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Every episode we talk about common writing roadblocks. We interview publishing industry experts about how they overcame the hard things in their careers, and we give you our best tips to keep your stories rolling.

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Every episode we talk about common writing roadblocks. We interview publishing industry experts about how they overcame the hard things in their careers, and we give you our best tips to keep your stories rolling.

    Flipping the Script on Rejection and Criticism

    Flipping the Script on Rejection and Criticism

    How do you deal with rejection, negative criticism, and disappointment?

    In this week's Quick Tips, we're giving you our best advice to overcome the negativity and flip the switch to a positive mindset.

    There are all kinds of disappointments in this job. Rejections from agents and editors, fizzled launches, and one-star reviews. 

    Our advice? 
    Remember this business, like so many others, is all about relationships. Analyze the data. If you get a negative review, assess whether that person was really your target audience, or if there's truly an issue in your book that should be addressed.Spin it to a positive. That one-star review that wasn't your audience, may actually draw in your true target. A rejection from an agent with feedback might help you pitch better next time.Reward your wins. Post the good stuff prominently in your workspace and refer to to frequently to keep yourself motivated.We talk about all this and more, so tune in!

    Don't forget!

    The Writing Romance Mastery Summit will take place from February 19, 2024 through February 23, 2024, and we promise it’ll be a top-notch event. Paula Judith is bringing together the biggest names and most knowledgeable experts to share their best secrets.

    We're proud to be included in this year's lineup of guests, talking about how to decide if you should self-publish or get an agent. By clicking this link, we may earn a commission from your purchase, at no additional cost to you.

    Follow Us!

    The Author Wheel:
    Website: www.AuthorWheel.com
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorWheel

    Greta Boris:
    Website: www.GretaBoris.com
    Facebook: @GretaBorisAuthor
    Instagram: @GretaBoris

    Megan Haskell:
    Website: www.MeganHaskell.com
    Facebook & Instagram: @MeganHaskellAuthor
    TikTok: @AuthorMeganHaskell
    Support the showFREE Mini Email Course

    Have you ever struggled to explain to others exactly what you write? Or wondered which of the many fiction ideas running through your brain you should tackle? If so, The Author Wheel’s new mini-course might be your solution.
    7 Days to Clarity: Uncover Your Author Purpose will help you uncover your core writing motivations, avoid shiny-thing syndrome, and create clear marketing language.
    Each daily email will lead you step by step in defining your author brand, crafting a mission statement, and distilling that statement into a pithy tagline. And, best of all, it’s free.
    Click here to learn more!

    • 21 min
    Embracing the Shadow Self for Authentic Writing with Joanna Penn

    Embracing the Shadow Self for Authentic Writing with Joanna Penn

    What's hiding in your shadow self, and how can you use it to improve your writing?

    Today's conversation with Joanna Penn is a brilliant look at what it takes to unearth the raw essence of author creativity.

    Joanna Penn writes non-fiction for authors and is an award-nominated, New York Times and USA Today bestselling thriller author as J.F. Penn. She’s also an award-winning podcaster, creative entrepreneur, and international professional speaker. www.TheCreativePenn.com

    In this interview, we talk about her book "Writing the Shadow" while reflecting on our own personal strides in writing and business - from transitioning from the corporate world to the arts, tackling email conundrums, and developing a growth mindset.

    Follow Us!

    Joanna Penn
    Website: http://www.thecreativepenn.com
    Podcast: The Creative Penn
    Books: https://creativepennbooks.com
    Instagram: @jfpennauthor

    The Author Wheel:
    Website: www.AuthorWheel.com
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorWheel

    Greta Boris:
    Website: www.GretaBoris.com
    Facebook: @GretaBorisAuthor
    Instagram: @GretaBoris

    Megan Haskell:
    Website: www.MeganHaskell.com
    Facebook & Instagram: @MeganHaskellAuthor
    TikTok: @AuthorMeganHaskell

    Clarify | Simplify | Implement Newsletter
    https://meganhaskellauthor.substack.com/

    The Writing Romance Mastery Summit
    There's still time to register and learn from some of the best authors and coaches in the writing industry. The summit takes place from February 19, 2024 through February 23, 2024, and we promise it’ll be a top-notch event. 

    We're proud to be included in this year's lineup of guests, talking about how to decide if you should self-publish or get an agent. By clicking this link, we may earn a commission from your purchase, at no additional cost to you.
    Support the showFREE Mini Email Course

    Have you ever struggled to explain to others exactly what you write? Or wondered which of the many fiction ideas running through your brain you should tackle? If so, The Author Wheel’s new mini-course might be your solution.
    7 Days to Clarity: Uncover Your Author Purpose will help you uncover your core writing motivations, avoid shiny-thing syndrome, and create clear marketing language.
    Each daily email will lead you step by step in defining your author brand, crafting a mission statement, and distilling that statement into a pithy tagline. And, best of all, it’s free.
    Click here to learn more!

    • 44 min
    Falling Back in Love with Writing

    Falling Back in Love with Writing

    When motivation is flagging, how do you fall back in love with writing?

    The key lies in self-awareness—recognizing your introversion, extroversion, or something in between, and how these traits fuel your creative fire. Our personal stories and practical strategies will guide you to embrace who you are and channel your innate strengths into a writing career that's not just productive, but profoundly fulfilling.

    Our quick tips for this week:
    Spend some time learning about yourself. Take a personality test and think about how the results might apply to your writing life.Review your past. What worked before, that maybe you've lost track of?If you're struggling right now, think about what threw you off course. Is there a way to bring yourself back into alignment?Finish up your obligations so you can give yourself the time and space to create.Work on a palate cleanser: a fun story that you find inspiring but that might not be part of your current series.
    Don't forget!

    The Writing Romance Mastery Summit will take place from February 19, 2024 through February 23, 2024, and we promise it’ll be a top-notch event. Paula Judith is bringing together the biggest names and most knowledgeable experts to share their best secrets.

    We're proud to be included in this year's lineup of guests, talking about how to decide if you should self-publish or get an agent. By clicking this link, we may earn a commission from your purchase, at no additional cost to you.

    Follow Us!

    The Author Wheel:
    Website: www.AuthorWheel.com
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorWheel

    Greta Boris:
    Website: www.GretaBoris.com
    Facebook: @GretaBorisAuthor
    Instagram: @GretaBoris

    Megan Haskell:
    Website: www.MeganHaskell.com
    Facebook & Instagram: @MeganHaskellAuthor
    TikTok: @AuthorMeganHaskell
    Support the showFREE Mini Email Course

    Have you ever struggled to explain to others exactly what you write? Or wondered which of the many fiction ideas running through your brain you should tackle? If so, The Author Wheel’s new mini-course might be your solution.
    7 Days to Clarity: Uncover Your Author Purpose will help you uncover your core writing motivations, avoid shiny-thing syndrome, and create clear marketing language.
    Each daily email will lead you step by step in defining your author brand, crafting a mission statement, and distilling that statement into a pithy tagline. And, best of all, it’s free.
    Click here to learn more!

    • 18 min
    Mastering the Art of Romance Writing with Paula Judith Johnson

    Mastering the Art of Romance Writing with Paula Judith Johnson

    Have you ever tried to write your novel longhand?

    For this week's guest, that's simply how it's done. At least for the first draft. For her, it's a great way to connect body and brain and keep the story flowing. But when even that fails, Paula turns to reading to fuel her creative soul. This week's episode offers new solutions that can turn setbacks into triumphs, especially for those navigating the sequel blues.

    Paula Judith Johnson is an entrepreneur and the author of 4 steamy romance novels.
    Two of her books were finalists in the Book Excellence Awards Historical Romance category in 2020 and 2021, respectively. She is also the creator and host of the Writing Romance Mastery Summit, where you can learn about writing, publishing, and marketing your romance novels.

    Hosting summits isn't just about bringing together a community; it's about fostering growth and sharing expertise. Despite its name, the Writing Romance Mastery Summit is not just for romance authors. So much of what we do as writers crosses genre lines, there's definitely something for everyone.

    The Writing Romance Mastery Summit will take place from February 19, 2024 through February 23, 2024, and we promise it’ll be a top-notch event. Paula Judith is bringing together the biggest names and most knowledgeable experts to share their best secrets.

    We're proud to be included in this year's lineup of guests, talking about how to decide if you should self-publish or get an agent. By clicking this link, we may earn a commission from your purchase, at no additional cost to you.

    Get ready to fuel your passion and propel your writing journey to new heights.

    Follow Us!

    Paula Judith Johnson
    Writing Romance Mastery Summit
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/writingromancemastery/

    The Author Wheel:
    Website: www.AuthorWheel.com
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorWheel

    Greta Boris:
    Website: www.GretaBoris.com
    Facebook: @GretaBorisAuthor
    Instagram: @GretaBoris

    Megan Haskell:
    Website: www.MeganHaskell.com
    Facebook & Instagram: @MeganHaskellAuthor
    TikTok: @AuthorMeganHaskell

    Megan's Kickstarter for The Last Descendant Hardcover
    Follow this link then click Notify Me On Launch!

    Clarify | Simplify | Implement Newsletter
    https://meganhaskellauthor.substack.com/
    Support the showFREE Mini Email Course

    Have you ever struggled to explain to others exactly what you write? Or wondered which of the many fiction ideas running through your brain you should tackle? If so, The Author Wheel’s new mini-course might be your solution.
    7 Days to Clarity: Uncover Your Author Purpose will help you uncover your core writing motivations, avoid shiny-thing syndrome, and create clear marketing language.
    Each daily email will lead you step by step in defining your author brand, crafting a mission statement, and distilling that statement into a pithy tagline. And, best of all, it’s free.
    Click here to learn more!

    • 50 min
    Nurturing Creativity with Megan Haskell and Greta Boris

    Nurturing Creativity with Megan Haskell and Greta Boris

    How do you refill your creative well?

    In this week's quick tips, we're talking about creativity and how we can nurture our subconscious mind. 

    Tips include: 
    Intentional content consumption: no matter the medium, what we watch, read, or experience influences our writingBuilding community: conferences, writing groups, online summits are all fodder for your creative brainTravel: long-distance or close to home, changing venue can often spark creative joyListen in for an episode that promises to refresh your perspective and keep your creative heart beating with excitement.

    BONUS!

    If January was a bit of a bust and your New Year's Writing Resolutions didn't stick, let Megan help you get back on track by creating goals and habits that will keep your story rolling. Subscribe to the Clarify | Simplify | Implement newsletter for writers here.

    Follow Us!

    The Author Wheel:
    Website: www.AuthorWheel.com
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorWheel

    Greta Boris:
    Website: www.GretaBoris.com
    Facebook: @GretaBorisAuthor
    Instagram: @GretaBoris

    Megan Haskell:
    Website: www.MeganHaskell.com
    Facebook & Instagram: @MeganHaskellAuthor
    TikTok: @AuthorMeganHaskell
    Support the showFREE Mini Email Course

    Have you ever struggled to explain to others exactly what you write? Or wondered which of the many fiction ideas running through your brain you should tackle? If so, The Author Wheel’s new mini-course might be your solution.
    7 Days to Clarity: Uncover Your Author Purpose will help you uncover your core writing motivations, avoid shiny-thing syndrome, and create clear marketing language.
    Each daily email will lead you step by step in defining your author brand, crafting a mission statement, and distilling that statement into a pithy tagline. And, best of all, it’s free.
    Click here to learn more!

    • 13 min
    Ghostwriting, Productivity, and Writers' Summits with Jessie Kwak

    Ghostwriting, Productivity, and Writers' Summits with Jessie Kwak

    Have you ever attended an in-person writing conference or summit?

    This week's guest is not only a full-time writer and productivity guru, she's organizing the Author Alchemy Summit in Portland February 22-25!

    Jessie Kwak is an author and business book ghostwriter living in Portland, Oregon. She is the organizer of the Author Alchemy Summit, as well as the author of a supernatural thriller, two series of space scoundrel sci-fi crime novels, and a handful of productivity books including From Chaos to Creativity and From Big Idea to Book.

    The path from scribbling in notebooks to professional ghostwriting is no small feat. Jessie opens up about her strategies for productivity, including reserving her mornings for creative fiction and afternoons for client work. It's not just about finding time but protecting it fiercely.

    Our discussion then shifts to the more personal side of writing—self-promotion and confronting impostor syndrome. We affirm the power of individual narratives, sharing touching stories of readers who have found solace in our work, and reminding all authors that their words can be a sanctuary for someone out there.

    In our final segment, the spotlight turns to the Author Alchemy Summit and all the work that goes into planning and attending a writers' conference. From the event's conception to networking for the introverted author, we explore strategies for creating an engaging, memorable conference that can leave a lasting impression on attendees.

    AUTHOR WHEEL LISTENERS!!
    Use code AUTHORWHEEL24 at checkout for $200 off a summit ticket.

    Join us for a discussion that's rich with advice and inspiration for writers of every stripe.

    Follow Us!

    Jessie Kwak
    Summit Website: www.authoralchemysummit.com
    Instagram & Bluesky: @kwakjessie

    The Author Wheel:
    Website: www.AuthorWheel.com
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorWheel

    Greta Boris:
    Website: www.GretaBoris.com
    Facebook: @GretaBorisAuthor
    Instagram: @GretaBoris

    Megan Haskell:
    Website: www.MeganHaskell.com
    Facebook & Instagram: @MeganHaskellAuthor
    TikTok: @AuthorMeganHaskell

    Megan's Kickstarter for The Last Descendant Hardcover
    Follow this link then click Notify Me On Launch!

    Clarify | Simplify | Implement Newsletter
    https://meganhaskellauthor.substack.com/
    Support the showFREE Mini Email Course

    Have you ever struggled to explain to others exactly what you write? Or wondered which of the many fiction ideas running through your brain you should tackle? If so, The Author Wheel’s new mini-course might be your solution.
    7 Days to Clarity: Uncover Your Author Purpose will help you uncover your core writing motivations, avoid shiny-thing syndrome, and create clear marketing language.
    Each daily email will lead you step by step in defining your author brand, crafting a mission statement, and distilling that statement into a pithy tagline. And, best of all, it’s free.
    Click here to learn more!

    • 51 min

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