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GREAT WRITERS SHARE
It’s no secret that writing can be lonely work. But, does it really have to be?
Whether you’re full-time, part-time, or just starting out, you’ll get insights into the tricks, tips and production habits of writers from every level of the biz. From bestselling authors, to those launching their first novels, you’re sure to be in the company of friends as we encourage great writers to divulge and share their secrets.

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GREAT WRITERS SHARE
It’s no secret that writing can be lonely work. But, does it really have to be?
Whether you’re full-time, part-time, or just starting out, you’ll get insights into the tricks, tips and production habits of writers from every level of the biz. From bestselling authors, to those launching their first novels, you’re sure to be in the company of friends as we encourage great writers to divulge and share their secrets.

    #047: Jeff Adams & Will Knauss – Getting started with gay romance fiction, collaboration, and keeping the creative passion burning.

    #047: Jeff Adams & Will Knauss – Getting started with gay romance fiction, collaboration, and keeping the creative passion burning.

    Jeff Adams and Will Knauss are both writers of gay romance fiction, as well as the hosts of both the Big Gay Fiction Podcast (a podcast aimed at sharing their love for gay romance fiction) and the Big Gay Author Podcast (in which they document their journey to full-time writerdom, interviewing successful indies along the way).


    Jeff and Will are a powerhouse couple in both business and life, residing in Northern California after more than twenty years of marriage.


    In this episode we go deep into:
    - How Jeff and Adam got into the writing game
    - How to keep the flame alive as a writer
    - What Jeff and Will’s collaboration looked like when they released their co-written novel
    - What were the pitfalls found in collaborating on a novel?
    - How to manage expectations on a series when the next book has fallen by the wayside
    - Marketing your books with content podcasts
    - The growth journey of a podcast
    - How to maintain your interest in your podcast after years of publishing
    - Jeff and Will’s shared experience in writing gay romance fiction
    - The best place to start when writing gay romance fiction
    - The truth behind the gay romance reader base and community
    - How COVID has affected Jeff and Will’s writing process and schedule
    - How to confidently write gay characters
    - Why do Jeff and Will write


    Jeff and Will answers questions from Patrons:
    - Jenn Mitchell: Even the smoothest of collaborations will occasionally have a difference of opinion so I'm curious how you deal with this. Does the fact that you're not just co-authors but a real life couple impact how you work out a writing related difference. Is it harder or easier since you know each other on a deeper level than most co-authors would.
    - Sacha Black: What’s your husbands best and worse working trait?


    Find out more about Jeff and Will:
    Jeffandwill.com


    Links from the show:
    Joanna Penn’s “Business for Authors” https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00MQTR9HA/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i7
    Romancing the Beat: https://books2read.com/u/4XnNkg
    Hockey Player’s Heart: https://books2read.com/u/4NL50G
    Big Gay Fiction podcast: https://pod.link/1055183594
    Big Gay Author podcast: https://pod.link/1473717205
    https://theauthorsuccessmastermind.com/superchargeyourscene/


    Get your Great Writers Share merchandise!
    https://www.danielwillcocks.com/merch/gws


    GWS Press books:
    Collaboration for Authors: https://books2read.com/u/3G2jLn


    Special thanks to:
    Intro vocals: Persephone Rose
    Show theme: Karl Hughes


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    Thank you to my patrons:
    David Hines
    Harley Christensen
    Jon Cronshaw
    Jenn Mitchell
    Innes Richens
    Ian J Middleton
    PT Hylton
    Michael Anderle
    Mark McClure
    Katie Forrest
    Yanni Jade
    Meg Cowley
    H.B. Lyne
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    • 51 min
    #046: Iain Rob Wright – Finding success in horror in 2020, effective mailing lists & bringing your spouse into your creative business.

    #046: Iain Rob Wright – Finding success in horror in 2020, effective mailing lists & bringing your spouse into your creative business.

    One of Horror’s most respected authors, Iain Rob Wright is the writer of more than twenty books, many of them bestsellers. A previous Kindle All-Star and a mainstay in the horror charts, he is a prolific producer of unique and original stories. From his apocalyptic saga The Gates to his claustrophobic revenge thriller ASBO, Iain writes across a broad spectrum of sub genres, creating both beloved series and standalone titles.


    With work available in several languages and in audio, Iain Rob Wright is one of the fastest rising stars in horror, but when not writing he is a dedicated family man. Father to Jack and Molly, and husband to Sally, he is often seen sharing his family memories with his fans on Facebook.


    In this episode we go deep into:
    - The reality behind the difficulty of making money in writing in 2020
    - An insight into Iain’s writing journey from 2011 until present
    - How to be certain you can continue afloat as a full time writer
    - Iain’s attitude towards series and standalone books when it comes to horror
    - Writing what makes you happy
    - The importance of calculating read through in your series
    - Why the mailing list is the central pillar of a sustainable author career
    - The mess of the horror charts and if there’s an answer
    - How to serialize horror effectively
    - Iain’s attitude towards the ‘rapid release’ schedule
    - Advice to a fledgling horror author looking to start writing in 2020
    - Iain’s attitude towards collaboration and how that has changed or not changed since 2017
    - What it’s like to bring your spouse into your creative business
    - What it takes to actually make it into the author game in 2020
    - Why Iain writes


    Find out more about Iain:
    https://iainrobwright.com/


    Links from the show:
    The Story Studio, Ep 32. Iain Rob Wright (https://pod.link/1140596479/episode/NjRjYWY4NTYtNWViYS00YTA3LTlmOWUtYTEzZjI0YTA1MWEx
    The Final Winter https://books2read.com/u/4Eo7XM
    Mark Dawson’s Ads for Authors https://selfpublishingformula.com/courses/


    Special thanks to:
    Intro vocals: Persephone Rose
    Show theme: Karl Hughes


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    Thank you to my patrons:
    David Hines
    Harley Christensen
    Jon Cronshaw
    Jenn Mitchell
    Innes Richens
    Ian J Middleton
    PT Hylton
    Michael Anderle
    Mark McClure
    Katie Forrest
    Yanni Jade
    Meg Cowley
    H.B. Lyne
     
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    #045: Kristina Rienzi – Pitching through Twitter, the power of perpetual learning & choosing honesty.

    #045: Kristina Rienzi – Pitching through Twitter, the power of perpetual learning & choosing honesty.

    Kristina Rienzi is a Jersey Shore local, new adult author, certified professional coach, and the former president of Sisters in Crime-Central Jersey. An INFJ who dreams beyond big, Kristina encourages others (and herself) to embrace the unknown through her stories about fierce women risking their lives to become who they were always meant to be. 


    When she’s not writing or drinking wine, Kristina is spoiling her three fur-beasts, dissecting true crime stories, singing (and dancing) to Yacht Rock Radio, or rooting for the WVU Mountaineers. She believes in all things paranormal, a closet full of designer bags, weekly manicures, the Law of Attraction, aliens, angels, and the value of a graduate degree in psychology.


    In this episode we go deep into:
    - Kristina’s experiences with the paranormal
    - How Kristina’s writing journey started
    - The power of seeking honest criticism
    - What Kristina’s writing process looks like as a mother in the middle of a pandemic
    - Why the writing bug pushes Kristina to write while raising a human being
    - The battle of tackling parental guilt as a writer
    - Why Kristina got involved in writing groups, despite being a self-proclaimed introvert
    - The power of being a perpetual learner
    - How to keep on pushing when all you want to do is give up
    - Remembering that writing is supposed to be fun, so enjoy it
    - The journey from short story to full length novel
    - Being deliberate with your editors and not hiding from feedback
    - Protecting your writing time to get it done
    - Being humble enough to own your shortcomings so that you can continually improve
    - What it takes to become a writer coach and work with other writers
    - How to know your worth, instead of questioning it
    - The science of happy
    - Why being honest with yourself is the quickest way to success
    - How Kristina’s writing process has changed since writing her debut novel
    - How to pitch your novel to agents through Twitter
    - Why does Kristina write?


    Find out more about Kristina:
    https://kristinarienzi.com/


    Links from the show:
    Choosing Evil: https://www.amazon.com/Choosing-Evil-Ensouled-Book-1-ebook/dp/B07GC842F5/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=choosing+evil+kristina+rienzi&qid=1595335356&sr=8-1
    https://kristinarienzi.com/coaching/
    Twitter pitches (#PITMAD): https://twitter.com/hashtag/pitmad?lang=en
    More information on Twitter pitching: https://www.bryndonovan.com/2020/03/03/what-is-pitmad-ill-tell-you-and-give-you-some-pitmad-tips/


    Get your Great Writers Share merchandise!
    https://www.danielwillcocks.com/merch/gws


    GWS Press books:
    Collaboration for Authors: https://books2read.com/u/3G2jLn


    Special thanks to:
    Intro vocals: Persephone Rose
    Show theme: Karl Hughes


    Become a Patron of the show! Get exclusive bonus content, find your tribe, and get early access to all episodes.
    Thank you to my patrons:
    David Hines
    Harley Christensen
    Jon Cronshaw
    Jenn Mitchell
    Innes Richens
    Ian J Middleton
    PT Hylton
    Michael Anderle
    Mark McClure
    H.B. Lyne
    Meg Jolly
     
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    • 59 min
    #044: Robert J. Sawyer – How to win awards, The Oppenheimer Alternative, & the evolving publishing approach.

    #044: Robert J. Sawyer – How to win awards, The Oppenheimer Alternative, & the evolving publishing approach.

    Robert J. Sawyer is one of only eight writers ever to win all three of the world’s top awards for best science-fiction novel of the year: the Hugo, the Nebula, and the formerly titled John W. Campbell Memorial Award. He has also won the Robert A. Heinlein Award, the Edward E. Smith Memorial Award, and the Hal Clement Memorial Award; the top SF awards in China, Japan, France, and Spain; and a record-setting sixteen Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Awards (“Auroras”).


    Rob’s novel FlashForward was the basis for the ABC TV series of the same name, and he was a scriptwriter for that program. He also scripted the two-part finale for the popular web series Star Trek Continues.


    He is a Member of the Order of Canada, the highest honor bestowed by the Canadian government, as well as the Order of Ontario, the highest honor given by his home province; he was also one of the initial inductees into the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame.


    In this episode we go deep into:
    - How Robert cut his teeth in fiction
    - The power of the first generation of British science fiction
    - The changing landscape of audiobooks
    - Why artistic ambition is the secret to winning awards
    - The truth behind the politics of awards
    - The origin of Robert’s latest book "The Oppenheimer Alternative"
    - How Robert’s writing process has changed over the year
    - Why you don’t need to be a scientist to write science-fiction
    - Why Robert is moving into self-publishing for his latest book
    - Negotiating the rights for each market with your books
    - Adopting public domain works to promote the classics
    - How Robert manages the marketing and promotion of his author business
    - How Robert ended up receiving his Member of the Order of Canada
    - Why Robert J Sawyer writes


    Robert answers questions from Patrons:
    - Mark McClure: Are science fiction and speculative fiction two sides of the same genre?
    - How do you reward yourself when you've completed a project?
    - What would your profession be if you weren't a writer (or writing wasn't an option OR never existed)?


    Find out more about Robert:
    https://sfwriter.com/


    Links from the show:
    The Oppenheimer Alternative: https://books2read.com/u/bwdyZv


    Special thanks to:
    Intro vocals: Persephone Rose
    Show theme: Karl Hughes


    Become a Patron of the show! Get exclusive bonus content, find your tribe, and get early access to all episodes.
    Thank you to my patrons:
    David Hines
    Harley Christensen
    Jon Cronshaw
    Jenn Mitchell
    Innes Richens
    Ian J Middleton
    PT Hylton
    Michael Anderle
    Mark McClure
    Katie Forrest
    Yanni Jade
    Meg Cowley
    H.B. Lyne
     
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    • 57 min
    #043: Gemma Amor – Funding horror through Kickstarter, keeping things simple, and the joy of creation.

    #043: Gemma Amor – Funding horror through Kickstarter, keeping things simple, and the joy of creation.

    Gemma Amor is a Bram Stoker Award-nominated horror fiction author, podcaster illustrator, and voice actor based in the UK. Her books include Cruel Works of Nature, the award-nominated Dear Laura, White Pines, and Till the Score is Paid. She's also the co-creator, writer and voice actor for horror-comedy podcast Calling Darkness, starring Kate Siegel.
     
    Gemma's stories feature on the NoSleep podcast, Shadows at the Door, Creepy and the Grey Rooms podcast. You can find her in a number of horror anthologies, too.


    In this episode we go deep into:
    - The influence of Stephen King’s “Cujo."
    - How Gemma cut her teeth in writing
    - The power of actually finishing a story
    - The short story medium and getting yourself published
    - Playing with various mediums of art to satisfy the creative ache
    - Using Kickstarter to create, publish, and launch your book
    - The power of keeping things simple when writing a story
    - How draining it can be to give a story your all
    - The best ways to deal with criticism
    - Why does Gemma write


    Gemma answers questions from Patrons:
    - Ian J Middleton: what Must Read books would you put on a horror writers reading list?


    Find out more about Gemma:
    https://gemmaamorauthor.com/
    https://twitter.com/manylittlewords
    https://www.instagram.com/manylittlewords/


    Links from the show:
    Stephen King’s “Cujo” https://books2read.com/u/boEy60
    Gemma’s Kickstarter page: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/whitepines/white-pines-a-novel-and-audiobook-from-author-gemm
    White Pines on Amazon: https://books2read.com/u/mqrXVO


    Special thanks to:
    Intro vocals: Persephone Rose
    Show theme: Karl Hughes


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    Thank you to my patrons:
    David Hines
    Harley Christensen
    Jon Cronshaw
    Jenn Mitchell
    Innes Richens
    Ian J Middleton
    PT Hylton
    Michael Anderle
    Mark McClure
    Katie Forrest
    Yanni Jade
    H.B. Lyne
     
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    • 54 min
    #042: Garrett Robinson – Serializing fantasy, making it through the hard times, and changing the world with fiction.

    #042: Garrett Robinson – Serializing fantasy, making it through the hard times, and changing the world with fiction.

    Garrett Robinson is the author of #1 bestselling Amazon fantasy series, “The Nightblade Epic”, a heroic fantasy saga with tens of thousands of avid readers. The epic is set in the land of Underrealm, alongside a second bestselling series, “The Academy Journals.” His imprint, Legacy Books, has published over 2 dozen fantasy titles, showcasing fresh writing talent in the genre. Garrett is also a filmmaker, and successful YouTube talent, with brand new vlogs hitting his channel every Friday. 


    In this episode we go deep into:
    - Garrett’s advice for anyone who hasn’t watched Hamilton yet
    - Garrett’s experience working in filmmaking, screenwriting, and directing, and how that segued into his writing career
    - The origins of his hit series “Underrealm"
    - Letting your story grow in your mind until you’re professionally ready to write it
    - Allowing yourself time to develop as an artist
    - The experience of writing and releasing serial fiction, and how that has changed over the years
    - How to come out of bouts of non-writing
    - Leveraging Patreon to create a sustainable career
    - Talking yourself through the tough stuff and coming out on the other side
    - Controlling your use of social media to avoid distraction and procrastination
    - The realities of living as a full-time creative
    - How global disruption affects your personal state
    - Putting yourself first before you reach out and start helping others
    - Generating real social change with your fiction
    - How to approach serialization as a writer
    - Keeping an eye on the long-term when creating your marketing strategies


    Garrett answers questions from Patrons:
    - Yanni Jade: "You're currently releasing your novel in episodes like with the previous books, what are the pros and cons to publishing this way?"
    - H.B. Lyne: Do you have any tips for balancing writing with YouTubing. How does he fit it all in?
    - Jenn Mitchell: Do you approach the story telling process the same way when writing and making a film? Are there differences between the two for you?


    Find out more about Garrett:
    https://underrealm.net/


    Links from the show:
    Garrett’s Episode on “The Story Studio” https://open.spotify.com/episode/67ODq5qyQCZaS7jeUb3DvX?si=hrmrE3FKTUKy_Ej1SR2ciA
    A Cloak of Red, Brenna Gawain: https://www.amazon.com/Cloak-Red-Underrealm-Tenth-Kingdom-ebook/dp/B083RLS7DK/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=a+cloak+of+red&qid=1593612588&sr=8-1
    Garrett’s Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/garrettbrobinson


    Special thanks to:
    Intro vocals: Persephone Rose
    Show theme: Karl Hughes


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    Thank you to my patrons:
    David Hines
    Harley Christensen
    Jon Cronshaw
    Jenn Mitchell
    Innes Richens
    Ian J Middleton
    PT Hylton
    Michael Anderle
    Mark McClure
    Katie Forrest
    Yanni Jade
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    • 1 hr 12 min

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