VoicePenPurpose Podcast

Each episode Amy R Brooks will talk with a newly published author or a writer who is just starting their book journey. Listeners can eavesdrop on conversations about identifying the ideal reader, writing when you don't want to, finding the perfect editor, working with cover designers, formatting for print vs. ebooks, and so much more! Amy also interviews industry experts from time to time so you can learn tips and tricks to save you time and money as you work on your book.
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Mar 31, 2017

I was thrilled to reconnect with my illustrator, Abe Kane, for this episode. We talked about women in the comic book industry, how to connect with illustrators, what your contract might look like when working with an illustrator or a graphic designer, and more. We even covered how to (nicely) break-up with an illustrator!

Grab a notebook and listen in to all the insights Abe is going to give us.


Reach out to Abe at

and check out her amazing work at


Abe will be helping us with our new, 6-week Children's Book Writing Workshop (all online!) starting mid-April. Get more information about that program at or any other services I provide at


I love emails, too!

Tell me what you think of the podcast so far and who you'd like me to interview next: 


Mar 28, 2017

We are switching things up to talk about Stuff I've Never Told Anyone: Finding Power in the Shadow of Shame, the pro bono book project I've been working on since the Presidential election.

Almost 100 women joined a secret group with me to work through 5 writing workshops before submitting an anonymous writing piece. As the letters, poems, and short stories started pouring in, I realized we had something special. Each woman's experiences around shame ultimately resulted in deeper wisdom and understanding. The project, and women involved, continues to amaze me.

Angelique joins me on this episode to discuss her experiences with the book project, working with Oprah for almost two decades, and spotting the moments when we can live a little bigger in our own lives despite the shame that tries to keep us in check.

Stuff I've Never Told Anyone: Finding Power in the Shadow of Shame will be available on Amazon and Kindle April 24th

Angelique McFarland is a Life & Business Coach at

You can also find her on FB at


Remember to reach out to me at when you're ready to start your book.

Get some free writing workshops at or share my site with someone who is aching to tell their story.


Mar 28, 2017

You are going to love Julie! She was DETERMINED to write her book, Get a PhD in You, even when it seemed like she wasn't making any progress. Julie didn't know how to organize her thoughts in a way that made sense to her. One day a friend gave her a tool that changed everything- wait until you hear what it was!

From the beginning, she struggled with organizing her ideas. Julie didn't know how to get her thoughts out of her head and onto the paper in a way that made sense to her. One day a friend gave her a tool that changed everything- wait until you hear what it was!

Please check out Julie, the CEO and Founder at Julie Reisler, and Life Designer at She will light up your life!

Check her out on Facebook, too! Julie Reisler - Life Designer

Buy her book, Get a PhD in You HERE!

And, of course, email me and tell me how smart I was to invite her on my podcast!


Mar 22, 2017

Lady Rhonda wrote The Potluck Blueprint to bring together women through Scripture, food, and fellowship. After hearing the whisper over five years ago, she fulfilled her calling to write a book that God had placed in her heart. 

She encourages everyone to listen to the voices that tell you to share your story. Go inward and look for guidance and support and watch the miracles unfold!


You can find out more about The Potluck Blueprint and Lady Rhonda at and you can buy the book HERE!


Reach out to me at

Mar 20, 2017

If you've started a book but you haven't seen it through to completion OR you haven't taken the final step and published the darn thing, this is the episode for you!


Vicki is a business and life coach and she has a ton of super-dooper valuable information to share with the "regular" woman in society. She isn't claiming to be fancy and untouchable like some coaches. Vicki is actually wonderfully down-to-Earth and practical. She's the person who knows where you've been and how to move to a new position in life.


Check out this episode and connect with Vicki on Facebook to learn more about her coaching and her upcoming books.

She's also on Instagram and Twitter @VickiO


I'd love to hear from you, too! Send me an email at

or check out my services at!

Mar 20, 2017

After years of teaching elementary school, Debbie was determined to figure out how to make her dream of writing and illustrating a children's book come true. 

She didn't understand where to start, so she enrolled in one of my VoicePenPurpose writing workshops and took one step after another in the direction of her published book. 

Join us as we talk about her journey. Debbie is a wealth of information!


Buy Will Ferdinand Find a Friend? HERE!

Check out Debbie at

I'd love to hear from you, too!


Mar 17, 2017

Time for another industry expert!  Doug Sandler talks about how he got it in his head to become a public speaker and how he wrote a book as the first step in his new career.

Do you have ambitions that are on the other side of publishing your book?

Tune in and get some great tips to launch a new phase of YOUR career!

Doug Sandler has over 30 years of business experience as an entrepreneur and leader. His book, Nice Guys Finish First is a #1 ranked Amazon Best Seller.  As a podcaster, Doug has interviewed Gary Vaynerchuk, Arianna Huffington from HuffPost, Dan Harris from Good Morning America, Ron Klain, White House Chief of Staff and dozens of celebs. He specializes in teaching others the "how-to's" of building relationships and strengthening connections. Doug is a nationally recognized speaker and writer.  

Nice Guys on Business Podcast, Host

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Nice Guys Finish First  #1 Best Seller Ranking on Amazon
Mar 9, 2017
I'm so excited to have another industry expert on the VoicePenPodcast: Rocky Callen, author, and retreat goddess warrior!
During this episode, we have a cozy conversation about the benefits of getting away from it all and submerging yourself in a gorgeous environment (hello, Bali!) in order to heal and write and grow.
Tune-in and dream big with me and Rocky!
You can find me at and information about Rocky and her upcoming adventures at
Mar 9, 2017

If you're living your message, it shouldn't be too hard to get it written down and published, right? Join me as I talk to Jonathan Bodrick the #FairyGodfather as I talk to him about being happy, loving others, and creating a life and book that easily align with those attributes.


You can catch up with Jonathan on most social media platforms like FB, Instagram, and Twitter using his handle: @JonathanBodrick


You can catch up with me at Live happy,

Live happy, ya'll!


Mar 9, 2017

There are times when we KNOW we have a message we need to share!

Tracy Watland wanted to share her ideas about kindness and she KNEW that meant writing a children's book. But how did she take a concept and turn it into a real book?

Join us as we discuss her steps and how she developed "The Kindness Can."


You can buy your copy of "The Kindness Can"

on Amazon by clicking HERE.


I'd love to hear what you think about this podcast and any interview topics you'd like to hear in the future. Reach out to me at


Mar 7, 2017

Tepsii is a Copywriting & Business Teacher for soulful entrepreneurs and she's ready to write her first book...or her first 3-4 books! 

Sometimes we have so many book ideas swirling around in our heads that we don't know how to start, or which idea to tackle first!

Tune-in to hear how Tepsii can organize her content in a way that will lead to a clearly defined brand and an easy-to-market book series.

And since you're checking out the show notes, you get a free gift from Tepsii: (score!)


Here are some other ways you can hang out with her even after this podcast:

Facebook Group:

Instagram: (@tepsiit)

Twitter: @tepsii


...and here's where you can find me!

Mar 4, 2017

What if you've been talking about a topic and you KNOW you have great content that could help an even wider audience? Write a book! 

Meet Kelly Smith, she was a public speaker for many years before she decided to tackle her book dream. Now she has released her first book, Jane in the Jungle and she joins the show to share her winding journey to authorship.

There is so much to learn from each author's path, so tune in to this episode and see what lessons may apply to you as you get closer to penning your book.


You can reach Kelly at

and you can purchase her dynamic book on Amazon using this handy link:


Get in contact with Amy at


Mar 4, 2017

What do you do if you can't get excited about your book after you started?

Is there any way to rekindle the passion you have for your subject matter and book focus?

Jennifer Miracle-Best is a speaker & consultant on a mission to help heal the world of ignorance and hate by helping people understand the intricacies of sexual and gender identity.

When Jennifer started her book she intended to transfer her message from the stage to a wider audience via a book. A problem bubbled up when she realized she wasn't excited about putting her information in written form. Something was missing. 

Listen in on how some slight tweaks to her book structure changed her perspective and revitalized book's focus. 

If you'd like to learn more about Jennifer and how you can book her for an event, check out

If you'd like to reach out Amy or learn more about her writing services, go to

Mar 1, 2017

What do editors do? Do they mark up your manuscript with a red pen and tell you that your draft is no bueno?

Short Answer: No

Longer Answer: Listen to this podcast and hear some behind-the-scenes insights from Sarah. Trust me, she really has your book's best interest at heart!

This is a MUST-HEAR podcast for anyone who has finished their manuscript and is ready to move to the next stage of publishing!

Sarah Fox is an editor and writing coach who helps ambitious authors start and complete their novels. When she is not working on her own novel, she writes for Quirk Books and Imaginary Book Club. You can find her thoughts on writing and pop culture at







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