NaNoWriMo Tips For New Participants - The Write Stuff

October 10, 2017

In this episode of The Write Stuff Sheena and Tamara chat discuss NaNoWriMo tips for new participants. 

What is NaNoWriMo? 

NaNoWriMo stands for national novel writing month. It was started as an intuitive to help writers for from zero to 50,000 words in the course of a single month. This project has been so successful that it is now a global initiative with people from countries all over the world participating.  

 

Tips to help you get the most from NaNoWriMo and help you win: 

  • Join NaNoWriMo now 
  • Plan your novel 
  • Write every day 
  • Get your first week started by writing more than the required amount to give yourself breathing room 
  • Join your region 
  • Make sure you keep track of your progress 
  • Go to the events 
  • Don’t edit as you write because you don’t want a sad balloon  

 

Links 

Sign Up To NaNoWriMo here 

 

Get a predone book cover here 

 

Free Stock photos 

 

Our favourtie writing books 

 

5000 Words Per Hour by Chris Fox 

The fastest way to succeed as an author is to write more books. How do you do that with a day job, family, school, or all your other time commitments? The secret is efficiency. 5,000 Words Per Hour will help you maximize your writing time by building effective habits that both measure and increase your writing speed. 

Create an effective writing habit. Track and improve your WPH. Stop the endless editing and tinkering so you can finish your draft. Use voice dictation software to dramatically increase words per hour. It's time to shift your writing into high gear. 

Get it on Amazon (works for US, UK and CA) 

 

Write To Market by Chris Fox 

Many authors write then market. Successful authors write to market. 

Have you written a book that just isn't selling? Would you like to write a book that readers eagerly devour? 

Many authors write,then market. Successful authors write to market. They start by figuring out how to give readers what they want, and that process begins before writing word one of your novel. 

This book will teach you to analyze your favorite genre to discover what readers are buying, to mine reviews for reader expectations, and to nail the tropes your readers subconsciously crave. 

Don't leave the success of your novel up to chance. Deliver the kind of book that will have your fans hounding you for the next one. 

 

Get it on Amazon (works for US, UK and CA) 

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The Write Stuff: 10 Awesome Software Apps For Writers

October 3, 2017

10 Awesome Software Apps For Writers 

In this episode of The Write Stuff we chat to marketing guru, Tamara about 10 awesome software apps for writers. 

They are

1 Scrivener

2 Grammarly

3 Google Ngram

4 Evernote 

5 Dropbox

6 Google Earth and Maps

7 Google Docs 

8 Dragon Software

9 Ancestry.com

10 5000 Words Per Hour 

 

About Tamara 

Tamara is a marketing professional who works at a South African software firm. 

About Sheena 

Sheena started The Lesbian Review and The Lesbian Talk Show. She saw a gap for great content for listeners and readers. The Lesbian Review is now one of the biggest review websites in the sector and The Lesbian Talk Show is one of the biggest podcasts in the sector.  

Great content is a priority for Sheena and she is always chatting to authors and listeners in search of new topics for her podcasts. 

You can find Sheena on 

Facebook 

Twitter 

Her website 

 

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The Write Stuff: 15 Ways Authors Should Use Video

September 26, 2017

15 Ways Authors Should Use Video 

Tamara joins Sheena on this episode of The Write Stuff and they chat about 15 ways that authors should be using videos to engage more with their audience. 

 

The Video Types Include 

1 Author Q and A 

2 Sneak Peak Videos 

3 Revealing Your New Title 

4 Cover Reveals 

5 New Characters 

6 Announcing A Book For Release 

7 Books Being Released Into The World 

8 Giveaways and Competitions 

9 An Interview 

10 Tutorials 

11 Live Q And A 

12 Story Inspiration 

13 Vloging/Behind The Scenes Updates 

14 Writing Tips 

15 Review Books 

 

Places You Can Use Video 

  • YouTube and YouTube Live 
  • Facebook and Facebook Live 
  • Periscope 
  • Instagram Live 

 

The Awesome People Who We Talked About 

Clare Lydon’s Podcast

Clare Lydon’s Video A Day In The Life Of A Writer

RG Emanuelle 

Dirt Roads Books

Heather Rose Jones

 

About Tamara 

Tamara is a marketing guru. She works as a marketing manager for a software firm in South Africa. 

About Sheena 

Sheena started The Lesbian Review and The Lesbian Talk Show. She saw a gap for great content for listeners and readers. The Lesbian Review is now one of the biggest review websites in the sector and The Lesbian Talk Show is one of the biggest podcasts in the sector. 

Great content is a priority for Sheena and she is always chatting to authors and listeners in search of new topics for her podcasts. 

You can find Sheena on 

Facebook 

Twitter 

Her website 

 

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The Write Stuff: Creating Captivating Characters With Heather Rose Jones

September 19, 2017

Heather Rose Jones On Writing Great Characters 

In this episode of The Write Stuff Sheena talks to Heather Rose Jones about her process for creating characters and hwo she nails the octopus to the wall.

Find out: 

  • What questions to ask about your character 
  • The three layers of story 
  • Why writing a character is like getting to know a friend 

 

About Heather Rose Jones 

Heather Rose Jones writes fantasy, historic fantasy, and historical fiction, including the Alpennia series with swordswomen and magic in an alternate Regency setting. She blogs about research into lesbian-like motifs in history and literature at the Lesbian Historic Motif Project which provides inspiration for her fiction. She has a PhD in linguistics, studying metaphor theory and the semantics of Medieval Welsh prepositions, and works as an industrial failure investigator in biotech. 

You can find Heather Rose Jones on 

Amazon 

Her Weekly Podcast 

Her Website 

Twitter 

Facebook 

 

 

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The Write Stuff: The Vanity Publisher Scam

August 29, 2017

The Vanity Publishing Scam 

by Sheena and Tamara 

In this episode of The Write Stuff we chat about the difference between vanity publishers, traditional publishers and self publishing.  

Find out:

Why we don’t recommend vanity publishers

Why most of them are considered a scam

Why you would use a traditional publisher

When you would want to self publish

 

About Sheena 

Sheena started The Lesbian Review and The Lesbian Talk Show. She saw a gap for great content for listeners and readers. The Lesbian Review is now one of the biggest review websites in the sector and The Lesbian Talk Show is one of the biggest podcasts in the sector.  

Great content is a priority for Sheena and she is always chatting to authors and listeners in search of new topics for her podcasts.

 

You can find Sheena on

Facebook

Twitter

Her website 

 

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The Write Stuff: 10 Tips To Creating Your Author Brand

August 22, 2017

10 Tips To Creating Your Author Brand 

by Sheena and Tamara 

In this episode of The Write Stuff we chat about Author Brands. Last week we discussed what an author brand is and why authors need one. This week we give you 10 tips to help you create your own author brand

10 Tips Are:

1 What do you write? 

2 Who will be t adding it? 

3 How are you different form competitors? 

4 What's your style guide? 

5 Logo 

6 Headshot 

7 Website 

8 Contact Page 

9 Tag line/ elevator pitch 

10 Media kit, bio, headshot, press release, book synopsis, contact info 

 

 

About Tamara 

Tamara has a post graduate degree in Marketing and has been working in the field for over ten years. In this episode she lends us her expertise as we discuss how authors can create a strong brand for themselves. 

You can find Tamara on The Lesbian Talk Show website 

 

About Sheena 

Sheena started The Lesbian Review and The Lesbian Talk Show. She saw a gap for great content for listeners and readers. The Lesbian Review is now one of the biggest review websites in the sector and The Lesbian Talk Show is one of the biggest podcasts in the sector.  

Great content is a priority for Sheena and she is always chatting to authors and listeners in search of new topics for her podcasts. 

You can find Sheena on

Facebook 

Twitter

 

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The Write Stuff: Why Do You Need An Author Brand?

August 15, 2017

Why Do Authors Need A Brand? 

by Sheena and Tamara 

In this episode of The Write Stuff we chat about Author Brands, what it is and why it is important. 

Find out: 

What is a brand? 

Why is it important? 

What is brand unity and how do you get it?

 

Look out for 10 Tips To Creating An Author Brand Next Week 

 

About Tamara 

Tamara has a post graduate degree in Marketing and has been working in the field for over ten years. In this episode she lends us her expertise as we discuss how authors can create a strong brand for themselves. 

You can find Tamara on The Lesbian Talk Show website

About Sheena 

Sheena started The Lesbian Review and The Lesbian Talk Show. She saw a gap for great content for listeners and readers. The Lesbian Review is now one of the biggest review websites in the sector and The Lesbian Talk Show is one of the biggest podcasts in the sector. 

Great content is a priority for Sheena and she is always chatting to authors and listeners in search of new topics for her podcasts. 

You can find Sheena on

Facebook 

Twitter

 

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The Write Stuff: The Great Guide To Tweeting For Authors

August 8, 2017

The Great Guide To Tweeting For Authors 

by Sheena and Tamara 

In this episode of The Write Stuff Sheena and Tamara chat about Tweeting for authors. This is a follow up episode to The Twitter Bio episode. 

 

Find out:

  • What kind of tweets you should be considering 
  • What are hashtags and why you need them 
  • What hashtags to consider using 
  • Why you want to retweet people 
  • How frequently you should tweet 
  • How to use a pinned tweet and why 

 

About Tamara

Tamara is a marketing guru and has helped Sheena build both of her websites and her social media presence. 

You can find Tamara’s profile here

 

About Sheena 

Sheena started The Lesbian Review and The Lesbian Talk Show. She saw a gap for great content for listeners and readers. The Lesbian Review is now one of the biggest review websites in the sector and The Lesbian Talk Show is one of the biggest podcasts in the sector. 

Great content is a priority for Sheena and she is always chatting to authors and listeners in search of new topics for her podcasts. 

 

You can find Sheena on

Facebook 

Twitter 

 

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The Write Stuff: Creating A Great Author Profile On Twitter

August 1, 2017

Creating A Good Author Profile On Twitter 

by Sheena and Tamara 

In this episode of The Write Stuff marketing guru, Tamara, and digital content specialist, Sheena, chat about creating a good profile as an author. 

Find out: 

  • Why it’s important to be on Twitter 
  • What you need to think about in terms of photos 
  • What your text your include 
  • How to use a pinned Tweet 
  • What tool to use for photo editing 

 

About Tamara 

With a post graduate degree in marketing and over 12 years experience in the marketing arena, Tamara is well versed with both online and offline marketing. 

You can find Tamara online 

 

About Sheena 

Sheena started The Lesbian Review and The Lesbian Talk Show. She saw a gap for great content for listeners and readers. The Lesbian Review is now one of the biggest review websites in the sector and The Lesbian Talk Show is one of the biggest podcasts in the sector. 

Content is a priority for Sheena and she is always chatting to authors and listeners in search of new topics for her podcasts. 

 

You can find Sheena on 

Facebook 

Twitter  

Online 

 

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The Write Stuff: Kiki Archer On Taking Her Lesbian Fiction Mainstream

July 25, 2017

Kiki Archer On Taking Her Lesbian Fiction Mainstream 

by Sheena and Kiki Archer 

In this episode of The Write Stuff we chat to author, Kiki Archer about how she has taken her lesbian fiction (Lesfic) into the mainstream charts. 

 

Find out: 

  • How she ended up with a huge straight following 
  • What the reaction has been from straight readers 
  • Where she recommends you advertise 

 

About Kiki Archer 

Kiki Archer's latest novel not only got the lesbian fiction number one spots in the UK, USA and Australia, it also got to number 32 in the UK mainstream contemporary romance chart. 

Archer is also proud of the fact that Jane Green once sent her a public message. Archer says,  “When Too Late... I Love You was sitting side by side to her in the mainstream charts saying: Welcome to the gang.” 

You can find Kiki Archer on 

Twitter

Facebook 

YouTube

Her website

 

Find her books on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca 

 

About Sheena 

Sheena started The Lesbian Review and The Lesbian Talk Show. She saw a need for great content for listeners and readers.

The Lesbian Review is now one of the biggest review websites in the sector and The Lesbian Talk Show is one of the biggest podcasts in the sector. 

Great content is a priority for Sheena and she is always chatting to authors and listeners in search of new topics for her podcasts.

 

You can find Sheena on

Facebook 

Twitter 

YouTube

The Lesbian Talk Show website 

 

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Harper Bliss And Her Mrs: How To Sell Your Books

June 6, 2017

Harper Bliss And Her Mrs 

How To Sell Your Books - Bliss Interview Highlights 

In this episode Sheena takes over from Harper Bliss and Her Mrs (Caroline) to bring you highlights from her 2016 Interview with Harper Bliss.  

There are a few key points that can help you sell more books. Enjoy.

If you have questions please feel free to email them to HarperBliss@TheLesbianTalkShow.com and they will either answer them on the show or on their blog.

 

You can also find Harper Bliss on her website HarperBliss.com or on the Ladylit website Ladylit.com check out her books on Amazon.com Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca

 

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Write Stuff: On Being Jae

June 23, 2016

In this very special season finale of The Write Stuff we chat to Sandra Gerth, perhaps better known as her pen name Jae. 

Not only is Gerth a famous lesbian fiction author but she is also the head editor at Ylva publishing, one of the largest lesbian fiction publishing companies in the world today.

I chat to her about writing, editing and just being herself. She also gives authors some great advice.

You can find her at SandraGerth.com or on her website dedicate to her work as a writer at Jae-Fiction.com

You can find her author page on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca 
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Write Stuff: Writing Killer Characters and Characters Who Kill with RE Bradshaw

June 16, 2016

On this episode of The Write Stuff we chat to thriller author RE Bradshaw. She discusses creating deep characters and gives some insights into her writing process.

You can get hold of RE Bradshaw on her website, on Facebook or twitter. 

You can see her books on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca
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Write Stuff: Revision For Authors with Laina Villeneuve

June 9, 2016

This week on The Write Stuff we chat to Laina Villeneuve. She is the author of several novels and has a unique take on the revision process. 

In this episode she shares some great revision tips and ideas to help you make your work even better.

You can find Laina on Facebook or on her Amazon author page where you can find all of her work. Find her on Bella Books Amazon.com Amazon.ca | Amazon.co.uk

You can also email her on LainaVillenueve@Gmail.com

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Write Stuff: An Interview With Andi Marquette

June 2, 2016

This week we chat to Andi Marquette about her writing. Andi had me in stitches for much of the interview with her life philosophies and quirky thoughts.

You can find her work on Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk Amazon.ca or on her website 
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Write Stuff: 10 Marketing Tips for Authors with Jove Belle

May 26, 2016

This week The Write Stuff is jam-packed with great marketing tips for authors. Jove Belle put together a comprehensive list of things every author must know and discusses it with us. | You can find Jove Belle on her website www.JoveBelle.com or visit Ylva Publishing on their website www.ylva-publishing.com 

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Write Stuff: Suzie Carr on Social Media Marketing

May 19, 2016

In this episode of The Write Stuff Suzie Carr chats to us about how she does social media marketing. She gives us 7 fantastic marketing tips and breaks down what SEO is and how authors can use it.

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Write Stuff: Ann Aptaker writing Mystery Crime Novels in Lesbian Fiction

May 5, 2016

In this episode of The Write Stuff we chat to Ann Aptaker, author of the Cantor Gold mystery series. She talks about writing a non romance in the lesbian fiction arena. She gives a great tip on how she did research that made her novel feel like it was authentically taking place in the 1950s and she chats about her career as an art curator. 

You can find Ann on her website www.AnnAptaker.com  or catch her novels on Amazon.com | Amazon.ca | Amazon.co.uk 

Write Stuff: Lise MacTague on The Building Blocks Of A Great Plot

April 28, 2016

Join Lise MacTague as she talks to us about how to create a great plot and how to create a story that will keep your readers guessing.

You can find Lise MacTague on - Amazon.com - Amazon.ca - Amazon.co.uk or her website
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Write Stuff: Paige Braddock on being herself and her pen name Missouri Vaun

April 21, 2016

Paige Braddock chats to us about her popular comic book series, Jane's World and turning it into a novel.

She also talks about her journey from comic book artist to become the author Missouri Vaun.

She answer the question what would she have done differently and I give her a chance to tell me why I am am wrong in my reviews about her covers.

You can find all our Missouri Vaun Reviews on TheLesbianReview.com and find her reading on Book Clips
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