How to Create Audiobooks @BookGoodies Podcast with Authors Katie Darden and Shawn Inmon

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Authors Katie Darden and Shawn Inmon join BookGoodies podcast host Deborah Carney to talk about how to get your book into audiobook format. It isn’t as scary as you might think!

What we cover in this podcast:
**How does an author go about making an audiobook?
**Why did you decide to put your books in audio form?

**Did you record your own or use a narrator?
**Can you get a stipend from ACX to incentivize your narrators? How to increase your chances of getting one.
**How did you decide to compensate your narrator? Choices are 50/50 split or pay upfront.
**How to figure out your costs
**What to watch for in the narration process
**Setting up auditions, inviting narrators
**Making an offer to a narrator, contract issues, rights issues

**Communication with your narrator once you decide on one
**Reviewing chapters as you go
**Asking for revisions

**Should you edit your manuscript to make allowances for audio?
**Whispersync considerations

**What happens when the narration is done and approved?
**Getting your book on Audible, Amazon and iTunes.

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About Shawn:
Shawn Inmon hails from Mossyrock, Washington–the setting for his first two full-length books, Feels Like the First Time and Both Sides Now. Both of those are available as audiobooks, as well as print and eBook. By day he works in real estate with a side of public speaking; prior to that, he has DJed, sold stuff that you definitely wanted, cooked your hamburgers, fished for crabs, bought for department stores, and done business consulting. He is married to his high school sweetheart, Dawn. He is a father of five, grandfather of five and best pal of two chocolate labs named Hershey and Sadie and a slightly insane cat named Buddha.

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About Katie:
Katie Darden is a Business and Career coach, Trainer, Speaker and Internet Marketer with over 20 years experience in Human Resources, including Personnel as well as Training and Development. She’s held several different roles in government and private industry across a broad range of organizations, from small business start-up through City, County, State and Federal governments.

Her varied experience includes working as a consultant for businesses such as Microsoft, Intel, Continental Airlines, Alcoa, Johnson and Johnson, Applied Materials, MCI, British Telecom, Glaxo, Hewlett Packard, Honda, Ontario Hydro (Canada), Syncrude Canada, US West, Department of Veteran’s Affairs and several California State Agencies. She also served as the Administrative Services Director and Personnel Officer for the largest Indian Tribe in California.

Katie has built and managed several small businesses since the 1970s, enjoying all the benefits of being a serial entrepreneur. She loves working with creative people and small start-ups. For several years she focused on working with women entrepreneurs, winning awards for website design and managing local and national business networking groups. In 1999 she received National recognition when she designed and managed the first online virtual network for the National Association for Female Executives.

She is a 1997 graduate of Coach U, a founding member of Coachville and the Graduate School of Coaching, a certified Handwriting Expert, a registered and certified hypnotherapist and Master Practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP).

Katie is an artist in her “spare” time, designing and creating award-winning fused glass jewelry and painted fabric items for her etsy stores.

She considers herself fortunate to live on the far Northern Redwood Coast of California and to spend the rainiest 4 months every year in San Felipe, Mexico, on the Sea of Cortez.

Katie enjoys creating environments and opportunities for people to discover and express their natural gifts and talents.

You can find out more about Katie at her website http://careerlifeinstitute.com/about/katie-darden/

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Danielle Smith Talks About #ArmchairBEA 2014 – @BookGoodies Podcast

Join Danielle Smith and BookGoodies podcast host Deborah Carney as the discuss the upcoming ArmchairBEA event that coincides with the Book Expo America in NYC. ArmchairBEA is a way to network from home with authors and book bloggers, almost like being at the show! BookGoodies is a sponsor and hopes to “see” you all there! Follow the hashtag #ArmchairBEA on twitter, plus check out all their other social media.

There are giveaways and swag, just like being there!

Register for ArmchairBEA (it’s free!)
Be a Sponsor – Give away a book or something readers would love

From their FAQ:
What is Armchair BEA?
Book bloggers unable to attend the BEA Bloggers Conference or Book Expo America (BEA) in New York City, but would like to ‘meet’ other book bloggers and publishers to discuss books and book blogging can participate in this virtual event. Armchair BEA has been run by book bloggers on a volunteer basis since 2010, although giveaways are sponsored by authors and publishers.

When is Armchair BEA?
Armchair BEA runs simultaneously with BEA Bloggers Conference and Book Expo America. Armchair BEA 2014 is scheduled for May 26-31.

Follow us on Twitter @ArmchairBEA.
Follow us on Facebook.
Join the Armchair BEA Headquarters Google+ Community.

Read More at their site.

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Genre Discussion With Lynne Cantwell and Carla Sarett – @BookGoodies Podcast

Join BookGoodies podcast host Deborah Carney and guests authors Carla Sarett and Lynne Cantwell as they discuss the various genres and what fits where. Interesting discussion for authors and readers alike, chime in and let us know your views in the comments!

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About Carla
Carla Sarett’s short fiction has been published in over twenty five literary and humor magazines—and her essay, “Sam’s Will,” was nominated for Best American Essay (published in Blue Lyra Review.) Her short story collections include Strange Courtships: Nine Romantic Stories and Crazy Lovebirds: Five Super-Short Stories. Her forthcoming novel will feature the woebegone heroine introduced in “Career Girl” (in the anthology, Love Hurts!) and “Skinny Girl” (in Red Fez.) Carla invites you to her blog: http://carlasarett.blogspot.com/

About Lynne
Lynne Cantwell grew up on the shores of Lake Michigan. She worked as a broadcast journalist for many years; she has written for CNN, the late lamented Mutual/NBC Radio News, and a bunch of radio and TV news outlets you have probably never heard of, including a defunct wire service called Zapnews. She is the author of “The Pipe Woman Chronicles,” a five-book urban fantasy series; the “Land, Sea, Sky” trilogy, a contemporary fantasy set in the same universe; and two stand-alone fantasy novels.

Lynne’s vast overeducation includes a journalism degree from Indiana University, a masters degree in fiction writing from Johns Hopkins University, and a paralegal certificate. She is a contributing author at Indies Unlimited. She currently lives near Washington, DC.

Blog: http://hearth-myth.blogspot.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/LynneCantwell
G+: http://plus.google.com/u/0/+LynneCantwell
Twitter: http://twitter.com/LynneCantwell
and http://www.indiesunlimited.com

Prepping for A Successful Book Promotion – Podcast with Jim Kukral and Deborah Carney

Is your book ready for a big promotional push? Listen to this podcast with industry professionals Jim Kukral and Deborah Carney to see if your book really is ready to be put out there in front of the public. In 18 minutes you could save a lot of time and money and once you follow our advice you can be better prepared for both free and paid promotions to get your book not just seen, but actually get readers to buy it.

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If you listened to this podcast and found it helpful or have other ideas to share, please post in the comments!

Memoirs with Marlayna Glynn Brown and Shawn Inmon Podcast

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Best selling memoir authors Marlayna Glynn Brown and Shawn Inmon join BookGoodies podcast host Deborah Carney to discuss the differences between Memoir, Autobiography and Biography and how memoirists decide what and how to write. Great listen for anyone that enjoys reading memoirs, writing memoirs or is thinking about writing one. This is part one of a planned series about writing memoirs.

About Marlayna:
Marlayna Glynn Brown is a best-selling American author, award-winning photographer, screenwriter and yogi. Immediately upon publication in 2012 Marlayna’s first memoir, Overlay: A Tale of One Girl’s Life in 1970s Las Vegas, became and remains one of the highest rated author memoirs on Amazon. Overlay won a finalist award in the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.

Marlayna’s life credits, BA in Literature and MS in Human Services have enhanced her remarkable gift in observing and recording humanity. Her memoirist writing credits include Overlay: A Tale of One Girl’s Life in 1970s Las Vegas, City of Angeles, Big as All Hell and Half of Texas, The Trilogy: Memoirs of Marlayna Glynn Brown, One Day The Invitations Will Stop Arriving, Lovers, Liars and Lotharios, and Rest In Places: My Father’s Post-Life Journey Around The World. Her articles have been featured on PBS Next Avenue, Elephant Journal and The Good Men Project.

Marlayna’s instructional works include The Nomadic Memoir Series: Memoir Writing Tips for Authors, and Best Selling Award Winning Promotion and Marketing Tips for Authors.
Her short film, People That do Something, is based on a chapter from Overlay and can be viewed on Marlayna’s Youtube channel.

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About Shawn:
Shawn Inmon hails from Mossyrock, Washington–the setting for his first two full-length books, Feels Like the First Time and Both Sides Now. Both of those are available as audiobooks, as well as print and eBook. By day he works in real estate with a side of public speaking; prior to that, he has DJed, sold stuff that you definitely wanted, cooked your hamburgers, fished for crabs, bought for department stores, and done business consulting. He is married to his high school sweetheart, Dawn. He is a father of five, grandfather of five and best pal of two chocolate labs named Hershey and Sadie and a slightly insane cat named Buddha.

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Gil C. Schmidt Talks About Flash Fiction with @BookGoodies

Author Gil C. Schmidt joins BookGoodies podcast hosts Deborah Carney and Karen Garcia to talk about flash fiction.

I’ve written two anthologies of flash fiction, an anthology of science fiction stories and an anthology blending mystery and horror. I seem to be in an anthology kind of groove. My flash fiction, collected in “30 Stories” and “30 More Stories”, covers many genres, from fantasy to comedy. Thanks to my wife, we split them into 99-cent “6-Packs” so people can sample my fiction writing. The science fiction anthology is set in Victorian Age London, following three explorers of the unknown. The men, Murchison and Leeds, call themselves “The Phenomenologists” and Abilene Leeds appears to have a background in adventure herself. And the mystery/horror anthology, “Tales from the Hotel Central,” explores the deadly secret of a small, nondescript inn.

Future projects are a book about using flash fiction to improve your writing, the second volume of “The Phenomenologists,” a horror/thriller series of a family’s centuries-long struggle against dark forces, a fantasy novel and a thriller set in modern times.

Another podcast with Gil is here.

Flash Fiction:
6-Pack of Horror Flash Fiction
6-Pack of Mystery Flash Fiction
6-Pack of Thoughtful Flash Fiction
6-Pack of Adventure Flash Fiction
6-Pack of Fantasy Flash Fiction
6-Pack of Humorous Flash Fiction
6-Pack of Romance Flash Fiction
6-Pack of Sci Fi Flash Fiction

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Author Home Page Link
Link To Book On Amazon
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Get the Author Attitude with Nina Amir @BookGoodies Podcast

Nina Amir joins BookGoodies podcast host Deborah Carney to discuss the “Author Attitude” and why authors need it.

What we talk about in this podcast:

1. Why do writers need an author attitude and what are the 4 elements that make up this attitude? (Hint: WOOT)
2. Why do aspiring authors need a business plan for their books before they write a word?
3. Do both fiction and nonfiction authors need a business plan?
4. How do you retain creativity in this business-focused process?
5. How do aspiring authors train themselves for success?
6. What is the primary thing authors must do to succeed? The primary thing authors must do to succeed-and it isn’t have a good book idea or write well
7. How does a business plan help create a successful writing careers–not just a successful book?
8. Author Platform: What is it?

About Nina:
Nina Amir, author of How to Blog a Book and The Author Training Manual, transforms writers into inspired, successful authors, authorpreneurs and blogpreneurs. Known as the Inspiration to Creation Coach, she moves her clients from ideas to finished books as well as to careers as authors by helping them combine their passion and purpose so they create products that positively and meaningfully impact the world. A sought-after author, book, blog-to-book, and results coach, some of Nina’s clients have sold 300,000+ copies of their books, landed deals with major publishing houses and created thriving businesses around their books. She writes four blogs, self-published 12 books and founded National Nonfiction Writing Month.

About The Author Training Manual:
Two hundred million Americans want to transform themselves into published authors by self-publishing or traditionally publishing a book. Today, almost any writer can change his or her status from aspiring to published author. More ways exit to self-publish a book than ever before. And it’s still possible, albeit harder, to become an author by traditionally publishing a book.
Yet, the small percent of the U.S. population—just two percent—who actually do publish a book must compete with the 500,000 traditionally published books per year—1,500 per day—and the million of books published per year. Some estimate that 15 million were published in 2012. Once in a store, readers have to find that book. Amazon stocks more than 4 million books. And self-published books never make it into a store.

With that type of competition, and promotion left to authors, it’s no wonder the average print book today only sells about 250 copies per year. Ebooks only sell about 550 copies per year. The only way for a writer to succeed—to produce a book that sells an above-average amount of copies or becomes a bestseller—today is to create a marketable book.

In other words, the author needs more than writing skill and creativity. The author must have a unique idea or story that is necessary in a target market or category and that appeals to a large enough market. These three elements produce a viable “product”—one with the potential to sell. Plus, the writer must be a good business person, someone able to help sell the book.

The Author Training Manual: Develop Marketable Ideas, Craft Books That Sell, Become the Author Publishers Want, and Self-Publish Effectively, offers aspiring authors a process to help them produce marketable book ideas—ones that sell. The exercises it contains train them to become successful authors by helping them develop an Author Attitude, produce a business plan for their books and evaluate themselves and their ideas through the same lens used by agents and acquisitions editors. It is meant for all aspiring authors—and even published authors, whether they write fiction or nonfiction, plan to self-publish or traditionally publish, because they all need the tools and skills to determine if a book idea is a viable product in a target market, which is the job these publishing professionals perform.

Primary website:
www.ninaamir.com

Blogs:
www.writenonfictionnow.com
www.howtoblogabook.com
www.asthespiritmovesme.com
www.mysoncandance.com

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Doug Brendel Author Interview with @BookGoodies

Author Doug Brendel joins BookGoodies podcast host Deborah Carney to talk about books, writing and current projects.

I wrote a memoir called “Why I Quit the Church.” Before this, I was a clergyman, and I wrote a lot of creative biblical teaching books based on my sermon series. Since the memoir, I’ve concentrated on humor books (“Only in Ipswich” and “Only in Ipswich 2013″).

Doug Brendel is an author and minister. He leads “NewThing.net,” a humanitarian ministry in the former Soviet Union, and writes a humor column in the Ipswich Chronicle. His wife, the international documentary art photographer Kristina Brendel, owns Time & Tide Fine Art, and is far more interesting than Doug is. They have 3 children and live in Ipswich, Massachusetts.

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Link To Book On Amazon
Link to Book on Barnes and Noble
Link to Book for sale at Lulu.com

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BookGoodies NaNoWriMo Flashcast with Anne Toole

Author Anne Toole joins BookGoodies hosts Deborah Carney and Karen Garcia to discuss Anne’s tips for participating in NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month.
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Lieutenant Raymond E. Foster, LAPD (ret.) Author Interview with @BookGoodies

Author Lieutenant Raymond E. Foster, LAPD (ret.) joins BookGoodies podcast host Deborah Carney for an interview about his books, how he started, advice for new and established authors.

Lieutenant Raymond E. Foster, LAPD (ret.) spent 24 years with the Los Angeles Police Department. He is the author of nine books and over 50 articles on subjects ranging including, technology, the history of policing, leadership and terrorism. An experienced lecturer he has been an adjunct faculty member at three large universities.

Raymond currently focuses his time on his International Policing Consulting firm; his last project was assisting the Government of Jamaica in developing a nation-wide anti-gang strategy. You can view that final report at www.gang-crime.com. Raymond can be reached at Raymond@hitechcj.com

CV www.police-lieutenant.com
Leadership: www.pokerleadership.com
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/policeofficer
My Podcast: www.americanheroesradio.com

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Karen Jones Author Interview with @BookGoodies

Author Karen Jones joins BookGoodies podcast host Deborah Carney to talk about books, writing and current projects.

There is an echo in this podcast, we had some technical difficulties! It is still a good listen :)

Author, educator and broadcast journalist, Karen Jones holds degrees in English and Education from the University of Virginia. Jones’ first novel, Kingdom of Hearts was published in 1997 by the duplicitous and financially corrupt Commonwealth Publications in a disaster of epic proportions. The resulting scandal helped inspire former FBI agent Jim Fisher’s book Ten Percent of Nothing The Case of the Literary Agent from Hell.

Her second book, Up the Bestseller Lists, Adams Media, 2001, co-authored with Kathleen Brehony offers hands-on advice and guerilla techniques for authors who want to aggressively and successfully promote and market their work. Her third book, Death for Beginners, a nonfiction how-to book, is a practical guide for arranging a graceful exit written with baby boomers in mind has been published by Quill Driver Books. Her most recent work, The Highland Witch is on Kindle.
Jones has fifteen years of experience in television news at WVEC, an ABC affiliate, as an on-air anchor and feature reporter. In addition, working as a series producer she wrote and hosted the long-form series “The Haunting of Virginia” which won an Associated Press Award. She also collaborated with the BBC on its award winning series Pocahontas. Karen’s media experience also includes stints as an on-air personality at WNOR, WAFX, and WNIS, in both the talk-radio and rock-n-roll radio format.

She directed the Virginia Writers Conference for five years, is an advisor for the Bay School for the Arts, and is a member of the National League of American Pen Women and The Authors Guild.
Karen has worked for ten years as an educator in the public schools, both teaching and writing curriculum. She has taught writing workshops and seminars at Louisiana State University, Austin Peay University, Old Dominion University and has taught courses in romance novel writing at the University of Richmond and Christopher Newport University.
Karen is currently shopping her fifth book, The Marcell Glide, a southern literary fiction coming of age story.

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Author Home Page Link
Link To Buy Death for Beginners On Amazon
Link to Book on Barnes and Noble
Link To Buy The Highland Witch On Amazon

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Ryan Frawley Author Interview

Author Ryan Frawley joins BookGoodies host Deborah Carney to discuss his path to publishing his novel.

From Ryan:
I’m a self-published author currently promoting my novel, Scar. I have written a suite of articles on self-publishing for manybooks.net, as well as publishing more general articles on the highs and lows of a modern artist’s life on Thought Catalog. You can see some of my self-publishing related articles on my blog, http://ryanfrawley.wordpress.com/.

Twitter: @BiggieFrawlz
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Frawley.Ryan
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5299876.Ryan_Frawley
Websites:
http://thoughtcatalog.com/author/ryan-frawley/
https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/ryanfrawley

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