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A Writer's Explorations

A Writer's Explorations

By Yasaa Moin
A podcast where you get to learn from professionals in the writing industry. From editors to self-published authors. You'll learn from them all. Occasionally there'll be translators of Chinese or Korean fantasy stories, plus other good stuff.

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Ep. 2: Talking "Fires of The Dead" with Jed Herne

A Writer's Explorations

Ep. 2: Talking "Fires of The Dead" with Jed Herne

A Writer's Explorations

Dan Fitzgerald, author of two Fantasy series
• Working with a sensitivity reader. • What's "sword-free fantasy"? • A survival camp over the Mississippi. etc. Dan's Books: . My Twitter:
May 13, 2022
Des M. Astor, a Contemporary Dark Fantasy Author
In this interview I ask Des about what impact fantasy games have had on her worldbuilding, about using roleplaying to get unstuck with your novel, about working at a haunted house and more. Des' Twitter: My Twitter:
April 15, 2022
Erika McCorkle, fantasy author and anime fan
• Inspirations behind the worldbuilding and magic system of the author's debut novel. •Erika's social media strategy. •How she would pick an editor. •Books that influenced her... among other topics. Erika's SM: My Twitter:
April 01, 2022
Lynnaire Johnston, LinkedIn expert and chief copywriter at Word Wizard
In this interview, I ask Lynnaire about topics ranging from tips and trends in LinkedIn to how her copywriting skills have helped her with LinkedIn. There's also a little talk of gardening, if you're interested in that. -----------------------------------------------You can buy Lynnaire's book here: -----------------------------------------------And if you wish to know more about her or contact her: LinkedIn- YouTube-
December 01, 2020
Kaitlyn Johnson, editorial literary agent at Belcastro Literary Agency
We learn of Kaitlyn's life as a Literary Intern, tips for issues editors may run into, a suggestion for authors before submitting a manuscript to an agent or an editor. , . Intro/Outro: Ikson- Blue Sky.
July 03, 2020
Jeremy "Deathblade" Bai, a Chinese fantasy translator
In this episode we got tips for English authors who wish to be experiment with or are fascinated by the Chinese fantasy genre, along with some basics on this genre and some tips for wannabe translators. Outro: Ikson- Blue Sky
May 28, 2020
Rachel Thomas, Senior Reader of Fiction at Harvard Review
In this episode we talk how to start and run an online literary magazine and submission tips for short story writers. Outro: Ikson- Blue Sky
May 21, 2020
Deanna Martinez, copyeditor and baker
Deanna shares what authors can do in case they can't afford a copyeditor, some tips on copy-editing and the foods that she has baked recently. Outro: Ikson-Blue Sky.
May 15, 2020
Sravanthi Talluri, founder of Write Club Hyderabad
In this episode the guest shares a story about her golden retriever, a personal formula of hers for writing short stories, some mess-ups writers tend to make and what got her into programming. Outro: Ikson-Blue Sky.
May 07, 2020
Val Mathews, an Acquisition Editor at Wild Rose Press
Valerie talks of her unusual journey that took her to editing, along with her work with a Pushcart Prize nominee and tips for editors on how to deal with authors with terrible grammar. Outro: Ikson- Blue Sky.
April 30, 2020
Why I started this podcast
A very short episode that goes over why I started this show and how I record.
April 23, 2020
Diane Callahan, a freelance developmental editor and youtuber.
In this episode we talk training strategies to become good at editing, along with resources that'll come in handy and self-doubts. Diane's echo exercises: Medium- YouTube- Outro: Ikson- Blue Sky
April 16, 2020
Stephanie Parker, an Audiobook narrator and actress.
In this episode we have a voiceover artist talking of her process, her first gig, and also goes on to give tips to authors who wish to make their own audiobooks. Intro/Outro music: Ikson-Blue Sky
April 02, 2020
Helen Pollock, a ghostwriter and non-fiction book coach
Helen talks of ghostwriting, balancing the mom and freelancing gig, boxing and how she coaches. The ebook she mentioned: . Her social media: LinkedIn- Website: Intro/Outro music: Ikson- Blue Sky. ______. My social media: Instagram- LinkedIn- Pinterest- . Medium-
March 26, 2020
Avital Shtapura- comic artist at Team GaryVee 'n' Screenwriter
Avital's social media: IG- @avishtap Twitter- @AviShtap TikTok- @avishtap ‌CG IG- @chasinggraciecartoon Website: Intro/Outro: Music from Track: Ikson - Blue Sky
March 17, 2020
Katelynn Watkins- an Editor for Parliament House Press
In this episode we learn from Katelynn things of great help for an editor, and even her suggestion on how to start off in this profession. Intro/Outro: Music from Track: Ikson - Blue Sky
March 06, 2020
Interviewing a freelance editor ft. Claire Jennison
Claire's LinkedIn: Website: My Accounts: Instagram: @yasaamoin LinkedIn: Twitter: @moinyasaa Intro/Outro: Music from Track: Ikson - Blue Sky
February 02, 2020
Interviewing a Sci-fi author and researcher ft. J.Dianne Dotson
In this episode we cover the author's marketing strategy for her books, and I ask her about how to build better habitats for your fabtasy/sci fi novels among among other things. Intro/outro: Ikson's "Blue Sky".
December 15, 2019
Ep. 2: Talking "Fires of The Dead" with Jed Herne
Today's guest is Jed Herne. You can find more about him on and can find him on Twitter(@JedHerne), Instagram(@jedherne), and YouTube ( Jed Herne - Writer). He has two podcasts: The Novel Analyst Podcast and The Jed Herne Audio Experience. His novella "Fires of the Dead" is now out and here's the blurb: 'Wisp is a Pyromancer: a magician who draws energy from fires to make his own flames. He’s also a criminal, one job away from retirement. And it can’t come bloody soon enough. Leading his misfit crew, Wisp ventures into a charred and barren forest to find a relic that could change the realm forever. But they aren’t the only ones on the hunt, and the forest isn’t as barren as it seems … ' . Intro & Outro: Music from Track: Ikson - Blue Sky
November 07, 2019
Ep. 1 : Circe and other books with Bookworm Tigress
We do a breakdown of the Circe novel by Madeline Miller with the aid of a dear friend who likes being anonymous. And also talk of other books a bit while at it. Hope you enjoy it. Intro & Outro: Music from Track: Ikson - Blue Sky
August 04, 2019