The Writing Coach

By Kevin T. Johns, author and writing coach

About this podcast   English    Canada

Author and writing coach Kevin T. Johns interviews the instructors, editors, coaches, and mentors that help writers and authors create their art, build their audience, and sell their work. If you enjoy podcasts like I Should Be Writing, Grammar Girl, and Writing Excuses, be sure to check out The Writing Coach. Interviews with Tim Grahl, Shawn Coyne, Cathy Yardley and more!
April 8, 2018
Welcome to The Writing Coach. On this podcast, I speak with the instructors, editors, coaches, and mentors who help writers and authors create their art, build their audience, and sell their work. In episode #68 of The Writing Coach podcast, I discuss how to spot a publishing scam. It takes passion, dedications, and a massive amount of hard work to produce a 70,000-word manuscript. It requires even more effort and focus to proceed to revise those 70K words several times over. Usually, aspiring authors are feeling pretty desperate by the time they reach the publication stage of the book production process. That desperation, combined with a lack of knowledge regarding the publishing industry, is frequently taken advantage of by scammers, frauds, hucksters, and criminals in the world of publishing. In this episode, we’re going to go over the steps you can take to investigate an offer before you hand over any money or personal information to a service provider, agent, or publisher. Listen to the episode now: The Writing Coach #68 Show Notes For more information about publishing scams, makes sure you visit the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America’s excellent resource, Writer Beware.   Download the podcast here:
April 2, 2018
Welcome to The Writing Coach. On this podcast, I speak with the instructors, editors, coaches, and mentors who help writers and authors create their art, build their audience, and sell their work. In episode #67 of The Writing Coach podcast, I speak with Brooke Warner. Brooke Warner is publisher of She Writes Press, founder of Warner Coaching Inc., and author of What’s Your Book? and How to Sell Your Memoir. Brooke’s expertise is in traditional and new publishing, and she is an equal advocate for publishing with a traditional house and self-publishing. She sits on the board of the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) and the National Association of Memoir Writers (NAMW). Her website was selected by The Write Life as one of the Top 100 Best Websites for Writers in 2014. During our conversation, Brooke describes: * How a talk with her mom about what she loves led to a career in publishing * The exact moment she realized her experience in editing and publishing could be used for an author coaching business * The massive learning curve for memoir writers and the “kiss of death” they need to avoid in their writing * The role perseverance (and the help of a coach) played in landing her TedX talk, “Green-Light Revolution” * Why she founded She Writes Press and what it means to be a hybrid publisher * How the current American political environment means having a platform for women writers is more important than ever * And much more! Listen to the episode now: The Writing Coach #67 Show Notes Check out Brooke’s website: http://brookewarner.com/ Visit the She Writes Press website: https://shewritespress.com/ Explore the She Writes community: https://www.shewrites.com/ Watch Brooke’s TedX Talk:   Download the podcast here:
March 26, 2018
Welcome to The Writing Coach. On this podcast, I speak with the instructors, editors, coaches, and mentors who help writers and authors create their art, build their audience, and sell their work. In episode #66 of The Writing Coach podcast, I speak with Lisa Bloom. Lisa is an accomplished Storyteller, Professional Certified Coach (ICF) and Training & Development Expert with more than 20 years experience working in public and private sectors, high-tech and financial services environments. Lisa trains Story Coaches and helps entrepreneurs de-stress the marketing, build their business with confidence and inspiration by finding their success story. During our conversation, Lisa describes: * How a story can be used to build trust and create credibility * Her deep belief that we are all innate storytellers * Why she spent time working as a “galley slave” * The massive benefits she experienced from writing a weekly story on her blog for ten years straight * How finding congruity between your outer story and inner story leads to powerful authenticity * And much more Listen to the episode now: The Writing Coach #66 Show Notes Check out Lisa’s website: http://story-coach.com/ Follow Lisa on social: Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Learn about LIFT, the conference Lisa and I will both be attending next month.   Download the podcast here:
March 19, 2018
Welcome to The Writing Coach. On this podcast, I speak with the instructors, editors, coaches, and mentors who help writers and authors create their art, build their audience, and sell their work. In episode #65 of The Writing Coach podcast, I speak with John Adamus. Since 1997, John’s entire career has been focused on working with people to tell their stories. Whether in television, film, stage, or publishing, he has worked with talented creatives who have all different kinds of stories to tell. Through his website, The Writer Next Door, John offers a full suite of tools to help writers reach their creative goals, from story design and coaching to first chapter diagnostics and help with query letters. John is the executive editor at Parvus Press, a publishing company focused on science fiction and fantasy, and he also extremely active on Twitter, where you’ll find him sharing writing tips and advice throughout the day. During our conversation, John describes: * How he’d been helping people for years before he realized “creative coaching” was the name for what he was doing * Why he got fired from his slush pile reader job at a New York publishing house * The challenge of learning how to determine your value and charge what you are worth for your services * The important role a mentor played in his life and his development as a writer and editor * And much more Listen to the episode now: The Writing Coach #65 Show Notes Check out John’s website: http://writernextdoor.com Read his blog: http://writernextdoor.com/blog/ Visit his Patreon page: http://patreon.com/johnhelpsyoucreate For him on Twitter: http://twitter.com/awesome_john   Download the podcast here:
March 12, 2018
Welcome to The Writing Coach. On this podcast, I speak with the instructors, editors, coaches, and mentors who help writers and authors create their art, build their audience, and sell their work. In episode #64 of The Writing Coach podcast, I speak with Jennie Nash. Jennie has spent 30 years in the world of books. She is the author of seven books, one of the world’s top one-on-one writing coaches, and the co-founder of Author Accelerator, a company that matches authors with books coaches. During our conversation, Jennie describes: * Why she finds offers of quick-fix solutions to writers craft so frustrating * What she learned from her writer father * The moment she decided to turn down a multi-book contract offer from a traditional publisher * Why a writing retreat once asked her to “tone down” her intensity * The reason writers need to get good at asking for what they want * How talent can often get in the way of storytelling * The non-linear nature of writing * And much more Listen to the episode now: The Writing Coach #64 Show Notes Check out Jennie’s website: http://jennienash.com/ Learn more about Author Accelerator: http://www.authoraccelerator.com/ Listen to episode 51 of The Writing Coach featuring Author Accelerator’s managing editor, Laura Franzini. Read Jennie’s article, “Stop Waiting for a Miracle.” Jennie recommends watching this great video of Kurt Vonnegut discussing the shape of stories:   Download the podcast here:
March 4, 2018
Welcome to The Writing Coach. On this podcast, I speak with the instructors, editors, coaches, and mentors who help writers and authors create their art, build their audience, and sell their work. In episode #63 of The Writing Coach podcast, I speak with Franciska Csongrady. Franciska is in her third year of an English Literature degree at Oxford University in England. In addition to her studies, she tutors students from around the world looking to improve their English writing. During our conversation, Franciska describes: * How growing up in Hungary, England, and Austria led to an interest in learning languages, including English, Hungarian, Spanish, German, and even some Latin * What it is like going to a school and walking the same halls that were once walked by the likes of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien * What she has learned from teaching English to students from all around the world * And much more Listen to the episode now: The Writing Coach #63 Show Notes Connect with Franciska on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/franciska-csongrady/ Franciska’s art on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/monacegoose/ The Writing Coach podcast is brought to you by: Click here to learn more about Writer’s Craft Academy   Download the podcast here:
Feb. 25, 2018
Welcome to The Writing Coach. On this podcast, I speak with the instructors, editors, coaches, and mentors who help writers and authors create their art, build their audience, and sell their work. In episode #62 of The Writing Coach podcast, I speak with writer, editor, and media manager Sarah Foil. Sarah describes herself as a cliché: an introverted, caffeine-addicted, wine-obsessed writer in North Carolina with a husband, crazy dog and angry cat. (Sounds like my kind of person!) She has an MFA and served as the editor of the literary magazine Incunabula for several years before launching into the freelance world, where she now works with aspiring and first-time novelists as an editor and media manager. During our conversation, Sarah describes: * Why, as a young girl, she realized she wanted to learn how to make dad’s cry (with words) * The big takeaways from her MFA program * The common mistakes writer’s make when submitting to editors, and why writers need to focus on the first page of their submission * Her approach to social media management and the tools she uses to preschedule her posts * And much more Listen to the episode now: The Writing Coach #62 Show Notes Check out Sarah’s website. Follow Sarah on social media: Facebook: www.facebook.com/SarahFoilWriter Twitter: www.twitter.com/SarahFoil Instagram: www.instagram.com/SarahFoil Sarah recommends every writer and editor own a copy of The Elements of Style: The Writing Coach podcast is brought to you by: Click here to learn more about Writer’s Craft Academy   Download the podcast here:
Feb. 20, 2018
Welcome to The Writing Coach. On this podcast, I speak with the instructors, editors, coaches, and mentors who help writers and authors create their art, build their audience, and sell their work. In episode #61 of The Writing Coach podcast, I speak with Audrey Hughey. Audrey is the founder of The Write Services Social Media Management and creator of the Author Transformation Alliance. Her passion is inspiring and empowering authors to achieve their goals and dreams with effective and authentic marketing. During our conversation, Audrey describes: * Why its important for authors to develop book marketing plans * How she uses a community to educate and empower authors * What she learned in the world of fitness that she carried over into book marketing * Her “no excuses” approach to achieving her goals * Why she created The 2018 Author’s Journal * And much more Listen to the episode now: The Writing Coach #61 Show Notes Visit Audrey’s website. Learn more about the Author Transformation Alliance. Join Audrey’s free writing group. Grab your copy of The 2018 Author’s Journal: Get Audrey’s free gift, The Writer’s Weekly Planner. The Writing Coach podcast is brought to you by: Click here to learn more about Writer’s Craft Academy   Download the podcast here:
Feb. 14, 2018
Welcome to The Writing Coach. On this podcast, I speak with the instructors, editors, coaches, and mentors who help writers and authors create their art, build their audience, and sell their work. A client of mine recently asked me what novels I would recommend for the purpose of demonstrating different aspects of writer’s craft. This episode answers that question by revealing 13 novels every writer should read! Listen to the podcast now now or read the full transcript below. Episode Transcript Hello beloved listeners and welcome back to The Writing Coach podcast. I am your host Kevin T. Johns. If this is your first time listening to the podcast, welcome. We love new listeners. This is episode … oh boy, I always forget to check before we start recording. It’s probably episode 59 or 60 or something, which means if you enjoy this episode there’s another 58, 59 episodes out there that you can go check out where I chat with all sorts of amazing people. Shawn Coyne, Jenny Blake, Chandler Bolt. Everyone in the world of helping authors. Tons of great interviews in there with people like Jeff Goins. Everyone you want to hear me chat with, I chat with. Go back. Dig into those archives and check out some of those older episodes. Normally, I interview someone else, but every once in a while, like actually the last few episodes, it’s just me. This is going to be another one of them because of one of my one-on-one coaching clients … I’m a writing coach guys. It’s not just a title of a podcast. It’s something I do professionally. One of my clients asked me a really great question. I gave it a lot of thought. I decided I was going to answer him in podcast format. Reza, you are probably listening to this. Thank you so much for asking such a great question. We are going to get to it in a minute. Reza is one of my one-on-one clients. I have a couple other one-on-one clients who have come on board as of late. Peter if you are listening to this, and Attila — welcome aboard guys. I can’t wait to work with you to get your books written. This episode is going to address a very specific question that Reza asked. Reza grew up in Iran and came to Canada, where I live ten, years ago. He’s really been focusing on his English writing for the last ten years. He’s always been very interested in non-fiction. That’s the type of writing he does. He’s writing a nonfiction self-help book. He said, “Kevin, if I did want to start exploring English fiction, what would be some great books  I could read that could help me understand writing better?” I thought that was such a great question! That’s what we are going to get into in today’s podcast. We are going to talk about 13 different books that I think every writer should read. Each of these books is going to demonstrate a different aspect of a writer’s craft that I think is really important. Before we get into that, I do want to say this is not a conversation about overturning the cannon of traditional English literature. This is a podcast episode about writer’s craft. Alright? From the hundreds and hundreds of books I’ve read in my life, these were the books that came to mind as great examples, the best examples in different aspects of the craft of novel writing. I will warn you, most of the authors I have chosen are white, heterosexual, American men. I’m not going to apologize for my bias. I like what I like, but I will acknowledge my biases. I’m a left-leaning, white, heterosexual, Canadian, male with a masters degree in English literature. All of my book choices are going to be biased by that position of privilege that I’m coming from. I do want to acknowledge that.
Feb. 1, 2018
Welcome to The Writing Coach. On this podcast, I speak with the instructors, editors, coaches, and mentors who help writers and authors create their art, build their audience, and sell their work. One year ago, I launched Writer’s Craft Academy, my private membership site and group coaching program. In episode 59 of The Writing Coach, I celebrate the year’s victories, as well as discuss some lessons learned. Listen now! The Writing Coach is brought to you by:   Click here to learn more about Writer’s Craft Academy Download the podcast here:  

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