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Episode 126 A conversation with Ellen Brock, professional novel editor and writing coach (Part 1 of 2)

This episode is a conversation with the novel editor and writing coach, Ellen Brock. You may know Ellen from her annual Novel Boot Camp event and her series of videos on YouTube. Ellen has a real heart for helping people who want to develop their skills in the craft of writing, and in this first half of our conversation, we talk about the biggest problems writers have with both structuring their work and refining narrative quality.

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Episode 125 A conversation with Book Coach and Literary Agent Sandra O’Donnell (Part 2 of 2)

This episode is the second part of a conversation I had with Dr Sandra O’Donnell, founding partner of RO Literary. Sandra is a book coach and literary agent, and author of “Your first fifteen pages” an agent’s guide to writing a novel that editors will publish and readers will buy. In this episode, we look at how the ‘why’ of your novel has to hook the reader, how character and place work with the inciting incident and Sandra gives us her advice on mastering 3rd person Point of View in the ensemble story. We also discuss three of the most useful tools a writer can use: Airtable, Grammarly, and Story Grid.

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Episode 124 A conversation with Book Coach and Literary Agent Sandra O’Donnell (Part 1 of 2)

This episode is a conversation with Dr Sandra O’Donnell, founding partner of RO Literary. Sandra is a book coach and literary agent, and author of “Your first fifteen pages” an agent’s guide to writing a novel that editors will publish and readers will buy. This is the first of two episodes featuring my conversation with Sandra; in this episode, we look at where submissions go wrong, the essential ingredients for the first fifteen pages of your novel, and what readers really want.

 

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Episode 123 Face the fear and finish the job. A conversation with creative professional Sarah Rhea Werner

This episode is a conversation with Sarah Rhea Werner, a creative professional who combines a portfolio of work including writing, web design, mentoring, podcasting and audio drama production. You might be one of the tens of thousands of people who listen to Sarah’s new audio drama, ‘Girl in Space’ which started to critical acclaim back in September 2017. In this conversation Sarah and I talk about marketing, monetization for writers and creatives, and effective time management as well as facing the fear of creating, and getting the job done is a conversation with Sarah Rhea Werner, a creative professional who combines a portfolio of work including writing, web design, mentoring, podcasting and audio drama production. You might be one of the tens of thousands of people who listen to Sarah’s new audio drama, ‘Girl in Space’ which started to critical acclaim back in September 2017. In this conversation, Sarah and I talk about marketing, monetization for writers and creatives, and effective time management as well as facing the fear of creating, and getting the job done.

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Episode 122 – You’re not reading, you’re performing! A conversation with audio narration expert Sean Pratt

“It’s a performance, not a reading”, so says audio narration expert Sean Pratt. Sean has 30 years experience as an actor and voice-over artist, and in 22 years as an audiobook narrator, he has worked on close to 1,000 projects. In this episode, he lifts the lid on the audiobook business and gives us writers some expert tips on speaking well at public events, including book readings. He also tells us what an author needs to know if they decide to narrate their own book.

Available on iTunes and Android.

 

 

Episode 120 – A conversation with award winning travel writer and entrepreneur Tim Leffel

Travel smart and write smart – with Tim Leffel 

Tim is an award-winning travel writer, the author of a number of books including The World’s Cheapest Destinations, Travel Writing 2.0, and Make Your Travel Dollars Worth a Fortune: The Contrarian Traveler’s Guide to Getting More for Less. He is also an established blogger, speaker and ghostwriter and in this episode, we talk about Tim’s experiences as a writer of non-fiction, how to get started and thrive as a blogger, and Tim gives us his hints and tips on making your writing time more efficient.

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Episode 119 – The responsibilities of being a god: omniscient PoV – Point of View part 2

In this second part of a two-part series on point of view, we look at the challenge of using omniscient third person point of view. Often seen as old-fashioned, and definitely, a challenge to use successfully, this PoV option is making something of a comeback and is the right choice for some work.

Available  on Podomatic, iTunes, Stitcher, and Spotify

Episode 117 “Who are you and why are you good to tell it?” A Conversation with Brendan O’Meara of the Creative Non-fiction Podcast

I recently spoke with fellow podcaster, essayist and award-winning journalist Brendan O’Meara. We talked about the challenges that writers of both fiction and non-fiction face, the issue of finding time to write, the value of having momentum, and the goal of building up a body of work to close the creative gap.

Find this episode on iTunes here and Android here.