Authors Talking Bookish

by Donna Norman-Carbone and Hope Gibbs

At Authors Talking Bookish, our mission is to dedicate ourselves to inspiring writers and readers by providing the-road-to-publishing insights from two debut novelists who learned the hard way and discussing our love of books from the writer’s perspective.

Podcast episodes

  • Season 1

  • Query Basics: How to Attract the Attention of the RIGHT Agents and Publishers, Episode 019

    Query Basics: How to Attract the Attention of the RIGHT Agents and Publishers, Episode 019

    When your manuscript is polished and your beta readers have given you the green light, the next step in the process is the query letter which is essentially a cover letter to agents and publishers in order to land a publishing contract. What should it include and where do you begin? This episode will share our best advice for attracting the right agent and/or publisher for your book. For Show Notes, Links, Sources and FREE Downloads, please visit our website Authors Talking Bookish https://www.authorstalkingbookish.com Hope Gibbs, author of Where the Grass Grows Blue https://www.authorhopegibbs.com/ Donna Norman-Carbone, author of All That is Sacred & Of Lies and Honey https://www.donnanormancarbone.com

  • An Interview with Lainey Cameron, Episode 018

    An Interview with Lainey Cameron, Episode 018

    Join us as we interview Lainey Cameron, author of multi award-winning & best selling The Exit Strategy, creator and host of The Best of Women’s Fiction Podcast, book marketing coach, member of WFWA and nomad author exploring the world. SHOW NOTES: Welcome How did you get into the business of writing? You are so well-traveled, living as a nomad, having been to 50+ countries, yet you say writing is the scariest thing you’ve ever done. Can you speak to that? In your novel, The Exit Strategy, you write about a character working against all odds in a venture capitalist environment. Why that setting and that topic? In everything you do, you seek to empower women? How does that drive your business endeavors? WFWA WF Marketing Co-op Podcast Marketing Coaching How do you choose where you will travel? Is it based out of pure curiosity or something connected with your writing? What’s one  piece of advice would you give an aspiring author? What’s next for you? Sources: Website: https://www.laineycameron.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lainey_cameron/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/laineycameronauthor Tik Tok: https://www.tiktok.com/@laineycameronauthor Authors Talking Bookish https://www.authorstalkingbookish.comHope Gibbs, author of Where the Grass Grows Blue https://www.authorhopegibbs.com/Donna Norman-Carbone, author of All That is Sacred https://www.donnanormancarbone.com

  • Beyond the Launch: Shift Your Marketing Strategies, Episode 017

    Beyond the Launch: Shift Your Marketing Strategies, Episode 017

    This episode addresses the importance of book marketing beyond the launch. In it, Hope and Donna will share various methods through diverse platforms to market your book and tips to make them successful. SHOW NOTES: Traditional Book Signings Major retailers Indie Bookstores Local Events  Businesses Organizations Libraries Schools Newspapers and magazines Collaborations With other authors Bloggers Podcasts (Episode 014) Book Festivals and Fairs Use Google and your local newspapers References from local authors and/or chapters of writer’s organizations Make a “tickler” list for next year Book Awards and Recognition Use Google Get references from other authors SOURCES: American Fiction Awards, Firebird Awards, Literary Global Awards, Chanticleer Awards, BookFest Awards, Best Book Award… DO NOW: Make a well-rounded plan. Take your budget into consideration. Download a FREE copy of an EVENT SPREADSHEET. Make a copy of it in your own folder. And start executing your plan. Authors Talking Bookish https://www.authorstalkingbookish.comHope Gibbs, author of Where the Grass Grows Blue https://www.authorhopegibbs.com/Donna Norman-Carbone, author of All That is Sacred https://www.donnanormancarbone.com

  • Character Development: How to Make Your Characters Jump Off the Page

    Character Development: How to Make Your Characters Jump Off the Page

    What is Character Development?  Characters are at the core of every story. This episode dives deep into how to create characters that will jump off the page. From types of characters to creating backstory, conflict and arc, you’ll learn how to create dynamic characters to anchor the plot of your next story.   The 3 Ms of Character Setup by C.S. Lakin Mindset Motivation Mood “Everything we do is goal directed, and our biggest goal is figuring out everyone else’s agenda, the better to achieve our own.” Lisa Cron Internal & external goals Understanding Your Characters Tips on creating detailed character profiles, including background, personality, and motivations. Types of Characters Character Arcs   SOURCES:            Creating Character Arcs Workbook: The Writer's Reference to Exceptional Character Development and Creative Writing (Helping Writers Become Authors) by K.M. Weiland Writers Helping Writers Series Angela Ackerman & Becca Puglisi “Finding the Core of Your Character,” Launch Pad: Countdown to Writing Your Book, Emma Dhesi & Grace Sammon “What Does your Protagonist Really Want?” & “Digging up Your Protagonist’s Inner Issue,” Wired for Story, Lisa Cron Story Genius, Lisa Cron   The 3 Ms of Character Setup by C.S. Lakin https://janefriedman.com/the-3-ms-of-character-setup/   Examples of Character Development – Writer’s Edit https://writersedit.com/fiction-writing/what-are-some-good-examples-of-character-development-in-literature/   15 Top Character Traits with Definition and Examples by Jennifer Herrity https://www.indeed.com/career-advice/career-development/character-traits-definition-and-examples DO NOW: Download Create A Character Dosser. Start by building your character’s backstory, then choose which features, traits, experiences will be integral to the arc of your character in this story. Identify the 3 M’s.  Authors Talking Bookish https://www.authorstalkingbookish.com Hope Gibbs, author of Where the Grass Grows Blue https://www.authorhopegibbs.com/ Donna Norman-Carbone, author of All That is Sacred https://www.donnanormancarbone.com/

  • An Interview with Grace Sammon

    An Interview with Grace Sammon

    SUMMARY: Join us as we interview Grace Sammon, accomplished author, editor and radio show host. We talk about the many hats she wears in the publishing industry and the lessons she learned the hard way. SHOW NOTES: Welcome What is the one question you think writers should ask themselves when embarking on the writer’s journey? How does one prepare for the success of a book? What advice would you give an author about creating a brand and sharing it on social media? With the many hats you wear, can you offer some advice about time management? You have mentioned your strategy for throwing “spaghetti against the wall” to see what sticks. What caused you to establish that strategy and how has it worked for you? Which has been both the most difficult and the most beneficial lesson you learned the hard way? Your tagline is “When our stories are told, everything changes” what has been the most significant thing that’s changed for you? Sources: Website: https://www.gracesammon.net/ Facebook: @gracesammon Instagram: @gracesammonwrites The Eves, Launch Pad: Countdown to Writing Your Book, Launch Pad: Countdown to Publishing Your Book, Launch Pad: Countdown to Marketing Your Book NEXT EPISODE: Character Development: How to Make Your Characters Jump Off the Page Authors Talking Bookish https://www.authorstalkingbookish.comHope Gibbs, author of Where the Grass Grows Blue https://www.authorhopegibbs.com/Donna Norman-Carbone, author of All That is Sacred https://www.donnanormancarbone.com