Rachel Thompson — Episode 88 — Books, Blogging and a Bad Redhead

May 17, 2018

This month on Blondie and the Brit we are delighted to bring you one of our all-time favorite guests, in fact her podcast last year was voted #1 in our podcast awards. Rachel Thompson is the face behind BadRedhead Media and always brings great energy and information to the podcast.

This time she shares her expertise in book marketing and introduces us to her current promo event, #NaNoProMo (National Novel Promotion Month), inspired by #NaNoWriMo. 

Rachel's version is a month-long initiative of tips, resources, and daily giveaways from experts across the book marketing and publishing industry -- all free.

Rachel also gives advice from her two #BookMarketing books on how to optimize SEO for your blog, the advantages of choosing Wordpress blogging platform and how to target your perfect reader.  

Suzanne is featured on the blog and we are giving away a 30-minute podcast or consult with Suzanne here.

Visit the fun over on Rachel's blog here.

 

 

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Jodi Thomas — Episode 87 — Your Life as a Quilt

April 19, 2018

This month we are excited to bring to you the delightful Jodi Thomas. Jodi is not only a USA Today and New York Times bestseller, she is also the eleventh writer to be inducted into the Romance Writers Hall of Fame after winning her third RITA award. Five of them now sit on her crowded shelf along with National Reader's Choice Awards, and Booksellers' Best Awards.

With nearly 50 books under her belt, Jodi gives us an insight into her journey to best-selling author in her charming Texas drawl. She talks about changing genres with her latest book Mornings on Main and about the upcoming Christmas release Mistletoe Miracles. We had a good laugh when Jodi shared her experiences at Avon KissCon. She also demonstrates her tenacity in describing her library tours and the dogged strategy at the beginning of her career to get the word out about her books. Don’t miss this wonderful interview with a truly lovely lady.

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Jesse Lakes from GeniusLink — Episode 86 — The Genius of Intelligent Book Links

March 10, 2018

This month on Blondie and the Brit we are pleased to introduce you to Jesse Lakes, one of the masterminds behind the company Genius Link (www.geni.us). Genius Link is an incredible online tool that provides intelligent links to help you to improve your sales by routing international readers to their local stores while helping you earn affiliate money and valuable insights in the process. They also own the booklinker.net link management service that is a simpler version of this concept but focused on authors, indie publishers, and Amazon.

This in-depth interview covers many of the elements of this fascinating tool that would be ideal for any authors toolkit. Jesse is also giving a wonderful gift to our listeners, offering a 30-day free trial (double the standard) to anyone who mentions "Blondie and the Brit." Just click here to begin your trial (https://my.geni.us/join) then use the messaging bubble inside the dashboard to mention the extended free trial.

Suzanne and I also give you our latest tips on planning and rewarding your accomplishments with a Victory Journal. 

 

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Amy Vansant — Episode 85 — Do it for the Love

January 25, 2018
This month on Blondie and the Brit we are excited to introduce you to the work of Amy Vansant. Not only is Amy a USA Today Bestselling author but she also runs a highly successful book marketing company for authors. In this informative interview she will give you a rundown on her services including how to grow an email mail list with ease, partipate in a newsletter swap, and have your book included in her own line book fairs. Both KJ and Suzanne have used Amy's services with great success.
 
Amy will tells us about her latest multi author boxed set - The Twelve Sleys of Christmas which was just released with proceeds going to her favorite dog shelter. Don't miss this great interview, espically to learn all about her highly unusal book titles. Visit Amy at Authorsxp.com. 
 
 
 
 
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Author Round Table Podcast Part 2 — Episode 84— Kerry Schafer, Camille Di Maio, Amy Quick Parrish, Kim Hunt Harris, and Melody Robinette

August 26, 2017

Join us for part two of the Blondie and the Brit Author Round Table with seasoned authors Kerry Schafer (A.K.A. Kerry Ann King), Camille Di Maio, Amy Quick Parrish, Kim Hunt Harris, and Melody Robinette along with your hosts Suzanne Kelman and KJ Waters. 

What an inspiring episode with advice and suggestions as varied as the authors we've gathered from our group launch team. Guaranteed to light a fire under any author no matter what your state of mind. This episode we talk about what rituals we go through to prep for our writing sessions and we offer encouragement and inspiration for our author pals listening to the show. 

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Author Round Table — Episode 83 — Kerry Schafer, Camille Di Maio, Amy Quick Parrish, Kim Hunt Harris, and Melody Robinette

August 17, 2017

Blondie and the Brit are excited to bring you an exclusive event – our Author Roundtable Podcast! This unique chat with seven incredible authors offers writing inspiration, sensational book marketing expertise, and insight into the fantasy vs. reality of becoming and author. This is part one of the hour-long chat with best-selling authors from both the traditionally published and indie communities.

Join Blondie (KJ Waters) and the Brit (Suzanne Kelman) who host an author chat with Kerry Schafer, Camille Di Maio, Amy Quick Parrish, Kim Hunt Harris, and Melody Robinette where we discuss writing woes and successes along with a unique approach at combining forces as a launch team for our newest releases.

Find more about these authors on our Facebook page here: Blondie and the Brit on Facebook

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Kim Harris — Episode 82 — Knickers in a Twist

June 15, 2017

This week on Blondie and the Brit we welcome back our Podcast Award Winner Kim Hunt Harris. Kim won for her Best Fangirl Story with her story about meeting Diana Gabaldon from Outlander fame.

Kim writes humorous women fiction and is about to release her latest cozy mystery, Knickers in a Twist. In this interview, we discuss the highs and lows of writing comedy. Kim also shares with us some of her book marketing strategies, from email list building to newsletter management. Ever considered creating an audio book? Kim talks about her experience with that as well. Don't miss this fun but informative episode.

Kim is also part of our #SummerBookBlast Facebook party and Kinde Fire giveaway. Join us June 16th for a lot fun and great prizes here on Facebook. 

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Martin Lastrapes — Episode 81 — Confessions of an Author

April 6, 2017

This week we are excited to bring you award-winning author Martin Lastrapes, a great friend to Blondie and the Brit and one of our Podcast Heroes. Martin brings to the show all the weight of his comedy and interviewing expertise from his own podcast, "The Martin Lastrapes Podcast Hour" (check it out here).

This is a fun upbeat interview that also has very poignant moments where Martin opens up about the struggles we all face on the writer's journey. Don't miss this open, funny, 'telling it like it is' interview with one of our favorite guests.

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Susan Wingate — Episode 80 — Heroes, Clones, and Writing the Great American Thriller

March 23, 2017
This week we are excited to air a brand new interview with one of our podcast heroes, Amazon best-selling author Susan Wingate. A lot of laughter in this one as it is always a fun interview with Susan. We delve into her latest woman's thriller she is working on, and dream about clones helping us get everything done. She also gave us a behind the scenes of her ongoing success and how she uses google analytics and book awards to promote book sales. What your clone doing today?
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Darynda Jones — Episode 79 — A Writer’s Journey to Traditionally Published

March 9, 2017

This week on Blondie and the Brit we head back in time to revisit our premier podcast interview with successful author Darynda Jones. We were fortunate to land our very first interview with Darynda who is a USA Today and New YorkTimes best-selling author. She shared her journey of how she was first discovered and also talks about her writing process. Darynda entertained us with a behind the scenes view of her characters in the Charlie Davidson Series. Regularly a traditionally published author, she also talks to about stepping out into the world of Indie publishing for the first time.

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