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Special Edition – Interview of Janet Litherland Barnes: Author, Founder of Write Choice Services

What is it like to write in different areas or genres?  Our guest on this special edition of Write Here, Write Now is Janet Litherland Barnes, the author of the 6 novels, 10 nonfiction books, and numerous articles and stories for national magazines.  Her Absolutely Unforgettable Parties reached #2 on the Small Press Top 10 best-sellers list.  The Clown Ministry Handbook, a Group magazine “Book of the Year,” is currently in its fourth edition and praised on the Internet as “THE book on Clown Ministry!”  Formerly a professional actor/singer/dancer, Janet also performed for the U.S.O. at military installations.  Her theatrical background led her to author more than 100 music/drama-related scripts.  In addition, she has taught college extension courses in creative writing and has worked as an editor and writing coach.  Janet is founder and editor emeritus of Write Choice Services, Inc. Janet’s insights and experiences as a writer and editor provide encouragement to all who write or contemplate writing someday.

July 31 – Print and Audio… Leveraging Content

Are you creating audio products from your published book? Or publishing a book to compliment your audio products?

Dianna Booher is the best-selling author of 46 books, published in 23 languages, with nearly 4 million copies sold. Her most recent books are Creating Personal Presence and Communicate with Confidence! Dianna has developed numerous audio products that companion her books, including a 15 CD audio series for Communicate with Confidence. Her work has won an American Library Association’s Best Nonfiction of the Year award and has appeared on Executive Soundview Summaries list of “20 Best Business Books of the Decade.”

Walter Lawrence, aka T.W. Lawrence, is a business owner and author of Take Me to Texas, a collection of twelve short stories. His entire book has been recreated in an audio version, but the short story Dusty, Lord Show Me the Way is being distributed as a free gift to Walt’s readers and potential readers. The journey of Project Dusty has led to additional product ideas and promotional opportunities.

Sandy Weaver Carman is owner and CEO of Voicework on Demand.  In addition to being the author of her own award winning book, The Original MBA, Sandy assists clients in turning their audio into products, as well as creating audio versions of their published books — helping them produce a Revenue River.

Join this lively discussion of leveraging your print content to audio and your audio content to print.

July 24th – Blogging Your Way to a Book: Is It a Good Thing to Do?

You blog regularly.  You share ideas or reflect on the world.  You offer your unique perspective on your business or profession. You made a pilgrimage or extended journey and blogged about it.  Followers of your blog have encouraged you to make a book out of your blogs.  You like the idea but is it a good idea?  From the Write Here, Write Now/Write Choice Services perspective the answer is a resounding “Yes but . . .!” Michele Sharp and her husband, Wayne, sailed their boat from Bayfield, Wisconsin through the great lakes, the St. Lawrence River/Seaway, into the Atlantic Ocean around the Maritime Provinces and down the east coast of the United States to Punta Gorda, FL.  Michele blogged the entire way.  Her book –  Adventures of a Once Reluctant Sailor: A Journey of Guts, Growth, and Grace – is in the final stages of editing prior to publication.  Jeff Sheehan is an integrated marketing and social media consultant, hosts Sheehan Marketing Blog and has over 92,500 followers on Twitter.  Jeff has begun work on a book based upon his social media knowledge and experience with blogging and twitter. Michele and Jeff will share their insights and experiences around blogging and creating a book.

July 17th – Writing For Your Target Reader

Smart authors know that writing to a specific audience not only makes your book more interesting to your target reader, but makes it’s easier to promote as well. Today’s guests have each written their book with a niche reader in mind.

Linda Hughes career has uniquely equipped her to author her recently released book, CEO Secrets to IT Success. Linda’s past roles include divisional CIO for The Coca-Cola Company and Vice President of the Technology Practice and CIO for The North Highland Company (an international management and technology consulting firm). Most recently she held the position of CIO for AIG Agency Auto. Currently she is the President and CEO of The Great Ridge Company, which provides consulting services focused on improving the operational and growth capabilities of businesses.

Also on today’s show is Sarah Hunt Engsberg. A professional farrier since 1991, Sarah has been serving the needs of horses and equestrians in the sports of Three-day Eventing, Combined Training, Dressage, and Endurance for nearly two decades. Sarah specializes in finding and maintaining proper balanced movement for each horse’s individual conformation. Her book, From Hoof to Helmet: Understanding Critical Balance for Peak Performance, is scheduled to launch in Fall 2012.

July 10th – Faith, Market Place and Business: They Do Go Together

Dr. Tim, host of Write Here, Write Now, often shares a story about his dad who owned a very successful small business.  His dad was also quite active in local and regional church matters in the United Church of Christ.  As such, he dealt with ministers a lot.  When Dr. Tim indicated his interest in studying for ministry, his father replied, “Then I want you to get as good a business education as you can. Ministers need to have a business sense about them and very few do.” Dr. Tim did that including taking business courses at Harvard Business School as part of his DMin. studies.

When Dave Doty felt called to seminary,  it was to study economics, the marketplace in Christian perspective, and Christians in marketplace vocations. After eight years’ research and writing, Dave’s first book, Eden’s Bridge: The Marketplace in Creation and Mission, was published in 2011.

Timothy Read is licensed to practice law in Georgia, Virginia, Texas and California.  He is also an ordained ministry within the Presbyterian Church, USA.  Tim’s current writing interest is in areas of constructing (and often deconstructing) missional organizations to balance the competing needs of accountability, transparency and stewardship with priorities of freedom, creativity and external focus.

Guests Dave Doty and Attorney Tim Read along with Dr. Tim  will discuss the challenge of bringing solid economic practices  combined with accountability and well grounded theology to the market place.  Faith, accountability and solid business practices should be solidly intertwined if folks claim the mantle of business leader and person of faith.  Learn from these guest authors how they chose their topic of interest for writing and how they engage in research to write effectively.