thewritingcoach's podcast (podcast)

Welcome to The Writing Coach. On this podcast, I speak with the instructors, editors, coaches, and mentors who help writers and authors create their art, build their audience, and sell their work.

In episode #97 of The Writing Coach podcast, I speak with author Jennifer Blanchard.

Jennifer Blanchard is a best-selling author, a screenwriter, a Developmental Book Editor and the Writing Industry’s Mindset Coach. It’s her mission in life to change the way people think and challenge what they believe is possible. Her screenplay, “The Rules,” placed as a Semi-Finalist in the Stage32 Rom-Com Script Contest in 2019. She previously in episode 77 of The Writing Coach and was an expert speaker at The Writer’s Craft Summit.

During our discussion, Rea describes:

  • Why she loves teaching story structure in particular
  • How her novel-writing craft knowledge has helped launch her screenwriting career
  • Why an understanding of fundamental writer’s craft techniques is essential to the success of authors
  • How her workshop Write Your Damn Story got started almost a decade ago, how it has evolved over the years, and what workshop attendees can expect when they enroll this month
  • And much more!

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In episode #95 of The Writing Coach podcast, I speak with author and book marketing expert Amy Collins.

Amy is the President of New Shelves Books, one of the largest book sales and marketing content providers in the US. She is a USA TODAY and WALL STREET JOURNAL bestselling author and as a former Book Buyer for a chain of bookstores in New York and Sales Director for a large publishing company, she has spent her career working with Barnes & Noble, Target, Costco, Books-A-Million, Wal-Mart, and is a trusted expert, speaker, and recommended sales consultant for some of the largest book and library retailers and wholesalers in the publishing industry.

In the last 20 years, Amy and her team have sold over 40 Million books into the bookstore, library, and Chain store market for small and midsized publishers. She is on the national advisory board for IngramSpark, is a board member of Author U, a featured columnist for THEBOOKDESIGNER, BookWorks, IBPA, and a trusted teacher in the world of small press publishers.  

She has taught and spoken at many of the publishing industry’s top festivals and conferences including Publisher’s Weekly’s BookCon, Oklahoma Writer’s Conference, Author U, AAPS, Dublin Writers Conference, BAIPA, PALA, St. Louis Writer’s Conference, Writers Digest indieLAB, Henderson Writers Conference, and many others.

When not in the office, her focus is on the working poor and poverty elimination, and she spends a great deal of time personally and professionally working with and training women from disadvantaged backgrounds.  A member of several charitable and political organizations, she donates not only her time, but a portion of her company’s profits to grant based charities that work to alleviate the cycle of poverty.

During our discussion, Amy describes:

  • Why there are so many talented authors, but only a handful of successful authors
  • How getting a job at a book store led to her 30-year career in publishing
  • The role book buyers play at brick and mortar book stores
  • Why not every idea needs to become a book
  • The one thing she does every day to build her audience
  • Her top tips for what authors need to do to find their audience
  • And much more!

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Welcome to The Writing Coach. On this podcast, I speak with the instructors, editors, coaches, and mentors who help writers and authors create their art, build their audience, and sell their work.

In episode #77 of The Writing Coach podcast, I speak with Jennifer Blanchard.

Jennifer a multi-passionate author, screenwriter, blogger, and coach who is on a mission to change the way writers think and challenge what they believe is possible. In early 2009, after years of struggling with her stories, she learned about story structure, which changed everything for her. She published her debut novel, SoundCheck, in 2015, and she's been writing nonfiction books, novels, and screenplays ever since.

During our discussion, Jennifer describes:

  • How being a multi-passionate creative can be energizing and freeing
  • The role her blog played in helping her transition from a chronic procrastinator to an incredibility productive writer
  • How stumbling upon a story structure article by Larry Brooks changed her life forever
  • Why she challenged herself to write and publish nine books in nine months (!)
  • What she offers in her Multi-Passionate Mastermind
  • The importance of a daily mindset practice
  • And much more!

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Welcome to The Writing Coach. On this podcast, I speak with the instructors, editors, coaches, and mentors who help writers and authors create their art, build their audience, and sell their work.

In episode #71 of The Writing Coach podcast, I speak with Allison Fallon.

Allison believes a regular practice of writing can change your life. She is the author of a dozen books, a sought-after public speaker, and coach to hundreds of authors from New York Times Bestsellers to total beginners.

During our discussion, Allison describes:

  • The importance of bringing vulnerability to writing
  • How growing up in Portland influenced her early writing
  • The coach's role in bearing witness to an artist's creativity
  • Why she considers a regular yoga practice to be a vital component of her creative work
  • And much more!

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In episode #65 of The Writing Coach podcast, I speak with John Adamus.

Since 1997, John's entire career has been working with people to tell their stories. Whether in television, film, stage, or publishing, he has worked with talented creatives who have all different kinds of stories to tell. Through his website, The Writer Next Door, John offers a full suite of tools to help writers reach their creative goals, from story design and coaching to first chapter diagnostics and help with query letters. John is the executive editor at Parvus Press, a publishing company focused on science fiction and fantasy, and he also extremely active on Twitter, where you'll find him sharing writing tips and advice throughout the day.

During our conversation, John describes:

  • How he had been helping people for years before he realized "creative coaching" was the name for what he was doing
  • Why he got fired from his slush pile reader job at a New York publishing house
  • The challenge of learning how to determine your value and charge what you are worth for your services
  • The important role a mentor played in his life and his development as a writer and editor
  • And much more

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For full show notes, visit http://www.kevintjohns.com/

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Welcome to The Writing Coach. On this podcast, I speak with the instructors, editors, coaches, and mentors who help writers and authors create their art, build their audience, and sell their work.

In episode #64 of The Writing Coach podcast, I speak with Jennie Nash.

Jennie has spent 30 years in the books. She is the author of seven books, one of the world’s top one-on-one writing coaches, and the co-founder of Author Accelerator, a company that matches authors with books coaches.

During our conversation, Jennie describes:

  • Why she finds the quick fix solutions to learning writers craft so frustrating
  • What she learned from her writer father
  • The moment she turned down a multi-book deal with a traditional publisher
  • Why a writing retreat once asked her to "tone down" her intensity
  • The reason writers need to get good at asking for what they want
  • How talent can often get in the way of storytelling
  • The non-linear nature of writing
  • And much more

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In episode #62 of The Writing Coach podcast, I speak with writer, editor, and media manager Sarah Foil.

Sarah describes herself as a cliché: an introverted, caffeine-addicted, wine-obsessed writer in North Carolina with a husband, crazy dog and angry cat.

(Sounds like my kind of person!)

She has an MFA and served as the editor of the literary magazine Incunabula for four years before launching into the freelance world, where she now works with aspiring and first-time novelists as an editor and media manager.

During our conversation, Sarah describes:

  • Why, as a young girl, she realized she wanted to learn how to make dad's cry (with words)
  • The big takeaways from her MFA program
  • The common mistakes writer's make when submitting to editors, and why writers need to focus on the first page of their submission
  • Her approach to social media management and the tools she uses to preschedule her posts
  • And much more

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In episode #61 of The Writing Coach podcast, I speak with Audrey Hughey.

Audrey Hughey is the founder of The Write Services Social Media Management and creator of the Author Transformation Alliance. Her passion is inspiring and empowering authors to achieve their goals and dreams with effective and authentic marketing.

During our conversation, Audrey describes:

  • Why its important for authors to develop book marketing plans
  • How she uses a community to educate and empower authors
  • What she learned in the world of fitness that she carried over into book marketing
  • Her "no excuse" approach to achieving her goals
  • Why she created the 2018 Author Journal
  • And much more

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In ep. #48 of The Writing Coach podcast, I speak with Trevor Crane.

Trevor Crane is a 10-time #1 international bestselling author and the founder of Bestseller Big Business and Super Kids Books Publishing. He is the host of the GreatnessQuest.com podcast and the creator of TheGreatnessNetwork.com. Most of all, Trevor is loaded with passion. Whether he’s speaking in front of an audience or consulting business owners and executives, Trevor gives his heart and soul to help people achieve the results they desire. He transforms the “complicated” into simple-to-understand and easy-to-implement steps that anyone can apply.

During our conversation, Trevor describes:

  • How it took him 20 years to publish his first book before going on to publish 10 bestsellers
  • The important role belief plays in finding success
  • How writing and publishing a book should be a collaborative experience similar to building a house
  • The mistake Al Gore made in the creation of An Inconvenient Truth and why most authors make the same mistake
  • How everyone has their own area of genius
  • Why he thinks more creatives actually need to stop creating
  • And much more

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