42 episodes

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

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    • 5.0, 13 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.

    Four Decades of Writing Excellence with William Martin

    Four Decades of Writing Excellence with William Martin

    Bestselling author William Bernhardt analyzes the latest news from the world of books, offers tips for writers during the coronavirus crisis, and interviews New York Times-bestselling author William Martin.

    Chapter 1: Introduction
    Bernhardt offers listeners a free Red Sneaker Writers book.
    Bernhardt's new thriller, Twisted Justice, can now be ordered.
    Bernhardt's sons have a movie review YouTube channel. Search for: William Bernhardt

    Chapter 2: News
    Scribd is offering free access for 30 days.
    Kindle Unlimited subscriptions are free for two months.
    Apple is offering free eBooks and audiobooks.
    The Internet Archive has created a controversial National Emergency Library to distribute free eBooks during this crisis--with no compensation to the authors.
    Book sales continue to drop in most areas--but not in juvenile nonfiction.
    Penguin Classics is diversifying its list of classics.

    Chapter 3: Writing Tips
    Bernhardt shares what has inspired him to write these past thirty years--hoping to inspire listeners. Use this time to write!

    Chapter 4: Interview with William Martin
    William Martin has been a bestselling author of historic thrillers, most recently Bound for Gold, for almost forty years. He shares some of the secrets and lessons he has learned during this amazing career.

    Chapter 5: Parting Words
    For your free book, email: wb@williambernhardt.com
    Please consider ordering Bernhardt's latest thriller, Twisted Justice

    Thanks to the composer of our new theme music:

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    • 48 min
    Ghostwriting for Profit with Melanie Hemry

    Ghostwriting for Profit with Melanie Hemry

    Bestselling author William Bernhardt analyzes the latest news from the book world, offers writing tips, OFFERS FREE BOOKS, and interviews successful ghostwriter and Christian writer Melanie Hemry.

    Chapter 1: Introduction
    While we persevere through this world crisis, William Bernhardt is offering all podcast listeners a free copy of any one of his nine books on writing--your choice. Email him at willbern@gmail.com and tell him which book you want.

    Chapter 2: News
    1) Book events cancelled during the coronavirus crisis.
    2) Simon & Schuster for sale for $1.2 billion.
    3) Baker & Taylor reveals which genres libraries buy most.
    4) Amazon, Scribd and others make special offers to readers

    Chapter 3: Writing Tips
    William Bernhardt encourages authors who are homebound or quarantined during the coronavirus scare to USE THIS! If this has given you extra time to work at home, double-down on your writing. Emerge from this crisis with something wonderful.

    Chapter 4: Interview
    Melanie Hemry discusses her ghostwriting career, largely in the Christian book market, which has led to great success and more than fifty published books.

    Chapter 5: Parting Words
    Stay safe. And write.

    For a free digital copy of one of the Red Sneaker books on writing, email: willbern@gmail.com.

    • 33 min
    Publishing Romance Brilliantly with Liz Berry

    Publishing Romance Brilliantly with Liz Berry

    Bestselling author William Bernhardt hosts this podcast for Red Sneaker Writers--writers who are serious about building a writing career and looking for useful information to help them do it. In this podcast, he discusses the latest news, offers writing tips, and interviews Liz Berry, co-publisher of the 1001 Dark Nights romance line.

    Chapter 1: Introduction
    There's new content on the WriterCon website! Register now to get the Early Bird price!

    Chapter 2: News
    Ingram announces new content integrity standards
    Simon & Schuster is for sale
    Cli-fi genre emerges
    Hallmark and Walmart announce a new romance line
    Scott Carney Reddit posts discusses the merits of self-publishing

    Chapter 3: Writing Tips
    Bernhardt discusses the importance of setting and advises writers to choose a setting that will heighten the key elements of your novel.

    Chapter 4: Interview with Liz Berry
    Bernhardt interviews the book marketer and co-founder of the 1001 Dark Nights romance line. Liz explains how in five years she built a company that has already sold over three million books.

    Chapter 5: Parting Words
    Register now for WriterCon while you can still get into the small-group Lunches with the Stars, the banquet, and the Monday Masterclasses. Learn more at writer con.org

    • 38 min
    Publishing Your First Novel with Laurel Thomas

    Publishing Your First Novel with Laurel Thomas

    Bestselling author William Bernhardt discusses the latest news from the book world, offers tips for increasing sales of your books, and interviews Laurel Thomas, author of the novel River's Call.

    Chapter 1: Introduction
    Recovering from the WriterCon Cruise--and planning the cruise for next year.

    Chapter 2: News
    a) Colin Kaepernick opts to self-pub his memoir and makes deal with Audible
    b) Codex Group says Amazon Publishing has the most clicked covers
    c) Two new romance imprints have been announced
    d) Details on Audible settlement over Captions program
    e) Entire RWA Board resigns
    f) Poetry sales soared last year
    g) Proposed Missouri law could charge librarians for "age-inappropriate" materials
    h) Twitter account nominated for literary prize

    Chapter 3: Writing Tips
    Bernhardt discusses the takeaways from a panel at the SF Conference describing how Amazon Publishing promotes a debut novel, which includes strategic marketing, visibility, pricing, and much more.

    Chapter 4: Interview
    Bernhardt interviews Laurel Thomas, a regular face at the annual WriterCon conference in Oklahoma City, and the author of her first novel, River's Call. She discusses how the book came to be and her personal road to publication.

    Chapter 5: Parting Words
    Bernhardt invites comments on the podcast. Email him at: wb@williambernhardt.com

    WriterCon: www.writercon.org
    Summer Writing Retreat: www.williambernhardt.com/writing-retreats

    • 36 min
    Live from the WriterCon Cruise: Mysteries at Sea

    Live from the WriterCon Cruise: Mysteries at Sea

    Bestselling author William Bernhardt podcasts live from the 2020 WriterCon Cruise.

    Bernhardt discusses the latest news from the world of books, presents writing tips, and interviews Rick Ludwig, author of the Maui Mysteries, most recently Pele's Fire.

    Chapter 1: Introduction

    Chapter 2: News
    a) The American Dirt controversy intensifies.
    b) Independent online bookstore Bookshop launches.
    c) Amazon sales reports indicates many self-pub authors are making over $100,000.

    Chapter 3: Writing Tips
    Three writers attending the WriterCon Cruise--Betsey Kulakowski, Cary Herwig, and Martin Ludlum, share what they have learned.

    Chapter 4: Interview with Rick Ludwig
    The author of Pele's Fire discusses the unique flavor of his Maui Mysteries, what makes a great mystery, and how to survive in the modern publishing world.

    Chapter 5: Parting Words
    WriterCon will sponsor another cruise in 2021. In the meantime, William Bernhardt will host a summertime small-group writing retreat in Eureka Springs, and the annual writing conference, WriterCon 2020, will take place in Oklahoma City over Labor Day weekend.

    Retreats: https://www.williambernhardt.com/red-sneaker-writers
    Conference: https://writercon.org

    • 25 min
    Storytelling for Games with Randy Varnell

    Storytelling for Games with Randy Varnell

    Bestselling author William Bernhardt discusses the latest news from the world of books, offers writing tips, and interviews Randy Varnell, video game designer and writer at Gearbox.

    Chapter 1: Introduction

    Chapter 2: News
    a) Sales reports for traditional publishing in 2019 show double-digit declines
    b) Mike Shatzhin reports that traditional pub new titles sell low numbers
    c) Oprah Book Club choice stirs controversy
    d) SF pub yanks story after LGBTQ+ controversy
    e) Avon launches LGBTQ+ line
    f) RWA leaders cancel awards and resign in midst of controversy
    g) Audible settles lawsuit regarding Captions

    Chapter 3: Writing Tips
    Bernhardt recommends the MSWishlist website and Twitter streams for writers interested in what prominent agents want, and also suggests developing a large and appealing premise for your work before you start writing it.

    Chapter 4: Interview
    Bernhardt interviews Randy Varnell about the importance of storytelling to a successful video game.

    Chapter 5: Parting Words
    The next podcast will be recorded during the WriterCon Cruise.

    The latest book in the Red Sneaker Writers Book Series, What Writers Need to Know, is on sale now.

    Contact info:
    www.williambernhardt.com
    wb@williambernhardt.com

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Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 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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