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Luke Kondor ON: SYSTEMS n’ Books & Stuff

Luke Kondor ON: SYSTEMS n’ Books & Stuff

July 4, 2022

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Luke Kondor started writing on his computer in his early teens and never looked back… and now he has very sore eyes. He also runs and produces a short story podcast called The Other Stories, which has amassed over 9-million downloads and has a monthly listenership of ~200k downloads. Currently he works from a dining room table in the middle of Sherwood Forest and lives with his fiancée, Cat, their pet cat, Oscar, and their larger, angrier cat, Alaska, who is actually a dog.

 

In this episode we go deep into:

  • The science of baths [24:50]
  • How writing is going [28:26]
  • The journey of creative confidence [30:06]
  • Doubt [32:53]
  • Dealing with ‘Sexy New Project’ temptation [41:07]
  • Getting the RIGHT things done [43:23]
  • Deadlines [50:45]
  • Bod.press [52:24]
  • Why Kickstarter? [55:13]
  • The secret to Kickstarter [01:01:47]
  • ‘My Dog Shits Cash’ [01:06:21]
  • The Other Stories [01:07:53]
  • Why Luke writes [01:23:05]

Find out more about Luke Kondor:

https://www.lukekondor.com/

IG: @lukeofkondor

Links from the show:

Sam’s Vlogs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thEHu5tfDBg

Hawk&Cleaver: http://www.hawkandcleaver.com/

Deep Work: https://www.calnewport.com/books/deep-work/

Get your Book Selling on Kickstarter : https://www.amazon.co.uk/Your-Book-Selling-Kickstarter-Profitability-ebook/dp/B09TQ4G5S6/ref=sr_1_2?crid=1YAKGU84G7ZAC&keywords=kickstarter+for+authors&qid=1656864603&sprefix=kickstarter+for+authors%2Caps%2C491&sr=8-2

The ONE Thing: https://www.amazon.co.uk/One-Thing-Surprisingly-Extraordinary-bestselling-ebook/dp/B00D3J2QKW/ref=sr_1_1?adgrpid=54831878844&gclid=CjwKCAjw_ISWBhBkEiwAdqxb9sct2inWEk_hqSeNgflDfx7VjbzK6kBd9rVcoAyXSwgIYGe9e0eSsxoCDbcQAvD_BwE&hvadid=259047750414&hvdev=c&hvlocphy=9045850&hvnetw=g&hvqmt=e&hvrand=15315717395921812556&hvtargid=kwd-300960594631&hydadcr=28148_1821044&keywords=the+one+thing&qid=1656864999&sr=8-1

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Find out more about Daniel Willcocks

https://www.danielwillcocks.com/

IG: @willcockswriter

Twitter: @willcockswriter

Find out more about Samantha Frost

www.mastressofnone.com

IG: @mastressofnone

Special thanks to:

Show theme: Karl Hughes

Show editing: Sam Frost

Kathy Murray ON: RECALCULATING & Taking The Leap

Kathy Murray ON: RECALCULATING & Taking The Leap

June 27, 2022

Thanks for tuning in to the Activated Authors podcast. If you're ready to ACTIVATE your author career, head on over to https://activatedauthors.com/

Kathy Murray is a certified personal trainer with over thirty years’ experience in the fitness industry. She is a graduate of The Ohio State University where she was a member of the 1983 National Cheerleading Championship Team.

After college she competed in and won the United States Aerobic Championship in 1986 and spent the year traveling the world as a Fitness Ambassador and worked as a free-lance educator to teach fitness to European Instructors.

While in Munich, Kathy coached the Munich Cowboys (American Football) Cheerleaders to six national titles in cheerleading and was head trainer/translator for the German Gladiators during a pilot TV show for the International Gladiators.

Always an avid cyclist, Kathy dipped her toe into the world of multi-sport in 2000, first competing in duathlons then eventually moving to triathlons. Kathy has owned her personal training business Fit Bodies for 24 years and in 2022 co-authored the Audible book, The Munich Cowboys Cheerleaders based on her time coaching the squad.

She lives in Atlanta with her husband Lutalo, dog Mingus and cat Sassy.

In this episode we go deep into:

  • The journey of the book [25:15]
  • The difference between European and American cheerleading [29:48]
  • The challenges of the early days [31:50]
  • Bringing the squad into shape [35:09]
  • Rising above dsicrimination [40:20]
  • How a PT mindset helped her write [43:55]
  • Kathy’s writing process [46:46]
  • Mixing fact and fiction [49:14]
  • Leaving the 9-5 world [52:47]
  • What’s next [58:20]
  • Improving a writers health [01:04:16]
  • Why Kathy writes [01:05:04]

Find out more about Kathy Murray:

https://www.fit-bodies.net

https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/The-Munich-Cowboys-Cheerleaders-Audiobook/B09Q971Y5M

Get more from Activated Authors!

https://activatedauthors.com/

Watch the show:

https://youtu.be/_1Ymsqti2BU 

Find out more about Daniel Willcocks

https://www.danielwillcocks.com/

IG: @willcockswriter

Twitter: @willcockswriter

Find out more about Samantha Frost

www.mastressofnone.com

IG: @mastressofnone

Special thanks to:

Show theme: Karl Hughes

Show editing: Sam Frost

Robin Waite ON: Being FEARLESS With Integrity & Alignment

Robin Waite ON: Being FEARLESS With Integrity & Alignment

June 20, 2022

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Robin Waite is the Founder of Fearless Business, regular speaker at various business events and bestselling author of several books, including Online Business Startup, Marketing Machine and the recent popular release Take Your Shot. He puts his 2 decades of business experience to work, coaching clients to reach their goals, create more time and increase their revenue.

From the age of 18, Robin spent four years as a systems analyst for a medical devices company, increasing their turnover by 50 per cent, from £1m to £1.5m. From 2004 to 2016 Robin led a successful marketing agency serving over 250 clients. During this time delivering workshops and masterclasses that helped over 1,000 business owners improve their marketing, product architecture, pricing, websites and digital advertising.

Behind the scenes Robin is a husband and father to two young girls, a surfer and Sunday warrior (road cyclist). He hates going up the hills but is well known at his local cycling club for his descending at speeds more than 50mph down said hills.

Robin holds a Guinness World Record for participating in the largest ever speed networking event, has raised over £5k for a local Children’s charity in the last 4 years and has a goal to help remove 100kg of plastic from the World’s Oceans within the next 12 months via another charity he supports – 4Ocean.

 

In this episode we go deep into:

 

- Robin’s journey [31:27]

- Robin’s first book [35:25]

- Launching [37:29]

- Target audience [42:48]

- Putting the spotlight on clients [46:31]

- Universal starting point [49:27]

- Sustainability in business [52:13]

- Financial mindset [56:07]

- Getting what your worth [59:09]

- Heart led over head led [01:03:27]

- Productivity mistakes [01:06:51]

- Charity [01:11:16]

- What does it mean to be fearless? [01:12:58]

 

Find out more about Robin Waite:

 

Website: https://robinwaite.com/   https://fearless.biz

Instagram: https://instagram.com/RobinMWaite

Twitter: https://twitter.com/RobinMWaite

Facebook: https://facebook.com/RobinMWaite

LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/in/RobinMWaite

 

Links from the show:

 

For a free signed copy of ‘Take Your Shot’ https://fearless.biz/tys

 

Get more from Activated Authors!

 

https://activatedauthors.com/

 

Watch the show:

 

https://youtu.be/MpUy3FRI68E 

 

Find out more about Daniel Willcocks:

 

Website: https://www.danielwillcocks.com/

IG: @willcockswriter

Twitter: @willcockswriter

 

Find out more about Sam Frost:

 

Website: https://www.mastressofnone.com/

IG: @mastressofnone

 

Special thanks to:

 

Show theme: Karl Hughes

Show editing: Sam Frost

News, Updates, and to the Future

News, Updates, and to the Future

June 13, 2022

Thanks for tuning in to the Activated Authors podcast. If you're ready to ACTIVATE your author career, head on over to https://activatedauthors.com/

 

In this episode Dan and Sam talk about:

 

Introduce a new co-host [01:32]

Where they are at in their journeys [06:21]

What the future looks like for the podcast [13:01]

Dan's Lotr Shaming [35:56]

 

Get more from Activated Authors!

https://activatedauthors.com/

 

Watch the show:

https://youtu.be/q2NTyqOYz2U 

 

Find out more about Daniel Willcocks

https://www.danielwillcocks.com/

IG: @willcocksauthor

Twitter: @willcocksauthor

Find out more about Sam Frost

https://mastressofnone.com

IG: @mastressofnone

Special thanks to:

Show theme: Karl Hughes

Show editing: Sam Frost

Philip Duncan ON: BUILDING Your Way From Rock Bottom

Philip Duncan ON: BUILDING Your Way From Rock Bottom

June 6, 2022
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Philip Duncan is an award-winning and best-selling self-published author. His debut novel, Blood Ties, won the gold medal for military thrillers at the 2022 Global Book Awards for Self-Publishing. Philip was born and raised in East Tennessee, where he still lives. Since the age of sixteen, he has had many jobs including landscaping,
farmhand, deli clerk, and personal trainer, but writing has always been his genuine passion.
 
He currently writes fast-paced thrillers where he aims to keep his readers on the edge of their seats, not knowing what’s coming next. He is very much a pantser with his books, and enjoys letting the characters he creates dictate where the story goes.
 
When Philip’s not writing his next book, you can find him coaching other authors, working out, and spending time with his beautiful wife and two kids.
 
In this episode we go deep into:
 
- Philips writing journey [04:07]
- Finding purpose [06:20]
- Momentum & Routine [07:40]
- Mark Dawson [08:49]
- Building the habit [11:20]
- Hard word days [13:39]
- Exercise [13:50]
- Staying on track [17:16]
- Blood Ties: reality V expectations [19:15]
- Awards [21:27]
- Going full time & the life of a full time author [24:16]
- Rock bottom [27:04]
- Words of advice {31:45]
- Virtual summits [33:56]
- Impostor syndrome [45:53]
- Why Philip writes [48:05]
- Bets author experience [49:36]
 
Find out more about Philip Duncan:
 
https://philipsduncan.com/ https://www.virtualsummitcoaching.com/optin1652796832148 Email: philip@philipsduncan.com
 
Get more from Activated Authors!
 
https://activatedauthors.com/
 
Watch the episode:
 
https://youtu.be/2_vho8gXOTo
 
Find out more about Daniel Willcocks:
 
https://www.danielwillcocks.com/
 
Special thanks to:
 
Show theme: Karl Hughes
 
Show editing: Sam Frost
 
(BONUS Ep 002) Daniel Willcocks: Ask Me Anything

(BONUS Ep 002) Daniel Willcocks: Ask Me Anything

June 3, 2022

Thanks for tuning in to the Activated Authors podcast. If you're ready to ACTIVATE your author career, head on over to https://activatedauthors.com/

Daniel Willcocks is an international bestselling author and award-winning podcaster of dark fiction. He is an author coach and founder of Activated Authors; one quarter of digital story studio, Hawk & Cleaver; co-founder of iTunes-busting fiction podcast, ‘The Other Stories’,CEO of horror imprint, Devil’s Rock Publishing, and the host of the ‘Activated Authors' podcast.

Dan is furiously passionate about all things story. He has written 60+ books in five years for himself and on behalf of ghostwriting clients. Dan works with authors to keep their creative flames burning in an activated, and healthy way.

In this episode Dan answers your questions:

  • Did you feel weird showing yourself online? Especially in video form. Did or do you feel anxious about it? If so, what's your take on this?
  • I'd love book coaching advice. Like where to start. -What are your favourite and least favourite tropes in horror, and why?
  • Are there any horror cliches that you love or hate?
  • Have you watched Our Flag Means Death, did you enjoy it?
  • When writing a horror scene, what elements do you find are necessary to set the tone?
  • Author journey and how he got into ghost writing. -Have you always been good at creative writing, did you take courses?
  • How do you deal with self-doubt and overwhelm? Any top tips?

Get more from Activated Authors!

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Watch the show:

https://youtu.be/3VEGFsiDc1E 

Find out more about Daniel Willcocks

https://www.danielwillcocks.com/

 

Special thanks to:

Show theme: Karl Hughes

Show editing: Sam Frost

Ella Barnard ON: FINDING Your Value & Knowing It Could Be Better

Ella Barnard ON: FINDING Your Value & Knowing It Could Be Better

May 30, 2022

Ella Barnard is the host of the Author Like a Boss podcast and owner of Author Boss Academy. She is an author and publishing coach who loves helping creative people connect with their audiences and with each other. Her superpower is finding the most effective and least complicated tools for every step of publishing and marketing.

She is also a cat lady, obsessed with dragons, and passionate about helping creative people make money with their craft.

Ella is committed to using positivity to spark productivity and has seven years of experience as a marketing and mindset mentor for entrepreneurs, coaches, and creative women from all walks of life.

In this episode we go deep into:

  • Dragons! [01:37]
  • Ella’s Journey [04:59]
  • Why Podcasting? [14:30]
  • Getting over Imposter Syndrome [19:48]
  • Making money from books [24:27]
  • Playing with form [27:16]
  • Outside thinking and mindset [33:10]
  • Reality V Expectation [38:39]
  • Sustainability [43:40]
  • Universal truths from 70+ Authors [48:26]
  • Why Ella writes [53:54]
  •  

Find out more about Ella Barnard:

https://authorlikeaboss.com/

https://www.amazon.co.uk/s?k=liz+fox&crid=2E5MCXI8Q7DWY&sprefix=liz+fox%2Caps%2C96&ref=nb_sb_noss_1

Links from the show:

Samsung Q2U Mic: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Samson-SAQ2U-Microphone-Recording-Pack/dp/B001R747SG

Pat Flynn ‘How to Start a Podcast’ https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/guide/how-to-start-a-podcast-tutorial-pat-flynn/

The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks: https://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Big-Leap/dp/B002SPXI40/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3FGOMFIQRDRCI&keywords=the+big+leap&qid=1653866622&sprefix=the+big+leap%2Caps%2C162&sr=8-1

Fuck It by John Parkin: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fuck-Be-Peace-Life-Just/dp/178817089X/ref=sr_1_1?crid=PB656OEA4O5X&keywords=fuck+it&qid=1653866697&sprefix=fuck+it%2Caudible%2C93&sr=8-1

The Ghost Mountain series by Audrey Faye: https://www.amazon.co.uk/s?k=audrey+faye+ghost+mountain&sprefix=the+ghost+mountain%2Caps%2C114&ref=nb_sb_ss_ts-doa-p_1_18

All the Pretty Monsters by Kristy Cunning: https://www.amazon.co.uk/s?k=all+the+pretty+monsters&crid=35DH1EAQPY0Y9&sprefix=all+the+pretty+mo%2Caps%2C103&ref=nb_sb_ss_ts-doa-p_2_17

Diary of a CEO with Steven Bartlett: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-diary-of-a-ceo-with-steven-bartlett/id1291423644

Watch the Show:

https://youtu.be/y8Zf4W1csIY 

Get more from Activated Authors!

https://activatedauthors.com/

Find out more about Daniel Willcocks

https://www.danielwillcocks.com/

Special thanks to:

Show theme: Karl Hughes

Show editing: Sam Frost

Emme Grange ON: Finding The FUN Of Being Only Yourself

Emme Grange ON: Finding The FUN Of Being Only Yourself

May 23, 2022

Thanks for tuning in to the Activated Authors podcast. If you're ready to ACTIVATE your author career, head on over to https://activatedauthors.com/

Emme Grange lives on stories of hope, on tales that tell us we can. She believes we don’t have to change to be good enough. We already are, just by being ourselves.

Growing up near the Golden Gate Bridge, she spent years searching for the missing manual, "How to Be Normal." Emme knows what it's like to be a reluctant rebel, a modern misfit, a peculiar person. She writes for anybody who needs a story of acceptance and everyone needing a story of encouragement and is a Royal Dragonfly Awards Grand Prize-Winner with the first book in her Jett Harper Series, “Needing Normal.”

In this episode we go deep into:

  • Emme’s writing Journey [01:41]
  • The first draft that started it [04:28]
  • Autism & Authenticity [06:19]
  • Jet Harper’s Origin [08:36]
  • Researching High School [10:29]
  • The brand of Jet [12:29]
  • Genre switching [16:02]
  • ‘Selling out’ [20:23]
  • The feeling of critical success [24:00]
  • How Emme approaches learning [27:56]
  • Commitment, work & balance [29:33]
  • Emme’s definition of work [33:16]
  • What keeps her going on low energy days [34:37]
  • Author Conferences [36:48]
  • Reaching out [39:45]
  • Being yourself [42:36]
  • Advice to herself [44:43]
  • Why Emme Writes [46:58]

Find out more about Emme Grange:

https://www.emmegrange.com/

TikTok: @emmegrange

IG: @emmegrange

Get more from Activated Authors!

https://activatedauthors.com/

Find out more about Daniel Willcocks

https://www.danielwillcocks.com/

Special thanks to:

Show theme: Karl Hughes

Show editing: Sam Frost

Daniel Willcocks ON: The PURSUIT Of Creative Freedom

Daniel Willcocks ON: The PURSUIT Of Creative Freedom

May 16, 2022

Thanks for tuning in to the Activated Authors podcast. If you're ready to ACTIVATE your author career, head on over to https://activatedauthors.com/

Daniel Willcocks is an international bestselling author and award-winning podcaster of dark fiction. He is an author coach and founder of Activated Authors; one quarter of digital story studio, Hawk & Cleaver; co-founder of iTunes-busting fiction podcast, ‘The Other Stories’,CEO of horror imprint, Devil’s Rock Publishing, and the host of the ‘Activated Authors' podcast.

Dan is furiously passionate about all things story. He has written 60+ books in five years for himself and on behalf of ghostwriting clients. Dan works with authors to keep their creative flames burning in an activated, and healthy way.

Find out more about Daniel Willcocks:

https://www.danielwillcocks.com/

Get more from Activated Authors!

https://activatedauthors.com/

Special thanks to:

Show theme: Karl Hughes

Show editing: Sam Frost

Renee Gallant ON: RETURNING to Writing and Putting Yourself First

Renee Gallant ON: RETURNING to Writing and Putting Yourself First

May 9, 2022
Thanks for tuning in to the Activated Authors podcast. If you're ready to ACTIVATE your author career, head on over to https://activatedauthors.com/

 

Renee Gallant spent the biggest part of her childhood growing up in north Texas, hiding behind bushes or sitting in trees immersed in stories of mystery and adventure and scratching out her own Trixie Belden fan fiction. But it was only after reaching middle age, having an empty nest, and being bitten by a creepy little eight-legged foe that she thought to pick up pen and paper once more and lose herself in a fictional world where anything was possible. Unfortunately, no, she did not turn into Spiderman. Nor even The Tick, but instead became an advocate for auto-immune sufferers, a grandmother, and finally a published author. After a twenty-year hiatus where she was all things to all people, Renee Gallant switched her focus back to herself and her first love, words.

In this episode we go deep into:
 
Renee’s writing journey [03:39]
Lessons learnt from early writing [09:20]
Motherhood and creativity [10:50]
The importance of finishing things [14:57]
Owning her own business [17:14]
Digging out of the pit [23:10]
The benefits of being in a writers community [26:22]
The work of an indie [29:42]
Lessons from the first three books [35:16]
Coming out of burnout [38:09]
Breaking free of guilt [40:17]
Living with Lyme disease [42:53]
Why Renee writes [52:31]
 
Find out more about Renee Gallant:
Social Media: @thewriterenee

 

Get more from Activated Authors!

 

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Find out more about Daniel Willcocks

 

Special thanks to:

Show theme: Karl Hughes
Show editing: Sam Frost
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