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Dealing with Rejection: Featuring Katherine Forrister and Ahmed G. Letterman

February 18th, 2020

Hosts: Cari Dubiel & Christopher Lee

Guests: Katherine Forrister & Ahmed G. Letterman

Welcome to the Writing Bloc Podcast where we talk all things writing and indie publishing. Today's episode is all about dealing with rejection, and we're happy to be joined by guest authors Katherine Forrister & Ahmed G. Letterman

Rejection - every author faces it in one way or another, yet many don't talk about it, so let's dive in! We'll talk about our personal experiences with rejection, both with agents and readers, and how we navigate the minefield while keeping a positive attitude(most of the time - hey, we're all human).

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Subscribe to hear our future episodes - including our upcoming one on Dealing with Rejection. We have some great topics in the pipeline and our goal is to release a new episode every other Tuesday. 

We want to thank all of the wonderful members of our writing bloc community. You can find us on Twitter or Facebook, or online at WritingBloc.com, where you can also find information about our books-- two cooperatively created anthologies as well as our first full-length novel. 

Sponsorship opportunities are available on this podcast and in our Newsletter for those hoping to reach an audience of indie authors! Reach out to

Join our newsletter here: http://eepurl.com/ghuatP

Thanks everyone, and happy writing. 

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RESOURCES MENTIONED

Ahmed G. Writes Twitter Account https://twitter.com/agletterman

Curio Citizen by Katherine Forrister

 

 

Crafting Compelling Dialogue: Featuring Kendra Namednil and Jason Chestnut

February 4th, 2020

Hosts: Michael Haase & Christopher Lee

Guests: Kendra Namednil & Jason Chestnut

Welcome to the Writing Bloc Podcast where we talk all things writing and indie publishing. Today's episode is all about dialogue, and we're happy to be joined by guest authors Kendra Namednil & Jason Chesnut

We'll talk about methods for writing dialogue, how we feel about hot topics such as dialogue tags, where we pull inspiration so that our characters don't all sound like duplicate versions of each other, and then we'll verge off into unrelated territory such as what Chris' mom sounds like and why we can't feed Kendra Salmon.

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Subscribe to hear our future episodes - including our upcoming one on Dealing with Rejection. We have some great topics in the pipeline and our goal is to release a new episode every other Tuesday. 

We want to thank all of the wonderful members of our writing bloc community. You can find us on Twitter or Facebook, or online at WritingBloc.com, where you can also find information about our books-- two cooperatively created anthologies as well as our first full-length novel. 

Sponsorship opportunities are available on this podcast and in our Newsletter for those hoping to reach an audience of indie authors! Reach out to Marketing@WritingBloc.com

Thanks everyone, and happy writing. 

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RESOURCES MENTIONED

Borehole Bazaar by Kendra Namednil

Escape! A Writing Bloc Anthology featuring Michael Haase, Christopher Lee, Jason Chestnut, and Kendra Namednil 

Keep up with Jason's Comic Book news on Twitter

Making an Audiobook: Featuring Tahani Nelson and Peter L. Harmon

January 21st, 2020

Hosts: Jacqui Castle & Becca Spence Dobias

Guests: Peter L. Harmon & Tahani Nelson

Welcome to the Writing Bloc Podcast where we talk all things writing and indie publishing. Today's episode is all about audiobooks, and we're happy to be joined by guest authors Peter Harmon and Tahani Nelson. 

We'll go over various routes for audiobook production available to indie authors, and discuss some experiences with each! Thanks for listening!

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Subscribe to hear our future episodes - including our upcoming one on Writing Dialogue. We have some great topics in the pipeline and our goal is to release a new episode every other Tuesday. 

We want to thank all of the wonderful members of our writing bloc community. You can find us on Twitter or Facebook, or online at WritingBloc.com, where you can also find information about our books-- two cooperatively created anthologies as well as our first full-length novel. 

Sponsorship opportunities are available on this podcast and in our Newsletter for those hoping to reach an audience of indie authors! Reach out to Marketing@WritingBloc.com

Thanks everyone, and happy writing. 

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RESOURCES MENTIONED

The Last Faoii by Tahani Nelson

The Happenstances at the Yellow County Community Swim and Racquet Club the Summer Before Last by Peter L. Harmon

ACX Audiobook Production

Audible

Overdrive (Ebooks and Audiobooks at Public Libraries)

LibriVox Free Public Domain Audiobooks

Audacity OpenSource Editing and Recording Software

Garage Band for Mac Recording and Editing Software

 

Happy New Year! Reviews and Resolutions

January 7th, 2020

Hosts: Jacqui Castle and Cari Dubiel

Guest: Jason Pomerance

Join us as we chat about the year we're leaving behind us, and the year ahead. We'll discuss books we've read, how we feel about our past year as writers, and our resolutions for 2020 as writers and readers. 

 

Recommended Reading:

Clock Dance by Anne Tyler

The Seclusion by Jacqui Castle

Bunny Mellon: The Life of an American Style Legend by Meryl Gordon

Save the Cat Writes a Novel by Jessica Brody

Wired for Story by Lisa Cron

Wanderers by Chuck Wendig

Beartown by Fredrik Backman

How to Stop Time by Matt Haig

Devil's Call by J. Danielle Dorn

The Electric Woman by Tessa Fontaine

Celia at 39 by Jason Pomerance

Writing as a Parent with Brandy Ferner

December 12th, 2019

Join this week's hosts Cari Dubiel and Becca Spence Dobias in an honest conversation with author Brandy Ferner all about the realities of juggling writing and parenting! Listen as we touch on topics from unrealistic expectations, to writing retreats, to Marie Kondo. Have fun!

Hosts: Cari Dubiel & Becca Spence Dobias

Guest: Brandy Ferner

 

Resources Mentioned:

Adult Conversation: A Novel by Brandy Ferner

Adult Conversation Podcast

All the Rage by Darcy Lockman

Fair Play by Eve Rodsky

Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

Marketing Outside the Box with Dawn Hosmer

October 14th, 2019

From social media, to conventions, to selling your book in an Uber.... today's podcast is all about Marketing Outside the Box. Hosts Jacqui Castle and Christopher Lee talk with indie author Dawn Hosmer about what works, what doesn't, and finding your own marketing path.

Hosts: Christopher Lee & Jacqui Castle

Guests: Dawn Hosmer

Relevant Links:

Find a Genre-Specific Conference - https://www.evanmarshallagency.com/top-writers-conferences-according-to-genre/

Find a Book Festival - https://www.bookreporter.com/book-festivals

Fussy Librarian(book bargain newsletter): https://www.thefussylibrarian.com/

Dawn Hosmer's website: https://www.dawnhosmer.com/

Follow Dawn on Twitter - @DawnHosmer7

 

Visit Writing Bloc to sign up for our newsletter, find a copy of our short story anthology, "Escape," and read detailed articles about the indie author experience: https://writingbloc.com/

Get your very own comfy Writing Goat T-shirt here: http://bit.ly/WritingGoatShirt

Exploring World-Building: Featuring Authors Max Held and Joshua Robertson

August 27th, 2019

We dive back in to the enormous topic of world-building with authors Max Held and Joshua Robertson. This is a tremendous episode filled with great perspectives on the writing process. Flubs are made. Cats interrupt. Fun is had. Enjoy!

Hosts: Christopher Lee & Jacqui Castle

Guests: Max Held & Joshua Robertson

Relevant Links:

Joshua Robertson's website: https://robertsonwrites.com/

Max Held's work: http://bit.ly/MaxHeldBooks

Aeon Timeline: http://aeontimeline.com/

Archivos: https://www.archivos.digital/

Visit Writing Bloc to sign up for our newsletter, find a copy of our short story anthology, "Escape," and read detailed articles about the indie author experience: https://writingbloc.com/

Get your very own comfy Writing Goat T-shirt here: http://bit.ly/WritingGoatShirt

Crowdfunding a Novel: Featuring Author Jason Stokes

August 19th, 2019

Have you thought about crowdfunding a novel? Writing Bloc's own crowdfunding champions Cari Dubiel, Becca Spence Dobias, and Jacqui Castle talk to guest author Jason Stokes about the process: the good, the bad, and everything in between. 

Relevant links: 

The current projects from Jason's Gestalt Media: http://gestalt-media.com/projects

Jacqui's current campaign for the sequel to The Seclusionhttps://www.inkshares.com/books/the-seclusion-part-2

Becca's successfully funded book, Rock of Ageshttps://www.inkshares.com/books/rock-of-ages

Cari's successfully funded book, How to Rememberhttps://www.inkshares.com/books/how-to-remember

Crowdfunding platforms: Inkshares, Kickstarter, and Indiegogo

Approaching World-Building: Featuring Author Rachael Sparks

July 30th, 2019

Rachael Sparks, author of hard sci-fi thriller "Resistant," discusses the art of world-building with your hosts, Christopher Lee and AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR Jacqui Castle. There's plenty in this episode to enjoy, from discussion of different world-building approaches and resources to another appearance from the Writing Goat. Enjoy this "Podcast Editor's Edition" of this episode of the Writing Bloc Podcast. Thanks for your support and thanks for listening!

Resources/links:

Digitized resources from the New York Public Library:https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/

The Novel Factory: https://www.novel-software.com/

World-Building Warrior: https://www.well-storied.com/worldbuilding-warrior

Resistant, by Rachael Sparks: http://bit.ly/ResistantSparks

Get your own Writing Goat T-Shirt HERE: http://bit.ly/WritingGoatShirt

Tackling Rewrites: Featuring Author Laney Wylde

June 28th, 2019

Join Writing Bloc core members Becca Spence Dobias and Christopher Lee and the incredible author Laney Wylde as they discuss their approaches to rewrites, including all of their successes and how they approach any hurdles. Thank you for listening, thank you for your support, and thank you for listening!