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Mimi Barbour: The Success of Boxed Sets_BSW13

12/18/2018
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Intro I have to make an admission here. I've known Mimi for seven years. We live on the same island in the Pacific and share a love of books. She is a cherished friend and a mentor. Who is Mimi Barbour? NYT & USA Today, best-selling, award-winning author, MIMI BARBOUR, has seven romance series to her credit. She's also created many single titles and has a huge number of box sets. Some of these sets are her own, others are multi-author collections, and that's what we'll be talking about...

Duration:00:28:31

Mary Buckham: Multiple Streams of Income for Writers BSW015_181211

12/11/2018
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"The stories that each of us has are stories only we can tell. And if we don't find a way to get those stories out into the reader's hands, the world is a lesser place." Intro I first met Mary seven years ago at a workshop she gave on writing active hooks. She blew my mind. Every sentence she uttered was pure gold. Since then I have attended several of her workshops. She’s a phenomenal speaker on all aspects of writing craft and a gifted writer. She’s published several series of the...

Duration:00:29:48

Julie Howard: Building Writing Communities BSW14_2018

12/4/2018
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Intro Mystery writer Julie Howard is a former journalist. She worked as a reporter and editor for publications such as The Las Vegas Review-Journal and The Sacramento Bee, and she wrote for a national news service and magazines. In her reporting life, she interviewed Oscar winners, Emmy winners and top business executives. She also did political writing for three governors in Idaho. Then came book writing. Julie Howard worked as a ghost writer for a former Hewlett-Packard executive who...

Duration:00:22:42

Sharon Ashwood: Christmas Stories in a Dark Paranormal World_BSW013 181127

11/27/2018
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Intro Sharon Ashwood is one of my favorite paranormal authors, so I'm over the moon excited about this interview. She's written for Penguin's Signet Eclipse (before the line was closed), Harlequin Nocturne (which recently closed), and Del Rey, publishing18 trad novels, plus novellas, essays and shorter pieces. She began her professional writing career as a freelance art critic for several publications, including Monday Magazine and occasionally for the Globe and Mail. As a result of a cover...

Duration:00:19:45

S. G. Wong: The Marginalization of Minorities BSW012_181020

11/20/2018
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Intro Hybrid author S.G. Wong is a member of The Writers Union of Canada, the Writer's Gold of Alberta and the past president of Sisters in Crime, Canada West. She writes alternate history, speculative fiction. S.G. is a remarkable speaker. I met her at a Sisters in Crime Conference where she spoke about making book marketing manageable. Today we're going to talk about the hot topic of marginalization of minorities in books. Show Notes even calling a group a "minority" is marginalizing the...

Duration:00:26:39

Janice MacDonald: Genre Fiction the Poor Cousin, BSW011_181113

11/13/2018
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Intro Janice MacDonald is the author of the Randy Craig Mysteries, set in Edmonton, Alberta. Randy is an amateur detective and academic manqué, who finds herself in a variety of dilemmas as she tries to worm her way into one niche or another of university life. Janice herself no longer teaches at the university level, although she used to lecture on English literature, communications and creative writing. Her MA was on Parody and Detective Fiction, one of the first studies of “subliterary...

Duration:00:18:57

Anne Janzer: Why Brain Science is Important to Writers and Marketing

11/6/2018
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Successful, non-fiction, hybrid author Anne Janzer calls herself an "armchair cognitive science geek." What does that mean? Anne loves reading and learning about the way our minds work. Her background in technology marketing, helps her with book marketing. Seth Godin, one of my thought-gurus said this about her books: "Research-based, hands-on, step-by-step wisdom that can help you wrestle with the lizard brain. Certain to help thousands of would-be writers write." (Seth Godin, author of The...

Duration:00:25:11

Eileen Cook: Coaching Conflict BSW009_181030

10/30/2018
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Intro "Welcome to Episode 9 - on Blood, Sweat and Words. Today, I’m interviewing Eileen Cook: a writer and writing coach. Eileen Cook’s12 novels appear in eight different languages and several have been optioned for film and TV. Most of her work is in the YA category. She writes psychological thrillers. Eileen is a popular speaker at conferences both in the US and in Canada. She provides writing and editorial coaching through the CCS Creative Academy in Vancouver, and is a mentor and...

Duration:00:21:15

William Nikkel: Homicide Detective to Author BSW055_date

10/23/2018
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William Nikkel is the #1 Amazon bestselling author of CAVE DWELLER. He’s a retired homicide investigator turned author, a member of the International Thriller Writers organization (ITW). He's the author of 8 Jack Ferrell mystery- suspense novels, a Jack Ferrell novella, and two Max Traver steampunk westerns. A former homicide detective and S.W.A.T. team member for the Kern County Sheriff's Department in Bakersfield , California, William is an amateur scuba enthusiast, gold prospector and...

Duration:00:31:53

Bonnie Edwards: Sex on the Page BSW007_18-10-16

10/16/2018
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Multi-published, award-winning, hybrid author Bonnie Edwards has been writing different heroines for years. Often pink collar, her heroines have done everything from driving tow trucks to being virtual assistants. Some are single mothers, others are struggling, divorced college students. Still others are older, with more experience; but all of them are confident in themselves and how they live. Writing is her passion and writing romance her obsession. As she says, "There's nothing quite like...

Duration:00:29:42

CJ Hunt: Helping Authors – BSW006_181009

10/9/2018
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Welcome to Episode 6 on Blood, Sweat and Words. Today, I’m interviewing C.J. Hunt. She writes contemporary hometown romance set in the fictional Vancouver Island town of Rivers End. Her stories, which are mostly novella in length, have intrigue with a touch of magic. C.J. is the founding president of the Greater Vancouver Writer's Association and co-founder of The Creative Academy a business created by authors to help other authors. Show Highlights created the business Creative Academy with...

Duration:00:13:23

Suzan Tisdale – #GetLoud #StayLoud BSW005181002

10/2/2018
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Six figure, USA Today Bestselling author, storyteller and self described, "Cheeky" Wench, Suzan Tisdale, is not only famous for her well-written Scottish Historical Romance novels, but also for being a leader of the Indie Resistance. Show Highlights Cockygate - Susan describes the history of the "cocky" scandal and how it still affects us today Book Stuffing Tiffanygate "Surround and Suffocate" marketing strategies "Also Bought" scams KU (i.e., Kindle Unlimited) issues Going Wide FB Live...

Duration:00:54:27

Abigail Owen – An Author Helping Authors BSW04_180925

9/25/2018
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"...writing is a calling, a passion. Don't let the industry take that away from you .... It can be tough to hear all the "no's". To get back edits where all your manuscript is red. It's tough to deal with professional jealousy ...[But] ... the folks who hang on the longest tend to be the most successful." Abigail Owen Intro "Welcome to episode 4, on Blood, Sweat and Words. Today I'm thrilled to be talking with Abigail Owen. A multi-award-winning paranormal romance author, she grew up...

Duration:00:42:12

J.C. McKenzie: Science Geek Turns Author BSW003_180918

9/18/2018
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"Do you ever wonder where writers get their ideas? Today I’m talking with J.C. McKenzie, who is a High school, math and science teacher by day and an urban fantasy and paranormal romance author by night. She’s the creator of the Amazon, best-selling dark fantasy, saga, The Carus Series, set in post apolcalyptic Vancouver. She’s the author of 9 books, soon to be 10 and is an unapologetic science geek. Which brings me to today’s topic: Science Geek to Author. Show Highlights the life of an...

Duration:00:19:21

Stephanie Spicer, A Voice Actor Talks About Audiobooks BSW002_180911

9/11/2018
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The audiobook market is exploding and narrating stories is an exciting and rewarding career. Intro "Welcome to Episode 2 on Blood, Sweat and Words. Today, I’m interviewing Stephanie Spicer, an extraordinary voice actor. And I mean extraordinary. I know this because I’ve worked with her through ACX. She narrated my latest audiobook, Midnight Magic. It’s a goosebump experience to hear someone else read your work, and when she’s as talented as Steph … oh my goodness … it’s absolutely mind...

Duration:00:11:55

Navigating the Digital Revolution BSW001_180904

9/4/2018
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The digital revolution is changing all aspects of our lives. We're in the middle of a seismic change for mankind, unlike any that has come before. What does that mean for writers? We write differently, publish differently and even think differently. Introduction "Writing is my passion, my super-power and my nemesis. If you write, you know what I mean. Like a truly wicked lover, my projects inspire and consume me. I can’t not write. It is part of who I am, an essential part. But the market....

Duration:00:07:01

All About Jo-Ann Carson BSW000_180904

9/4/2018
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Hi, from Vancouver Island, Canada. My name is Jo-Ann Carson. I’m a fiction and non-fiction writer, blogger and podcaster. In this episode I’m going to take you behind the microphone, introduce myself, explain why I’ve created my podcast Blood, Sweat and Words and tell you what it can do for you. Blood, Sweat and Words! Let’s start with the BLOODpart. Earnest Hemingway said, “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” I smile every time I hear that quote....

Duration:00:04:26

Welcome – BSW

7/26/2018
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Welcome to the home of Blood, Sweat and Words, a podcast about writing today. My name is Jo-Ann Carson. I’m a fiction and non-fiction author, blogger and podcaster. There’s never been a better time to be an author, because the opportunities to share our work is growing exponentially. But it’s not easy. The constantly-changing nature of the publishing world is difficult to navigate. If you’re like me, you worry that your stories will drown in the rising tide of new books.

Duration:00:01:37