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Writers talk craft, agent hunt, query trenches, publishing industry, and more. Hosted by Mindy McGinnis.

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Writers talk craft, agent hunt, query trenches, publishing industry, and more. Hosted by Mindy McGinnis.

    Indie Editor talks Pros of the Indie Path and Publishing in the Pandemic

    Indie Editor talks Pros of the Indie Path and Publishing in the Pandemic

    Today's guest is Shayne Leighton, Editor in Chief of Parliament House Press, an indie publisher specializing in SciFi and Fantasy. Shayne joined me today to talk about the pros of going the indie route, the need for transparency in publishing, and how the pandemic has affected the industry.

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    Kurt Dinan On The Difficulty of Marketing YA Humor & Learning the Skills For Indie Publishing

    Kurt Dinan On The Difficulty of Marketing YA Humor & Learning the Skills For Indie Publishing

    Kurt Dinan is the author of The Scam List, and Don't Get Caught. In this episode he talks about the difficulty of marketing humor and the learning curve of skills for indie publishing.
     
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    Historical Novelist Fiona Davis On Writing the Recent Past

    Historical Novelist Fiona Davis On Writing the Recent Past

    Today's guest is Fiona Davis, historical novelist, national bestseller and library darling. Fiona Joined me today to talk about the 125th anniversary of the New York Public Library, which is the setting for her newest book, The Lions of Fifth Avenue. We talk about writing historical fiction, research methods, the difficulty of writing dual timelines and the difference between writing recent history versus the past.
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    LC Barlow on Moving From Self-Publishing to A Traditional Career

    LC Barlow on Moving From Self-Publishing to A Traditional Career

    Today's guest is L.C. Barlow, a writer and professor working primarily in the field of speculative fiction.  She has an MA in English from the University of Texas at Arlington and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast program. Her fiction has reached over sixty-five thousand readers and garnered praise, including a finalist for the Next Generation Indie Awards, a winner of the Indie Reader Discovery Awards, a winner of the eLit Awards, and IndieReader’s Best Books of 2014. She joined me today to talk about moving from a self-publishing career to a traditional career, and the value of having a large reader base in order to make the change.
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    Indie Author Tara East On Addressing Grief Through Fiction

    Indie Author Tara East On Addressing Grief Through Fiction

    Today's guest is indie author Tara East, whose novel Every Time He Dies, drew from a deeply personal experience with grief. Tara joined us today to talk about how grief can be addressed through the fiction - and how to then turn off the personal attachment and view the novel as a product.
     
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    Indie Marketing Guru David Gaughran Shares Tips For Indie Publishing Success

    Indie Marketing Guru David Gaughran Shares Tips For Indie Publishing Success

    Today's guest is David Gaughran, author of the historical adventures Liberty Boy, Mercenary & A Storm Hits Valparaiso, and has helped thousands of authors to self-publish their work via his workshops, blog, and books such as Let’s Get Digital, Let’s Get Visible, Amazon Decoded, Strangers to Superfans, BookBub Ads Expert, and Following. He has been featured in the Telegraph, the Irish Times, the Guardian, the Irish Examiner, the Sunday Times, Huffington Post, Business Insider, Forbes, Mashable, New York Observer, Newsweek Polska, il Giornale, The Star Malaysia, and a smattering of Wanted posters.
    In May 2020, he was one of the recipients of the Kate Wilhelm Solstice Award along with John Picacio. SFWA President Mary Robinette Kowal said, “David Gaughran has been doing yeoman’s work for years, alerting indie writers about predatory schemes and warning them about changes in independent publishing. His work makes the science-fiction and fantasy landscape safer for writers.”
     
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    Now & Then by Sara Bennett Wealer

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Mindy is one smart cookie, and writers at all stages of the publishing process will find a lot to love and learn from! A great podcast.

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