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Blood, Sweat and Words
26 minutes | Feb 19, 2019
Christine Munro from Kobo BSW026
“Nerd ‘Till I Die” Christine Munroe, “Has the coolest job ever. She leads the KWL business team, helping authors successfully reach millions of Kobo readers around the world. She has a BA and MA in English Literature from McGill University and worked as a literary agent and international book scout in New York before joining Kobo. Her favourite part of her job is helping independent writers achieve great results and make a living from their writing, as well as working with her fabulous colleagues on the KWL team! Christine plays several musical instruments and has a terrible tendency to buy guitars on a whim. She had a scholarship lined up to do a degree in jazz (baritone sax) but went the English major route instead. Her favourite genre is literary fiction.” (https://kobowritinglife.com/who-we-are-the-peple-behind-kwl/) Note: The above bio has Canadian spelling, eh. Show Highlights Christine calls herself a “Nerd ‘Till I Die.” she runs the global self-pub platform for Rakuten Kobo Kobo is the number one digital bookseller in France, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand. It also has a strong foothold in Canada. We talk about how that happened in a world dominated by Amazon. We talk about how Kobo is different from Amazon: 1. It sells only books and 2. Rather than trying to dominate the market, Kobo seeks to collaborate with existing businesses. What Kobo’s relationship with Wallmart means for readers and writers Kobo Plus is a subscription service (similar to KU) which has started in The Netherlands with a partnership with Bol Writers can get their books into libraries through Overdrive, available through Kobo. In 2012 Rakuten took over Kobo, moving it from a start-up company to an international business with an expanded reach We talked about a quote I took from Mark Leslie Lefebrvre’s book, Killing it on Kobo, “Unlike Amazon with an operation meant to compete with and dominate the market, Kobo seeks out collaborative bookselling operations leveraging their strengths in digital ebook and audiobook sales with their partner’s strengths in selling physical books. This collaborative approach is quite Canadian, eh?” The culture of Kobo is distinct. It’s run by people who love books. The selling is done in a collaborative model. We talked about the Promotion Tab on writer’s dashboards, and she said if you don’t have one, ask for it. ( It took me five minutes to get mine.) We talked about writing down goals. We also talked about the emergence of audio We talked about Kobo’s weekly podcast, Kobo Writing Life. They interview authors, people within the publishing business and Kobo people. Contacts If you want help with Kobo, send an email to email@example.com They actually have people in charge of “author care!” Killing it on Kobo My review of Mark Leslie Levebvre’s book, Killing it on Kobo, will go live on my author blog on Thurs. Feb. 21st. I condensed my eight pages of notes down to one page. If you want to know more about Kobo, check it out.
39 minutes | Feb 5, 2019
BSW 024 Zombie Poetry & Thrillers, Al Lane & Mark O’Neill 20190205
For a change of pace, I’ve interviewed two authors this week, Al Lane and Mark O-Brien. Al lives in England and Mark lives in Germany. One writes and performs poetry, the other pens spy thrillers. Enjoy. Al Lane I met Al a couple years ago when I took part in the A-Z blog challenge, which involves posting every day of the month on one theme, with titles going A-Z. He wrote hilarious post-apocalyptic zombie haiku while I wrote about mythological beasts. Show Notes Al got hooked on rhyming poetry, reading stories to his first son started writing picture books, loved the writing and the people moved onto poetry from there, and on to performing poetry has two books published: The Lane Less Travelled, a small anthology of this work that he hands out at gigs, and Haiku of the Dead, which is available on Amazon (see below) he writes prose, poetry, flash fiction and screenplays Top Piece of Advice Just go out and try things. Never be afraid of trying something new. Bio “I’ve no agenda to push, unless you count a belief that poetry should be a universal communicator and not confined to elites full of smug self-congratulation. Poetry should be fun, as well as have a heart… that is what I strive for. Uplifting nonsense that makes you think…” (from his website) Haiku of the Dead Haiku of the Dead, the essential guide to surviving the rise of the zombies in glorious technicolor haiku with dollops of humour, is available globally from Amazon – just amend the specific Amazon bit of the web address in the links below if you’re not in the UK or US, or search for Alistair Lane (there’s only one of me, it seems!): UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07K1Q8MKY US – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07K1Q8MKY Pictures of Al Performing Contacts A Certain Point of View (his website and blog) https://www.facebook.com/AlistairLaneWrites/ https://twitter.com/AlistairLane https://www.instagram.com/lane.alistair/ Or on youtube Mark O’Neill loves writing spy thrillers connects with several Facebook writing groups started off publishing exclusively on Amazon, but has gone wide and is growing sales around the world eclectic reader One Piece of Advice …from Hemingway, “Write drunk, edit sober.” The Renegade Spy A Deadly Assassin Is After The German ChancellorGerman Intelligence officer Captain Sophie Decker has a reputation for refusing to play by the rules. This has made her enemies in her own service. But when an informant reveals a plot to assassinate the German Chancellor, Decker is assigned to protect the chancellor and kill the assassin. She seems perfect, someone who will do whatever it takes to get the job done. But Decker has never had an opponent like the legendary Scorpion. He is relentless and ruthless, a faceless killer with an almost superhuman ability to disappear without a trace. Wherever he goes, he leaves a trail of dead bodies in his wake. Bringing down the Scorpion will require precision, teamwork, and an ability to finesse the system – skills that a maverick like Decker don’t normally use. This time though, Decker’s rebelliousness could cost the Chancellor her life. Bio Mark O’Neill is a British award-winning fiction author now living in Würzburg, Germany. He is the creator of the acclaimed Department 89 spy thriller series and the Scorpion novels. He has won Bookworks’ “Book Of The Week” and the Readers Choice Awards 2018. His book “Operation Eternal Vengeance” has been nominated for the Readers Choice Awards 2019. Contact Info https://www.markoneill.org/books/ – links are there to each book and each sales platform. Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/markoneill Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/markoneill_author Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/markoneillonline How to support this podcast: Want to know more about the podcast. My weekly newsletter delivers information about the latest episode and gives two writing tips every Tuesday. Click here to sign up.
33 minutes | Jan 29, 2019
BSW 023 – Angela Ackerman, The Expanded Emotion Thesaurus and more
Show Notes 2012 The Emotion Thesaurus became a best seller the second edition of this book with 55 more emotions can be pre-ordered. It will launch on Feb. 17, 2019. she and her writing partner Becca Puglisi have only met in person 3 times, and the longest time they were together was 48 hours, but they mesh really well (she describes their process in the interview) Writers Helping Writers, empowering writers by providing tools and advice. In the Tools section, they provide printable versions of materials found in their best selling books. One Stop for Writers, is, “.. Becci and I on steroids.” With the help of Lee Powell, who worked on Scrivener, they are using cutting-edge technology to create building tools to help writers such as a story map tool and a soon to be released character development tool, which pulls information from their fourteen thesauruses. There are a free and a paid subscription access to this site. all of the books, all of their work has been created to address the needs of writers they give money every year to a different charity. In 2018 it was Doctors Without Borders (Medicins Sans Frontieres) one of the last books she read was, The Best Seller Code by Jodie Archer Angela’s Tip for Writers Slow down. Don’t be in a rush to publish. Strong writing craft takes time. It’s not a race. The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression (Second Edition) The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression (Second Edition) is an expanded version of the bestselling original used by authors and editors across the globe. This handy tool is a writer’s best friend, helping to navigate the difficult terrain of showing character emotion. Through an easy-to-use list format, this brainstorming resource explores 130 different emotions and provides a large selection of body language, vocal cues, visceral sensations, actions, and thoughts associated with each. Avoid overusing smiles and shrugs by going deeper to craft compelling descriptions that blend internal and external cues to match the character’s personality and emotional range. Amazon Link Bio Angela Ackerman is a writing coach, international speaker, and co-author of the bestselling book, The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression, as well as five others books in the popular description thesaurus series for writers. Her books are available in six languages, are sourced by US universities, and are used by novelists, screenwriters, editors, and psychologists around the world. Angela is also the co-founder of the popular site Writers Helping Writers, as well as One Stop for Writers, an innovative online library packed with custom made tools and resources built to help writers elevate their storytelling. Contact Info Angela Ackerman, bestselling author, international speaker, and creative entrepreneur Writers Helping Writers® One Stop For Writers ® Bestselling Writing Resources: The Emotion Thesaurus & its companion, Emotion Amplifiers The Positive Trait & The Negative Trait Thesaurus volumes The Urban Setting & The Rural Setting Thesaurus volumes Newest Release: The Emotional Wound Thesaurus Favorite Drink 20z. Prosecco, 1 1/4 oz. Aperol, a splash of soda water, a slice of orange (to drink it like the Italians, serve it in a wine glass.) How to support this podcast: Want to know more about the podcast. My weekly newsletter delivers information about the latest episode and gives two writing tips every Tuesday. Click here to sign up.
13 minutes | Jan 22, 2019
Sandra Wickham, Creative Ink Festival
Show Notes Sandra has a fitness competition and mixed martial arts background she’s always been a writer and a reader her first short story was published in Evolve, a Vampire anthology, which launched in Brighton, England at the World Horror Convention, which she attended currently, she’s working on editing three books the one she’s co-writing is called, An Excuse for Whisky, but the name may change Sandra started the Creative Ink Festival 5 years ago, as a one-day event modeled after a similar one in Calgary it’s held in Burnaby, B.C. (a suburb of Vancouver) the dates this year are March 29th to 31st it is a three-day event, run by volunteers, with workshops, panel discussions, red and blue pencil events, coffee clatches … all the things you want to see at a writer’s conference. you can register for the three-day event for $80.00 this year the feature speaker is Kelly Armstrong Sandra advocates for Downe Syndrome, as she believes there is a lot of work to be done to increase awareness and break stereo types Contact Information https://www.sandrawickham.com https://www.thecreativeinkfestival.com
33 minutes | Jan 15, 2019
Donna Barker, Author Ignitor BSW21
Show Highlights Donna calls herself an “author igniter” strong and storied background in writing, mostly non-fiction she’s an accountability and motivational coach, basically working with writers in the stages before the completion of a first draft she also does some developmental editing with non-fiction writers she is working on a non-fiction book called, Your Shitty First Draft believes we need passion, but we need purpose even more. she is part of the on-line writer’s community, The Creative Academy “Donna Barker’s dark humorous novel has a fresh, snarky voice that will leave readers laughing out loud and turning pages right until the end.” Eileen Cook, author of With Malice Mother Teresa’s Advice for Jilted Lovers is a hilarious, irreverent take on the darker side of spirituality. Every time Tara Holland thinks she’s getting close to finally having her white wedding, the man who should be on his knee, giving her roses, winds up on his back, pushing up daisies. Needless to say, Tara’s beginning to think she’s cursed when it comes to men. Her best friend, Betsy, who’s always there to put the pieces back together, convinces Tara she’s the cause of each of her boyfriend’s untimely exits to the other side. Could it be that Tara has that kind of psychic power? And is Betsy right that women all over the world would pay a pretty penny for it? What follows is a wild and humorous trek down the path of Tara’s spiritual growth and ultimate awakening. But the road to enlightenment is no cakewalk. It’s fraught with stacks of ill-gotten cash, death threats, and orange jumpsuits. Buy Link Want to know more about Donna? Her complete bio and contacts can be found on her website here. Favorite Drink: Mock Frangelico 1/2 cup heavy cream (32-36%) a handful of ice cubes (4 to 6) 2-3 TBS squirt of Golden or Corn syrup 1 tsp of almond extract Add into a Magic Bullet with Whizzed and or shaken. (And it tastes like something that would be delicious with rum for folks who like cocks not mocks!) A Special Offer from Donna and the Creative Academy If you’re looking for great resources to help you through all stages of the writing, editing, pitching and publishing stages of your writerly journey, head over to https://www.ccscreativeacademy.com and sign up for our free resource room. We want to reward go-getters like yourself who are out there doing the research and listening to great podcasts like this one. If you sign up for annual membership and use the coupon code PODCAST25 you’ll save 25% off your first year of membership to The Creative Academy which gets you access to all kinds of additional coaching and support including moderated writing sprints, blue pencil writing evaluations, query/synopsis feedback, office hours, Q+A interviews with industry experts and more! Next Week on Blood Sweat and Words: Sandra Wickham, organizer of The Creative Ink Festival in Vancouver Sources As always, Canva Want to Support This Podcast? The Podcast’s weekly newsletter, BS & Words, delivers you information about the latest episode and writing tips. Click here to sign up.
42 minutes | Jan 8, 2019
Kevin Tumlinson, Draft2Digital, Writing, Publishing and Podcasting_BSW019 1901008
“My real passion is telling a story.” “My personal mission is to inform and inspire, educate and entertain.” Kevin Tumlinson Introduction Kevin Tumlinson has a long-standing career in film, television, radio, and podcasting. His popular podcast, the Wordslinger, is downloaded each week by thousands of listeners. He is known as the Voice of Indie Publishing—a title he’s proud to hold—as he has helped thousands of new authors grow their self-publishing careers. He is the head of marketing at Draft to Digital. I asked Kevin Tumlinson about: his own books (i.e., award-winning archeological thrillers) what D2D, Draft2Digital, offers Indie publishers Marketing his podcast (i.e., Wordslinger) One – About Writing Kevin started writing at the age of 5 and never stopped. As a kid he would record stories onto cassette tapes, using his bathroom as a sound studio. His number one tip for writers is: “Write every day, every single day.” Make it part of your routine, make writing time sacred. The best choice of occupation for writers is copywriting as it teaches writers how to write fast, meet deadlines, self-edit and market. Two – About D2D The core principle of D2D is to make publishing so easy, a writer can focus on writing. Tumlinson calls Draft 2 Digital The Easy Button for Indie Writers There is an abundance of free tools available at D2D to help you go from a word document to an electronic and/or print book. You can also start audio books there. Going Wide Tumlinson believes “going wide” is the best, long-term practice for writers. There are many markets outside the reach of Amazon that other platforms, such as Kobo, target so by going wide you can reach more readers. Also, you need to consider that having all your books in one basket has its risks for you and for the industry. Author Pages The author pages on D2D are easy to manage, well-organized and informative. You can use one as your author webpage if you’re just starting out. There are no ads on the page. It’s all about you and your books. Click here to see my author page. Carousels On your author page, your books automatically arrange themselves in “series” carousels, according to the metadata you submit for your books. You can manage these carousels yourself, as well. For example, you can add a “Holiday Carousel” or a “First Book Free Carousel.” Universal Book Links Instead of having to list all your links, you can now register a UBL, a Universal Book Link, created by D2D. It’s pretty slick. You can even customize its name, so it is easy to read and remember. My book, A Highland Ghost for Christmas, for example, has the following UBL: https://www.books2read.com/highland-ghost What About Money? You can make more money going directly to each platform (e.g., Kobo, Apple and Amazon) but working with each one separately is a lot of work, and tracking your sales is a nightmare. D2D aims to make it easy for you to get your book out there on multiple platforms of your choice. Why D2D is Different Unlike Amazon, which is an enormous search engine that sells everything under the sun and is run by algorithms, D2D is a bookstore run by a group of Indie authors. They know what we need, and they work hard to make it happen. Three – Marketing The number one marketing tip he offers is that content marketing is the Indie author’s marketing tool of choice. He suggests leveraging content that relates to your stories to draw readers to your books. Four – Podcasting The key to success in podcasting is breaking down the process into systems. Know your goal, target your audience and make it easy for yourself by having systems you can rely on. Contact Information: https://www.KevinTumlinson.com Kevin Tumlinson is an award-winning and bestselling thriller author, with books available in hundreds of countries worldwide. With a long-standing career in film, television, radio, and podcasting, Kevin is a seasoned world traveler, and has produced documentary programming and films ranging from historic aviation to military history. His debut thriller novel, The Coelho Medallion, was a 2016 Shelf Notable Indie award winner. Kevin’s popular show, the Wordslinger Podcast, is downloaded each week by thousands of listeners, eager to learn from guests that include New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling authors, Fortune 500 professionals, and industry leaders and entrepreneurs of all types. He is known as the Voice of Indie Publishing—a title he’s proud to hold—and he has helped thousands of will-be and new authors build and grow their self-publishing careers. Kevin’s love for history, archeology, and science has been a tremendous source a material for his writing, feeding his fiction and giving him just the excuse he needs to read the next article, biography, or research paper. He lives in Texas, but works in random coffee shops, cafés, and hotel lobbies around the world. My Review of The Girl in the Mayan Tomb If you like the adventures of Indiana Jones, you’ll love this book. It’s an action-packed archeological thriller, filled with strong, well-defined characters that had me sitting on the edge of my seat from the first word to the last. There are many things I like about this story, but I’ll focus on one. The story opens when a young boy discovers the location of an ancient archeological site; that event captured my imagination and from there I was hooked. I’m looking forward to reading more in Kevin Tumlinson’s, Dan Kotler series. I highly recommend The Girl in the Mayan Tomb to readers who like thrilling, archeological adventure. Amazon Buy Button Back Blurb: When Broadway star Maggie Hamilton disappeared five years ago, it was a mystery that captured the imaginations of everyone. When her body turns up in the tomb of a Mayan god, it opens the door for an evil that could consume the world. Dan Kolter and Agent Roland Denzel are back, and just in time, as a new threat emerges that could mean the end of all humanity. A mysterious figure has his sights on the contents of a lost Mayan tomb, and Kotler and company will need to use all of their resources, intelligence, and any luck they may have to keep an ancient curse at bay. In this fourth full-length adventure, Dr. Dan Kotler faces off with the most clever death traps the Mayan culture ever conceived, using his wits and his skills to keep himself and everyone else alive. Even if he escapes the Mayan tomb, it could be too late. If you would like more information about D2D, check out this podcast on the Stark Reflections podcast: The Three Co-Founders of Draft2Digital, by Mark Leslie Lefebvre. How to support this podcast: Want to know more about the podcast. 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11 minutes | Jan 1, 2019
The Publishing Landscape BSW019 190101
Today’s episode airs on New Years Day, 2019. I’ll be talking about the publishing world, as I see it, as we enter a new year. I realize for many of you this information is not new, but for others it is, so bear with me. The publishing world functions as a big monopoly game. The writer leaves home with her freshly polished manuscript under her arm—her head and heart filled with hope. As she meanders through the streets, she discovers many publishing options, but the roll of the dice is not always kind. The object of the game is connecting her story with an audience that will appreciate it, but that’s not as easy as it sounds. There are more opportunities out there than ever before, but the question is, which one is best for her stories. Forget Monopoly. It’s a crap shoot. There are three main publishing choices: Traditional Publishing Small Presses And/or Self-Publishing Each option has advantages and disadvantages. Traditional Publishing Traditional Publishing, sometimes called Legacy Publishing, is dominated by “The Big Five.”. That’s right, just five. Penguin Random House Simon Schuster Harper Collins MacMillan Hachette Once upon a time, there were more publishers, but the bigger ones ate the little ones until we are left with the “Big Five.” Each of them owns many imprints. If you check in my show notes, you will find a link to a fascinating diagram that details which imprints are held by each of them. To get a contract for your book with one of “the five,” you need an agent who will “shop” your book around the editors that represent the big publishers. When you get a contract, your story will go through several edits and be given a cover. The process can take a year and a half or longer. These books are featured in brick and mortar bookstores. What are the advantages of being published by one of the Big Five? You get an advance when you sign your contract. You don’t have to pay for your editing or cover design. You can proudly say that you are published by one of the big guys. What are the disadvantages? You only make between 5 to 15 % on gross royalties and 25% on ebooks. You have little say over the title or cover of your book, and its distribution. It takes a long time to get your book to the market. Small Presses The definition of a small press is a publisher with annual sales below a certain level. In the U.S. that level is fifty million dollars. The advantage of a small press is they have more flexible contract terms, and the author can negotiate a higher percentage of the royalties. …the disadvantages? The editors and cover designers are assigned by the press. Self-Publishing or Indie Publishing There are many ways to self-publish. I prefer to call it “Indie Publishing,” by the way, because it’s all about independence. The writer is the author, publisher, and entrepreneur. The advantages of “going Indie” are: You retain all your publishing rights. On ebooks, you make 70 % of the royalties unless you price your book below $2.99. You have control over how much you make on print books by adjusting the price. You have full control over the title, editing, cover design, marketing, and distribution. The disadvantage: All parts of the writing and publishing of your book rests on your shoulders. The Changing Landscape As 2018 comes to a close, the world of publishing is changing at breath-taking speed. I’ve noticed five pivotal changes of late: Imprints which belong to the Big Five are folding into each other, as publishers fight to survive. Amazon nixed also-boughts, forcing writers to pay for exposure on their sales pages, a model which is called, “pay to play.” Facebook went to this model two years ago. Amazon appears to be moving towards a more geo-centric model, where books are managed more within countries. It makes sense regarding taxes, but the US market continues to be the strongest, so it’s rather confusing at the moment. As it becomes easier and easier to publish, a growing tsunami of books is flooding the market, creating a situation where there is more supply than demand, and it is increasingly difficult to get a book noticed. Audiobooks and podcast serials are becoming more popular, taking some of the market away from print. The Good News No matter how much the publishing landscape changes there is one absolute constant: We need good stories. It’s part of our cultural DNA. From the time of the caveman, stories have been handed down. Storytelling will never disappear. The world needs more storytellers. The world needs you. Will Things Slow Down? No. That’s not the way things work when you’re in the middle of a technological revolution. Change is the constant. I’ll borrow from Joanna Penn’s (from her Dec. 3rd podcast) timeline: In: 2007 – Kindle books opened in the U.S. 2009 – KDP launched internationally Kobo and Nook started up 2010 – Apple launched iBooks 2013 – ACX launched, which allowed writers to create their own audiobooks 2014 – Patreon began, which allows creators to get paid by their patrons 2015 – Facebook went to a Pay to Play model, so that all of us who had spent hours and cash developing a massive list of followers could no longer reach them unless we paid FB money 2018 – Amazon rocks the world with changes, which are somewhat unclear at this point. It appears they have gone to a Pay to Play model and are developing a more geo-centric model. All of these changes have made it difficult for mid-list writers to make a living by indie publishing alone. The terms, “content marketing” and “multiple streams of income” have become buzzwords. Each of these events I listed monumentally changed our lives as authors and readers. At the end of November, Mark Dawson said, “There has been more change in the book industry in the last six weeks, that there was in the last six years.” (Webinar) We need to embrace change. Who am I to give advice? No one. I’m like you, a writer in the trenches watching it all happen. What I can do is tell you my plan for 2019, even though we all know where plans sometimes lead. My 3 goals for 2019 are to keep: informed about the events that affect the industry, learning to improve my writing craft and marketing skills talking with my fellow writers, because I believe that when we share our ideas and experiences, we all grow stronger Getting more specific: I plan to launch my book, Podcasting for Authors, in February and the first two stories in Cassi Black Mysteries, my new paranormal cozy mystery series, in the spring. I also plan to build my podcast. What are your goals? I’d love to hear from you. Sources The Big Five Link: https://almossawi.com/big-five-publishers/ Joanna Penn (The Creative Penn Podcast, Dec. 3, 2018)
32 minutes | Dec 25, 2018
Christmas Show 2018 BSW 017 20181225
Welcome to Blood, Sweat and Word’s first, annual Christmas show. Today we are chatting with three Vancouver Island authors: Jacqui Nelson Judy Hudson me – Jo-Ann Carson Sit back and enjoy. Jacqui Nelson Intro Award winning author Jacqui Nelson has a rich background to draw on as a writer. Her love for historical romance with adventure, grit and passion came from watching Western movies while growing up on a cattle farm in Alberta, which is in northern Canada. She says she had the best childhood imaginable. Jacqui focused on computer programming in university and worked for years number crunching in the business industry. She moved into animation and worked on Harry Potter computer games. [how cool is that] Then she started writing. She now splits her time between writing and working part-time at one of the most popular bookstores in Victoria. Show Notes Christmas memories of growing up in snowy Alberta with 2 1/2 TV stations the Mail Order Brides shared world series how she creates characters and plots her favorite drink from the Christmas Market in Germany Bio Fall in love with a new Old West… where the men are steadfast & the women are adventurous. You’ll find Wild West scouts, spies, cardsharps, wilderness guides, and trick-riding superstars in my stories. Those are my heroines. Wait till you meet my heroes! My love for historical romance adventures with grit and passion came from watching Western movies while growing up on a cattle farm in northern Canada. I’ve been nominated for over 20 awards and won the RWA® Golden Heart® — but my best reward is hearing from readers who have enjoyed my stories. Jacqui’s Christmas Books Robyn: A Christmas Bride Who’s the perfect match for a flame-haired Welsh tomboy who loves driving wagons? Raised by three free-spirited older brothers, Robyn Llewellyn has learned to fight for what she wants—and now she wants to transform her boss and best friend, Max Peregrine, into a life-long partner. Determined to become the image of what a marriage-minded man wants, Robyn trades her trousers for a dress and heads to Max’s hometown of Noelle, Colorado. But changing who she is with the help of the now happily-married Brides of Noelle puts her friendship with Max at risk. Who’s the perfect match for a work-addicted Denver business owner who loves his independence? Defying his brother and grandpa’s wishes for him to stay with them in Noelle, Max Peregrine has created his dream job—leading a highly successfully branch of Peregrines’ Post while working beside the only person who makes him smile every day. But when Robyn leaves without a word, Max follows her to Noelle where the choices they both must face could make it impossible for them to stay together beyond Christmas day. Inspired by My Fair Lady, The Gift of the Magi, and the spirit of gift giving, Robyn: A Christmas Bride is a classic Western historical love story set in a small town high in the mountains during Christmas 1877. The Calling Birds: The Fourth Day The 12 Days of Christmas Mail-Order Brides series Many years have passed since Bernadette Bellamy fled the Cariboo Gold Rush and her reputation as the sister of a French-Canadian gang of thieves. Armed with only an honest talent for sewing and a willingness to lead a solitary life on the run, she stays one step ahead of everyone seeking her brothers’ last—and now lost—heist. Until a craving to settle down makes her reinvent herself as Birdie Bell, a dress shop owner. The arrival of an old foe combined with her desire to hold onto her treasure trove of fabrics has Birdie joining a wagonload of brides bound for a remote town. After losing his leg and his wife, Jack Peregrine buries his pain under a mountain-high pile of work. He only agrees to sign up for a mail-order bride to save the town of Noelle, keep his freighting business, and care for his absentminded grandfather. But Jack’s request for a sturdy bride who won’t crumble under his burdens brings him a woman as tiny as she is troubled. Can two mismatched people band together to become the perfect match? A wanted woman’s flight, a man in pursuit of honesty, not stolen gold…and only nine days left to save the town. The 12 Days of Christmas Mail-Order Bridesseries blurb (if it can be used) … Twelve men. Twelve brides. Twelve days to save a town. Christmas, 1876: Noelle, Colorado is in danger of becoming a ghost town if the railroad decides to bypass the mountaintop mining community. Determined to prove their town is thriving, twelve men commit to ordering brides before the railroad’s deadline six days into the New Year. Each of the twelve women has her own reason for signing up to become a mail-order bride. But after they arrive in the uncivilized settlement, they aren’t so sure they’ve made the right decision. Neither are the grooms. Will the marriages happen in time to save Noelle? The countdown starts on Christmas Day. Jacqui’s Special Christmas Drink I love Glühwein (the hot mulled wine traditionally found at German Christmas markets) but I’ve never made it. I’ve just had it at markets. Now after finding a recipe, maybe I’ll be inspired to try making it at home. Judith Hudson Intro Award-winning author, Judith Hudson, lives on Canada’s wild west coast. her Fortune Bay Series, focuses on relationships, between friends and families in a small town, and each story has its own happy ending. Her Pacific Northwest setting is based on Honeymoon Bay, a logging town on Vancouver Island, but she changed its name to Fortune Bay and moved it to the Olympic Peninsula to, shall we say, protect the innocent. Besides being a talented writer, Judith is an artist and photographer with a Fine Arts Degree. Her understanding of cover design is amazing, so I’m really happy to talk with her about that as well as Christmas. Website IT’S STAR’S TURN TO SHINE! When Star’s van, her childhood home and only inheritance from her mother, broke down in Fortune Bay, she thought her mother had guided her to this warm, friendly place. But now, one year later, she still hasn’t figured out why. Her job at the café certainly isn’t a reason to stay, and although everyone here is very nice, so far she hasn’t met anyone really—special. Now she’s moving into the Murphy’s cabin and couldn’t help noticing that everyone who lives there seems to find their happily ever after — even if it isn’t exactly what they’d thought it would be. Harry Brewster has ended up in Fortune Bay too — a place he’d never expected to be. He’s kept his old buddy Marshall’s band on the road for 20 years, and although the life was getting old and he’s starting to look forward to settling down, does it have to be here, in Fortune Bay? He’s never been the one in the band to get the girls, and although there had been a few women in his life over the years, there had never been anyone like Star. She was the yin to his yang and just might be the one to help this bottled-up business man slow down and smell the incense. Starlight and Tinsel – available as an e-book or paperback on Amazon. Buy Link Jo-Ann Carson Whatever you believe, wherever you live … I wish you unlimited joy and infinite fun! May this holiday season revive your spirit. Here are my three Christmas stories. They are free on Amazon and The Highlander is free across platforms (Universal Book Link). My gift to you. Merry Christmas. A Highland Ghost for Christmas I Messed Up Christmas Murder for Christmas
30 minutes | Dec 18, 2018
Mimi Barbour: The Success of Boxed Sets_BSW13
Intro I have to make an admission here. I’ve known Mimi for seven years. We live on the same island in the Pacific and share a love of books. She is a cherished friend and a mentor. Who is Mimi Barbour? NYT & USA Today, best-selling, award-winning author, MIMI BARBOUR, has seven romance series to her credit. She’s also created many single titles and has a huge number of box sets. Some of these sets are her own, others are multi-author collections, and that’s what we’ll be talking about today. Mimi writes romance with humor and heart. She’s been known to say: “If I can steal a book-lover’s attention away from their everyday grind, absorb them into a fantasy love story, and make them care about the ending, then I’ve done my job.” Show Highlights boxed sets sell working with other writers is rewarding and profitable with good authors and good marketing you can make a best-selling list her latest box set did make the USA Today best-selling list Mimi’s Books Love Christmas 2 – 99 cents USD Sprinkle a little Christmas magic into your life with 26 ALL-NEW, never before released romances. Each title – exclusive to this set – is inspired by a favorite holiday movie, spun into a fantastic love story by a NY Times, USA Today, and/or award-winning, bestselling author and delivered to you in this wonderful collection full of cheer for the coming season. Special Agent Charli The only man she wants in her life is her old Gramps, and all he wants is a grandchild. Special Agent Charli Madison can’t get a break. After the stress of her last horrific assignment, all she wants is to spend time vacationing with her Gramps in Fort Lauderdale, a city they both love. Plans go awry, and she’s forced into witness protection, guarding a teenage girl who’s the only person able to identify a notorious killer. To make matters worse, she has to accept the womanizing local FLPD Major as her fictitious fiancé and her backup on the dangerous mission. Heaven knows, she doesn’t deserve this mess… Blake Sebastian is tired of his role as lover for the women who hang around him in droves. Problem is – he doesn’t trust any of them with his heart, never mind with his future. When pushed, he admits to the curly-headed, disapproving FBI agent under his jurisdiction, a man can get sick of so much sugar. Every so often, he needs a little sour to offset that much sweetness. Charli was not impressed. Meet Mimi NYT & USA Today, best-selling, award-winning author, MIMI BARBOUR, has seven romance series to her credit. She’s also created many single titles and has a huge number of box sets – her own and multi-author collections. Mimi lives on the East coast of Vancouver Island with her husband and writes her various romances with tongue in cheek and a mad glint in her eye. She’s been known to say: “If I can steal a book-lover’s attention away from their everyday grind, absorb them into a fantasy love story, and make them care about the ending, then I’ve done my job.” Her reviews are numerous and incredibly positive: “Love Mimi Barbour, love her books. When you can read a book that within just a few words, you are brought right into the book. You feel, taste, see everything going on. Great story lines. Fantastic characters, fantastic plots, story lines like real life both honest folk and of crooks. Humor that will have you giggling then full on belly laugh. You may even shed a tear or two. All in all, Mimi never disappoints.” ~ Reviewed by Shirleen Miller Email / Website / Amazon Author Page Facebook / Twitter / BookBub / Newsletter Favorite Adult Drink I drink rye and coke. Tall glass full of ice. A small amount of rye whiskey and fill the glass with diet coke. It’s so good after a day of wracking my brain to keep up with all the chores. Sources As always, Canva Help me keep this podcast going: The Podcast’s weekly newsletter, BS & Words, delivers you information about the latest episode and writing tips. Click here to sign up.
39 minutes | Dec 11, 2018
Mary Buckham: Multiple Streams of Income for Writers BSW015_181211
“The stories that each of us has are stories only we can tell. And if we don’t find a way to get those stories out into the reader’s hands, the world is a lesser place.” Intro I first met Mary seven years ago at a workshop she gave on writing active hooks. She blew my mind. Every sentence she uttered was pure gold. Since then I have attended several of her workshops. She’s a phenomenal speaker on all aspects of writing craft and a gifted writer. She’s published several series of the paranormal persuasion in adult and young adult categories and crafted a long list of reference books for writers. And besides all of this, she has a large family. I figured if I wanted to know more about multiple streams of incomes for writers she’s someone I should speak to. Show Notes there are all sorts of opportunities out there for writers create multiple, inter-related products she writes fiction, non-fiction, creates webinars and does live events the term writer-preneur fits the new reality work less, do more by repurposing content having kids taught her time-management when you finish a book consider how you can enhance it we need storytellers in our world – we need to value them feed your creative soul with the different projects new writers should focus on craft and then look at the business of writing once you have the craft and business down, then consider going wider “trying and learning” is part of the process – see what works for you Bio USA Today Bestselling author Mary Buckham learned to get into and out of trouble at a very early age. Time has added to her opportunities—detained by Israeli intelligence; strip-searched by a Greek border patrol while traveling with a priest, sneaking into Laos. When not personally avoiding nuisances caused by her insatiable curiosity she creates lots of disorder in her Urban Fantasy Invisible Recruits series. Her characters at least have paranormal and preternatural abilities! Her Urban Fantasy series is centered around five women drafted to combat preternatural beings agitating for world domination and combines a fantasy/paranormal element with high stakes and the pace of action-adventure stories. Mary loves creating thrills, spills, and spells as she follows the ups and downs of fascinating characters starting with Alex Noziak, the heroine of INVISIBLE MAGIC, INVISIBLE POWER, INVISIBLE FATE, and INVISIBLE JOURNEY and Kelly McAllister, the heroine of INVISIBLE FEARS, INVISIBLE SECRETS and INVISIBLE EMBRACE. A prolific writer, Mary also co-authors the young adult sci-fi/fantasy Red Moon series with NYT bestseller Dianna Love. When taking a break from the paranormal Mary crafts Writing Craft non-fiction including, A Writer’s Guide to Active Setting (Writer’s Digest Books), Writing Active Hooks and Break Into Fiction®co-authored with Dianna Love. If Mary’s not hiding out, find more about her and her writing projects by visiting: www.MaryBuckham.com She can also be found on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/MaryBuckhamFanPage Twitter at http://twitter.com/MaryBuckham Goodreads at http://www.goodreads.com/MaryBuckham. Google: https://plus.google.com/115722168069877040811/posts For information on Mary’s street team, Mary Buckham’s Book Ninjas, go to facebook.com/groups/MaryBuckhamBookNinjas/ Sources As always, Canva Help me keep this podcast going: The Podcast’s weekly newsletter, BS & Words, delivers you information about the latest episode and writing tips. Click here to sign up.
29 minutes | Dec 4, 2018
Julie Howard: Building Writing Communities BSW14_2018
Intro Mystery writer Julie Howard is a former journalist. She worked as a reporter and editor for publications such as The Las Vegas Review-Journal and The Sacramento Bee, and she wrote for a national news service and magazines. In her reporting life, she interviewed Oscar winners, Emmy winners and top business executives. She also did political writing for three governors in Idaho. Then came book writing. Julie Howard worked as a ghost writer for a former Hewlett-Packard executive who wanted his memoirs written. Her first published book, Crime and Paradise, was released in August 2017 by The Wild Rose Press. She is a member of the Idaho Writers Guild and founder of the Boise chapter of Shut Up & Write. And that brings us to our topic today, Building Writing Communities. Welcome Julie ... Show Notes Julie has a rich and varied background in writing Crime in Paradise released in spring 2017, Wild Rose Press, the first in her Wild Crime series - latest release, Crime Times Two featured below founder of the Boise chapter of Shut up and Write Shut Up & Write is an international organization it has it's own "method" - you gather with writers of different genres, chat a bit and then shut up and write for an hour not every writing group works for every person - you need to find your own fit lots of benefits to belonging to writing groups Crime Times Two Meredith knows three things: First, the man in the library begged her to help him. Second, he was afraid of his wife. Third, now he’s dead. While the evidence first points to a natural death, Meredith is certain there’s more to discover. People are tight-lipped in this small mountain village, and the man’s wife isn't talking either. Then a second death occurs, with remarkable similarities. It’s time to talk about murder. As a slow-burning relationship heats up in her own life, Meredith struggles with concepts of love and hate, belief and suspicion, and absolution and guilt. Nothing is clear cut… She must decide: Is guilt, like evil, something you can choose to believe in? Who is Julie? Julie Howard is the author of the Wild Crime series. She is a former journalist and editor who has covered topics ranging from crime to cowboy poetry. She is a member of the Idaho Writers Guild and founder of the Boise chapter of Shut Up & Write. Learn more at juliemhoward.com. Julie's Favorite Drink Straight Up Margarita Ingredients: 1 fresh lime kosher salt 2 oz frozen limeade 4 oz water 2 oz Cointreau 5-6 oz top shelf tequila large handful ice Wipe rim of chilled cocktail glasses with fresh lime. Dip glass rim in a saucer of salt. Tap glass to shake off excess. Even you don’t like salt, don’t skip rubbing lime around lip of glass. Combine limeade, water, Cointreau, tequila, and ice in cocktail shaker. Close and shake until frothy. Strain into chilled glasses. I usually serve over ice. (Note: Don’t skimp on quality ingredients. Good tequila and orange liqueur is a must!) My question to you: What is your favorite quote or concept from this episode? Sources As always, Canva Help me keep this podcast going: The Podcast's weekly newsletter, BS & Words, delivers you information about the latest episode and writing tips. Click here to sign up.
24 minutes | Nov 27, 2018
Sharon Ashwood: Christmas Stories in a Dark Paranormal World_BSW013 181127
Intro Sharon Ashwood is one of my favorite paranormal authors, so I'm over the moon excited about this interview. She's written for Penguin's Signet Eclipse (before the line was closed), Harlequin Nocturne (which recently closed), and Del Rey, publishing18 trad novels, plus novellas, essays and shorter pieces. She began her professional writing career as a freelance art critic for several publications, including Monday Magazine and occasionally for the Globe and Mail. As a result of a cover article she wrote for the local RWA conference, she joined the chapter and began learning the crucial step of moving from under the bed manuscript to professional submission. In 2005 she got her first traditional contract with Penguin by winning the local chapter contest for unpubbed writers. She's tremendously talented and successful, but she claims,: "I still don’t know anything about this business!" Show Notes the paranormal world has the same excitement and angst about Christmas humor is a really valuable tool when you write dark stories paranormal stories offer a terrific canvas for comedy and social commentary she's always been drawn to stories with magic, swords and unicorns paranormal stories allow you to be super creative plays on the contrast between everyday life and the otherworldly - the friction between the fantastic and the mundane she describes the honor of accepting the Rita (the biggest award in the Romance world) in the writing/publishing world you can be on top of everything one second and in the basement the next, and then on top again recently became a hybrid author and is learning the world of Indie publishing she started in the Indie Publishing world with the Corsaire's Cove Series, a shared universe she writes with friends she has a demanding full-time job, so she manages her writing by planning in a paper notebook with lots of lists in it considers herself a "plotter" as opposed to a "pantser," but she's a plotter who let's herself lie using her Nanowrimo time to create a new Urban Fantasy series Tip: Prepare to constantly be learning. Last Comment: The real secret to success is persistence. Gifted Who says the holiday season is just for humans? For all the holly-jolly times, family gatherings are complex no matter who—or what—you are. When you’re hunting for the latest “it” toy to stuff a stocking, it doesn’t matter if you’re alive or Undead, fanged or furry—you’re just as desperate to be the cool dad. And then there are the family grumps who never send cards, the ones who eat all the good candy, and those who drool and dig up the neighbor’s yard. No, the Yuletide Season isn’t for the faint of heart—and sometimes it’s downright demonic—but holiday miracles make it all worthwhile. Chance encounters and unexpected forgiveness remind us that joy doesn’t come in a gift-wrapped box. This novella from the Dark Forgotten world catches up with favorite characters for a fresh take on the holidays. Those visiting the world for the first time will understand why Chicago Tribune called it “simply superb.” Grab this book and return to the world of the Dark Forgotten. Santa Claws is waiting! Who is Sharon Ashwood? Sharon Ashwood is a novelist, desk jockey and enthusiast for the weird and spooky. She has an English literature degree but works as a finance geek. Interests include growing her to-be-read pile and playing with the toy graveyard on her desk. As a vegetarian, she freely admits the whole vampire/werewolf lifestyle would never work out, so she writes her adventures instead. Sharon is a winner of the RITA® Award for Paranormal Romance. She lives in the Pacific Northwest and is owned by the Demon Lord of Kitty Badness. Contact Info: Website / Email / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Pinterest / Goodreads Bookbub / Newsletter A Drink She Invented for a Series The Cat’s Purr
34 minutes | Nov 20, 2018
S. G. Wong: The Marginalization of Minorities BSW012_181020
Intro Hybrid author S.G. Wong is a member of The Writers Union of Canada, the Writer's Gold of Alberta and the past president of Sisters in Crime, Canada West. She writes alternate history, speculative fiction. S.G. is a remarkable speaker. I met her at a Sisters in Crime Conference where she spoke about making book marketing manageable. Today we're going to talk about the hot topic of marginalization of minorities in books. Show Notes even calling a group a "minority" is marginalizing the importance of learning about the culture and life of the individuals through interviews sensitivity edits, what they are and how they work "inclusivity" vs "diversity" - words matter Devil Take the Hindmost This is my most recent novel release, from 2016, Devil Take the Hindmost: A simple job. A den of thieves. A woman committed to the truth. It's a straightforward case: find a missing husband who spends his days examining stamps. Still reeling from recent tragedy, however, PI Lola Starke wants to pass altogether, more so since her ghost, Aubrey, insists it's the perfect case to ease back into things. But the wife is adamant that something bad has happened. What's a shamus to do—especially when the missing man works just down the hall? But straight ain't in the cards, not in the middle of a high-stakes business deal involving the City's most powerful film studio, a wily gangster, a rival PI...and a rare stamp. When her client is kidnapped, Lola discovers just how far down the twisting path she's willing to go to save the woman and her missing husband. This is the '30s and this is Crescent City, where gangsters and thieves are thick on the ground and the film studios are the biggest game in town. Where smiles hide secrets and good intentions mean nothing. Where the only question is, what will it take to be last woman standing? Contact Info website: sgwong.com email: firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @S_G_Wong Bio S.G. Wong writes the Lola Starke series and Crescent City short stories: hard-boiled detective tales set in an alternate-history 1930s-era "Chinese L.A." replete with ghosts and magic. She is a Whistler Independent Book Awards nominee and Arthur Ellis Awards finalist. As an avid reader since the age of 7 and a current professional writer nerd, she’s always geeking out on all sorts of genre reads, as well as on worldbuilding, historical research, and the latest publishing industry blog post. Sources As always, Canva Help me keep this podcast going: The Podcast's weekly newsletter, BS & Words, delivers you information about the latest episode and writing tips. Click here to sign up.
25 minutes | Nov 13, 2018
Janice MacDonald: Genre Fiction the Poor Cousin, BSW011_181113
Intro Janice MacDonald is the author of the Randy Craig Mysteries, set in Edmonton, Alberta. Randy is an amateur detective and academic manqué, who finds herself in a variety of dilemmas as she tries to worm her way into one niche or another of university life. Janice herself no longer teaches at the university level, although she used to lecture on English literature, communications and creative writing. Her MA was on Parody and Detective Fiction, one of the first studies of “subliterary fiction” allowed at the University of Alberta. She and her husband live in Edmonton Show Notes "genre fiction is the poor cousin at the table who actually pays for all the snooty poets to be at the party." the alignment of genre writing levels and sub-genres of mysteries what makes the mystery genre do compulsory readable changing settings and aging characters many readers are obsessively addicted to mystery fiction Advice: shut the door and write Crime pays The Eye of the Beholder The Eye of the Beholder takes reluctant sleuth and sessional university lecturer Miranda “Randy” Craig from Mexico’s Pacific coast to Edmonton’s vibrant visual art scene while retaining the trademark suspense and humour that have made the series so popular with lovers of academic mystery. Randy and Steve have finally tied the knot. With the snow blowing and temperatures dipping well below zero they are looking for an escape from the frigid Edmonton winter. Like so many others, they head south to Puerto Vallarta, Jalísco, Mexico, along with a crush of University of Alberta students, looking for a good time during spring break. When a student is found dead in an elaborately staged scene, Randy’s romantic beach walks and candlelit dinners will have to wait. Instead Randy and Steve will have find meaning in the murder to catch the culprit. If they don’t, the honeymoon just might be over. Meet Janice "Janice MacDonald is a Canadian author of literary and mystery novels, textbooks, non-fiction titles, and stories for both children and adults. She is best known for writing seven novels featuring amateur sleuth Miranda “Randy” Craig. The Randy Craig Mysteries were the first detective series to be set in Edmonton, Alberta, where Janice lives and works. The latest installment, The Eye of the Beholder, was published in October 2018 by Ravenstone Books, an imprint of the highly respected Turnstone Press. In recent years Janice has also concentrated on literary short fiction, essays, and creative non-fiction. Confederation Drive, a passion project about her trip across Canada on the 50th anniversary of Expo ’67 in Montreal, was released by Edmonton-based Monto Books to coincide with the “Canada 150” sesquicentennial celebrations in 2017. Janice is a lifelong fan of detective fiction and even wrote her master’s thesis on the subject. She was a long-time reviewer of mystery novels for the Edmonton Journal and an on-air “crime fiction expert” for the Canadian television series Booked. Her first Randy Craig mystery was published in 1994. She is not to be confused with the “small d” Janice Macdonald who writes romance novels. Capital-D Janice MacDonald always makes certain that her books have a much higher body count. Janice is honoured and delighted by the enthusiastic response to her latest books, and she enjoys interacting with readers through social media on Facebook, Goodreads, and Twitter. To join the discussion, see the icon links at the top of this page." (from her website) Contact Info Website: https://www.janicemacdonald.net Sources As always, Canva Help me keep this podcast going: The Podcast's weekly newsletter, BS & Words, delivers you information about the latest episode and writing tips. You get a fre Click here to sign up. Murder for Christmas Agatha Christie meets The House of Usher When code-breaker Madison Rathborne gets an all-expense paid trip to a rem...
30 minutes | Nov 6, 2018
Anne Janzer: Why Brain Science is Important to Writers and Marketing
Successful, non-fiction, hybrid author Anne Janzer calls herself an "armchair cognitive science geek." What does that mean? Anne loves reading and learning about the way our minds work. Her background in technology marketing, helps her with book marketing. Seth Godin, one of my thought-gurus said this about her books: "Research-based, hands-on, step-by-step wisdom that can help you wrestle with the lizard brain. Certain to help thousands of would-be writers write." (Seth Godin, author of The Icarus Deception)” Here's a taste: Show Notes: an understanding of cognitive science helps us figure out how our brains work two selves at work in our brain - different mental processes firing you could call them: the creative and the productive and we need them both to be successful being creative is not enough, you need to be able to bring your creation to life it's useful to think about how to coral these different parts of our brain there's a universe of information on marketing. It's overwhelming, but the thing is a lot of the advice might not fit you. when someone is giving you book marketing advice they are doing so with the best of intentions but you have to think "...but it may not fit me." there is not one right answer to book marketing we have to think of our objectives for the book, what our audience expects and what we are personally strong at doing build for the long term do things that are sustainable for you financially, physically and emotionally have faith in yourself that your understanding of your books and your audience trust yourself Anne offers two courses: the revision process, managing the review and approval process in business Bio: Anne Janzer is an award-winning author on a mission to help people communicate more effectively through writing. As a professional writer, she has worked with more than one hundred technology companies, writing in the voice of countless brands and corporate executives. She is author of the books Writing to Be Understood, The Writer’s Process, The Workplace Writer’s Process, andSubscription Marketing. Her books and online courses help writers improve their processes and communication skills, so they can share their thoughts and ideas with the world. Find her writing at annejanzer.com. Contact: anne@annejanzer - or find me on my website annejanzer.com My most recent book is Writing to Be Understood: What Works and Why. It's about the craft and science of nonfiction - how to not be boring, why story and metaphor works, etc. Another book that might interest you, is The Writer's Process: Getting Your Brain in Gear. This is about the "inner game" of writing, and applies to all kinds of writing - fiction, nonfiction, academic, everything. Pre-order Available: Help me keep this podcast going: Next Episode: The Podcast's weekly newsletter, BS & Words, delivers you information about the latest episode and writing tips. Click here to sign up. Sources: As always Canva.
22 minutes | Oct 30, 2018
Eileen Cook: Coaching Conflict BSW009_181030
Intro "Welcome to Episode 9 - on Blood, Sweat and Words. Today, I’m interviewing Eileen Cook: a writer and writing coach. Eileen Cook’s12 novels appear in eight different languages and several have been optioned for film and TV. Most of her work is in the YA category. She writes psychological thrillers. Eileen is a popular speaker at conferences both in the US and in Canada. She provides writing and editorial coaching through the CCS Creative Academy in Vancouver, and is a mentor and instructor for the Simon Fraser University’s, The Writer’s Studio." Show Highlights writing is a solitary activity, so authors can greatly benefit from becoming part of an on-line writing community as you help others with their writing, you learn more about writing when working with another writer you need to dig deep to give meaningful feedback keep positive people around you and ignore the rest don't let your fear of rejections get in the way Help me keep this podcast going: You Owe Me a Murder YOU OWE ME A MURDER. It will be out in March. Blurb: Seventeen-year-old Kim gets more than she bargained for when she is set up for murder. Perfect for fans of One of Us is Lying, E. Lockhart, and Gillian Flynn. 17-year-old Kim never expected to plot a murder. But that was before her boyfriend dumped her for another girl. Now, Kim’s stuck on a class trip to London with him and his new soulmate and she can’t help wishing he was a little bit dead, even if she’d never really do that. But when Kim meets Nicki, a stranger on the plane who’s more than willing to listen to Kim’s woes, things start to look up. Nicki's got a great sense of humor, and when she jokes about swapping murders, Kim plays along—that is, until Kim’s ex-boyfriend mysteriously dies. Blackmailed by Nicki to fulfill her end of the deal, Kim will have to commit a murder or take the fall for one. More About Eileen Cook Eileen Cook grew up in a small town in Michigan, but would go on to live in Boston and Belgium before settling in Vancouver, Canada with her two very naughty dogs. In second grade Eileen’s teacher wrote on a homework assignment “I am sure someday you will be an author” which is a tribute to the psychic abilities of elementary school teachers, as well as Eileen penchant for making things up. While she would go on to fill endless notebooks with really bad poetry, short stories, and the occasional start to a novel, she would first pursue a career as a counsellor working with individuals with catastrophic injuries and illness. Eileen quickly discovered that the challenge of working with real people is that they have real problems and she returned to writing where she could make her characters do what she wanted. Her first novel was published in 2008. Entertainment Weekly called her novel WITH MALICE that came out in 2016 a “seriously creepy thriller” which pretty much made her entire year. When not planning murder and mayhem on the computer, Eileen enjoys reading, knitting, yelling at her dogs to stop digging holes and watching hockey (which she is required to do as a new Canadian.) Guest's Contact Info: website: http://www.EileenCook.com Twitter is: https://twitter.com/Eileenwriter Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EileenCook.author Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/eileencookwriter/ A Special Offer from Eileen and the Creative Academy If you’re looking for great resources to help you through all stages of the writing, editing, pitching and publishing stages of your writerly journey, head over to https://www.ccscreativeacademy.com and sign up for our free resource room. We want to reward go-getters like yourself who are out there doing the research, and listening to great podcasts like this one. If you sign up for annual membership and use the coupon code PODCAST25 you’ll save 25% off your first year of membership to The Creative Academy which ...
24 minutes | Oct 23, 2018
William Nikkel: Homicide Detective to Author BSW055_date
William Nikkel is the #1 Amazon bestselling author of CAVE DWELLER. He’s a retired homicide investigator turned author, a member of the International Thriller Writers organization (ITW). He's the author of 8 Jack Ferrell mystery- suspense novels, a Jack Ferrell novella, and two Max Traver steampunk westerns. A former homicide detective and S.W.A.T. team member for the Kern County Sheriff's Department in Bakersfield , California, William is an amateur scuba enthusiast, gold prospector and artist. He and his wife Karen divide their time between California and Maui, Hawaii. Show Notes life informs writing strives to keep all his characters authentic and their interactions with the police believable writes adventures not police procedurals his main character Jack Ferrell grows through the series and the tales become grittier believes readers want to escape real life and go through the door with the sign that reads, "No Admittance" - he takes them there Sea of Heartbreak In 1945, a B-17 bomber takes off from an airfield in the Philippines and disappears in a storm. The plane’s cargo, a gift to General Douglas MacArthur from the newly appointed president of the Philippine Commonwealth. Nearly seventy-five years later, Jack Ferrell is sailing in the Kaiwi Channel between Molokai and Oahu when he rescues Allison Hunter who’d been pushed overboard by her husband and left to drown. He takes her ashore at the Ala Wai Boat Harbor in Waikiki, reluctant to get involved. She’s not his problem to fix. Or is she? When his boat explodes under suspicious circumstances and she’s killed, the situation turns personal. He sets out to settle the score. An act of vengeance that reunites him with the beguiling and mysterious Cherise Venetta. Through her, he learns the surprising truth behind her reason for being on Oahu. Including the possible location of a gold-plated Thompson sub-machine gun that disappeared on a flight to Pearl Harbor. The stakes have been raised. Working together, he and Cherise become embroiled in a plot to bring down a major drug trafficker. A deadly trail that re-enforces what he already knows. When he’s on the edge, he’s completely alive. Help me keep this podcast going: William Nikkel William Nikkel is the author of eight Jack Ferrell novels, a Jack Ferrellnovella, and a steampunk western series featuring his latest hero, Max Traver. A former homicide detective and S.W.A.T. team member for the Kern County Sheriff’s Department in Bakersfield, California, William is an amateur scuba enthusiast, gold prospector and artist, who can be found just about anywhere. He and his wife Karen divide their time between California and Maui, Hawaii. Contact info: Website: www.williamnikkel.com Facebook: http://facebook.com/willienikkel Twitter:@willienikkel Favorite Drink - The Vesper Martini Mock-tail recipe:A variation of James Bond’s famous “Vesper Martini” as featured in the movie Casino Royal. 2 parts premium Vodka 1 part premium Gin A couple of drops of dry vermouth Shaken and served with an olive Next Episode: Eileen Cook: Coaching Conflict Sources As always, Canva The Podcast's weekly newsletter, BS & Words, delivers you information about the latest episode and writing tips. Click here to sign up.
30 minutes | Oct 16, 2018
Bonnie Edwards: Sex on the Page BSW007_18-10-16
Multi-published, award-winning, hybrid author Bonnie Edwards has been writing different heroines for years. Often pink collar, her heroines have done everything from driving tow trucks to being virtual assistants. Some are single mothers, others are struggling, divorced college students. Still others are older, with more experience; but all of them are confident in themselves and how they live. Writing is her passion and writing romance her obsession. As she says, "There's nothing quite like giving a woman her happy ending after she's been through hell." Interview Show Notes difference between erotica and erotic romance how to write good sex they honeymoon period hero qualities in Romance heroine qualities in Romance importance of conflict love is love is love how one woman, a victim of sexual abuse, was helped by reading Bonnie's love stories Help me keep this podcast going: Diamond at Heart Someone’s watching her… …and Tawny James is sick of it. The only person who’ll believe and help her is her ex-boss, the last man on earth she wants to see again. She’d walked out on the most fun job she’d ever had because in a fit of jealousy she’d revealed her embarrassing, secret, crush. Private security consultant Stack Hamilton gets the call he’s wanted for months from ex-employee Tawny James. But it isn’t the “sorry I ran out on you” call he’s hoped for. Instead, the beauty who hides her assets under the ugliest clothes he’s ever seen is scared and needs his help. There’s nothing Stack won’t do for the woman he misses. Every. Single. Day. They soon discover that Tawny’s current problem is connected to a mob murder from the past. Obsession and possessive violence can ruin generations of women and the James family has had more than its share. Tawny is determined not to make the same mistakes her mother and grandmother made. If she can keep her hands off Stack Hamilton she might get through this stalking episode with her heart intact. Stack will do anything to keep Tawny safe. Everything but let her go again. Bonnie Edwards Multi-published author Bonnie Edwards lives with her husband and pets on the rainy coast of British Columbia. Her earthy, irreverent, love stories sometimes have a paranormal twist like curses and ghosts but other times not. Her books always entertain and guarantee a happy ending. With four ongoing romance series (Tales of Perdition, The Brantons, andThe Christmas Collection) and contemporary family novels in her newest series, Return to Welcome, she rarely spends a day without writing. She has written novels, novellas and short stories for Kensington Books, Harlequin Books, Carina Press, and Robinson (UK) although now she publishes her work herself. Look for more exciting releases throughout 2018… For more info and sample chapters: Find her here: https://www.bonnieedwards.com/ Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/Bonnie-Edwards/e/B001IO9UTO Twitter: https://twitter.com/BonnieEdwards Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Bonnie.Edwards.Author Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/bedwards1342/ Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/283636.Bonnie_Edwards Sign up for her newsletter: Bonnie's Newsy Bits Bonnie's Favourite Cocktail Here's my favourite cocktail...don't know if it counts as a cocktail...but here goes: 1.5 oz of Crown Royal Whiskey over ice THEN add 6 oz. of cola and a twist of lime. In that order. Sources As always, Canva The Podcast's weekly newsletter, BS & Words, delivers you information about the latest episode and writing tips. Click here to sign up.
17 minutes | Oct 9, 2018
CJ Hunt: Helping Authors – BSW006_181009
Welcome to Episode 6 on Blood, Sweat and Words. Today, I’m interviewing C.J. Hunt. She writes contemporary hometown romance set in the fictional Vancouver Island town of Rivers End. Her stories, which are mostly novella in length, have intrigue with a touch of magic. C.J. is the founding president of the Greater Vancouver Writer's Association and co-founder of The Creative Academy a business created by authors to help other authors. Show Highlights created the business Creative Academy with Donna Barker and Eileen Cook to help other authors their on-line community helps writers at any stage of their writing project C.J. loves working with other authors - calls them her tribe there are lots of free resources available on their website www.ccscreativeacademy.com C.J. has offered a special deal for you below (in red) C.J. Hunt CJ Hunt a passionate reader and writer of romance. Her body is living happily-ever-after with her lovely game designer of a husband in Vancouver, BC, while her mind spends most of its time with her invisible friends in the fictional Vancouver Island town of Rivers End. She can often be found sipping some sort of handcrafted cocktail while contemplating how to complicate everyone’s lives just enough that when they get their happy endings, you really feel like they’ve earned it. CJ is a member of the Vancouver Island Romance Authors and current President of the Greater Vancouver Writers Association: Romance and Beyond. She also sits on the board of directors for the Surrey International Writers’ Conference. Visit www.cjhuntromance.com/freereads for instant access to your Rivers End romance starter library—including a free subscriber exclusive audiobook! C.J.'s Contact Info: website: http://www.cjhuntromance.com email: email@example.com Help me keep this podcast going: C.J.'s Christmas Book Reindeer Games by CJ Hunt The MacAllisters of Rivers End #3 "CJ Hunt delivers everything I love in small town romance—sexy heroes, sparky heroines and a warm, vibrant community you want to settle into." ~Dani Collins, USA Today Bestselling Author GINGER LEWIS knows from personal experience that the world is full of bad and dangerous people. She’s been lucky enough to escape her rough past and cherishes her stable work family and lovable bulldog, Max. And she knows better than to try to rescue a stranger in a snowstorm. Especially one with a chiselled jaw, perfect stubble, and 1001 secrets behind those icy blue eyes. ELI MURPHY, on the run and temporarily homeless, should be glad to spend the holidays stuck in the woods with no cell reception and no one who knows him. The isolation will allow him to regroup and plan his next move. But between the festive atmosphere, cozy cabin, and tempting fake girlfriend, Eli finds himself fantasizing about a future he doesn’t deserve. As the Reindeer Games draw to a close, he will have to come to terms with his mistakes or risk losing Ginger—and the chance to make a real home in Rivers End. Welcome to Rivers End, where you can forget your troubles—for a little while… While all the Rivers End stories can be read as standalones, you may want to read each mini-series in order to preserve any plot surprises and get the full picture of how the characters lives weave together! This is the suggested reading order: The MacAllisters of Rivers End #1 - Silver Bells (Isaac + Jenna, Beginnings) available for FREE! #2 - Tipsy (Shannon + Lucas) #3 - Reindeer Games (Ginger + Eli) #4 - Wedding Bells (Isaac + Jenna, Happily Ever After) A Special Offer from C.J. Hunt and the Creative Academy If you’re looking for great resources to help you through all stages of the writing, editing, pitching and publishing stages of your writerly journey, head over to https://www.ccscreativeacademy.com and sign up for our free resource room. We want to reward go-getters like yourself who are...
71 minutes | Oct 2, 2018
Suzan Tisdale – #GetLoud #StayLoud BSW005181002
Six figure, USA Today Bestselling author, storyteller and self described, "Cheeky" Wench, Suzan Tisdale, is not only famous for her well-written Scottish Historical Romance novels, but also for being a leader of the Indie Resistance. Show Highlights Cockygate - Susan describes the history of the "cocky" scandal and how it still affects us today Book Stuffing Tiffanygate "Surround and Suffocate" marketing strategies "Also Bought" scams KU (i.e., Kindle Unlimited) issues Going Wide FB Live episodes Recommendations for writers. How Suzan fell in love with Scottish Historical Romance A "Lustful Thrusting" story that will make you giggle How her first book accidentally skyrocketed Using life themes in novels (e.g., alcoholism and rape) What stories do for readers Male readers InD'Scribe Conference in October Suzan Tisdale USA Today Bestselling Author, storyteller and cheeky wench, SUZAN TISDALE lives in the Midwest with her verra handsome carpenter husband. All but one of her children have left the nest. Her pets consist of dust bunnies and a dozen poodle-sized, backyard-dwelling groundhogs - all of which run as free and unrestrained as the voices in her head. And she doesn't own a single pair of yoga pants, much to the shock and horror of her fellow authors. She prefers to write in her pajamas. Suzan writes Scottish historical romance/fiction, with honorable and perfectly imperfect heroes and strong, feisty heroines. And bad guys she kills off in delightfully wicked ways. She published her first novel, Laiden's Daughter, in December, 2011, as a gift for her mother. That one book started a journey which has led to twenty published titles. To date, she has sold more than 500,000 copies of her books around the world. They have been translated into four foreign languages (Italian, French, German, and Spanish.) You will find her books in digital, paperback, and audiobook formats. WEBSITE: www.suzantisdale.com What is Suzan Reading Right Now? Judith McNaught's, A Kingdom of Dreams (The WestmorelanDynasty Saga Book 2) Read Between the Vines (Suzan's Wine and Book Club) (with Tanya Anne Crosby and Kathryn Leveque) Here's the link. Help me keep this podcast going: Suzan's Favorite Cocktail Lemondrop Martini's are freaking awesome! Link Legal Disclaimer: The views and comments expressed on this podcast are not necessarily my own. Next Episode: C.J. Hunt: Helping Authors The Podcast's weekly newsletter, BS & Words, delivers you information about the latest episode and writing tips. Click here to sign up. Sources: As always Canva.
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