Lit Up Podcasts

Friday 15th of June 2018
Today on Lit Up with Angela Breidenbach, Davalynn Spencer visits about the inspiration her family and Colorado lifestyle have on her novels. Don't miss my insights on attending the Connecting Writers with Hollywood conference and an upcoming new release, Out Of Their Element, a collection of 4 full-length contemporary romance novels by Angela Breidenbach, Robin Lee Hatcher, Vickie McDonough, and Deborah Raney. My book in this collection, Footprints On Her Heart, is in edits now. Look for interviews with the other authors in this collection coming this summer as well. I'll be putting my individual full-length novel out in paperback as the sequel to A Healing Heart. About Davalynn Spencer: Wife and mother of professional rodeo bullfighters, Davalynn Spencer writes cowboy romance. She is an ECPA and Publisher's Weekly bestselling author and winner of the Will Rogers Gold Medallion for Inspirational Western Fiction. And she's fairly certain her previous career as a rodeo journalist and crime-beat reporter prepared her for life in Colorado, wrangling Blue the Cowdog and mouse detectors Annie and Oakley. Connect with her at http://davalynnspencer.com/ Davalynn's Social Media: Quarterly Newsletter sign-up: http://eepurl.com/xa81D Website: http://www.davalynnspencer.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorDavalynnSpencer Twitter: https://twitter.com/davalynnspencer Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5051432.Davalynn_Spencer Pinterest: https://pinterest.com/davalynnspencer/boards/ Amazon Author: https://www.amazon.com/Davalynn-Spencer/e/B002EZUEZK ChristianAuthorsNetwork.com: http://christianauthorsnetwork.com/davalynn-spencer/ About Angela Breidenbach: Angela Breidenbach writes romance through the ages, teaches the business of writing, hosts the radio show Lit Up, and is in process of getting her genealogical studies degree. She's the president of the Christian Authors Network. Angela lives in Missoula, MT with her hubby and Muse, a trained fe-lion, who can shake hands, lay down and roll over, and jump through a hoop. Surprisingly, Angela can also. http://AngelaBreidenbach.com Facebook/Twitter/Instagram/Pinterest: @AngBreidenbach Lit Up! with Angela Breidenbach, a show for creatives and those who want to know what makes them tick! Apple Podcasts/iTunes: Lit Up With Angela Breidenbach https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/lit-up/id1232892304?mt=2 Angela's A-Muse-ing Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/0VjH1 Books mentioned: An Unexpected Redemption by Davalynn Spencer Out of Their Element by Angela Breidenbach, Robin Lee Hatcher, Vickie McDonough, and Deborah Raney Getting Your Story Straight by Diane Drake
Friday 27th of April 2018
Great information for authors who'd like their books to become movies as Angela Breidenbach of #LitUpRadio interviews JD DeWitt of Connecting Writers with Hollywood conference happening June 7-9, 2018 in Spokane, WA. http://CWWH2018.com Social Media for Connecting Hollywood with Writers: https://www.facebook.com/adaptforfilm/ https://twitter.com/adaptforfilm Tips on: Proper attendee pitching and connecting with speakers, producers, agents, and managers. Ideas on how to prepare to meet Hollywood people. How to show your work in the best light for the best results. Bloopers from last year's conference...(what not to do). Getting to know the speakers and people taking pitches at the CWWH2018.com conference. Bring a "One Sheet" whether the person taking your pitch keeps it or refers to it. About the CWWH2018.com conference:#CWWH2018 CWWH brings together writers, producers, managers and agents. It is one of the most accessible and affordable conferences of its kind. In attendance are producers in search of their next project, film agents ready to take on new clients and pro-screenwriters prepared to teach novelists the art of screenwriting. At this conference, you will not be competing with hundreds of writers. We wish for everyone to feel like their voices are heard and provide an atmosphere of support and access. I am very pleased to announce that this year we are introducing Connect Groups! This is a small group setting where attendees will have an hour with our featured speakers, the topics will vary and be of valuable information. Speakers DIANE DRAKE Screenwriter/Author Diane is an accomplished professional screenwriter, writing instructor, story consultant, speaker, and author. DAVE TROTTIER Teacher/Script Consultant/Author Dave is an award-winning teacher and in-demand script consultant, author of The Screenwriter's Bible. RICH COWAN Partner of North by Northwest Productions Rich Cowan is a partner of North by Northwest Productions, a full-service film and video production company. DAVID KATSMAN Literary Manager/Producer David Katsman is a literary manager/producer at LINK Entertainment, and is based in Los Angeles. STEPHANIE A. JOHNSON President Stephanie A. Johnson is the President of Clover Entertainment, Inc. MAX TIMM Director / President Max - Director of Education and Outreach with the ISA, President of The Story Farm Development and Coaching service LAURA BRADFORD Agent and Founder Laura Bradford founded and established the Bradford Literary Agency. FELICITY WREN Producer/Dramaturge/Consultant/Actor Felicity Wren is the Development Director at International Screenwriters' Association. ROBIN MCLAIN Director of Operations Robin McLain is the Director of Operations at 5 x 5 Media SUZY SAMMONS President Suzy Sammons is the President of Dove.org JAN CLINE Emcee Jan Cline is the Emcee for Connecting Writers with Hollywood SHARI SMILEY Literary Manager Shari Smiley is the Literary Manager at Gotham Group RICH PELUSO Executive Vice President Rich Peluso is the Executive Vice President of AFFIRM Films, a division of Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE). JARROD MURRAY Literary Manager/Producer Jarrod Murray is the Literary Manager/Producer at Epicenter WILL FENDON Strategic Partner Strategic Partner with Cast Iron Studios About JD DeWitt: Founder and a literary manager, JD owns 5 Sons Media, a Literary Management Firm, representing authors and screenwriters. 5 Sons Media clientele are award-winning best-sellers with a well established readership. Primarily, we meet with potential clients based on referrals or at distinguished writers' conferences. http://JDDeWitt.com About Lit Up host, Angela Breidenbach: About Lit Up host and author, Angela Breidenbach: Angela Breidenbach writes romance through the ages, teaches the business of writing, hosts the radio show Lit Up, and is in process of getting her genealogical studies degree. She's the president of the Christian Authors Network. Angela lives in Missoula, MT with her hubby and Muse, a trained fe-lion, who can shake hands, lay down and roll over, and jump through a hoop. Surprisingly, Angela can also. http://AngelaBreidenbach.com Facebook/Twitter/Instagram/Pinterest: @AngBreidenbach Lit Up! with Angela Breidenbach, a show for creatives and those who want to know what makes them tick! Apple Podcasts/iTunes: Lit Up With Angela Breidenbach https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/lit-up/id1232892304?mt=2 Angela's A-Muse-ing Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/0VjH1
Friday 20th of April 2018
Lit Up Radio host, Angela Breidenbach, joins forces with Diana Lesire Brandmeyer, Liz Tolsma, Jennifer VanderKlipp to launch the Pencildancers Readers and Review Crew with our head librarian/archivist, Bree Herron, as admin of the new book club. This new book club and review crew or readers who enjoy historicals, romances, contemporary fiction, WWII fiction, devotionals, some cozy and suspense genres, and Christian living (otherwise known in the regular market as self help with Christian elements). In this episode, we invite you to join us for the 4-day launch party! You'll also get to know each of the authors a little better and find out who Bree is and why she's an integral part of the team to serve our readers in the book club. When's the party? All weekend April 19-22, with special appearances by the Pencildancers team for live video feeds. But commenting and entering for prizes will happen all day every day. Prizes include books, jewelry, and other surprises chosen at random. Note: Any prizes that require postal service will need to be to US addresses only. How to join the new Pencildancers Readers and Review Crew: On Facebook, request to join and our Head Librarian will check in with you. Here's the link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/906448092770395/?ref=br_rs Once you're in the new book club, you'll be able to access the party page. But in case you have a tough time finding it, here's the link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1620146614769238/ Bree Herron's website: http://BibliophileReviews.com Diana Brandmeyer's website: http://DianaBrandmeyer.com Liz Tolsma's website: http://LizTolsma.com Jennifer Vander Klipp's website: http://JenniferVanderKlipp.com About Lit Up host, Angela Breidenbach: Angela Breidenbach writes romance through the ages, teaches the business of writing, hosts the radio show Lit Up, and is in process of getting her genealogical studies degree. She's the president of the Christian Authors Network. Angela lives in Missoula, MT with her hubby and Muse, a trained fe-lion, who can shake hands, lay down and roll over, and jump through a hoop. Surprisingly, Angela can also. http://AngelaBreidenbach.com Facebook/Twitter/Instagram/Pinterest: @AngBreidenbach Lit Up! with Angela Breidenbach, a show for creatives and those who want to know what makes them tick! Apple Podcasts/iTunes: Lit Up With Angela Breidenbach https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/lit-up/id1232892304?mt=2 Angela's A-Muse-ing Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/0VjH1
Tuesday 10th of April 2018
Lit Up host, Angela Breidenbach, visits with Linda F. Radke, founder of Story Monsters LLC, about StoryMonsters.com, tips to building a successful career in children's literature, how to find an expert with experience to help you, volunteerism to gain resume experience, contests for credibility, getting your books into and booking events in schools, and helping children become both literate and experience writing for Story Monsters Ink magazine. Awesome tips on marketing, indie publishing, and building a career in the publishing industry. Executive editor for submissions and guidelines for both adults writing for children and for child reporters, as mentioned in this episode, Cristy@storymonsters.com Website: www.StoryMonsters.com Magazine: Story Monsters Ink https://issuu.com/storymonstersink Social Media: www.Facebook.com/storymonsters Instagram: StoryMonsters Twitter: StoryMonsters About Lit Up guest, Linda F. Radke: Linda F. Radke is the president of Story Monsters LLC and publisher of Story Monsters Ink® magazine. For more than 30 years, she has been ahead of the game in producing and marketing award-winning books for all ages. Clients and the media describe Radke as an industry leader in creativity, innovation, and customer service. She has received numerous publishing, public relations, and marketing awards, including being named "Book Marketer of the Year" by Book Publicists of Southern California. Tireless in her efforts of helping authors make their dreams a reality, Radke's motto is, "You can't compromise on quality. Do it right or don't do it all!" Radke's foray into publishing began with a desire to print a how-to book to complement the household employment agency she owned. For Radke, teased on more than one occasion about having "printer's ink in her veins," the experience of publishing the book was exhilarating, which prompted her to change careers without looking back. In 1985, Radke launched Five Star Publications, Inc. She went on to add marketing and publicity services, networking opportunities, and special event coordination with the goal to help deserving authors achieve visibility. A former special education teacher for grades K-12, Radke is dedicated to helping kids develop a love for reading and writing. To that end, she created the Story Monsters Approved! designation program which tells parents, teachers, and librarians they are giving children the very best. In 2014, Radke published her very first magazine, Story Monsters Ink, which has been named among the "great magazines for kids and teens" by School Library Journal. Since that time, Kids Can Publish has been merged with Story Monsters Ink. On the heels of the success of the Story Monster brand, in 2016, Radke founded Story Monsters LLC to bring all of her services together under one umbrella. Today, Radke continues to target and brand the services Story Monsters LLC offers to authors, children, parents, teachers, and librarians with programs such as the Dragonfly Book Award Contests, School Express Press, SchoolBookings.com, and AuthorsandExperts.com. Radke is also a member of the Children's Book Council, National Federation of Press Women, and Independent Book Publishing Association. Based in Chandler, Arizona, Linda F. Radke is passionate about her work and is invested in serving her community. Radke's personal hobbies include camping, photography, and enjoying time with her family and their German Shepard, Riley. About Lit Up host, Angela Breidenbach: About Lit Up host and author, Angela Breidenbach: Angela Breidenbach writes romance through the ages, teaches the business of writing, hosts the radio show Lit Up, and is in process of getting her genealogical studies degree. She's the president of the Christian Authors Network. Angela lives in Missoula, MT with her hubby and Muse, a trained fe-lion, who can shake hands, lay down and roll over, and jump through a hoop. Surprisingly, Angela can also. http://AngelaBreidenbach.com Facebook/Twitter/Instagram/Pinterest: @AngBreidenbach Lit Up! with Angela Breidenbach, a show for creatives and those who want to know what makes them tick! Apple Podcasts/iTunes: Lit Up With Angela Breidenbach https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/lit-up/id1232892304?mt=2 Angela's A-Muse-ing Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/0VjH1
Friday 30th of March 2018
Lit Up! with Angela Breidenbach welcomes Rachel S. Neal as we discuss how to create your own book covers, write biblical fiction, tips on critique groups, and discuss Rachel's new book, When Jonah Ran. Books mentioned: When Jonah Ran How to Mend a Broken Star A Healing Heart Tips on making your own cover art: Use a design program like Photoshop or Affinity. Buy stock art, if you're not an artist: Dreamstime, Thinkstock, Lightstock, etc. where you can buy photos. Look for royalty-free, read the details before purchasing to know the license (how many copies, what type of use, etc.) Watch out for the allowance to (or not) manipulate a photo for a unique look such as changing the color of the dress or the model's hair. Tips on writing biblical fiction: About Rachel: Rachel S. Neal is an author living under the big sky of Montana. Her books are self-published and provide a means to fund charitable causes. Samaritan's Purse and Answers in Genesis are two of her favorites. Where you might happen across Rachel: Anywhere her feet can go. She likes to walk, taking her camera along for an adventure. The Oregon coast is a favorite, walking with her husband, sand between her toes and a pocketful of treasure. In her garden- planting, dividing, weeding, pruning, and just being. Anywhere that sells concrete, paint, fabric, glue, or second-hand goods. So many projects, so little time. On the couch beneath a cat, a cup of coffee, notebooks, Bible, or any I-can't-stop-reading-til-the-last-page tale. On her knees, seeking grace that never runs dry... Rachel's website: GraceByTheGallon.com About your Lit Up host, Angela: Angela's website: AngelaBreidenbach.com Angela's newsletter: A-Muse-ings As promised in this episode, Prociutto Egg Cups Recipe (learned from the Better Homes & Gardens special issue on Mediterranean Diet, April 2018) Spray the inside of a muffin tin, line with prociutto covering the bottom and sides with one layer, crack an egg into the well, slice grape or cherry tomatoes in half and place on top of egg white, drop a tsp. of pesto on top. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-22 min. Note: The eggs should be slightly unfinished as they finish setting up for a couple of minutes after taking them out of the oven. Each oven is different, so experiment with the doneness to your preference.
Friday 23rd of March 2018
Waiting, waiting, and waiting to be published. What can you learn? How can you grow? What can you do in the process to forward your career? Georgia Daniels visits with Lit Up host, Angela Breidenbach, on this touchy topic for creative people, 7 Ways to Avoid Delaying Publication. Website: georgianadaniels.com (lots of information on the writers life and how to handle the hard parts like waiting, rejection, handling criticism, and how to stay motivated) Books mentioned on air: Shadows of Hope (Barbour, April 2018) A story of hope in the aftermath of inconceivable betrayal and broken dreams. What if you struggled with infertility but unknowingly befriended your husband's pregnant mistress? What if the woman you were seeing behind your wife's back gets pregnant, threatening your job and marriage? What if your boyfriend never told you he was married and you discover you're pregnant? Crisis pregnancy worker Marissa Moreau suspects her husband is cheating, but little does she know how close to home her husband's infidelity hits. College student Kaitlyn Farrows is floundering after a relationship with her professor leaves her pregnant. Soon she lands a job and a support system at the local pregnancy resource center and things seem to be turning around. But when Marissa and Kaitlyn become friends, neither one knows they share a connection-Colin, Marissa's husband and Kaitlyn's former professor. When their private lives collide, the two women must face the ultimate test of their faith and choose how to move forward as they live in the shadows of hope. More books mentioned on this episode: Table for One (White Rose Press) A Daughter's Redemption (Love Inspired) The Captive Brides Collection (Barbour Publishing) A Healing Heart (Abingdon Press) About our guest: Georgiana Daniels is a Christian author, blogger, and homeschooling mom who lives with her husband and three daughters in sunny Arizona. She's written ten novels, but only 2 have been published with a third one coming out in April called Shadows of Hope. The long wait between published books has given her ample time and opportunity to learn how to wait like a winner. Find Georgiana on Social Media: Facebook.com/authorgeorgianadaniels Instagram: @authorgeorgianadaniels Twitter @georgianadMore About Lit Up host and author, Angela Breidenbach: Angela Breidenbach writes romance through the ages, teaches the business of writing, hosts the radio show Lit Up, and is in process of getting her genealogical studies degree. She's the president of the Christian Authors Network. Angela lives in Missoula, MT with her hubby and Muse, a trained fe-lion, who can shake hands, lay down and roll over, and jump through a hoop. Surprisingly, Angela can also. http://AngelaBreidenbach.com Facebook/Twitter/Instagram/Pinterest: @AngBreidenbach Lit Up! with Angela Breidenbach, a show for creatives and those who want to know what makes them tick! Don't miss the Genealogy Workshop on 3/24/2018 in Missoula, MT Discovering Your Ancestors with Angela. Includes a choice of a free online class from the National Institute for Genealogical Studies and more gifts to help you do your own genealogy research. Apple Podcasts/iTunes: Lit Up With Angela Breidenbach https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/lit-up/id1232892304?mt=2 Angela's A-Muse-ing Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/0VjH1 7 Mistakes Guaranteed to Delay Publication (You can find more at Writerly Tidbits link on GeorgianaDaniels.com) 1. Craft Issues/Poorly Educated on the Writing Craft 2. Wrong Posse 3. Disappearing 4. Low Production 5. Changing Genres 6. Rewriting the Same Book Over and Over 7. Scattered Focus
Friday 16th of March 2018
Kathy Ide visits with Angela Breidenbach on Lit Up Radio about the SoCal Christian Writers' Conference 2018. What to expect, how to register, what makes it valuable, and more... Website: https://socalcwc.com Books mentioned:​ Proofreading Secrets of Best-Selling Authors Kathy is the Editor/Compiler of Fiction Lover's Devotional series and her latest book is Capitalization Dictionary. About our guest: Kathy Ide is a published author, freelance editor, co-owner of the Christian Editor Network LLC, and director of two Christian writers' conferences-Mount Hermon in Northern California and the new SoCal Christian Writers' Conference in Southern California. Social Media: FB: SoCal Christian Writers' Conference (https://www.facebook.com/socalcwc/) TWITTER: @SoCalCWC (https://twitter.com/SoCalCWC) INSTA: @socalcwc (https://www.instagram.com/socalcwc/) www.KathyIde.com Don't miss the Genealogy Workshop on 3/24/2018 in Missoula, MT Discovering Your Ancestors with Angela. Includes a choice of a free online class from the National Institute for Genealogical Studies and more gifts to help you do your own genealogy research. More about Lit Up host and author, Angela Breidenbach: Angela Breidenbach writes romance through the ages, teaches the business of writing, hosts the radio show Lit Up, and is in process of getting her genealogical studies degree. She's the president of the Christian Authors Network. Angela lives in Missoula, MT with her hubby and Muse, a trained fe-lion, who can shake hands, lay down and roll over, and jump through a hoop. Surprisingly, Angela can also. http://AngelaBreidenbach.com Facebook/Twitter/Instagram/Pinterest: @AngBreidenbach Apple Podcasts/iTunes: Lit Up With Angela Breidenbach https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/lit-up/id1232892304?mt=2 Angela's A-Muse-ing Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/0VjH1
Friday 9th of March 2018
Lori Boruff of Christian Communicators visits with Lit Up Radio host, Angela Breidenbach, about becoming a speaker and an upcoming conference to help you do just that! SPECIAL! If you register for the conference before March 15th, 2018 and mention you heard about it here on Lit Up, you'll receive a discount! Thank you to the Christian Communicators Conference for providing that for our listeners. AND at the end of this episode, due to the many questions I've received about inspirational romance, I've added a short segment helping those who may want to write, review, and/or read inspirational romance with tips on publishing and understanding what "clean", "sweet", and industry jargon means in the Christian publishing industry. Website: LoriBoruff.com Christian Communicators 2018 Conference Book: Hope in the Ruins - A Rescue and Recovery Plan for Hearts in Crisis Mini bio: Lori Boruff co-directs Christian Communicators - an annual speaker training conference to educate, validate and launch women in their ministries. She is a keynote speaker with Stonecroft Ministries, certified life-plan coach and author. Lori resides in Illinois where faith, family and friends bring joy to her life. Social Media: FB @loriboruff.lifecoach Don't miss the upcoming Genealogy Workshop in Missoula, MT 3/24/18 at 11am. Discovering Your Ancestors with Angela Breidenbach. The National Institute for Genealogical Studies is helping get you started. All present will receive gifts including a choice of one free online genealogy class, a family tree to start you on the journey, and a family group sheet. Book signing after and time to visit with Angela about your questions. More about Lit Up host and author, Angela Breidenbach: Angela Breidenbach writes romance through the ages, teaches the business of writing, hosts the radio show Lit Up, and is in process of getting her genealogical studies degree. She's the president of the Christian Authors Network. Angela lives in Missoula, MT with her hubby and Muse, a trained fe-lion, who can shake hands, lay down and roll over, and jump through a hoop. Surprisingly, Angela can also. http://AngelaBreidenbach.com Facebook/Twitter/Instagram/Pinterest: @AngBreidenbach Lit Up! with Angela Breidenbach, a show for creatives and those who want to know what makes them tick! Apple Podcasts/iTunes: Lit Up With Angela Breidenbach https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/lit-up/id1232892304?mt=2 Angela's A-Muse-ing Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/0VjH1
Friday 2nd of March 2018
How do you recover when you hit rock bottom? How do you create a business that supports your creativity? Earl B. Heard of Big Media Solutions and the Bic Alliance shares how he built an energy magazine into a corporate giant so he could share books and movies to enhance lives. Tips for you on business-building, networking, finances, and more... Books and movies mentioned today: Rock Bottom and Back (coming to Uplift TV in March) If you'd like more information on people who have overcome circumstances, addiction, disastrous health situations and more, please visit RockBottomandBack.com because you can make a stunning comeback, too. Read or view stories that will inspire you toward your own victory. It's What We Do Together That Counts Earl's Pearls hardback available Or Earl's Pearls free ebook Michael Learns to Listen (children's book) A Gift Horse movie with stars John Schneider, Kyla Kenedy, and Candi Brooks Urban Country (coming soon, in development now) Gems of Wisdom: The Treasure of Experience Websites: BIC Media Solutions: https://bicmediasolutions.com/ BIC Alliance: http://www.bicmagazine.com/ About our guest: Earl B. Heard is the founder and CEO of Business and Industry Communications (BIC) Alliance, which includes IVS Investment Banking, BIC Recruiting, and BIC Media Solutions (BMS)- a custom publishing, event planning, and media investment company. He is also the publisher of BIC Magazine, the Western Hemisphere's largest multi-industry energy publication. In addition to "Rock Bottom and Back," Earl has published six books through BMS: "It's What We Do Together That Counts," "Energy Entrepreneurs," "Industry Achievers," "Earl's Pearls," "Michael Learns to Listen," and "Louisiana Sports Legends and Heroes-Leaving a Legacy". In 2014, BMS expanded its media investments into co-producing and marketing inspirational, faith-based films, including "A Gift Horse," starring John Schneider. BMS has also produced a companion DVD for "Rock Bottom and Back-From Desperation to Inspiration". As an inspirational speaker, Earl shares his wealth of knowledge about how to become successful both personally and professionally. Earl resides in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with his wife, Alice "Bodi" Heard. Be sure to attend the Genealogy Workshop titled Discovering Your Past with Angela Breidenbach on 3/24/2018 at the Garden of Read'n in Missoula, MT. Special gifts provided for all in-person attendees by the National Institute for Genealogical Studies includes a choice of a free online class, a family tree form, and a family group sheet to get you started discovering your own ancestors! More about Lit Up host and author, Angela Breidenbach: Angela Breidenbach writes romance through the ages, teaches the business of writing, hosts the radio show Lit Up, and is in process of getting her genealogical studies degree. She's the president of the Christian Authors Network. Angela lives in Missoula, MT with her hubby and Muse, a trained fe-lion, who can shake hands, lay down and roll over, and jump through a hoop. Surprisingly, Angela can also. http://AngelaBreidenbach.com Facebook/Twitter/Instagram/Pinterest: @AngBreidenbach Apple Podcasts/iTunes: Lit Up With Angela Breidenbach https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/lit-up/id1232892304?mt=2 Angela's A-Muse-ing Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/0VjH1
Friday 23rd of February 2018
Cheryl Ricker joins Lit Up host, Angela Breidenbach, to talk about ghostwriting memoirs with the person whose story needs to be told. Tips on ghostwriting, how to collaborate on the story, and how to tell the story using plot points rather than the day-by-day. This episode is a perfect dovetail off of last week's Writing Memoir topic. Cheryl's Website: cherylricker.com About our guest: Cheryl Ricker has a degree in Creative Writing from York University in Toronto, Canada, and studied Theology at Christ For the Nations Institute in Dallas, TX. She has written or contributed to six books. She ghostwrote and collaborated on two memoirs: Books Mentioned: Rush of Heaven: One Woman's Miraculous Encounter with Jesus (Zondervan) Josiah's Fire: Autism Stole his words, God gave him a Voice (BroadStreet) The Good Gift Giver: 21 Days of Blessings Cheryl's Social Media: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorCherylRicker/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/CherylRicker LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cherylricker/ About Lit Up host, Angela Breidenbach: Angela Breidenbach writes romance through the ages, teaches the business of writing, hosts the radio show Lit Up, and is in process of getting her genealogical studies degree. She's the president of the Christian Authors Network. Angela lives in Missoula, MT with her hubby and Muse, a trained fe-lion, who can shake hands, lay down and roll over, and jump through a hoop. Surprisingly, Angela can also. http://AngelaBreidenbach.com Facebook/Twitter/Instagram/Pinterest: @AngBreidenbach Apple Podcasts/iTunes: Lit Up With Angela Breidenbach https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/lit-up/id1232892304?mt=2 Angela's A-Muse-ing Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/0VjH1 Angela's memoir is Gems of Wisdom: The Treasure of Experience
Friday 16th of February 2018
Lit Up host, Angela Breidenbach, talks with Linda S. Clare about how she used her own life story in both novel and memoir writing. Linda has taught memoir writing at community college, in writing conferences, and has an upcoming track at the Mount Hermon Christian Conference co-teaching with Kay Marshall Strom. Mount Hermon Christian Conference About Linda: Linda Clare has been a freelance writer for more than 25 years. In addition to teaching writing, she coaches writers. Her blog, Linda Clare's Writer's Tips, focuses on providing weekly "writer's tips you can actually use." She is the award-winning author of six books and many articles, short stories, and essays. She coauthored a nonfiction book, Lost Boys and the Moms Who Love Them(Waterbrook, 2002) with Melody Carlson and Heather Harpham Kopp, wrote two nonfiction books with Kristen Johnson Ingram, and has published two novels, The Fence My Father Built (Abingdon 2009) and A Sky without Stars (Abingdon 2014). She lives in Eugene, Oregon, and is represented by Nick Harrison of Wordserve Literary. Follow Linda's writing tips and Miss Crankypants at http://lindasclare.com Books Mentioned in today's episode: The Fence My Father Built (Abingdon Press) also in audiobook. A Sky Without Stars (Abingdon Press) also in audiobook. A Healing Heart (Abingdon Press) also in audiobook, hardback. The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr also in audiobook, hardback. About Lit Up host, Angela Breidenbach: Angela Breidenbach writes romance through the ages, teaches the business of writing, hosts the radio show Lit Up, and is in process of getting her genealogical studies degree. She's the president of the Christian Authors Network. Angela lives in Missoula, MT with her hubby and Muse, a trained fe-lion, who can shake hands, lay down and roll over, and jump through a hoop. Surprisingly, Angela can also. http://AngelaBreidenbach.com Facebook/Twitter/Instagram/Pinterest: @AngBreidenbach Apple Podcasts: Lit Up With Angela Breidenbach Angela's A-Muse-ing Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/0VjH1
Friday 9th of February 2018
Lit Up host, Angela Breidenbach, visits with authors Cynthia L. Simmons and Rebecca DeMarino about their historical novels and how they used real people, real history, and genealogy to write beautiful historical romance. Cynthia L. Simmons shares how she discovered counterfitting in the Confederacy and a little known historical love story featured in her book, Pursuing Gold, set in the Civil War era. An interesting element is the true love story are secondary characters from the real McCallie family. A Chattanooga native, Cynthia L Simmons and her husband have five children and reside in Atlanta. A Bible teacher and former homeschool mother, she writes a column for Leading Hearts Magazine. She conducts writing workshops, served as past president of Christian Authors Guild & directs Atlanta Christian Writing Conference. Cynthia is fond of history and offers younger ladies the elegance of God's wisdom. She hosts Heart of the Matter Radio and co-founded Homeschool Answers. Her author website is www.clsimmons.com. About the book we mentioned today: Pursuing Gold by Cynthia L. Simmons - With his father dead and his business partner incapacitated, Peter Chandler inherits the leadership of a bank in economic crisis. With only a newly-minted college degree and little experience, Peter joins his partner's daughter, Mary Beth Roper, in a struggle to keep C&R Bank afloat while the Civil War rages around Chattanooga. Political pressure for unsecured loans of gold to the government stirs up trouble as tempers and prices rise. Their problems multiply when Mary Beth discovers counterfeit money with Peter's forged signature. Can they find the forger before the bank fails? The two friends must pursue gold on behalf of their business, as they learn to pursue their heavenly Father to find hope and peace. Find your copy here Pursuing Gold"It was genealogy that led to our discovery of the lighthouse!" When Rebecca DeMarino journeyed with her mom to Long Island, NY, to see the lighthouse named after her ancestor, she didn't know she would step back in time and pen her first novel. Our next guest is Rebecca DeMarino, who used her 9th great grandparents' true love story to tell American history in her novel. Be sure to get Rebecca's latest release, To Follow Her Heart (July 2016) book #3 in The Southold Chronicles series from Revell/Baker. The Lighthouse Love Story as told by a descendent, Rebecca DeMarino. What's the story about? Duty and love ~ only one has the power to make Patience Terry's life complete in a world of high seas, tall ships, daring journeys, and yearning hearts. The series is historical romance based on the real lives of her 9th great-grandparents, Mary and Barnabas Horton. Mary was her inspiration for the first novel, A Place in His Heart, which sold as the 3-book series and debuted in 2014. The second novel is To Capture Her Heart, with the Hortons on Long Island and a Native American woman stars as the heroine. Follow Rebecca at: www.RebeccaDeMarino.com Facebook.com/AuthorRebeccaDeMarino Twitter @RebeccaDeMarino Follow Angela Breidenbach at: AngelaBreidenbach.com All social media including Facebook/Twitter/Instgram/Pinterest is @AngBreidenbach
Friday 2nd of February 2018
DIY Your Book Trailer Tracee Garner shares with us how to create simple, effective book trailers. But we also get into some excellent tips on dictation for not only your books, but emails and messages to beef up your business management. About Tracee: Tracee Lydia Garner is an award-winning author who writes stories full of complex heros and heroines who experience tough but realistic life challenges. Fatal Opposition, the third in a series examines adopted brothers who've formed a special bond and face deception and harsh realities on their quest for love. Social Media: www.Teegarner.com, Twitter - @Teegarner Facebook.com/TeeGarnerWrites Tracee's latest book: Fatal Opposition - Book 3 in the Parker Brother's Trilogy More than anything, she wants to be a part of something that feels right.... Cashell Bruer has lived a sheltered life. When she meets handsome NFL rookie James Parker on her birthday, she's smitten. With him, she can truly begin to live. But will he want her when he discovers she has a heart condition? Not to mention her new job involves polishing his bad boy image! He longs to make his adoptive family and his team proud, while making peace with his past... James Parker has it all, a family who chose him, and a coveted spot on an NFL team. When lovely, spirited Cashell keeps turning up in his life, he wonders if she's the one to share it all. But what if her only interest in him is status? And even worse, what if his search for his real family ends up putting her in danger? Tracee's book trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Czm70IdsrY More about Lit Up host and author, Angela Breidenbach: Angela Breidenbach writes romance through the ages, teaches the business of writing, hosts the radio show Lit Up, and is in process of getting her genealogical studies degree. She's the president of the Christian Authors Network. Angela lives in Missoula, MT with her hubby and Muse, a trained fe-lion, who can shake hands, lay down, roll over, and jump through a hoop. Surprisingly, Angela can also. http://AngelaBreidenbach.com Facebook/Twitter/Instagram/Pinterest: @AngBreidenbach Apple Podcasts: Lit Up With Angela Breidenbach Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/0VjH1 Angela's latest books include an historical romance collection, a devotional for writers and creatives, and a contemporary romance... Historical Romance: The Captive Brides Non-Fiction: Worthy to Write Pending Contemporary Romance: Out of Her Element (4 full-length contemporary romances by Angela Breidenbach, Robin Lee Hatcher, Vickie McDonough, and Deborah Raney) will be out in February 2018.
Friday 19th of January 2018
Angela Breidenbach discusses the elements of professional editing with author, Pencildancer, and professional editor, Jennifer Vander Klipp. Learn about Jennifer's latest novel, Protective Custody. Also on Apple Podcasts. Today's show is brought to you by the book, Worthy to Write. Pick up your copy on Amazon in either ebook or paperback. God gave you a voice and all those ideas swirling in your head for a reason: to write them so that you can make a difference in the world. Let's tackle those fears together because you are Worthy to Write! Jennifer Vander Klipp has worked for Zondervan/Harper Collins as an editor and now runs her own independent editing and publishing company. She's a mom navigating the teens while battling her daughter's juvenile arthritis, exploring the delights of her son's autism, and keeping gluten free. Find more about Jennifer's editing business: Tandem Services, Publishing Services and Creative Projects Management www.TandemServicesJVK.com Discover more about Angela Breidenbach, and her books, at http://AngelaBreidenbach.com Jennifer's book on the show today: Protective Custody
Friday 5th of January 2018
Guest, Diana LeSire Brandmeyer, bestselling author tells us why she is both traditionally and indie published. We talk AMS (Amazon) Ads, Bookfunnel, and finding keywords. Diana is the founder of the Pencildancers Blog, and co-wrote Worthy to Write with Angela Breidenbach, Liz Tolsma, and Jennifer Vander Klipp. Get your copy of Worthy to Write. Blank page tying your stomach in knots? 30 prayers to help you tackle that fear! Worthy to Write available now.
Friday 15th of December 2017
Learn best branding practices for your creative business with Angela Breidenbach's guest Alee Anderson of Alee Anderson Editorial. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts. In this episode, you'll hear why I am personally hiring Alee to help me further hone my brand. See what she's able to do for you or simply listen to get ideas of what you want to consider for your own lucrative creative career. We discuss how to work with an expert to create and/or update your creative brand — what that means for your website, colors, fonts, and photos. Alee shares information on editing practices, that working with her is more of a partner relationship, and what to expect in the process. Addtional topics include how branding works on Facebook ads, how to understand what you're doing with your marketing budget, how much hiring an expert costs. What does Alee Anderson Editorial offer? And how to plan for professional costs and services... http://www.aleeandersoneditorial.com/services/ About Alee Anderson: Having received my BFA in Writing, Literature, and Publishing from Emerson College, I set my sights on writing and editing right away. After a failed attempt at making it in New York City (which you'll understand if you've shared a 600 square-foot home with someone for a year) I moved to Nashville. I quickly landed a job at Thomas Nelson Publishers which was purchased by HarperCollins during my tenure there. This allowed me to see publishing from the side of a small house and from one of the "Big 5." This perspective gives me a unique edge while helping clients who are interested in pursuing mainstream publishing. Most recently, I co-owned a marketing and content development company called Ink & Well with marketing guru, Jennifer Keller, through which we worked with companies big and small, including publishing giant HarperCollins, iconic Nashville clothing brand, Sevier Skirts, and best-selling authors including Kristine Carlson, co-author of the explosively successful Don't Sweat the Small Stuff series. Now, through Alee Anderson Editorial, I focus mainly on helping authors (or individuals with a story to tell) meet their goals by writing and/or polishing content. I then take things a step further, using my marketing and branding expertise to work hand-in-hand with the author to create a beautiful, cohesive brand that closely links the aesthetic of the book cover, website, social media content, and more. I do all this from my lovely, wild home in Nashville, Tennessee. My husband, Jimi, and I have two young children, Madeline and Lucas, a cat named Harvey, and a dog named George. I am a genuinely happy person who treats everyone with the kindness and love of a wife and mom. Between this, my experience, and my passion for the work I do, I'm the perfect partner to help you achieve success in publishing, whatever that means for you. I specialize in non-fiction (including memoir and self-help) and fiction (all types except YA unless a comprehensive audience profile is provided). I do not take on any projects that would be considered academic. About Lit Up host, Angela Breidenbach: Angela Breidenbach is a bestselling author of fiction across the ages with most of her books set in Montana. She's the host Lit Up! on TogiNet.com and has co-hosted on The Writing Series of Coach Talk Radio with Sandra Beck teaching writers. Angela serves nationally as the Christian Author Network's (CAN) president. Angela is a popular speaker for conferences, workshops, and keynotes. (And yes, that's Angela's fe-lion personal assistant, Muse, posting comedic conversations with his Writer on social media, entertaining fans just for fun.) http://www.AngelaBreidenbach.com Twitter/Pinterest/Instagram/Facebook: @AngBreidenbach Member of: Christian Authors Network, Romance Writers of America, Author's Guild Have you picked up your copy of Worthy to Write? Click here to read more about it and order. http://amzn.to/2yEITci
Friday 8th of December 2017
Today on Lit Up! with Angela Breidenbach, Pam Dover and Jusine Bylo, of IngramSpark, help teach you how to Get Published with IngramSpark! SPECIAL OFFER- promo code for free title set up for print and ebooks is GETPUBLISHED good through 2017. See below for more information... What is Ingram? Ingram is and has been the world's largest wholesaler and supplier of books and book related products for 50 years. Ingram is a "one-stop shop" for bookstores, libraries and retailers, providing products from 30,000 TRADITIONAL Publishers 50,000 INDY Publishers More than 1,000 Christian publishers and suppliers Ingram has over 13 Million Titles in their database, which includes more than 260,000 Christian titles, shipped from 7 US Distribution Centers and Industry leading fill rate (98%) Ingram's distribution network reaches more than 39,000 Specialty Wholesale (Spring Arbor) which includes more than 3000 Christian retail stores Global & Regional Chain Bookstore Independent Retailers University Bookshops Internet Retailers Gift Retailers Museum Shops Public and School Libraries What is IngramSpark? IngramSpark is a one-stop platform which allows publishers and authors to have their book printed on demand and sold through the largest global distribution network available so your content is always available; you never miss a sale! Free to set up an account, which takes about 20 minutes or less to activate You will need a credit card to keep on file for fees, tax information (either tax id or SS#) International customers can find out what tax info is needed during the account set up process. You will also need an ISBN/EAN, if you want the book in distribution. IngramSpark provides ISBNs for $85 to US customers. If located outside the US, you can visit the following link to find out where to obtain an ISBN/EAN: https://www.isbn-international.org/agencies You set up your title and upload your print and/or ebook digital files into IngramSpark You can view our file requirements by accessing the File Creation Guide. Go to www.ingramspark.com and under the RESOURCES tab click on TOOLS and scroll down to the link for the guide. You will also find other helpful tools in this area. If you have an IngramSpark account, you will login and find the guide under the HELP tab. You can set your book for PREORDERS for your print book and ebook by selecting an on-sale date You control list prices, discounts, returnable options...more on this later Once you have approved the proof, you turn on distribution-title appears in Ingram's catalog, iPage Ingram sends the metadata you provide for the book to our global network of distribution partners which includes - 39,000 retailers and libraries (Amazon, B&N, Indiebound, etc) - Largest network of 70+ online retailers for ebooks (Amazon, Apple, Kobo) 39,000 Ingram customers can order your book from Ingram Ingram uses POD to manufacture print titles We have 4 print facilities in the US, 1 in the UK, 1 in France and 1 in Australia We deliver print and e-book content to retailers When one of our distribution partners receives an order for the book, we print it and ship to the distribution partner who then fulfills the order on their end. Shipping costs are handled between them and the consumer. Ingram pays YOU for the sale You know what you will earn: (list price-discount-printing) We pay you based on list price not net price. You are not charged shipping or any other fees for the order. You aren't penalized if a retailer discounts your title. You may see your book sold at a reduced or discounted price on websites. This does not affect your publisher compensation earnings. You are paid for the sale approximately 90 days after the end of the month in which the sale occurred. You can view sales through the online reporting on your IngramSpark account. E-book orders You are paid List Price - discount. You earn 40% of the retail price and if you do not select to have ebooks distributed to Amazon though IngramSpark, you earn 45% of the List Price. Amazon and Apple are optional and require separate agreements. If you have provided any ebooks to Amazon in the past 12 months, we would not be able to supply you rebooks to Amazon. Publisher Direct POD orders You enter your customer orders in our system You pay print and shipping fees and we ship direct to your customers in a plain brown box with a packing slip that lists the contents of the package and your return address. No pricing is included. You collect from your customer. No discount on orders less than 750 copies per title, shipping to one address. Things to Keep in Mind About Distribution... Distribution takes some time depending on the partner. It can take several weeks for the book to be fully listed and available for sale YOU still need to market your book to retailers, so they know where to get your book You tell retailers/libraries that your book is available from Ingram/Spring Arbor Retailers and libraries prefer to order from Ingram/Spring Arbor Ingram/Spring Arbor is not directly selling your book into stores Changes to metadata, like pricing, is sent to our partners on the first of each month, but it's up to them to update their sites. You should have all changes submitted at least 1 week prior to the first of each month for it to be effective in IngramSpark on the 1st. EDITING and PREPARING YOUR BOOK Advice for Indie Authors Work with professionals if you want a professional book Invest in editing, design and marketing, not inventory Use POD to test demand for your book GO STANDARD on binding and trim size (Shown further below) Use Social Media to build platform and market to your readers Own your ISBN You don't know what formats readers prefer so offer multiple choices paperback, hardback, e-book You don't know how your readers prefer to purchase your book-use the widest distribution options Join author organizations or groups POD Title Analysis Finish Gloss 75 % Matte 25% Investing in Editing: Why it Matters No Matter How You Publish Readers Notice Bad Editing! It effects their experience. So, what can you do? Editing Process First Stage of Editing Beta Readers Writing Groups Online Workshops Your Mom 2nd Stage of Editing- Developmental Editor Plot Help Character Development Setting Voice Third Stage of Editing- Copy Editor Grammar Spelling Punctuation Fact-checking Last Stage of Editing- Proofreader Hire AFTER your edits are done Catches any missed mistakes- grammar, spelling, punctuation and formatting What Does it Cost? *Expect to spend $1,000-$5,000 Editing Tips and Tricks You need to be emotionally ready to edit your book You need to be ready to put in the writing work Know what you want to get out of the editing process Know your budget & be financially ready Find an editor with a good reputation that is also a good match for your work Get your editing agreement IN WRITING Payments Time schedule Editing takes time Editors are not magicians! Use the Editorial Freelancer's Association (EFA) as a resource- http://the-efa.org/ METADATA MATTERS and PRICING YOUR BOOK Metadata is Key to Help Bookstores, Libraries and Readers Find Your Book Book Title and Description Bolding a few sentences in the book description seems to help books be more easily discovered on websites. The more info in the book description the better! Author bio, affiliations, physical location Bookstores and Libraries are looking for local authors BISAC (subject codes-3) The first listed is the most important. Using 3 helps narrow down the search for your book. Description/Short Description Keywords, Table of Contents, Reviews, endorsements Use up to 7 keywords or phrases. The first listed is most important. Don't use the title, author or subjects as these are also searchable by keyword. If your book is similar in content or writing style to another author or book, you can list it here, which may help your book be discovered If your book has a table of contents, be sure to list tis as it helps people know more about your book. Be sure to list any reviews or endorsements here. These will go out with the metadata for your book. Add them to your cover too! Audience (Adult, YA, JUV-age, grade) Be sure to select an audience for your book to help narrow down the search ISBN's (for distributed titles) Pricing in Global Markets (US, UK, EU, CA, AU) Print Attributes (size, # pages, paper color) Retail Discount Print-30-55% of list price (53% - 55% highly suggested for bookstores to receive their trade discount when buying from a wholesaler such as Ingram) E-book-60% of list price Publication Date and On sale date-Preorders The Publication date is when you announce the book to the market. You can also select an on-sale date for your book, which can be the same date or later than the publication date. If you want to collect preorders while you promote your book, use an on-sale date with a future date, later than the publication date. Once you approve the eproof for your book and click on "enable distribution", we send out the metadata for the book including the on-sale date. This gets your book into the market place so it can be ordered. If you select an on-sale date, so people can preorder your book, please be aware that the book must be ready to print at least 2 weeks prior to the on-sale date. This means the files must be uploaded and all revisions completed and approved by then. We will start printing the book 2 weeks prior to the on-sale date, so they are delivered on time. This allows all bookstores and distribution partners to have the book available to sell on the on-sale date and they cannot sell it before the on-sale date. It is highly advisable that you not change the on-sale date once you have it set. This can cause some issues with some distribution partner's websites. Also, if you submit revisions during this time, your title may appear as unavailable for a brief period while we change out your files and until you approve them. If you buy the $85 annotation ad in the Ingram Advance catalog, the ad will run 3-4 months later so you can time it with your on-sale date, if you wish. (more about that in the next segment) Returnability-3 options No or Non-Returnable IngramSpark will not accept returns from booksellers for any title designated as "No" (non-returnable), and the publisher will not receive any return charges. Yes-Deliver Choosing "Yes-Deliver" allows titles to be sold on a returnable basis, and the publisher will receive a physical copy of the book returned. *Please note that IngramSpark does not guarantee the condition of the book being returned. Yes-Destroy This option allows titles to be sold on a returnable basis, and the publisher will not receive a physical copy of the book upon its return. The publisher will be charged only for the current wholesale cost of each book returned. No shipping and handling fees will apply as IngramSpark will destroy any returned books if this option is selected. Shipping Costs for Returned Books Returns for US Addresses: Publishers will be charged for the current wholesale cost of each book returned, plus a $2.00 per book shipping and handling charge. Returns to non-US/international addresses: Publishers will be charged for the current wholesale cost of each book returned, plus a $20.00 per book shipping and handling charge. RETURNS EXAMPLE $20 Retail/List price -53% Wholesale Discount $9.40 Wholesale Price- what distribution partners pay for the book -$3.58 Print cost for 200 page B/W Paperback $5.82 Publisher Compensation You Earn If a book is returned, we pay back the wholesale price of the book, which would be $9.40. If you elect to have the book returned to you, add the return fee of $2 or, if outside the US add $20. Returns can be VERY costly so you need to be financially prepared to handle the cost of returns. If you are not sure what to offer, I suggest starting with non-returnable. You can always change to returnable later if needed. You can also be creative when working work with bookstores for events on this too. See if you can take your own books and give them a portion of the sales or offer to buy back any leftover books at the bookstore's cost. By doing this you have nice books you can reuse and you and the bookstore are not "dinged" for returns. PRICING YOUR BOOK - Things to consider: How much you need to earn for every sale. The market you are promoting your book to. If promoting to bookstores and retailers, offering a 53% discount in the US market allows retailers to receive their trade discount when they buy from a wholesaler. You can offer a lower discount in other markets, but, it is best to at least offer 45% in the UK and Europe as there are many wholesalers there who are our distribution partners. In Australia, our distribution partners are online stores so you can set your discount lower there if needed. Also, it costs more to print in other markets. Because of this, use a currency conversion site such as www.xe.com and convert the publisher compensation amount for a market and convert to US currency to ensure you are receiving at least the same amount of pub comp as you are in the US. Adjust the retail price or discount in other markets until you end up with the right amount of publisher compensation. Another suggestion is increasing the pub comp amount in other countries by a dollar or two more than you are earning in the US, so you don't fall into a negative pub comp balance due to currency exchange rate fluctuations. This is important to think about if you are earning $1-$2 or less in the US. Look at books similar in size and content, when pricing your book. Keep in mind, traditionally published books were probably printed at an offset printer and distributed in a different way so the retail price may be lower than what you need to charge. POD books tend to be priced a little higher than traditionally published books. But, at the same time, you don't want to price yourself out of the market. The great thing about POD is if the pricing isn't working, you can change it! However, if you listed the price on the cover, you would have to upload a revised cover file with the new price. Revisions are $25 per file. How to price for international markets Use XE.com MARKETING TIPS Build Your Platform! Get Reviews- Legitimizes your book to booksellers, librarians and readers Connect with your local independent bookstores and libraries- they like local authors! Get the word out with social media Pick a platform where your readers pay attention such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and others ( see links at end of this document) Link to multiple buying sites- "retailer agnostic" Talk about more than just your book- create an author persona Be careful about galley copies! Mark as a galley copy to make sure your fans buy the book What can Ingram do for you? Besides sending a metadata feed with all your book info to all of our distribution partners, we offer an affordable annotation ad in 1 of 3 Ingram Advance catalogs. Advance Annotation Ad Published monthly and distributed five weeks prior to the issue month. The Advance is a comprehensive title listing and purchasing tool. Circulation: 7,000 top booksellers and librarians; and in PDF format to over 27,000 accounts An annotation ad for a book can be ordered for either the Advance, Christian Advance or Children's Advance, during the title set up process. This includes a black and white thumbnail image of the cover, a brief annotation of the book and the retail price and discount Ingram customers receive. Cost for the one-time ad is $85. The ad will run 3-4 months later. USE PRESALES as marketing tool. SPECIAL OFFER- promo code for free title set up for print and ebooks is GETPUBLISHED good through 2017 Web addresses and links To activate an account, go to www.ingramspark.com Sign up for our free blog at http://www.ingramspark.com/blog If located outside the US, you can visit the following link to find out where to obtain an ISBN/EAN: https://www.isbn-international.org/agencies File Creation Guide http://www.ingramspark.com/hubfs/downloads/file-creation-guide.pdf In this video, you'll hear what metadata is and why it matters. How the metadata you choose dictates who, when, and how your work is discovered. The value of attaching a unique ISBN to each of your formats and what you should be monitoring in your data system. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lEDss8sprPw In this video there is an intro to the basics of setting up your print book files. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDu5IYVef3k Need help? For those who want to polish and refine their work, we have some friends who would love to make your acquaintance. We pride ourselves on the fact that everything you need to publish your book can be found here, but sometimes you may want a little something extra. From book design to book reviews, these fine folks will take your book to the next level of professional quality. http://www.ingramspark.com/resources/experts Editorial Freelancer's Association (EFA) resource http://the-efa.org/ Print Distribution Partners http://www.ingramspark.com/how-it-works/print-distribution-partners Ebook Distribution Partners http://www.ingramspark.com/plan-your-book/ebooks/online-retail-partners SOCIAL MEDIA Links www.facebook.com www.twitter.com www.pinterest.com The Litsy community is a groundswell of passionate readers, authors, celebrities, and more. Share bookish moments with Quotes, Reviews, and Blurbs. Measure Litfluence to discover your "bookprint" in the world. Explore recommendations from readers, not algorithms. www.litsy.com www.instagram.com AND... Instagram for books! https://www.instagram.com/bookriot/?hl=en Click on this link for 21 other Instagram accounts for book lovers. http://www.dearenglishmajor.com/blog/21-beautiful-instagram-accounts-for-book-lovers Google: Instagram for books to find even more Instagram accounts for books! Lick on this link for more info about other Book Social Networks https://www.lifewire.com/great-book-social-networks-3486556 REVIEWERS Foreword https://publishers.forewordreviews.com/reviews/clarion/ingramspark/ Kirkus-paid, could be a few hundred dollars. Legitimate paid review. https://www.kirkusreviews.com/indie-reviews/ Blueink https://www.blueinkreview.com/authors/special-offer-for-ingram-spark-authors/ For Indies: Publishers Weekly: several months in advance BookLife by Publishers Weekly. About our guests: Justine Bylo Key Account Sales Manager and has a passion for working with independent authors and publishers, getting their books into the world. Justine currently works with IngramSpark authors and publishers to expand their flourishing platforms. She is committed to the innovation behind IngramSpark so that clients always have the most cutting edge services. Justine has worked with Ingram Content Group for four years. Previously in her roles at Lightning Source and Ingram Publisher Services, Justine helped countless publishers grow their businesses. Justine started her career in the unlikely place of television where she worked in reality TV development at Oxygen and Bravo before making the switch to publishing. Justine was a graduate of NYU Tisch in Dramatic Writing and continues to work on her own novels during her free time. Pam Dover, IngramSpark Sales Specialist Pam Dover is a Sales Specialist with IngramSpark®. She helps authors, independent publishers, and businesses share their story by understanding their needs and pairing them with the right insights and tools using Ingram's digital print on demand print and ebook distribution services. Pam has worked closely with authors, publishers and booksellers for the past 35 years in various leadership, product management, training, and sales positions. Pam truly understands the evolving book industry and the role print on demand and distribution services can serve publishers and authors faster. She continually works to improve the IngramSpark user experience and strives to help her customers succeed.
Friday 17th of November 2017
Topic: Creative Brain to Analytical Brain​ Our guest's Website: www.SusanGMathis.com Featured Book: The Fabric of Hope: An Irish Family Legacy About our guest: Susan G Mathis is a versatile writer and author of The Fabric of Hope: An Irish Family Legacy. Susan has two Tyndale nonfiction books, Countdown for Couples: Preparing for the Adventure of Marriage and The ReMarriage Adventure: Preparing for a Life of Love and Happiness. She's also the author of two published picture books, Lexie's Adventure in Kenya: Love is Patient and Princess Madison's Rainbow Adventure. Please visit www.SusanGMathis.com Susan's Social Media: Author Central l Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Blog | Goodreads | Google+ | CAN | More about Lit Up host, Angela Breidenbach: Angela Breidenbach writes romance through the ages, teaches the business of writing, hosts the radio show Lit Up, and is in process of getting her genealogical studies degree. She's the president of the Christian Authors Network. Angie lives in Missoula, MT with her hubby and Muse, a trained fe-lion, who can shake hands, lay down and roll over, and jump through a hoop. Surprisingly, Angie can also. http://AngelaBreidenbach.com Facebook/Twitter/Instagram/Pinterest: @AngBreidenbach iTunes: Lit Up With Angela Breidenbach Worried about someone reading your work? Is the blank page flashing at you? Worthy to Write is available now to help conquer those fears.
Friday 10th of November 2017
Guest Carrie Fancett Pagels Topic: How to interview your characters like a psychologist-why backstory matters Website: CarrieFancettPagels.com Book: The Captive Brides Collection. Website: www.carriefancettpagels.com Book: The Captive Brides Collection -- "Love's Escape" Bio – Carrie Fancett Pagels, Ph.D. Carrie Fancett Pagels, Ph.D., is the award-winning author of fifteen Christian historical romances, including ECPA bestsellers. Twenty-five years as a psychologist didn't "cure" her overactive imagination! A self-professed “history geek,” she resides with her family in the Historic Triangle of Virginia but grew up as a “Yooper,” in Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula. Carrie loves to read, bake, bead, and travel – but not all at the same time! You can connect with her at www.CarrieFancettPagels.com. About Love's Escape: When Letitia, the light-skinned house servant of the prominent Burwell family, learns that her father is the master of the plantation, and the one responsible for her mother’s death, she seeks any means of escape from her life of slavery. As she prepares meals and fetches tea for women who are her half-sisters by blood, Lettie becomes more determined that she’ll not live out her days in servitude. Nathan Pleasant, the undertaker’s son, secretly transports slaves from Virginia and onto the Underground railroad via a network of funeral homes. He’s grown attached to the Burwell’s beautiful house servant, but sees that Lettie’s desperate attempts to leave slavery are making her vulnerable for exploitation – or worse. When he must choose between his livelihood or Lettie’s freedom, will his heart win out? Angela Breidenbach, host of Lit Up, can be found online at http://AngelaBreidenbach.com or on social media @AngBreidenbach Pick up your copy of the Captive Bride's Collection for your historic romance entertainment. Remember to get your copy of Worthy to Write, releasing Nov. 13, 2017, to build your inner strength as a writer.
Friday 3rd of November 2017
Lit Up host, Angela Breidenbach and guest Cindi McMenamin, tackle the topics Drama Free & Are Creatives Worth Their Pay?Book: Drama Free: Finding Peace When Emotions Overwhelm You (Harvest House Publishers, 2017) mini bio: Cindi McMenamin is a national speaker and award-winning author who helps women strengthen their relationships with God and others. She has been married to her husband, Hugh, a pastor, for 29 years and they have one adult daughter, Dana. They live in Southern California. Social Media: Facebook: Strength For the Soul /Twitter: @CindiMcMenamin
Friday 27th of October 2017
Website: http://KingsHighwayFilm.com and http://JasonSherman.org Book: Strap on your Boots http://amazon.jasonsherman.org Movie: The King's Highway Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/kingshighwayfilm https://twitter.com/kingshighwaydoc https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC75M7sfWcCuvKYHdsTgfr0Q/videos http://slack.kingshighwayfilm.com Bio: Jason Sherman is a serial entrepreneur, award winning filmmaker, journalist and tech startup expert. He has been featured in media like the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, FOX News, and ABC News. He is fluent in Spanish, is a classically trained violinist, and is a regular speaker on FOX's Futurist TV Show: Xploration Earth 2050. Jason runs a technology consulting company and film studio from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He has given guest lectures at Drexel University, Temple University, and University of Pennsylvania, as well as several hackathons and tech meetups. His methodologies on entrepreneurship and data driven decisions are his main source of education to those he helps all around the world. His new book Strap on your Boots is the culmination of his life's work to help other entrepreneurs succeed and was the focus of a class he created and taught at the illustrious Wharton School of Business. And here is the movie description: The King's Highway is a Documentary film about the untold story of Northeast Philadelphia's impact on America and the historical significance of this region. The historic buildings and structures along the King’s Highway (Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route / Bristol Pike / Frankford Avenue) are the foundation of the film. Augmenting that with in-depth historical coverage of the Northeast's three defining creeks and rivers, will allow for a very comprehensive depiction of the history of the Northeast as a whole. Our expert speakers and documentary filmmaker Jason Sherman will provide the narrative. Archival footage, documents, photographs and artifacts will give us a glimpse into the past. Time lapse, aerial, and walk-through footage of many locations will allow viewers to see the beauty that has been all but forgotten. The goal of the film is to not only spread awareness about the historic value of this area, but to also showcase the historians and preservationists that are fighting to keep our beautiful city and the history of the United States of America intact.
Friday 20th of October 2017
LIt Up host, Angela Breidenbach, welcomes guest, Bryan Cohen, for a scintillating chat about sizzling synopses and back cover copy to help you sell more books! Author of How to Write a Sizzling Synopsis, Bryan shares some easy-to-use ideas to enhance your writing career.
Friday 13th of October 2017
Lit Up host, Angela Breidenbach, interviews Theresa Rowe about how to get and stay healthy in order to be at our best to create. Book: Shaped by FAITH: 10 Secrets to Strengthening Your Body & Soul. DVDs: Shaped by Faith Pilates for the Soul DVD Shaped by Faith Pilates Stability Ball DVD Shaped by Faith Strength Training DVD Website: ShapedByFaith.com Bio: Theresa is the author of Guideposts' Shaped by Faith, ten secrets to strengthening your body and soul. She is a motivational speaker, nationally certified fitness professional, the host of Shaped by Faith a radio show and writes a column for the newspaper. She has produced three faith based fitness DVD's and is married and has 7 children and 11 grandchildren. Facebook: Shaped by Faith Facebook: Theresa Rowe Twitter: @TheresaLRowe Instagram: @ShapedbyFaith
Friday 6th of October 2017
Topic: Moving From Fear to Freedom Website: www.gracefox.com Book/Screenplay: Moving From Fear to Freedom: A Woman’s Guide to Peace in Every Situation mini bio:Grace Fox is the author of eight books including Moving From Fear to Freedom: A Woman’s Guide to Peace in Every Situation and a contributor to Guideposts’ Mornings With Jesus annual devotional. She’s also a sought-after speaker and a career global worker who trains pastors and missionaries in Eastern Europe and other locations including Nepal and the Middle East. Social Media: www.fb.com/gracefox.author; www.gracefox.com/blog; Twitter — @gracelfox
Friday 29th of September 2017
Guest Danica Favorite visits with Lit Up host, Angela Breidenbach, about Kindle notes & highlights for promoting and connecting with readers, her newest books, and how her hobby of raising chickens changed a law in Colorado! Danica Favorite's Latest Book: Mistletoe Mommy Danica Favorite is a self-professed crazy chicken lady. She loves the adventure of living a creative life. Danica and her family recently moved in to their dream home in the mountains above Denver, Colorado. Danica loves to explore the depths of human nature and follow people on the journey to happily ever after. Though the journey is often bumpy, those bumps are what refine imperfect characters as they live the life God created them for. Oops, that just spoiled the ending of all of Danica's stories. Then again, getting there is all the fun. Social Media: Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/7HCXj Website: http://www.danicafavorite.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/danicafavorite Instagram: https://instagram.com/danicafavorite/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DanicaFavoriteAuthor BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/danica-favorite Host Angela Breidenbach: @AngBreidenbach on any social media http://AngelaBreidenbach.com
Friday 22nd of September 2017
Craig von Buseck shares Harry S. Truman's role in the rebirth of Israel. Inspiration.org INSP TV We delve today into how Craig von Buseck writes newsworthy non-fiction.
Friday 15th of September 2017
What happens when you've lost everything? Guest, Darlene Franklin, shares how she lost her independence, her agent, and her publishing company when she moved into a nursing home only to become more successful afterward. Find host, Angela Breidenbach, online: http://AngelaBreidenbach.com or on social media @AngBreidenbach
Friday 8th of September 2017
Lit Up host, Angela Breidenbach, visits with expert, Jane S. Daly, on the success of aging authors
Friday 1st of September 2017
How can authors get books into retail stores? Today on Lit Up, Angela Breidenbach interviews Kirk Blank president of the Munce Group and the MTL Magazine about retailing, books, the Christian Product Expo events, and what the Munce Group does with authors and retailers.
Friday 25th of August 2017
Lit Up #talkradio host, Angela Breidenbach, interviews April McGowan on how to write real life into your book. How to write personal, family, and friends experiences into fiction or non-fiction and keep your relationships. Also on iTunes.
Friday 18th of August 2017
Angela Breidenbach interviews Lauralee Bliss on Lit Up #talkradio about adding adventure to your story through on the spot research. How to research for fiction or non-fiction, and hiking the Appalachian Trail and riding the Trail of the Hiawatha as research for their novellas in the Second Chance Brides Collection from Barbour Books.
Friday 11th of August 2017
Lit Up host, Angela Breidenbach, visits with guest, Becky Harling, about how to listen so people talk. Smart communication tools for business and personal use.
Friday 4th of August 2017
Lit Up with Angela Breidenbach visits with Andrea Boeshaar about overcoming the fear of failure.
Friday 28th of July 2017
What is IngramSpark? How do I use IngramSpark? What do I need to know to sell more books on IngramSpark? Indie publishing on IngramSpark
Friday 21st of July 2017
The 10 Commandments of Screenwriting with Lit Up! guest, Brian Bird.During his 30-year career in Hollywood, Brian Bird’s writing and producing work comprises -dozen films and 250 episodes of network television. He is founding partner with Michael Landon Jr. of Believe Pictures, most recently responsible for five seasons of the hit Hallmark Channel original TV series When Calls the Heart, along with cultivating the birth and growth of an ardent fan movement for the show – The Hearties.
Friday 14th of July 2017
Learn how to write novellas with Lit Up guest, Debby Lee.
Friday 7th of July 2017
Kathleen Freeman visits Lit Up with Angela Breidenbach to discuss how to bring setting and animals to life in stories.
Friday 30th of June 2017
Lit Up! guest Diana Lesire Brandmeyer discusses her journey from traditional to hybrid author with host, Angela Breidenbach. Diana's expertise in AMS ads gets shared.
Friday 23rd of June 2017
Angela Breidenbach interviews new author Mary A. Mills to help answer her questions on building a platform, getting an agent, and publisher as well as the option of going indie. Also on iTunes
Friday 16th of June 2017
Angela Breidenbach of Lit Up interviews Susan Thomas, founder of The Dramatic Pen Press and prolific author of interactive mystery party games and biblical fiction. Awesome copyright tips for those wanting to publish. Amazing intergenerational ideas for parties, events, and fundraisers for your group.
Friday 9th of June 2017
Angela Breidenbach interviews guest Jenna Victoria on Lit Up. Writing and having a voice while battling cancer.
Friday 2nd of June 2017
Guests: Virginia Smith, Sherry Kyle
Friday 26th of May 2017
Guest: Mark Leslie Lefvre of Kobo and KoboWritingLife.com
Friday 19th of May 2017
Angela Breidenbach, host of Lit Up, interviews Janet Perez Eckles, bi-lingual (Spanish and English) author and speaker. We discuss her book, Simply Salsa: Dancing at God's Fiesta, how she survived multiple tragedies of blindness and marital infidelity and the murder of her son, and Janet's favorite writing tools for efficiency and a professional work environment. Also on iTunes. Find out more about Janet Perez Eckles, her books, and her speaking at: www.janetperezeckles.com Find out more about host, Angela Breidenbach, and her books at: http://AngelaBreidenbach.com
Friday 12th of May 2017
Guest Jennifer Vander Klipp Show Notes: Angela Breidenbach of Lit Up! talk radio discusses the elements of professional editing with author, Pencildancer, and professional editor, Jennifer Vander Klipp. Learn about Jennifer's latest novel, Protective Custody. Also on iTunes. Find more about Jennifer's editing business: Tandem Services, Publishing Services and Creative Projects Management www.TandemServicesJVK.com Discover more about Angela Breidenbach, and her books, at http://AngelaBreidenbach.com
Friday 5th of May 2017
Liz Tolsma, Using Scrivener to write Angela Breidenbach, bestselling author, interviews Liz Tolsma about her latest book, Matchmaker Brides, and how she uses Scrivener as a tool to speed up and organize her writing process. Also on iTunes. Liz Tolsma's books: Matchmaker Brides Rails to Love Second Chance Brides, Aug 2017 www.liztolsma.com Learn more about host, Angela Breidenbach, and her books: http://AngelaBreidenbach.com
Friday 28th of April 2017
Angela Breidenbach of Lit Up! talks with Dr. Ted Baehr about writing for Hollywood and JD DeWitt about Connecting Writers with Hollywood. Also on iTunes. Find out more about Dr. Baehr: movieguide.org Find out more about JD DeWitt: JDDeWitt.com Find out more about Angela: AngelaBreidenbach.com
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