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September 30, 2018 00:38:46
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Episode 126 A conversation with Ellen Brock: professional novel editor and writing coach (Part 1 of 2)

This episode is a conversation with the novel editor and writing coach, Ellen Brock. You may know Ellen from her annual Novel Boot Camp event and her series of videos on YouTube. Ellen has a real heart for helping people who want to develop their skills in the craft of writing, and in this first half of our conversation, we talk about the biggest problems writers have with both structuring their work and refining narrative quality. ...

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August 03, 2018 00:43:58
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Episode 125 A conversation with Book Coach and Literary Agent Sandra O'Donnell (Part 2 of 2)

This episode is the second part of a conversation I had with Dr Sandra O'Donnell, founding partner of RO Literary. Sandra is a book coach and literary agent, and author of "Your first fifteen pages" an agent's guide to writing a novel that editors will publish and readers will buy. In this episode, we look at how the 'why' of your novel has to hook the reader, how character and place work with the inciting incident and Sandra gives us her advice on mastering 3rd person Point of View in the ensemble story. We also discuss three of the most useful tools a writer can use: Airtable, Grammarly, and Story Grid. ...

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July 29, 2018 00:43:46
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Episode 124 A conversation with Book Coach and Literary Agent Sandra O'Donnell (Part 1 of 2)

This episode is a conversation with Dr Sandra O'Donnell, founding partner of RO Literary. Sandra is a book coach and literary agent, and author of "Your first fifteen pages" an agent's guide to writing a novel that editors will publish and readers will buy. This is the first of two episodes featuring my conversation with Sandra; in this episode, we look at where submissions go wrong, the essential ingredients for the first fifteen pages of your novel, and what readers really want. ...

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July 09, 2018 01:01:58
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Episode 123 Face the fear and finish the job. A conversation with creative professional Sarah Rhea Werner

This episode is a conversation with Sarah Rhea Werner, a creative professional who combines a portfolio of work including writing, web design, mentoring, podcasting and audio drama production. You might be one of the tens of thousands of people who listen to Sarah’s new audio drama, ‘Girl in Space’ which started to critical acclaim back in September 2017. In this conversation Sarah and I talk about marketing, monetization for writers and creatives, and effective time management as well as facing the fear of creating, and getting the job done ...

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June 13, 2018 00:49:19
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Episode 122 - You’re not reading you're performing! A conversation with audiobook narrator Sean Pratt

"It's a performance, not a reading", so says audio narration expert Sean Pratt. Sean has 30 years experience as an actor and voice-over artist, and in 22 years as an audiobook narrator, he has worked on close to 1,000 projects. In this episode, he lifts the lid on the audiobook business and gives us writers some expert tips on speaking well at public events, including book readings. He also tells us what an author needs to know if they decide to narrate their own book. ...

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May 28, 2018 00:15:27
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Episode 121 Another tour of duty - surviving and thriving in the world of book marketing

This episode looks at the emotional and psychological cost of marketing and promotion for writers. There are plenty of opportunities but it's hostile territory, so we look at the need to create an excellent product, what to do when you're feeling addicted to the numbers, and how to be sociable on social media. ...

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