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Growing Wild has been espousing the virtues of nature since waaay back in 2016, when it started as a radio show. Presenter and producer Charlotte Petts is a big nature lover and seeks people out to help understand different environmental issues, to tell of their work, adventures and, moreover, to share their mutual love of the outdoors. There are (to name but a few) wild swimmers, mountaineers, allotmenteers, soil scientists, swift watchers, writers, painters, therapists, garden designers an ...
 
The Creative Wellness Podcast An extension of Beth Ann Short's work in the community and their studio focusing on balancing the eight dimensions of wellness using creativity every day. This podcast includes mindfulness and wellness tools, as well as interviews with inspiring humans. Creativity is a choice! Life is art... Beth Ann Short (they/them/theirs) grew up around Great Lakes region, living in both Michigan and Ontario throughout their youth. A strong lover of art history Short's work i ...
 
This year's Christmas collection of short stories and non-fiction, a play, poems, and bible readings features readings in English, Bulgarian, French, German, Italian and Swedish. Cast list for The Christmas Dinner: Mother Goose: Bev J StevensGrandfather: Ray KasperGrandmother: Ronelle SpiegelFather: J KorthMother: Maria KasperWalter: Beth ThomasGertrude: Kimberly KrausSanta Claus: Phil ChenevertNarrator: MaryAnn SpiegelEdited by: MaryAnn Spiegel
 
You don’t have to love Christmas to love this podcast. Film critic Collin Souter and renowned sheep expert Kerry Finegan delve into every type of Christmas movie they can find. Classics, non-classics, horror, Hallmark, obscurities, foreign, shorts, TV specials, unnecessary sequels and remakes. Even films that you might not think of as traditional Christmas movies. The great, the awful and the unusual, all year round.
 
Welcome to the HR Stories Podcast! Our Storytellers - John Thalheimer and Chuck Simikian founded HR Stories Podcast to help Human Resource Professionals and Business Owners learn the best practices of human resources management. Both are successful entrepreneurs who help businesses through human resources consulting, training, and coaching leaders. In the last year, they have coached and trained thousands of HR Professionals as, Business Owners, and Leaders to prepare them for the future. Wh ...
 
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Celebrate Mother's Day with us as we talk about the 2017 mom-based Christmas sequel that you should really skip. Film critic Peter Sobczynski returns as we talk about this forgettable comedy. We also give some better alternative Mother's Day pics, some parenting tips and where to find a good Richard Dreyfuss imitation.…
 
Kimberly Ellerth was 23, fresh out of college and recently married, when she landed a prized marketing job with Burlington Industries in its Chicago office. But eventually her dream job became unbearable, she said, after a boss began making sexual advances toward her. As we continue our HR Stories of Court Cases and Laws that made HR today we look …
 
In the last of this mini series of catch up interviews, Charlotte speaks to author of The Salt Path, Raynor Winn. They discuss how we adjust from macro living to the micro, and why people who sneak through the back of tents of talks at festivals are probably the best kind of people. Support the show: www.ko-fi.com/growingwild Insta: @growingwildfm …
 
Damon Courtney of BookFunnel shares information on how authors can use customized landing pages, opportunities offered by email integration, the power of giveaways to attract readers and strengthen ties to fans, the financial benefits of selling direct, and the rise of wide audio. Damon Courtney is the creator and CEO of BookFunnel, an ebook delive…
 
Jane Friedman reviews Key Book Publishing Paths, and describes considerations for fitting the path to your desired destination. We talk about how publishing isn’t indy or traditional—it’s a spectrum—and how hybrid authors aren’t necessarily authors who are using hybrid publishers. We talk about lessons one model can learn from another, and red flag…
 
Beth Faragher was a 19 year old college student Lifeguard for the City of Boca Raton in Florida. But after years of constant sexual harassment by her male supervisors, she quit, filed a lawsuit, got heard by the US Supreme Court, and changed everything for companies across the United States. Companies and organization today conduct sexual harassmen…
 
In the 3rd of these 4 specials, Charlotte catches up with RHS Chelsea gold winning designer Charlotte Harris. The first time they spoke was 4 years ago in Charlotte Harris' stationary cupboard. Seems this last year we all feel a bit like we've been living in a cupboard. They talk Chelsea 2021, escaping to Scotland and what they'd like to do when fr…
 
We are excited to announce that the recording for Season Two of HR Stories Podcast is underway. This season we are focusing on the legal cases(stories) that changed Human Resources. Beth was a teenage Lifeguard trying to make money and go to college. Michelle was excited to land a great job as a Bank Teller in her hometown. Kimberly was fresh out o…
 
This episode of The Indy Author Podcast is a bit of a departure. Most of the episodes focus on one person's perspective on a variety of topics, but this episode is going to focus on many people's perspective on one topic, and that topic is PERSONAL BRANDING. I solicited perspectives on personal branding from previous guests of the podcast, and I'd …
 
In the second of this run of 4 special catch up episodes, Charlotte speaks with eco-psychotherapist, writer, adventurer and many, many other things, Dr. Ruth Allen. We discover how she's coped with having to curtail her adventurous activities, how her therapeutic practice has adapted, how we can all handle the next stage of lessening restrictions a…
 
In the first of 4 upcoming episodes, Charlotte catches up with wild swimmer, photographer, poet and all round gem, Vivienne Rickman. Its been 4 years since their last chat. How has she been? What's life been like without the access to swim spots she's used to having? What, if anything, has filled the gap? Please show support for the show at www.ko-…
 
Break open the cognac and settle in as Collin, Kerry and guest Brad Strauss unwrap Ingmar Bergman's celebrated, Oscar-winning "Fanny & Alexander" (1983). Which should you watch, the theatrical or TV version? How far are any of us from Lapland? And which of the great directors made the best and worst final films of their careers? All this and more i…
 
Website designer Pauline Wiles discusses AUTHOR WEBSITES, including easy fixes for common website problems; design guidelines that create a site that is both engaging and easy to maintain; various alternatives depending on your technology tolerance; and some free tools that can help you make your site look like a pro designed it. Pauline Wiles is a…
 
Robert Blake Whitehill discusses MENTORING AND COLLABORATING WITH INTERNS, including the logistics and requirements of an author establishing an internship with a college or university, how he determines what work he asks his interns to do, and how he got past the idea that “if you want something done right, do it yourself.” He also discusses the c…
 
M.K. Williams talks about what she has learned from her author services business, including the importance of establishing a network within the community you want to serve, the advice to approach people with an offer rather than an ask, the value of her project management background, and the importance of knowing what your time is worth. M.K. Willi…
 
Orna Ross of the Alliance of Independent Authors talks about COPYRIGHT FOR AUTHORS. We discuss why it’s so vitally important for authors, and especially indy authors, to understand the basics of copyright, at what point in the creative process copyright is established, the various parameters by which rights can be defined, and when legislation that…
 
Collin and Kerry are joined by their friend Christopher Grace for a 45-minute discussion on Nora Ephron's ensemble comedy, "Mixed Nuts" (1994). The runtime is notable because Siskel & Ebert could barely talk about this movie for two minutes. How does it compare to Martin Scorsese's "After Hours"? Why did Steve Martin dye his hair? What's the connec…
 
Beth Kephart talks about WRITING MEMOIR, including various motivations for embarking on a memoir, and which might be considered unproductive or unhealthy (for example, for revenge). She discusses how writers can approach topics or episodes that involve actual people, both from a writing perspective and in terms of preparing those people for the exp…
 
YA author Emma G. Rose talks about the event that led her to write about suicide in her YA novels, how her goals for her book changed over time, how she approached her family about the topic of the book and how she interacts with her readers, and how she uses guidelines from her journalism background to avoid glamorizing the topic. Emma G. Rose is …
 
Former FBI agent Jerri Williams talks about MISTAKES WRITERS MAKE ABOUT THE FBI AND HOW TO AVOID THEM. We discuss common myths and misconceptions about the FBI and other law enforcement agencies, including the portrayal of jurisdictional issues and roles and responsibilities. Jerri shares tips for the best way to approach subject matter experts for…
 
Thriller author Jason Kasper discusses what drove his move from indy publishing to a small traditional publisher, the control he’s maintained over his two primary reader outreach mechanisms (email and a private Facebook group), and how he has maintained another indy author practice: rapid creation of content. Jason Kasper served in the US Army as a…
 
In December 2020 an audio leaked with actor Tom Cruise yelling and screaming at his production crew because of their lack of following COVID-19 protocols. What makes this different is that Tom Cruise was not only an actor on set....he was technically their employer. As Executive Producer, this was his project and they were his employees. Chuck and …
 
Tiffany Yates Martin talks about X-RAYING YOUR PLOT, including the benefit of the x-ray—getting an overarching view of your story—how it differs from an outline, the importance of the “but / therefore” test, and some steps you can take if your x-ray reveals breaks in your story. Tiffany Yates Martin has spent nearly thirty years as an editor in the…
 
An animation spectacular! Settle in with your talking teacups and incoherent relatives and enjoy the discussion of "Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas" (1997) and "Rapsittie Street Kids: Believe In Santa" (2002). This month, Kerry and Collin dive into a direct-to-video sequel to one of the greatest animated films of all time, as well as …
 
Keith Wheeler talks about writing and publishing children’s books, including the importance of writing for the parents as well as the child, how to find and work with an illustrator (including advice to never work with friends or family), and the production process and options for books with illustrations. Keith Wheeler is a multi-award-winning aut…
 
Mark Leslie Lefebvre talks about going wide for the win—the importance of distributing to and understanding all the retail platforms, not just Amazon. He gets pretty impassioned as he talks about the dangers of a lemming mentality, and he reminds us that there are bookselling professionals behind those other platforms, and that our own professional…
 
Jon McGoran discusses point of view, the pros and cons of first-, second-, and third-person point of view, and reader expectations based on considerations such as genre. He discusses the importance of narrative economy and triangulation--how one character's observations of another character can give the reader a lot of information about both the ob…
 
Brian Rathbone discusses the opportunities offered by Google Play, including the ability to reach global markets that are underserved by other platforms, the ability to link content together—for example, linking an ebook box set with the component works and benefiting from earned metadata, or ratings and reviews, of the component works. He also dis…
 
Kerry and Collin unearthed the Director's Cut of this pretty terrible movie, a cut that runs 2 hours and 22 minutes and features lip syncing by Drew Barrymore, Keanu Reeves and Pat Morita, none of which is remotely convincing. This is the third version of "Babes In Toyland" that has been discussed on the show and certainly the most nightmarish and …
 
Editor Joshua Essoe discusses tips for drafting and editing your action sequences to ensure that the reader isn’t pulled out of the story – tips that apply even if your scene doesn’t involve battle plans or broadswords. He talks about the importance of strong, engaging characters, because if your reader doesn’t care about the people involved, no am…
 
Evan Gow discusses the role newsletter swaps can play in author promotions, the etiquette of swaps, and some gotchas authors should watch out for, as well as advice for authors with small or inactive email lists. Evan also talks about the many other services that StoryOrigin provides, and why the fact that he’s both the development team and the sup…
 
Kerry and Collin celebrate the 75th anniversary of the incredibly charming "Christmas in Connecticut" (1945). Yes, they are well-aware Arnold Schwarzenegger directed a remake for television in 1992 and they'd rather be unaware of it. They also talk about a few other Christmas films watched over the holiday season. Also, more TV recommendations, "We…
 
Lee Savino discusses AUTHOR NEWSLETTERS, the one area of an author’s business about which Lee says “just do it,” imagining your newsletter as a conversation with a specific person over a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, and a pep talk about how to get past the “I don’t want to pester them” mindset and recognizing that your work is a gift that you’…
 
Kerry and Collin talk with film critic Matt Fagerholm (RogerEbert.com) about the beloved classic, "Home Alone" (1990), which celebrates its 30-year anniversary. They discuss why the film has endured, its flaws, the careers of John Hughes and John Candy and, of course, how it compares to the French horror film, "Code Pere Noel." Also, more TV recomm…
 
Joe Lallo discusses THE PROS AND CONS OF PRE-ORDERS, including the specific considerations of pre-orders on Amazon versus other platforms, whether or not pre-orders make sense for an author’s first book or for standalone novels, and things to keep in mind to avoid annoying your most faithful fans. We also talk about pricing strategies, including ho…
 
Welcome to Christmas Songs Actually! Here is a bonus episode in which Kerry and Collin talk to singer/songwriter Beth Crowley about her Lifetime/Hallmark Christmas-movie-themed song, "You Ruined Christmas." They also talk about Christmas short films and where to find them. Also, TV talk and how The Flintstones connect to the music of U2.…
 
Joshua Essoe discusses CROWDFUNDING FOR AUTHORS. He shares what led him to choose crowdfunding—and specifically Kickstarter—as his approach for funding his book, ESSOE’S GUIDES TO WRITING ACTION SEQUENCES AND SEX SCENES, what went according to plan, and what was a surprise. He also describes what he gained from the experience, including confirmatio…
 
Collin and Kerry interview documentary filmmaker Dana Nachman about her latest film, "Dear Santa" (2020), which opens in theaters and on VOD on December 4th. The film looks at the efforts of Operation Santa, an organization that has been around since 1912 and helps those less fortunate during the holidays. It's the feel-good movie we all need right…
 
It should be one of your happiest moments when the doctor tells you you are pregnant. And for Rosario Juarez, it was, yet she was afraid of how she would be treated at work. And for a good reason, the New York Times reported that over the last decade, tens of thousands of pregnancy discrimination cases have been filed. In this story, we learn what …
 
Ask any of your employees; co-workers matter. What they do? How they treat you? And what they say? In this episode's story, we learn how Ingrid Reeves's male co-workers created a hostile work environment through the language they used and their lack of concern about how their actions might impact her. WARNING!!: Language that would make your Mom bl…
 
Michael La Ronn discusses the costs involved in independently publishing a book. Michael talks about the two most costly aspects—editing and cover design—and tips for how to accomplish these on a budget. We discuss potential pitfalls—for example, the fact that if your cover designer inappropriately uses copyrighted material, you as the author are t…
 
Kerry and Collin are joined by former Director's Club co-host Brad Strauss to talk all things "Star Wars," namely the 1978 Holiday Special, the Ewok movies, the Christmas album and the LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special, currently on Disney+. With plenty of audio clips from your favorite Star Wars musical numbers, we'll "take you higher than the diamon…
 
Joanna Penn, The Creative Penn, discusses FUTURIST TRENDS WE CAN PREPARE FOR NOW. She talks about the role persistence plays in making a career as an indy author, the opportunities offered by content curation—for both creators and consumers—and the importance of bringing a global / digital / mobile mindset to your business model, while also recogni…
 
Editor Tiffany Yates Martin and I geek out about THE PRINCESS BRIDE and all the lessons it can teach writers about story structure, character development, and those little bits that make a story extra engaging. She shares tips for how authors can gain some distance from our own work in order to bring an editor’s eye to it, and we talk about how Old…
 
Kerry and Collin are joined by film critic Leo Brady (amovieguy.com) to talk about Netflix's recent release, the musical fantasy "Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey." Just how well do these big musical numbers mesh with the sci-fi elements and the overall human story? How does Buddy 3000 stack against Johnny Five? There's a lot to talk about here, …
 
Nicholas Erik discusses the FIVE KEYS TO BUILDING A RESILIENT INDY BUSINESS. He talks about how organic newsletter subscribers serve as a valuable representation of the health of your business, how understanding your monthly expenses can actually be a stress-reliever, and how an hour spent with an accountant will pay you back many times over in the…
 
Former FBI special agent Jerri Williams discusses her podcast FBI RETIRED CASE FILES REVIEW and how she has used it as content marketing for her fiction and non-fiction books. She discusses how her goals for the podcast changed over time, the importance of aligning one's creative work behind a unifying theme, how to engage listeners in your communi…
 
Ken Fritz talks about the difference between EMTs and paramedics; the problematic portrayal of CPR and defibrillation in books, movies, and TV; and how much of emergency medical service’s work is really emergencies. Ken Fritz has been in emergency services for over 20 years. Starting as a volunteer firefighter, he has worked his way up through the …
 
Kerry and Collin are joined by Patrick Ripoll (of Directors Club and Tracks of the Damned) to talk about the controversial-at-the-time slasher classic, "Silent Night, Deadly Night." Did parent groups in Wisconsin have a right to be upset by it? More importantly, how's the soundtrack? We dive in and explore what makes this movie unique and unsettlin…
 
James McCrone and I talk about our respective October book launches—Jamie’s for his third Imogen Trager thriller, EMERGENCY POWERS, and me for my third Ann Kinnear Suspense Novel, THE FALCON AND THE OWL. We talk about the pros and cons of in-person versus virtual events, the need for indy authors to be willing to blow their own horn to get out word…
 
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