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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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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PublishHER Podcast Episode 119: Better Together: The Case For Community! with Alexa Bigwarfe

PublishHER Podcast Episode 119: Better Together: The Case For Community! with Alexa Bigwarfe

Publishing is inherently an empowering activity, enabling writers to share their unique stories, experiences, and insights with the world. However, the journey toward publication can be a complex and daunting one. The supportive ecosystem of a community can help authors navigate this terrain, providing tools, advice, and encouragement, thereby empowering them to see their dream turn into a reality.

Have you heard the myths about authors and publishing professionals having to go it alone in the industry? Myth #1: Collaboration is a sign of weakness. Myth #2: Success is only achieved through individual effort. Myth #3: Sharing knowledge and resources is a risk to one's own career. But what if I told you that we are better together? Stay tuned to discover the truth about mutual growth and success through collaboration.

“I just encourage you to find your community and to dig into it. Look in your state and your city and see if there are local writing groups and become a part of those. I'm telling you, it is life changing when you are surrounded by other people who get you, understand you, and can help you through this process.” – Alexa Bigwarfe

“Books matter. Words matter. Books are the staple of education. They are the staple of change. They transport us to places we can't go, travel. They help us know and understand people that are different from us. They teach us concepts. They inspire us. They change us, they heal us. They help us grow.”
-Alexa Bigwarfe

 

Key Takeaways

  • Learn the significance of community in publishing for mutual growth and success.
  • Harness the power of collaboration and support for enhanced industry impact.
  • Gain insights into the role of training, education, and networking in publishing success.
  • Explore the advantages of sharing resources in the dynamic publishing landscape.
  • Discover the compelling benefits of being part of a supportive publishing community.
  • Understand the pivotal role of community in publishing success.
  • Harness the transformative power of collaboration and support.
  • Elevate your skills through specialized training, education, and networking in publishing.
  • Embrace the advantages of sharing resources within the publishing industry.
  • Reap the exclusive benefits of being part of a thriving publishing community.

Memorable Moments:

00:03:34 – Benefits of Community
00:06:12 – Training and Professional Development
00:08:31 – Overcoming Impostor Syndrome
00:13:54 – Valuing Community and Support
00:15:14 – The Importance of Books and Words
00:16:13 – Impactful Words and Community
00:18:10 – Building Supportive Author Pods
00:18:56 – Positive Leverage in Community
00:21:53 – The Power of Finding Community

Learn more at:

  • 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.
  • Share the podcast to help it reach more people and provide support to those who may benefit from the content.
  • Rate the podcast to help increase its visibility and reach a wider audience.
  • Check out upcoming events and join the Women in Publishing Summit community for monthly free webinars and other training at womeninpublishingsummit.com/events.
  • Join local writing groups in your state or city to find a community of like-minded individuals who can support you through your writing and publishing journey.

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