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Drop in to the dream of becoming an author. How does the book publishing business actually work? If you’re ready to tell your story, what’s the best way to do it?

Drop in to the dream of becoming an author. How does the book publishing business actually work? If you’re ready to tell your story, what’s the best way to do it?


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Drop in to the dream of becoming an author. How does the book publishing business actually work? If you’re ready to tell your story, what’s the best way to do it?




Through the Lens of Food.Wine.Travel-Tarajia Morrell's Soul of NY

Her Lovage titles alone are so mouthwatering you just have to read them napkin in hand: A Diary: Marta's Fish Tacos; Metta, the Forest Through the Trees, Tarajia's Paris List; La Favorita, Sicilia; José Ignacio & Garzón, a guide; Last Supper – Shad Roe and much more. You'll surrender your pages, shut your laptop, and run to pack upon perusing Tarajia's travelogues: Men’s Journal, January 2018: West Texas Swing; Monocle Hotel Book: Hotel du Cap Eden Roc—the hotel as artist's studio; Food &...


Fly Girl: A Memoir - Get Your Wings & Feel the Lift with Ann Hood

New York Times Bestseller will drop in with us to talk about the making of Fly Girl An entertaining and fascinating memoir of “gifted storyteller” (People) Ann Hood’s adventurous years as a TWA flight attendant named one of Spring 2022's Most Anticipated Books by Apple Books In 1978, in the tailwind of the Golden Age of air travel, flight attendants were the epitome of glamor and sophistication. Fresh out of college and hungry to experience the world, Ann Hood joined their ranks. She carved...


Spunk on a Stick! L. Diane Wolfe Talks Insecure Writers Support

The Insecure Writer’s Support Group is a website media business with affiliates to enhance our service to visitors. It is a home for writers in all stages; from unpublished to bestsellers. Their goal is to offer assistance and guidance. IWSG wants to help writers overcome their insecurities, and by offering encouragement we are creating a community of support. Alex J. Cavanaugh, the founder, noticed a lot of blog posts from writers mentioning their doubts, concerns, and lack of confidence....


NaNoWriMo! The Writing Motivation You Seek with Letitia Jones

Start with an idea and end as a novelist -- NaNoWriMo has a proven track record with creating authors! What Is NaNoWriMo? National Novel Writing Month began in 1999 as a daunting but straightforward challenge: to write 50,000 words of a novel in thirty days. Now, each year on November 1, hundreds of thousands of people around the world begin to write, determined to end the month with 50,000 words of a brand new novel. They enter the month as elementary school teachers, mechanics, or...


Writers Happiness Movement & Thriving as a Writer! w/ Lori Snyder

The Writers Happiness Movement is based on two unwavering beliefs: 1) Kindness, inclusion, and joy matter. 2) The written word is one of the most powerful ways to promote courage, empathy, and ferocity of the heart. The goal of the movement is to create more happiness for every writer while making the world a better place for all writers. Everything we offer is here to help you access more joy, more writing time, and more spaciousness for and around your writing and life. This includes free...


Messenger: When the Messages Can't Wait! w/ Liz Keller Whitehurst

What happens when an author, Liz Keller Whitehurst, has written an exciting book, Messenger, that hasn't yet found its publishing home? The clock is ticking. The author gets itchy and she begins to wonder: Maybe there's another way? Liz has her book read and recorded professionally with gorgeous sound accompaniment, and releases it by episode as a series of podcasts. And the world starts to listen, and listen, and listen some more. Until our author realises that she has discovered a way that...


What's a Hybrid Publisher & How Can I Be Published? W/Lauren Wise

As the first hybrid publisher recipient of the 2019 Independent Publisher of the Year, She Writes Press, where Lauren Wise serves as Associate Publisher, is unique in the world of publishing because we’re neither traditional publishing, nor are they self-publishing. As an independent publisher, they bill themselves as a “third way” for authors, and they proudly occupy the gray zone, a much-needed alternative in a rapidly changing publishing landscape. Unlike self-publishing platforms that...


Pesticide: How One Woman Solved a Mystery for a Cause w/ Kim Hays

Bern, Switzerland—known for its narrow cobblestone streets, decorative fountains, and striking towers. Yet dark currents run through this charming medieval city and beyond, to the idyllic farmlands that surround it. After a rave on a hot summer’s night erupts into violent riots, a young man is found the next morning bludgeoned to death with a policeman’s club. Later that day, an elderly organic farmer turns up dead and drenched with pesticide. Seasoned detective Giuliana Linder is assigned...


Rayna Nielsen of Blue Cypress Books NOLA: Indie Bookstores Rule!

Enter the world of your local Indie bookseller and find yourself again! Bookstores have become a hub in your community, a place to browse, to sit a spell, to have a conversation. And there's more fun to be had in an Indie bookstore, where salespeople actually talk! What does it mean to be an Indie bookseller? How do trends affect book buying, book writing and book reading? Should anyone follow trends? What about the rare finds in the used book section? Can anyone trust the shelf headings or...


New York Times Bestselling Author Emily Colin on Writing Novels!

Please join us for a conversation with a New York Times Bestselling author to talk novel writing, editing, coaching and getting your book published! Emily Colin’s debut novel, THE MEMORY THIEF, was a New York Times bestseller and a Target Emerging Authors Pick. She is also the author of THE DREAM KEEPER’S DAUGHTER (Ballantine Books). Her young adult titles include the anthology WICKED SOUTH: SECRETS AND LIES and the Seven Sins series, both from Blue Crow Publishing, as well as the anthology...


Unbound (Songs of Chaos #2) & Fantasy with Michael R. Miller!

This week on Dropping In, we have Scottish author Michael Miller. He began writing his debut book, The Reborn King, when he was 10. In 2015 he renewed his writing efforts and released The Reborn King in November of that year. Since then he has sold over 200,000 books, hit numerous Amazon bestselling charts. He has worked at Bloomsbury Publishing and co-founded the digital publisher Portal Books. His new award-winning series, Songs of Chaos, begins a new type of dragon rider epic fans of...


The Promotional Path: Elysse Wagner on Crafting Your Book Brand

Elysse helps authors determine the most effective promotional path for their book releases, and for crafting their brand. Prior to joining the Books Forward team, Elysse worked as a content strategist in the nonprofit sector. She is also a seasoned book blogger and social media influencer, amassing a following of more than ten thousand avid readers who value her savvy book recommendations. She was even a trusted reviewer for Books Forward authors and championed the company’s talented writers...


Getting the Word Out with Jennifer Vance, Books Forward Publicity

Ever wonder why great books, favourite stories, or even quirky blogs go unnoticed even though they're so wonderful? With the number of books being published annually now exceeding one million, which Bowker points out breaks down to 2,700 per day, how can any one author expect visibility? The answer is in the publicist. Jenn Vance and her team at Books Forward, are one of the top and certainly the most beloved publicists working in the communication arts today. If you've written a book that...


Book Talk with a Publisher! Jen Hutchison on her Journey to Words

You've always wanted to publish a book. Now it's written. Where do you turn for an expert publisher? Jen Hutchison has been an author. She knows the journey and can show you the way. By way of background: Jen is a very dynamic and capable 60 something year old, who has succeeded at a number of careers. But in 2012, her world imploded when her 31 year old son Raif died of an accidental drug overdose. ‘Motherling' is her story of how she walked the 800km Camino de Santiago through France and...


Hire an Agent? How to Publish? Drop In w/April Eberhardt Literary

If your dream is to publish a book? In this episode we'll address essential questions: Should you hire an agent for your book, the book you're almost finished writing, or the book that's been in your hard drive forever? You decide, but with education from the experts. April Eberhardt of https://aprileberhardt.com will talk us through the process, the pitfalls and the magnificent summits of hiring an agent to represent you. She'll also talk writers conferences, the value of workshopping, all...


Update 2022 on Life Purpose w/Humanistic Astrologer, Brian Hill

Update and Refresh for 2022: What is your life's purpose? Wouldn't you like to know what makes relationships work according to the stars -- in a way that enables us to know ourselves better? Ahead of Valentine's Day, we talk with Brian Hill, Humanistic Astrologer, about finding love within ourselves and in the world, and making relationships work. Most traditional seekers have historically wanted to know what will happen and how it can be avoided if it's unpleasant. Isn't it more meaningful...


The Shoebox Effect: Secrets Out! w/ Marcie Keithley & Julie McGue

The Shoebox Effect Marcie Keithley's shoebox contained a secret, one she kept for decades, one released when her shoebox was unexpectedly revealed in a moment of grief. A flood of memories and emotions were unleashed when the lid was knocked off. No longer able to deny what she had sequestered away in her closet and in her spirit, the revelation created challenges for Marcie, but it also did something positively unexpected. Releasing the truth began a cascade that resulted in a freedom...


Different Strokes: Serena, Venus, & Black Tennis w/ Cecil Harris

Have you ever wondered what goes into the making of tennis champions like Serena, Venus, and Naomi? The answer would surprise you. Tennis presents obstacles to people of color, starting with proximity to tennis courts. Are there public tennis courts in neighborhoods around New York City, Chicago, Houston, Miami? Drop in with author Cecil Harris to find out the intricacies both personal and systemic of navigating the tennis circuit. Different Strokes chronicles the rise of the Williams...


Sin Child; Angela Howard on PTSD, Childhood Trauma, & Resilience

This is one searing story that will surprise you with the resourcefulness, faith, determination, and ultimately, the will to survive and thrive of the author, Angela Howard. Although none of what happened to her should happen to any child, she overcame her childhood to become a loving mother of two and a mentor to many through her work with PTSD-ACED. Now, an accomplished author, Angela is a testament to the human spirit, to resilience, and to finding a way through the dark. Drop in with us...


Getting Off the Wheel; Gary Reiss, Ph.D. on Retrieving Radiance

Dr. Gary Reiss holds an LCSW, PhD., and is a certified trainer in Process-oriented Psychology. Drop in with us to learn how you can benefit from Getting Off the Wheel; A Process-Oriented Psychology Approach to Personal and World Liberation! I live in the country near Eugene, Oregon with my partner Sage Emery. My daughter Eliana is working on her doctorate in child clinical psychology. My work includes my private practice, teaching Process Work and writing books. When I am not working I love...