Brain Burps About Books
BBAB 221: When You Get Interest from Traditional Publishers But Say No Thanks

Brain Burps About Books Podcast #221

When You Get Interest from Traditional Publishers But Say No Thanks

An Interview with KeeKee’s Big Adventures Series Creator Shannon Jones

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This Week's Guest is Shannon Jones!

This week’s guest is Shannon Jones. For Shannon, her love of travel began at a young age. It opened her eyes and ears to the world. As a grownup, living in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, with her husband Paul and kitty KeeKee, the idea for KeeKee’s Big Adventures was born. After twenty years in the marketing field, Shannon is launched on her new adventures, following her passion for writing and excited to be helping kids in their quest for learning and discovery.

Shannon's first book KeeKee's Big Adventures in Paris, France won the Independent Book Publishers Association Benjamin Franklin Awards Silver for Best First Children’s Book in April 2014 and Gold Mom’s Choice Award in Autumn 2013. KeeKee's Big Adventures in Rome, Italy received a Gold Mom's Choice Award in April 2013.

Her third book, KeeKee's Big Adventures in Athens, Greece, landed October 2014 and just received a Gold Mom's Choice Award.

Shannon and I talk about
  • Why, even though Shannon got interest from traditional publishers, she decided to self-publish.
  • The unusual process through which she found a great illustrator.
  • Her editor is Lisa Pliscou.
  • Her printer, Phoenix Color.
  • The Bilingual pronunciation guide in her books.
  • Getting geography lessons from a cat.
  • The KeeKee Club.

BBAB 220: Kelly Light's Top Tips to Getting Traditionally Published

Brain Burps About Books Podcast #220

Kelly Light’s Top Tips to Getting Traditionally Published

An Interview with Kelly Light: How She Got Five Offers Before Ever Getting an Agent

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This Week's Guest is author-illustrator Kelly Light!

This week’s guest is Kelly Light. Author Illustrator, Kelly Light was born in 1970 off exit 149 of the Garden State Parkway. She grew up down the shore surrounded by giant roadside dinosaurs, cotton candy colors and skee ball sounds. Schooled on Saturday morning cartoons and Sunday Funny pages, she picked up a pencil and started drawing and never stopped.

Kelly and I talk about
  • The day Kelly got so many calls from editors she stopped answering the phone.
  • How she got five offers before she ever got an agent.
  • How Kelly got published.
  • What BEA was like for her being treated like a debutante.
  • Who is “the Willy Wonka of books?”
  • Kelly’s top tips to getting and being traditionally published.

BBAB 219: Avoid the Slush Pile with Pubslush

Brain Burps About Books Podcast #219

Avoid the Slush Pile with Pubslush

An Interview with Pubslush Vice President Amanda Barbara

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This Week's Guest is Pubslush Vice President Amanda Barbara!

This week’s guest is Amanda Barbara. Pubslush was founded by mother and daughter entrepreneurs, Hellen and Amanda Barbara. Pubslush is a global pre-publication platform that offers crowdfunding and pre-order options for authors and publishers. Amanda and her mother were inspired to create a more democratic publishing process after learning about the struggles of authors like J.K. Rowling, whose bestselling series was rejected by the 12 publishers to which it was initially sent. So many great authors have been dismissed to the infamous "slush pile." The Pubslush name is derived from their mission to give authors the opportunity to get out of the slush pile, prove their talent and market viability, and successfully publish quality books.

Amanda and I talk about
  • What can Pubslush do for writers?
  • How Pubslush can be a launch pad for your writing career.
  • What do if you're looking for a spot to gain fans.
  • How your fans get an email when your book is ready.
  • Why Pubslush is not just another crowd funding platform.
  • How is it completely risk free for the authors?
  • How they monetize! (Great for writers!)
  • Finding your reader data.
  • Do writers need a contract?
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BBAB 218 : Reedsy | Connecting Publishing Professionals to Writers

BBAB 218: Reedsy | Connecting Publishing Professionals to Writers

An Interview with Reedsy Chief Operating Officer Richard Fayet

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This Week's Guest is Reedsy Chief Operating Officer Richard Fayet!


This week’s guest is Richard Fayet. Richard is one of the co-founders of Reedsy, a curated marketplace designed to streamline self-publishing. On Reedsy, authors can connect with vetted, industry-experienced editors, designers, marketers and translators and work with them through in-built project management and collaboration tools, keeping all the workflow in one place.

Richard and I talk about
  • Getting tough with their Terms of Service.
  • How they get their curated professionals.
  • Their 10% fee.
  • What collaboration tools they offer.
  • What publication tools they have available.
  • Author profiles.