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How do I start a podcast?

How do I start a podcast has to be one of the most common asked questions. It is pretty simple actually, and there are a wealth of great informative sites on the subject. I will just add my two centavos in here however, just to be able to say I did.

Starting a podcast in this year would be a bit different from how things looked back about 10 years ago when the Internet was younger and less crowded. Podcasts and Youtube were still considered ground breakers and you could get a little traction on those sites where you might get overlooked as a blogger.

Start a podcast 2008 version

It sure didn’t hurt to be a blogger AND podcaster AND Youtuber back then. It still doesn’t but you do have to work a lot harder now to get noticed. 500 hours are uploaded to YT every minute!

But back to my question at hand. How do you start a podcast today?

If I were going to start one today, I would look into apps that make it easier. I use Mobile Podcaster for my flyby shows. It can be done on the “fly”, uploaded to your WordPress blog, and edited, and published really easily.

I believe that as Youtube changes its algorithm and makes video uploads and content more financially beneficial to them, you will see that video will not be the main go to for small content creators. Audio is easier, and has smaller files so uploading is quicker.

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I am considering going to an all audio format for Writer Groupie because that truly is the preferred way for most writers to be interviewed. Most do not like to have their countenances portrayed on YT and across the web.

But if you want to start a podcast, and you have any questions, drop me a line. I am happy to help.

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Writing Guru: Thought generation- why and how?

What or why and how do we come by thought generation and what does it become?

Welcome to another episode of my podcast. This time we’re talking about how you get from the thought to the creation of an idea and what might be stopping you. Be sure to subscribe and like us on our social media sites, especially YOUTUBE.

What do you create from the thoughts that you think?

Or maybe I should ask WHY do you create from a thought that you have and more importantly, how does it get from a thought into a creation?

Well, button up, Buttercup, we’re going to take a deep dive into the mind of a creative entrepreneur.

Creation happens when we are thinking, because well, we are always thinking. Our brains process experiential input and this process, or thinking, is how we examine our world.

Or maybe it’s just our perception of the world.

Either way, it’s the creative engine doing its thing and how we can get juiced for turning a thought into something creative. Here’s a more simple explanation:

You see a squirrel. You perceive it with your eyes and maybe ears as you hear it chatter. Then an idea strikes on how you could build it a feeder so it doesn’t have to eat acorns off the ground.
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Do you see how our perceptions  went from that into thoughts and then into a creative flow?

So, how can we be influenced by our world, especially the digital one?

It’s ever evolving, y’all. Marketers constantly barrage us with techniques (some so overt, we don’t even know it) – to get us to buy. Some through colors. Some through sounds, but most through imagery that is so lifelike, it triggers the same or similar response in us to it as what we would have reacted to actual real life subjects.

Research color psychology.

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But I digress…

Color psychology is pretty amazing when you think how we are trained by it and most of us don’t even know! Can anyone say, thought generation?

While on the subject of thoughts…why do we criticize ourselves? Why don’t we believe what we think we believe? How many times have you rejected your own thoughts about something today – just today- believing instead that you are incorrect or maybe even SILLY for thinking it?

Why do we self-censor?

And how can we stop because it is definitely not good for creativity, and we always stop a process to analyze what others may think about it or how it will be received. (enter a book idea here)

That kind of behavior is counter-intuitive for what we are trying to accomplish as creators. It comes from years of being rewarded for being right (doing right) and being punished for wrong behaviors or beliefs ACCORDING TO SOMEONE ELSE. This happened regardless as to if the criticism was deserved or not usually.

So, the answer my friend is blowing in the wind…the answer is…STOP LISTENING TO THE CRITICS! Your personal thought generation doesn’t need them!

I know we all like positive reinforcement and we all like praise. But when you quit seeking it above your own desire to create, you will complete more projects. That’s because you no longer care about the yays and thereby the nays.

There is a whole comparison on the audio above about how we look at reviews and what others think, but my fingers are tired of typing. Go have a listen and see if you agree with what I say. And feel free to leave a comment, at any time. I also would love it if you would subscribe to the newsletter or the podcast on YOUTUBE.

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Writer Groupie Talks About Blogging

Welcome to another episode. We are still getting settled in our new digs but I am taking a minute to chat with you about the latest and also about blogging..

Blogging is NOT dead.

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WGP Episode 76 – We’re BAAACK!

Hey everybody! We are back and this is our inaugural episode although it is numbered as though there was never a TWO YEAR BREAK! And of course, I have said in the video that this is episode 75 – and it is NOT. I would never take the limelight from Lori Roberts and her wonderful episode. You can go listen to it here. It is the real episode 75 not this one.

In this episode (76) you will hear:

  1. What has gone on for the last two years
  2. Who is now doing audio/video production for the show
  3. When you can get on the show for YOUR episode!
  4. A great new idea for you to get an audio clip of your book in front of OUR fans!

Things I still have to do:

  1. Figure out how to get this stuff uploaded to YouTube once again
  2. Ditto for iTunes
  3. Get a format down so that you guys are familiar with how it goes

Not that having a format is all that important for the interview segments. You are totally fine to make it the “Mr or Mrs My Book and all about me” show. But if you have some other sites you frequent that you would like to see our show go up at, please do let me know. (I am going to check out Twitch soon)

But, enough of my jabber. The latest episode is below and I hope you enjoy it.

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Have mic, will podcast

I have not posted in here in so long there is an echo! But we (Yes, we are a we!) are ready to bring this dead site back to life. Sort of like that old Evanescence song, Bring me to Life, here we go!

my new Yeti mic

So, I have gone to the limit of my current budget and bought a great mic to make the sounds quality much better. Along with good sound comes good production, and I will have a super produced show and new content coming soon. My producer will be my co-host so yall will have to give him a HUGE Welcome!

Yeti is THE best mic

Bound to Morocco by Leslie Hachtel

Bound to Morocco – New Release! 

Bound to Morocco

by Leslie Hachtel

Genre: Historical Romance

 

 

What if your family sold you to a Sultan’s Harem?

Drugged and kidnapped, Shera finds herself on a ship to Morocco to serve the Sultan. Abandoned and alone, Shera must find a way to escape and confront the people who betrayed her. She gets help from an unlikely source: the man who kidnapped her. But, he has his own secrets. And, when their partnership turns to love, the two must face constant danger to endure. But will they ever be free?

 

Purchase now on Amazon for Kindle and in PRINT!
Click on cover to go to AMAZON now!Also available at these retailers:

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Kobo

https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/bound-to-morocco

for other retailers not listed contact the author at her website:

http://www.lesliehachtel.com 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Leslie Hachtel was born in Ohio, raised in New York and has been a gypsy most of her adult life. Her various jobs, including licensed veterinary technician, caterer, horseback riding instructor for the disabled and advertising media buyer have given her a wealth of experiences.Leslie Hachtel
However, it has been writing that has consistently been her passion. She sold an episode of a TV show, had a screenplay optioned and has so far produced eleven novels, including eight historicals and three romantic suspense. Leslie lives in Cordova, Tennessee with a fabulously supportive engineer husband and her writing buddy, Jakita, a terrier.
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Once Upon a Tablecloth by Leslie Hachtel

Recently, I had the privilege to sit down and discuss writing and books with the fabulous Leslie Hachtel. Leslie is the author of multiple books and she is a real-go-getter. When she told me she had a promotion coming up for one of them, I asked to please promote it on my site.

Here in all its glory is your intro to the world of Hachtel:

Leslie Hachtel was born in Ohio, raised in New York and has been a gypsy most of her adult life.  Her various jobs, including licensed veterinary technician, caterer, horseback riding instructor for the disabled and advertising media buyer have given her a wealth of experiences.Leslie Hachtel

However, it has been writing that has consistently been her passion. She sold an episode of a TV show, had a screenplay optioned and has so far produced eleven novels, including eight historicals and three romantic suspense.  Leslie lives in Cordova, Tennessee with a fabulously supportive engineer husband and her writing buddy, Jakita, a terrier.

 

Inside the Book

Title: ONCE UPON A TABLECLOTH
Author: Leslie HachtelPublisher: Independent
Pages: 334
Genre: Romantic Suspense

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Nick Jordan acquires failing restaurants, then makes them prosperous. But when Lily Mercer calls him for help, he didn’t count on falling in love.

Or that someone wants to kill her.

And with so many obstacles and threats, can she survive? Can their love?

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Books Clubs And Why I Want To Join One

Welcome to another episode of my podcast.

 

Books Clubs And Why I Want To Join One

Yesterday, I sat in on my first gathering of a book club.  It was so much fun, I want to join one. That is a common feeling for a reader, who loves books and just wants to read and talk about what was read. These ladies (and yes, it was all ladies) really liked the book that had been read, and the author was present, so they got a good chance to ask her questions about the book that they wanted answered. The author was delightful and well, you should know, she is a friend of mine, and a fine author. NO wonder they loved her book. I love her books too.

Now for those of you asking, this is what a book club is and what they do:

A book club is a reading group that chooses a book to read once a month and then they get together and discuss it. IF they are lucky, like the case I am telling you about here, they have the author in and get to learn more deeply about the writing of the book, what inspired the author and what she felt when she wrote certain scenes.

I only aspire to this height. I haven’t yet been the subject of a book club gathering, but I hope to one day. I love readers. Heck, I am one! I think that reading groups and book clubs are just the bees knees.

You can find them all on the internet if you are not able to get to a library. I think getting together with a face to face group would be just super fun though. Libraries and community centers usually have something along these lines, so check all the possible places. And like I said, if you cannot find anything local, then look online. There are many online, I know because I just went out and looked into it. I am seriously considering joining one, just because I love to read so much.

Well, maybe that’s a job for another month, though. I just got two of the author’s books at the meeting yesterday, so I am full of new books to read right now. In fact, my to-be-read pile is about to topple over.

One of the final and wonderful things that the moderator said yesterday was for the readers to be sure to go out and rate and review the book for the author. I was so pleased to hear that. Authors need ratings and reviews to keep them on top of their game. I received a bad review one time. It really hurt my feelings, but I have since learned that you won’t always hit the mark with every reader. It’s cool. They don’t mean any harm by telling you that you fell short of the mark. That bad review should make you good and mad, so you go out and do better. I know it affected me that way.

And good reviews? Oh my. Those make an author’s heart sing, and sends us right back into that writing chair to turn out another book. Good reviews are as addicting as a drug that is only taken once and is sought after with a vengeance every day thereafter.

Well, I guess, that’s about all I had to talk about this time.

I am going to be working on my next book soon, and no not through Nano. I don’t guess I will ever do Nano again. Nano is short for Nanowrimo or National Novel Writing Month and it is all in November. I have done it many years, but nah…not this one.  But I still need some encouragement to finish this book I’m writing, so please remember to pat me on the back once in a while. It’s so hard to make myself sit down and write these days. I find avoiding the writing chair a very easy feat and that’s only because basically I am lazy, but also, well, since my hubby died, I just don’t have much inspiration or motivation aside from normal life things. I think I need a book club. It would get my lazy butt moving in the right direction.

What do you think?

May all beings be happy at heart — Buddha

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So here we are you guys, it’s October 2017– they keep promising Fall is on the way, but I dont hardly believe it–it’s still in the mid to upper 80s here and well… you know a little cooler weather would be nice.

Looks like for a while, you guys, I’m going to be doing the podcast solo-because I just don’t know how to go about conducting an interview and make it turn out right — video-wise —and all the things that my husband used to do – it’s kind of a technical malady going on here– so instead I guess I’ll just talk to yall– I’ll just do some podcasting solo —

You’re going to get the benefit of my knowledge and well, an awful lot of what’s inside of my brain. These are going to be a lot more like those fly-by episodes that I did sometimes. But I hope that I can bring something of value to you using the podcast platform.

I know there’s an awful lot of podcasts out there I know your time is valuable and I just want to say thanks for listening to my podcast, to writer groupie dot net podcast.

You know it’s an honor really for you to allow me to take up your time and it’s–you know– it’s kind of an honor for you to get the benefit of listening to my terrible southern drawl. So actually if you think about it, we’re benefiting each other.

You know it’s a shared human experience, podcasting is. The sound of my voice going into your ear-bones. Well, something like that.

And so, lets talk about a few of the things that are going on in the world. You know just yesterday was the Las Vegas Massacre. At least that’s what the news media’s calling it. I kind of agree, it was a massacre. Somebody described  it as shooting fish in a barrel and that I agree with also.

It was totally, utterly, decidedly planned. Now what sort of opinion this man had of population, what this man’s mental status was, the reasons behind the massacre could be just about anything. I don’t think anybody really knows at this point, and you know, he shot himself, so we may never know.

We may never know what made this man go to such extremes to injure, maim, and murder others. So many others they’re calling it the worst massacre in this country.

But I have to say, even in the most horrible circumstances some of the best and the brightest things come to light. Kind of like a beautiful moth appearing under the street lamp because it’s drawn to the light.

Good is drawn to the light. And even though there’s evil in the world, I really truly believe there’s an awful lot of good. And you’re good, and I’m good, and we’re good together. And we can do good for each other. And I think that it’d be really remiss of me if I didn’t say things to you like, spread kindness.

You know, kindness is free.

It doesn’t cost anything and it takes a lot of various forms. You know, a kind touch, a kind word, even just a smile would make somebody’s day.

You know, and you never know the burdens other people are carrying, and your kind touch, your kind word, even your smile can make that sorrowful day that they may be enduring a whole lot brighter.

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So, please, please, please, try and be kind. Try to have peace in your heart. Try to have love for your fellow man. Because you know, there’s evil in the world. And the only way to overcome evil is with love and with kindness.

You know it’s just … it’s just the way the Good Book says, those kinds of  benefits… those kinds of types of personalities that can exhibit kindness and love even in the worst circumstances…man, that’s the kind of stuff you want to pay attention to and you want to pattern yourself after.

So, if you don’t know anything about how to be kind or how to exhibit love, listen to some of these news stories about the people who took care of those who were injured and dying. I think you might find the cue. I think you might find the key.

Well, that’s about all I can tell you. That’s all I can give you out of the depths of my mind. I’m a little bit soul-sore. And I guess maybe you are too, I think all of our spirits are a little bit dinged right now. Because we’re all sad because this is a terrible tragedy.

Anytime there’s a massive loss of life, I mean, it’s…it’s a tragedy.

But we can overcome. WE can always overcome. Don’t forget what I said about kindness. That’s kind of important. Until next time….signing out.

WGPodcast: Are Websites Necessary

Writer Groupie Podcast brings you discussions, insights, and insider details on planning, producing, promoting, and profiting as a writer.

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Good day, Writer Groupies! I am doing a flyby episode today in hopes that I am going to slowly get back to my podcast schedule. I think most of you know that my hubby is my producer and he has been in the hospital and unable to help me out for some time now.

At any rate, he will be able to direct me to do the production work soon, so we can get back to business! If you are a former guest, or one that I have had to cancel, I will be in touch to reschedule soon!

Today, I want to discuss a subject that is subjective, depending on what your preferences are, and I am certainly NOT trying to sway you one way or another. But, it’s about websites for authors and whether we still need them or not, and whether what we put on one is complex or simple.

What got me on the subject today was seeing a nice book cover on Facebook and following the links to see the book on Amazon-you know me, I love good book covers – and if you need one designed will be happy to do that for you- but I digress.

This book, a romance, was ranking on Amazon moderately, and I wanted to know more about the author. I always think about possible podcast guests. So, I tried and tried to find the author’s website. And there is not one. The author is exclusively on Amazon, Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads.

This made me sit back on my heels a little.

Are websites now no longer needed for an author?  Do we as consumers no longer desire to see the author’s creds and other items? This author only had the one book so maybe she will get a site up once she gets another one ready to go. I also tried to hunt down her publishing company and found nothing that matched exactly so suspect that she is using her own publishing information as I do with MKS Books. This is a common thing with indies.

But I have heard more than once that you should have a website, even a one page site. It’s just the norm. But I am seeing more and more indies going to a social media experience for their platform. I think in a way, that is an okay thing to do. I mean, where did I find this author? On Facebook!

So, it bears repeating…are websites going by the wayside? I find myself going less and less to sites for my information gathering…even of big companies. Now, yes, we all shop online and those sites are frequented quite heavily. But for an author? Or a book? Is it possible now to do away with a website?

When I visited the sites of two of my favorite authors, I found sites filled with info about their book tours and covers and links to their books (current books being sold—not really backlist) and nothing else. I suspect these NYT bestsellers are far too busy out in the world promoting to be worrying with blogging or any of that and likely have author assistants who do their sites.

But, if you have a site…what is necessary? For a long time, it was simply a placeholder for your image and bio and book covers and links. Then sites went the way of blogs and everyone felt the need to post blog posts daily or so…but I am seeing a whole lot of defunct blogs now because we are all very, very busy people and don’t have time to write out a long tirade. And even less time to read one. So, I think it is safe to say that blogging at least on a website is really sort of a dead thing.

And if the authors that I visited are any indication, sites may be going back to the placeholder days.

Either way, a website is in my opinion, an expense that an author just getting started could do without. I think they may well get more mileage from social media places. Eventually as they publish more and more books they will want a site.

What do you think?

Please feel free to comment. I would love to hear what you think.

Thanks for listening! You can find show notes, contact form, and more at http://www.writergroupie.net

You can find out more about Kim Smith at http://www.kimsmithauthor.net