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1979/80: The Greatest Year of Reading Ever

I Don’t Wanna Go to Mississippi My family moved from Southern Virginia to Jackson, Mississippi in the Summer after my 7th grade year. I was pretty upset to be leaving…

Book Chats – Episode 003 – Selling to a Publisher and the Editing Process

We welcome David C. Innes as our guest this week on Book Chats. David will tell us how he sold two books to P & R Publishing, and what the…

Episode 2 – Becoming an Author with Mellanie Rourke

Book Chats – Episode 002 – Becoming an Author We welcome Mellanie Rourke as our guest this week on Book Chats. Mellanie will give us insight into what it is…

20 Great Cozy Mysteries You Need to Befriend

Cozy Mysteries are one of the most popular genres. Readers can’t get enough of moms, bakers, grannies, and housewives solving a murder or two. Writers churn them out by the thousands each year. Readers devour them.

In the publishing world, I liken the Cozy to the modern sitcom. They are supposed to be fun and should be binged, frequently and often. They should occasionally make you stop and think.

Ultimate List of Great Books That Made Great Movies

Is there anything more controversial than turning a book into a movie? You are almost guaranteed to lose the super fans of the book in conversion from book form to…

The Book Chats Podcast Feed Is Working – Mostly

Book Chats is going out into the world. We released our first test podcast last week and registered with Google, Apple, Stiticher, and Spotify. So far we have been approved…

The World of Top Amazon Customer Reviewers – Observations and a Guide

I learned about the competitive world of Amazon Customer Reviewers a number of weeks ago. Amazon has a complex algorithm to rate the top Customer Reviewers (more info here). Amazon…

The Pre-Launch Schedule

Book Chats is over 2 months old today. We were born March 21, 2019. That is when I bought the domain bookchats.net. Back then I decided that our first podcast would come out at midnight on July 9.

Growing Pains

When you are a start-up business with nothing real to show people, how do you do business? You make it sound good. Or as good as you can when you…

Building a Platform

As I continue consuming information to get Book Chats off the ground, I have come upon a new topic, the author’s platform. The Bookends Literary Agency has a YouTube Channel…