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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

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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.

    Finding Your Writing Space with Lara Bernhardt

    Finding Your Writing Space with Lara Bernhardt

    Bestselling author William Bernhardt discusses the latest news from the world of books, offers writing tips, and interviews Lara Bernhardt, author of The Wantland Files series and Shadow of the Taj.

    Chapter 1: Introduction

    Chapter 2: News
    a) Simon & Schuster employee charged with manuscript theft; and
    b) Findaway Voices adds narrator search.

    Chapter 3: Interview
    Bernhardt interviews award-winning author (also his wife) Lara Bernhardt, author of The Wantland Files supernatural suspense series.
    In this interview, she discusses:
    a) finding her writing space;
    b) living with another author;
    c) what she's learned during the journey; and
    d) charting a course for series characters.

    Chapter 4: Parting Words
    If you’re writing or aspiring to write, join our Facebook Group, Red Sneaker Writers, so you can get daily updates and follow the ongoing discussion. Bernhardt also issues a free Red Sneaker newsletter that goes out every other week. Send your email address to willbern@gmail.com to be added to the list. Or visit www.williambernhardt.com

    William Bernhardt
    www.williambernhardt.com
    willbern@gmail.com

    • 40 min
    Building Your Story with Tanya Gough

    Building Your Story with Tanya Gough

    Bestselling author William Bernhardt discusses the latest news from the world of books, offers writing tips, and interviews Tanya Gough, creator of the online writing tool StoryBilder.

    Chapter 1: Introduction
    Happy New Year!

    Chapter 2: News
    Bernhardt assesses the book world trends and development of 2021 and makes predictions about 2022.
    a) Social media platforms will change and TikTok will dominante;
    b) More indie authors will obtain movie/tv deals;
    c) More indie authors will go "wide for the win;" and
    d) Authors will increasingly use AI and other forms of digital tech.

    Chapter 3: Interview
    Bernhardt interviews Tanya Gough, creator of a new online writing tool called StoryBilder which launches in February. Register now to be an early adopter.

    In this interview, Gough discusses:
    a) how she built this tool on her own;
    b) what StoryBilder can do for you;
    c) the importance of simplifying a monumental task;
    d) the advantages of "writing live," and
    e) how to push past obstacles and get your writing done.

    For a free six-month subscription, visit: storybilder.com/redsneaker

    Chapter 4: Parting Words
    If you’re writing or aspiring to write, join our Facebook Group, Red Sneaker Writers, so you can get daily updates. I also have a free Red Sneaker newsletter that goes out every other week. Send me your email address (willbern@gmail.com) and I’ll add you to the list.

    You can follow this podcast so it is automatically downloaded for you each time we load a new episode, or if you prefer the video version, subscribe to the William Bernhardt YouTube channel.

    Join the RedSneaker Writers Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/113141678727273

    Until next time (start extro music), Keep writing, and remember: You cannot fail, if you refuse to quit.

    William Bernhardt
    www.williambernhardt.com
    willbern@gmail.com

    • 34 min
    Memoir for Healing with Susan Johnson

    Memoir for Healing with Susan Johnson

    Bestselling author William Bernhardt discusses the latest news from the world of books, offers writing tips, and interviews Susan Johnson, author of Some Dreams Are Worth Keeping: A Memoir of My Bipolar Journey.

    Chapter 1: Introduction
    Merry Christmas!

    Chapter 2: News
    Bernhardt discusses some of the findings and conclusions in the Alliance of Independent Authors' annual report.
    Annual Report: https://selfpublishingadvice.org/review-2021/

    Chapter 3: Interview with Susan Johnson
    Bernhardt interviews the author about her book: Some Dreams Are Worth Keeping: A Memoir of my Bipolar Journey. In the interview, she discusses:
    a) what compelled her to write this book;
    b) the takeaway she provides for readers;
    c) how she struggled with bipolar illness;
    d) the years she spent wrestling with this book; and
    e) the challenge of being completely honest.

    Chapter 4: Parting Words
    Bernhardt's latest novel is Exposed, Book 2 in the Splitsville legal thriller series.

    If you’re writing or aspiring to write, join our Facebook Group, Red Sneaker Writers, so you can get daily updates.

    If you’re enjoying this podcast, please rate or review it wherever you get podcasts. It makes it easier for new listeners to discover us.

    Keep writing, and remember: You cannot fail, if you refuse to quit.

    Bernhardt's new novel, Exposed: https://amzn.to/30v5YST

    Join the RedSneaker Writers Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/113141678727273

    Support this podcast and keep it ad-free by becoming a patron: https://www.patreon.com/willbern

    William Bernhardt
    www.williambernhardt.com
    willbern@gmail.com

    • 29 min
    Holiday Jam!: Seasonal Storytelling with Kulakowski, Grantham, Wooley, and Andrus

    Holiday Jam!: Seasonal Storytelling with Kulakowski, Grantham, Wooley, and Andrus

    Bestselling author William Bernhardt discusses the latest news from the world of books, offers writing tips, and interviews the four authors who contributed novellas to the holiday anthology Christmas Tapestry: Betsey Kulakowski, Tamara Grantham, John Wooley, and Kenneth Andrus.

    Chapter 1: Introduction
    Bernhardt celebrates the 30th anniversary of the publication of his first novel, Primary Justice, on December 13, 1991.
    Primary Justice: https://amzn.to/31KLQNk

    Chapter 2: News
    Bernhardt discusses two breaking news stories:
    a) Open Road Media will be acquired by an investor group; and
    b) Written Word Media released its annual survey on indie writers.
    https://www.writtenwordmedia.com/the-state-of-indie-authorship-in-2021/

    Chapter 3: Interview
    Bernhardt talks to the contributors to Christmas Tapestry: A Collection of Holiday Tales. In the interview, they discuss:
    a) how they adjusted series characters to fit a shorter holiday format;
    b) how they develop characters;
    c) how they build a series;
    d) planners vs. pantsers—and Prancers!, and
    e) what they've learned since they started publishing.
    "Either they wear you down, or you wear them down."

    Chapter 4: Parting Words
    Bernhardt's new novel, Exposed (Kenzi Rivera #2) is now on sale!
    https://amzn.to/3IIbdQp
    Get Christmas Tapestry for the holiday season!
    https://amzn.to/30k7Eyz
    Support this podcast on Patreon!
    www.patreon.com/willbern
    Please rate or review this show wherever you get podcasts. It makes it easier for new listeners to discover us.

    William Bernhardt
    willbern@gmail.com
    www.williambernhardt.com

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Making Memoir Matter with Karen Grassle

    Making Memoir Matter with Karen Grassle

    Bestselling author William Bernhardt discusses the latest news from the world of books, offers writing tips, and interviews Karen Grassle, author and actor (Ma Ingalls on Little House on the Prairie) about her new memoir, Bright Lights, Prairie Dust.

    Chapter 1: Introduction
    Check out the new Jesse Ulrich podcast, The Wheel of Pod. https://www.podpage.com/the-wheel-of-pod/

    Chapter 2: News
    1) Spotify is acquiring audiobook platform Findaway Voices;
    2) Written Word Media reveals its new findings about authors;
    3) 20Booksto50K presentations are available free on YouTube; and
    4) BookBub reveals what tropes and genres do best.

    Chapter 3: Interview
    Bernhardt interviews Karen Grassle about her extraordinary career and actor and author. Among other topics, she discusses:
    1) why she wrote this memoir;
    2) her writing process (no outline, many years);
    3) the importance of writing groups and education;
    4) life on Little House on the Prairie, and
    5) Her new movie, Not to Forget

    Chapter 4: Parting Words
    Bernhardt has a new novel out, Exposed, Book 2 in the Splitsville legal thriller series, and a story in a new Christmas anthology, Christmas Tapestry. a collection of holiday tales written by authors who have series characters, featuring their series characters!
    Take a closer look at Exposed: https://amzn.to/3HWg1Br

    The next episode of this podcast will be recorded on Dec 9 and will feature all six authors who contributed stories to Christmas Tapestry. It’s gonna be a party!

    If you’re writing or aspiring to write, join our Facebook Group, Red Sneaker Writers, so you can get daily updates.

    During the interview, Karen Grassle mentions her new movie, Not to Forget. Here are some links to locations you can stream the film:
    Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Not-Forget-Karen-Grassle/dp/B09M2J74TB/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=not+to+forget&qid=1637953082&s=instant-video&sr=1-1
    Apple TV: https://tv.apple.com/us/movie/not-to-forget/umc.cmc.2lh30lzgkt5c04dnk56foq3p8
    Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/movies/details/Not_to_Forget?id=e1saAxGmGWc.P&hl=en_US&gl=US

    • 46 min
    Creating Unique Characters with Lynne Reeves

    Creating Unique Characters with Lynne Reeves

    Bestselling author William Bernhardt discusses the latest news from the world of books, offers writing tips, and interviews Lynne Reeves, author of the terrific new thriller The Dangers of an Ordinary Night.

    Chapter 1: Introduction

    Chapter 2: News
    a) Justice Department sues to block PRH acquisition of Simon & Schuster:
    b) The proposed Copper author social media platform starts early adopter list;
    c) Amazon adds "transparency codes" to POD books; and
    d) Atticus is a new book formatting platform for PCs and Macs.

    Chapter 3: Interview
    Bernhardt interviews Lynne Reeves about her new novel and other topics, such as:
    a) her nonfiction work on parenting and family life;
    b) why she inaugurated a new pseudonym with this book;
    c) why she has multiple books in progress at one time;
    d) why all characters should have their own DNA; and
    e) why every character should be flawed.

    Chapter 4: Parting Words
    Bernhardt's new novel, Exposed (Splitsville Legal Thriller Series Book 2), is now on sale in hardcover and eBook editions: https://amzn.to/30v5YST

    Join the RedSneaker Writers Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/113141678727273

    Support this podcast and keep it ad-free by becoming a patron: https://www.patreon.com/willbern

    William Bernhardt
    www.williambernhardt.com
    willbern@gmail.com

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

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22 Ratings

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Must Listen

This is one of my must listens to keep up with the writing and publishing world and enjoy the interviews.

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Hooked!

First of all….red sneakers! Hooked! Who doesn’t love red sneakers?!! That grabbed my attention and then three episodes back to back ( and yard and housework done!)……….. I was addicted. I love hearing the guests share their writing tips and it’s exciting to hear about their latest books and learn about their writing process. And the host does a great job of interviewing. I really look forward to housework now! 😊 Thank you for a wonderful podcast.

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

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