Indie Book Magic is a podcast that connects geek readers and writers in an open, light-hearted, and occasionally random environment. In today’s publishing industry, all authors (traditional or self-published) need to think like indies, and we celebrate it! Launched by indie and small press authors and creatives Janeen Ippolito and H.L. Burke, Indie Book Magic offers practical advice, booksplosions, author interviews, and Q&A, all designed to add magic, joy, and dragons to your geek life.
Ep. 65 - Mechanical Cats, Bookish Squirrels, and Sneks: A Cute Animals Booksplosion
Hosts Janeen Ippolito and H. L. Burke dive into a booksplosion celebrating pets and animal sidekicks! Includes mechanical cats, snek floofs, and sapient toadstools(technically fungi but still cute). Plus, the grand reveal of Bruce the Cat's Facebook page.
Ep. 64 - Writing On the Road: How to Get Vacation Inspiration and Work Trip Words
Hosts Janeen Ippolito and H. L. Burke tackle writing and creativity on the road! Includes getting inspiration from sensory details in your environment and using nearby locations for your drafting. Plus, how to find writing nooks in unlikely places.
Ep. 63 - Conventions, Conferences, & Book Signings: Why, Why Not, and When
Hosts Janeen Ippolito and H. L. Burke tackle author events in our first summer-tastic author episode! Learn about the best in-person author events for you and which ones to avoid. Plus, why potential readers may want you to ignore them.
Ep. 62 - Fairytale Talk: Magic Objects, Trope Updates, and True Love's Fist Bump
Join hosts Janeen Ippolito and H. L. Burke as they talk favorite story tropes and ideas to refresh familiar fairy tales. Plus, why magical objects are always cool, and the importance of sidekicks as heroes.
Ep. 61 - Crowns, Ice Hearts, and Love Talkers: A Fairy Tale Booksplosion
Hosts Janeen Ippolito and H.L. Burke invite fairy tale author and fan Kimberly A. Rogers on the show for our fairy tale booksplosion! Includes genderswapped retellings, delightful dialects, and excellent allegories. Plus, Cinderella meets Doctor Who in the 1920s.
Ep. 60 - Retelling Myths and Fairy Tales: How to Keep It Fresh, Fun, and Legal
Join hosts Janeen Ippolito and H. L. Burke in an exploration of writing myth and fairy tale retellings! Learn how to stand out in the retelling genre and ways to tap into universal themes. Plus, why Disney isn't the answer--and could get you into trouble.
Good Insights, Learned Stuff
I’m liked what I’ve heard so far! Kinda late to the party, and so I’m going through and listening to the episodes that are most relevant to me. They have some good insights and info.
Fantastic Podcast (and a Personal Favorite)!
I greatly enjoy listening to Janeen and H.L.! They offer such great advice while bringing laughter and fun fantasy creatures (like cat dragons!) to listeners. Very much looking forward to more from these ladies!