The Lesbian Talk Show
Querying An Agent: J.S. Fields

Querying An Agent: J.S. Fields

May 7, 2019
Everything you've ever wanted to know about agents and big publishers! J.S. Fields and I discuss how to write your query letter, and much more!
 
We discuss:
  • Writing the perfect query letter.
  • Distilling your themes.
  • What an agent can do for you.
  • The difference between small and large presses.

J.S. Fields Online 

 
Rae Online
 
Seasons of Love: Making & Marketing Queer Films

Seasons of Love: Making & Marketing Queer Films

April 9, 2019

A Very Special Episode Of For Love & Money With:

Christin Baker - Director

Danielle Jablonski - Producer

Ashley Arnold - Producer

Kat Trammel - Writer

In this episode, we discusses TelloFilms upcoming Holiday movie, Seasons of Love! Ever wondered how a screenplay turns into a film? Listen to find out.
 
We discuss:
  • Fundraising
  • Pitching
  • Online marketing
  • The importance of queer storytelling

Seasons of Love Online 

 
 
Rae Online
 
Data in the Details: A.E. Radley’s Sapphic Marketing Survey (Pt. 2)

Data in the Details: A.E. Radley’s Sapphic Marketing Survey (Pt. 2)

March 26, 2019
 For Love & Money with A.E. Radley
 
In this continuation of our last episode, A.E. Radley and I continue discussing her WLW Marketing Survey, as well as several other trends in the wlw publishing industry.
 
We discuss:
  • The overlap between fanfiction, books, and movies.
  • Her newest release, Second Chances (available on her website)
  • How much we love our editors, and how important they are to sales!

A.E Radley Online 

 
Rae Online
 
Data in the Details: A.E. Radley’s Sapphic Marketing Survey (Pt. 1)

Data in the Details: A.E. Radley’s Sapphic Marketing Survey (Pt. 1)

March 12, 2019
 
For Love & Money with A.E. Radley
 
In this episode, A.E. Radley and I have a grand time discussing her amazing WLW Marketing Survey, currently three years running.
 
We discuss:
  • What's more important? Author or publisher?
  • How much does editing really matter?
  • What about blurbs, covers, and categories?

Plus a small rant about how fanfic and lesfic are basically the same thing, and we should all be friends.

A.E Radley Online 

 
Rae Online
 
Arizona Tape: Titles And Publishing Wide

Arizona Tape: Titles And Publishing Wide

February 26, 2019
For Love & Money with Arizona Tape
 
In this episode, Arizona Tape discusses her upcoming promotions, how she titles her works, and the benefits of publishing wide.
 
We discuss:
  • Coming up with creative titles
  • Publishing wide
  • Bookbub, Facebook, Amazon, and more

Arizona Tape Online 

 
Rae Online
 
Getting The Most Out Of Amazon: Barbara Winkes

Getting The Most Out Of Amazon: Barbara Winkes

February 12, 2019
For Love & Money with Barbara Winkes
 
In this episode, Barbara Winkes discusses her new release, Impressions, as well as explaining the ins and outs of Amazon and Kindle Unlimited.
 
We discuss:
  • Keywords
  • Reaching a wide audience
  • Targeted marketing

Barbara Winkes Online

 
 
Rae Online
 
Hildred Billings: Tropes! The Fire That Fuels Your Fiction

Hildred Billings: Tropes! The Fire That Fuels Your Fiction

January 29, 2019
For Love & Money with Hildred Billings
 
In this episode, Hildred Billings joins me to talk about tropes, and how they can help you market your books to your ideal audience.
 
We discuss:
  • Using tropes to sell your work.
  • Combining tropes into unique narratives.
  • Ending the stigma around tropes

Hildred Billings Online

The Lesfic Bard Awards: New Recognition for Queer Literature

The Lesfic Bard Awards: New Recognition for Queer Literature

January 15, 2019

The Lesfic Bard Awards - New Recognition for Queer Literature

For Love & Money

 
This week, K'Anne Meinel joins me to talk about The Lesfic Bard Awards, an exciting new opportunity to get recognition for lesbian-themed literature.
 
We discuss:
  • K'Anne's personal marketing strategy
  • How the Lesfic Bard Awards got started
  • The judging and awards process
  • How the Bard Awards can help you raise the profile of your book
Links Mentioned
 
Links to K'Anne Online
 
 
Links to Rae Online
Twitter @RaeDMagdon
Brianna Dym: Tumblr’s Death and Fandom’s Future

Brianna Dym: Tumblr’s Death and Fandom’s Future

January 1, 2019
For Love & Money with Brianna Dym
 
In this episode, Brianna Dym joins me to talk about the blogging platform tumblr, and its recent decision to ban NSFW content (including queer content).
 
We discuss:
  • The details of tumblr's NSFW ban.
  • How tumblr's ban affects queer artists and spaces.
  • Where queer audiences will potentially gather next.
Links Mentioned
 
Links to Rae Online
Twitter @RaeDMagdon
Anne Hagan: Mystery, Mayhem, and Money

Anne Hagan: Mystery, Mayhem, and Money

December 18, 2018
For Love & Money with Anne Hagan
 
In this episode, Anne Hagan joins me to talk about marketing works in a series, making the most out of your advertising dollars.
 
We discuss:
  • How Advanced Review Teams help sell your book to others.
  • How to make the most of Amazon advertising.
  • How to network with other authors.
  • How free work can help sell your full-priced books.
Links Mentioned
 
Anne Hagan
 
Links to Rae Online
Twitter @RaeDMagdon
Your Work Is a Gift: Getting Comfortable With Self-Promotion

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
 
Barbara Ann Wright: Speculative Fiction Has Something For Everybody - For Love & Money

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
Colleagues Not Competitors: Interview with Sallyanne Monti - For Love And Money

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
 
I Heart Lesfic: A One-Stop Shop For Sapphic Fiction - For Love & Money

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
5 Reasons Smashwords Rules (and Amazon Drools)

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).
5 Steps To An Awesome Patreon Experience

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.
Jae’s Tips For Authors

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.
Paige Braddock On Being Missouri Vaun

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
Using An Editor

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.
For Love & Money: Episode 2

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.