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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September 7, 2021 12 min
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.
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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/pro...
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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 downl...
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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&crea...
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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. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07M92742L/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B07M92742L&linkCode=as2&tag=...
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August 6, 2021 28 min
Crys is an American writer, but currently lives in Costa Rica with her son. She's been a full time writer of romance for several years and offers advice for writers of all genres. She's written for most of her life, but after she lost her job, she started writing full time. She has gotten out a large quantity of books in the last several years, which is what she attributes her success to, but also has led to some burn...
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Catherine was a journalist before she wrote fiction. That background and training has server her well when it comes to writing fiction, especially when dealing with writer's block. She discusses some tips and techniques she has learned from her journalism days that she applies to helping her to keep writing her fiction.
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Catherine lives in Colorado and moved there to do the Colorado things - like ice hockey. She even helped start the first women's ice hockey league in Illinois. She started her writing career doing journalism, which helped her fiction writing. While she didn't like journalism in high school, after she was a Deadhead, she got married and tried various other occupations. Her current book - Mask of the Soul Eater - is th...
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July 20, 2021 16 min
Dave is an avid reader who typically chooses to read instead of watch TV, movies or play video games. He used reading as an escape and continues to read voraciously. He is retired and lives in Pennsylvania with his wife where he has been enjoying reading old favorites. He has good insights into why he hasn't liked some books and why he loves others. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00THKYMAS/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UT...
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July 13, 2021 28 min
Zach is a full-time writer of horror and apocalyptic fiction. He is also a full time husband and father and lives in Tennessee with his family. He hasn't always been a writer. Years ago, he started as a drummer in a heavy metal band and then, to lose weight, became a personal trainer. But it doesn't stop there. Zach also co-writes with J. Thorn and together they host writer events across the country. We have a gre...
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With her experience in the music and movie industries, Samantha has ideas to change the independent book publishing industry next. We discuss thoughts and ideas and what is working now.
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Samantha has captured her life experience into a memoir titled Blind Pony. This isn't just a "Hey, listen to these fun life stories" book. She's captured hard experiences. She left home at 14 and ended up working in the music industry at Geffen records amongst bands like Aerosmith, Nirvana and Guns and Roses. She went from music to movies and worked on movies like Dazed and Confused and Four Weddings and a Fu...
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June 28, 2021 47 min
Alan is a VERY avid reader. He not only reads quite a bit of non-fiction, but loves multiple genres of fiction. Not to mention comic books. Together, Alan and I do the podcast Relentless Geekery where we talk about all things geek and nerd, which quite often includes books. So I thought it would great to discuss books and reading for this podcast. We start off mentioning Delicious Library. Of interest is how we find books...
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June 22, 2021 25 min
Jim is a Christy award winning author. He also recorded the Novel Marketing podcast with Thomas Umstattd Jr. for years. On top of all that, he runs a writer's academy with his son, Taylor. His newest series is called the True Lies of Rembrandt Stone. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08PTMZ2YK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B08PTMZ2YK&linkCode=as2&ta...
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Michelle is back to talk about lessons learned with regards to editing. It can be frustrating and time consuming, but is needed and can lead to a better book. Here are some lessons learned to help other authors when it comes time to edit. We also talk about things learned to make it easier when writing a draft so that the editing is easier. Proper POV, scene order, and more can help.
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Michelle lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband. She says she's an import from South Africa and they moved to Canada because her husband got a calling to work in a church. As a high school teacher, her first books were for teens. They were written to help teens see how their decisions can affect their lives and that they are not alone in what they go through. She has now written her first adult Christian romance called...
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