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Write For Your Life

Write for Your Life is a show about creative writing, copywriting, reading, and the ever-changing publishing industry. Look out for advice, opinions, nonsense and some very special guests.

Hosted by Donna Sørensen and Iain Broome.

#49: Waterstones, Amazon And Judging A Book By Its Cover

May 23, 2012 at 5:00PM • 31 minutes

In this week's episode, Iain and Myke talk about book covers and the many factors you need to consider when designing one! They also cover the announcement on Monday from Waterstones, the UK's largest chain of bookstores. They've struck a deal with Amazon to sell Kindles and the industry is up in arms about it. Imagine!

#48: How we read now

May 17, 2012 at 5:00PM • 33 minutes

Iain and Myke talk about reading in this episode. Specifically, they look at how many of us feel obligated to keep up with our reading, whether it's via our RSS reader or pile of novels by the bedside table. What about you? How do you read now?

#47: Finding your writing rhythm

May 15, 2012 at 5:00PM • 24 minutes

In this shorter, slightly secret midweek episode, Iain talks about the importance of rhythm when you're writing, and encourages you to examine every single syllable. He goes on to use three extracts from his novel, A is for Angelica, to show you what he means.

#46: Tumblr, Pinterest And The Search For Perfection

May 3, 2012 at 7:00PM • 43 minutes

Myke is back and ready to talk writing. Well, he's ready to listen to Iain talk about editing his novel, why he's decided to give Pinterest a go, and why he might yet pack up his Tumblr site and go home. Listen up. Expect singing and owls. Not at the same time.

#45: Ways to help a fellow writer

April 19, 2012 at 7:00PM • 33 minutes

Iain flies solo this week with Myke caught up in some nasty bee-related business in London. Speaking of which, topics include the London Book Fair, remembering to say something, and ways that you can help a fellow writer friend. There is also much nonsense. What do you expect? I was on my own for half an hour.

#44: Research, writing and plausability

April 12, 2012 at 7:00PM • 35 minutes

This week's episode is all about research. Not just how much you need to do, but how to choose which parts of it to include in your writing. Turns out that it all comes down to telling a good story and ensuring its perfectly plausible at the same time. Challenging business!

#43: Why self-publishers need to be amazing

April 6, 2012 at 7:00PM • 32 minutes

This week Iain is joined by Gary Smailes of the marvellous Bubblecow. They talk about the current 'golden era' of self-publishing and how all self-publishers really need to be amazing. It's a great insight from Gary, someone who has seen all sides of publishing and really knows his onions. Get listening!

#42: 10 Killer Ways To Have A Brilliant Blog

March 29, 2012 at 7:00PM • 39 minutes

Iain and Myke talk blogging - at last! Do you have a blogging philosophy? What platform should you be using? Can you write formulaic blog posts and keep your integrity? Oooh, controversial. All this and more in this exciting episode of the Write for Your Life podcast.

#41: A Case Of The Blurbs

March 22, 2012 at 6:00PM • 32 minutes

In this week's episode Iain chats to Myke about the process of writing a blurb for his novel (tricky!). The boys also cover the challenge of finding a regular time to write amongst the madness of everyday life (also tricky!).

#40: Published

March 15, 2012 at 6:00PM • 51 minutes

Iain makes an exciting announcement in this episode - his novel will be published later this year! He talks to Myke about how it all came about, what happens next and the three key traits that have helped him along the way. It's essential listening for anyone who wants to write and be published.