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.

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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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Jason Boog – The First Word on the Book Publishing Industry

On July 26th, 2012 Tyler R. Tichelaar and Victor R. Volkman spoke with media guru and blogger Jason Boog about current trends in the rapidly changing publishing industry. Jason Boog is the editor of Mediabistro’s publishing blog, GalleyCat. His first book, Will Write for Change: How New York City Writers Survived the Great Depression, is forthcoming from OR Books. His work has been published in Los Angeles Review of Books, The Believer, Poetry Foundation and Salon.  In a wide-ranging conversation we covered many technological and media trends including:

  • Can eGalleys replace printed galleys for all prepublication uses?
  • What are new tools that authors can use to augment their book and message?
  • Interactive ebooks vs. websites, what makes sense?
  • Parallels between the last recession of 2009 and the Great Depression and how one writer survived
  • What’s going on with Patron Driven Access (PDA) for library eBook sales?
  • How can I stay up on the trends and ahead of the curve?

Jason Boog

Jason Boog

Jason worked as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala from 2000-2002. He earned his master’s degree in journalism from New York University two years later. After school, he edited The Publishing Spot blog for the business blog network, KnowMoreMedia.For three years, Jason worked as an investigative reporter for Judicial Reports for three years. Jason joined GalleyCat as a freelance blogger in 2008 and Mediabistro promoted him to publishing editor in 2009. He also taught as an adjunct journalism professor at New York University.

 

 
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[Ep #159] Sheila Ruth – Everything You Wanted to Know About Book Expo America (BEA)

On July 12th, 2012 Susan Violante and Victor R. Volkman spoke with publisher Sheila Ruth about how to navigate the Book Expo America (BEA) successfully. Sheila Ruth founded Imaginator Press in 2003 and has been addicted to publishing ever since. Imaginator Press publishes middle-grade and YA fantasy and science fiction. She first attended BEA in 2004, and since then has only missed attending one year. Sheila spilled all her secrets with us including:

  • What is BEA?
  • what are some ways that an author can have a presence at BEA?
  • What things can an author attending BEA plan to do?
  • Are there any things that an author shouldn’t do at BEA?
  • How should an author prepare for attending the conference?
  • What are some ways to minimize the cost associated with attending BEA?

Sheila Ruth

Sheila Ruth

Sheila is a list-mom of the self-publishing Yahoo group, and was president of the MidAtlantic Book Publishers Association from 2005-2009. In addition to publishing, Sheila is also a book blogger, an organizer of the Children’s and Young Adult Book Bloggers’ Literary Awards (Cybils Awards), a web site developer, and a publishing technology expert. She has a B.S. degree in Liberal Arts and Technology from Stevenson University  and has worked as a programmer developing publishing and typesetting software.  She is available for ebook conversion and design, web site development projects, and social media strategy consulting.

Imaginator Press

Imaginator Press

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Robert J. Hughes – Platforms and the Digital Revolution

On July 21st, 2012 Tyler R. Tichelaar and Victor R. Volkman spoke with journalist and bestselling author Robert J. Hughes about creating your platform and energizing it with social media.Robert J. Hughes is a writer living between New York and Paris. He was a longtime arts reporter for The Wall Street Journal, where he wrote about theater, classical and popular music, books and television, as well as philanthropy and fine arts, including the auction markets.  Robert took us on a back-to-basic tours of the who, what, and why of platforms for authors:

  • What exactly is a platform?
  • How do you build a platform?
  • What is the coming trend in digital publishing?
  • How easy is it to self-publish, and why should you consider it?
  • What steps do you need to take to ensure success in self publishing?
  • What new digital tools are available to you?

Robert J. Hughes

Robert J. Hughes

Robert J. Hughes is the author of the novel Late and Soon, which Edmund White praised for its “Jamesian subtlety.” His new novel, “The Rectory,” will be published soon.He is currently at work on a book about his life in France  Late and Soon: A Novel
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