The Newbie Writers’ Podcast
Guest: Alan Leddon
New owner of Damnation Press. Now Caliburn press. The wild crazy life of an indie publisher. Author in his own right!
We also pick Alan’s brain on why he was happy to publish our book Don’t Write Like We Talk.
Alan had advice about the difference between slander and Libel, and what WE asked was why we needed to discuss the difference at all?
You’ll notice, first off, that the civil law definitions all require the statement to be false. So, if I receive a statement from Paypal that shows that the company … Read more
The Newbie Writers’ Podcast
Guest: Brenda Knight
Brenda has opened an “author-centered marketing consultancy.” Among her first clients are members of the band Blink 182.
Many times a publisher is acquired by a larger company because they are unique and distinctive in the field. Cleis Press worked hard for 34 years to become “best in class” and the leader in their genres, even being named “Publisher of the Year 2014” during my tenure. This made “the little publisher that could” attractive to a bigger company. What made Cleis different was what made Cleis great and that legacy … Read more
Thanks for having me today Catharine!
My first official publication was a poem called “A Rose Is A Lovely Flower.” And it appeared in my junior high school yearbook. It may not sound as much but when I was first told the news and actually saw it in print, I was on top of the world. I never thought it’d feel so good to have something I crafted and labored with words born from 26 letters. Even when I knew a future in publication was for me after my friend and classmate became my first fan of my stories.
Yet … Read more
Read this if you are overwhelmed by the competition
Do you log onto Goodreads and gulp?
Did you walk into Powell’s or Strand and think, there is too much here, I can’t compete, look at all the books!
Do you not even focus on Amazon because that A to Z thing is too much to consider.
You are not alone. We all feel the immense bottomless universe of which we’ve signed up to become a part. It’s like dangling over the half blown section of the Death Star. It’s like walk through Times Square and realizing that everyone in this … Read more
Ask me about a favorite book – and I’ll describe the heroine.
We often, if pressed, remember key points of a plot, but what really stick in our heads are the characters. We remember the who over the how, before the what.
Do we love Jane Austen’s books because of the intricate plots? Not really.
The story? Please, we know the story. What we love are the characters, the strong women who get into trouble because they blurt out what they are thinking, the handsome hero who is just misunderstood, the spunky friend for whom we wish as much … Read more