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The podcast where you'll get your dose of magic and dash of writing advice all in one juicy elixir. Join a couple of authors in our ramblings about all-things fantasy, paranormal fiction, and magical realism. Our goal is to help you iron out your mystical world and open up the floor to a weird and witchy conversation. ★ Follow us @writingtheb and get in touch: writingthebroomstick@gmail.com / writingthebroomstick.com ★ Hosts: Katrina Tortorici Anglehart (K.T. Anglehart) is a freelance editor and author of teen/YA urban fantasy "The Wise One"—the first of "The Scottish Scrolls" series. She enjoys laughing at her and Genny's shenanigans while trying desperately to maintain her composure. ★ @kt_anglehart | ktanglehart.com ★ Genevieve Methot is a freelance writer and author of new adult fantasy trilogy "The Needle of Ingress" (release date TBD). She is often called out for being self-deprecating and breaking out in song during awkward moments. ★ @genny_met

Writing the Broomstick K.T. Anglehart & Genevieve Methot

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    • 4.7 • 7 Ratings

The podcast where you'll get your dose of magic and dash of writing advice all in one juicy elixir. Join a couple of authors in our ramblings about all-things fantasy, paranormal fiction, and magical realism. Our goal is to help you iron out your mystical world and open up the floor to a weird and witchy conversation. ★ Follow us @writingtheb and get in touch: writingthebroomstick@gmail.com / writingthebroomstick.com ★ Hosts: Katrina Tortorici Anglehart (K.T. Anglehart) is a freelance editor and author of teen/YA urban fantasy "The Wise One"—the first of "The Scottish Scrolls" series. She enjoys laughing at her and Genny's shenanigans while trying desperately to maintain her composure. ★ @kt_anglehart | ktanglehart.com ★ Genevieve Methot is a freelance writer and author of new adult fantasy trilogy "The Needle of Ingress" (release date TBD). She is often called out for being self-deprecating and breaking out in song during awkward moments. ★ @genny_met

    {EP. 10} How to Make Your Fantasy World More Believable

    {EP. 10} How to Make Your Fantasy World More Believable

    In today’s episode, Katrina and Genny give you a blueprint (or questionnaire) to help you in the worldbuilding stage of your fantasy writing. You don’t necessarily have to answer all these questions; rather, let these questions act as your worldbuilding guide:
    Ask yourself what kind of society your character lives inWhat are the different forms of governance?Is there a well-established class system? (low, middle, upper-class)Is there a strong proletariat? Do they feel exploited?How are labourers perceived by others? Are merchants respected by the upper-class?How does your character’s society treat the poor, sick, elderly, and marginalized?Do mythological creatures mix with humans? How are these creatures (or humans) treated? Who’s at the top of that food chain?Do people own pets? How are animals treated?What role do children play?Rule of lawWho’s in charge?Who enforces these laws?Are they fair? tyrannical? peaceful?How would you compare your world’s justice system to your own country’s?Relationships, sex, and genderHow are men and women treated differently by law and society?How are non-heteronormative people treated?Is sex taboo? What is the acceptable age to have sex and get married?Do people marry for love, money, or alliances?How is infidelity treated?Economy and politicsWhat currency does your world use?Is bartering a thing?Is there peace amongst nations? Who are the allies of your character’s country, and why?Is the world divided by kingdoms, empires, or countries?ReligionHow many belief systems are there?What is the dominant religion? Is there bias or prejudice towards any?Magic and the SupernaturalWho possesses magical abilities? All citizens or certain races?What are the rules around its uses?Are there limitations? Is it teachable? Is it innate?GeographyThis is the fun part...what are the different regions?Is the land separated by realms, kingdoms, countries…?Where does your character live? What does the landscape look like? How does this influence the character’s journey?ScienceIs there any?Is there a kind of logic or science to the magic systems?How advanced is scientific study?Does it look more like alchemy?Entertainment, Art & MusicWhat do the people of your world do for fun?What sort of instruments exist?Is there any importance placed on art or music?What do teenagers do for fun on a Friday night?Eating and CookingSignature dishes? Drinks? Butterbeer comes to mind…What are the customs around the dinner table?What is your character’s favourite dish? Who makes it? Is it easy to get? Where do the ingredients come from?Katrina and Genny give sage advice about worldbuilding from famous authors like Neil Gaiman and Leigh Bardugo. Both hosts talk about their own worldbuilding experiences, and Genny gives a brief anecdote about hiring a developmental editor to edit her synopsis (oh, what a dreaded thing that is!).

    Let us know what you thought of our episode! You can reach us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or email writingthebroomstick@gmail.com.

    • 34 min
    {EP. 9} How to Get Book Reviews & Handle the Bad Ones Like a Boss (and NOT React like Lauren Hough)

    {EP. 9} How to Get Book Reviews & Handle the Bad Ones Like a Boss (and NOT React like Lauren Hough)

    Last week, the literary world was shook by an author’s craptastic idea to publicly insult people who left 4-star reviews on her GoodReads book page. She was so horrible about it that BookTwitter unleashed the type of vengeance only avid book lovers could devise…they attacked this author’s GoodReads book page with 1-star reviews. 
    That’s right. Before the book was even a few days old, Lauren Hough’s (let’s just say her name, we all know who we’re talking about, right?) book, which was a widely anticipated collection of personal essays, had over 1,500 1-star reviews, which means that her book rating is now essentially meaningless.
    Wow, there is so much to learn from this. In today’s episode, Katrina and Genny explain why any writer, even a famous one, should never ever talk to reviewers like that (as if we really need to explain this one). We also talk about why giving a book a 1-star review simply because the author is an a*****e misses the whole point and importance of these review sites. 
    By the way, did we mention that getting a 4-star review on Goodreads is actually amazing? Many writers would swoon over a review that good, but we’d settle for any, ANY review at all. 
    This is where Katrina’s personal experience with launching her YA novel, The Wise One, comes in handy. She tells us how to get reviews in really effective ways but warns that some of these methods are a lot of work (but totally worth it!).
    Last week, we polled a few of our Facebook followers to get their advice on how to handle bad reviews, and their answers will definitely inspire you! 
    Meanwhile, Genny’s hair gets caught a bunch of times in her headphones, and we manage to throw shade on a whole cast of Hollywood actors. All in a day’s work!

    Let us know what you thought of our episode! You can reach us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or email writingthebroomstick@gmail.com.
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    Do you love witchy books? Download the first 3 chapters of K.T. Anglehart's urban fantasy "The Wise One" FREE: www.ktanglehart.com.

    • 29 min
    {EP. 8} Marketing Your Book 101 with Publisher/Author/Coach Alexa Bigwarfe

    {EP. 8} Marketing Your Book 101 with Publisher/Author/Coach Alexa Bigwarfe

    Have you decided to self-publish your novel, or are you set on going after a traditional publisher? Guess what: It doesn’t matter which publishing route you take because no matter what, you’re going to have to self-promote your little heart out, my dears.
    But don’t take our word for it! In today’s episode, we’re interviewing Alexa Bigwarfe, the founder and CEO of Write, Publish, Sell—not to mention Katrina’s publisher! Alexa’s company offers authors writing and publishing solutions from marketing to launching to printing to cover design and TONS more. Alexa floors us with her solid advice on how we need to market ourselves (and not just on social media) in order to find our readers and build our audience. She’s been in the business for a long time, so writers, take notes!
    Alexa has some solid marketing advice for authors out there, and here’s just a short highlight reel:
    If you haven’t started marketing your book by now, for the love of god, START!Traditional publishers don’t automatically have the budget to promote your bookWitchy books are in!Don’t let your friend design your cover, unless said friend is, in fact, a book cover designer.No matter how hard you market your book, it still has to be written well (duh)...We know you’ll be as excited listening to Alexa as we were interviewing her. Writing a book is a long and arduous journey, and no matter where you are in the process, you could probably use a little dose of expert advice. And in the crazy competitive world of publishing, self-promotion is so gosh-darn-tootin'-frootin' important.
    You can find Alexa’s contact details on her website (writepublishsell.com), PLUS you can also listen to her on her own podcast, the PublishHer Podcast with Alexa Bigwarfe.

    Let us know what you thought of our episode! You can reach us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or email writingthebroomstick@gmail.com.
    ★  ★  ★
    Do you love witchy books? Download the first 3 chapters of K.T. Anglehart's urban fantasy "The Wise One" FREE: www.ktanglehart.com.

    • 54 min
    {EP. 7} Impostor Syndrome for Writers & How to Manage it

    {EP. 7} Impostor Syndrome for Writers & How to Manage it

    What is impostor syndrome? Maybe you’ve heard this pop psychology phrase buzzing around social media lately, or maybe you’re hearing it for the first time. Put simply, impostor syndrome is the belief that you are a fraud. If you’re a writer and you have impostor syndrome, you don’t feel like you’re really a writer, no matter how much evidence there is to the contrary. We’re here to tell you that impostor syndrome is a load of codswallop!
    In this episode, Katrina and Genny explore this phenomenon in an effort to demonstrate why impostor syndrome is not only a bunch of nonsense, but also why it’s a complete waste of your time and creativity. 
    And yet, we understand that even though you may not actually be an impostor, your fears and doubts about yourself can be managed in a constructive way that stops giving those feelings of doubt any power. For example, if you feel you shouldn’t call yourself a writer because your grammar sucks, why not brush up on your grammar instead of thinking you’re a fraud? 
    Need more proof that impostor syndrome is a whole lotta BS? What if we were to tell you that even some of the most famous and successful writers, actors, and entrepreneurs (people whom nobody on the planet would call frauds) also suffer from it? 
    We give some advice on how to recognize this creativity killer (whom Katrina has decided to name Burt, btw) and what to do when you notice it operating on you. We end the podcast with our own personal dealings with impostor syndrome—sorry, Burt—in hopes that you find inspiration, hope, and advice on how you too can ignore, de-escalate, and/or destroy your own Burt. 

    P.S. Technology had a vendetta against us this week, so we have to apologize for the iffy audio.
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    Consulted Materials:
    57 famous people reveal how to overcome impostor syndrome12 successful women on impostor syndrome and self-doubtLet us know what you thought of our episode! You can reach us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or email writingthebroomstick@gmail.com.
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    Do you love witchy books? Download the first 3 chapters of K.T. Anglehart's urban fantasy "The Wise One" FREE: www.ktanglehart.com.

    • 34 min
    {EP. 6} Faeries, Warlocks, Black Cats & Witchcraft: Your Questions Answered

    {EP. 6} Faeries, Warlocks, Black Cats & Witchcraft: Your Questions Answered

    What’s the difference between magic and witchcraft? Are faeries big or small—and why, pray tell, are there so many variations of them? What is the connection between black cats and witches? And what are warlocks, really, because they’re actually not what most people think they are.
    These are the questions we hope to answer in today’s episode. These questions were asked by listeners, and we have to admit that we had a lot of fun diving right into fantasy land. 
    But what did we really learn from this little investigation? It’s that you should never rely on pop culture references to learn the truth about witchy topics and fantasy characters. We said it once and we’ll say it again: Do your research! If you’re planning on writing about mythical creatures, don’t rely on “common knowledge”. Dig a little deeper.
    Due to scheduling conflicts, Katrina and Genny had to record their parts separately, which made it easy to edit, but you won’t hear any of the usual banter or (never once asked for) impromptu song interludes. We didn’t even mention Deborah Harkness, for crying out loud!
    If you’ve ever wanted to know the real answer behind these questions, sit back, relax, and hit play. 
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    Join over 100,000 podcasters already using Buzzsprout to launch your own podcast today. They’ll get your podcast listed on every major platform, plus build you a customizable audio player that you can embed on any site. Sign up for Buzzsprout and get a $20 Amazon Gift Card, which may just be the money you need to DIY your own soundbooth. 
    Consulted Materials:
    http://crescentmoonschool.blogspot.com/?m=1“Paltrie Vermin, Cats, Mise, Toads, and Weasils”: Witches, Familiars, and Human-Animal Interactions in the English Witch Trials by Helen Parish, University of Reading [download full text]Let us know what you thought of our episode! You can reach us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or email writingthebroomstick@gmail.com.
    ★  ★  ★
    Do you love witchy books? Download the first 3 chapters of K.T. Anglehart's urban fantasy "The Wise One" FREE: www.ktanglehart.com.

    • 20 min
    {EP. 5} Fantasy Subgenres: What Are the Differences Between Urban Fantasy, Magical Realism & Paranormal Fiction?

    {EP. 5} Fantasy Subgenres: What Are the Differences Between Urban Fantasy, Magical Realism & Paranormal Fiction?

    Fantasy: Anything not based in reality. Seems like a simple enough definition, but when it comes to literature, there’s so much more to it than that. In this episode, Katrina and Genny break down the fantasy genre and take a closer look into the most popular fantasy subgenres:
    Urban fantasyMagical realismParanormal fictionWe also explain the difference between high and low fantasy, but even we have trouble applying these definitions to real-life examples. You’ll quickly see that as clear-cut as these definitions are, there’s always obvious overlap. For example, is Harry Potter urban fantasy? Is it low fantasy? What do you think?
    Having said that, it’s SUPER important to know the correct genre of your book, and Katrina explains why. Genny gets a tad emotional when talking about Gabriel García Márquez, and Katrina explains why we might hear her say the word “genre” a little strangely. Of course, Deborah Harkness makes yet another appearance and Genny nearly forgets to sing!
    If you’re interested in writing in these subgenres, our best advice is to start reading! Here’s our reading list from episode 5:
    One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel García MárquezWorks by Salman Rushdie, such as Midnight’s Children and Satanic VersesThe House of the Spirits, Isabel AllendeBeloved, Toni MorrisonBig Fish, Daniel Wallace The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, F. Scott Fitzgerald Works by Neil Gaiman, such as Stardust, Coraline, American Gods, NeverwhereThe Wise One, K.T. Anglehart (duh)The Dark Tower series, Stephen KingA Song of Ice and Fire series, George R.R. MartineQuestion: Are you interested in starting a podcast but have zero clues where to start? Buzzsprout lets us launch, promote, and track our episode stats. And so much more. We wouldn’t have been able to get our podcast going without Buzzsprout’s easy-to-use site that’s designed for technically challenged folks like us. 
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    Consulted materials:
    https://thoughtsonfantasy.com/2015/12/07/17-common-fantasy-sub-genres/https://www.masterclass.com/articles/how-to-recognize-urban-fantasy#15-iconic-urban-fantasy-bookshttps://bookriot.com/what-is-low-fantasy/https://www.masterclass.com/articles/guide-to-supernatural-vs-paranormal-fiction#6-examples-of-supernatural-fictionYou can reach us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or email writingthebroomstick@gmail.com.
    ★  ★  ★
    Do you love witchy books? Download the first 3 chapters of K.T. Anglehart's urban fantasy "The Wise One" FREE: www.ktanglehart.com.

    • 35 min

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sahula6 ,

If you’re into fantasy - this is for you!

Really enjoying this podcast so far! Katrina and Genny are hilarious and passionate about writing, fantasy and all things witchy. I loved Katrina’s book, “The Wise One”, and so excited to learn more about her journey :) Can’t wait to read Genny’s book when it comes out!

rcaimano ,

Love this!

As a fantasy fiction nerd with aspirations of writing my own story this is such an interesting podcast! Can’t wait to hear more from Genny and Katrina :)

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