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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Researching and Writing the Stories of Ireland

Wednesday May 26, 2021

What do you know about the historical events that took place in 17th century Ireland? Nancy Blanton, an award-winning author, joined Cindy Kochis for a conversation about the book title that woke Nancy from a deep sleep, how her experiences as a journalist influenced her research, and the mission for writing historical fiction novels set in 17th century Ireland. Nancy wrote, "I am digging deeply, discovering the greed, intrigue, rebellion, atrocities and resilience that took place in Ireland, England and Scotland." Access show notes:

Are You Listening to Your Creative Voice?

Thursday May 13, 2021

Are you listening to the inner critic or creative inspiration when you think about writing your book? Cindy Kochis shares the intuitive insights she received when the heard the words, "So, who are you writing this for?" cross her mind. Writing a book is an intimate process of listening to Self and exploring the voices within. This short and sweet episode is packed with pearls of wisdom. Access show notes:

Is an Editor Worth it?

Thursday May 06, 2021

You worked hard to write your book. You had a few friends read it and asked them to critique it. The question is, did they read it like an editor? Will an editor look at the manuscript differently than the beta readers? These are important questions to ask prior to publication. And before ending the episode, Cindy Kochis, host of Pen to Paper Press Podcast, goes off script and shares insights from a conversation she had with fellow authors. During their time together in the writers circle, she penned in a notebook, "If I work hard enough, I will be good enough." Discover why this statement moved her. Access show notes:

Meet Your Characters and Save Time Editing

Wednesday Apr 28, 2021

What if you could save time writing, keep the storyline consistent, and save yourself having to track down details while editing? It's easier than some people make it out to be. Getting to know the characters in the book you're writing is a key element. Cindy Kochis, host of Pen to Paper Press Podcast shares tips and her insights on the benefits of taking the time to meet the characters and how it will save you time in the long run. Access show notes: Support:

Is this the Reason You are not Writing

Wednesday Apr 21, 2021

Why is it you hold off on writing? What if it's not writers block, but something more personal? Are you the reason why you're not taking the time to write? Pour yourself a mug of tea and explore an insight Cindy Kochis received while she replenished her mug of tea. You may wish to have a journal ready to answer the questions she shares for you to ponder. Enjoy! Access show notes:

Write the Messy First Draft

Wednesday Apr 14, 2021

Are you willing to write a messy first draft? How will creative flexibility help an author to build a strong foundation to their book? Pour yourself a mug of hot tea and listen to Cindy Kochis shares valuable insights on the important topic of writing crap, and more, in today's episode of Pen to Paper Press Podcast. Access show notes:

Weaving Stories on Our Own Time Frame

Wednesday Apr 07, 2021

Do you feel it's taking too long to write your book? Nadia Krauss joined Cindy Kochis in the Pen to Paper Press Podcast studio for a heart-warming conversation to talk about the Judge Nadia faced and the long journey it took to write her first solo book. She will give writers (and creatives) hope and insight on why it may be taking longer than expected. Access show notes:

Is it Procrastination or Pausing?

Wednesday Mar 31, 2021

If you feel procrastination is holding you back, this episode is for YOU. Natasha Cassidy joined Cindy Kochis in the virtual studio to shed light on this very important topic and what the real issue may be for the delay in completing your book. Natasha Cassidy is an educator, author, and creative soul with a tremendous amount of knowledge to share on her, as she states, quirky journey.Access Show Notes:

Aligning with Your Audience

Wednesday Mar 24, 2021

Are you writing to express yourself or to align with your audience? What is your preferred method for writing the first draft of any written project? Crystal Cockerham joined Cindy Kochis in the virtual Pen to Press Podcast studio to explore the benefits of literally putting pen to paper and participating in book collaborations. Neither of us expected the animal sign she received when we spoke of the retreats she is facilitating. Access show notes:

Revealing the Journey

Wednesday Mar 17, 2021

Curious about numerology? Cindy Kochis felt blessed with the opportunity to sit with Nancy Fairbrother, the author of author of Who are You? What are You Doing Here? Where are You Going? In their conversation they explore how numerology provides insight and understanding, what was Nancy's writing process, and why she wrote the book. Access show notes:

A Journey Guided by Love, Loss and a Pen

Wednesday Mar 10, 2021

Sarah Wall, author and speaker, talks about her experiences in foreign lands and her intimate journey of love, life, and loss. A wealth of insights is discussed as Sarah shares with Cindy Kochis, host of Pen to Paper Press Podcast, how she used her journals as a reference tool for writing her two books. Please note: miscarriage and grieving are discussed in this podcast. Access show notes:

Writing Lessons with a Sense of Humor

Wednesday Mar 03, 2021

Allen Klein (aka “Mr. Jollytologist”®), best-selling author and speaker, joined Cindy in a conversation to encourage writers to write, share stories, and remind us the impact humor can have in the moment. The wealth of insightful tips Allen shared to motivate us to sit down daily and write was more than Cindy anticipated. Get ready to laugh, learn, and be entertained.  Access show notes:

What Goes Into Publishing a Digital Magazine

Wednesday Feb 24, 2021

How important is the writer's voice? What does a publisher expects from their contributors? What is the puzzle of publishing a digital magazine? Lisa Anderson, Editor in Chief of The Chews Letter, recently joined Cindy Kochis in the virtual Pen to Paper Press Podcast studio to discuss these (and more) topics. Access show notes:

A Meaningful Way to Market Our Memoir

Wednesday Feb 17, 2021

Marketing a book we’ve worked hard to write can be very challenging. It is a part of the process many of authors would rather skip. Join Cindy Kochis and her guest, Rica Keenum, as they discuss a meaningful way to marketing books. Show notes at

Trusting the Channeled Messages

Wednesday Feb 10, 2021

Are you channeling the book you're writing? Do you hear voices, or see the events play out vividly in your imagination, as you write? Christin Bjergbakke joined Cindy Kochis in the Pen to Paper Press virtual studio to talk about her writing process.  Access show notes:

Writing in the Third Age

Wednesday Feb 03, 2021

It's never too late to write a book. Cindy Kochis spoke with Barb Parcells, author and blogger, about the joys of writing in her third age, the impact meditation has on her storytelling, and other pearls of wisdom. Access show notes:


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