of Author Accelerator, a company on a mission to help writers write books worth reading. Since the company’s inception, writers serious about reaching readers have trusted Jennie to coach their projects from inspiration to publication. Her clients have landed top New York agents, national book awards, and deals with houses such as Scribner, Simon & Schuster, and Hachette. Jennie is the author of 9 books in 3 genres. She taught for 13 years in the UCLA Extension Writer’s Program, is an instructor at CreativeLive.com and speaks on podcasts and at writing conferences all over the country. In this episode we go deep into: Jennie’s love of Seth Godin and how the start-up world can translate into the craft of writing The importance of asking yourself ‘Why’ to zero in on your writing goals and focus How Jennie found herself in the business of book coaching instead of writing What exactly is book coaching, and why should authors consider it? Why people expect writing to be an innate talent instead of something that you work on Recognizing the true hard work of the writer journey When to recognize that you need to switch business focus and turn from prioritizing writing to offering services Embracing the modern changes in the publishing industry How to confidently ensure that you’re actually helping writers with your services as a teacher and coach The power of systems and processes in order to grow your business Why coaches shouldn’t be tied to outcomes, but to processes The importance of asking the right questions The value of working with a coach who has been in the trenches as a writer Why writers aren’t the best judge of their own work Comparisons between personal trainers and book coaches Changing your mindset on money and understanding your worth as an author The importance of providing value to your clients and being honest with what they can expect Why Jennie coaches Find out more about Jennie: https://bookcoaches.com/abc https://www.authoraccelerator.com/ Links from the show: Wildviolet Creative Https://www.danielwillcocks.com Seth Godin's "Alt MBA” https://altmba.com/ Simon Sinek's "Start With Why" https://simonsinek.com/commit/start-with-why/ Creativity Inc https://books2read.com/u/3Gdj2a Lisa Kron’s Story Genius https://books2read.com/u/4NL299 Get your Great Writers Share merchandise! https://www.danielwillcocks.com/merch/gws GWS Press books: Collaboration for Authors: https://books2read.com/u/3G2jLn Special thanks to: Intro vocals: Persephone Rose Show theme: Karl Hughes Become... See for privacy and opt-out information.

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Sep 2020

1 hr 20 min

Ritu Bhathal is a blogger and author of fiction and poetry. She was born in Birmingham in the mid-1970s to migrant parents, hailing from Kenya but with Indian origin. Ritu’s colourful background has been a constant source of inspiration to her. From childhood, the joy of reading spurred her on to become creative in her writing, from fiction to poetry, winning small competitions at school and locally along the way. As well as a wife, mother, daughter, sister, and teacher, Ritu also writes on her award-winning blog butismileanyway.com, which was awarded first place in the Best Overall Blog Category at the 2017 Annual Bloggers Bash Awards, and Best Book Blog in 2019. Ritu is happily married and living in Kent, with her Hubby Dearest, and two children, not forgetting the fur baby Sonu Singh. In this episode we go deep into: Where Ritu’s journey began How life can prioritize over writing Starting a blog on a whim without a plan Indian family customs How writing groups and accountability can help lift you up and keep you on track Publishing Poetry vs a Novel How having a support system is instrumental in the writing process Stationary and her vast collection of brush pens Being realistic when it comes to balancing everyday life and getting words written What her writing advice is for new writers Ritu answers questions from Patrons: Yanni Jade: What was the most surprising part of your writing/publishing journey? Is there anything that stands out as particularly spectacular? Dan Willcocks: What lessons did the school competitions teach you to prepare for writing longer works? Meg Cowley: How do you take care of yourself and carve out time to create/publish/etc. Find out more about Ritu: https://ritubhathal.com Links from the show: Ritu’s blog: https://butismileanyway.com Get your Great Writers Share merchandise! https://www.danielwillcocks.com/merch/gws GWS Press books: Collaboration for Authors: https://books2read.com/u/3G2jLn Special thanks to: Intro vocals: Persephone Rose Show theme: Karl Hughes Become a Patron of the show! Get exclusive bonus content, find your tribe, and get early access to all episodes. Thank you to my patrons: David Hines Harley Christensen Jon Cronshaw Jenn Mitchell Innes Richens Ian J Middleton PT Hylton Michael Anderle Mark McClure Katie Forrest Yanni Jade Meg Cowley H.B. Lyne Jo See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Sep 2020

1 hr 4 min

V Castro is a Mexican American writer originally from Texas who now resides in the UK. She is the author of Maria the Wanted, Hairspray and Switchblades, along with the other upcoming horror titles: Goddess of Filth, Queen of the Cicadas and Mestiza Blood (all coming soon). Recently, during lockdown, V co-founded Fright Girl Summer: an online book festival to promote women in horror with an emphasis on women from marginalized communities. In this episode we go deep into: How lockdown and current events have affected V’s creativity The writing of V’s first book, Maria the Wanted Writing without a plan Hopping between projects Why V writes horror Writing in the erotic horror subgenre On writing what you wants to read Cultivating a diverse reading list Fright Girl Summer Writing short stories for submission calls Playing with genre tropes Writing to music Using dreams as inspiration for stories Editing an anthology and boosting other authors V’s approach to social media Find out more about V: https://www.vvcastro.com/ https://twitter.com/vlatinalondon https://www.instagram.com/vlatinalondon/ Links from the show: https://www.frightgirlsummer.com/ Get more from Great Writers Share! https://www.danielwillcocks.com/merch/gws https://www.facebook.com/groups/greatwritersshare/ GWS Press books: Collaboration for Authors: https://books2read.com/u/3G2jLn Special thanks to: Intro vocals: Persephone Rose Show theme: Karl Hughes Become a Patron of the show! Get exclusive bonus content, find your tribe, and get early access to all episodes. Thank you to my patrons: David Hines Harley Christensen Jon Cronshaw Jenn Mitchell Innes Richens Ian J Middleton PT Hylton Michael Anderle Mark McClure Katie Forrest Yanni Jade Meg Cowley H.B. Lyne Jo See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Sep 2020

59 min 39 sec

Thanks for tuning in to this episode of the Great Writers Share podcast. In this bonus mini episode of the show, Dan talks to J. Thorn about his latest non-fiction experiment, how it works, what he's hoping to achieve, and how it can help authors with their careers. If you have suggestions for more content like this that you'd like to see from the show, then get in touch! Links: See the series: http://getbook.at/9thingsseries Special thanks to: Intro vocals: Persephone Rose Show theme: Karl Hughes BUY 'COLLABORATION FOR AUTHORS': https://books2read.com/collaboration Find out more about the Great Writers Share podcast at https://danielwillcocks.com/greatwritersshare Become a Patron over at https://patreon.com/greatwritersshare Join the Facebook group! https://www.facebook.com/groups/greatwritersshare Instagram: https://instagram.com/greatwritersshare OFFICIAL Merchandise available! https://www.danielwillcocks.com/merch/gws Become a Patron of the show! Get exclusive bonus content, find your tribe, and get early access to all episodes. https://patreon.com/greatwritersshare Thank you to my current patrons: David Hines Harley Christensen Jon Cronshaw Jenn Mitchell Innes Richens Ian J Middleton PT Hylton Michael Anderle Mark McClure Katie Forrest Yanni Jade HB Lyne Meg Jolly Jo See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Sep 2020

16 min 18 sec

Autumn Birt is an award-winning and best selling author of almost 20 books. Her second epic fantasy series, Games of Fire, has received tremendous critical reviews and book 2, Gates of Fire & Earth, is also a Fantasia Reviews 2017 Book of Year nominee and winner of Best Worldbuilding. She writes epic and dark fantasy, with a bit of post-apocalyptic mayhem thrown in. Oh, and somehow a few non-fiction books have snuck into life as well, including stories of Yurt living (in Maine, in the winter …) and real-life travel adventures with her husband as well as writing help books co-written with her writing partner, Jesper Schmidt. She is also a graphic artist when not typing away or motorcycling, hiking, paddling, or chasing her small dog through the Vermont woods. In this episode we go deep into: Autumn’s route to writing via a career in conservation and then art Learning how to make book covers How she came to collaborate with her business partner Going travelling after quitting her job Business ideas coming to her while hiking in Canada Talking to her characters in her head Selling everything to live in a yurt How the American Dream can kill YOUR dream Running a business and writing books from the passenger seat of her truck Cooking with limited facilities Brainstorming with understanding partners Writing allowing us to take on other personas The Ultimate Fantasy Writers Guide course Find out more about Autumn: https://www.autumnwriting.com/ https://www.amwritingfantasy.com/ Links from the show: The Ultimate Fantasy Writers Guide course: https://ultimatefantasywritersguide.com/main/?affiliates=15 The FREE mini-course: http://ultimatefantasywritersguide.com/starter-kit/?affiliates=15 Get more from Great Writers Share! https://www.danielwillcocks.com/merch/gws https://www.facebook.com/groups/greatwritersshare/ GWS Press books: Collaboration for Authors: https://books2read.com/u/3G2jLn Special thanks to: Intro vocals: Persephone Rose Show theme: Karl Hughes Become a Patron of the show! Get exclusive bonus content, find your tribe, and get early access to all episodes. Thank you to my patrons: David Hines Harley Christensen Jon Cronshaw Jenn Mitchell Innes Richens Ian J Middleton PT Hylton Michael Anderle Mark McClure Katie Forrest Yanni Jade Meg Cowley Jo See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Sep 2020

46 min 28 sec

In this week’s episode, Dan celebrates 50 episodes of the Great Writers Share podcast by inviting back some old favorite guests of the show to share their one piece of advice they would give to writers to carry them from 2020 into 2021. Featured writers and time stamps: 00:09:19 – Michael Anderle 00:11:40 – Craig Falconer 00:16:25 – Clare Littlemore 00:21:45 – Sacha Black 00:23:48 – John L Monk 00:26:42 – Jonathan Janz 00:32:04 – Jenna Moreci 00:34:36 – Rachael Herron 00:38:03 – J. Thorn 00:41:16 – Meg LaTorre 00:42:47 – Joanna Penn New hosts Dan also announces some brand new additions to the podcast, introducing authors Holly Lyne, John Crinan, and Faye Trask to the Great Writers Share team. We also announce how the changes will affect you, and some improvements to the Great Writers Share Patreon page and community. Get more from Great Writers Share! https://www.danielwillcocks.com/merch/gws https://www.facebook.com/groups/greatwritersshare/ GWS Press books: Collaboration for Authors: https://books2read.com/u/3G2jLn Links from the show: LMBPN https://lmbpn.com/ Million Dollar Outlines by David Farland https://books2read.com/u/4DW0Nr Next Level Author podcast https://pod.link/1508555372 Great Writers Learn https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLnHiLyMYRGJmcwsTqpc7D7aBrlJETI8DX The Rebel Author Podcast https://pod.link/rebelauthor How Do You Write Podcast https://pod.link/1122159165 The Author Life https://theauthorlife.com/ Writing with Jenna Moreci https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS_fcv9kBpDN4WWrfcbCrgw Rachael Herron’s Decision Tree https://drive.google.com/file/d/1RlFzFRFUhpyKdpU6qcXvanrZXq47ZVhT/view?usp=sharing iWriterly https://iwriterly.com/ The Creative Penn podcast https://pod.link/309426367 Unstoppable Author Podcast https://pod.link/1403887471 A Nice Chianti podcast https://pod.link/1478166074 Special thanks to: Intro vocals: Persephone Rose Show theme: Karl Hughes Become a Patron of the show! Get exclusive bonus content, find your tribe, and get early access to all... See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Aug 2020

54 min 41 sec

Meg LaTorre is a bestselling science fiction and fantasy author, YouTube darling and founder of iWriterly, creator of the free query critique platform, Query Hack, co-host of the Publishable show, and blogger. Formerly, she worked at a literary agency, and she has a background in magazine publishing, medical/technical writing, and journalism. Needless to say, words are her thing. In her free time, Meg enjoys spending time with her husband and son, running, going to Renaissance faires and comic cons, and napping. In this episode we go deep into: How to take time off when you have a busy platform to maintain How Meg got into the writing game The importance of just taking that first step into writing How Meg’s previous experience at a literary agency gave her a unique lens on publishing her new book, The Cyborg Tinkerer Why Meg chose to self-publish her book What are indie authors ignoring that traditional publishers are killing it at Why Meg dived into the YouTube game and how she found success on the platform How Meg dealt with imposter syndrome when starting her YouTube channel The reality of being a writer on YouTube What type of person you have to be to make it on YouTube How to successfully manage a busy life as a YouTuber, author, mum, and wife Meg’s advice for authors looking to YouTube in 2020/21 Why Meg writes Meg answers questions from Patrons: Yanni Jade I love iWriterly! Her episodes are so helpful! Given there is the Pandemic going on...do you know what this would mean for the Traditional publishing side of things? Sacha Black: How she write such a good 3-way sex scene? Find out more about Meg: iWriterly YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKeBsBrWDtIBrnrCkxHo5MQ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/meg_latorre/ https://iwriterly.com/ Links from the show: The Cyborg Tinkerer: https://www.amazon.com/Cyborg-Tinkerer-Curious-Case-Circus-ebook/dp/B089M9YNSB/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=the+cyborg+tinkerer&qid=1597521785&sr=8-1 Think Media YT: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGxjDWAN1KwrkXYVi8CXtjQ Think Marketing YTT: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKegeYEy0lJxpkjWRthaRMw Eisenhower Matrix: https://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newHTE_91.htm Get more from Great Writers Share! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Aug 2020

54 min 58 sec

James Blatch is a former BBC Defence Reporter and a former BBFC Film Examiner. He reported for the BBC on the UK military from, among other places, HMS Invincible, Kuwait, the Arctic Circle as well as covering the UK air offensive during the Kosovo Conflict in 1999. However, you probably know James Blatch as one of the voices of the incredibly rich and popular Self Publishing Formula podcast which he co-hosts with thriller author Mark Dawson. James is also a director of the Self Publishing Formula Limited, an online course provider for independent authors, of which I have personally benefited from. In this episode we go deep into: What 3 things James would never leave the house without Where Jame’s writing journey began Why NaNoWriMo helped James finish his first project The challenge between switching from journalistic writing to fiction writing The evolutionary journey of a 10-year novel How being surrounded by other writers with the SPF podcast has influenced how James approaches his next works Why you should always think of writing the next book The origin of James’ involvement in the Self Publishing Formula podcast What are the lessons learned from working with Mark Dawson and running the podcast Getting over imposter syndrome by humanizing other authors The pressure that comes with launching a first book when you’ve already got a large podcast platform How to keep the pressure of waiting readers at bay when writing When are we going to see The Last Flight published? Why does James write James answers questions from Patrons: H.B. Lyne: How do you use your journalism background in your writing? Meg Jolly: James, is the book done yet?!? Ian J Middleton: I really enjoyed listening to James on Writers Ink the other week. From his experience in journalism, does he have any tips for interviewing people? Sacha Black: How many pints does James owe me now for not publishing by LBF? Find out more about James: https://selfpublishingformula.com/ https://www.jamesblatch.com/ Links from the show: J Thorn’s “9 Things”series: http://getbook.at/9thingsseries The Creative Penn Episode 500: https://pod.link/309426367/episode/aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cudGhlY3JlYXRpdmVwZW5uLmNvbS8_cD0zMTc4OA== Ads for Authors course: https://selfpublishingformula.com/courses/ Author Accelerator: https://www.authoraccelerator.com/ Get more from Great Writers Share! https://www.danielwillcocks.com/merch/gws https://www.facebook.com/groups/greatwritersshare/ GWS Press books: Collaboration for... See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Aug 2020

1 hr 7 min

Jeff Adams and Will Knauss are both writers of gay romance fiction, as well as the hosts of both the Big Gay Fiction Podcast (a podcast aimed at sharing their love for gay romance fiction) and the Big Gay Author Podcast (in which they document their journey to full-time writerdom, interviewing successful indies along the way). Jeff and Will are a powerhouse couple in both business and life, residing in Northern California after more than twenty years of marriage. In this episode we go deep into: How Jeff and Adam got into the writing game How to keep the flame alive as a writer What Jeff and Will’s collaboration looked like when they released their co-written novel What were the pitfalls found in collaborating on a novel? How to manage expectations on a series when the next book has fallen by the wayside Marketing your books with content podcasts The growth journey of a podcast How to maintain your interest in your podcast after years of publishing Jeff and Will’s shared experience in writing gay romance fiction The best place to start when writing gay romance fiction The truth behind the gay romance reader base and community How COVID has affected Jeff and Will’s writing process and schedule How to confidently write gay characters Why do Jeff and Will write Jeff and Will answers questions from Patrons: Jenn Mitchell: Even the smoothest of collaborations will occasionally have a difference of opinion so I'm curious how you deal with this. Does the fact that you're not just co-authors but a real life couple impact how you work out a writing related difference. Is it harder or easier since you know each other on a deeper level than most co-authors would. Sacha Black: What’s your husbands best and worse working trait? Find out more about Jeff and Will: Jeffandwill.com Links from the show: Joanna Penn’s “Business for Authors” https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00MQTR9HA/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i7 Romancing the Beat: https://books2read.com/u/4XnNkg Hockey Player’s Heart: https://books2read.com/u/4NL50G Big Gay Fiction podcast: https://pod.link/1055183594 Big Gay Author podcast: https://pod.link/1473717205 https://theauthorsuccessmastermind.com/superchargeyourscene/ Get your Great Writers Share merchandise! https://www.danielwillcocks.com/merch/gws GWS Press books: Collaboration for Authors: https://books2read.com/u/3G2jLn Special thanks to: Intro vocals: Persephone Rose Show theme: Karl Hughes Become a Patron of the show! Get exclusive bonus content, find your tribe,... See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Aug 2020

54 min 4 sec

One of Horror’s most respected authors, Iain Rob Wright is the writer of more than twenty books, many of them bestsellers. A previous Kindle All-Star and a mainstay in the horror charts, he is a prolific producer of unique and original stories. From his apocalyptic saga The Gates to his claustrophobic revenge thriller ASBO, Iain writes across a broad spectrum of sub genres, creating both beloved series and standalone titles. With work available in several languages and in audio, Iain Rob Wright is one of the fastest rising stars in horror, but when not writing he is a dedicated family man. Father to Jack and Molly, and husband to Sally, he is often seen sharing his family memories with his fans on Facebook. In this episode we go deep into: The reality behind the difficulty of making money in writing in 2020 An insight into Iain’s writing journey from 2011 until present How to be certain you can continue afloat as a full time writer Iain’s attitude towards series and standalone books when it comes to horror Writing what makes you happy The importance of calculating read through in your series Why the mailing list is the central pillar of a sustainable author career The mess of the horror charts and if there’s an answer How to serialize horror effectively Iain’s attitude towards the ‘rapid release’ schedule Advice to a fledgling horror author looking to start writing in 2020 Iain’s attitude towards collaboration and how that has changed or not changed since 2017 What it’s like to bring your spouse into your creative business What it takes to actually make it into the author game in 2020 Why Iain writes Find out more about Iain: https://iainrobwright.com/ Links from the show: The Story Studio, Ep 32. Iain Rob Wright (https://pod.link/1140596479/episode/NjRjYWY4NTYtNWViYS00YTA3LTlmOWUtYTEzZjI0YTA1MWEx The Final Winter https://books2read.com/u/4Eo7XM Mark Dawson’s Ads for Authors https://selfpublishingformula.com/courses/ Special thanks to: Intro vocals: Persephone Rose Show theme: Karl Hughes Become a Patron of the show! Get exclusive bonus content, find your tribe, and get early access to all episodes. Thank you to my patrons: David Hines Harley Christensen Jon Cronshaw Jenn Mitchell Innes Richens Ian J Middleton PT Hylton Michael Anderle Mark McClure Katie Forrest Yanni Jade Meg Cowley H.B. Lyne See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Jul 2020

1 hr 3 min

Kristina Rienzi is a Jersey Shore local, new adult author, certified professional coach, and the former president of Sisters in Crime-Central Jersey. An INFJ who dreams beyond big, Kristina encourages others (and herself) to embrace the unknown through her stories about fierce women risking their lives to become who they were always meant to be. When she’s not writing or drinking wine, Kristina is spoiling her three fur-beasts, dissecting true crime stories, singing (and dancing) to Yacht Rock Radio, or rooting for the WVU Mountaineers. She believes in all things paranormal, a closet full of designer bags, weekly manicures, the Law of Attraction, aliens, angels, and the value of a graduate degree in psychology. In this episode we go deep into: Kristina’s experiences with the paranormal How Kristina’s writing journey started The power of seeking honest criticism What Kristina’s writing process looks like as a mother in the middle of a pandemic Why the writing bug pushes Kristina to write while raising a human being The battle of tackling parental guilt as a writer Why Kristina got involved in writing groups, despite being a self-proclaimed introvert The power of being a perpetual learner How to keep on pushing when all you want to do is give up Remembering that writing is supposed to be fun, so enjoy it The journey from short story to full length novel Being deliberate with your editors and not hiding from feedback Protecting your writing time to get it done Being humble enough to own your shortcomings so that you can continually improve What it takes to become a writer coach and work with other writers How to know your worth, instead of questioning it The science of happy Why being honest with yourself is the quickest way to success How Kristina’s writing process has changed since writing her debut novel How to pitch your novel to agents through Twitter Why does Kristina write? Find out more about Kristina: https://kristinarienzi.com/ Links from the show: Choosing Evil: https://www.amazon.com/Choosing-Evil-Ensouled-Book-1-ebook/dp/B07GC842F5/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=choosing+evil+kristina+rienzi&qid=1595335356&sr=8-1 https://kristinarienzi.com/coaching/ Twitter pitches (#PITMAD): https://twitter.com/hashtag/pitmad?lang=en More information on Twitter pitching: https://www.bryndonovan.com/2020/03/03/what-is-pitmad-ill-tell-you-and-give-you-some-pitmad-tips/ Get your Great Writers Share merchandise! https://www.danielwillcocks.com/merch/gws GWS Press books: Collaboration for Authors: https://books2read.com/u/3G2jLn Special thanks to: Intro vocals: Persephone Rose Show theme: Karl Hughes Become a... See for privacy and opt-out information.

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Jul 2020

59 min 39 sec

Robert J. Sawyer is one of only eight writers ever to win all three of the world’s top awards for best science-fiction novel of the year: the Hugo, the Nebula, and the formerly titled John W. Campbell Memorial Award. He has also won the Robert A. Heinlein Award, the Edward E. Smith Memorial Award, and the Hal Clement Memorial Award; the top SF awards in China, Japan, France, and Spain; and a record-setting sixteen Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Awards (“Auroras”). Rob’s novel FlashForward was the basis for the ABC TV series of the same name, and he was a scriptwriter for that program. He also scripted the two-part finale for the popular web series Star Trek Continues. He is a Member of the Order of Canada, the highest honor bestowed by the Canadian government, as well as the Order of Ontario, the highest honor given by his home province; he was also one of the initial inductees into the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame. In this episode we go deep into: How Robert cut his teeth in fiction The power of the first generation of British science fiction The changing landscape of audiobooks Why artistic ambition is the secret to winning awards The truth behind the politics of awards The origin of Robert’s latest book "The Oppenheimer Alternative" How Robert’s writing process has changed over the year Why you don’t need to be a scientist to write science-fiction Why Robert is moving into self-publishing for his latest book Negotiating the rights for each market with your books Adopting public domain works to promote the classics How Robert manages the marketing and promotion of his author business How Robert ended up receiving his Member of the Order of Canada Why Robert J Sawyer writes Robert answers questions from Patrons: Mark McClure: Are science fiction and speculative fiction two sides of the same genre? How do you reward yourself when you've completed a project? What would your profession be if you weren't a writer (or writing wasn't an option OR never existed)? Find out more about Robert: https://sfwriter.com/ Links from the show: The Oppenheimer Alternative: https://books2read.com/u/bwdyZv Special thanks to: Intro vocals: Persephone Rose Show theme: Karl Hughes Become a Patron of the show! Get exclusive bonus content, find your tribe, and get early access to all episodes. Thank you to my patrons: David Hines Harley Christensen Jon Cronshaw Jenn Mitchell Innes Richens Ian J Middleton PT Hylton Michael Anderle Mark McClure Katie Forrest Yanni Jade Meg Cowley H.B. Lyne See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Jul 2020

59 min 12 sec

Gemma Amor is a Bram Stoker Award-nominated horror fiction author, podcaster illustrator, and voice actor based in the UK. Her books include Cruel Works of Nature, the award-nominated Dear Laura, White Pines, and Till the Score is Paid. She's also the co-creator, writer and voice actor for horror-comedy podcast Calling Darkness, starring Kate Siegel. Gemma's stories feature on the NoSleep podcast, Shadows at the Door, Creepy and the Grey Rooms podcast. You can find her in a number of horror anthologies, too. In this episode we go deep into: The influence of Stephen King’s “Cujo." How Gemma cut her teeth in writing The power of actually finishing a story The short story medium and getting yourself published Playing with various mediums of art to satisfy the creative ache Using Kickstarter to create, publish, and launch your book The power of keeping things simple when writing a story How draining it can be to give a story your all The best ways to deal with criticism Why does Gemma write Gemma answers questions from Patrons: Ian J Middleton: what Must Read books would you put on a horror writers reading list? Find out more about Gemma: https://gemmaamorauthor.com/ https://twitter.com/manylittlewords https://www.instagram.com/manylittlewords/ Links from the show: Stephen King’s “Cujo” https://books2read.com/u/boEy60 Gemma’s Kickstarter page: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/whitepines/white-pines-a-novel-and-audiobook-from-author-gemm White Pines on Amazon: https://books2read.com/u/mqrXVO Special thanks to: Intro vocals: Persephone Rose Show theme: Karl Hughes Become a Patron of the show! Get exclusive bonus content, find your tribe, and get early access to all episodes. Thank you to my patrons: David Hines Harley Christensen Jon Cronshaw Jenn Mitchell Innes Richens Ian J Middleton PT Hylton Michael Anderle Mark McClure Katie Forrest Yanni Jade H.B. Lyne See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Jul 2020

55 min 46 sec

Garrett Robinson is the author of #1 bestselling Amazon fantasy series, “The Nightblade Epic”, a heroic fantasy saga with tens of thousands of avid readers. The epic is set in the land of Underrealm, alongside a second bestselling series, “The Academy Journals.” His imprint, Legacy Books, has published over 2 dozen fantasy titles, showcasing fresh writing talent in the genre. Garrett is also a filmmaker, and successful YouTube talent, with brand new vlogs hitting his channel every Friday. In this episode we go deep into: Garrett’s advice for anyone who hasn’t watched Hamilton yet Garrett’s experience working in filmmaking, screenwriting, and directing, and how that segued into his writing career The origins of his hit series “Underrealm" Letting your story grow in your mind until you’re professionally ready to write it Allowing yourself time to develop as an artist The experience of writing and releasing serial fiction, and how that has changed over the years How to come out of bouts of non-writing Leveraging Patreon to create a sustainable career Talking yourself through the tough stuff and coming out on the other side Controlling your use of social media to avoid distraction and procrastination The realities of living as a full-time creative How global disruption affects your personal state Putting yourself first before you reach out and start helping others Generating real social change with your fiction How to approach serialization as a writer Keeping an eye on the long-term when creating your marketing strategies Garrett answers questions from Patrons: Yanni Jade: "You're currently releasing your novel in episodes like with the previous books, what are the pros and cons to publishing this way?" H.B. Lyne: Do you have any tips for balancing writing with YouTubing. How does he fit it all in? Jenn Mitchell: Do you approach the story telling process the same way when writing and making a film? Are there differences between the two for you? Find out more about Garrett: https://underrealm.net/ Links from the show: Garrett’s Episode on “The Story Studio” https://open.spotify.com/episode/67ODq5qyQCZaS7jeUb3DvX?si=hrmrE3FKTUKy_Ej1SR2ciA A Cloak of Red, Brenna Gawain: https://www.amazon.com/Cloak-Red-Underrealm-Tenth-Kingdom-ebook/dp/B083RLS7DK/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=a+cloak+of+red&qid=1593612588&sr=8-1 Garrett’s Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/garrettbrobinson Special thanks to: Intro vocals: Persephone Rose Show theme: Karl Hughes Become a Patron of the show! Get exclusive bonus content, find your tribe, and get early access to all episodes. Thank you to my patrons: David Hines Harley Christensen Jon Cronshaw Jenn Mitchell Innes Richens Ian J Middleton PT Hylton Michael Anderle Mark McClure Katie Forrest Yanni Jade Meg Cowley H.B. Lyne See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Jul 2020

1 hr 13 min

Daniel Willcocks is an international bestselling author and podcaster of dark fiction. He is one fifth of digital story studio, Hawk & Cleaver, co-producer of iTunes-busting fiction podcast, 'The Other Stories,’ as well as the host of the 'Great Writers Share' podcast, in which he breaks down the strategies, tricks, and productivity habits of some of the best writers in the game today. Residing in the UK, Dan's work explores the catastrophic and the strange. His stories span the genres of horror, post-apocalyptic, and sci-fi, and his work has seen him collaborating with some of the biggest names in the independent publishing community. In this episode we go deep into: Where did Dan’s collaboration journey began Why Dan wrote a book on collaboration How collaborations have impacted Dan’s career The key mistakes authors make when they collaborate What is the biggest takeaway from the book that authors need to understand How to find a collaborator How to deal with a collaboration gone wrong Further resources for authors seeking collaboration Dan answers questions from Patrons: Yanni Jade: What are some things to look for in a collaborative partner? Yanni Jade: What are the positives of having collaborative partners? Jenn Mitchell: How can you tell when a collaboration isn’t a good fit? Find out more about Dan: www.danielwillcocks.com Links from the show: Collaboration for Authors https://books2read.com/u/3G2jLn J Thorn’s "American Demon Hunters" https://books2read.com/u/4AKKVK Craig Martelle "Collaborations: When the Whole Is Greater than the Sum of the Parts" https://books2read.com/u/b5ZZ1k J Thorn & Joanna Penn “Co-writing a Book” https://books2read.com/u/m2ZZNR Special thanks to: Intro vocals: Persephone Rose Show theme: Karl Hughes Become a Patron of the show! Get exclusive bonus content, find your tribe, and get early access to all episodes. Thank you to my patrons: David Hines Harley Christensen Jon Cronshaw Jenn Mitchell Innes Richens Ian J Middleton PT Hylton Michael Anderle Mark McClure Katie Forrest Yanni Jade Meg Cowley H.B. Lyne See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Jun 2020

35 min 48 sec

Julie Hiner is a writer of dark crime, horror, and non-fiction. Julie has been fascinated with the complexity of the dark mind of the serial killer and obsessed with trying to understand how murder can occur. Finding inspiration at a talk given by a local homicide detective, Julie surged down her new path to writing a dark, serial killer novel. Julie's favorite parts of her new found writing process are the detailed research, creating an in-depth character and digging deep into his, her or its mind, and unleashing her inner artist on photos to create the cover and marketing material. In this episode we go deep into: Julie’s journey into reading and writing Dealing with anxiety around gaining weight How “Just A Girl and a Bike” was born How knowing less reduces the fear Getting involved in writer’s groups and asking for help The welcoming arms of other writers How Julie first approached her publishing process The differences between writing non-fiction and writing fiction The reality behind the writing process Finding yourself as a writer The secret to creating the writing habit Where the inspiration for horror and dark crime comes from Embracing the visual side of horror to build a brand Find out more about Julie: Https://killersanddemons.com Links from the show: Collaboration for Authors https://books2read.com/u/3G2jLn Just a Girl and a Bike: https://books2read.com/u/b6Zjnp Final Track by Julie Hiner: https://books2read.com/u/31qPvn Reading of “Twisted”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Ezx67ExVdI&feature=emb_logo Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino Special thanks to: Intro vocals: Persephone Rose Show theme: Karl Hughes Become a Patron of the show! Get exclusive bonus content, find your tribe, and get early access to all episodes. Thank you to my patrons: David Hines Harley Christensen Jon Cronshaw Jenn Mitchell Innes Richens Ian J Middleton PT Hylton Michael Anderle Mark McClure Katie Forrest Yanni Jade Meg Cowley H.B. Lyne See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Jun 2020

43 min 54 sec

Jenna Moreci is a half-human, half-weaponized robot hellbent on overthrowing mankind. She’s also a best selling author specializing in so-cute-you-could-barf romance interspersed between extreme violence and bloodshed. A Silicon Valley native, Jenna hosts a YouTube channel with over 210,000 subscribers (at the time of recording) where she uses her passion for storytelling and background in business to help other creators navigate their writing and publishing journey. When she’s not writing or ’tubing, Jenna enjoys listening to music, cuddling with her dog, and kissing her fiancé’s gorgeous face. Her other talents include prolific cursing, spilling/dropping things, accidentally making people cry, and cooking. In this episode we go deep into: How Jenna accidentally makes so many people cry How Jenna first got started with writing Choosing passion over smarts Jenna’s introduction into YouTube and how she made it work What it takes to make it on YouTube Why ‘being yourself’ is so important online The success of “The 9 weird habits of writers" Why you don’t need to wait until you’re published to start a YouTube channel The importance of honesty What it means to be a writer on YouTube The harsh reality of being a woman on YouTube Why writers should consider YouTube A platform for superfine and multiple streams of revenue How long does it take to make film, edit, and upload videos to YouTube What the conversion rate is from YouTube hits to actual book sales Targeting the right audiences and sticking with your gut Jenna’s writing process for her latest books Preserving mental wellbeing while juggling writing and caregiving How Jenna keeps the creative well filled Jenna’s love for Greek mythology and the foreshadowing dream Why Jenna writes Jenna answers questions from Patrons: Yanni Jade: How long did it take for you to write The Savior’s Sister and edit it to the point where you were happy with the end result? This week’s question: Based off the content of this week’s interview, I’m posing the question: How successfully do you engage with your readers and/or fans? Find out more about Jenna: https://www.jennamoreci.com/ https://www.youtube.com/jennamoreci https://twitter.com/jennamoreci https://www.instagram.com/jennamoreci/ https://www.facebook.com/authorjennamoreci The Savior’s Champion: https://amzn.to/2MLqzYp The Savior's Sister: https://amzn.to/2MHGPtu Links from the show: https://books2read.com/u/3G2jLn The Nine Weird Habits of Writers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XpmE_gtZChY Jenna and Sacha Black, How to Become a Full-time Writer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ozs-VRE1mjI&t=361s Special thanks... See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Jun 2020

52 min 1 sec

Drew Starling is an Amazon bestselling author of horror and dark fiction, a husband and dog dad who loves strong female leads, martial arts, and long walks in the woods with canine companions. He would like to think his plots are better than his prose, but strives to make his words sound both beautiful and terrifying at the same time. He listens to Beethoven, Megadeth, and Enya when he writes. His only rule of writing: the dog never dies. In this episode we go deep into: Why the dog never dies Drew’s writing journey and how he’s gotten to where he is How beneficial author communities are online Why short stories are a great way create emotional insulation The incredible influence of Stephen King Whether the TV series of “The Outsider” was better or worse than the book The power of the short story submission loop Why short stories are a great way to build an author reputation How to maximize your chances of getting short stories submitted and published The benefits of real-time feedback in author communities Using StoryGrid to edit your novel Why something must happen in a scene Drew’s writing process Why you shouldn’t measure success in words written Finding a relationship that complements your writing career Why Drew writes Drew answers questions from Patrons: Ian J Middleton: what Must Read books would you put on a horror writers reading list? This week’s question: What systems do you use to gain real-time feedback? Find out more about Drew: Get your free story https://www.drewstarling.com/dan Links from the show: Https://www.patreon.com/greatwritersshare Https://books2read.com/anatomyofprose https://www.doesthedogdie.com/ https://www.thenosleeppodcast.com/ https://www.cormacmccarthy.com/ https://www.amazon.com/N-K-Jemisin/e/B0028OIVC0/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1 https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8550800/ “Guts” by Chuck Palahniuk http://readfulltext.blogspot.com/2013/10/guts-by-chuck-palahniuk.html https://storygrid.com/ The Shining https://www.amazon.com/Shining-Stephen-King/dp/0345806786/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=the+shining&qid=1591020355&s=books&sr=1-1 It https://www.amazon.com/Novel-Stephen-King/dp/1982127791/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=it&qid=1591020343&s=books&sr=1-1 The Stand See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Jun 2020

50 min 52 sec