50 episodes

Collaborcast is a podcast for writers and storytellers at all stages of the journey. We talk the craft of writing, provide insight into the mysterious world of the publishing industry, and examine the importance of storytelling as a community building block. Hosted by publishing industry veteran Ben LeRoy and critically acclaimed author Jason Buchholz.

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    • Arts
    • 5.0 • 9 Ratings

Collaborcast is a podcast for writers and storytellers at all stages of the journey. We talk the craft of writing, provide insight into the mysterious world of the publishing industry, and examine the importance of storytelling as a community building block. Hosted by publishing industry veteran Ben LeRoy and critically acclaimed author Jason Buchholz.

    Not Really Sure What This Episode is About

    Not Really Sure What This Episode is About

    Hey Collaborist - the good news is, by the time you start this episode, it'll almost be over. We talk about back cover descriptions and the importance of finding the sweetspot between book report and teaser. And then the Covid gets Ben and ... zzz.

    • 19 min
    Writers! Let's Dive into the Subconscious End of the Pool!

    Writers! Let's Dive into the Subconscious End of the Pool!

    Hey Collaborist - ever find yourself stuck in your book?
    Don't know how to get your character from Point A to Point B? Confused about your setting? Trying to figure out the emotional tone of where you are in the book?
    Sometimes we try to force ourselves over the hurdle, but it doesn't always work. We often say on the podcast that "Writing isn't simply typing." Is it possible that writing is...painting? Ben talks about his recent experience collaborating with authors at the Wellstone Center in the Redwoods to see if there isn't a different way around the same old roadblocks.

    • 29 min
    Chekhov's Gun and Ben Finally Gets his Earthquake

    Chekhov's Gun and Ben Finally Gets his Earthquake

    Hey Collaborist - You know how we've already discussed techniques for being disciplined about description in your work? Well, we had an idea for this episode that talks about it again and we also bring up the oft mentioned "Chekov's Rifle." Here is the intersection of description and foreshadowing and we are waiting on the corner to discuss it with you.
    Ben is in California for this episode at the Wellstone Center in the Redwoods where he experienced his first earthquake.
    Come on Gang! Let's chit chat, Collaborist! 

    • 32 min
    At Last! The AWP recap episode

    At Last! The AWP recap episode

    Hello! Please pardon the absence, we're back (finally!) from AWP. Thank you to everybody we met and who agreed to join us on the podcast. As a heads up, because we were recording this on the fly in a venue with lots of people and no control of the environment, the audio quality is...not going to win a Grammy. Apologies in advance. What it may lack in clearness, it more than makes up in earnestness.
    We'll be back next week with a regularly scheduled episode and hope to see you there!

    • 1 hr
    Opening Pages and Why They Work

    Opening Pages and Why They Work

    Hey Collaborist - on today's episode we take a look at some opening pages and why they work as an effective beginning ot a book.

    • 48 min
    How to Incorporate Backstory Without Slowing Down the Pace

    How to Incorporate Backstory Without Slowing Down the Pace

    Do you find yourself driving down the writing highway only to slam on the brakes to incorporate backstory?
    Hey Collaborist - are you unsure how to get critical details into your characters' pasts without slowing down the pace of your book? You're not alone. It's important to keep in mind that you--as the author--should know a lot more about the people populating your book than the reader, much of that knowledge won't ever be directly shared with the reader. And that's okay.
    Here are some things to think about when trying to decide what to include and not include in your book.

    • 42 min

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9 Ratings

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One of the best podcasts for writers (and good-hearted humans) out there

Innovative and profound, Collaborcast feeds both the soul and the mind, offering a unique take on the connection between story and community. Listening to each episode feels simultaneously like a peek behind the curtain of the internal world of professional writing, full of tips and insider information about the publishing world, and an afternoon spent with dear friends over an cup of coffee watching the hours slip by with contentment and delight. Ben and Jason lend their unique expertise and experience around writing and publishing—from first drafts to query letters, to landing agents and beyond—and provide invaluable guidance for navigating the professional literary sphere. It’s a must-listen for any aspiring professional writers out there, as well as for those looking to connect to one another through the most important thing we all have in common—our humanity.

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