Series: On Publishing

On Publishing is a podcast about books and publishing. Each episode features an interview with a publishing professional, including book editors and publishers, marketers and publicists, book designers and sales executives, as well as writers and authors from all categories and genres of publishing. In each interview we’ll seek to draw out relevant stories and experiences from our guests, and discover some of the key lessons or truths they’ve discovered. We seek to provide this inside look at the industry for aspiring writers, book lovers, and anyone seeking a career in book publishing.

12. On Publishing Q&A with Alex Field & Ingrid Beck – “Why Do I Need an Author Platform?”

In the last episode of On Publishing in season one, we talk about things we’re seeing happening in the publishing industry in the time of coronavirus, and we answer some listener questions, including: “Why do I need a literary agent?” “How can I successfully pitch to a literary agent or editor at a writer’s conference?”…

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11. Jerry B. Jenkins, New York Times Bestselling Author – “Making a Living as a Writer”

New York Times bestselling author and writing coach, Jerry B. Jenkins, has written nearly 200 books including numerous contemporary and historical novels, autobiographies with celebrated figures and sports stars, children’s books, young adult novels, and a variety of nonfiction. He is perhaps best known for co-authoring the Left Behind series of novels, 7 of which…

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10. Heather Dixon Adams, Founder & CEO, Choice Media – “How Does Publicity Work?”

Heather Dixon Adams, the founder and CEO of Choice Media & Communications, joins us to talk about the ever-changing world of publicity, PR, and book promotion. In this practical and insightful interview, Heather shares a wealth of knowledge about how authors can adapt to the changing media landscape as well as her best advice for…

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9. Kathryn Renz Hamilton, Senior Editor at HarperOne – “The Editorial Process”

Kathryn Renz Hamilton (“Katy”), senior editor at HarperOne, talks with us about her experience acquiring and editing books for one of the top publishers in the US. She delves into the intricacies of the editorial process and how she identifies projects with potential for her team. As always, we talk books and Katy also reveals…

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8. Courtney Maum, Author of Costalegre & Before and After the Book Deal – “Surviving Your First Book Deal”

On this episode of On Publishing, we talk with Courtney Maum, author of three successful novels, I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You, Touch, and Costalegre, as well as her new book, Before and After the Book Deal (Catapault). She tells us the story behind writing and publishing her first novel, which ultimately…

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7. Don Pape, Publisher at NavPress – “The Changing Publishing Landscape”

On this episode, we talk with Don Pape, publisher of Navpress, a publisher of books and Bibles in the religion category. During our conversation, Don shares how publishing has changed in recent years, what he looks for in an author or a manuscript, and how he leads a publishing team. Don has long been known…

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6. Jennifer Baker, Managing Editor, Random House Children’s Books – “Preparing a Manuscript for Publication”

Jennifer N. Baker, managing editor at Random House Children’s Books, talks with us about the nuts and bolts of the book production process, how to begin a career in publishing, as well as her passion for fonts. We also discuss the advocacy Jenn has done as part of We Need Diverse Books and her own…

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5. Christine Edwards, Senior VP of Sales, HarperCollins – “The Art of Selling Books”

When Christine Edwards stepped into the publishing industry, she worked as a buyer at Waldenbooks. After a season as a book buyer at Borders, the mega-bookstore that once competed with Barnes & Noble, Christine moved to the publishing side of the business, taking a sales job at the Crown Publishing Group. She is currently the…

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4. Andrew Stoddard, Editorial Director at WaterBrook – “What Does An Acquisition Editor Do?”

In this episode of “On Publishing” we talk with Andrew Stoddard, editorial director at WaterBrook & Multnomah, imprints of Penguin Random House. In this conversation we talk about the work that he does every day inside a large publisher of spiritual books, how an acquisition editor decides which books to take to his or her team,…

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3. Laura McKowen, Author of We Are the Luckiest – “Writing & Publishing Your First Book”

In this episode of “On Publishing” we talk with Laura McKowen, Speaker, Blogger, Podcaster, and Author of We Are the Luckiest: The Surprising Magic of a Sober Life, release in January 2020, and now a national bestseller. In this conversation wetalk about writing and Laura’s process, working through the manuscript with the editor of her…

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