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I'm looking to interview some new authors, especially up-and-coming authors with a unique story for The Publishing Profits Podcast show. Fiction, nonfiction, traditional, self published, hardcore vampire erotica with zombies and aliens... it's all game (okay, maybe not that last one. Unless the aliens are really cool.)

Every week, I interview a bestselling author or just someone doing awesome things in the publishing industry. We've interviews several traditionally published, self published and even a few hybrid-published authors, and authors who have tried just about every publishing route available.

Here are some show ideas I'd love to do but just haven't found the right guest for yet:

How to use Goodreads

Weird or unique social media marketing strategies (success stories with Pinterest or anything other than Facebook/Twitter would be really cool to hear)

Things every first-time author should know about hiring an editor

How to use your books to land speaking gigs

How to use metaphor

Networking for authors (yeah, you know, like talking to people in person. Crazy idea, right?!)

Killing bad ideas (anyone can come up with a bunch of ideas, but how do you decide which ideas to throw away and which ones to keep?)

Really depressing / inspiring stories. Have you been homeless? Did your manuscript spontaneously combust in a glorious fireball? It would be awesome to hear a serious rags-to-riches story from someone who has been down in the dumps and pulled themselves out of it with their writing.

The show is averaging around 300-400 downloads a day, so it's a great opportunity for exposure, but it's also just a great way to give back to the author community and share some awesome ideas on writing, publishing, marketing and what's working today.

You can check out the show on iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/publishing-profits-podcast/id788984301

And the website: http://www.publishingprofitspodcast.com

If you think you'd make a good fit for the show, post your response here or just email me at http://tckpublishing.com/contact

Know someone who would be the perfect person to interview? Let me know!

Got any topics or show ideas you'd love to see? I'd love to hear it.

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This pretty much fits me to perfection:

Really depressing / inspiring stories. Have you been homeless? Did your manuscript spontaneously combust in a glorious fireball? It would be awesome to hear a serious rags-to-riches story from someone who has been down in the dumps and pulled themselves out of it with their writing.

Here's the book description to give you a better idea:

In the bestselling tradition of Smashed and Glass Castle, this raw, eye-opening memoir tells the powerful story of Elizabeth Garrisons fractured childhood, descent into teenage drug addiction, and struggle to overcome nearly insurmountable odds. Elizabeth invites the reader behind the closed doors of a picture-perfect Christian family to reveal a dark, hidden world of child abuse, domestic violence, and chilling family secrets all performed in the name of God under the tyrannical rule of her father. Like countless teenage girls, Elizabeth turns to drugs and alcohol to escape. With smack-you-in-the-face honesty, Elizabeth chronicles the dark realities and real-life horrors of teenage drug abuse, living on the streets, foster homes, and treatment centers. She paints an unsparing portrait of scratching and clawing her way out of the grips of child abuse, addiction, and betrayal to find the strength within herself to save her own life. 

-- I went from a homeless teenage drug addict to a person who now has a Ph.D. My area of specialization is in children and trauma. Specifically, my research for the last ten years has focused on using writing as a way of healing.

I'd love the opportunity to talk with you. Please feel free to IM me.

Elizabeth Garrison

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I'd like to nominate fellow author Chris Fox. I listened to his appearance on Rocking Self-publishing, which you can listen to =http://rockingselfpublishing.com/episode-81-chris-fox-applying-startup-mindset-writing/here. He's remarkably articulate and is a great public speaker.

Fair disclosure: I interviewed him on my blog.

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I listened to this last night. Great stuff. I second your motion!

Elizabeth Garrison

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Hey Lizzie, awesome! It sounds like you might be a great fit :) Definitely shoot me an email and we can talk more and schedule it.

Sever, thanks for the tip! Will listen to the interview with Chris

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Great! I sent you a private message. Looking forward to doing this.

Elizabeth Garrison

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I'd like to nominate fellow author Chris Fox. I listened to his appearance on Rocking Self-publishing, which you can listen to =http://rockingselfpublishing.com/episode-81-chris-fox-applying-startup-mindset-writing/here. He's remarkably articulate and is a great public speaker.

Fair disclosure: I interviewed him on my blog.

Thanks for the shout out, Sever. I was also recently on Podcast 451 and will be on Stephen Campbell's The Author Biz in a few weeks.

I'm happy to be a guest on Publishing Profits if you'd interested in having me.

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I think you should do an audiobooks one and interview both Chris and me. I've got a hybrid audio thing going and an Audie nomination (yay!), but started w/ ACX. Chris is newer to audio & rising fast. I'm Audible-exclusive, he's not. Our narrator routes seem to be pretty different too. I think it could be an interesting conversation, and the two-person dynamic could bring out the different paths and options. Of course, he's kinda prickly and difficult, but hey, I can deal.

(Joking.)

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I think that sounds like a fun show idea, Rosalind. I'd love to hear about your whole Audie experience. Even the nomination is a huge feather in your cap!

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Thanks Lizzie and Chris! Just replied.

Rosalind, we've already done an episode on audiobooks so not sure I want to repeat it right now.

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Re: Looking to Interview Bestselling Authors for The Publishing Profits Podcast
« Reply #10 on: February 18, 2015, 11:15:22 AM »
OMG! Lizzie, what an amazing woman you must be. Kudos to you on surviving and helping others.

I would definitely listen to Rosalind and Chris on Audio or pretty much anything. Just by noodling around these boards you'll find authors who are doing really cool things and sharing their techniques.

I'll check out your podcast too.

Nancy


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Re: Looking to Interview Bestselling Authors for The Publishing Profits Podcast
« Reply #11 on: February 22, 2015, 12:17:06 PM »
Thanks Nancy! Maybe we'll have to do another show on audiobooks soon then :) I appreciate your feedback! Hope you enjoy the podcast.

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Re: Looking to Interview Bestselling Authors for The Publishing Profits Podcast
« Reply #12 on: February 22, 2015, 02:45:48 PM »
This pretty much fits me to perfection:

Really depressing / inspiring stories. Have you been homeless? Did your manuscript spontaneously combust in a glorious fireball? It would be awesome to hear a serious rags-to-riches story from someone who has been down in the dumps and pulled themselves out of it with their writing.

Here's the book description to give you a better idea:

In the bestselling tradition of Smashed and Glass Castle, this raw, eye-opening memoir tells the powerful story of Elizabeth Garrison's fractured childhood, descent into teenage drug addiction, and struggle to overcome nearly insurmountable odds. Elizabeth invites the reader behind the closed doors of a picture-perfect Christian family to reveal a dark, hidden world of child abuse, domestic violence, and chilling family secrets all performed in the name of God under the tyrannical rule of her father. Like countless teenage girls, Elizabeth turns to drugs and alcohol to escape. With smack-you-in-the-face honesty, Elizabeth chronicles the dark realities and real-life horrors of teenage drug abuse, living on the streets, foster homes, and treatment centers. She paints an unsparing portrait of scratching and clawing her way out of the grips of child abuse, addiction, and betrayal to find the strength within herself to save her own life. 

-- I went from a homeless teenage drug addict to a person who now has a Ph.D. My area of specialization is in children and trauma. Specifically, my research for the last ten years has focused on using writing as a way of healing.

I'd love the opportunity to talk with you. Please feel free to IM me.

Just an fyi--saw your book in your signature yesterday, clicked on it and then spent the next few hours reading it. Couldn't put it down. Great writing and a powerful story. :)

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Re: Looking to Interview Bestselling Authors for The Publishing Profits Podcast
« Reply #13 on: February 22, 2015, 07:14:09 PM »
You could have my editor (Lou Grant in a skirt) and I as co-guests. Everyone could listen to us argue, climaxing with my total humiliation. ;D

Seriously though, I like your podcast. Keep up the good work.

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Re: Looking to Interview Bestselling Authors for The Publishing Profits Podcast
« Reply #14 on: February 22, 2015, 08:22:03 PM »
I'd be interested if you wanted to do a podcast of leveraging a self-hosted  wordpress as a nearly all-in-one publishing platform.

I use my wordpress as a writing space (with plugins for grammar, organizing posts into series, by category, using tags to drive organic search traffic to my site of readers who would want my book, mailing list sign up since after Chapter 5 readers must sign in to read so it collects their email addresses, distribute my review PDFs, get reader feedback as I write chapters, stay accountable to others to keep writing, and everything backs up with one click). Also, every post automatically posts to my social media, which isn't rock science, but I haven't met another author using wordpress the way I am.

By writing live since last summer, I've grown my releases to where the preorder of my latest novel has over 300 preorders in just 13 days at $8.24 each. My last preorder took 6 weeks to hit 500 and that was in December. My success I believe is a combination of niche readership + publishing often (because with wordpress, I rarely have to duplicate work) + staying in constant contact with my readers by writing live. 

Since last July when I restarted after a 3 year hiatus, I've published six titles, and sold 9,741 ebooks, 331 paperbacks, and I have another 332 preorders on the titles coming soon (Virtue of Marriage went preorder live feb 9 and has 310, An Autumn Accord preorder went live this afternoon to publish on thursday and has 22). I think the biggest departure, and it's not that doing a discount release is bad or anything like that, is that I did try out 99 cents for a count down deal on 2 books, only 209 copies of the nearly 10,000 ebooks sold for 99 cents. Everything else was regular price, $3.25 and up.

It's important to note that not ALL genres can support higher priced books, certainly, but there are still some out there that can.

It's also a different flavor of "going free" where I'm seeing 13% of my site's total unique users in a month registering, and many readers who read it free still go on to buy the book when it releases because they feel like they were a part of the process (and they were! without them, I probably would THINK a lot about writing books, but not actually, you know, write them). :) I do put an update on each post before the chapter, so there is value in visiting my site even if you don't want to keep reading along as a book is written past Chapter 4. Some of my readers have told me they don't read past that and just like to see the book is getting done, and like to read it on release day.


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Re: Looking to Interview Bestselling Authors for The Publishing Profits Podcast
« Reply #15 on: February 23, 2015, 01:50:56 PM »
@Pamela, yeah Lizzie's story is amazing! Just interviewed her, and will post the episode in a few weeks. It's a great one :) Thanks Lzizie!

@Joe Thanks :)

@Elizabeth Ann West, That sounds awesome. Congrats on your success! I'd love to hear more. Shoot me an email at www.tckpublishing.com/contact and we can schedule

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Re: Looking to Interview Bestselling Authors for The Publishing Profits Podcast
« Reply #16 on: February 23, 2015, 02:46:20 PM »
Don't know if it helps, but I've had two books hit the number 1 spot on Amazon (across all Kindle categories) and one at number 2, something around 250k downloads to date. Had one book adapted as a radio drama. Oh, and I had a leeeeettle bit of a mental breakdown to contend with as well: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/adam-croft/why-are-we-so-afraid-to-talk-about-depression_b_2867744.html

PM me if any of that helps. If not, I know lots of others who've had considerably more success than me who would be willing to talk as well :)

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Re: Looking to Interview Bestselling Authors for The Publishing Profits Podcast
« Reply #17 on: February 26, 2015, 12:47:21 PM »
Awesome Adam! Yeah shoot me an email, would love to connect

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Another show idea I would love to do is on how to write a great synopsis / book description for novelists if anyone is a pro at that. We've had several listeners ask about it.

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Just posted the interview with Lizzie (#47). What an inspiring story!! Thanks so much for sharing your story and wisdom with us all Lizzie. You rock!

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I just listened to a couple of your podcasts, really interesting. I do love podcasts. I said last week I want to see more podcast interviews with authors.

I'd like to hear someone talk about the basics of publishing fiction for newbies, how to publish on a tight budget, how to use KDP select effectively, a simple guide to building a newsletter, working with local bookstores, how to gain more visibility in a crowded genre (like zoe york talked about romance sub-genres). I'd like to hear more best selling erotic and contemporary romance authors interviewed, it would be interesting to hear a step by step guide of how they launched their career and maintain it.

 I listened to three interviews recently that I found interesting, K Matthews interview with Jim Kukral, Zoe York on writing podcast https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TqWxi9zrdqM and Jasinda Wilder on Kelsye Nelson https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gSESvDXspy8



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Re: Looking to Interview Bestselling Authors for The Publishing Profits Podcast
« Reply #22 on: February 19, 2017, 03:21:46 AM »
We're still looking for new interview guests for The Publishing Profits Podcast. If you have any recommendations let me know!

Thanks  ;D