Recently, I was featured on three podcasts for writers and book lovers, and wanted to tell you a little bit about each appearance. As you may know, I LOVE talking about books and writing. I’m grateful to have had the chance to do both during these interviews.
Between the Covers
First, host Stephanie Larkin of Red Penguin Books interviewed a few contributing writers to the new release, Launch Pad: The Countdown To Writing Your Book. This craft book is designed to help writers navigate the emotional ups and downs of finishing a novel, and was led by Emma Dhesi and Grace Sammon.
The episode features interviews with Susanne Dunlap, author of The Courtesan’s Daughter and a certified book coach; Meredith Stoddard, author of The River Maiden: Once & Future Series; Carol Van Den Hende, author of Goodbye, Orchid; and myself.
We discussed our writing processes, what’s inside the Launch Pad book, and valuable tips for writers.
During the episode, Liz also asked me to share a writing prompt. I gave her one that I used to use a lot: I remember. All you do is free write starting with the words, I remember . . . and see what comes out.
Last but not least, my good friend Kat Caldwell interviewed me on her Pencils & Lipstick podcast. This was the third or fourth time I’ve been on the show, and Kat and I always have a good time. The topic of the day was body language and nonverbal communication.
We delved into what those terms mean for writers, why it’s important, common mistakes that writers make, how to freshen up your characters’ emotions, and how to write creative emotional descriptions. You can listen to the episode here or watch it on YouTube below.
If you could use some editing tips, then I’d love for you to check out my interview on The Writer’s Tribe Talk Show. Host Elsa Kurt asked me lots of insightful questions about my writing journey, how I became an editor and online course creator, and the common mistakes that writers make.
We talked about the ups and downs of the publishing path and why most new authors are flabbergasted when they read their first editorial letter. You’ll hear about the shock I experienced as a teen author receiving editing feedback.
We also shared some helpful advice for busy authors. You can watch the interview on YouTube (see the video below) or listen on your favorite podcast app including Apple Podcasts and Spotify.
Be sure to check out other episodes of the podcast as well. Elsa talks about all things writing, publishing, and promoting. She has interviewed authors in many genres and has also discussed topics like TikTok for Authors, Imposter Syndrome, your elevator pitch, and roadblocks to writing.
Time management is something that a lot of authors struggle with. Host Kenny MacKay and I discussed a number of topics, including effective strategies, time blocking, and automating tasks to help you be more productive.
I had a fun time talking about my sweet and sassy chick lit novel, Fooling Around With Cinderella, and answering five princess-themed trivia questions.
Here is the blurb for the book: When twenty-five-year-old Jaine Andersen proposes a new marketing role to the local amusement park, general manager Dylan Callahan charms her into filling Cinderella’s glass slippers for the summer. Her reign transforms Jaine’s ordinary life into chaos that would bewilder a fairy godmother. Secretly dating her bad boy boss, running wedding errands for her ungrateful sisters, and defending herself from the park’s resident villain means Jaine needs lots more than a comfy pair of shoes to restore order in her kingdom…
Last weekend, I was honored to participate in an Editing and Formatting for Authors panel discussion organized by my friends Nan and Bethany at The Author Encounter. This event was part of The Author Encounter’s Indie Author Day. I was joined by freelance editor Deb Ewing and formatter Tamara Cribley of The Deliberate Page. (You can see my editing services here!)
Often the difference between an amateur book and a professional book is in the details. When it comes to publishing, those details are editing and formatting. In this candid discussion, we talked about the different types of editing and formatting and how to use them to produce a professional published book.
Topics included common mistakes that writers make when working with an editor, how editors decide which clients to work with, formatting trends for different genres, and more. Watch the video below for the replay.
The goal of The Author Encounter is to bring together authors and readers in a unique and intimate setting designed to give authors a chance to connect with their fans, and the fans (readers) the opportunity to spend time with their favorite authors, ask questions, and be a part of the stories and worlds created by the authors. You can learn more about their events and how to join here.
I love guesting on podcasts. It’s always so much fun chatting with the host about topics I love. Below are three recent interviews where I discussed everything from online course creation to writing and editing books to turning my hobby into a business. Check out their past episodes also. These are great podcasts to listen to while driving or working around the house.
The Course Creator’s MBA Podcast
Guesting on this podcast was a thrill for me as I’m such a fan girl. I found the podcast invaluable when I was developing my first online course, and I still listen to it regularly. On this episode, Destini Copp interviewed me about expanding my business from writing and editing books to creating online courses for writers. The episode is part of a series where Destini chats with course creators about their journey in their online course business, how they got started, the challenges they’ve experienced, and how they overcame them. My signature course, Book Editing Blueprint: A Step-By-Step Plan to Making Your Novels Publishable, empowers fiction writers to think like an editor so they can save time and money.
Destini and I chatted about how I educated herself on marketing, website development, and sales funnels which has led to success in my online course business.
I stumbled onto a new podcast favorite in Undercover Stories hosted by Bob Welles. The show explores the interests that people have and seeks to discover more on a wide variety of subjects. Each episode features a guest telling all about their interest, why they do it, and Bob uncovers some fascinating stories in the process.
At some point in their lives many people have thought about writing a book. This desire is sadly often thwarted due to fears about time, commitment, and the technical aspects of editing and publishing. Since I’ve faced all these challenges, I shared with Bob and his listeners how by breaking the writing process into steps, it is possible to both enjoy the creativity of writing and produce a publishable book.
Hustle Like Hannah Podcast
I also enjoyed talking with host Hannah Lockwood on another new favorite, the Hustle Like Hannah Podcast, your “how-to” guide and inspiration for turning your creative side into a business opportunity. Hannah, the owner of Hannah Danielle Dance, chats with inspiring people who have turned their creative hobby into a business, sharing their stories and tips to help listeners realize their potential.
Since the second novel in my Storybook Valley chick lit series, Prancing Around With Sleeping Beauty, features a dance teacher who dreams of opening her own studio, it was fun talking with Hannah, someone who has accomplished that goal. I shared about my passions for writing and publishing books, editing, and developing online courses for writers, and we discussed my journey toward making those dreams come true.
Have you ever wondered what to expect from literary agents and editors? You’ll get an in-depth look during the panel discussion, The E & A Experience, organized by The Author Encounter. (You can watch it at the bottom of this post!) It was part of their event, Authors March Forward, held March 20 via Zoom and streamed to Facebook.
Nan Jenkins and Bethany Averie, co-founders of The Author Encounter, believe the concept “Keep moving forward” is essential to success as a professional author.
“Moving forward, developing connections, and learning from the people who have been there are the foundations for career success.” says Nan Jenkins. “The Author Encounter strives to create opportunities for authors using these foundations for career growth.”
There were lots of great takeaways. You’ll hear about the biggest pet peeves, get valuable insight into query letters, gain a better understanding of why rejection happens, and learn more about the editing process.
Thanks to Bethany and Nan for permission to embed this discussion on my blog. Visit The Author Encounter for more information about their upcoming events and how to join as an author or supporter member.
This is an interview I did for Emma Dhesi’s podcast for new writers, Turning Readers Into Writers. It was also livestreamed in her Facebook group, Turning Readers Into Writers With Emma Dhesi.
The topic was cost-effective editing and self-editing tips. Thank you to Emma for generously giving me the video to share. We discussed my writing background, delved into common mistakes that writers make, and I shared about how my self-paced online course Book Editing Blueprint: A Step-By-Step Plan to Making Your Novels Publishable saves writers time and money.
During the interview, I also responded to questions from Facebook listeners about working with an editor.
Emma is an extremely inspiring writer and coach who helps beginner writers find the time and confidence to write their first novel.
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I had a fun inteview with Shandra Moran of The Transit Lounge podcast, discussing my journey from a “Lois Lane” reporter to a fiction author, freelance editor, and the founder of Shortcuts for Writers. This was an interesting discussion for me as usually I talk about the craft of writing and editing, or where I got the inspiration for my books. During this conversation, we chatted more about the nitty gritty business side of entrepreneurship and my path to creating online courses for writers.
The Transit Lounge hosted by Shandra Moran shares ideas and inspiration for women wanting to make a career change to start their own business after the age of 40. Shandra shares stories, interviews and practical tips to show that it’s truly possible to create a successful and profitable business earning you great money, doing what you love, without burning out.
The focus of this interview was on launching a new career venture in my forties and my experiences navigating the world of online courses. My first online course for writers, Book Editing Blueprint: A Step-By-Step Plan To Making Your Novels Publishable, was released last March on the Thinkific platform. Shandra and I talked about the learning curve involved with creating an online course such as getting the hang of audio, slides, and lighting.
We also talked about the evolution of the Shortcuts for Writers logo, everything from choosing the colors to the overall look. As I joked with Shandra, I definitely took the scenic route to developing the logo and not a shortcut! During our conversation, we also discussed how I went about scaling my business and creating an affiliate program for my courses.
Here is Shandra’s description of the episode:
Making a career change to create your own business is becoming increasingly common. But how do you make the leap from being a ‘Lois Lane’ reporter to having a successful editing business and creating an online course to make your business scaleable, whilst having several books published along the way??? That’s exactly what Stacy Juba from Shortcuts for Writers has done.
In this interview episode, Stacy shares with Shandra:
The various ‘writing’ jobs she has done that set the foundation
How she came up with the ideas for her online course
The business start up traps she fell into – and how she got out of them
The part of online business she felt the most intimidated by
The various ways and places she got the support she needed and tackling the ‘money questions’…
This conversation has some great insights for anyone thinking about diving in to the online course creation world as the next chapter in their professional life.
Shandra is a coach, facilitator, speaker, podcast host and co-author of an international bestselling book. The Transit Lounge is a boutique coaching consultancy that specializes in supporting women to earn great money, doing work they love, without burning out. Be sure to follow her at the below sites.
I had a great time recently speaking with Ayushi Jaiswal, a book reviewer and host of the show It’s A Nerdy Thing. Ayushi calls herself a book nerd and says her goals are to share her bookish experiences and make viewers laugh.
I’m delighted that my novels have been part of her bookish experiences, and I had such fun sitting down to chat with her. We talked about my Storybook Valley chick lit novel Prancing Around With Sleeping Beauty, my lifelong love of reading, how I got into writing, and my tips for writers.
I hope you enjoy the video. If you love to read, be sure to follow Ayushi on Instagram and YouTube.
Type 1 Diabetes is challenging, frustrating, and life-changing. Each Tuesday, Colleen Mitchell and Jessie Tuggey, life-long diabetics, talk about real life with Type 1 on the This is Type 1 Podcast, discussing the impact it makes on their lives without defining them.
I had the opportunity to be interviewed on this fantastic podcast, speaking as a mom of a child with Type 1 Diabetes. My daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in kindergarten, on Dec. 27, 2013, and it turned our lives upside down. I’m sharing this on the Shortcuts for Writers blog as this event derailed my writing career for awhile and I lost my desire to write and advance my career.
I know many authors in the Shortcuts for Writers: Editing Made Simple Facebook group have shared situations where life took a distressing turn and they had to put writing on the backburner. Unfortunately, sometimes that happens. It is important to do what’s necessary to cope during difficult times and remember that when things settle down, you can ease back into your writing routine.
During the interview with Colleen and Jessie, we discussed how my family got through the anger and sadness, and navigated this scary new world of needles, finger pricks, insulin pumps, technology not then approved for kids, carb counting, and unsympathetic endocrinology nurses.
We talked about the worst parts and best parts of diabetes (yes, there have been some silver linings!), technology advances, diabetes symptoms and what to do if doctors brush off the early warning signs (which happened with us.)
We also discussed how this diagnosis halted my writing career until the publication of a lighthearted Cinderella story that symbolized an acceptance of our new normal. Once I had a handle on diabetes, I was able to stop obsessing over it and focus on things like creating my online course for writers, Book Editing Blueprint: A Step-By-Step Plan To Making Your Novels Publishable.
You can listen to the episode about having a child with Type 1 Diabetes at this link, or on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or your favorite podcast app.
If you have Type 1, know someone with Type 1, or just want to learn more about this incurable condition, the This is Type 1 Podcast is for you.
I love talking about two of my most important roles: being a mother and a writer. Thanks to business and life success strategist LaWann Moses, I recently had the chance to discuss both of those roles.
I was interviewed on LaWann’s podcast More Than A Mother, talking about writing, publishing, and balancing a career with motherhood. I shared about how I almost quit writing because of how my hopes kept crashing down, how I found the will to keep going, and how I learned to become a stronger writer.
LaWann’s show reminds moms they can follow their dreams and be a great mother at the same time. I love that philosophy! She provides tips, tools, and strategies to help manage it all. You can listen to our interview here or also find it on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and more.
I wanted to share a couple recent interviews I did about being a writer, editor, course creator, and mompreneur. I hope you enjoy learning more about my journey and find my tips helpful.
Moms Who Rise
First, I was honored to be interviewed on the Moms Who Rise blog as part of the Momspire feature. We chatted about what inspired me to start my own business and tips for entrepreneurship.
Angela Garcia runs the Moms Who Rise site to give moms a community where they can connect and grow as women and also embrace their motherhood journey. Moms Who Rise is not only an online community, but they also meet through monthly mom socials, quarterly workshops, and the Moms Who Rise conference hosted twice a year.
Mithyl Dave interviewed me recently on The Digital Maddy Show, talking about how to become an author. The show, which is available in podcast and YouTube formats, features topics including video creation, digital marketing, email marketing, affiliate marketing, content creation, and storytelling. As a writer, I fit into the storytelling category, if you haven’t already guessed! Between promoting my books and running Shortcuts for Writers, I do a lot of marketing also.
If you’ve always wanted to write a book, give the interview a listen. Watch it on YouTube or listen to The Digital Maddy Show on your favorite podcast app. (May 30th, 2020 episode)