Your Work Is a Gift: Getting Comfortable With Self-Promotion

December 4, 2018
For Love & Money with Rae D. Magdon
 
In this episode, we discuss the (unnecessary!) guilt and shame that can consume authors when they promote their own work. Your work is a gift to your readers, and you should be excited to share it with them!
 
We discuss:
  • How the act of purchasing a creative work makes an impact on the purchaser
  • How practice makes perfect when it comes to overcoming self-promotional fears
  • How imagining yourself as a reader can help you put things into perspective
Links Mentioned
 
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Barbara Ann Wright: Speculative Fiction Has Something For Everybody - For Love & Money

November 20, 2018
For Love & Money with Rae D. Magdon and guest Barbara Ann Wright
 
In this episode, we discuss marketing speculative fiction with author extraordinaire Barbara Ann Wright.
 
We discuss:
  • How to market Fantasy/Sci-fi to lesfic romance readers
  • How to market lgbtq+ characters to straight Sci-fi fans
  • How personality sells books as much as back cover blurbs
  • How other worlds offer a freeing, therapeutic escape for queer characters and readers alike
Links Barbara Ann Wright Online
 
Links to Rae Online
Twitter @RaeDMagdon
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Colleagues Not Competitors: Interview with Sallyanne Monti - For Love And Money

November 6, 2018

Colleagues Not Competitors

For Love & Money with Rae D. Magdon and guest Sallyanne Monti
 
In this episode, we are honored to have Sallyanne Monti as our guest: anthology editor, nonfiction author, and expert collaborator.
 
We discuss:
  • The value of trade and collaborations
  • What goes into an anthology
  • How to network with others in your field
  • The myth that authors are competitors, and how acting as colleagues helps everyone "win"
Links to Sallyanne Monti Online
Contact here
 
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I Heart Lesfic: A One-Stop Shop For Sapphic Fiction - For Love & Money

October 23, 2018
For Love & Money with Rae D. Magdon and guest T.B. Markinson 
 
In this episode, we share the love by delving into the origins of I Heart Lesfic.
 
We discuss:
  • How I Heart Lesfic started
  • How it helps authors promote their work
  • How to network with the best of them
 
Links T.B. Markinson Online
Twitter @IHeartLesfic
Links to Rae Online
Twitter @RaeDMagdon
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5 Reasons Smashwords Rules (and Amazon Drools)

August 21, 2018
In the sixth episode of For Love & Money, Rae shares the savvy secrets of Smashwords, a fantastic independent ebook retailer that frankly puts Amazon to shame.
  • Higher royalties? Check.
  • More formats? Check.
  • Worldwide distribution? Check.
  • Sticking it to The Man? Double check.
Please check out the following website mentioned in the show:
 
 
Connect with Rae D. Magdon on TwitterTumblr, & Facebook, or consider supporting her on Patreon.
 
Her books are available on Smashwords, (and Amazon, too, I guess).
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5 Steps To An Awesome Patreon Experience

August 7, 2018

Looking for a regular way to grow your writerly income? Consider starting a Patreon!

Patreon is an online service that allows your fans to donate small, monthly amounts of money to you in exchange for cool rewards. In this episode of For Love & Money, Rae D. Magdon explains how to set up your own Patreon account in five steps.

We discuss:

  • Choosing rewards
  • Making a pledge video
  • Sharing on social media
  • Post consistency
  • Developing a relationship with your Patreons

In addition to Rae's personal experience with Patreon, which has allowed her to write full-time for the past year and a half.

Important links:

Rae's Patreon

The Lesbian Talk Show's Patreon

Connect with Rae D. Magdon on TwitterTumblr, & Facebook, or consider supporting her on Patreon.
 
Her books are available on Amazon and through several other retailers.
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Jae’s Tips For Authors

July 24, 2018

Jae's Tips For Authors

For Love & Money: Episode 4

A brand new podcast about the business of selling sapphic books! In our fourth episode, Rae D. Magdon interviews Jae from Ylva Publishing at the GCLS 2018 convention in Las Vegas!
 
  • How to reach a readership across the globe
  • Defining your brand
  • Lesbian Book Bingo!
  • Why social media is important (but Facebook stinks)
 
Please check out the following websites mentioned in the show:
 
 
 
Connect with Jae on Facebook, Twitter, and her websiteHer newest release, Paper Hearts, will be available for preorder in mid-August.
 
Connect with Rae D. Magdon on TwitterTumblr, & Facebook, or consider supporting her on Patreon.
 
Her books are available on Amazon and through several other retailers.
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Paige Braddock On Being Missouri Vaun

July 12, 2018

Paige Braddock On Being Missouri Vaun

The Write Stuff - A Blast From The Past Episode

Paige Braddock chats to us about her popular comic book series, Jane's World and turning it into a novel.

She also talks about her journey from comic book artist to become the author Missouri Vaun.

She talks about

  • How she became a novelist
  • Not having images to fall back on
  • Working at a newspaper and creating women news
  • Find your authentic voice
  • Other comics Braddock she has worked on
  • Her dayjob is also pretty cool
  • Growing up in the South and being gay
 

Find Jane's World on Amazon

 
You can find all our Missouri Vaun Reviews on TheLesbianReview.com and find her reading on Book Clips
 
Contact Sheena
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Using An Editor

July 10, 2018

Using An Editor

For Love & Money: Epiosde 3

A brand new podcast about the business of selling sapphic books! In our third episode, Rae D. Magdon interviews Cal Faolan, editor extraordinaire. We discuss: 

  • How you must must must have an editor look over your manuscript before you sell your book.
  • Seriously. You need an editor, even if you're an indie author.
  • Pruning the garden of your words... or spraying the forest with Napalm.
  • The difference between structural editing and proofreading.
  • What causes lesfic readers to put down or return low-quality lesbian books.
 
Please check out the following websites mentioned in the show:
 
 
Email Cal at calfaolan@gmail.com
 
Connect with Rae D. Magdon on TwitterTumblr, & Facebook, or consider supporting her on Patreon.
 
Her books are available on Amazon and through several other retailers.
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For Love & Money: Episode 2

June 26, 2018
A brand new podcast about the business of selling sapphic books! In our second episode, Rae D. Magdon interviews Lee Fitzsimmons, owner and operator of Desert Palm Press. We discuss:
 
  • How social media savvy authors use Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr to increase sales
  • How to sell physical copies of your book at conventions
  • Which online distributors give you the best royalties (hint: definitely not Amazon!) 
 
Please check out the following websites mentioned in the show:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Connect with Rae D. Magdon on TwitterTumblr, & Facebook, or consider supporting her on Patreon.
 
Her books are available on Amazon and through several other retailers.
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Riding Shotgun with Dirt Road Books: Six women + one goal = badassery

June 19, 2018

In today's episode of Riding Shotgun with Dirt Road Books, our host, Jove Belle, sits down to chat with her friend, business partner, and Canadian wife, Michelle L. Teichman. They discuss what it means to be a collective, what their publishing goals are, and the ethos that drives their corporate strategy.

Find us online!

Do you have questions about writing, editing, or publishing? Email us at admin@dirtroadbooks.com and we'll do our best to provide an answer.

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10 Screen Writing Tips For Authors - Blast From The Past

June 14, 2018

10 Screen Writing Tips For Authors

The Write Stuff - Blast From The Past

In this episode, Renee J Lukas joins Sheena to talk about how authors can use some lements of screen writing to create compelling literature. 

Lukas talks about

  • Discovering lesbian fiction
  • ADHD
  • How she got into writing 
  • Character descriptions
  • Gone With The Wind
  • Karin Kallmaker

Screenwriting Tips

  1. The 3 act structure
  2. Less is more
  3. Scene structure
  4. Raising the stakes
  5. Improving dialogue
  6. Antagonists vs Protagonists
  7. Endings
  8. How signifiers strengthen your story
  9. Voiceovers
  10. Character driven vs plot driven stories

 

Talks about books by

Katherine V Forest

KA Moll

Renee J Lukas

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May Dawney Gets Interviewed

June 13, 2018

May Dawney Gets Interviewed

The Lesbian Review Podcast

In this episode Sheena is joined by May Dawney, author and publisher. They talk about May's writing and her newly started publishing company.

Some of the questions covered:

  • You write spec fic/fantasy. How did that start and why?
  • Why did you decide to start a publishing company?
  • What’s the biggest writing mistake you made and what did you learn?
  • What would you do again and recommend that others do too?
  • What should authors do if their book is not selling?

 

Books discussed in this episode:

Survival Instincts by May Dawney

Publisher: Ylva Publishing

Synopsis

Civilization ended long before Lynn Tanner was born. Wild animals roam the streets, but mankind is still the biggest threat to a woman alone in the ruins of a world reclaimed by nature. Lynn survives by sleeping with one eye open at all times and trusting no one but her dog.

When she is forced to go on a dangerous journey through the concrete jungle of New York City, Lynn does all she can to scheme her way to safety. Her guard, Dani Wilson, won’t be played that easily, however. As their lives become entwined, Lynn finds herself developing feelings for Dani and is forced to find the answer to the question that scares her most: is staying alone really the best way to survive?

Fast-paced and full of adventure, Survival Instincts introduces a post-war dystopian world where the only person you can rely on is yourself…unless you fall in love.

Get This Book On Amazon (link works for US, UK and Canada)

 

The Veil Chronicles by May Dawney

Publisher: Eos Publishing

Synopsis

The magical barrier known as the Veil is all that stands between our reality and the Otherworld. Those with the gift of magic can pull energy through it to perform miraculous feats of power. The Inquisitio opposes these mages, who have organized themselves within the Society for Psychical Defense. The world of magic is shaken by the awakening of a wild mage, a woman capable of manipulating the Veil itself. She has the power to either eradicate the Inquisitio or rob the mages of their abilities. Only one side can win and it will be the side that gets to the wild mage first.

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Ania Zaleska lives a perfectly ordinary—albeit floundering—life in Poland's second-biggest city until the day she explodes. She's dug from the rubble of her apartment building by shadow mage Noah Otieno, whose job it becomes to get Ania's wild magic under control.

Noah is affiliated with the Society for Psychical Defense but she has kept herself away from magical politics as much as possible. Now she is in charge of potentially the most powerful magical weapon on either side of the war, she must decide how she can best keep her safe—especially when their magic brings them together in ways only wild magic can.

This book is for anyone who loves:

• Fast-paced Paranormal Romance

• A Unique Magic System

• Magic-Meets-Science Stories

• Action Adventure Stories

• Exciting stories with Strong Female Lead Characters

• Lesbians!

 

Get This Series On Amazon (link works for US, UK and Canada)

 

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About May Dawney

May Dawney is a long-time writer, short-time publisher of said work. In her spare time, she builds websites for clients and she used to work as a marketing professional. She lives in The Netherlands with her girlfriend and very fluffy cat and has a long history of engaging in very nerdy hobbies like tabletop role playing games, PC gaming, and lots and lots of speculative fiction reading.

Find May Dawney Online

Website 
Amazon 
Goodreads  
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Eos Publishing

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This podcast is a spinoff of the popular website.

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For Love & Money Episode 1

June 12, 2018

For Love & Money Episode 1

For Love & Money: Episode 01
 
A brand new podcast about the business of selling sapphic books! In our very first episode, Rae D. Magdon discusses:
 
Why selling sapphic fiction is important
- The importance of building a fanbase
- How sharing a little free work, including fanfiction, can earn you loyal fans for life
 
Please check out the following websites mentioned in the show!
 
 

Connect with Rae D. Magdon on 

Twitter 

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Facebook,

or consider supporting her on Patreon.

Her books are available on Amazon, and through several other retailers.

 
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Publishing And Social Media With K’Anne Meinel

May 31, 2018

Publishing And Social Media With K'Anne Meinel

The Write Stuff - Blast From The Past

K’Anne Meinel started Shadoe Publishing when she realised that she had a lot of knowledge about publishingthat she could share.

In this podcast interview she discusses

  • publishing
  • social media
  • and her move from an author to publisher

You can find all of The Write Stuff episodes here 

 

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Sheena’s Podcaster Profile

 

Contact K'Anne Meinel

Website

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Twitter

 

 

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Creating Good Covers - Blast From The Past

May 17, 2018

Creating Good Covers with Clare Lydon

The Write Stuff - Blast From The Past Epsiode

Clare Lydon is an author who pays a great deal of attention to her covers. In this episode she give some tips on

  • finding a good designer, 
  • choosing the right image, 
  • which images sites to look at 
  • and what file types you need

Lydon also does a reading from her novel This London Love. This is the perfect lesbian podcast for anyone interested in writing or wanting to learn about the book biz.

 

You can find all of The Write Stuff episodes here 

 

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Rae D Magdon Gets Interviewed

May 2, 2018

Rae D Magdon Gets Interviewed 

The Lesbian Review Podcast 

Sheena interviews Rae D Magdon about her work as an author and asks her recommend 3 books that she loves. 

Sheena asks Rae:

• what motivates you

• what demotivates you

• how often do you write and for how long

• how many books are you writing every year

• what is the most important lesson/tip that you can share with other authors

• where can listeners find you online

 

Lucky Seven by Rae D Magdon 

Synopsis 

Elena Nevares is on the run. She’s a jacker, someone who connects to virtual reality with their brain, and everyone else on her crew was murdered during a mission gone wrong. 

Sasha Young is planning a rescue. She’s a handler, a team leader whose crew has been scattered by an evil corporation: Axys Generations. 

Together, they must find the rest of Sasha’s crew: Cherry, the engineer and explosives expert; Rami, the master of disguise; Doc, the wunderkind Medical Officer; and Rock, the mechanically modified muscle. But Axys Generations has bigger plans than taking down Sasha’s crew. 

Elena, Sasha, and the rest of the Lucky 7 must go on their most dangerous mission yet—not for credits or tech, but to save the world. 

Get this book on Amazon (link works for US, UK and CA)


Rae D Magdon’s 3 Lesbian Novel Recommendations 

Two Moons Stories by Krystal A Smith 

Publisher BFL Press

Synopsis 

A splendid debut collection of speculative fiction that traverses the connections between earth and the heavens, the living and the spectral, human and animal.  

In Cosmic, a former drug addict has a chance to redeem herself and restore honor to her family's name. In, Harvest, a woman tasked with providing for her community ponders her inability to bear live children. In the title story,Two Moons, a young woman falls in love with the moon, and is astonished by the moon's response. In What the Heart Wants, a rejected lover discovers that her physical and emotional desires are incongruent with the organ pumping blood through her veins.  

Sensitive, ethereal, humorous, and at times, heart-breaking, Smith's collection of speculative fiction signals the arrival of a writer who understands that Black girls are indeed magic. 

Get This Book On Amazon (link works for US, UK and CA) 

 

Possessing Morgan by Erica Lawson 

Publisher Affinity Ebook Press NZ 

Synopsis 

New York City, in the height of summer. Crime seems to have taken a holiday, and Detective Morgan O'Callaghan is bored, bored, bored. Paperwork is mating and multiplying on her desk, and even a jaywalker is starting to look good. Anything to get her out from behind her desk! 

Enter Andrea Worthington, Charleston socialite and all-around rich girl, right down to the wealthy fiancé. She's also the new Assistant District Attorney assigned to Morgan's precinct. Their first meeting is like two freight trains crashing head on. Then a high profile, career make-or-break murder case throws them together again. The investigation has barely begun when Andrea becomes the target of a nearly fatal hit-and-run. 

But was it really aimed at her? Can she and Morgan find the common ground they need to solve the case and stop the attacks, or are the gaps just too wide to bridge? 

Get This Book On Amazon (link works for US, UK and CA)

 

Veritas MJ Duncan 

Synopsis 

Working as a chef aboard a private yacht might not seem like a vacation for most people, but to Lauren Murphy, a highly-regarded sous chef at a top New York restaurant, the opportunity to spend seventeen days in the Virgin Islands, sailing from one tropical location to the next, while having complete freedom to create her own menus is a dream come true. 

Enter Grey Wells, the owner and captain of the Veritas, and the most complicated person Lauren has ever met. Cold and distant one minute and then cautiously friendly the next, Lauren is compelled to get to know her better. What happens when she does, however, is enough to change both of their lives forever.  

Get This Book On Amazon (link works for US, UK and CA) 

 

Second Chances by MJ Duncan 

Synopsis 

Charlie Bennett is a rising star in the world of sports journalism, but her personal life is a mess. Still hung up on her college sweetheart, a one-night-stand gone wrong convinces her that she needs to make a change. An offer for a one-year guest lecturer position from a small private university provides her the opportunity she needs to escape, and she jumps at it. 

All Charlie expected to find when she left Manhattan for rural New Hampshire was a little peace. Instead, she finds Mackayla Thomas. 

Eight years have passed since Charlie foolishly walked away from Mackayla, and Mackayla is determined to never let anyone hurt her that way again. For Charlie, their serendipitous meeting is a sign that happily ever after might finally be within her reach. First, however, she needs to find a way to convince Mackayla to let the past go, and to give her a second chance. 

Get This Book On Amazon (link works for US, UK and CA) 

 

About Rae D Magdon 

She is a writer of queer and lesbian fiction. She believes everyone deserves to see themselves fall in love and become a hero: especially lesbians, bisexual women, trans women, and women of color. She has published over eleven novels through Desert Palm Press, spanning a wide variety of genres.

She is the recipient of a 2016 Rainbow Award (Fantasy/Sci-Fi) and a twice-nominated GCLA finalist (Fantasy/Sci-Fi). In addition to her novels and short stories, she writes a sapphic supernatural mystery podcast: Room 13. When she isn't working on original projects, she spends her time writing fanfiction. 

Rae D Magdon online 

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TB Markinson Gets Interviewed

April 25, 2018

TB Markinson Gets Interviewed 

 

The Lesbian Review Podcast 

 

In this episode Sheena chats to TB Markinson, author and founder of I Heart Lesfic. 

 

Featured novel: The Chosen One by TB Markinson 

Girls are a risk college freshman Ainsley Carmichael can’t take. Her powerful political family sees her as the Chosen One who will someday be president. Upholding a carefully crafted veneer is second nature until the first day of class when Maya’s mysterious gray eyes hold her in thrall. 

Ainsley may be out publicly regarding her sexual orientation, but she lives under the shadow of the Carmichael’s ancient but shrewd matriarch in this contemporary lesbian romance. It soon becomes clear Maya is hiding something when she cuts their first kiss short by pointing out they come from different worlds. 

The privileged world of the Carmichael clan stands in stark contrast to Maya’s limited means. Ainsley’s quirky and carefree cousin helps her investigate, only to discover details of Maya’s past are sketchy at best as the suspense builds in this work of LGBT fiction. 

Will Ainsley’s love for the enigmatic girl enable her to break her Carmichael shackles?  

Get this book on Amazon (UK, US or CA) 

 

TB answers these questions about her writing 

You write in first person. Do you find this puts people off or draws them into the character's head? 

What is your best selling book? 

Your books range in theme and genre quite substantially, how does your reader base react to this? 

Your covers are amazing. Do you find that people react to them? Who designs them? Do you think good covers are important for sales? 

Some of your novels are quite mainstream - have you been able to cross over? 

 

TB answers these questions about I Heart Lesfic 

This is a very unique initiative to promote lesfic. Tell me how it came to be and for those who don't know about it, tell me what it is. 

What has the reaction to it been from authors, influencers in the sector and readers? 

Do you find it helps to sell your own books? 

What are the number now, for your site visits, newsletter subscribers etc and what is the growth rate looking like? 

 

TB Markinson Online

Website 

Twitter 

Facebook 

Amazon page 

I Heart Lesfic Website 

 

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This podcast is a spinoff of the popular website. 

 

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Marketing To Mainstream Readers - Blast From The Past Episode

March 14, 2018

Marketing To Mainstream Readers With Catherine M Wilson

The Write Stuff

This is a blast from the past episode in which Catherine M Wilson talks about how she markets her books to mainstream readers. 

You can find Catherine M Wilson on

Facebook

Amazon

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