Great Writers Share

Great Writers Share

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Sep 24, 2020 1 hr 17 min

#054: Jennie Nash – Becoming a book coach, the truth behind the author journey, and the power of integrity.

Jennie Nash is the founder and chief creative officer of Author Accelerator, a company on a mission to help writers write books worth reading. Since the company’s inception, writers serious about reaching readers have trusted Jennie to coach their projects from inspiration to publication. Her clients have landed top New York agents, national book awards, and deals with houses such as Scribner, Simon & Schuster, and Hachette. Jennie is the author of 9 books in 3 genres. She taught for 13 years in the UCLA Extension Writer’s Program, is an instructor at CreativeLive.com and speaks on podcasts and at writing conferences all over the country. In this episode we go deep into: - Jennie’s love of Seth Godin and how the start-up world can translate into the craft of writing - The importance of asking yourself ‘Why’ to zero in on your writing goals and focus - How Jennie found herself in the business of book coaching instead of writing - What exactly is book coaching, and why should authors consider it? - Why people expect writing to be an innate talent instead of something that you work on - Recognizing the true hard work of the writer journey - When to recognize that you need to switch business focus and turn from prioritizing writing to offering services - Embracing the modern changes in the publishing industry - How to confidently ensure that you’re actually helping writers with your services as a teacher and coach - The power of systems and processes in order to grow your business - Why coaches shouldn’t be tied to outcomes, but to processes - The importance of asking the right questions - The value of working with a coach who has been in the trenches as a writer - Why writers aren’t the best judge of their own work - Comparisons between personal trainers and book coaches - Changing your mindset on money and understanding your worth as an author - The importance of providing value to your clients and being honest with what they can expect - Why Jennie coaches Find out more about Jennie: https://bookcoaches.com/abc https://www.authoraccelerator.com/ Links from the show: Wildviolet Creative Https://www.danielwillcocks.com Seth Godin's "Alt MBA” https://altmba.com/ Simon Sinek's "Start With Why" https://simonsinek.com/commit/start-with-why/ Creativity Inc https://books2read.com/u/3Gdj2a Lisa Kron’s Story Genius https://books2read.com/u/4NL299 Get your Great Writers Share merchandise! https://www.danielwillcocks.com/merch/gws GWS Press books: Collaboration for Authors: https://books2read.com/u/3G2jLn Special thanks to: Intro vocals: Persephone Rose Show theme: Karl Hughes Become a Patron of the show! Get exclusive bonus content, find your tribe, and get early access to all episodes. Thank you to my patrons: David Hines Harley Christensen Jon Cronshaw Jenn Mitchell Innes Richens Ian J Middleton PT Hylton Michael Anderle Mark McClure Katie Forrest Yanni Jade Meg Cowley H.B. Lyne Jo See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Sep 18, 2020 1 hr 2 min

#053: Ritu Bhathal – “Marriage Unarranged,” setting priorities, and poetry versus prose.

Ritu Bhathal is a blogger and author of fiction and poetry. She was born in Birmingham in the mid-1970s to migrant parents, hailing from Kenya but with Indian origin. Ritu’s colourful background has been a constant source of inspiration to her. From childhood, the joy of reading spurred her on to become creative in her writing, from fiction to poetry, winning small competitions at school and locally along the way. As well as a wife, mother, daughter, sister, and teacher, Ritu also writes on her award-winning blog butismileanyway.com, which was awarded first place in the Best Overall Blog Category at the 2017 Annual Bloggers Bash Awards, and Best Book Blog in 2019. Ritu is happily married and living in Kent, with her Hubby Dearest, and two children, not forgetting the fur baby Sonu Singh. In this episode we go deep into: - Where Ritu’s journey began - How life can prioritize over writing - Starting a blog on a whim without a plan - Indian family customs - How writing groups and accountability can help lift you up and keep you on track - Publishing Poetry vs a Novel - How having a support system is instrumental in the writing process - Stationary and her vast collection of brush pens - Being realistic when it comes to balancing everyday life and getting words written - What her writing advice is for new writers Ritu answers questions from Patrons: - Yanni Jade: What was the most surprising part of your writing/publishing journey? Is there anything that stands out as particularly spectacular? - Dan Willcocks: What lessons did the school competitions teach you to prepare for writing longer works? - Meg Cowley: How do you take care of yourself and carve out time to create/publish/etc. Find out more about Ritu: https://ritubhathal.com Links from the show: Ritu’s blog: https://butismileanyway.com Get your Great Writers Share merchandise! https://www.danielwillcocks.com/merch/gws GWS Press books: Collaboration for Authors: https://books2read.com/u/3G2jLn Special thanks to: Intro vocals: Persephone Rose Show theme: Karl Hughes Become a Patron of the show! Get exclusive bonus content, find your tribe, and get early access to all episodes. Thank you to my patrons: David Hines Harley Christensen Jon Cronshaw Jenn Mitchell Innes Richens Ian J Middleton PT Hylton Michael Anderle Mark McClure Katie Forrest Yanni Jade Meg Cowley H.B. Lyne Jo See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Sep 10, 2020 59 min

#052: V Castro – Boosting marginalized voices, word counts during lockdown, and writing in the horror genre.

V Castro is a Mexican American writer originally from Texas who now resides in the UK. She is the author of Maria the Wanted, Hairspray and Switchblades, along with the other upcoming horror titles: Goddess of Filth, Queen of the Cicadas and Mestiza Blood (all coming soon). Recently, during lockdown, V co-founded Fright Girl Summer: an online book festival to promote women in horror with an emphasis on women from marginalized communities. In this episode we go deep into: - How lockdown and current events have affected V’s creativity - The writing of V’s first book, Maria the Wanted - Writing without a plan - Hopping between projects - Why V writes horror - Writing in the erotic horror subgenre - On writing what you wants to read - Cultivating a diverse reading list - Fright Girl Summer - Writing short stories for submission calls - Playing with genre tropes - Writing to music - Using dreams as inspiration for stories - Editing an anthology and boosting other authors - V’s approach to social media Find out more about V: https://www.vvcastro.com/ https://twitter.com/vlatinalondon https://www.instagram.com/vlatinalondon/ Links from the show: https://www.frightgirlsummer.com/ Get more from Great Writers Share! https://www.danielwillcocks.com/merch/gws https://www.facebook.com/groups/greatwritersshare/ GWS Press books: Collaboration for Authors: https://books2read.com/u/3G2jLn Special thanks to: Intro vocals: Persephone Rose Show theme: Karl Hughes Become a Patron of the show! Get exclusive bonus content, find your tribe, and get early access to all episodes. Thank you to my patrons: David Hines Harley Christensen Jon Cronshaw Jenn Mitchell Innes Richens Ian J Middleton PT Hylton Michael Anderle Mark McClure Katie Forrest Yanni Jade Meg Cowley H.B. Lyne Jo See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Sep 07, 2020 15 min

Bonus Minisode, feat J. Thorn: "9 Things Career Authors Don't Do"

Thanks for tuning in to this episode of the Great Writers Share podcast. In this bonus mini episode of the show, Dan talks to J. Thorn about his latest non-fiction experiment, how it works, what he's hoping to achieve, and how it can help authors with their careers. If you have suggestions for more content like this that you'd like to see from the show, then get in touch! Links: See the series: http://getbook.at/9thingsseries Special thanks to: Intro vocals: Persephone Rose Show theme: Karl Hughes BUY 'COLLABORATION FOR AUTHORS': https://books2read.com/collaboration Find out more about the Great Writers Share podcast at https://danielwillcocks.com/greatwritersshare Become a Patron over at https://patreon.com/greatwritersshare Join the Facebook group! https://www.facebook.com/groups/greatwritersshare Instagram: https://instagram.com/greatwritersshare OFFICIAL Merchandise available! https://www.danielwillcocks.com/merch/gws Become a Patron of the show! Get exclusive bonus content, find your tribe, and get early access to all episodes. https://patreon.com/greatwritersshare Thank you to my current patrons: David Hines Harley Christensen Jon Cronshaw Jenn Mitchell Innes Richens Ian J Middleton PT Hylton Michael Anderle Mark McClure Katie Forrest Yanni Jade HB Lyne Meg Jolly Jo See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Sep 03, 2020 45 min

#051: Autumn Birt – Travelling the world while writing, talking to your characters, and running a business with your partner.

Autumn Birt is an award-winning and best selling author of almost 20 books. Her second epic fantasy series, Games of Fire, has received tremendous critical reviews and book 2, Gates of Fire & Earth, is also a Fantasia Reviews 2017 Book of Year nominee and winner of Best Worldbuilding. She writes epic and dark fantasy, with a bit of post-apocalyptic mayhem thrown in. Oh, and somehow a few non-fiction books have snuck into life as well, including stories of Yurt living (in Maine, in the winter …) and real-life travel adventures with her husband as well as writing help books co-written with her writing partner, Jesper Schmidt. She is also a graphic artist when not typing away or motorcycling, hiking, paddling, or chasing her small dog through the Vermont woods. In this episode we go deep into: - Autumn’s route to writing via a career in conservation and then art - Learning how to make book covers - How she came to collaborate with her business partner - Going travelling after quitting her job - Business ideas coming to her while hiking in Canada - Talking to her characters in her head - Selling everything to live in a yurt - How the American Dream can kill YOUR dream - Running a business and writing books from the passenger seat of her truck - Cooking with limited facilities - Brainstorming with understanding partners - Writing allowing us to take on other personas - The Ultimate Fantasy Writers Guide course Find out more about Autumn: https://www.autumnwriting.com/ https://www.amwritingfantasy.com/ Links from the show: The Ultimate Fantasy Writers Guide course: https://ultimatefantasywritersguide.com/main/?affiliates=15 The FREE mini-course: http://ultimatefantasywritersguide.com/starter-kit/?affiliates=15 Get more from Great Writers Share! https://www.danielwillcocks.com/merch/gws https://www.facebook.com/groups/greatwritersshare/ GWS Press books: Collaboration for Authors: https://books2read.com/u/3G2jLn Special thanks to: Intro vocals: Persephone Rose Show theme: Karl Hughes Become a Patron of the show! Get exclusive bonus content, find your tribe, and get early access to all episodes. Thank you to my patrons: David Hines Harley Christensen Jon Cronshaw Jenn Mitchell Innes Richens Ian J Middleton PT Hylton Michael Anderle Mark McClure Katie Forrest Yanni Jade Meg Cowley Jo See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Aug 27, 2020 54 min

#050: What single piece of advice would you give to writers to carry them from 2020 into 2021? Feat. Special guests.

In this week’s episode, Dan celebrates 50 episodes of the Great Writers Share podcast by inviting back some old favorite guests of the show to share their one piece of advice they would give to writers to carry them from 2020 into 2021. Featured writers and time stamps: - 00:09:19 – Michael Anderle - 00:11:40 – Craig Falconer - 00:16:25 – Clare Littlemore - 00:21:45 – Sacha Black - 00:23:48 – John L Monk - 00:26:42 – Jonathan Janz - 00:32:04 – Jenna Moreci - 00:34:36 – Rachael Herron - 00:38:03 – J. Thorn - 00:41:16 – Meg LaTorre - 00:42:47 – Joanna Penn New hosts Dan also announces some brand new additions to the podcast, introducing authors Holly Lyne, John Crinan, and Faye Trask to the Great Writers Share team. We also announce how the changes will affect you, and some improvements to the Great Writers Share Patreon page and community. Get more from Great Writers Share! https://www.danielwillcocks.com/merch/gws https://www.facebook.com/groups/greatwritersshare/ GWS Press books: Collaboration for Authors: https://books2read.com/u/3G2jLn Links from the show: LMBPN https://lmbpn.com/ Million Dollar Outlines by David Farland https://books2read.com/u/4DW0Nr Next Level Author podcast https://pod.link/1508555372 Great Writers Learn https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLnHiLyMYRGJmcwsTqpc7D7aBrlJETI8DX The Rebel Author Podcast https://pod.link/rebelauthor How Do You Write Podcast https://pod.link/1122159165 The Author Life https://theauthorlife.com/ Writing with Jenna Moreci https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS_fcv9kBpDN4WWrfcbCrgw Rachael Herron’s Decision Tree https://drive.google.com/file/d/1RlFzFRFUhpyKdpU6qcXvanrZXq47ZVhT/view?usp=sharing iWriterly https://iwriterly.com/ The Creative Penn podcast https://pod.link/309426367 Unstoppable Author Podcast https://pod.link/1403887471 A Nice Chianti podcast https://pod.link/1478166074 Special thanks to: Intro vocals: Persephone Rose Show theme: Karl Hughes Become a Patron of the show! Get exclusive bonus content, find your tribe, and get early access to all episodes. Thank you to my patrons: David Hines Harley Christensen Jon Cronshaw Jenn Mitchell Innes Richens Ian J Middleton PT Hylton Michael Anderle Mark McClure Katie Forrest Yanni Jade Meg Cowley H.B. Lyne Jo See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Aug 20, 2020 53 min

#049: Meg LaTorre – From literary agency to self-publishing, building a platform on YouTube, and finding your niche.

Meg LaTorre is a bestselling science fiction and fantasy author, YouTube darling and founder of iWriterly, creator of the free query critique platform, Query Hack, co-host of the Publishable show, and blogger. Formerly, she worked at a literary agency, and she has a background in magazine publishing, medical/technical writing, and journalism. Needless to say, words are her thing. In her free time, Meg enjoys spending time with her husband and son, running, going to Renaissance faires and comic cons, and napping. In this episode we go deep into: - How to take time off when you have a busy platform to maintain - How Meg got into the writing game - The importance of just taking that first step into writing - How Meg’s previous experience at a literary agency gave her a unique lens on publishing her new book, The Cyborg Tinkerer - Why Meg chose to self-publish her book - What are indie authors ignoring that traditional publishers are killing it at - Why Meg dived into the YouTube game and how she found success on the platform - How Meg dealt with imposter syndrome when starting her YouTube channel - The reality of being a writer on YouTube - What type of person you have to be to make it on YouTube - How to successfully manage a busy life as a YouTuber, author, mum, and wife - Meg’s advice for authors looking to YouTube in 2020/21 - Why Meg writes Meg answers questions from Patrons: - Yanni Jade I love iWriterly! Her episodes are so helpful! Given there is the Pandemic going on...do you know what this would mean for the Traditional publishing side of things? - Sacha Black: How she write such a good 3-way sex scene? Find out more about Meg: iWriterly YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKeBsBrWDtIBrnrCkxHo5MQ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/meg_latorre/ https://iwriterly.com/ Links from the show: The Cyborg Tinkerer: https://www.amazon.com/Cyborg-Tinkerer-Curious-Case-Circus-ebook/dp/B089M9YNSB/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=the+cyborg+tinkerer&qid=1597521785&sr=8-1 Think Media YT: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGxjDWAN1KwrkXYVi8CXtjQ Think Marketing YTT: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKegeYEy0lJxpkjWRthaRMw Eisenhower Matrix: https://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newHTE_91.htm Get more from Great Writers Share! https://www.danielwillcocks.com/merch/gws https://www.facebook.com/groups/greatwritersshare/ GWS Press books: Collaboration for Authors: https://books2read.com/u/3G2jLn Special thanks to: Intro vocals: Persephone Rose Show theme: Karl Hughes Become a Patron of the show! Get exclusive bonus content, find your tribe, and get early access to all episodes. Thank you to my patrons: David Hines Harley Christensen Jon Cronshaw Jenn Mitchell Innes Richens Ian J Middleton PT Hylton Michael Anderle Mark McClure Katie Forrest Yanni Jade Meg Cowley H.B. Lyne Jo See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Aug 13, 2020 1 hr 6 min

#048: James Blatch – The many iterations of the first novel, journalism to fiction, and serving authors with podcasts and courses.

James Blatch is a former BBC Defence Reporter and a former BBFC Film Examiner. He reported for the BBC on the UK military from, among other places, HMS Invincible, Kuwait, the Arctic Circle as well as covering the UK air offensive during the Kosovo Conflict in 1999. However, you probably know James Blatch as one of the voices of the incredibly rich and popular Self Publishing Formula podcast which he co-hosts with thriller author Mark Dawson. James is also a director of the Self Publishing Formula Limited, an online course provider for independent authors, of which I have personally benefited from. In this episode we go deep into: - What 3 things James would never leave the house without - Where Jame’s writing journey began - Why NaNoWriMo helped James finish his first project - The challenge between switching from journalistic writing to fiction writing - The evolutionary journey of a 10-year novel - How being surrounded by other writers with the SPF podcast has influenced how James approaches his next works - Why you should always think of writing the next book - The origin of James’ involvement in the Self Publishing Formula podcast - What are the lessons learned from working with Mark Dawson and running the podcast - Getting over imposter syndrome by humanizing other authors - The pressure that comes with launching a first book when you’ve already got a large podcast platform - How to keep the pressure of waiting readers at bay when writing - When are we going to see The Last Flight published? - Why does James write James answers questions from Patrons: - H.B. Lyne: How do you use your journalism background in your writing? - Meg Jolly: James, is the book done yet?!? - Ian J Middleton: I really enjoyed listening to James on Writers Ink the other week. From his experience in journalism, does he have any tips for interviewing people? - Sacha Black: How many pints does James owe me now for not publishing by LBF? Find out more about James: https://selfpublishingformula.com/ https://www.jamesblatch.com/ Links from the show: J Thorn’s “9 Things”series: http://getbook.at/9thingsseries The Creative Penn Episode 500: https://pod.link/309426367/episode/aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cudGhlY3JlYXRpdmVwZW5uLmNvbS8_cD0zMTc4OA== Ads for Authors course: https://selfpublishingformula.com/courses/ Author Accelerator: https://www.authoraccelerator.com/ Get more from Great Writers Share! https://www.danielwillcocks.com/merch/gws https://www.facebook.com/groups/greatwritersshare/ GWS Press books: Collaboration for Authors: https://books2read.com/u/3G2jLn Special thanks to: Intro vocals: Persephone Rose Show theme: Karl Hughes Become a Patron of the show! Get exclusive bonus content, find your tribe, and get early access to all episodes. Thank you to my patrons: David Hines Harley Christensen Jon Cronshaw Jenn Mitchell Innes Richens Ian J Middleton PT Hylton Michael Anderle Mark McClure Katie Forrest Yanni Jade Meg Cowley H.B. Lyne Jo See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Aug 06, 2020 51 min

#047: Jeff Adams & Will Knauss – Getting started with gay romance fiction, collaboration, and keeping the creative passion burning.

Jeff Adams and Will Knauss are both writers of gay romance fiction, as well as the hosts of both the Big Gay Fiction Podcast (a podcast aimed at sharing their love for gay romance fiction) and the Big Gay Author Podcast (in which they document their journey to full-time writerdom, interviewing successful indies along the way). Jeff and Will are a powerhouse couple in both business and life, residing in Northern California after more than twenty years of marriage. In this episode we go deep into: - How Jeff and Adam got into the writing game - How to keep the flame alive as a writer - What Jeff and Will’s collaboration looked like when they released their co-written novel - What were the pitfalls found in collaborating on a novel? - How to manage expectations on a series when the next book has fallen by the wayside - Marketing your books with content podcasts - The growth journey of a podcast - How to maintain your interest in your podcast after years of publishing - Jeff and Will’s shared experience in writing gay romance fiction - The best place to start when writing gay romance fiction - The truth behind the gay romance reader base and community - How COVID has affected Jeff and Will’s writing process and schedule - How to confidently write gay characters - Why do Jeff and Will write Jeff and Will answers questions from Patrons: - Jenn Mitchell: Even the smoothest of collaborations will occasionally have a difference of opinion so I'm curious how you deal with this. Does the fact that you're not just co-authors but a real life couple impact how you work out a writing related difference. Is it harder or easier since you know each other on a deeper level than most co-authors would. - Sacha Black: What’s your husbands best and worse working trait? Find out more about Jeff and Will: Jeffandwill.com Links from the show: Joanna Penn’s “Business for Authors” https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00MQTR9HA/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i7 Romancing the Beat: https://books2read.com/u/4XnNkg Hockey Player’s Heart: https://books2read.com/u/4NL50G Big Gay Fiction podcast: https://pod.link/1055183594 Big Gay Author podcast: https://pod.link/1473717205 https://theauthorsuccessmastermind.com/superchargeyourscene/ Get your Great Writers Share merchandise! https://www.danielwillcocks.com/merch/gws GWS Press books: Collaboration for Authors: https://books2read.com/u/3G2jLn Special thanks to: Intro vocals: Persephone Rose Show theme: Karl Hughes Become a Patron of the show! Get exclusive bonus content, find your tribe, and get early access to all episodes. Thank you to my patrons: David Hines Harley Christensen Jon Cronshaw Jenn Mitchell Innes Richens Ian J Middleton PT Hylton Michael Anderle Mark McClure Katie Forrest Yanni Jade Meg Cowley H.B. Lyne Jo See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jul 30, 2020 1 hr 2 min

#046: Iain Rob Wright – Finding success in horror in 2020, effective mailing lists & bringing your spouse into your creative business.

One of Horror’s most respected authors, Iain Rob Wright is the writer of more than twenty books, many of them bestsellers. A previous Kindle All-Star and a mainstay in the horror charts, he is a prolific producer of unique and original stories. From his apocalyptic saga The Gates to his claustrophobic revenge thriller ASBO, Iain writes across a broad spectrum of sub genres, creating both beloved series and standalone titles. With work available in several languages and in audio, Iain Rob Wright is one of the fastest rising stars in horror, but when not writing he is a dedicated family man. Father to Jack and Molly, and husband to Sally, he is often seen sharing his family memories with his fans on Facebook. In this episode we go deep into: - The reality behind the difficulty of making money in writing in 2020 - An insight into Iain’s writing journey from 2011 until present - How to be certain you can continue afloat as a full time writer - Iain’s attitude towards series and standalone books when it comes to horror - Writing what makes you happy - The importance of calculating read through in your series - Why the mailing list is the central pillar of a sustainable author career - The mess of the horror charts and if there’s an answer - How to serialize horror effectively - Iain’s attitude towards the ‘rapid release’ schedule - Advice to a fledgling horror author looking to start writing in 2020 - Iain’s attitude towards collaboration and how that has changed or not changed since 2017 - What it’s like to bring your spouse into your creative business - What it takes to actually make it into the author game in 2020 - Why Iain writes Find out more about Iain: https://iainrobwright.com/ Links from the show: The Story Studio, Ep 32. Iain Rob Wright (https://pod.link/1140596479/episode/NjRjYWY4NTYtNWViYS00YTA3LTlmOWUtYTEzZjI0YTA1MWEx The Final Winter https://books2read.com/u/4Eo7XM Mark Dawson’s Ads for Authors https://selfpublishingformula.com/courses/ Special thanks to: Intro vocals: Persephone Rose Show theme: Karl Hughes Become a Patron of the show! Get exclusive bonus content, find your tribe, and get early access to all episodes. Thank you to my patrons: David Hines Harley Christensen Jon Cronshaw Jenn Mitchell Innes Richens Ian J Middleton PT Hylton Michael Anderle Mark McClure Katie Forrest Yanni Jade Meg Cowley H.B. Lyne See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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