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This is a podcast for emerging writers, who are looking to improve their work with an aim to having it published, or anyone who would like a behind-the-scenes look at the publishing industry. Your host, Bianca Marais (the author of 'Hum If You Don't Know the Words' and 'If You Want to Make God Laugh') will be interviewing authors, agents, editors and just about anyone and everyone who's involved in bringing a book to market. She's joined by her cohosts, literary agents Carly Watters and CeCe ...
 
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James and Ashley Stay at Home

James McKenzie Watson and Ashley Kalagian Blunt

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James and Ashley are staying at home. Partly because there’s a pandemic, partly because they’re writers, and partly because of their health. Through discussions and interviews, they explore the big questions: how do books get written? How do people live with chronic illness? And just what ARE you reading? Hosted by James McKenzie Watson, winner of the 2021 Penguin Literary Prize, and Ashley Kalagian Blunt, author of 'How to Be Australian.'
 
Stop Writing Alone is a weekly show for writers looking for a writing community. In each episode listeners will learn where and how they can find, or create, their own writing community while joining one such community with Stop Writing Alone. The show will provide inspiration, writing activities, critique, and lessons from “distant teachers” in the writing world via their writings, online presence, and interviews. The show is written and hosted by Nicole Rivera, co-organizer of a local writ ...
 
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Whitely Cox is a romance author all of things decadent. She found support locally when she started out and has some great tips for Indie authors of all genres. Want to get the right keywords for your book? Make sure your categories are correct for finding your readers? You need Publisher Rocket. I avoided paying for things for years, but the minute…
 
Donna Talarico is here to talk about HippoCamp22, the seventh iteration of the writer's conference focusing solely on creative nonfiction. If you use the promo code CNFPOD22 at checkout, you get $89 off your registration fee. Go to hippocampusmagazine.com/conference. Sponsor: Libsyn Support: Patreon.com/cnfpod Show notes/newsletter: brendanomeara.c…
 
Ashley's got some exciting news she's been bursting to share, and you're just going to have to listen to this episode to find out what it is! Read more here! Get in touch! Ashley's website: ashleykalagianblunt.com Ashley's Twitter: @AKalagianBlunt Ashley's Instagram: @akalagianblunt James' website: jamesmckenziewatson.com James' Twitter: @JamesMcWa…
 
In this episode I speak about watching Andrew Schulz’s latest comedy special, Infamous. I speak about watching Stranger Things season 4 and Billions season 6. I also share an addition to our GOATs doing GOAT $hit segment! The Spun Today Podcast is a Podcast that is anchored in Writing, but unlimited in scope. Give it a whirl. Twitter: https://twitt…
 
In today's special Books with Hooks, Carly and CeCe are joined by guest literary agent, Jenni Ferrari-Adler who represents Susie Yang (whose novel, White Ivy, was the #BookswithHooksBC pick for June). Jenni helps Carly and CeCe evaluate three query letters, in the process discussing leaning into specificity; sprinkling backstory info rather than du…
 
This special episode is a recording of Denizen’s online launch, which was live-streamed on Thursday July 21, two days after Denizen’s release. It was one of a series of launch events, alongside in-person events in Dubbo and Sydney, and ahead of tonight's Melbourne launch (6:30pm August 3 at Readings Emporium - there's still time to book!) The event…
 
This week Kat talks about her trip to Spain and how she can help you FINISH your book this fall! Want to support the show? Go here:https://www.buymeacoffee.com/PencilsLipstick Looking for tips on writing, publishing, and storytelling? Join my writers' newsletter! Want more information on my books, author swaps, short stories and what I’m reading? S…
 
In today's episode from the archives, Bianca chats with award-winning and bestselling author, Lily King (author of Writers & Lovers) about the writer's life; scrapping novels halfway through; dealing with rejection; and starting the process all over again with a new book.By Bianca Marais, Carly Watters and CeCe Lyra
 
Fforde has been writing in the Comedy/Fantasy Genre since 2001 when his novel 'The Eyre Affair' debuted on the New York Times Bestseller list. 'The Great Troll War', published in September 2021, is his 16th novel and he counts his sales in millions. He lives and works in Wales. His latest is The Constant Rabbit availble now everywhere. You can find…
 
This is the Audio Book version of the Short Story A Night Out by Tony Ortiz https://www.spuntoday.com/shortstories/anightout The Spun Today Podcast is a Podcast that is anchored in Writing & Random Rants, but unlimited in scope. Give it a whirl. Twitter: https://twitter.com/spuntoday Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/spuntoday/ Website: http://w…
 
In today's episode from the archives, Bianca chats with Putnam editor and adjunct professor of publishing for NYU, Mark Tavani, about all things suspense: techniques on how to create it, how to maintain it, and how to apply these concepts across all genres. Suspense is why we read; it's what keeps us turning pages. A story without some elements of …
 
'Denizen,' the Penguin Literary Prize winning novel from James McKenzie Watson is finally out in the world! In this episode, Ashley asks James about the experience of taking 'Denizen' from idea to published novel. He shares insights into how to seriously improve your writing craft and how to understand your work as a reflection of your life. James …
 
Katri Soikkeli is a published writer living in Finland and it's her mission to make writing books accessible to everyone. When she's not teaching fiction-writing techniques and story structure or filming funny videos about being an author, she collects old textbooks and thinks about ravens a lot. You can find Katri on her website here or find some …
 
Do you personalize the writing advice you get? This week host Nicole Rivera discusses how showing up to writing advice with a dose of confidence in your own ability can help you grow more efficiently as a writer. SUBSCRIBE to Stop Writing Alone https://stopwritingalone.substack.com/ Join the Stop Writing Alone Network https://stop-writing-alone-net…
 
In today's episode from the archives, Bianca chats with award winning author, playwright, screenwriter and journalist, Byron Lane — author of the acclaimed A Star is Bored (which was inspired in part by Byron's time as assistant to beloved actress Carrie Fisher) — about finding your process as a debut author; getting help when you need it; learning…
 
They call her the ‘No Excuses Lady’ because she gets things done, whatever the circumstances. Her secret? Focus only on the things you can influence. Work with what you have. In the past 30 years as an entrepreneur she has turned many challenges into opportunities, written severeal books and now teaches others to write their own story. Find Esther …
 
In this week's episode, host Nicole Rivera discusses her notebook collection and uses. Going beyond a simple writer's notebook, she discusses categories of notebook types that help her learn, create stories and content, and stay connected with writing community. SUBSCRIBE to Stop Writing Alone https://stopwritingalone.substack.com/ Join the Stop Wr…
 
In this episode I speak about the experience of welcoming our first-born. I speak delivery, recovery, leaving the hospital, the first few nights at home and how life has changed since. The Spun Today Podcast is a Podcast that is anchored in Writing, but unlimited in scope. Give it a whirl. *Original Release Date: July 26th, 2018* Twitter: https://t…
 
In today's episode from the archives, Bianca chats with bestselling author, Samantha M. Bailey, as well as Nita Pronovost, editor and vice president/editorial director at Simon & Schuster Canada, about the lessons all writers can learn from the thriller genre, including coming up with high concept premises; something known and unknown, something hi…
 
In this bonus episode, James and Ashley share an episode from a brand new podcast series called Queer Writes Sessions (QWS), a Words and Nerds Podcast spin-off series in partnership with Blarney Books & Art. The series is hosted by R.W.R. McDonald, who we interviewed in episode 32. Each month, QWS Podcast will interview a LGBTIQA+ writer and shout-…
 
RJ Hanson began his love for all things fantasy at the age of 5. In 1978, when his mother bought him the Rankin & Bass production of The Hobbit, a 24 page read along with the record children's book, RJ's imagination was opened to a new world. Reading Tolkien, R.A. Salvatore, Terry Brooks, Robert E. Howard, Stephen King and even Louis L’Amour, RJ be…
 
In today's Bonus Episode, Bianca is joined by guest interviewer Kira Mahoney who interviews Daniel Kalla, author of The Darkness in the Light, about why he addresses important medical issues in his books; when being too medically authentic is not a good idea; finding information but also knowing when not to include it; how to create good dialogue b…
 
Leigh Baldwin and Sean Williams co-wrote and co-reported "Follow the Leader" for the July issue of The Atavist Magazine. We also hear from lead editor Jonah Ogles. Social: @CNFPod Sponsor: Athletic Greens Show notes/newsletter: brendanomeara.com Support: Patreon.com/cnfpodBy Brendan O'Meara
 
In today's Books with Hooks , Carly and CeCe each critique two query letters. In the process, they discuss stories with magical elements and why the author chooses that specific world as the vehicle for the story; the importance of not revealing too much about a character’s ending state of interiority in a query letter; creating believable inner li…
 
After years working as a writer and editor, CS Lakin has a lot to share and teach about the craft of storytelling, even for the advanced writer. She created several courses for writers to show them how to create a commercially viable novel that you can find at her site Live, Write Thrive, as well as teachign both in person and via the internet. She…
 
In today's Bonus Episode, CeCe chats with Zibby Owens, podcaster, publisher, CEO and author of Bookends: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Literature. They play two truths and a lie (the writing version); discuss a strategy for turning memories into memoir; and Zibby's writing and publishing advice for emerging writers. After which, Bianca chats with Sam…
 
The Stop Writing Alone Subscription to writing community, write-ins, writing prompt parties and the new story club is here. In this episode, host Nicole Rivera describes what you can expect when you subscribe to the paid Substack posts on StopWritingAlone.Substack.com; Goal Setting Check-ins with Office Hours Subscriber only Write-in Zoom events Su…
 
In this episode I share a throwback montage of 4 Spun Today Questionnaire’s that have been filled out in the past. Why not have a single episode that centralizes all the tips, motivation tools and tricks adopted by fellow Writers and Creatives? If you’d like to partake in filling out your own, check it out at: http://www.spuntoday.com/questionnaire…
 
On today's Books with Hooks segment, Carly and CeCe are joined by Caroline and Sammy who submitted their work for critique. During the discussion, Carly and CeCe remind us to lean into specificity in opening pages; the importance of plausibility as well as newer comp titles; the ‘movie trailer’ trick for dealing with interiority; avoiding generic i…
 
After a broken finger brought on a debilitating illness, author Rae Cairns lost two years as her doctors searched for the right treatment. A bad reaction to drugs caused her hair to fall out. When her health had stabilised enough for her to return to writing, she lost her literary agent. Undeterred, Rae self-published her novel. After being shortli…
 
My guest this week is Carissa Andrews, International Best-Selling author and creator of Author Revolution. We talk about what she's learned in the writing business in her years of being an Indie Author and why she's focusing on author mindset in her podast and courses. Be sure to check then out! Want to support the show? Buy me a coffee and become …
 
In today's Bonus Episode, Bianca chats with Lidija Hilje, an Author Accelerator certified book coach about differentiating between genres; how to use her genre guide; the differences between literary, upmarket, book club, and women’s fiction; how literary fiction moves a story deeper, not forward; what “postcard” scenes are and how to use them; as …
 
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