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No Indie Authors at National Book Festival

August 30, 2014
Official poster of the 2014 National Book Festival

As I write this post the 2014 National Book Festival is underway in Washington, D.C. According to the Festival’s webpage: This year’s festival will feature authors, poets and illustrators in several pavilions well into the evening. Festival-goers can meet and hear firsthand from their favorite poets and authors, get books signed, enjoy special entertainment, and stay up late for special new graphic novel, poetry and film programs. What visitors to the National Book Festival will…

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How to Use The Bookcast

August 21, 2014
boy reading

People sometimes ask me, what’s The Bookcast for?  What does it do?  How does it work? Well, it’s for you, the reader, to help you discover highly talented indie authors and their newest books. The Bookcast lets you listen to indie authors discussing their book, in a quick, engaging audio interview podcast. You can listen to the interviews right here on The Bookcast — just click to listen wherever you see the audio player — or…

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Fall Preview, Part One

August 18, 2014
reading

Don’t you love writing that pulls you right into a story and draws a curtain around you? When The Bookcast relaunches Labor Day week, we’ll be introducing you to authors whose books do exactly that, One of the very talented indie authors you’ll meet uses magical realism to explain one teenager’s metamorphosis: “…just staying on that stallion was a major accomplishment in itself. But when I finally got to the other side of that corral…

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A Good Story Well Told

August 13, 2014
reader

Isn’t that what we as readers look for in any book we pick up, whether it’s by an indie author or a famous writer? A good story well told. We all have our favorite kinds of fiction.  I’m partial to mystery-suspense. And most readers can name at least one genre they don’t particularly like.  Vampire stories  and epic fantasy  generally leave me cold. So why do I interview the indie authors of books I probably wouldn’t otherwise…

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What The Bookcast Is Not

August 11, 2014
money

Do you know how some websites or podcasts choose the indie authors they’re going to interview? Show ‘em the money. Cash talks, and in some venues the main — or only — criterion is, did the check clear? With all due respect to the authors who fork over the fee,  that’s not very helpful to the reader just looking for a good story, well-told. The Bookcast does not solicit nor accept payment from any author for…

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We’re Refining Our Indie Author Focus

August 7, 2014

Since our launch in 2011,  The Bookcast has been focused on readers, with a goal of introducing them to some of the world’s most talented indie authors. We constantly listen to feedback,  make adjustments, and sometimes we take a different direction.  To that end,  The Bookcast is making an important change. The Bookcast will no longer feature  non-narrative nonfiction titles.   Our feedback indicates that when readers come to The Bookcast they are seeking out creative…

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