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LC Barlow on Moving From Self-Publishing to A Traditional Career

LC Barlow on Moving From Self-Publishing to A Traditional Career

August 10, 2020

Today's guest is L.C. Barlow, a writer and professor working primarily in the field of speculative fiction.  She has an MA in English from the University of Texas at Arlington and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast program. Her fiction has reached over sixty-five thousand readers and garnered praise, including a finalist for the Next Generation Indie Awards, a winner of the Indie Reader Discovery Awards, a winner of the eLit Awards, and IndieReader’s Best Books of 2014. She joined me today to talk about moving from a self-publishing career to a traditional career, and the value of having a large reader base in order to make the change.

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Indie Author Tara East On Addressing Grief Through Fiction

Indie Author Tara East On Addressing Grief Through Fiction

July 27, 2020

Today's guest is indie author Tara East, whose novel Every Time He Dies, drew from a deeply personal experience with grief. Tara joined us today to talk about how grief can be addressed through the fiction - and how to then turn off the personal attachment and view the novel as a product.

 

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Indie Publishing A World War 2 Thriller Series: Glenn Dyer

Indie Publishing A World War 2 Thriller Series: Glenn Dyer

June 29, 2020

Today's guest is Glenn Dyer, author of the Conor Thorn series, a World War 2 thriller series. Glenn joined us today to talk about the power of word of mouth, how to get reviews as an indie author, and the importance of networking as an indie publisher.

 

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6 Figure Indie Author Shares Her Secrets to Success

6 Figure Indie Author Shares Her Secrets to Success

June 1, 2020

Co-host Kate Karyus Quinn joins Mindy McGinnis for a special summer series focused on Indie and self-publishing authors. Today's guest is Lee Savino, successful indie author who found a way to combine craft with sales in order to make half a million dollars a year. 

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Melissa DeLaCruz On Maintaining Creative Spark Through 50 Novels

Melissa DeLaCruz On Maintaining Creative Spark Through 50 Novels

August 26, 2019

Today’s guest is Melissa DeLa Cruz #1 New York Times bestselling author of many critically acclaimed and award-winning novels for readers of all ages. With her 50th novel The Birthday Girl releasing earlier this month. Melissa joined me to talk about longevity in publishing, retaining the spark of creativity, and how writers need community.

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The Key To Writing YA Horror: Chelsea Bobulski

The Key To Writing YA Horror: Chelsea Bobulski

August 5, 2019

Today’s guest is Chelsea Bobulski who graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in history. As a writer, she has a soft spot for characters with broken pasts, strange talents, and obstacles they must overcome for a brighter future. Her debut young adult novel, THE WOOD is available now. Her next release REMEMBER ME releases August 6th.

Chelsea joined me today to talk about querying for five years, the stress of breaking up with her first agent, and the importance of maintaining a polite, professional attitude while in the query trenches, learning how to balance writing the next book against the time investment of marketing your backlist and the key to writing horror, especially for younger audiences.

 

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How Trends Impact Publishing & The Literary Agent Hunt: An Interview With Rachel Pudelek

How Trends Impact Publishing & The Literary Agent Hunt: An Interview With Rachel Pudelek

July 2, 2018

Today’s guest is Rachel Pudelek who joins host Mindy McGinnis to talk about querying, the agent hunt, and how heavily trends impact both. Other topics inlcude common writing advice they both hate, as well as tempting the possibility of creative burnout when you write every day.

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Natalie D. Richards: The Complexities of Author Branding

Natalie D. Richards: The Complexities of Author Branding

June 11, 2018

Today’s guest is Natalie Richards author of the page turning thrillers SIX MONTHS LATER, ONE WAS LOST and WE ALL FALL DOWN. Nataile joins host Mindy McGinnis to talk about landing an agent, the value of being active in writer’s organizations, and the complexities of author branding. 

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Sara Raasch: Marketing Your Book

Sara Raasch: Marketing Your Book

June 4, 2018

Today’s guest is Sara Raasch author of the New York Times bestselling YA fantasy trilogy SNOW LIKE ASHES, and the upcoming STREAM RAIDERS series. Sara joins host Mindy McGinnis to talk about how the concept for her SNOW LIKE ASHES series was originally something she worked on as a teenager, and how intensely personal books can be for the author. Also covered: how to market yourself as a debut author, the power of cover art, writing a trilogy versus writing a duology and the unique challenges within each, and how to keep multiple POV voices distinct from one another.

 

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Kurt Dinan: Writing Humor

Kurt Dinan: Writing Humor

May 8, 2017

Writer, Writer, Pants on Fire welcomes Kurt Dinan, author of the YA novel, DON’T GET CAUGHT, which was recently nominated for YALSA’s Teen Top Ten. Kurt joins host Mindy McGinnis to talk about how querying is like taking a stick in the eye every day, and how writing short stories helped him be a better novelist. Also covered: how mashups not only help pitch a book, but can also help the author find a key to unlocking their project, as well as the specific struggles of writing humor, and every writer’s worst enemy – procrastination. Lastly, Mindy tries very hard to wheedle him into using social media more, and they talk about things you didn’t know were poisonous, as well as their porn names.

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