[BOOKENDS]Sep 18, 2023
BE16: Q&A with Morgana Shae
Meet poet Morgana Shae and check out her debut poetry book Hopel̶e̶s̶s̶.
Show Notes with Timestamps:
In this episode, we cover:
(00:24): Unveiling the Inspiration: A Q&A with Poet Morgana Shea
(00:51): Finding Inspiration: Writing Through the Lens of Parenthood and Faith
(00:55): Genre Exploration: Uncovering the Power of Diverse Literary Worlds
(00:58): Exploring the Dark Future: Unraveling the Dystopian Landscape
(00:59): Exploring Different Genres: Finding Writing Inspiration and Personal Favorites
(01:01): Exploring the Power of Hope: Unveiling the Influence of Inspiring Poetry
(01:04): Author's Aplenty: Unveiling the Impressive Literary Portfolio
(01:05): Finding Hope in Hopelessness: Unlocking the Power Within
(01:11): The Power of Perspective: Unlocking New Insights from Deep Dive with the Author
(01:13): Awakening to the Beauty of Everyday Life: Embracing Hope and Wonder
(01:26): The Perils of Penning: Unraveling the Toughest Writing Challenges
(01:29): Mastering Short Bursts: Writing a Book as a Busy Mom
(01:39): The Exciting Future Projects on Our Radar
(01:40): Unlocking Creativity: A Journey Through Poetry with a Hopeless Sequel and More
(01:46): Unleashing Your Inner Author: Tips for Aspiring Writers
(01:49): Navigating the Writing Journey: The Importance of Finding an Editor and Joining a Supportive Community
(01:53): The Joys of Authorship: Reveling in the Art of Writing
(01:55): Expressing Emotions through Words: The Cathartic Power of Writing
(01:57): Exploring the Challenges of Being an Author: Dissecting the Downsides
(02:00): The Challenges of Finding Dedicated Writing Time
(02:02): Strategies for Selling Books
(02:04): Building Stronger Communities: The Power of Local Support
(02:06): Uncovering the Best Locations for Adventure and Exploration
(02:07): Author Spotlight: Morgana Shea's Debut Book Signing at Converse Public Library!
(02:23): Book Fairs and Poetry: The Perfect Blend for Word Lovers
(02:57): Supporting Authors: Interviews and Book Launches
BE15: Q&A with Ashley Johnson
Today we get to know Ashley Gary Johnson, author of Tiny Warriors: Lena & Luca and Musings on the Move, where thoughts, words, and wanderings entwine; and where you get glimpses into Ashley’s literary creations, updates on his authorial journey, and captivating tales of his travels.
In this episode, we cover:
Musings on the Move— where thoughts, words, and wanderings entwine; and where you get glimpses into Ashley’s literary creations, updates on his authorial journey, and captivating tales of his travels.(00:26): The Inspirations Behind Ashley Johnson's Debut Novel: A Q&A with the Author
(00:48): Overcoming Anxiety and Imposter Syndrome to Pursue Writing: A Personal Journey
(01:00): Overcoming Imposter Syndrome: The Journey of a Creative Writer
(01:09): Unveiling the Power of Miracles: Finding Light in the Darkest Moments
(01:12): The Perils of Penning: Unraveling the Toughest Writing Challenges
(01:14): Conquering Imposter Syndrome: Overcoming Self-Doubt and Embracing Success
(01:16): Exploring the Depths of Literary Preferences
(01:18): Inspirational Stories: Exploring the World of Biographies and Memoirs
(01:21): Unleashing Creativity: Exploring Different Genre Preferences
(01:23): Blurring the Lines: Exploring the Intersection of Memoirs, Fiction, and Non-Fiction
(01:26): Unraveling the Power of Inspiring Words: Conversations on Favorite Quotes
(01:27): The Power of Dishonesty: Exploring the Surprising Benefits
(01:31): Upcoming Projects and Plans: A Glimpse into the Future
(01:33): Exploring Fact and Fiction: Unveiling Two Compelling Novels Based on True Stories
(01:40): Exploring New Frontiers: A Book Signing Journey
(01:47): Exploring the Magic of Waterstones: A Literary Haven in London
(01:49): Adventures in Book Promotion: Unveiling the Most Exciting and Unusual Locations!
(01:52): The Heartfelt Gesture: Giving Back to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
(02:07): Lessons Learned: The Unexpected Challenges of Publishing a Book
(02:13): The Power of Daily Notes: Enhancing Narrative Writing Through Unseen Significance
(02:20): Unleashing Your Inner Author: Essential Advice for Aspiring Writers
(02:22): Unleashing Your Potential: Empowering Yourself to Achieve Success
(02:25): The Joys of Being an Author: Discovering Passion in the Written Word
(02:27): Unleashing the Power of Written Expression
(02:30): The Downsides of Being an Author: Unveiling the One Thing I Dislike
(02:32): Exploring the Delights of Being an Author
(02:36): The Key to Selling More Books: Successful Strategies From Top Authors
(02:39): Effective Communication: Navigating Relationships with Family, Friends, and Co-workers
(02:42): Discovering Our Digital Footprint: Tracing Your Online Presence
(02:43): The Online Presence of Ashley Johnson: Exploring His Personal Website and Substack
(02:47): Podcast Segment: Poetry Contest, Book Launches, and Author Interviews
(04:44): Podcast Production Made Easy with Wondercraft AI
BE14: Q&A with Paul Barile
In this episode, we cover:
(00:24): The Inspiring World of Lucha Libre: A Conversation with Author Paul Barile
(03:28): The Endless Inspiration: Writing in Multiple Disciplines
(03:45): Genre Exploration: Uncovering the Power of Diverse Literary Worlds
(03:47): The Thrilling World of True Crime, Police Procedurals, and Captivating Memoirs
(03:54): Exploring Different Genres: Finding Writing Inspiration and Personal Favorites
(03:56): The Evolution of the Memoir Genre: From Literary Masterpieces to Pulp Fiction
(03:57): Author's Aplenty: Unveiling the Impressive Literary Portfolio
(03:59): The Author's Multi-Genre Journey: From Novels to Novelettes, Illustrated Books, and Screenplays
(04:21): Exclusive Interview: Unveiling the Author's Latest Masterpiece
(04:23): Introducing 'Hope Rises': The Latest Addition to the Lucha Legends Series
(04:28): The Power of Perspective: Unlocking New Insights from 'Deep Dive' with the Author
(04:31): Embracing Kindness and Diversity: Unlocking the Path to Success
(04:35): The Perils of Penning: Unraveling the Toughest Writing Challenges
(04:37): Carving Out Time: The Art of Finding Time to Write
(04:39): Upcoming Projects and Plans: A Glimpse into the Future
(04:40): Exploring New Exciting Chapters: Lucha Legends Book Five & Unveiling the Mighty Harriet Strong
(04:47): Destination Book Signing: Choosing the Perfect Location for Unforgettable Author Events
(04:50): Exploring the Thriving Lucha Scene in Los Angeles while Reconnecting with Family
(04:54): Unconventional Book Promotion: From Hidden Gems to Unexpected Adventures
(04:58): Unforgettable Lucha Libre Extravaganza: Wrestling Takes the Farm by Storm in Rockford, Illinois
(05:01): Insights and Regrets: Lessons from a Published Author
(05:05): Focusing on Writing, Letting the Publisher Take the Lead
(05:08): Unleashing Your Inner Author: Expert Tips for Aspiring Writers
(05:10): Discovering the Joy of Writing: Tips for Authentic Expression
(05:29): Exploring the Wisdom of Letters to a Young Poet: Unveiling the Essence of Creativity
(05:40): The Power of Words: Finding Inspiration in Literature and Personalized Messages
(05:57): The Joy of Expressing Through Writing
(06:03): Amazon's Book Recommendations and Inspiring Young Writers with Lucha Libre
(06:11): The Downsides of Being an Author: Unveiling the One Thing I Dislike
(06:14): Overcoming the Challenge of Limited Time and Abundance of Ideas
(06:16): The Key to Selling More Books: Successful Strategies From Top Authors
(06:18): The Second Book's Success Sparks an Interest in the First: A Look at the Series' Growing Popularity
(06:23): Uncovering the Best Locations for Adventure and Exploration
(06:25): Finding Me: Where to Connect and Explore
(06:33): Insights and Final Thoughts: A Recap of the Discussion
(06:35): Chasing My Writing Dreams: The Joy, Community, and Inspiration of Being a Writer
(06:53): Writer Spotlight: Paul Barile's Wrestling-Inspired Children's Adventure Stories
(07:11): PSI 45th Annual Poetry Contest: Showcasing Poetic Brilliance and Opportunities for Publication
(07:40): The Ultimate Book Launch Guide: Learn from a Master Marketer and Win Big!
BE13 - Q&A with Leland Gamson, Children’s Book Author
In this episode, we cover:
(00:23): The Inspiring Storytelling Journey of Leland P. Gamson
(01:15): Unleashing the Power of Storytelling: Sharing Tales that Inspire
(01:19): "The Joys of Writing and the Love for Reading"
(01:27): Exploring the World of Children's Literature and Faith
(01:39): Unleashing Creativity: Exploring Different Genre Preferences
(01:41): "Nurturing Young Minds: Wholesome and Biblical Children's Stories"
(01:59): Title: "Author's Corner: Exploring an Author's Impressive Collection of Books"
(02:01): "The Growing List of Achievements: 16 and Counting"
(02:03): Title: "Discover the Author's Latest Book!"
(02:06): "The Courageous Keeper: Toby's Risky Rescue"
(02:24): The Author's Message: Empowering Readers with Life Lessons
(02:32): "Exploring the Range of Children's Books: From Rhymes and Activities to Christian Growth"
(02:42): Mastering the Art of Overcoming Writer's Block
(02:44): "The Art of Rewriting: Mastering the Power of Formatting"
(02:46): "Exploring Inspiring Words: Unveiling the Favorite Quotes of Our Podcast Hosts"
(02:49): "Divine Renewal: Embracing God's Promise of Making Everything New"
(02:58): "Upcoming Projects and Plans: A Glimpse into the Future"
(02:59): "Creative Endeavors: Crafting Children's Books and Activities for Fairmount Wesleyan Camp"
(03:14): "Around the World in Pages: The Ultimate Book Signing Destination"
(03:18): The Significance of Jerusalem
(03:19): "Adventures in Book Promotion: Unveiling the Most Exciting and Unusual Locations!"
(03:22): Unveiling the Vibrant World of Authors: Prescot, Arizona Author's Fair
(03:24): "Publishing Insider Secrets: One Crucial Lesson Authors Should Learn Before Releasing Their Books"
(03:28): "The Importance of Time and Dedication in Marketing Success"
(03:31): "Unleashing Your Inner Author: Essential Advice for Aspiring Writers"
(03:33): "Unleashing the Power of Inspiring Literature: Fueling Your Mind with Good Reads"
(03:35): The Joys of Being an Author: A Personal Perspective
(03:38): Preserving Legacies: The Timeless Power of Books
(03:41): "The Key to Selling More Books: Successful Book Marketing Strategies"
(03:44): Maximizing Your Book's Exposure: Promotions on KDP and Radio Interviews
(03:46): "Discovering Our Digital Footprint: Tracing Your Online Presence"
(03:48): Expanding the Reach: Sharing Books through Online Platforms
(03:54): "Exploring the World of Wholesome and Faith-Based Children's Books: A Conversation with Leland Gamson"
(04:10): "Calling All Poets: Join the PSI 45th Annual Poetry Contest and Showcase Your Poetic Brilliance!"
(04:42): "Upcoming Writer Events, Book Launches, and More!"
BE12: Q&A with Jill Ebstein
In this episode, we cover:
(00:25): Getting to Know Jill Ebstein: An Indie Author's Journey
(00:42): Exploring Extraordinary Stories: A Conversation with Jill Ebstein
(04:03): "Finding Solace Through Words: Discovering the Healing Power of Writing"
(05:16): The Realities of Writing a First Novel
(05:18): "The Challenge of Writing: Balancing Attention Spans and Complex Topics"
(06:31): Unveiling the Intended Audience and Key Takeaways of this Book
(06:35): "Building Social Muscle: A Guide for Adults and Teens to Enhance Connections and Foster Growth"
(08:16): Unlocking the Power of Short Reads for Marketing Success
(08:20): "The Power of Belief: Inspiring Kids with 'The Little Engine That Could'"
(08:42): Title: "Upcoming Projects and Plans: A Glimpse into the Future"
(08:44): "The Journey Trilogy: Seeking Liked, Happiness, and Knowledge"
(09:31): "Insider Tips and Advice for Aspiring Writers: Unlock Your Writing Potential"
(09:38): "Finding Authenticity in Writing: Trusting Your Compass"
(10:35): "The Power of Authenticity: Selling More Books Through Genuine Connection"
(10:51): "Adapting to the Digital Age: Finding New Ways to Sell Books"
(11:50): "Where to Find Us: Connecting with Our Team"
(12:06): Unleashing the Potential: A Wish for Writers and the World
(12:17): "Embracing Generosity: Building Connections and Strengthening Communities"
(12:38): "PSI 45th Annual Poetry Contest: Showcasing Poetic Brilliance and Opportunities for Writers"
(13:22): "The Power of Networking and Skill Building for Writers: Join Us at the Taylor University Professional Writers Conference!"
BE11 - Q&A with J.T. Kelly - Mystery, Thriller, Crime Fiction Indie Author
In [Bookends] episode #11, we cover:
(00:24): Unveiling the Thrilling Truth: An Interview with J.T. Kelly
(01:38): "From Lake to Europe: How Two Life Experiences Shaped My Stories"
(02:34): Exploring Personal Reading Preferences
(02:36): Exploring New Genres: From Thrillers to Award-Winning Novels
(03:01): Finding Writing Inspiration and Personal Favorites
(03:03): "The Thrilling World of a Busy Mystery Author"
(03:27): "The Creative Side of Writing: Inspiring Readers and Experiencing Business"
(03:35): "The Thrilling World of International Mystery and Adventure: Unraveling Crime in Page-Turning Novels"
(04:07): The Perils of Penning: Unraveling the Toughest Writing Challenges
(04:10): "Unleashing Imagination: Exploring Alternate Realities with Amos McCabe in Book Seven"
(04:37): Exploring the Power of Words: Unveiling Inspirational Quotes
(04:39): "Showing vs. Telling: The Power of Visual Imagery in Writing"
(04:54): "Unleashing Your Inner Wordsmith: Dream Book Signing Destinations"
(05:01): "Engaging Readers: Bringing the Fun to Book Events"
(05:06): "Unconventional Book Promotions: From Underground Tunnels to Unexpected Venues"
(05:10): "Exploring Local Promotion Opportunities in Culver and Lake Maxinkuckee"
(05:29): Navigating the Publishing Journey: Insightful Tips from Indie Authors
(05:44): Navigating the Competitive Publishing World: Insights and Resources for New Authors
(06:03): Unleashing Your Inner Author: Expert Tips for Aspiring Writers
(06:06): "Harnessing the Power of Positive Reviews: A Key Strategy for Gaining Book Attention"
(06:29): "The Joys of Authorship: Reveling in the Art of Writing"
(06:32): "From Retirement to Fiction: Rediscovering my Passion"
(06:45): Title: The Downsides of Being an Author: One Aspect We Can't Stand
(06:47): "Navigating the Challenges of Advertising on Amazon: Seeking Visibility in a Sea of New Books"
(06:58): "Strategies for Selling Books: Expert Tips for Maximum Sales"
(07:01): "Effective Strategies for Reaching Readers: Press Releases, Email Lists, and Facebook Advertising"
(07:19): Exploring the Reach of Our Podcast
(07:20): "Maximizing Communication: Unleashing the Power of Online Platforms"
(07:32): "Insights and Final Thoughts: A Recap of the Discussion"
(07:34): "Retirement Adventures: From Indiana to Europe - The Novelist's Journey"
(13:10): "The PSI 45th Annual Poetry Contest: Showcasing Poetic Brilliance and Big Prizes!"
(13:52): "Join the Writer's Community: Conferences, Book Launches, and More!"
BE10: Special Book Launch Marketing Strategy with Alex Hormozi
Welcome to this special book launch episode of the Bookends podcast. Today, we'll cover Alex Hormozi's upcoming virtual book launch event and valuable coaching session. Listen up; you don't want to miss this. If you're in a hurry, go to booklaunch.xyz to register and learn with us. It's free!
Hey, aspiring authors, content creators, and online entrepreneurs! I've got some exciting news that you definitely don't want to miss out on. A few weeks ago, I wrote about doing a deep dive into the blue waters of Mozination. Well, it turns out that Alex Hormozi, the brains behind Mozination, is launching his latest book after working on it for the past two years. And guess what? He's going all out with his book launch marketing strategy by delivering some serious value.
Here's the deal: Alex isn't just offering his book for free. Nope, he's taking it a step further. He's also giving away a coaching session and a ton of other goodies. I mean, this guy is really putting his money where his mouth is. He wants to prove that when he says, "It's worth it," he means it. Sure, some people might be upset if they miss out, but the rest of us will get a chance to learn from a master marketer.
So, if you're all about mastering book marketing like I am, I highly recommend joining me at Alex Hormozi's virtual book launch event. This multimillionaire knows his stuff, and I personally love learning from servant-leaders who are already at the top of the entrepreneurial mountain and helping success-seekers scale.
Alex is giving the top ten referrers who invite the most guests a private round with him for their audience. How cool is that? I'm going for a Bookends interview with him that I can share with you! You can help make that happen by using my referral link, booklaunch.xyz to sign up to attend his free book launch event. It's a win-win-win!
Join Alex Hormozi, me, and two hundred thousand-plus creatives on Saturday, August 19, 2023, at 9 a.m. Pacific Time (12 p.m. Eastern Time) because that's when all the fun will go down. Alex will not only unveil his new book but also share something he's been working on for four years that he promises will blow our minds. He said it's more than a gift card and less than a Tesla! What can it be? You don't want to miss out on this megawatt book launch learning opportunity. See you there!
That's it, creatives. In this episode, we discussed Alex Hormozi's upcoming free virtual book launch event, where he will provide valuable content, a free coaching session, and fun surprises. Visit booklaunch.xyz to register so you don't miss out! Thanks for listening to today's episode. We'll see you soon. Be sure to subscribe so you stay in the literary loop!
BE9: Q&A with Hiram Foster
In this episode, we cover:
(00:24): Getting to Know Hiram Foster: Uncovering the Motivation Behind His Writing
(00:48): Exploring the Power of Writing: Uncovering the Underlying Questions and Themes in Fiction
(01:10): Author Spotlight: A Look at the Book Written by Our Guest
(01:11): Uncovering the Truth: A Journey Through Supernatural Mysteries
(01:39): "Exploring Podcast News: Highlights and Updates"
(01:40): "Letters to My Brother: Nurturing a Bond through Writing"
(01:53): Title: "Book Talk: Discussing the Latest Literary Impact"
(01:55): Evolving Perspectives: Reading "To Kill A Mockingbird" as a Parent
(02:11): Unleashing Your Inner Author: Expert Tips for Aspiring Writers
(02:14): "The Journey Towards Personal Growth and Fulfillment"
(02:28): "Show up, Do the Work, and Define Success: Insights from Hiram"
(02:32): Title: Exploring the Reach of Our Podcast
(02:33): Connect with Hiram Foster: Email and Social Media
(02:38): Exploring the Thrills of Author Events
(02:40): "The Excitement of Participating in a Book Fair: A Must-Experience Event"
(02:47): "Join us at the Hoosier Indie Authors Book Fair!"
(02:57): "Spotlight on Indie Authors: Celebrating Independent Voices"
(03:00): Supporting and Celebrating Aspiring Authors: A Conversation with Hiram Foster
(03:30): "PSI 45th Annual Poetry Contest: Submit Your Poems and Win Money and Publication!"
(04:01): Taylor University Professional Writers Conference: Hone Your Skills and Connect with the Writer Community
(04:21): "Master Marketer Reveals Secrets to a Successful Book Launch - Join Alex Hormozi's Virtual Event!"
(05:19): "Transforming Your Podcasting Journey with Wondercraft AI"
Episode #8 - Meet Bess Sturgis, Children's Book Author
In this episode, we cover: (00:24): Exploring the World of Bess Sturgis: Children's Book Author and Storyteller (01:43): The Art of Writing: Uncovering the Drive Behind Pen to Paper (01:45): "Why I Write: Spreading Laughter and Joy Through Children's Books" (02:12): "Exploring the Joy of Children's Laughter and an Author’s Literary Works" (02:18): "From Fairytale Novels to Picture Books: Exploring the Author's Literary Portfolio" (02:23): Podcast Segment: Unveiling the Latest Projects (02:24): The Writing Process: Unveiling the Works in Progress (02:34): "The Writer's Dilemma: Balancing the Blessing and Burden of a Stockpile of Stories" (02:41): "Engaging with Grown-Ups: Building Relationships and Connecting Through Social Media" (03:00): "Exploring the Power of Social Media: Fostering Engagement and Fan Interaction" (03:07): "Rocket Man: Unveiling the Remarkable Story of Robert H. Goddard's Journey into the Space Age" (03:15): Unleashing Your Inner Author: Expert Tips for Aspiring Writers (03:17): Gain Inspiration and Improve Your Writing Skills: The Power of Reading Across Genres (03:22): Title: Exploring the Reach of Our Podcast (03:24): "From St. Louis to Memphis: Book Signings and Online Presence!" (03:39): Exploring the Thrills of Author Events (03:40): Fostering Connections: Small, Family-Friendly Events for Reader Engagement (03:45): Title: "Insights and Final Thoughts: A Recap of the Discussion" (03:47): "Indiana Author Extravaganza: A Celebration of Local Literary Talent" (04:03): "Upcoming News for Poets and Writers: Stay in the Loop!" (04:17): "Calling all Poets: Win Money and Publication in the PSI 45th Annual Poetry Contest!" (04:48): "Unleash Your Writing Potential at the Taylor University Professional Writers Conference" (05:08): "The Ultimate Book Launch: Unveiling the Secrets of a Master Marketer" (05:36): "Calling All Authors: Book Releases, Q&A Interviews, and Subscriptions!" (05:52): "Embracing the Power of Stories: Inspiring Readers and Writers alike!" (06:05): "Transforming Your Podcasting Journey with Wondercraft AI" Subscribe to support the show and indie authors!
Episode #7 - Q&A with Teresa Keefer, Paranormal Romance Writer & Indie Author
(00:22): Getting to Know Teresa Keefer: Q&A with the Indie Author Behind the Wheel of the Witch Series (01:02): Discovering the Spark: What Inspired Teresa's Books (01:05): Unearthly Inspiration: Ghostly Muse and Creative Ideas (01:12): Cracking the Creativity Code: Overcoming Writing Challenges (01:14): The Write Balance: Juggling Writing with a Full-time Job (01:17): Exploring the Power of Literature: Unveiling the Takeaways from Renowned Authors' Works (01:19): Creating Worlds of Enjoyment (01:23): "The Future of Our Projects: What's Next in the Pipeline" (01:25): "Exploring Ostara: Unveiling Book 2 of the Wheel of the Witch Series" (01:28): "Dream Book Signings: From Exotic Destinations to Iconic Landmarks" (01:31): Exploring the Possibilities: Immersing in Ireland for a Month (01:35): Title: Lessons Learned: The Author's Regrets and Insights on Publishing a Book (01:38): Navigating the Challenges of Marketing: A Deep Dive into its Complexity (01:40): "Expert Tips for Aspiring Authors: Unlocking Your Writing Potential" (01:43): "The No-Nonsense Advice for Aspiring Writers" (01:51): "The Joys of Authorship: Reveling in the Art of Writing" (01:53): "Exploring the Unknown: Embracing New Faces and Uncharted Destinations" (01:57): Navigating Writer's Block: Overcoming Creative Challenges in the Author's Journey (01:59): "The Power of Digital Marketing: Strategies for Success" (02:00): "The Key to Selling More Books: Insider Tips from Successful Authors" (02:03): "Discover the Power of a Great Personal Assistant for Authors" (02:08): Title: Exploring the Reach of Our Podcast (02:09): "Author Teresa Keefer Shares Exciting News about Her Next Book Signing Event!" (02:19): "News for Poets and Writers: Stay Updated with the Latest in the Literary World" (02:34): "Calling all Poets: Win Money and Publication in the PSI 45th Annual Poetry Contest!" (03:04): "Unleash Your Writing Potential at the Taylor University Professional Writers Conference" (03:25): "The Exciting Lineup: Author Interviews, Genre Recommendations, and Entrepreneurial Insights" (03:54): "Stay Connected and Get Your Bookworm Fix at Bookends.biz"
Episode #6 - AI, Author Interview, Poetry Contests
Show Notes (Edited to fit Spotify's 4K word requirement)
If you want to get in on the fun by recommending a book or doing an author interview, email firstname.lastname@example.org. As a tech enthusiast, I can't help but get excited about this kind of innovation. And lucky you, if you're itching to try Wondercraft, I've got a special referral code just for you. Use the code WRITERKAT50 to get 50% off for the first month! Let Wondercraft AI transform your podcasting journey into something extraordinary. Get ready to sit back, relax, and let the magic happen. Happy podcasting! I want to reach out to indie authors who wish to promote your books. You can do it on this podcast for free! No having to discount your book either. Plus, I will list it in the newsletter. No catch. I love helping fellow creatives and aspiring authorpreneurs. I recently put out a call to action on Indie Author Insider, and I can't wait to introduce you to my growing tribe of book lovers.
I've had the privilege of contributing to many poetry anthologies over the years. One of the most recent ones was called SCARS. If you're interested in keeping up with the latest and greatest in the indie author world, you'll want to check out my Indie Author Insider newsletter on Substack. It's packed with valuable info and updates you won't want to miss. And speaking of updates, my blog at writerkat.medium.com is the perfect place to find a wide range of topics, from personal development to music and movie reviews. I invite you to read it and other blog posts on Medium.com whenever you seek creative inspiration. Now, let's talk about the latest book that emotionally impacted me. It's titled Sixty-One. The amazing Chris Paul, aka CP3, wrote about how his grandfather influenced him and his work ethic, leading to a twenty-year career in the NBA. I selected it as the best nonfiction book of June 2023. If you're curious about this inspiring memoir, visit bestnonfictionbook.com to check it out. I have some exciting news for fellow poets! First up, we have Rattle Poetry Magazine's contest. This one is a biggie, folks, with a whopping $15,000 grand prize up for grabs! They also offer a $5,000 people's choice award and ten five hundred dollar prizes. The deadline for submissions is July 15, 2023. Visit rattle.com for details.
The Poetry Society of Indiana (PSI) 45th Annual Poetry Contest has a whopping 32 categories for you! The contest is already underway, so don't waste any time. Submissions started on July 1st, and you have until September 1st, 2023, to share your poetic brilliance with the world. To get all the details, visit poetrysocietyofindiana.org I want to give a special shoutout to the Taylor University Professional Writers Conference, quickly approaching on July 28th and 29th in Upland, Indiana. This author event holds a special place in my heart for many reasons, which I highlighted in the July Indie Author Insider. If you want to know more about it, visit indieauthors.substack.com. Oh, and if you're a budding author with a book release on the horizon or want to participate in a Q&A interview, we want to hear from you! Email email@example.com, and let's get the ball rolling. Alright, bookworms, that wraps it up for today. If you want to stay connected and find more goodies from me, check out writerkat.com. You'll find links to my newsletter, blog, and social media there. So, till next time, keep reading, keep writing, and remember, every story has the power to change lives!
Episode #5 - Podcasting with AI, Poetry Book Launch, Indie Author Insider
Welcome to BOOKENDS! This podcast is all about the books and stories that shape our lives.
In today's episode, we will cover an exciting AI experiment for podcasts. We'll also hear about the FATHER book launch and updates from the Indie Author Insider, including upcoming events and book marketing opportunities. So, whether you're a fellow bookworm, indie author, aspiring writer, or simply love to learn and grow, BOOKENDS is the perfect podcast for you.
The goal of BOOKENDS is to recommend books that have had a positive impact on me and hopefully, they'll do the same for you. I love to read nonfiction and poetry. Each month I choose a favorite from the hundreds that are released. For May, I chose "Walking With Sam: A Father, a Son, and Five Hundred Miles Across Spain" by former brat pack actor Andrew McCarthy. I wish I would have found out about Camino de Santiago twenty or thirty years ago. I would have definitely gone on that adventure. Now, I can't imagine walking fifty miles let alone five hundred! Any book that encourages prioritizing your health, spending quality time with your loved ones, and making the most of your one precious life deserves to be number one! To see the list of best nonfiction books and learn more about the selected books, visit my blog at writerkat.medium.com
I'm also eager to share updates from the Indie Authors Insider, a monthly newsletter I publish on Substack. It focuses on the business side of writing, including trends and technology in the self-publishing industry. I also share updates on book releases and opportunities for indie authors. If you have an upcoming book launch, let me know and I'll do my best to include it in a future episode and/or the Indie Author Insider at no charge. It pays to get in on the ground floor!
If you want to support my work, you can join the Indie Authors Association. I'm still trying to figure out the subscription model. For now, it's ten dollars a month or one hundred dollars a year. My dream is to have enough subscribers to support myself financially, so I can continue to provide quality content and write to my heart's content. What makes a subscription valuable to you? I'm open to suggestions!
As a serial entrepreneur, I've had many businesses over the years without striking gold yet. However, I plan to have fun and experiment with Bookends while taking my fellow aspiring entrepreneurs and listeners on the journey. And speaking of journeys, holistic health is on my mind. It's a hot topic. I follow health experts like Dr. Daniel Amen, Dr. Michael Greger, Dr. Mark Hyman, and many others. Who are the health experts you listen to?
Are you a poetry lover? Well, I have some exciting news for you. A few of my poems, along with poems from many other talented poets, are in the latest Poetry Society of Indiana (PSI) book released June 2023. It is titled, FATHER. You can read my poems from the Father book on my blog at writerkat.medium.com and get details to purchase the book. Proceeds benefit PSI, a nonprofit organization promoting poetry.
Speaking of PSI and poetry. If you like to write poems, check out the PSI 45th Annual Poetry Contest where you can win money and publication for your poems! There are 32 categories to choose from. I am the volunteer director of this contest for the first time this year. I can't wait to read your poems. Submissions begin July 1st and end September 1st. For more info visit poetrysocietyofindiana.org
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I would love your feedback. Please let me know what you would like to see featured in future BOOKENDS episodes. Also, please let me know about any upcoming book releases you think would fit the personal and professional growth theme. Thanks for tuning in. Until next time, I hope you have fun with adventures between the bookends of your life!
Going Wide with D2D POD, Indie Author Events & Opportunities
In [Bookends] Episode #4, I quickly talk about the big Draft2Digital news, the SCARS anthology book launch and poetry reading, and opportunities for indie authors. You can find more info at indieauthors.substack.com, bookends.biz, writerkat.com, and scarspoetrybook.com.
[BOOKENDS] Episode #3 - Kickstart Your Book
In this episode I talk about using crowdfunding for your books and provide tips from my crowdfunding experience and a local indie author who is on her eighth Kickstarter campaign. I also share information about the Indie Authors Association from Newsletter #33 that you can find at https://indieauthors.substack.com/. You can also find info referred to in this episode at iia.llc.
[BOOKENDS] Episode #2 - Creative Entrepreneur Startup, Kickstarter, Meetup
Attempt #2 at podcasting! I'm glad hardly anyone is listening as I'm learning how to best record this podcast. In this episode, I go over IAA Newsletter #31 and share about a fellow indie author's Kickstarter campaign. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/skojika/zos-kias-full-color-edition?ref=project_link
You can subscribe to news for indie authors and updates at https://indieauthors.substack.com/
I forgot to talk about the big plant-based news regarding Miyoko Schinner. I was so steamed about what's happening to her, I had to blog about it. You can check it out at writerkat.medium.com.
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P.S. I'm adding a poll to gauge interest on various topics. Please let me know what interests you!