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Cops and Writers with Patrick O'Donnell, Ep 187

Cops and Writers with Patrick O'Donnell, Ep 187

Patrick O'Donnell is a self-published author and full-time police sergeant in one of the largest police departments in the United States. He has over 24 years of experience and has worked a variety of assignments ranging from undercover work, robbery details, vice squads, violent crime task forces, and served as the incident commander for multiple officer-involved shooting investigations. He currently works as a consultant to authors and screenwriters on police procedure.

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Hyper Creativity with GP James, Ep 185

Hyper Creativity with GP James, Ep 185

GP James is a writer and music creator living in Los Angeles. He has written four screenplays, two novels, and several volumes of poetry. His novels have been edited by Richard Marek, publisher and editor of Silence of the Lambs, The Bourne Identity, and countless other bestsellers. James has also worked as a music producer, sound mixer, and recording engineer for Snoop Dogg, Amy Winehouse, Patti LaBelle, and many other award-winning artists, television shows and feature films.


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Getting a movie deal for your book with Michael Bunker, Ep 183

Getting a movie deal for your book with Michael Bunker, Ep 183

Michael Bunker is a USA Today bestselling author of fiction and non-fiction books. He was born in Lubbock, Texas and his family moved around a bit until finally returning to live in his beloved Texas when he was 14 where he went to high school in Odessa and then college at Texas Tech University. After marrying his wife Danielle and entering the business world, they left it all in 1998 to start a small sustenance farm in West Texas so Michael could write. In 2005 the family (now of 6!) moved to Central Texas and started a completely off-grid farm. Michael writes from a small office on his farm that is powered by solar power and occasionally a generator. His breakthrough bestselling novel was The Pennsylvania Omnibus, for which he sold his first film option, followed by the bestselling Amish Scifi thriller Brother, Frank.


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WPC-092 - Writing Your Own Stunts with John L Monk

WPC-092 - Writing Your Own Stunts with John L Monk

John L. Monk lives in Virginia, USA, with his wife, Dorothy. A writer with a degree in cultural anthropology, he boldly does the dishes, roots out evil wherever it lurks, and writes his own stunts.


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WPC-091 - Scifi Legend Larry Niven

WPC-091 - Scifi Legend Larry Niven

Larry Niven has written science fiction and fantasy for more than 52 years, and is the multiple Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author of the Ringworld series, along with many other science fiction masterpieces.


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WPC-084 - Soulful PR with Janet Murray

WPC-084 - Soulful PR with Janet Murray

Janet Murray helps businesses and brands get press coverage in newspapers, magazines and on radio and TV. She has 15 years’ experience writing and editing for national newspapers and magazines. 


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WPC-081 - The Writing Life with Mark Lefebvre

WPC-081 - The Writing Life with Mark Lefebvre

Mark Leslie Lefebvre is a writer (horror, non-fiction paranormal, thrillers), editor (speculative fiction anthologies) and bookseller (most recently Director of Self-Publishing & Author Relations at Kobo where he heads up the Kobo Writing Life team). The easiest way to define Mark is as an all around Book Nerd. 


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WPC-080 - The Fascinating Life of Arnold Logan

WPC-080 - The Fascinating Life of Arnold Logan

Arnold Logan was born in North Toronto. He went from boarding school in England to working on Southern Ontario dairy farms, from fiberglass factories to horseback riding with the King of Nepal. He studied at Innis College, University of Toronto, and lived abroad for many years. Springtime in Lawrence Park is his first novel. 


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WPC-078 - Hollywood Stunts & Beating Cancer with Mark Chavarria

WPC-078 - Hollywood Stunts & Beating Cancer with Mark Chavarria

Being a Hollywood stunt man is dangerous work. Every day you face challenges that could lead to you or someone else being injured. So it takes a lot of physical and mental discipline to do it at the professional level—and there is no amateur level. Mark Chavarria has been a professional stunt man for years, appearing in some of the best known intellectual properties around—from 'Inception' to 'Iron Man' to 'Sons of Anarchy.' He's traded blows with Chuck Norris, Robert DeNiro, and Billy Bob Thornton. But his biggest battle was against the cancer that threatened his life. In this episode, you'll learn how he won that fight.


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WPC-077 - Writing to Market with Chris Fox

WPC-077 - Writing to Market with Chris Fox

Anyone who has ever wanted to write books for a living has faced the question of genre. Some people just know instinctively what they want to write, but even with that question settled they may still struggle with the best way to reach and build their audience and their revenue stream. Author Christ Fox dealt with these issues as well, and even though he knew exactly what he wanted to write, he quickly discovered that even readers in his genre might not want to read his work. So he became more targeted, and soon learned to write for the market. He shares some of that insight in this interview. 


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WPC-075 - Exploding Your Author Platform with Jonny Andrews

WPC-075 - Exploding Your Author Platform with Jonny Andrews

The very first piece of advice any entrepreneur or author gets, when it comes to marketing, is "Build your mailing list." Ask the wise advisor how to do that, though, and you're likely to get a string of overly complicated answers that are more or less a dodge. Because for all the wisdom of the advice, the actionable steps to accomplish building a mailing list are really up to the user. That's one reason why Jonny Andrews built Author Platform Rocket. This service uses highly targeted advertising to help funnel people onto a mailing list. It's the first service of its kind, and it's going to change the game for authors. Listen in on this Wordslinger Podcast interview to hear the full story.


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WPC-074 - Unconventional Marketing with Melissa Burch

WPC-074 - Unconventional Marketing with Melissa Burch

Melissa Burch is the author of My Journey Through War and Peace: Explorations of a Young Filmmaker, Feminist and Spiritual Seeker. She's also a filmmaker, producer and war journalist. Her team was one of the first documentary crews in the Soviet Union at the height of the Cold War. A story about her in Afghanistan was featured in The New York Times. In this episode of the Wordslinger Podcast, Kevin and Melissa talk about her work, her history, and the unconventional ways in which she is marketing her book.


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WPC-073 - Living Well with Roland Denzel

WPC-073 - Living Well with Roland Denzel

Feeling good is the kind of thing we never quite think about. We get so busy building our careers, trying to be more productive, trying to balance work against family life—we can sometimes forget that our bodies are part of the equation. Roland Denzel realized this years ago, and he's been sharing everything he learns about eating better, getting fit, and living well. This episode takes a look at some of Roland's philosophy, so that you can start feeling better right now.


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WPC-072 - Writing for Comics with Nick Macari

WPC-072 - Writing for Comics with Nick Macari

Comic books are big business, especially with the recent flood of movies from Marvel and DC alike. Writing for comics has been the dream of many, but finding a guide for helping writers hone their craft and produce work that makes the industry take notice has been challenging. Nick Macari has literally written the book on writing for comics and graphic novels, and in this episode of the Wordslinger Podcast he shares what he's learned from decades in the business.


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WPC-071 - The Empire of Simon Whistler

WPC-071 - The Empire of Simon Whistler

There's a saying that goes "If you want to really learn something, teach it." Simon Whistler knows that truism first hand, as his Rocking Self Publishing Podcast has helped thousands of budding authors learn the biz right alongside Simon himself. But his entrepreneurial growth doesn't stop there. Simon is on to conquering book narration and YouTube, just as a start. This episode of the Wordslinger Podcast dives into the growing empire of Simon Whistler. 


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WPC-070 - Sports fiction with J.D. Dudycha

WPC-070 - Sports fiction with J.D. Dudycha

There's nothing that lends itself to metaphor more than sports, especially in America. We pepper our language with sports terminology—from referring to an easy success as a "slam dunk" to telling a repeat offender they're on their "third strike." Sports are a complex part of the language we use to describe our lives. Which may be why author J.D. Dudycha gravitated towards sports as a common theme in his work. In this episode of the Wordslinger Podcast, J.D. talks about his current books and his upcoming plans.


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WPC-069 - Writing fantasy with Garrett Robinson

WPC-069 - Writing fantasy with Garrett Robinson

For some people, just having a writing career is fantasy enough. For Garrett Robinson, being a bestselling fantasy author was just part of the story—and the rest involves a growing career on YouTube as well as heading the fantasy arm of Sterling & Stone. Garrett has some great advice for the will-be author and the will-be YouTuber alike. Tune in to learn how to make fantasy become your new reality.


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WPC-068 - Happening to your career with Scott Barlow

WPC-068 - Happening to your career with Scott Barlow

Some people. They just can't let other folks toil in misery. And that's Scott Barlow, to a T. Scott sees lots of ways that all of us can have the exact career we're after. Who wants to go to a job they hate every day? Is that just how it is? Scott says no. And in this episode of the Wordslinger Podcast he shares with you exactly how to happen to your career. 


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WPC-067 - Speculative Fiction with S. Evan Townsend

WPC-067 - Speculative Fiction with S. Evan Townsend

S. Evan Townsend writes in a universe that is an interesting blend of science fiction and noir detective stories—pulp fiction meets nuts and bolts scifi. He's also a host for the Speculative Fiction Cantina, chatting with other authors about their work and helping to introduce readers to new books by authors they'll love. In this episode of the Wordslinger Podcast, Kevin talks to Townsend about his work, about the meaning of Speculative Fiction, and about the future of the genre.


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WPC-066 - Happy Writers with Joey Tuccio

WPC-066 - Happy Writers with Joey Tuccio

Stage32.com is the world’s largest social network and educational hub for film, television and theater creatives, with close to 500,000 film, TV and theater professionals in the Stage 32 community. The Stage 32 Happy Writers offers one-on-one online pitch and written pitch sessions, screenwriting coverage, consultations with executives, and education through classes and labs. On this episode, Kevin talks with Joey Tuccio, who says Happy Writers was founded, at least in part, because he saw the struggle his mother and other creatives went through to get their work in front of the right people. Listen in to learn some insider information about building a creative writing career. 


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