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This week’s episode of Talking Book Publishing is a rare treat for us. It’s never happened in the podcast’s two seasons that we get to talk with an author on the release day of their book. Today our guest Bruce Carlin is the author of Undeterred: How One Determined Vietnamese Orphan Carved Out a Place for Himself in America. This novelistic biography is an immigrant story of resilience and determination. Bruce and Kathleen discuss his writing process, the book’s subject, dive a little into the stock market, and how these pieces combine to tell a compelling once-in-a-lifetime story.
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.
In Part two of our LA Times Festival of Books author showcase, we talk with three more authors who will be in the WPN booth (#200). Norbert Soski, Author of Only Human, A Guide to the Human Operating System; Rosalinda Diaz, Author of Rom-Com Bee Stings; and Adanna Moriarty, best-selling author of Threadbare, a Patchwork of Poems that Make a Life. In this episode, you get to know each author and what you can expect from them at the festival. Both Norbert and Rosalinda have cool giveaways for the folks who buy their books during the weekend (April 23 &24), and Adanna’s publisher is bringing all sorts of goodies.
April is an exciting month for the book world. The LA Times Festival of Books is the largest book fest in the country, usually seeing 150,000 guests throughout the weekend. The last two years have put a halt to this giant outdoor festival, but 2022 brings it back to life. Expecting around 100,000 people to walk around the festival held on the USC campus in Los Angels. Every year WPN reserves a big booth, and our members join us, allowing them to really sell and hype their books up. It’s networking at its most pure. In this episode, we talk with three authors from the WPN booth, Shirley Strickland, author of The Awakening of La Muse; Tamara Miller Davis, author of Despite the Buzz; and Catherine Klatzger, author of You Will Never Be Normal. These 3 ladies have written inspiring stories, all very different voices that need to be heard.
Best-Selling author, speaker, and marketing consultant Derek Doepker has developed an efficient way to keep new authors on track with their marketing needs. An acronym, ASPIRE, breaks down his steps in an easy-to-remember way. He studied successful authors and what they used to sell more books to develop this method. Join in the conversation with Kathleen and Derek on today’s episode of Talking Book Publishing as Derek breaks it down for you and gives direction to authors on marketing their books.
On the first anniversary of indie-press Curious Corvid Publishing, Kathleen talks with founder Ravven White. They cover how the house came to be with Ravvens’s self-publishing dreams and what made her decide to open the imprint to submissions. In its first year, the fledgling Curious Corvid has published an astonishing 13 works, from Syfy/fantasy to poetry and a lovely collection of gothic works. There’s a little sneak peek into the upcoming year, with at least a book a month, and in October, the Corvid Grimoire will be released, featuring a collection of short stories from the indie publisher’s signed authors. If You are in the Los Angles area at the end of April, Curious Corvid will be at the LA Time’s Festival of Books in the Writers & Publishers Network booth #200. We hope to see you there.
In part two with Kathleen and Adanna, Kathleen spearheads the interview with Adanna centering it around eBooks and eBook promotions and a more in-depth look at Amazon ads and Goodreads. They cover your author website, social media, and how you tie all these elements together. They also revisit your genre aesthetic and go deeper into linking the personal elements as the author into your overall genre vibe.
In part one of this two-part series with show host Kathleen Kaiser and producer Adanna Moriarty, the conversation centers around what an author needs for a successful book launch. Adanna interviews with Kathleen, asking everything from knowing your audience to what elements you need for your author platform, Amazon, Goodreads, and more. An in-depth look at marketing for your genre, this series is a can’t miss informational journey to the tools you need to sell more books.
Patrice Karst, million-selling children’s book author of “The Invisible String.” We talk about her years-long struggle to find her audience and the amazing take-off of the paperback version with her new publisher Little, Brown Books. She now has a series of books helping children and adults deal with loss.
Want to sell your foreign rights? Dr. Jan Yager, a former traditional publishing executive, has been selling foreign rights for her books, her publishing company, and authors. Learn the simple steps to present your book and expand your revenue stream.
Ever wonder how the public got Miranda Rights, the right to remain silent when arrested? In his historical novel, Flynn and Miranda, Joe Wallenstein recreates the story of a crusading attorney, John J. Flynn, who took an anonymous criminal denied counsel and changed the lives of Americans and police enforcement. Wallenstein bases the book on his many conversations with Flynn.
Author of the highly successful How to Do It Frugally Series of books for authors, Carolyn is constantly in touch with writers worldwide, helping them find ways to improve their writing, editing skills, and most importantly, how to market a book without going broke. We discuss her latest book, Great Little Last-Minute Editing Tips for Writers, filled with the most common mistakes she finds in the manuscripts of new writers.
H. Mitchell Caldwell has turned his real-life into a new series of mysteries, the Jake Clearwater Legal Thrillers. We talk about how his work defending death row inmates before the California Supreme Court influenced his writing and added authenticity to his books.
Untreed Reads’ publisher Jay Hartman and Host Kathleen Kaiser discuss the world of small presses. Why would you choose an indie small publisher? Listen to this episode and find out!! They go over how submissions work, Jay’s newest imprint, and what it means for prospective authors. This is a can’t miss episode of Talking Book Publishing Small Publishers series.
Kathleen interviews Victoria Alai, author of Survival 101- A Guide to Staying Afloat in The Deep Waters of Life. Victoria is a self-proclaimed self-help addict, and is excited to share what she’s learned in life, and researching this book with the world. Don’t forget to like, download and subscribe so you never miss a future episode.
Kathleen talks with Jule Selbo in this episode of Talking Book Publishing. Jule is an accomplished writer, she has written plays, worked as a writer on big-name shows, screenplays, award-winning historical fiction, and now her newest series about a female detective. The ladies discuss Jule’s broad career, and her newest book “10 Days.” Join them in the discussion.
A first in a series with small publishers, Kathleen and Laura discuss what being a small publisher is, how they work with their authors, and most importantly, what Laura is looking for in potential authors, and how to submit to her company, Capture Me Books.
The hive mind of Book Publicists come together in this episode with Desireé Duffy. Kathleen and Desireé discuss what an author just starting out needs to be successful in their marketing campaign. How an author can use Amazon and their social media.
All around great advice for either the novice or experienced self or indie published author that needs to navigate the business side of being published.
Hiram Sims, poet, entrepreneur, educator-discusses his journey in poetry, creating the Community Literature Initiative-a poetry publishing course geared to give writers of color a voice and helps get poets published, and the companion World Stage Press. He also discusses the Sims Library of Poetry, the largest in Los Angeles, the first black-owned library in California, and a host to over 6000 books of poetry. Hiram has a passion for poetry and getting books out into the world. He will be one of the guest speakers at the 805 Writers Conference in November of 2021.
Lisa Angle has been active in the literary community for years but her first book of a family trilogy, came out June 3. “Whiskey and Old Stogies” is the story of Rufus who gets mixed up with a North Carolina moonshining family in the ’30s. In this episode, Lisa discusses her approach to character-driven books.
Patricia Fry is a prolific author of the Klepto Cat Mysteries (54 books) and the new Calico Cat Mystery series. She goes over her evolution from freelance article writer to non-fiction books to discovering her passion in Cozy Mysteries. She has published over 90 books.
One of the most useful and informative websites for people selling eBooks on Amazon is Kindlepreneur. In this episode, Dave Chesson, founder of Kindlepreneur, discusses the many tools and resources he has on the website for self-published authors trying to reach a larger audience including over 214 articles and 74 videos.
Ayn Cates Sullivan, author of children’s books and a historical fiction series, “The Legends of the Grail” about Celtic women. Over the last 30 years, she has collected an outstanding number of awards for her writing. She began research for this series while on a doctoral grant in Southern England and fell in love with the stories of the fierce women warriors, healers, and leaders.
A publicist, who focuses on radio, podcasts, and television for her clients
journalist turned author turned publisher. CEO of Sixty Degrees Publishing.
New York Times bestselling romance author.
Former executive editor at Macmillan and St. Martin’s Press turned literary agent.
the award-winning author of “Fighting Chance” and journalist.
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