The HYBRID Author Podcast

Weekly interviews, for writers like you, with industry professionals on forging a career both independently and traditionally publishing your books. 

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Episode 35

Adult and Children’s Author Michelle ‘Ellie’ Royce on ‘Going HYBRID’

Michelle ‘Ellie’ Royce is an internationally published, award winning author of books for adults and children.

As “Ellie Royce” Michelle writes quirky and heartfelt middle grade and YA fiction as well as visionary, unique picture books that spark ideas, empathy and new ways of looking at the world for readers of all ages. After a long career in traditional publishing, Ellie has taken the plunge and independently published her new junior fiction series Avery’s Hat-tastic Adventures.

In the 35th episode of the HYBRID Author Podcast host Joanne Morrell, author of children’s and young adult fiction and short non fiction for authors chats to Ellie about her experience on ‘Going HYBRID’.

Listen in as Ellie shares tips for authors looking to have a HYBRID Author career but are still tittering on the edge. 

Up to listen now on Apple Music, Amazon Music, Spotify and Stitcher

https://www.buymeacoffee.com/TheHYBRIDAuthor

Episode 34

The Role of a Public Librarian and How the Library System Works in Australia with Emily Paull

Emily Paull is a former bookseller turned passionate librarian from Perth, Western Australia. She writes short stories and historical fiction, and was highly commended in the 2021 Fogarty Literary Award for her historical fiction manuscript, The Good Daughter. Her debut collection of short stories, Well-Behaved Women was also published by Margaret River Press in 2019. 

In the 34th episode of The HYBRID Author Podcast host Joanne Morrell, author of children’s and young adult fiction and short non fiction for authors chats with Emily about the role of a public librarian and how the library system works in Australia. 

Emily shares her expertise on:

  • what book weeding is 
  • ELR, PLR and DLR payments
  • hosting paid author events at libraries 
  • forging relationships with your local librarian 
  • her author adventure and much more. 

Up to listen now on Apple Music, Amazon Music, Spotify and Stitcher

https://www.buymeacoffee.com/TheHYBRIDAuthor

Episode 33

Sci Fi and Fantasy Fiction Author Phil Asmundson on ‘Writing Character Perspective’

Whilst researching Southwest myths, Phil Asmundson discovered the Tuar Tums’ legend, and brought them to life in his debut trilogy. He’s always had a passion for science and is fond of saying, “True science is indistinguishable from magic.”

In the 33rd episode of The HYBRID Author Podcast host Joanne Morrell, author of children’s and young adult fiction and short non fiction for authors interviews Phil on ‘writing character persepctive’.

 Phil shares

  • the research and elements which make up his fascinating trilogy
  • how he wrote from a 16 year old girl’s perspective being an older male
  • his tips for authors looking to write from character perspectives other than their own and
  • tells all on his unique self-published journey and much more.

Up to listen now on Apple Music, Amazon Music, Spotify and Stitcher.

https://www.buymeacoffee.com/TheHYBRIDAuthor

Episode 32

The Scriptpreneur Tammy Gross on Converting an Award Winning Screenplay into a Best Selling Novel

Tammy Gross  is an optioned, award-winning, indie-produced screenwriter, as well as the author of The Treasure Galleons, which she converted from an award-winning screenplay into a number 1 bestselling novel. 

Tammy, known as the Scriptpreneur, is the founder of WOW Hollywood, where she helps authors, speakers, coaches and screenwriters turn their dream story into a Hollywood movie. Her other script-turned-novel, Evangelina, also a bestseller, is slated for 2022 production under the direction of an A-List TV producer.

In the 32nd episode of The HYBRID Author Podcast, host Joanne Morrell, author of children’s and young adult fiction and short non fiction for authors talks to Tammy about her:

  • incredibly adventurous story of chasing pirates, and being robbed by some, to get her start into the screenplay and fiction writing worlds
  • dos and don’ts for authors looking to adapt their work into screenplays and novels or vice versa as well as 
  • marketing tips for self published authors.

Up to listen now on Apple Music, Amazon Music, Spotify and Stitcher.

https://www.buymeacoffee.com/TheHYBRIDAuthor

Episode 31

Children’s Author Sian Turner on Juggling Writing and Kids

You have a day job. You’re a parent. You have lots of committments as well as chipping away at building an author career. 

How do you juggle all of the above, stay sane, release the parent/creator guilt and be productive and present for all?

In the 31st episode of The HYBRID Author Podcast, host Joanne Morrell, author of children’s and young adult fiction and short non fiction for authors interviews Sian Turner. 

Author of children’s fiction and mother of 3, Sian shares her experience on how:

  • her books and babies have complimented one another over the years 
  • challenges of being a writer whilst parenting and 
  • her tips on juggling writing and other commitments as well as talking about her work and publishing journey.

Up to listen now on Apple Music, Amazon Music, Spotify and Stitcher.

https://www.buymeacoffee.com/TheHYBRIDAuthor

Episode 30

Mid Year Mash Up

We’ve reached 30 episodes! 

To celebrate here’s a mid year mash up of snippets from all the guests who have appeared on the podcast since January this year:

Episode 16 

Co-creating Picture Books with Family with Paridhi P Apte and Disha Patwardhan

Episode 17

All The Ways to Make an Author Income with Frané Lessac

Episode 18

Educational and Public Lending Rights (ELR) and (PLR) with Joanne Morrell

Episode 19

Co-writing Middle Grade Fantasy Fiction with Denis Knight and Cristy Burne 

Episode 20

What Publishing Looks like to Bad Apple Press in 2022

Episode 21 

Lorraine Horsley ‘On Writing Non Fiction’

Episode 22

Author Mentorships wiuth Jodie Spiteri-James from The Australian Society of Authors 

Episode 23

How to Start Getting Book Reviews with Children’s Author Sharon Giltrow 

Episode 24

All Things Publishing in 2022 with Publishing Powerhouse Karen Mc Dermott 

Episode 25

Multiple Award Winning Young Adult Author Holden Sheppard on Social Media for Authors 

Episode 26

Monique Mulligan on The Publishing Collective 

Episode 27

Young Adult Fiction Author Sarah Epstein on ‘Writing Suspense’ and Hybrid Authorship

Episode 28

Western Australian Premier’s Book Award Winner for Writing for Children Shirley Marr on ‘Character Voice’

Up to listen now on Apple Music, Amazon Music, Spotify and Stitcher.

Episode 29

‘How to be an Author The Business of Being a Writer in Australia’ with Author, Academic and Fremantle Press Publisher Georgia Richter

Today’s esteemed guest is author, academic and Fremantle Press Publisher Georgia Richter who talks about her and Deborah Hun’s publication ‘How to be an Author The Business of Being a Writer in Australia’.

In the 29th episode of The HYBRID Author Podcast host Joanne Morrell, author of children’s and young adult fiction and short non fiction for authors, interviews Georgia on:

  •  successful author careers
  • why building an author brand is important
  • whether authors should run their author business with a bookseller’s mindset and
  • how authors might juggle the writing life alongside family, the day job and other commitments.

Up to listen now on Apple Music, Amazon Music, Spotify and Stitcher.

Episode 28

Western Australian Premier’s Book Award Winner for Writing for Children Shirley Marr On ‘Character Voice’

Young adult and children’s author Shirley Marr took out the 2022 Western Australian Premier’s Book Award prize for writing for children with her middle grade magic realism novel ‘A Glass House of Stars’.

 In the 28th episode of The HYBRID Author Podcast, Joanne Morrell author of children’s and young adult fiction and short non fiction for authors interviews Shirley, on:

  • how she came to write such compelling character voices and how she managed to keep those voices represented throughout the pages of her book
  • why she choose to write in second person point of view and what she wanted to achieve through using this character style
  • how the author voice differs from the character voice
  • as well as sharing her tips for authors looking to create and capture their characters’ voices on the page and more. 

Up to listen now on Apple Music, Amazon Music, Spotify and Stitcher.

Episode 27

Young Adult Fiction Author Sarah Epstein on Writing Suspense and Hybrid Authorship

Sarah Epstein is an author, illustrator and designer who grew up in suburban Sydney and now lives in Melbourne with her family. After achieving a design degree and enjoying a 25-year graphic design career, Sarah returned to her first loves of writing and illustrating. Her multi award-winning debut novel Small Spaces has been optioned for film, and her second novel Deep Water also received multiple award nominations and has been translated into French and German. As well as dabbling in short horror fiction, Sarah has recently self-published two contemporary YA novels in her new, Leftover Bay series, with two more novels due to be self-published later this year, including her newest YA psychological thriller.

Join host Joanne Morrell, children’s and young adult fiction writer and short non fiction for authors for the 27th Episode of the HYBRID Author podcast.

Listen in as Sarah generously shares her wealth of expertise on

  • the books from her childhood which shaped her career
  • writing suspense
  • balancing self doubt with self belief
  • hybrid authorship and much, much more.

Up to listen now on Apple Music, Amazon Music, Spotify and Stitcher.

Episode 26

Monique Mulligan on The Publishing Collective

Pilyara Press is the Publishing Collective behind Monique Mulligan’s debut novel ‘Wherever You Go’ and her second novel ‘Wildflower’

Monique is an author, interviewer, and founder of the ‘Stories on Stage program‘ in Perth Western Australia as well as a former journalist, news editor and publisher. 

In the 26th episode of the HYBRID Author Podcast host Joanne Morrell, children’s and young adult fiction writer and short non fiction for authors, interviews Monique on her Publishing Collective experience, discussing:

  • what the Publishing Collective model is
  • the advantages and disadvantages of publishing this way and 
  • tips for authors looking to set up their own Publishing Collective.

Up to listen now on Apple Music, Amazon Music, Spotify and Stitcher.

Episode 25

Multiple Award Winning Young Adult Author Holden Sheppard on Social Media for Authors

Holden Sheppard is a multiple award winning Young Adult author and social media influencer. In the 25th episode of The HYBRID Author Podcast, host Joanne Morrell, children’s and young adult fiction writer and short non fiction for authors, interviews Holden about social media for authors.

Listen in as Holden shares:

  • how social media has helped his author career
  • whether authors in 2022 need to have a social media presence to be successful
  • how he posts strategically and deals with negative backlash and
  • Holden shares his tips/dos and don’ts for authors looking to get started on social.

Up to listen now on Apple Music, Amazon Music, Spotify and Stitcher.

Episode 24

All Things Publishing in 2022 with Publishing Powerhouse Karen Mc Dermott

Karen Mc Dermott is the founder of Serenity Press, MMH Press, KMD Books, and the Everything Publishing Academy. She is an award-winning entrepreneur, multi-genre author of over 40 books, mentor, forbes writer, TEDx speaker and a proud mum of 6. She’s also an advanced Law of Attraction practitioner who teaches people how to attract anything they want into their lives and writes about her success principles as K P weaver. 

In the 24th episode of The HYBRID Author Podcast, host Joanne Morrell, children’s and young adult fiction writer and author of short non fiction for authors, interviews Karen on ‘all things publishing’. 

Listen in as Karen shares her:

  • secrets to success in the publishing industry
  • advice to authors who want to be their own publisher
  • tips for authors running their own business as well as
  • how she juggles doing it all as a mother of 6. 

Up to listen now on Apple Music, Amazon Music, Spotify and Stitcher.

Episode 23

How to Start Getting Book Reviews with Children’s Author Sharon Giltrow

You’ve written your first book (or books), how do you go about getting reviews for your work and why are they important?

In the 23rd episode of The HYBRID Author Podcast, host Joanne Morrell, children’s and young adult fiction writer and short non fiction for authors, interviews picture book author Sharon Giltrow, on:

  • how traditional representation helps authors score reviews for their books 
  • what a good book review consists of and
  • how to deal with negative reviews. 

Listen in as Sharon shares her tips and tricks on how to score reviews independently. 

Up now on Apple Music, Amazon Music, Spotify and Stitcher.

Episode 22

Author Mentorships with Jodie Spiteri-James from The Australian Society of Authors

Jodie Spiteri-James has worked in Publishing in both fiction and non-fiction for over 25 years as a Sales Director and Managing Director. After becoming a coach and specialising in Professional Development, Jodie trained speakers by assisting them to hone their message and become a powerful voice. Jodie is now pleased her two worlds of publishing and professional development have collided at the Australian Society of Authors. 

In the 22nd episode of the HYBRID Author Podcast, host Joanne Morrell, children’s and young adult fiction writer and short non fiction for authors, interviews Jodie on 

  • what type of mentorships the ASA offer
  • who the professionals are that conduct these mentorships
  • what qualities the ASA look for in their recipients
  • how these mentorships help further an author’s career and at what stage an author should apply for them, as well as sharing general author mentorship tips, overall. 

We also discuss what countries have a Society of Authors, so you can look out for these mentorship opportunities in your place of origin, should you be listening outside of Australia.

Listen now on Apple Music, Amazon Music, Spotify and Stitcher.

Episode 21

Lorraine Horsley ‘On Writing Non Fiction’

After 20 years writing, submitting and being rejected for her books, children’s and adult story writer Lorraine Horsley can now share her traditional publishing author adventure, tips on how to write engaging non fiction as well as giving generous advice to aspiring authors. 

Listen in as host Joanne Morrell, children’s and young adult fiction writer and short non fiction for authors, interviews Lorraine on all aspects of writing non fiction. 

Lorraine has a Bachelor of Arts in English, an Associate Degree in Training and Development, a Masters of Arts in Professional Writing and Literature and is about to embark on another education journey with a Higher Degree by Research.

https://blog.feedspot.com/australian_book_and_writing_podcasts/

Listen now on Apple Music, Amazon Music, Spotify and Stitcher.

Episode 20

What Publishing Looks Like to Bad Apple Press in 2022

How do Bad Apple Press keep up to date with what’s happening in the publishing industry and how do they determine book trends for the year?

What does a publishing schedule look like for Bad Apple in 2022 and how do they decide publishing schedules for the years to come? 

These are just some of the questions Bad Apple Press, an Independent Publisher of great ‘everyday’ Australian memoir as well as psychology books, answer in the 20th episode of the HYBRID Author podcast. Joanne Morrell, children’s and young adult fiction writer and author of short non fiction for authors interviews the founders of Bad Apple Press Samantha Miles and Sonya Danaher.

Listen in as they share the benefits of being a small Press, divulge tips on what makes for a great submission as well as all aspects of their publishing adventures so far. 

Listen now on Apple Music, Amazon Music, Spotify and Stitcher.

Episode 19

Co-writing Middle Grade Fantasy Fiction with Denis Knight and Cristy Burne

What does co-writing a middle grade fantasy fiction trilogy entail? 

How do you determine a process and who should you collaborate with? 

In the 19th episode of the HYBRID Author podcast, host Joanne Morrell, children’s and young adult fiction writer and author of short non fiction for authors interviews Denis Knight and Cristy Burne. 

Denis and Cristy are the co-authors of the highly popular children’s fantasy fiction trilogy, Wednesday Weeks, published by Hachette. They share their co-writing and publishing tips and talk about their agent experience and how their manuscript lead to an all out bidding war for their book. 

Listen now on Apple Music, Amazon Music, Spotify and Stitcher.

Episode 18

Educational and Public Lending Rights (ELR) and (PLR) With Joanne Morrell

Are you eligible for Educational and Public Lending Rights as an Author in the country you reside in? 

In this 18th episode of the HYBRID Author podcast, host Joanne Morrell, children’s and young adult fiction writer and author of short non fiction for authors discloses:

  • what Educational Lending Rights (ELR) and Public Lending Rights (PLR) are
  • how they operate
  • who is eligible for these schemes
  • how you get paid and when 
  • what countries partake in PLR and 
  • touches upon Digital Lending Rights (DLR).

Listen now on Apple Music, Amazon Music, Spotify and Stitcher.

https://www.arts.gov.au/funding-and-support/lending-rights

https://plrinternational.com

https://www.arts.gov.au/funding-and-support/lending-rights/questions-and-answers

https://www.arts.gov.au/what-we-do/literature/public-lending-rights-committee-annual-reports

https://www.asauthors.org/campaigns/digital-lending-right

https://www.theage.com.au/culture/books/it-buys-me-writing-time-authors-call-for-library-ebook-compensation-20211118-p59a1s.html

https://www.nla.gov.au/using-library/services-publishers/legal-deposit

Episode 17

All The Ways to Make an Author Income With Frané Lessac

Frané Lessac is an author-illustrator, creating over fifty books for children. She is the recipient for the Muriel Barwell Award for Distinguished Service to Children’s Literature and the inaugural Regional Advisor for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) Australia West.

In the 17th episode of the HYBRID Author podcast, host Joanne Morrell, children’s and young adult fiction writer and author of short non fiction for authors discusses all the ways to make an author income with Frané Lessac. 

Listen in as Frané generously shares her years of experience earning an income from her books, foreign rights, presenting at festivals and schools, selling at book fairs and applying for industry professional grants. 

Listen now on Apple Music, Amazon Music, Spotify and Stitcher.

Episode 16

Co-creating Picture Books with Family with Disha Patwardhan and Paridhi P Apte

Busy mums and sisters, Disha (writer) and Paridhi (Illustrator), co-created and independently published the picture book series The Adventures of Jacob and Charlie whilst living halfway around the world from one another.

Paridhi up skilled her animation abilities at NYFA (New York Film Academy) and has had a 10 year long career creating engaging e-learning modules with the use of colourful graphics combined with animation for multimedia companies. Although having majored in electrical engineering, Disha’s strong passion for reading and writing eventually led her to work as a journalist for local newspapers and as a content writer online.

In the 16th episode of the HYBRID Author podcast, host Joanne Morrell, children’s and young adult fiction writer and author of short non fiction for authors interviews this dynamic duo on their co-creating process across the miles. We talk about what the best and worst aspects of working with family are and the sisters share their tips on independently publishing high quality picture books. 

Listen now on Apple Music, Amazon Music, Spotify and Stitcher.

Episode 15

Merry Christmas Mash Up 2021 HYBRID Author Guests

Snippets from 2021 podcast episodes in this order:

(Episode 1) Tips on Judging Writing Competitions with Nadia L King

(Episode 3) Tips on Having a Career as a Hybrid Author with Teena Raffa-Mullligan

(Episode 4) Plot Storming with Y.A. Science Fiction and Fantasy Author Rebecca Laffar-Smith

(Episode 5) Author Fears and How to Overcome Them with Joanne Morrell

(Episode 6) Performance for Authors with Storyteller Extraordinaire Glenn B Swift

(Episode 7) Publishing Productively with Romantic Suspense and Fantasy Author Claire Boston

(Episode 8) Independently Publishing and Promoting Picture Books and Middle Grade Series with Stacy C Bauer

(Episode 2) Story and Editing Tips with A. R. Levett (The Story Mentor)

(Episode 9) Tips on Being a HYBRID Children’s Author with Steve Heron

(Episode 12) Creating Online Kid’s Courses with Josh Langley

(Episode 13) School Visits with Children’s and Young Adult Author Deb Fitzpatrick

(Episode 14) Teachers Notes with Picture Book Author Rebecca J Palmer

(Episode 11) Submitting to Traditional Publishing Houses With Jeanette Stampone

As well as 2021 HYBRID Author Podcast statistics and 2022 writing goals.

Listen now on Apple Music, Amazon Music, Spotify and Stitcher.

Episode 14

Teachers Notes with Picture Book Author Rebecca J Palmer

What are Teachers Notes and what purpose do they serve authors of children’s books? 

Should authors expect their publishing houses to write Teachers Notes for them? 

And if you’re an independent publisher writing your own Teachers Notes, what items should you include? 

In this fourteenth epsiode of the HYBRID Author Podcast, host, Joanne Morrell children’s and young adult fiction writer and author of short non fiction for authors interviews Rebecca J Palmer

Rebecca is a teacher, learning resource writer and the author and illustrator of her debut picture book Monkey Mind. In this episode Rebecca divulges a plethora of knowledge and experience on the topic of Teachers Notes and why every author should have them. 

Listen now on Apple Music, Amazon Music, Spotify and Stitcher.

Episode 13

School Visits with Children’s and Young Adult Author Deb Fitzpatrick

You’ve written your children’s book, now it’s time to start your school visit adventure. 

But where do you start and how do you prepare?

What do they expect of you, as the author, to deliver and what do you expect, as the author, of the school to provide?

In this thirteenth episode of the HYBRID Author podcast, host Joanne Morrell children’s and young adult fiction writer and author of short nonfiction for authors, interviews Deb Fitzpatrick.  

Deb is the author of novels for adults, young adults and children. She has a Master of Arts (creative writing) from UWA and a vast experience visting and workshoping schools all across Australia. Here, she shares her tips for first time authors starting out in school visits on how to prepare, rates, after visit feedback and delves into her best and worst moments in the business.

Listen now on Apple Music, Amazon Music, Spotify and Stitcher.

Episode 12

Creating Online Kid’s Courses with Josh Langley

How do you turn your book or books for children into an online program?

First by defining what problem you are solving for children with your books and programs and then working on getting your message right.

In this twelfth episode of the HYBRID Author podcast, host Joanne Morrell, children’s and young adult fiction writer and author of short nonfiction for authors, interviews Josh Langley.

Josh is a multi award-winning radio copywriter and award-winning children’s author. His ground-breaking children’s books, programs and school talks on self-acceptance, resilience, understanding emotions and kindness, are helping thousands of kids make friends with themselves. 

Here he shares his tips on how to produce online programs for kids. 

Listen now on Apple Music, Amazon Music, Spotify and Stitcher.

Episode 11

Submitting to Traditional Publishing Houses With Jeanette Stampone

You’re looking for a traditional publishing house to publish your book.

You must first finish writing your manuscript and submit it to them.

But how do you do that and what do you say? 

Jeanette Stampone is a rising children’s author and illustrator, with two picture books in the pipes and a plethora of traditional publishing house submitting experience.

In the eleventh episode of the HYBRID Author podcast, Jeanette shares her submission secrets for first time authors looking to submit their work, provides tips on how to handle submission rejections and delves into where authors can look for opportunities to submit their work online. She also touches upon her upcoming picture book publications. 

Listen now on Apple Music, Amazon Music, Spotify and Stitcher.

Episode 10

Freelance Writing Business Quick Tips for Fast Success With Joanne Morrell

You want to set up shop as a freelance writer … but you’ve never run a business before and you’re new to the world of freelance. 

In this tenth minisode of the HYBRID Author podcast, host Joanne Morrell shares 6 short tips on freelance writing: Mindset, Business Setup, Services, Freelance Writing Work, Rates of Pay, Finding Freelance Writing Work and keeping that Writer’s Faith.

Consider the questions Joanne poses to assist you on your freelance writing adventure. Some things you can just never know until you put yourself out there and give it a go. 

Uncover all 66+ freelance writing business tips here.

Listen now on Apple Music, Amazon Music, Spotify and Stitcher.


Episode 9

Tips on Being a HYBRID Children’s Author with Steve Heron

You want to write picture books and middle grade novels for children.

You want to publish them yourself as well as having a traditional publishing house publish them for you. 

You want to go into schools and libraries and share your stories with youngsters. 

In this ninth episode of the HYBRID Author podcast, host Joanne Morrell, children’s and young adult fiction writer and author of short nonfiction for authors, interviews Steve Heron.  

Steve is a HYBRID children’s author of 10+ titles. He utilises 40 years working with children in a social and emotional wellbeing environment to create kids books that touch and tickle hearts. In this installment, Steve shares his tips on how to write and perform for children as well as how he has used the HYBRID model to publish his books in the past. 

Listen now on Apple Music, Amazon Music, Spotify and Stitcher.

Episode 8

Independently Publishing and Promoting Picture Books and Middle Grade Series with Stacy C Bauer

How do you independently publish a picture book or non fiction middle grade series for children?

Where do you start and how do you get noticed? 

In the eighth episode of The HYBRID Author podcast, host Joanne Morrell, children’s and young adult fiction writer and author of short nonfiction for authors, interviews Stacy C Bauer. 

Stacy is a teacher, wife, mother and musician as well as being an absolute power house in the self publishing sphere; author of 6 picture books, three non fiction middle grades, activity books, courses and coaching services, in this episode, Stacy shares her success secrets on creating, marketing, and kickstarting self published stories for children. 

Listen now on Apple Music, Amazon Music, Spotify and Stitcher.

Episode 7

Publishing Productively with Romantic Suspense and Fantasy Author Claire Boston

Do you aspire to write and independently publish 4 books a year? 

Do you have a publishing process or a publishing schedule in place to help you be productive in reaching this goal?

In the seventh episode of the HYBRID Author podcast, host Joanne Morrell, children’s and young adult fiction writer and author of short nonfiction for authors, interviews Claire Boston. 

Claire is the author of 21+ books in the romance, romantic suspense and fantasy catergories. She shares her tips on being organised in achieving publishing productivity as well as self-editing secrets to help you polish your manuscript before sending it on for further editorial review.

Listen now on Apple Music, Amazon Music, Spotify, and Stitcher.

Episode 6

Performance for Authors with Storyteller Extraordinaire Glenn B Swift

You’ve finished writing and publishing your book … now you have to tell people about it.

Do you seek to entertain, enlighten and inspire your audience when sharing your work? Do you wish to give more of a performance rather than simply present?

In this sixth episode of the HYBRID Author podcast, Joanne Morrell, children’s and young adult fiction writer and author of short nonfiction for authors, interviews Glenn B Swift. Glenn is a Western Australian Storyteller and children’s author who has been performing professionally in schools, libraries, theatres and other public spaces in and around the city since 1988.

Listen in as Glenn shares secrets on preparation, props and how to give a killer performance as well as divulging what the Alexander Technique is and how it has helped Glenn sometimes perform 7 events in one day! We also touch upon Glenn’s self-published journey for his illustrated Gothic children’s book: The Ghost in the Bell Tower.

Listen now on Apple Music, Amazon Music, Spotify, and Stitcher.

Episode 5

Author Fears and How to Overcome Them with Joanne Morrell

How many times have you said ‘your writing’s crap’ or shied away from calling yourself an author? 

How do authors cope with unsupportive people, being judged by others or having their work rejected by publishers? 

In this fifth episode of the HYBRID Author podcast, host Joanne Morrell, children’s and young adult fiction writer and author of short nonfiction for authors, turns the microphone on herself to share her personal experience of dealing with confidence fears such as being judged by others, craft fears in the form of being rejected and self doubt fears: wasting time in an unknown future. She touches upon physical fears in the way of continuing to chase your writerly dreams in the face of unsupportive people. 

Since starting to write your novel have you developed any of these author fears? Are you using them as reasons not to advance in your writing career? 

Listen now on Apple Music, Amazon Music, Spotify, and Stitcher.

Episode 4

Plot Storming with Y.A. Science Fiction and Fantasy Author Rebecca Laffar-Smith

Have you ever considered publishing a workbook?

Do you have a clear understanding of what the main plot points that make up a plot are? Are you using them effectively in your novel? 

In this fourth episode of the HYBRID Author podcast, host Joanne Morrell, children’s and young adult fiction writer and author of short nonfiction for authors, interviews Rebecca Laffar-Smith. 

Rebecca gave up a successful career writing about the non-fiction world in favour of fantastical creatures and the fanciful things she could create and immortalise in fiction. Now she writes full-time whilst homeschooling her Autistic son, raising her creative daughter, and offering coaching, mentorship, and events within her writing community.

Rebecca’s Plot Storming Workbook helps writers define their story’s structure, use the Hero’s Journey effectively and provides context to develop their characters. 

Listen now on Apple Music, Amazon Music, Spotify, and Stitcher.

Episode 3

Tips on Having a Career as a HYBRID Author with Teena Raffa-Mulligan

You want to both independently and traditionally publish your books for reasons such as wanting:

  • partial control over your work
  • the status traditional publishing brings and
  • to feel like you are accomplishing publication whilst waiting for traditional representation. 

In this third episode of the HYBRID Author podcast, host Joanne Morrell, children’s and young adult fiction writer and author of short nonfiction for authors, interviews Teena Raffa-Mulligan. 

Teena has had a lengthy career as a professional writer, editor and journalist and is the author of 32 books for women and children. She independently publishes through her own imprint: Sea Song Publications, as well as publishing her stories through various traditional small presses. 

Listen now on Apple Music, Amazon Music, Spotify, and Stitcher.

Episode 2

Story and Editing Tips with A. R. Levett (The Story Mentor)

What are the most common editing blunders writers can make? Are you aware of the various types of editing your manuscript must go through before publication?

Is your story balanced with the key aspects that make for an engaging story?

In this second episode of the HYBRID Author podcast, host Joanne Morrell, children’s and young adult fiction writer and author of short nonfiction for authors, interviews A. R. Levett (The Story Mentor).

Andrew is an award-winning, emerging Western Australian author with multiple poems and short stories published in a variety of local and international publications. His Story Mentoring services help writers hone their skills and turn their ideas into captivating stories.

Listen now on Apple Music, Amazon Music, Spotify, and Stitcher.

Episode 1

Tips on Judging Writing Competitions with Nadia L king

Have you ever wondered how to become a Judge for a writing award or a writing competition? Would being a Judge boost your author profile or inspire your own works of writing? Is Judging a great networking and marketing tool for your author career?

In this first episode of the HYBRID Author podcast, host Joanne Morrell, children’s and young adult fiction writer and author of short nonfiction for authors, interviews Nadia L King.

Nadia is an award winning short story writer and picture book and young adult fiction author. She has been a repeat Judge for many writing awards and competitions in Western Australia including the prestiges Tim Winton Young Writer’s Award.

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