Episode 6 • Toni Lopopolo
Host & Guest
Guest, Toni Lopopolo
Host, Kathleen Kaiser
Producer, Adanna Moriarty
About This Episode
Toni Lopopolo, a former executive editor at Macmillan and St. Martin’s Press turned literary agent, talks about her work with writers developing manuscripts that will get accepted by a publisher. Over a 40-year career, Toni discusses the changes in reading habits that drive the way books need to be written for today’s marketplace. She also goes over the various genres that are generating lots of book sales. LopopoloLiterary.com
About Toni Lopopolo
Toni Lopopolo Literary Management was founded in 1991 by Toni Lopopolo who boasts an impressive 30+ years in the book publishing business. This former executive editor at Macmillan and then St. Martin’s Press, combines her many years in publishing with her unique editing skills to provide a full-service literary agency to new and seasoned authors.
Tea with Toni was created in 2011 to help area writers strengthen their writing and self-editing skills, bringing their manuscripts up to professional levels. She holds workshops in Santa Barbara, Ventura, and Los Angeles counties.
Toni Lopopolo Literary Management partners with authors for the duration of their literary careers and includes development of fiction projects, creation of nonfiction book proposals, and editing when needed. Toni has helped bring many first-time and published authors to print including Sol Stein, Lee Silber, Lillian Glass, Steve Duno, Nancy Baer, Flo Fitzgerald, Judith Smith-Levin, Howard Olgin, Jeanette Baker, Larry Seeley, Shelly Lowenkopf, Robin Winter, Ehrich Van Lowe, Manuel Ramos, and many others. Publishers include St. Martin’s Press, Simon and Schuster, Crown, Dell, HarperCollins, Kensington, and many others.
For each writer on the publishing path, the journey is different. Today our guest is best-selling and award-winning author Wendelin Van Draanen. She writes YA fiction across genres in hopes that youth can find courage, relatability, and light in her stories.
Self-publishing takes a toll on the indie author’s finances. Have you ever wondered how you’re going to pull off each step, from editing to cover and interior layout design? You can’t skimp in these areas. Not to cause anxiety because there are resources out there if you’re willing to get creative.
On today’s episode, Kathleen talks with Brenda Vaca, a poet, and creator of the indie publishing house Riot of Roses. When Brenda created her book (Riot of Roses), she turned to crowdsourcing, successfully funding the entire project using a Kickstarter campaign. Come along on this conversation, get to know Brenda and what she learned through the process, so you don’t have to.
In today’s episode, our guest Kimberly Davis Basso talks about self-publishing. She has won multiple awards for her books, two memoirs (I’m a Little Brain Dead and Birth and Other Stories), plus a new book of horror short stories (Next Door). Kimberley is a wealth of information and shares it freely with our listeners.