Activated Authors
(BONUS Ep 001) Daniel Willcocks: Ask Me Anything

(BONUS Ep 001) Daniel Willcocks: Ask Me Anything

March 18, 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; one fifth 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 co-host of the ‘Next Level 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 now also provides author coaching services designed to help authors to help authors keep their creative flames burning in an activated, and healthy way..

In this episode Dan answers your questions:

  • When is the productivity book out?
  • How do you do all the things NOW?
  • Do you need a mailing list?
  • Who has been the biggest influence on your craft?
  • Can you draw influence from sources other than books?
  • What are your top tips for marketing?
  • When is it best to publish under a LLC?

Watch the show:

https://youtu.be/BfBJuzka3gs

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

Crys Cain ON: Your RELATIONSHIP with Work and Finding Your Value

Crys Cain ON: Your RELATIONSHIP with Work and Finding Your Value

March 14, 2022

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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/

Crys Cain Through her super-secret alias, Crys has gone from homeless to six-figures, selling over 300,000 copies of her books. When she isn’t writing, she edits with an eye toward emotional power and teaches craft and business to the author community at The Author Success Mastermind with J Thorn and talks about the writer life on the Write Away Podcast with JP Rindfleisch.

In this episode we go deep into:

  • Crys’ journey [4:45]
  • Going full force [10:05]
  • writing fast/rapid release [14:03]
  • Burnout [19:43]
  • Toxic Capitalism [24:40]
  • You have value [28:02]
  • Negotiating the relationship with work [30:45]
  • No perfect plan & creating joy [33:13]
  • The struggles of being a worcoholic [34:30]
  • Cumulative normalcy [36:13]
  • Three month hiatus [37:28]
  • Author Success Mastermind [40:48]
  • Working with J Thorn [43:17]
  • Character lies and soul wounds [46:13]
  • Finding the fire [49:35]
  • Crys’ ‘Why’

Find out more about Crys Cain:

https://www.cryscain.com/

https://www.tiktok.com/@itscryscain

 

Get more from Activated Authors!

Watch the show: https://youtu.be/t6hWI1wg3bo 

https://activatedauthors.com/

Find out more about Daniel Willcocks

https://www.danielwillcocks.com/

Special thanks to:

Show theme: Karl Hughes

Show editing: Sam Frost

Katlyn Duncan ON: Systems, Reversions and LEARNING AS YOU GO

Katlyn Duncan ON: Systems, Reversions and LEARNING AS YOU GO

March 7, 2022

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Katlyn Duncan is a hybrid author of adult and young adult books, and has ghostwritten over 40 novels. When she’s not writing, she’s obsessing over many (many) television series’, and hanging out on YouTube where she shares her writing process and all the bookish things.

Katlyn recently published her debut non-fiction book for writers, “Take Back Your Book: An Author’s Guide to Rights Reversion and Publishing on Your Terms.”

In this episode we go deep into:

  • Vlogmas [1:51]
  • Katlyn’s Writing Journey [4:10]
  • Balance and being productive [7:46]
  • Systems [8:47]
  • Morning Routine [10:41]
  • Accountability with friends [12:33]
  • Bookish things and YouTube [15:12]
  • learning by doing [17:30]
  • Growing your network [19:03]
  • Evolution and Tracking the Journey [20:24]
  • Trad Publishing [22:42]
  • ‘Take Back Your Book’ [26:22]
  • Transparency is power [29:02]
  • Learning to self-publish [31:14]
  • Reversion [33:18}
  • Teething Problems [39:30]
  • Systems [41:02]

Find out more about Katlyn Duncan:

https://www.katlynduncan.com/

Links from the show:

Get more from Activated Authors!

https://activatedauthors.com/

Watch the show

https://youtu.be/ub3wkux2cec 

Find out more about Daniel Willcocks

https://www.danielwillcocks.com/

Special thanks to:

Show theme: Karl Hughes

Show editing: Sam Frost

Helen Scheuerer ON: EMBRACING what you want and Riding the Learning Curve

Helen Scheuerer ON: EMBRACING what you want and Riding the Learning Curve

February 28, 2022

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Helen is the YA fantasy author of the bestselling series, The Oremere Chronicles and the Curse of the Cyren Queen. Her work has been highly praised for its strong, flawed female characters and its action-packed plots. Helen holds a Bachelor of Creative Writing and a Masters of Publishing. Now a full-time author, Helen lives amidst the mountains in Central Otago, New Zealand and is constantly dreaming up new stories.

In this episode we go deep into:

  • Helen’s Higher Education Journey [1:26]
  • Pro’s and Con’s of studying Creative Writing [2:11]
  • The education of being an indie [3:23]
  • The writing practice and process [4:51]
  • Listening to the right people [6:47]
  • Doing it all as an Indie [8:21]
  • Being taken ‘seriously’ and fitting the mold [9:48]
  • Knowing what she wanted to write [11:31]
  • Trad v Indie [12:43]
  • Being in control [14:43]
  • Helen’s Indie Journey [18:25]
  • Going full time [21:06]
  • The changing landscape of Indie publishing [22:22]
  • Discipline and focus [25:27]
  • Expectations and the learning curve [28:57]
  • The creeping dread of not making back your investments [32:28]
  • Productivity, mindset and knowing yourself [36:55]
  • Helen’s writing process [39:45]
  • Exercise for mental clarity [42:49]
  • The struggle of rest and recharging [46:53]
  • Why Helen writes [50:44]

Find out more about Helen Scheuerer:

https://helenscheuerer.com/

https://www.instagram.com/helenscheuerer/

Links from the show:

watch the show: https://youtu.be/REtSaw5sP3k 

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

Jeff Adams ON: ACCESSIBILITY and the MENTAL GAME of Being an Author

Jeff Adams ON: ACCESSIBILITY and the MENTAL GAME of Being an Author

February 21, 2022

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Jeff Adams has written stories since he was in middle school and became a published author in 2009 when his first short stories were published. He loves hockey and musicals, and you’ll usually find at least one of those elements in his stories. Along with his husband, Jeff co-hosts the “Big Gay Fiction Podcast,” a show for avid readers and passionate fans of gay romance fiction.

In this episode we go deep into:

  • Balancing passion, drive and a pandemic [01:58]
  • Relevance and value [3:30}
  • Big Gay Podcast community [6:10]
  • Queer content in the mainstream [6:43]
  • Big Gay Fiction Fest [7:26]
  • Managing big projects and learning as you go [11:28]
  • Marketing [13:28]
  • Collaboration [14-19]
  • Teaching to a wider audience and why it’s a good time for online [16:33]
  • Balancing Online & Live content [17:26]
  • The importance of systematization [20:05]
  • Website accessibility and how authors can be inclusive with theirs [23:01]
  • Creativity, the mental game and getting back on track [33:10]
  • The ‘real’ side of being an author [38:28]
  • Doing what works for you [41:53]
  • Embracing self-publishing [43:35]
  • Jeff’s ‘Why’ [45:29]

Find out more about Jeff Adams:

https://www.jeffandwill.com/jeff-adams-writes/

https://www.jeffandwill.com/biggayfictionpodcast/

Links from the show:

Top 3 Areas to Help You Create Accessible Content: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bACXSraEelg

Color Contrast Checker: https://webaim.org/resources/contrastchecker/

Pride Book Fest: https://www.youtube.com/c/PrideBookFest

Big Gay Fiction Fest: http://biggayfictionfest.com/

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

Jonathan Yanez ON: How to be YOUR OWN Champion

Jonathan Yanez ON: How to be YOUR OWN Champion

February 14, 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/

 

Jonathan Yanez is an author and screenwriter who owns his own publishing and production company. Current projects in development range from foreign translations and audiobooks to film and video games.

In this episode we go deep into:

- Social Media and being transparent [3:53]

- The only way to be defeated [3:28]

- Jonathan’s 5am Routine [04:32]

- Why Jonathan no longer believes in time being the most important resource [5:00]

- No one is coming to help you [5:45] - Raising kids and passing on lessons [6:00]

- The importance of self-talk [10:05]

- Discipline and extending yourself grace [11:31]

- Personal Responsibility and belief [12:23]

- Burn-out and winning the day [17:25]

- ‘Doing it All’ and time management [16:05]

- Exercise and the importance of Vitamin D [19:18]

- Giving 100% [21:24]

- Sleep Hygiene [23:21]

- Getting rid of notifications [24:25]

- Audio rights, productions and foreign translation deals [26:00]

- Failure and how to bounce back [30:00]

- Jonathan’s ‘Why’ [32:38}

- The takeaways [34:00]

Find out more about Jonathan Yanez:

WEB: https://www.jonathan-yanez.com/ 

FB: https://www.facebook.com/jonathan.yanez.547   

IG: https://www.instagram.com/author_jonathan_yanez/ 

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

Welcome to the Activated Authors podcast

Welcome to the Activated Authors podcast

January 26, 2022

Welcome to the Activated Authors podcast!

Daniel Willcocks is BACK with his unique dose of author advice, featuring guests from across the creative spectrum.

In today's episode, we look at what the Activated Authors podcast will bring to your ears, and introduce our newest member of the Activated Authors team, Sam Frost.

Find out more about Activated Authors at https://activatedauthors.com 

Be sure to subscribe to never miss an episode, and ACTIVATE your author career today!

#080: So I guess this is goodbye…

#080: So I guess this is goodbye…

March 26, 2021

On this, the final episode of the Great Writers Share podcast, Daniel Willcocks is joined by Holly Lyne, John Crinan, and Faye Trask as they recount their time on the show, and discuss the reasons that the show will be drawing to a close.

A huge thank you to everyone who has made this possible.

Thank you to everyone who has graciously given their time to be a guest on the show.

Thank you to Karl Hughes and Persephone Rose for giving the show its professional tune, voice, and edge.

Thank you to the hosts of the show.

Thank you to our patrons.

And thanks to you, the listener.

Follow Us:

Follow Dan: www.danielwillcocks.com

Follow Holly: www.hblyne.com

Follow John: www.johncrinan.com

Follow Faye: www.fayetrask.com

Get your Great Writers Share merchandise!

https://www.danielwillcocks.com/merch/gws

GWS Press books:

Collaboration for Authors: https://books2read.com/u/3G2jLn

Special thanks to:

Intro vocals: Persephone Rose

Show theme: Karl Hughes

Become a Patron of the show! Get exclusive bonus content, find your tribe, and get early access to all episodes.

Thank you to my patrons:

David Hines

Harley Christensen

Jon Cronshaw

Jenn Mitchell

Innes Richens

Ian J Middleton

Michael Anderle

Katie Forrest

Yanni Jade

Meg Cowley

H.B. Lyne

Jo

Sacha Black

Laura K

Crys Cain

Samantha Frost

Victoria LK Williams

Brett Jackson

Faye Trask


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#079: Jennifer Anne Gordon – Gothic horror, winning the Kindle Award, and experimenting in all mediums.

#079: Jennifer Anne Gordon – Gothic horror, winning the Kindle Award, and experimenting in all mediums.

March 19, 2021

Jennifer Anne Gordon was born a strange, pale, and quiet child, a ghost scared of ghosts.... Originally from New Hampshire, she studied acting at The New Hampshire Institute of Art. She grew up to become an actress, magician's assistant, artist, writer, dancer, and muse. She currently haunts lonely places in New Hampshire, though she is not dead.

Her debut novel, "Beautiful, Frightening, and Silent," earned Jennifer the Kindle Award for Best Horror/Suspense 2020, the Best Horror 2020 in the Authors on the Air Awards, and was a finalist for both the American Book Fest's Best Book Award Horror 2020, and the Authors on the Air Book of the Year.

In this episode we go deep into:

  • Jennifer’s dancing history and how it influences her writing
  • How being a Pantser of Dance formed her witing process
  • How her 7th grade bullies helped her craft
  • Her experimentation with different styles of writing from poetry to journalism
  • How she, ‘Broke through the barrier’ to start writing her first novel
  • Why it’s always horror and how ‘Pet Cemetery’ and ‘The Haunting of Hill House’ were her genesis
  • What drew her to horror as a child and her influences
  • What her intentions were when writing her debut novel
  • How PitMad kicked her in the pants to get her book ‘out there’
  • Her views on going back to a finished project
  • The creative process through the drafts of her books
  • Her journey from idea to award winning novel
  • What being an award-winning writer does to self-expectations
  • Why an author brand is important
  • What art means to Jennifer and how it has helped her throughout her creative journey so far and how she continues to use it
  • How she approaches character research for historical horror

Find out more about Jennifer:

https://www.jenniferannegordon.com/

https://www.facebook.com/JenniferAnneGordonAuthor/

https://www.instagram.com/jennifergenevievegordon/

https://twitter.com/JenniferAnneGo5

Links from the show:

https://raisondetre.bandcamp.com/ (The artist she referenced)

Get your Great Writers Share merchandise!

https://www.danielwillcocks.com/merch/gws

GWS Press books:

Collaboration for Authors: https://books2read.com/u/3G2jLn

Special thanks to:

Intro vocals: Persephone Rose

Show theme: Karl Hughes

Become a Patron of the show! Get exclusive bonus content, find your tribe, and get early access to all episodes.

Thank you to my patrons:

David Hines

Harley Christensen

Jon Cronshaw

Jenn Mitchell

Innes Richens

Ian J Middleton

Michael Anderle

Katie Forrest

Yanni Jade

Meg Cowley

H.B. Lyne

Jo

Sacha Black

Laura K

Crys Cain

Samantha Frost

Victoria LK Williams

Brett Jackson

Faye...


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#078: Miranda Oh - Taking inspiration from life, working from home, and podcasting your way to better writing

#078: Miranda Oh - Taking inspiration from life, working from home, and podcasting your way to better writing

March 12, 2021

Miranda Oh is the author of the successful Chick Lit series, Chin Up Tits Out! Author Miranda Oh, a girl of Metis tradition and descent is your typical girl: She loves the sunset, loves long walks on the beach, world travels, and when not playing the corporate part she can be found sipping wine and spending all her hard-earned money on nice shoes. Among her friends and family, Miranda Oh is known to be the storyteller of the group, always recapping crazy life stories and situations. Her personal experiences, emotions and fantasies are the inspiration for most of her books, so there is a little bit of her in every story.

In this episode, we go deep into:

  • Miranda’s history of writing and as a storyteller
  • How her 20s inspired her first series - from immigration, to racism, to mental health problems
  • Living with endometriosis and connecting with other women who have experienced it
  • Being okay with being judged
  • Evoking emotion in readers
  • Refilling the creative well
  • Finding the environment you need as a writer
  • Seeking permission to write about family and how their experiences have a different effect on other members of the family
  • Working from home
  • Blocking out time for the day job and writing (and keeping the two separate)
  • Whether to go full time or keep the corporate job
  • How podcasting helps be a better podcast guest and a better writer
  • Interviewing people you look up to
  • The digital world making events more accessible
  • How relatable other authors are

Connect with Miranda:

https://www.mirandaoh.com/

https://twitter.com/ohmirandaoh

https://www.instagram.com/ohmirandaoh/

Get more from Great Writers Share!

https://www.danielwillcocks.com/merch/gws

https://www.facebook.com/groups/greatwritersshare/

GWS Press books:

Collaboration for Authors: https://books2read.com/u/3G2jLn

Special thanks to:

Intro vocals: Persephone Rose

Show theme: Karl Hughes

Thank you to patrons:

David Hines

Harley Christensen

Jon Cronshaw

Jenn Mitchell

Innes Richens

Ian J Middleton

Michael Anderle

Katie Forrest

Yanni Jade

Meg Cowley

Jo

Sacha Black

Laura K

Crys Cain

Samantha Frost

Victoria LK Williams

Brett Jackson

Faye Trask


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