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July 01, 2019 00:54:39
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Episode 138 "The smell of saffron; the shadow of war". Writing and publishing out of a non-Western background with Dr Pamela Fernandes

Pamela Fernandes is a writer and doctor. She escaped the first Gulf War with her family, fleeing to India. Since then she has lived in Asia, the US, and the Middle East and writes both fiction and non-fiction, drawing on her personal and professional experience. In this episode we discuss the challenges of writing in less popular genres, how to capture and keep your reader, and never giving up on a project. ...

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May 23, 2019 00:25:28
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Episode 137 Tools and markets for the Indie Author. With Ricardo Fayet of Reedsy.com

As I prepare for the launch this summer of "The Centauri Survivors" my YA SciFi novel, I have been using the services of Reedsy.com, and so I caught up with co-founder Ricardo Fayet to talk about Reedsy Discovery: https://reedsy.com/discovery a service that allows you to showcase your new publication, the free Reedsy Book Editor: https://reedsy.com/write-a-book, and Reedsy's marketplace for writers. We also talk about why now really is the very best time to be publishing your own book. ...

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April 02, 2019 01:02:01
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Episode 136 Your guide for the journey. The work of the sensitivity reader with Patrice Williams Marks

We all want to introduce diverse characters into our work and not be afraid to tackle difficult social and cultural themes, but can we be sure we're getting the tricky issues right? Sensitivity readers like my guest Patrice Williams Marks can help us navigate and master the challenge of avoiding naivete and offence in the way we present our characters. ...

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March 14, 2019 01:00:28
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Episode 135 'You are valuable just as you are. And so is your writing.' A conversation with Jen Louden.

In this episode, I have a great conversation with the writer and international speaker Jen Louden. I talk about my own personal philosophy for being a writer and we get into the hard questions: why do you want to write? What's your story REALLY about? And do you know who you are, and what you are writing for? This episode looks at the need for proper self-regard, self-care, resilience, self-awareness, and how to focus on the task at hand. ...

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February 10, 2019 01:00:56
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Episode 134 "All successful books have this one thing in common..." A conversation with Dr Ginger Moran

This episode is a conversation with the author, writing coach and academic Dr Ginger Moran. We talk about the right mindset for writing, the different disciplines that we need to bring to the first draft and editing, learning from great writers, and why we writers are such tender souls. And yes, Ginger tells us what that one thing successful books have in common is, enjoy! ...

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January 17, 2019 00:11:51
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Episode 133 - Why it's so important for writers to feel proud of their work

Can we talk about our work without hesitation, and without feeling like there's some aspect to it that could have been better? Have we done your best with our book project? In this episode, I look at what it means for us writers to be proud of our work, how we achieve that, and what the benefits are. ...

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