Fall Preview, Part One

August 18, 2014

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

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

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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Why The Indie Author Fear of Skype?

June 11, 2013

What if we had a magic way to speak to someone who is hundreds or thousands of miles away? We do. It’s called the telephone. Now what if we had a magic way to speak to that person, but with sound so crisp and clear it was like that person was sitting right here in the same room? We do. It’s called Skype. So why do some indie authors fight it? Virtually all of the…

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Why I’m So Enthusiastic About the Indie Authors I Interview

April 13, 2013

I got a curious question the other day. “Why do you gush over your authors?” a visitor to The Bookcast wanted to know. I hadn’t really thought of it in those terms. When I’m doing an interview it doesn’t feel like I’m “gushing,” although now I suppose I’ll be more self-aware. To my ear I’m simply praising the authors I interview for the fine work they’ve produced, and telling them – and you – what…

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