Great Writers Share

Great Writers Share

Hawk & Cleaver
Oct 22, 2020 1 hr 0 min

#058: V.S. Holmes – Advocating for queer and disabled representation, winning awards, and collaborative relationships.

V. S. Holmes is an international bestselling author. They created the REFORGED series and the NEL BENTLY BOOKS. Smoke and Rain, the first book in their fantasy quartet, won New Apple Literary's Excellence in Independent Publishing Award in 2015 and a Literary Titan Gold in 2020. In addition, they have published short fiction in several anthologies. When not writing, they work as a contract archaeologist throughout the northeastern U.S. They live in a Tiny House with their spouse, a fellow archaeologist, their not-so-tiny dog, and own too many books for such a small abode. As a disabled and queer human, they work as an advocate and educator for representation in SFF worlds. In this episode we go deep into: - V’s tiny home and how that came into being - What the life of a contract archeologist looks like - How V got into writing and what fuels that passion - How V won their awards, and what the process looked like in the five years between - V’s understanding of complex political structures and how they apply that to their writing - What is that bone behind them on camera? - V's approach to genre hopping and how that affects their writing - What is Amphibian Press and how does that changes their publishing process - What’s the secret behind raising the voices of marginalized voices? - What are the common mistakes people make when writing queer or disabled characters - The importance of at least trying to write the voices of characters outside your comfort zone - Working with sensitivity readers as part of your writing process - V recommends an example for reading queer voices - Working and building a collaborative universe - How to market books in a collaborative universe - Managing conflict and disagreements when you go your separate ways in a collaborative arrangement - Exploring the possibilities of direct selling through your own website - Managing pen names across genres - Why V writes Find out more about V.S. Holmes: https://vsholmes.com/index.html https://www.facebook.com/authorvsholmes/ https://twitter.com/VS_Holmes https://www.instagram.com/vs_holmes/ Links from the show: The Other Side anthology: https://www.devilsrockpublishing.com/theotherside 9 Things Career Authors Don’t Do, Marketing: https://books2read.com/u/bPKVOz Dan’s Boot Camp: https://www.danielwillcocks.com/bootcamp O. E. Tearmann’s “Aces High, Jokers Wild” series: https://www.amazon.com/Hands-Were-Given-Aces-Jokers/dp/B07TMGQLBL/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=o+e+tearmann&qid=1603124448&sr=8-3 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 Michael Anderle Mark McClure Katie Forrest Yanni Jade Meg Cowley H.B. Lyne Jo Sacha Black Laura K See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Oct 15, 2020 42 min

#057: Julia Scott – Formatting books the right way, tackling the second novel, and diving into audio.

Julia Scott is a British author, whose goal is to take you out of ‘regular life’ and teleport you to new worlds and alternate futures through her writing. The Mirror Souls is her debut novel, and like many sci-fi and fantasy books, it started off as a dream. In her ‘other’ life, Julia lives in Essex, England with her husband and two children. She spends her time mum-ing, writing, prettifying books (via Evenstar Books), graphic designing, singing, and digging or planting stuff up in the garden without really knowing what she’s doing. In this episode we go deep into: - How Julia got started as a new author - The difficulty of writing the second book after such a well-received debut - Her history as a graphic designer - How she wound up being such an in-demand formatter - The common mistakes authors make when formatting their own books - Having multiple streams of income - the pros and cons - Her formatting course, The Book Formatting Formula - And why she writes Find out more about Julia: https://www.evenstarbooks.com/ https://www.juliascottwrites.com/ Links from the show: NaNoWriMo Bootcamp: https://www.danielwillcocks.com/bootcamp Holly’s new release: www.bookst2read.com/fate-blue-moon 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 patrons: David Hines Harley Christensen Jon Cronshaw Jenn Mitchell Innes Richens Ian J Middleton Michael Anderle Mark McClure Katie Forrest Yanni Jade Meg Cowley Jo Sacha Black Laura K See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Oct 08, 2020 1 hr 12 min

#056: Ben Errington – Starting with just a cover, gaining confidence as a writer, and positivity on social media.

Ben Errington is a writer from Bristol, UK. With debut novel ‘Ten Tales of the Human Condition’ and novella ‘Dye Pack’ under his belt, Ben’s fast-paced, chaotic, cinematic style has earned him many plaudits. He co-created the post-apocalyptic Luchador comic book El Marvo with Luke Kondor and is the co-host of horror movie discussion podcast Horror Hangout. He’s also a member of the storytelling collective Hawk & Cleaver and one of the minds behind the highly successful fiction podcast ‘The Other Stories’, which releases original narrated horror, science-fiction and fantasy shorts every week. In this episode we go deep into: - Publishing his first short story quickly - Public accountability - The early days of Hawk and Cleaver - Using the momentum from small wins to complete his first novel - Imposter syndrome - Gaining Confidence as a writer - Trusting the process - Collaboration - Designing his own book covers before starting to write - Tips for authors working with their cover designer - The importance of positivity on social media - Curating your social feeds - Writing for an audience of one - Repurposing content Find out more about Ben: https://linktr.ee/ben_errington https://twitter.com/ben_errington https://www.instagram.com/ben_errington/ Links from the show: https://play.acast.com/s/thehorrorhangout https://www.danielwillcocks.com/bootcamp 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 Michael Anderle Mark McClure Katie Forrest Yanni Jade Meg Cowley H.B. Lyne Jo See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Oct 01, 2020 54 min

#055: Faye Trask – Debut novel writing, finding mentors, and falling in love with learning.

Faye Trask has had a love for writing and telling stories since she was a little girl. She was immediately drawn into the world of fantasy and science fiction. Throughout her schooling her passion grew. she put her writing on hold to serve in the US military. When not working at her day job or on her debut novel she can be found in the woods of Maine camping, hiking or trail riding with her fiancé and their dog. In this episode we go deep into: - Where Faye’s love of writing started from - Why Faye used to get distracted in English classes, and how that led to her teaching parts of the curriculum - The importance of exploring your imagination and holding onto that muscle - Dropping out of college and joining the military - The existential crisis of leaving the military - How Faye rediscovered her creative muscle - Discovering writers on YouTube and falling down the rabbit hole of indie - Lessons learned from Neil Gaiman and Jenna Moreci - How Faye approaches finding the right bits of learning, and how to digest the lessons learnt - Approaching your second novel and learning from your process - Faye’s writing process and how to squeeze words in during the day job - Understanding that your first book is likely not going to be your best book - Immersing yourself in craft books and getting into the weeds in the words - Approaching the next steps of publishing your book as a first time author - Why finding the right author communities helps to keep you accountable - Using lessons from the military to keep you accountable - Making it through burnout and getting back to the page - Why Faye writes Find out more about Faye: https://www.instagram.com/writerfayetrask/ Links from the show: Jenna Moreci’s YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS_fcv9kBpDN4WWrfcbCrgw Neil Gaiman’s Masterclass https://www.masterclass.com/classes/neil-gaiman-teaches-the-art-of-storytelling Jenna’s Livestream with Meg LaTorre and Sacha Black https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fqw89UXrL7o&t=336s&ab_channel=iWriterly Jenna’s Interview on Great Writers Share https://pod.link/1473869415/episode/NjQzMjU1ZDgtMDJlMi00MDlhLTgzNTItMGE5YmU2Y2E4M2Jk Three Story Method https://books2read.com/u/4jWkwv Save the Cat https://books2read.com/u/bzj5a9 Jenna’s Tips for Writing Fight Scenes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yM4lWE3qwBo&t=512s Rebel Author Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/rebelauthors https://thecareerauthor.com/summit2021/ 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 Sacha Black See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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.
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