Book Bloggers Needed!

Books In The Air

If this is your first time here, Joined Up Writing is a regular free podcast featuring long-form interviews with writers plus loads of writing tips and advice. We’ve been established since 2015 and you can find our archive here. We’re always looking for ways to add more content and value to the show, so . . .

Book Bloggers – We Need YOU!

We’re looking to introduce a new 5 minute book review segment to the show, and would love to feature a variety of book bloggers and genres. Do you run a regular book review blog? Are you looking to grow your audience and reach new readers? Would you like to add another dimension to your posts, with a review that your audience can hear as well as read? Yes? Then this could be the perfect opportunity.

How will it work?

The idea is that during each show we will introduce a segment for a quick book review – it will have it’s own jingle and everything! Your recorded review (5 mins or less) will be inserted into the show. We’ll tell our listeners who you are, where they can find your other posts and will promote any other projects you are currently working on or passionate about.

What type of reviews are we looking for?

Initially, we are focusing on Fiction, with the caveat that we would be interested in Non-Fiction reviews if the book in question related to the craft of writing or publishing in some way. We are not precious about genres, but are keen to ‘Join Up’ with a wide range of bloggers to ensure we can cater for all of our listeners.

What you will need to provide . . .

We would require you to record your review and supply us with a WAV or AIF sound file with low compression. The file size will be relatively large, but you can use a free service like WeTransfer to send them over. We appreciate that not everyone will have radio quality recording equipment, but as long as the audio is clear and free of extraneous noise or music, it should be fine for us to work with. The review itself can simply be based on one of your existing or upcoming posts – in fact, this is a great way to lead potential new readers to your blog. Our only request is that you deliver the reviews with energy and enthusiasm

Tempted?

If this sounds like something you would love to try, then please drop us a line by emailing me waynekelly [at] mglmedia [dot] tv Tell us a bit about who you are and what you do, as well as giving us a link to your blog and Twitter profiles. Maybe you aren’t a blogger yourself but know someone who might be interested? Please feel free to share the post.

Our whole ethos is about ‘Joining Up’ with other writers, bloggers and creatives, so why not get in touch to help us to continue to build a network and resource that encourages and inspires everyone.

Have any other ideas for content you’d like us to add to the show? Want to give us feedback on previous shows? Leave a comment below, Tweet us and let’s get Joined Up!

 

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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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