Creating a Local Historical Book: Fiction and Non-Fiction Genres

Creating a Local Historical Book: Fiction and Non-Fiction Genres

Creating a Local Historical Book: Fiction and Non-Fiction Genres

Due to the overwhelming popularity of the podcast Creating A Local Historical Book, which has become our most popular download in 2012, we were compelled to release an eBook and printed book transcript of this show.

The book that this episode created,  Creating a Local Historical Book: Fiction and Non-Fiction Genres can be found on Amazon Kindle, BN Nook, Kobo NOOK, and everywhere else quality eBooks are found.  Special thanks to Tyler R. Tichelaar for helping us create such an amazing episode for the ages.

Manish Seghal – The Seven Fundamentals of Digital Publishing

On October 4th, 2012 Irene Watson and Victor R. Volkman spoke with digital publishing entrepreneur and applications guru Manish Seghal about key factors for success in the digital publishing marketplace. Manish is the Founder and CEO of Nov8rix, a New York City-based mobile technology company.  Nov8rixhas created several products which are iPad Publisher, One Publisher, and Smartphone Publisher and two platforms that power more than 300 mobile content publishing apps released on Apple iOS and Android devices. He has expertise in digital publishing, strategy, marketing and monetizing content.  Among the fundamental values we discussed were:

  1. Going mobile: how and why
  2. Know your target market: who
  3. Content is king
  4. Start with replicas
  5. Spend 80% of your resources / budget on marketing
  6. Publish thru your own dev accounts
  7. Track your data

Listeners who hear the complete podcast will learn of a special offer with Nov8rix which can get them started for no money down and a savings of hundreds of dollars on a content-rich, turnkey solution for instant iPad exposure of multiple books or other pubs.  Offer expires October 31st, 2012 so don’t delay!

Manish Seghal

Manish Seghal

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Gretchen Preston – Writing as a Blind Author: Challenges and Opportunities

On September 13th, 2012 Tyler R. Tichelaar and Victor R. Volkman spoke with self-published  author and entrepreneur Gretchen Preston about the challenges and opportunities of living every day as a legally blind, visually-impaired person. Gretchen Preston is a children’s book author who lives near Marquette, Michigan. Legally blind since the fifth grade she writes her books on a laptop computer equipped with talking software. She shared with us some important aspects of her work life and success including:

  • Educate us about your visual problem and the assistive technology you use to write your books.
  • Your books are beautifully illustrated; share with us how a blind author produces such a nicely illustrated book.
  • Writing for vision impaired readers — what should people know?
  • How do you keep organized at book signings and sales events?
  • How does your low vision contribute to your books?
  • You have a totally blind character in your second book, what motivated you to create Winslow the blind professor?

Gretchen Preston

Gretchen Preston

Originally from Portland, Oregon Gretchen Preston is one of five children. She went to college at the University of Oregon and went on to graduate school at Arizona State University. Trained as a medical social worker, Gretchen worked on an organ transplant team in Denver, Colorado.Her interest in writing came early. She wrote her first book when she was seventeen. The Idiot Cookbook: The Complete Cookbook for the Complete Idiot was an unpublished work patterned after Peg Bracken’s I Hate To Cookbook. In her job as a medical social worker she wrote newsletter articles and patient education manuals.Gretchen is married. She lives with her husband Tim, their old dog, Rosie and Buddy Boy the cat. Her Valley Cat series of children’s books are set on their rural dirt road near the south shore of Lake Superior. Currently, she is working on the third book in the Valley Cat series and several adult books.Gretchen Preston is the author of the Valley Cat series of children’s books. Jam-packed with local fun and adventure, Valley Cats: The Adventures of Boonie and River and More Valley Cats: Fun, Games and New Friends can be purchased via her website. For more information including a list of stores carrying her books visit, www.prestonhillpress.com.

Watch for her upcoming book Valley of the Cats: Earth, Wind and sky 

More Valley Cats: Fun, Games and New Friends

More Valley Cats: Fun, Games and New Friends

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Ronnie Boggess – Writing and Publishing Legacy Books

On August 25th, 2012 Susan Violante and Victor R. Volkman spoke with publisher and family archiver Ronnie Boggess.  After doing extensive research on her own family genealogy, Ronnie had both the vision and the goal to help others research and find facts and stories about their families.  Whether writing about one member or several,  she has a passion for getting members to record and publish, one of a kind books that can be passed down from generation to generation.

  • Exactly what are Legacy Books?
  • How did you get started in publishing Legacy Books?
  • Who would be interested in Legacy Books?
  • What if one is not a writer or researcher?  How would she/he get started with the family history?
  • Why would someone be interested in publishing a family history book?
  • Have you published any interesting Legacy stories?
  • How would one get started writing or publishing a Legacy book?

Ronnie Boggess

Ronnie Boggess

Ronnie Boggess, is the president and CEO of My Vision Works Publishing, an Indie Publisher and author support company that specializes in first time authors, children’s books,  poets, educational and the newest…. Legacy Books.  Founding the company in 2008, she uses her extensive background in education as well as specific training in process writing, creative writing, editing and literacy consulting  to assist authors in developing and publishing books of all genres.

An author in her own right, she has written and published over 12 books including 5 children’s books, 3 fictional, several  non-fiction and 2 educational texts.  The books have been featured on Fox news, the Detroit Free Press and many other media.    Ronnie lives in the metro Detroit area, where she enjoys entertaining, painting, attending cultural events and spending time with family and friends.

Colored Girls Don’t Like the Cold

Colored Girls Don’t Like the Cold

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Maryann Reid – How to Position Yourself as an Expert to the Media

 On July 9th, 2012 Susan Violante and Victor R. Volkman spoke with bestselling author and media guru Maryann Reid about how to go from author to media sensation. Maryann Reid is an Award-winning author and entrepreneur who has been featured by countless media outlets including USA Today, Essence, Glamour, The CBS Early Show, and The Wendy Williams Experience. Maryann’s first book Sex and the Single Sister: 5 Novellas was published by St. Martins Press when she was just 25 years old. At that time, Maryann had no idea that a few stories she wrote in her journal would become characters and later become a book. But she quickly learned the power of the media and pop culture influence on publishers and their decision-making.
What is your most popular book and why?
• Do you have advice for authors who have trouble publicizing or marketing fiction?
• How do you coach clients to increase their visibility and attract opportunities?
• Who is your ideal client?
• What are some things authors are doing wrong?
• What is the difference between a buyer and an audience?
• Why should authors work with a coach and what should they look out for?

Maryann Reid

Maryann Reid

Because of the popularity of HBO’s Sex and The City, Maryann Reid hit the zeitgeist she sold her first book without it being finished. She signed her first book deal with St. Martins and the strong support of a stellar agent.Several books later, Maryann teaches others how they can sell their own books, attract agents and publicity in half the time they would on their own.When her third novel Marry Your Baby Daddy was published, Maryann was able to address a social issue that she cared deeply about and rally a new movement. As a result, she and her books have been profiled in The New Yorker, Newsweek, Oprah.com, NBC Nightly News, etc. for her innovative approach to life and solving its complex issues.

Marry Your Baby Daddy

Marry Your Baby Daddy

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