WIP Sponsor Series: Beyond the Written Word: The Rise of Audiobooks in the Literary Realm

WIP Sponsor Series: Beyond the Written Word: The Rise of Audiobooks in the Literary Realm

Join us on a journey into the captivating realm of audiobooks with “Beyond the Written Word: The Rise of Audiobooks in the Literary Realm.” Hosted by Mark Packard, Director and Producer of Number Three Productions, this webinar is a comprehensive exploration of why you need an audiobook, how to create an audiobook, and new trends in the audiobook world. Participants will delve into the strategic landscape of audiobooks and their pivotal role in modern storytelling.

Discover the ‘whys' of audiobooks, exploring their growing popularity, economic implications, and benefits for both authors and consumers.

Mark will be sharing invaluable insights into the technical side of audiobook creation, unraveling the pre-production, recording, and editing stages. We’ll also be discussing which audiobook distribution platform is right for you so you can make an informed decision about where to sell your audiobook.

In the final segment, Mark explores the intersection of AI and audiobooks, examining the positives and potential downfalls. From the rising accuracy of AI-generated voices to Spotify's emergence as a significant audiobook platform, this webinar is a dynamic exploration of the audiobook industry's past, present, and future.

Join the conversation, ask questions, and leave with a profound understanding of the audiobook landscape, equipped to make strategic decisions in your author journey.

Meet Mark, Director of Number Three Productions and a multitalented musician, producer, creator, and thought leader. Mark's journey to podcasting and audio production is paved with a diverse range of experiences. His background in economics, mathematics, professional dance, teaching, music composition, lyric writing, and stage performance enriches his approach to production and gives him a unique perspective on the art of sound creation. In the realm of audio, Mark's keen focus lies in capturing the rhythm of the human voice while his philosophy on audio production centers around creating an immersive and pleasing experience for the listener. With a strong belief in the profound impact that attention to detail has on the subconscious of the listener, he meticulously crafts and blends his audio productions to subtle perfection. Mark's commitment to enhancing the listener's experience permeates every aspect of his work, ensuring that each production resonates deeply, even if its intricacies go unnoticed. Recognized as an audio luminary, Mark has produced three captivating hiphop EPs, curated nine engaging podcasts, composed eight podcast theme songs, and brought fourteen enchanting audiobooks to life. His contributions have garnered acclaim, earning him consecutive nominations as Podcast Hero of the Year at the Publisher Podcast Awards, alongside esteemed creators from Marvel, Amazon, and Penguin Random House. Mark is poised to continue pushing the boundaries of audio production with an intense focus on building procedures and techniques that transcends the confines of traditional distribution and sound production models. With boundless creativity and an unwavering commitment to excellence, his next endeavors promise to captivate and inspire audiences and creators worldwide. When he's not engrossed in audio production, you'll likely find him immersed in the intricate word flows and rhyme schemes of his favorite underground hiphop artists, continuously expanding his creative horizons.

 

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Writing Strong Female Characters in Thrillers with Sonja Dewing

Writing Strong Female Characters in Thrillers with Sonja Dewing

Come join us for a workshop with thriller author Sonja Dewing!

If you've ever thought about writing a book with a strong female lead, especially a thriller, now's the time! According to Publisher Rocket, there are over 2,000 searches a month for Female Lead books and there are over 800 searching for strong women in thrillers. In “Writing Strong Female Characters in Your Thrillers” beginner level authors will learn what makes a strong character and incorporating that into thriller plots. Sonja Dewing will share her workbook – Writing Thriller Characters.

In this masterclass, Sonja will teach:
  • How to create characters quickly
  • How to develop main female characters that are seen as strong
  • How to incorporate your characters into your thriller plot (or any plot!)
  • Answer all your questions in a Q&A session

    Sonja Dewing is an award-winning and best-selling author of adventure/fantasy novels. She's also CEO of Women's Thriller Writers Association. In 2014, when an agent told her no one would read a fantasy book with a main female character, she proved him wrong. She started WTWA in 2020 and in 2022, when an agent told Linda Petrilli that a woman couldn't use a sniper rifle, she realized that the WTWA was and will always be needed to support women in thrillers.

Register here: https://writepublishsell.thrivecart.com/writing-strong-female-characters/

PublishHER Podcast Episode 122: Taking the Leap with a Book Coach! Guest: Larissa Soehn

PublishHER Podcast Episode 122: Taking the Leap with a Book Coach! Guest: Larissa Soehn

In this episode of the PublishHer podcast, Alexa Bigwarfe interviews Larissa Sohen, an established author and founder of Next Page Publishing Inc. Larissa shares her journey to becoming a book coach and provides insights into writing, publishing, and marketing books.

Larissa Soehn is a well-established author and the founder of Next Page Wellness Coaching. She has extensive experience in writing, publishing, marketing, and coaching for books from various genres.  As the company’s founder, Larissa serves female entrepreneurs in client-based industries, namely coaches and service providers. Larissa’s mission is to help powerful women boost their businesses with a book. She guarantees a high level of service in all aspects of writing and publishing as a book coach. Her programs include one-on-one writing, editing, publishing, and marketing support for all her authors. Larissa is a certified professional book coach from the International Coach Academy with training in applied psychology and communications. She has developed skills that directly support the writing and promoting of exceptional books. She has knowledge of human motivation, drive, and communication methods that coincides directly with what it takes to write, publish and market a book.  Larissa finds motivation in her family and works hard to be the best mom and wife she can be to her young daughter and wonderful husband.

“If we were twelve months in the future and you looked back, what has to have happened to make you feel like you were successful? And a lot of times for people that is getting my book written and published, just do it. Make the leap.” – Larissa Soehn, book coach

Key Takeaways

  • Larissa's Writing Journey: Larissa shares her unexpected entry into writing when she created a sci-fi novel based on a game she and her husband developed. This experience led her to become passionate about helping others tell their stories.
  • Book Release: Larissa discusses her recent book, “How to Write a Book: Memoirs and Autobiographies,” which focuses on guiding individuals through the process of writing and sharing their life stories.
  • Transition to Book Coaching: Larissa explains how she transitioned from a career in the chemical industry to become a book coach, emphasizing the importance of making connections, networking, and learning from mentors in the writing industry.
  • Advice for Aspiring Authors: Larissa encourages aspiring authors to start writing without waiting for the “perfect time.” She highlights the importance of taking the leap and pursuing the dream of writing a book.
  • Details on Coaching Program: Larissa describes her coaching program, targeting coaches in service-based industries who are looking to grow their businesses by incorporating book writing into their marketing strategy.

Memorable Moments:

00:01:10 – Becoming a Full-time Author
Larissa shares her experience of transitioning from a different industry to becoming a full-time author and book coach, emphasizing the need to make connections and seek mentorship in the writing world.

00:03:26 – Unexpected Writing Journey
Larissa discusses how she stumbled into writing a Sci-Fi novel while creating a game, highlighting the joy and passion that comes with writing a book that evolves from a personal project.

00:04:27 – Writing Memoirs and Autobiographies
Larissa talks about her new book on writing memoirs and autobiographies, sharing her motivation behind creating a guide to help others tell their stories and preserve their memories through writing.

00:09:55 – Making the Leap to Writing Business
Larissa advises on the challenges of starting a writing business, emphasizing the importance of networking and seeking guidance from industry peers.

00:14:22 – Discovery Call and Collaboration
Larissa discusses the process of scheduling a discovery call to understand the client's needs and how to work together effectively.

00:14:47 – Social Media Presence
Larissa mentions her private Facebook group “Write, Publish and Sell Your Dream Book” as a platform to connect with her audience.

00:15:13 – Pursuing Dreams
Larissa encourages aspiring authors to take the leap and pursue their dream of writing a book, emphasizing that there's no perfect time to start.

00:15:36 – Overcoming Procrastination
Larissa advises listeners to consider what success looks like for them in the future and take the necessary steps to achieve their goals, including writing and publishing their book.

00:16:06 – Closing Remarks
Alexa expresses gratitude to Larissa for sharing her insights and encourages listeners to join them for the next episode of the podcast.

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Your Publishing Plan: The 6 Stages of Production and Launch

Your Publishing Plan: The 6 Stages of Production and Launch

Join Alexa Bigwarfe for a look at the 6 stages of production and launch and key factors you want to be aware of when writing, publishing, and selling your book!

Alexa Bigwarfe

Alexa Bigwarfe is a USA Today best-selling author, publisher, founder and CEO of Write|Publish|Sell, Kat Biggie Press, Purple Butterfly Press, and host of The Women in Publishing Summit. Alexa enjoys educating authors and publishing industry professionals, building community and networks for success. Her courses and training focus on publishing books that meet industry standards, author professional development, platform growth, and fun, creative ways to market books.

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Love Is In The Air

Love Is In The Air

Happy Valentine's Day! Love is in the air and we have a little treat for our Romance writers!

Free Writing Romance Mastery Summit!

GET YOUR FREE TICKET HERE!

We are really excited to announce that Paula Judith invited Alexa back to be a speaker at her FREE Writing Romance Mastery Summit that begins Feb. 19th!

Their conversation this time is around overcoming the fear of marketing, but as you'll see when you check out the page below, there are SO MANY great sessions with so many masters of romance and the writing and publishing business!

Register for the Free Writing Romance Mastery Summit now!

The Writing Romance Mastery Summit will take place from February 19, 2024 through February 23, 2024, and we can promise it’ll be a top-notch event. Paula Judith is bringing together a great lineup!

Here’s a selection of speakers we are excited about hearing from:

  • Alexa Bigwarfe – Overcome the Fear of Marketing (you might recognize that name 🙂 )


Alexa is an author coach, book marketing expert, host of the Women in Publishing Summit, and a published RomCom author under the pen name Lexi Haddock. Alexa is known for her courses and training, which focus on author platform growth and creative ways to make marketing FUN, not scary!

Whether you are indie or traditionally published, marketing is essential. In this session, Alexa Bigwarfe discusses ways to approach marketing in a manner you enjoy.

  • Jill Lublin – Audience Building for Romance Authors

Jill Lublin is a Premier Publicity Authority, 4x Best-Selling Author, and International Speaker, who helps Entrepreneurs, Speakers, Coaches, and Authors. Jill has worked with ABC, NBC, CBS, and other national and international media as a highly regarded publicity expert. She has been featured in The New York Times, Women’s Day, Fortune Small Business, Entrepreneur, Forbes, and Inc. magazines.

There are many ways to approach building your author platform. In this session, Jill Lublin explores how branding yourself leads to more book sales.

  • Philip Duncan – Book Marketing Made Easy With Email (Philip is one of my favorite people and knows his stuff with email marketing!)

Philip Duncan is an award-winning and Amazon bestselling fiction author. He's the host of Email Marketing and List Building Made Easy and the co-host of Fiction Marketing Academy.

In this session, Philip Duncan discusses how to make book marketing with email a natural and easy process to incorporate into your author platform.

Philip is a friend and I've had him guest lecture on email list growth. He's a pro!

  • Ellen Finkelstein – How to Promote Your Books through Email Marketing


Ellen Finkelstein started her first website in 1999 as an author platform – she's written 11 published books with McGraw-Hill and Wiley and self-published 10 e-books during her 20-year career as an author. The books range from 20 pages to more than 1200 pages. Since then, she has developed e-mail lists of over 22,000 people and a social media audience of over 100,000.

In this session, Ellen Finklestein explores ways to build your author platform to make more book sales from your reader email list.

  • Elise Krentzel – Generating Sales Without Advertising on Amazon


World traveler, author, ghostwriter, and coach. Elise is known as the Rebel Writer. From rock journalist to restaurant critic, she’s been stirring up the pot since the 1970s! Published her wild memoir, Under My Skin – Drama, Trauma, and Rock & Roll was a #1 bestseller in 9 categories on Amazon.

Elise Krentzel details connections and methods to increase organic book sales.

Happy Valentine's Day, Romance Writers!

And do not miss the 2024 WOMEN IN PUBLISHING SUMMIT!

See the full schedule here and grab your ticket today!

We hope to see you at the 2024 Women in Publishing Summit!

PublishHER Podcast Episode 121: I Still Have Love to Give with Emily A. Myers

PublishHER Podcast Episode 121: I Still Have Love to Give with Emily A. Myers

In this episode of the PublishHer Podcast, host Alexa Bigwarfe interviews Emily Myers, an author who delves into romantic suspense, mafia romance, and poetry. Emily's writing journey, from her initial struggles with contemporary romance to finding her niche in mafia romance, sheds light on the importance of personal growth and healing in creative pursuits. Her recent poetry collection, “I Still Have Love to Give,” serves as a powerful outlet for emotional healing and offers support and inspiration to others facing similar experiences.

Uncover the unexpected journey of a mafia romance author's poetic release as a healing outlet. Listen in as Emily A. Myers, renowned for romantic suspense, sheds light on her surprising foray into a world of heart-wrenching poetry. Join us as she unveils her intense emotional journey and the creative healing process behind her latest book, I Still Have Love to Give. Stay tuned for the gripping tale of personal growth and artistic evolution. Will this unexpected detour lead to a new wave of inspiration that transcends genres? Find out how Emily's poetic pursuit intertwines with her captivating storytelling in this intriguing rollercoaster of emotions.

“I just naturally write poetry when I'm going through really intense things. That's how I process.” – Emily Myers

 

Key Takeaways

  • Explore different genres to expand your writing skills and find your unique voice in the literary world.
  • Harness the intrigue and passion of the Mafia romance genre while understanding its marketability in the publishing industry.
  • Discover the potential of poetry as a powerful tool for personal healing and emotional expression.
  • Overcome the marketing challenges specific to nonfiction poetry and effectively promote your work to a wider audience.
  • Embrace the importance of personal growth and find your niche as a writer to stand out in the competitive literary landscape.

Memorable Moments:

00:00:55 – Emily's Writing Journey
Emily Myers shares her journey from wanting to be an author since middle school to publishing her first book, “The Truth about Unspeakable Things,” and venturing into mafia romance.

00:05:36 – Writing Poetry as a Healing Process
Emily discusses how she uses poetry to process intense emotions, leading to the creation of her poetry collection “I Still Have Love to Give,” which reflects her experiences with divorce and heartbreak.

00:09:11 – Marketing a Poetry Collection
Emily talks about her marketing plan for the poetry book, reaching out to consistent reviewers and finding readers who resonate with the themes of healing, heartbreak, and self-discovery.

00:13:29 – Using Social Media for Book Promotion
Emily shares her experience of using TikTok to create a book club and share insights from a self-help book, highlighting the potential for connecting with similar audiences and building engagement.

00:16:20 – The Healing Power of Writing
Emily discusses how writing helped her heal during a dark time, emphasizing the importance of personal growth alongside the creative journey.

00:22:00 – Finding Her Genre: Mafia Romance
Emily shares her fascination with mafia history and how it influenced her decision to write mafia romance. She highlights the flexibility within the genre and her plans to incorporate variety in her series.

00:27:35 – Milestones and Goal-Setting
Emily reflects on achieving her goal of publishing five books by the age of 30, expressing excitement for her upcoming steamy mafia romance, “Mind to Tease”.

00:30:09 – Series Planning and Time Jumps
Emily reveals the natural progression of her series and the decision to incorporate a time jump, providing a glimpse into her interconnected arc for the upcoming books in the series.

00:33:25 – Inspirational Conversations
Emily and Alexa discuss how their conversation has inspired them. Emily shares her website and where her books can be found, and teases her next release coming in 2024.

00:34:00 – Where to Find Emily's Books
Emily directs listeners to her website and Amazon for her books. She also hints at a new release in 2024 and encourages people to follow her on Instagram for updates.

00:34:35 – Meeting in Person
The hosts discuss the possibility of meeting in person in Vegas for an Author nation Conference. They talk about potential dates and express excitement about a potential meeting.

00:34:54 – Wrapping Up
The hosts thank each other for the conversation and discuss future plans to meet in person. They express gratitude for the episode and sign off with thanks to the musician Jasmine Commerce for the podcast's theme song.

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Become a Paid Public Speaker with Jess Ekstrom from Mic Drop Workshop

Become a Paid Public Speaker with Jess Ekstrom from Mic Drop Workshop

In this session, you'll learn the ins and outs of how to become a confident and professional speaker. This is perfect for women authors looking to make an impact and income by spreading the message of their book on stage.

Jess Ekstrom is a Forbes Top Rated Speaker and Founder of Mic Drop Workshop. She's on a mission to help women make an impact and income through public speaking.

Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_KwfI1d4pQZyPehfxRL-yfA

The 2024 Workshops for Authors of Children’s Books

The 2024 Workshops for Authors of Children’s Books

Workshops for Authors of Children's Books

We're excited to bring a great lineup of sessions to our ever growing segment of our audience: authors writing children's books!

The Women in Publishing Summit is a 4 day virtual event, March 6-9, 2024. All sessions are recorded, and you can view as many times as you'd like until Dec. 31, 2024. We also have networking and community building events, and special sessions. It's a LOT of fun!

Be sure to get your ticket today so you can enjoy all of these workshops for children's book authors in the conference, and revisit the content in the recordings all year! 

 

Audience: Children's Book Authors

“Marketing and Selling Books to the K-12 Market”
Presenter: Jane Wood
Schools can be a lucrative market for authors and publishers, but their priorities are different from other buyers. Educators at the local, district, and state levels are looking for books that will reinforce what is being taught in their classrooms. In “Marketing and Selling Your Books to the K-12 School Market,” Jane R. Wood will share how to connect with the decision-makers to this unique market and what marketing strategies will be most successful. Attendees will learn: What kind of specific content is appealing to educators, who are the buyers and how to contact them, and how author visits to schools increase book sales.

****This session was a preconference bonus workshop, so you'll gain immediate access to this upon purchase of your ticket. And it was AMAZING!

“Writing Books for Young Readers: Determining what type of Children's Book to Write”
Presenter: Jen Navarre
Audience: Beginner Author

At the conclusion of this session you will know:
1 – The differences between picture books, early readers, and chapter books
2 – How to determine the best audience for your book and why this matters for emerging readers
3 – Tips for revision so your book aligns with what's already on the market

“What you REALLY need to Know About Writing and Publishing a Children's Book”
Presenter: Alexa Bigwarfe, Purple Butterfly Press
You may know Alexa as the host behind the Women in Publishing Summit, but what you may NOT know is that she's also the publisher behind Purple Butterfly Press, an award winning hybrid children's book company. Through the years of publishing children's books, she has developed a wealth of knowledge about the key things most indie picture book authors don't know. This session will cover topics such as: word count for your books (this is one that gets messed up all the time!), ensuring your book is leveled for the appropriate age group, understanding the needs of schools and librarians, distribution and print options, when and how to start your marketing, and more. This is a key session for anyone just starting a children's book, in the process of writing one, or previously published and not seeing the success they want.

 

“The Three Biggest Mistakes Children's Book Authors Make”  *PRERECORDED SESSION”
Presenter: Brooke Van Sickle
Audience: Beginner Author

By the end of this session, you'll know:
1 – What do with a new story idea
2 – How to get started with your first draft
3 – The biggest mistakes writers make when it comes to illustrations

“Picture Book Design and Production: Book Formatting and Design for Children's Books”
Presenter: Tamara Dever
Audience: Beginner Author

Picture books must deliver a big punch in a small package. It is vital that each piece is carefully planned and executed to put together the best packages possible to deliver your special story.
1 – Learn the production options available, whether printing digitally, offset, or on-demand
2 – Learn why you need both illustration and design and how they work together to bring your story to life
3 – Learn how planning for production while you're writing can streamline the book creation process and even improve your book.

A Printer's Guide to Offset Printing Your Children's Book
Presenter: Lori McKnight, MCRL

In this session, the pros and cons of both offset and POD printing with real-life examples will be discussed to help writers make an informed decision on the best route for their book and business. This session is really important for children's book authors who are looking to do a high quality print run of their books, rather than Print on Demand. MCRL also has a great resource guide for formatting picture books for print, available to our attendees.

“Amazon Ads for Authors”
Presenter: April Cox
April is an expert in Amazon Ads AND in children's books. She'll be teaching how to set up and effectively use Amazon Ads to drive more traffic and sales to your book.
Audience: Already published or close to publishing

“Metadata for Beginners: The Key to Driving Discoverability and Sales”
Presenter: Kathy Meis, Bublish
This workshop is critical for all new and beginner authors. Knowing and understanding what your meta data is, and how to make sure you've made the right choices, will make or break how discoverable your book is once it's published.

“Book Influencers: How to find, contact, and work with readers on social media”
Presenter: Manon Wogahn
While not specific to children's book authors, social media is a key component for picture book authors. Influencers can help you get far more eyes on your book than you can alone. This will be a good one for children's book authors to attend!
Audience: Already published or close to publishing

These are the sessions that speak directly to authors of children's books. We have three children's book publishers/support companies who will be at the Sponsor meet and Greet, (Old Mate Media, Purple Butterfly Press, and Children's Book Mastery) and many other general sessions and marketing sessions that, while not specifically geared to children's book authors, are relevant to ALL authors in their marketing.

 

See the full schedule here and grab your ticket today!

We hope to see you at the 2024 Women in Publishing Summit!

PublishHER Podcast Episode 120: What Should I Do Before I Research an Editor? with Jenny Hubert

PublishHER Podcast Episode 120: What Should I Do Before I Research an Editor? with Jenny Hubert

Fantasy editor Jenny Hubert dives into the world of genre-specific editing, guiding indie authors towards improved manuscript quality.

Jenny Hubert, a seasoned freelance editor and writer based in the New York City area, brings over nine years of expertise in the editing domain, underpinned by a degree in communications and writing. Her unparalleled experience includes editing numerous number one new releases on Amazon for fantasy authors, solidifying her reputation as a go-to professional in the indie author community. Jenny's commitment to assisting authors in refining their manuscripts is evident in her publication, “The Book Editor Matchmaker,” which offers comprehensive guidance on vetting and hiring a book editor. With a keen focus on developmental editing, line editing, copy editing, and proofreading, Jenny provides invaluable genre-specific insights and meticulous attention to detail, ensuring improved manuscript quality for indie authors. Her dedication to enhancing the editing process and elevating authors' work positions her as an indispensable resource for indie authors seeking expert guidance in the editing journey.

“Remember, your editor is your friend and your partner to help you get your book better, not to tear you down.” – Jenny Hubert

Navigate Different Types of Editing
The editing process isn't one-dimensional; it expands through various stages from developmental to copy editing. It's crucial for authors to understand these stages and their specific needs in each. Balancing between focusing on the big-picture elements of the story and the nitty-gritty details like grammar and punctuation can greatly enhance the final manuscript.

 

Key Takeaways

  • Master the Art of Editing for Publishing Success
  • Navigate the Different Types of Book Editing
  • Discover How to Find the Ideal Editor for Your Genre
  • Explore Top Resources for Finding Professional Editors

Memorable Moments:

00:00:25 – Importance of Editing in the Writing Process
Host Alexa and Jenny discuss the crucial role of editing in the journey of writing a book. They emphasize the importance of editing to ensure a final product that readers will love and adore.

00:01:50 – Journey to Becoming an Editor
Jenny shares her journey of becoming an editor, starting with a degree in communications and writing. She discusses how the demand for book editors surged during the pandemic, leading her to dive into fulfilling the need for authors.

00:04:24 – Understanding Types of Editing
Jenny explains the five main types of editing – manuscript critique, developmental editing, line editing, copy editing, and proofreading. She emphasizes the importance of knowing the order of these editing types and their impact on the writing process.

00:06:16 – Managing Author Expectations
Alexa and Jenny discuss the role of an editor in improving a book, highlighting that an editor's goal is to elevate the book rather than achieving perfection. They emphasize the need for manageable and achievable advice to avoid overwhelming authors during the editing process.

00:14:50 – Importance of Genre in Editing
Jenny Hubert emphasizes the importance of finding an editor who works within your genre. Knowing the difference between fiction and nonfiction, as well as understanding the subgenre, is crucial for effective editing.

00:16:16 – Understanding Subgenres
Jenny discusses the impact of subgenres on editing, using an example of a cozy fantasy. Understanding the subgenre allows for tailored advice to match the specific style and stakes of the story.

00:18:27 – Finding the Right Editor
Jenny recommends resources like the Editorial Freelancers Association and Reedsy for finding an editor. She also highlights the value of author referrals for identifying a suitable editor for a specific genre.

00:20:47 – Specialization in Genres
Jenny mentions her primary focus on fantasy, science fiction, contemporary, and historical fiction editing. She explains her decision to avoid editing romance due to lack of familiarity with the genre's tropes.

00:21:36 – Contacting Jenny Hubert for Editing
Jenny shares that authors can reach out to her through her website, jennyhubertedits.com, to inquire about her editing services. She prefers email correspondence for official communications.

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  • Grab your ticket to the Women in Publishing Summit at womeninpublishingsummit.com to join the virtual event and access pre-conference events, post-conference events, and year-round offerings.
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