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71 minutes | Sep 29, 2021
Michelle Cornish on Genre Hopping, Preoders, and Audio Books
In episode #11y of The Writing Coach podcast, I speak with author Michelle Cornish. Michelle Cornish is a recovering CPA with a passion for stories. Writing mostly women’s fiction with strong female heroines, Michelle’s books often include nods to her former life as a CPA. When Michelle’s not writing, she’s hanging out with her two boys and husband in the beautiful Okanagan Valley, BC, Canada. During our discussion, Michelle describes: How she uses preorder to stimulate productivity and accountability Why she has decided to try genre-hopping How she went about turning all of her novels into audiobooks Why an experimental mindset is the best way to approach book marketing And much more!
33 minutes | Sep 18, 2021
Tyler Hammett on Movement and Nutrition for Writers
Welcome to The Writing Coach. On this podcast, I speak with the instructors, editors, coaches, and mentors who help writers and authors create their art, build their audience, and sell their work. In episode #116 of The Writing Coach podcast, I speak with movement and nutrition coach Tyler Hammett. Tyler is NASM Certified Nutrition Consultant and NASM Certified Personal Trainer. He is the founder of Nourish, a community focused on uplifting individuals through fitness, nutrition, movement, and overall wellness. He is also the spouse of a full-time professional writer! During our discussion, Tyler describes: What is it like living with a professional writer The role habit formation plays in both health and writing Ways writers can work movement and stretching into their daily writing routine The importance of hydration, sleep, and time outdoors How health and fitness can increase creativity and productivity And much more! Listen now@
41 minutes | Jul 3, 2021
Michael E. Ginsberg on Harvard, the National Debt, and Working with a Book Coach
Welcome to The Writing Coach. On this podcast, I speak with the instructors, editors, coaches, and mentors who help writers and authors create their art, build their audience, and sell their work. In episode #115 of The Writing Coach podcast, I speak with my client, author Michael E. Ginsberg. Michael is an attorney in Washington, DC, practicing in the field of national security law. He spent a decade in private practice at Arnold & Porter LLP in Washington, DC, and then worked several years in the U.S. government as a Senior Associate General Counsel in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, where he served as legal counsel for the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity. He currently is Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at a Virginia-based defense contractor. His debut novel, DEBT BOMB, is a political thriller, tied into real-world events, about an apocalyptic threat to America that is ticking remorselessly in the background while Americans continue their daily routines, oblivious to the danger. During our discussion, Michael describes: His varied and diverse interests in sports, spaceflight, history, politics, and journalism What he learned working as a journalist and editor for the Harvard Crimson How a genuine fear concerning the American national debt inspire the plot of his novel His experiences working in national security and how it influenced his writing Why he chose to work with a book coach and what he got out of the experience How he maintained focus on his manuscript throughout the pandemic Why he chose to work with hybrid publisher BQB Publishing and what the publisher brought to the project And much more! Listen now!
35 minutes | Jun 19, 2021
Susan Crossman on Writing, Publishing, and Global Peace
Welcome to The Writing Coach. On this podcast, I speak with the instructors, editors, coaches, and mentors who help writers and authors create their art, build their audience, and sell their work. In episode #114 of The Writing Coach podcast, I speak with author and writing coach Susan Crossman. Susan Crossman is a best-selling author, a speaker, an editor, and a content marketing consultant who wields the power tool of language to benefit people who seek greater success. Through her content marketing company, Content with Clarity/Crossman Communications, Susan and her team create high-quality online content that helps businesses connect with their target audience. As a book coach and editor, Susan helps entrepreneurs and others create the books that will support their businesses, their hearts, and their careers. During our discussion, Susan describes: Why she returned to school for a MA in English literature after already launching a successful career as a journalist What she learned about book marketing from working with her publisher on her first book Why she considers the brain magical territory worth studying How the loss of a dear loved one inspired her to pursue her publishing career Why writing a first book is so difficult How the conversations we have with ourselves impact our results The surprising circumstances regarding how she accidentally ended up in a coaching certification program And much more! Listen to the full podcast episode!
36 minutes | Jun 16, 2021
Cassandra Lane on Parenthood, Race, and Self-Discovery
In episode 113 of The Writing Coach podcast, host Kevin T. Johns speaks with Cassandra Lane, award-winning memoirist and editor-in-chief of LA Parent magazine. Cassandra is the author of We Are Bridges: A Memoir (Feminist Press, 2021), winner of the Louise Meriwether First Book Prize, and editor-in-chief of L.A. Parent magazine in Los Angeles. She formerly worked as a newspaper reporter, senior communications writer, and community relations manager for the LA. Dodgers. Her stories have appeared in The Times-Picayune, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Everything But the Burden, Writers Resist, the NYT “Conception” series, and elsewhere. During our discussion, Cassandra describes: How her mother’s passion for reading inspired her to become a writer What it was like being the first Black and first woman editor-in-chief of her university newspaper How being part of NOMO – a group of black poets, novelists, and artists – influenced her non-fiction writing What excites her about her role as editor-in-chief of LA Parent magazine and how she approaches collaboration with her team of editors, writers, photographers, and designers Why she chose to write a memoir that covers not only her story but also explores the inter-generational trauma resulting from the lynching of her great-grandfather And much more! Listen now!
36 minutes | Jun 7, 2021
Deryn Van Der Tang on Resiliency and Writing
Welcome to The Writing Coach. On this podcast, I speak with the instructors, editors, coaches, and mentors who help writers and authors create their art, build their audience, and sell their work. In episode #112 of The Writing Coach podcast, I speak with Deryn Van Der Tang. Deryn is a writer and exploration geological cartographer who worked in the mining and oil industry before retraining as a housing manager and working with the elderly. Her life has taken her through divorce and widowhood, and around the world to multiple countries and continents. A descendent of the 1820 settlers in South Africa, she has spent most of her life trying to find her voice and expression of her faith through writing, art, and photography. Her words and photographs have been published in a variety of places, and she has been selected for Senior Travel Writer competitions. Her blog Crossing My Bridges covers her soulful adventures through life and is interspersed with her love of poetry and art. Through her writing, photography, and fine art, Deryn seeks to transform both positive and negative experiences into something spiritual and beautiful. She is inspired by nature and the natural processes of life, growth, and death — finding meaning in their metaphors and seasons. During our discussion, Deryn describes: Why she volunteers to beta read and review other authors’ work The impact both mentorship and self-education played in her development What it was like being displaced from her home country of Rhodesia-Zimbabwe The importance of resilience for writers The relationship between biology, the natural world, and art The value of being exposed to diversity in both the natural world and human cultures And much more! Listen now!
28 minutes | Jun 3, 2021
Cameron Sutter and Ryan Zee of Plottr
Welcome to The Writing Coach. On this podcast, I speak with the instructors, editors, coaches, and mentors who help writers and authors create their art, build their audience, and sell their work. In episode #111 of The Writing Coach podcast, I speak with Cameron Sutter and Ryan Zee. Cameron is an independently published YA author and a software engineer — and the lead developer of Plottr. A graduate of BYU, Cameron lives near Oklahoma City, Oklahoma with his wife and six (yes, six!) amazing children. Ryan Zee is the founder of BookSweeps, one of the largest book giveaway and lead generation platforms for authors, as well as the co-founder of Plottr, the popular visual outlining software. An official MailerLite Email Marketing Expert, Ryan has consulted with bestselling authors including Andrew Gross, Mary Jo Putney, and Kendall Ryan. He is also an aspiring author. During our discussion, Cameron and Ryan describe: How authors can use Plottr to support their writing in both the planning and revisions process Where the idea for Plottr originally came from Whether Plottr is just for planners or if pansters can use it to The impact the large number of sales of the software has had on their company How writing coaches are using the tool with their clients And much more! Listen now!
38 minutes | May 16, 2021
Bella Mahaya Carter on Health, Hammocks, and Happy Writers
Welcome to The Writing Coach. On this podcast, I speak with the instructors, editors, coaches, and mentors who help writers and authors create their art, build their audience, and sell their work. In episode #110 of The Writing Coach podcast, I speak with Bella Mahaya Carter. Bella Mahaya Carter is the author of Where Do You Hang Your Hammock?: Finding Peace of Mind While You Write, Publish, and Promote Your Book. She is a creative writing teacher, empowerment coach, and speaker, and author of an award-winning memoir, Raw: My Journey from Anxiety to Joy, and a collection of narrative poems, Secrets of My Sex. Bella has worked with hundreds of writers since 2008 and has degrees in literature, film, and spiritual psychology. Her poetry, essays, fiction, and interviews have appeared in Mind, Body, Green; The Sun; Lilith; Fearless Soul; Writer’s Bone; Women Writers, Women’s Books; Chic Vegan; Bad Yogi Magazine; Jane Friedman’s Blog; Pick the Brain; Spiritual Media blog; Literary Mama; several anthologies, and elsewhere. During our discussion, Bella describes: How our body, mind, and spiritual health influence our writing Why “striving” isn’t necessarily a good thing What she learned as a dancer that transferred over into her writing career Why she coined the term “universal doubt” and how it applies to writers What she hopes readers will take away from her new book How hanging a hammock in her back yard lead to a creative breakthrough And much more!
55 minutes | Apr 7, 2021
Will Henshall on Music, Concentration, and Productivity for Writers
Welcome to The Writing Coach. On this podcast, I speak with the instructors, editors, coaches, and mentors who help writers and authors create their art, build their audience, and sell their work. In episode #109 of The Writing Coach podcast, I speak with musician, inventor, and entrepreneur Will Henshall. Will is a Los Angeles based tech entrepreneur, inventor, and music producer. He was the founding member and main writer in the UK pop soul band Londonbeat. Their massive early 90s hit “I’ve Been Thinking About You” reached #1 in the Billboard chart and was the top selling single in all major territories and won him BMI/PRS songwriter of the year. In the mid-90s, he founded San Francisco based audio tech company Rocket Network. The “DigiDelivery” media transfer system, now part of ProTools 12 Cloud collaboration, is a standard tool used every day in pro audio production for TV, movies, and music. He sold the company to Avid in 2003. His most recent start up is www.focusatwill.com, a science driven instrumental music streaming service (2 million users) that helps people at work and study reduce distractions and be more productive. He holds 5 patents, and has a new one in the oven! During our discussion, Will describes: What it is like to write a #1 Billboard Hit and the pressure to follow up hits The role the limbic system plays in creativity How music and writing are “real time” are forms The science of music, focus, concentration, and productivity Why achieving a flow state is essential to creative success The different brain types and what music they need to excel Why lawyers make great writers And much more! Listen now!
35 minutes | Mar 28, 2021
Lori Puma on Comedy, Editing, and More
Welcome to The Writing Coach. On this podcast, I speak with the instructors, editors, coaches, and mentors who help writers and authors create their art, build their audience, and sell their work. In episode #108 of The Writing Coach podcast, I speak with fiction editor Lori Puma. Lori previously appeared on episode 72 the show. Lori helps authors write novels readers can’t put down. She works with writers who dream of making a living writing novels in popular genres like fantasy, romance, thriller, science fiction, mystery, and young adult. As an editor, she specializes in teaching authors how to plan and revise their plots so readers stay hooked. During our discussion, Lori describes: Why she loves working with genre fiction authors Her life-long love of comedy writing Why she frequently uses examples in her teaching How writers can get free advice on their story ideas via the author support series on her website And much more! For full show notes, video, transcripts, and audio visit http://www.kevintjohns.com
35 minutes | Feb 27, 2021
Karen Dimmick on Book Cover Design
In episode #107 of The Writing Coach podcast, I speak with author and book cover designer Karen Dimmick. Karen previously appeared on episode #35 of the podcast, where we discussed mind hacks for writers. These days, Karen a book cover designer creating custom and premade book covers. Her goal is to create covers that capture future readers attention and sells books. Karen specializes in Fantasy and Science Fiction. I cover Urban Fantasy, High/Epic Fantasy, LitRPG/GameLit, Harem/Reverse Harem, Paranormal Romance, Dark Fantasy, Sci-fi and Paranormal Fantasy book covers. During our discussion, Karen describes: What makes a great book cover Why genre is so important to cover design The importance of font choice on covers Who book covers are really for Four different types of books covers How to get the most out of working with a freelance covers designer the benefits of both custom and pre-made covers And much more! Listen now!
38 minutes | Jun 1, 2020
J. Thorn on Experimentation and Creativity
Welcome to The Writing Coach. On this podcast, I speak with the instructors, editors, coaches, and mentors who help writers and authors create their art, build their audience, and sell their work. In episode #106 of The Writing Coach podcast, I speak with author and writing coach J. Thorn. J. Thorn has published two million words and has sold more than 185,000 books worldwide. In March of 2014 Thorn held the #5 position in Horror alongside his childhood idols Dean Koontz and Stephen King (at #4 and #2 respectively). He is an official member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, the Horror Writers Association, and the Great Lakes Association of Horror Writers. J. earned a B.A. in American History from the University of Pittsburgh and a M.A. from Duquesne University. He is a full-time writer, part-time professor at John Carroll University, co-owner of Molten Universe Media, podcaster, FM radio DJ, musician, and a certified Story Grid nerd. During our discussion, J. describes: How he has approached work and productivity throughout the COVID-19 pandemic Why writing a novel is like having a baby The way music has influenced his writing How he approaches each writing and publishing project as an experiment Why he made the decision to leave his day job to pursue writing full-time And much more! For full show notes visit http://www.kevintjohns.com
42 minutes | Mar 14, 2020
David Puretz on Self-Discovery Through Writing
In episode #105 of The Writing Coach podcast, I speak with David Puretz. David Puretz is the author of The Escapist, a debut literary fiction novel exploring themes of mental health and self-discovery.He is the Editorial Director of the literary journal Global City Review and the creator and founder of the quarterly burly bird zine, which is sponsored by Fortroyal Foundation, a non-profit for the conservation and preservation of the arts. Puretz received an MFA in Creative Writing from The City College of New York and was a trailblazer for Ithaca College’s BA in Writing. Currently, Puretz resides in New York City where he teaches writing at Yeshiva University. Kaye is the author of Your Book, Your Brand: The Step-by-Step Guide to Launching Your Book and Boosting Your Sales, and the creator of Branding Outside the Box, where she helps authors and entrepreneurs become more memorable. Click below to listen now:
44 minutes | Feb 17, 2020
Dana Kaye on Building Your Author Branch
Welcome to The Writing Coach. On this podcast, I speak with the instructors, editors, coaches, and mentors who help writers and authors create their art, build their audience, and sell their work. In episode #104 of The Writing Coach podcast, I speak with veteran publicist, social media pro, and brand manager Dana Kaye. In 2009, Dana founded Kaye Publicity, Inc., a boutique PR company specializing in publishing and entertainment. Known for her innovative ideas and knowledge of current trends, she coaches her clients on how to identify and establish their unique personal brands. Kaye is the author of Your Book, Your Brand: The Step-by-Step Guide to Launching Your Book and Boosting Your Sales, and the creator of Branding Outside the Box, where she helps authors and entrepreneurs become more memorable. During our discussion, Dana describes: What exactly is an “author brand” and why is it important? How authors can best use podcasts, emails lists, and social media The important difference between publicity and marketing How booking marketing has changed over the last decade The role networking plays in selling books And much more! Click below to listen now:
34 minutes | Jan 25, 2020
Donald M. Rattner on How to Design Your Home to Stimulate Ideas and Spark Innovation
In episode #103 of The Writing Coach podcast, I speak with architect and author Donald M. Rattner. Donald is the author of My Creative Space: How to Design Your Home to Stimulate Ideas and Spark Innovation and the principal of Donald M. Rattner, Architect. As a consultant, he draws on scientific research to help individuals and organizations maximize occupant creativity in workplace, residential, wellness, hospitality, and retail environments. An educator and author as well as practitioner, Rattner’s publications include entries in professional reference books, and numerous contributions to print and online channels. He has taught at the University of Illinois, New York Academy of Art, New York University, Parsons School of Design, and online During our discussion, Donald describes: How manipulating your environment can stimulate creativity Why he spent nearly as much time gathering the images for his book as he did writing it How scientific research helps give validity to the creativity techniques he recommends Why mood and ambiance such as lighting, room temperature, scent, and sound, influence mental processing How certain physical characteristics in the built environment can heighten creativity, including tall ceilings, calming hues, the display of art, access to beautiful views, and more! Click below to listen now!
38 minutes | Jan 4, 2020
Marc Graham on Reclaiming the Power of Myth
Welcome to The Writing Coach. On this podcast, I speak with the instructors, editors, coaches, and mentors who help writers and authors create their art, build their audience, and sell their work. In episode #102 of The Writing Coach podcast, I speak with author and story coach, Marc Graham. Marc is an actor, speaker, story coach, shamanic practitioner, and whiskey aficionado. His first novel, Of Ashes and Dust, won the Paul Gillette Memorial Writing Contest and National Writers Association Manuscript Contest. When struggling to write his next novel, he turned to one of the most ancient forms of storytelling for inspiration: mythology. Graham discovered that Norse runes (an ancient form of divination) can play an effective role in killing writer’s block. He demonstrates the technique in his new book, Runes for Writers: Boost Your Creativity and Destroy Writer’s Block. During our discussion, Marc describes: How a traditional Christian upbringing eventually led to a wider exploration of spiritual beliefs and a search for universal truths The challenges and joys of writing historical fiction How conventional storytellers can engage in the same creatives practices as the ancient and modern shaman of indigenous civilizations to deepen their writing Techniques for effectively working research into your fiction writing How synchronicities help point him in the direction of what story he should pursue next The power story and how it can play a role in helping to heal the world’s social ills And much more! The Writing Coach Episode #102 Show Notes Check out Marc’s website. Learn more about my children’s book: Rocket Princess vs. Snaggletooth the Dragon.
38 minutes | Dec 8, 2019
Paul Wilson on Bad Karma and Good Writing
Welcome to The Writing Coach. On this podcast, I speak with the instructors, editors, coaches, and mentors who help writers and authors create their art, build their audience, and sell their work. In episode #101 of The Writing Coach podcast, I speak Paul Wilson, author of Bad Karma: The True Story of a Mexican Surf Trip from Hell. Paul is a lifelong resident of coastal San Diego, attending high school at a time when Independent surfing was an option for Phys. Ed., and Rock Poetry was passed off as an advanced English course. It didn’t take much for him to become disenchanted with formal education and drop out of The University of Southern California to embrace his entrepreneurial side. Paul is a multi-patented inventor, a photographer, and has built several successful businesses. Embracing his love of baseball and the ocean, he attends every San Diego Padres home game, and lives in Mission Beach, California with his wife Susan. During our discussion, Paul describes: - Why he had to wait for the statute of limitations to run out before he could write his memoir - His thoughts on the relationships between photography and writing - How his experiences traveling in Mexico taught him that some of the poorest people in the world can also be the most generous - Why surfing and storytelling mix so well - The unique challenges of writing memoir - How last year’s The Writer’s Craft Summit helped him finish and publish his book - What he learned working with a professional editor on the book - How a great cover has helped him get the book into book stores and surf shops - The unique niche he’s found for the book amongst Volkswagen Bus aficionados - And much more! Listen now! For full show notes visit: http://www.kevintjohns.com
65 minutes | Dec 1, 2019
Celebrating 100 Episodes of The Writing Coach Podcast
Welcome to episode #100 The Writing Coach podcast. In this special milestone episode, Kevin answers questions from listeners and clients!
35 minutes | Oct 19, 2019
Sydney Liu, Founder of Commaful
Welcome to The Writing Coach. On this podcast, I speak with the instructors, editors, coaches, and mentors who help writers and authors create their art, build their audience, and sell their work. In episode #99 of The Writing Coach podcast, I speak Sydney Liu. Sydney is the co-founder of Commaful, a storytelling site where people go to share discover fiction. The site is home to hundreds of thousands of fanfics, short stories, and poems, all shared in a picture-book style format. He loves thinking about the intersection of art, technology, and storytelling and is always down to hear a great story. During our discussion, Sydney describes: Why a desire to encourage his friends to read his writing was the original inspiration for the Commaful platform How Commaful differs from traditional blogs and social media platforms The unique ways in which the platform combines visual media with fiction storytelling and poetry What he and his co-founder are doing to ensure the Commaful community remains supportive of artists and writers and is able to avoid toxicity How Commaful is using contests to put the spotlight on new writers as well as attract diverse voices Which genres are most popular on Commaful How Commaful is helping authors promote their books and find a community And much more! Click below to listen now:
42 minutes | Sep 1, 2019
Julie Evelyn Joyce: 2019 Kobo Emerging Writer Prize Winner
Welcome to The Writing Coach. On this podcast, I speak with the instructors, editors, coaches, and mentors who help writers and authors create their art, build their audience, and sell their work. In episode #98 of The Writing Coach podcast, I speak with Julie Evelyn Joyce. Julie is an award-winning author and a proud Canuck. When she’s not writing quirky and witty romances, she spends her time molding young minds, playing sports, singing karaoke, juggling, and dancing like there’s no tomorrow. Sometimes simultaneously. She’s also in hot pursuit of her own happily ever after, and anxiously awaits the day serial dating becomes an Olympic event. Her debut novel, Steeped in Love, has received glowing reviews and is the winner of the 2019 Kobo Emerging Writer Prize in romance. During our discussion, Julie describes: How she got her start as an author by writing Gilmour Girls fanfiction The important role her mother played in supporting her writing career The crossroads she came to after the traditional publisher she had been working with disbanded The vast and supportive community she discovered in the world of indie publishing Her experiences teaching fiction writing to high school students What it was like winning the 2019 Kobo Emerging Writer Prize How writing and teacher access two different aspects of her personality And much more! Click below to listen now:
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