WRITER 2.0: Writing, publishing, and the space between

A.C. Fuller: Author, Podcaster, Writing Teacher


The WRITER 2.0 Podcast is a show about writing, books, and the publishing industry. Hosted by author and professor A.C. Fuller, the show features interviews with authors, journalists, and publishing experts. About the Host: A.C. Fuller is a former ...Show More

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Talking Romance and Writing with Emma Scott–Episode 129–March 13 2017

44:07 | Mar 13th, 2017

On episode 129 of the WRITER 2.0 Podcast I spoke once again with Emma Scott. We discussed: * how she’s improved since writing her first book; * her writing process and how it has changed over time; * finding your story vs. creating your story; * u...Show More

Rest in Peace Roger Hobbs, and Book Giveaway—Episode 128—March 8 2017

1:34:39 | Mar 8th, 2017

On a special flashback episode of the WRITER 2.0 Podcast, I pay tribute to Roger Hobbs: a brilliant writer, a good friend, and a former podcast guest. Roger passed away in November at the age of 28. I also announce a giveaway of Roger’s books.  Long-...Show More

“Airplane Books” and Mailing Lists with Nick Thacker–Episode 127–February 14 2017

43:53 | Feb 14th, 2017

On episode 127 of the WRITER 2.0 Podcast, I spoke with action-adventure thriller author, and trombone major, Nick Thacker. We discussed: * the deadline he gave himself that helped him finish his first book; * why he gives away so many books for free...Show More

Six Thrillers in Three Months with Martha Carr–Episode 126–February 6 2017

39:58 | Feb 6th, 2017

On episode 126 of the WRITER 2.0 Podcast, I spoke with journalist turned novelist Martha Carr. Martha has released five books in her Wallis Jones series over the last ten weeks, and has one more set for release soon. We discussed: * her early experi...Show More

Transitioning to Full-Time Writing with M.D. Cooper–Episode 125–February 1 2017

52:59 | Feb 1st, 2017

On episode 125 of the WRITER 2.0 Podcast I spoke with Michael (M.D.) Cooper, creator of The Intrepid Saga. We talked about: how he completed 80,000 words in the month of January; his transition into full-time writing; the differences between sci-fi...Show More

New Books and My First All-Day Writing Class–5 Updates in 5 Minutes–Episode 124–January

05:37 | Jan 27th, 2017

On episode 124 of the podcast I offer a brief update. * I have a new book out, and two new books available for pre-order, all of which can be found here. * My first all-day writing workshop. I’ll be leading it in Poulsbo, Washington on March 18, 201...Show More

Kids Books and Ebook Formatting with Hynek Palatin—Episode 123–January 23 2017

43:31 | Jan 23rd, 2017

On episode 123 of the WRITER 2.0 Podcast I spoke with translator, kids book creator, and ebook formatter Hynek Palatin. We discussed: * how he got started as a translator; * why it’s important to understand book sizes before you start drawing your c...Show More

From 0 to 20+ Books in 12 Months with Michael Anderle–Episode 122–January 19 2017

39:54 | Jan 19th, 2017

On episode 122 of the WRITER 2.0 Podcast I spoke with Michael Anderle, who set out to make $50,000 per year by writing 20 books, and ended up doing a lot better than that. We talked about: * why he considers himself a “publisher” more than a “write...Show More

Talking Horror with Robert Pruneda–Episode 121–January 9 2017

47:13 | Jan 9th, 2017

On episode 121 of the WRITER 2.0 Podcast I spoke with Robert Pruneda. We discussed: * his suspense-horror novel, DEVIL’S NIGHTMARE  (which is free on Amazon until January 11, 2017); * advice for authors trying to finish their first book; * whether ...Show More

Book Marketing in the New Year with Rachel Thompson–Episode 120–January 2 2017

40:29 | Jan 2nd, 2017

On episode 120 of the WRITER 2.0 Podcast I spoke once again with author and marketing expert Rachel Thompson of BadRedhead Media. We discussed: * what she did when her publisher went out of business; * building an email list to market your books; * ...Show More

Kendall and Cooper Interview A.C.–Episode 119–December 26 2016

45:12 | Dec 26th, 2016

On episode 119 of the WRITER 2.0 Podcast, I was interviewed by Wendy Kendall and Julie Cooper of the Kendall and Cooper Talk Mysteries Podcast. They asked me about: my start and stop relationship with writing; the new podcast I want to start (but pro...Show More

Outlining and Historical Fiction with Libbie Hawker–Episode 118–December 19 2016

52:54 | Dec 19th, 2016

On episode 118 of the WRITER 2.0 Podcast I spoke with historical novelist Libbie Hawker. In a fun, wide-ranging interview, we discussed: her experience with her first agent and why she went indie; how to avoid getting bogged down in research; her exp...Show More

Bestselling Paranormal Author Rebecca Patrick Howard–Episode 117–December 12 2016

44:17 | Dec 12th, 2016

On episode 117 of the WRITER 2.0 Podcast I spoke with Rebecca Patrick Howard, author of bestselling paranormal novels and nonfiction. We discussed: whether publishing a new book is really the best way to market an old book; why her sales “tanked” thi...Show More

Talking Romance and Star Wars with Emma Scott–Episode 116–December 5 2016

54:04 | Dec 5th, 2016

On episode 116 of the WRITER 2.0 Podcast I spoke with prolific romance author Emma Scott. We talked about: the new Star Wars movie, Rogue One; romance story structure and how it compares with other genres; the hardest scene she ever had to write; her...Show More

10-Minute Update–Episode 115–December 5 2016

11:29 | Dec 5th, 2016

What’s been going on with the podcast, and what’s going to go on with it? This episode should fill you in on a slightly new direction for the show. The post 10-Minute Update–Episode 115–December 5 2016 appeared first on A.C. Fuller.

Talking Historical Fiction with J.L. Oakley–Episode 114–December 2 2016

39:03 | Dec 2nd, 2016

On episode 114 of the podcast I spoke with J.L. Oakley about: pen names; living in Hawaii; historical fiction; her award-winning World War II novel, The Jossing Affair. About our guest: Award-winning author J.L. Oakley writes historical fiction that ...Show More

Books and TV with Drew Chapman–Episode 113–September 23 2016

51:49 | Sep 23rd, 2016

On episode 113 I spoke to screenwriter, director, and novelist Andrew (Drew) Chapman. We talked: marketing budgets for books vs. marketing budgets for TV; his novel, THE KING OF FEAR; the best book-marketing advice he ever got; the biggest issues he ...Show More

Sci-fi and Self-Publishing with James R. Wells–Episode 112–August 2 2016

49:19 | Aug 2nd, 2016

On episode 112 of the WRITER 2.0 Podcast I spoke with award-winning sci-fi author James R. Wells. We discussed: what “caving” is and how to get started; his path to publication; his debut novel, THE GREAT SYMMETRY; pros and cons of traditional and se...Show More

Books and Basketball with Dave Fromm–Episode 111–July 25 2016

31:10 | Jul 25th, 2016

On a much-delayed episode 111 of the WRITER 2.0 Podcast I spoke with novelist Dave Fromm. We discussed: his brief semi-pro basketball career in Prague; his first book, EXPATRIATE GAMES; the process of working with Tyrus Books; why books are never fin...Show More

Building a Massive Niche Following with R.K. Slade–Episode 110–June 24 2016

42:12 | Jun 24th, 2016

On episode 110 of the WRITER 2.0 I spoke with R.K. Slade, whose debut novel just hit #1 on Amazon’s New Release list in Teen & Young Adult Music Fiction. We discussed: how he developed a massive online community around marching bands; whether marchin...Show More

Sell More Ebooks with Dave Chesson from Kindlepreneur–Episode 109–June 14, 2016

55:29 | Jun 14th, 2016

On episode 109 of the WRITER 2.0 Podcast I spoke with Dave Chesson, a 9-year veteran of the US Navy and founder of Kindlepreneur. We discussed: how he started KINDLEPRENEUR, his ebook data and marketing company; the biggest money wasters Kindle autho...Show More

The NY Publishing Scene with Susan Shapiro–Episode 108–June 6 2016

39:03 | Jun 6th, 2016

On episode 108 of the WRITER 2.0 Podcast I spoke with Susan Shapiro, a writing professor, publishing expert, and bestselling author. We discussed: her upcoming panel discussion at NYU, Secrets of Book Publishing; how Amazon is viewed in NY these days...Show More

Travel Writing Crash Course with Tim Leffel–Episode 107–May 31 2016

41:35 | Jun 1st, 2016

On episode 107 of the WRITER 2.0 Podcast I spoke with award-winning travel writer Tim Leffel. We discussed: how to get started as a travel writer; some of his favorite gigs; how travel writers use social media; medical vacations; his book, TRAVEL WRI...Show More

NY Times Bestseller Robert Dugoni–Episode 106–May 18 2016

41:23 | May 18th, 2016

On episode 106 of the WRITER 2.0 Podcast I spoke once again with Robert Dugoni, NY Times and #1 Amazon bestselling author of the Tracy Crosswhite series. We discussed: the beauty of Warriors basketball; his new book, IN THE CLEARING; the most common ...Show More

What Happened to Booktrope?–Tess Thompson–Episode 105–May 4 2016

1:00:33 | May 4th, 2016

On episode 105 of the WRITER 2.0 Podcast I spoke about the closing of hybrid publisher Booktrope with Tess Thompson. In addition to being one of Booktrope’s bestselling authors, she was also one of its first authors. So, in a wide-ranging, emotional ...Show More

Bestselling Author Joanna Penn with Amar Vyas–Episode 104–April 27 2016

53:34 | Apr 27th, 2016

In a special takeover episode of the WRITER 2.0 Podcast, friend of the show Amar Vyas interviews author, podcaster and self-publishing expert Joanna Penn. Amar is the host of the wonderful MyKitaab Podcast. They talked: audiobooks; translations; publ...Show More

National Book Award Finalist Deb Caletti–Episode 103–April 14 2016

56:48 | Apr 14th, 2016

On episode 103 of the WRITER 2.0 Podcast I spoke with National Book Award Finalist Deb Caletti, who writes fiction for adults and young adults. We discussed: whether she still struggles with self doubt; why so many writers live near Seattle; her late...Show More

Self-Publishing Prodigy Mark Messick–Episode 102–April 7 2016

43:18 | Apr 7th, 2016

On episode 102 of the WRITER 2.0 Podcast I spoke with Mark Messick, a 16-year-old self-publishing prodigy. We discussed: when and why he decided to become an author; the amazing cover of his book Stupid on Purpose; his new venture: Book Sales Doctor;...Show More

Bonus: The Anonymous Source Audio Book Trailer–April 2 2016

0:00 | Apr 3rd, 2016

I’m pleased to announce that the audio version of THE ANONYMOUS SOURCE, performed by Jeff Hays, is now available. I decided to have a bit of fun, so I put together a little audio teaser. Want to find the complete audio book? Check the links below: Au...Show More

Romance Author A.M. Willard–Episode 101–March 30 2016

53:29 | Mar 30th, 2016

On episode 101 of the WRITER 2.0 Podcast I spoke with romance author A.M. Willard. We discussed: why she didn’t tell anyone when her first book came out; the diversity of the romance genre; her latest book, Hearts in Florence; whether it’s better to ...Show More

Audio Books and ACX with Jeff Hays–Episode 100–March 23 2016

1:01:29 | Mar 24th, 2016

Episode 100 of the WRITER 2.0 Podcast is all about audio books. First, I spend a few minutes talking about trends in the audio book industry and outlining the ACX program, the Amazon/Audible platform that allows indie authors to produce audio books. ...Show More

Novelist Apollo Papafrangou—Episode 99—March 16 2016

49:49 | Mar 16th, 2016

On episode 99 of the podcast I spoke with my high school buddy, debut novelist Apollo Papafrangou. We discussed: the historic run of the Golden State Warriors; his fist book, published when he was only a teenager; his debut novel, WINGS OF WAX; how h...Show More

NY Times Bestseller Kevin O’Brien–Episode 98–March 9 2016

1:00:30 | Mar 9th, 2016

On episode 98 of the WRITER 2.0 Podcast I spoke with Kevin O’Brien, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over a dozen novels. We discussed: his 17 years as a railroad inspector; transitioning to full-time writing; how Mad Men and Bewitc...Show More

Eating Disorder Recovery with Dr. Janean Anderson–Episode 97–March 2 2016

47:50 | Mar 3rd, 2016

On episode 97 of the WRITER 2.0 podcast I spoke with author, podcaster and psychologist Dr. Janean Anderson. We discussed: what eating disorders are; the fear that often sabotages our creative efforts; her upcoming book, Recover Your Perspective; Ann...Show More

Creativity and Meditation with Ann Purcell–Episode 96–February 24 2016

52:43 | Feb 24th, 2016

On episode 96 of the WRITER 2.0 Podcast I spoke with author and meditation teacher Ann Purcell. We discussed: how meditation can decrease anxiety and help writers focus; how athletes, writers, and others can get in “the zone” more frequently; her lat...Show More

Selling More Books with Kindle Analytics–Episode 95–February 17 2015

59:46 | Feb 17th, 2016

On episode 95 of the WRITER 2.0 Podcast I spoke with Alex Newton, founder and CEO of K-Lytics, an ebook data company that helps authors categorize their books to increase visibility and sales.  We discussed: the rate of growth in the ebook market; th...Show More

Movies Memoirs and Novels with Kim Powers–Episode 94–February 10 2016.mp3

54:21 | Feb 10th, 2016

On episode 93 of the WRITER 2.0 Podcast I spoke with Kim Powers—screenwriter, novelist, award-winning memoirist, and also the senior writer on ABC’s 20/20. We discussed: his gripping memoir, The History of Swimming; the big changes in book marketing ...Show More

A Million Words by Age 24 with Sommer Nectarhoff–Episode 92–February 3 2016

1:29:23 | Feb 3rd, 2016

On episode 92 of the WRITER 2.0 Podcast I spoke with Sommer Nectarhoff, a senior at Tufts who has already published over a million words. In a wide-ranging interview we discussed: how he grew his writing habit from 100 words a day to 15,000 words a d...Show More

AC Interviewed on My Kitaab Podcast–Episode 91–January 27 2016

51:05 | Jan 27th, 2016

On episode 92 of the WRITER 2.0 Podcast, the tables were turned. I was interviewed by Amar Vyas, author and host of the My Kitaab Podcast. Amar did a wonderful job on the interview and we talked about: my time working with an Internet startup after c...Show More

Ghost Hunting with Leta Hawk–Episode 90–January 13 2016

48:48 | Jan 13th, 2016

On episode 90 of the WRITER 2.0 Podcast I spoke with paranormal author Leta Hawk about: why she published under a pen name, and how she chose it; her first encounter with a ghost and how it changed her perspective; the first two novels in the Kyrie C...Show More

14 Books in 30 Months with Michal Stawicki—Episode 89—January 6 2015

43:25 | Jan 6th, 2016

On episode 89 of the WRITER 2.0 Podcast I spoke with prolific self-help author Michal Stawicki. We discussed: how he’s using Quora to re-purpose old content and sell more books; the book that changed his life and launched his writing career; releasin...Show More

Market Your Writing in 2016 with Rachel Thompson–Episode 88–December 30 2015

57:48 | Dec 30th, 2015

On episode 88 of the WRITER 2.0 Podcast I spoke once again with author and book marketing expert Rachel Thompson of BadRedHeadMedia. We discussed: her 30-day book marketing challenge, which is free and starts ‪February 1; the biggest book marketing m...Show More

Writing About “The Sacred Disease” with Kristin Seaborg–Episode 87–December 23 2015

35:39 | Dec 23rd, 2015

On episode 86 of the WRITER 2.0 Podcast I spoke with physician Kristin Seaborg about her recent memoir, The Sacred Disease: My Life With Epilepsy.  We discussed: the story of her first seizure, which she reconstructed from family accounts and medical...Show More

Writing for TV and Publication with Drew Chapman–Episode 86–December 16 2015

59:37 | Dec 16th, 2015

On episode 86 of the WRITER 2.0 Podcast I spoke with Drew Chapman, a long-time TV and movie writer who recently started publishing novels with Simon and Schuster. In a wide-ranging discussion, we touched on: How a TV show gets from a writer’s mind to...Show More

Writing Books and Popping Tags with The Wanz–Episode 85–December 9 2015

50:33 | Dec 9th, 2015

On episode 85 of the WRITER 2.0 Podcast I was joined by Grammy winner Michael Wansley, AKA The Wanz. We talked about writing and performing the hook on “Thrift Shop,” the now-iconic song by Macklemore, and we also discussed his new book, #TheBookofWa...Show More

The Law for Authors with Helen Sedwick–Episode 84–December 3 2015

50:01 | Dec 2nd, 2015

On episode 84 of the WRITER 2.0 Podcast I spoke with author and lawyer Helen Sedwick about all the legal issues authors and aspiring writers need to think about. We discussed: what type of business entity an author needs; why she recommends avoiding ...Show More

Four Great Writing Quotes–Episode 83–November 27 2015

09:14 | Nov 27th, 2015

On episode 83 of the WRITER 2.0 Podcast I speak briefly about the recent success of my book, The Anonymous Source. I then discuss four of my favorite writing quotes, including this one, from Natalie Goldberg’s book, Writing Down the Bones: “We are im...Show More

Breaking into the Romance Genre with Emma Scott–Episode 82–November 25 2015

49:09 | Nov 25th, 2015

On episode 82 of the WRITER 2.0 Podcast I was joined once again by romance author Emma Scott. Emma is the author of 4 books—all released in the last 13 months: Love Beyond Words, Unbreakable, Rush, and Endless Possibility: A Rush Novella In a fun, wi...Show More

49K Downloads in 72 hours with Bookbub–Episode 81–November 20 2015

14:37 | Nov 20th, 2015

On episode 81 of the WRITER 2.0 Podcast I discuss my recent Bookbub promotion, which resulted in: 49,000 downloads in 72 hours; Hitting #1 free thriller status in 7 countries; Ranking in the top 50 in every Amazon country; Hitting #1 or #2 overall in...Show More

Blog Your Book with Nina Amir–Episode 80–November 19 2015

51:09 | Nov 19th, 2015

On episode 80 of the WRITER 2.0 Podcast I talked writing, blogging, and platform creation with bestselling author Nina Amir. How writing conferences changed her career The advantages of meeting agents in person The specifics of how to blog a book The...Show More

Sophomore Writing Slumps–Episode 79–November 13 2015

12:01 | Nov 13th, 2015

On episode 79 of the WRITER 2.0 Podcast I discussed the sophomore writing slump. In addition to speaking about my own experience, I examine the following quotes: From Edward Nawotka at Publishing Perspectives: “Personally, I think that in many cases,...Show More

Head On with Deeann Graham–Episode 78–November 11 2015

37:22 | Nov 11th, 2015

On episode 78 of the WRITER 2.0 Podcast I spoke with Deeann Graham, author of the book Head On: Stories of Alopecia. She shared some of the most powerful stories from the book, and we also discussed: the process of creating a beautiful coffee-table b...Show More

Do I Need a Literary Agent?–Episode 77–November 6 2015

20:41 | Nov 6th, 2015

Episode 77 is all about literary agents. If you listen to this show regularly, you know that some authors find literary agents and have great success soon after. Most don’t. And now, with the options opened up by self-publishing, many wonder whether ...Show More

Publicist and Poet Kim Dower–Episode 76–November 4 2015

1:00:16 | Nov 4th, 2015

On episode 76 of the WRITER 2.0 Podcast I spoke with Kim Dower. Kim is both an esteemed poet and the founder of Kim from L.A., an author publicity firm that has worked with many top authors and celebrities in fiction and non-fiction, including Paulo ...Show More

Project Manage Your Book with Wendy Kendall–Episode 75–November 2 2015

30:21 | Nov 3rd, 2015

On episode 75 of the WRITER 2.0 Podcast I spoke with writer, book reviewer, and project manager Wendy Kendall. We talked: What is project management and how to apply it to your writing; Breaking down a book into smaller pieces; How to get more commit...Show More

10 Tips For When Writing Gets Hard–Episode 74–October 30 2015

18:18 | Oct 31st, 2015

On episode 74 of the WRITER 2.0 Podcast I discuss my ten best tips for when writing gets hard. You can listen to the detailed explanations above, or get the summaries below.  Skip ahead: Look over your outline, or think ahead in your book, and pick a...Show More

Launch Your Bestseller with Tom Morkes–Episode 73–October 28 2105

38:55 | Oct 28th, 2015

On episode 73 of the WRITER 2.0 Podcast I spoke with author and book-launching mastermind Tom Morkes. Tom offered up tons of valuable advice about how to plan your book launch up to a year in advance. We also touched on: his transition from commissio...Show More

Two Perspectives on Writing Every Day–Episode 72–October 26 2015

14:08 | Oct 26th, 2015

On episode 72 of the WRITER 2.0 Podcast, I discuss the most common piece of writing advice: Write Every Day. In general, this is good advice, but it’s important to understand that not everyone does it this way. It’s also important to understand how y...Show More

Novelist G. Elizabeth Kretchmer–Episode 71–October 21 2015

41:06 | Oct 25th, 2015

On episode 71 of the WRITER 2.0 Podcast I spoke with author and former accountant G. Elizabeth Kretchmer. In a wide-ranging discussion, we touched on: the accounting firm that helps out the Academy Awards; our shared obsession with mountaineering; ho...Show More

Author Platform–If You Build It They Will Come–Episode 70–October 19 2015

16:54 | Oct 25th, 2015

On episode 70 of the WRITER 2.0 Podcast I share the story of how I went from offering a free class to 12 people at the local library to getting paid, international speaking gigs. Plus: how my dad landed a feature in the New York Timesand outsold Harr...Show More

What is Writer’s Block?–Episode 69–October 16 2015

20:35 | Oct 16th, 2015

On episode 69 of the WRITER 2.0 Podcast, I explore a few of different perspectives on writer’s block and discuss my last couple months of low productivity. Some of the quotes I discuss in this episode:   There’s no such thing as writer’s block. That ...Show More

#1 NY Times Bestseller Iris Johansen–Episode 68–October 14 2015

28:10 | Oct 14th, 2015

On episode 68 of the WRITER 2.0 Podcast I spoke with Iris Johansen, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of close to 100 books. This was an especially enjoyable interview for me because Iris and I quickly connected like old friends. We discussed:...Show More

Writing Fast (Bad) First Drafts–Episode 67–October 12 2015

10:18 | Oct 12th, 2015

Struggling with finishing the first draft of your book? In episode 67 of the WRITER 2.0 Podcast I discuss the merits of writing fast first drafts. I also touch on: why you can’t wait until you know what you want to say to start writing; the actual or...Show More

Questions–Stories– Feedback–Episode 66–October 9 2015

20:57 | Oct 9th, 2015

On the first ever “Questions, Stories, and Feedback” episode of the WRITER 2.0 Podcast, I share tweets and Facebook comments about the show. I also answer questions about submitting to literary journals and entering writing contests. Finally, I share...Show More

Food Stamps to a $10,000 Month with Paranormal Author Rebecca Patrick-Howard–Episode 65–October 7 2015

55:57 | Oct 7th, 2015

On episode 65 of the WRITER 2.0 Podcast I spoke with bestselling paranormal author Rebecca Patrick-Howard, who just enjoyed her first $10,000 month as a self-published author. We discussed: the closest she got to signing with a traditional publisher;...Show More

Special Announcement: The WRITER 2.0 Facebook Group is Now Live

05:03 | Oct 5th, 2015

A couple years ago I read an article about why relationships are so important for authors. I’d heard this many times before, but ignored it every time. But for some reason, two years ago I finally believed it. When I did, it changed my life and the t...Show More

The Five Forms of Procrastination–Episode 64–October 2, 2015

20:07 | Oct 2nd, 2015

“The price an artist pays for doing what he wants is that he has to do it.” William S. Burroughs In this solo episode of the WRITER 2.0 Podcast, I talk about how procrastination affects our writing lives. First, I touch on three things writers should...Show More

Comedian and Novelist Jim Hodgson–Episode 63–September 30 2015

46:25 | Sep 30th, 2015

On episode 63 of the WRITER 2.0 Podcast I spoke with novelist, satirist, and extreme athlete Jim Hodgson. We discussed: whether you have to be good looking to make it in music; how he got a deal to write his humorous romance, HEARTS RACING; the funni...Show More

The Five Stages of Editing–Episode 62–A.C. Fuller PNWA Talk–July 2015

1:27:54 | Sep 28th, 2015

This special episode of the WRITER 2.0 Podcast is a recording of the talk I gave at the 2015 PNWA Conference. Important note: the podcast is designed to be listened to while viewing the slideshow, available here: 5 stages of editing, PNWA I start by ...Show More

Why Writing is Hard–Episode 61–September 25 2015

17:30 | Sep 25th, 2015

In episode 61 of the WRITER 2.0 Podcast, I explore why writing is hard. Drawing on my personal difficulties, as well as those I encounter in both adult and teenaged student, I focus on four main issues. Getting good takes a long time. Bad teachers. R...Show More

Ina Zajac–Episode 60–September 23 2015

43:13 | Sep 23rd, 2015

On episode 60 of the WRITER 2.0 Podcast I spoke once again with Ina Zajac, author of PLEASE, PRETTY LIGHTS. We debated what genre her book belongs to–chick lit, psychological thriller, literary fiction–and also discussed: what it’s like to try to wri...Show More

The Five Things Writers Must Know–Episode 59 + Blog Post–September 21 2015

17:48 | Sep 21st, 2015

This is the prologue to a writing book in progress, WRITER 2.0, which won the 2014 SF Writing Conference Contest, non-fiction category. You can listen to a summary of my thoughts in the podcast episode above. I have taught writing in wildly diverse s...Show More

Changes and Reflections After One Year–September 20 2015–Special Episode

05:01 | Sep 20th, 2015

It’s been almost a year since I started the WRITER 2.0 Podcast, and it’s time for some changes. In this brief update, I thank listeners and guests for a wonderful year and discuss the two big changes coming to the show. I’ll be creating two additiona...Show More

Write Your Memoir–An Introduction–Audio and Presentation

1:12:43 | Sep 19th, 2015

This podcast episode is a recording of a class I offered at Vineyard Park at Mountlake Terrace on July 12, 2016. To get the full experience, listen while viewing the slide show, which can be viewed on my website here: Write Your Memoir Presentation.c...Show More

Sci-fi Author Benjamin Seims–Episode 58–September 16 2015

51:43 | Sep 16th, 2015

On episode 58 of the WRITER 2.0 Podcast, I talked with sci-fi author Benjamin Seims. We spoke about: the correct way to introduce your kids to Star Wars; his debut novel, AFTER DAY ONE; three books that changed his writing life; the process of writin...Show More

New York Times Bestseller Robert Dugoni–Episode 57–September 9, 2015

50:22 | Sep 9th, 2015

On episode 57 of the WRITER 2.0 Podcast I spoke once again with Robert Dugoni, whose last book, MY SISTER’S GRAVE, hit the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists and reached #1 on Amazon. We discussed: why MY SISTER’S GRAVE was remov...Show More

Reedsy Co-Founder Ricardo Fayet–Episode 56–September 2, 2015

37:51 | Sep 2nd, 2015

On episode 55 of the WRITER 2.0 Podcast, I spoke with publishing entrepreneur Ricardo Fayet, the co-founder of Reedsy. We discussed: the Reedsy platform, which helps authors connect with top editors and designers; why Big-5 editors and designers are ...Show More

Novelist Ani Alexander–Episode 55–August 26 2015

52:12 | Aug 27th, 2015

On episode 55 of the WRITER 2.0 Podcast, I spoke with novelist and podcaster Ani Alexander. We discussed: the origin of her unique, beautiful accent; how she learned so many languages; why she left corporate life; what went wrong with her first self-...Show More

Dark Fantasy Author H.M. Jones–Episode 54–August 19, 2015

49:22 | Aug 19th, 2015

On Episode 54 of the WRITER 2.0 Podcast I spoke with poet, author, and writing teacher H.M. Jones. We discussed: common misconceptions about modern tribal life; her recently republished novel, MONOCHROME; Worldcon—the biggest sci-fi and fantasy conve...Show More

Smashwords Founder Mark Coker–Episode 53–August 13 2015

58:27 | Aug 13th, 2015

On episode 53 of the WRITER 2.0 Podcast, I interviewed Mark Coker, one of the major players in the e-book revolution. We discussed: the origin of Smashwords—the free e-book distribution platform he helped create; how authors work with Smashwords to s...Show More

Literary Agent Chip MacGregor–Episode 52–August 5 2015

57:11 | Aug 5th, 2015

On episode 52 of the WRITER 2.0 Podcast, I spoke with literary agent and author Chip MacGregor. We discussed: how to avoid getting scammed by predatory agents and editors; why neither of us became sportswriters; how the roll of the agent has changed ...Show More

Speculative Poet Jeannine Hall Gailey–Episode 51–July 30 2015

38:24 | Jul 30th, 2015

In episode 51 of the WRITER 2.0 Podcast, I spoke with poet Jeannine Hall Gailey about: our experiences at the PNWA conference; selling books at Cons; the #TenThingsNotToSayToAWriter hashtag print on demand book machines; sci-fi or speculative poetry....Show More

William D. Prystauk–Episode 50–July 22, 2015

49:35 | Jul 22nd, 2015

On episode 50 of the WRITER 2.0 Podcast I spoke with William D. Prystauk: thriller author, podcaster, and horror expert. We talked: the Fifty Shades of Grey phenomenon and how it’s viewed in the BDSM community; being married to a writer; his dark cri...Show More

Harvard Review Editor Christina Thompson–Episode 49–July 15 2015

49:39 | Jul 15th, 2015

On episode 49 of the WRITER 2.0 Podcast I spoke with Christina Thompson, editor of the Harvard Review and author of the memoir, Come on Shore and We Will Kill and Eat You All: A New Zealand Story. In the interview, we go inside the slush pile process...Show More

Creating a Writing Practice with Jordan Rosenfeld–Episode 48–July 9 2015

44:54 | Jul 9th, 2015

On episode 48 of the WRITER 2.0 Podcast, I spoke with novelist and writing book author Jordan Rosenfeld, focussing on her new book, A Writer’s Guide To Persistence. We also spoke about: how to build platform organically;  developing a daily writing p...Show More

Chapters 1 and 2–The Anonymous Source (contains explicit language)

10:11 | Jul 6th, 2015

Here are chapters 1-2 of my debut novel, The Anonymous Source. If you missed the prologue, listen to it first, here. At this point, there are no plans for a full-length audio book, so if you want the rest, you’ll have to read it, which you can do by ...Show More

Prologue–The Anonymous Source (contains explicit language)

21:21 | Jul 6th, 2015

Here is the prologue to my debut novel, The Anonymous Source. After listening to it, check out chapters 1 and 2 here. At this point, there are no plans for a full-length audio book, so if you want the rest, you’ll have to read it, which you can do by...Show More

International Bestseller Roger Hobbs–Episode 47–Part 2–July 1 2015

48:19 | Jul 2nd, 2015

For Part 1 of this interview, click here. On part 2 we discussed: the psychology of gambling; how he ended up playing Mahjong with a group of triad members at the top of a casino in Macau; what unifies all great crime movies; the film American Beauty...Show More

International Bestseller Roger Hobbs–Episode 47–Part 1–July 1 2015

44:44 | Jul 2nd, 2015

In a special, double-length episode of the WRITER 2.0 Podcast, I spoke with Roger Hobbs, bestselling author of Ghostman. We talked about his new novel, Vanishing Games, and also touched on: his earliest writing memory; how his agent found him; whose ...Show More

Release Day for The Anonymous Source–Bonus Episode–June 25 2015

1:06:13 | Jun 25th, 2015

On this special episode of the WRITER 2.0 podcast, the tables are turned. Independent journalist Jennifer Karchmer took over the show for the hour and interviewed me about my life and my book. We talked about: my #1 essential cooking tool why I was i...Show More

New York Times Bestseller Don Winslow–Episode 46–June 24 2015

57:50 | Jun 24th, 2015

On episode 46 of the WRITER 2.0 Podcast, I spoke with Don Winslow, New York Times bestselling author of 17 novels. We discussed his latest novel about the Mexico-America drug wars, THE CARTEL, and also touched on a wide range of other topics, includi...Show More

Paranormal Thriller Author Camela Thompson–Episode 45–June 17 2015

44:21 | Jun 17th, 2015

On episode 45 of the WRITER 2.0 Podcast I spoke with paranormal thriller author—and self-proclaimed geek—Camela Thompson. We discussed: the history of video games; whether writers will start to migrate toward the profitable world of gaming; the Stree...Show More

Poet Suzanne Richardson–Episode 44–June 10 2015

50:21 | Jun 10th, 2015

On episode 44 of the WRITER 2.0 Podcast, I spoke with poet Suzanne Richardson. In a wide-ranging conversation, we touched on: the poet Robert Kelly; the origin of tomato pie; how she got “relegated to fiction” in college; why it’s important to listen...Show More

Publisher of Suspense Magazine John Raab–Episode 43–June 3 2015

42:09 | Jun 3rd, 2015

On episode 43 of the WRITER 2.0 Podcast, I spoke with John Raab, Publisher and CEO of Suspense Magazine. He was full of great advice that will be useful to writers in any genre. Some of the topics we covered: whether the NFL is coming back to L.A.; t...Show More

Author-Musician Dave O’Leary–Episode 42–May 27 2015

53:23 | May 27th, 2015

On episode 42 of the WRITER 2.0 Podcast, I spoke with Dave O’Leary about music, books, and teaching English abroad. We also touched on: the difference between writing books and writing songs; his second novel, THE MUSIC BOOK; the songs of Julia Masse...Show More

Author of Speculative Fiction Michael G. Munz–Episode 41–May 20 2015

40:00 | May 20th, 2015

On episode 41 of the WRITER 2.0 Podcast, I spoke with author and self-proclaimed Geek, Michael G. Munz. We discussed: his path to publication; Twin Peaks; the meaning of “cyberpunk”; his humorous novel Zeus is Dead; the first two books The New Aeneid...Show More

The Art of Work with Jeff Goins–Episode 40–May 13 2015

46:02 | May 13th, 2015

In episode 40 of the WRITER 2.0 podcast, I spoke with non-fiction author and blogger, Jeff Goins. In the interview, he and I both shared the conversations that kickstarted our adult writing lives. We also discussed: the most inspiring story from his ...Show More

World Press Freedom Day with Jennifer Karchmer–Episode 39–May 3 2015

1:07:18 | May 3rd, 2015

I’m releasing episode 39 a bit early in recognition of World Press Freedom Day. In a wide-ranging interview, I spoke with independent journalist and free press advocate Jennifer Karchmer about: the speech that helped launch her journalism career; ice...Show More

Memoir Author Allan Ament–Episode 38–April 29, 2015

43:23 | Apr 29th, 2015

On episode 38 of the WRITER 2.0 Podcast I spoke with Allan Ament about Learning to Float, his new memoir about his transformation into a compassionate caregiver for his wife, Deloris, after her stroke. We also discussed: honesty in memoir writing; th...Show More

Novelist Judith Works–Episode 37–April 22, 2015

47:07 | Apr 22nd, 2015

On Episode 37 of the WRITER 2.0 Podcast, I spoke with novelist Judith Works. We discussed: how she ended up working for the UN in Rome; the most memorable meal she ate while living in Italy; her novel, City of Illusions; the difference between self p...Show More