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February 14, 2018 00:55:33
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Episode 111 - Do you know what your book is really about? Cutting through the noise with book coach Jennie Nash

This episode is a conversation with book coach Jennie Nash. We learn about the difference between wishing you had written a book and actually writing one, the three essential pillars of effective book coaching, and how to work out what your story is really about. Don't just have a good idea, write the book! Jennie can be reached at jennienash.com and authoraccelerator.com/blueprintworkshop ...

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January 11, 2018 00:17:00
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Episode 110 - Why writing is hard work and how to keep doing it anyway

In this episode we explore the unavoidable truth that writing is really hard work. We look at why that is the case and think about ways to acknowledge this truth, and keep writing anyway. We learn the one fundamental truth about writing that everyone from the most obscure writer to the likes of Stephen King will tell you, and we identify three 'tools' for the toolbelt to help us keep going with our writing even when it's tough going. ...

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December 22, 2017 01:07:56
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Episode 109 Conversation with Juliet Mushens of CaskieMushens Literary Agency

Want to know how to query an agent? I do, so I decided to talk to talk to one of the best agents in the business right now; someone with international clients, and experience of selling book, TV, and film rights. This episode is a wide-ranging conversation with Juliet Mushens of CaskieMushens literary agency in which we talk about how to approach an agent, what to put in the query letter, and what in a single sentence, the agent is really looking for. ...

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December 18, 2017 00:56:37
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Episode 108 "If it wasn't for the money everyone would be doing it" A conversation with Jon Wallace and Antonia Honeywell

This episode is a spirited and warm conversation with two authors, Jon Wallace and Antonia Honeywell. In this conversation my guests talk about strategies for approaching an agent, decoding responses to submitted work, and what makes a writer, enjoy! ...

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November 29, 2017 00:13:22
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Episode 107 Why fake news is toxic for writers - and how to avoid it

Fake news, and false information generally, are hot topics in the media at the moment. Fake news might offend us personally, but there's also a very good reason for us as writers to identify and avoid it. In this episode we look at fake news and some of its associated phenomena, like click bait, with insights from the International Federation of Library Associations and institutions. Their publication that I reference can be found here: https://www.ifla.org/publications/node/11174 ...

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November 17, 2017 00:19:51
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Episode 106 - What we can learn from literary fiction

What can genre writers learn from literary fiction? In this episode we tiptoe across the (false) divide between literary and genre fiction and look at how the best literary fiction can inspire us to create characters with subtle and complex emotions, and settings that are evocative of detail, mood, and emotion. We look at description from the general to the specific and see how an aspect of setting can be used as a metaphor for theme and moral. ...

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