An Interview with Moses Siregar III

This week on Hide and Create Joshua Essoe interviews Moses Siregar about writing around family time, publishing his first book, and creating a road map for indie’s to follow.

Part four of our series of episodes where we interview the hosts of Hide and Create.

As heard on this episode, check out the beginning of The War of Art by Stephen Pressfield.

An Interview with Joshua Essoe

This week on Hide and Create Jordan Ellinger interviews Joshua Essoe about how he got into editing, how you can get into editing, and what it takes.

Part three of our series of episodes where we interview the hosts of Hide and Create.

And, as promised, here is a sample of Joshua’s work. These are the first three pages of a recent MS. This is the kind of work that would be returned to the client along with an  extensive critique.

Editing Sample

Also, Joshua will be moderating a panel on editing at Superstars Writing Seminar next month. There is still time to sign up! If you’re going to one seminar this year, this should be the one: http://superstarswriting.com/

 

An Interview with Jordan Ellinger

This week on Hide and Create, Jaye Wells interviews Jordan Ellinger about ghost writing, Warhammer, and tie-in writing.

Part two of our series of episodes where we interview the hosts of Hide and Create.

An Interview with Jaye Wells

This week on Hide and Create, Moses Siregar interviews Jaye Wells about her writing, her path, and traditional publishing.

Today, we kick off a series of interviews with each of the Hide and Create crew discussing our chosen paths into the world of publishing.

Writing Blogs with Jim C. Hines: Part 2

This week on Hide and Create, Jaye Wells, Joshua Essoe, Moses Siregar and Jordan Ellinger continue talking with Jim Hines about blogging!

Some standard advice is if you are a writer you should blog. Blog consistently and interestingly and [slowly] you will build a platform. I see why people dig it so much. You write stuff and others see it. And they see it immediately, there is no waiting around. Your content is available for anyone who cares to read it the moment you upload.

So why is having a blog good?

1) You can show off your awesomeness. A blog is a great way to show that you are, and why you are, an expert in your field, or that you’re entertaining. Obviously that means you have to write compelling content that appeals to your target audience.

2) You can build platform. A blog is a great way to get readers talking about you, to you, and to each other—again, assuming your content is interesting enough to talk about.

3) Search engine rankings. If you’re blogging about writing and publishing, the search engines will pick up all the keywords you’re using that readers might search for. The more relevant your content is, the more traffic, engines will divert to your site.

And why is having a blog bad?

Time sink. I mentioned consistency, and that it is important. Why? Because your blog is like a locomotive. It’s slow to get moving, but if it keeps being fed, it will pick up steam and get more and more momentum. But what happens if you stop feeding it? It starts to slow down until it grinds to a halt. The only way to keep your momentum is to keep feeding it new content. If you don’t have the consistency, you’ll lose what you spent so much effort and so many words to get. Readers are fickle. Especially now — it’s a reader’s market. There is so much out there, that they can afford to be as choosey and picky and finicky as they want. No new content on your site? Oh well, on to the next author who does.

It could be your time would be better spent writing your next story.

And in case you want to jump down the rabbit hole, here is the link to RaceFail ’09 we talk about in the show.

Writing Blogs with Jim C. Hines: Part 1

This week on Hide and Create, Jordan Ellinger, Joshua Essoe, Moses Siregar and Jaye Wells talk with Jim Hines about blogging!

Get to know Jim, one of the kings of blogs. Next week we get more into the nitty-gritty of blogging and how, why, and even if, you should.

Jim’s URLs
Blog:  http://www.jimchines.com/blog//
Benefit Calendar: http://thetinkerspacks.bigcartel.com/product/2014-year-of-the-poser-calendar 

 

Writing Podcast: A Year In Review

This week on Hide and Create, Joshua Essoe, Jordan Ellinger, Moses Siregar, Jaye Wells, and a returning Diana Rowland discuss the last year developing and recording Hide and Create.

First there was an Essoe and an Ellinger. Then there was a Dalglish and a Rowland. The Dalglish had to move along, move along, but then came a Siregar the Third. The Rowland went Walk About and gave us a Wells. The Rowland will be back.

Happy Holidays! Thanks for making this first year of shows so much fun and so successful. We’ll be back again next week with Season 2! No rest for the wicked.

Literary Agents — They’re for Writers, Part 2

This week on Hide and Create, Jaye Wells, Jordan Ellinger, Moses Siregar and Joshua Essoe, continue our chat with Rebecca Strauss of DeFiore and Co. about the duties and life of a literary agent.

Agents as publishers, dropped authors, etiquette, and cookies, oh my!

Literary Agents — They’re for Writers, Part 1

This week on Hide and Create, Jaye Wells, Jordan Ellinger, Moses Siregar and Joshua Essoe, talk with Rebecca Strauss of DeFiore and Co. about the duties and life of a literary agent.

Ever wonder about agents? Ever wonder what they might do for you? Ever wonder how the field is changing? Ever wonder who Rebecca Strauss is, or what kind of books she wants to see come across her desk? This is the episode for you!

Defending Our Writing Paths

This week on Hide and Create, Joshua Essoe, Jordan Ellinger, Jaye Wells, and Moses Siregar talk about why the path they took into publishing is the best.

When you decide to get become writer you should definitely start with tie-in writing. Or when you hit the path toward a  professional writing career, the best way to begin is to go through a traditional publisher with your original novel. Perhaps, what I mean to say is, if you want to make a living as a pro-author you have to go indie, cause it’s the best. Well, actually, what most don’t know is if you really want to break into the publishing industry the absolute best way is to first become an editor and get your chops working on both your own and others’ work.

There, the secret is out.