26 episodes

With Authors, Readers & Other Endangered Species.

Welcome to the Big, Better, Best Books podcast, a different kind of conversation with writers, illustrators, publishers, and book lovers from all around the globe.

True storytelling is an art that refuses to die, a magic that will not be diminished. Every first page is the beginning of something new, a dance between author and reader that has never existed before.

What creates a tale we get lost in? A story that touches us? What is fan fiction and why can't our kids get enough of it? Where is that elusive road to publication? And how do you write a book that changes the world?

Your guide is author, speaker and dreamer – Katarina Wallentin. Come join us!

Big Better Best Books Katarina Wallentin

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With Authors, Readers & Other Endangered Species.

Welcome to the Big, Better, Best Books podcast, a different kind of conversation with writers, illustrators, publishers, and book lovers from all around the globe.

True storytelling is an art that refuses to die, a magic that will not be diminished. Every first page is the beginning of something new, a dance between author and reader that has never existed before.

What creates a tale we get lost in? A story that touches us? What is fan fiction and why can't our kids get enough of it? Where is that elusive road to publication? And how do you write a book that changes the world?

Your guide is author, speaker and dreamer – Katarina Wallentin. Come join us!

    Goodbye

    Goodbye

    Welcome to the last episode of the Big, Better, Best Books podcast. We are saying goodbye as Katarina takes a break from the amazing world of books and goes on some other wonderful adventures.

    Thank you to everyone who has listened, sent emails, and recommended Big, Better, Best Books to one of your friends. To listen to any of the episodes, you will continue to be able to find them at bigbetterbestbooks.com or katarinawalletin.com

    • 1 min
    The Children's Book For Adults (Too)

    The Children's Book For Adults (Too)

    Do you have the magical capacity of awareness? Today’s guest is Diva Diaz, author of the book Magia and the Feelings That Flew...Away.

    Key takeaways

    The traditional form of rhyming: a melodious journey
    The difference between sensitivity and awareness?
    Getting back to the core of who we were before we learned to be scared
    The capacity behind the behavior
    A door for children labeled with autism, ADHD, and other “disabilities”
    Asking questions that empower your children
    The next Magia book

    • 24 min
    One Of The Very Best Books I've Ever Read

    One Of The Very Best Books I've Ever Read

    What is one of your best book experiences?

    Key takeaways:

    Choosing the best book is impossible
    Opening up whole new worlds of possibilities with books
    Different books give us different things at different times of our lives
    What is one of your best book experiences?
    Characters who choose something greater
    It’s not always about how well-written a book is, it’s about a sense of something greater
    When the experience is over, what next?

    • 30 min
    A Million Shades of Erotica [Rebroadcast]

    A Million Shades of Erotica [Rebroadcast]

    What is erotic literature? What draws us to it and makes it so exciting?

    Listen to learn about exploring your fantasies through erotic fiction and how the things that turn you on can be empowering, fun, and guilt-free.

    Key takeaways

    Erotica versus porn: what’s the difference?
    Fantasies don’t have to mean anything about you
    Why do women write erotic fiction?
    The seduction and flirtation of build up and anticipation in erotica
    What if this topic didn’t have to have a stigma attached to it?

    • 31 min
    The Book That Didn’t Want To Stay in the Drawer

    The Book That Didn’t Want To Stay in the Drawer

    If you have a manuscript in a drawer that wants to get out, this episode is full of tips and inspiration for you to get started again.

    Listen to hear Jan Bertoft's journey to publication.

    Key takeaways

    Why did the book go into the drawer?
    How one book led to another
    Feedback from the publisher: having a good editor and receiving criticism
    Creating the time to write
    What it’s like co-creating a book
    Choosing a publishing company
    Advice for taking your book out of the drawer

    • 34 min
    When A Book Gets A Voice

    When A Book Gets A Voice

    How can you receive a book in different ways?

    Join us as we explore what gets created and what happens when we listen to audiobooks and when we record them. If you have never listened to an audiobook, it may be time!

    Key takeaways

    Being the voice of a book changes you
    Getting the energy of the words
    Listening to a book is a different experience from reading a book
    When authors read their own book
    Preparation and feedback for narrators
    Including your body in a different way when you listen

    • 31 min

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