Pen to Paper Press Podcast

Conversations with best-selling authors, writers, editors, publishers, and creative souls in the Pen to Paper Press Podcast studio. Each episode is an opportunity to explore mindsets, pearls of wisdom, and the book writing journey that began the moment they put pen to paper.

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Episodes

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What does it take to be a ghostwriter? How do you acquire the content and transform it to read like the person whose name is on the book cover wrote it? Jennifer Locke, professional ghostwriter and author coach for nonfiction authors who want to up-level their thought leadership with a book, shares with Cindy Kochis her journey to becoming a sought-after ghostwriter. Pour a mug of iced tea for yourself and enjoy this thought-provoking conversation. Whose book will you be writing? Show notes: pentopaperpress.com/2022/08/becoming-a-ghostwriter Support: patron.podbean.com/pentopaperpress Episode sponsor: Pen to Paper Writers Circle

Wednesday Aug 03, 2022

What story do you tell yourself? Judy James has spent forty-two years standing behind her clients as their hairdresser. If you would have told her two years ago she would publish a book, she would not have believed you. Yet, today she is the best-selling author of “Out of Hiding; Finding the Courage to be Me”. Cindy and Judy explore the topics of self-acceptance, energy healing, story development, tattoos, and different writing processes. Pour a mug of iced tea for yourself and enjoy this inspirational conversation about trusting our intuition. Show notes: pentopaperpress.com/2022/08/the-stories-writers-tell-themselves Support: patron.podbean.com/pentopaperpress Episode sponsor: Pen to Paper Writers Circle

Thursday May 26, 2022

A historian knows what details to look for in historical homes and buildings. A writer knows how to relay the story and an artist has the vision to paint the history. M. Ruth Little, an architectural historian from Raleigh, North Carolina, gives us an insight on the preservation of historical structures, the challenges she’s faced as an artist, and the journey that leads her to publish The Book of Ruth. Pour a mug of iced tea for yourself and enjoy this educational conversation about preserving our history. Show notes: pentopaperpress.com/2022/05/preserving-history Support: patron.podbean.com/pentopaperpress Shop: pentopaperpress.com/store Episode sponsor: Pen to Paper Writers Circle

Wednesday May 18, 2022

Distractions are everywhere. How do you deal with them? Carrie Knowles, award-winning author and educator, shares her experiences and insights on her choice to write and making a career of it. You will hear the backstories of several of Carrie’s books, how the Door of Hope relates to her family’s history, and the difference between a character-driven and plot-driven author. Pour a mug of fresh lemonade for yourself and enjoy this educational and entertaining conversation. Show notes: pentopaperpress.com/2022/05/stepping-over-distractions-and-the-sacred-space-to-write Support: patron.podbean.com/pentopaperpress Shop: pentopaperpress.com/store Episode sponsor: Pen to Paper Writers Circle

Wednesday May 11, 2022

The Broken Wire initially started as encouraging words to his stepdaughter. It was writing from his point of life experiences that Marvin Levine discovered creative flow to write his novels. Listen to the action steps he is taking to promote his newest book and if the setting for the book is based on a real home in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. Pour a mug of coffee for yourself and enjoy this inspiring conversation. Show notes: pentopaperpress.com/2022/05/writing-from-life-experiences Support: patron.podbean.com/pentopaperpress Shop: pentopaperpress.com/store Episode sponsor: Pen to Paper Writers Circle

Wednesday May 04, 2022

Do you write from the heart or from thought? In part two of Dare to Publish, Bernadette Bruckner and Cindy Kochis ‘ conversation focuses on trusting our intuition, what is fear, why it is vital to share the book content we channel, and whether you can build an empire on one book. Pour a mug of chai tea for yourself and enjoy this motivational conversation about trust. Dare to publish. You never know who you can inspire and the lives you’re impacting with your story. Show notes: pentopaperpress.com/2022/05/dare-to-publish Support: patron.podbean.com/pentopaperpress Shop: pentopaperpress.com/store Episode sponsor: Pen to Paper Writers Circle

Wednesday May 04, 2022

Have you thought about creating your own publishing company? In part one of Dare to Publish, Bernadette Bruckner shares with Cindy Kochis why she started her own publishing company, how her near-death experiences affected her writing, and what it means to trust timing. Pour a mug of chai tea for yourself and enjoy this motivational conversation about timing. Dare to publish. You never know who you can inspire and the lives you’re impacting with your story. Show notes: pentopaperpress.com/2022/05/dare-to-publish Support: patron.podbean.com/pentopaperpress Shop: pentopaperpress.com/store Episode sponsor: Pen to Paper Writers Circle

Wednesday Apr 27, 2022

How are you promoting the book you worked hard to publish? Can you turn your book into gold? Are you using it to showcase your purpose? If so, how?Tanya Miller is an author of the Mind Matters project, a motivation speaker, life coach, and innovative. Tanya shares her love of writing, how a debilitating disease changed how she writes, and multiple ways we can transform our book into a profitable business opportunities. Listen as Cindy gets put on the hot seat regarding the services she offers. Pour a mug of lemon ginger tea for yourself and enjoy this motivational conversation with Tanya Miller. Show notes: https://pentopaperpress.com/2022/04/turn-your-book-into-gold/ Support: patron.podbean.com/pentopaperpress Shop: pentopaperpress.com/store Episode sponsor: Pen to Paper Writers Circle

Wednesday Apr 20, 2022

Have you set down a book, and thought, "I could do that"? Paul Attaway, the bestselling author of Blood in the Low Country, shifted gears from a 30-year career as a small business entrepreneur to southern storyteller. Find out which aspects of the book writing process took him out of his comfort zone, the publishing route he chose, and who is helping him promote his books. Pour a mug of sweet tea for yourself and enjoy our educational conversation. The lessons that impact us the most are those told in storytelling. There is much to learn in this episode. Show notes: pentopaperpress.com/2022/04/the-creative-journey-of-a-southern-storyteller Support: patron.podbean.com/pentopaperpress Shop: pentopaperpress.com/store Episode sponsor: Pen to Paper Writers Circle

Wednesday Apr 13, 2022

What motivated a recovering lawyer to shift his attention from the courtroom to writing three books focused on saving Christmas and a book possibly exposing plagiarism on well-know document? Landis Wade, lawyer and author, sat with Cindy Kochis for a conversation on the insights they continue to gain by interviewing authors on their independent podcast platforms. Listen as Landis and Cindy share experiences of fellow authors and how it influences the writing process, editing, publishing options and promoting their works of art. Pour a mug of java for yourself and enjoy our educational conversation. The lessons that impact us the most are those told in storytelling. There is much to discover in this episode. Show notes:  pentopaperpress.com/2022/04/wisdom-two-podcasters-gained Support: patron.podbean.com/pentopaperpress Shop: pentopaperpress.com/store Episode sponsor: Pen to Paper Writers Circle

Wednesday Apr 06, 2022

Is the writer’s journey to becoming an author similar to the stages a caterpillar goes through to become a butterfly? Stephanie Miller, author of The Butterfly Blueprint, and Cindy Kochis weave metaphors into their discussion as they explore writer's block, journalling, and personal growth. Pour a mug of lavender lemon tea for yourself and enjoy our light-hearted conversation about trusting the natural journey of becoming a published author. Show notes: pentopaperpress.com/2022/04/how-an-author-is-destined-to-be-a-butterfly/ Support: patron.podbean.com/pentopaperpress Shop: pentopaperpress.com/store Episode sponsor: Pen to Paper Writers Circle

Wednesday Mar 30, 2022

What is at the soul of the story you are writing? Kris Groth, author of Soul-iloquy and Soul-icitude, shares her creative journey from having no aspiration to be a writer to publishing two books, taking part in collaborative book projects, and working on the first draft of a third book. One challenge Kris faced was how to categorize her books. Learn which listings she used and how she navigated her emotions while writing on a sensitive topic she never experienced. This episode will reaffirm the importance of trusting in divine guidance and self. Pour a mug of rose tea for yourself and enjoy our conversation about trusting our intuition, marketing, and attracting an audience.  Show notes: pentopaperpress.com/2022/03/the-soul-of-the-story Support: patron.podbean.com/pentopaperpress Shop: pentopaperpress.com/store Episode sponsor: Pen to Paper Writers Circle

Wednesday Mar 23, 2022

How is an outline beneficial to a "pantser" when writing a book? Cindy Kochis continues the conversation (from the previous episode) about being out of alignment with a written project to focus on one of the solutions: outlines. Learn who is a "pantser", the mantra she's not proud of, and why it is important to be flexible with an outline. Pour a mug of tea for yourself and explore how an outline is beneficial. Show notes: pentopaperpress.com/2022/03/this-writer-journey-how-is-an-outline-beneficial Support: patron.podbean.com/pentopaperpress Shop: pentopaperpress.com/store Episode sponsor: Pen to Paper Writers Circle

Wednesday Mar 16, 2022

The Writers Journey. It is the creative path worth wandering. Cindy Kochis took advantage of a last-minute interview cancellation to share the progress of the mind - body - spirit book she has talked about with various podcast guests. Where is she with it? Will she finish it or let it go? Knowing when to stop watering the dead plant is key. In this episode, Cindy shares self-editing tips, examples of how to find repetitive phrases in a written project, and why bata readers do not always provide the writer a list of mistakes in the book. Pour a mug of green tea for yourself and listen to this rambling from the heart. Your words have power. Your story matters. Show notes: pentopaperpress.com/2022/03/the-power-of-your-voice Support: patron.podbean.com/pentopaperpress Shop: pentopaperpress.com/store Episode sponsor: Pen to Paper Writers Circle

Wednesday Mar 09, 2022

What is forgiveness? How can it impact our daily lives? Lisa Drennon, the author of Forgiving the Girl Inside: finding balance, freedom, & fun in your life, and Cindy explore the value of forgiveness. Lisa openly shares how difficult it was to forgive herself and the events that took place on the long, challenging journey to loving Self. You will learn how journaling helped her reveal what needed to be healed and the techniques she uses and shares with her coaching clients. Pour a mug of soothing chamomile tea for yourself and listen to this heart-centered conversation. Show notes: pentopaperpress.com/2022/03/the-power-of-your-voice Support: patron.podbean.com/pentopaperpress Shop: pentopaperpress.com/store Episode sponsor: Pen to Paper Writers Circle

Wednesday Mar 02, 2022

We have the choice to perceive life's challenges as a hindrance or allow it to be the power within our voice. Tasha Wilson is an entrepreneur, transformational speaker, and an author. The message Tasha brings forth is that of hope and knowing we are enough. The conversation she has with Cindy explores Tasha's writing process and how the events in her life continue to motivate he to share her wisdom. Pour a mug of lemon water for yourself and listen to this empowering conversation. Show notes: pentopaperpress.com/2022/03/the-power-of-your-voice Support: patron.podbean.com/pentopaperpress Shop: pentopaperpress.com/store Episode sponsor: Pen to Paper Writers Circle

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