A very Special Word Count Podcast- Episode 23

Welcome to Episode 23 of “The Word Count” podcast!

A very special podcast is in store for you this week. The theme “Beating the Odds” was chosen specifically for fellow author Maxwell Cyynn’s son Joshua who was recently diagnosed with leukemia. Eden Baylee and Max have setup a donation site to offset the insane medical costs associated with Joshua’s treatment. And many indie writers (along with Grammy award winner Janis Ian) have donated their writing, and professional services to entice donations. It’s a worth cause and any amount you can spare will help. The donation site:



Links to the show:

Direct: http://thewordcount.libsyn.com/webpage

iTunes (and remember, iTunes takes their sweet time in posting.  If you don’t see it yet, keep trying!): http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-word-count/id392550989

Our guests this week:

eb_newweb_picEDEN BAYLEE

Eden writes erotica incorporating all her favorite things: travel; culture; and sex. She enjoys weaving together stories with edgy themes, and sex is but one way to do it. Her first book, Fall into Winter, a collection of four erotic novellas, is currently available on Smashwords, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other sites located on her website.

She is now working on her follow up anthology entitled Spring into Summer.

Connect with her via her Website, on Twitter, and on Facebook.







Before taking early retirement to become a full-time writer, Bill Kirton was a lecturer in French at the University of Aberdeen. He’s written stage and radio plays, short stories, novels, skits and songs for revues, and five non-fiction books aimed at helping students with their writing and study skills. His five modern crime novels, Material Evidence, Rough Justice, The Darkness, Shadow Selves and Unsafe Acts are set in north east Scotland and his historical crime/romance novel, The Figurehead, is set in Aberdeen in 1840. The Darkness won the silver award in the mystery category of the 2011 Forward National Literature Awards and his spoof mystery, The Sparrow Conundrum, was the winner in the humor category.

He’s had radio plays broadcast by the BBC and the Australian BC.  His short stories have appeared in many anthologies, including three of the CWA’s annual collections, and one was chosen by Maxim Jakubowski for his 2010 anthology of Best British Crime Stories.

Writing as Jack Rosse, he’s published a novel for children called The Loch Ewe Mystery.

He’s been a Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow at universities in Aberdeen, Dundee and St Andrews.

Twitter: @carver22

My website (under reconstruction) is www.bill-kirton.co.uk

My blog is www.Livingwritingandotherstuff.blogspot.com




C. Thomas Smith is just starting out into the big bad world and this is only my second submission of any kind (a short story titled “Sinnerman” on www.write4all.ie under the name Krstvr being the other).

There are things, terrible nightmarish things. Things that require government permission and the ending of many careers for me to speak about but there are . . . things.


Twitter = @KRSTVR





A podcaster spreading his wings, living in broken bow where the only connections to the real world include internet sites, of which he has many. Xanga, facebook, his own .me page, his own podcast on itunes and stitcher radio, Tumblr, Twitter, and Soundcloud. He does it all out of boredom and idleness–but he’s learning to be very effective. He’s been writing since the second grade and has a versatile set of writing tools at his disposal, thanks to a renewed interest in writing in high school. He read and wrote many short stories in high school, reinvigorating his talent and making it a viable life course for him. However, he is still too fearful to ever write his own book. He’s more likely to teach someone else how. Check out the links to his websites, as his presence grows every day. His reading is based off his own battle with schizophrenia which he has recovered from with the help of medication and most of all, his family.

Websites facebook.com/talkdrinkpodcast; podcast.talkdrink.me, notcoolenoughtobealone.tumblr.com, soundcloud.com/jordanjones-8, liquor90.xanga.com

Twitter: @apforce



Loren Kleinman’s poetry has appeared in Nimrod, Journal of New Jersey Poets, Resurgence (UK), HerCircleEzine and Aesthetica Annual. She is the recipient of the Spire Press Poetry Prize and is a 2000 and 2003 Pushcart Prize Nominee. She published Flamenco Sketches in 2003. Kleinman was also a Nimrod/Hardman Pablo Neruda Poetry Prize Finalist for 2004. She was recently a contributing editor for the book, The Cancer Dancer and is a columnist for IndieReader.com where she has an indie interview series. Follow her at @LK_Editorial or visit her blog at www.lkeditorial.com

Website: http://www.lkeditorial.com


Twitter: @LK_Editorial



Kadin Seton is a professional trainer who teaches management and leadership skills. She loves her new job working for a large non-profit company and is proud to be giving back to society. Kadin also enjoys reading and writing science fiction.  She is currently working on a sci fi series and hopes to have the first book, “Descent Into Darkness” available later this year.

Twitter: @kadinseton




Chazz is a Canadian suspense writer with seven ebooks available. Self-help for Stoners is his first paperback and three of his novels will be released into the wild this year. He also hosts a weekly comedy and fiction podcast (also called Self-help for Stoners.) Find out more at his author site www.allthatchazz.com.

Websites: http://www.allthatchazz.com, http://www.chazzwrites.com

Twitter: @rchazzchute

The Word Count Podcast Episode 23 SUBMISSIONS NOW OPEN

VictoryWe’re going to be departing a bit from our normal podcast this time around.

If you follow me on Twitter, you’ve seen loads of tweets regarding author Maxwell Cynn’s 21 year old son, Joshua and his recent leukemia diagnosis.

Max blogged about it HERE and you should go read it—but be prepared, it’s heart-wrenching.

Joshua is undergoing chemo for this very aggressive form of leukemia, and the lovely Eden Baylee has rallied indie authors from around the globe to create a fundraiser to help off-set the staggering costs of Joshua’s treatments.


The fundraiser is on the indie gogo site (PLEASE VISIT THE SITE HERE) and many people in the writing business have donated books and services to be had based on your donation.

I have donated 5 eBook copies of The Prodigal’s Foole, as well as two signed paperback copies.

With this story in mind, the theme for the next podcast–A Podcast for Joshua—is:

“Beating the Odds”


Submission guidelines below. Come join us in creating a story for the ‘cast that celebrates the underdog, grasps victory from the jaws of defeat and, like Joshua, WILL BE “beating the odds.”

We want to raise awareness for the fundraiser and send out positives vibes for Joshua.

Submission Guidelines (PLEASE READ CAREFULLY)

PROMPT: “Beating the Odds”


DEADLINE: I must receive your submission by MIDNIGHT (Eastern Time) Friday 17th February 2012

THE DETAILS:The work must be an original of yours. It could be a poem, short story, song—anything really as long as you write something based on the stated theme (“Beating the Odds”). Do NOT exceed ten minutes. As this is a podcast, I need to receive a file of YOU, a friend or multiple friends reading (singing or otherwise performing) your work. MP3 FORMAT, please attach your MP3 file to an e-mail. The e-mail should also contain the following:

  • Your pen name
  • Your bio
  • Links to your websites
  • Your Twitter name (if you have one)
  • A photo I can use for the show notes
  • Permission to use your recording in the podcast

At the end of the recording, please add the following: “The is <YOUR NAME> author of <YOUR WORK(s)> and you’re listening to The Word Count Podcast”

Send your file to me@rbwood.com by Friday the 17th of February. You can also e-mail me with questions before hand. I do reserve the right NOT to post your submission, but will communicate that to you should it be the case. I add the ‘Explicit’ tag to the ‘cast, so if your story uses adult themes or language that’s ok—but it should be necessary for the story.