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The Art & Business of Writing

Host Chris Jones helps authors navigate the waters of self-publishing and self-promotion to write better books and to promote and sell fearlessly.

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Episode 090: Nonprofit Fundraising Tips (w/ Patrick Belcher

In this episode, Patrick Belcher talks about his new book “Fundraising Is” and shares tips, advice, and guidance for nonprofits and how his book can help them find organizational success. Get Connected Website: pbjmarcom.comFacebook: PB&J Marcom About Patrick Belcher Patrick Belcher instructs local non-profit organizations on how to consistently raise money. His passion is to guide charities in developing a long-term strategy to gather resources that help them achieve their mission. Using a detailed evaluation process, major gift strategies, and planning, Patrick ensures nonprofits have the resources to make a difference. On several instances, he has helped these charities establish their first $100,000+ event.Patrick discovered how his sales background applied to fundraising while working for the American Red Cross where he far exceeded fundraising goals. As a consultant, he has worked with local affiliates of national groups like Adult & Teen Challenge. He has also worked local addiction and recovery centers, organizations that support the arts, local private schools and other groups focused on education.Learn more about Patrick and his 20+ year track record as a nonprofit sales leader at PBJmarComm.net. The post Episode 090: Nonprofit Fundraising Tips (w/ Patrick Belcher appeared first on Chris Jones.


12 Nov 2021

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Episode 089: Write What You Know (w/ Dawn Brotherton)

 In this episode, Dawn talks about how the books she writes come from her life’s experiences and how that way of generating a story can lead to a vein of gold for an author.  Get Connected Website:  dawnbrothertonauthor.com/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DawnBrothertonAuthorInstagram: instagram.com/DawnBrothertonAuthor About Dawn Brotherton Dawn Brotherton is an award-winning author and featured speaker at writing and publishing seminars. When it comes to exceptional writing, she draws on her experience as a colonel retired from the US Air Force as well as a softball coach and Girl Scout leader. Her variety of interests has led to a variety of genres including mystery, romance, young adult fantasy, middle-grade sports, picture books, and nonfiction. The post Episode 089: Write What You Know (w/ Dawn Brotherton) appeared first on Chris Jones.


5 Nov 2021

Rank #2

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Episode 088: How to Get Clarity to Achieve Your Goals (w/ Marilen Crump)

In this episode, I talk to Marilen Crump, the expert dream catcher. Marilen has helped countless people—women in particular—create the blueprint for achieving their dream goals and then mobilizing them to achieve them with great results. If you have a writing dream, Marilen offers steps to improve your mindset and clarity and exercises you can do to take action today! Get Connected Website: marilencrump.comFacebook: marilencrumponlineTwitter: @marilencrumpInstagram: instagram.com/marilencrump/ About Marilen   Marilen Crump #expertdreamcatcher is a Business Coach, Marketing Strategist, and owner of ARTINSPIRED, LLC which she established in 2000 that serves Creatives, Entrepreneurs, Online Course Creators, Marketing Professionals, Writers, Speakers, and more. She is the President of the Phenomenal Female Business Network whose mission is the help women develop their passions, grow their audience, achieve business milestones, and fund their dreams. Marilen does serve EVERYONE through her brands that include: $1k in a Day Program VAPC (Video + Audio + Photography Classes) Learning Platform ARTINSPIRED’s Online Course Creators Community Empowered Vision Board Program Phenomenal Female Business Accelerator She is a #1 Amazon Best Selling Author and Professional Speaker who has spoken on numerous stages and summits. Notable appearances include Civitan International, Hampton Roads Home Based Business Conference, Historic Triangle Economic Development and York County Chamber of Commerce, Thomas Nelson Community College, The Design View Conference, and NASA. Marilen is also the creator of the D.R.E.A.M. Success Strategy and prioritizes mindset and self-development in every aspect of her life and career. D.R.E.A.M. Success Strategy – Principles to help you shift your mindset into abundance and achieve the dreams that you desire. More info on https://bit.ly/youtubedreamcatcher The post Episode 088: How to Get Clarity to Achieve Your Goals (w/ Marilen Crump) appeared first on Chris Jones.


22 Oct 2021

Rank #3

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Episode 087: Creativity is Your Birthright (w/ Laurie Marshall)

On this episode, author and artist Laurie Marshall talks to Chris about art, writing, our creative spark, and why we all need to honor and share our creative gifts to make a better world today and for the future.Get Connected Website: laurie-marshall.comFacebook: facebook.com/laurie.marshall.16Twitter: twitter.com/UnityCreativityInstagram: @lauriemarshall64 About Laurie Marshall For 35 years, Author, Innovator and Artist Laurie Marshall has empowered youth and adults through creative collaboration. She practices Peace Building through Art, inspired by Nature. A visionary educator, she has served mostly low-income children, families and their schools as an Arts Integration and Project Based Learning specialist. Her mission is to nurture creativity, a love of learning and a collaborative spirit.In addition, Laurie is a certified K-12 Art and Social Studies Teacher with training in the Waldorf Curriculum, Conversational Intelligence, Peace Literacy and Outward Bound. Her B.A. from Antioch College in history and education, and M.A. in art and education from Beacon College laid the groundwork for her innovative use of visual art and storytelling in consensus building, leadership training and conflict prevention with government organizations, schools and businesses. She is based in Novato, CA, with two grown sons and their families in Texas. The post Episode 087: Creativity is Your Birthright (w/ Laurie Marshall) appeared first on Chris Jones.


15 Oct 2021

Rank #4

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Episode 086: How to Write & Parent in Harmony (w/ Dr. Deborah Tillman)

This week I’m joined by Dr. Deborah Tillman, parenting expert and star of Lifetime TVs American Supernanny. On this episode, Dr. Tillman and I talk about how writers should balance creative life and family life. You’ll learn:How to parent and create during an uncertain pandemicHow prioritizing your family helps with getting creative time scheduledPurposeful parenting vs perfect parentingWhy you should strive for a harmonious home over a balanced homeHow parents can meet the needs of their children and still find time to writeSetting boundaries on your writing time and teaching your kids how to respect itHow to involve your kids in your creative processHow to use your creative time to institute a block of time for your kids to pursue their own hobbiesWhat to do when you feel like you have to choose kids over creatingHow to make time for self-careAll this and more await in this episode! Get ConnectedFacebook: facebook.com/DeborahLTillmanTwitter: twitter.com/deborahltillman?lang=enInstagram: instagram.com/iamdeborahltillman About Dr. Deborah Tillman Deborah L. Tillman is Parent Educator, Speaker, Author, Founder of Happy Home Child Learning Center, Inc.,  “America’s Supernanny” on Lifetime Television and President of the non-profit: The Parenting Movement.  Labeled “A Force for Good” by The Washington Post, Tillman has a deep passion for children.  She began her career over a decade ago when she became frustrated with the lack of quality childcare her son was receiving and as a result, quit her very lucrative accounting job and started her own school in 1994.  A native of East Orange, New Jersey, Tillman believes that parents and caregivers play a vital role in a child’s life. The post Episode 086: How to Write & Parent in Harmony (w/ Dr. Deborah Tillman) appeared first on Chris Jones.


10 Sep 2021

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Episode 085: Marketing Tips for Children’s Book Authors (with CM Healy)

If you’ve ever wondered how to market your children’s books, I have a treat for you. Author CM Healy stops by the show to talk children’s book publishing and marketing. In this episode, You’ll learn: How CM Healy started writing children’s books The difference between print on demand and mass printing (and which one maximizes your profits) How school visits work for authors and ways to get started (including CMs templates!) How to do virtual and in-person school visits How to start your own small press The value of professionalism Traditional versus self-publishing for children’s book authors Lessons learned from a life of writing Get Connected E-mail: authorcmhealy@gmail.com Website: authorcmhealy.com Facebook: facebook.com/authorcmhealyInstagram: @authorcmhealy Other :authorcmhealy.com/orderbooks About Children’s Book Author CM Healy Author C.M. Healy lives in Mesquite, Texas, with his wife, dog, and two giant cats where he teaches HS chemistry. When he’s not busy writing, he enjoys building Lego sets, playing video games, reading comic books (The Flash is his favorite), and watching TV with his best buddy, his wife. He earned the distinguished award of Eagle Scout during high school and went on to obtain his masters in child development from Oklahoma State University. He has been working with and entertaining children of all ages ever since. The post Episode 085: Marketing Tips for Children’s Book Authors (with CM Healy) appeared first on Chris Jones.


6 Aug 2021

Rank #6

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Episode 084: How to Write Good (or at Least Gooder) with John David Mann

How to Write Good (Or At Least, Gooder) is multiple New York Times bestselling author John David Mann’s manifesto on the writing life. Mann, who writes fiction and nonfiction, stops by for his third visit to The Art & Business of Writing Podcast to talk about writing, story, the value of good research, the life of a writer, and his latest release Steel Fear, written with former Navy Seal Brandon Webb.In this episode, you’ll learn: Why he wrote How to Write Good (or At Least Gooder)What makes a good story in any genreHow we identify with story and the human nature of storytellingKnowing you’re a writer and living it outThe anatomy of a good storyYour writing life as storyHow he developed diverse writing styles (John writes fiction, nonfiction, and parable)The writing of Steel Fear and the value of accurate research in writingGet ConnectedE-mail: johndavidmann@me.comWebsite: johndavidmann.comFacebook: facebook.com/johndavidmannTwitter: twitter.com/johndavidmannInstagram: instagram.com/johndavidmannAmazon Author Page: amazon.com/John-David-Mann/e/B001JP1Y50/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_book_2About John David MannJohn David Mann is an award-winning author whose books have sold more than 3 million copies in 3 dozen languages, including the bestselling classic The Go-Giver with Bob Burg, the New York Times bestselling memoir The Red Circle with former Navy SEAL Brandon Webb, and the New York Times bestselling parable The Latte Factor with personal finance legend David Bach. As a teenager, John started his own high school and was an award-winning composer and cellist before turning to careers as an entrepreneur and author. His book, Take the Lead (with former White House staffer Betsy Myers), was named by Tom Peters and the Washington Post “Best Leadership Book of 2011.” His first novel, Steel Fear, will be released in August 2021; iconic author Lee Child has called it “sensationally good—an instant classic, maybe an instant legend.”My journey as a writer, and especially my two current books: How to Write Good (Or At Least, Gooder)—released March 1 as an ebook exclusive; and Steel Fear, released July 13.The post Episode 084: How to Write Good (or at Least Gooder) with John David Mann appeared first on Chris Jones.


30 Jul 2021

Rank #7

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Episode 083: Planning Virtual and Hybrid Writing Events (with Alicia Riley)

Virtual events have become commonplace in today’s business world. Author and event planner Alicia Riley pops by the Art & Business of Writing Podcast to talk about how writers and authors can make the most of virtual and hybrid events. Riley leverages her decades-long experience with live event planning to share tips for turning virtual events using Zoom and other online tools into successful conferences that generate revenue and engage guests. In this episode, you’ll learn:How COVID changed event planning and what that means to you todayHow to embrace changes and move forward with graceSetting up virtual eventsKeys to successful eventsWhy hybrid events may become be the norm and how you can host themSetting your fee structureHow long virtual and hybrid events should beHow to choose the right speakers for virtual and hybrid eventsGet ConnectedE-mail: aliciasdesigncre@gmail.comWebsite: strategicvirtualevents.comFacebook: facebook.com/aliciaplansevents25Amazon Author Page: Alicia RileyAbout Event Planner and Author Alicia RileyAlicia R. Riley, who holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Fine Arts and a Master’s in Business Administration-Marketing, is the author of The Power of Events and The Virtual Event Planner. She is a professional event producer and an educator who began studying the field in 1996—an era when the profession was foreign to many, and educational or training options were limited. Riley believes any goal is possible if you commit yourself to work for it, and she reaches every professional goal she sets, based on her list of lessons that are critical to an event planner’s success.In 2002, the Glendale, Arizona native launched a business and amazed clients with her event planning knowledge and expertise. This led to a teaching position and service as a professional speaker in the event planning industry. Her motivational speech, “The Power of Events,” educates audiences about special events and life planning. She refuses to be content and is committed to staying current in her profession. In 2020, Riley earned digital event strategist certification, which allows her to help companies transition in-person events to a digital platform. Her recently published book, The Virtual Event Planner, provides a detailed, personal guide to all aspects of virtual event planning, which will be an inspirational and indispensable resource for anyone already involved with event planning or anyone who may be considering a career in the profession.The post Episode 083: Planning Virtual and Hybrid Writing Events (with Alicia Riley) appeared first on Chris Jones.


23 Jul 2021

Rank #8

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Episode 082: Public Speaking Tips for Writers (w/ David Brown)

For writers, one of the most powerful self-promotion tools is public speaking. For most, public speaking conjures up visions of speaking in front of their high school English class, but public speaking is a vital skill used in every day conversation, not just on the stage.  In this episode, you’ll learn: What the winning edge is for speaking and why it matters What confident speakers know and how you can learn it How to use public speaking techniques to sell more books at festivals and cons Why introverts are among the best public speakers What makes a great speaker The value of listening The power of the pause Why learning to code-switch can make you more effective in sale Get Connected E-mail: david.brown@dsbleadershipgroup.comWebsite: https://www.dsbleadershipgroup.com/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TwinsTalkitUp & https://www.facebook.com/dsbleadershipTwitter: @dsbleadershipInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/twinstalkitup & https://www.instagram.com/dsbleadershipgroup/ About David Brown Known as the Evangelist of Authenticity (#authenticityevangelist), David is also an Ordained Minister & Evangelist with the Christian Church.  With 24+ years of ministry experience, David has had the privilege of leading within seven different congregations.  He was also instrumental in establishing three additional Church plantings.David’s background has been in helping organizations with both Transitional Leadership and Leadership Development.  He is passionate about the development of every organization’s greatest resource: its people.  He has taught and trained on every platform from mentoring to workshops and Executive Coaching. The post Episode 082: Public Speaking Tips for Writers (w/ David Brown) appeared first on Chris Jones.


19 Jul 2021

Rank #9

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Episode 081: How to Start a Writers Conference in Your Community (w/ Joy O’Toole)

On this episode, Joy O’Toole teaches us how to start a local or regional writer’s conference from the ground up. We cover how to find a venue, locate authors to speak, get attendees excited, build contact lists, ways to promote a conference, and more.  Get Connected E-mail: joy.otoole@crrl.orgWebsite: www.librarypoint.org/writersFacebook: facebook.com/crrlnewsInstagram: instagram.com/crrlnewsTwitter: twitter.com/crrlnews About Joy O'Toole Joy O’Toole is an adult services programmer at the Central Rappahannock Regional Library in Fredericksburg, Virginia. She helped start and facilitate the Rappahannock Writers Conference. One of her roles is to create and maintain a partnership between the library and the local writers and poets in its area. Joy has worked for the library for almost ten years and loves every aspect of her work. She has the privilege of writing for the library website in addition to her other duties. In her free time, she reads, maintains her personal blog, teaches women’s Bible studies, and is working on a book project of her own. The post Episode 081: How to Start a Writers Conference in Your Community (w/ Joy O’Toole) appeared first on Chris Jones.


18 Jun 2021

Rank #10