Discovered Wordsmiths

Discovered Wordsmiths

Podcast dedicated to chatting with new and aspiring authors about their exciting new books and the path they chose to publish.

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October 25, 2021 24 min

Have you been away from your writing? Missed some time and now not sure how to get started again?

JE and Stephen discuss just this problem in this author focused podcast episode.

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JE hails from Canada and was a great interview – twice! Sorry, forgot to hit record the first time. It was just practice.

She is a mother and spends time reading and making up stories with her girls.

She talks about using a new app to distribute her book along with the standard distributors. Sometimes taking chances on something new pays off.

Website

https://www.jemcdonald.net/books

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http://stardust-h5.stardustgod.c...

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Here are a couple chapters from Jim Irvings award winning book – B2B Selling Guidebook.

Chapter 1 – Service Led Selling

Chapter 19 – Focus on Your Priorities

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Kevin reads a poem that he had published and a chapter from his short story collection – The Enduring Mage.

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Kevin is back to give us an update on how his writing life is doing – and his health.

Kevin has been working under another pen name and has worked in the new Kindle Vella. He also has written a short story collection:

Get It https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09D6CFDLM/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B09D6CFDLM&linkCode=as2&tag=saschnei...

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Jim was on Episode 17 (B2B Sales Guidebook), and he’s back to talk about his new book – B2B Sales.

Jim is talking to us from Spain this time, and the weather looks beautiful.

He does writing in both Ireland and Spain, and even runs his business while traveling. His new book deals with these types of issues.

Jim updates us on how things are going with his first book and the impact the 2nd book has had on his sales.

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Katherine discusses how difficult marketing is after you publish. Even though she has a publisher, they rely on her to do most of the marketing.

Planning her second book, she is taking into account what she’ll need to do for marketing. Our talk centers around thinking outside the box and marketing efforts that authors can do which aren’t normally though about.

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Katherine is local to me – she’s from Cleveland. Her interests lie in the horrific – or creepy. She is a member of the Dracula society, Horror Writer’s association, and she loves Dark Shadows.

Those interests have combined in an interesting way. Katherine likes to travel to destinations that are related to her horror interests. She has visited the house they used for Dark Shadows. She’s visited museums and statues for Edg...

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Diana is a full time author. She lives in L.A. with her husband and 4 kids. She was a cartoonist when she decided to write.

She is the author of the popular historical romance Kaitlyn and the Highlander.

She has been writing for over 7 years and used NaNoWriMo to help her keep writing. We discuss her process to write such a successful series.

Her Books https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1982991267/ref=as_li_tl?ie=...

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Sandy discusses how difficult it was to publish her book and what she’s learned about publishing. The publishing was a steep learning curve and she compares that to writing for paid articles.

We talk about editing and getting people to read your book and why it’s important for a new writer.

She got help for her book launch with Author Media Book Launch Blueprint. Also recommended is the Rubart Training Academy.

Sandy also used a ...

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Sandy wrote a memoir story about a trip her family took over 50 years ago when she was a young girl. They lived in Alaska and decided to take a driving trip to visit family – two women and a bunch of kids.

She recounts her research from a bunch of letters written at the time and historical events that were happening.

Her Book https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1735037605/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&...
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Lori and I are both members of the Cleveland Writer’s Group – Write, Publish, Polish. Dave and the group has helped both of us with our writing goals.

We discuss looking for a writer group to fit your writing needs and the benefits of writer groups.

One resource that she has used is the Midwest book review. These are the types of connections and resources you can get from being in a writer’s group.

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Lori is a Clevelander, and has used her life experiences to write a book that she wants to help others.

Lori was diagnosed with schizophrenia and has dealt with the disease most of her life. She would like her book to help others and the change people’s opinions of those suffering from schizophrenia.

Her Book https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08JB1S6K2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&a...
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Dave spent 15 years writing his first book. Off and on.

This is an interesting topic since many authors take years to write their first book, but once that is done, they don’t spend nearly as long on subsequent books.

Find out what Dave has to say about taking so long to write his first book. He shares his advice for how to succeed and what you need to be aware of, no matter the amount of time to finish the writing.

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Dave lives in Southern California – San Dimas of Bill & Ted fame – and is a teacher. He has spent 15 years to write his first book about a teacher that runs for president.

The lessons he tries to teach his kids were applied to his book. They’ve discussed it in the classroom, but Dave tries to bring in other books for the kids to read and discuss also.

Dave’s book – Fool’s Luck https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1649601247/ref...

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Even though Jessica is fairly new to her writing career, she has taken some risks that have helped build her confidence and achieve heights she didn’t think possible – including winning a writing contest.

We discuss how risks help your career and can change your mindset for even more success.

As a great bonus – Jessica is taking a risk and sharing a story that she hasn’t made public before. So I encourage you to download No Room a...

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Jessica is a teacher in Colorado and also works in the library system. She just released 2 things- a devotional for anime and a novella collection with a bunch of friends.

She has tried to include deaf characters in her writing, and we discuss how that is good for the community and affects the writing.

Jessica’s Book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B094Q1PX7P/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=93...

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August 17, 2021 29 min

I have known Rhys most of our lives. We have talked about books (mostly Stephen King), movies (mostly B stuff), and comic books in those intervening years.

On this episode, I talk with Rhys about his reading and what he likes. He started young and read adult books by 3rd grade. His habits haven’t changed much since then.

We also are doing a podcast where we discuss lesser known horror movies. Check it out – Horror Lasagna.

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Back talking with Jess about his learning experiences in marketing. He conveys ways he has marketed his first book that cost him money but wasn’t necessary to spend that money. Most of the marketing he has been able to learn and do himself.

He has been successful using PR techniques – including getting reviews through bloggers and review sites. A site he recommends is literarytitan.com

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Jess lives in the Pacific Northwest, but has live all over, including Alaska.

Like a lot of musicians, he enjoys music and plays the piano.

Jess is very inspired by John Macdonald, and runs a website devoted to him: https://worksofmacdonald.com.

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