PublishHer Podcast
For all the writers out there - we're talking all routes to publishing, book launches, book marketing, tips, tools, and resources to write, publish, and sell your book. Self-publishing, hybrid publishing, and traditional publishing. Author interviews and industry experts. Hosted by Alexa Bigwarfe of the Women in Publishing Summit.
{ep. 51} It all started 8 years ago today
October 15, 2021 • 26 MIN
I published my first book, Sunshine After the Storm: A Survival Guide for the Grieving Mother, 8 years ago today, officially launching Kat Biggie Press on October 15, 2013, Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day.
{ep. 50} What we've learned in the past few years
October 6, 2021 • 78 MIN
It's our 50th episode and Alexa is talking with her team about the biggest lessons learned over the last few years.
{ep. 49} Author Interview - Daniel Fallon
September 30, 2021 • 46 MIN
We cover a lot of ground in this episode. Alexa Bigwarfe interviews author Daniel Fallon about his long journey to research, produce a high quality book, and launch his amazing book. Filled with great insights and information, this is a great interview!
{ep. 48} The challenge of finding the right category for your book with Emily A. Myers
September 22, 2021 • 29 MIN
Emily A Myers recently debuted her book The Truth About Unspeakable Things. In the process to publish her book, she realized she was trying to market to the wrong people. Once her book was positioned properly, the crowd went wild.
{ep. 47} Tools for book layout & design with Formatted Books
September 16, 2021 • 40 MIN
Are you looking for some support in formatting your book? A professionally designed interior of your book is a step that should not be overlooked. Formatted Books is here to help!
{ep. 46} What's all the #booktok madness about? Tiktok for authors
September 8, 2021 • 65 MIN
Have you been hearing about #booktok and wondering what it is? My team members Cayce, Sarah, and I, Alexa Bigwarfe, dig into Tiktok and the phenomenon of Booktok.
{ep. 45} Optioning Your Book: Film & TV rights & more: Eileen Cook
September 1, 2021 • 44 MIN
What does optioning mean? How do you get your book optioned for TV & film? Eileen Cook dishes out all the details on how your book makes it beyond the page. She also goes through different types of "rights" so that authors have a bigger understanding of all of the different rights that are available for you, including foreign rights.
{ep. 44} Creating an Experience for Your Launch Party : Loud Pen
August 25, 2021 • 37 MIN
We all want to create a fun launch event that is more than just a book signing, but is actually an experience. This way more people attend, which means more book sales! Loud Pen is an event planner and has some great tips for creating fun launch events.
{ep. 43} How to find and get editorial reviewers with Kasie Whitener
August 18, 2021 • 44 MIN
Want to know how to have your book show up in local media outlets, big journals, magazines, and more? Kasie Whitener provides the timeline, where to find them, and when to pitch editorial reviewers.
{ep. 42} Demystifying the editing process with Stacey Aaronson
August 11, 2021 • 60 MIN
Want to know all the things about finding and working with your "just-right" editor? Stacey Aaronson explains how to find the right editor, timeline for working with an editor, and more.
{ep. 41} From Rejections to NY Times Bestseller with Eva Natiello
August 4, 2021 • 53 MIN
Eva Natiello got fed up with her growing stack of rejections, so she decided to self-publish. In this episode, she spills the beans on what she did to make it onto the NY Times Bestseller list.
{ep. 40} Marketing Books on Sensitive Topics with Rachel Thompson
July 28, 2021 • 37 MIN
If you've written a book on a very sensitive topic, you may be struggling with how to market it. Rachel Thompson explains how she marketed her books on Sexual Assault and Trauma and shares her best tips.
{ep. 39} Creating a successful kickstarter campaign to fund your book: Kristi Carlson
July 21, 2021 • 53 MIN
Publishing a book can be very expensive, especially if you're doing a specialized project, like a cookbook. Kristi Carlson shares her tips for creating a massively successful Kickstarter campaign - and her tips are awesome for all genres! If you're a fan of the Gilmore Girls, you are especially going to love this interview!
{ep. 38} Using the media & live video to create buzz : Roshanda Pratt
July 14, 2021 • 61 MIN
Do you want to know how to engage with the media? How to craft a press release that will actually get their attention? AND use live video to share your story in a way that's going to help you create attention around your book? Join Roshanda to learn now!
{ep. 37} Dealing with Imposter Syndrome with Angela Hosking
July 7, 2021 • 43 MIN
Do you deal with imposter syndrome and fears around being an author? We all have these fears! Angela Hosking digs into imposter syndrome and her tips for moving beyond the fears and taking giant leaps forward to succeed with your big goals as an author.
{ep. 36} The Case for Self-Publishing with Jodi Brandon
June 30, 2021 • 43 MIN
Is self-publishing the right option for you? Alexa Bigwarfe and Jodi Brandon discuss why some authors might want to go the self-publishing route.
{ep. 35} Social media vs. writing craft
June 28, 2021 • 33 MIN
An attendee in my WIP School asked a great question the other day - should I be spending time getting better at social media or working on my writing craft? It's hard to balance all of the things, but here's my {not so simple} answer.
{ep. 34} Disrupting the Indie Publishing Model with guest Angela Engel
June 23, 2021 • 46 MIN
Angela Engel talks about her publishing model, a different and unique form of partner publishing, and how their model, based on traditional publishing and packaging, helps authors to get their books into the world.
{Ep. 33} Writing memoirs with Stacey Aaronson
June 14, 2021 • 34 MIN
Stacey Aaronson, an editor, ghostwriter, and now author of her own memoir, shares about her experience with writing her memoir, how it was different from ghostwriting, and tips for those working on their memoir.
{Ep. 32} Landing pages, reader magnets, & email sequences ... oh my!
June 12, 2021 • 19 MIN
Growing an email list is an essential part of developing your fans, gaining reviews, and selling more books. In this episode, we talk about what these things are, why you need them, and what you do with them. If you're looking to sell more books, an email list is a key element to book marketing.
{ep. 31} Making an Impact with Hayley Hunter Hines
June 9, 2021 • 32 MIN
Opening your heart and your mind to the possibilities of what you can give to the world. Connecting with yourself to make a bigger impact in the world with your creative works. Hayley Hunter Hines talks about mindset, blocks, and fears around creativity.
{Ep. 30} Book marketing goals: How else do you know what you're working towards?
May 31, 2021 • 29 MIN
I know... goals is a really boring, snoozefest topic. But one thing I have found is that if you don't know what you are working towards, how do you know what to do? You have to have goals for your book marketing efforts, so that you can start creating the action steps for reaching those goals.
{ep. 29} What you need to have ready for cover design & formatting
May 28, 2021 • 19 MIN
This is a basic recap of what you'll want to have ready before working with a publishing partner, self-publishing assist, or freelance cover designers and book formatters.
{Ep. 28} Book Marketing Fatigue
May 26, 2021 • 29 MIN
Are you suffering from book marketing fatigue? Overwhelm at ALL THE THINGS you're being asked to do? You are not alone! Focusing on a few key areas can help you reduce the fatigue and overwhelm. Alexa Bigwarfe talks about the importance of goals and key action steps.
{Ep. 27} Putting some pep into your virtual & live book launches
May 18, 2021 • 23 MIN
An email subscriber recently sent us the question: “What are the best ways to make your book launch interactive and interesting both if it’s virtual and if it’s in person?” So I'm tackling that question today!
{Ep. 26} Amazon Ads with Brian Berni
May 12, 2021 • 34 MIN
Are you considering using Amazon Ads to market your book? Or maybe you're already using them and need some additional guidance? Guest expert Brian Berni of dishes out the details on success with Amazon Ads.
{Ep. 25} What it's like being a blind author with Lois Strachan
May 5, 2021 • 38 MIN
Do you need some motivation? It's hard to feel down on yourself that you just can't DO all the things, when you listen to the inspirational author journey of Lois Strachan, a blind children's book author and rock star! She's also got some great tips on re-publishing a 2nd edition of a book.
{ep. 24} Knowing your numbers for book marketing with Layne Booth
April 29, 2021 • 34 MIN
Layne Booth uses data and metrics to help business owners grow their businesses. In this episode, we discuss how authors can use metrics and data to determine where they should spend their time marketing their books, and growing their author businesses.
{Ep. 23} Using Numerology to Show Up More Authentically with Meaghan Alton
April 28, 2021 • 35 MIN
Numerology can be a really cool tool to help you identify your strengths and weaknesses. If you're interested in learning how you can use the code you were born with to give you better insight into who you are and how to attract the right people, you're going to love this interview with Meaghan Alton.
{Ep. 22} The importance of knowing your ideal reader to properly market your book
April 15, 2021 • 34 MIN
Finding your ideal reader is key to unlocking your ability to market well. But how do you know who that ideal reader is? And how do you learn how to effectively market your book to them?
{Ep. 21} The Importance of Considering Your Health - for Writers with Joanna Penn
April 7, 2021 • 55 MIN
Your health is important as a writer. I talk to Joanna Penn about why she's started talking more about health for writers, and how we all need to consider our mental and physical health on our journey as author entrepreneurs.
{ep. 20} Diversity in Publishing: a Transgender perspective with Nathan Caro Frechette
March 31, 2021 • 36 MIN
It's the end of Women's history month. We've been talking a lot about marginalized voices and making sure they are heard. This is a fantastic view into the importance of transgender voices as part of this discussion. Thank you to special guest, Nathan Carol Frechette.
{ep. 19} From Blog to Book & more with Nina Amir
March 18, 2021 • 42 MIN
Tips for authors, plus why having a marketable idea is the most important thing, how to go from blog to book, and much more with Nina Amir.
{ep. 18} Changes in the Publishing Industry with Jane Friedman
March 10, 2021 • 46 MIN
Alexa Bigwarfe interviews Jane Friedman about the changes in the publishing industry in the digital age and how this impacts authors.
{ep. 17} Gaining Media Exposure with Christina Nicholson
February 24, 2021 • 39 MIN
Looking to gain media exposure so you can grow your audience and market your book? Christina Nicholson, aka the Media Maven, has all the tips!
{ep. 16} Let's talk about editing!
February 17, 2021 • 63 MIN
In this session, previously recorded for the 2018 Women in Publishing Summit, we're talking about the different types of editing, working with an editor, things you should know about getting your book edited. Special Guest panel" Stacey Aaronson, Liz Thompson, Jenny Kanevsky, Jodi Brandon, Dakota Nyght
{ep. 15} Hitting the NY Times Best Seller List with AK Turner
February 10, 2021 • 29 MIN
You can still hit the NY Times Best Seller list, even if it takes a year or two. AK Turner shares her journey of publishing and how she hit the list.
{ep. 14} Diversity in Publishing - E. Danielle Butler, children's book author & publisher
February 3, 2021 • 51 MIN
The importance of diversity and representation in publishing with author and publisher, E. Danielle Butler.
{ep. 13} How to Write Great Characters with Eileen Cook
January 27, 2021 • 41 MIN
If you're writing fiction and you want to make sure you have characters that your readers will love (or love to hate), you want to catch this episode - writing great characters!
{ep. 12} The Power of Conversation w/ Desiree Peterkin Bell
January 20, 2021 • 45 MIN
On this historic day of the first woman elected into the white house, I share an important interview with Desiree Peterkin Bell about the importance of conversation to open your mind to those are different from you.
{ep. 11} Faking it til you make it
January 16, 2021 • 32 MIN
Sometimes an imperfect action is better than no action at all.
{ep. 10} Lucy Hay - screenwriting for novelists & noir fiction
January 13, 2021 • 52 MIN
Lucy Hay, in her interview for the women in publishing summit, shares about screenwriting for novelists as well as writing noir fiction.
Ep. 9 Dave Chesson - Kindlepreneur
January 6, 2021 • 48 MIN
Dave Chesson of Kindlepreneur and Publisher Rocket.
Why your voice matters {ep 8}
December 31, 2020 • 23 MIN
In a crazy wild world, your voice truly matters.
Publishing Children's Books with Maria Dismondy {ep. 7}
December 30, 2020 • 29 MIN
What you need to know if you want to publish a children's books with children's book author and publisher at Cardinal Rule Press, Maria Dismondy.
Legal considerations for authors with Helen Sedwick {ep. 6}
December 30, 2020 • 34 MIN
What do you need to know about legal issues for authors? Helen Sedwick dishes it out.
Marketing tips with Angela J. Ford {ep. 5}
December 30, 2020 • 38 MIN
Book marketing tips with fantasy author Angela J. Ford.
Publicity & PR for authors with Kristi Dosh {ep 4}
December 30, 2020 • 41 MIN
How to get more opportunities for visibility, get in front of more people, grow your platform, and sell more books.
Difference between vanity, hybrid, traditional presses {Ep. 3}
December 23, 2020 • 26 MIN
Do you know the different routes to publishing? We'll cover the differences between vanity, hybrid, self-publishing, and traditional publishing.
Brooke Warner & She Writes Press - Why Go Hybrid? Ep. 2
December 22, 2020 • 39 MIN
I interviewed Brooke Warner in a previous Women in Publishing Summit about why she started She Writes Press and about Hybrid presses. This is a great interview opening doors to other routes to publishing.
Welcome to the PublishHer Podcast. Episode 1
December 9, 2020 • 23 MIN
Welcome to the PublishHer podcast! This is episode 1, the introduction.