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The truth about writing books. By speaking to authors and other book lovers, I'm diving into the mystery that is the book world today. From writing to editing to publishing and all that goes into the creation of a book – all of it is open for discussion on the show.
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Now displaying: August, 2016
Aug 25, 2016

Covers. How many of us have picked books just because we loved the cover and couldn't stop staring at it? I know I have been guilty of that more than once. I've even bought a book I already owned because I loved the new cover design so much. 

What goes into the magic power that covers have over us? Where does this come from? 

 

This week, I talk to LeAnna Smith about the art and science of covers. She's worked with everything from Big 5 titles to those who really want to set their self-published title apart. 

Show Notes From Episode 13 with LeAnna Smith

  • Judging a book by its cover (2:15)
  • The role of the cover in eBook and digital publishing (3:30)
  • Audiobook covers (5:00) Mentioned: Rivers of London Cover Versions
  • Re-interpreting covers for different markets (7:45) Mentioned: Alice in Wonderland with new cover | Sam Potts episode on interior design
  • Touching everyone's books (10:20)
  • The interior-exterior disconnect (11:00)
  • Creative control of the cover & texture options (12:00) Mentioned: Spot Varnish
  • Cookbooks and even more design options (14:10)
  • Trends in covers & the end of the jacket (15:15) Mentioned: Jojo Moyes & Me Before You's font cover
  • Coloring book covers (20:00) Cher Kaufmann Mandala coloring books
  • Re-packaging books for different price points & markets (20:45)
  • Why publishing is a little like outlet shopping (22:00)
  • International covers (25:30) Mentioned: Harry Potter's Cover for Lithuania (actually Finland
  • Reading with office supplies (27:30)
  • The cover design process step-by-step (28:30)
  • Big stores throwing their weight around (31:40)
  • Author input on covers (33:45)
  • Working with individual authors (35:20)
  • Publishing gift items and planners (37:30)
  • Print-on-demand design (39:15)
  • Leanna's entry into book design (39:45)
  • Print is not dead (42:00)
  • On LeAnna's nightstand : Fascinate by Sally Hogshead | Living Forward by Michael Hyatt 
  • The hot tip for stock photography (44:00)
Aug 18, 2016

In the beginning, there is the blank page. 

We've talked a lot about the later parts of a book's life: publishing and distribution and design. This week we're going all the way back to the start. 

How do you get a book down on the page?

What happens when you face the blank page and there is nothing there?

What's up with the feeling of having to make a story come out of your head?

What do I do with that nasty critical voice that keeps bashing my work as I write?

Where does it all come from, anyway?

Sarah Selecky has been teaching students since 2001 how to deal with these and many conundrums that the writer faces when getting started on a project. We dive into the process of writing and all the magic that goes along with it. 

I won't lie- I felt a little high after wrapping up this recording. 

Want to dive into that novel you've been dreaming of writing? This is where you begin. This episode. 

We want you to write that novel. It wants to exist. This episode will help you find it. 

This episode is sponsored by MuseMonthly.com

Shownotes at SecretLibraryPodcast.com

Aug 11, 2016

Tosh Berman is one of my favorites. We had a podcast together back in 2008, which was big in Japan. During our podcasting reunion, Tosh shares about the process of publishing books in translation, his own writing adventures, why he went to see Sparks every single night of their London performances in 2008, and details about his re-released poetry collection." 

The L.A. Times calls Tosh "a Los Angeles original." They are right. 

In addition to discussing books and writing, Tosh gives some unusual relationship advice and hints at a new book on this topic. 

Definitely our most avant-garde episode so far... you won't want to miss it. 

Aug 4, 2016

It's here! We've hit episode 10 and we are still going strong. 

Today I'm so happy to have Julia Callahan of Rare Bird Books on the show. She's Director of Marketing and Publicity and dishes on how to best work with a small press. If you've ever wanted to go this route, this is a must listen. 

In addition, we talk roller derby and about the book celebrity that makes us both totally weak in the knees and sweaty-palmed. 

 

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