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Kathleen West on Writing Unlikeable Characters

Kathleen West on Writing Unlikeable Characters

May 17, 2021

Today's guest is Kathleen West, author of Are We There Yet? We talk teachers who are writers, writers who are teachers, and the effect of social media on all of us - youth and adults.

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Fauzia Burke on Building Your Online Platform & the Author as the Product

Fauzia Burke on Building Your Online Platform & the Author as the Product

March 1, 2021

Fauzia Burke of FSB Associates joined me to talk about how to build an online platform, the author as the product, social media, SEO, newsletters, building an author website, and the importance of fresh content.

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Richard Osman Talks Promotion When Crossing Over From Television to Publishing

Richard Osman Talks Promotion When Crossing Over From Television to Publishing

October 26, 2020

Today's guest is Richard Osman, British television personality and author of the best-selling new release, The Thursday Murder Club, featuring septuagenarian crime solvers living in a retirement community.

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6 Figure Indie Author Shares Her Secrets to Success

6 Figure Indie Author Shares Her Secrets to Success

June 1, 2020

Co-host Kate Karyus Quinn joins Mindy McGinnis for a special summer series focused on Indie and self-publishing authors. Today's guest is Lee Savino, successful indie author who found a way to combine craft with sales in order to make half a million dollars a year. 

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Mag Dimond On Using Mindfulness To Write During the Pandemic

Mag Dimond On Using Mindfulness To Write During the Pandemic

May 4, 2020

Today's guest is Mag Dimond, author of Bowing to Elephants, which recently won Best Indie Biographies & Memoirs from Kirkus). Her book has been compared to EAT PRAY LOVE in professional reviews and has received accolades from many thought leaders in the mindfulness space. Mag joined me today to talk about using mindfulness practice to help ease your writing experience during the pandemic.

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Mindy McGinnis On Local Radio WWGH 107.1 FM

Mindy McGinnis On Local Radio WWGH 107.1 FM

April 19, 2019

A bonus episode for my listeners! I was recently interviewed by my local radio station, and thought I would re-broadcast for you.

AC Gaughen: Querying As A Teenager

AC Gaughen: Querying As A Teenager

December 18, 2017

Today’s guest is AC Gaughen the author of the Scarlet Trilogy (Scarlet, Lady Thief and Lion Heart) and the Elementae quartet which will start with REIGN THE EARTH in January 2018. She serves on the board for the non-profit Boston GLOW, creating opportunities to encourage and engage teen girls in the Greater Boston area. She has a Masters in Creative Writing from St. Andrews University in Scotland and a Masters in Education from Harvard University. She joins host Mindy McGinnis to talk about how she began to query as a fourteen year old, and how her own love of reading historical and fantasy influenced her writing both then and now, how she knew her own skill set was better suited for traditional publishing rather than self-publishing, and how teaching writing can be inspiring.

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Tori Rigby: Red Flags For Agents

Tori Rigby: Red Flags For Agents

November 13, 2017

Host Mindy McGinnis talks with Tori Rigby, author of the dark fantasy DREAMCATCHER series, as well as the contemporary YA novel, BECAUSE I LOVE YOU. Topics covered include not letting excitement make decisions for you early on in your career, red flags to look for while searching for agents, why Tori disagrees with writing under different pen names for different genres, and knowing when to take your work to a small press.

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Geoffrey Girard: Learning Craft Through Short Stories

Geoffrey Girard: Learning Craft Through Short Stories

November 6, 2017

Today's guest is Geoffrey Girard, Bram Stoker nominee and author of CAIN'S BLOOD, PROJECT CAIN, TRUTHERS, and MARY ROSE. Geoff joins Mindy to talk about how losing an agent doesn't end a career, learning craft through writing shorts, how small indie pubs can teach you a lot, and the art of table selling.

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Elsie Chapman: The Pain of Publishing

Elsie Chapman: The Pain of Publishing

October 9, 2017

Today’s guest is Elsie Chapman, whose work includes the YA Sci-Fi series DUALED and DIVIDED, as well as the upcoming ALONG THE INDIGO. Born and raised in western Canada and a graduate of UBC with a degree in English Literature, Elsie Chapman currently lives in Tokyo with her family. 

Elsie joins host Mindy McGinnis  to talk about how so much of the pain of publishing goes unspoken, the luck of hitting a trend, the downside of that trend falling out of style, writing the book of your heart even when you know it might not get published, and putting together teams for theme focused anthologies.

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