Interviews

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Spring into Summer: Five Questions with Indie Erotica Author Eden Baylee

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Baylee is not simply writing sex. In Spring into Summer, she combines literature and erotica in a way that is both believable and charming with characters that earn our respect and hearts.
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Melissa Foster

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I was so green when I began writing that I didn’t even know there was such thing as a word count, much less what a query was. A few months into writing, it dawned on me that I needed to know roughly how many pages constituted a book.

Jamie McGuire

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I didn’t want to be a writer; growing up in a small farm community in rural Oklahoma, it never occurred to me that I could. Writing was for intellectuals, Ivy League graduates—not me. I dreamed of being a famous singer, a pet adoption agency owner or a marine biologist who rocked a wet suit at Sea World.
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Mirror Talk: A Conversation with Barbara Alfaro

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Author Barbara Alfaro takes us to another place to hear her story. We sit in the sand, warming our upturned faces and follow her down Rockaway Beach. We watch a girl grow up and encounter life’s hilarity along the way.
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The Freedom of Being An Indie

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An Interview with New York Times, Wall Street Journal AND USA Today Bestselling Author Colleen Hoover
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Into the Writing Cave with Tammara Webber

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"Indie authors have a HUGE amount of freedom, but we can't throw the baby out with the publisher," says Tammara Webber, author of Easy, a new--and New York Times bestselling--contemporary stand-alone novel.
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McNally Jackson Bookstore (aka Center of Manhattan's Literary Culture)

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In a perfect world, says Beth Steidl, from McNally Jackson Books, indie authors “would succeed and receive recognition, and indie bookstores would flourish like rabbits (without the problematic overpopulation part).”
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Author Dianne Venetta Talks Gardening and Romance

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For the time being, I'll stay indie. Too many of the novels I want to write fall outside the traditional lines of romance, yet they're stories I need to write. They deal with infidelity, race, parenting, etc.
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5 (Hot!) Questions for Author Sylvia Day

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“It’s very difficult to relate to perfect people,” says the author of the originally self-pubbed bestseller, BARED TO YOU. “In fiction, we need to see the characters struggling so we can find them sympathetic."
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IR Chats with "One Blood" Author Qwantu Amaru

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Well, I grew up in Louisiana from 7th grade through high school in the city of Lake Charles. Louisiana and its history always fascinated me. And supernatural stories just seem to play so much better in Louisiana than other places. There is an undercurrent of mystery and magic that is very seductive and I tried to tap into that.
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Seth Godin Reinvents Publishing (Again)

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The notion of 'self published' changes when the author has the relationship with readers. In this case, I think I'm getting the control and leverage to do what I want without taking the risk of printing up a bazillion books and putting them into stores.
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20 Questions & A Latte with author Joanne DeMaio

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It's not so much that we have to give up everything; we just have to clear the slate a little sometimes. We need to consider the moments of life that mean the most, and recognize what brings us joy, before we can rewrite the script.
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John Locke on the Big Problem (Still) Facing Indies

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"...despite the enormous progress indies have made, we’re still being cock-blocked by traditional media."
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Paying it Forward with Toby Neal

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Traditional publishing seems like snails in a molasses race to me now, and sitting on my manuscripts when they could be out being read and making money is torturous.
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The Minefields: Riding in on the "Mad Men" Wave

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At the time, four traditional book agents had expressed interest in representing me. I grabbed the phone and called my 'first choice.' I had barely begun to explain the tie-in opportunity when she cut me off. "Impossible," she said. "Traditional publishing houses just don't move that fast.”
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Laurel Osterkamp: An Indie Writer Who Packs a Punch

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"Even though things have changed tremendously for indie authors over the last few years, it’s still hard to get readers to give you the benefit of the doubt if you’re not a big name or if you’re not published by someone like Random House."
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Stay for the #Snark: An Interview with Rachel Thompson

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You don’t apologize for all the sex in MANCODE. Should we get over it or start having more of it?
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Fred Stoller on his "Seinfeld Year"

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Yes, I'm well aware the Seinfeld aspect did help get it attention. That show might be the biggest sitcom of all time.
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Why Not?

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Indie Author of New York Times Best Seller “Why Me?” Explains Why She Turned Down A Deal with Simon & Schuster
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Soulful Love: An Interview with Indie Erotica Writer Diana Laurence

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Fact is there’s no way real life can meet all our sexual needs. That’s why we all fantasize about sex.
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Indie Erotica: 20 Questions with Eden Baylee

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At the age of eleven, Eden Baylee, bestselling indie author of Fall into Winter, purchased a copy of Story of O by Pauline Réage. “It's amazing what they sold to kids back then in Montreal,” she says.
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David Raterman, author of "The River Panj"

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Fiction is art so sales forecasts are speculative, whereas nonfiction is easier for sales and marketing people to wrap their arms around. So I do understand why it’s tough to take a chance on a new novelist, especially one without the massive platform that editors like (hence novels by Snooki and Paris Hilton).
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Richard Bard on "Brainrush"

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I was astounded to learn that there are a growing number of cases where ordinary people suffer a head injury and then immediately develop incredible mental abilities—like photographic memory, math skills, or artistic talents.
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Interview with Theresa Ragan

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I started writing ABDUCTED out of frustration with not selling to New York. I decided to kill off a few characters and hopefully some frustrations at the same time.