The Rebel Author Podcast
060 How to Write a Synopsis with Michelle Somers

060 How to Write a Synopsis with Michelle Somers

November 18, 2020

Episode Show Notes

In this episode we cover: 

  • Why you need a synopsis even if you’re not pursuing traditional publishing
  • Common mistakes when writing a synopsis
  • How to get the right balance of information in your synopsis
  • Tips for retaining your voice
  • The structure of a good synopsis

This week’s question is: What one thing do you want to achieve by the end of the year?

Recommendation of the week is: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Kobo

Amazon UK

Amazon USA

Links I mentioned are: 

The Senses Course Launch 

Story Bundle

Find out more about Michelle on:

Website, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram

Read Simply Synopsis

Get her FREE cheat sheet here.

CHARACTERISATION THROUGH NARRATION 2 hour online workshop through the Queensland Writer’s Centre

Inhouse 4-week intensive workshops – practical based with feedback – bookings for 2021

 

Listener Rebel of the Week is: Victoria LK Williams

If you’d like to be a Rebel of the week please do send in your story, it can be any kind of rebellion. You can email your rebel story to rebelauthorpodcast@gmail.com or tweet me @rebelauthorpod

If you’d like to support the show, and get early access to all the episodes as well as bonus content you can from as little as $2 a month by visiting: www.patreon.com/sachablack

059 How to Write a Book in 5 Days with Scott King

059 How to Write a Book in 5 Days with Scott King

November 11, 2020

Episode Show Notes 

In this episode we cover:

  • The mindset you need to write fast
  • Mistakes in trying to write fast
  • How to prepare for writing fast
  • Tips for outlining
  • How to get over stumbling blocks when you write fast

This week’s question is: Is writing fast important or not in the current publishing climate?

Recommendation of the week is: Dear Writer Are you in Burnout by Becca Syme

Kobo

Apple

Amazon UK

Amazon USA

Links I mentioned are:

The Senses Course Launch  

Story Bundle

Find out more about Scott on:

Twitter - @ScottKing

Instagram - @KingScottKing

Website

Amazon Author Page

 

Listener Rebel of the Week is: M.J. Moores

If you’d like to be a Rebel of the week please do send in your story, it can be any kind of rebellion. You can email your rebel story to rebelauthorpodcast@gmail.com or tweet me @rebelauthorpod

If you’d like to support the show, and get early access to all the episodes as well as bonus content you can from as little as $2 a month by visiting: www.patreon.com/sachablack

 

This Show is Sponsored by ProWritingAid

Find out more about ProWritingAid here.

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058 How to Write Dialogue with Jeff Elkins

058 How to Write Dialogue with Jeff Elkins

November 4, 2020

Episode Show Notes 

In this episode we cover:

  • The most important elements when creating dialogue
  • Mistakes to avoid when writing dialogue
  • How to use psychology to help improve your dialogue
  • How to differentiate character’s dialogue
  • How to manage a big cast of characters and all their different ways of speaking
  • What monomouth is and how to get rid of it

This week’s question is: What character/book or movie’s dialogue do you like best?

Recommendation of the week is: Nail Your Novel: Writing Characters Who’ll Keep Readers Captivated by Roz Morris

Kobo

Apple

Amazon UK

Amazon USA

Links I mentioned are:

The Senses Course Launch

Story Bundle

Dialogue Doctor Discount

Jeff is also giving listeners a discount on his services. His 1-hour chapter session is typically $99. If you include the name of my podcast when you register, he’ll give you 25% off. Register here

Search for "Writer’s Well" in your podcasters and look for Episode 138 where Rachael and J discuss Jeff and the help he gave J with his dialogue

Find out more about Jeff on:

Website

Twitter

Facebook

Jeff had some recommendations for books and movies with great dialogue:

Books with dialogue he loves:

  • The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
  • Beloved by Toni Morrison
  • The Great Divorce by CS Lewis
  • The Goldfinch by Donna Tart
  • A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
  • Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace

TV Shows and Movies with Amazing Dialogue:

  • The Magicians
  • Gilmore Girls
  • When Harry Met Sally
  • The Princess Bride
  • Mission Impossible (1996 movie - best dialogue in an action film)

 

Listener Rebel of the Week is: Bobbie Ann Atwood

If you’d like to be a Rebel of the week please do send in your story, it can be any kind of rebellion. You can email your rebel story to rebelauthorpodcast@gmail.com or tweet me @rebelauthorpod

 

If you’d like to support the show, and get early access to all the episodes as well as bonus content you can from as little as $2 a month by visiting: www.patreon.com/sachablack

057 Content Planning for Authors with Janet Murray

057 Content Planning for Authors with Janet Murray

October 28, 2020

Episode Show Notes 

In this episode we cover:

  • How to use content marketing to help you sell more books and products.
  • The four main types of content and how to use them to structure your content marketing
  • Mistakes authors make with content marketing
  • How to repurpose your content to do more with what you have
  • The differences between content marketing for fiction and nonfiction

This week’s question is: do you want to content market? Why or why not?

Recommendation of the week is: The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

Kobo

Apple

Amazon UK

Amazon USA

Links I mentioned are:

The Senses Course Launch

Story Bundle

Janet Murray conference

Find out more about Janet on:

Website, Her social media planner, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Linkedin, Podcast

Janet mentioned using KapWing for content marketing 

 

Listener Rebel of the Week is: Thomas Dukeman

If you’d like to be a Rebel of the week please do send in your story, it can be any kind of rebellion. You can email your rebel story to rebelauthorpodcast@gmail.com or tweet me @rebelauthorpod

1 new patron this week, welcome to Juneta Kay. A big thank you to all new and old patrons alike. You guys help not only to keep the podcast running, but give me a warm squishy feeling in my belly.

If you’d like to support the show, and get early access to all the episodes as well as bonus content you can from as little as $2 a month by visiting: www.patreon.com/sachablack

 

THIS EPISODE IS SPONSORED BY KOBO WRITING LIFE

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Visit Kobo Writing Life here, read the Kobo Writing Life blog here, and listen to their podcast here.

 

056 How to Set and Achieve your Writing Goals with H.B Lyne

056 How to Set and Achieve your Writing Goals with H.B Lyne

October 21, 2020

Episode Show Notes 

In this episode we cover:

  • How to set effective writing goals
  • Mistakes to avoid when goal setting
  • The best methods for goal setting
  • Making big goals more manageable
  • How to track your goals
  • A discussion on if there’s a right or wrong time to set goals

This week's question: how do you set, manage, track and record your writing goals?

Book recommendation of the week is the NaNoWriMo StoryBundle which you can find here:The NaNo StoryBundle

Mentioned Links

The Senses Course sachablack.thinkific.com/courses/senses   

Janet Murray conference https://www.janetmurray.co.uk/ref/55/

Find out more about our guest:

InstagramFacebook, websites: www.hblyne.com and www.greatwesternwoods.com.

Read her book on goals here: www.books2read.com/goals

 

Listener Rebel of the Week is: Yanni Jade

If you’d like to be a Rebel of the week please do send in your story, it can be any kind of rebellion. You can email your rebel story to rebelauthorpodcast@gmail.com or tweet me @rebelauthorpod

Welcome and a big thank you to new patron Harley Christensen. A huge thank you to all my current patrons who help to keep the podcast running and give me a warm squishy feeling in my belly!

If you’d like to support the show, and get early access to all the episodes as well as bonus content you can from as little as $2 a month by visiting: www.patreon.com/sachablack

 

055 How to Run an Author Podcast with Jeff Adams and Will Knauss

055 How to Run an Author Podcast with Jeff Adams and Will Knauss

October 14, 2020

Episode Show Notes

In this show we cover:

  • The impact podcasts have on author careers and sales
  • The best and worst things about podcasting
  • Advice on the technical aspects of podcasting
  • The amount of time it takes to run a podcast
  • How to structure a podcast
  • Podcasting strategy
  • Considerations for cohosting

Please note I use affiliate links throughout this post. This means I earn a small commission should you purchase something using one of my links. There is no cost to you for using my links.

Question of the Week

Do you prefer audio or video, podcasts or YouTube?

Book Recommendation of the week

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab. Grab a copy on:

Links Mentioned

Find Out More About Our Guests Jeff and Will

Visit their website: jeffandwill.com

@biggayfiction

@biggayauthor

@WriterJeffAdams

@WillKnauss

Their Book Recommendation on Podcasting: Big Podcast by David Hopper. Get a copy on Amazon UK or Amazon USA

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A HUGE thank you all all the new patrons this week. Thank you and welcome to:
  • Heather
  • Renee Gallant
  • Stacy L Frazer
  • Mary Whitten
  • Cindy
If you’d like to support the show, and get early access to all the episodes as well as bonus content you can from as little as $2 a month by visiting: www.patreon.com/sachablack

 

This Show is Sponsored by ProWritingAid

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054 How to Write Dark Fantasy with Jenna Moreci

054 How to Write Dark Fantasy with Jenna Moreci

October 7, 2020

Episode Show Notes

Mentioned links:

Mark's Rebel Reflections episode 155 listen here.

The Anatomy of Prose FREE webinar on 8th October at 7pm UK time. Join the Prose Webinar here: The Anatomy of Prose: How to Breathe Life into Your Story, Characters and Sentences WEBINAR

The NaNo Writing Bundle: https://storybundle.com/nano

FIND OUR MORE ABOUT JENNA MORECI

Read The Savior's Sister: https://books2read.com/tss/

Follow Jenna Moreci: 

YouTube: http://youtube.com/jennamoreci 

Website: http://jennamoreci.com 

Twitter: http://twitter.com/jennamoreci 

Instagram: http://instagram.com/jennamoreci 

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If you’d like to support the show, and get early access to all the episodes as well as bonus content you can from as little as $2 a month by visiting: www.patreon.com/sachablack 

If you’d like to be a Rebel of the week please do send in your story, it can be any kind of rebellion. You can email your rebel story to rebelauthorpodcast@gmail.com or tweet me @rebelauthorpod

053 Celebrating One Year of Rebel Authoring!

053 Celebrating One Year of Rebel Authoring!

September 30, 2020

Hello Rebels, welcome to episode 53 of The Rebel Author Podcast. It’s all me this week. A solo show celebrating one year of rebel authoring.

This week’s questions is:

Where do you want to be this time next year in your writing, business or career?

Book recommendation of the week is: 10 Steps to Hero: How to Craft a Kickass Protagonist by Sacha Black

Read the book here

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I will be doing a live Poison and Prose session tomorrow 30th September to celebrate hitting 1 year of the show. Join me herehttps://www.facebook.com/groups/rebelauthors/

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Join the Prose Webinar here: The Anatomy of Prose: How to Breathe Life into Your Story, Characters and Sentences WEBINAR

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Mentioned Links:

9 Things Career Authors Don't Do: Personal Finance 

Calendly 

Podbean 

 

Listener Rebel of the Week is Kahlan Weir

If you’d like to be a Rebel of the week please do send in your story, it can be any kind of rebellion. You can email your rebel story to rebelauthorpodcast@gmail.com or tweet me @rebelauthorpod

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2 new patrons this week, Welcome and a huge thank you to Laura Kendrick and Padgett Farmer. A huge thank you to all my current patrons, you help not only to keep the podcast running but give me warm squishy feelings!

If you’d like to support the show, and get early access to all the episodes as well as bonus content you can from as little as $2 a month by visiting: www.patreon.com/sachablack

Please note I do use affiliate links in my posts.

THIS WEEK’S EPISODE IS SPONSORED BY KOBO

Visit Kobo Writing Life here, read the Kobo Writing Life blog here, and listen to their podcast here.

052 How to Run Seasonal Marketing with Penny Sansevieri

052 How to Run Seasonal Marketing with Penny Sansevieri

September 23, 2020

This week’s questions is:

What is your favorite episode of the last year?

 

Book recommendation of the week is: Not Even Bones by Rebecca Schaeffer

Apple: https://apple.co/3hIMSLJ 

Amazon UK:  https://amzn.to/2RAKsnC 

Amazon USA: https://amzn.to/2ZPHgJl 

Note that these are affiliate links and I earn a small commission if you purchase the book at no additional cost to you.

Find out more about our guest Penny Sansevieri here:

Twitter: @bookgal 

www.amarketingexpert.com 

Instagram: @therealbookgal

 

Rebel of the week is Renee Gallant

 

I'll be live on the iWriterly Chanel with Meg LaTorre, Jenna Moreci and Daniel Willcocks on the 23rd September at 9pm UK time

http://bit.ly/iwriterlylive 

Join me for the Rebel Author Anniversary Poison and Prose on the 30th September 8pm UK time https://www.facebook.com/groups/rebelauthors/

 

The Anatomy of Prose: How to Breathe Life into Your Story, Characters and Sentences WEBINAR

1 new patron this week, welcome and a huge thank you to William. A giant thank you to all my current patrons too. If you’d like to support the show, and get early access to all the episodes as well as bonus content you can from as little as $2 a month by visiting: www.patreon.com/sachablack 

 

051 - Personal Finance for Writers with J Thorn and Sacha Black

051 - Personal Finance for Writers with J Thorn and Sacha Black

September 18, 2020

Hello Rebels, surprise! Here's a bonus minisode with me and J Thorn where we talk about personal finance for writers.

We talk about a new book we've cowritten that focuses on the good stuff: money. I go deep and get personal in this book with my experiences of debt and money and the lessons I've learned that took me from aspiring writer to full-time business woman. 

Read the Book: 9 Things Career Authors Don't Do: Personal Finance

Read the rest of the series: http://getbook.at/9thingsseries

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