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Indie Book Talk

Indie Book Talk

By Emma and Shelley
Explore the expanding universe of indie books. Discover your next read or learn the ins and outs of indie publishing with Emma G. Rose and Shelley Shearer.

Emma G. Rose is the owner of Imperative Press Books, a publishing house that amplifies niche voices. She is also the author of contemporary fantasy novels, including Nothing's Ever Lost, Near-Life Experience, and Assembling Ella.

Shelley Shearer is a writer of cozy mysteries and urban fantasy. Her first novel, Menace at Meeple Manor, the first of the Board Game Mystery Series is coming soon.

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Speculative Fiction and the Space Cowboy with Jean-Paul L. Garnier

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What is a Developmental Editor? With Jennifer Milius
Jennifer Milius is a developmental editor who delights in helping authors bring their stories to life on the page. She talks about what a developmental editor is, why you might need one, and how to choose the right editor for you. Listen in, then go check out Emma's episode on Jennifer's Tufish Podcast! Podcast and Website: Jennifer's Books: Instagram: @AuthorJenniferMilius Twitter: @AuthorJenMilius
September 22, 2022
Build Better Fictional Worlds Through Anthropology with Kyra Wellstrom and Michael Kilman
Your assumptions shape your world. At least, they should. Kyra Wellstrom and Micheal Kilman are the authors of Build Better Worlds: An Introduction to Anthropology for Game Designers, Fiction Writers, and Filmmakers. Drawing on their experience as professors of anthropology, they talk to us about how a basic understanding of people and cultures can and should shape our worldbuilding. Hear from these professors of anthropology and learn how to build a more realistic fantasy or sci-fi world. Website: Get the Book: These links may be affiliate links, which means you're supporting this podcast while you support the amazing indie authors featured in this episode. That's a win-win.
September 15, 2022
Speculative Fiction and the Space Cowboy with Jean-Paul L. Garnier
Author, editor, podcast host and indie bookseller, Jean-Paul L. Garnier lives his life completely immersed in the world of speculative fiction and sci-fi. He talks to us about how to give back to the writing community, choosing books for the Space Cowboy Books store in Joshua Tree, CA and his special brand of spoken word speculative poetry set to music. This is an episode you won't want to miss.  Space Cowboy Books: Simultaneous Times Podcast: Poetry and Stories: Anthology:
September 08, 2022
Managing Multiple Pen Names with Corinne O'Flynn
Corinne has a confession to make. She's actually three authors sharing one body. Learn how she juggles the pen names Fiona Star and Daria Blake and why she's bringing them all together for the first time. From marketing to book covers to writing groups, we cover it all in this fast-paced episode. Corinne's website:
September 01, 2022
Battling Imposter Syndrome and Writing About Mental Health with Sarah McKnight
Summary: Every author has faced it, the feeling that you're not good enough, the fear that someone's going to notice you have no idea what you're doing. It's called imposter syndrome. Sarah's been grappling with it her whole life, but that hasn't stopped her from writing The Reaper Chronicles, or tackling teen mental health in Life Support. She shares her secrets with us in this episode. Sarah's Website:
August 25, 2022
Writing Your Values Into Fiction with Iris March
Iris March really cares about sustainability and the environment. She's authored successful grants for the US EPA and is a certified master recycler. So when she set out to write her Succulent Sleuth cozy mystery series, her main character ended up sharing some of those values. Iris tells us how she struck the balance of honoring the character without overwhelming readers. Her website: Instagram: @searchingformysteries
August 18, 2022
Business Essentials for Writers with James P. Nettles
James P. Nettles treats writing as a business, and he wants to show you how to do it too. He applied his 30 years of experience as a consultant to write Business Essentials for Writers: How to Make Money in an Ever-Changing Industry. On this episode, he shares some of his top tips for business planning, marketing and more. So grab a notebook and get ready to learn.  His website: Author Essentials:
August 11, 2022
Being an Expat Writer Living in Spain with Jesse Salvo
Jesse Salvo is the author of Blue Rhinoceros, and the Senior Fiction Editor for Bull Magazine. He talks to us about being in American Living in Spain, lessons learned from the slush pile and his unique process for writing a novel. There's a lot of laughing and plenty of literature.   Maudlin House:
August 04, 2022
International Book Marketing on Amazon and Beyond with Nenny May
Nigerian author Nenny May has taught herself everything she knows about marketing. She's honed her process through trial and error on four books. She talks with us about how Amazon Ads didn't work for her, and what she does instead. Keep an eye out for her YA novel, The Return, available in January 2023.  Nenny's Website:
July 28, 2022
Author Names and the MFA Thesis (Novel) with Ian M. Rogers
Despite the title of his new novel, Ian M. Rogers did NOT write it as an MFA Thesis. It's the book he started months after graduating to explore his feelings about creativity and writing in academic settings. He talks to us about sharing a name with another famous writer and what nails have to do with life in Japan. Grab a slice of pizza and settle in for this late night dorm room chat. Ian's Website:
July 21, 2022
When's the Right Time to Hire an Author's Assistant? with Jenna Lee
Jenna Lee is an Australian author and the founder of the Daring Press. She coordinates a small team of authors' assistants to support indie authors who are committed to the business of writing. We talk to her about how to find a good assistant, the right time to hire one, and what assistants can do for writers.  The Daring Pres:
July 14, 2022
Publishing as Fundraising (for Animals!) with Amit Verma
Amit Verma, author of The Quiver in the Purlieu, explains how sales of his book help support the Cheetah Conservation Fund. Animal rights is his passion. Writing is what he does when a story seizes him and won't let go. Hear all about it.  Madville Publishing: Donate: Get the Book (Affiliate link):
July 07, 2022
Book Review of Scribes' Descent by Dylan West
Emma got her hands on an advance reader copy of Scribes' Descent, a richly imagined sci-fi adventure from Dylan West. Listen to this review then go grab a copy of the book from your favorite indie bookseller. Get the book here (affiliate link):
June 30, 2022
Crowdfunding to Kickstart a Charity Anthology with Elyse Russell
Elyse Russell is curating an anthology for Band of Bards Comics. Funded by Kickstarter, The Dark Side of Purity, will feature comics, artwork, prose, and poetry from female and non-binary creators. After the the project is fully funded the book will be available in bookshops and online, with proceeds benefiting NARAL. Elyse talks to us about why the project is being fast-tracked and how creators can succeed with crowdfunding.  Fund it on Kickstarter: Band of Bards: Elyse's Website:
June 23, 2022
Special Guest Interview: Why Suicide Awareness is Part of Emma G Rose's Author Platform
This is an unusual episode of Indie Book Talk. A former guest turns the tables on one of our co-hosts. Author Emma Jean interviews Indie Book Talk co-host Emma G Rose on why suicide prevention is part of her author platform. They discuss Rose's journey from grieving family member to published author and why she keeps talking about mental health.  Read the Article in She The Magazine: Donate to the AFSP: Crisis Hotline: 1-800-273-8255 Text the Crisis line at: 741741 Thank you for listening. The world is better with you in it. 
June 16, 2022
Transforming Screenplays Into Novels with Andrew Dean
After finishing his first movie, Fronteras, indie filmmaker Andrew Dean decided the pace of movie making was too slow. He started transforming his screenplays into novels.  His first novel, Surfacing, came out April 2022. We talk to him about the process and why he gender-swapped his main character from male to female. About the movie: His Author Profile:
June 09, 2022
Poetry and the Creative Process with Joseph Fasano
Author and Poet Joseph Fasano is writing a poem for his son publicly on Twitter. He also runs the @_PoemForYou_ community where poets and others recite poetry by request. We talk to him about poetry, the creative process, and his upcoming novel The Swallows of Lunetto coming from Maudlin House in November. His website: Poem For You: @_PoemForYou_ Poem For His Son: @stars_poem
June 02, 2022
Author Visits to Schools with Emma G Rose
Shelley interviews co-host Emma G Rose on her experience as a visiting author at high schools and colleges. Hear how she got started and why schools pay her to talk about writing, mental health, and creativity. Learn More:
May 26, 2022
What is a Story? Metafiction, myth, and whiteness with Mike Hilbig
Mike Hilbig, author of Judgement Day and Other White Lies, is a punk rock academic fascinated by mythology and philosophy. He talks to us about getting an MFA, the nature of story, and why we might all be descended from drug addicted monkeys. Deep, but down to earth, this episode is guaranteed to get you thinking. Mike's Website: Mike's Publisher, Madville Publishing:
May 19, 2022
8 of Our Favorite Books On Writing
Emma and Shelley discuss their favorite books on writing, editing, and craft. These 8 books will help writers at any stage of their writing journey turn their ideas into compelling stories. Call it the Indie Book Class reading list. See all the books:
May 12, 2022
Writing in Your Non-Native Language with Ricardo Victoria
Ricardo Victoria, author of the Tempest Blades series, was born and raised in Mexico, but he writes in English. He talks to us about the state of publishing in Mexico, hope-punk, and why he and his friends decided to start their own publishing house. His website:
May 05, 2022
How To Meet Your Writing Goals, No Excuses with Gerald Dean Rice
Gerald Dean Rice shares strategies for writing anywhere and staying on track toward your writing goals. He also talks about how compiling his collection of short stories and poetry revealed something about himself he hadn't realized before, and how anxiety both hinders and helps his writing practice.  Gerald's website:
April 28, 2022
Book Review of Unravel by Amelia Loken
Emma and Shelley run the worlds tiniest book club to talk about their reading of Unravel by Amelia Loken. This spoiler-free review covers genre, character building, and how Amelia handled writing a deaf main character. Also, listen for a special guest appearance from Emma's dog Teddy.  Learn more:
April 21, 2022
Shanti Hershenson Is 14 and Has 10 Books Published
14-year-old Shanti Hershenson is a normal kid. She goes to school, hangs out with friends... but she's also published 10 books. From poetry to dystopian to fundraising projects, Shanti does it all. Hear how she does it. Shanti's website:
April 14, 2022
Mythulu Magic: An Experiment in Character Development
Cat gods in space, wind-based burial ceremonies, and sticky situations are just some of what Emma and Shelley find in their experiment using Mythulu Creation Cards* to develop a story on the fly. *this isn't a paid ad. We just get excited about writing tools and wanted to try this one Learn more about Mythulu Cards at
April 07, 2022
Bestseller Michele Scott on Luck in Indie Publishing
New York Times Bestselling indie author Michele Scott shares the big news that her book has been optioned for a movie. We talk about how that happened, plus the role of luck in indie publishing. And Michele shares the five P's every indie author needs to succeed in this industry.  Her site: Pen Name Site:
March 31, 2022
Navigating Genre with Bryan Nowak
Horror and mystery author Bryan Nowak talks about navigating genre, where genres overlap, why you should write what you love to read. We talk steam punk, 50 shades, and tips for finding an editor. Hear more from Bryan on his podcast All Things Writing. Mentioned in this episode: Take to the Skies series by Katherine McIntyre Bryan's Podcast: All Things Writing Bryan's website:
March 24, 2022
Telling Ghost Stories Anchored in the Real World with Eleanor Wagner
Kindergarten teacher by day and paranormal investigator by night, Eleanor Wagner is the author of Sussex County Hauntings and Other Strange Phenomena. She tells us how she went from being a children's birthday clown to recording first-hand accounts of hauntings, cryptids and near-death experiences. Plus, why she chose indie publishing and how to contribute your paranormal experience to her next collection.  Eleanor's website: Listen to her podcast: Eleanor Wagner's Strange and Scary World Contact the Lady Ghostbusters Paranormal Team:
March 17, 2022
Writing Characters with Disabilities with Amelia Loken
Amelia Loken, author of Unravel, talks to us about her debut novel featuring a main character who is a deaf, self-rescuing princess with embroidery magic. Amelia talks about her efforts to make sure her book represents the true experience of a deaf person, even though its set in a fantasy world. And she shares her own experience dealing with hearing loss. Get Unravel: Connect on Twitter: @amelialoken
March 10, 2022
Indie Book Class Session 6 - Different Types of Publishing
In this session of Indie Book Class, Emma and Shelley consider the 3.5 different kinds of publishing. Learn the pros and cons of each and the choices you have as an author considering publication.  Emma's blog goes into even more detail on different types of publishing. Check it out at
March 03, 2022
Book Review of After Io by Elliot Wink - the first book in the Far Light Series
Spaceship pilot Bryn Michaels has just killed her captain. That's the conflict at the start of After Io by Elliot Wink. This sci-fi adventure story keeps readers guessing. It features a character driven storyline and a predominantly female space! Emma reacts to her two day reading binge of the first book in the Far Light series in this #spoilerfree review. Twitter @WinkAuthor website:
February 24, 2022
Claiming Time to Write with Kelsey Kupitz
Kelsey Kuptiz was certain that motherhood would mean she'd lose all her writing time, so she scrambled to finish her first book and publish her novella, The Right Thing, before the little one was born. Except now she's writing more than ever before. Find out how she does it on this episode of Indie Book Talk. Kelsey's Website:
February 17, 2022
The Sleeze-Free Secret to Succeeding on Twitter with Lee Hall
Lee Hall, author of Consistent Creative Content shares his secrets to building a massive Twitter presence without selling your soul in the process. Just inspire, inform, entertain, and give value with a little extra incentive added on. That's how you reach the improvement to enjoyment death loop. Eh, we'd better let Lee explain it. Listen in.   Lee's Website: Follow Lee on Twitter: @lhallwriter I'm an Author Academy:
February 10, 2022
How to Write About Hard Situations Without Traumatizing Your Audience with Savannah Goins
Author and real-life dragon wrangler Savannah Goins talks about her dragon adventure series of fantasy novels. From how to use trigger warnings to what details to include, Savannah helps us understand how to weave real life challenges into a fantasy story without losing the magic. Find out how she does it in this episode of Indie Book Talk. Savannah's Website:
February 03, 2022
Getting Recognized By Indie Book Awards and Why Renaii West Loves Indie Publishing
Renaii West won the Indie Reader Discovery Awards in fiction: women's issues for her novel Death by Chaos. She shares her incredibly simple strategy for getting book awards and her insights on why indie publishing was the right choice for her.  Her website: Emma's review of the book:
January 27, 2022
A Writer's Cooperative: Indie Books, Movies and More with Gary Vincent
Gary Lee Vincent, founder of Burning Bulb Publishing, explains how an small author's cooperative in West Virginia grew into a movie studio. It's a tale of zombies, sarcasm, and the will to create something great. Burning Bulb Publishing: Uncle John is a Zombie:
January 20, 2022
Planning and Marketing a Massive Series with Nicholas Woode-Smith
Nicholas Woode-Smith author of the 16-book Kat Drummond urban fantasy series tells us how he planned and marketed it such a long series. He also shares his thoughts on his hometown of Cape Town, South Africa  and why most forms of social media are terrible. Nichola's website:
January 13, 2022
Book Review: Sleeping Beauty and the Cursed Code
This book may be middle grade, but it's worth a read at any age. In this STEM fantasy chapter book Sleeping Beauty and her princess friends are cursed. Can they use science and technology to break the spell and save their kingdoms? That's the question author Emma Jean explores in this mind-expanding middle grade fantasy full of science, princesses, technology, curses, and frogs. Get the Book  Emma Jean's Website: Learn to Write Like Emma Jean Becoming Instagram Famous Episode 37
January 06, 2022
Writing Humor and Turning Indie Books into Indie Movies with Michelle Bowser
Michelle Bowser introduces us to the weird world of bizarro fiction - fun and funny fantasy that is NOT appropriate for children. Plus, hear how she partnered with Burning Bulb Productions to turn her indie book into an indie movie. Michelle's Facebook - @authormichellebowser Burning Bulb Productions - The Desk Clerk on Amazon Video -
December 30, 2021
Indie Book Class Session 5 - Getting To Know Your Characters
In session five of Indie Book Class, Emma and Shelley discuss tools and strategies for getting to know your characters whether you're a plotter, a pantser, or something in between. Listen for tips on how to create 3-dimensional characters your readers will love. Mentioned in this episode:  Creepy Lucinda - Assembling Ella - Our Twitter Page -
December 23, 2021
The Curious Case of the PI Professor, Meriah Crawford
Meriah Crawford is an author and English Professor, but she's also a private investigator. Hear how that experience influences her mystery writing, plus thoughts on the apocalypse, in this episode of the Indie Book Talk podcast. Featuring a special guest appearance by D’Argo the bloodhound-great-Pyrenees Mix.  Meriah's Website: Check out the snail poem:
December 16, 2021
Morgan Quaid on Using Music to Promote Books
Author and music producer Morgan Quaid gives us a peek at how to use music to promote books - from book trailers to custom soundtracks, he uses music to support and market his stories. Hear his music and his perspective on this episode of Indie Book Talk. Music Credit: "Ode to Emma" by Morgan Quaid, available on BandCamp Morgan's website: Find his music:
December 09, 2021
Book Review: Part Time Monster Hunter by Nicholas Woode-Smith
Fans of urban fantasy adventure stories will love this urban fantasy series by Nicholas Woode-Smith. Part-Time Monster Hunter is a little bit Buffy the Vampire Slayer, a little bit Harry Potter in college, with just a touch of iZombie thrown in for good measure. Get all the details in this indie book review. 
December 02, 2021
E. G. Creel on Writing Despite Distractions & Dyslexia + Thoughts on Kindle Vella
In this hilarious interview, E.G. Creel tells us how she wrote The Immortal despite the distractions of being a full-time caregiver and the challenges of her dyslexia. Plus, she shares her first-hand experience of the Kindle Vella platform and offers tips on how to get your book into your local Barnes & Noble.  E.G.'s website:
November 25, 2021
Indie Book Class Session 4 - Rules for Writing the First Draft
Are there rules for writing the first draft of your novel or short story? Yes and no. Emma and Shelley share the one unbreakable rule for writing the first draft in this session of Indie Book Class. 
November 18, 2021
Writing Mental Health Tropes with Mark Harbinger
Mark Harbinger author of The Be(k)nighted: The Untold Origin of the Precept, tells us about writing a superhero who has been diagnosed with schizophrenia. He shares his thoughts on how to write multi-dimensional characters with psychological disorders and why the experience made him more empathetic toward those in his own family affected by the disorder. Sign up for his newsletter to get a free copy of The Precept's Prologue, a short story about the Be(k)nighted hero.  His website:
November 11, 2021
Dominic Martell on Resurrecting a Character After 20 Years
Dominic Martell won the author lottery. Twenty years after his traditional publisher dropped his Pascual Rose series, an indie press approached him with an offer too good to refuse. They wanted to resurrect his series and bring Pascual back for more adventures. Listen in as this author of geopolitical thrillers talks about writing a post-cold war character in a post-9/11 world. Find him at: Find his publisher:
November 04, 2021
Missy Sheldrake on Cover Design and Fairies
Young adult fantasy author, Missy Sheldrake, doesn't just write novels, she also designs all of her own covers. Her degree in illustration and painting means she can add beautiful artwork to the Keepers of the Wellspring series and her children's book. She even has a coloring book available! In this episode, Missy shares her insights about cover design and indie publishing.   See her art:
October 28, 2021
Libby Klein on Traditional Publishing and how to market your books
Libby Klein, author of The Poppy McAllister Mysteries, is an oddity on the Indie Book Talk podcast. She's traditionally published by Kensington Cozies. She talked with us about the good, the bad, and the ugly parts of traditional publishing. Spoiler alert: even traditionally published authors do a lot of their own marketing. If you're still deciding between traditional and indie publishing, this one is for you. Listen wherever podcasts play.  Learn more at:
October 21, 2021
Sneak Peek at the Storybilder tool for writers and how to get free access
After writing two books of her own, former English teacher and current web developer, Tonya Gough, noticed a need for a writing platform that lets writers play with narrative formats without immediately publicizing their work to the world. She's building Storybilder to fill that need. We talk to her about the trials of building a writing tool and how writers can get free access to the platform.  Tanya's Books: Root Bound (book 1 of Emma and the Elementals) Water Works (book 2 of Emma and the Elementals)  
October 14, 2021
Why Elizabeth Spann Craig Left Traditional Publishing to Go Indie (And how she's written more than 40 books)
Elizabeth Spann Craig has written more than 40 books. We talk about how she writes two books at the same time (!) and why she gave up traditional publishing to become an indie author. Listen in to this episode of the Indie Book Talk podcast to hear all about it. Then go check out her website for tons of writer resources. Website:
October 07, 2021
Indie Book Class - Session Three: Writing Past the First Page (what to do when you get stuck early in the story)
You have a great idea for a story, or maybe you just have a character or a setting. How do you keep writing when that first flush of excitement fades? In session three of Indie Book Class, we offer some strategies that can help you overcome the fear of the blank page and start writing your story today.  Mentioned in this episode:  For notes about why you don't want to include song lyrics in your book, listen to episode #36: Turning Memoir Into Fiction with Christy Alexander Hallberg Quote for the day: "The first draft of anything is shit." - Ernest Hemmingway
September 30, 2021
A prodigy, a psychotherapist and two podcasters walk into a cult (interview with Verlin Darrow, author of Prodigy Quest)
Before psychotherapist Verlin Darrow wrote the novel Prodigy Quest he was a professional volleyball player, a country-western singer/songwriter, and an assistant guru. He explains his winding path to publication and shares his one big tip for living a better life in this episode of Indie Book Talk.  Learn more at
September 23, 2021
Indie Book Class - Session Two: Plotting vs. Pantsing
Are you a Plotter or a Panster? That's writer-speak for do you plan ahead or just see where the story takes you. In our second Indie Book Class episode we debate the pros and cons of each style.  Mentions:  Episode 30: Romancing the SquidgieWitty, featuring Walter H. Hopgood and Lisa D. Whitte Episode 31: Stormi Lewis: 6 Months to Write and Publish a Novel Find us on Twitter @IndieBookTalk and tell us if you're a plotter or a pantser, and why.
September 16, 2021
Domenic Marinelli: Following the beat to write 16 books since 2016
Author Domenic Marinelli followed the beat of his own drum to write 16 books since 2016. From beat poetry to transgressive fiction his work spans genres and formats. Plus he has a great accent. Hear him read from his latest work "His Old Tapes" on this episode of the Indie Book Talk podcast. See is retro-fabulous website:
September 09, 2021
Indie Book Class - Session One: Where to Get Ideas
How do you know an idea is worth writing? In our first Indie Book Class episode of the Indie Book Talk podcast, we start at the very beginning - the idea. Where to find it and what do to when you think you have "the one." In this episode we talk about:  The magical idea factory every author has a key to Where to store your writing ideas Why cleaning the house really is part of the writing process Why bodies won't float in Lake Superior How to willfully misunderstand things Why kids are little idea factories The answer to the most commonly asked question at book events. Join the conversation on Twitter @IndieBookTalk
September 02, 2021
What Type of Editor Do you Need? With R.T. Cole
If you've ever wondered what kind of editor you need, our chat with R. T. Cole might get you started in the right direction. Hear how this author of epic fantasy became an editor of other writers and discover what you can do to make your editor happier on this episode of Indie Book Talk. And, if you’re a fan of epic fantasy, check out The Realm of Areon series by R.T. Cole, available now. Hire him on Fiverr: Or check out his books on Goodreads:
August 26, 2021
Becoming Instagram Famous with IG Lives and @Emma.Jean.Author has more than 11,000 followers on Instagram. On this episode of Indie Book Talk, she shares how she used IG Live and other strategies to grow her following in just a year and why you might not want to do the same. We also chat about her latest book, Sleeping Beauty and the Cursed Code, a STEM fantasy novel for girls who don't want to choose between science and princesses. #beboth Find Emma Jean at And on Twitter, TikTok and Instagram Mentioned in this episode:  One Million Followers by Brendan Kane Hook Point by Brendan Kane Aristotle's Poetics Xena Warrior Princess 2BR02B by Kurt Vonnegut
August 19, 2021
Turning Memoir Into Fiction with Christy Alexander Hallberg
What started as a personal memoir transformed into Christy Alexander Hallberg's first novel. Hear how she did it and the real-life events that set the story in motion on this episode of Indie Book Talk. As well as being the author of the upcoming Searching for Jimmy Page (Livingston Press, 2021), Christy is a teacher of literature and writing at East Carolina University.  Christy's Recommended Reading List for Aspiring Authors:  Hills Like White Elephants by Ernest Hemmingway Tony Morrison Jhumpa Lahiri Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo *Note, the quote, "The first draft is just you telling yourself the story." Is from the immortal Sir. Terry Pratchett. (Emma is embarrassed that she forgot this.) We weren't able to find the source of the quote, "Write about the things that keep you up at night." If you know who said it first, Tweet at us.  Find Christy at: On Twitter and Instagram @ChristyHallberg And please remember to Like, Review, and Subscribe. It helps more listeners discover our podcast.
August 12, 2021
Jessica Dall on Writing Historical Fiction
Historical characters should be more than friends in other clothes. We talk with Jessica Dall, author of The Stars of Heaven, about how to write believable but relatable historical characters on this episode of Indie Book Talk. Find Jessica at:
July 29, 2021
Using Mythology In Fiction: Beware the Teenage Kraken
In honor of Emma's upcoming book launch (July 24!) Emma and Shelley talk about how they use mythology in their fantasy stories, including Emma's latest novel, Assembling Ella. Visit her website for launch details, but first, check out this episode of the Indie Book Talk podcast. We discuss gods, teenage Kraken, and respecting cultural traditions while borrowing from ancient myths. Visit Emma's website to discover Ella's story and get all the book launch details. 
July 22, 2021
Book Review: A Touch of Darkness by Scarlett St. Claire
On this episode of Indie Book Talk, we review A Touch of Darkness, the first in the spellbinding Hades X Persephone series by Scarlett St. Clair Emma doesn't usually like romance, but she does LOVE Greek mythology and this unique retelling is steamy and satisfying. Instagram @authorscarlettstclair
July 15, 2021
Overcoming Procrastination and Distractions for Writers
We keep putting off this episode, but the time has come. Emma and Shelley talk about ways to overcome procrastination and dispel distractions so you can actually get some writing (or whatever creative work you do) done.
July 08, 2021
Stormi Lewis: 6 Months to Write and Publish a Novel
On this episode of Indie Book Talk, we talk with Stormi Lewis a.k.a The Story Sharing Guru, host of the Bookish Chatter podcast, and author of the Sophie Lee Trilogy of thrillers about writing with ADHD, taking care of grandma, and how to write and release books quickly. Stormi's top tips from this episode:  Have a plan or schedule for when you'll write Focus on writing for a particular timeslot, not word count Celebrate everything you do! Follow her on Instagram @thestorysharingguru or visit
July 01, 2021
Romancing the SquidgieWitty: On co-writing gay romance
He's a married gay man who loves the smell of markers on a whiteboard, she's his bi-sexual cowriter and massager of words. Together they're Squidgiewitty Authors of the Harts Square series of gay romance novels including the delightfully named AI Think I Love You. Get a peek at their collaboration process and discover why there's kitty litter everywhere in this episode of Indie Book Talk. Instagram: @walterwrites Twitter @squidgiewitty Web:
June 24, 2021
What is For Indie Authors and Indie Publishers might sound like a dangerous idea--An ecommerce platform to sell books. Sounds familiar right? The twist is that every book sold supports indie bookstores and indie booksellers. This episode of the Indie Book Talk podcast isn't an ad, it's a PSA. If you're a book lover, book seller, reviewer, or author, you want to know about is awesome.  the site: Emma's Storefront:
June 17, 2021
Dave Baker And Nicole Goux Love Indie Comics
Dave Baker drew Nicole Goux into the world of indie comics more than six years ago. Together they've written and drawn dozens of books, and attended hundreds of conventions. Hear how their indie adventures drew the attention of Dark Horse, D.C., and Simon and Schuster. More about Dave: More about Nicole: Their new book, Everyone is Tulip, launches June 16th. 
June 10, 2021
Adventure Riot: On-Air Critique
Two more brave writers have shared their work with us, and we're going to critique it on air for you.  Think of it as a virtual writer's group. Like this critique? Want to share your stories? Visit our podcast page at Thank you to Amanda Sharp and Amelia Loken for sharing their first chapters with us.  Amelia has a book coming out in 2022, follow her on Instagram @amelialoken
June 03, 2021
Elissa Dickey Author of the Speed of Light Talks Amazon Publishing
We talk to Elissa Dickey about being published by an Amazon imprint (no we're not talking about KDP). Her mission to help people understand life with MS. Her website:
May 27, 2021
Book Review: The Sense of Death by Matty Dalrymple
Emma and Shelley compare their reactions to The Sense of Death: An Anne Kinnear Mystery Thriller from Matty Dalrymple. The first book in her Ann Kinnear series.  Spoiler alert! They loved it.  Learn more about Matty: Get the book:
May 20, 2021
Demon & Doe: On Air Critique
Two brave souls sent in their writing...and we critiqued it. Think of this as a virtual writer's group. Featuring:  The Gracelynn Doe by V. George & Demon Curse by Marie Flynn Like this critique? Want to share your stories? Visit our podcast page at
May 13, 2021
Beta Readers: What They Are and Why You Need Them
What is a beta reader? Why do you need one? How can they help make your books better? All those questions answered, plus best practices for managing beta readers in this episode of Indie Book Talk. Want more? Check out this blog post Emma wrote about The Care and Keeping of Beta Readers:
May 06, 2021
Can Podcasting Help Build Your Author Platform with Matty Dalrymple
In our most meta episode ever, Matty Dalrymple shares what she's learned about podcasting as an indie author. Plus, we chat about her current and upcoming projects in the Ann Kinnear Suspense series and the Lizzie Ballard Thrillers. Check Out Matty's Podcast the Indy Author Podcast Get Matty's Guide to Podcasting for Authors Listen in as Emma guest on her podcast to talk about Handling Difficult Topics in YA Fiction Get  Meet Ann Kinnear and Lizzy Ballard. 
April 29, 2021
How to Get Your Book Into Bookstores with Gibran Graham
In honor of Indie Bookstore Day on April 24, we talk to indie bookseller Gibran Graham about how authors can get their books into indie bookstores like The Briar Patch in Bangor, Maine.  Learn more about the Briar Patch: What is Indie Bookstore Day: Related Episode: People Really DO Judge a Book by It's Cover (Episode 19)
April 22, 2021
Dirk Manning on Using Kickstarter to fund Indie Graphic Novels
We chat with comic book publisher Dirk Manning about using Kickstarter to fund his projects and the Butts in Seats campaign closing on April 16. Check it out at or visit Dirk's website at
April 15, 2021
People really DO judge a book by its cover
On this episode of Indie Book Talk, we talk about covers. Yes, you should judge a book by its cover, and you'd better believe readers are going to. We share the essential elements every cover needs and discuss how to match your cover to your genre.  For a peak at the cover designs we talked about, click below.   Nothing's Ever Lost, old cover   Nothing's Ever Lost, new cover
April 08, 2021
How D&D Influences Novel Writing with Rebecca Ellette Fincher
Rebecca Ellette Fincher writes fantasy novels and D&D modules. We talk about how the two kinds of writing influence each other and what's next for Rebecca's series The Gemtouched Memoirs. Book 1: Escape from Salmira Find her D&D modules on The Dungeon Masters Guild Follow Rebecca on Facebook  And read her D&D based serial novel at (special thanks to Angar via for the knocking sound effect used in this episode)
April 01, 2021
Crime Fiction and Hybrid Publishing with Lisa Regan
Lisa Regan is the author of 10 Detective Josie Quinn Mystery Novels. Hush Little Girl (Book 11) Comes out next month! We talk to Lisa about Murder Conventions, how she chooses between small press and self-publishing, and how she manages to write 3 books a year. Plus, we get a sneak peek at a passion project that's a little out of her comfort zone. 
March 25, 2021
Book Review: Lost in a Dream by R.E. Fury
Lost in a Dream by R.E. Fury is a Fantasy novel with surprising depth and a unique use of language. Check it out Fury also shares short stories and artwork on his Instagram account at:
March 18, 2021
4 Tips For Hosting a Virtual Book Launch or Author Event
Emma shares her top tips on how to host a virtual book launch event, and why it's worth doing even after the world goes back to normal. 
March 11, 2021
Creative Book Marketing Strategies
How to find a book marketing strategy that works for you, without making you feel icky or overwhelmed. We talk about blogging, emails, and unconventional marketing methods. #ducks
March 04, 2021
Overcoming Self Doubt to Publish Your Novel with Lanette Pottle
Overcome self doubt and get your book into the world with advice from Life and Business Strategist, TEDx speaker, and author Lanette Pottle. "It's really about deciding that you will dance with the fear." - Lanette Read more in her upcoming book You Are a Success Magnet
February 25, 2021
8-year-old Author Holly Marshall on Publishing Her First Book
We talk with 8-year-old kid-author, Holly Marshall, about her children's chapter book Princess Clara's Royal Adventures: At the Lily Pond in Rivers Hollow. Follow @princess_clara_adventures on Instagram And follow high-school cover artist Judit Laidlaw @mud.arts.22 or visit to purchase her artwork. Proceeds benefit Voices Against Violence.
February 18, 2021
How to To Take Care of an Author (yourself or someone you love)
What do authors need from their friends and family in order to succeed and feel supported? Emma and Shelley talk about what works for them. Share this episode with your friends and family so they know how to support you. 
February 11, 2021
Experiments in Marketing Urban Fantasy with Author Stephanie Mirro
Stephanie Mirro is the author of the Immortal Relics Series and the Last Phoenix Series. She talks to us about why she switched her book covers, the challenges of defining your genre, and the marketing tactics that work for her.  Find her at or on social @StephanieMirro
February 04, 2021
Why You Need A Writing Group
Emma and Shelley talk about how writing groups have helped them become better writers, and what the ideal writing group looks like. 
January 28, 2021
Award Winning Short Story Writer Barb Goffman on Mystery Writing
Barb Goffman talks about her journey as a mystery writer and why she writes exclusively short stories. Find her latest stories in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine and Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. Or visit for more details. Mentioned in this podcast:
January 21, 2021
Setting Achievable Writing Goals
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January 14, 2021
Book Review: The Panda of Death by Betty Webb
This week we find out that Shelley has been reading The Panda of Death by Betty Webb. This cozy mystery is #6 in the Gunn Zoo Mystery Series and is published by Poisoned Pen Press, an independent publisher of mystery novels. 
January 07, 2021
How to Get Press for Your Indie Book
Emma shares her tips for getting noticed by news media, bloggers, and podcasters in this episode of Indie Book Talk.  Emma and Shelley talk about:  finding your hook how to pitch a media person when to start working on press For more on how to get press for your book, check out this blog post. 
December 31, 2020
Running a Bookshop During a Pandemic
Listen in on our surprisingly heartwarming conversation with Gibran Graham, owner of The Briar Patch in Bangor, Maine, as he talks about the trials and triumphs of running a bookshop during the pandemic.  Find The Briar Patch on Facebook @BriarPatchBooks Or order from their site.
December 24, 2020
Martin Wilsey on Audiobooks
Indie author Martin Wilsey shares what he's learned from publishing nine sci-fi audiobooks.  Finding the right voice royalty sharing vs. out-of-pocket production his #1 tip for audiobooks Martin Wilsey is a full-time author and creator of the bestselling, SOLSTICE 31 SAGA. His first novel, STILL FALLING, was published March 31st of 2015. Less than three years and over a half a million published words later, he retired from his career as a research scientist for a government-funded think tank. As a full-time science fiction writer, Martin still uses his research and whiteboard skills to keep the books flowing. He likes to put the science back into science fiction. Martin is also the founder and CEO of Tannhäuser Press, a small press and collaborative environment that was explicitly created by writers for writers. Snag his books or learn more at Hear Shadows of the Sentinel on Audible Also mentioned in this podcast: The Kepos Chronicles series by Erica Rue (not audiobooks, still awesome)
December 17, 2020
Book Review: Negative Zero by Ireland Gill
We review this contemporary fantasy novel with engaging characters and a trope-bending storyline. Will it be your next favorite indie book? Negative Zero is book one in the Soldier of Light series by Ireland Gill. Get it here
December 10, 2020
What We Talk About When We Talk About Indie Books
What are indie books anyway?  Emma and Shelley talk about:  what indie books actually are what sets them apart from traditionally published books and why Emma hates the term "self-published"
December 03, 2020
Trailer: Indie Book Talk
Meet your hosts Emma G Rose and Shelley Shearer and find out what Indie Book Talk is all about. 
November 16, 2020