[Podcast] First-Time Novelist Linda Fifer on Losing Her First Draft and Her Persistence to Complete the Project 2 identifying your writing purpose 3 honing the writing craft podcast post Jan 10, 2023

It took 13 years before Linda Fifer published her debut novel The Road Between Two Skies.

At one point in those 13 years, Linda lost her manuscript and had to restart her project from the beginning.

Most “writers” would have given up after losing their manuscript. But not Linda. She...

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[Podcast] Novelist and Memoirist Donna Freitas on Identifying the “Why” of Your Book 2 identifying your writing purpose 3 honing the writing craft podcast post Nov 22, 2022

Every book has a heart. It’s not just an idea; it’s why the idea matters. Whether it’s a nonfiction book, a memoir, or a novel, every book has a purpose. It has a “why." 

The “why” is your answer to the question: “Why am I writing this book?”...

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[Podcast] How to Show Not Tell in Your Writing 3 honing the writing craft podcast post Nov 07, 2022

If you’ve spent time searching for tips on writing, you’ve probably come across the phrase “show not tell.” It’s a tip authors, editors, and agents commonly throw out. But what does it mean?

“Show not tell” is a scene-building technique. It’s how...

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[Podcast] The Revision Process for Novels and Memoirs 3 honing the writing craft podcast post Oct 17, 2022

New writers know they need to revise their manuscript. But when you’re new at something, it’s often difficult to know where to start the revision process for novels and memoirs.

You might be relieved to hear that there’s not a one-size-fits-all revision process for novels and...

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[Podcast] Tips on Editing for Self-Published Authors 4 publishing your writing podcast post Oct 03, 2022

If you’re self-publishing a book, you don’t want your book to look self-published. That means you need to pay close attention to the editing phase. Editing for self-published authors is different than when you are traditionally published.

That’s because you are responsible for...

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[Podcast] How to Begin to Write Your Family Story 3 honing the writing craft podcast post Sep 07, 2022

Do you want to write your family story? But don’t know where to start?

A family story is one of the best ways to preserve your history for future generations. It bonds your family together. And it can establish your legacy. Like all forms of writing, though, writing a family story can be...

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[Podcast] What to Expect from an Author-PR Firm Relationship 5 promoting your writing podcast post Aug 30, 2022

Most authors want to publish their book. And to share their story with the world they have to publicize it. But publicity is murky. Sometimes difficult to navigate. You might find yourself asking, Can I manage publicity on my own? How do I know if I can trust a PR firm? What should I look for in...

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[Podcast] The Best Ways to Build a Platform 5 promoting your writing podcast post Aug 08, 2022

“Do I need to build a platform?”

The short answer: yes. Publishers and agents want you to have a platform so that you can sell your book. But what exactly is a platform?

Platform is a fancy word for audience. When a publisher or agent asks about a platform, they want to know how many...

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[Podcast] What Do Literary Agents Look for in a Manuscript? 3 honing the writing craft agents podcast post Aug 01, 2022

 “What do you look for in a manuscript?”

It’s a question every literary agent hears hundreds of times throughout their careers. And it’s the golden question writers want an answer to.

But answers vary from agent to agent. Most answers tend to be generic. Or they fail...

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[Podcast] How to Build a Platform through Podcasting 5 promoting your writing podcast post Jul 18, 2022

"Why do I need to build a platform?”

From literary agents who want to know about your platform activity in the query letter, to publishers who want to see your book marketing plan, building a platform is an important step to becoming a published writer. 

An important piece to building...

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[Podcast] What to Include in a Query Letter 5 promoting your writing agents podcast post Jun 28, 2022

What is a query letter? And what should you include in a query letter?

A query letter convinces a literary agent to read your work. Think of it as a sales piece. It’s your first (and sometimes your only opportunity) to present your book in a simple, concise manner so that an agent can...

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[Podcast] How to Start Your Memoir: Three Questions to Ask Yourself 1 developing the writer's mindset 3 honing the writing craft podcast post Jun 22, 2022

How do you start your memoir?

Some people just start telling stories from their life.

That’s one way. But it’s shortsighted.

A memoir, like all books, requires a strong idea—a thesis—that governs the book. It also requires idea development before you even begin writing....

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