#Podcast: Blondie & the Brit

Join me today over at Blondie & the Brit: Writing, Publishing & Beyond. My client KJ Waters and fellow author Suzanne Kelman have recently launched a fantastic podcast full of helpful information. I was excited (and nervous) to be invited over for my first ever podcast. Also, congrats to Suzanne who was just offered a book deal!

 

Blondie and the Brit

 

During the podcast, I describe the evolution of my blog and how the critical book reviews I used to post here led to editing inquires. KJ points out my website reflects the entrepreneurial spirit in every sense of the word because Word Bank Writing & Editing evolved as a direct result of the blossoming self-publishing market. I also discuss my plans to expand the content of Popular Poe Stories in Plain English and also produce a print book. I’m coming into my own as an editor, but still haven’t quite figured out what type of writer I want to when I grow up. In any case, the short e-books I’ve published have given me many insights I can share with my clients.

 

Download this episode (right click and save) and also feel free to visit the Blondie & the Brit website.

 

In the second half of the Blondie & the Brit podcast, I emphasize how chopping out words is my most favorite thing ever. When looking for an editor, a free sample edit of a few pages can reveal a lot about how the potential working relationship will go. I also discuss the differences between different types of editing. It’s unlikely most authors can afford to hire an editor for every stage of the process, so it pays off to develop a firm sense of your writing strengths and weaknesses in order to spend your money wisely. I then share the most common mistakes I see in the books I edit, as well as share some insights about social media.

 

I hope you’ll stick around for the lightning round of questions at the end where I reveal my childhood my aspirations to either be an astronaut or a stripper. Guess I settled for book editor instead 😉

 

I would love to hear about the evolution of your blog or any reactions to the podcast interview.

 

 

If you missed it the first time, why not take a look at KJ’s author interview that appeared on this blog in May 2015.

 

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Author: Jeri Walker

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  1. Hi Jeri…
    I loved the podcast and I listened to it when you first tweeted it…
    Chopping out words is certainly something that falls under your domains… You are always very accurate and concise with your words … [Not the much ado about nothing effect, so to speak… which -needless to say- I truly think is a virtue].~…
    I liked to hear your voice as well… Best wishes and happy week to you. Aquileana ★⭐

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    • Aqui, thanks for listening and for your continued support. Hearing my own voice was a new experience that’s for sure.

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  2. Will have to come back and listen when I have more time. Stripper, huh. Need more info 🙂

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    • TB, the podcast is getting tons of listens. It’s good to know so many of my social media acquaintances are tuning in. Plus KJ and Suzanne have worked really hard on launching the podcast. Those final quick questions were fun, and now I will never be able to live down my astronaut or stripper response. In a nutshell, I always liked dancing when I was young and this one HBO special about fan dancers is probably what prompted my lofty goals.

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  3. It was so much fun hearing your voice! Though I can’t say it surprised me in any way. Sounded like I sort of thought it might… straightforward, concise, clear! This was really super informative and entertaining. You should entertain the idea of doing more of these.

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    • Jacquie, I definitely hope to do more podcasts. Time is always the issue though. I have fallen off my regular rotation for guest posting as well.

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  4. Jeri, can you let me know how to listen to the Podcast. Would love to do so but can’t figure out how – I feel so duh.

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    • If you click on the link that says download, it will start the podcast. You can also visit the Blondie and the Brit website an access it there. Thanks for asking 🙂

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  5. Never mind Jeri, found you and listened. Good for you girl, always expanding your territory.

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    • Lenie, glad you were able to listen. Yep, expanding my territory in all areas is indeed a lifelong endeavor.

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  6. Woohoo! Your podcast was SO much fun Jeri! What a great pair to have done it with. You all 3 kept it moving & struck s great balance of being informative,funny & just really entertaining. Great to hear you again & to learn a little more about your process.Way to go Jeri!

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    • A.K., I think KJ and Suzanne have found their element and they have such great chemistry as friends.

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  7. Good to hear your voice. Per the discussion on book marketing I did buy your book (Such is Life) after reading your blog. Otherwise I would likely have never known of it. While I would like to read and support self-published authors there are just so many of them, including many not-so-good ones, that I feel I only go for the books written by authors that I know in some way.

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    • Ken, I’m in about the same boat as you when it comes to reading self-published authors. Most people are much more likely to download books by those they know in some shape or form. On occasion though, the plants align and word-of-mouth and a great marketing plan can cause an indie book to take off. As I say in the podcast, book marketing really is a mystery to me. I’m much more in my element when it comes to promoting my writing and editing services.

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  8. Congratulations on your first podcast!

    I have only listened to the first five minutes. Your voice was as I expected – clear and strong.

    You connect well with Blondie and the Brit. Almost like old time friends.

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  9. Book editor…somewhere between astronaut and stripper. Congratulations on your first podcast! I’d be so nervous, but you sound like a pro! That reminds me, I’m working on two books right now, and am going to need a LOT of help editing. I’ll be in touch when I get a little farther along…

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    • Meredith, amazing how life turns out from where our initial career aspirations begin, isn’t it? So glad to hear your working on not one, but two books. I’ll definitely be here when you want to go over editing options.

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  10. I love this idea. I’ve recently been listening to podcasts. First time since I’ve ever heard your voice. Nice! Great job! Book marketing is a mystery to me too.

    BTW, you can still be a stripper. 😀

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    • Denise, I’m gradually expanding the number of podcasts I tune into as well. A lot of my listening time gets eaten up by audio-books though. Hmmm, maybe I could take a pole dancing class… 😉

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      • I took a pole dancing class. It’s not as easy as it looks. We were supposed to grab hold of the top of the pole, swing and lift our legs, and then slowly twirl down. My body just slid down the pole. There was no swinging, twirling or lifting involved. I fell like a sack of potatoes.

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        • Denise, that is awesome! Not that you fell like a sack of potatoes, but that you took the class 🙂 You go girl!

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  11. I always believe that we need to innovate and evolve whether blogging or not. This podcast helps me to consider what I can do for my upcoming book. Thanks for posting!

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    • Mahal, innovation is definitely the name of the game. At times though we all stagnant a bit. The key is getting back on track.

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  12. What a great interview. I liked hearing about your past, I found out so much more about you. It was also great to hear about your editorial process, very interesting as was your recommendations to what to look for in an editor.
    I too was wondering what Google plus was good for.

    The astronaut and stripper part was funny. It reminds me, I once wanted to be a doctor, but I didn’t have the patience.
    If you say that out loud, you will laugh.

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    • William, I most like how my wonderful interviewers put it: “Google Plus is like Facebook without people.” I still try to drop by over there once a day, but ugh. It’s a ghost town for the most part.

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  13. Woot on the podcast! I had to smile when I was listening to the evolution of your blog. I remember your book reviews! And I think I remember you bringing up the bloggers helping bloggers and linking to a post about commenting and return visiting. I also learned a lot about you. Great to know you better. 😀

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    • Loni, glad you got to know me a bit better. We really should meet in person one of these days considering we are practically neighbors 😉

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  14. Excelllent Jeri! So pleased you took part in your first ever podcast. What you had so say fits my picture of you and I hope you get some new clients as a result.

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    • Catarina, KJ has been truly great about helping me get my name out there before potential clients. I have a lot to thank her for and was honored she asked me to be a guest with Blondie and the Brit.

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  15. I took an intensive writing class in high school. I’ll never forget that when I got my first paper back, half the paper was crossed out. I asked my teacher why and she said that those were the unnecessary words. What??? How could half my paper be unnecessary? But that was one of the best lessons ever and I take it with me to this day. It also made me realize the value of a good editor.

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  16. You’re a natural Jeri. Weaving in your personal journey and sharing information with such ease. Podcasting would come very easy to you. Finding the right editor is tough. It’s more than just fixing what is written. The editor has to keep the copy in your voice. And that takes someone interested in bringing out the “you” to the page. That sounds like you in a nutshell.

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    • Pamela, thanks. KJ did a great job of editing the audio as well and making me sound good 😉

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  17. Astronaut, stripper, book editor – such similar choices! I think podcasts are fun and I like the ones best when they are unscripted. I just was interviewed for one of those this week.

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    • Beth, I agree about the unscripted part. It was especially fun to do the lightning round of questions at the end as it was totally unexpected. Those type of questions often bring interesting answers…

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