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WGP Episode 62: Dana Faletti, YA and Women’s Fiction

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Dana Faletti is a Pittsburgh native who loves Broadway musicals and knows all the words to Les Miserables – the entire show. One of her favorite TV series is Sons of Anarchy, and her favorite movie is the Sound of Music. Don’t try to start a conversation with her in the morning until she’s had at least one cup of coffee – preferably Starbucks, but do come over for a glass of wine (red) and some good conversation at dinner time. Dana loves to cook and owned a successful catering business for a few years, before giving it up to focus on her family and write full-time. She shares her life with a Gemini husband who also knows every word to Les Mis, and three amazing daughters – an eleven-year-old theatre buff, a nine-year-old future mega-entrepreneur, and a curly-haired six-year-old who is the true CEO of the household.
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Dana has been writing for what seems like forever. Her young adult trilogy, The Whisper Series, is a paranormal romance that’s rife with angels, demons and forbidden romance, as well as a message of love and acceptance that has touched readers nationwide. Her newest novel, Beautiful Secret, is a women’s fiction set in the scorched hills of Southern Italy, where Dana has spent much time traveling and visiting relatives. Beautiful Secret is set to be released this summer by Pandamoon Publishing. Dana has a love affair with all things Italian and is proud to be part of the loud, crazy, and wonderful Italian family that inspired her new book.

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In this episode we learn:

Show Notes

  • The insider details of Dana Faletti’s journey as an author
  • Information about her YA trilogy, The Whisper Trilogy and her upcoming release, Beautiful Secret
  • We discuss her website and blog contents, be sure to see the links below this post!
  • We get the scoop on her publisher, Pandamoon Publishing
  • Inspiration from her on the three things she wants to accomplish as an author

AND SO MUCH MORE including her best advice for aspiring authors!

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*with intro from hostess, Kim Smith*

You can find her online at:

Website: http://www.danafaletti.com
FB: https://www.facebook.com/authordanafaletti/
Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/danafaletti @danafaletti
Blog: http://www.danafaletti.blogspot.com
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WGP Episode 57: Sean Grigsby, author

Traditionally published author Sean Grigsby has been working in the shadows since 2008. His work has appeared in many print anthologies and a creepypasta on Youtube. He is a reviewer and slush reader for Grimdark Magazine, and former associate editor for Dark Recesses Magazine. He is now repped by an agent at the Donald Maass Agency.

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There is a lot more info about Sean and his work at his Amazon page also, at:

http://www.amazon.com/Sean-Grigsby/e/B0038MSZPY

In this episode, we learn about:

Show Notes

  • We learn how Sean got an agent and why he chose traditional publishing over indie publishing
  • Insider info on Sean’s first attempt at writing a novel
  • His opinion and thoughts on synopis writing and how his first novel experience helped him
  • Details about his accepted work and what the concept is for the book that was picked up by his agent
  • Information about “the call” when it came
  • How he writes
  • Inspiration from Sean about having a heart for what you do
  • Insider details about his own experience as an interviewer and how he finds time to do that with two babies and a full-time job
  • Details about his time with the Nielson-Haydens (of Tor Books) at Mid-South Con
  • We discuss Tor Books and what they accept and how
  • Information about what is coming up for Sean
  • His thoughts about indie publishing
  • His best advice for aspiring authors
  • Books Sean is reading: (click the image to go to Amazon and get yours!)
  • Myke Cole’s Gemini Cell
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    Bentley Little’s The Summoning
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    Sam Sykes’s The City Stained Red
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    AND SO MUCH MORE

    You can find him online at his website http://www.seangrigsby.com and on Twitter @SeanGrigsby

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    WGP Episode 56: Eliza Gale, Interviewer

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    Eliza Gale runs, Eliza Gale’s Interviews which is a website on which she interviews writers, actors, and other artists about their jobs and their dreams. She is a part-time proletarian and part-time professional blogger, whose work has appeared on AXS, Examiner, Portland Metro Live and other websites.

    Ms. Gale is a published poet and a produced playwright. Her play, “The Little Nebbish” is about a disgruntled telemarketer who plots to destroy the coworkers who bully her and the roommate who uses her.
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    Her novel, “Papaya Paltrow, The Psychic and The Time Machine” will be released on April 11, 2016. The book is about a fake psychic who stumbles across a real time machine in her roommate’s closet. She uses the technology to advance her career and become a clairvoyant to the stars. One day she travels too far into the future where America has become a positive thinking police state.

    This is an audio-only episode so put your earbuds in and have a listen!

    In this episode, we discuss:

    Show Notes

  • How long Eliza has been doing interviews
  • Why she chose interview format to produce
  • She explains what a proletarian is
  • She tells us about her play, The Little Nebbish
  • Discussion about her as an interviewee rather than the interviewer and why others don’t reciprocate when they are asked to give an interview
  • Insider details about her site page called Page of Flakes and what it really is
  • How many subjects do not answer all their questions
  • Her 8 rules for interview subjects and why it is important
  • Insights into one particular interview and how the subject tried to hide behind a fake persona
  • Her most memorable interview with Ric O’Barry
  • What her perfect subject would be
  • Advice for someone looking to start a blog to interview subjects
  • AND SO MUCH MORE

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    Her site is: http://www.elizagalesinterviews.com

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    WGP Ep 55- The Charm Bracelet, Viola Shipman

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    is a pen name for Wade Rouse, a popular, award-winning memoirist. Rouse chose his grandmother’s name, Viola Shipman, to honor the woman whose charm bracelet and family stories inspired him to write his debut novel, which is a tribute to all of our elders. Rouse lives in Michigan and writes regularly for People and Coastal Living, among other places, and is a contributor to All Things Considered. To date, The Charm Bracelet has been translated into nine languages. He is at work on his second “heirloom novel,” which will be published in 2017.

    In this episode, we discuss:

    Show Notes

  • Book launches and how checking the numbers is sort of universal
  • The author’s book list and how this one is different for him (memoir to fiction)
  • Inspiration: he talks about how he was inspired and how author’s should write what calls to them
  • Insider details: how reading got his writing really going (structure, flow etc.)
  • How writing a prologue meant a lot to this book and how they can be effective and necessary
  • Information: Details about what/whom The Charm Bracelet is based on and the true human experience that inspired the writing of it
  • The important things in life that helped to write the book ie. setting, characters, etc.
  • The truth factor of fiction and how much of our life ends up in our books
  • What’s coming up next for Wade in the “heirloom” series.
  • How long it took to write The Charm Bracelet and how he went about writing it
  • How his agent helped the writing of it
  • His AHA moment during the writing of this book
  • Editing and how he loves that part of writing and how long he spends during that process
  • What other writing he does that helps in the editing process
  • What his best advice is for an aspiring author
  • AND SO MUCH MORE

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    How do I get traffic to my writing site?

    One of the most common questions of authors who keep a blog has to be “how do I get TRAFFIC?”
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    Well, first I think you have to understand what getting traffic means.

    • First of all, getting traffic means having readers
    • Having readers means frequent posting
    • Frequent posting means having good content
    • Having good content means having good quality design in your posts

    You get blog readers over time. It takes a while before people start seeking you out at your site. You should always send them to your site whenever possible. Posting frequently will give you plenty for the readers to find and read when they come to visit. Having good content will keep them on the site LONGER. And a nice appealing presentation (website) will make them want to come back time and time again.

    And truthfully, that’s it in a nutshell. Unless you are one of those people who have a trickle and you want a flood.

    What can I do to get MORE traffic?

    You can do a few other things to insure that you get readers who will be the traffic of which you seek.

    1. Visit other blogs and leave comments
    2. Respond to commenters
    3. Give things away. I know some of you are groaning, but there is a very good reason for this.
    4. Be consistent, comfortable, and friendly. Readers are really wanting to connect with YOU not just your site, so make it easy for them.

    That’s really a very small list, but a very important one. You have to be the person out there making friends and influencing people in order to build your site’s readership. And sometimes, I know, it’s hard.

    So, why don’t you post up some of your ideas to bring traffic to your site and let’s have a discussion about it?

    Why don’t readers like me?

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    So much social discussion is going on at all times in all places that it is becoming very difficult to be heard as a writer/blogger/producer. In today’s content heavy environment, we have to really be in your face. That works well when competing for space in a crowded physical location, but online? Not so much.

    Joanna Penn, of The Creative Penn said, “…authors need to understand that marketing is sharing what you love with other people who will appreciate hearing about it. Marketing shouldn’t be scammy or sucky, it should be giving value to others, attracting attention through content in order that those who want to, can buy.” See the post here http://penandmusepress.com/joanna-penn-marketing-advice/

    So what is a writer to do? How can we go about the business of growing readerships without being offensive? If we send out posts or tweets too often, we lose followers. If we have nothing else to say but “buy my book” we are spammers. How do we get buyers to know about us on such information-weary sites as Facebook or Twitter these days?

    I think it is a matter of analyzing just what you are doing and why. You know your readers are on social media sites. You know they are having conversations with others. If you want to become a part of those conversations without being outcast because you are a producer/promoter, here are some questions to ask yourself as you analyze the boundaries for having discussions online.

    * What types of readers do we want to associate with?
    * Where do we find them?
    * What are they interested in?
    * Can we join their discussions and, if so, when?
    * How do we insert usefulness into discussions without being spammy?
    * What can we provide in terms of knowledge, opinion or content?
    * How can we earn reader trust?
    * When we do earn trust, how can we ask for input for our work?
    * At what point can we steer conversation toward considering our product/content?
    * What invites someone else to point discussion toward considering such?
    * How do we say I’m sorry if we overstep bounds or violate their trust?

    Getting to the point of growing readerships can be a great event online. It means you have a product to promote. But people want to get to know YOU before they want to know ABOUT your product.
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    Who is my book buyer/reader?

    Recently, while listening to many varied podcasts, I discovered something that we don’t think nearly enough about. Our book buyers. Who the heck are these people buying our books?

    We can no longer just say, oh, my book buyer is twenty something and reads romance or a 45 year old man who loves thrillers. Now we have to know more specifics. We have to know WHO they really are and WHY they are buying OUR book.
    So who is today’s book buyer? And how can we harness that information into creating content that they REALLY want?book buyer

    Four ways to know these book buyers

    1. First and foremost, where are they spending all their online time? Are they prone to stay on Facebook, or Twitter? Or are they more the website surfer-type, preferring instead Stumbleupon or Digg?

    2. While they are online, what are they getting? Do they patrol ezines? Blogs? Or maybe it’s more like the forum boards?

    3. Do they actively seek out these places and read the posts listed or do they prefer it to be given to them from a different media, such as video (Youtube, Vimeo) or audio, (podcasts, radio shows)

    4. And finally, but certainly not least in importance, what sort of materials are they interested in? Are they book buyers, or short story readers? How about poetry? Maybe it has to do with tech articles? Are they writers too? That may put a whole nother twist to the tale.

    If you will ask these sorts of questions and seek out the same spots that your potential book buyers visit, you may find buying habits that you can incorporate into your product. If a romance writer has a character that is into race cars and said writer is over at the race car forums, and suddenly they have a ton of new friends, well, it’s because they’ve just found a niche market to learn more from. This may be for the (a) research of the book or (b) the selling of the book, but at any rate they can now use this connection to some of these new friends in a great way.

    Tell me what you think about when you envision your reader in the comments below.