A discussion about writing and other things with authors, editors, publishers, and industry influencers.
Fine-Tune Your Marketing Plan with Curiosity, Not Stress with Julie Ryan McGue
Former marketer turned memoirist Julie Ryan McGue suggests fine-tuning your marketing plan with curiosity, book club connections, and immersing yourself with your niche audience on this Florida Writer Podcast with host Alison Nissen.
JULIE RYAN Mc GUE is an American writer. Her award-winning memoir, Twice a Daughter: A Search for Identity, Family, and Belonging released in May 2021. It is about the five-year search that she and her twin sister undertook to find their birth relatives. On her weekly blog, “That Girl This Life,” Julie writes about finding out who you are, where you come from, and making sense of it. Her work has appeared in the Story Circle Network Journal, Brevity, Imprint, Adoption.com, Lifetime Adoption, Adoption & Beyond, and Severance Magazine. Personal essays appear in several anthologies: REAL WOMEN WRITE: Seeing Through Her Eyes, and Art in the Time of Unbearable Crisis.
Julie holds a B.A. in Psychology from Indiana University, and a M. M. in Marketing from the Kellogg Graduate School of Business, Northwestern University. She splits her time between NW Indiana and Sarasota, Florida. Julie is currently working on a second memoir and a collection of personal essays. She serves on the Board of Directors for The Center for American Family Building.
Use Your Professional Background to Your Advantage with Phyllis Kuehnl-Walters Ph. D.
In this Florida Writer Podcast, host Alison Nissen chats with forensic psychologist Phyllis Kuehnl-Walters, PhD who uses her vast knowledge of the courtroom to explore difficult characters in her true crime series about People Who Kill. Phyllis. Once a Christian devotional author, Phyllis switched genres as the result of a case she was on as an expert witness; a story she has since wanted to tell. The names, places, and events are disguised. The Christmas Slayings, published December 7, 2019, is the story of a small gang and their victims. The gang terrorized a mid-size, Ohio town the week before Christmas 1992.
She has since published two more true crime novels: Wives Who Kill and Husbands Who Kill. Kids Who Kill will be published shortly.
Twitch: A New Way to Find Your Audience with Armand Rosamilia
In this Florida Writer Podcast, host Alison Nissen chats with Armand Rosamilia about shifting his dead-end job to a dream job out of necessity. The pulp fiction author broke free from genre labels and followed his heart as a full-time author. He’s now free to focus on writing good stories with good characters immersed in interesting plotlines that engage the audience. Many of his stories begin on the gaming platform Twitch. Don't know about Twitch? Listen to learn more.
Armand Rosamilia is a New Jersey boy currently living in sunny Florida, where he writes when he’s not sleeping. He’s happily married to a woman who helps his career and is supportive, which is all he ever wanted in life…
He’s written over 200 stories that are currently available, including crime thrillers, supernatural thrillers, horror, zombies, contemporary fiction, nonfiction and more. His goal is to write a good story and not worry about genre labels.
He is also a successful podcaster, too!
The Mando Method Podcast with co-host Chuck Buda – talking about writing and publishing He also loves to talk in third person… because he’s really that cool.
You can find him at armandrosamilia.com for all of his information as well as random things he enjoys.
A Good Editor Will Help You Write A Great Book
Diana McDonough and Florida Writer Podcast host Alison Nissen chat about the value of a good editor and the challenges of writing non-fiction when it hits close to home. Diana McDonough is an award-winning novelist and Maryland native. She is a Ft. Myers snowbird. Diana’s first novel, Stuck in the Onesies, grew out of her experiences living outside the nation’s capital in the Maryland suburbs back in the 1960s and 70s when social issues first bubbled to the surface in the form of marches and riots. My Mother’s Apprentice is the sequel to Stuck in the Onesies and the story of the next generation, dealing with the tough issues of abortion and addiction. My Mother’s Apprentice was awarded the bronze medal by the Florida Authors and Publishers Association in 2019. Diana published her third novel, Ginger Star (historical fiction), in December, 2022 which is a prequel of Stuck in the Onesies and has the promise of a sequel. Diana is the mother of three and Grandy of fourteen. She retired from Ecolab after 26 years to pursue her writing career full time. Diana helped to initiate the Ecolab E3 women’s advocacy group for Ecolab, a Fortune 500 company. She also founded Woman to Woman Global, a non-profit that helped to scholarship and provide laptops for women, seeking to further their education all over the globe. She’s also a volunteer at a local elementary school and has a heart for special needs children (see her blog, “The Summer of Juan and Pedro” on her website).
Diana writes creative non-fiction, humor, and historical fiction. You can visit her website at www.dianamcdonough.com, sign up for her blog, and visit the Facebook page for the Stuck in the Onesies Series. Her books are available through Amazon, most national bookstores through Ingram, and local bookstores in Maryland and Delaware. The Stuck in the Onesies audiobook is available through Audible at Amazon.
Diana enjoys meeting with book clubs that feature her books whether it be in person or via Zoom. Book clubs from Ontario, Canada to Ft. Myers, Florida have found her books to be an entertaining read and also provide interesting discussion points while being a thoughtful and educational read.
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Get Your Ideal Reader Right with AJ Harper
One of the most common issues writers have is not having a clear vision of their ideal reader. Instead of thinking about an "avatar," focus on the hearts and minds of your audience, not the color of their eyes or where they went to high school. In this Florida Writer Podcast, host Alison Nissen and AJ Harper chat about how to serve your audience. A book is not about something; it's for someone.
AJ Harper is an editor and publishing strategist who helps authors write transformational books that enable them to build readership, grow their brand, and make a significant impact on the world. As a ghostwriter and as a developmental editor, she has worked with hundreds of authors, from newbies to New York Times bestselling authors with millions of books sold. AJ teaches her method in Top Three Book Workshop and the Must-Read Editing Workshop. She is the Head Writing Coach for Heroic Public Speaking, the premier speaker training program created by Michael and Amy Port. She is a writing partner to business author, Mike Michalowicz. Together they’ve written nine books, including Profit First. AJ is the author of Write a Must-Read: Craft a Book That Changes Lives--Including Your Own. Connect with her at ajharper.com.
How to Wow a Non-Fiction Literary Agent with Marilyn Allen
Readers don't want generic and tired, and neither do literary agents. In this Florida Writers Podcast, host Alison Nissen chats with Allen O'Shea Literary Agent co-founder Marilyn Allen about having a great client-agent relationship, seducing readers with the X-factor, and developing fresh content from old ideas.
Marilyn Allen is a literary agent and founding partner in the Allen O'Shea Literary Agency. She has culminated 25 years of experience by doing sales and marketing for various publishing houses. She served as Associate Publisher, Director of Marketing and Senior Vice President to Harper Collins, as well as Vice President to both Penguin and Simon & Schuster. She has directed sales and marketing teams for Penguin Books, Simon & Schuster, and Avon Books.
Marilyn has had the pleasure of working with authors such as Stephen King, Ken Follett, Barbara Kingsolver, John Gray and Mary Higgins Clark, but currently represents many nonfiction authors including several New York Times bestselling writers. Her focuses are nonfiction, cooking, health, parenting, crafts, self-help, pop culture and business. She herself has co-authored The Complete Idiot's Guide to Book Proposals and Query Letters (Penguin Books) with her partner Coleen O'Shea.
I enjoy listening to authors of all types from beginners to best sellers and a variety of genres.