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Angie Simmons, mental wellness coach and author

In this episode of Conversations with Authors I meet Angie Simmons, who is a qualified coach and mental wellness mentor, founder of The Growth Development Foundation and author of How Am I Feeling Today? which is a year-long undated journal that’s backed by neuroscience to help re-wire the brain. We talk baby steps, the quality of Amazon’s POD paperbacks, and using your own life experience to help other people.

Anika Goyal: author, podcaster and just 13 years old!

In this episode of Conversations with Authors I meet my youngest ever guest, Anika Goyal. Aged just 13, Anika is an author and podcaster and her first book Mixed Bowl of Stories was published when she was only 11! In our conversation we talk vision boards, publishing agents, planning, beta readers and why authors need to keep reading!

David M. Somerfleck: Digital Marketing Expert

In this episode of Conversations with Authors I meet David M Somerfleck. David is a digital marketing specialist with over 20 years’ experience working for marketing agencies. He is also a podcaster and the author of “The Road to Digital Marketing Profits”. In our conversation we talk about business FAQs, the saviour complex and why you should never proofread your own writing.

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Why Write a Book Anyway?

It’s thought that around 80% of us want to write a book, but of those books that are actually started (and who knows how many people get beyond just thinking about it), 97% are never completed. Which suggests that fewer than 1% of people actually successfully write and publish a book! There are many reasons …

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Susan J Walklate: Radical Home Education

In this episode of Conversations with Authors I meet Susan J Walklate. Susan home educated her son, Simon, and writes about her experience, and the experiences of four other home-educating families, in her book Radical Home Education. We talk about how writing about life experiences can be cathartic, how to choose the trim size of your book and the effects of the pandemic on home education.

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I want to write a book – but where do I start?

Have you always dreamt of being an author and writing a book, but that’s as far as the dream has gone? Probably you don’t know what to write about or why anyone else would be interested in reading it, and that’s stopped your ambition in its tracks before you’ve even put pen to paper. Sounds …

Dr Rebekah Louisa Smith: The Film Festival Doctor who is Born To Do It!

In this episode of Conversations with Authors I meet Dr Rebekah Louisa Smith. Since 2009 Rebekah has worked in the film industry where she has positioned herself as The Film Festival Doctor. Her first book “Born to Do It”, aimed at entrepreneurs wanting to start and grow niche businesses, came out in October 2020. We talk about how everyone has a book in them and why you need to self-publish the right way.

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What Trim Size Should I Use For My Book?

When I format paperback books for my clients, the first question I ask them is “What trim size do you want your book to be?” and their answer is usually “Oh, just the normal one.” But the thing is, there IS no ‘normal’ trim size! You may think books are all the same size but …

B.P. Shields: retelling Chinese classics for the western reader

In this episode of Conversations with Authors I meet B. P. Shields. Brendan has been writing for pleasure all his life but it took a trip to China to inspire him to write his first book – in fact three books – the Rise of the Three Kingdoms trilogy, which is a modern retelling of the 16th century Chinese classic Romance of the Three Kingdoms. In our conversation Brendan shares some tips for dealing with writer’s block and overcoming self-doubt and talks me through his editing process.