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Author and writing coach Kevin T. Johns interviews the instructors, editors, coaches, and mentors that help writers and authors create their art, build their audience, and sell their work. If you enjoy podcasts like I Should Be Writing, Grammar Girl, and Writing Excuses, be sure to check out The Writing Coach. Interviews with Tim Grahl, Shawn Coyne, Cathy Yardley and more!

The Writing Coach Kevin T. Johns, author and writing coach

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Author and writing coach Kevin T. Johns interviews the instructors, editors, coaches, and mentors that help writers and authors create their art, build their audience, and sell their work. If you enjoy podcasts like I Should Be Writing, Grammar Girl, and Writing Excuses, be sure to check out The Writing Coach. Interviews with Tim Grahl, Shawn Coyne, Cathy Yardley and more!

    Dana Kaye on Building Your Author Brand — The Writing Coach 104

    Dana Kaye on Building Your Author Brand — The Writing Coach 104

    Welcome to The Writing Coach. On this podcast, I speak with the instructors, editors, coaches, and mentors who help writers and authors create their art, build their audience, and sell their work.















    In episode #104 of The Writing Coach podcast, I speak with veteran publicist, social media pro, and brand manager Dana Kaye.







    In 2009, Dana founded Kaye Publicity, Inc., a boutique PR company specializing in publishing and entertainment. Known for her innovative ideas and knowledge of current trends, she coaches her clients on how to identify and establish their unique personal brands.







    Kaye is the author of Your Book, Your Brand: The Step-by-Step Guide to Launching Your Book and Boosting Your Sales, and the creator of Branding Outside the Box, where she helps authors and entrepreneurs become more memorable.







    During our discussion, Dana describes:







    * What exactly is an “author brand” and why is it important? * How authors can best use podcasts, emails lists, and social media* The important difference between publicity and marketing* How booking marketing has changed over the last decade* The role networking plays in selling books* And much more!







    Click below to listen now:























    The Writing Coach Episode #104 Show Notes















    Visit Dana’s website:







    Kaye Publicity, Inc







    Listen to Dana’s podcast:







    Branding Outside the Box







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    Episode Transcript







    Kevin:







    Hello beloved listeners and welcome back to The Writing Coach podcast. It is your host as always, writing coach Kevin T. John here.







    I have a bunch of my one-on-one clients right now who are zero in on the end of their book. They’re starting to think about things publishing or querying agents and whenever you’re nearing the end of the writing of a book and starting to think about the beginning of the publishing and selling of a book, marketing comes to mind and in fact I have a new book coming out shortly, a children’s picture book, the sequel to my a children’s picture book from a few years ago. The first book was called Rocket Princess versus Snaggletooth the Dragon and the sequel Rocket Princess and the Princess Rocket Squad is coming out shortly and so, of course, I’ve got book marketing on the mind. Some of my clients are starting to think about book marketing and so this was an absolutely perfect time for me to get Dana Kaye on the show.







    Dana is a veteran publicist, a social media pro and a brand manager. She founded Kaye publicity in 2009 a boutique PR company that specializes in publishing and entertainment, known for her innovative ideas and knowledge of current trends.







    Dana coaches her clients on how to identify and establish their unique personal brands. Kaye’s the author of the book, Your Book, Your Brand: the step by step guide to launching your book and boosting your sales and the creator of Branding Outside of the Box where she helps authors and entrepreneurs become memorable.

    • 43 min
    Donald M. Rattner on How to Design Your Home to Stimulate Ideas and Spark Innovation — The Writing Coach 103

    Donald M. Rattner on How to Design Your Home to Stimulate Ideas and Spark Innovation — The Writing Coach 103

    Welcome to The Writing Coach. On this podcast, I speak with the instructors, editors, coaches, and mentors who help writers and authors create their art, build their audience, and sell their work.







    In episode #103 of The Writing Coach podcast, I speak with architect and author Donald M. Rattner.







    Donald is the author of My Creative Space: How to Design Your Home to Stimulate Ideas and Spark Innovation and the principal of Donald M. Rattner, Architect. As a consultant, he draws on scientific research to help individuals and organizations maximize occupant creativity in workplace, residential, wellness, hospitality, and retail environments.







    An educator and author as well as practitioner, Rattner’s

    publications include entries in professional reference books, and numerous

    contributions to print and online channels. He has taught at the University of

    Illinois, New York Academy of Art, New York University, Parsons School of

    Design, and online







    During our discussion, Donald describes:







    * How manipulating your environment can stimulate creativity* Why he spent nearly as much time gathering the images for his book as he did writing it* How scientific research helps give validity to the creativity techniques he recommends* Why mood and ambiance such as lighting, room temperature, scent, and sound, influence mental processing* How certain physical characteristics in the built environment can heighten creativity, including tall ceilings, calming hues, the display of art, access to beautiful views, and more!







    Click below to listen now:























    The Writing Coach Episode #103 Show Notes















    Visit Donald’s website







    Get your copy of My Creative Space:



























    Learn more about my children’s book: Rocket Princess vs. Snaggletooth the Dragon.















    Enjoy this podcast? If so, you’ll love my book Novel Advice: Motivation, Inspiration, and Creative Writing Tips for Aspiring Authors. Grab a FREE copy by clicking the image below:

    • 34 min
    Marc Graham on Reclaiming the Power of Myth — The Writing Coach 102

    Marc Graham on Reclaiming the Power of Myth — The Writing Coach 102

    Welcome to The Writing Coach. On this podcast, I speak with the instructors, editors, coaches, and mentors who help writers and authors create their art, build their audience, and sell their work.







    In episode #102 of The Writing Coach podcast, I speak with author and story coach Marc Graham.







    Marc is an actor, speaker, story coach, shamanic practitioner, and whiskey aficionado. His first novel, Of Ashes and Dust, won the Paul Gillette Memorial Writing Contest and National Writers Association Manuscript Contest. 







    When struggling to write a later novel, he turned to one of the most ancient forms of storytelling for inspiration: mythology. Graham discovered that Norse runes (an ancient form of divination) can play an effective role in killing writer’s block. He demonstrates the technique in his new book, Runes for Writers: Boost Your Creativity and Destroy Writer’s Block.







    During our discussion, Marc describes:







    * How a traditional Christian upbringing eventually led to a wider exploration of spiritual beliefs and a search for universal truths* The challenges and joys of writing historical fiction* How conventional storytellers can engage in the same creatives practices as the ancient and modern shaman of indigenous civilizations to deepen their writing* Techniques for effectively working research into your fiction writing* How synchronicities help point him in the direction of what story he should pursue next* The power myth and story, and how it can play a role in helping to heal the world’s social ills* And much more!







    Click below to listen now:























    The Writing Coach Episode #102 Show Notes







    Pick up Marc’s new book for writers:























    Check out Marc’s website.







    Learn more about my children’s book: Rocket Princess vs. Snaggletooth the Dragon.















    Enjoy this podcast? If so, you’ll love my book Novel Advice: Motivation, Inspiration, and Creative Writing Tips for Aspiring Authors. Grab a FREE copy by clicking the image below:

    • 37 min
    Paul Wilson on Bad Karma and Good Writing — The Writing Coach 101

    Paul Wilson on Bad Karma and Good Writing — The Writing Coach 101

    Welcome to The Writing Coach. On this podcast, I speak with the instructors, editors, coaches, and mentors who help writers and authors create their art, build their audience, and sell their work.







    In episode #101 of The Writing Coach podcast, I speak Paul Wilson, author of Bad Karma: The True Story of a Mexican Surf Trip from Hell.







    Paul is a lifelong resident of coastal San Diego, attending high school at a time when Independent surfing was an option for Phys. Ed., and Rock Poetry was passed off as an advanced English course. It didn’t take much for him to become disenchanted with formal education and drop out of The University of Southern California to embrace his entrepreneurial side. Paul is a multi-patented inventor, a photographer, and has built several successful businesses. Embracing his love of baseball and the ocean, he attends every San Diego Padres home game, and lives in Mission Beach, California with his wife Susan.







    During our discussion, Paul describes:







    * Why he had to wait for the statute of limitations to run out before he could write his memoir* His thoughts on the relationships between photography and writing* How his experiences traveling in Mexico taught him that some of the poorest people in the world can also be the most generous* Why surfing and storytelling mix so well* The unique challenges of writing memoir* How last year’s The Writer’s Craft Summit helped him finish and publish his book* What he learned working with a professional editor on the book* How a great cover has helped him get the book into book stores and surf shops* The unique niche he’s found for the book amongst Volkswagen Bus aficionados * And much more!







    Click below to listen now:























    The Writing Coach Episode #101 Show Notes















    Read the first chapter of Bad Karma for free:







    www.badkarmabook.com







    Check out Paul’s photography:







    oceanfrontphotos.com







    Get your copy of Bad Karma: the True Story of a Mexican Surf Trip from Hell:























    Enjoy this podcast? If so, you’ll love my book Novel Advice: Motivation, Inspiration, and Creative Writing Tips for Aspiring Authors. Grab a FREE copy by clicking the image below:

    • 37 min
    Celebrating 100 Episodes of The Writing Coach Podcast — The Writing Coach 100

    Celebrating 100 Episodes of The Writing Coach Podcast — The Writing Coach 100

    Welcome to The Writing Coach. On this podcast, I speak with the instructors, editors, coaches, and mentors who help writers and authors create their art, build their audience, and sell their work.







    Welcome to episode #100 of The Writing Coach podcast.







    In this special milestone episode of the show, host Kevin T. Johns answers questions from listeners and clients!







    During the episode, Kevin answers questions about:







    * How to keep your story realistic* When to approach beta readers* How to avoid falling into ruts with your writing* The most common mistakes he sees in his clients’ writing* How to know if a subplot is contributing to, or distracting from, the main story* His thoughts on writing software* How to work backstory into your narrative* How to get a writing coach certification* And much more!







    Click below to listen now:























    The Writing Coach Episode #100 Show Notes







    Episode Transcript:







    First up we have a question from author V.L. Stuart. V.L.’s the author of The Orb and Arrow series. They write, “A reviewer has told me that my battle scene is unrealistic. It involves archers, some of whom are elf and non-human species and magic users against orcs, undead, and a couple of nasty humans. How realistic can I be under those circumstances?”







    That’s a great question. Obviously, you’re writing a

    fantasy novel and so by mere nature of writing in that genre, you take a step

    away from reality. What I think is usually going on when people say that they

    feel like a story or a moment in a story is unrealistic is not actually that

    the story doesn’t feel like the real world, but actually that the story isn’t

    being true to the logic in physics and the laws created within the story world

    of the noel itself.







    To give you an example of what I’m talking about, I always remember the moment in the very first Mission: Impossible movie. That movie… As those movies went on, they kind of got more and more fantastic, but if you go back and watch that very first movie, it’s actually very much based in reality. It’s not superheroics, it’s much more of a traditional spy movie where people have normal skills and their technology isn’t too over the top.







    There is a moment about three-quarters of the way through that movie or something, I don’t remember the exact details, but it’s something along the lines of Tom Cruise… I think he’s hanging onto like the front of the helicopter. The helicopter flies into like a train tunnel, it’s chasing a train. The helicopter explodes and Tom Cruise is blown… The force of the explosion blows Tom Cruise off the front of the helicopter and onto the roof of the moving train. I believe that’s it, and to me I thought that was a perfect example of a moment where people are going to roll their eyes and go, “That’s not realistic”, because nothing else in that movie has led us to believe this character could survive something like that or that the physics of the universe work in that manner.







    If you go and watch Mission: Impossible 2, stuff like that’s happening all over the place. People are flying through the air and like karate chopping each other off of motorcycles and stuff like… It’s a John Woo movie and he’s clearly established this universe,

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Sydney Liu, Founder of Commaful — The Writing Coach 099

    Sydney Liu, Founder of Commaful — The Writing Coach 099

    Welcome to The Writing Coach. On this podcast, I speak with the instructors, editors, coaches, and mentors who help writers and authors create their art, build their audience, and sell their work.







    In episode #99 of The Writing Coach podcast, I speak Sydney Liu.







    Sydney is the co-founder of Commaful, a storytelling site where people go to share discover fiction. The site is home to hundreds of thousands of fanfics, short stories, and poems, all shared in a picture-book style format. He loves thinking about the intersection of art, technology, and storytelling and is always down to hear a great story.







    During our discussion, Sydney describes:







    * Why a desire to encourage his friends to read his writing was the original inspiration for the Commaful platform* How Commaful differs from traditional blogs and social media platforms* The unique ways in which the platform combines visual media with fiction storytelling and poetry* What he and his co-founder are doing to ensure the Commaful community remains supportive of artists and writers and is able to avoid toxicity* How Commaful is using contests to put the spotlight on new writers as well as attract diverse voices* Which genres are most popular on Commaful* How Commaful is helping authors promote their books and find a community* And much more!







    Click below to listen now:























    The Writing Coach Episode #99 Show Notes







    Visit the main Commaful website:







    * Commaful







    Visit Commaful for fans of Fanfiction:







    * Fanfictions







    Visit Commaful for fans of Poetry:







    * For Poetry Fans







    Get in contact with Sydney:







    * Connect with Sydney or email him at sydney@commaful.com















    Enjoy this podcast? If so, you’ll love my book Novel Advice: Motivation, Inspiration, and Creative Writing Tips for Aspiring Authors. Grab a FREE copy by clicking the image below:

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

KarenDimmick ,

Super Useful

Really good content - lots of value - you want to check this one out! Kevin does a great job of keeping it conversational yet pulling out the good content from his guests.

ShumateAuthor ,

Bringing together great minds

Kevin does a great job at bringing together great coaching minds to help the audience figure out what's next for their writing. The people he brings on the show will help you improve your craft and even will help you find a resources to people you may need. If you need a writing coach Kevin is your guy. If you need plot work and not a full out coaching session, then Kevin has an episode for you. Want to know how to get organized? There's an episode for that too. Kevin is a wealth of information. If there's something he doesn't know he'll do the hard work of find it out for his audience. This podcast is evidence of that.

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Excellent!

I love the interviews and the energy Kevin has. He keeps learning about writing exciting!

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