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New York Times bestselling novelist William Bernhardt discusses the latest news from the world of books and publishing, plus interviews with major authors, agents, editors, and other professionals.

What is a red sneaker writer? A committed writer seeking useful instruction and guidance rather than obfuscation and attitude. Red sneakers get the job done, and so do red sneaker writers, by paying close attention to their art and craft, committing to hard work, and never quitting. Are you a red sneaker writer? If so, this podcast is for you.

Red Sneaker Writers WILLIAM BERNHARDT

    • Arts
    • 4.9 • 18 Ratings

New York Times bestselling novelist William Bernhardt discusses the latest news from the world of books and publishing, plus interviews with major authors, agents, editors, and other professionals.

What is a red sneaker writer? A committed writer seeking useful instruction and guidance rather than obfuscation and attitude. Red sneakers get the job done, and so do red sneaker writers, by paying close attention to their art and craft, committing to hard work, and never quitting. Are you a red sneaker writer? If so, this podcast is for you.

    Protect Your Writing Candle with Lisa Scottoline

    Protect Your Writing Candle with Lisa Scottoline

    Bestselling author William Bernhardt discusses the latest news from the world of books, offers writing tips, and interviews Lisa Scottoline, New York Times-bestselling author of over thirty novels, including her recent historical novel, Eternal.

    Chapter 1: Introduction
    Bernhardt's new legal thriller, Splitsville, is now available for pre-order:
    https://t.co/X2XISvW4KZ?amp=1

    Chapter 2: News
    a) Email Scammers Target Book Prizes
    https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/16/books/phishing-book-prizes.html?campaign_id=2&emc=edit_th_20210419&instance_id=29404&nl=todaysheadlines&regi_id=908528&segment_id=55850&user_id=5d32313370626d6edf293584cfeda494
    b) China Literature is Challenging Amazon
    https://www.scmp.com/tech/big-tech/article/3127790/tencents-china-literature-wants-woo-100000-american-and-canadian
    c) Studies Indicate Reading Increases Lifespan
    https://www.healthline.com/health/benefits-of-reading-books?fbclid=IwAR2n77AcfyWNdEDFefbF_Tu1DcKmabOLWsp160xFlbq_x0xtHVns2VcINi0

    Chapter 3: Interview with Lisa Scottoline
    In the interview, Lisa discusses:
    a) How to Protect Your Candle,
    b) The Importance of a Writing Routine,
    c) Shifting Genres,
    d) Innovative Book Marketing,
    and much more.

    Chapter 4: Parting Words
    Check out Splitsville: https://t.co/X2XISvW4KZ?amp=1
    Our guest on the next episode will be Sharon Jenkins, CEO of McWriting Services, on book marketing strategies you should be considering before and while you write the book.
    Rate and review this wherever you get your podcasts!

    William Bernhardt
    www.williambernhardt.com

    • 52 min
    Finding the Courage to Write with Jacquelyn Mitchard

    Finding the Courage to Write with Jacquelyn Mitchard

    Bestselling author William Bernhardt discusses the latest news from the world of books, offers writing tips, and interviews Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of The Deep End of the Ocean, the inaugural selection of Oprah's Book Club, later made into a film with Michelle Pfeiffer, and many other novels.

    Chapter 1: Introduction
    Chapter 2: News
    a) Amazon launches Vella for self-publishing serialized fiction
    https://kdp.amazon.com/en_US/help/topic/GR2L4AHPMQ44HNQ7
    b) Harper Collins buys Houghton Mifflin
    https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/29/business/media/harpercollins-houghton-mifflin-harcourt.html
    c) Pew Research finds YouTube the most popular social media platform
    d) Clubhouse allows direct payments to authors
    e) ProWritingAid hosts Crime Writers Week
    f) Register your username on the new Likewise rating app.

    Chapter 3: Interview with Jacquelyn Mitchard
    This bestselling author discusses
    a) how to find the courage to write
    b) the Oprah Book Club experience
    c) seeing her novels adapted to film
    d) finding a writing routine that works
    e) overcoming social anxiety
    and much more.

    Chapter 4: Parting Words
    a) William Bernhardt is presenting talks on great mystery novels at Context Learning
    https://www.contextlearning.com/products/scene-crime-course?_pos=4&_psq=william-bernhardt&_ss=e&_v=1.0
    b) Register for Bernhardt's summer writing retreat in Eureka Spring July 7-11
    https://williambernhardt.com/writing-retreats/

    Remember Red Sneaker Writers—you cannot fail if you refuse to quit.

    www.williambernhardt.com
    willbern@gmail.com

    • 52 min
    Write and Persist with William Martin

    Write and Persist with William Martin

    Bestselling author William Bernhardt discusses the latest news from the world of books, offers writing tips, and interviews William Martin, New York Times-bestselling author of Bound for Gold and many other wonderful historical novels.

    Chapter 1: Introduction

    Chapter 2: News
    a) TikTok's channel #BookTok spurs major book sales
    https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/20/books/booktok-tiktok-video.html

    b) BookClub.com invites you to find writers for your book club discussions
    https://www.bookclub.com

    c) Fan fiction is sold on Etsy with elegant bindings
    https://www.theverge.com/22311788/fanfiction-bookbinding-tiktok-diy-star-wars-harry-potter-twitter-fandom

    d) Amazon and the Big Five publishers are sued for alleged price-fixing
    https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210325005940/en/Hagens-Berman-Booksellers-Sue-Amazon-and-Big-Five-Publishers-for-Alleged-Monopoly-Price-Fixing-the-U.S.-Print-Book-Market

    e) Stephen King turns his home into a writers retreat
    https://www.lonelyplanet.com/articles/stephen-king-house-writer-retreat?fbclid=IwAR3UzJ9eZqOBVUQLWax5i-tp_cp1LYATZBrHW5CpitN49OOqt-EZHQbnII0

    Chapter 3: Interview
    Bestselling author William Marin shares the lessons he has learned during his four-decade career as a professional author. You will learn:
    a) The one work a writer needs to keep in mind
    b) The importance of a good editor
    c) How to make the most of opportunity, and
    d) What the day of a pro writer looks like.

    Chapter 4: Parting Words
    William Bernhardt will present a series of online talks on literary topics through Context Learning. Everyone is invited to watch live, or to watch a recorded version during the following week.

    April 4-Jane Austen: The Cult of the Janeites
    https://www.contextlearning.com/products/jane-austen-janeites

    April 11-The History of the Mystery: Sherlock Holmes, Lupin, and Co
    https://www.contextlearning.com/products/sherlock-arsene-mystery

    The next guest on this podcast will be NYT-bestselling author Jacqueline Mitchard, author of The End of the Ocean, the first-ever Oprah's Book Club selection.

    Keep writing!
    William Bernhardt
    www.williambernhardt.com
    willbern@gmail.com

    • 51 min
    Secrets to Writing Success with John Lescroart

    Secrets to Writing Success with John Lescroart

    Bestselling author William Bernhardt discusses the latest news from the world of books, offers writing tips, and interviews John Lescroart, New York Times-bestselling author of The 13th Juror and many other spellbinding thrillers.

    Chapter 1: Introduction
    This podcast is now recorded live, then distributed as both a video (on YouTube) and an audio podcast. Subscribe to the William Bernhardt YouTube channel so you'll be alerted when a new video is recorded or uploaded.

    Consider attending WriterCon this Labor Day weekend, or streaming the writers conference from home. For more information, visit: www.writercon.org

    Chapter 2: News
    a) The new Copyright Small Claims Court has a website. https://copyright.gov/about/small-claims/
    b) Podium Audio is looking for self-published books that could become audiobooks. https://podiumaudio.com
    c) Mark Dawson has launched a new book promotion service. https://hellobooks.com/authors
    d) Open AI's GPT-3 beta allows authors to test an AI that can write complete sentences based on your ideas. https://openai.com
    e) Bookchain allows authors to convert their work into NFTs and publish on the Ethereum blockchain. https://www.bookchain.ca
    f) Takeaway quote from the Int'l Publishing Forum: "Books see people through hard times."

    Chapter 3: Interview
    Bernhardt interviews bestselling author John Lescroart. Your will learn:

    How to write a novel
    How Lescroart financed his writing before he broke out
    When to quit your day job
    How to use your hobbies to become a better writer
    How the book industry has changed most.

    Chapter 4: Parting Words
    Visit the WriterCon website and see if this conference could give you the knowledge and opportunities you need to advance your writing ambitions: www.writercon.org

    For more info about William Bernhardt, visit: www.williambernhardt.com

    • 42 min
    Finding Your Authentic Voice with David Morrell

    Finding Your Authentic Voice with David Morrell

    Bestselling author William Bernhardt discusses the latest news from the world of books and interviews David Morrell, "Rambo's daddy," author of First Blood, The Brotherhood of the Rose, and many other bestselling thrillers.

    Chapter 1: Introduction
    We are now live-streaming the recording of this podcast. Subscribe to the William Bernhardt channel on YouTube or the William Bernhardt Author page on Facebook so you will be notified when each livestream takes place. The livestream will contain a longer interview and other special features.

    Chapter 2: News
    a) Harper Collins adds a new imprint for women's and historical fiction;
    b) Astra Publishing House launches a new literary journal;
    c) Findaway Voices launches a report on audiobook use based upon APA data; and
    d) The Panorama Project releases a controversial report on book sales.

    Chapter 3: Interview
    David Morrell created the character John Rambo for his novel First Blood. He has also written The Brotherhood of the Rose and many other novels spanning his amazing forty-year career.

    Chapter 4: Parting Words
    Please rate and review this podcast wherever you get your podcasts!
    To watch the video version of this podcast, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gcBwxLgoFEY&t=25s

    • 55 min
    Choosing Your Publication Path with Nathan Bransford

    Choosing Your Publication Path with Nathan Bransford

    Bestselling author William Bernhardt discusses the latest news from the world of books, offers writing tips, and interviews Nathan Bransford, author of How to Write a Novel and professional writing coach.

    Chapter 1: Introduction
    Starting with the next episode, the Red Sneaker Writers podcast adds a video edition!
    Check out the new WriterCon website: www.writercon.org

    Chapter 2: News
    a) Amazon allows you to nominate your book for special Kindle Deals.
    b) Morals clauses are popular in contracts with traditional publishers.
    c) Census Bureau data suggests bookstore sales plummeted in 2020.

    Chapter 3: Writing Tips
    Bernhardt offers suggestions on how to find the literary agent you want—and agents you definitely want to avoid.

    Chapter 4: Interview
    Bernhardt interviews Nathan Bransford, author, former agent, and writing coach about how writers can choose the best path to publication.

    Chapter 5: Parting Words
    Consider attending WriterCon this year, either live or by streaming: www.writercon.org

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 Ratings

james from waco ,

Great show

One of the best podcasts I’ve heard on writing. Length of show, topics, relevant news all perfect

Camacje ,

Excellent writer news, tips and interviews

I absolutely love this podcast. I love how rich and quality the news and writing tips are. I also love that so far everyone that he has interviewed has been top of the line people in the industry. I wonder how on earth he scores these interviews because I love all of them and they are very insightful. Out of all the podcast for riders this one is definitely my favorite by far!

DavidCorbly ,

One of the Best Podcasts for the Business Side of Writing

I’m still not a published writer, but once I do become one, the business side of the endeavor will be much better because of the information provided in Bill Bernhardt’s Red Sneaker Writers podcast (and his wonderful books on writing). He also covers the creative side of writing very well, so don’t want to not mention that! His velvety voice and laid-back style make listening to the podcast like a relaxing time with an old friend. Highly recommended!

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