Episode 8 • Michael Bowker
Host & Guest
Guest, Michael Bowker
Host, Kathleen Kaiser
Producer, Adanna Moriarty
About This Episode
Michael Bowker is a journalist turned author turned publisher. He goes over how he started at a small local newspaper then a magazine feature writer, a speechwriter, then became a bestselling author and evolved into promoting other writers through Sixty Degrees Publishing. Michael tells how he had to keeping pitching and selling stories and created a successful career and fulfilling lifestyle. www.sixtydegreespublishing.com
About Michael Bowker
Michael Bowker has had more than 4,500 articles published in newspapers and magazines and twenty non-fiction books published by Simon & Schuster, Random House, and other major houses. He served as the executive editor for a major business magazine and wrote more than 230 speeches for a man who served two terms as the Mayor of Los Angeles. His first novel was published last year.
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