Thursday, October 22, 2020

GP831 Guest Post - Self-Publishing Mastery Talks Ep 20

In Episode 20 (YouTube) of Self-Publishing Mastery Talks, host A.G. Billig asks Gerald how to write award-winning books, and his advice includes: 1) sleep on it, 2) take a shower, 3) do a dance - and lots more! In this clip, we discuss the curious notion that humans would never know romantic love if we didn't have examples in literature. #selfpub #amwriting #booklovers #bookstagram

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Friday, September 18, 2020

GP830 - Free Speech and Self Expression

Host Gerald Everett Jones and his co-hosts Cheyenne Cockrell and Thomas Page have a roundtable discussion about responsible debate and the free flow of information. What are the limits on self-expression? #amwriting #selfpub #podcast For example: Does it mean total freedom? What about "Fire!" in a crowded theater? Is there a difference between gossip and slander? Libel? Plagiarism? Fair use? How might satire and parody be an exception? Fan fiction? What about PC labels? Rights to privacy for the deceased? What is Errors & Omissions insurance, and why might a creative person need it? What is an entertainment attorney, and what about copyright protection? What is the Digital Millennium Copyright Act? And, as ever, there's lots of advice on how to get published, including the support resources at our website

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Thursday, June 25, 2020

AB810 Preacher Finds a Corpse - Chapter 1

In Chapter 1, Evan finds his friend's body and suspects it's not suicide. The cops want to know what he was doing there. Josh and Linda Emmett get a notice their farmhouse will be bulldozed. #podcast #audiobook #mysterythriller

About the book. A lapsed divinity student who is fascinated by astrophysics finds his best friend shot dead in a cornfield. It looks like suicide. Having returned to his farm roots near Lake of the Ozarks, Evan works as a skip tracer for the local car dealer. He learns his friend was involved in a dispute over farmland ownership that goes back two centuries - complicated now by plans to make an old weapons facility into a tourist attraction. First in a series.

Image credit: Jose De Jesus Cervantes Gallegos © Audiobook © 2019 La Puerta Productions.

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Friday, June 19, 2020

AB 801 Preacher Fakes a Miracle - Preview

Our show host, author Gerald Everett Jones, reads from the second book in his Evan Wycliff Mystery series, Preacher Fakes a Miracle. The event at Vroman's Bookstore in Pasadena was sponsored by the Independent Writers of Southern California (IWOSC). #mysterythriller #booklovers #amwriting #selfpub #podcast

Get a review copy of the first novel, Preacher Finds a Corpse, from for a limited time.

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Sunday, June 14, 2020

AB809 Choke Hold Audiobook Preview

The medical examiner said Hank Ellis died of heart failure from the stress of being arrested.

In his own home.


The city settled, the finding never changed.

These days they often just copy this finding for each new death by choke hold. The coroner's task is to determine whether the person died of a natural causes or "at the hands of another." The heart attack finding points to natural causes, which gets the killer off the hook.

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Tuesday, June 9, 2020

GP810 How Should Authors Move Forward? with Smith Publicity

Host Gerald Everett Jones and cohost A. G. Billig talk with Mike Onorato, VP of Smith Publicity, about what's changed and what hasn't in the head-spinning, noisy marketplace of book promotion. #selfpub #amwriting

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Friday, May 15, 2020

GP809 Writing a Memoir

It's not surprising that many first-time authors want to do their memoirs. And memoir is an extremely popular genre with readers these days. Our host Gerald Everett Jones talks with cohost journalist Cheyenne Cockrell about how to navigate the choppy waters of such reality-based stories. For example, when should you change the names to protect the guilty? #amwriting #selfpub #podcast

The memoir Gerald wrote with Rebecca Schaper - The Light in His Soul: Lessons from My Brother's Schizophrenia - was #1 Amazon Hot New Release when it was released in 2018.

Gerald is also author of Bonfire of the Vanderbilts. There's more advice for authors and self-publishers at

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