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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 Marketing Guru David Gaughran Shares Tips For Indie Publishing Success

Indie Marketing Guru David Gaughran Shares Tips For Indie Publishing Success

July 13, 2020

Today's guest is David Gaughran, author of the historical adventures Liberty BoyMercenary & A Storm Hits Valparaiso, and has helped thousands of authors to self-publish their work via his workshops, blog, and books such as Let’s Get DigitalLet’s Get VisibleAmazon DecodedStrangers to Superfans, BookBub Ads Expert, and Following. He has been featured in the Telegraph, the Irish Times, the Guardian, the Irish Examiner, the Sunday Times, Huffington Post, Business Insider, Forbes, Mashable, New York Observer, Newsweek Polska, il Giornale, The Star Malaysia, and a smattering of Wanted posters.

In May 2020, he was one of the recipients of the Kate Wilhelm Solstice Award along with John Picacio. SFWA President Mary Robinette Kowal said, “David Gaughran has been doing yeoman’s work for years, alerting indie writers about predatory schemes and warning them about changes in independent publishing. His work makes the science-fiction and fantasy landscape safer for writers.”

 

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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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Traditional or Indie? Why choose? Author Katee Robert Finds Success with a Foot in Both Worlds.

Traditional or Indie? Why choose? Author Katee Robert Finds Success with a Foot in Both Worlds.

June 15, 2020

Today's guest is Katee Robert,  a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance and romantic suspense. Entertainment Weekly calls her writing “unspeakably hot.” Her books have sold over a million copies.

 

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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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Kelly Notaras On Helping Authors Write Their Nonfiction & Memoir

Kelly Notaras On Helping Authors Write Their Nonfiction & Memoir

October 7, 2019

Today’s guest is Kelly Notaras, founder of KN Literary Arts, an editorial book studio specializing in self-help, personal growth, and spirituality. She joined me to talk about the niche in the marketplace for a how-to book on writing narrative non-fiction and memoir, and how Kelly filled that with her release, The Book You Were Born to Write. Also covered: untangling the baby steps toward creating your author platform.

 

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The Library of Lost Things by Laura Taylor Namey.

Lexi McGill and the Teleportation Tournament by Kim Long.

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Self-Marketing With Kelly DeVos

The Do’s and Don’ts of Self-Marketing With Kelly DeVos

July 22, 2019

 

 Today’s guest is Kelly DeVos whose work on body positivity has been featured in the New York Times as well as on Vulture, Salon, Bustle and SheKnows. Her debut novel, Fat Girl on a Plane, named one of the “50 Best Summer Reads of All Time” by Reader’s Digest magazine, is available now from HarperCollins. Her second book, Day Zero, is coming in 2019 from Inkyard Press/HarperCollins.

Kelly joined me today to talk about the sophomore experience in publishing, the importance of networking, and how NOT to market yourself. Also covered: jumping genres but still remaining true to your author brand.

 

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The Sin Soldiers by Tracy Auerbach

 

 

 

 

Making Art Even When You’re Lost with Andrea Hannah

Making Art Even When You’re Lost with Andrea Hannah

July 8, 2019

Today’s guest is Andrea Hannah, an award-winning author, essayist, and workshop leader. She teaches on living a healthy creative life at her Wild Heart Retreats and writes about making art on Twitter and Instagram (@andeehannah). Andrea joined me today to talk using the same process whether she’s writing fiction or non-fiction, and the constant hustle of being a successful freelancer, how her upcoming release A Map for Wild Hearts, is designed to help creatives find their way through the obstacles blocking their artistic goals, and writing through chronic pain, illness, and depression.

 

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Wasted Pretty by Jamie Beth Cohen 

All the Walls of Belfast by Sarah Carlson

Successful Indie Publishing With Aileen Erin

Successful Indie Publishing With Aileen Erin

June 24, 2019

Today’s guest is Aileen Erin, who is half-Irish, half-Mexican, and 100% nerd—from Star Wars to Star Trek, she geeks out on Tolkien’s linguistics, and has a severe fascination with the supernatural. Aileen has a BS in Radio-TV-Film from the University of Texas at Austin, and an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. She lives with her husband and daughter in Los Angeles.

Aileen joined me today to talk about maintain readers interest – and her own – while writing an eight book series. Also covered, how urban fantasy is dead… in traditional publishing. But a smart indie writer can make a decent living at it, the indie experience at BookCon, and how to market without big publisher push behind you.

 

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Jagger Jones and the Mummy's Ankh by Malayna Evans

We Rule The Night by Claire Eliza Bartlett

The Element of Control in Self-Publishing & Staying Healthy As A Writer: Sara Crawford

The Element of Control in Self-Publishing & Staying Healthy As A Writer: Sara Crawford

July 16, 2018

Today’s guest is Sara Crawford, the author of the YA novels WE OWN THE SKY and HURRY UP WE’RE DREAMING. She graduated in 2008 from Kennesaw State University with a B.A. in English and in 2012 from the University of New Orleans with an M.F.A. in Creative Writing (emphasis in Playwriting). Currently, in addition to working as a freelance writer and internet marketer, she is also a creative writing professor in the graduate program at Southern New Hampshire University, teaching online classes. Sara joins host Mindy McGinnis to talk about the pros and cons of self-publishing vs. traditional publishing, as well as how to stay healthy emotionally, physically and mentally as a writer. Also covered; how freelancing can be lucrative for a writer.

 

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Sleight by Jennifer Sommersby 

Soulstruck by Natasha Sinel