Author Archives: John Rakestraw

A Champagne Business Plan on a Beer Wallet by guest Joe Giacalone

The Fantastic business plan that Joseph Giacalone has developed and lives by… has five distinct parts. He uses an acronym (cops love them) to keep himself focused… Competition MGMT. Competition *M*ission Statement *G*oals *M*arketing *T*arget Audience Read Joe’s post on … Continue reading

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Writing Historical Novels with author Suzanne Adair

I had a fantastic conversation about the craft of writing and building your characters in a historical context with Suzanne. Award-winning novelist, Suzanne Adair – is a Florida native who lives in a two hundred-year-old city at the edge of … Continue reading

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What was the moment(s) before we meet them?

As you set out to develop a character within a your story, there are a 1001 things you must do to give life to this new being. I feel one of the greatest discoveries is the “moment before”… this is … Continue reading

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What are we fighting for, what’s the conflict

John Rakestraw, The Story Spinner. For the characters in our writing… they must rise to the challenge to reach the end (the grand goal). For our readership, it’s living each emotion, running right along with the characters, facing their fears … Continue reading

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Outlining your book… It could make all the difference!

+Patti Larsen has a way of making you feel at home when she talks. Join me and my merry band of wonderful minds as we tackling the craft of writing a book. it can feel like an overwhelming prospect, where … Continue reading

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How I Build A Story… with John Rakestraw

I put myself in the hot seat and talk with my merry band of wonderful minds about how I build a story. I did live theatre years ago… I was a stage actor in the Seattle area during the 1980’s… … Continue reading

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Learn the Art and Science of Audio Books with Author Nathan Lowell

There was a lot of info put on the the table during this conversation about Audio Books. Nathan Lowell walked us through how he produces his audio files and even his marketing ideas. Where you can find Nathan on the … Continue reading

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Branding & Social Media Networking in this New Era of Multi-Screens

I had a great Hangout On Air with Rachel Thompson and we talked… Branding & Social Media Networking Watch the Bad Redhead herself Rachel Thompson, published author and social media consultant talks the business and craft of using social marketing. … Continue reading

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Rachel Thompson on Blogs and Social Media

Rachel talked with R. Harlan Smith about putting together a blog and the ups and downs of doing so. Harlan asked some great questions and Rachel answered them with her brilliant style and fantastic flair, as always. This a 20 minute short take from the 1 hour and 13 minute show we did. Continue reading

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Devaluation of Copyrights

I see the huge reason why self-publishing is trendy today… I have even done it myself! There is a huge digital land grab in the making… we have seen many governments and companies backing the idea of protecting copyrights and … Continue reading

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