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Welcome to the Writer’s Digest Podcast! Hosted by Gabriela Pereira, this monthly podcast features interviews with experts and icons of the writing world whose insights will help ignite your creative vision, hone your skills, build your platform and get your work out into the world.

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Welcome to the Writer’s Digest Podcast! Hosted by Gabriela Pereira, this monthly podcast features interviews with experts and icons of the writing world whose insights will help ignite your creative vision, hone your skills, build your platform and get your work out into the world.

    The Writer’s Digest Podcast, Episode 12: Writing for the Screen and the Page with Doug Richardson

    The Writer’s Digest Podcast, Episode 12: Writing for the Screen and the Page with Doug Richardson

    In this episode of the Writer’s Digest Podcast, Gabriela Pereira talks with screenwriter and author Doug Richardson, and shares an inside look at the process of adapting a novel for the big screen. In this interview, they discuss the differences between writing a novel and a screenplay, the role of a screenwriter on a movie set, and how to manage relationships with directors, producers, and actors. 







    Welcome, welcome, writers! From fiction to nonfiction, whatever your genre persuasion or writing style—whether you write for the page, the stage, or the screen—the Writer’s Digest podcast is for you.

    Today I have the pleasure of hosting Doug Richardson on the show!

    Doug cut his teeth writing some pretty awesome movies including Die Hard 2 and Bad Boys, before entering the world of novel writing.

    His Lucky Dey books exists between the gutter and the glitter of a morally suspect landscape he calls Luckyland—a.k.a. Los Angeles. He has also adapted several of his novels into screenplays.

    Now listen in as Doug and I discuss the process of taking a story from novel-form to the big screen.

    This episode of the Writer’s Digest Podcast is brought to you by Writer’s Digest magazine. Do you want to write a book or get published in 2019? Writer’s Digest can help. For almost 100 years, WD has featured practical technique articles, tips and exercises on fiction, nonfiction, poetry and the business side of writing and publishing. Subscribe to Writer’s Digest magazine at writersdigest.com/subscribe.

    In this episode Doug shares:



    * The differences between writing a screenplay vs. writing a novel.

    * An inside look at the process of bringing your book to the screen.

    * The ups and downs of working with actors.

    * How to navigate the sticky situation of being a writer on a movie set.

    * Dealing with bad notes and criticisms on your screenplay.



    Listen in to hear Doug talk about all these things… and more!

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    About Doug Richardson

    Doug Richardson cut his teeth writing movies like Die Hard 2, Bad Boys, and Hostage. But scratch the surface and discover that he thinks there’s a killer inside all of us.

    His Lucky Dey books exist between the gutter and the glitter of a morally suspect landscape he calls Luckyland—a.k.a. Los Angeles—the city of Doug’s birth and where he lives with his wife, two children, three big mutts, and the dead body he’s still semi-convinced is buried in his San Fernando Valley back yard.

    Links and resources



    * To connect with Doug check out his website at dougrichardson.com.

    * Learn even more about how to adapt your book for the big screen from author Howard Kaplan in his interview on DIY MFA Radio.

    * Want more insight into the differences of screenwriting and novel writing? There are some DIY MFA interviews that will help. Listen to this episode with author and screenwriter Drew Chapman for insights into writing novels vs. writing for TV and films. And for tips on how to think outside the box and use multiple forms of media to tell your story, check out this interview with author Jay Swanson.



     

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    The Writer’s Digest Podcast, Episode 11: Writing Technology Old and New

    The Writer’s Digest Podcast, Episode 11: Writing Technology Old and New

    Welcome, welcome, writers! From fiction to nonfiction, whatever your genre persuasion —whether you scratch your words with quill pen on parchment or click away at your computer keyboard—the Writer’s Digest podcast is for you.

    Today I have the pleasure of having Elizabeth Sims on the show!

    Elizabeth is the author of the Rita Farmer Mysteries, the Lambda and GCLS Goldie Award-winning Lillian Byrd Crime Series, and other fiction, including the standalone novel Crimes in a Second Language, which won the 2017 Florida Book Awards silver medal.

    Elizabeth is also an internationally recognized authority on writing, and has written dozens of feature articles on the craft of writing for Writer’s Digest magazine, where she’s a contributing editor. Her instructional title, You’ve Got a Book in You: A Stress-Free Guide to Writing the Book of Your Dreams (from Writer’s Digest Books) has been specially recognized by NaNoWriMo and hundreds of other websites and bloggers, and her own weekly blog, Zestful Writing, has been included in several top-100 blog lists.

    Now listen in as Elizabeth and I discuss the advantages of using old school writing implements, and how to balance these tools with those of the digital age to advance your writing career.

    The Pen Is Mightier (Than the Word Processor)

    This episode of the Writer’s Digest Podcast is brought to you by Writer’s Digest magazine.

    Do you want to write a book or get published in 2019? Writer’s Digest can help. For almost 100 years, WD has featured practical technique articles, tips and exercises on fiction, nonfiction, poetry and the business side of writing and publishing. Subscribe to Writer’s Digest magazine at writersdigest.com/subscribe.



    In this episode Elizabeth shares:



    * Pros and cons of the writer’s physical vs. digital toolkits.

    * How writing tools have evolved over time.

    * Balancing the quiet, deep work of writing with the flashy technology of today.

    * Ways to say “no” gracefully, and guard your writing time.

    * Boxed sets, then and now, and how to use them to advance your writing career.



    Listen in to hear Elizabeth talk about all these things… and more!

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    About Elizabeth Sims

    Elizabeth Sims is the author of the Rita Farmer Mysteries, the Lambda and GCLS Goldie Award-winning Lillian Byrd Crime Series, and other fiction, including the standalone novel Crimes in a Second Language, which won the 2017 Florida Book Awards silver medal. Her work has been published by a major press (Macmillan) as well as several smaller houses, and she’s written short works for numerous collections and magazines. She publishes independently under her personal imprint, Spruce Park Press.

    In addition, Elizabeth is an internationally recognized authority on writing. She’s written dozens of feature articles on the craft of writing for Writer’s Digest magazine, where she’s a contributing editor. Her instructional title, You’ve Got a Book in You: A Stress-Free Guide to Writing the Book of Your Dreams (Writer’s Digest Books) has been specially recognized by NaNoWriMo and hundreds of other websites and bloggers. Elizabeth’s weekly blog, Zestful Writing, has been included in top-100 blog lists, and she belongs to several literary societies as well as American Mensa.

    Links and Resources



    * To connect with Elizabeth check out her website at www.

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    The Writer’s Digest Podcast, Episode 10: The Art of the Graphic Memoir

    The Writer’s Digest Podcast, Episode 10: The Art of the Graphic Memoir

    Welcome, welcome, writers! From fiction to nonfiction, whatever your genre persuasion— whether you write high-action superhero comics or a touching graphic memoir—the Writer’s Digest podcast is for you. Today I have the pleasure of interviewing Tom Hart on the show!



    Tom is a cartoonist, teacher, and has been the Executive Director of The Sequential Artists Workshop, a school and arts organization in Gainesville, Florida since 2012.

    He is the author of several books, including the 2016 graphic memoir, Rosalie Lightning, which debuted at #1 on the New York Times Bestseller List. His books have also garnered many other accolades such as a nomination for best graphic novel in 2000, and made him an early recipient of a Xeric Grant for self-publishing cartoonists.

    Tom’s most recent book, published in November 2018, is The Art of the Graphic Memoir, a survey and how-to book about creating a graphic memoir.

    Now listen in as Tom and I discuss the inner workings of the comics community, and the various ways writers and artists can publish in this ever growing industry.

    This episode of the Writer’s Digest Podcast is brought to you by the Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition. Think you can write a winning story in 1,500 words or less? Enter the 19th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition for your chance to win $3,000 in cash, get published in Writer’s Digest magazine, and take a paid trip to the WD Annual Conference in NYC. Learn more and enter at WritersDigest.com/competitions.



    In this episode Tom shares:



    * The collaborative nature between author and artist.

    * Why finding your cohort in the comics and graphics community is so important.

    * Various publishing pathways for writers and artists.

    * How self-publishing increases your skills and credibility in the comics world.

    * An inside look at the Sequential Artists Workshop.



    Listen in to hear Tom talk about all these things… and more!

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    About Tom Hart

    Tom Hart is a cartoonist and teacher and has been the Executive Director of The Sequential Artists Workshop, a school and arts organization in Gainesville, Florida since 2012.

    His 2016 memoir, Rosalie Lightning, debuted at #1 on the New York Times Bestseller List and was featured on many Best-Of-2016 lists. His most recent book is The Art of the Graphic Memoir, a survey and how-to book about creating a graphic memoir.

    His books have been nominated for best graphic novel in 2000, he was an early recipient of a Xeric Grant for self-publishing cartoonists, and has been on many best-of lists in the Comics Journal and other comix publications. He has been called “One of the great underrated cartoonists of our time” by From Hell co-creator Eddie Campbell and “One of my favorite cartoonists of the decade” by Understanding Comics author Scott McCloud.

    Links and Resources



    * To connect with Tom check out his website at www.tomhart.net.

    * If you would like to learn more about the classes offered at the Sequential Artists Workshop head over to learn.sawcomics.org.

    * And don’t forget to check out Tom’s latest book The Art of the Graphic Memoir, and Molly Bang’s book a href="https://www.amazon.com/Picture-This-How-Pictures-Work/dp/1452151997/ref=sr_1_1?

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    The Writer’s Digest Podcast, Episode 9: Using Your Words for the Power of Good — Interview with Heather Graham

    The Writer’s Digest Podcast, Episode 9: Using Your Words for the Power of Good — Interview with Heather Graham

    Welcome, welcome, writers! From fiction to nonfiction, whatever your genre persuasion— whether you write heartwarming bedtime stories about Jack the Ripper or historical romantic vampire fiction (Can you tell it’s our Halloween episode?)—the Writer’s Digest Podcast is for you.

    Today I have the pleasure of interviewing author Heather Graham on the show!

    Heather is an award-winning, New York Times and USA Today, bestselling author of over 200 novels and novellas. She has published works in a broad range of categories and genres including (but not limited to) suspense, historical romance, vampire fiction and Christmas family fare.

    Her background is fascinating and varied, proving that there is no one pathway to publication. She started her career by majoring in theater arts at the University of South Florida. After a stint of several years in dinner theater, doing backup vocals, and bartending, she decided after the birth of her third child to stay home and start writing.

    Since that time she has been honored for her fabulous works with awards including, the Silver Bullet from International Thriller Writers, the Lifetime Achievement Award from RWA and received ITW’s prestigious Thriller Master Award in 2016.

    On top of all her excellent writing, Heather has hosted several charity events on a regular basis.  She hosted the Vampire Ball and Dinner Theater at the Romance Times Convention, which raises money for the Pediatric Aids Society. And in 2006, she hosted the first Writers for New Orleans Workshop to benefit the stricken Gulf Region. This awesome annual event is actually happening right now as I record this intro!

    Now listen in as Heather and I discuss the inner workings of the editorial process in publishing, and how all writers have the power to make a difference with their words.

    This episode of the Writer’s Digest Podcast is brought to you by the Writer’s Digest Novel Writing Conference, which is returning to Pasadena, CA on October 26-28, 2018. Come hone your craft, refine your characters, explore the future of publishing, and get the tools you need to advance your career as a successful novelist. For more info about this upcoming event check out novel.writersdigestconference.com.





    In this episode Heather shares:



    * Why writers need editors, and why editors need writers.

    * Tips to carve out time for your writing in your already busy life.

    * The benefits of writing groups, and the pitfalls to watch out for.

    * When to listen to others’ critiques and when you need to trust your own intuition.

    * How we can all make a positive change in the world through our writing.



    Listen in to hear Heather talk about all these things… and more!

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    About Heather Graham

    New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Heather Graham, majored in theater arts at the University of South Florida. After a stint of several years in dinner theater, backup vocals, and bartending, she stayed home after the birth of her third child and began to write. Her first book was with Dell, and since then, she has written over two hundred novels and novellas including category, suspense, historical romance, vampire fiction, time travel, occult and Christmas family fare.

    She is pleased to have been published in approximately twenty-five languages. She has written over 200 novels and has 60 million books in print. She has been honored with awards from booksellers and writers’ organizations for excellence in her work,

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    The Writer’s Digest Podcast, Episode 8: Interview with NaNoWriMo Executive Director Grant Faulkner

    The Writer’s Digest Podcast, Episode 8: Interview with NaNoWriMo Executive Director Grant Faulkner

    Welcome, welcome, writers! From fiction to nonfiction, whatever your genre persuasion— whether you plot your stories down to the tiniest detail or you write by the seat of your pants—the Writer’s Digest podcast is for you.

    Today I have the pleasure of interviewing author and National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) Executive Director Grant Faulkner on the show!

    In addition to his work with NaNoWriMo, Grant is the co-founder of 100 Word Story and the Flash Fiction Collective. He is also the author of Pep Talks for Writers: 52 Insights and Actions to Boost Your Creative Mojo, which is a book of essays on creativity.

    His stories have appeared in dozens of literary magazines, including Tin House and The Southwest Review, and his essays on creativity have been published in places such as The New York Times and Writer’s Digest.

    Grant has also presented at several leading literary events such as the Frankfurt Book Fair, the Associated Writing Programs (AWP) Conference, Book Expo America, and more.

    Now listen in as Grant and I discuss the nitty-gritty of NaNoWriMo, and how to stay tenaciously relentless in your writing to reach your publishing goals.



    This episode of the Writer’s Digest Podcast is brought to you by the Writer’s Digest Novel Writing Conference, which is returning to Pasadena, CA on October 26-28, 2018. Come hone your craft, refine your characters, explore the future of publishing, and get the tools you need to advance your career as a successful novelist. For more info about this upcoming event check out novel.writersdigestconference.com.





    In this episode Grant shares:



    * The ins and outs of NaNoWriMo, what it is and how you can get involved.

    * What some of the main obstacles to creativity are and how to overcome them.

    * Why taking part in a writing challenge can be beneficial to writers.

    * Techniques to help you prepare to write your novel.

    * What to do after NaNoWriMo, what the next steps are and how to keep writing.



    Listen in to hear Grant talk about all these things… and more!

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    About Grant Faulkner

    Grant Faulkner is the Executive Director of National Novel Writing Month and the co-founder of 100 Word Story. His stories have appeared in dozens of literary magazines including Tin House, The Southwest Review, and the Gettysburg Review, and have been widely anthologized. His essays on creativity have been published in The New York Times, Poets & Writers, Writer’s Digest, and The Writer.

    Grant has presented at events such as the Frankfurt Book Fair, the Associated Writing Programs Conference, Book Expo America, the Chicago Humanities Festival, the Oakland Book Festival, the Bay Area Book Festival, Poets & Writers Live, the San Francisco Writers Conference, the Commonwealth Club, the Digital Publishing Innovation Summit, Writer’s Digest West, the Porchlight storytelling series, Litquake, Lit Crawl, the Mendocino Writers Conference, and the Arizona State Library Association’s YA Summit. Additionally, Grant is co-founder of the Flash Fiction Collective, a member of the Oakland Book Festival’s Literary Council, a member of the National Writing Project Writer’s Council, and a member of Lit Camp’s Advisory Council.

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    The Writer’s Digest Podcast, Episode 7: Ask the Agent — Interview with Barbara Poelle

    The Writer’s Digest Podcast, Episode 7: Ask the Agent — Interview with Barbara Poelle

    Welcome, welcome, writers! From fiction to nonfiction, whatever your genre persuasion—be it shark thrillers written by marine biologists or upmarket literary novels about carts before horses—the Writer’s Digest podcast is for you.

    Today I have the pleasure of interviewing literary agent Barbara Poelle on the show!

    Barbara has been an agent with the Irene Goodman Literary Agency for over 11 years, and represents a wide range of fiction, non-fiction, bestsellers, and debuts. The one things she’s always on the lookout for is quality storytelling.

    Barbara also writes the column “Funny You Should Ask” (or FYSA) in Writer’s Digest magazine, which features her mostly serious—but actually hilarious—answers to author questions.

    So listen in as we dig into what an agent’s role in the publishing business really looks like, and how a good agent-author relationship can be the best thing from your writing career.



     

    This episode of the Writer’s Digest Podcast is brought to you by indieLAB, an all-new, interactive event for entrepreneurial authors, freelance writers and independent publishers.For more info about this upcoming event check out indielab.writersdigestconference.com.



    In this episode Barbara shares:



    * What stumbling blocks writers run up against the most, and how to avoid them.

    * Finding the right comp titles for your book.

    * A query breakdown, the do’s and don’ts.

    * The three questions to ask when you get the call from an agent.

    * The weird and wonderful stages of the agent-author relationship.



    Listen in to hear Barbara talk about all these things… and more!

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    About Barbara Poelle

    Barbara Poelle has been an agent with the Irene Goodman Literary Agency for over 11 years representing a wide range of fiction and non-fiction. Her client list is peppered with as many debuts as bestsellers, and she is always looking for quality storytelling. Barbara currently writes the column “Funny You Should Ask” in Writer’s Digest magazine, which features her mostly serious answers to author questions.

    Links and resources



    * To learn more about the Irene Goodman Literary Agency (and connect with Barbara) check out the agency’s website at irenegoodman.com.

    * And if you’d like to query Barbara, email your query letter to barbara.queries@irenegoodman.com

    * Need another example of how to craft the perfect pitch? Learn some techniques to make your hook even stronger from literary agent Mark Gottlieb in his interview on DIY MFA Radio.

    * Want to gain an even deeper understanding of finding the right path for your book? There are some DIY MFA interviews that will help. Listen to this episode featuring author Jessica Strawser for an inside look on crafting your first novel and getting it out published.

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