Ideas vs. Story, with Jami Albright

Born and raised in Texas, Jami Albright is a multiple award-winning author of the Brides on the Run series – fun, sexy, snarky, laugh-out-loud love stories. Her newest novel, the small-town sports romantic comedy Homecoming King, was just released, and she switches from football to tennis for Duke-ing It Out, another enemies-to-lovers rom-com due out in spring 2021.

Jami also is a wife, mother, and an actress/comedian. She used to think she could sing until someone paid her to stop. She took their money and kept on singing. Jami loves her family, all things Outlander, puppies and the Houston Texans pro football team.

Jami talks with host Patricia McLinn about the difference between her high concept ideas and building a story from those ideas.

In Jami’s words: “You only fail if you give up. And so, I’m just not gonna give up” [30:33]

You can follow Jami at:

Amazon

Goodreads

And BookBub

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Wish I’d Known Then, with Patricia McLinn

I recently joined Jami Albright and Sara Rosett on their Wish I’d Known Then . . .For Writers podcast to discuss the pros and cons of traditional and indie publishing, how I write my books without outlining, and my tips for BookBub ads. (Look for Jami on my Authors Love Readers podcast next month!)

In the podcast episode, you’ll discover:

* How I learned to trust myself and my writing process instead of trying to write like you’re “supposed to”
* Why learning that we are not our audience is essential to marketing
* Advice on how to get rights back from traditional publishers
* Myths around traditional publishing
* Why it’s key to find readers who are looking for new authors

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Books2Read for Readers, with Kevin Tumlinson

Host Patricia McLinn talks with Kevin Tumlinson, director of marketing for the ebook creation and distribution service Draft2Digital, supporting both indie and traditionally published authors. Books2Read, D2D’s author services resource, is a fast-growing tool for the industry, with services such as Universal Book Links offering authors increased discoverability with readers, and offering readers a simple, one-click method of finding new authors and new books online. 

In his words: “Books2Read has always been built around the idea that eventually we want readers to be able to discover there new favorite author on that site. … Discover new books, new authors that they love and follow, and then interact with them and support them by sharing things.” [21:45]

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Kevin also is an award-winning and bestselling thriller author, and host of the Wordslinger Podcast. His archaeological thriller series featuring protagonist Dan Kolter has won awards and reached top rankings on Amazon and iBooks. You can find Kevin on:

*His website,

*Facebook and

*Twitter

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BookBub for Readers, with Audrey Derobert

Audrey Derobert works on the Partners Team at BookBub, a free service that helps millions of readers discover limited-time ebook deals. Members receive a personalized daily email alerting them to the best free and deeply discounted titles matching their interests. Audrey is an Account Manager, supporting independent authors and small publishers who are using BookBub’s tools as part of their marketing strategy. BookBub now has an audiobook retail website, Chirp, and is offering deals on titles there, too, including classic books as well as newer titles.

Audrey invites you to check out the BookBub Partners Blog here. Authors can subscribe to get weekly book marketing ideas, publishing insights, and BookBub tips delivered to your inbox.

A graduate of Northeastern University in Boston, Audrey previously has worked with the Foundation for Responsible Robotics in the Netherlands, and as a legislative intern for Massachusetts state Rep. Bill Driscoll.

In her own words: “It’s such a low stakes way of trying out a new author. So if you’re not sure, or if you’re just curious about learning more about what that author has to offer, that’s a really easy way to try out one of their books.” (10:22)

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The Extras: Take Two, with Mary Alice Monroe

In this special episode of Authors Love Readers, host Patricia McLinn shares parts of her conversation with writer Mary Alice Monroe that were not included in the original episode. The conversation moves from McLinn’s “getting to know you” questions to deeper issues about plagiarism and being in the moment during writing and research.

Monroe, a New York Times bestselling author, found her true calling in environmental fiction when she moved to coastal South Carolina. Already a successful writer, she was captivated by the beauty and fragility of her new home. Living in the midst of a quickly changing habitat gave her a strong and important focus for her novels.

In the authors words: “When I’m doing my research, I’m observant and my antennas are up, but I don’t have a story. I’m just totally in the moment … whether it’s a turtle or a dolphin or whatever animal I’m with.” [23:24]

More about Mary Alice Monroe can be found at her:

website

Facebook

Twitter

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Writers at Conferences, with Patricia McLinn

Authors Love Readers host Patricia McLinn, recently returned from her favorite Novelists Inc. annual gathering in Florida, talks about what writers do when they go to conferences. A NINC past president, she has attended all but two of its annual conferences, which provide networking and learning opportunities for multi-published authors of popular fiction. Patricia discusses the business side of writing, what happens when a bunch of socially deprived writers get together in one place and how she found a future podcast topic.

Patricia is a USA Today bestselling author of mystery, romance and women’s fiction known for strong characters, touches of humor, connected stories, and settings that make you want to move in. She wrote 27 books in 25 years in traditional publishing, then began indie publishing in early 2010. In mid-2015, she left her final traditional publisher and has been happily 100% independent since; she has now published more than 50 novels and two nonfiction writers’ guides.

In Patricia’s words: “What do we talk about? Readers! What readers want, how best to communicate with them, how to encourage readers to read our books. … If we can encourage you to actually read these books [already on your readers], then you can determine if we are  — or are not —  a good reader-author match.” [8:28]

You can find Patricia at:

Her website,

Facebook,

Twitter

and

Instagram

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Fears and Purpose in Fiction Writing, with Mary Alice Monroe

New York Times bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe found her true calling in environmental fiction when she moved to coastal South Carolina. Already a successful author, she was captivated by the beauty and fragility of her new home. Living in the midst of a quickly changing habitat gave her a strong and important focus for her novels.

Mary Alice talks with host Patricia McLinn about using her fears of natural disasters and her desire to educate people on the impact of climate change as the catalysts for her writing.

In her own words: ‘That’s why I write about [climate change]. I think evacuation is going to become a major concern of every American, all humans on this planet, in the next decade as we face natural disasters and also droughts and food shortages.’ [14:18]

You can learn more about Mary Alice at her:

Website,

Twitter,

Facebook

or

Instagram

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Becoming a Voice Actor with Betsy Moore

Betsy Moore is a stage and film actress who also does vocal work for video games and commercials. Her expansion into audiobooks began spontaneously when Patricia McLinn’s previous narrator for her mystery series Caught Dead in Wyoming retired, and Betsy was tapped to continue the series.

Betsy has a regular role on The Baxters, a TV series for Roma Downey’s Lightworkers Media based on Karen Kingsbury’s faith-based novels. She has had lead roles in several short films, including this year’s The Odd Bird.

After performing at Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Betsy’s career in southern California began with the famed Tony ‘n Tina’s Wedding. Work with experimental writer/director John Sinner led to successful productions at REDCAT (Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theatre) and the New York and Amsterdam Fringe Festivals. Her solo show Freebird Goes to Mars won best avant-garde honors at the United Solo Festival in 2017.

Betsy will be performing this summer in Sonora, Calif., in the Sierra Repertory Theatre comedy production Ripcord.

Betsy and host Patricia McLinn talk about becoming a voice actor and what Betsy has learned along the way.

You can find Betsy at:

her website and

her Internet Movie Database (IMDb) page

In Betsy’s words:

“I credit that to becoming even more familiar with my voice. … I’m making the decisions and directing myself in those moments so I’m learning a lot.” [25:15]

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The Extras: Doubling Down with Paty Jager and Julianne MacLean

Host Patricia McLinn shares never before heard clips from conversations with authors Paty Jager, right, and Julianne MacLean. These conversations focus a singular subject: How their own stories often have surprised them.

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Paty Jager developed as a freelance writer for local newspapers. Now as a published and award winning author, she works from her alfalfa farm in Eastern Oregon. All her work has Western or Native American elements in it, along with hints of humor and engaging characters. Her penchant for research takes her on side trips that eventually turn into yet another story.

Julianne MacLean is a USA Today bestselling author of more than 30 novels, including historical romance and the contemporary women’s fiction Color of Heaven series. MacLean is a four-time Romance Writers of America RITA finalist and has won the Booksellers’ Best Award, the Book Buyers Best Award, and a Reviewers’ Choice Award from the Romantic Times for Best Regency Historical Romance of 2005 (Love According to Lily).

You can follow Paty at her:
or
paty wager

You can find Julianne on:

*Her website

*Facebook

*Twitter

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The Extras: Overtime with Ann Charles

USA Today bestselling author Ann Charles writes award-winning mysteries that are splashed with humor, romance and whatever else sounds fun. Ann lives in the Northern Arizona mountains with her husband, children and a sassy cat. After many years and several colleges, she obtained her bachelor’s degree in English with an emphasis on creative writing from the University of Washington.

When she’s not dabbling in fiction, she’s penning writing-themed articles or standing on her workshop soapbox, sharing what she has learned over the years about the writing craft and self-promotion.

Ann Charles and host Patricia McLinn compare and contrast setting stories in real versus imaginary places, talk about deadlines, goals and more in this extras episode.

You can find Ann at:

her website

Instagram

or

Twitter

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