In Episode 148 of So you want to be a writer: How to research your genre (and why you should), the counter-intuitive benefits of scheduling your writing, and fortune cookie writer gets writer’s block! Discover how you could win an animal lovers’ book pack. Valerie’s word of the week is ‘petrichor’! You’ll meet Vanessa Carnevale, author of The Florentine Bridge. Plus: why you should stay within your comfort zone when building your author platform and much more!
Review of the Week
I've been listening to Val & Al for just over a year, and they have delivered so much advice, so many informative interviews and plenty of entertainment to this emerging writer and word nerd. Thanks to the tips from their weekly discussion of blogging, writing and content creation, I have finished one novel manuscript, am about to finish a second, launched my author platform (riddleandchance.com), found myself some wonderful beta readers, and built the confidence and expertise to plunge into the pitch and submission process for literary agents. This podcast has lots of personality and lots of professional suggestions and info. Subscribe!
Writer in Residence
Vanessa Carnevale is an author and freelance journalist who has contributed to The Huffington Post, The Green Parent, and Italy magazine, among others. In her early twenties, Vanessa spent several years living in Florence, Italy, where she met her husband and discovered a love of travel and la dolce vita.
Passionate about writing and creativity, in her spare time, Vanessa coaches writers to embrace their words and enjoys presenting workshops that inspire budding authors to get their books written. She is also the creator and host of Your Beautiful Writing Life, a writing retreat held in Tuscany, Italy, a place she considers her second home. Her debut novel, The Florentine Bridge, published by Harlequin MIRA is out now.
She lives in Melbourne, Australia, with her husband and two children.
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Platform Building Tip
Start early, stay in your comfort zone or you'll feel awkward so look at what you can write about. Don't be afraid to let go of things that are not working at the time.
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