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Episode 137 Tools and markets for the Indie Author. With Ricardo Fayet of Reedsy.com
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May 23, 2019 11:26 AM PDT
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As I prepare for the launch this summer of "The Centauri Survivors" my YA SciFi novel, I have been using the services of Reedsy.com, and so I caught up with co-founder Ricardo Fayet to talk about Reedsy Discovery: https://reedsy.com/discovery a service that allows you to showcase your new publication, the free Reedsy Book Editor: https://reedsy.com/write-a-book, and Reedsy's marketplace for writers. We also talk about why now really is the very best time to be publishing your own book.

Episode 136 Your guide for the journey. The work of the sensitivity reader with Patrice Williams Marks
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April 02, 2019 04:00 PM PDT
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We all want to introduce diverse characters into our work and not be afraid to tackle difficult social and cultural themes, but can we be sure we're getting the tricky issues right? Sensitivity readers like my guest Patrice Williams Marks can help us navigate and master the challenge of avoiding naivete and offence in the way we present our characters.

Episode 135 'You are valuable just as you are. And so is your writing.' A conversation with Jen Louden.
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March 14, 2019 12:32 PM PDT
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In this episode, I have a great conversation with the writer and international speaker Jen Louden. I talk about my own personal philosophy for being a writer and we get into the hard questions: why do you want to write? What's your story REALLY about? And do you know who you are, and what you are writing for? This episode looks at the need for proper self-regard, self-care, resilience, self-awareness, and how to focus on the task at hand.

Episode 134 "All successful books have this one thing in common..." A conversation with Dr Ginger Moran
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February 10, 2019 03:20 AM PST
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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!

Episode 133 - Why it's so important for writers to feel proud of their work
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January 17, 2019 01:48 PM PST
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Can we talk about our work without hesitation, and without feeling like there's some aspect to it that could have been better? Have we done your best with our book project? In this episode, I look at what it means for us writers to be proud of our work, how we achieve that, and what the benefits are.

Episode 132 "Challenge Accepted!" A conversation with full time independent writer Steff Green
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December 19, 2018 01:32 PM PST
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This episode is a conversation with Steff Green. Steff is a blogger, author, optimist, metal-head, and full-time author. She also suffers from a rare genetic condition which means she is now legally registered as blind. In our conversation, we discuss the challenges that writers who have a disability face, and also how should any writer present a character who has a disability.

Episode 131 - Get them off their smartphone and make them care about your work. A conversation with Tade Thompson
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November 18, 2018 09:06 AM PST
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This episode is a conversation with award-winning writer and NHS doctor Tade Thompson. We discuss everything from the Wombles to the Fantastic Four, and from the fact that no one gives a **** about your writing unless you make them, to the tropes of English horror.

Episode 130 - Energising each scene in your novel with polarity shifts and scene turns
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November 10, 2018 12:00 AM PST
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What must a scene have to really make it work? It's not action, it's not dialogue, it's not sparkling description, wonderful those these things can be. For a scene to work something that matters needs to change. In this episode, we explore these changes or polarity shifts to show this principle, with an example story that contains some scenes with these shifts and some that do not to show what a difference that make.

Episode 129 "Walking up a mountain in the mist" A conversation with writer and scientist C. John Arthur
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November 07, 2018 12:00 AM PST
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My guest for this episode is the scientist and independent author C. John Arthur. Chris has a Ph.D. in biochemistry and now works in medical research. He has been a reviewer for the British Science Fiction Association’s critical journal, Vector, and has more recently contributed to Focus, the BSFA’s writers’ magazine. He returned to writing short fiction a few years ago and has had stories published in small press anthologies, the latest being 'The Masque Maker of Venezia'. He is now based in Sweden, and his thoughts on science fiction and science are chronicled occasionally at www.blog.cjohnarthur.com.

Episode 128 - Plotting your journey to traditional publishing success with Derek Künsken
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October 27, 2018 12:00 AM PDT
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This episode is a conversation with the author and international speaker Derek Künsken. Derek is a Canadian writer who learned the trade with short stories. For a number of years now his work has been accepted by some of the premier magazines in SciFi including Asimov. Derek now has an agent, has signed a two-book deal and is negotiating a further deal and is published in multiple territories and languages. In this conversation, we talk about the transition to novel writing, how to introduce compelling themes and characters, and the perils of hitting the Strunk and White 'Kool-aid'!

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