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What are the best podcasts for writers? Well…it depends what you're looking for. There are SO many podcasts for writers so I decided to jump headfirst into the overwhelm and sort out the best, most popular podcasts for writers so you don't have to. And also so you can find some new podcasts to listen to. Because I know you're looking.

Podcasts for Writers

What are the best podcasts for writers? Well…it depends what you're looking for. There are SO many podcasts for writers so I decided to jump headfirst into the overwhelm and sort out the best, most popular podcasts for writers so you don't have to. And also so you can find some new podcasts to listen to. Because I know you're looking.

Elevator speech. Elevator statement. Elevator pitch. Why are we on an elevator all the time? The phrase came from the idea you need to figure out a way to explain what you do, who you serve, and what makes you different in the time it would take to ride an elevator. It's a short, compelling sales pitch. So, how do you write an elevator pitch?

How to Write an Elevator Pitch

Elevator speech. Elevator statement. Elevator pitch. Why are we on an elevator all the time? The phrase came from the idea you need to figure out a way to explain what you do, who you serve, and what makes you different in the time it would take to ride an elevator. It's a short, compelling sales pitch. So, how do you write an elevator pitch?

This year, I'm resolving to do less of the mindless scroll and more of the adding goodness to the social landscape. Care to join me? Here are eight ideas for spreading the love on social media. They're not invasive, they're not difficult, and they're not rocket science. But sometimes they're tough to remember.

Tips for Spreading the Love on Social Media

This year, I'm resolving to do less of the mindless scroll and more of the adding goodness to the social landscape. Care to join me? Here are eight ideas for spreading the love on social media. They're not invasive, they're not difficult, and they're not rocket science. But sometimes they're tough to remember.

I know, I get it. You HATE marketing. And talking about yourself? Yeah, I know. You hate talking about yourself too. But here's the thing, when you're self-employed you need marketing to get work and when you're a writer you need to market YOU in order to get clients. This is tough stuff, I know. But I hope this post will help you understand how to market yourself as a writer without being a sleaze-ball and maybe even learn how to talk about yourself in a way that doesn't feel weird or…

How to Market Yourself as a Writer

I know, I get it. You HATE marketing. And talking about yourself? Yeah, I know. You hate talking about yourself too. But here's the thing, when you're self-employed you need marketing to get work and when you're a writer you need to market YOU in order to get clients. This is tough stuff, I know. But I hope this post will help you understand how to market yourself as a writer without being a sleaze-ball and maybe even learn how to talk about yourself in a way that doesn't feel weird or…

Over the past couple months I've tested Write! App to see if I could adjust to a distraction-free writing with a distraction-free text editor. And by test I should be upfront. I stared at the shortcut on my desktop and thought of reasons why I didn't need to use it. Because I'm a writer with a writing process and being distracted is integral to my creative process.

What is Distraction-Free Writing and How Can Write! Help

Priceless movie review. Dubbed a romantic drama, Priceless follows James Stevens (Grammy-award winning singer Joel Smallbone from For King and Country) on a red-eye delivery with a mysterious package. Sketchy. Stevens is troubled, complicated, and in over his head. He realises this once he hears crying coming from the back of his delivery truck. What are those girls doing back there? Now what does he do?

Priceless Movie Review: Blu-Ray + DVD Release February 14

Priceless movie review. Dubbed a romantic drama, Priceless follows James Stevens (Grammy-award winning singer Joel Smallbone from For King and Country) on a red-eye delivery with a mysterious package. Sketchy. Stevens is troubled, complicated, and in over his head. He realises this once he hears crying coming from the back of his delivery truck. What are those girls doing back there? Now what does he do?

No Time to Bury Them. What. Is. This. Book. About!? This was the only thought I had when I read the pitch for Mark C. Eddy's newest book, a fictional historical adventure set in post-gold rush Yukon, Canada.

No Time to Bury Them by Mark C. Eddy [book review

No Time to Bury Them. What. Is. This. Book. About!? This was the only thought I had when I read the pitch for Mark C. Eddy's newest book, a fictional historical adventure set in post-gold rush Yukon, Canada.

Based on a true marriage journey, Extraordinary tells the amazing story of ultra-marathon runner and college professor David Horton, his wife, Nancy, and their attempt to finish their marriage race well. Although proud of his incredible athletic accomplishments and the impact he has on his students, David’s family continuously pays a high price for his years of competitive running. Following his open-heart surgery and irreparable damage to his knees, Nancy is ready for Dave to hang up his…

Extraordinary Movie DVD Giveaway

Based on a true marriage journey, Extraordinary tells the amazing story of ultra-marathon runner and college professor David Horton, his wife, Nancy, and their attempt to finish their marriage race well. Although proud of his incredible athletic accomplishments and the impact he has on his students, David’s family continuously pays a high price for his years of competitive running. Following his open-heart surgery and irreparable damage to his knees, Nancy is ready for Dave to hang up his…

Blogging Year in Review

There's something about nature that calls to me and I don't know how to explain what happens when I go out in the woods except to say the trees and the air whisper to my soul. I don't know what they say but I always feel refreshed and renewed after a nature walk. Perhaps this is why Margaret Dulaney's book To Hear The Forest Sing appealed to me; for the past 25 years she has walked the woods with her dogs. While she walks, she ponders. Then once home from her wandering, she writes.

To Hear the Forest Sing [book review

Robyn Roste - One Word at a Time

Portfolios. In general I understand them—a collection of your work assembled to demonstrate your experience and expertise in an area. But I've struggled with social media and figuring out how to create a social media portfolio. Because although it's my work it's not for me. Most of my social media experience is creating content and strategies for other people or brands. It's like ghostwriting. It's ghostsocialing. (I sure hope that's a hashtag.) My mission is to figure out how to present my…

How to Create a Social Media Portfolio

Robyn Roste - One Word at a Time

Why are fonts such a big deal? I know they are but I don't "get" it. But I understand, at least, that it <em>does</em> matter. So I'm here to tell you fonts matter and I could try and tell you why but I'd only be plagiarizing because I don't understand it. Can we just agree they are important and move on to figuring out how to choose fonts when you know they matter but you can't tell what works and what doesn't. Also known as how to choose fonts for your website when you're not a designer.

How to Choose Fonts for Your Website When You're Not a Designer

If you're a writer then perhaps you know the term "pantser." It was new to me. Pantser is a type of writer; one who writes by the seat of his pants. Right? The other type of writer is an outliner. Now that one's a bit more familiar to me. In my heart I'm an outliner. I like having a plan and making it come alive. I like knowing where I'm going rather than discovering it along the way. And I don't believe outlines cut off creativity, which is why I'm advocating for outlines and showing you…

How to Write an Outline for Anything

Released mid-September 2016, the buzz surrounding Searching the Scriptures intensified as the publish date crept closer. As an employee of Insight for Living Ministries (the Bible-teaching ministry of Charles R. Swindoll) I stalked my email in hopes of an advance preview of the book, which I heard was a game changer.

Searching the Scriptures [book review

Searching the Scriptures is Chuck Swindoll's personal Bible-study method, which he has broken out into four easy-to-remember steps.

If you know anything about Canadian history you know the Canadian Pacific Railway company played a role in shaping it. Marc H. Choko's Canadian Pacific: Creating a Brand Building a Nation tells the story based on CP's publicity output--their marketing and graphic design in particular. It's a unique take on telling a brand story while educating readers on how public and private interests can align for the greater good. In this case, forming a unified Canada.

Canadian Pacific: Creating a Brand Building a Nation [book review

Choko's Canadian Pacific: Creating a Brand Building a Nation tells the story based on CP's publicity (marketing and graphic design) output.

Laid out like any other writers guide, there are essays and articles on writing advice, publishing information, and an introduction to planet literary agent before getting to the good stuff. The listings. Who's buying, who's selling, who's looking for what and when. It's all good stuff, and I can't get enough. Jeff Herman has a wonderful sense of humour, which helps make typical writing and publishing advice come alive and keeps the reader engaged. The listings follow an interesting format…

Jeff Herman's Guide To Book Publishers, Editors and Literary Agents [book review

If you want a lighthearted yet no-nonsense guide to publishing, look no further than Jeff Herman's Guide to Book Publishers, Editors and Literary Agents.

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