About This Show
"There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed," said Hemingway.
Epiphany! Your fingers scuttle to the nearest keyboard, locked, loaded, evocative and vivid language at the ready. With suave confidence you strike down on that first key. Then another. And another until you have formed your masterpiece. The joy! You reread your delicious words! But something tastes funny. "No, this isn't what I meant at all." and "What was I thinking?" and "My editor will have my neck!" Your zeal inverts to despair and your once-spurting passion trickles to a feeble drip.
Writing hurts. J.S. Leonard hosts Bleeding Ink, a show that lunges into the minds of remarkable authors and related creatives. It's bent on aiding your writing journey, to inspire, boost confidence, offer writing techniques, bolster business acumen, build audiences and lead to publishing.
Most Recent Episode
[Maggie Langrick] In which we get the best of both worlds
I interviewed Maggie so that she could enlighten us on the mystical topic of “hybrid publishing.” What you’ll get in this episode of Bleeding Ink is a better understanding of what traditional publishers provide their authors—and if you are willing to put your own skin in the game, how to obviate your need of a large publisher, and how to keep your royalties and rights (at a much greater upfront cost). It’s a fascinating approach—though the cost might dissuade some right off the bat (we are talking $30k from idea to book) and it will push you toward traditional publishing (because you don’t have the budget) or it will make you scream for joy since you can essentially skip the gatekeepers without sacrificing quality.Bear with me. Maggie and LifeTree provide authors a team of seasoned professionals that are as good as, if not better than, what a new author would receive at from a Big Five contrract. This is it: the start of the Big Five model’s dissolution. In its stead will rise a new medium that enables and supports authors rather than eek dollars out of their blood-soaked fingers. While the cost to play might be high, it won’t be forever. Welcome to the new frontier.You’ll learn the benefits and limitations of traditional and self-publishing. You’ll learn how to avoid scammy hybrid promises. You’ll get a glimpse at self-publishing’s history, and why we are so fortunate today. You’ll understand how and why bookstore distribution will separate you from the pack. You’ll learn all this and more.TakeawaysThe benefits and limitations of traditional and self-publishing, and how hybrid publishing attempts to take the best from both modelsThree tips for how to evaluate a legitimate hybrid publisherWhy we should strive to publish “real” booksGet a glimpse of what self-publishing looked like in the 80s, and why we are ever so fortunate to possess the publishing tools we have todayWhy the ability to distribute your book in stores separates self-publishing from traditional publishingHow LifeTree media can take your fledgling book idea and turn it into a veritable force of goodWhat to consider when hiring editors and designersThe importance of developmental editingThe costs associated with publishing—and how to understand the return on investment for your dollarsWhy a hybrid publisher can be an excellent choi