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The Write Way
35 minutes | Jul 13, 2017
How to successfully fund your book with kickstarter
Savy Leiser... that name might sound familiar. And for good reason. Remember that absolutely amazing episode on networking for authors? Yep. That was Savy as well. After her first book, the Makings of a small town beauty king, Savy is now back with a project that helps kids understand how to handle animals AND it helps dogs that are still stuck in shelters. Savy gives some amazing tips and tricks on how to successfully fund your Kickstarter. First of all, it is important to get your page straight: Get a video up, have a time line and important: a break down of your costs. Also think about the fact that having a Kickstarter is almost as having a second, full-time job. It does not become an overnight success and you have to put in a lot of time. In this episode, filled to the brim with great examples and quick wins, savy explains how she received more than her $7000 goal and convinced almost 150 backers to buy into the project.
36 minutes | Jul 1, 2017
How to write a book in less than a year, even when you have no time at all
Interview with C.T. Daniels. This week we are talking to C.T. Daniels. Daniels has just finished writing the first book in his Branded series. The series takes the reader into the dark world of human trafficking, following a victim, the family of a victim, a detective and a trafficker. Daniels has always had an interest in human trafficking and when I was shocked that these things are still happening under our noses, Daniels shared some of the knowledge he has come to gain over the past few years. C.T. Daniels also talks about how he, with a full-time job, a part-time job on the side and 2 small kids, was able to finish his novel in less than a year. He had tried to bring his laptop to work to hammer out some chapters in the lull moments but this did not seem to work. Writing in the evenings was also not a great idea because he ended up missing out on quality time with his wife and kids. This is when Daniels’ wife told him he should be using speech to text to write his book. Via speech to text, Daniels was able to work twice as fast, anywhere he wanted, anytime he felt like it. This whole episode is packed with great tips and tricks and people who have difficulties writing dialogue should definitely listen till the end since there are some prime tips coming up! Don’t forget to rate on itunes!
36 minutes | Jun 25, 2017
How to write a movie script
Dane Cobain explains why he chose to write a book and a movie script, and takes us through the steps of writing a movie script and explains why he chose to publish the script in creative commons. There is some content missing and I am so sorry for this. However, our connection was lost.
45 minutes | Jun 17, 2017
Lisa caskey on researching young adult series
Lisa Caskey explains how she researched her young adult series and tells the story of how she ended up on the San Fran underground for four hours! I also answer Elisabeth Batiste's question if it's best to make a personal blog or have your blog on goodreads.
34 minutes | Apr 15, 2017
Sourcing inspiration from the world around you
Interview with Deena Metzger Deena Metzger is one of these people that was just put on this world to write - to tell stories and be an author. Deena is a great source of both inspiration and knowledge and I felt incredibly lucky to talk to her. If you want to know how to get more inspiration quickly and how to get this information from the world around you than this episode is something for you! www.liezeneven.com
37 minutes | Feb 26, 2017
How to make your writing special
This week I will talk to Kadee Carter on how to make your writing special. Let's face it, agents and publishers get thousands of manuscripts submitted to them every single year. The two things they tend to look at are story and writing. But how can you make your writing better and more attractive and how important is writing versus story? Well, do you want to go into history as the fifty shades of grey or as the Bridget Jones of literature? That is in essence the question you want to ask yourself. I have not read fifty shades because it is said to be the absolute most repulsive crap that has been published in the mast 10 years. And I might just believe that. Though the writing was bad, the book sold because of the premise and the story. On the other hand we have Bridget Jones. For those who have read the book, you might know that there is not really a story in the book like there is in the movie. There is no big romance between Bridget and her Mark Darcy and there are hardly any plot twists or "big moments". But why do people love these books so much if there is hardly a story? It is because of the writing. The writing is special, it is witty, it is funny and it is personal. Just like the blurb says : it makes people yell out : It is me! Bridget is me! This kind of personal engagement you will not get with just a good story. You have to build it up with your writing and this is what Kadee Carter will talk about on this episode
32 minutes | Feb 22, 2017
The importance of persistence
E A Stripling has just written her first book and landed a publishing deal. How? Through persistence. First she had to have the persistence to write her book and to push through the patches of writers block and secondly she had to have the persistance to actually go out and look for a publisher. You will het a thousand no's but ultimately there will be a yes. With this in mind she set out to look for an agent and a publisher and after heaps and heaps of rejection letters she was happy to find someone that believed in her and her book. E A Striplings story and path ar both inspiring as educational. You will not become the next J K Rowling or not even Rainbow Rowell by quitting. You will not get a publisher by stopping sending out query letters and manuscripts. This interview shows that if you put in enough will power, you can do anything! www.liezeneven.com
31 minutes | Feb 1, 2017
How to write a book together
AJ tipton is not one but TWO incredible ladies1 They ride together and write together! I was very interested in doing this interview because I would find it very hard to write books with other people. I mean, I would murder someone with a wooden spoon if they "help" me in the kitchen and put too much herbs or ... well you get my drift. Im a kitchen nazi. So yes, these awesome ladies write together and I would like to know how they do it ! AJ Tipton enjoys wind surfing with walruses and growing rainbows on trees. When she's not sailing on a longship she carved out of an iceberg and hunting man for sport, she's stalking the streets of New York City, communicating with ghosts and fighting a secret war with and against the supernatural. Her current goal is to bring skyscraper ziplining to the forefront of the sporting world.
38 minutes | Jan 22, 2017
How to write books in series
Interview with Chuck Buda This week I am talking to Chuck Buda. Chuck Buda writes horror in series. A lot of authors these days choose to write in series. Instead of pushing the whole story in one big book they actually prefer to break up the book in multiple installments. I was quite interested in the whole process of writing in series. What drives you to writing series; how do you know where to stop one book and to start another and what advantage does writing in book series have? Chuck Buda talks about his series and the tips and tricks to start your own.
33 minutes | Jan 8, 2017
Writing True Crime
Jeff C Stevenson grew up in South California. When he read an ad in an 1976 magazine about a Christian Rock band The All Saved Freak Band, featuring Glenn Schwartz. This started an interest in what turned out to be a Christian Cult on Fourtney Road. Jeff spent years researching Fourtney Road, conducting interviews with people that espcaped, people that were sucked into the cult. He wrote this story - mixed with musical rock history, down in his novel Fourtney Road. Jeff takes us on a path from the moment he got interested to the interviews and gruesome stories that came forth out of the interviews. http://m.fortneyroad.com/author.html
36 minutes | Jan 3, 2017
Authorship as an empowered woman
Jessica Anya Blau is one of these incredibly empowering women you just want to surround yourself with. She shares her best practices and her best tips and tricks with us. She talks about writing, distractions and working through your anxiety that everything you write is shit. Shownotes on www.liezeneven.com
36 minutes | Nov 13, 2016
How to write a book blurb
Interview with Glenna Mageau Writing a good book blurb is almost an art. Not only does it make people want to read your book, it often also gives you a foot in the door with publishers. Last publisher I checked out wanted a compleet point to point overview of my story as well as a book blurb. But where to start? How to lure people into the pages of your book? Glenna explains this in this episode ! www.liezeneven.com
29 minutes | Nov 5, 2016
Mindfulness for Authors
Interview with Cassie Premo Steele Hi everyone! This is the 19th episode of The Write Way Podcast! And I say this with a bit of pride since it is one of off 20 and 20 will mean that we have worked on and put out more than 12 hours of great content helping authors, poets and writers all over the world to write, market and publish their book. This week I will be talking to Cassie Premo Steele on mindfulness for authors! I www.liezeneven.com
36 minutes | Oct 9, 2016
I am so sorry for not uploading an episode sooner but I was an idiot. After what seemed the worst weekend ever ( Boyfriend forgot his ID so could not go to Belgium with me, train delays, long travels and quite a foul mood) I forgot my laptop at my parents´ place in Ostend, Belgium. Fuck. My laptop traveled for two weeks and I basically had to move hell and earth to get it back after a capital mistake by the Dutch Postal service. Everything of any importance ( interviews, programs, my manuscripts etc) was on here so you can see what state of mind I was in at the thought of actually losing this little piece of ingenuity. This week I am interviewing Philip Meersman. Philip organizes Brussels Poetry Fest and I was quite interested in hearing from him what it takes to make the bill of one of these festivals. What was it that made some poets special and other poets not? What can YOU, as a poet, do to get into the searchlight of organizations that might give you a stage? You will learn this and a lot more in this episode !
36 minutes | Sep 11, 2016
Engaging With Your Fans
Interview with Sarah Price I am so excited to start podcasting again! I am so so so sorry for not having uploaded a podcast episode last sunday, but I found a job. Well, it’s an internship, but I get paid to do shit so … as the Thai say : same same but different. I have a 1.5 hour commute each way and so I won’t be able to upload two episodes a week ( so sorry but when I get home I need food, wine and my boyfriend). I will keep uploading blog posts every wednesday and if everything goes well you’ll always have fresh new episodes on sunday. Today’s episode features Sarah Price. Sarah Price is an international number one best seller. With her novels featuring the amish she has won over the hearts of hundreds of thousands of readers. When I was going through her website and social media platforms, the first thing I noticed was how close she was to her fans. She does not live in an ivory tower like some authors do, she takes the time to answer them and engage with them on a personal level and I think this is a very important thing to do. Being a writer is not always and only about book sales, it is about making people enjoy reading and touching people in their hearts. In this episode Sarah talks about how she accomplishes this, how she writes and has been able to write up 40 novels and about her main inspiration : the Amish. www.liezeneven.comhttp://sarahpriceauthor.com/https://www.facebook.com/FansOfSarahPrice https://www.pinterest.com/sarahpriceauthr/ https://www.instagram.com/sarahpriceauthor/ https://twitter.com/SarahPriceAuthr https://www.youtube.com/user/SarahPriceAuthor
40 minutes | Aug 31, 2016
How to find and use beta readers
One of the most exciting and best ways to get feedback for your manuscript is by using beta readers. Beta readers are people - they can be family and friends or people you have never even met, that read your book and give you feedback on the manuscript. This way you know that your readers, your agent or your publisher know what the book is about and that big plot holes, mistakes or ambiguities are resolved. Catharine Bramkamp explains how she uses beta readers and in what way this has influenced her work. She explains where she would usually find these beta readers, how she interacts with them and what the best ways are to get the most out of the feedback of these beta readers. Catharine is an award winning novelist, poet and podcaster. She is a very successful coach and an adjunct English professor. When reading her goodreads profile I found the sentence : For a good time she reads, writes and visits galleries and museums. For a good time her husband collects selfies of himself standing OUTSIDE the museum. I just had to share this with you guys because it is just TOO perfect! www.liezeneven.com
36 minutes | Aug 28, 2016
Being a professional music journalist
Interview with Jordan Blum A lot of people dream of being a journalist, a writer or just having a day-job where they are able to write and let their creative spirits loose. One way o fachieving this is by becoming a professional journalist. In this interview I talk with Jordan Blum who is a professional music journalist. Being a journalist for online magazines is a fun way to stay creative and build your portfolio – even if they are unpaid they will help you to perfect your writing and give you a better position in the job market. Next Wednesday I will explain what the best ways are to land an (unpaid) position at an online magazine and what the perks of these jobs are ( and there are many). www.liezeneven.com
38 minutes | Aug 21, 2016
On Book Tours
Interview with Charles Blackstone When you have written your book and edited it for the one thousandth time, when you have found a publisher or even published it yourself... the next thing you have to do is market it. One of the best and to be honest - most fun, ways of marketing your book is by doing a book tour. A book tour can take a week, a month or even longer, depending in how much time, effort and often how much money you would like to put into it. Book tours can be physical, in book shops for instance, or online. They are an awesome way of both getting the word about your book out, and also of keeping in touch with your fans and maybe even making new ones. One of the people that had some very interesting book tours was Charles Blackstone. Charles Blackstone is an academic and author born and raised in Chicago and now living in New York city. I asked Charles about the book tour he did for Vintage Attraction and for some tips and tricks for people who want to try and set one up for their own. An interesting interview for people that are both just starting with their novel and already finished! As from now, I will be doing a complete blog and podcast schedule where I will release a podcast episode every Sunday and a blog post matching the topic of the interview every Wednesday. I hope you will enjoy the interview and don't forget to tune in next week when we will have a talk about professional book reviews and being a professional music journalist with Jordan Blum! Links Official Website Charles Blackstone Charles' Facebook Charles' Twitter www.liezeneven.com
30 minutes | Aug 14, 2016
On networking as an author
Episode 13 Interview with Savy Leiser Moving from Antwerp to London is difficult. A lot of you will call me crazy and tell me that I’m wrong, but I will miss the beautiful city by the river Schelde, with its misfit cathedral, hundreds of the world’s most awesome classical Flemish paintings and my favourite Museum, Plantin Moretus. It’s weird to pack the last 5 years in cardboard boxes, throw out 80% of your shoes and give away all your books because you simply can’t take them… But I’m following my heart and the love of my life so I guess it will all be okay in the end… Yes, I know! I sound like some young adult character nagging about her first world problems… And no, I don’t want to look down on Young Adult at all. Young adult is my favourite genre and one day I even hope to write a novel in that genre. Today I’m talking to Savy Leiser, a 23 year old writer living in Chicago. She graduated from North Western University in 2015 and released her book The Making Of A Small Town Beauty King in February 2016. The book is a contemporary young-adult comedy about a boy who wants to win a beauty pageant, a girl who wants to destroy the pageant, and a small town that gets turned upside down. Savy talks about going to events and how to network as a writer. Not everyone is cut out for networking. It can be scary and even overwhelming to step into a venue or hall, all by yourself with the sole purpose of making contact with other writers, with editors, agents and publishers. Savy explains how she overcomes this fear and how she uses the networks to her benefit like getting a signing in a book shop. As you may know, I’m not the kind of person to sit still. Even though I crawl into bed every night, have 70+ emails to answer and am stressed about not getting the deadlines for my podcast, I can never fully relax. During the time I was in “no signal land” AKA “ The in-laws”, I tried to make a book that can help all of you with building your characters and giving them the depth they need and deserve. I just published this new book called 100 questions to ask your main character. If you would like to get a PDF copy for free, you can always
34 minutes | Jul 30, 2016
The Blind Blogger
Interview with Maxwell Ivey Hi! Welcometo Merlot and Writing… or should I say The Write Way… That’s right! We did a complete overhaul of the Podcast, blog and brand!Because of all your awesome and great responses I felt we could do better andbigger! You can now find everything on our website www.liezeneven.com. I also want to say sorry because it took so long to get thisepisode out! I am currently moving to the UK, helping out my boyfriend’s and myown parents and trying to get a job in London. It is complete mayham. Someone to look up to in times that not everything is going your way is MaxwellIvey, our guest for the next half hour. Maxwell has overcome so many hurdlesand when life gave him lemons he… decided to make lemonade and blog and writebooks about it! His blog “the blind blogger” is so inspirational and I lovereading the stories. Enjoy the next half hour and my talk with Maxwell Ivey! Quickreminder : all the shownotes will appear on my website. You can always reachout to me and the writers I interview. We’re one big family and we always helpand support each other so don’t be scared to send us a message. I hope you tunein again next time. Thank you for subscribing and sharing this episode withyour friends, family and fellow writers!
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