Scrivener Tips & Editing with Anne Rainbow – JU56

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Author, Editor & Scrivener Guru, Anne Rainbow

It’s episode 56 and today’s guest is going to be giving us a great introduction to a piece of software that we are both huge fans of – Scrivener – as we get to chat to writer, editor and creator of the fantastic ScrivenerVirgin and RedPen blog, Anne Rainbow.

Anne began her writing career almost 40 years ago, writing several educational text books before becoming a teacher and freelance editor, and eventually setting up her own publishing services company. She moved onto fiction later on, found the joys of NanoWriMo and went on to write a great book called Editing The RedPen Way. More recently Anne created the brilliant ScrivenerVirgin blog, which we highly recommend you take a look at.

Anne is soon to launch her RedPen Mentoring scheme – you can find more details here.

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Steph Broadribb – Thriller Writer JU#55

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It’s episode 55 and we’ve got such a great guest again today with crime writer, reviewer and trained bounty-hunter, Steph Broadribb dropping in for a chat.

Although Steph is a fairly newly published author, if you’re a fan of the genre, there’s a good chance you are already familiar with her work under her alter ego – Crime Thriller Girl, having blogged regular book reviews for several years. But in November 2016, her debut novel, an action-packed crime thriller called Deep Down Dead, was published by Orenda Books. She’s already beavering away on a sequel, as well as other titles in a series of police procedurals for Trapeze Books, using one of her other alter egos, Stephanie Marland.

You can follow her on Twitter @crimethrillgirl, read her crime fiction reviews over at Crime Thriller Girl and, of course, go and buy Deep Down Dead, which I highly recommend.

Steph has so many great Writing tips and her own journey to publication is fascinating.

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Armley Press Publisher Mick McCann -JU#54

It’s episode 54 and today we’re chatting to writer and self-styled Punk Publisher, Mick McCann.

Mick has written books including How Leeds Changed The World and Coming Out As A Bowie Fan in Leeds, Yorkshire, England and after becoming disillusioned with the way the traditional publishing industry sometimes works, decided to go his own way and set up Armley Press in 2008. Since then Armley’s punk ethos and passion for finding edgy new voices has led to them publishing new talents like recent guests MW Leeming and Nathan O’Hagan.

Mick tweets at @MickMcCann01 and you can find more about Armley Press here. You should also go and check out the short film on YouTube Mick Mentions during our chat.

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Writing Tutor, Bead Roberts – JU#53

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Writing Tutor, Bead Roberts

Today’s episode is an interview with Bead Roberts, a fascinating writer and tutor with years of experience and knowledge to share on writing short stories, using life experience in your work and why you should never be afraid to get your work out there.

Bead started writing over twenty years ago while living in Bavaria. She’s written everything from stories in a comic for under fives, to detective stories for a Scottish newspaper.

Her first competition success was in the Ian St James Short Story competition which led to a suggestion from a Curtis Brown agent that she write a novel. Having no interest in novels she wrote plays and stories for radio and settled on stories for women’s magazines with over a hundred published.

She taught Creative Writing for many years and was twice nominated for Writing Tutor of The Year awards.

Nowadays, at seventy four she writes fewer stories but still likes to enter competitions. Her proudest win was runner up in an international competition judged by Hilary Mantel when her story title Letters to Freddie Mercury was used for the competition anthology.

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Novelist Rob Palk – Getting an Agent Joined Up#52

It’s episode 52 and we’ve got yet another great guest today with debut novelist, Rob Palk, talking about his road to finding an agent and working towards getting published.

Rob is the author of ANIMAL LOVERS, an upcoming comic novel about heartbreak, mortality and badgers (you’ve got me hooked already). He’s spent a number of years accumulating enough unfortunate experiences to keep him inspired for several novels and in fact, he’s already working on two more books. He’s given regular readings of his work, taken part in large scale performances for Comic Relief and has been called a “hot tip for 2017” by comedian and author, Mark Watson and “a very bad boy” by the Erotic Review.

Rob is represented by Sophie Hicks Agency. He blogs here and you can follow him on Twitter @RobPalkwriter

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Thriller Writer MW Leeming Interview – Joined Up #51

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Thriller writer, MW Leeming

It’s episode 51 and we’ve got yet another great guest today with thriller writer MW Leeming.

MW Leeming (known as Wayne to friends and family) has been writing since early teens.

Wayne’s heart has always been with creative pursuits; writing, singing, song-writing – but from an early age, he also found a similar enthusiasm for law and justice. His career in criminal defence law saw him working for defence solicitors and gave him a fiery passion for fairness, morality and justice – issues which frequently crop up in his writing. As well as having self-published a number of collections and novellas, Wayne is traditionally published with Armley Press who put out his vigilante revenge thriller, Justice Is Served.

He also has a self-published non-fiction book called ‘Generation Rent’, for which he is donating all of his proceeds to homeless charity Shelter.

Wayne tweets @MWLeeming and blogs regularly at mwleeming.weebly.com

There’s a few Tweets of The Week, which includes a post from Ruthanne Reid on Show and Tell and a piece tweeted by Andrew Lowe on How Spotify Can Make You a Better Writer. We also make time for our new feature, ‘What Ya Readin?’

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Nathan o’Hagan Interview – Never Give Up Joined Up #50

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It’s episode 50 – yes, a real landmark for us, our 50th full length episode, just over 2 years since we started this little podcast. We’ve had loads of fantastic guests along the way and today is no exception with novelist, Nathan O’Hagan joining us to talk to us about his upcoming book as well as his journey into writing and publication.

“If you gave up after the first hurdle, you’d never get anywhere.”

After spending most of his teens and twenties in various unsuccessful bands, Nathan eventually turned his hand to writing.  In 2013 he self published a short fiction collection, “Purge”. A year later his first completed novel, “The World Is (Not) A Cold Dead Place” was published by Armley Press. He’s also written a screenplay and another series of short stories which he may self publish in the future. He regularly writes features and reviews for the online fanzine God Is In The TV and he has a new crime novel on the way in February – Out Of The City – already out for pre-order.

Follow Nathan on Twitter or check out his Facebook page here.

We also make time for our new feature, ‘What Ya Readin?’

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