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    EP # 204 Top 10 Tips from an Aspiring Indie Author

    in Entrepreneur

    **** Due to an unexpected life event, Toby Downton won't be on the program today. ****

    I'm sharing my top 10 tips for an aspiring author who really wants to build a career. What better person to get tips from than someone who dove into the deep end and started kicking?


    Check out Back Porch Writer for detailed show notes.


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    Debut Romance Author Catherine Herzog Joins Kori on the Back Porch

    in Writing

    Cat Herzog began writing as a teen to have a way of dealing with a turbulent childhood, afraid someone might read what she journaled, she fictionalized it so no one would know she was talking about herself.  Those stories turned into what would become The Key to Her Heart, but it would take another thirty years before she published The Key to Her Heart.  Now she is working on the sequel Patrick's Rose.

    About the book: The Key to Her Heart (The Heart of a Family Book 1)

    As Anna's life spirals deeper into the abyss she doesn’t know how to escape, Patrick may be the only thing standing between her and complete destruction. 

    In her quest to achieve her dreams, Anna becomes a successful model in California in the early seventies and attracts the unwanted attention of powerful, ruthless, Matthew Wolffe, the eldest son of the fashion world’s biggest tycoon. His attention twists into a dark obsession-- Not just harming, but distributing abuse beyond Anna’s worst nightmares. Patrick Rueschel is the boy she left back home when she ran away. His love promises new life. 

    Between her dark secrets in California and her father’s vow of revenge on The Rueschel family years before when she was a teen, Anna realizes there is no way for Patrick to be part of her life. 

    As the stakes are driven ever higher, she must choose the dream she wants to pursue and what cost she is willing to pay. Meanwhile, Matthew plays a dangerous game of cat and mouse that threatens to find her no matter where she may run. 

    Is Patrick's love strong enough to save her? Or must she run away once more—and leave everything behind? 

  • 00:28

    Write Fast or Die in this New Publishing World

    in Writing

    Should you write more than one book a year? How many should you write? If you write more than one book, does that automatically mean your writing sucks? Who decides what a "good" book is? How do you define success as an author?

    These are some of the questions Kori will discuss on today's show. 

    Read the latest Author Earnings Report. There's good news if you're an indie author producing e-books even without an ISBN.

    Quote of the day: The publishing world is very timid. Readers are much braver. - Kiran Desai, award-winning author of  The Inheritance of Loss.

    Help us celebrate our 200th episode on October 20th, 2015. Visit Back Porch Writer for more information.


  • 00:31

    Award-Winning Thriller Author Tamara Jones Joins Kori on the Back Porch

    in Writing

    Tamara started her academic career as a science geek, earned a degree in art, and, when she's not making quilts or herding cats, writes tense thrillers as Tamara Jones and the award-winning Dubric Byerly Mysteries series (Bantam Spectra), as Tamara Siler Jones. Despite the violent nature of her work, Tam's easygoing and friendly. Not sick or twisted at all. Honest. Tamara is represented by Laura Bradford at Bradford Literary Agency.

    The dead are coming back. Ten naked people walk from a cemetery into artist Sean Casey's backyard: ten Spore People who used to be dead. One, Mindy, stays with Sean while trying to reclaim her life, but her ex would rather she return to her grave. Sean struggles to protect Mindy and other Spores while battling his recurring—and worsening—nightmares. Meanwhile, the media feeds a panicked frenzy that leads both the hopeful and hateful to Sean's front door. As the Spore fungus spreads, so does the fear. When mutilated children match Sean's nightmares, he realizes his own worst terror may be closer than he thinks.

    TIP OF THE WEEK: Use Animoto to create cool book trailers. This and Tawe are my two favorite new tools!

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    Mystery Author, Max E. Stone Joins Kori on the Back Porch

    in Writing

    Max doesn't remember ever not creating a story, pen or no pen. A writer and lover of books since the age of nine, Max first set pen to page as a hobby, constructing stories that were anything but fit for children. Entertaining classmates while simultaneously concerning surrounding adults with blood-ridden tales of gory mysteries and heavy suspense that "just came to mind", Max, with the help of family and the encouraging words of an inspiring fifth grade teacher, continued to develop this gift. 

    Little was it known at the time, but said gift would become a lifeline. 

    From horrific trauma  in Max's teen years, writing played an instrumental part in the difficult recovery and the  Warrens, Bennetts, and Johnsons, three interconnected families all with issues, mysteries, and secrets that threaten their livelihood and lives,were born. 

    Though relatively new to the publishing game, Max reads everything and everyone and relishes the journey, learning something new each day. 

    See the "One Minute There" Trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ubpy6-6YHP0

    Website: www.maxestone.com

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    Debut Fantasy Author, Geoffrey Storm Joins Kori on the Back Porch

    in Writing

    Geoffrey Storm was born and raised in Michigan, in an old, suburban neighborhood he calls "his Shire." There are no sidewalks, and no traffic, just endless lawns, ponds, and trees. It's almost another world entirely. And to him, it is. Inspired by the fantastic worlds seen in Star Wars, Zelda, and Kingdom Hearts, Geoffrey created one of his own in his backyard. An escape from reality. A world he now wishes to share with you.

    Geoffrey is a graduate of Michigan State University's English program, with focusses in Creative Writing, Sociology, and Linguistics. Growing up, he never thought he'd be a writer. Maybe an actor, an artist, or even an architect. But now he's put all those dreams, all his knowledge, and all his heart into one idea. One world. One story. Progeny of Gods: Vertuém Destiny

  • 00:31

    Nebraska Author, Marilyn Coffey Joins Kori on the Back Porch

    in Writing

    Great Plains writer Marilyn June Coffey has written three books, 600 poems, and dozens of articles and stories. A trained journalist (B.A., University of Nebraska, 1959) and creative writer (M.F.A., Brooklyn College, 1981), she has produced work that includes a popular memoir, a record-setting novel, and a prize-winning poem. Her poem, Pricksong, reviewed in the Los Angeles Times Book Review and Newsweek, won a national Pushcart Prize. Coffey's novel Marcella made literary history. It was the first novel written in English to use female autoeroticism as a main theme. Gloria Steinem called it "an important part of the truth telling by and for women. In 1989, Coffey's memoir, Great Plains Patchwork, appeared. The New York Times called it entertaining and insightful. Atlantic Monthly featured a chapter as its cover story. Natural History bought two chapters, American Heritage one. Harper & Row, McGraw-Hill, Macmillan, and Harcourt Brace Jovanovich printed excerpts. Known as a prose stylist, Coffey received a Master Alumnus award for distinction in the field of writing from the University of Nebraska in 1977. Since 1987, the UN-L Archives has collected forty boxes of Coffey's papers in its Mari Sandoz room. In 1991, Coffey investigated the orphan train movement, developing three programs for the Nebraska Humanities Council. One became the second most popular of the 232 programs underwritten by NHC and spurred her to write Mail-Order Kid. Now retired, Coffey taught writing at Boston University, Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, and Fort Hays State University in Kansas for thirty-four years, twice earning tenure. She became an interpretive reader/performer, appearing on local radio stations, statewide TV, and before more than 130 groups in twelve states, from Maine to Texas.  

    Her new book, Thieves, Rascals, & Sore Losers is available for pre-order.

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    "In the Rough," author, Mellissa Thomas joins Kori on the Back Porch

    in Books

    Mellissa Thomas is a Central Florida freelance writer, journalist, author, poet, speaker, and award-winning screenwriter. She lovingly overworks herself authoring several blogs, writing for several publications, and is Chief Editor of Orlando Fashion Magazine. She has also guest blogged on popular blogs, including Under30CEO and James Chartrand's Men with Pens.

    With five years of U.S. Naval service and two college degrees (including one in Film), this introvert has lots of story ideas and practical life advice to share. Find out more at mellissathomas.com.

    Book Blurb: In the Rough

    The first 48 hours in Naples saw International Supremacy Bureau Agents Maia Highland and Roy Chambers face death on more than one occasion. Now, with the help of ISB’s Europe Lead Agent Evan Knightley, the duo’s race to find Tenderfoot intensifies given the untimely murder of Italy’s top ranking military official, who was involved in the case, and the treacherous quest for the truth behind the cryptic video message on Highland’s computer.

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    EP# 202: Biographer Dalene Bickel Joins Kori on the Back Porch

    in Writing

    Dalene Bickel, founder of Lasting Legacies, is a life story author, speaker, editor and self-publishing consultant who has written and published several privately commissioned biographies. Her personal writing has appeared in local and national publications, including the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, and she served as a panelist at the 2015 Biographers International Conference in Washington, DC. Dalene's blog and newsletter provide the resources and information individuals need to write their own stories, as well as interesting discussions on American culture. Subscribe to the newsletter and get the free Legacy Roadmap: A Beginner's Guide to Writing Life Story at www.lasting-legacies.net.
    Twitter handle: @DaleneBickel


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    Miss Priss Authors Judy Phillips and Brenda Nichols join Kori on the Back Porch

    in Books

    MISS PRISS: ON AND OFF THE COURT Book one in the new tween chapter series, by Mom’s Choice Award winning writer-illustrator Team, ‘Brenjudy’, introduces Priscilla Penelope Paxton (Miss Priss), a ten year old whose interests and curiosity land her in, sometimes, sticky situations. A unique coming-of-age story bound to bring giggles and enjoyment to all its readers as Miss Priss encounters and overcomes a slew of challenges, even the one that will continue to grow—self-awareness. The book will be released with full color illustrations. 

    Priscilla Penelope Paxton is a witty ten year old whose interests and curiosity land her in, sometimes, sticky situations. Dance classes, Girl Scouts, school assignments, friends and hanging out at her family's drug store, and the local Piggly Wiggly would leave any other person with no time for anything else. Yet, the thrill of basketball and joining the Little Dribblers finds its way into Miss Priss' heart. Though this interest will prove to be a dream that requires overcoming the greatest of challenges; Mom’s opposition. A task that will require ingenuity, perseverance and a little help from some loved ones.

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    EP #203 Mystery Author Stephen Childs Joins Kori on the Back Porch

    in Books

    Stephen Childs was born in London, England in 1961. He is the eldest of four siblings. Stephen travelled to New Zealand with his parents in the early 1970s. Completing his education in New Zealand, Stephen took up work as an audio engineer in the film and television business. Although his career covered a wide range of activities, shooting historical drama series was one of his favourite roles. In 2013 he moved to Perth, Australia, with his wife and youngest son. His spare time is taken swimming, reading and walking along some of Perth's fabulous coastal walkways.

    About the book: On Track For Murder

    Travelling from England to Australia in the late nineteenth century, Abigail Sergeant and her brother,Bertrand, are looking forward to their new life. Leaving behind the prejudices that would likely have seen Bertrand committed to an institution before he reached adulthood, Abigail hopes their new life will offer freedom and security.But what awaits them on the shores of the Swan River dashes any prospects of a blissful life. A murder is committed and Abigail's family is thrown into turmoil. The evidence is damning. Only the guilty would be found standing over the body clutching the bloodied murder weapon. But something is not right.