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Welcome to The TufFish Show! A pond where author stylist, author, developmental editor, and host Jen Milius interviews authors from different genres and businesses, but with one thing in common – they had a message or story they wanted to tell, courageously got out of their own way and made it happen. Topics include: writing, book marketing (book signings, speaking engagements), publishing, mindset, and business tips.

About Jen: https://www.jennifermilius.com/work-with-me
Get your copy of Author Stylist Guide: Own Your Greatness, Get Visible, and Share Your Message: https://a.co/d/90U3q3t

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Welcome to The TufFish Show! A pond where author stylist, author, developmental editor, and host Jen Milius interviews authors from different genres and businesses, but with one thing in common – they had a message or story they wanted to tell, courageously got out of their own way and made it happen. Topics include: writing, book marketing (book signings, speaking engagements), publishing, mindset, and business tips.

About Jen: https://www.jennifermilius.com/work-with-me
Get your copy of Author Stylist Guide: Own Your Greatness, Get Visible, and Share Your Message: https://a.co/d/90U3q3t

    Creating your authentic writing voice with Lee Bukowski

    Creating your authentic writing voice with Lee Bukowski

    Welcome Lee Bukowski to The TufFish Show, a place to help writers and aspiring authors get out of their own way to leave a legacy by telling the stories they want to share through writing their own books and confidently sharing them with others. The writing process can be tough and the business side can feel scary, but TufFish makes both feel smoother and achievable. Visit https://www.jennifermilius.com/tuffish to learn more.



    Part of creating believable character driven stories is incorporating authentic dialogue and honoring your voice as an author, and to do this well, writers might have to break a few rules. During this conversation Lee Bukowski shares some key tips that will help any writer hone their skills whether it’s for their current work in progress or as they create community with their readers via their website, email list or social media.



    Lee Bukowski lives in Reading, PA, where she teaches freshman writing at Alvernia University. When she's not teaching or writing, she loves reading and traveling, especially visiting her grown daughters in Boston and Fort Lauderdale. Lee is also a self-proclaimed Billy Joel superfan with a live concert count of 49 shows. A Week of Warm Weather is her debut novel. She's currently at work writing her second book, a fiction novel about hope, forgiveness, and second chances.



    Visit - http://www.leebukowski.com

    Book purchase link - A Week of Warm Weather

    • 33 min
    Marketing your book and growing your business with Jeff Heggie

    Marketing your book and growing your business with Jeff Heggie

    Welcome Jeff Heggie to The TufFish Show, a place to help writers and aspiring authors get out of their own way to leave a legacy by telling the stories they want to share through writing their own books and confidently sharing them with others. The writing process can be tough and the business side can feel scary, but TufFish makes both feel smoother and achievable. Visit https://www.jennifermilius.com/tuffish to learn more.



    When you view your book as a way to bring more people into your world, into your business, it shifts how you think about and talk about the book. This powerful conversation with Jeff Heggie shows how a book can be a form of a business card, and what can happen when you stay open to the possibilities. Jeff shared his co-authoring journey and the importance of talking about your message, even if it’s exactly what you wrote in your book. Jeff provided some ways to come through the challenges that authors and business owners face. Whether you are in the middle of writing your book, have hit publish or have been at it while, let this conversation with Jeff keep you going and moving to your next level.



    Jeff Heggie is a seasoned Entrepreneur, Author and Success Coach dedicated to helping individuals achieve their dreams. Specializing in mastering the mental game, he empowers athletes to reach their full potential and guides athletes & entrepreneurs to 10X goals by cultivating the right mindset. With over two decades of entrepreneurial experience and coaching, Jeff breaks through mental and physical barriers to drive success. As a former professional rodeo cowboy and basketball coach with a deep appreciation for family and sports, he emphasizes the crucial role of mindset in achieving greatness. Jeff and his wife, Tamara, now call Arizona home, where they continue to inspire others to elevate their performance with confidence.



    Visit - http://www.JeffHeggie.com

    Book purchase link - https://amzn.to/3uOTRiG

    • 30 min
    The delicate research process of writing biographies with Dr. Lona Bailey

    The delicate research process of writing biographies with Dr. Lona Bailey

    Welcome Dr. Lona Bailey to The TufFish Show, a place to help writers and aspiring authors get out of their own way to leave a legacy by telling the stories they want to share through writing their own books and confidently sharing them with others. The writing process can be tough and the business side can feel scary, but TufFish makes both feel smoother and achievable. Visit https://www.jennifermilius.com/tuffish to learn more.



    Research is an important part of writing your book, depending on the genre. Some require more and some require less, and in the case of writing biographies, it’s vital. Dr. Lona Bailey shares how she brings each person she writes about “back to life” so that person’s legacy is honored. We talk about how she strikes the balance between her narrative and the person she’s writing about as well as when she knows the story is done.



    Dr. Lona Bailey is an award-winning Golden Age of Hollywood researcher and writer of Uncredited: The Life and Career of Actress Virginia Gregg, Voice of Villainy: The Betty Lou Gerson Story, Mrs. Radio: The Cathy Lewis Story, and The Wasp Woman: The Life, Career, and Brutal Murder of Hollywood’s Susan Cabot. As a PhD and former therapist, Dr. Bailey is passionate about telling the untold stories of women who perhaps weren’t finished using their own voices during their earthly journeys. Her biographic works offer a balanced perspective on the multidimensional elements involved in feministic legacy-maintenance with particular interest in the preservation efforts of the Golden Age of Hollywood. Dr. Bailey's "Voice of Villainy" biography was a finalist in the International Book Awards for 2023 and won the Gold Medal Award in the Dan Poynter's Global Ebook Awards Contest of 2023. Dr. Bailey has been featured on The Wolfe Den Show, in Film Daily, and in The Los Angeles Tribune.



    Visit - www.lonabaileywrites.com

    Book purchase link - Voice of Villainy: The Betty Lou Gerson Story https://a.co/d/etCIPnm

    • 32 min
    The beauty of small steps and beginnings as an author with Jen Milius

    The beauty of small steps and beginnings as an author with Jen Milius

    Recently I had the pleasure of speaking about courage and confidence with an amazing group of women in Winchester, Virginia. As I was driving home, I got to thinking about small beginnings and small steps. When you think about the micro decisions that you make to help you get to where you want to go, you'd be amazed at how many there were. Sometimes we can only see the starting point and the result, but not all the smaller steps to get from point A to point B.



    Sometimes those smaller steps and beginnings have to do with trying something new and us managing our expectations.



    If you've been in your head because you "only sold 3 books" or "only had 1 person" sign up for your newsletter or "only had 10 people" attend a workshop, I invite you to check out this episode and get a different perspective.



    Jennifer Milius is an entrepreneur, coach, developmental editor, author, and host of The TufFish Show who helps creatives bring out their inner greatness so that they get comfortable using their voice, sharing their message, and being visible.



    Whether it’s speaking to elementary school students about courage and confidence; helping authors and creatives move to their next level through coaching, developmental editing, refining keynote speeches, instructions through course or workshops; or even having them on The TufFish Show, Jen believes when you share your gifts and message, you bring joy to others and show what’s possible for them.



    Visit - www.jennifermilius.com/stylist

    Get free resources at http://www.jennifermilius.com/start

    New book - Author Stylist Guide: Own Your Greatness, Get Visible, and Share Your Message

    Book bonuses: www.jennifermilius.com/books

    • 6 min
    How editors help you strengthen your book with Meg Welch Dendler

    How editors help you strengthen your book with Meg Welch Dendler

    Welcome Meg Welch Dendler to The TufFish Show, a place to help writers and aspiring authors get out of their own way to leave a legacy by telling the stories they want to share through writing their own books and confidently sharing them with others. The writing process can be tough and the business side can feel scary, but TufFish makes both feel smoother and achievable. Visit https://www.jennifermilius.com/tuffish to learn more.



    What a pleasure to welcome back my friend and also editor for Author Stylist Guide, Meg Dendler! We had a fabulous conversation that centered around how involving editors help to strengthen your book and how to choose the right person or people to work with, so it’s your voice that’s in your book.



    Meg Dendler has considered herself a writer since she won a picture book contest in 5th grade and entertained her classmates with ongoing sequels for the rest of the year. Beginning serious work as a freelancer in the '90s while teaching elementary and middle school, Meg has over one hundred articles in print, including interviews with Kirk Douglas, Sylvester Stallone, and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. She has won contests with her short stories and poetry, along with multiple awards for her best-selling "Cats in the Mirror" alien rescue cat children's book series. Bianca: The Brave Frail and Delicate Princess was honored as Best Juvenile Book of 2018 by the Oklahoma Writers' Federation. Meg is also an editor for independent and self-publishing authors.



    Visit - https://megdendler.com

    Book purchase links - https://www.amazon.com/stores/Meg-Welch-Dendler/author/B00BBNY5O2



    Get the Author Stylist Guide and book bonuses here: https://www.jennifermilius.com/books

    Visit - https://www.jennifermilius.com/stylist

    Get free resources at https://www.jennifermilius.com/start

    • 41 min
    What to cut and what to keep in your book with Mary Camarillo

    What to cut and what to keep in your book with Mary Camarillo

    Welcome Mary Camarillo to The TufFish Show, a place to help writers and aspiring authors get out of their own way to leave a legacy by telling the stories they want to share through writing their own books and confidently sharing them with others. The writing process can be tough and the business side can feel scary, but TufFish makes both feel smoother and achievable. Visit https://www.jennifermilius.com/tuffish to learn more.



    As a writer, do you appreciate the boundaries that writing can create? Sometimes when there’s so many ways you can take a story, and Mary Camarillo suggests that setting some parameters can help. We also talked about how to work through feedback when you may conceptually understand what is being suggested, but not necessarily how to execute it. We also talked about why it’s ok for characters not to be likeable.



    Mary Camarillo is the author of the award-winning novels Those People Behind Us and The Lockhart Women. Her awards include the 2022 Indie Author Project Award for California Adult Fiction, the 2022 Willa Literary Award Finalist in Multiform Fiction, and the 2021 First Place Award in the Next Generation Indies for First Fiction. She currently serves on the advisory boards of Citric Acid, An Orange County Literary Arts Quarterly, and LibroMobile, An Arts Cooperative and Bookstore in Santa Ana, California. Mary lives in Huntington Beach, California with her husband, who plays ukulele, and their terrorist cat Riley, who makes frequent appearances on Instagram.



    Visit - https://www.marycamarillo.com

    Book purchase links:

    Those People Behind Us

    The Lockhart Women



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    • 29 min

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