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Jamie Lyn Smith On Writing Appalachia & Short Stories

Jamie Lyn Smith On Writing Appalachia & Short Stories

June 27, 2022

Today's guest is Jamie Lyn Smith, author of Township, a collection of short stories set in Appalachia. Jamie joined me today to talk about writing literature of place, the art of the short story, and ways to make money on your short fiction. 

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Angela Engel On Knowing Your Options For Publishing -And Your Why?

Angela Engel On Knowing Your Options For Publishing -And Your Why?

June 13, 2022

Today's guest is Angela Engel, who launched the  The Collective Book Studio, which provides authors with a middle ground between the benefits of self-publishing and the art of the well-crafted book. Angela joined me today to talk about what authors should know about partner publishing, and how to be aware of publishers who aren't offering anything you can't do on your own.

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R.S. Mellette, Matt Sinclair & Elephant’s Bookshelf Press on Indie Authoring & Publishing

R.S. Mellette, Matt Sinclair & Elephant’s Bookshelf Press on Indie Authoring & Publishing

May 30, 2022

Today's guests are R.S. Mellette, author of Kiya & The Morian Treasure, as well as his publisher Matt Sinclair, founder and CEO of Elephant's Bookshelf Press. They joined me today to talk about what works in indie publishing versus trad in terms of marketing and publicity, as well as the function that indie publishers serve - providing a home to not easily categorized works.

 

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MarcyKate Connolly On The Differences Between Promoting Middle Grade & Young Adult

MarcyKate Connolly On The Differences Between Promoting Middle Grade & Young Adult

May 16, 2022

Today's guest is MarcyKate Connolly, author of numerous MG and YA books. MarcyKate joined me today to talk about the importance of finding a writer's critique group, the different ways to promote middle grade versus Young adult, and the difficulties of launching four books during the pandemic.

 

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Fred Koehler On Experience, Inspiration and the Outdoors

Fred Koehler On Experience, Inspiration and the Outdoors

May 9, 2022

Today's guest is Fred Koehler, author, illustrator and founder of Ready Chapter 1, a program to help writers start their creative journey. Fred joined me today to talk about the importance of having active experiences to inspire storytelling, the pros (and cons) of determination, and the effects of the pandemic on publishing.

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Lauren Kate On Writing Within The Publishing Industry & Meeting Your Heroes

Lauren Kate On Writing Within The Publishing Industry & Meeting Your Heroes

March 21, 2022

Today's guest is Lauren Kate, author of By Any Other Name, a rom-com set within the publishing industry. Lauren joined me to talk about meeting your heroes, writing about writing, and how - and when - to separate the art from the author.

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Discover A New Age of Exploration & Storytelling With Hidden Compass

Discover A New Age of Exploration & Storytelling With Hidden Compass

March 7, 2022

Today's guests are Sabine K. Bergmann and Sivani Babu, the founders of Hidden Compass, which is a women-founded media company based on the idea that the age of discovery is not over, exploration - and long form media - are not dead, and that readers deserve more than bite-size junk food media. 

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Nova McBee On Getting A Film Deal First & Having An Editorial Agent

Nova McBee On Getting A Film Deal First & Having An Editorial Agent

February 21, 2022

Today's guest is Nova McBee, author of Calculated. Nova joined me today to talk about her backwards publishing journey - from film rights, to audio, to the book deal - as well as the necessity of growing a thick skin, and why she enjoys having a heavily editorial agent.

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Tavi Taylor Black On Fame Culture & Writing At Any Age

Tavi Taylor Black On Fame Culture & Writing At Any Age

February 7, 2022

Today's guest is Tavi Taylor Black, author ofWhere Are We Tomorrow? a story of four women working backstage on a rock tour. Tavi joined me today to talk about being a woman in a male-dominated space, the toxic nature of our addiction to fame, writing at any age, and writing despite obstacles.

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Literary Agent Lucinda Halpern On Common Query Mistakes

Literary Agent Lucinda Halpern On Common Query Mistakes

December 27, 2021

Today's guest is Lucinda Halpern of Lucinda Literary, whose strong background in marketing and broad media and film relationships enable us the firm to be strategists and advocates not just for books, but for the long-term careers of their authors. Lucinda joined me to talk about common query mistakes, and marketing tips for authors.

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