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Victoria Sutherland

Episode 8 – An Informative and Educational Chat with Victorian Sutherland, the Publisher of Foreward Reviews

I was in the middle of the “mystery” of the publishing industry. I was utterly out of my depth. It didn’t take me long to figure that out. As you listen to interview, you might be able to sense my ignorance and feel my ignorance. I did not know enough to ask decent questions, but she carried the conversation.

Episode 7 – The Three Against the Dark Novel Marketing Experiment

Over the coming months, Book Chats is going to conduct a novel marketing experiment using Three Against the Dark, a middle grade adventure/fantasy written by MK Christiansen, my wife. Three Against the Dark has suffered the fate of many of the well-written self-published books that I have loved over the years. It has sunk under the oblivion of the mass of books available on Amazon, because no one can buy a book they have never heard of or seen. It hasn’t sold a copy in over 5 years.

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Episode 006 – Chat with Michelle DeRusha

Our guest on Book Chats today is Michelle DeRusha. We will be chatting about her difficult choice of leaving the publishing industry after several books. Sometimes the cost of success…

Hand Washing

Writer’s Block and Writing Hygiene

In the medical world, hygiene provides the conditions and practices that make good health possible. By analogy, Writing Hygiene would be the conditions and practices that make good writing possible.

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Episode 005 – Chat With Katja Kaine the Creator of the Novel Factory

We welcome Katja Kaine to Book Chats. She is the creator of The Novel Factory Software and the author of The Novel Writing Roadmap. If you are a writer and…

Boy Inspired by a Book

My Personal Favorite Middle Grade Novels and Books – Part 1

The Magic of Middle Grade Novels Middle Schoolers are creatures that live half in the world of fairy and half in brutal reality. They are living through a time of…

Book Chats – Episode 004

I discovered Richard Fairbairn last Winter. I have an insatiable appetite for reading material, so I was trolling Smashwords looking for something in the New Releases. I clicked on Beyond…

Child reading a book

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…