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Indie Authors #61: interviews Amanda L Barbara, vice-president of Pubslush

Posted by Alana Woods on April 16, 2014 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (0)


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Indie Authors #61 interviews Amanda L. Barbara, vice-president of Pubslush. Amanada explains how crowdfunding helps with finances as your masterpiece gets written and discusses how to raise money for book projects.




From the Pubslush website: 

Founded by mother and daughter entrepreneurs, Hellen and Amanda Barbara, Pubslush is a global, crowdfunding and analytics platform only for books. Our platform allows authors to raise money and gauge the initial audience for new book ideas, and for readers to pledge their financial support to bring books to life. Pubslush is entirely about giving: giving an opportunity to authors, giving a voice to readers, and giving books to children without access to literature.

A revolutionary publishing platform. Publishing as it stands now is a guessing game. Our goal is to introduce readers into the publishing equation and provide authors with the tools (access to capital, audience demographics, freelance publishing professionals) they need to be successful.

A sustainable nonprofit and a brand of literature. Inhibited access to literature is one of the greatest barriers to overcoming poverty today. Our model allows us to combat the problem with the persistence and with the momentum of an organic, grassroots campaign. We like to think of ourselves as a global book club with a cause.



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Indie Authors #60: interviews GAYLE CARLINE Humor columnist, mystery author

Posted by Alana Woods on April 9, 2014 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (0)

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Indie Authors #60 interviews Gayle Carline, shares tips, mystery and humor FROM THE HORSE'S MOUTH, a memoir of Snoopy, a horse who thought that if couldn't be good, he could at least be useful. He's even got his own YouTube channel.

Gayle Carline began writing journalistic pieces for California Riding Magazine, then quickly added 'humor columnist' to her resume with a weekly column in her local newspaper, the Placentia News-Times. What she really wanted to do was write mysteries, however, so in 2009 she crossed that off her list with the first of her Peri Minneopa mysteries.


     


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Indie Authors #59: interviews Slash Coleman, author of BOHEMIAN LOVE DIARIES

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Indie Authors #59 interviews storyteller extraordinaire Slash Coleman and discusses his life with eccentric artists, profound comedy, the unending quest for love and more from his memoir THE BOHEMIAN LOVE DIARIES.


    


Slash's Amazon bio:

NPR says author/performer/Psychology Today blogger/French fry eater Slash Coleman, 'has the power to change the way people think,' and WGBH Boston calls him  'extremely provocative and entertaining.'

The Dear Uncle Slash advice columnist at howdoidate.com, a 2013 Storytelling World Award Winner and the 2012 United Solo Winner for Best Drama, Slash is best known  for his one man PBS special, The Neon Man and Me.

As a performer he's been featured at: TEDx, The International Storytelling Center, Pete Seeger's Clearwater Festival and hundreds of national theatres. Slash lives in New York City and splits his time between performing and writing new material for the stage, film, and television.


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Indie Authors #58: interviews Samantha Chase, romance novelist

Posted by Alana Woods on March 25, 2014 at 7:10 PM Comments comments (0)




Indie authors # 58 interviews Samantha Chase who tells romance authors how she gets titles out in a short time frame and sells many thousands of books every month.



New York Times and USA Today Bestseller/contemporary romance writer Samantha Chase released her debut novel Jordan's Return in November 2011.

Her second book, a holiday novella titled The Christmas Cottage, hit #10 on Amazon's Overall Best Seller List on Christmas Eve. On February 25th she released the follow up novella Ever After.

In March 2013 The Christmas Cottage was nominated for two Indie Romance Convention Awards, Best Indie Romance Novella and Best Indie Contemporary Romance, while Samantha was nominated for Indie Author of the Year! In August 2013 the video trailer for Wait for Me won an Oscar for Indie Author Book Trailer!

More titles quickly followed: Catering to the CEO, Wait for Me (Montgomery Brothers book 1), Trust in Me (Montgomery Brothers book 2), In the Eye of the Storm, and Stay With Me (Montgomery Brothers book 3) which hit the USA Today bestseller list upon it's debut.

Catering to the CEO was included in the romance bundle Loving the CEO, a five-book package, that made the New York Times and the USA Today Bestseller list.


           

         

     

 



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Indie Authors #57: interviews NICK WINTERS, author of Hollywood Scent

Posted by Alana Woods on February 26, 2014 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (0)

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Indie Authors #57 features Nick Winters, Australian actor and writer. 

He discusses movie stars, murder, sex and witchcraft in his upcoming novel, HOLLYWOOD SCENT.





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Indie Authors #56: interviews Michele J Rolle INVISIBLE WARRIOR

Posted by Alana Woods on February 11, 2014 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (0)


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Indie Authors no. 56 welcomes Michele J Rolle, author of INVISIBLE WARRIOR, a memoir on growing up in a failed New York City housing project, escaping poverty, harsh conditions, and finding the light at the end of the tunnel.

Michele's bio: Michele J Rolle is a mammography healthcare specialist in Richmond, Virginia, and has been compassionately committed for more than 25 years to educating and mentoring women in the value of breast health. Michele works for a prominent obstetrics and gynecology practice and has represented them as a Chief Mammography Technologist in her appearances on television, radio and newspaper, and has been quoted in many publications. Her article The power of caring for others on domestic violence was recently published in the Richmond Times Dispatch weekly feature 'In her Shoes'. Michele is a member of The James River Writers who selected her work to be read at several recent conferences.

Michele has infused this same enthusiasm and expertise into her debut memoir, INVISIBLE WARRIOR, an inspiring narrative that lays bare the struggles of her youth, and invites us to join in her triumphs despite discouraging statistical odds.

 

Indie Authors is hosted by Jason Matthews and Marla Miller.  Join Jason, Marla and Michele on a discussion about memoir writing.


     



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Indie Authors #55: interviews Monte Schulz, inheritor of the Santa Barbara Writers Conference

Posted by Alana Woods on February 4, 2014 at 4:10 PM Comments comments (0)

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Indie Authors TV no. 55 welcomes Monte Schulz, inheritor of the Santa Barbara Writers Conference now in its 42nd year and billed as the greatest gathering of writers in the world. Click here for details of this year's conference to be held in June 2014 at the Hyatt Santa Barbara, USA.

Monte Schulz received his M.A. in American Studies from UCSB. He published his first novel, Down by the River, in 1990, and spent the next 12 years writing a novel of the Jazz Age, which is now available in three parts: This Side of Jordan, The Last Rose of Summer, and The Big Town. He wrote it for his father, the late cartoonist Charles M. Schulz. His latest book, Naughty, is  based on a true story of a real-life femme fatale, told from her hapless husband’s perspective.


      


From the conference website:

'Since 1972 the Santa Barbara Writers Conference has been connecting writers with mentors, agents and editors. Every summer, writers in many genres from around the world gather to participate in a magical week of intensive work focused on story, voice, craft, marketing, and networking with fellow writers and publishing professionals.

The conference has hosted a legacy of America's best writers including Ray Bradbury, William Styron, Eudora Welty, James Michener, Sue Grafton, Charles M. Schulz, Clive Cussler, Fannie Flagg, Elmore Leonard and T.C. Boyle.

Join us this summer for our 42nd anniversary, June 7 – 12, 2014, and contribute to this on-going literary legacy.'


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Indie Authors #54, Sharon Lippincott on writing compelling description

Posted by Alana Woods on January 21, 2014 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (0)

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Indie Authors TV welcomes Sharon Lippincott to discuss her book, THE HEART AND CRAFT OF WRITING COMPELLING DESCRIPTION, a fresh overview of the challenging topic of description.


     


Sharon's bio: Sharon Lippincott has been writing in one form or another for over forty years, receiving the Distinguished Thesis Award from Central Washington University in 1979. Her first book Meetings: Do's Don'ts and Donuts, was published in 1995, with a second edition released in 1999. Since retiring from the business world in 2000, she has developed a passion for all forms of life writing, especially memoir and journaling. She is a dedicated lifelong learner and loves sharing discoveries with others. She teaches classes and workshops both locally and online on basic memoir and lifestory writing as well as specific skills like writing dialog and description and personal transformation through writing.

She serves on the advisory board of the National Association of Memoir Writers, cohosts the Lifewriters' Forum on YahooGroups, and is active in the Indie Publishing community. Her book, The Heart and Craft of Lifestory Writing together with her blog, The Heart and Craft of Life Writing, has helped thousands create written legacies of their lives. She is currently serving as an adviser for the Allegheny County Library Association's initiative to sponsor lifestory writing groups in county libraries.


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Indie Authors #53: Tracey Barnes Priestley's Duck Pond Epiphany

Posted by Alana Woods on December 10, 2013 at 5:50 PM Comments comments (0)

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Indie Authors TV welcomes Tracey Barnes Priestley to discuss her recent novel, DUCK POND EPIPHANY.

Tracey is a psychologist, life coach, singer and performer, star of The Second Half: A Lively Look at Life after Fifty.


           



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Indie Authors #52: Matt Pallamary's shamanic approach to storytelling

Posted by Alana Woods on November 26, 2013 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (0)


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Indie Authors no. 52 hosts Matt Pallamary, author, playwright, shaman, visionary and more.


         


Join hosts Jason Matthews and Marla Miller a for a fascinating discussion of his books, travels and experiences.

Excerpts from Matthew's Amazon bio:  

Matthew Pallamary's historical novel of first contact between shamans and Jesuits in 18th century South America, Land Without Evil, was published in hardcover by Charles Publishing, and received rave reviews along with a San Diego Book Award for mainstream fiction. It was chosen as a Reading Group Choices selection and has been adapted into a full-length stage and sky show by Austin's Sky Candy and Agent Red.  It was the subject of a PBS series, Arts in Context, that premiered nationally January 2013.

Matt has appeared on the following nationally syndicated television shows speaking about fading cultures: Bridging Heaven and Earth, Elyssa's Raw and Wild Food Show, Things That Matter, and ECONEWS.

Matt also received the Man of the Year 2000 from San Diego Writer's Monthly Magazine.

He frequently visits the jungles, mountains, and deserts of North, Central, and South America pursuing his studies of shamanism and ancient cultures.

 

 



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Indie Authors #51: Marla Miller, author, editor and marketing muse

Posted by Alana Woods on November 12, 2013 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (0)


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Indie Authors no. 51 sees host Jason Matthews interviewing co-host Marla Miller about her long and very varied involvement in the publishing world.

Marla discusses the differences between traditional and indie publishing, marketing, her experiences as a development editor and her books. 

Jason and Marla also discuss Kickstarter, a way to fund creative projects which Marla is using for her latest book.



     


From Marla's Amazon bio: Her first book debuted in 1999. Marla wrote the only authorized biography of the iconic World Cup/Gold Medal winning US Women's National Soccer Team that Simon & Schuster published (ALL AMERICAN GIRLS). Her sports oriented columns appeared in Oxygen.com and International Soccer Magazine.

Marla began teaching MarketingtheMuse Workshops in 2003. Her message to writers is constant: It's not good enough to write well, you must also know how to market your work. That lesson Marla learned during the marketing phase of ALL AMERICAN GIRLS. With the exception of a rarified few authors, most traditionally published authors are out here 'alone' and must wear several hats to market our muse.


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Indie Authors #50: Linda Joy Myers, A mother-daughter saga

Posted by Alana Woods on November 5, 2013 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (0)

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Indie Authors no. 50 welcomes Linda Joy Myers, President of the National Association of Memoir Writers, who discusses the power of memoir and her books including DON'T CALL ME MOTHER: A daughter's journey from abandonment to forgiveness.

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Linda's biography: Linda Joy Myers, PhD, is the president and founder of the National Association of Memoir Writers & Co-President of the Women's National Book Association, SF. She has won prizes for fiction, memoir and poetry: First Prize, Jessamyn West Fiction Contest; Finalist, San Francisco Writing Contest for Secret Music, a novel about the Kindertransport; First Prize, poetry, East of Eden Contest, and First Prize Carol Landauer Life Writing Contest.

 

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Indie Authors #49: Win Charles -- I, WIN with cerebral palsy

Posted by Alana Woods on October 29, 2013 at 5:00 PM Comments comments (0)

 

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Indie Authors no. 49 interviews Win Charles on her amazing story of overcoming life's greatest challenges. Win shares triumphs from her book I, WIN. Working as an author and artist overcoming cerebral palsy and the painful loss of her mother Win's story is truly inspiring, a lesson for us all. Hosted by Jason Matthews and Marla Miller.


     


From Win: My hope is that this book will provide insight into the extraordinary possibilities that those who live with disabilities have. I also hope that those without disabilities – rather than putting a focus on our differences – will come to understand what we all have in common. This book is for my mom, with love.


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Indie Authors #47: Out of sync with Belinda Nicoll

Posted by Alana Woods on October 15, 2013 at 5:00 PM Comments comments (0)

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Indie Authors no. 47 interviews Belinda Nicoll on her move from South Africa to the USA in 2001. The expat discusses change, conflict and culture shock in her memoir OUT OF SYNC. Hosted by Jason Matthews and Marla Miller.


Belinda's biography:  Belinda Nicoll is originally from South Africa and has been a citizen of the United States since 2010. She and her husband, Bruce, love traveling and share a keen interest in cultural diversity. Their journeys and careers have taken them through large parts of Southern Africa and America, Europe, Ireland, Canada, the Middle East, Mexico, and to exotic islands such as Mauritius, The Comores, St Thomas, and St John.

Belinda holds a BA degree in the social sciences and an MFA in Creative Writing. She was a talent agent and drama coach before venturing into the advertising world as copywriter. These days she works as a teacher of creative writing and is writing her first novel, an epic mystery set in South Africa and the United States.


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Indie Authors #46: Award-winning author Betsy Graziani Fasbinder

Posted by Alana Woods on October 8, 2013 at 5:00 PM Comments comments (0)

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Indie Authors no. 46 and hosts Jason Matthews and Marla Miller interview Betsy Graziani Fasbinder, discussing her recently released novel, FIRE & WATER and more.


Betsy's biography: Fire and Water is Betsy Graziani Fasbinder's debut novel, released 3-1-13 by She Writes Press. In both her works of memoir and fiction, Betsy explores the unending complications of people living, working, and loving one another. As a practicing therapist for more than twenty years, she has been witness to the heartbreak, healing, and heroism of people from all walks of life. She strives to create stories that bring the emotional truths she's experienced and observed to the pages in all of her writing.

Betsy has been awarded the Floyd Salas Award for Fiction, and has been honored with a Jack London award and two East of Eden awards for both fiction and memoir pieces. Four of her works have been produced as Readers' Theater in the historic Miners' Foundry Theater in Nevada City, California. She is the co-producer of The Women's Writing Salon in Nevada County.

She's working now on a collection of memoir stories and a new novel set in California's Wine Country, a great excuse for some wine tasting. Research, only for research.

Betsy is currently working on a collection of personal essays titled Filling Her Shoes: A Love Story of Inherited Motherhood. One of those stories, "Who Will This Be to Me?" will be published in an upcoming anthology, Stepping Up, Stories of Blended Families. Betsy is also working on a new work of fiction about how different people are than how they first might seem, titled Opening Acts.

Betsy lives nestled in the soft hills of Marin County, California, with her husband, one son on the launch pad, and one out on his own in a neighboring town. Her golden doodle, Edgar, is her constant writing companion.


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Indie Authors #45: PTSD and recovery with Juanima Hiatt

Posted by Alana Woods on May 29, 2013 at 4:00 AM Comments comments (0)

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Indie Authors no. 45 and host Jason Matthews welcomes Juanima Hiatt, author of THE INVISIBLE STORM,  to discuss PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) and recovering from it .


Living with PTSD since 2003 has given Juanima a deep appreciation for life - even when it's hard - and a greater compassion for the hurting. The invisible storm is her memoir.


She says, "We were never meant to walk this Earth alone, and it's a sad state indeed for us to be so busy worrying about ourselves, and getting our own way, that we become blind to - or even worse, care very little about - the needs around us. Every human being needs love. We ALL want to feel loved and accepted. I believe the best way to achieve that is to give it freely. It's amazing how quickly it returns. We all live, breathe, and suffer the human condition, and we need God and each other to get through it alive."


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Indie Authors # 44: NaNoWriMo Exec Director Grant Faulkner

Posted by Alana Woods on April 30, 2013 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (0)


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Indie Authors no. 44 welcomes Grant Faulkner, executive director of NaNoWriMo (National November WritingMonth), the best writing contest in the world.

The show features host Jason Matthews with special guest Grant Faulkner.

It also features authors/NaNo winners from the past, RM Prioleau, Samantha Fury and Lisa Grace.


National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing on 1 November. The goal is to write a 50,000-word (approximately 175 page) novel by midnight on 30 November.

The very first NaNoWriMo took place in July 1999 with 21 participants.

From the NaNoWriMo website:

Valuing enthusiasm and perseverance over painstaking craft, NaNoWriMo is a novel-writing program for everyone who has thought fleetingly about writing a novel but has been scared away by the time and effort involved.

As you spend November writing you can draw comfort from the fact that all around the world other participants are going through the same joys and sorrows of producing the Great Frantic Novel. Wrimos meet throughout the month to offer encouragement, commiseration and—when the thing is done—the kind of raucous celebrations that tend to frighten animals and small children.

In 2011 there were 256,618 participants and 36,843 crossed the 50K finish line by the deadline, entering into the annals of NaNoWriMo superstardom forever. They started the month as auto mechanics, out-of-work actors, and middle school English teachers. They walked away novelists.


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Indie Authors # 43: Leaving The Hall Light On with author Madeline Sharples

Posted by Alana Woods on March 19, 2013 at 5:00 PM Comments comments (0)

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Indie Authors # 43 presents Madeline Sharples and her memoir, LEAVING THE HALL LIGHTS ON, the harrowing but ultimately uplifting tale of the course of years from her son Paul’s diagnosis with bipolar disorder, through his suicide at her home to the present day. It details how the family weathered its worst nightmare.

The show features host Jason Matthews and guest Madeline Sharples.

In addition to LEAVING THE HALL LIGHTS ON, Madeline co-authored BLUE COLLAR WOMEN: Trailblazing Women Take on Men-Only Jobs (New Horizon Press, 1994) a book about women in nontraditional professions. She also co-edited the poetry anthology, The Great American Poetry Show, Volumes 1 (Muse Media, 2004) and 2 (2010). Her poetry accompanies the work of photographer Paul Blieden in two books, The Emerging Goddess and Intimacy as well as appearing in print and online on many occasions.

Madeline is now a full-time writer and working on a novel based in the 1920s.


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Indie Authors #42, EROTICA with Shoshanna Evers

Posted by Alana Woods on March 5, 2013 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (0)

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Indie Authors no. 42 presents erotica author and teacher Shoshanna Evers.

Learn the ins and outs of writing erotica romance from one of the best in the business. For mature audiences.

Featuring host Jason Matthews and guest Shoshanna Evers.

Critically-acclaimed author Shoshanna Evers has written dozens of sexy stories including Amazon Erotica Bestseller Overheated. Her work has been featured in Best Bondage Erotica 2012 and Best Bondage Erotica 2013, the Penguin/Berkley Heat anthology Agony/Ecstasy, and numerous erotic BDSM novellas including Chastity Belt and Punishing the Art Thief from Ellora's Cave Publishing.





Indie Authors Network Hangouts no. 41: How to SEO for Amazon

Posted by Alana Woods on February 19, 2013 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (0)


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How to SEO for Amazon


Indie authors use SEO for Amazon and Google search engines to sell more books. This week's show focuses on giving tips for other authors. It features host Jason Matthews and regular guests Lisa Grace and Samantha Fury.

Jason Matthews is a writer living in Pismo Beach, California. He is a leader in the self-publishing community, teaching Indie authors how to sell e-books and paperbacks effectively using all free methods. His how-to guides include:


How to Make, Market and Sell Ebooks All for Free

How to Make Your Own Free Website and Your Free Blog Too

Get On Google Front Page


All three are jam-packed with advice that all new authors need to know to optimise their websites and blogs.