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List of Past Chats + Links to the Video Replays

For audio-only, go to Beth Barany’s SoundCloud channel. A few of the chats are loaded. More coming soon.

September 2015

Monday, Sept. 28, 12noon Pacific (45 minutes) (Click here for the replay.)

Tuesday, Sept. 29, 1pm Pacific (45 minutes) (Click here for the replay.)

Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2pm Pacific (45 minutes) (Click here for the replay.)

October 2015

Thursday, Oct. 1, 11:30am Pacific (45 minutes) (Click here for the replay.)

Friday, Oct. 2, 12:30pm Pacific (45 minutes) (Click here for the replay.)

Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015 (1 hour) (Click here for the replay.)

November 2015

November 4, 2015 (1 hour) (Click here for the replay.)

November 11, 2015 (1 hour) (Click here for the replay.)

November 18, 2015 (1 hour) (Click here for the replay.)

November 25, 2015 (1 hour) (No recording. Sorry. Tech snafu.)

December 2015

December 2, 2015 (1 hour) (Click here for the replay.)

December 9, 2015 (about 45 minutes) (Click here for the replay.)

December 16, 2015 (1 hour) (Click here for the replay.)

December 23, 2015 (1 hour) (Click here for the replay.)

December 30, 2015 (1 hour) (Click here for the replay.)

January 2016

January 6, 2016 (1 hour) (Click here for the replay.)

January 13, 2016 (1 hour) (Click here for the replay.)

January 20, 2016 (1 hour) (Click here for the replay.)

January 27, 2016 (1 hour) (Click here for the replay.)

February 2016

February 3, 2016 (1 hour) (Click here for the replay.)

February 10, 2016 (1 hour) (Click here for the replay.)

February 17, 2016 — No show. Tech snafu.

February 24, 2016 (1 hour) (Click here for the replay.)

March 2016

March 2, 2016 (1 hour) (Click here for the replay.)

March 9, 2016 (1 hour) (Click here for the replay.)

March 16, 2016 (~45 min) Fantasy Novels/World Building w/@AlmaAlexander: (Click here for the replay.)

March 23, 2016 (1 hour) On Building Your Creative Business with @Heather_Dakota (Click here for the replay.)

March 30, 2016 (~1 hour) 12 Book Marketing Basics with Beth Barany (Click here for the replay.)

April 2016

April 6, 2016 (1 hour) Time Management for Creatives with PJ Ferguson (Click here for the replay.)

April 13, 2016 (1 hour) Book Production for Novelists (Click here for the replay.)

April 20, 2016 (1 hour) Book Launches for Novelists (Click here for the replay.)

April 27, 2016 (1 hour) Book Campaigns for Novelists (Click here for the replay.)

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Replay for Sept. 28, 2015: Blab chat where I chat about Lisa Cron’s Wired for Story: The Writer’s Guide to Using Brain science to Hook Readers from the Very First Sentence

 


Replay for Sept. 29, 2015: Blab chat where I continue chatting about Lisa Cron’s Wired for Story: The Writer’s Guide to Using Brain science to Hook Readers from the Very First Sentence

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Replay for Sept. 30, 2015: Blab chat where I continue chatting about Lisa Cron’s Wired for Story: The Writer’s Guide to Using Brain science to Hook Readers from the Very First Sentence, and have a guest writing coach, Catharine Bramkamp, authors Carol Malone and Jacqui Murray

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Replay for Oct. 1, 2015: Blab chat where I continue chatting about Lisa Cron’s Wired for Story: The Writer’s Guide to Using Brain science to Hook Readers from the Very First Sentence

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Replay for Oct. 2, 2015: Blab chat where I continue chatting about Lisa Cron’s Wired for Story: The Writer’s Guide to Using Brain science to Hook Readers from the Very First Sentence

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Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015 Broadcast: Beth Barany and Carol Malone and guests chatting about writers block, favorite writing resources, and the writers life.


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Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015 Broadcast with Catharine Bramkamp and Beth Barany

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Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015 Broadcast with Catharine Bramkamp and Beth Barany

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Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015: Broadcast with Beth Barany and Carol Malone

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Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015:

Let’s Talk Fiction with Beth Barany and Heather Dakota

This chat was a little different. We opened up the chat to not just novel writing, but fiction in general. We gave away prizes to people who asked questions, and addressed getting started, and other topics about getting to your writing.

About My Guest

Screenshot 2015-12-02 23.47.59Heather Dakota is a children’s book author and illustrator, and she is so much more. She describes herself as “Big-picture Thinker. Marketing Alchemist. Business Midwife. Creatrix for Soul-o-preneurs.” Heather runs the Wise Woman Society and does soulful business coaching. Find out more here: http://www.heatherdakota.com/the-society.html.

She has current courses for support and community in her Wise Women Society. All the details here: http://www.heatherdakota.com/e-courses.html.


Screenshot 2015-12-02 23.47.44Check out her book: I Am…A Guided Journalhttp://amzn.to/1lYRhNK.

You can stay in contact with Heather on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/heatherdakota/.

Newsletter (Muse News…More Muse, Less News): http://www.heatherdakota.com/index.html

If you’re curious about her work as a writer and illustrator coach, with courses (children’s picture books, middle grade, and YA titles, fiction & nonfiction), Heather is opening up shop soon, January 2016: http://www.wildharecreative.com/.

And check out Heather’s current project. She has an Open Call for Writers for Pass the Story: Dreams, Journeys, and Sacred tales. Submission guidelines here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1kZjuT7Wpt1yssd_YeKvAllruLyInTYVVoMfDl-6lFO4.

You can reach Heather directly at heather AT heatherdakota DOT com.

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Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015:

Let’s Talk Editing Fiction with Beth Barany and Catharine Bramkamp

In my weekly live #askaWritingCoach chat this week, Catharine Bramkamp and I chatted about editing your fiction. We talked about the differences between different kinds of editors, having beta readers, critique partners, and writing contests. We also gave away prizes. When you show up live and ask questions, you have a chance to win prizes!

ABOUT CATHARINE BRAMKAMP

Catharine Bramkamp, author.Photo by Deanne Fitzmaurice

Catharine Bramkamp is the co-producer of Newbie Writers Podcast that focuses on newer writers and their concerns. She is a successful writing coach, Chief Storytelling Officer, and author of a dozen books including the Real Estate Diva Mysteries series, and The Future Girls series. She holds two degrees in English, and is an adjunct university professor. After fracturing her wrist, she has figured out there is very little she is able to do with one hand tied behind her back.

You can contact Catharine for editing help via her site, Your Book Starts Here.


More Editing Resources

If you’d to learn how to edit your novel in a structured course with experienced teachers, check out Beth Barany’s Edit Your Novel Bootcamp January 2016. Early Bird Deadline ends Dec. 10, and registration closes Dec. 28, 2015.

 One of the best ways to get feedback on your writing is to enter your manuscript in contests that offer feedback. We have one! Deadline to send in your entries: December 18, 2015. Go here for all the details: Contest for Aspiring Romance Authors.

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Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015:

On Editing Fiction with Beth Barany and surprise guest, Dave Strom

In my weekly live #askaWritingCoach chat this week, Dave Strom and I chatted about editing fiction. I shared 3 tips on how and where to start your editing, and shared my thoughts on the secret gift of overwhelm, experienced by many authors, including myself, when faced with edit their novels. We also gave away prizes. When you show up live and ask questions, you have a chance to win prizes.

ABOUT DAVE M. STROM


in his own words:

I, Dave M. Strom, am a technical writer, comic book geek, and budding novelist and short story writer. So far, I specialize in bringing to life Holly Hansson, the Super(wo)man who’d rather be Clark Kent. She’s a writer also.

Writer’s Fun Zone articles by and about Dave Strom.

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Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015:

On Writing Retreats + Writing Conferences with Beth Barany and special guest, Catharine Bramkamp

In my weekly live #askaWritingCoach chat this week, Catharine Bramkamp and I chatted about writing retreats and conferences, their differences, and how to prepare your own cheap writing retreat. We also gave away prizes. Catharine gave away 2 digital copies of her book, Cheap Retreat Workbook by Catharine Bramkamp. (See below.) I gave away one digital copy each of my books, Twitter for Authors, and A Cupcake Christmas. When you show up live and ask questions, you have a chance to win prizes!

ABOUT CHEAP RETREAT WORKBOOK by Catharine Bramkamp

The Cheap Retreat Workbook: What I learned creating and attending my own Cheap Retreat by Catharine Bramkamp

The Cheap Retreat Workbook: What I learned creating and attending my own Cheap Retreat by Catharine Bramkamp

Do you long for a writing retreat? Do you read about renewal retreats, exotic retreats, artistic retreats, silent retreats and think — if only I could attend this spa/famous writer retreat in Taos/Bahamas/Thailand, I would be able to really write my novel/screenplay/ poetry collection/thank you notes for the gifts from my most recent wedding?

Does the idea of a luxury writing retreat shine for you like a mirage, the kind of road shimmer you would experience on an hourly basis if you finally did sign up for the Taos retreat but had to drive there from Vancouver to save money?

I have those same feelings. I longed to go on a retreat, to indulge in a get-away, I wanted to discover THE place that would engender effortless creativity and production; the perfect location where I could finally write!

I saved announcements for fabulous retreats led by writers and coaches I admired. I unearthed books on women’s retreats, I sent away for instructions on how to have the perfect retreat.

Much of the literature and advice involved a trip to the beach or to the mountains.

However, I know myself well enough to understand that a book (Okay, like this one) about retreats or a brochure filled with photos and promises would end up as another excuse to spend precious time planning, strategizing and making lists of what to wear.

What I really needed was to spend all that precious planning time working on writing and saving my money for frivolous stuff like groceries. This is how I did it.

You can look inside the book here.

ABOUT CATHARINE BRAMKAMP

Catharine Bramkamp, author.Photo by Deanne Fitzmaurice

Catharine Bramkamp is the co-producer of Newbie Writers Podcast that focuses on newer writers and their concerns. She is a successful writing coach, Chief Storytelling Officer, and author of a dozen books including the Real Estate Diva Mysteries series, and The Future Girls series. She holds two degrees in English, and is an adjunct university professor. After fracturing her wrist, she has figured out there is very little she is able to do with one hand tied behind her back.

You can contact Catharine for editing help via her site, Your Book Starts Here.

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Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015:

On Doing Historical Fiction Research with Beth Barany and special guest, Carol Malone

In my weekly live #askaWritingCoach chat this week, Carol Malone and I chatted about tips for doing research for historical fiction. We also gave away prizes. Catharine gave away a copy of her novel, Fight Card Romance: Ladies Night, and one of its sequel, Fight Card Romance: Ladies Night Christmas: A Short Story. (See below.) I gave away one digital copy each of my books, Twitter for Authors, and A Cupcake Christmas. When you show up live and ask questions, you have a chance to win prizes!


Fight club Los Angeles, 1954 … Gangsters, crime, boxing – and romance …

Jimmy Doherty, a hard-luck orphan from the south side of Chicago, was mentored in the sweet science of boxing by Father Tim Brophy, the Battling Priest of St. Vincent’s Asylum for Boys. Jimmy’s fists were good enough to take him to LA where he has begun his rise up the local fight-cards. He has big plans to be a contender and even bigger plans for Lindy – his trainer’s only daughter, who’s sweeter than apple pie and harder to resist.

But when Lindy is arrested for killing a boxer with ties to gangster Mickey Cohen, Jimmy is forced to join forces with the arresting detective – who would like to do much more with Lindy than put her in handcuffs – in a desperate search for the real killer.

Love can be murder – in the ring and out …


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Christmas, 1955 … Hollywood Legion Stadium …

Light heavy-weight champ, Jimmy Doherty is boxing Carlo ‘Toro’ Bassani for the Christmas benefit, even though Jimmy is sure Toro is under the thumb of gangster, Mickey Cohen. He doesn’t know if Toro will deck him with a ‘Sunday punch’ in the first round or flop in the third. Even though Jimmy feels sorry for the pug who has cast his lot with the devil, he isn’t sure if he should give this boxer an early Christmas gift of his self-respect, by forcing him to fight like a man, or let Toro kiss the canvas.

Jimmy’s bride, Lindy Doherty, is front row center where she always is when he fights. Not many dames would stay in their man’s corner consistently cheering him on. She’s taking in the action and praying her husband won’t get his head handed to him on a Christmas platter. While waiting to watch Jimmy duke it out in the center ring, she and her six month old son, Patrick, along with her two Precious Roses, meet the brightest star in the Hollywood Christmas sky.

Can Jimmy retain his light heavy-weight title and keep a fellow boxer from accidentally “falling” off the San Pedro Pier? And what is Lindy’s special Christmas gift for Jimmy?


 

ABOUT CAROL MALONE

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For award winning author, Carol Malone, living with passion means discovering what you’re good at and doing what you love. Happiest when she’s painting word pictures, her passion is cranking out sweet, tender stories both in the contemporary and Noir genres.

 

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Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016:

On Independent Publishing with Beth Barany and special surprise guest, YA Fantasy author Andrea Buginsky

In my weekly live #askaWritingCoach chat this week, Andrea Buginsky and I chatted about the how, what, why of independent book publishing. We also gave away prizes. Andrea gave away one of her YA fantasies. (See below.) I gave away one digital copy of one of my books, Twitter for Authors, or A Cupcake Christmas. When you show up live and ask questions, you have a chance to win prizes!


ABOUT ANDREA BUGINSKY

Andrea Buginsky, AuthorAndrea Buginsky is a freelance writer with a BA in Mass Communication-Journalism from the University of South Florida. She has always wanted to be a published writer, and decided to try to write fantasy books for teens. The Chosen is her first book, and was released on December 14, 2010, to her delight. She now has two young adult fantasy series.

Andrea has written five more books since:

  • Nature’s Unbalance (The Chosen, #2)
  • Striker’s Apprentice (The Chosen, #3)
  • Destiny (New Avalon, #1)
  • Fate (New Avalon, # 2)
  • My Open Heart, an autobiography of growing up with heart disease

She is currently writing the third book in the New Avalon series.

Andrea lives in Kansas with her family, which includes her two precious puppies.

Visit Andrea on her website at http://andreabuginsky.com/.


ABOUT Destiny (New Avalon, #1)

Destiny (New Avalon, #1) by Andrea BuginskyConstantly teased and taunted by the popular girls, Elena Baxter desperately wants to fit in.

On her sweet sixteenth, she receives two shocking gifts: telekinesis and the surprising truth about her heritage.

With high hopes that things will be different now, Elena returns to school to find that nothing has changed. Only this time her hurt feelings and frustration boil into something even she cannot understand.

When her powers explode, chaos ensues and she learns that her new ability is greater than she ever desired. As she learns to control her powers, Elena discovers there’s so much more to her heritage than she ever imagined.

Available
Amazon
Barnes & Noble


Some Resources Mentioned in this Show

Elizabeth Mackey, Graphic Designer
Ezra Barany, Cover Designer & Book Producer

More resources on publishing including a free report and audios.

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Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016:

On the Secrets of Writing Fiction with Beth Barany and special guest, urban Fantasy author Irene Radford

In my weekly live #askaWritingCoach chat this week, Irene Radford and I chatted about writing, inspiration, publishing, researching genealogy and more. We also gave away prizes. Irene gave away one of her recently re-published urban fantasies. (See below.) I gave away one digital copy of one of my books, Twitter for Authors, or A Cupcake Christmas. When you show up live and ask questions, you have a chance to win prizes!


ABOUT IRENE RADFORD

pub photoIrene Radford has been writing stories ever since she figured out what a pencil was for. A member of an endangered species—a native Oregonian who lives in Oregon—she and her husband make their home in Welches, Oregon where deer, bears, coyotes, hawks, owls, and woodpeckers feed regularly on their back deck.

A museum trained historian, Irene has spent many hours prowling pioneer cemeteries deepening her connections to the past. Raised in a military family she grew up all over the US and learned early on that books are friends that don’t get left behind with a move. Her interests and reading range from ancient history, to spiritual meditations, to space stations, and a whole lot in between.
Mostly Irene writes fantasy and historical fantasy including the best-selling Dragon Nimbus Series. In other lifetimes she writes urban fantasy as P.R. Frost or Phyllis Ames, and space opera as C.F. Bentley. Later this year she ventures into Steampunk as someone else.


ABOUT HARMONY

Radford-Harmony200x300A spiritual journey, with a literary twist, in a space opera landscape.

Harmony, a new utopia for space-faring humans. Or is it a thinly disguised tyranny locked into a rigid caste system, slavery by another name?

Either way, xenophobic Harmony holds the secret to Badger Metal, a unique ceramic metal alloy that protects people from the radiation and hard vacuum of space.

Sissy grew up Worker Caste on the planet Harmony, her only hope for survival is to remain unnoticed, hiding her full array of seven caste marks. A devastating quake appears to be a major temper tantrum by the goddess Harmony. Sissy sings the planet, and her goddess back to benign quiet. This one act throws her into the role of High Priestess. Then she discovers she is the only one who can prevent her world from falling out of harmony into chaos.

Jake has reinvented himself from wild pilot, to spy for the Confederated Star Systems, to Sissy’s bodyguard while he hunts for the precious formula for Badger Metal. Can he find it and protect Sissy from outraged priests who fear change more than death, before civil war, and invasion, bury them all?

Originally published by DAW (2008). Republished with a new cover.

Available at Bookview Cafe | Amazon | iTunes


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Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016:

Let’s Talk Creative Flow + Saboteurs with Beth Barany and Heather Dakota

In my weekly live #askaWritingCoach chat this week, Heather Dakota and I chatted about creative flow, dealing with inner saboteurs, like procrastination, overwhelm, and comparing. We also gave away prizes. Heather gave away a manuscript consultation to a lucky winner! I gave away one digital copy of one of my books, Twitter for Authors, or A Cupcake Christmas. When you show up live and ask questions, you have a chance to win prizes!

About My Guest

Heather Dakota I'm a big-picture thinker, marketing alchemist, business midwife, and Creatrix of Wise Woman Alchemy. See more at http://www.heatherdakota.com

Heather Dakota I’m a big-picture thinker, marketing alchemist, business midwife, and Creatrix of Wise Woman Alchemy. See more at http://www.heatherdakota.com

Heather Dakota is a children’s book author and illustrator, and she is so much more. She describes herself as “Big-picture Thinker. Marketing Alchemist. Business Midwife. Creatrix for Soul-o-preneurs.” Heather runs the Wise Woman Society and does soulful business coaching. Find out more here: http://www.heatherdakota.com/the-society.html.

She has current courses for support and community in her Wise Women Society. All the details here: http://www.heatherdakota.com/e-courses.html.


Screenshot 2015-12-02 23.47.44Check out her book: I Am…A Guided Journalhttp://amzn.to/1lYRhNK.

You can stay in contact with Heather on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/heatherdakota/.

Newsletter (Muse News…More Muse, Less News): http://www.heatherdakota.com/index.html

And check out Heather’s current project. She has an Open Call for Writers for Pass the Story: Dreams, Journeys, and Sacred tales. Submission guidelines here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1kZjuT7Wpt1yssd_YeKvAllruLyInTYVVoMfDl-6lFO4.

You can reach Heather directly at heather AT heatherdakota DOT com.


 

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Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016:

On Live Event Launches for Your Book with Beth Barany and Tracee Lydia Garner

In my weekly live #askaWritingCoach chat this week, Tracee Lydia Garner and I chatted about live events to launch your novel, including theme, costs, who to invite, and where to host the event. We also touched on online events like Facebook parties and on-video events, like Blab! We also gave away prizes. Tracee gave away a $15 Amazon gift card to a lucky winner! I gave away one digital copy of one of my books, Twitter for Authors, or A Cupcake Christmas. When you show up live and ask questions, you have a chance to win prizes!

About Tracee Lydia Garner

Tracee Lydia Garner, Author

Tracee Lydia Garner, Author

A Virginia native, Tracee Lydia Garner is the winner of the BET First Time Writer’s Contest for her story “Family Affairs,” published in the All That & Then Some anthology (2001). Tracee’s fifth novel, Anchored Hearts, was released in March 2015. Tracee teaches novel and romance novel writing at the local college and works for a social services agency. Diagnosed at the age of two years old, Tracee has Muscular Dystrophy and uses a wheelchair.

ABOUT ANCHORED HEARTS

 Anchored Hearts Kindle Edition by Tracee Lydia Garner

Anchored Hearts Kindle Edition by Tracee Lydia Garner

Allots Baxter, a women’s shelter director, discovers a precious child has been left behind at her center, she never expected threats to ensue that beg her to keep the child safe or suffer fatal consequences. As if things weren’t turbulent enough, Cole Parker, her old flame returns to find out if second chances truly exist. But a deadly secret threatens any chance at love or family.

Anchored Hearts Book Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QS0NJ86lDEM

Connect with Tracee

Website: www.Teegarner.com
Twitter: @Teegarner
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TraceeLydiaGarner

Resources for Launching Your Own Event

LAUNCH PARTY 4 Part Series: http://teegarner.com/2015/04/04/the-author-launch-party-plan-part-2-of-4/

Shauna West: $50 dollar Home Makeover Book Launch Party: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T9axgOTWZWY

How to Throw a Book Release Party: Kelsye Nelson Feat/ Scott James from Writer.ly: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2NNbxagfXVE

Party Supplies

Oriental Trading: www.orientaltrading.com
Smarty Had a Party: smartyhadaparty.com

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Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016:

On Writer’s Health with Beth Barany and PJ Sharon

In my weekly live #askaWritingCoach chat this week, PJ Sharon and I chatted about stretches, good posture, and did desk exercises. We also gave away prizes. PJ Sharon gave away either a copy of her book, Overcome Your Sedentary Lifestyle (A Practical Guide to Improving Health, Fitness, and Well-being for Desk Dwellers and Couch Potatoes), or one of her YA novels to a lucky winner! I gave away one digital copy of one of my books, Twitter for Authors, or A Cupcake Christmas. When you show up live and ask questions, you have a chance to win prizes!

Check out her “Ergonomics 101 for Writers and Desk Dwellers” article on Writer’s Fun Zone here.: http://www.writersfunzone.com/blog/2016/01/26/ergonomics-101-for-writers-and-desk-dwellers-by-pj-sharon/.

ABOUT PJ Sharon

PJs2015BioPic5In addition to authoring award winning young adult novels, PJ Sharon owns ABSolute Fitness and Therapeutic Bodywork, in East Granby, CT. With over twenty-five years in the health and fitness industry as a Physical Therapist Assistant, Massage Therapist, Personal Trainer, and Yoga Instructor, Ms. Sharon finally wrote the holistic living, self-help guide book all her clients have been asking for. Check it out: Overcome Your Sedentary Lifestyle (A Practical Guide to Improving Health, Fitness, and Well-being for Desk Dwellers and Couch Potatoes).

ABOUT Overcome Your Sedentary Lifestyle

Overcome your Sedentary Lifestyle (Black & White): A Practical Guide to Improving Health, Fitness, and Well-being for Desk Dwellers and Couch Potatoes by PJ Sharon

Is a sedentary lifestyle killing you? Are you gaining weight, developing neck pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, back problems, or other health issues that are interfering with your ability to achieve your goals or live life to the fullest?

Sedentary Lifestyle Syndrome (SLS) ™ is one of the fastest growing health care crises of our time.

In this digital age of techno-overload, where most of our waking hours are spent sitting, or otherwise “connected” to some device, we are quickly realizing the negative effects.

If you can answer yes to the following questions, you may be suffering from SLS.

• Do you sit for at least 6-8 hours per day without adequate breaks?

• Have you gained significant weight from lack of exercise and poor nutrition?

• Do you suffer from headaches, fatigue, listlessness, and lack of motivation?

• Have you been diagnosed with one or more health issues aggravated by prolonged sitting and lack of movement? (i.e.: Obesity, depression, heart disease, diabetes, metabolic syndrome)

Overcome Your Sedentary Lifestyle is the practical guide you need. Author and Holistic Health Care professional, PJ Sharon, includes tips to keep you healthy—even if sitting is in your job description. Ms. Sharon offers easy to implement solutions for proper work station set-up, exercises for injury prevention and treatment, and a practical plan for self-care success—whether you’re perched on the couch, or on the way to fulfilling your dreams. Isn’t it time for you to stand up for your life? Also available in full color print.

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Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016:

On Creative Adaptation with Beth Barany and Kristen Caven

In my weekly live #askaWritingCoach chat this week, Kristen Caven and I chatted about about the challenges of working cross-platform and the joys of creative exploration, collaboration, and conversation about the multitude of technologies we have at our fingertips. We also gave away prizes. Kristen gave away a copy of one of her books to a lucky winner! I gave away one digital copy of one of my books, Twitter for Authors, or A Cupcake Christmas. When you show up live and ask questions, you have a chance to win prizes! We reward action over here.

About Kristen Caven

Kristen Caven, Author, CreativeKristen Caven is a multi-disciplinary creative who works in a variety of genres and media. Her most recent novel, The Souls of Her Feet, has been developed through a series of adaptations: an opera, a musical, a blook (blogged book), and an interactive ebook. In this interview she talks about the challenges of working cross-platform and the joys of creative exploration, collaboration, and conversation about the multitude of technologies we have at our fingertips.

Visit Kristen’s website to explore her adventures in what she calls “The Liberal Arts.” Far from being a libertine, she brings her keen sensibilities and innovative production values to everything she touches. Follow her on social media for updates on her upcoming expressions — be they a reading group, water ballet, lyric video, travel blog, lecture, or shoe salon.

www.kristencaven.com

www.thesoulsofherfeet.com

ABOUT THE SOULS OF HER FEET

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Why is it that nice girls get walked all over?

Sweet Ashley St. Helens is searching for the self-esteem, dignity and confidence that her parents raised her with, and longing for freedom, love, and a scholarship.

However, her “fairytale life” with her stepfamily keeps her overworked, overwhelmed, and stressed out, and she misses her mom and dad.

When her eccentric godmother/godfather/godwhatever shows up, reality begins to feel magical.

A soul-and-body makeover empowers Ashley and puts her in touch with her inner awesomeness—just in time for prom.

The Souls of Her Feet gives fresh insight into our beloved, classic tale of transformation, finding evil in alcoholism, magic in fashion, and morality in tidiness, with delicious detail about dangerous cleaning products, 21st century clutter, and vintage footwear.

Readers of all ages will relate to this teen with too many AP classes and a complicated, contemporary blended family, and find themselves swept up in the combat waltz between human rights vs. narcissism that swirls around the heroine.

In finding just the right the balance between being passive and assertive, Ashley teaches those around her to be more responsible and empathetic … and of course — wearing just the right shoes — she finds romance and true love!

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Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016:

On Fear, Perfectionism, Writer’s Block with Beth Barany

In my weekly live #askaWritingCoach chat this week, I shared about Fear, Perfectionism, and Writer’s Block, and answered questions. I offered up two digital gifts this week — Gargoyle: Three Enchanting Romance Novellas and The Writer’s Adventure Guide: 12 Stages to Writing Your Book, a self-coaching guide to help you get writing. When you show up live and ask questions, you have a chance to win prizes! We reward action over here.

ABOUT BETH BARANY

Beth.Barany_MG_6971_500x500Creativity Coach for Writers and Certified Master NLP Practitioner, Beth Barany helps genre novelists write, publish, and market their novels. She’s a book midwife and helps you inspire the world with your books. Get to know Beth and how she could support you at her site www.BethBarany.com.


ABOUT THE WRITER’S ADVENTURE GUIDE

The Writer's Adventure Guide: 12 Stages to Writing Your Book by Beth Barany

A Self-Coaching Guide to Writing Your Book Considered by writers to be a spiritual guide to writing your book from an experienced author and coach.

A home study coaching guide and workbook

A Hero’s Journey adaption with you the author as the hero in your own journey/adventure of writing your book

“Beth Barany’s kind, passionate approach to all things writing is such a refreshing change from others that shout ‘Do This’ or ‘Read My Book’.” — Sharon Hamilton, bestselling romance author

“It’s like having a writing coach at your side.” — Stephanie Beeby, author & coach

Do you have a book inside you that can’t find its way out?

Are you having trouble even getting started on your book writing journey?

The Writer’s Adventure Guide helps you step off into the unknown of a writing project and see it through to its destination — from the first exciting flash of an idea to that dark moment when you think you’ll never write a decent paragraph again.

This 164-page guide gives you tips and tools for keeping an eye on your inner landscape so you can achieve your goal of writing a book.

In 12 clear, organized steps, find out how you can:
— Build confidence in your writing instincts
— Forge a clear path from inspiration to completion
— Learn how to write the book while living your active life
— Delight in the creative adventure, both its ups and downs
— Complete your novel or nonfiction book

What this book is not: A guide to craft.


ABOUT GARGOYLE: THREE ENCHANTING ROMANCE NOVELLAS by Beth Barany, Kay Keppler, Patricia Simpson

Gargoyle: Three Enchanting Romance Novellas by Beth Barany, Kay Keppler, and Patricia Simpson

The mysterious lives of gargoyles.
They don’t just hang out on buildings.
They right wrongs. They wreak havoc.
And they change the lives of unsuspecting people who never see them coming.

The hero…
Craig knows that Bea is in trouble. But Craig can’t do anything about it—because he’s a garden gargoyle and Bea can’t hear his warnings. When unexpected visitors arrive to help, Craig finds the power he had all along. Now the neighborhood will never be the same.

The touchstone…
When a thunderstorm transports software expert Rose Waldman to thirteenth century France, she meets hunky stonemason Julien, who is secretly creating a gargoyle in defiance of his master mason. Can independent gadget loving Rose trust her life and heart to Julien, and can she really never go home again?

And the freak just trying to get along…
Sentenced to burn at the stake for sorcery, Merofled volunteers to help jaded warrior Alaric kill a gargoyle that threatens her village. But Merofled soon discovers the gargoyle is not a monster at all. It’s a misfit just like her. Can she persuade Alaric to spare the gargoyle–and herself?


Novelists, On Fear, Perfectionism, + Writer's Block #askWritingCoach #square

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016:

On Using Twitter to Build Community with Beth Barany

In my weekly live #askaWritingCoach chat this week, I shared about using Twitter to build community for authors, and answered questions. I offered up two digital gifts this week — Henrietta The Dragon Slayer and Twitter for Authors: Social Media Book Marketing Strategies for Shy Writers. When you show up live and ask questions, you have a chance to win prizes! We reward action over here.

ABOUT BETH BARANY

Beth.Barany_MG_6971_500x500Creativity Coach for Writers and Certified Master NLP Practitioner, Beth Barany helps genre novelists write, publish, and market their novels. She’s a book midwife and helps you inspire the world with your books. Get to know Beth and how she could support you at her site www.BethBarany.com.

ABOUT TWITTER FOR AUTHORS

Twitter for Authors: Social Media Book Marketing Strategies for Shy Writers by Beth Barany
“There’s nothing more tragic to me than a brilliant writer with a distinct voice—and no audience. Twitter for Authors will help you find your tribe, build your platform, and boost your book sales.”
—Mark Malatesta,
Founder of Literary Agent Undercover, and former New York Times Bestselling Literary Agent

“I believe that Twitter is essential for authors and this quick guide will help remove some of that fear you may have about embracing this powerful social network. If you’re looking for an easy primer for getting started, this is it!”
—Stephanie Chandler,
Author of The Nonfiction Book Marketing Plan and Founder of NONFICTIONAUTHORSASSOCIATION.COM

“If you think that social media and online marketing are only for techies, kids, and super-geniuses, Beth is here to help. Twitter For Authors holds your hand and walks you gently through the start-up phase, reassuring you each step of the way. All that’s missing is milk and cookies and it would be just like going to grandma’s house to hear stories about how to expand your platform as an author and sell more books!”
—Bryan Franklin,
Global Top 1% Business Coach for Entrepreneurs

“The vast majority of people on Twitter are just wasting time. Their Twitter activity is not generating significant new sales for their business. In this one-of-a-kind book, Barany provides tactical guidance specifically for fiction authors, designed to expand their reach and further their careers. This is a ‘must read’ for fiction writers navigating the often confusing world of social media.”
—Patrick Schwerdtfeger,
Author of Marketing Shortcuts
for the Self-Employed

“In Twitter for Authors: Social Media Book Marketing Strategies for Shy Writers, Beth Barany has created a valuable resource for writers new to Twitter as well as experienced Twitter users. Short, succinct chapters fit easily into a writer’s busy schedule. The activities at the end of each chapter help the reader apply the knowledge to his or her own life. Readers will come away with a better understanding of what their goals are for using Twitter and how best to achieve those goals in a time efficient manner. All while having fun!”
—Vanessa Kier,
Author of bestselling The Surgical Strike Unit series

Social media book marketing is key to building your author platform and to selling more books.

For many authors, the idea of sharing themselves with the world through Twitter and other social media platforms can be petrifying.

But in Twitter for Authors: Social Media Book Marketing Strategies for Shy Writers, you will discover simple ways to connect with your audience and potential readers.

In this easy-to-read guide, written by a shy writer, novelist and teacher, Beth Barany, you’ll find the confidence and encouragement to step into social media and the how-to steps on what to say, how to find your followers, and how to present yourself in 140 characters or less.

With a focus on Twitter, the author takes you through the principles you need to understand to make this medium useful to your writing career.

Chapters cover such topics as how to:
— Set up your Twitter profile
— Get comfortable with Twitter
— Craft messages to get your potential readers curious
— Build your network on Twitter
— Use special tools like hashtags and chats
— Get examples of what other writers say on Twitter
— Make best use of your Twitter time
— Use Twitter to build your author career even before you’re published

Delivered in 20 short chapters, Twitter for Authors: Social Media Book Marketing Strategies for Shy Writers is designed to be read and then acted upon, so you can build your audience and your author brand today.

“There are many books on marketing your books out there but this is one of the best… I like Twitter for Authors because it has more content than most of its competitors and takes you right from opening your Twitter account to setting up social and writers networks.” — Richard Schwindt


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Wednesday, March 9, 2016:

7 Keys to Author Success for Novelists with Beth Barany

In my weekly live #askaWritingCoach chat this week, I shared 7 keys to author success for novelists, and answered questions. I offered up two digital gifts this week — A Cupcake Christmas (Touchstone #5) and Twitter for Authors: Social Media Book Marketing Strategies for Shy Writers. When you show up live and ask questions, you have a chance to win prizes! We reward action over here.

The 7 keys I discussed are:

  1. Mindset
  2. Grounding
  3. Persistence
  4. Know Your Values/Define Your Own Success
  5. Sacrifice/Pay The Price to do the Work
  6. Good Communication with Yourself
  7. Forgive all the Past Versions of you

I go more in depth for each of these 7 keys gives in the chat. Enjoy!

ABOUT BETH BARANY

Beth.Barany_MG_6971_500x500Creativity Coach for Writers and Certified Master NLP Practitioner, Beth Barany helps genre novelists write, publish, and market their novels. She’s a book midwife and helps you inspire the world with your books. Get to know Beth and how she could support you at her site www.BethBarany.com.


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Wednesday, March 16, 2016:


Fantasy Novels/World Building w/@AlmaAlexander + @Beth_Barany #askaWritingCoach

In my weekly live #askaWritingCoach chat this week, I interviewed fantasy novelist and wonderful lyrical writer, Alma Alexander. She answered questions about writing fantasy and doing world building. She gave away of her latest book, Empress. I offered up two digital gifts this week — A Cupcake Christmas (Touchstone #5) and Twitter for Authors: Social Media Book Marketing Strategies for Shy Writers. When you show up live and ask questions, you have a chance to win prizes! We reward action over here.

ABOUT ALMA ALEXANDER

Alma Alexander, Fantasy Author

Alma Alexander’s life so far has prepared her very well for her chosen career. She was born in a country which no longer exists on the maps, has lived and worked in seven countries on four continents (and in cyberspace!), has climbed mountains, dived in coral reefs, flown small planes, swum with dolphins, touched two-thousand-year-old tiles in a gate out of Babylon. She is a novelist, anthologist and short story writer who currently shares her life between the Pacific Northwest of the USA (where she lives with her husband and two cats) and the wonderful fantasy worlds of her own imagination. You can find out more about Alma on her website (http://www.almaalexander.org/), her Facebook page
(https://www.facebook.com/pages/Alma-Alexander/67938071280) or visit her Patreon page (https://www.patreon.com/AlmaAlexander?ty=h).

New books: The last in the Were Chronicles, Shifter, is now out – and
a brand new lush historical fantasy, Empress.

ABOUT EMPRESS

Empress by Alma Alexander

A whispered prayer on a holy mountain: “Give me the life I was meant to live.”

She understood the passions and the cruelty of men; she knew the despair and the strength of women.

She was born in the gutter, raised on the sands of the Hippodrome arena, grew up with the gritty grim world of chariot racers, animal keepers, and courtesans. Step by step she clawed her way into the
halls of power, and ruled an empire of chaos and triumph and tragedy at the side of the only man who truly appreciated her for what she was.

EMPRESS.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016:


Build a Creative Biz w/ @Heather_Dakota + Host: @Beth_Barany #askaWritingCoach

In my weekly live #askaWritingCoach chat this week, I interviewed Heather on the foundations of building a creative business — space to create and systems — plus answered your questions and gave away her PDF guide, “365 Days to Being Me.”

I offered up two digital gifts this week — A Cupcake Christmas (Touchstone #5) and Twitter for Authors: Social Media Book Marketing Strategies for Shy Writers. When you show up live and ask questions, you have a chance to win prizes! We reward action over here.

ABOUT HEATHER DAKOTA

Heather Dakota, Writing Coach + Wise Woman Maven

Heather Dakota, Writing Coach + Wise Woman Maven

Heather Dakota, medicine woman and visionary of Wise Woman Alchemy, is helping to pioneer a new way of doing business that is more soulful, sacred, and aligned with the Divine in you. She believes we can change the world by changing how we do business. It’s time to shine our lights! More at http://heatherdakota.com/. Heather is also a children’s book writer and illustrator coaching, more at http://www.wildharecreative.com/.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016:


12 Book Marketing Basics with Beth Barany #askaWritingCoach

In my weekly live #askaWritingCoach chat this week I shared 12 book marketing tips and some underlying presuppositions, an overview of many of the topics I’ll cover in my upcoming Branding and Marketing for Novelists 30-day Bootcamp course that starts April 1, 2016.

I offered up two digital gifts this week — A Cupcake Christmas (Touchstone #5) and Twitter for Authors: Social Media Book Marketing Strategies for Shy Writers. When you show up live and ask questions, you have a chance to win prizes! We reward action over here.

Branding + Marketing Bootcamp for Novelists

We’re teaching our Branding and Marketing Course for Genre Novelists:L

April 1-30, 2016

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, March 30, 2016

9pm Pacific/midnight ET 

http://30daywritingchallengefornovelists.bethbarany.com/

Branding & Marketing for Novelists Bootcamp-2016

ABOUT BETH BARANY

Beth.Barany_MG_6971_500x500Creativity Coach for Writers and Certified Master NLP Practitioner, Beth Barany helps genre novelists write, publish, and market their novels. She’s a book midwife and helps you inspire the world with your books. Get to know Beth and how she could support you at her site www.BethBarany.com.

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Wednesday, April 6, 2016:


Time Management with PJ Ferguson and Beth Barany #askaWritingCoach

In my live #askaWritingCoach chat this week, I chatted with PJ Ferguson, founder of the Be Happy Now Club and author of The Shortcut to Happiness. We discussed setting boundaries, time management tools, scheduling, to-do lists, time cycling, and more. And as we do each week, we gave away prizes to those people who showed up live and asked questions.

I offered up two digital gifts this week — A Cupcake Christmas (Touchstone #5) and Writer’s Adventure Guide. PJ gave away a print edition of his book, The Shortcut to Happiness.

When you show up live and ask questions, you have a chance to win prizes! We reward action over here.

THE SHORTCUT TO HAPPINESS

The Shortcut to happiness by PJ Ferguson

From here to happiness in just one step.

Could it be possible?

The Shortcut to Happiness reminds us that joy is a journey –a path — and in just one step you can be on your path of happiness.

Author PJ Ferguson may not have a degree, but he graduated from the school of hard knocks. From his personal struggles with religion, sexuality and suicide, he shares the difficult life lessons he learned so that YOU can find peace and happiness in your life.

In this book, you’ll discover:

  • 5 mind-bending secrets to happiness
  • 10 essential elements of happiness, 7 (or so) self-sabotaging behaviors and how to overcome them
  • 5 super-powerful keys to complete, personal freedom
  • 13 exercises for achieving happiness, today
  • 1 simple shortcut to happiness

Learn about the inner battle we all fight between happiness and unhappiness.

Learn how to WIN that battle and make your dreams of happiness a reality.

Learn how to truly know yourself and tap the amazing potential you have to live a life full of joy, love and peace.

Amazon (Print edition) | Author’s Site (Print and ebook editions)

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016:

Book Production for Self-Publishing Novelists #askaWritingCoach w/ @Beth_Barany

Book Production for Self-Publishing Novelists with @Beth_Barany #askaWritingCoach

In my live #askaWritingCoach chat this week, I shared book production tips for self-publishing novelists. I answered questions and shared resources. And as I do each week, I gave away prizes to those people who showed up live and asked questions.

I offered up a choice of three digital gifts this week and picked two winners. Congratulations!A Cupcake Christmas (Touchstone #5), Twitter for Authors: Social Media Book Marketing Strategies for Shy Writers, Henrietta The Dragon Slayer (Book 1).

When you show up live and ask questions, you have a chance to win prizes! We reward action over here.

Free Gifts

I offered to everyone who can to the show today and to you who get the link to the archives:

Free Gifts for Writers.

Enjoy!

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016:

 

Book Launches for Novelists -- Live Chat --#askawritingcoach with @Beth_Barany

Book Launches for Novelists with @Beth_Barany #askaWritingCoach

In my live #askaWritingCoach chat this week, I shared book launch tips for self-publishing novelists. I answered questions and shared resources. And as I do each week, I gave away prizes to those people who showed up live and asked questions.

I offered up a choice of three digital gifts this week and picked two winners. Congratulations!Touchstone Series, Books 1-4 by Beth Barany, Twitter for Authors: Social Media Book Marketing Strategies for Shy Writers, Henrietta The Dragon Slayer (Book 1).

When you show up live and ask questions, you have a chance to win prizes! We reward action over here.

Upcoming Course

7
Ready to actively market your novel?

Join our “Book Launches and Campaigns for Novelists Bootcamp” May 1-31, 2016.

Registration is now open!
http://bit.ly/30daywritingchallenge.

Enjoy!

If the video doesn’t play, click over to Beth Barany’s Blab channel here.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016:

 

Book Campaigns for Novelists with @Beth_Barany #askaWritingCoach

In my live #askaWritingCoach chat this week, I shared book campaigns tips for self-publishing novelists. I answered questions and shared resources. And as I do each week, I gave away prizes to those people who showed up live and asked questions.

I offered up a choice of two digital gifts this week and picked two winners. Congratulations! — Twitter for Authors: Social Media Book Marketing Strategies for Shy Writers; and, Henrietta The Dragon Slayer (Book 1).

When you show up live and ask questions, you have a chance to win prizes! We reward action over here.

Upcoming Course

7
Ready to actively market your novel?

Join our “Book Launches and Campaigns for Novelists Bootcamp” May 1-31, 2016.

Registration is now open!
http://bit.ly/30daywritingchallenge.

Enjoy!

If the video doesn’t play, click over to Beth Barany’s Blab channel here.

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