EP 035 – Discussing Diversity and Inclusion in Writing

EP 035 – Discussing Diversity and Inclusion in Writing

On the 35th episode of Go Book Yourself, the podcast that helps you Master Writing, Marketing, and Publishing One Byte at a Time, Hilary is talking turkey about diversity. It doesn’t have to feel comfortable to make discussing important topics the right thing to do. But we want to do it anyway. And here’s the major takeaway (but, you know, keep listening!): RESEARCH.

 

When you are working on diverse content and introducing characters or elements in your work, it’s okay to not know what to say. Make sure that you research credible sources to get the appropriate information to use. Also, make sure you know what is credible and not.

These three tips will start you off on the right foot (but there’s much more in the show):

  1. Focus on describing what the reader sees no matter the subject. What is the texture, the color, the scent, the taste, etc.?
  2. Be authentic and organic when you are being inclusive. Don’t just plop a character in there who doesn’t contribute a lot or describe something to force home the point that it is different.
  3. When taking advice, get it from a relevant source. An expert in Italian cuisine, for example, not a novel set in Italy. When you encounter a janky resource, refuse to use it until you find one that is correct.

You are not going to know everything on your writing journey, but letting the fear of doing something wrong when the right intention is in your heart will hold you back. Start to have these conversations and expand your world, learning about different cultures, countries, orientations, and elements that might not be so prevalent in your reality. Then put them in your world 🙂

Got questions or ready to work on your book? Reach out to your host, Hilary Jastram, for guidance here → GBYPodcast.com.

Thanks for tuning in! If you like what we have to say, please share this episode, and leave us a review—especially if it’s a nice one. And if you really liked this episode, subscribe and get updates on upcoming episodes, as well as read all the show notes. 

Don’t let intimidation stop you from becoming an author or pouring your heart into any media. Storytelling is life. 

That’s it for this chapter until next week. In the meantime, write on!

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Music Credits:

Happy Excited Intro 04 by TaigaSoundProd

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/6802-happy-excited-intro-04

Bright Hopes Corporate by MusicLFiles

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/6352-bright-hopes-corporate

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Strengthening Self-Talk: Empower Through It

Empower Through It was born as a result of observations, hard road testing, immersion, rebooting, reorienting, and more. It is the podcast that celebrates every human experience and urges you to stay awhile and see just what the heck am I supposed to do with pain, confusion, anxiety, self-doubt, and more? By embracing what we normally push away, you will live the resolutions you have wanted and, more importantly, the freakin’ road map that has seemed just out of grasp. One of the most helpful actions you can take in life is to have a plan.

Being unapologetically human and learning out loud is how we shape our lives and directions. It’s critical to stay awhile in the teaching moments of our existence to get where we want to go. 

This week was the maiden voyage of Empower Through It. We gave our self-talk a little self-love and discussed some of the following, but there’s more. The goal is to provide you with nuggets you can take with you and use to help you better navigate the inevitable snags that can trip you up. 

On the agenda:

  1. Why we need to make our healthy self-talk voice the loudest voice to drown out the opinions of others. What does it matter what other people have to say about our very personal lives anyway? We are the gatekeepers to our spirits.
  2. What to do when your self-talk is out of control and acting more like a train wreck.
  3. Self-talk requires daily maintenance to ensure you are nimble in responding to the negativity that can come up and strike you! 

Listen for the fun bonus action you can take that will crack you up and fill you with self-love <3 Plus, a whole bunch of other tips! xo

Remember, as you walk your journey, commit to feeling then healing. You’ll be astounded at how this will enrich your human experience.

Digging this vibe and this podcast? Please share this episode, leave a review, subscribe, and do all the things to stay in the now.

Then … have faith that no matter what life dishes out, you can Empower Through It.

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EP 034 – Editing Tips to Use in Your Writing

EP 034 – Editing Tips to Use in Your Writing

On the 34th episode of Go Book Yourself, the podcast that helps you Master Writing, Marketing, and Publishing One Byte at a Time, Hilary is sharing the editing tips she applies to every author’s manuscript.

Sometimes, taking a peek into the inner mechanisms of the mind of someone doing a different job than you helps you do your job a little bit better. Here’s hoping this insight into the editing process helps you when you sit down and confront the blank page.

Remember these three tips and listen for even more. There’s a long list this go-round, so don’t skip a minute!

  1. Check the order of the words in your sentences. Do you need to move anything around? What is describing the subject?
  2. Develop the ability to switch back and forth between reading perspectives. It’s easier than you think! Hilary tells you how 🙂
  3. Don’t use ten-dollar words when a buck will do.

Apply these tactics as you create your masterpiece, but do make sure you get the writing done first before leaping into editing. The art of writing is free-flowing, so edit only when you are done expunging yourself of all your ink and ideas. 

Got questions or ready to work on your book? Reach out to your host, Hilary Jastram, for guidance here → GBYPodcast.com.

Thanks for tuning in! If you like what we have to say, please share this episode, and leave us a review—especially if it’s a nice one. And if you really liked this episode, subscribe and get updates on upcoming episodes, as well as read all the show notes. 

Don’t let intimidation stop you from becoming an author or pouring your heart into any media. Storytelling is life. 

That’s it for this chapter until next week. In the meantime, write on!

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Music Credits:

Happy Excited Intro 04 by TaigaSoundProd

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/6802-happy-excited-intro-04

Bright Hopes Corporate by MusicLFiles

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/6352-bright-hopes-corporate

License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

EP 033 – Solving Negative Writing Self-Talk with Meditations

EP 033 – Solving Negative Writing Self-Talk with Meditations

On the 33rd episode of Go Book Yourself, the podcast that helps you Master Writing, Marketing, and Publishing One Byte at a Time, we are putting negative writing self-talk out of its misery with helpful and insightful responses you can say to yourself. Your critical alter-ego won’t stand a chance.

We don’t know one writer who sails through their craft completely on an even keel and feeling 100% about their ideas, efforts, understanding, and results. So if you feel like you are less than in this area, be assured that you are not alone. If you were to stand in a crowded room and scream out your writing vulnerabilities, you would hear an echo back of challenges that would sound eerily close to yours.

File these three ready responses away to beat back the pessimist that loves nothing more than to beat up you and your writing. BTW, of course, there are more. You just have to listen 😉

  1. Remember, we are groomed not to accept mediocrity. It forces us to push ourselves, and in this state, we don’t produce our best results. So cut yourself a break and build in self-care and time for reflection on your work, and even just to walk away when you are creating.
  2. Not getting a publishing deal doesn’t mean that you haven’t written a quality book.
  3. Sharing your story is self-care, and there is no guilt in self-care. That’s the rule, man. We didn’t make it up!

Writing can be the most blissful experience of your life as you wring out all the ideas and aspirations in your head. But it can also be a tremendous trudging uphill, where you fight to extract genius, and doing so leaves you cold and longing. To experience more of the joy, you must keep your mind conditioned to believe you can accomplish anything. This means combatting thoughts that are harmful to you and your writing. Get in the habit of excusing these thoughts through daily meditation or meditating as you hit the page, and you will empower your best writing.

Got questions or ready to work on your book? Reach out to your host, Hilary Jastram, for guidance here → GBYPodcast.com.

Thanks for tuning in! If you like what we have to say, please share this episode, and leave us a review—especially if it’s a nice one. And if you really liked this episode, subscribe and get updates on upcoming episodes, as well as read all the show notes. 

Don’t let intimidation stop you from becoming an author or pouring your heart into any media. Storytelling is life. 

That’s it for this chapter until next week. In the meantime, write on!

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Music Credits:

Happy Excited Intro 04 by TaigaSoundProd

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/6802-happy-excited-intro-04

Bright Hopes Corporate by MusicLFiles

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/6352-bright-hopes-corporate

License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

EP 032 – Tim Kearney Is The SEO Monster Hunter

EP 032 – Tim Kearney Is The SEO Monster Hunter

On the 32nd episode of Go Book Yourself, the podcast that helps you Master Writing, Marketing, and Publishing One Byte at a Time, SEO monster hunter Tim Kearney of Time Kearney Creative Services is with us to talk about best practices in copywriting, what works and doesn’t and why you may need to switch up your game.

SEO is not a lost art. Sure it’s not as sexy as when we embarked on the craft in the first place, cramming all the keywords without any sort of finesse into text–j/k! But is an art that has been finessed, and Tim K. is a finesser. He has deep, deep marketing roots, having advised Fortune 500 companies on the right actions to take to improve the quality and quantity of their leads. He will share with you what’s not so important in your SEO journey and what strategies you can double down on to get the biggest payoff! 

Geek out on these three prompts to polish up your SEO (but oh, there’s so much more in the show–it’s almost obscene!:

  1. Gone are the days of burying text in white font, so Google ranks you. 
  2. Good, relevant writing is more important than ever in SEO. Thank goodness for small favors! 
  3. Did you know the LinkedIn algorithm is just like the Facebook of yore, that wide-open door, letting throngs of peeps in? Capitalize here. 

Tim K. came to this podcast armed and valuable. GBY can’t say enough about the good things he is doing for us and how getting on the map got easier. If you are ready to stop receiving spam emails from people telling you they can’t find you (was that just us before Tim jumped on board?) Hit him up and transform your business. You can find him at thetimkearney.com/

Got questions or ready to work on your book? Reach out to your host, Hilary Jastram, for guidance here → GBYPodcast.com.

Thanks for tuning in! If you like what we have to say, please share this episode, and leave us a review—especially if it’s a nice one. And if you really liked this episode, subscribe and get updates on upcoming episodes, as well as read all the show notes. 

Don’t let intimidation stop you from becoming an author or pouring your heart onto any media. Storytelling is life. 

That’s it for this chapter until next week. In the meantime, write on!

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Music Credits:

Happy Excited Intro 04 by TaigaSoundProd

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/6802-happy-excited-intro-04

Bright Hopes Corporate by MusicLFiles

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/6352-bright-hopes-corporate

License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/