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"There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed," said Hemingway. Epiphany! Your fingers scuttle to the nearest keyboard, locked, loaded, evocative and vivid language at the ready. With suave confidence you strike down on that first key. Then another. And another until you have formed your masterpiece. The joy! You reread your delicious words! But something tastes funny. "No, this isn't what I meant at all." and "What was I thinking?" and "My editor will have m ...
 
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I interviewed Maggie so that she could enlighten us on the mystical topic of “hybrid publishing.” What you’ll get in this episode of Bleeding Ink is a better understanding of what traditional publishers provide their authors—and if you are willing to put your own skin in the game, how to obviate your need of a large publisher, and how to keep your …
 
About ten years ago I stumbled onto a website that, for all intents and purposes, appeared a legitimate portal to the Department of Heuristics and Research on Material Applications—or the Dharma Initiative. It’s Japanese inspired logo gleamed scientific credibility. It’s many pages revealed grants that had gone to scientists and their experiments. …
 
First of all: Grab A FREE Ticket to the Self-Publishing Success Summit There’s never been a better time to self-publish. I’m constantly amazed at how the industry evolves on what seems like an hourly basis. It’s tough to keep up! Fortunately there are plenty of folks who help cut through the noise and provide solid info. People like Chandler Bolt. …
 
Daunting endeavors often start with a sketch. Perhaps on the back of a napkin, a few words sitting above some squiggly lines. These seedling notions are the genesis to boggling achievements. Words are power—they provide the scaffolding so that larger ideas may stand firm. To assume this isn’t an effective method to develop a novel is silly. It may …
 
Did you know that the modern-day commuter makes more death-avoiding decisions on their way to work than an age-old agrarian farmer made in an entire year? Sound stressful? It is. No wonder we seek hits of serotonin and dopamine from entertainment. Sugary Delights A firehose of sugar water is pointed at you. Look around. Count the number of distract…
 
TL;DL Nick Stephenson has spent 24 months researching and discovering techniques to help you earn a living from your books (or other products). Oh yeah, he’s a seven-figure bestselling fiction and non-fiction author. I’ve hired more than my share of book coach consultants. They are great. They unshackle you from the manacles of tired ideas—force yo…
 
TL;DL Harry Dewulf has an intimate relationship with the English language. He’s helped shape numerous writers into award winning authors. This vitamin-infused episode will teach you “how” to be edited, how to boost your writing culture, how to write “for” an audience, and, above all, it will teach you the holy grail of writing. “Pull up Pavement Ca…
 
TL;DL Paul Jarvis has penned five books. They hit bestseller charts. He’s raked in half a million dollars from his products in the past 18 months. You need to listen to Paul. “I feel like I’m doing life wrong if I’m working all the time.” The above quote is from a writer who raked in half a million dollars while enjoying time on an island off the c…
 
TL;DL Reedsy.com connects writers with industry-leading editors, designers, publicists and marketing specialists. Take matters into your own hands, select the services you need to produce a work of fiction or non-fiction indistinguishable from Big-5 products. Publishpocalypse "NY-based editor + consultant. Formerly of a big five publisher." The abo…
 
TL;DR Victoria (V.E.) Schwab is a wildly ambitious author with years of success under her multi-dimensional reversible Moschino belt. She’ll teach you a thing or two about writing craft. You may be wondering, “JSL, I’m an indie author, but you keep interviewing traditionally published folks! That’s not very indie, is it?.” Sure it is. Discovering w…
 
I run across a lot of marketing folks. Their sensibility, demeanor and genuine empathy for audiences tell me that times have changed: marketing is no longer a filthy bag of tricks. We can substitute “marketing” with acts of telling story or encouraging revolutionary change or feats that enable creatives to perform their universe-given work. Today’s…
 
Constance Hale is a delight. An honest, heart-warming delight. She projects a buoyant, youthful energy that inspires me to keep placing pen to paper (or fingers to keys) no matter the brain strain. She’s a pat on the back and a gentle nudge out of the nest. “You have wings. Take flight. Soar. Write.” She also endures. While most may view her vast r…
 
Wicked writers evolve like stubborn single-celled amoebas. They thrive in hostile environments, tweak a gene here or there, produce more cells, eventually grow a limb and go prehensile. They adapt. When I look for new interviewees, I search first for wicked writers—I hope this is obvious—and then I mine their successes and struggles for evidence of…
 
Authors have it rough. Fungibility seeks to infect you at every turn of phrase, every scrap of dialogue, every edit, red slash, and cut scene. To be common is to flicker as a pixel in cold television static. The effective writer is in a constant and thrashing dance of disruption. They flee from comfort, and often sensibility, in their quest to flip…
 
Josh Bernoff’s blog WithoutBullshit.com feeds a cool million readers a year. His message is simple: “reduce, reduce some more, and here’s how.” By judging his readership numbers and the enthusiasm in which his readers receive his content I am confident that reduction is an antidote to the overwhelmingly complex world we meet daily. Josh is the doct…
 
Don’t let Tim Grahl’s boyish smile and kind exterior fool you. He is relentless. Sure, relentlessly helpful, but too when attacking insurmountable goals. He orchestrates ruthless plans, beats down the door of the finest mentors, lays bare his flaws for critique and finds every shortcut to wrangle success in the shortest possible time. At his core T…
 
Nick is a renaissance man. He possesses a varied skill set authors envy: can write well, can design well, can organize well and can get shit done. He crafted with unattended Nick-only hands his book Cadence&Slang—a delightful guide that instills tenets of Interaction Design as a Strunk or White might. Self-publishing just made sense for him. Why, o…
 
Before this podcast Jeff Goins and I engaged in a riveting discussion on the dizzying responsibilities an artist must fulfill to increase their odds of commercial success. Part chief officer, part brazen artist, part handshake-get-in-your-face salesperson, creatives must split their personalities or find delegates for these roles. How does one go a…
 
I’m a big fan of those bold few willing to take on the task of bettering their peers. Joe is one such guy. He struck me as a gentleman on our first encounter—dapper, nice smile, good posture—and projected an affable, though introverted energy. It’s a kind of vibe I immediately recognize and respect: humility with a tinge of gusto, the mark of futur…
 
Unfurling an idea among some fertile mental soil and tending to its incessant and desperate demands until it takes its natural shape, ready for harvest, has killed many a good writer. These ideas recruit the unwavering if they wish to see themselves realized. And though we may falter, it is through brash perseverance that we sow words into novels. …
 
Special Guest: Scott James with his Typewriter Poetry I’m often at a loss for whether I want to seek an agent and publish via traditional channels or publish independently or find some happy hybrid blend of which I haven’t yet seen any compelling success stories. And having only self-published, I yearn to understand the traditional model so that I …
 
Ignorance has a way of aligning itself with grief. Most writers are wholly inept to the intricacies of the publishing industry and to them David Moldawer illuminates like a prophet. He’s a veteran—a decorated soldier whose varied medals dazzle the eyes—and after speaking with him, I was forever changed. My ignorance was strong when it came to tradi…
 
Welcome to the inaugural episode of Bleeding Ink! What better way to kick off this show than interviewing a pivotal figure in an author’s life: the bookseller. I first met Drew Cohen at The Writer’s Block—he stumbled upon my whirling a dervish among sections of Nobokov and Campbell. I’ll never forget how he gaped at me and arched his eyebrows as I …
 
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