The Writer's Well - Conversations about writing from craft to wellness.

The Writer's Well - Conversations about writing from craft to wellness.

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With Rachael Herron and J. Thorn


Writer’s Well Episode 169: How has adversity changed your approach to writing?
Apr 1 • 30 min
The world has been upended. In these turbulent times and during rough personal stretches, J. wants to know how adversity has changed Rachael’s approach to writing.Rachael’s Query Letter Service - http://rachaelherron.com/query/ J.’s Author Services -…
Writer’s Well Episode 168: Do you pray?
Mar 25 • 31 min
For the spiritual health-themed episode this month, Rachael asks J. if he talks to a higher power, and if so, in what ways. Also, J. laments the fact that he doesn’t have 22 year old knees any longer.Rachael’s Query Letter Service -…
Writer’s Well Episode 167: How do your feelings about the supernatural affect your writing?
Mar 18 • 28 min
Rachael didn’t bother waiting for Halloween. After a brief conversation on the state of the virus, Rachael asks J. his feelings about the supernatural and then she decides to investigate “elevated horror.”Rachael’s picture -…
Writer’s Well Episode 166: Which writer do you most want to be?
Mar 11 • 25 min
We all look up to someone. J. asks Rachael which writer she most wants to be and why.Three Story Method - https://books2read.com/threestorymethod Three Story Method Workbook - https://books2read.com/threestorymethodworkbook Rachael’s Query Letter Service…
Writer’s Well Episode 165: Tell me about your antagonist…
Mar 4 • 28 min
With a big rewrite looming, Rachael asks J. about his antagonists so she can start thinking about how to fix hers. Also, J. announces the publication of Three Story Method.Three Story Method - https://books2read.com/threestorymethod Three Story Method…
Writer’s Well Episode 164: How do you eat?
Feb 26 • 35 min
In this month’s health-themed episode, J. asks Rachael about her dietary habits. The two writers discuss what it takes to be nutritionally well.Wasting it - Seth Godin - https://seths.blog/2020/02/wasting-it/ Rachael’s Query Letter Service -…
Writer’s Well Episode 163: What’s one thing you were completely wrong about?
Feb 19 • 21 min
It’s not always easy to admit you’re wrong. In this episode, J. asks Rachael about one thing she got wrong and then what she did about it.Rachael’s Query Letter Service - http://rachaelherron.com/query/ J.’s Author Services -…
Writer’s Well Episode 162: When was the moment you knew you had to be a writer?
Feb 12 • 25 min
Riffing on a question Rachael fielded while in Pittsburgh, she asks J. about that magical (or not so magical moment) when he knew he had to be a writer..Rachael and J. on The Secret Library Podcast -…
Writer’s Well Episode 161: What is your morning routine on the weekend?
Feb 5 • 18 min
Are weekends for sleeping in and Saturday morning cartoons? Find out when J. asks Rachael about her weekend morning routine.Rachael’s Query Letter Service - http://rachaelherron.com/query/ J.’s Author Services - https://theauthorlife.com/editing/ What’s…
Writer’s Well Episode 160: What are you addicted to?
Jan 29 • 24 min
After a week at Spirit Rock, Rachael comes home and asks J. a question about addictive behaviors for the monthly health-themed episode.Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain - https://www.drawright.com/Rachael’s Query Letter Service -…
Writer’s Well Episode 159: How do you decide which story to tell next?
Jan 22 • 29 min
Most writers have shiny object syndrome. J. asks Rachael about her decision making process when it comes to new stories.FI101 - https://academy.choosefifoundation.org/Rachael’s 90 Day Revision Masterclass - https://rachaelherron.com/revision/Rachael’s…
Writer’s Well Episode 158: What does community mean to you?
Jan 15 • 26 min
Live from Rachael’s living room! After an incredible experience with Authors on a Train California Dreaming, J. and Rachael sit on her couch and talk with Zach about the power of community.Rachael’s Query Letter Service - http://rachaelherron.com/query/…
Writer’s Well Episode 157: What does your auto responder sequence look like?
Jan 8 • 33 min
Writers talk about nurturing their list, but what does that mean? J. asks Rachael about her auto responder sequence and the two discuss how it looks for fiction and non-fiction.Rachael’s Query Letter Service - http://rachaelherron.com/query/ J.’s Author…
Writer’s Well Episode 156: What do you wish you’d done better? What are you most proud? What is your intention? (The 2019 to 2020 Episode)
Jan 1 • 25 min
Happy new year! In this episode, Rachael asks J. two questions about 2019 and one question about 2020. A great way to end one year and begin another.The Author Life: A Collection of Essays on Craft, Marketing, and Mindset -…
Writer’s Well Episode 155: What would life be like without your significant other?
Dec 25, 2019 • 25 min
With a perfectly timed Christmas episode, J. asks Rachael a question about relationship wellness. Join the lovefest for the holiday.Rachael’s Query Letter Service - http://rachaelherron.com/query/ J.’s Author Services - https://theauthorlife.com/editing/…
Writer’s Well Episode 154: What has been the most challenging thing you’ve done professionally in the recent past?
Dec 18, 2019 • 34 min
J. asks Rachael a difficult question that leads the two friends down an emotional conversation that you won’t want to miss.Rachael’s Query Letter Service - http://rachaelherron.com/query/ J.’s Author Services - https://theauthorlife.com/editing/ What’s…
Writer’s Well Episode 153: How do you name your characters?
Dec 11, 2019 • 25 min
Rachael brings a fun and lively question to J. about character naming conventions. The two discuss different tools and strategies you can use to make your names interesting and meaningful.Rachael’s Query Letter Service - http://rachaelherron.com/query/…
Writer’s Well Episode 152: How do you boost your mood?
Dec 4, 2019 • 30 min
As November moves into December and much of the northern hemisphere is staring down the barrel of winter, J. asks Rachael about how she lightens things up on those dark days. Also, J. has a special announcement about a new podcast he’s co-hosting with…
Writer’s Well Episode 151: What do you do about long-term disability insurance?
Nov 27, 2019 • 29 min
In this month’s themed episode, Rachael asks J. about health insurance. Should she take a chance and invest the money or purchase long-term disability insurance?*We are not medical or financial professionals. Nothing on this podcast is advice. We love…
Writer’s Well Episode 150: Where do you get your ideas?
Nov 20, 2019 • 24 min
Rachael brings what she thinks will be a lightweight question. But the answer turns into a more thoughtful and interesting conversation. Answering on behalf of authors everywhere for when someone asks, “Where do you get your ideas?”Rachael’s Barcelona…
Writer’s Well Episode 149: Why write a memoir?
Nov 13, 2019 • 34 min
Rachael and J. have a big announcement today that directly ties to the question about memoir. Why write one?Rachael’s Barcelona retreat - https://rachaelherron.com/barcelona/J.’s Mastermind Group Application -…
Writer’s Well Episode 148: What does financial independence mean to you?
Nov 6, 2019 • 36 min
Being financially independent is a dream for most people. This week Rachael asks J. what financial independence looks like and they discuss initial thoughts on how to reach it.J.’s Mastermind Group Application - https://theauthorlife.com/mastermind…
Writer’s Well Episode 147: How do you cope with unexpected events?
Oct 30, 2019 • 28 min
The health and wellness theme for this month’s episode is emotional health. J. asks Rachael about what she does when the unexpected happens.Rachael’s Query Letter Service - http://rachaelherron.com/query/ J.’s Author Services -…
Writer’s Well Episode 146: How do you approach genre?
Oct 23, 2019 • 24 min
With Rachael away on vacation, J. asks friend, full-time author, and frequent commenter, Crys Cain on the show to discuss how genre affects her writing and marketing.Rachael’s Query Letter Service - http://rachaelherron.com/query/ J.’s Author Services -…
Writer’s Well Episode 145: Should I give up or double down?
Oct 16, 2019 • 25 min
J. asks Rachael a question about a manuscript he has on submission, but the conversation applies to many decisions we have to make as authors. Give up or double down?Rachael’s Query Letter Service - http://rachaelherron.com/query/ J.’s Author Services -…
Writer’s Well Episode 144: Is it worth it?
Oct 9, 2019 • 36 min
This week, Rachael hits J. with a doozy, asking him to explain a question he asked in his weekly email post. Is this thing worth it?J.’s original post - https://theauthorlife.com/failure-is-an-option/VA for hire - [email protected] Rachael’s Query…
Writer’s Well Episode 143: What have you learned from writing that you’ve applied in other aspects of your life?
Oct 2, 2019 • 24 min
What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments…Skills transfer. Join Rachael and J. as they discuss how their writing has improved from skills developed in other aspects of life.Rachael’s Query Letter Service -…
Writer’s Well Episode 142: How does your physicality affect your writing? (with special guest Michele Tracy Berger)
Sep 25, 2019 • 21 min
A member of the Writer’s Well mastermind group, Michele Tracy Berger is an award-winning professor (UNC Chapel Hill), a writer and a creativity coach.Michele Tracy Berger - https://micheleberger.wordpress.com/ Rachael’s Query Letter Service -…
Writer’s Well Episode 141: FLASHBACK - Episode 101
Sep 18, 2019 • 30 min
An encore episode!The Writer’s Well Episode 101: Which tiny actions have compounded into measurable results?After finishing up the listener call-ins, Rachael and J. discuss tiny actions that yield measurable results.Rachael’s Query Letter Service -…
Writer’s Well Episode 140: What are your top three productivity hacks? (with special guest Amy Tasukada)
Sep 11, 2019 • 23 min
Prolific writer and excellent time manager Amy Tasukada guest-hosts this week on The Writer’s Well! While the cat’s away, these two mice play talking goals and time hacks. Enjoy! Amy Tasukada - https://www.amytasukada.com/ Amy’s Newsletter service for…
Writer’s Well Episode 139: FLASHBACK - Episode 1
Sep 4, 2019 • 20 min
An encore episode!The Petal to the Metal Episode 1: Welcome to our new podcast about leaving the day job for your dream job.Writing and publishing can be an unpredictable yet exhilarating experience. Rachael walked away from her day job and J. is about to…
Writer’s Well Episode 138: How and when do you work out?
Aug 28, 2019 • 32 min
In this month’s health-themed episode, Rachael and J. discuss workout routines. In addition, bask in Rachael’s launch week glow.Rachael’s Query Letter Service - http://rachaelherron.com/query/ J.’s Author Services - https://theauthorlife.com/editing/…
Writer’s Well Episode 137: How do you celebrate a book launch?
Aug 21, 2019 • 26 min
With Stolen Things poised to drop tomorrow (link below), Rachael asks J. what he does the day a book comes out.Stolen Things - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07KVLCVP4/Rachael’s Query Letter Service - http://rachaelherron.com/query/ J.’s Author Services -…
Writer’s Well Episode 136: When it comes to writing, what is something you believe that everyone else thinks is crazy?
Aug 14, 2019 • 24 min
In our writing careers, we all do crazy, weird things. In this episode, J. asks Rachael to share her secret.FYI, we’re taking September off. Listen for the details…Rachael’s Query Letter Service - http://rachaelherron.com/query/ J.’s Author Services -…
Writer’s Well Episode 135: What things affect your writing in a surprising way?
Aug 7, 2019 • 21 min
Rachael poaches a question from her other podcast and asks J. about things that affect his writing.Rachael’s Query Letter Service - http://rachaelherron.com/query/ J.’s Author Services - https://theauthorlife.com/editing/ What’s your answer to our…
Writer’s Well Episode 134: How do you handle rejection?
Jul 31, 2019 • 22 min
For this month’s themed episode, J. asks Rachael about rejection, a force that can have an uncontrollable effect on our mental health.Rachael’s Query Letter Service - http://rachaelherron.com/query/ J.’s Author Services -…
Writer’s Well Episode 133: How do you set specific writing goals?
Jul 24, 2019 • 23 min
Special thanks to Kat Brown who submitted the question for this episode. Exactly how do you determine what to write, and how? J. asks Rachael.Jami Albright’s new book - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07TT87VXB/Rachael’s Query Letter Service -…
Writer’s Well Episode 132: What misconceptions do indies have about the traditional publishing world (Live from Thrillerfest with Sophie Littlefield)?
Jul 17, 2019 • 31 min
Rachael and J. welcome special guest and writing bestie, Sophie Littlefield to discuss the varying paths to publication. Recorded live from Thrillerfest 2019 in New York City.Sophie Littlefield - http://sophielittlefield.com/Rachael’s Query Letter Service…
Writer’s Well Episode 131: How were you entrepreneurial before you started publishing?
Jul 10, 2019 • 22 min
Before leaving for Thrillerfest, Rachael asks J. about his entrepreneurial tendencies prior to writing and publishing.Rachael’s Query Letter Service - http://rachaelherron.com/query/ J.’s Author Services - https://theauthorlife.com/editing/ What’s your…
Writer’s Well Episode 130: Do you believe in natural talent?
Jul 3, 2019 • 28 min
The standardization mindset and the dark horse mindset are at odds today and both can’t be right. J. and Rachael apply the theory created by Todd Rose and Ogi Ogas to writing and ask if everyone has talent or if its reserved for only a special…
Writer’s Well Episode 129: Who are your writing besties?
Jun 26, 2019 • 26 min
Rachael brings the heart love with a question about the most supportive people in our lives for the health-themed episode of the month (relationships).How to Self-Publish - https://books2read.com/howtoselfpublish Rachael’s Query Letter Service -…
Writer’s Well Episode 128: How do you handle unsubscribes?
Jun 19, 2019 • 27 min
With a special guest sitting in today, Rachael and J. discuss the mindset around mailing list rejection.Rachael’s Query Letter Service - http://rachaelherron.com/query/ J.’s Author Services - https://theauthorlife.com/editing/ What’s your answer to our…
Writer’s Well Episode 127: How do you use procrastination as a tool?
Jun 12, 2019 • 23 min
After discussing earthquake fun, Rachael poses a question to J. who rejects the assumption, but then walks it back. He’ll explain later…Rachael’s Query Letter Service - http://rachaelherron.com/query/ J.’s Author Services -…
Writer’s Well Episode 126: What are you unwilling to feel?
Jun 5, 2019 • 25 min
Are there situations we avoid? J. asks Rachael what feelings she avoids, and why.Rachael’s Query Letter Service - http://rachaelherron.com/query/ J.’s Author Services - https://theauthorlife.com/editing/ What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in…
Writer’s Well Episode 125: How do you splurge and scrimp?
May 29, 2019 • 27 min
This month’s health theme is finances so J. asks Rachael about the ways she spends and saves.Rachael’s Query Letter Service - http://rachaelherron.com/query/ J.’s Author Services - https://theauthorlife.com/editing/ What’s your answer to our question?…
Writer’s Well Episode 124: How do you manage your marketing tasks?
May 22, 2019 • 24 min
Beware of admin task creep! Rachael asks J. how to manage all of the marketing work that seems to be overwhelming and never ending.Rachael’s Query Letter Service - http://rachaelherron.com/query/ J.’s Author Services - https://theauthorlife.com/editing/…
Writer’s Well Episode 123: What book do you wish you read earlier in life?
May 15, 2019 • 30 min
Taking a page out of Ryan Holiday’s book, J. asks Rachael about a book she should have read sooner.The Writing Life by Annie Dillard - https://amzn.to/2YvyHjY The Dip by Seth Godin - https://amzn.to/2W9I9vT The Career Author 2020 Events -…
Writer’s Well Episode 122: How do you get the work done?
May 8, 2019 • 29 min
With J. back from Chicago (but still a little loopy), Rachael asks him how he gets the words on the page. Plus, a special announcement about 2020 events!The Career Author 2020 Events - http://thecareerauthor.com/events Rachael’s Query Letter Service -…
Writer’s Well Episode 121: How are you doing 2-3 years out?
May 1, 2019 • 37 min
With Rachael back from Venice (but still a little loopy), J. asks her how things are going as a full-time creative.Rachael’s Query Letter Service - http://rachaelherron.com/query/ J.’s Author Services - https://theauthorlife.com/editing/ What’s your…
Writer’s Well Episode 120: What role does writing play in your emotional health?
Apr 24, 2019 • 19 min
In this month’s health-themed episode, Rachael asks J. about how writing affects emotional health.Rachael’s Query Letter Service - http://rachaelherron.com/query/J.’s Author Services - https://theauthorlife.com/editing/What’s your answer to our question?…
Writer’s Well Episode 119: How can writers use tarot? (with special guest, Caroline Donahue)
Apr 17, 2019 • 28 min
In a rare interview segment on The Writer’s Well, Rachael and J. talk to the lovely and talented Caroline Donahue about tarot and how writers can use it in their storytelling.Caroline Donahue - https://carolinedonahue.comRachael’s Query Letter Service -…
Writer’s Well Episode 118: What podcasts are you listening to?
Apr 10, 2019 • 29 min
Always a fun question to revisit, Rachael and J. pull out their phones and spread some podcasting love.Planning Your Collaborative Novel - http://books2read.com/careerauthor01 Rachael’s Query Letter Service - http://rachaelherron.com/query/J.’s Author…
Writer’s Well Episode 117: What is your relationship to libraries?
Apr 3, 2019 • 28 min
After getting dreamy about New York City and going through comments for the past two episodes, J. asks Rachael all about her love for libraries.Rachael’s Query Letter Service - http://rachaelherron.com/query/J.’s Author Services -…
Writer’s Well Episode 116: Where is your sacred space?
Mar 27, 2019 • 21 min
In the monthly health segment, J. asks Rachael about her sacred space. And yet again they find another special connection.Rachael’s Query Letter Service - http://rachaelherron.com/query/ J.’s Author Services - https://theauthorlife.com/editing/ What’s…
Writer’s Well Episode 115: Is it time for a VA?
Mar 20, 2019 • 22 min
Rachael is struggling with prioritizing her non-writing tasks and J. is feeling the same pinch. Maybe it’s time to hire some help.Rachael’s Query Letter Service - http://rachaelherron.com/query/ J.’s Author Services - https://theauthorlife.com/editing/…
Writer’s Well Episode 114: How and when do you use your intuition?
Mar 13, 2019 • 29 min
After a cheery hello and welcoming the additional daylight, Rachael asks J. about “going with your gut” as a writer and they discuss ways to bring your life experience to the page.Rachael’s Query Letter Service - http://rachaelherron.com/query/ J.’s Core…
Writer’s Well Episode 113: How do you decide who tells the story?
Mar 6, 2019 • 24 min
J. asks Rachael about narrative drive. They discuss specific points of view and when to use it.Rachael’s Query Letter Service - http://rachaelherron.com/query/J.’s Core Scene Service - https://theauthorlife.com/editing/What’s your answer to our question?…
Writer’s Well Episode 112: How’s your poop?
Feb 27, 2019 • 26 min
Yes, you read that correctly. Rachael gets to the bottom of things with this week’s health-themed question.J.’s charity anthology - https://books2read.com/undeadtalesMemento Mori - https://dailystoic.com/memento-mori/ Rachael’s Query Letter Service -…
Writer’s Well Episode 111: What do you love that you used to hate?
Feb 20, 2019 • 30 min
We all go through phases, changing habits and routines. This week, J. asks Rachael about things she’s grown to love.If you are interested in The Writer’s Well Retreat, 2019, please register before March 1. - http://thewriterswell.org/retreatJ.’s new blog…
Writer’s Well Episode 110: What is in your writing space?
Feb 13, 2019 • 34 min
Many authors love having a dedicated writing space. Rachael asks J. what’s in his.If you are interested in The Writer’s Well Retreat, 2019, please register before March 1. - http://thewriterswell.org/retreatJ.’s Sci-Fi Seattle event –…
Writer’s Well Episode 109: What do you do when your book launch bombs?
Feb 6, 2019 • 25 min
We don’t often want to admit a face plant, so Rachael and J. discuss what happens after a launch underperforms.If you’re a Patreon supporter, leave a question and we’ll play them during the Patreon bonus Q & A episode. Note: This is a dedicated voice mail…
Writer’s Well Episode 108: How do you know when it’s time to get help?
Jan 30, 2019 • 26 min
In this month’s health-themed episode, Rachael asks J. a question about mental health.The Writer’s Well Retreat, 2019 - http://thewriterswell.org/retreat Rachael’s Query Letter Service - http://rachaelherron.com/query/ J.’s Core Scene Service -…
Writer’s Well Episode 107: How does meditation improve your craft?
Jan 23, 2019 • 28 min
Rachael returns from her silent retreat, exploding with words and ready to talk about the profound influence it had on her.The Writer’s Well Retreat, 2019 - http://thewriterswell.org/retreatRachael’s Query Letter Service -…
Writer’s Well Episode 106: What 3 pieces of advice would you give to a new writer who wants to make money?
Jan 16, 2019 • 21 min
After discussing why Californians do need a heater, Rachael asks J. what advice he’d give to new writers on the heels of the Authors Guild report in early 2019.The Writer’s Well Retreat, 2019 - http://thewriterswell.org/retreat Rachael’s Query Letter…
Writer’s Well Episode 105: What about blogs?
Jan 9, 2019 • 34 min
J. wants to know about starting a blog in 2019, asking for a friend. After Rachael gushes about her 17-years of blogging, J. reveals his new blog at https://theauthorlife.com!The Writer’s Well Retreat, 2019 - http://thewriterswell.org/retreat Rachael’s…
Writer’s Well Episode 104: What is your plan for the New Year?
Jan 2, 2019 • 29 min
Happy New Year! Rachael and J. discuss plans for 2019 without the need for goals or resolutions. We are still experiencing technical issues with the comments on the website so please be patient as Pippa continues to work on it.The Writer’s Well Retreat,…
Writer’s Well Episode 103: How many of your friends are not writers?
Dec 26, 2018 • 27 min
In this month’s health-themed episode, J. asks Rachael about her circle of friends and the two discuss their weird social life.If old comments aren’t showing on the website, try going here: https://thewriterswell.disqus.com/ The Writer’s Well Retreat,…
Writer’s Well Episode 102: How do you deal with inclusivity in your writing?
Dec 19, 2018 • 25 min
Rachael poses a sensitive and timely question to J. and then they discuss how real life should be your guide when it comes to inclusivity in storytelling.The Writer’s Well Retreat, 2019 - http://thewriterswell.org/retreatRachael’s Query Letter Service -…
Writer’s Well Episode 101: Which tiny actions have compounded into measurable results?
Dec 12, 2018 • 30 min
After finishing up the listener call-ins, Rachael and J. discuss tiny actions that yield measurable results.The Writer’s Well Retreat, 2019 - http://thewriterswell.org/retreatRachael’s Query Letter Service - http://rachaelherron.com/query/J.’s Core Scene…
Writer’s Well Episode 100: Our 100th episode!
Dec 5, 2018 • 38 min
Join Rachael and J. for a celebration of the first 100 episodes and almost two years of podcasting together, complete with reflections and listener call-ins.CORRECTION: Chris Brogan was on the Dr. Phil show, not Oprah.The Writer’s Well Retreat, 2019 -…
Writer’s Well Episode 99: How do you handle your taxes?
Nov 28, 2018 • 26 min
In the monthly health-themed episode, Rachael and J. discuss the exciting but frightening topic of taxes. Also, find out how you can be part of the big 100th episode celebration!The Writer’s Well Retreat, 2019 - http://thewriterswell.org/retreatRachael’s…
Writer’s Well Episode 98: Who is your smallest viable audience?
Nov 21, 2018 • 24 min
Inspired by Seth’s appearance on the most recent episode of the Tim Ferriss show, J. asks Rachael to define her smallest viable audience for both fiction and non-fiction. Also, an impromptu announcement about our 100th episode…
Writer’s Well Episode 97: Who is your favorite character you’ve ever written?
Nov 14, 2018 • 19 min
Living in imaginary worlds yet again, Rachael asks J. about his favorite character he’s written and why that character is the favorite. Hint: We don’t want to spend time with our imaginary selves.The Writer’s Well Retreat, 2019 -…
Writer’s Well Episode 96: When will digital trend to zero?
Nov 7, 2018 • 29 min
J. takes a moment to remember his father and thank the listeners for an outpouring of compassion and support before asking Rachael what she will do when the entire world goes subscription model.The Writer’s Well Retreat, 2019 -…
Writer’s Well Episode 95: How Do You Take Idea to Plot with Guest Adrienne Bell?
Oct 31, 2018 • 21 min
After a death in his family, J. is taking this week off. In the meantime, Rachael talks to Adrienne Bell about plotting, a favorite topic of both of theirs.The Writer’s Well Retreat, 2019 - http://thewriterswell.org/retreatRachael’s Query Letter Service -…
Writer’s Well Episode 94: How do you cope with heavy energy?
Oct 24, 2018 • 29 min
In their monthly health-themed episode, J. asks Rachael about ways to protect your emotional health in the face of a crisis.The Writer’s Well Retreat, 2019 - http://thewriterswell.org/retreatRachael’s Query Letter Service -…
Writer’s Well Episode 93: How do you nap?
Oct 17, 2018 • 29 min
Oh, the delicious conversation around sleeping in the middle of the day. Don’t hate.The Indie Novelists Summit 2018 - http://bit.ly/ias2018thornThe Writer’s Well Retreat, 2019 - http://thewriterswell.org/retreatRachael’s Query Letter Service -…
Writer’s Well Episode 92: Do you journal as part of your writing process?
Oct 10, 2018 • 27 min
In this episode, Rachael asks J. about journaling as part of the regular creative writing process. The conversation takes an interesting tangent about self-reflection over time.The Writer’s Well Retreat, 2019 - http://thewriterswell.org/retreatRachael’s…
Writer’s Well Episode 91: How do you balance short-term profit with long-tail revenue?
Oct 3, 2018 • 28 min
Trying to strike a balance between building a career and paying the bills can be a challenge. Rachael and J. discuss ways to find it. Or at least strive for balance.The Writer’s Well Retreat, 2019 - http://thewriterswell.org/retreatRachael’s Query Letter…
Writer’s Well Episode 90: Do you believe in God?
Sep 26, 2018 • 30 min
In the second health and wellness themed episode, Rachael starts a discussion on spirituality by asking J. a really easy question [sarcasm]. As always, honest conversations with love.The Writer’s Well Retreat, 2019 - http://thewriterswell.org/retreat…
Writer’s Well Episode 89: When and where should you be polarizing?
Sep 19, 2018 • 33 min
We hit snooze. After a long weekend of travel for both Rachael and J., the two come together early in the morning on podcast day to discuss the idea of polarization as a writer and as a person.The Writer’s Well Retreat, 2019 -…
Writer’s Well Episode 88: Joanna Penn, special guest! What is a healthy writer?
Sep 12, 2018 • 37 min
Rachael and J. welcome the always charming, Joanna Penn to the show to discuss what it means to be a healthy writer. In addition, J. and Rachael announce The Writer’s Well Retreat for September of 2019.The Writer’s Well Retreat, 2019 -…
Writer’s Well Episode 87: How do you appear in the stories you tell?
Sep 5, 2018 • 26 min
This week’s question leads to a deep conversation about a writer’s voice and how it’s manifested in the stories we tell. Also, we have a new Patreon intro video!What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments…Rate & subscribe on iTunes and…
Writer’s Well Episode 86: What is your morning routine?
Aug 29, 2018 • 33 min
In the first health and wellness topic, J. and Rachael share their morning routines as well as some tips for keeping your body healthy with a delicious and easy breakfast recipe.Morning Routines:J.5:00 - wake up (no alarm), biological needs5:15 -…
Writer’s Well Episode 85: What is your process for reading and how do you bring it into your writing?
Aug 22, 2018 • 29 min
After a few episodes of heavy questions, Rachael asks J. about reading habits and the ways he incorporates those into his writing.Tribe of Mentors — Recommended Books from Mentors and Top Books from Tools of TitansKindle NotebookWhat’s your answer to our…
Writer’s Well Episode 84: When do you let go?
Aug 15, 2018 • 29 min
J. and Rachael discuss the pain of failure, the learning curve, and getting better at knowing when you need to remove something (or someone) from your life.What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments…Rate & subscribe on iTunes and then…
Writer’s Well Episode 83: Can you “make it” part-time?
Aug 8, 2018 • 37 min
How do you define “making it” as a creative? Rachael and J. discuss this complex and nuanced question posed by a listener. Episode comprised of 100% recommended daily dose of honesty.What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments…Rate &…
Writer’s Well Episode 82: Are you better off not knowing?
Aug 1, 2018 • 26 min
Without skipping a beat, Rachael answer’s J.’s question. Is there value in not knowing the “proper” way to do something, going beyond good to great? Tune in and find out!What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments…Rate & subscribe on…
Writer’s Well Episode 81: What is your biggest challenge right now?
Jul 25, 2018 • 27 min
Rachael hits J. up with a vague, fuzzy, question and the conversation ends with Rachael promising to publish steampunk. Well, not really. But listen and you’ll get it.What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments…Rate & subscribe on iTunes…
Writer’s Well Episode 80: NEW & SHINY! What is a tactic or strategy you want to love but can’t?
Jul 18, 2018 • 28 min
With surprising ease, “Petal to the Metal” has rebranded as “The Writer’s Well.” Same hosts, format, and feed but with an intentional focus on health and wellness for writers.Symmetric Design - https://symmetricdesign.co/BookAds - http://bookads.co/What’s…
Petal to the Metal Episode 79: Changes are afoot!
Jul 11, 2018 • 31 min
But don’t panic. We’re not going anywhere, just getting better. Get ready for a regular segment on being well as a writer and help us finalize our new podcast name. Six Foundations by J. Thorn - https://theauthorcopilot.com/sendmesixfoundations/ What’s…
Petal to the Metal Episode 78: How do you know if you’re healthy?
Jul 4, 2018 • 26 min
Petal is back, and Metal poses an appropriate question in response to listeners who want to know how to be healthy while being a full-time creative. The Doctor’s Farmacy with Mark Hyman, M.D. What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments……
Petal to the Metal Episode 77: Why podcasting (with Adrienne Bell)?
Jun 27, 2018 • 25 min
With Petal under the weather, Metal talks with indie romance writer, Adrienne Bell and tries to figure out why somebody would be crazy enough to start a podcast. https://www.adriennebell.net/ What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments……
Petal to the Metal Episode 76: Plot Fundamentals Part 3
Jun 20, 2018 • 39 min
In the third installment of the Plot Fundamentals mini-series, Petal and Metal review the 15 obligatory scenes and discuss how to use them in drafting and revisions. Click to download the PDF for this episode:…
Petal to the Metal Episode 75: Are Your Priorities in the Right Order?
Jun 13, 2018 • 29 min
Before returning to Petal’s project and the Story Grid fundamentals, this week Petal asks Metal where his writing falls in the priority list. And don’t feel sorry for Metal. He likes not having friends. What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the…
Petal to the Metal Episode 74: Plot Fundamentals Part 2
Jun 6, 2018 • 44 min
This sequel is better! Petal and Metal drill deeper into the Five Commandments of the Global Story and Petal is excited to draft. Can you believe that? Click to download the PDF for these past two episodes:…
Petal to the Metal Episode 73: Plot Fundamentals
May 30, 2018 • 29 min
In a slightly different episode, Petal shares her plot ideas for a new book with Metal. They plan on coming back together next episode to review the Global Story Five Commandments. What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments… Rate &…
Petal to the Metal Episode 72: How on earth do you ACTUALLY plot?
May 23, 2018 • 30 min
Petal sets up Metal with a softball question, enticing him into a discussion on how he’s adapted a few Story Grid elements to plan a novel. The duo agrees to post before and after versions of Petal’s 15 Obligatory Scenes for a new contemporary romance!…
Petal to the Metal Episode 71: What are the hidden costs of an in-person writing event?
May 16, 2018 • 29 min
After a week of recuperation, Petal and Metal reflect on their time together in Chicago and take an honest look at the hidden costs of attending events, especially for introverts or people who need a little personal space. What’s your answer to our…
Petal to the Metal Episode 70: What does it mean to sell more books?
May 9, 2018 • 21 min
LIVE from Chicago! Petal and Metal meet for the first time at the Sell More Books Show Summit where they record a live episode of the podcast in a room filled with food, fun, and friends. What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments… Rate…
Petal to the Metal Episode 69: What are the best things about writing full-time?
May 2, 2018 • 27 min
Petal poses an interesting (and recurring) question to Metal this week as the two discuss what they love about being full-time creatives, including the unexpected benefits neither saw coming. What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments……
Petal to the Metal Episode 68: How do you use deliberate practice to improve?
Apr 25, 2018 • 28 min
Climbing out of the canals of Venice, Petal returns to Metal’s question about deliberate practice and they discuss why simply doing the same thing over and over again doesn’t make you better. What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments……
Petal to the Metal Episode 67: What would you tell your replacement?
Apr 18, 2018 • 22 min
Metal acknowledges the brilliance of Tim Ferriss and decides to pose one of his questions to Petal. This is exactly like KISS. What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments… Rate & subscribe on iTunes and then share with other writers.…
Petal to the Metal Episode 66: Where are you most scared to fail at?
Apr 11, 2018 • 21 min
Petal loves failure. And so does Metal. In this episode, she asks him about the aspect of his professional life where he’s most afraid of failure. What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments… Rate & subscribe on iTunes and then share…
Petal to the Metal Episode 65: On Addiction
Apr 4, 2018 • 42 min
Petal returns! After catching up, Petal and Metal go raw with straight talk about addiction. A different kind of episode but a necessary conversation to have in our society today. What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments… Rate &…
Petal to the Metal Episode 64: Special Guest, Angela Addams
Mar 28, 2018 • 34 min
Metal welcomes special guest co-host, Angela Addams! http://www.angelaaddams.com/ What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments… Rate & subscribe on iTunes and then share with other writers. Support us on Patreon -…
Petal to the Metal Episode 63: Special Guest, Rekka Jay
Mar 21, 2018 • 30 min
Metal welcomes special guest co-host, Rekka Jay! https://www.rjtheodore.com/ What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments… Rate & subscribe on iTunes and then share with other writers. Support us on Patreon -…
Petal to the Metal Episode 62: What are the top three reasons you write?
Mar 14, 2018 • 22 min
After an inspiring time at Uncon, Petal runs Metal through an exercise designed to help you drill down to your core reason for writing. Get ready for two guest co-hosts to close out March while Petal recharges her batteries. What’s your answer to our…
Petal to the Metal Episode 61: What has the business of writing taught you that you can use in your personal life?
Mar 7, 2018 • 26 min
We often try to bring more of our personality to our business, but sometimes thinking about applying best practices of business to our personal lives can really make a difference in them and to those we care about. What’s your answer to our question?…
Petal to the Metal Episode 60: What about crowdfunding?
Feb 28, 2018 • 24 min
Although Kickstarter and Patreon are the two most recognized crowdfunding platforms, Metal asks Petal for her general thoughts on the technique, and they both ponder why a crowdfunded, standard novel feels underwhelming unless you’re Stephen King. What’s…
Petal to the Metal Episode 59: How are you future-proofing?
Feb 21, 2018 • 27 min
Not just from a financial standpoint, but Petal and Metal discuss how they’re preparing for the perfect future—when they both die on the same day with an unfinished manuscript in their cold, dead, hands. What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in…
Petal to the Metal Episode 58: How do you manage email?
Feb 14, 2018 • 29 min
All hail to INBOX ZERO! Petal asks Metal how he manages his email which leads to a question of daily activities, and trying to figure out which ones are unsustainable. J.’s Inbox Zero hack - http://theauthorcopilot.com/email/ What’s your answer to our…
Petal to the Metal Episode 57: Have you or would you consider recycling an old novel?
Feb 7, 2018 • 27 min
Keeping it green, Petal and Metal discuss the idea of recycling old story ideas, themes, or manuscripts. What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments… Rate & subscribe on iTunes and then share with other writers. Support us on Patreon -…
Petal to the Metal Episode 56: How does your upbringing and experience influence your writing?
Jan 31, 2018 • 24 min
In this thoughtful, more reflective and serene episode, Petal and Metal discuss how their experiences and journeys influence their writing.What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments…Rate & subscribe on iTunes and then share with other…
Petal to the Metal Episode 55: What Do You Think About Audiobooks?
Jan 24, 2018 • 28 min
Petal is pumped about recording her soon-to-be-released non-fiction title! She asks Metal about his approach to both audiobook consumption and production. What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments… Rate & subscribe on iTunes and then…
Petal to the Metal Episode 54: An Experiment from 1987
Jan 17, 2018 • 35 min
In a special episode, Petal and Metal reveal a secret they’ve been keeping from everyone, going back all the way to 1987!http://red87.club*If you want to see the Facebook ad, go to https://theauthorcopilot.com/writerswelldownloads/AdSummary.jpgWhat’s your…
Petal to the Metal Episode 53: One Year Anniversary Episode!
Jan 10, 2018 • 27 min
We’re not newlyweds anymore. With an anniversary-themed topic in mind, Metal poses the shortest question thus far: Why podcasting? FREE productivity hack - as mentioned on the show! Sell More Books Show Summit - EARLY BIRD ENDS JAN. 12! The Career Author…
Petal to the Metal Episode 52: 2018 - Goals and Intentions for the New Year
Jan 3, 2018 • 29 min
We looked back, and now we’re looking ahead! Petal and Metal share their goals, intentions, hopes, and dreams for 2018—in the first episode of the year. FREE productivity hack - as mentioned on the show! Sell More Books Show Summit The Career Author…
Petal to the Metal Episode 51: 2017 - Year in Review
Dec 20, 2017 • 28 min
An episode one-year in the making! Petal and Metal share their highlights, accomplishments—and shortcomings of 2017—in the final episode of the year. FREE productivity hack - as mentioned on the show! Sell More Books Show Summit What’s your answer to our…
Petal to the Metal Episode 50: What’s your biggest challenge in writing?
Dec 13, 2017 • 24 min
Petal poses the eternal and ever-changing question to Metal in this episode. And as happens so often, the two share some of the same challenges in writing. Sell More Books Show Summit What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments… Rate &…
Petal to the Metal Episode 49: What piece of writing craft have you learned from other mediums?
Dec 6, 2017 • 29 min
Rachael and J. reveal their true identities this week (lie) before talking about inspiration from art in other mediums. And don’t miss out on the special “early bird” exclusive for The Sell More Books Show Summit in May 2018! Sell More Books Show Summit…
Petal to the Metal Episode 48: How can you tell if your idea is a blockbuster or a bomb?
Nov 29, 2017 • 25 min
After attempting to fill Petal’s creative well, Metal asks how to know if your project idea is a blockbuster or a bomb. Sell More Books Show Summit What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments… Rate & subscribe on iTunes and then share…
Petal to the Metal Episode 47: What about the genre you write inspires you to write it?
Nov 22, 2017 • 21 min
Petal comes with a question for Metal this week after the two open the episode with a delightful conversation sure to whet your appetite for Thanksgiving dinner. Get inspiration wherever you can find it. What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in…
Petal to the Metal Episode 46: What’s the difference between being amateur and going pro?
Nov 15, 2017 • 29 min
Fresh off the maiden voyage of “Authors on a Train,” J. gushes over the amazing attendees before asking Petal about the difference between the amateur and pro mindset. FYI, both Petal and Metal have done everything they mention in this episode. Sell More…
Petal to the Metal Episode 45: What writing advice do you ignore?
Nov 8, 2017 • 28 min
Opinions are like…you know what. Everyone gets and gives advice. Petal and Metal talk about the most tried and true writerly advice that they routinely ignore. What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments… Rate & subscribe on iTunes and…
Petal to the Metal Episode 44: What’s your daily word count (and why?)
Nov 1, 2017 • 26 min
The elusive and terrifying word count. Petal and Metal discuss why writers should care (or not) about word count and what it means in the big picture. “Floor 9.5” – A Story Grid analysis with Shawn Coyne - http://theauthorcopilot.com/floor95/ What’s your…
Petal to the Metal Episode 43: How do you manage impostor syndrome?
Oct 25, 2017 • 28 min
We all have it at every stage of the journey. Discover how Petal and Metal manage impostor syndrome in the writer’s life. Venice 2018 - https://rachaelherron.com/venice2018/ Authors on a Train 2018 - http://authorsonatrain.com/ What’s your answer to our…
Petal to the Metal Episode 42: What’s your biggest joy in writing?
Oct 18, 2017 • 23 min
Knock. Knock. In this episode, Petal and Metal talk about the joys of writing while wearing camo shorts or no pants at all. Don’t worry – it’s still an audio-only podcast. What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments… Rate & subscribe on…
Petal to the Metal Episode 41: How do you read?
Oct 11, 2017 • 26 min
Petal just flew in from Canada and boy are her arms tired! This week’s question is courtesy of our Facebook group. In the comments, tell us where in the bookstore you can be found. What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments… Rate &…
Petal to the Metal Episode 40: How do you approach revision?
Oct 4, 2017 • 28 min
Petal and Metal gush over the revision process (again) and discuss specific ways you can polish the first/zero draft and make sure that your story works. What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments… Rate & subscribe on iTunes and then…
Petal to the Metal Episode 39: When do you trade writing time for a face-to-face experience?
Sep 27, 2017 • 24 min
Giving up writing time and coming up with the cash to attend a workshop or seminar is not easy. Petal and Metal share their perspectives on when it’s important to attend a face-to-face event and the rationale behind the decision. What’s your answer to our…
Petal to the Metal Episode 38: What’s your process for starting a new book?
Sep 20, 2017 • 27 min
Starting a new book is always an exciting adventure, and in this episode, Petal and Metal share their ever-changing process for going from idea to rough draft. What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments… Rate & subscribe on iTunes and…
Petal to the Metal Episode 37: How has age affected your outlook and decision making?
Sep 13, 2017 • 25 min
In this episode, J. asks Rachael how age and experience affect her outlook. The two 40-something writers discuss how their decision-making process has evolved since their 20s and even how it’s changed since hitting 40. What’s your answer to our question?…
Petal to the Metal Episode 36: What we’ve been up to + plans for TPTTM 2.0!
Sep 6, 2017 • 27 min
Reunited! Rachael and J. talk about what they’ve been doing during a month apart and what the Petal and the Metal have in store for version 2.0 of the podcast. What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments… Rate & subscribe on iTunes and…
Petal to the Metal Episode 35: Special Guest, Zach Bohannon
Aug 30, 2017 • 20 min
In the final guest spot before J. returns, Rachael talks to another true “metal,” indie superstar Zach Bohannon. He explains why he left one “dream” job for another. What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments… Rate & subscribe on iTunes…
Petal to the Metal Episode 34: What’s this about collaboration?
Aug 23, 2017 • 32 min
J. introduces Rachael to the idea of collaboration and shares what he’s learned along the way. Stick around as Petal and Metal begin brainstorming their upcoming collaboration. What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments… Rate &…
Petal to the Metal Episode 33: Special Guest, Monica Leonelle
Aug 16, 2017 • 18 min
With J. on the road, Rachael invites Monica Leonelle on the show to discuss what it is really like to leave that cushy, comfortable, corporate salary. Don’t miss two lovely Petals! What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments… Rate &…
Petal to the Metal Episode 32: Special Guest, Joanna Penn
Aug 9, 2017 • 25 min
The charming Joanna Penn (aka J.F. Penn) sits in with Rachael this episode while J. is on a traveling assignment. Joanna struggles to become more “metal.” What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments… Rate & subscribe on iTunes and then…
Petal to the Metal Episode 31: What should we do with the podcast?
Aug 2, 2017 • 16 min
Now that J. and Rachael are working the “dream job,” what’s next for the podcast? Help us decide on a new tagline, episode topics, and conversations you want to hear. What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments… Rate & subscribe on…
Petal to the Metal Episode 30: How do you cope with anxiety and depression?
Jul 26, 2017 • 32 min
Rachael and J. open up about anxiety and depression and then discuss ways to deal with what life throws at you. What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments… Rate & subscribe on iTunes and then share with other writers. Support us on…
Petal to the Metal Episode 29: What was your favorite and least favorite job?
Jul 19, 2017 • 27 min
The two pre-internet dinosaurs discuss former jobs they’d do again, and others that would make them run for the hills. What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments… Rate & subscribe on iTunes and then share with other writers. Support us…
Petal to the Metal Episode 28: What’s going to be difficult?
Jul 12, 2017 • 22 min
After an opening debrief about sending corporate emails at 3 a.m., Rachael asks J. what he thinks will be his greatest challenge now that he’s a full-time writer. What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments… Rate & subscribe on iTunes…
Petal to the Metal Episode 27: How do you define hard work?
Jul 5, 2017 • 24 min
Rachael ponders what it means to work hard, and both Petal and Metal confess that pushing the buttons would not be a fulfilling career. What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments… Rate & subscribe on iTunes and then share with other…
Petal to the Metal Episode 26: How’s the new job, J.?
Jun 28, 2017 • 24 min
J. gets real about his last week at the day job. The good, the bad, and the ugly. What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments… Rate & subscribe on iTunes and then share with other writers. Support us on Patreon -…
Petal to the Metal Episode 25: What’s your financial goal?
Jun 21, 2017 • 27 min
In the second of two stacked episodes, Rachael asks J. about the favorite thing in his office and then J. describes his most recent epic [expletive] fail before they discuss financial goals. What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments……
Petal to the Metal Episode 24: Do you move your goalposts?
Jun 14, 2017 • 23 min
After being gobsmacked by a wonderful tweet from Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, J. asks Rachael if moving goalposts is a bad thing or a good thing. Is it human nature? Rachael’s previous goalpost (opening the ARC box) - https://youtu.be/4Fst11qaItQ What’s your…
Petal to the Metal Episode 23: BONUS EPISODE - Rachael’s Essay on Rest
Jun 7, 2017 • 30 min
BONUS! Special thanks to Rachael for sharing her audio essay on The Petal to the Metal. Rate & subscribe on iTunes and then share with other writers. Support us on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/thepetaltothemetal More information here -…
Petal to the Metal Episode 22: How do you prevent finishing a book from taking over your life?
Jun 7, 2017 • 25 min
Shout out to Eli for supplying this week’s question about being overwhelmed at the end of writing a book. Rachael and J. discuss how they manage and take a slight detour into post-apocalyptic fiction and the way the universe serves up creative ideas.…
Petal to the Metal Episode 21: BOOK CLUB - Talking about Rest
May 31, 2017 • 31 min
Time for some Rest! Rachael and J. talk about the book and how they have (or have not) applied some of the principles to their own lives. Old “self-designed” book covers included - not for the faint of heart.Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work…
Petal to the Metal Episode 20: What business expense do you regret?
May 24, 2017 • 25 min
Rachael poses a “business” question to J. and then they discuss money spent that may not have had much impact on their book or writing career, including a somewhat cryptic conversation about freelancers who don’t quite meet expectations. Book club episode…
Petal to the Metal Episode 19: How do you end things gracefully?
May 17, 2017 • 17 min
As fans of “ghosting” and with a loathing for goodbyes, J. asks Rachael how to leave your work and your co-workers without looking like a total a-hole. Book club episode airing May 31st, 2017. Leave questions or comments in the comment section of this…
Petal to the Metal Episode 18: Do you feel guilty about being a full-time writer?
May 10, 2017 • 22 min
Zach forces his way onto the show yet again, after sending an audio file to J. and Rachael. Petal and Metal loved the question and answered it in this episode. Book club episode airing May 31st, 2017. Leave questions or comments in the comment section of…
Petal to the Metal Episode 17: What will you miss about the day job?
May 3, 2017 • 23 min
With a slight tangent on the effectiveness of social media, Rachael asks J. what he’ll miss about his day job (not including salary and benefits). The two writers talk about the need for accountability when the boss isn’t there to demand it. Dawn: Final…
Petal to the Metal Episode 16: How do you know if you’re not ready?
Apr 26, 2017 • 24 min
Rachael returns to “the seat” this week, jet-lagged and giddy from her retreat in Venice. After a bit of catching up, J. asks Rachael how writers can know if they are not ready to make the jump to full-time author. Book club episode coming in May, so make…
Petal to the Metal Episode 15: How does it feel to be standing on the edge?
Apr 19, 2017 • 24 min
With Rachael still swimming through the canals of Venice, J. invited friend and co-writer, Zach Bohannon onto the show to be guest co-host for the week. Zach is working his last few days at the day job and J. asks Zach how it feels as he’s about to jump.…
Petal to the Metal Episode 14: Why go on a writer’s retreat (LIVE from Venice, Italy)?
Apr 12, 2017 • 22 min
Live from, Venice, Italy! Rachael checks in from the Grand Canal after a few glasses of wine and some electrical mishaps in the hotel. J. asks her why writers should consider retreats, and what they could expect to get out of them. Petal and Metal also…
Petal to the Metal Episode 13: How do you know what to let go and what to chase?
Apr 5, 2017 • 22 min
In this episode, J. settles back into the podcast after his retreat to New Orleans while Rachael is getting ready to leave for Venice on hers. The question this week revolves around time management and the decisions regarding which projects to begin, and…
Petal to the Metal Episode 12: What has writing given you that you didn’t expect (LIVE from New Orleans)?
Mar 29, 2017 • 23 min
Live from, New Orleans! Lindsay Buroker, J.F. (Joanna) Penn, and Zach Bohannon crash the show. Rachael asks the rowdy crew about collaboration and what writing has brought into their lives. More info on the collaboration project at…
Petal to the Metal Episode 11: How do you start the conversation with your spouse or significant other?
Mar 22, 2017 • 24 min
All spouses and significant others are supportive, aren’t they? Get real. J. asks Rachael how her wife supports her author career and J. loses more of his “tough guy” credibility with a sappy story about his wife. Patreon launched! -…
Petal to the Metal Episode 10: What’s your Plan B?
Mar 15, 2017 • 21 min
This week, Rachael proposes the mother of all frightening questions—What’s your Plan B? If the Zon reduced royalty rates to 5%, what would you do? Listen in as Petal and Metal talk about fall back plans. We love Trader Joe’s! Book club! Date to be…
Petal to the Metal Episode 9: How do you handle FOMO?
Mar 8, 2017 • 22 min
But what if you miss something really important? This week, Rachael and J. discuss FOMO, or “fear of missing out.” They discuss strategies and tactics for dealing with the reality that you can’t do everything, all the time. Book club! Date to be announced…
Petal to the Metal Episode 8: What is your morning routine?
Mar 1, 2017 • 27 min
No, not that. Get your mind out of the gutter! Rachael and J. offer up an “Ask Us Anything” in exchange for an honest iTunes review before discussing their morning routines. In addition, J. announces his upcoming collaboration with Lindsay Buroker, Joanna…
Petal to the Metal Episode 7: What perks would you like to receive for being our patron?
Feb 22, 2017 • 24 min
After surprising J. with the most AWESOME t-shirt, ever, Rachael proposes the idea of a Patreon campaign. We really want to know what you think of it. In addition, we’d love to know what perks you’d like to get if we decide to start a Patreon campaign.…
Petal to the Metal Episode 6: What do you do with your weekend?
Feb 15, 2017 • 23 min
When the day job and family commitments are kicking your ass, when do you find the time to work on your creative pursuits? Rachael reminds J. that the whole point of this thing is to enjoy life. What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the…
Petal to the Metal Episode 5: What can you do for your day job that will move you toward your dream job?
Feb 8, 2017 • 23 min
Rachael and J. brainstorm ways to add real value to your current employer while building skills as a writer. And J. talks about where his mom works while Rachael rounds up her posse. What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in the comments… Black…
Petal to the Metal Episode 4: What book best represents you?
Feb 1, 2017 • 22 min
In this episode, Rachael and J discuss which of their novels best represents their voice. In addition, they discuss their mutual love for revising and why writing a new book can be absolutely terrifying. What’s your answer to our question? Leave one in…
Petal to the Metal Episode 3: When is the best time to make the jump to “full-time” writer?
Jan 25, 2017 • 19 min
After reading Jon Acuff’s, Quitter, J. and Rachel discuss the best time to go from day job to dream job. The conversation revolves around the decision based on mental readiness, not financial readiness. And Rachael talks naps. What’s your answer to our…
Petal to the Metal Episode 2: What would you say to your 18-year-old self?
Jan 18, 2017 • 21 min
A wave of nostalgia washes over Rachael and J. as the two forty-somethings talk about what they would say to their 18-year-old selves if they could travel back in time to 1989. What would you say to yours? Tell us in the comments… Rate & subscribe on…
Petal to the Metal Episode 1: Welcome to our new podcast about leaving the day job for your dream job.
Jan 11, 2017 • 19 min
Writing and publishing can be an unpredictable yet exhilarating experience. Rachael walked away from her day job and J. is about to do the same. Listen in as they talk about what’s exciting—and frightening—about it. Rate & subscribe on iTunes and then…