#32 Earning Your Stripes with Patrick Collison. On this episode of the Knowledge Project Podcast, I chat with Patrick Collison, co-founder and CEO of the leading online payment processing company, Stripe. If you’ve purchased anything online recently, there’s a good chance that Stripe facilitated the transaction. What is now an organization with over a thousand employees and handling tens of billions of dollars of online purchases every year, began as a small side experiment while Patrick and his brother John were going to college. During our conversation, Patrick shares the details of their unlikely journey and some of the hard-earned wisdom he picked up along the way. I hope you have something handy to write with because the nuggets per minute in this episode are off the charts. Patrick was so open and generous with his responses that I’m really excited for you to hear what he has to say. Here are just a few of the things we cover: The biggest (and most valuable) mistakes Patrick made in the early days of Stripe and how they helped him get better The characteristics that Patrick looks for in a new hire to fit and contribute to the Stripe company culture What compelled he and his brother to move forward with the early concept of Stripe, even though on paper it was doomed to fail from the start The gaps Patrick saw in the market that dozens of other processing companies were missing — and how he capitalized on them The lessons Patrick learned from scaling Stripe from two employees (he and his brother) to nearly 1,000 today How he evaluates the upsides and potential dangers of speculative positions within the company How his Irish upbringing influenced his ability to argue and disagree without taking offense (and how we can all be a little more “Irish”) The power of finding the right peer group in your social and professional circles and how impactful and influential it can be in determining where you end up. The 4 ways Patrick has modified his decision making process over the last 5 years and how it’s helped him develop as a person and as a business leader (this part alone is worth the listen) Patrick’s unique approach to books and how he chooses what he’s going to spend his time reading ...life in Silicon Valley, Baumol’s cost disease, and so, so much more. Patrick truly is one of the most warm, humble and down to earth people I’ve had the pleasure to speak with and I thoroughly enjoyed our conversation together. I hope you will too! *** For comprehensive show notes on this episode, including a full edited transcript, go to https://www.fs.blog/podcast/ My free weekly Brain Food digest helps you upgrade your thinking. Don't miss out, sign up at https://www.fs.blog/newsletter/ Follow Shane on Twitter (https://twitter.com/farnamstreet)
Airbnb's Brian Chesky in Handcrafted. If you want your company to truly scale, you first have to do things that don't scale. Handcraft the core experience. Get your hands dirty. Serve your customers one-by-one. And don't stop until you know exactly what they want. That's what Brian Chesky did. As CEO of Airbnb, Brian’s early work was more akin to a traveling salesman. He takes us back to his lean years – when he went door-to-door, meeting Airbnb hosts in person – and shares the imaginative route to crafting what he calls an "11-star experience.”Mentioned in this episode:Paul Graham: "In order to scale, you have to do things that don't scale."
The Global Philosopher: Should Borders Matter?. Michael Sandel explores the philosophical justifications made for national borders. Using a pioneering state-of-the-art studio at the Harvard Business School, Professor Sandel is joined by 60 participants from over 30 countries in a truly global digital space. Is there any moral distinction between a political refugee and an economic migrant? If people have the right to exit a country, why not a right to enter? Do nations have the right to protect the affluence of their citizens? And is there such a thing as a 'national identity'? These are just some of the questions addressed by Professor Sandel in this first edition of The Global Philosopher.Audience producer: Louise ColettaProducer: David EdmondsEditor: Richard Knight(Image taken by Rose Lincoln)
#138 — The Edge of Humanity. In this episode of the Making Sense podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Yuval Noah Harari about his new book “21 Lessons for the 21st Century.” They discuss the importance of meditation for his intellectual life, the primacy of stories, the need to revise our fundamental assumptions about human civilization, the threats to liberal democracy, a world without work, universal basic income, the virtues of nationalism, the implications of AI and automation, and other topics. You can support the Making Sense podcast and receive subscriber-only content at SamHarris.org/subscribe.
Rank #1: Story & Promote #8: Beginnings & Endings. Story & Promote Podcast #8 www.StoryandPromote.com Show Format * Introduction * Story Tip: How you begin is just as important as how you end. * Topic: Connect First Then Sell Your Book * Book Marketing Resource: Wattpad * Closing remarks Instagram: theissallie www.AllieTheiss.com Wattpad: https://www.wattpad.com/
Rank #2: Story and Promote #1: Writing Wednesday. Story & Promote Podcast #1 www.StoryandPromote.com Show Format * Introduction * Writing Tip: What If? * Story Prompt* Closing remarks Email ‘What’s Next’: firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @allietheiss www.AllieTheiss.com
Rank #1: 178 – All Reboots Great and Gritty. The Narrators convene to discuss the current media obsession with reboots, reimaginings, remasters and rereleases. Why (oh why) do these things happen? What are the good (and bad) examples of such tinkering? Which franchises would we most like to toss into the proverbial blender? Prepare to get grim and gritty.
Rank #2: 174 – Book Reports. Remember a while back when we gave each other Not-So-Secret Santa books to read? No? Well, things are rough in the Sad Timeline. Whether you listened or not, tune in this week as we report back on our assigned books and discuss their finer (and coarser) points. Cath assigned Chia Lady Mechanica, Vol. 1 by Joe Benítez. Chris assigned George Marvel’s Night Nurse. Chia assigned Chris The Family Plot by Cherie Priest. George assigned Cath Adam Nevill‘s The Ritual. We read them all, dear listener, and herein we express opinions. There will be a quiz afterwards.
Rank #1: Story Works Round Table 063 | Short Stories: how they differ from the novel. This week, Alida, Kathryn, and Robert discuss short stories and how they’re different from the novel. We cover topics like the shortness of short stories, ambiguous endings, the importance of theme, stories versus lead magnets, writing short to build craft skills, and more! www.StoryWorksPodcast.com
Rank #2: Story Works Round Table 050 | Openings. This week, we pull an episode from the video archives. Alida, Kathryn, and Matt discuss what makes a great opening. Do you need to begin in media res? What is in media res, anyway? How about opening with a scenario? How much depth of character is needed in an opening? How do you get it on the page and hook a reader? Previously published as video-only episode 6. Show notes and more at www.StoryWorksPodcast.com
Rank #1: The Brutal Truth of Being a Writer. Today my guest is Tim Knox. He is a sought-after corporate speaker and comedian, published author, talk radio host, syndicated business columnist, and self-professed Mama’s Boy, Tim’s unique perspective is enjoyed by thousands who listen to his radio show, read his books and columns, and hear him speak every year.You should check out his show Interviewing Writers too.In this interview we talk about- the difference between traditional publishing and self-publishing- how to markets your books- the business aspect of being a writer- building author brandFood for ThoughtIf passion was money every poet would be rich.If the great writers in history had to market their own work chances are we never would have heard of any of them.The hardest thing to do in a crowd is to get noticed.If you are are a writer - write!Be happy that you have the ability to write.If you’d like to share your thought with me and other Write to be Read listeners, make sure you join our Facebook group: facebook.com/groups/write2bread/Click to view: show page on Awesound
Rank #2: How to Make $450k a Year By Writing Fiction. My today's guest is Mark Dawson - the author of John Milton series. Until recently, Mark worked in the London film industry. He now writes full-time and is working on three series.I found out about Mark Dawson few weeks ago, when I read the article about him in Forbes. Last year Amazon paid Mark $450k. I tried to find out how did he make it and which were the main components of his success.In this interview we you will find outWhere did Mark gain knowledge about self-publishing and book marketing When he realized that things start happeningHow did Mark build his e mail list How Mark manages to be so prolific How Mark makes sure that his readers want to read the next book in the series How to use Facebook adsHow long did it take Mark to become full-time author Which is the most powerful marketing tool for authors How much money Mark spends to publish each of his books Useful LinksSelf Publishing Formula (Mark's free videos)Mark Dawson's websiteThe Self Publishing PodcastRocking Self Publishing podcastThe Creative Penn podcastYou can get free audiobook here Click to view: show page on Awesound
Rank #1: Questions 533: Writing Believable Others. Subscribe Here! Jeanne asks: How do you write “the other” and keep the characters believable and accessible? The post Questions 533: Writing Believable Others appeared first on The Every Day Novelist.
Rank #2: Question 728: First Paragraph Styling. Simon asks: What are your thoughts on indenting or not indenting the first paragraph of a chapter? Subscribe Here! The post Question 728: First Paragraph Styling appeared first on The Every Day Novelist.
Rank #1: CTC062 – Beat the Sugar Cravings with Dr. Angela Tran. Beat the Sugar Cravings with Dr. Angela Tran Happy International Women’s Day! Today is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. Thank you for those of you who have written a review on iTunes, it really means a lot to me. It helps spread the word about the show and get in front of more people and that’s my aim to help as many people as I can live a happier healthier life. So, if you haven’t already done so, when you are finished listening to this episode head on over to iTunes and leave a review. If this show has helped you in any way, I’d love to hear that. You can go to tanyafraser.ca/rate to learn more about how to rate and review the show. This coming spring I WILL be launching the cut the crap club. It’s an online membership club the gives you a realistic approach to a healthier body, mind and soul. All details can be found at cutthecrapclub.com, I have a quick video and a sneak peek into the what club is all about. Basically, just like this podcast cast, it’s my way of cut through all the B.S. and giving you easy, practical, realistic ways to be healthier, stronger, happier, fitter, have more energy and build confidence. I share with you meal plans, recipes, you’ll learn what your body needs to thrive, you’ll get workout videos that are fun and that you can fit into your schedule, we’ll have live Q&A sessions, you will have access to me live and other guest experts, masterclasses where we dive into specific health, fitness and nutrition topics and the best part, the community. You will have accountability partners, we have our own private FB group, to help motivate and support on anther and, of course, to have fun and laugh at ourselves every now and then, or just laugh at me! I’ll definitely try my best to keep you entertained!! So, visit cutthecrapclub.com to learn more and put your name on the waitlist. Do you like ready books? How about listening to books. I love to read but I don’t always have the time to sit down and read a book. That’s why I love Audible.com, I download a book and listen to it while cooking or driving in my car. Audible.com is offering you a free audiobook of your choice and a free 30-day trial membership. Audible.com is offering you a free audiobook of your choice and a free 30-day trial membership. Just go to audibletrial.com/cutthecrap and choose from over 180,000 audio programs – download a title free and start listening. It’s that easy. In this episode, we talk about What are net carbs and why are they important Sugar is the new fat Sugar and inflammation 3 steps to reduce cravings Lab tests and much more Resources & Links Mentioned Dr. Angela’s Website Dr. Angela on Facebook Dr. Angela on Twitter Unstoppable: 9 Principles For Unlimited Success In Business & Life by Kelly Roach Listen to Episode 62 If you feel this episode has added value to you, please rate and review on iTunes and Stitcher. If you do, I’ll send you a virtual hug! Feel free to connect with me on twitter (@tanyafraserrhn) and Facebook. Music credit: Dedicated (Celtic Flute Mix) by Duck. If you like the intro music, I encourage you to listen to the entire song here. The post CTC062 – Beat the Sugar Cravings with Dr. Angela Tran appeared first on Tanya Fraser - Nutritionist | Personal Trainer.
Rank #2: CTC030 – Freeze Foods and Save Money Part One. Freeze Foods and Save Money Part One Welcome to episode 30. 30 episodes already can you believe it. It’s been six months now since I release the first episode. I have to thank you, sincerely for listening, if you have listened since day one or you are recent listener thank you so very much. The feedback I’ve been getting is incredible, I love all your comments and questions. Speaking of questions, if you’ve got a question please send me an email. If you have a question I’m sure someone else has the same. I’ll answer your question on the show. Or is there an expert you’d like me to bring on the show or do you have a topic you’d like me to talk about. Then please send me an email and share with me. I’m creating this show for you. I want to help and inspire you to take action. So let me know what you want to listen to. Audible.com is offering you a free audiobook of your choice and a free 30-day trial membership. Just go to audibletrial.com/cutthecrap and choose from over 180,000 audio programs – download a title free and start listening. It’s that easy. Thank you for your reviews. The review of the week comes from Mendyweiss and Mendy says “Hey I am not that big writer, but I am listening to this show from the start, Tanya is amazing full of life and vigour my wife also loves it. Thank you and keep them coming.” Thank you so very much Mendyweiss for listening and taking the time to review the show. I truly appreciate it. If you’d like me to read your review all you’ve got to do is subscribe, rate and review the show on iTunes. If you’re not sure how to do that visit tanyafraser.ca/rate and I give you step by step instructions. I’ve got so much information to share with you in this episode and as I was putting it all together I thought “this is too much”, “it’s too over whelming”. So I decided to record this topic in two parts. Today and next week I’m going to share with you 24 foods you can freeze that will help you keep healthy food in the house, that will save you time and of course save you money. We all want to save money right. Today, in part one I’ll share 12 foods and you’ll get the other 12 next week. In this episode we talk about 5 uses for coconut oil on your body Start thinking about food in the long term not short term Is healthy food too expensive 12 foods you can start freezing to save money and time Listen to Episode 30 If you feel this episode has added value to you, please rate and review on iTunes and Stitcher. If you do, I’ll send you a virtual hug! Feel free to connect with me on twitter (@tanyafraserrhn) and Facebook. Music credit: Dedicated (Celtic Flute Mix) by Duck. If you like the intro music, I encourage you to listen to the entire song here. The post CTC030 – Freeze Foods and Save Money Part One appeared first on Tanya Fraser - Nutritionist | Personal Trainer.
Rank #1: 204 Focus, Pruning and Why Novel Marketing is About to Change. In this episode we are going to talk about why pruning your life might be the most important move you’ll ever make. Show Notes How pruning works in nature. Here in Austin we have a tree called the Arizona Ash Tree. These trees are pretty, and grow very fast which makes them popular for new subdivisions. The problem is, they grow too fast. They have a bad habit of splitting in two or having major limbs break off after a while. This is really bad if your car or house is under one of those branches. It is not uncommon for a homeowner to call them Arizona Trash Trees after it destroys their car. The solution is to cut some of the healthy limbs off the tree from time to time. This forces the tree to put the nutrients that those limbs were taking and put them toward the remaining limbs. You have to take active measures to keep the tree from getting too big. Reasons Pruning Can Be Helpful: To Increase the structural strength of the remaining plant. Like in the Ash tree example. To increase fruit production. Pruning is also used with fruit trees. By cutting under performing branches, the remaining branches produce more and better fruit. This is why domesticated fruit trees produce so much better fruit than wild trees. The same applies for flowering plants. To improve the aesthetic shape of the tree. If you want the tree to look just so, pruning is the only way to make it happen. To cut off diseased or unhealthy limbs. This can even apply to humans and is why so many soldiers had limbs amputated before the discovery of penicillin. Ok, so what does this have to do with books and with the Novel Marketing Podcast. Thomas’ Story of Pruning Earlier this year, I had a mental breakdown. I calculated my responsibilities and I had 20 titles with various companies and organizations: I was: CEO, Author Media Hosting Podcast Co-Host, Novel Marketing Keynote Speaker, Thomas Umstattd Sole Prop Literary Agent, Steve Laube Agency Instructor, Author Media Courses Vice President, Christian Writers Institute Podcast Host, Christian Publishing Show CEO, Castle Media Podcast Production Podcasting, Publishing, and Marketing Consultant Podcast Host, Liberty Buzzard Podcast Host, Creative Funding Show Author, Courtship in Crisis Organizer, Austin Entrepreneur Meetup Board Member, Way Makers International Organizer, Austin Christian Writers Product owner, MyBook Plug-ins Organizer, Austin Board Game Designers Meetup Co-Organizer, Austin Podcasters Meetup Blogger, ThomasUmstattd.com, AuthorMedia.com Not to mention husband and father. This was too much! Like an Arizona ash tree I was about to split! Someone asked me a few months ago how I did everything and I almost told her: “By failing at most of it most of the time.” So over the last several months I have been cutting down my list of responsibilities. My inspiration was a 700 year old tree that I saw in Switzerland. It had recently been pruned back to its nubs and yet was bursting with new growth. There is a photo of it in the show notes. I am not where I want to be, but I am closer. I stepped down as the: Podcast Host of Liberty Buzzard and Creative Funding Show Organizer of Austin Entrepreneur Meetup Literary Agent, Steve Laube Agency Board Member, Way Makers International Organizer, Austin Christian Writers Meetup Organizer, Austin Board Game Designers Meetup I also: Put my book Courtship in Crisis on retirement. People can still buy it but I am no longer accepting press inquiries and podcast interviews about the book. Sold the MyBook Plug-ins to Stormhill Media. One way to think of pruning as saying no to the branches you are cutting. But another way to think of it is saying “yes” to the branches that remain. By cutting these responsibilities I will have more energy to say “yes” to the things that remain. What I most enjoy doing is teaching and most of the things that remain (creating courses, hosting podcasts) revolve around teaching. This may fail. If my courses don’t sell, this may end in disaster for me. Jim’s Story of Pruning “When I retire I don’t know what I’ll do with my time …” What!? Guitar, dirt bike riding, sleight of hand, water skiing, photography, golf, scuba diving, pickleball … and the list goes on. Same in business … entrepreneurial mind set. Darci and the many plates I’ve always spun. My To Do lists … Start of the Year- “Big Rocks” How many plates can you spin? (Most people have ONE job) Editing, speaking, back cover copy writing, one on one consulting, website building, Jr2 Marketing, narrating audio books, The Rubart Writing Academy … and writing Narration- ramping up The Rubart Writing Academy- ramping up I want to write again – OCW What I’ve Learned City Slickers The Most Powerful Word in the English language: No Randy Ingermanson- “Fill to 80%” It’s okay to disappoint people The main reason I’ve loved doing this show What Novel Marketing Will Look Like in the Future Jim will still be around. Every other month, Jim will come on as a guest host and we’ll be developing courses together. The Aftermath Steve Laube Courses Emotions There is room for more … Opportunities! One month to live: Thirty Days to a No Regret Life Free to Focus by Michael Hyatt If you have enjoyed Jim on the last 204 episodes, could you leave a review and say something nice? The podcast is not going away! Thomas will continue hosting it. I may experiment with the formats some of the coming weeks. Please leave voicemails! Sponsor: 5 Year Plan to Become a Bestselling Author This plan was crafted by Thomas & Jim to be step by step guide through the first five years of your writing career. Learn each quarter what to do to succeed and avoid the mistakes that hijack the success of most authors. Learn more at NovelMarketing.com/courses. Featured Patrons Top Level Patrons: Carrie Daws Chautona Havig Cheryl Elton Cl Peterson David Winters Debra Diaz Eloise Whyte Jennifer Leo Julia Darcy Kate Harvie Michael Jack Webb Molly Jo Realy Nan Rinella Peter DeHaan Tisha Martin Tyler L. Jones You can become a Novel Marketing Patron here. Transcript Transcript generated algorithmically by Sonix(Affiliate Link). Questions Do you have a question you would like us to answer on the show? Call our listener help line! 512-827-8377. You can also send us a high quality recording on NovelMarketing.com/contact.
Rank #2: 201 Book Marketing 101: How to Price Your Ebook. In this episode, we are going to talk about how to price your eBook. Show Notes Introduction: One of those episodes we can’t believe we’ve never done, because it’s a question everyone seems to always be asking. What should you price your ebook? We have a short answer and a long answer. The Short Answer: All eBook pricing is an ongoing/never ending experiment The Long Answer: We’ll give you broad strokes, and then specific brush strokes that will help you make an informed decision. How pricing works in economics. In general, prices are driven by supply and demand. Elastic Prices (Genre Fiction) Non-Elastic Prices (Textbooks) How do you become less elastic? Build a strong brand! Example: Brandon Sanderson-Thomas will pay the going price! The Pricing Graph Higher Prices > Lower Unit Sales Lower Prices < Higher Unit Sales Sweet spot, where you have maximum profit. Also known as the point of equilibrium. What is Your Objective? The goal for all authors is not necessarily to maximize profits. Sell Lots of Books? Or … Make Lots of Money? Sell Lots of Books When you’re in the start to middle of your career- books in as many hands as possible. (Pirating again.) More sales makes Amazon smarter- they know who will buy your book You’ll rise higher on the charts. More reviews. More email subscribers. Price? $0.99 On average, authors sell at least twice as many copies at $0.99 as they do at any other price point. The downside of $0.99 is that Amazon penalizes you by reducing your profits. Impulse buy. Success drives success. Make Lots of Money The sweet spot has been $3.99 This is a fluid number … The royalty structure on most major retailers is dependent on price. Amazon: 70% of every sale they make when their book is priced between $2.99 and $9.99, and 35% of the sale when their book is priced below $2.99. However, this only works IF: Great cover Great (and lots of) reviews What if you don’t have those two things? Run a $.99 promo and garner reviews, then come back. Apparel Pricing as an Example $20 for a t-shirt … sits on the rack, now on sale for $5! Wow, great savings! Wrong. You have $5 less, but that anchoring works! Establish a Brand High prices can establish a luxury brand. The problem with a race to the bottom is that you just might win. You never want to be the second cheapest option. What if You Want High Sales and High Profit? Consider KDP Select- exclusive to Amazon Kindle Countdown Deals and … KENP Payouts. Authors running a promotion at $0.99 earn a 70% royalty effectively doubling the royalty on each of their sales. Pages read: authors enrolled in KDP Select see an increase in the number of pages read when they run a promotion. On average, authors see a 1300 bump in KENP reads the day of the promotion, with reads increasing into the weeks after the promotion. With the current payout per page amount averaging $0.0045, that’s an additional $5.85 in earnings per day that an author earns off the promotion. What Price Should You Choose? You can price a book based on a combination of any of these factors: Length Genre Marketing reasons What other similar authors charge Amazon’s suggestion- KDP dashboard will suggest Pricing Based on Length- In general, the longer the story, the more you can charge: Flash Fiction – <1,000 words $0.00 – $0.99 Short Short Story – 1,000 – 5,000 words- $0.00 – $0.99 Short Story – 5,000 – 10,000 words- – $0.99 – $1.99 (Digression- we’re big on writing short stories … and you can often make the same you’d make on a 90k novel!) Novelette – 10,000 – 20,000 words- $1.99 – $3.99 Novella – 20,000 – 40,000 words- $2.99 – $5.99 Novel – 40,000 – 120,000 words- $2.99 – $7.99 Epic Novel – >120,000 words – $5.99 – $12.99 Pricing Based on Genre Specific genres usually have a specific price point. Stick to that. Know your genre. Look at trad pricing, sure, but look at indie publishing as well The growth is with indies … so while trads will say sales are flat or down, it’s not true, trad sales are flat, but not indie. Pricing Based on Marketing We talked about this above What Other (Similar) Authors Charge Look at your also boughts Depends on if they’re a bigger seller than you/or lower Amazon will Suggest A Few More Thoughts Run simple month long experiments Short-term discounts on Boxed Sets Sell Well Backlist helps sell the front list- the best marketing for your books will always be your books Non-fiction- you can price higher Price your Physical Book Higher It’s Okay to Have Fluid Pricing Featured Patron You’re the Cream in My Coffee …Jennifer Lamont Leo. Jennifer loves all things vintage, especially stories set in the early twentieth century. You’re the Cream in My Coffee and the sequel, Ain’t Misbehavin’, are set in 1920s Chicago. Sponsor: The Rubart Writing Academy Transcript Transcript generated algorithmically by Sonix(Affiliate Link).
Rank #1: The Petal to the Metal Episode 76: Plot Fundamentals Part 3. In the third installment of the Plot Fundamentals mini-series, Petal and Metal review the 15 obligatory scenes and discuss how to use them in drafting and revisions. Click to download the PDF for this episode: https://theauthorcopilot.com/writerswelldownloads/episode76.pdfWhat’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments…Rate & subscribe on iTunes and then share with other writers.Support us on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/thepetaltothemetalMore information here - http://thepetaltothemetal.com/
Rank #2: The Writer’s Well Episode 101: Which tiny actions have compounded into measurable results?. After finishing up the listener call-ins, Rachael and J. discuss tiny actions that yield measurable results.The Writer’s Well Retreat, 2019 - http://thewriterswell.org/retreatRachael’s Query Letter Service - http://rachaelherron.com/query/J.’s Core Scene Service - https://theauthorlife.com/editing/What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments…Rate & subscribe on iTunes and then share with other writers.Support us on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/thewriterswellMore information here - http://thewriterswell.org
Rank #1: KWL EP 086 Catherine Coulter. Episode 86 features an interview with international bestselling author Catherine Coulter, about one of her most recent titles, Insidious. In the interview, Mark and Catherine talk about: The question Catherine’s sister asked her at a family reunion back in the 1990’s that inspired the her first romantic suspense novel, The Cove (which became the first book in her FBI series) The devious nature involved by the author when writing in a series where each book can be read and enjoyed as a stand alone novel The reason why, when most books in the series are set about 2 weeks apart from one another, there’s a 5-year time-lag between Books 2 and Books 3 in the series The benefits of moving between writing different types of genres as really great exercises for the brain The cross-over in Catherine’s fan base who read both Historical Romance and Romantic Suspense As a self-confessed “pantser” the fact that about 98% of Catherine’s writing is discovery and the backward-building that she does in the re-writing How her husband is her first editor Catherine’s preference for writing dialogue over setting descriptions (as well as her penchant for humor) How it is a wonderful time to be a writer and Catherine’s favorite advice for beginning writers After the interview, Mark gives a bit of an update on Kobo Plus Links of interest Catherine Coulter’s Website Catherine Coulter on Facebook Catherine Coulter’s Books on Kobo KWL's Instagram Account
Rank #2: KWL EP 112 - Lauren Blakely . In this episode, Chrissy and Stephanie chat with #1 New York Times best-selling author, Lauren Blakely. Lauren talks about her tips and tricks for marketing, her philosophy on writing and why it is important to be authentic on social media. She also examines a mistake she believes to have made with her publishing schedule last year. Lauren also gives listeners some great recommendations for readers curious about the romance genre.
Rank #1: The Realities of Writing Careers. Join Stephan Bugaj, Justin Sloan, and Kevin Tumlinson as they discuss what it really takes to establish yourself as a creative writer. NOTE: We apologize for the audio not being perfect in this episode. We're taking steps to ensure better audio quality in the future. You have to be 100 percent dedicated ...which can be tough advice, we get that. But here we discuss the commitment needed to make it as a writer if you hope to make it a career. We don’t say to drop everything and only write, but discuss how to make sacrifices and when to be committed to it. The group further discussed: Sacrificing sleep. Or work (if you can do it). Keep in mind that how good you are is relative (just because your college English teacher said you were amazing, that same level of amazingness may not be the same when surrounded by professionals. Watch out for the scams! How to break in, or how we did. And more! Some awesomeness brought up in this episode and cool links: The UCLA Professional Program: http://www.tft.ucla.edu/programs/professional-programs/ For more descussion like this, check out the books in the Creative Mentor series: 1) Creative Writing Career 2) Creative Writing Career 2 3) Military Veterans in Creative Careers
Rank #2: Fantasy and Supernatural Thriller Author and BookTuber PT Hylton . This episode starts with Justin fan-boying over PT Hylton's book, Thorns and Tangles. The first book is only $0.99 and is amazing, and Justin wanted to know the strategy behind publishing 6 books of 100-ish pages each, versus going for a trilogy. Next, the group discussed the differences between fantasy, urban fantasy, and supernatural thriller, and finished with a discussion on BookTubers and how doing stuff like this can be useful as an author. ** Who is PT Hylton? (from his website): I mostly write about secrets. People with secrets. Towns with secrets. How keeping secrets tears people apart, and how sharing secrets, even terrible ones, brings people together. In that spirit, I’ll share my own secret origin story.PT Profile I’ve always wanted to be a writer, and I’ve written in some form or fashion ever since I could. But it wasn’t always fiction. After college, two friends and I started a small production company called Plethora Films. We spent a few years making short films and almost-but-not-quite finishing a feature film. For better or for worse, we disbanded just before YouTube hit the scene. To my knowledge, none of our shorts are even online. I spent the next eight years putting all my creative energy into making podcasts, most successfully with the long-running guitar podcast Six-String Bliss. I also had some short-lived podcasts, including Guitar New Weekly, Real Dad Fitness, and Time-Traveling Film Critics. One day I was talking with my daughter and encouraging her to go after her dreams. “Do you have any dreams, Daddy,” she asked. “I want to be a writer,” I said. “Then why aren’t you doing it?” That lit a fire under me something fierce, and I got to writing. The things I’ve published so far: The Deadlock Trilogy – A science fiction suspense series about a small town with a secret. Includes Regulation 19, A Place Without Shadows, and The Broken Clock. Zane Halloway -The Zane Halloway series takes place in a world of magic, mystery, and assassins. It’s an epic sword and sorcery tale told in novella-sized chunks. Drop me a line on Twitter or through email and say hello! You can do so by commenting on his YouTube channel, HERE. ** Don't forget that this podcast is sponsored by the two writing books, Creative Writing Career 2 and 30-Day Author. Thank you for your continued support!
Rank #1: Creating a Writing Practice with Jordan Rosenfeld–Episode 48–July 9 2015. On episode 48 of the WRITER 2.0 Podcast, I spoke with novelist and writing book author Jordan Rosenfeld, focussing on her new book, A Writer’s Guide To Persistence. We also spoke about: how to build platform organically; developing a daily writing practice; why writers self sabotage; writer burnout; when to hire an editor; her most painful writing […] The post Creating a Writing Practice with Jordan Rosenfeld–Episode 48–July 9 2015 appeared first on A.C. Fuller.
Rank #2: Breaking into the Romance Genre with Emma Scott–Episode 82–November 25 2015. On episode 82 of the WRITER 2.0 Podcast I was joined once again by romance author Emma Scott. Emma is the author of 4 books—all released in the last 13 months: Love Beyond Words, Unbreakable, Rush, and Endless Possibility: A Rush Novella In a fun, wide-ranging interview, we discussed: the costume she’ll be wearing to the new Star Wars film; […] The post Breaking into the Romance Genre with Emma Scott–Episode 82–November 25 2015 appeared first on A.C. Fuller.
Rank #1: Episode 80 - The absolute essentials of writing a scene. The scene is a key building block of a story, so how can we make sure that the scenes in our writing work? In this episode we explore the three key questions that every writer needs to ask about each scene they write:what is the objective of the scene? How does the scene begin and end? And what gives the scene energy and direction?
Rank #2: Episode 134 "All successful books have this one thing in common..." A conversation with Dr Ginger Moran. This episode is a conversation with the author, writing coach and academic Dr Ginger Moran. We talk about the right mindset for writing, the different disciplines that we need to bring to the first draft and editing, learning from great writers, and why we writers are such tender souls. And yes, Ginger tells us what that one thing successful books have in common is, enjoy!
Rank #1: Episode 109: On the Feminine vs. the Masculine Narrative Voice - Mieke Eerkens . During workshops, it often becomes clear how heavily the “feminine” voice—characterized by multi-angled, expansive prose and a focus on the emotional realm—is criticized in writing, and the “masculine” voice—characterized by straightforward, sparse prose and a focus on the physical realm—is pushed. Editors and the work they publish reinforce this aesthetic preference, which affects our culture in a feedback loop. Yet, male, female, and gender-neutral writers alike reflect varying degrees of traditional masculinity or femininity in their authorial voices. We will interrogate the assumptions about the masculine voice versus the feminine voice, and discuss how it relates to our writing.
Rank #2: Episode 69: John Dalton—Ten Ways of Thinking about Character. All good fiction is built around a writer’s fascination with made-up people. And as practicing writers, we’re well aware that our characters should be more than “talking heads”; they should have depth and range and complexity. But how does this happen?