BookBaby SpotlightApr 27, 2023
Why You Should Participate in NaPoWriMo
On this episode of the BookBaby Spotlight, BookBaby poet, Geli Santarsiero releases her new poetry collection "Remembering You Like Deja Vu." In honor of NaPoWriMo, she speaks to us about poetry, writing routine, and creativity. Become immersed in Santarsiero's vulnerability and poignancy. Tune in if you are looking for NaPoWriMo prompts and learn about how to write poetry that sings. If you enjoyed Santarsiero's poems, support her endeavors here:
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Why Children Need Self-Published Books (Women’s History Month with Angel Trazo)
In this episode, we talk about the scope and depth of an international lens for women's history month. Angel Trazo is a second-generation Filipina-American writer who wrote her debut children's book "We Are Inspiring: the stories of 32 Asian American women." She describes the lives of Asian women who have influenced literature, art, and physics from Helen Zia, the first Asian American Princeton graduate to Dr. Chien Shiung whose research proved a contradiction in the law of conversation in nuclear psychics.
You'll also learn about front matter, table of contents, formatting logistics for e-books, and exclusive stuff for self-publishers.
To learn more about our guest, Angel Trazo: http://www.angeltrazo.com/
You can follow her work here:
To buy her book: "We Are Inspiring" and thousands of other independently published titles: store.bookbaby.com.
How Black History Is Important for Independent Bookstores & Publishing
In this episode, we speak to Jeannine Cook and Dr. DeWitt Williams about independent bookstores and authors' role and impact on literature, while focusing on the history of black women and leaders for Black History Month.
If you enjoyed this episode and want to follow our guests. You can follow them with these:
Dr. DeWitt Williams: drdewittwilliams.com
Jeanine Cook: www.oursisterbookshops.com
If you want to independently publish with BookBaby, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at 877-961-6878. Be sure to like, subscribe, and rate the BookBaby Spotlight podcast.
How to Use Analytics for Marketing your Self-Published Book
The BookBaby Spotlight is back for season 4!
We take a look this month at how Bookshop Analytics can be used in your marketing efforts and talk to Lee Lawrence and Marco Mares about their collaboration on a viral new children’s book! Check out their work at @wutangisforthechildren on Instagram!
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Getting Clicks Today
For our season finale, BookBaby author Amanda McCann joins us to discuss her seasonal children's book Halloweenie, and BookBaby President Jim Foley announces two new exciting services: Bookshop Analytics and AI Narrated Audiobooks!
To learn more about BookBaby's new AI Narrated Audiobooks, reach out today - email@example.com, www.bookbaby.com
For Amanda McCann's book, and thousands of other independently published books on the internet's most author-friendly bookstore: store.bookbaby.com
Trade Shows & Speaking Opportunities
Two great friends of BookBaby join the podcast this month! First we talk to Kelly Peterson, Director of Digital Strategy at Independent Publishers Group (IPG), then Jackie Lapin, founder of Speakertunity.
Check out the exclusive offer for BookBaby-ers: https://getbooked.biz/trials-BookBaby
If you're interested in publishing with BookBaby: https://www.bookbaby.com
Be sure to rate, subscribe, like, follow, and tune in next month for our season finale!
Professional Self-Publishing with the Six Figure Storyteller
Jasmine Womack (@TheJasmineWomack) CEO of Empact Group, author, and writing consultant joins the BookBaby Spotlight podcast to discuss her work and how she coaches writers to use impactful storytelling in their non-fiction work! You can find out more about her here: https://www.jasminewomack.com/
Travel For Good
BookBaby President Emeritus Steven Spatz joins the podcast to talk about the environmentally-friendly upgrades to BookBaby's factory and what the rest of the year holds for self-publishing. After that, sustainable tourism expert Dr. Rachel Dodds joins us to talk about the book she co-authored, "Are We There Yet: Traveling More Responsibly with Your Children".
Find her book and thousands of other indie titles at: store.bookbaby.com
Bring Your Audience With You
Our June episode celebrates PRIDE Month, featuring interviews with Katherine Milon Philly AIDs Thrift @ Giovanni's Room, the US's oldest operating LGBTQ bookstore, located in Philadelphia, and Phoenix Baldwin, author and illustrator of DinoToons, an inclusive online comic and children's book series!
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You Can't Process Alone
Did you know only 4% of kids who enter the foster care system graduate from college? Today we talk to Dr. Danisha Keating who overcame those odds and is now working to improve the system! She kept a diary for years to help her process trauma, ultimately deciding to self-publish From Foster to PhD with BookBaby. The book, along with thousands of other independently published titles, can be found at store.bookbaby.com. To follow Dr. Keating, check her out on Insta: @DrDKeating
For more info on publishing with BookBaby, check out www.bookbaby.com
The Creative Skill w/ Rae Ripple
Fresh off her Netflix debut, metal-welder Rae Ripple joins the BookBaby Spotlight podcast to discuss self-publishing her children's book When I Grow Up.
From Tehran to BookBaby
We're talking memoirs this month! BookBaby author and memoirist Donya Ziraksari shares her publishing journey with us, from a childhood in the shadow of the Iranian Revolution to self-publishing with BookBaby this year.
For more on Donya, check out her Linktree here: https://linktr.ee/Donyazbooks
If you want to publish with BookBaby, check us out: www.bookbaby.com
Awards & Lectures
BookBaby author and professor Candice Rowser joins the podcast this month to discuss her book, Engaged Citizen, and explain how she's using Linktree and TikTok. We also talk about the Newberry Medal's 100th Anniversary.
The Greatest Thing Steph Curry Has Ever Seen
The BookBaby Spotlight is back for season 3! Learn tips for avoiding scam artists in the self-publishing space and hear from Rob Anderson (@heartthrobanderson), who became our bestseller for the year with some well-timed tweets and tik-toks.
JS Nelson & Nati del Paso
Happy Halloween BookBabies! Self-published horror writers JS Nelson and Nati del Paso join the podcast to talk about their craft and upcoming releases, while VP of Operations, Joel Maxey, calms everyone's fears over the state of our printshop heading into the holidays, on the season finale of the BookBaby Spotlight podcast!
For more about JS Nelson: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/21291011.J_S_Nelson
Nati del Paso's work can be found here: https://www.natidelpaso.com/
And for more about us, check out www.bookbaby.com
For more on supply chain issues, check out our blog: https://blog.bookbaby.com/2021/10/supply-chain-woes/
Back to School with Analee Carlin Wiser Brown
Retired teacher and BookBaby author Analee Carlin Wiser Brown joins the podcast to discuss her inspirational songbook, Discover the Power in You!. To learn more about her work, check out discoverthepowerinyou.com. And get your advertising orders for the holidays in now: https://www.bookbaby.com/facebook-ads-for-authors/
To browse thousands of independently published books: store.bookbaby.com
Coffee: The Magical Elixir
The unsung hero of late night writer’s block and crumpled pages is that fresh pot of coffee, helping countless writers push on with their labors of love! But did you know that humble cup of joe comes with incredible health benefits too? Dr. Sanjiv Chopra joins the podcast to talk about his book "Coffee: The Magical Elixir" being published this Fall with BookBaby.
Info about Dr. Chopra can be found here: Dr. Sanjiv Chopra: https://sanjivchopra.com/
If you're interested in publishing with BookBaby, find us here: www.bookbaby.com
Christmas (Marketing) in July
The president of BookBaby, Steven Spatz, zooms with us to talk about the second half of 2021 and how indie authors should be prepping for their Christmas release! We also catch up with Angela Bole, CEO of the Independent Book Publishers Association!
And if you're interested in self-publishing with BookBaby - we want to hear from you! Reach out: firstname.lastname@example.org
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A Real Honest Accounting - Crowdfunding and Self-Publishing
Oriana Leckert of Kickstarter joins the podcast and BookBaby author Ryan Brolliar tells us about his crowdfunded national tour!
And to get started on your own self-publishing project, check out: https://www.bookbaby.com/kickstarter-book-publishing/
Poetry, a real way to connect
BookBaby-published poets Patricia Vollmann-Stock and Christina Lee join the podcast to discuss their work during National Poetry Writing Month! We also hear about Brad Eck’s story of hope in the face of autism and BookBaby sales-person Ramona Pina shares her poem “Beacon” in this jam-packed episode of the BookBaby Spotlight!
For publishing with BookBaby: https://www.bookbaby.com/
Learn more about Honeycomb Poetic: https://honeycombpoetics.com/
Ramona’s book: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1098346750/
And Brad’s: https://store.bookbaby.com/book/Specialisms-Autism-Perspectives
People Want to Look at Beautiful Food
Lots cookin' on this month's episode of the BookBaby Spotlight! Indie authors Tracy Wilk and Patience Awazi join us to talk about their respective cookbooks and a BookBaby designer explains how she works with mouth-watering recipes!
Check out Patience Awazi, Tracy Wilk, and thousands of other indie authors at store.bookbaby.com.
Meaningful Consultation w/ Renee Berry & Steven Rowley
BookBaby author Renee Berry talks about diversity in children’s literature and traditionally-published author Steven Rowley discusses his journey to a debut advance in the February episode of the BookBaby Spotlight!
Self-Publishing in the Time of Covid
Welcome back! It’s season 2 of the BookBaby Spotlight and we’re welcoming a new co-host! Our first episode of the year focuses on the Covid-19 pandemic’s effects on the self-publishing industry. Prisha Hedau (https://www.facebook.com/PrishaHedau), Kristi Nelson (https://www.facebook.com/KNelsonSketches) and Henry Cox (https://www.facebook.com/HRCoxDotS) discuss their publishing journeys and Steven Spatz shares a timely story of a peaceful transfer of power!
Christina M. Frey
Editor, literary coach, and co-executive of the EFA, Christina Frey joins the podcast to discuss all things editing!
Info on BookBaby's editing services can be found here: https://www.bookbaby.com/book-editing-services/
The EFA can be found here: https://www.the-efa.org/
Learn more about Christina's work: https://pagetwoeditorial.com/
And to buy books from thousands of indie authors: https://store.bookbaby.com/
Karen Jeffries & Steven Spatz
Karen Jefferies (insta: @hilariously_infertile) was our guest on this episode of the BookBaby Spotlight podcast to talk about her book, Hilariously Infertile, along with an appearance from BookBaby president Steven Spatz.
BookBaby Spotlight - Eric Trueheart
BookBaby Spotlight - Dr. Cleophas Jones
Prolific writer of 20+ children's books with BookBaby, Dr. Cleophas Jones skypes with us to discuss his URead ULead program and explains why he keeps coming back to BookBaby!
For find his books, and thousands of other indie authors: store.bookbaby.com
For more info on BookBaby: https://www.bookbaby.com/
BookBaby Spotlight - Inkwood Books NJ
Julie Beddingfield, owner of Inkwood Books NJ, joins the pod to talk about how covid-19 is affecting her indie bookstore and what it takes to convince her to order your book and sell it to her customers!
BookBaby Spotlight - Andy Kahan
BookBaby Spotlight - Lee Wind
BookBaby’s first episode under quarantine – we’ll talk to Lee Wind of the IBPA about why he doesn’t like the term “self-publishing” and how he’s coping with the coronavirus. Lee is the author of a popular blog: https://www.leewind.org/ and a YA novel about Abraham Lincoln’s lover: https://store.bookbaby.com/book/queer-as-a-five-dollar-bill-paperback
For more information about how BookBaby is responding to the crisis, click here: https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/coronavirus/printing-company-makes-face-shields-for-medical-workers-fighting-the-coronavirus/2339560/
And to help indie bookstores trying to survive: https://www.bincfoundation.org/
To learn more about BookBaby: https://www.bookbaby.com/
BookBaby Spotlight - Beat Barblan
Beat Barblan, the VP of Publishing & Data Services at Bowker, takes some time to discuss ISBNs and the publishing industry on this week's podcast! Check out www.bowker.com for info about his organization.
For more about BookBaby: www.bookbaby.com
For our thousands of independently published books: store.bookbaby.com
BookBaby Spotlight - James Azrael
The head curator of the HSPPA, James Azrael, joins us to discuss how he used Kickstarter to get his book published, his gluten-free horror-themed bakery, and his three BookBaby titles!
BookBaby Spotlight - Andrea Fowler
Andrea Folwer discusses financial literacy and more in this episode of the BookBaby Spotlight podcast! Her debut book, Credit & Me, is available on BookShop now!
To learn more about BookBaby: www.bookbaby.com
To find Andrea's book and thousands of other independently published books: store.bookbaby.com
BookBaby Spotlight - Taz Wallace
A prolific NCAA football player and published author, Tavarski "Taz" Wallace, joins the BookBaby Spotlight podcast to tell us about his incredible journey to the brink of the NFL! Taz's memoir, The Game That Almost Broke Me, is available on BookShop now!
To learn more about BookBaby: www.bookbaby.com
To find Taz's book and thousands of other independently published books: store.bookbaby.com
BookBaby Spotlight - Smith Publicity
Marissa Eigenbrood and Lindsey Brodowski of Smith Publicity stop by our office for a discussion about book marketing and industry trends!
BookBaby Spotlight - Gina Stewart
BookBaby Spotlight - Les Carter
Les Carter, psychiatric counselor and best-selling author, tells BookBaby why he'll never return to traditional publishing! An expert on narcissism and anger management, his most recent book, When Pleasing You is Killing Me, is available on BookShop now. His YouTube channel is here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIELB1mz8wMKIhB6DCmTBlw/featured.