I love finding authors who find unique ways of reaching their audiences. Recently, I heard about a podcast featuring Meredith Bond, a fellow member of Marketing for Romance Writers group. I immediately contacted her for more information, and she kindly offered to share with us what she and her partner Pru Warren do each week at The Writers’ Block Party! First, let’s meet the two podcasters:
Meredith Bond has been both traditionally and self-published. She has written over twenty Regency romance and paranormal romance books and three works of non-fiction. After teaching writing and self-publishing since 2005 both in person and on-line, she now owns and runs her own formatting and coaching business, Anessa Books, where she not only makes the words of her clients look beautiful on page and screen, but guides new authors through the sometimes complicated process of writing and self-publishing.
You can find Meredith on her website and on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Amazon, Instagram, Bookbub, and through her newsletter.
Pru Warren is the eager novice of the duet–glomming on to Meredith Bond in an attempt to learn as much as possible about the self-publishing world from an experienced author and book coach. Yes, she knows how lucky she is!
Pru writes romantic comedies, and hopes to publish her first book (“Cyn and the Peanut Butter Cup”) in January, 2021. She has diligently set up a website and a newsletter, in the hopes of gathering up a group of readers who would rather giggle than frown, who enjoy a book with hot sex scenes when appropriate, and who hope no one ever discovers just how much time they’re wasting in delicious procrastination. Ah–THESE are my people!
You can find Pru at her website and on Facebook and Amazon.
So now that you’ve met the ladies on the Writers’ Block Party Podcast, let’s “listen in” for a sample of their banter. Today, they’re talking about their podcast!
Merry: Pru, how would you describe our podcast?
Pru: I’d say I’m a vampire for knowledge attempting to suck all the book-publishing truths out of you that I can get before you notice what a drain on society I am.
Merry: And I’d say you’re an as-yet unpublished romance author who needs some guidance.
Pru: Guidance from someone who has published so many books she’s not quite sure how many she’s got on her author’s shelf.
Merry: That’s important to you, huh?
Pru: My authorial shelf is EMPTY, Merry! Of COURSE I’m fixated on your entire bookcase, overflowing into tantalizing piles on the floor. A few novellas wedged in casually across the tops of larger books. You’re a magnet and I’m an iron filing; I can barely unstick myself from you!
Merry: So you’re saying that our podcast is…
Pru: …one idiot and one guru. And I spend half an hour a week exposing the depths of my ignorance as the stand-in for all the hopeful would-be authors out there. There are a LOT of us who want a single book on the author shelf!
Merry: What I know, I will gladly share.
Pru: Yep; I’m absolutely counting on it!
Merry: Can you outline the boundaries of your quest?
Pru: You mean—just how stupid am I? Well, I have questions about the craft of writing. About the editorial process. About finding an agent or deciding to self-publish. I want to know about author newsletters and marketing. And promotions—have we talked about promotions yet? I want to know how to appease the Amazon gods. I want a walk-through of the actual act of self-publishing. Like, what you actually DO. I want to learn about keywords and tag lines and book descriptions. What makes a good cover? How do you find beta readers? Can you con another author out of a blurb/testimonial?
Merry: Take a breath; you’re turning blue.
Pru: I have a LOT of questions, and you and I only tackle one issue a week, for only half an hour! Now granted—that’s a perfect length for someone on the treadmill or doing the laundry or whatever. But I need more weeks! More half hours!
Merry: You’re getting a tad hysterical.
Pru: How do I create a GLOBAL PUBLISHING EMPIRE?? Tell me, Merry!!
Merry: Okay, I think that’s enough for now. Maybe you should go lie down in a dark room for a while. Try a cool, damp cloth over your eyes.
Pru: So much to learn…
Merry: This has been the Writers’ Block Party Podcast team of Meredith Bond and Pru Warren. We release new episodes every Friday morning, and can be found on Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music, Google Play, Alexa, and Tune-In. Please like us, subscribe, and ask your questions so Pru knows she isn’t the only one hyperventilating over how much there is to learn. You’ll find us at thewritersblockpartypodcast.com. Thanks!
This conversation lies purely within Pru Warren’s extremely funny, creative mind. In fact, what actually happened was that I heard a great presentation on podcasts at the RWA National Virtual conference and thought, “Wow! What a great idea! I’d love to start a podcast, but I really don’t want to do it alone. Who’s funny, clever, and is new to publishing who might do this with me? But of course! Pru Warren!”
I called Pru, begged, pleaded, cajoled and then realized she was saying “Yes, yes, yes! A hundred times… are you listening to me? I said yes!”
We decided to make it a conversation where she—as a novice—throws all her questions at me. I, having been in the “business” for over fifteen years, answer them to the best of my ability. We really hope that this interesting and educational for other authors.
If you think you might like the hear some of the craziness that is Pru trying to figure out how to become a published author and all that entails while I attempt to calm and explain, please join us every Friday wherever you listen to podcasts. And truly, don’t hesitate to throw in your own questions because Pru, while she does have a lot, has not yet cornered the market on questions.
You can find us at http://thewritersblockpartypodcast.com.