#50 Illustrated Book Gets a Digital Upgrade – with J.B. Rivard

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSDid you ever read Alice in Wonderland or Winnie the Pooh as a kid?  Remember those beautiful pen-and-ink drawings that lovingly illustrated the stories? Have you ever wondered what happened to that style of illustrated books? Today we’re talking with ­­­­­­­­­­J.B. Rivard and he is bringing back the pen-and-ink illustrations with his book Illusions of Magic—a story of love and intrigue in 1933 Chicago. As a young child, J.B. Rivard began drawing by copying newspaper comics. In his teens, he drew illustrations for his high school’s award-winning yearbook. He attended the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts and his art has appeared in more than fifty juried exhibitions, earning many prizes and awards. He’s an artist-member of the Salmagundi Club of New York City. He’s joined today by his wife Anya Carlson who was an important partner in the publishing and marketing phases of this book. Learn more: http://www.illusionsofmagic.com/ IN THIS EPISODE: Which came first—the story or the illustrations? When a book takes nearly a decade to complete—how do you know when it’s actually done? Why he decided to go digital with his illustrated book How JB creatively attracts reviewers with his “99 Club” How to use the byproducts of your work for marketing       RESOURCES & LINKS: J.B.’s website: Illusions of Magic Gray Dog Press J.B.’s...

#49 Retelling Classic Stories – with David Lamb

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSDo you ever read a book or watch a movie and think “this is really familiar…”  Have you ever thought about retelling a classic story with a modern twist? Today we’re talking with David Lamb and he is going to share with us a little about his journey writing On Top of the World (Until the Bell Chimes)—a satirical retelling of A Christmas Carol. And his version has nothing to do with the holidays… Like Charles Dickens, DAVID LAMB grew up a poor boy in the big city who discovered that the pen really is mightier than the sword. Growing up in New York City, David went on to attend graduate school at Princeton University and NYU School of Law. While working as a lawyer by day, David transformed into a writer at night and eventually wrote and produced the award-winning hit off-Broadway play Platanos Y Collard Greens. IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL DISCOVER: How David found time to write while practicing law. Why he decided to retell his version of A Christmas Carol. How he researched the music industry, without being an insider. What lessons he wove into the story. How he kept going when he felt like giving up.         RESOURCES AND LINKS David’s Website: DavidLambBooks.com Twitter: @authordavidlamb Facebook: Theauthordavidlamb   David’s Book: On Top of the World (Until the Bell...

#44 – How to Grow as a Writer by Working Outside Your Comfort Zone – with Tom Dowd

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSHave you ever wanted to write a book that was WAY outside your experience?  Did you shy away from it? Or did you embrace the challenge and hope for the best? Last year, I interviewed Tom Dowd about his nonfiction writing. Today he’s back, and he is going to share with us a little about challenging himself to write a really unusual book. (We’ll get to that in a minute… but let me remind you about Tom…) He is a prize-winning speaker, award-winning author, and trainer—all spurred by his need to be more than a painfully shy and introverted individual on a rollercoaster ride of success. In 2010, Tom utilized his extensive financial and customer service industry background in management and leadership to start his own business, “Thomas Dowd Professional Development & Coaching” where he uses lessons learned on his climb up the corporate ladder to help people “Transform into who you really want to be professionally.”   His books include Displacement Day: When My Job was Looking for a Job…A Reference Guide to Finding Work,     The Transformation of a Doubting Thomas: Growing from a Cynic to a Professional in the Corporate World,      From Fear to Success: A Practical Public-speaking Guide,      The Unofficial Guide to Fatherhood, and most recently Now What? The Ultimate Graduation Gift for Professional Success.   IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL DISCOVER: How to cater to an unfamiliar target audience How to write short and concise prose How and why you should stretch yourself as a writer What to do when there’s a narrow window for...

Episode #42 – How to Balance Business and Passion with Adam Dreece

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSHave you ever wanted to quit your job and write full time? Do you ever look at authors who’ve done it and wonder how the heck they manage?  Would you like to peek into the career of someone who’s in the early stages of someone doing just that? SO often we hear about authors who have already “made it”…they have successful careers and everything’s going great. About this time last year, I shared with you someone who was at the beginning of that journey. Someone who was still figuring things out. His name was Adam Dreece and at the time he was transitioning from full time software engineer to full-time author. Today he’s back to update us on what’s been going on over the last year. He’s accomplished some amazing things, and I think you’re going to be inspired…. At first blush, designing software and writing a fantasy novel don’t seem to have much in common. But Adam will tell you differently. “Writing and coding software are both ways of bringing ideas to life,” he explains. “Both have an inherent story. They’re just told in different languages.” Graduating with honors from the University of Waterloo’s math faculty, he was almost immediately catapulted into the high-stakes,high-pressure and highly creative world of Silicon Valley. Within a few years, and at Microsoft in Toronto. But he never stopped writing. He built a solid, 20-year career in software, working with some of the best, most creative minds in the business. It was fun, it was stimulating, and it was lucrative work. But...

#41 Unexpectedly Becoming a Best-Selling Author – with Lisa Cherry Beaumont

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSHave you finished your book yet?   How about your next book? Have you ever wondered what it feels like to wake up and discover that your book is a best seller? Today we’re talking with Lisa Cherry Beaumont and she is going to share with us a little about her journey as a coach and brand new best-selling author. Lisa Cherry Beaumont is a Life Purpose Coach and Author of bestselling book Life Purpose Alchemy: Discover what fulfills you and do what you love for a living. Using her unique 6-step system, Lisa helps people who are stuck doing work they don’t love, and those who find themselves hopping from one frustrating business to the next, to understand what makes them happy and motivated and do work that’s meaningful to them.   IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL DISCOVER: Lisa’s secret to getting the writing done. How she got the word out about her book and made it a best seller. How she is capitalizing on her new best-seller status. One great exercise to get un-stuck while writing. Whether you really need a writing routine or not.             LINKS AND RESOURCES: Website: lisacherrybeaumont.com Follow Lisa on Facebook: Authentic Life Coaching Follow Lisa on Twitter: @LisaBeaumont Follow Lisa on Youtube: The Life Purpose Alchemist   LISA’S...

#36 How One Author Generates a 6-Figure Income –with Kevin Kruse

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS Do you have enough time? Enough to write your books and market your books and work your day job and raise your family? Would you like to learn how to find more time in your day, and be happier while doing more? Today we’re talking with Kevin Kruse and he is going to share with us a little about his writing and publishing journey. Kevin Kruse is an Inc 500 serial entrepreneur, New York Times bestselling author, and Forbes columnist. Kruse has been named a Top 100 Business Thought Leader by Trust Across America. Over the last 20 years Kevin has started or co-founded several multi-million dollar companies which have won awards for both fast growth (Inc 500) as well as employee engagement As a keynote speaker and performance coach, Kevin has worked with Fortune 500 CEOs, startup founders, US Marine Corps officers and non-profit leaders. In his new book, 15 Secrets
Successful People Know About
Time Management, Kevin teaches
readers how to move from “overworked and overwhelmed” to “productive and prosperous”. Since quitting his day job to become a full time indie author, Kevin has also recorded his marketing efforts and monthly income on his blog authorjourneyto100k.com In This Episode, You’ll Discover: How to find more time in your day, and be happier! What to do if you feel like you’re “not doing enough” The most surprising thing Kevin learned from interviewing 200 billionaires, Olympic atheletes, and other high achievers Why having the right mindset is crucial to begin productive Why to set an MIT (and when to get...