A Conversation with #Author Brandon Ax — Ep. 26, The Writers’ Podcast

  In this episode, The Writers' Podcast interviews Urban Fantasy author Brandon Ax. We discuss his work, his writing methods, why he doesn't believe in writer's block, his future plans, and a whole lot more. No, seriously, a whole lot more! 😉   Thank you, Brandon, for chatting with us! And congratulations again on winning… Continue reading A Conversation with #Author Brandon Ax — Ep. 26, The Writers’ Podcast

What We Learned This Year About Podcasting – Ep 25, The Writers’ Podcast

Podcasting (much like novel writing) sounds a lot easier than it is. Over the course of our first twenty-four episodes, we discovered quite a few interesting lessons. And as it turns out many of those lessons were similar to the things every author learns about book writing. So as we prepare for our holiday break,… Continue reading What We Learned This Year About Podcasting – Ep 25, The Writers’ Podcast

2018 Resolutions? No Thank You! – Ep 24, The Writers’ Podcast

What is it about that flip of the calendar that makes us create all these lofty goals? And why does the "new you" have to come right after the "old you" just enjoyed a few weeks of absolute decadence? Well, in this episode we're talking all about resolutions and how to make them work this… Continue reading 2018 Resolutions? No Thank You! – Ep 24, The Writers’ Podcast

The Art of Editing – Ep 23, The Writers’ Podcast

For many writers, editing can be a topic more painful than even writer's block. Grammar rules often seem better suited for a math class than for our beloved creative endeavors. So we brought our favorite editor, Lynda Dietz, into the studio to discuss the mysteries, misconceptions, and frustrations behind editing.   Feel free to stalk… Continue reading The Art of Editing – Ep 23, The Writers’ Podcast

The Benefits of Beta Reading – Ep 22, The Writers’ Podcast

Long before you collect reviews, distribute advanced reader copies, or finalize your edits, there is a solid opportunity to receive objective input on your novel. In this episode, we discuss beta reading and why it’s a great method to find both the positives and negatives in your story.   Subscribe to all our podcasts on:… Continue reading The Benefits of Beta Reading – Ep 22, The Writers’ Podcast

NaNoWriMo: Madness or Mastermind? Ep 21, The Writers’ Podcast

Obviously hyped-up and delirious from too much Halloween candy, November is the month many authors dive into NaNoWriMo. Are these lofty goals just evidence of madness or is it a solid strategy employed by mastermind writers? In this episode of The Writers' Podcast, we'll discuss the benefits and drawbacks of the internet's favorite writing marathon.… Continue reading NaNoWriMo: Madness or Mastermind? Ep 21, The Writers’ Podcast

Plot v. Character – Ep 20, The Writers’ Podcast

Are you a plot or character driven writer? How different would some of the well-known movies and books be if we changed the approach? Could The Lord of the Rings be the same without Frodo? What mistake did George Lucas make by using a plot style? And is SK a control freak who needs professional help?… Continue reading Plot v. Character – Ep 20, The Writers’ Podcast

Reflections: A Halloween Presentation – Ep 19, The Writers’ Podcast

It seems we just can't get enough of Halloween here at The Writers' Podcast. So, today we're delivering a special presentation of the Graveyard Radio story: REFLECTIONS. Subscribe to all our podcasts on:     

Halloween Special – Ep 18, The Writers’ Podcast

Candy, darkness, and things that go bump in the night – what isn’t there to love about Halloween? And in celebration of one of our favorite holidays, The Writers’ Podcast is going deep into the darkness. Creepy stories, unsolved horrors, exorcisms, and fear are all being served by candlelight. So, join us for a discussion… Continue reading Halloween Special – Ep 18, The Writers’ Podcast

Book Reviews: Trolls and Treasures — Ep 17, The Writers’ Podcast

Reader reviews can exhilarate the writer or send them to the dark pits of despair and rejection. But in all the good and the bad, there are important clues within even the most critical reviews that can help a writer improve their craft. In this episode, we discuss how to separate the hurtful from the… Continue reading Book Reviews: Trolls and Treasures — Ep 17, The Writers’ Podcast

Bestsellers: The Awful Truth – Ep 16, The Writers’ Podcast

Think bestseller lists are all about top sellers? Think again. In this episode, we unravel the mysteries behind the seven surprising factors that go into selecting a bestselling novel. We also discuss some of the methods that Indie authors have used to achieve a coveted place on these lists and how Amazon’s new approach may… Continue reading Bestsellers: The Awful Truth – Ep 16, The Writers’ Podcast

Comparing the Costs of Book Services – Ep 15, The Writers’ Podcast

In this episode, we break down the novelist’s essential book services. The discussion centers around the options you need v. those you can do yourself, and we unravel the pricing systems behind each. Plus, we’ll explore the two most important considerations: the cost of an author’s copy and book distribution options. Subscribe to all our… Continue reading Comparing the Costs of Book Services – Ep 15, The Writers’ Podcast

In the Studio: A Q&A Author’s Special – Ep 14, The Writers’ Podcast

This week, to help with SK’s Hurricane Recovery Therapy, we’re taking a deeper look into the minds of our two favorite authors. Unfortunately, they weren’t available so we decided to interview each other. And to add a bit of fun, we had no idea what the other might ask. So, here is an opportunity to… Continue reading In the Studio: A Q&A Author’s Special – Ep 14, The Writers’ Podcast

Author Signings: A Reader’s Viewpoint — Ep 13, The Writers’ Podcast

In this episode of The Writers’ Podcast, we’re wrapping up our interviews from Once Upon a Book with our spotlight on the reader’s view of author signings benefits. We sat down with Ashley Cestra, a prolific reader and big supporter of Indie authors. Ashley provided great insights from a reader’s viewpoint and shared her experiences… Continue reading Author Signings: A Reader’s Viewpoint — Ep 13, The Writers’ Podcast

Author Signings: All You Need to Know, Part Two — Ep 12, The Writers’ Podcast

In part two of our focus on author signings, we interviewed several more authors and discussed their insights on what to look for when selecting an event, how to interact with readers, and how best to prepare to have a successful event.   Since the vibe that comes off a room full of writers is… Continue reading Author Signings: All You Need to Know, Part Two — Ep 12, The Writers’ Podcast

Author Signings: All You Need to Know, Part One — Ep 11, The Writers’ Podcast

  There is probably no better experience for a writer than meeting their fans and discussing their books.But today’s readers have so much to choose from to get their attention you need to put effort into social interaction. One of the best ways to both sell and interact with readers is a book fair. Unfortunately,… Continue reading Author Signings: All You Need to Know, Part One — Ep 11, The Writers’ Podcast

The New Art of Storytelling – Ep 10, The Writers’ Podcast

To understand how storytelling has changed and continues to evolve we need to examine it across all the art forms. In this episode, we discuss storytelling in TV shows and movies—how it has changed—and the impact on novel plots and characters. Subscribe to all our podcasts on:     

Evoking Real Emotions in Stories – Ep 09, The Writers’ Podcast

  The measure of a great story is when we feel what the character feels. It’s a method that sounds easier than it is. In episode eight, we discuss why invoking readers emotions is critical to a story’s success and how to effectively create believable emotional scenes in your story. Subscribe to all our podcasts… Continue reading Evoking Real Emotions in Stories – Ep 09, The Writers’ Podcast

Small Press Publishing: The Questions You Must Answer Before Signing – Ep. 08, The Writers’ Podcast

Small Press Publishers provide a great middle ground between the traditional and self-publishing options, however before you sign you can avoid potential heartaches by answering these critical questions. Subscribe to all our episodes on any of these platforms.     

The Five Stages of Writing Grief – Ep 07, The Writers’ Podcast

Knowing when you need to improve your writing is emotionally challenging for most writers. In episode seven, we examine the five stages each writer must conquer to achieve acceptance and to ultimately improve their writing.   Subscribe to all our podcasts on:     

Writing A Powerful Book Opening – Ep 06, The Writers’ Podcast

Every writer knows that their first chapter can make or break their story. You simply never get a second chance to make a first impression. So . . .

Are You Really Ready to Publish Your Book? —The Writers’ Podcast, Ep 05

Knowing when you're ready to publish can be difficult. In this episode of The Writers' Podcast, we take a hard look at the ways to determine if you are ready to publish your book. We also discuss the eight questions every writer should ask and answer before they hit that publish button.     Subscribe… Continue reading Are You Really Ready to Publish Your Book? —The Writers’ Podcast, Ep 05

Writer’s Imposter Syndrome – The Writers Podcast, Ep. 04

What is the difference between issues of self-confidence and Imposter Syndrome? In episode four, we discuss these distinctions and provide remedies to become a more confident writer.

Traditional v. Self-Publishing – The Pros and Cons of Each – The Writers’ Podcast, Ep 03

Which publishing approach is best for you? We run down the pros and cons of traditional and self-publishing and provide some insights to help authors decide which avenue is best for them.

Planner or Pantser – Which Writing Process is the Most Effective? – The Writers’ Podcast, Ep 02

Today, we take on the highly debated subject of writing a novel through “pantsing” or “planning” and consider the benefits and drawbacks of each.

Five Mistakes First-Time Self-Published Authors Make – The Writers’ Podcast, Ep 01

On The Writers’ Podcast episode one, we discuss the five common mistakes first-time self-published authors make and we include some tips on how to avoid them.

How to Know if Writing Advice Is Any Good – The Writers’ Podcast, Ep 00

Welcome to our new podcast series: The Writers' Podcast If there is one thing we love more at Writers After Dark than writing about writing. . . it's talking about writing. In each episode of The Writers' Podcast, we're discussing and analyzing the writer's world - from industry news to writing advice, to understanding the pros and… Continue reading How to Know if Writing Advice Is Any Good – The Writers’ Podcast, Ep 00