Category Archives: The Prolific Writer

Bringing Back the Fun of Writing in 2018 | The Prolific Writer | Ep 054

We’re back! In the first episode of 2018, Ryan discusses a writing goal most writers neglect. Instead of agonizing over word counts, books published, newsletter subscribes, fans, or royalties in the bank. Get back to what motivated your writing in the beginning: fun. 

David Foster Wallace quote

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Jovan Mackenzy on Writing Hip Hop Music | The Prolific Writer | Ep 053

Ryan sits down with up and coming Hip Hop artist Jovan Mackenzy. They discuss Jovan’s tough upbringing and his inspiration for music and art. Why art is one of the better mediums to communicate hard truth, writing process, role of faith in creating art, and much more. Check out Jovan’s work at: www.jovanmackenzy.com.

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Chuck Buda on Never Giving Up the Dream | The Prolific Writer | Ep 052

Horror author Chuck Buda revisits the show to share his journey of the last year, from writing full time, to going back to the day job. One thing is for certain the writing dream is still alive as ever. Chuck and Ryan discuss writing with day jobs, why horror writers seem to be well adjusted people, writing conferences, marketing books, why we write, and much, much, more.

Find Chuck’s work at: http://chuckbuda.com/

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S.D. Smith on Writing for Children | The Prolific Writer | Ep 050

S.D. Smith has lived an interesting life. From growing up in rural West Virginia, to South Africa in the middle of apartheid, and back to West Virginia. Now, Smith writes for children and burst onto the scene with his Green Embers series. In this episode S.D. and Ryan discuss writing for children, cultivating imagination in kid’s and adults, marketing without losing your soul, role of faith in writing, and much, much, more. Find S.D. Smith and his work at: https://sdsmith.net/

Prolific Writer Takeaways:

  1. Serve and love people through your writing.
  2. Forming honest relationships is the best form of marketing.
  3. Don’t be artsy, be yourself.

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Lindsay Buroker on the Evolving Indie Landscape | The Prolific Writer | Ep 050

Lindsay Buroker is a Sci-Fi and Fantasy author who burst on the scene in 2011. Some called it the hay-day of indie publishing and Ebook Revolution. Lindsay hasn’t slowed down and has since published 30+ titles. In this episode Ryan and Lindsay discuss her humble beginnings from nonfiction and online marketing to fiction. What are the best forms of marketing for books (you’ll be surprised)? What has changed in the indie writing landscape (what has stayed the same)? Her process for writing so many books, and much, much more. You can find Lindsay Buroker at: http://lindsayburoker.com/

Prolific Writer Takeaways:

  1. Write what you’re excited about.
  2. Package book like a pro.
  3. Don’t be too precious about your books.
  4. Writing the next book is your best marketing. 

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Jonathan Maberry on Never Too Late To Start | The Prolific Writer | Ep 049

In this episode Ryan interviews New York Times bestselling and award winning author Jonathan Maberry. Maberry is a genre hopping author writing for young adults and adults. He writes crime thrillers, horror, supernatural, comics, and plays. Not to mention, Jonathan teaches writing, edits anthologies, writes short stories, and writes for TV and film. In this interview Jonathan explores his humble beginnings, why it’s never too late to start, his process for creating so much content, and much, much more. Find Jonathan at www.jonathanmaberry.com.

Prolific Writer Takeaways:

  1. Be relentless!
  2. Understand the difference between writing and publishing.
  3. Have fun!

Resources Mentioned in the Show:

  1. Must read fiction – Christopher Golden
  2. Must see TV – Arrow, Stranger Things, Z-Nation
  3. Must see Movies – Thor

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048: Laura Beers on Lessons Learned as a New Author and Publisher

Laura Beers is a first time historical romance author. But not a newbie in the writing craft. She spent much of her life doing technical writing for construction management companies. In this interview, Ryan explores the ups and downs of writing and publishing with Laura. Lessons learned as she sets out into the world of writing and publishing. Be inspired, encouraged, and find practical writing tips for where ever you are in the journey. Find Laura Beers on Facebook: @authorlaurabeers. Prolific Writer Takeaways:

  1. Never despair- keep writing.
  2. Believe in yourself.
  3. Trust you have a story to share.

Resources Mentioned in the Show:

  1. Fiction- Jennifer Moore
  2. TV- Arrow
  3. Film- Wonder Woman

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