Ever wonder what makes a great book cover? This week we revisit a very informative podcast where we interview our very own KJ Waters and her business partner, Jody Smyers. Together they have a book cover business called Blondie's Custom Book Covers. In this episode we discuss Suzanne's first book cover, that KJ and Jody designed, as an example of what elements to consider when hiring someone to create a book cover for you. As the very first thing your readers will see, your cover is a crucial part of packaging your book.
This week we are excited to re-air the interview with Blondie and Brit Podcast Award winner, Jeri Walker. Jeri is an outstanding editor and her skills include all elements of manuscript editing and profreading. We have both used her and love her work. She is a former English teacher who also runs a highly successful blog with writing tips called WordBank.
Jeri discusses how she made her blog so successful, and how she encourages people to comment on it. She also talks about her first novel, Lost Girl Road, and gives advice on how to choose an editor, and how she works with a style sheet. Don't miss this great episode.
This week we re-introduce you to another of our Blondie and The Brit podcast winners, J.D. Lex. J.D. won our audience choice for Funniest Podcast. Check out our funniest lighting round to date at the end of the show. J.D. kept us highly amused throughout the interview as he shared his author journey, spontaneous writing style, and entrepreneurial spirit. We know you will enjoy this one!
This week we are excited to bring you another amazing Blondie and the Brit podcast winner. Terry Persun was a recipient of one of our two best overall podcast awards for everything he brought to the show. So much here, including his amazing book knowledge, helpful writing process, and great sense of humor. Stroll down memory lane with us as we revisit his in depth interview about writing across different genres, his inspiration practices of meditation and poetry to help free up his mind for the writing process, and how to have deeper conversations on social media, plus so much more.
This week we were excited to talk with Vaun Murphrey, an amazing author who is the recipient of our Most Inspired Storytelling Podcast award. Vaun details her recent book launch of The Blood Key and some of the strategies she used for this and previous launches including using Net Galley for reivews. Other selling strategies she uses are selling books at Comic Con events, submiting short stories for awards, and attending conferences. Don't miss Vaun's other interview last year and her foray into last weeks Blooper Reel.
We are taking a break from our usual podcast format to bring you our one and only Blopper Show! Ever wonder what is left on the cutting room floor when we air a podcast? Here is a peek at some of our goofier moments. Join us and our amazing guests, Vaun Murphrey, Jody Smyers, Mark Sadler, Nicole Waggoner, Barbara Sissel, Joey Pinkney, Gisela Haussmann, Thelma Adams, David Estes, Nicole Persun, Kerry Schafer, and Elie Alexander, as we go behind the scenes at Blondie and the Brit.
This week we chat with one of our Blondie and the Brit Podcast Award winners, Melody Robinette, who won the Most Helpful Writing Process award. Be sure and listen to the Pomodoro Method discussion that gave her the opportunity to receive this honor.
In this interview she updates us on the multiple books she is about to release. We then revisit the interview we aired last year with Melody, a talented millennial who writes in new adult fantasy genre. Melody is an Amazon Bestselling Author and gives us some great pointers on everything from how she achieved #1 status on Amazon, to navigating the writing tool Scrivener, to how she deals with rejection letters.
This week we revisit another great "Best of Blondie and the Brit" podcast. In this episode we re-introduce you to agent and published author Andrea Hurst. Andrea shares her 25 years of experience in the book industry covering topics such as her own personal journey of self-publishing and the differences between Indie versus traditional publishing. She also enlightened us about some of the best ways to approach a literary agent. Don't miss this informative podcast.
Join us on the Best of Blondie and the Brit to delve into the world of publishing Children’s literature. This week we are re-airing the wonderful interview with fiction writer Deb Lund. Deb talks about how she published her first children’s book plus creative ways to connect with a younger audience. She also introduces us to her fiction magic cards, a wonderful writing aid for authors.
This week we are excited to bring you the re-airing of the interview with Suzanne Kelman, our fabulous co-host of Blondie and the Brit. Suzanne takes us on her journey from self-published author to working with one of the largest up and coming publishing houses. As KJ turns the mike on her cohort we learn about Suzanne's successful book launch, how she became an Amazon international bestseller, to her unfolding experience with a new publishing company.