Tag: Community

Preserving History with an Artist’s Vision & Historian’s Pen

A historian knows what details to look for in historical homes and buildings. A writer knows how to relay the story and an artist has the vision to paint the history. M. Ruth Little, an architectural historian from Raleigh, North Carolina, gives us an insight on the preservation of historical structures, the challenges she’s faced as an artist, and the journey that leads her to publish The Book of Ruth.

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Dare to Publish

Have you thought about creating your own publishing company? In part one of Dare to Publish, Bernadette Bruckner shares with Cindy Kochis why she started her own publishing company, how her near-death experiences affected her writing, and what it means to trust timing. Pour a mug of chai tea for yourself and enjoy this motivational conversation about timing. Dare to publish. You never know who you can inspire and the lives you’re impacting with your story. 

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Turn Your Book into Gold

How are you promoting the book you worked hard to publish? Can you turn your book into gold? Are you using it to showcase your purpose? If so, how?Tanya Miller is an author of the Mind Matters project, a motivation speaker, life coach, and innovative. Tanya shares her love of writing, how a debilitating disease changed how she writes, and multiple ways we can transform our book into a profitable business opportunities. Listen as Cindy gets put on the hot seat regarding the services she offers. Pour a mug of lemon ginger tea for yourself and enjoy this motivational conversation with Tanya Miller.

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It’s not About Perfection or the Perfect Roadmap

What is the initial spark, the unforeseen glimmer, that eventually becomes the foundation of a book? Kristin Buchtel joined Cindy Kochis to answers that question. Kristin is the award-winning author of Noteworthy Parenting and the companion journal Noteworthy Parenting Roadmap. Their conversation weaved from the inspiration to sketch stick figures, to the actions steps Kristin used for marketing at the beginning of the lockdowns, to learning how to self-publish to ensure she kept all the rights to her illustrations. Pour yourself a mug of what tastes good and enjoy this educational conversation focused on letting go of perfection.

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Decorating a Boat & Paintings in a Book

Sue Trusler, author of Time to Start Your Art – Learn to paint with passion, takes us on a journey into her world of learning various art mediums and why she was insistent in publishing several of her wobbly bits in her first book. In this Pen to Paper Press Podcast episode you will gain a better understanding why many people are hesitant in learning a new art medium, Sue’s process was for organizing her book content, and formatting the interior pages of a book. The insights Sue offers are priceless and helpful to anyone publishing and marketing a book. Pour yourself a mug of English Breakfast tea and enjoy this entertaining conversation about our appreciate of spreadsheets, painting, and all the other things Sue and Cindy have in common.

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Experiencing the Backstory of Queen Vernita

There is a backstory weaved into every book written. It’s the element that cements the foundation of the story and breathes life into the characters. Dr. Dawn Menge, author of the Queen Vernita educational series and Dragon’s Breath, joins Cindy in the Pen to Paper Press Podcast studio to talk about her children’s book series, travels, and the students who appear in her books. Pour yourself a mug of hot cocoa and enjoy this entertaining conversation focused on writing about life experiences, publishing children’s books, and self-promotion in this episode of Pen to Paper Press Podcast.

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From Journals to Memoir: The Journey of Adoption

Jennifer Rose Asher, author of Journey to My Daughter, joined Cindy Kochis in the Pen to Paper Press Podcast studio to talk about her experience of writing a memoir. The story focuses on the decision she and her husband made to adopt a child, a failed adoption, what they went through to adopt Hilary, as well as the life lessons they learned along the way. Find out which aspect of publishing the book she found unpleasant, and the advice an editor had for her regarding setting a scene and dialog. Pour yourself a mug of hot cocoa and enjoy our heart-centered conversation about adoption, writing, and trusting the journey for the love a child.

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What Have I Done to Make a Difference?

Dr. Robert Saul joins Cindy Kochis in the Pen to Paper Press Podcast virtual studio to talk about his best-selling books, experiences as a pediatrician, community, and forgiveness. In the early years of Bob’s medical practice, he found himself asking, “What have I done to make a difference?” In his personal quest to gain a better understanding, he discovered the five steps to community improvement and shares the information. Pour yourself a mug of coffee and enjoy our informational conversation about forgiveness, conscious parenting, and writing books.

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Is it Your Intention or Goal to Write Your Book?

Do you feel your story is insignificant? Self-talk is only one of the important topics Mary McGuire and Cindy Kochis discuss in this episode of Pen to Paper Press Podcast. Mary is the founder of ‘Find Your Joyful Life’ and author of The Female EDGE and Coming Home to You. She shares the differences between her two books focused on personal transformation and several lessons she has learned on her journey. You will hear how Mary wrote Coming Home to You in nine months and The Female EDGE in three months. Learn which element of publishing she found challenging and how she moved through her fear. Pour yourself a mug of hot tea and enjoy our delightfully insightful conversation about the importance of our self-talk and setting intentions.

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What Does it Mean to be a Superhero?

What is one question you would ask a group of children if you were going to write a children’s book series? Dr. Artika Tyner visited the Pen to Paper Press Podcast studio for an enlightening conversation about the one woman who influenced her passion for writing, her journey as an author and publisher. Artika is a passionate educator, sought after speaker, and advocate for justice. Her book titles include: The Inclusive Leader: Taking Intentional Action for Justice and Equity, The Leader’s Journey, The Lawyer as Leader, along with an array of children’s books.

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Reclaim Your Creativity to Express Your Written Voice

Your writing style is your brand. To expand on the writing process, we explore clearing our mind to be creative, making the time to write, and planning the content of the book. Often times our books begin as a journal entry; listen to what goes onto the pages. We discuss the topic editing and the role of editors. Reclaim your creativity. Be creative for the purely for the joy of it. Your words have power. Your story matters. Pour yourself a mug of steamy hot tea and listen to my conversations with Andrea Pass, Barb Parcells, Liz Maritz, Martine Felton, Crystal Cockerham, Nadia Krauss, Debby Kevin, and Rachel Kieffer.

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Stepping Through Fear

Stepping outside our comfort zone can cripple the best of us. Fear is one of the main topics Andrea Susan Glass and Cindy Kochis discuss in this podcast episode. Their conversation focuses on fear, why Andrea became a ghostwriter, accountability, hiring professionals, copyediting, marketing, and busting a few myths of writing books. There are plenty of take-aways for first-time writers and those with experience. Pour yourself a tall glass of lemonade and get ready for the pearls of wisdom shared in my conversation with Andrea Glass.

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