100 episodes

Hosted by bestselling author, Daniel Willcocks, the Activated Authors podcast unlocks the processes, systems, and productivity habits that take authors to their next level.

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Hosted by bestselling author, Daniel Willcocks, the Activated Authors podcast unlocks the processes, systems, and productivity habits that take authors to their next level.

    News, Updates, and to the Future (Part II)

    News, Updates, and to the Future (Part II)

    Thanks for tuning in to the Activated Authors podcast. If you're ready to ACTIVATE your author career, head on over to https://activatedauthors.com/

    In this episode Dan and Sam talk about:

    The future of the podcast

    Sam's health updates

    What you get with Activated Authors

    Get more from Activated Authors!

    https://activatedauthors.com/

    Find out more about Daniel Willcocks

    https://www.danielwillcocks.com/

    Find out more about Sam Frost

    https://mastressofnone.com

    Special thanks to:

    Show theme: Karl Hughes

    Show editing: Sam Frost

    • 52 min
    Dan Howarth ON: Finding DISCIPLINE And The Circle Of Community

    Dan Howarth ON: Finding DISCIPLINE And The Circle Of Community

    Thanks for tuning in to the Activated Authors podcast. If you're ready to ACTIVATE your author career, head on over to https://activatedauthors.com/

    Dan Howarth is a Mancunian-born horror writer now living in Merseyside. He is the author of Dark Missives and his latest release “Territory” and his writing has appeared in numerous publications both online and imprint. Most notably, a number of Dan’s stories have appeared on The Other Stories podcast, where they have been downloaded over 100,000 times.

    Dan is also the co-editor of three themed anthologies alongside James Everington—one of which “Imposter Syndrome” was short-listed for a British Fantasy Award.

    In this episode we go deep into:

    Dan’s Journey [30:54]
    What Discipline Looks Like [35:45]
    Why do the work? [40:38]
    Finding your Tribe [45:41]
    The Early days [50:03]
    Why Horror? [55:26]
    How to approach networking [01:00:27]
    Reaching out and making connections [01:04:52]
    How do you keep moving forward? [01:09:13]
    Why Dan writes [01:17:51]

    Find out more about Dan Howarth:

    https://www.danhowarthwriter.com/

    Twitter: @danhowarth20

    Get more from Activated Authors!

    https://activatedauthors.com/

    Watch the show:

    https://youtu.be/BoX3k3yKpsE 

    Find out more about Daniel Willcocks

    https://www.danielwillcocks.com/

    IG: @willcockswriter

    Twitter: @willcockswriter

    Find out more about Samantha Frost

    www.mastressofnone.com

    IG: @mastressofnone

    Special thanks to:

    Show theme: Karl Hughes

    Show editing: Sam Frost

    • 1 hr 34 min
    Tim Lebbon ON: TRADITIONAL Publishing, Tie In’s & Loving The Job

    Tim Lebbon ON: TRADITIONAL Publishing, Tie In’s & Loving The Job

    Thanks for tuning in to the Activated Authors podcast. If you're ready to ACTIVATE your author career, head on over to https://activatedauthors.com/

    Tim Lebbon is an award-winning New York Times-bestselling horror, thriller and fantasy writer from a little village in South Wales. He’s written over 45 novels, dozens of novellas, hundreds of short stories, as well as tie-in novels in the Alien, Predator, Hellboy, Star Wars, and Firefly universes, and his novel The Silence was made into a Netflix movie starring Kiernan Shipka and Stanley Tucci. When not writing, Tim can be found swimming, biking, and running in triathlons—activities which found their way into his non-fiction book, Run, Walk Crawl – Getting Fit in My Forties

    In this episode we go deep into:

    Tim’s Journey [12:27]
    The Joy of Writing [14:44]
    Going Full Time [17:01]
    The Creative Output of a Working Writer [20:04]
    Art Vs Commerce [22:53]
    Tim’s Typical Writing Process [27:34]
    Has the Process Changed? [29:24]
    Writing a Novel Long Hand [31:56]
    How Tim Approaches Where a Book will Live [37:31]
    Getting into Trad in 2022 [41:20]
    How Tim got Involved in Tie Ins [43:46]
    How Much Flexibility and Creativity is there in Tie In’s? [46:52]
    Type Casting [50:44]
    Climate Change [55:24]
    Why Tim Writes [57:22]

    Find out more about Tim Lebbon:

    https://www.timlebbon.net/

    Get more from Activated Authors!

    https://activatedauthors.com/

    Watch the Show:

    https://youtu.be/8vTxVh_Ofzw 

    Find out more about Daniel Willcocks

    https://www.danielwillcocks.com/

    IG: @willcockswriter

    Twitter: @willcockswriter

    Find out more about Samantha Frost

    www.mastressofnone.com

    IG: @mastressofnone

    Special thanks to:

    Show theme: Karl Hughes

    Show editing: Sam Frost

    • 1 hr 9 min
    (BONUS Ep: 003) Daniel Willcocks: Ask Me Anything

    (BONUS Ep: 003) Daniel Willcocks: Ask Me Anything

    Thanks for tuning in to the Activated Authors podcast. If you're ready to ACTIVATE your author career, head on over to https://activatedauthors.com/

    Daniel Willcocks is an international bestselling author and award-winning podcaster of dark fiction. He is an author coach and founder of Activated Authors; one quarter of digital story studio, Hawk & Cleaver; co-founder of iTunes-busting fiction podcast, ‘The Other Stories’,CEO of horror imprint, Devil’s Rock Publishing, and the host of the ‘Activated Authors' podcast.

    Dan is furiously passionate about all things story. He has written 60+ books in five years for himself and on behalf of ghostwriting clients. Dan works with authors to keep their creative flames burning in an activated, and healthy way.

    In this episode Dan answers your questions:

    -What is a good per hour rate for ghostwriting?

    -How long did it take you to develop your confidence as a writer ?

    -How do you find the right pressure point to motivate you?

    -You have so many irons in the fire, how do you keep them all straight?

    -How do you interact with an author's work when they have done/did something reprehensible?

    -How are you having FUN/gathering energy & inspiration?

    -What was your favourite thing about writing when you first got into it and has this changed with where you are now? If it has changed, in what way?

    Get more from Activated Authors!

    https://activatedauthors.com/

    Watch the Show!

    https://youtu.be/E2dFcgeXI9Q 

    Find out more about Daniel Willcocks

    https://www.danielwillcocks.com/

    Special thanks to:

    Show theme: Karl Hughes

    Show editing: Sam Frost

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Luke Kondor ON: SYSTEMS n’ Books & Stuff

    Luke Kondor ON: SYSTEMS n’ Books & Stuff

    Thanks for tuning in to the Activated Authors podcast. If you're ready to ACTIVATE your author career, head on over to https://activatedauthors.com/

    Luke Kondor started writing on his computer in his early teens and never looked back… and now he has very sore eyes. He also runs and produces a short story podcast called The Other Stories, which has amassed over 9-million downloads and has a monthly listenership of ~200k downloads. Currently he works from a dining room table in the middle of Sherwood Forest and lives with his fiancée, Cat, their pet cat, Oscar, and their larger, angrier cat, Alaska, who is actually a dog.

     

    In this episode we go deep into:

    The science of baths [24:50]
    How writing is going [28:26]
    The journey of creative confidence [30:06]
    Doubt [32:53]
    Dealing with ‘Sexy New Project’ temptation [41:07]
    Getting the RIGHT things done [43:23]
    Deadlines [50:45]
    Bod.press [52:24]
    Why Kickstarter? [55:13]
    The secret to Kickstarter [01:01:47]
    ‘My Dog S***s Cash’ [01:06:21]
    The Other Stories [01:07:53]
    Why Luke writes [01:23:05]

    Find out more about Luke Kondor:

    https://www.lukekondor.com/

    IG: @lukeofkondor

    Links from the show:

    Sam’s Vlogs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thEHu5tfDBg

    Hawk&Cleaver: http://www.hawkandcleaver.com/

    Deep Work: https://www.calnewport.com/books/deep-work/

    Get your Book Selling on Kickstarter : https://www.amazon.co.uk/Your-Book-Selling-Kickstarter-Profitability-ebook/dp/B09TQ4G5S6/ref=sr_1_2?crid=1YAKGU84G7ZAC&keywords=kickstarter+for+authors&qid=1656864603&sprefix=kickstarter+for+authors%2Caps%2C491&sr=8-2

    The ONE Thing: https://www.amazon.co.uk/One-Thing-Surprisingly-Extraordinary-bestselling-ebook/dp/B00D3J2QKW/ref=sr_1_1?adgrpid=54831878844&gclid=CjwKCAjw_ISWBhBkEiwAdqxb9sct2inWEk_hqSeNgflDfx7VjbzK6kBd9rVcoAyXSwgIYGe9e0eSsxoCDbcQAvD_BwE&hvadid=259047750414&hvdev=c&hvlocphy=9045850&hvnetw=g&hvqmt=e&hvrand=15315717395921812556&hvtargid=kwd-300960594631&hydadcr=28148_1821044&keywords=the+one+thing&qid=1656864999&sr=8-1

    Get more from Activated Authors!

    https://activatedauthors.com/

    Watch the show:

    https://youtu.be/D3asj150l_I 

    Find out more about Daniel Willcocks

    https://www.danielwillcocks.com/

    IG: @willcockswriter

    Twitter: @willcockswriter

    Find out more about Samantha Frost

    www.mastressofnone.com

    IG: @mastressofnone

    Special thanks to:

    Show theme: Karl Hughes

    Show editing: Sam Frost

    • 1 hr 43 min
    Kathy Murray ON: RECALCULATING & Taking The Leap

    Kathy Murray ON: RECALCULATING & Taking The Leap

    Thanks for tuning in to the Activated Authors podcast. If you're ready to ACTIVATE your author career, head on over to https://activatedauthors.com/

    Kathy Murray is a certified personal trainer with over thirty years’ experience in the fitness industry. She is a graduate of The Ohio State University where she was a member of the 1983 National Cheerleading Championship Team.

    After college she competed in and won the United States Aerobic Championship in 1986 and spent the year traveling the world as a Fitness Ambassador and worked as a free-lance educator to teach fitness to European Instructors.

    While in Munich, Kathy coached the Munich Cowboys (American Football) Cheerleaders to six national titles in cheerleading and was head trainer/translator for the German Gladiators during a pilot TV show for the International Gladiators.

    Always an avid cyclist, Kathy dipped her toe into the world of multi-sport in 2000, first competing in duathlons then eventually moving to triathlons. Kathy has owned her personal training business Fit Bodies for 24 years and in 2022 co-authored the Audible book, The Munich Cowboys Cheerleaders based on her time coaching the squad.

    She lives in Atlanta with her husband Lutalo, dog Mingus and cat Sassy.

    In this episode we go deep into:

    The journey of the book [25:15]
    The difference between European and American cheerleading [29:48]
    The challenges of the early days [31:50]
    Bringing the squad into shape [35:09]
    Rising above dsicrimination [40:20]
    How a PT mindset helped her write [43:55]
    Kathy’s writing process [46:46]
    Mixing fact and fiction [49:14]
    Leaving the 9-5 world [52:47]
    What’s next [58:20]
    Improving a writers health [01:04:16]
    Why Kathy writes [01:05:04]

    Find out more about Kathy Murray:

    https://www.fit-bodies.net

    https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/The-Munich-Cowboys-Cheerleaders-Audiobook/B09Q971Y5M

    Get more from Activated Authors!

    https://activatedauthors.com/

    Watch the show:

    https://youtu.be/_1Ymsqti2BU 

    Find out more about Daniel Willcocks

    https://www.danielwillcocks.com/

    IG: @willcockswriter

    Twitter: @willcockswriter

    Find out more about Samantha Frost

    www.mastressofnone.com

    IG: @mastressofnone

    Special thanks to:

    Show theme: Karl Hughes

    Show editing: Sam Frost

    • 1 hr 17 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
5 Ratings

5 Ratings

Melted-Snowman ,

So much great info

Dan really puts the Authors through their paces in these podcasts. His repertoire is fun and you learn a lot without the podcast going down some word rabbit hole of boredom.
The ten questions at the end are fun, and frantic, and just such a great way to finish each episode.

Well worth a listen, especially if you are brand new to writing. :)

Neeks* ,

Informative for any Indie

I love this podcast because Dan has this amazing interview style where he goes deep, gets under the skin of every writer and goes to the heart of their passion, craft and business. It’s a fun, light hearted podcast that I highly recommend for all indies at any level.

Dumi Siwo ,

Amazing

Amazing

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