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    Rounding Up Reviews with Chanticleer's Kiffer Brown

    Rounding Up Reviews with Chanticleer's Kiffer Brown

    Since creating Chanticleer Book Reviews in 2010, Kiffer Brown has provided thousands of authors with the exceptional reviews integral to the success of any book. Her services include editorial reviews, manuscript reviews, and peer reviews, which help writers structure their story, earn community appraisal, and expand sales on Amazon. Kiffer has worked in book marketing for over a decade and is involved in a plethora of local and national writing groups, hosts several writing conferences and book conventions, and has connections with authors around the world. To have Kiffer review your book or manuscript, visit chantireviews.com/services.
    From WritersWin.com:
    Media scout for literary agents, publishing houses,  movie producers, and industry professionals, along with folks seeking a good read, Kiffer Brown is known for her instinct of picking winners. Reader Extraordinaire, she reads thousands of works a year searching for today’s sparkling gems that will become tomorrow’s best sellers. She truly loves what she does and her passion shows.Kiffer is also the founder ofChanticleer Book Reviews & Media. CBRM Discovers Today’s Best Books with Editorial Reviews and International Writing Competitions. In addition to running a professional editorial review service,  she is the president of Whatcom Writers and Publishers, Salish Sea League of Writers board member, Upstart Crows Writers Assoc. founder, and member of Western Washington University’s publishing curriculum’s advisory board. She presents at numerous writers conferences and book conventions.
     
     
    Whether you’re traditionally published or indie, writing a good book is only the first step in becoming a successful author. The days of just turning a manuscript into your editor and walking away are gone. If you want to succeed in today’s publishing world, you need to understand every aspect of the business - editing, formatting, marketing, contracts. It all starts with a good book, then the real work begins.
     
    Join international bestselling author J.D. Barker and indie powerhouses, J. Thorn and Zach Bohannon, as they gain unique insight and valuable advice from the most prolific and accomplished authors in the business.

    In this episode, you’ll discover:How Chanticleer was createdWhy a good review will make or break your bookThe importance of gaining appraisal from fellow authorsThe difference between editorial, manuscript, peer, and consumer reviewsThe biggest mistake most authors make during the review processLinks:
    J. D. Barker - http://jdbarker.com/
    J. Thorn - https://theauthorlife.com/
    Kiffer Brown - https://writerswin.com/kiffer-brown/
    Chanticleer Book Reviews & Media - https://www.chantireviews.com/services/
    Music by Nicorus - https://cctrax.com/nicorus/dust-to-dust-ep 
    Voice Over by Rick Ganley - http://www.nhpr.com and recorded at Mill Pond Studio - http://www.millpondstudio.com
    Contact - https://writersinkpodcast.com/contact/ 
    “Muggable” quote by Harley Christensen - https://www.mischievousmalamute.com/
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    • 47 min
    Keeping Bookstores Alive with Tom Holbrook

    Keeping Bookstores Alive with Tom Holbrook

    Tom Holbrook has been keeping bookstores alive since 2002, when he opened RiverRun Bookstore in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. By showcasing a variety of indie books, helping aspiring writers edit and sell their work, and hosting book signings and other events for smaller authors, Tom has made a healthy impact on his local indie scene and has kept the spirit of physical books alive in a world that is becoming increasingly virtual. Over nearly two decades of owning a bookstore, he has also written a few books of his own and has helped local indie authors publish many more. Fortunately, RiverRun has stood strong through the pandemic, a historically tough time for small businesses, and remains a staple of Portsmouth.

     
    Whether you’re traditionally published or indie, writing a good book is only the first step in becoming a successful author. The days of just turning a manuscript into your editor and walking away are gone. If you want to succeed in today’s publishing world, you need to understand every aspect of the business - editing, formatting, marketing, contracts. It all starts with a good book, then the real work begins.
     
    Join international bestselling author J.D. Barker and indie powerhouse, J. Thorn, as they gain unique insight and valuable advice from the most prolific and accomplished authors in the business.

    In this episode, you’ll discover:How Tom created RiverRunWhy audiobooks aren’t as profitable for bookstoresWhy bookstores need to have “extras”The importance of assisting local indie authorsHow COVID has affected indie stores and writersLinks:
    J. D. Barker - http://jdbarker.com/
    J. Thorn - https://theauthorlife.com/
    Tom Holbrook - riverrunbookstore@gmail.com
    RiverRun Bookstore - https://riverrunbookstore.com/
    Music by Nicorus - https://cctrax.com/nicorus/dust-to-dust-ep 
    Voice Over by Rick Ganley - http://www.nhpr.com and recorded at Mill Pond Studio - http://www.millpondstudio.com
    Contact - https://writersinkpodcast.com/contact/ 
    “Muggable” quote by Harley Christensen - https://www.mischievousmalamute.com/
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    Accurately Depicting Law Enforcement with Patrick O'Donnell

    Accurately Depicting Law Enforcement with Patrick O'Donnell

    Former cop Patrick O’Donnell is dedicated to helping writers accurately depict local PD in their books and novels. In his informational series, Cops and Writers: From The Academy to The Street, Patrick teaches authors about the fundamentals of a crime scene, the departmental ranking system, and a variety of small but important details for making your cops come to life. O’Donnell recently retired after serving in Chicago and Wisconsin for twenty-five years and is now focusing on building his website, copsandwriters.com, and continuing to grow his aforementioned series. To join his Facebook group, an awesome online resource with accomplished authors and other former cops answering the genre’s biggest questions, follow the link below.
    From CopsandWriters.com:
    Looking to add an authentic edge to your crime fiction? Ride along with me, a real-life sergeant to give your story the accuracy your readers crave. My name is Patrick O’Donnell, and I’ve been with a large metropolitan police department for the last twenty-four years, seventeen of those as a street sergeant. That means I’ve been a supervisor on the street for the bulk of my career. The city I work in has a population of about 600,000 people who are policed by about 1,800 sworn members, give or take a few hundred. I’m also an author of fiction and non-fiction books. I do understand the unique author point of view and can see through your writer's eyes. Ride along with me, Sergeant O'Donnell for the law enforcement details that will give your story street cred.

     
    Whether you’re traditionally published or indie, writing a good book is only the first step in becoming a successful author. The days of just turning a manuscript into your editor and walking away are gone. If you want to succeed in today’s publishing world, you need to understand every aspect of the business - editing, formatting, marketing, contracts. It all starts with a good book, then the real work begins.
     
    Join international bestselling author J.D. Barker and indie powerhouse, J. Thorn, as they gain unique insight and valuable advice from the most prolific and accomplished authors in the business.

    In this episode, you’ll discover:How O’Donnell became a copHis craziest true crime storiesWhat authors get wrong about copsThe differences between the PD and PIsThe various ranks of a police departmentLinks:
    J. D. Barker - http://jdbarker.com/
    J. Thorn - https://theauthorlife.com/
    Patrick O’Donnell - https://www.copsandwriters.com/
    Cops and Writers: From The Academy to The Street by Patrick O’Donnell - https://mybook.to/copsandwriters
    Cops and Writers Facebook Group - https://www.facebook.com/groups/copsandwriters/
    Music by Nicorus - https://cctrax.com/nicorus/dust-to-dust-ep 
    Voice Over by Rick Ganley - http://www.nhpr.com and recorded at Mill Pond Studio - http://www.millpondstudio.com
    Contact - https://writersinkpodcast.com/contact/ 
    “Muggable” quote by Harley Christensen - https://www.mischievousmalamute.com/
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    • 54 min
    Writing Crime with the FBI's Betsy Glick

    Writing Crime with the FBI's Betsy Glick

    Betsy Glick can help you write the perfect crime novel. Through an accessible and free author program, Betsy and her team work to provide authors with declassified info, public documents, connections to local offices, and interviews with retired agents in an effort to craft the most accurate stories possible. Glick works in the Office of Public Affairs and has been with the FBI for over fifteen years. In addition to helping writers, her office works with hundreds of TV and movie producers every year and has aided in the production of Quantico, Mindhunter, and many more shows and films. Their latest documentary project, The FBI Declassified, premieres this month. If you’re interested in bringing your next book to Betsy and her office, contact her via email.
    From Personal Bio:
    Glick works with screenwriters, authors, producers and other media associated with television programs, documentaries, made-for-TV movies, books, motion pictures and special projects, to help foster authenticity about the FBI. She recently organized a “Writing G-Man Stories Rooted in Reality” workshop for novelists attending the International Thriller Writers annual gathering in Manhattan. The FBI public service announcements she created for Internet Crime, Child ID App, Active Shooter, and the Most Wanted program with CBS have reached 130 million+ viewers since 2018, according to Nielsen.
     
    Whether you’re traditionally published or indie, writing a good book is only the first step in becoming a successful author. The days of just turning a manuscript into your editor and walking away are gone. If you want to succeed in today’s publishing world, you need to understand every aspect of the business - editing, formatting, marketing, contracts. It all starts with a good book, then the real work begins.
     
    Join international bestselling author J.D. Barker and indie powerhouse, J. Thorn, as they gain unique insight and valuable advice from the most prolific and accomplished authors in the business.

    In this episode, you’ll discover:Betsy’s funniest FBI momentHow you can contact her officeWhat makes a crime novel accurateThe common FBI myths that every crime writer should knowWhy truth is sometimes stranger than fictionLinks:
    J. D. Barker - http://jdbarker.com/
    J. Thorn - https://theauthorlife.com/
    Betsy Glick - https://www.linkedin.com/in/petsketcherandmediafetcher 
    FBI page for writers - https://www.fbi.gov/portrayals 
    The FBI Declassified Teaser - https://www.cbsnews.com/video/news-series-the-fbi-declassified/
    Music by Nicorus - https://cctrax.com/nicorus/dust-to-dust-ep 
    Voice Over by Rick Ganley - http://www.nhpr.com and recorded at Mill Pond Studio - http://www.millpondstudio.com
    Contact - https://writersinkpodcast.com/contact/ 
    “Muggable” quote by Harley Christensen - https://www.mischievousmalamute.com/
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    • 46 min
    The Advantages of Co-Writing with Tosca Lee

    The Advantages of Co-Writing with Tosca Lee

    Bestselling author Tosca Lee has taken full advantage of the co-writing process. Through writing with various partners, she’s proven that co-writing is a great way to expand your readership, revitalize your voice, and learn key new skills, and that it is an essential challenge for all successful authors to conquer. Tosca has published a diverse set of thriller and historical novels and is well-known for The Line Between, The House of Bathory duology, and the Books of Mortals series, which she co-wrote with fellow bestseller Ted Dekker. Her sequel to The Line Between, A Single Light, is available now.
    From Amazon.com:
    Tosca Lee is the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of eleven novels including A SINGLE LIGHT, THE LINE BETWEEN, THE PROGENY, THE LEGEND OF SHEBA, ISCARIOT, and the Books of Mortals series with New York Times bestseller Ted Dekker. Her work has been translated into seventeen languages and been optioned for TV and film. A notorious night-owl, she loves movies, playing football with her kids, and sending cheesy texts to her husband.
     
    Whether you’re traditionally published or indie, writing a good book is only the first step in becoming a successful author. The days of just turning a manuscript into your editor and walking away are gone. If you want to succeed in today’s publishing world, you need to understand every aspect of the business - editing, formatting, marketing, contracts. It all starts with a good book, then the real work begins.
     
    Join international bestselling author J.D. Barker and indie powerhouse, J. Thorn, as they gain unique insight and valuable advice from the most prolific and accomplished authors in the business.

    In this episode, you’ll discover:How Tosca met Ted DekkerHelpful tips for finding a co-writerWhy historical writers need to research extensivelyWhy you should be active in reading groupsHow speaking engagements can boost your readershipLinks:
    J. D. Barker - http://jdbarker.com/
    J. Thorn - https://theauthorlife.com/
    Tosca Lee - https://toscalee.com/
    The Line Between by Tosca Lee - https://mybook.to/linebetween
    A Single Light by Tosca Lee - https://mybook.to/singlelight
    Forbidden (Books of Mortals Book 1) by Tosca Lee and Ted Dekker - https://mybook.to/forbiddenbook
    Music by Nicorus - https://cctrax.com/nicorus/dust-to-dust-ep 
    Voice Over by Rick Ganley - http://www.nhpr.com and recorded at Mill Pond Studio - http://www.millpondstudio.com
    Contact - https://writersinkpodcast.com/contact/ 
    “Muggable” quote by Harley Christensen - https://www.mischievousmalamute.com/
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    • 48 min
    Becoming More Than Just an Author with Jessica Brody

    Becoming More Than Just an Author with Jessica Brody

    Jessica Brody knows what it means to be more than just an author. From hosting writing workshops at high schools around America and creating the Writing Mastery Academy to adapting Blake Snyder’s screenwriting guide for novelists, she has maximized her potential as an Authorpreneur and stands out as an engaged and helpful member of the writing community. Jessica is well-known for her massively acclaimed Save the Cat! Writes a Novel: The Last Book on Novel Writing You’ll Ever Need and her popular young adult series, System Divine. Her latest release, Between Burning Worlds, is available now.
    From Amazon.com:
    Jessica Brody is the author of more than 20 books for teens, tweens, and adults including Sky Without Stars, Between Burning Worlds, The Chaos of Standing Still, Better You Than Me, A Week of Mondays, 52 Reasons to Hate My Father, and the Unremembered trilogy. She's also the author of the Descendants: School of Secrets series, based on the hit Disney Channel original movie, Descendants, as well as the #1 bestselling novel-plotting guide, Save the Cat! Writes a Novel. Her books have been translated and published in over 23 countries and several have been optioned for film and television. She lives with her husband and three dogs near Portland, OR.
     
    Whether you’re traditionally published or indie, writing a good book is only the first step in becoming a successful author. The days of just turning a manuscript into your editor and walking away are gone. If you want to succeed in today’s publishing world, you need to understand every aspect of the business - editing, formatting, marketing, contracts. It all starts with a good book, then the real work begins.
     
    Join international bestselling author J.D. Barker and indie powerhouse, J. Thorn, as they gain unique insight and valuable advice from the most prolific and accomplished authors in the business.

    In this episode, you’ll discover:How Jessica started speaking in schoolsHow to find success by writing-for-hireThe importance of a solid daily routineThe importance of structure to every storyWhy to prioritize what’s most important to youLinks:
    J. D. Barker - http://jdbarker.com/
    J. Thorn - https://theauthorlife.com/
    Jessica Brody - https://www.jessicabrody.com/
    Writing Mastery Academy - https://www.jessicabrody.com/online-writing-courses/
    Save the Cat! Writes a Novel by Jessica Brody - http://mybook.to/SaveTheCatWrites
    Between Burning Worlds by Jessica Brody - http://mybook.to/BetweenBurningWorlds
    Music by Nicorus - https://cctrax.com/nicorus/dust-to-dust-ep 
    Voice Over by Rick Ganley - http://www.nhpr.com and recorded at Mill Pond Studio - http://www.millpondstudio.com
    Contact - https://writersinkpodcast.com/contact/ 
    “Muggable” quote by Harley Christensen - https://www.mischievousmalamute.com/
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    • 51 min

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