Ruby Warrington is the force behind the Numinous.

I adored Ruby Warrington even before we spoke. I knew we would be kindred spirits because she admitted in her book that her power lipstick was MAC Lady Danger. So, of course I had to put my own Lady Danger on for our Skype call to record the session. And thus, magic ensued. I love Ruby because she comes from a journalist background, yet is pulled to topics that traditional journalism generally avoids, like astrology, spiritual topics, and Burning Man. I doubly knew I would love her when she admitted that Burning Man wasn’t the easiest sell for her when she attended.

For anyone who has ever made a huge transition in life and wanted to write about it, you will have something to learn from Ruby. Not only did she leave journalism as a full-time career to explore writing and living in the more spiritual arena, she also moved from London to NYC along the way. Ruby is the perfect spokeserson for those who want to explore topics like tarot, astrology, sound baths, yoga, and crystals while still dressing to kill (and wearing Lady Danger lipstick). I found Ruby’s book to be an excellent primer for the spiritual-curious, as it explores a wide array of topics under that umbrella with honesty and humor. I know you’re going to love this conversation just as much as I did.

 

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Discussed in Episode 51 with Ruby Warrington:

  • Ruby’s initial connection to a spiritual life
  • Astrology as her first topic of study
  • Going from fashion journalist to student of the spiritual
  • Trying to figure out how to fill the emptiness that crept up in her life
  • Moving from London to NYC and exploring a new way of writing during that transition
  • Balancing the old way of writing with new topics
  • The story of founding The Numinous
  • Learning to be the Editor in Chief of her new project
  • Getting a book deal
  • Making a positive impact through writing
  • San Francisco and all its wildness
  • The need to remember our humanity in the midst of technology
  • What it was like to record the audiobook
  • How writing the book was a bit like self-therapy
  • Ruby’s relationship to journaling
  • How the book was like writing her mother the letter of her life
  • The creation of the Moon Club
  • Looking at how vs. why
  • Taking a friendly approach to the spiritual
  • Thoughts on writer’s block and burning out
  • The nature of divine timing
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Natalie Obando knows how to get your book in front of the right people.

PR is one of those topics that seems to scare writers to death. It feels like the most extroverted part of writing, and the one that is the furthest away from writing your book. I was thrilled to have Natalie Obando on the show because she specializes not only in PR, but PR for books specifically. Her company, Do Good PR, promotes books with a message.

I had Natalie on for another reason: she doesn’t think every author needs to have a fancy PR firm backing them up to have a successful book launch. We dove into what good PR looks like as well as what you can do yourself for your book. We also got clear about when you might want to call in the pros in order to handle specialized situations that they are trained for. It’s a great primer in PR and one that you’ll need to listen to before you get your book out in the world. I’m so glad to be able to make this topic a bit less intimidating.

Listen up on iTunes | Do Good PR | Do Good Publishing | Twitter | Facebook

Discussed in Episode 50 with Natalie Obando:

  • The way PR works
  • Why is PR so intimidating for writers?
  • When you can do PR yourself
  • What building a platform actually means
  • Do Good’s new publishing imprint
  • What submissions they are looking for
  • How you can submit your work for publication
  • What makes for great PR?

 

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Rob Cohen and Christine Roth didn’t plan to start Rothco Press.

But watching the explosion of content that eBooks and self-publishing has created, the couple realized that good books weren’t getting the attention they deserved. With so much content to wade through looking for what you want, many books just drown.

With their experience producing film and television, Rob and Christine bring a unique approach to publishing- dedication to the story itself and a desire to see that story reach the world in whatever form it can. What does this mean for a writer? If you have a great story, Rob and Christine not only want to see it published as a book in print, but also explore the way the story could be a TV show or a film. From their point of view, the best way to get a story made into a movie is to write a book that can be adapted.

From inside the film world in Hollywood, this fresh perspective on getting ideas and stories out in front of people where they can read, watch, and enjoy them was hugely galvanizing. I love the matter-of-fact energy these two bring to books. I’m sure you’ll love hearing this conversation. Enjoy! **Also, Rob and Christine were kind enough to provide the show with some books to give away as part of this episode! Make sure you’re following us on Instagram to find out about the contest where you can win free books!**

 

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Discussed in Episode 49 with Rob Cohen and Christine Roth:

  • The explosion of content in today’s publishing world
  • Why a story doesn’t stop with a book
  • Getting your book optioned
  • What makes a good story in the entertainment world
  • The mentality needed to work with the entertainment industry as a writer
  • Why who you, the writer, are can be just as meaningful as the story you have to tell
  • Why having a book out of print can be a good thing
  • What it takes to pitch a book to be optioned.

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Madelyn Kent | Secret Library Podcast

Madelyn Kent has found a surprising way into creativity.

 

For many of us who write, we spend a lot of time up in our heads. We might even spend most of our time in our heads. Since writers are making up worlds, it does make sense that our daydreams would come from our minds and that, as artists who create with words, thinking would be our happy place. But when we get stuck, staying in the mind can be a trap.

I was delighted to have a different sort of conversation this week with Madelyn, who has taught playwriting, screenwriting, and theater at NYU. In 2008, she began training in the Feldenkrais method and, through that work, began to see parallels between movement and the creative process. Since this discovery, she has developed Sense Writing, a method that combines writing with movement sequences and often opens up creative awareness and flow.

I love it when I keep coming back to a subject, like writing and creating books, and keep discovering new worlds and approaches to creativity and expression. I hope this episode reminds us all that not only are we not brains in jars, we are better writers for it. Building a connection with the body can open up all kinds of possibility in your writing. I can’t wait for you to listen to this episode and see why.

Listen up on iTunes | Madelyn’s website | Sense Writing Courses | Blog | Facebook

Discussed in Episode 48 with Madelyn Kent:

  • The relationship between the body and creativity
  • How Sense Writing was created
  • The Sense Writing process
  • Connecting movement and writing
  • The need to let go of control of writing
  • Bringing movement into a creative life
  • The Feldenkrais method

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Cory Doctorow | Secret Library Podcast

Cory Doctorow not only writes about the future, he’s also advocating for a better one in reality.

As I get more familiar with the world of Science Fiction, it strikes me that most writers in this area are also secretly activists of some form or another. Cory Doctorow, author of numerous books, including the forthcoming Walkaway, is also the co-editor of BoingBoing and a technology activist. He is a special consultant to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (eff.org), a non-profit civil liberties group that defends freedom in technology law, policy, standards and treaties. He holds an honorary doctorate in computer science from the Open University (UK), where he is a Visiting Professor; he is also a MIT Media Lab Research Affiliate. In 2007, he served as the Fulbright Chair at the Annenberg Center for Public Diplomacy at the University of Southern California.

What this means for this episode? I was eager to talk about Cory’s latest book, which feels incredibly relevant in the wacky times we are living in throughout the world, but I was also eager to talk about technology as a whole and the impact he sees our crazy times having on publishing and on writing books in general. One of the beautiful things about Science Fiction is that it tends to present a possible future. We are able to think deeply about how we would like our future to look when reading about one potential outcome. If we want that future to be different, we can look at the course the world is taking right now and respond differently. I was inspired to ask these kind of questions while reading Walkaway, and as I spoke to Cory. I hope you will be similarly inspired. As always, please do share thoughts in the comments below or join the conversation on the Facebook Page for the show.

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Discussed in Episode 47 with Cory Doctorow:

  • His new novel, Walkaway
  • Where his ideas come from
  • The odd way books seem timely when they come out, even after years of work
  • The trouble with DRM
  • Loopholes in laws around DRM
  • Trends in publishing both in eBooks and hard copy
  • On writing for young adults as well as adults
  • How Cory came to write science fiction

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