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Laurell K. Hamilton On Starting A New Series

Laurell K. Hamilton On Starting A New Series

October 11, 2021

Today's guest is Laurell K. Hamilton, author of the bestselling Anita Blake Vampire Hunter series, the Merry Gentry series, and her newest series, Zaniel Havelock. Laurell joined me today to talk about the difficulty of writing a long series, the joy of a new one, the choice not to tour during COVID, and... our dogs.

 

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Harper Collins Editor Ben Rosenthal On the Editor / Author Relationship

Harper Collins Editor Ben Rosenthal On the Editor / Author Relationship

October 4, 2021

Today's guest is my own editor, Ben Rosenthal of Katherine Tegen Books. Ben joined me to talk about the misconceptions of the author / editor relationship, why there is such a long lead time in traditional publishing, and the difficulty of reading for pleasure when books are your job.

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Emily Hornburg on Debuting in the Pandemic, & Representation of Disabilities in Fiction

Emily Hornburg on Debuting in the Pandemic, & Representation of Disabilities in Fiction

July 19, 2021

Today's guest is E.E. Hornburg, author of the Cursed Queens series. Emily joined me to talk about her long journey to publication, only to debut in the pandemic. We also talk about the representation of disability in fiction, as well as religious representation. Also covered - the importance of local support, and how hitting the pavement really helps. 

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Lori M. Lee on Pivoting to Digital Marketing & Managing Depression During COVID

Lori M. Lee on Pivoting to Digital Marketing & Managing Depression During COVID

September 28, 2020

Today's guest is Lori M. Lee, author of the YA Fantasy Forest of Souls. Lori joined me to talk about launching a book during the pandemic, pivoting to online marketing and promotion, and how she handled depression and anxiety during the ongoing epidemic.

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Indie Editor talks Pros of the Indie Path and Publishing in the Pandemic

Indie Editor talks Pros of the Indie Path and Publishing in the Pandemic

September 14, 2020

Today's guest is Shayne Leighton, Editor in Chief of Parliament House Press, an indie publisher specializing in SciFi and Fantasy. Shayne joined me today to talk about the pros of going the indie route, the need for transparency in publishing, and how the pandemic has affected the industry.

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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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Dan Koboldt On Co-Authoring & Putting the Science in Fiction

Dan Koboldt On Co-Authoring & Putting the Science in Fiction

April 20, 2020

Today's guest is Dan Koboldt. Dan joined me today to talk about his publishing journey with SciFi, non-traditional routes to success in the audio world and how to put the science in fiction. 

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3 Tips For World Building with Maram Taibah

3 Tips For World Building with Maram Taibah

January 13, 2020

Today’s guest is Maram Taibah, a fantasy writer, born in Montreal, Canada. She was raised in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, which, at times, was the most unimaginative place. This pushed her to escape into books at a very early age and from there into the craft of storytelling. Her most recent publication is the children's steampunk book Weathernose. Maram is not only a fiction writer but also a screenwriter and filmmaker. In 2014 she made her first short film Munkeer and in 2016, Don’t Go Too Far, both of which were screened at the Cannes Short Film Corner. Maram joined me today to talk about how screenwriting can help you become a more concise novelist, as well as her three tips for world building. 

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Kelly Coon On Being Rejected 106 Times… Followed By A “Yes.”

Kelly Coon On Being Rejected 106 Times… Followed By A “Yes.”

November 4, 2019

Today’s guest is Kelly Coon, author of the YA Fantasy Gravemaidens which recounts the tale of two sisters: Kammani, a 16-year-old healer's apprentice who wants to save the dying ruler of her city-state and Nanaea, Kammani’s little sister who will be buried alive as the ruler’s bride if he dies. Kelly joined me today to talk about how to make a fantasy stand out in the crowded YA market by making her female main character have understated strength. Also covered:how editing and being an ACT test prep writer helped Kelly in her fiction and marketing on your own, the constant hustle, and the benefits of having a street team.

  

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Genre-Blending As A Strength & Writing In Your Non-Native Language with Katya De Becerra

Genre-Blending As A Strength & Writing In Your Non-Native Language with Katya De Becerra

May 13, 2019

Today’s guest is Katya de Becarra, who was born in Russia, studied in California, lived in Peru, and then stayed in Australia long enough to become a local. She was going to be an Egyptologist when she grew up, but instead she earned a PhD in Anthropology and now works as a university lecturer and a researcher. Her debut What The Woods Keep was released in three countries in 2018. Katya joined me today to talk about blending genres in her debut title, and how she managed to find a publisher that believed it was a strength, rather than a marketing weakness, writing in your non-native language, and how Katya made the decision to write her novels in English.

 

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