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As we settle into our new home on Wednesdays, we’ve got an author Q&A with Helen Juliet. Helen also writes as HJ Welch and here we talk about why she writes, the support she’s received from the m/m romance community, working on shared universes and why she unpublished her first book. Complete shownotes for episode 60 are at BigGayAuthorPodcast.com.…
 
For the U.S. Labor Day weekend, we've got a short episode that features a special announcement! Big Gay Author Podcast is moving to Wednesday. Will also has some book and podcast recommendations for your weekend, including Make Noise by Eric Nuzum as well as episodes of Stark Reflection Podcast, Six Figure Authors Podcast and Great Writer's Share P…
 
After Jeff gives an update on his Christmas novel and says farewell to The Writer's Well Podcast, the guys welcome Daniel Willcocks and Sacha Black for a round of Q&A. We find out why they write, steps they took to become full time authors and they also share a mistake and a success that they've learned from. Complete shownotes for episode 58 are a…
 
In the second part of our interview with author LaQuette about her Critical Lens workshop, she discusses historicals, why this class is valuable for reviewers and readers as well as the importance of normalizing marginalized characters in the romance genre. Complete shownotes for episode 57 are at BigGayAuthorPodcast.com.…
 
In part one of our interview with author LaQuette, we discuss her Critical Lens workshop. The class is designed to teach authors, reviewers and readers how to use literary criticism to view your own work, or the books you're reading, through an alternative lens. For authors this can provide critical insight into alternative perspectives that can he…
 
Author and podcaster J. Thorn talks with Jeff about the recent Supercharge Your Scene Challenge, where J. laid out his approach to scenes. J. walks through the worksheet and scene that Jeff submitted for the challenge, which provides valuable insight into scene structure. Jeff and J. also discuss J's podcasts, the events he puts on and what got him…
 
Author and podcaster Sacha Black joins us to talk about The Anatomy of Prose: 12 Steps to Sensational Sentences, which is the latest book in her Better Writers series. Sacha also discusses what led her to kicking off the series with a book on villains and how she knew she was ready to write non-fiction books. Complete shownotes for episode 54 are a…
 
Author E. Davies joins us this week to talk about the market research he does focused on best selling tropes and how that influences his books. He also discusses shared universes, including insights on what it takes to manage one and guidance for authors who want to join one. Complete shownotes for episode 53 are at BigGayAuthorPodcast.com.…
 
Jeff shares his progress on Camp NaNoWriMo and looks at the first quarter of sales data for Keeping Kyle. Jeff and Will talk with Daniel Willcocks about his new book Collaboration for Authors: A Complete Guide to Collaborating, Finding a Partner, and Accelerating Your Author Career. Daniel talks about his own collaborations, as well as what he lear…
 
The guys kick off with a brief recap of last week, including the release of the Heart2Heart anthology, and what Jeff's been up to with Camp NaNoWriMo and the Critical Lens class he just started taking. Jeff talks with author and podcaster Lauren Shippen about podcast fiction. Lauren's written and produced several shows, going back to 2015 with The …
 
The guys kick off with a recap of the past week, including recording an interview with Daniel Willcocks, an interesting invitation from J. Thorn and details on a class Jeff is taking during July. The discussion of story structure concludes with a look at the "Fighting for Love" section of Gwen Hayes's Romancing the Beat. Complete shownotes for epis…
 
Jeff talks about his experience last week with J. Thorn's Supercharge Your Scene 5-Day Writing Challenge. Will recommends a recent episode of The Rebel Author Podcast where Sacha Black talked with Libbie Hawker about outlining. The discussion of story structure, based on Gwen Hayes's Romancing the Beat, continues with the "Retreating from Love" sec…
 
Jeff recommends the latest episode of Rachael Herron's How Do You Write? He also talks briefly about J. Thorn's Supercharge Your Scene 5-Day Writing Challenge, which he will take part in next week. The guys continue their discussion on story structure with the "Falling in Love" phase from Gwen Hayes's Romancing the Beat. Jeff wraps up the show by s…
 
After Jeff reveals the details on the anthology project he's been alluding to over the past few weeks, Will dives into a discussion on story structure, specifically The Set Up phase described in Gwen Hayes's Romancing the Beat. After reviewing the elements of that phase, they talk about it in action through a couple of stories and Jeff gets into th…
 
Jeff & Will reveal their Christmas in July project. It starts in June with creating characters, deciding on tropes and using Gwen Hayes's Romancing the Beats to outline a Christmas story that they'll write during Camp NaNoWriMo in July. The guys also have a Q&A session with author Victoria Lee. Complete shownotes for episode 46 are at BigGayAuthorP…
 
Jeff does a deep dive on the release of Keeping Kyle, looking at the expenses to create the book and its first month's earnings. He also compares it to his previous releases. Then Jamie Sands, who also writes under the pen names Jaxon Knight and Drake LaMarque, joins us for a Q& A session. Complete shownotes for episode 43 are at BigGayAuthorPodcas…
 
After an update on Jeff's writing and the week in general, the guys recommend the new podcast, Next Level Authors hosted by Daniel Willcocks and Sacha Black. Authors Alice Archer and Emma Scott each do a round of Q&A talking about their careers and offering advice to those just starting out. Complete shownotes for episode 42 are at BigGayAuthorPodc…
 
Jeff & Will present a panel discussion that was recorded during the Coastal Magic Convention from February 2020. The Publishing Plus panel featured authors Morgan Brice (aka Gail Z Martin), Jeaniene Frost, Sarah Nicolas (aka Aria Kane) and S.E. Smith in a discussion about the many ways for authors to share more of themselves and their stories with …
 
Jeff updates everyone on his publishing activities for Keeping Kyle which releases on Tuesday. The guys also have some recommended listening and reading, including Joanna Penn's appearance on the Choose FI podcast, as well as a recent episode of The Misfits Guide to Writing Indie Romance, a blog post from Kristine Kathryn Rusch, and a video from Ch…
 
Jeff updates everyone on the Keeping Kyle release and recommends a recent episode of The Creative Penn with Austin Kleon. The guys note the passing of acclaimed playwright Terrence McNally and recommend the documentary on his life and work. Frank W. Butterfield answers questions about his writing process and career. Complete shownotes for episode 3…
 
After discussing the state of the world, Jeff gives some updates on the ongoing release activities for Keeping Kyle. Will talks about BookBub Mastery by Nick Thacker and Nora Phoenix's appearance on 20 Books to 50k's Facebook channel talking about Seven Things for Successful Authors. Author Meghan Maslow also joins Jeff for a round of Q&A. Complete…
 
Jeff recaps his week, including the cover reveal for Keeping Kyle and the relaunch of his newsletter. Brent Hartinger talks about his career, including why he writes, how he wishes he'd picked a genre earlier in his career and his advice for those looking to have a career as a writer. Complete shownotes for episode 35 are at BigGayAuthorPodcast.com…
 
With 300 days left in 2020, Will talks about tackling the rest of the year while Jeff looks at his past week dealing with taxes (which provided some interesting insights) and the cover reveal for the "Kyle Project." The guys take a deep dive on the just released book Audio For Authors: Audiobooks, Podcasting, And Voice Technologies by Joanna Penn. …
 
Jeff shares his progress on the Kyle Project. The guys talk about their trip to the Coastal Magic Convention. Will shares his takeaways from two podcasts he listened to, which further drove home the fact that authors have to do what works for them even if it's against the advice of the gurus. Jordan Castillo Price also does a round of Q&A. Complete…
 
After recapping their week, Jeff and Will have question and answer sessions with K.D. Edwards, author of the Tarot Sequence series, and TJ Klune, who this spring releases The House in the Cerulean Sea and The Extraordinaries. NOTE: The guys will be away next week for the Coastal Magic Convention, so the next episode will be February 29. Complete sh…
 
Jeff talks about why he likes developmental edits and recommends a recent episode of How Do You Write? that focused on the similarities between writers and illustrators. He also goes more in-depth on the paperback production he's been doing. Will offers up an apology and clarification plus looks at two books on short stories. Complete shownotes for…
 
Jeff & Will offer updates on their past week, including paperback releases, writing updates and progress on goals in January. Jeff also recommends recent episodes of The Creative Penn, which continued the discussion on the power authors have over their work, and Smart Podcast, Trashy Books, which took a deep dive into the issues surrounding Romance…
 
Jeff & Will talk about an array of topics after Jeff provides his weekly progress update. They talk about how they are setting up habits and unbreakable chains so far in 2020. Will talks about a new podcast that almost got started, prompting a discussion about when is the right time to pull the plug on a project. There are also more podcast suggest…
 
Jeff kicks off the week discussing how revisions are going on his current project. He also discusses a successful battle to get audiobook rights reverted, and the progress he's making on re-publishing. Jeff & Will also discuss how they're approaching 2020. Will wraps up the show with three podcast episodes that are chock full of information authors…
 
Jeff & Will are joined by author, memoirist, podcaster and teacher (though perhaps facilitator is the better word) Rachael Herron. They talk about her 90 Days to Done class, which Jeff recently completed, along with the other classes she offers. We also find out how all of that fits into her writing life and how she knew she was ready to teach. Sch…
 
Will talks about several informative shows he listened to this week that are relevant to all authors, including Nora Phoenix talking with Craig Martelle about self marketing, The Writing Gals and their 2020 goals, the Choose FI Podcast featuring an interview with Atomic Habits author James Clear and the Ask Alli Podcast with Joanna Penn and Orna Ro…
 
Jeff wrapped up his 90 Days to Done class and Will started a course on writing holiday stories. Slade James's interview with audiobook narrator Kirt Graves on GayRomance.Show is discussed. Jeff talks about more things he's learned about contracts. Plus we hear from veteran gay romance authors BA Tortuga and Julia Talbot who have guidance for author…
 
It's the end of NaNoWriMo and we wrap up with some final thoughts about how we did as well as a couple of our friends. Will talks about the book Get Paid!: Writing and Selling Erotica in 2019 by Lana Velvet. Authors K.C. Burn, Marshall Thornton and Charlie Cochet offer tips and advice for authors. Complete shownotes for episode 22 are at BigGayAuth…
 
As NaNoWriMo rolls on, Jeff & Will have updates on their progress and plans to finish the month. Jeff talks about the re-release strategies he's put in place for books he's preparing for Christmas time re-release. Max Walker discusses his author journey and advice for authors. Complete shownotes for episode 21 are at BigGayAuthorPodcast.com.…
 
NaNoWriMo has crossed the halfway point and we're talking with author and podcaster Slade James. He talks about his NaNo 2019 experience so far, the difference writing m/m romance as opposed to fantasy, plus he's got some tips for people who may not have started yet. Complete shownotes and the transcript for episode 20 are at BigGayAuthorPodcast.co…
 
After discussing their difficult first week of National Novel Writing Month, Jeff and Will discuss some podcasts, videos and blog posts that focused on some mindset shifts. They hope these tips help them (and you) navigate NaNoWriMo and the writing life in general. Complete shownotes and the transcript for episode 19 are at BigGayAuthorPodcast.com.…
 
The guys kick of NaNoWriMo 2019 with an update on their day one progress, as well as a reminder that they're live on Facebook Monday-Friday at 9pm ET/6pm PT with status updates. Will recommends some podcasts with great NaNoWriMo episodes. Jeff & Will discuss a question they received from Ida asking about library distribution and some of the choices…
 
After a recap of their post-GRL week, Jeff & Will answer a question from Philip about point of view in romances. Then it's all about National Novel Writing Month as the 20th NaNoWriMo gets underway on Friday, November 1. Jeff & Will talk about their plans and preparation along with some recommended podcasts and reading to get you ready for a month …
 
Jeff & Will spoke with Lucy Lennox during GayRomLit in Albuquerque. They discussed the inspiration behind the PAGE event along with how and why Lucy decided to add it to her author business. The success of King Me, which reached #1 in the Romance chart on Amazon this spring, is also examined as Lucy talks about what she's done in her career to help…
 
After a brief rundown of their week, Jeff & Will discuss Austin Price's presentation on the Habits of Effective Artists, which include daily work, volume not perfection, conscious learning, get feedback and create what you love. Will concludes the episode with an essay from James Victore about claiming your freedom. Complete shownotes and the trans…
 
Jeff & Will talk about the PAGE event, which they will be speaking at in 2020. Jeff shares his experience on the hot seat and talking about the book he's working on to his 90 Days to Done classmates. He also discusses issues he's having lately with imposter syndrome and comparisonitis. The guys also talk about some retirement planning they're worki…
 
Jeff & Will recap how their final 100 days of 2019 began. Will discusses the books How to Write Light Novels and Webnovels by R.A. Paterson and Superfans by Pat Flynn. The guys also offer tips and tricks for handling an author event like the upcoming GayRomLit (GRL). Complete shownotes and the transcript for episode 13 are at BigGayAuthorPodcast.co…
 
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