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Indie Book Talk

83 EpisodesProduced by Emma and ShelleyWebsite

Explore the expanding universe of indie books. Discover your next read or learn the ins and outs of indie publishing with Emma G. Rose and Shelley Shearer. Emma G. Rose is the owner of Imperative Press Books, a publishing house that amplifies niche voices. She is also the author of contemporary fant… read more

83 Episodes | 2020 - 2022

Book Review of Scribes' Descent by Dylan West

June 30th, 2022

16:46

Emma got her hands on an advance reader copy of Scribes' Descent, a richly imagined sci-fi adventure from Dylan West. Listen to this review then go grab a copy of the book from your favorite indie bookseller.


Get the …

Crowdfunding to Kickstart a Charity Anthology with Elyse Russell

June 23rd, 2022

19:48

Elyse Russell is curating an anthology for Band of Bards Comics. Funded by Kickstarter, The Dark Side of Purity, will feature comics, artwork, prose, …

Special Guest Interview: Why Suicide Awareness is Part of Emma G Rose's Author Platform

June 16th, 2022

23:25

This is an unusual episode of Indie Book Talk. A former guest turns the tables on one of our co-hosts. Author Emma Jean interviews Indie Book Talk co-host Emma G Rose on why suicide prevention is part of her author …

Transforming Screenplays Into Novels with Andrew Dean

June 9th, 2022

20:41

After finishing his first movie, Fronteras, indie filmmaker Andrew Dean decided the pace of movie making was too slow. He started transforming his screenplays into novels.  His first novel, Surfacing, came out April …

Poetry and the Creative Process with Joseph Fasano

June 2nd, 2022

20:58

Author and Poet Joseph Fasano is writing a poem for his son publicly on Twitter. He also runs the @_PoemForYou_ community where poets and others recite poetry by request. We talk to him about poetry, the creative …

Author Visits to Schools with Emma G Rose

May 26th, 2022

16:49

Shelley interviews co-host Emma G Rose on her experience as a visiting author at high schools and colleges. Hear how she got started and why schools …

What is a Story? Metafiction, myth, and whiteness with Mike Hilbig

May 19th, 2022

21:28

Mike Hilbig, author of Judgement Day and Other White Lies, is a punk rock academic fascinated by mythology and philosophy. He talks to us about …

8 of Our Favorite Books On Writing

May 12th, 2022

19:55

Emma and Shelley discuss their favorite books on writing, editing, and craft. These 8 books will help writers at any stage of their writing journey turn their ideas into compelling stories. Call it the Indie Book Class …

Writing in Your Non-Native Language with Ricardo Victoria

May 5th, 2022

19:33

Ricardo Victoria, author of the Tempest Blades series, was born and raised in Mexico, but he writes in English. He talks to us about the state of publishing in Mexico, hope-punk, and why he and his friends decided to …

How To Meet Your Writing Goals, No Excuses with Gerald Dean Rice

April 28th, 2022

17:26

Gerald Dean Rice shares strategies for writing anywhere and staying on track toward your writing goals. He also talks about how compiling his …

Book Review of Unravel by Amelia Loken

April 21st, 2022

15:34

Emma and Shelley run the worlds tiniest book club to talk about their reading of Unravel by Amelia Loken. This spoiler-free review covers genre, character building, and how Amelia handled writing a deaf main character.


Shanti Hershenson Is 14 and Has 10 Books Published

April 14th, 2022

19:54

14-year-old Shanti Hershenson is a normal kid. She goes to school, hangs out with friends... but she's also published 10 books. From poetry to …

Mythulu Magic: An Experiment in Character Development

April 7th, 2022

19:30

Cat gods in space, wind-based burial ceremonies, and sticky situations are just some of what Emma and Shelley find in their experiment using Mythulu …

Bestseller Michele Scott on Luck in Indie Publishing

March 31st, 2022

28:13

New York Times Bestselling indie author Michele Scott shares the big news that her book has been optioned for a movie. We talk about how that …

Navigating Genre with Bryan Nowak

March 24th, 2022

20:29

Horror and mystery author Bryan Nowak talks about navigating genre, where genres overlap, why you should write what you love to read. We talk steam …

Telling Ghost Stories Anchored in the Real World with Eleanor Wagner

March 17th, 2022

20:16

Kindergarten teacher by day and paranormal investigator by night, Eleanor Wagner is the author of Sussex County Hauntings and Other Strange Phenomena. She tells us how she went from being a children's birthday clown to …

Writing Characters with Disabilities with Amelia Loken

March 10th, 2022

21:48

Amelia Loken, author of Unravel, talks to us about her debut novel featuring a main character who is a deaf, self-rescuing princess with embroidery magic. Amelia talks about her efforts to make sure her book represents …

Indie Book Class Session 6 - Different Types of Publishing

March 3rd, 2022

21:42

In this session of Indie Book Class, Emma and Shelley consider the 3.5 different kinds of publishing. Learn the pros and cons of each and the choices you have as an author considering publication. 


Emma's blog goes …

Book Review of After Io by Elliot Wink - the first book in the Far Light Series

February 24th, 2022

15:23

Spaceship pilot Bryn Michaels has just killed her captain. That's the conflict at the start of After Io by Elliot Wink. This sci-fi adventure story keeps readers guessing. It features a character driven storyline and a …

Claiming Time to Write with Kelsey Kupitz

February 17th, 2022

17:24

Kelsey Kuptiz was certain that motherhood would mean she'd lose all her writing time, so she scrambled to finish her first book and publish her …

The Sleeze-Free Secret to Succeeding on Twitter with Lee Hall

February 10th, 2022

20:45

Lee Hall, author of Consistent Creative Content shares his secrets to building a massive Twitter presence without selling your soul in the process. …

How to Write About Hard Situations Without Traumatizing Your Audience with Savannah Goins

February 3rd, 2022

24:33

Author and real-life dragon wrangler Savannah Goins talks about her dragon adventure series of fantasy novels. From how to use trigger warnings to what details to include, Savannah helps us understand how to weave real …

Getting Recognized By Indie Book Awards and Why Renaii West Loves Indie Publishing

January 27th, 2022

20:42

Renaii West won the Indie Reader Discovery Awards in fiction: women's issues for her novel Death by Chaos. She shares her incredibly simple strategy for getting book awards and her insights on why indie publishing was …

A Writer's Cooperative: Indie Books, Movies and More with Gary Vincent

January 20th, 2022

19:18

Gary Lee Vincent, founder of Burning Bulb Publishing, explains how an small author's cooperative in West Virginia grew into a movie studio. It's a …

Planning and Marketing a Massive Series with Nicholas Woode-Smith

January 13th, 2022

21:58

Nicholas Woode-Smith author of the 16-book Kat Drummond urban fantasy series tells us how he planned and marketed it such a long series. He also …

Book Review: Sleeping Beauty and the Cursed Code

January 6th, 2022

15:47

This book may be middle grade, but it's worth a read at any age. In this STEM fantasy chapter book Sleeping Beauty and her princess friends are …

Writing Humor and Turning Indie Books into Indie Movies with Michelle Bowser

December 30th, 2021

16:18

Michelle Bowser introduces us to the weird world of bizarro fiction - fun and funny fantasy that is NOT appropriate for children. Plus, hear how she …

Indie Book Class Session 5 - Getting To Know Your Characters

December 23rd, 2021

21:01

In session five of Indie Book Class, Emma and Shelley discuss tools and strategies for getting to know your characters whether you're a plotter, a …

The Curious Case of the PI Professor, Meriah Crawford

December 16th, 2021

19:38

Meriah Crawford is an author and English Professor, but she's also a private investigator. Hear how that experience influences her mystery writing, plus thoughts on the apocalypse, in this episode of the Indie Book Talk …

Morgan Quaid on Using Music to Promote Books

December 9th, 2021

20:24

Author and music producer Morgan Quaid gives us a peek at how to use music to promote books - from book trailers to custom soundtracks, he uses music to support and market his stories. Hear his music and his perspective …

Book Review: Part Time Monster Hunter by Nicholas Woode-Smith

December 2nd, 2021

15:20

Fans of urban fantasy adventure stories will love this urban fantasy series by Nicholas Woode-Smith. Part-Time Monster Hunter is a little bit Buffy …

E. G. Creel on Writing Despite Distractions & Dyslexia + Thoughts on Kindle Vella

November 25th, 2021

22:09

In this hilarious interview, E.G. Creel tells us how she wrote The Immortal despite the distractions of being a full-time caregiver and the …

Indie Book Class Session 4 - Rules for Writing the First Draft

November 18th, 2021

13:32

Are there rules for writing the first draft of your novel or short story? Yes and no. Emma and Shelley share the one unbreakable rule for writing the …

Writing Mental Health Tropes with Mark Harbinger

November 11th, 2021

26:15

Mark Harbinger author of The Be(k)nighted: The Untold Origin of the Precept, tells us about writing a superhero who has been diagnosed with …

Dominic Martell on Resurrecting a Character After 20 Years

November 4th, 2021

20:03

Dominic Martell won the author lottery. Twenty years after his traditional publisher dropped his Pascual Rose series, an indie press approached him with an offer too good to refuse. They wanted to resurrect his series …

Missy Sheldrake on Cover Design and Fairies

October 28th, 2021

17:41

Young adult fantasy author, Missy Sheldrake, doesn't just write novels, she also designs all of her own covers. Her degree in illustration and …

Libby Klein on Traditional Publishing and how to market your books

October 21st, 2021

27:03

Libby Klein, author of The Poppy McAllister Mysteries, is an oddity on the Indie Book Talk podcast. She's traditionally published by Kensington Cozies. She talked with us about the good, the bad, and the ugly parts of …

Sneak Peek at the Storybilder tool for writers and how to get free access

October 14th, 2021

18:57

After writing two books of her own, former English teacher and current web developer, Tonya Gough, noticed a need for a writing platform that lets writers play with narrative formats without immediately publicizing …

Why Elizabeth Spann Craig Left Traditional Publishing to Go Indie (And how she's written more than 40 books)

October 7th, 2021

26:40

Elizabeth Spann Craig has written more than 40 books. We talk about how she writes two books at the same time (!) and why she gave up traditional publishing to become an indie author. Listen in to this episode of the …

Indie Book Class - Session Three: Writing Past the First Page (what to do when you get stuck early in the story)

September 30th, 2021

17:01

You have a great idea for a story, or maybe you just have a character or a setting. How do you keep writing when that first flush of excitement fades? In session three of Indie Book Class, we offer some strategies that …

A prodigy, a psychotherapist and two podcasters walk into a cult (interview with Verlin Darrow, author of Prodigy Quest)

September 23rd, 2021

23:54

Before psychotherapist Verlin Darrow wrote the novel Prodigy Quest he was a professional volleyball player, a country-western singer/songwriter, and …

Indie Book Class - Session Two: Plotting vs. Pantsing

September 16th, 2021

20:37

Are you a Plotter or a Panster? That's writer-speak for do you plan ahead or just see where the story takes you. In our second Indie Book Class …

Domenic Marinelli: Following the beat to write 16 books since 2016

September 9th, 2021

22:38

Author Domenic Marinelli followed the beat of his own drum to write 16 books since 2016. From beat poetry to transgressive fiction his work spans …

Indie Book Class - Session One: Where to Get Ideas

September 2nd, 2021

15:56

How do you know an idea is worth writing? In our first Indie Book Class episode of the Indie Book Talk podcast, we start at the very beginning - the idea. Where to find it and what do to when you think you have "the …

What Type of Editor Do you Need? With R.T. Cole

August 26th, 2021

22:50

If you've ever wondered what kind of editor you need, our chat with R. T. Cole might get you started in the right direction. Hear how this author of …

Becoming Instagram Famous with IG Lives and @Emma.Jean.Author

August 19th, 2021

25:41

@emma.jean.author has more than 11,000 followers on Instagram. On this episode of Indie Book Talk, she shares how she used IG Live and other …

Turning Memoir Into Fiction with Christy Alexander Hallberg

August 12th, 2021

22:40

What started as a personal memoir transformed into Christy Alexander Hallberg's first novel. Hear how she did it and the real-life events that set the story in motion on this episode of Indie Book Talk.

As well as being …

Jessica Dall on Writing Historical Fiction

July 29th, 2021

14:59

Historical characters should be more than friends in other clothes. We talk with Jessica Dall, author of The Stars of Heaven, about how to write …

Using Mythology In Fiction: Beware the Teenage Kraken

July 22nd, 2021

18:31

In honor of Emma's upcoming book launch (July 24!) Emma and Shelley talk about how they use mythology in their fantasy stories, including Emma's …

Book Review: A Touch of Darkness by Scarlett St. Claire

July 15th, 2021

13:13

On this episode of Indie Book Talk, we review A Touch of Darkness, the first in the spellbinding Hades X Persephone series by Scarlett St. Clair Emma …

Overcoming Procrastination and Distractions for Writers

July 8th, 2021

16:54

We keep putting off this episode, but the time has come. Emma and Shelley talk about ways to overcome procrastination and dispel distractions so you can actually get some writing (or whatever creative work you do) done.

Stormi Lewis: 6 Months to Write and Publish a Novel

July 1st, 2021

20:36

On this episode of Indie Book Talk, we talk with Stormi Lewis a.k.a The Story Sharing Guru, host of the Bookish Chatter podcast, and author of the Sophie Lee Trilogy of thrillers about writing with ADHD, taking care of …

Romancing the SquidgieWitty: On co-writing gay romance

June 24th, 2021

21:59

He's a married gay man who loves the smell of markers on a whiteboard, she's his bi-sexual cowriter and massager of words. Together they're Squidgiewitty Authors of the Harts Square series of gay romance novels …

What is Bookshop.org: For Indie Authors and Indie Publishers

June 17th, 2021

24:45

Bookshop.org might sound like a dangerous idea--An ecommerce platform to sell books. Sounds familiar right? The twist is that every book sold …

Dave Baker And Nicole Goux Love Indie Comics

June 10th, 2021

25:58

Dave Baker drew Nicole Goux into the world of indie comics more than six years ago. Together they've written and drawn dozens of books, and attended …

Adventure Riot: On-Air Critique

June 3rd, 2021

27:52

Two more brave writers have shared their work with us, and we're going to critique it on air for you.  Think of it as a virtual writer's group. Like this critique? Want to share your stories? Visit our podcast page at …

Elissa Dickey Author of the Speed of Light Talks Amazon Publishing

May 27th, 2021

23:14

We talk to Elissa Dickey about being published by an Amazon imprint (no we're not talking about KDP). Her mission to help people understand life with MS.
Her website: https://elissaadickey.wordpress.com/

Book Review: The Sense of Death by Matty Dalrymple

May 20th, 2021

17:36

Emma and Shelley compare their reactions to The Sense of Death: An Anne Kinnear Mystery Thriller from Matty Dalrymple. The first book in her Ann Kinnear series. 

Spoiler alert! They loved it. 

Learn more about Matty:

Demon & Doe: On Air Critique

May 13th, 2021

22:15

Two brave souls sent in their writing...and we critiqued it. Think of this as a virtual writer's group.

Featuring: 

The Gracelynn Doe by V. George …

Beta Readers: What They Are and Why You Need Them

May 6th, 2021

24:02

What is a beta reader? Why do you need one? How can they help make your books better? All those questions answered, plus best practices for managing beta readers in this episode of Indie Book Talk.

Want more? Check out …

Can Podcasting Help Build Your Author Platform with Matty Dalrymple

April 29th, 2021

30:52

In our most meta episode ever, Matty Dalrymple shares what she's learned about podcasting as an indie author. Plus, we chat about her current and upcoming projects in the Ann Kinnear Suspense series and the Lizzie …

How to Get Your Book Into Bookstores with Gibran Graham

April 22nd, 2021

20:19

In honor of Indie Bookstore Day on April 24, we talk to indie bookseller Gibran Graham about how authors can get their books into indie bookstores like The Briar Patch in Bangor, Maine. 

Learn more about the Briar …

Dirk Manning on Using Kickstarter to fund Indie Graphic Novels

April 15th, 2021

32:52

We chat with comic book publisher Dirk Manning about using Kickstarter to fund his projects and the Butts in Seats campaign closing on April 16. Check it out at buttsinseatscomic.com or visit Dirk's website at

People really DO judge a book by its cover

April 8th, 2021

23:38

On this episode of Indie Book Talk, we talk about covers. Yes, you should judge a book by its cover, and you'd better believe readers are going to. …

How D&D Influences Novel Writing with Rebecca Ellette Fincher

April 1st, 2021

22:34

Rebecca Ellette Fincher writes fantasy novels and D&D modules. We talk about how the two kinds of writing influence each other and what's next …

Crime Fiction and Hybrid Publishing with Lisa Regan

March 25th, 2021

17:35

Lisa Regan is the author of 10 Detective Josie Quinn Mystery Novels. Hush Little Girl (Book 11) Comes out next month!

We talk to Lisa about Murder Conventions, how she chooses between small press and self-publishing, …

Book Review: Lost in a Dream by R.E. Fury

March 18th, 2021

16:29

Lost in a Dream by R.E. Fury is a Fantasy novel with surprising depth and a unique use of language. Check it out

Fury also shares short stories and artwork on his Instagram account at:

4 Tips For Hosting a Virtual Book Launch or Author Event

March 11th, 2021

23:16

Emma shares her top tips on how to host a virtual book launch event, and why it's worth doing even after the world goes back to normal. 

Creative Book Marketing Strategies

March 4th, 2021

20:11

How to find a book marketing strategy that works for you, without making you feel icky or overwhelmed. We talk about blogging, emails, and unconventional marketing methods. #ducks

Overcoming Self Doubt to Publish Your Novel with Lanette Pottle

February 25th, 2021

25:30

Overcome self doubt and get your book into the world with advice from Life and Business Strategist, TEDx speaker, and author Lanette Pottle.

"It's really about deciding that you will dance with the fear." - Lanette

Read …

How to To Take Care of an Author (yourself or someone you love)

February 11th, 2021

13:55

What do authors need from their friends and family in order to succeed and feel supported? Emma and Shelley talk about what works for them. Share this episode with your friends and family so they know how to support …

Experiments in Marketing Urban Fantasy with Author Stephanie Mirro

February 4th, 2021

20:18

Stephanie Mirro is the author of the Immortal Relics Series and the Last Phoenix Series. She talks to us about why she switched her book covers, the challenges of defining your genre, and the marketing tactics that work …

Why You Need A Writing Group

January 28th, 2021

19:51

Emma and Shelley talk about how writing groups have helped them become better writers, and what the ideal writing group looks like. 

Award Winning Short Story Writer Barb Goffman on Mystery Writing

January 21st, 2021

16:54

Barb Goffman talks about her journey as a mystery writer and why she writes exclusively short stories. Find her latest stories in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine and Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. Or visit

Book Review: The Panda of Death by Betty Webb

January 7th, 2021

15:09

This week we find out that Shelley has been reading The Panda of Death by Betty Webb. This cozy mystery is #6 in the Gunn Zoo Mystery Series and is published by Poisoned Pen Press, an independent publisher of mystery …

How to Get Press for Your Indie Book

December 31st, 2020

20:50

Emma shares her tips for getting noticed by news media, bloggers, and podcasters in this episode of Indie Book Talk.  Emma and Shelley talk about: 

Running a Bookshop During a Pandemic

December 24th, 2020

17:58

Listen in on our surprisingly heartwarming conversation with Gibran Graham, owner of The Briar Patch in Bangor, Maine, as he talks about the trials and triumphs of running a bookshop during the pandemic. 

Find The Briar …

Martin Wilsey on Audiobooks

December 17th, 2020

19:31

Indie author Martin Wilsey shares what he's learned from publishing nine sci-fi audiobooks. 

  • Finding the right voice
  • royalty sharing vs. …

Book Review: Negative Zero by Ireland Gill

December 10th, 2020

12:42

We review this contemporary fantasy novel with engaging characters and a trope-bending storyline. Will it be your next favorite indie book?

Negative …

What We Talk About When We Talk About Indie Books

December 3rd, 2020

9:06

What are indie books anyway? 

Emma and Shelley talk about: 

  • what indie books actually are
  • what sets them apart from traditionally published books

Trailer: Indie Book Talk

November 16th, 2020

0:59

Meet your hosts Emma G Rose and Shelley Shearer and find out what Indie Book Talk is all about. 

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