Aaron D. Gansky

Cleaning up Clutter and Cliches

http://aarongansky.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/e172CleaningupClichesandClutter.mp3   Thanks to bensound.com for the intro and outro music. ASK THE AUTHOR: Darion Wells via Twitter: How do you remain so ridiculously awesome with a family, a full time career, and a writer’s responsibilities? AARON: Pops, I assume this question is for you. *Pause for laughter.* I’ve actually…

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Story Bibles

http://aarongansky.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/e171StoryBibles.mp3 Thanks to bensound.com for the intro and outro music!   ASK THE AUTHOR: From Curt Croel via Facebook: How do your families influence your writing? AARON: Good question! We can take this a couple of different ways: 1) In what ways do the people in your family influence the…

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Managing Multiple Projects

http://aarongansky.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/e170ManagingMultipleProjects.mp3   Thanks to bensound.com for the intro and outro music! ASK THE AUTHOR: Bill Giovanenetti via Facebook: What are some do’s and don’ts with backstory? AARON: I’ve heard that backstory should be avoided at all costs. I think this is a newer, trendier “rule” bandied about by industry professionals….

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Habits of Highly Successful Writers

http://aarongansky.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/e169HabitsofHighlySuccessfulWriters.mp3   Thanks to bensound.com for our intro and outro music NEW BI-WEEKLY FORMAT. Firsts in Fiction will now cast every other week as opposed to every week. Our next cast will be on January 17th, 2016. ASK THE AUTHOR: From Dennis Lee Bates Jr. via Facebook: What is a…

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Kill Your Darlings

http://aarongansky.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/e168EditingKillYourDarlings.mp3   Thanks to bensound.com for the intro and outro music. ASK THE AUTHOR: From lanie Peterson via aarongansky.com: What’s the best way to promote your book–press releases, book signings, a party (a book signing and potluck dinner)? AARON: This is an excellent question. To keep it simple, the answer…

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Sneaky Prose Killers

http://aarongansky.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/e167EditingSneakyProseKillers.mp3   Thanks to bensound.com for the intro and outro music. Visit altongansky.com to see “Typewriter Tuesday,” a brief video of a 1915 Corona 3 typewriter (like Hemingway’s first typewriter). ASK THE AUTHOR: From Dave Fessenden via aarongansky.com: In my first novel, the editor changed a few passages of dialogue…

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Everything I Wish I Knew Before I Started

http://aarongansky.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/e165EverythingIWishIKnewWhenIBegan.mp3   Thanks to bensound.com for the intro and outro music. ASK THE AUTHOR: From Jacqueline Patterson: Indie or traditional publishing: which would route would you recommend for an unpublished writer? AARON: That’s a tough one. I’m of the mind that one should always give traditional publishing a chance. You have…

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Marketing Analysis and Author Platform

http://aarongansky.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/e164MarketingPlatform.mp3   Thanks to bensound.com for the intro and outro music. ASK THE AUTHOR: From James Earls via Facebook: Are agents & editors absolutely crucial to the writer’s life & their success or lack of it? I do my own editing & do not have an agent. It’s time consuming,…

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The Power of Proposal

http://aarongansky.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/e163Proposals.mp3   Thanks to bensound.com for the intro and outro music! VIDEO ASK THE AUTHOR: Jenny Snow: Is there any rule about how often to use the character’s name vs. he or she? For example: A. Sarah dashed a note to her husband. Or B. She dashed a note to…

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WILDCARD – 10 Reasons You’re Not Getting Published

http://aarongansky.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/e161WILDCARDWhyYoureNotGettingPublished.mp3   Thanks to bensound.com for the intro and outro music. ASK THE AUTHOR: From Jenny Snow via Facebook: What are the major plot points and reader expectations an author needs to hit for a romance? Mystery? Fantasy? AARON: Super good question, but I worry we could do an entire…

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