I decided to venture into podcasting after being intervied by podcast hosts in the fall when my new book “Greenwich Meridian Memoir” came out. Podcasts are fun and the insights gained from authors are enriching much like their books.
I’ve met so many cool authors on my book gigs and the camaraderie is truly amazing. Forget about competition between Indie authors. We help promote each other as much as we can. Some authors feature other authors on their blogs and in the pre-covid era they helped organize authors’ events. We bond well together and buy each others books.
We’ve just finished the Winter Virtual Book Festival which was a blast hosted by author Diana Plopa and a Summer Virtual Book Festival will happen in June.
The goal is to promote each other’s work, as well as our own. As any author can tell you, the hardest part of the publishing process is marketing of the books due to the enourmous quantity of everything on the market.
Self-publishing has become somewhat easier even though I can’t say it’s easy. On my author’s gigs, people ask me all sorts of questions; from how long does it take to write a book to editing.
A fun question is about the book covers. The best answer is to hire a graphic artist whose work you know. I did the covers to my first two books by myself. The second cover to “Secrets”stirred some commotion as it is an optical illussion and people saw different things in it. The title of the photo is “The Face of Gossip.” So you can imagine the reaction.
The purpose of this podcast it to introduce the authors and their work with a little twist about their life. People do ask questions about our lives. None of us has struck a pot of gold, at least not yet. Many authors hold full-time jobs, and write at night.
I am a morning writer, so I must write in the morning. How did I fit in writing when I was a full-time reporter? Not so great, but I still wrote before work.
The other thing the public wants to is how often do I write? Everyday except for weekends and sometimes on Saturdays.
What do I enjoy the most about writing is the escape from reality. So come and join us.
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