Podcast Alert!

I’m doing it! I’m creating a podcast. I read that most authors don’t podcast. (There’s probably a reason for that. Hmm…) Anyway, I’m doing it! And I will take you along on the journey. 

The question of the day: Should authors have a podcast?

Perhaps that the question of the month. I’ll be going over everything it takes to set up my podcast, along with the pros an cons that I experience. If you’ve ever considered starting your own podcast, perhaps this will help you decide. 

First Things First

What I’ve pulled together to start my podcast:

  1. A laptop with Garageband. I have a MacBook Air and am using Garageband to record my voice for the podcast. The program came with the computer, so it’s free. (I love free!) And it’s easy to work. (I love easy!) I found a great Youtube video to get me started on Garageband. It’s by Pat Flynn called “How to Record & Edit a Podcast in Garageband.” Pat has a ton of useful videos to get you started with podcasting. He’ll be my go-to guy on Youtube during this process.
  2. A microphone. I already had a Yeti microphone, so I’m using that. Having done research before about using my laptop’s built-in microphone or an external one that you plug into your laptop’s USB, the sound quality is MUCH better with the external mic. And the Yeti is affordable and simple to use. Screen Shot 2019-01-16 at 4.45.32 PMThe only thing you need to make certain when using the Yeti is that you turn it on, or off mute. Otherwise, it doesn’t record and you spend ten minutes trying to figure out why you’ve recorded no sound. (I’m not saying that’s what happened to me, but I’ve warned you.) This is very close to what my setup looks like:
  3. A logo. You’ll need an image or logo to use when you finally put your podcast on iTunes or a similar service. I use Canva, which is free and excellent. It’s very drop and click. If you have any experience with creative programs like Photoshop or even making a flyer in Word, this will be easy. I have an iStock account, so I found my logo artwork there, but Pixabay is a site for free artwork that I use a lot when blogging. And Canva has several designs for logos that you can also use. Here’s what I came up with for now: Screen Shot 2019-01-16 at 5.04.38 PM

If any of the above sounds hard, you’ll need to find someone that can help you. Do you have a ten-year-old niece? Turns out, I’ve been developing these skills for years, while I was goofing around. Who knew?

Okay, that’s all the things I did to get started. Next up, creating the content of my podcast seems soooo easy, but is it???

Cover Feedback – Fit Girls Book #1

After extensive research, I’ve completely changed my cover for the first Fit Girl’s book, EXERCISE IS MURDER. What do you think? It’s now a Kindle book on Amazon!

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Fit Girls: Exercise is Murder is the first book in a new series. The mystery finds fitness trainer Paisley Summerhill in hot water when she takes a temporary job at the Grand Teton Bluebird Resort. One of the rich, pampered guests turns up dead in a mud bath and everyone blames Paisley’s grueling workout. However, her keen eye—and experience with Tough Mudder races—spots tell-tale signs of electrocution. Determined to clear her name, Paisley sets out to find the killer—even if she’s the only one that knows there’s been a murder!

Reluctantly joining the amateur investigation is millennial Ellie Cruz, Paisley’s companion for the summer and her almost sister-in-law. But when Ellie’s brother—and Paisley’s ex-fiance, US Deputy Marshal Dolan Cruz—shows up to make it a federal case, it upsets everyone. He’s just trying to keep the two women he cares about out of trouble, but Paisley has a way of finding the clues first and exposing herself to the killer.

Cover Feedback!

Cozy Book Covers Have a Look All Their Own

Have you noticed the unique style of Cozy Mystery books? They favor illustrations that depict the book’s locale and the main character’s hobby or job. If our amateur sleuth runs a bakery, there will be cupcakes! And if she has a pet… look for an adorable dog or cat on the cover.

As a writer who’s taken over where only publishing companies dared to tread, I struggle with book covers. And I’m offering up my first cozy mystery book cover for feedback.

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First blog post

Kicking off a new blog is a whole new kind of mystery, but I feel at home. I’ve been a student of thrilling reads, television shows and movies since forever. Okay, that’s an exaggeration, because I don’t feel that old… most days. When it comes to content, however, I’ve logged some serious hours. I see this as my chance to share some of the cool books I get my hands on, as well as anything else in the Mystery World that could be of interest to you!

And I’m open for suggestions. If you’ve read something you think I should read, please let me know. (BTW, this is a NO SPOILER zone. My reviews are just an overview to help you decide to read or not to read the book.)

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