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Romance writer, Sarah Gamez, gets to the heart of writing through discussions on craft, marketing, and entrepreneurship with author interviews and subject matter experts. Episodes discuss storytelling structure, self-publishing must-haves, and developing narratives - all while exploring different genres and medias as well as romance. After all, every story is a love story.
 
Do you have a story inside you that you want to share with the world? Do you dream seeing your name on a bestseller cover? Do you have a special message to tell? If yes, then what are you waiting for? If the reason you have not written a book yet is that you have doubts or you simply don't know where to start, then this podcast is for you. Write 2B Read podcast is created to encourage and inspire writers to become authors. It will have very short episodes with tips, reflections and encourage ...
 
Do you love books? Are you in the mood for a laugh? Join Megan O'Russell's journey as she dives further into the epic adventure of being an author, explores her love and obsession of all things book-related, and finds the humor in writing roadblocks. With twenty books across six series, Megan has taken the Indie Book world by storm. Her journey from traditional publishing to prolific Indie author has been filled with lots of laughter and more than a few tears. Whether you're an avid reader o ...
 
Mike's Always Right—hosted by Mike Eiman—is high in fiber, and jam packed with inane ramblings about fiction writing, self-publishing, marketing, coffee and whatever else happens to strike Mike's fancy.
 
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Shayla Raquel is an author, self publishing mentor, speaker, editor, wifey, and dog mom. She's been helping authors on their publishing journey for over a decade and has writing tips to spare! We chat all things NaNoWriMo and how writers can get invested in any stage of the word count. As a former NaNo winner, Shayla divulges her current methods an…
 
Freya Marske dazzles readers with her immersive worlds and has the credentials to show for it! She's an international bestselling author, winner of the Romantic Novel Award for Fantasy, and a Hugo-nominated podcaster. She discusses methods in building meticulous, literary worlds readers want to lose themselves in and how to balance a story that doe…
 
Patrice Caldwell holds many esteemed titles already - children’s book editor, literary agent, Forbes’s “30 Under 30” media list, and Publishers Weekly Star Watch honoree - and she hold a distinct passion for uplifting diverse voices in the publishing industry. She discusses the process of pitching, curating, and editing a YA paranormal romance anth…
 
Kayla Grosse started off writing scripts but found her calling as a bestselling author of romance. Her rockstar romance, I Like You Like That, is hitting all the right chords with an empowered plus-size heroine and a sizzling love story. We get real about plus-size representation in media, the influences behind her empowering female protagonist and…
 
It's all about tropes! Aimee Walker is a new author and qualified editor - providing all levels of editorial services to authors of romance and women's fiction with clients across four continents. Pulling from her knowledge, clients and resources, she created a top trope book that gamifies tropes found in your favorite contemporary romances. We tal…
 
LJ Keys is an intuitive woman of many talents - writer, poet, and tarot reader. Over the years, it has become clearer where she should be in her spiritual journey. Part of the journey is helping writers with their writing through tarot! She provides a tarot reading for my characters to show how tarot can be used as a writer's tool and how to struct…
 
Eight books into her Highlander Time-Travel series, USA Today Bestselling Author C.A. Szarek is well-acquainted with the trope. She divulges the interest in Scotland that worked its way into her series and creating (and breaking) your own rules as a writer in a sub-genre based in magic. How does she keep track of all the HEAs in a Highlander family…
 
Professional book blurb writer and coach, Jessie Cunniffe joined the show for a second time to walk through a blurb audit with two voluntary blurbs - one a women's fiction and the other a spicy romance. She talks through the highs and revisions of the blurbs to help gain more readers. Whether you're working on the blurb for a new release or looking…
 
Melissa Bradford may be a Spanish teacher by day but moonlights as a freelance proofreader and copyeditor ready to turn rough drafts into polished, publishable material for indie authors. She helps walk me through the editing titles (alpha reader, beta reader, proofreader) to clarify when authors need them during the revision process. During our ch…
 
Rebecca F. Kenney writes spicy fantasy romance about sassy, strong women and hot guys with tragic backstories. As a successful self published author, she knows her way around writing a story and she was one of the early adopters to Amazon's new platform - Kindle Vella. During our chat, we talk about her stories on KV and she bestows all the writing…
 
Shannon Reber is a Mystery, Paranormal, and Fantasy writer. She was born a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away . . . or her imagination was anyway. She lives in western New York with her husband and a wide variety of both real and imaginary friends who often battle it out for dominance in her head. Her coming-of-age paranormal mystery series - …
 
Khushi T Saha is an indie romance writer, has lived on both coasts of the US, and is a first generation South Asian. Drawing on her own experiences, she weaves tales of interracial relationships, India, and the South Asian culture and traditions - using her skills to completely immerse romance readers. Her romance series - The Liberated Series - be…
 
Poppy Darling, romance fan and writer, loves a good romance novel. They thrill her, and they were her secret obsession. Until, she decided to become Host of the Confessions of a Closet Romantic Podcast. Like most romantic readers, she finds a sense freedom in the romance genre - being able to define what love, connection, and sex mean to her. Most …
 
Audiobooks are a booming business with less obstacles than ever before. While many indie authors face the burning questions: Should they narrate their own books or find a narrator? And how do authors find the right narrator for a book? CJ Critt, SAG-AFTRA Actress and Narrator, walks through the process of narration and let's us peak behind-the-mic …
 
Award-winning author Kate Forsyth knows her way around a re-telling. With a Doctorate of Creative Arts in fairy tale studies and an accredited master storyteller, she has written several books re-contextualizing fairy tales and myths. She lends insight into her process of writing a re-telling and how to pull from the original tales to create a comp…
 
Clarissa Gosling, author of "Dragons of Kaitstud" and "Lost Princess of Starlight" YA fantasy series, has always lived more in the world of daydream and fiction than in reality. But faced the problem many author do: How do you find the time to write? On top of being a busy mum and living abroad, she is also an admin for the 365 Writing Challenge, a…
 
It's a spicy book blurb summer! Professional book blurb writer and saving grace for authors, Jessie Cunniffe, joined the show to spill all the tea on writing the perfect book blurb for your book - talking the ins and outs of creating a dynamite blurb that sells your book for you. Below are links to freebies and the paid courses mentioned on the epi…
 
Writer, speaker, and social media consultant Kathryn McClatchy talks about her passion of engaging and encouraging Authorpreneurs and what that term means to her. With a background in business, she plans to help authors take their book business to the next level with some great advice on where to start. We also discuss our latest collaboration on T…
 
Denise Giddings is a romance writer and lover of all things romantic. From writing short stories to a stand-alone novel to a series, we talk about complex characters with flaws and how the passion for writing can encourage learning the craft. We also discuss some of the inspirations behind her latest release, Contradictions, and the importance of s…
 
It's a surprise episode filled with writing retreat wisdom and fun "quickies" - lightning round author interviews. Hear all about what makes writing retreats special and why they're important to each writer. Plus, learn about what projects authors work on during a writing retreat and their best practices! Find Kimberly Packard here: www.kimberlypac…
 
Cindy Kehagiaras is a romance writer and Gen-Xer that's been waiting to write Two Princes, her debut novel, for 30 years. Now on her "5th Life" as she tells it, we talk a bit about the inspirations behind her debut's 90s-setting romantic adventure, the online writing community, and entrepreneurism in the current publishing landscape. She also divul…
 
E.L. Lewis (or Liza) is a romance author, Wattpad Star, and a natural storyteller with an active imagination. We discuss how her Wattpad journey started, how it's going and how the publications of her 3 novels came about. Vanessa Holden, a manager from Cherry Publishing, also joins us to talk as part of an indie publisher of romantic fiction. Liza'…
 
Sarah Kil is a graphic designer, self-starter, and an open-book when it comes to talking about the business of covers. She tells me all about her venture into book covers, what trends are emerging, and how a cover impacts marketing. While heavily rooted on romance, she designs for other genres, but she's still a hopeless romantic at heart! Find Sar…
 
Tex Thompson is a ruckus-raising professional speaker, writing instructor, and all-purpose extrovert. We discuss all about series and sequel writing - including linear writing, entry points, and the importance of the first book in a series. Find Tex here: https://www.thetexfiles.com/ Facebook - @texianne Twitter - @tex_maam The Seven Deadly First-P…
 
Shayla Raquel is a wealth of knowledge for indie publishing. She teaches me a thing or two about acquiring book ambassadors, marketing tools and how to create better content as an author. SHAYLA'S BOOKS 📚 🐛💕 https://amzn.to/3NADtFH Find Shayla here: https://www.shaylaraquel.com/ Twitter - @shaylaleeraquel Instagram - @shaylaleeraquel Pinterest - @s…
 
LJ Keys waxes poetics on perceptions and gets personal about how Before I Sleep: Poetry, Prose, and Peculiarity, her first book of poetry, came into being. Find LJ here: https://ljkeys.com/ Twitter - @ljandthekeys Instagram - @ljandthekeys Facebook - @ljandthekeys Special Shout-Outs: Luc Bardi - illustrator - @gabeathran Rob Halhead - cover design …
 
(Recorded in Oct 2020) Kelsey Holmes of Kraken Editing & Literary Service Investigations offers some great insight on research and we talk about how writing styles are both empowered and influenced by what we read. To add a little spice to the mix, we talk tips for NaNoWriMo and how to help boost your writing when you hit a wall. Find Kelsey here: …
 
What agency does your main character have? Character motives are integral to the plot and writing instructor and fiction author, Amber Royer, helps us get to the core of a character. We examine what agency looks like in context of romance and use some of your favorite rom-coms as examples. Plus, we gush about chocolate! Find Amber's books here: htt…
 
Sometimes, life puts you on vocal rest and makes you consider alternative solutions. On this episode of A Book and a Dream, Megan's husband Chris is flying solo. Tune in to hear what a day in the life of a writer's spouse is like and how Chris contributes to the business.Av Megan O'Russell
 
How many names does it take to build a world? In this episode of A Book and a Dream, Megan digs into how big a world Ilbrea has become and how the expansive nature of the Ena of Ilbrea series impacts the creation of the upcoming Ilbrean audiobooks.Av Megan O'Russell
 
2020 taught us never to get cocky in our plans. 2021 seems determined to reinforce this lesson. In today's episode of A Book and A Dream, Megan digs through her plans for 2021, exposing some...mistakes, and some awesome achievements (can you say more audio?) Great things happen when you learn to accept the gifts the world smashes into your face.…
 
Dying, writing, and...Cantebury Tales? Kimberly Packard does an impressive juggling act with mixing all three in her latest release - with seven POVs and an emotional core that is a powerhouse read. We talk about what makes Dire's Club special. Kimberly's books: https://amzn.to/3ObdFkA Find Kimberly Packard here: www.kimberlypackard.com Facebook - …
 
Hiring a narrator for an audiobook means turning over control of your characters. From how your protagonist is portrayed to how that laugh line lands, your audiobook listeners' journey through your story will be dictated by your narrator's performance. In the case of Ena of Ilbrea, her journey through a society that holds onto negative stereotypes …
 
How many words does it take to complete a character arc with integrity while contributing to the greater narrative? How many miles can a rowboat travel along a coast in one day? How much backstory will your readers need, when do they need it, and what's the most efficient and entertaining way to offer that world building? All of these questions bec…
 
It's release day for Soul of Glass, book two in the Heart of Smoke series! In today's episode of A Book and A Dream, Megan shares the top four reasons you'll want to escape into this paranormal dystopian with chemically induced vampires...as if chemically induced vampires weren't enough of a reason.Av Megan O'Russell
 
Did you know the love interest dies on page 235? Did you want to know long before you hit the tragedy that destroyed the hero's heart? Whether you like to know the trauma ahead or want to be surprised as you turn the page, spoilers can ruin or (allegedly) improve the reader's experience. Dive into the pros and cons of knowing the plot twist in adva…
 
From fonts to story formula, branding has a huge impact on how readers perceive authors. Whether an author presents a chipper personality or offers a stark website, every interaction with readers fosters a future relationship. As an author, it's your job to create a consistent brand that clearly tells your readers what to expect. As a reader, you (…
 
700 years ago, the Great King of Inisvarden did...a bunch of stuff you won't need to know about until book six, but the author is dumping the information in the first part of book one. If you've ever come across moments like this while reading, you're not alone. If you've ever come across moments like this while writing...you're NOT alone. The good…
 
To free, or not to free... Offering the first book in your series for free can be a powerful marketing tool, but the method is neither foolproof nor danger-free. From negative stereotypes to being lost in the chaos, this episode of A Book and A Dream will give you a crash course on navigating the free-books waters.…
 
Reviews can make or break a book, but how does an author capture these illusive unicorns? From searching for help to begging online, there are many mythical paths to reviews. But the way is dangerous. Take the tale of my woe with you. It's dangerous to go alone!Av Megan O'Russell
 
Are you beginning to build your writing career? Do you find humor in the unfortunate mistakes others have made? Either way, this episode of A Book and A Dream is right for you. From learning what advice invites chaos to the importance of building a digital home base, these are the top five things Megan O'Russell wishes she'd know when she was just …
 
From sacrificial bleaching to rebellious chopping, hair changes have long been a way of outwardly displaying internal transformations. From the sexist to the meaningful, it's time to dive back into a discussion full of tropes and truths.Av Megan O'Russell
 
Nurturing readers from buyers into fans is a long process filled with many perils. But those special fans who become advocates for their favorite books can help keep authors from feeling like they're screaming into the void. From Bookstagramming to creating social proof, dive into how unicorn readers can change an author's outlook and career.…
 
When travel isn't possible, technology can save the day. From virtual reality to obscure documentaries, there are many possibilities for doing worthwhile research from home and exciting possibilities for readers who want to dive further into their favorite stories.Av Megan O'Russell
 
Legacy. What is a legacy? The words of an author can last long after they are gone, continuing to resonate with readers for generations. Or centuries. The concept can seem surreal. But the passing of an author, reminder of copyright law, and durability of print books can make the question of a legacy panic-inducing and immediate.…
 
Feeling a little trapped? Staying safe has meant locking ourselves away from the world. But maybe our cages are cocoons. From publishing new books to learning new skills, in this episode of A Book and A Dream, Megan O'Russell explores the transformations to carry with us as we break back out into the world.…
 
A community of book lovers, a few curses, and some wardrobe issues. What do these have in common? Thousands of views on social media. For this week's episode of A Book and a Dream, Megan takes a dive into the world of TikTok and the strange encounters and epic viewership that can nurture a bridge between author and reader. As mentioned in the episo…
 
Looking for your next read? Amazon categories will guide you even if you don't shop in the Kindle store. From some of the unfortunate mistakes authors make to how categories affect your next book binge, peek behind the curtain and see the nuts and bolts behind this literary love story.Av Megan O'Russell
 
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