88 episodes

Welcome to the Thriving Authors Podcast, where we delve into all aspects of what it takes to get your dream book out of your heart, onto the page and into the world, connecting with a wide audience of readers. On this podcast, you will find behind-the-scenes lessons from my own book-writing and publishing journey, interviews with successful published authors, and tips and advice you can start using today to move you forward in your writing life.
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Thriving Authors Podcast Dallas Woodburn

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Welcome to the Thriving Authors Podcast, where we delve into all aspects of what it takes to get your dream book out of your heart, onto the page and into the world, connecting with a wide audience of readers. On this podcast, you will find behind-the-scenes lessons from my own book-writing and publishing journey, interviews with successful published authors, and tips and advice you can start using today to move you forward in your writing life.
Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/dallas-woodburn/support

    Episode 89: My Top Tips for Connecting With a Publisher

    Episode 89: My Top Tips for Connecting With a Publisher

    In this solo episode of the Thriving Authors Podcast, I share my top tips to get someone in the industry to care about your book and want to read and publish it.

    No matter what stage you are at in your writing journey it is common to wonder – What if I pour all this time and energy into writing my book and then I can't get a publisher for it or nobody wants to read it?

    In this very practical episode I share:


    Three tips for writing a query letter that grabs a publishers attention and gets them to ask for more.
    Why now is such a wonderful time to be an author.
    What questions to ask yourself when looking for a publisher or literary agent.
    The exact steps to take before you reach out to a publisher.

    Both of my book deals last year were the result of a cold query so I’m sure these tips will be super useful for you, too!

    Want another set of eyes on your query before you hit send? I have a limited number of one hour long virtual sessions where we can focus on your pitch letter. I’ll help ensure that your query is something that's going to hook the reader, grab their attention, and have the best chance possible of getting a yes response from a publisher or an agent. If you are interested, send me a message and I’ll send you all the details.


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    • 37 min
    Episode 88: Interview with Melinda Rangel

    Episode 88: Interview with Melinda Rangel

    In this episode of the Thriving Authors Podcast, I spoke with published author, professor, and former client Melinda Rangel. She is the author of Iron Sharpens Iron: Daily Proverbs for Today's Martial Artist. And she has so much wisdom and inspiration to share with you!

    If you’ve ever felt like your life is too busy to commit the time to writing a book, or thought, “Who cares what I have to say?” then you want to listen to this episode!

    We chatted about:


    What inspired Melinda to return to writing and finish her book after a 14 year hiatus.
    Where she found the confidence to use her own voice and overcome imposter syndrome.
    How scheduling and accountability were two of her keys to success – allowing her to work full-time and get her PhD while she was finishing her book!

    About Melinda:

    Melinda Rangel is the author of Iron Sharpens Iron: Daily Proverbs for Today's Martial Artist. She has her PhD and is a professor at Tabor College, as well as director of their MBA program. Together with her husband Chris, Melinda has owned and operated Ultimate Martial Arts since 1994 when they started a school in the basement of their home. From one boy who needed to be rescued from bullying to hundreds who have learned Biblical truths in their martial arts training, Iron Sharpens Iron shares inspiring stories of their journey.


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    • 31 min
    Episode 87: Lessons from My Biggest Launch Yet

    Episode 87: Lessons from My Biggest Launch Yet

    In today’s episode of the Thriving Authors Podcast, I would love to invite you to celebrate with me!! Last month marked my biggest launch yet for my book coaching program Thriving Authors Academy, and it inspired me to reflect on the lessons I learned… which are not only applicable to entrepreneurship, but to book launches and pitching agents and chasing after any big dream you are holding in your heart!

    Including:


    What to do when you feel like you need to do all the things, every day, all at once.
    What happens when you keep the faith and keep your mindset strong.
    How to set the right size goal - one that is a stretch but still feels possible.
    Why it’s important to keep going even when it feels like no one is watching or following you.

    So whether you are launching a program, launching your book, or doing your query process you’ll find some action steps that you can take, too.


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    • 36 min
    Episode 86: Interview with Elaine Aldrete

    Episode 86: Interview with Elaine Aldrete

    In today’s episode of the Thriving Authors Podcast, I spoke with my dear friend and former client Elaine Clark Aldrete. She’s the founder of Teaching Life Choices Inc & author of the debut middle-grade novel G-R-E-E-N-E.

    It was such an interesting conversation that included:


    How a rumor at her grandson’s high school inspired her to write her novel.
    What her writing process looked like on a daily basis.
    The differences between writing a children's book and then tackling a full-length novel that's much longer and includes many different characters.

    She also shared what it was like being part of my Thriving Authors program and being part of a community of other writers who are also working on books!

    About Elaine:

    Elaine Clark Aldrete was born in New Hampshire, lived for many years in California, and currently resides in Arizona. A dedicated mother, wife, businessperson, and instructor, she served as a board director for the nonprofits Diabetes Explorer Educational Foundation, Inc. and Grants to You. In 2012, Elaine founded Teaching Life Choices, Inc., a nonprofit devoted to captivating and engaging the minds of children to learn, have fun and make good life choices. To learn more, go to http://www.teachinglifechoices.org. She is the author of a children’s book, Does Diabetes Mean You Die? And the middle-grade novel G-R-E-E-N-E.


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    • 34 min
    Episode 85: Cultivating Gratitude in My Writing Life

    Episode 85: Cultivating Gratitude in My Writing Life

    In this solo episode of the Thriving Authors Podcast, I share three stories from my own writing life of ways that gratitude has helped me.

    Gratitude has been the number one thing that has helped me sustain my writing career! Leaning into gratitude in all different seasons has brought feelings of purpose, contentment, excitement and joy. From my journey I’m sharing:


    How a gratitude practice I began back in high school was the seed that began my podcast
    The ways gratitude allowed me to shift my mindset and perspective
    What allowed me to manifest my childhood dream
    The importance of figuring out the essential gratitude you have for your writing project

    Tune into this week’s episode to hear ways you can incorporate gratitude into your writing and life, wherever you are along the journey.

    And just in time for the holiday season, join me the week of November 14th for a FREE 5-day challenge that will center your writing practice in gratitude + kindness… just in time for the holiday season! Sign up at https://bit.ly/writingwithgratitude.


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    • 23 min
    Episode 84: Interview with Carol van den Hende

    Episode 84: Interview with Carol van den Hende

    In today’s episode of the Thriving Authors Podcast, I got to chat with my friend Carol van den Hende, author of the award-winning Goodbye, Orchid series and acclaimed public speaker.

    She has such wonderful advice for writers at all stages of our careers – whether it's with actually penning our books or marketing our books or spreading the word about them.

    We also talked about:


    The process of writing a prequel and how her second book came to be
    The key to managing self-expectations
    How to persevere through the tough parts of your writing project

    I know you will come away from this conversation with some wonderful gems from Carol!

    About Carol:

    Carol van den Hende is the award-winning author of the Goodbye, Orchid series, a public speaker, and MBA with 20+ years’ experience in marketing, strategy and insights. Plus, she works in chocolate (there’s no ‘sweeter’ job!) Carol is passionate about simplifying marketing concepts into actionable steps for publishing success. She’s keynoted and presented at conferences like Writer’s Digest, IBPA, NJ-SCBWI, International Women’s Writing Guild, Rutgers Writers’ Conference, Sisters-in-Crime and Women Who Write. She’s also a regular contributor to DIYMFA, where she pens the Author Marketing Toolkit column.


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    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

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12 Ratings

12 Ratings

travelmama83 ,

Inspiring conversations!!

Love hearing the stories behind so many great writers. It’s inspiring and helpful for many people who are on their journey of writing their own books. Keep the episodes coming!

Iris March ,

Lovely conversations about writing

Dallas knows books and how to help people create them. Each episode features a new author talking to Dallas about their books and their writing journey, unscripted. Each one is different and listeners come away with lots of inspiration and ideas.

AzurePress ,

wonderfully warm and authentic

What a wonderfully warm and authentic host. It’s always lovely to hear author conversations about our inspiration and behind-the-scenes journeys to publication!

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