Thursday, March 26, 2020

GP804 Self-Pub Answers

Our host Gerald Everett Jones and co-host Cheyenne Cockrell discuss how to promote books on social media. They cover author blogs, sponsored ads, post engagement, viral distribution, author profiles, and advance reviews. Then our co-host Thomas Page offers an essay on George Orwell's grim political satires. #amwriting #selfpub #podcast

As always, there's more help for self-published authors and book promoters on


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Friday, March 20, 2020

AB803 Reading - Mr Ballpoint

In this gig economy, they're telling you - Don't go get a job, make one for yourself! Create a new product or service! After all, it's the American Way... #amwriting #selfpub #podcast

Narrator Michael Gilboe reads Mr. Ballpoint, a comic novel by our radio host Gerald Everett Jones.

It's called entrepreneurship. It might be risky, but along the way it's a lot of fun. The introduction of the first ballpoint pen to the U.S. in 1945 was a marketing sensation. And the first day it went on sale at Gimbels in Manhattan triggered a riot when thousands of shoppers had to be wrangled by fifty cops.

Thus began the Reynolds International Pen Company. Started by a shameless huckster and his straight-arrow son.

And some thought the first iPhone was a big deal!

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Friday, March 13, 2020

GP803 Musty Research Tips

How do you find documents and ephemera that are not available online? Our host Gerald Everett Jones describes the research tools and sources he used to access institutional archives, including microfilm, rare books, paintings, genealogical records, and interviews with descendants and scholars. It's a recap of his 20-year quest for evidence behind the art scandal in his historical novel Bonfire of the Vanderbilts. #amwriting #selfpub #podcast

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Friday, March 6, 2020

GP817 What Are Handmade Books?

There seems to be a lot of interest in books that get made one at a time. We’ll hear from Jacob Samuel, a fine-arts publisher whose limited-edition books are so carefully crafted they’re considered museum pieces even when they’re new. And we also welcome David Drum, a journalist, novelist, and poet who makes and sells his own hand-crafted editions. Drum is also the author of the new Gothic novel Heathcliff: The Lost Years (fans of Wuthering Heights take note). #amwriting #selfpub #podcast What IS a handmade book? Are there different types? How did you come to do them, and how do you market them? And, as ever, there's lots of advice on how to get published, including the support resources at our website

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