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In Leanpub's Frontmatter podcast, we interview authors and special guests about their lives & careers, their areas of expertise and the issues of the moment, and their experiences as writers. Every episode is deeply researched and covers areas that are equally of human interest, general interest, and professional interest.
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Special Guest: Jane Friedman is a book publishing industry expert and the editor of The Hot Sheet industry newsletter. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Jane about what she's been up to since she last appeared on the podcast, her book The Business of Being a Writer and what you need to know about being a writer from the business side of things, the tension between money and art, and how the pandemic has been affecting many different aspects of the book publishing industry. This interview was recorded on May 22, 2020. The full audio for the interview is here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/leanpub_podcasts/FM156-Jane-Friedman-2020-05-22.mp3. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes here https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137 or add the podcast URL directly here: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.
Special Guest: Juergen Boos is CEO of the Frankfurt Book Fair, and a member of the Scientific Committee of the Sheikh Zayed Book Award. In this special episode of the podcast, Juergen talks with Leanpub co-founder Len Epp about the history and purpose of the Sheikh Zayed Book Award, the importance and difficulty of translation, what it's like organizing a major set of awards with a committee of experts from all around the world, arts and literature in the Middle East generally, censorship and the importance for organizations to protect authors and bring visibility to them when they are persecuted, and government funding for the arts during and after the pandemic, among other topics. This interview was recorded on June 4, 2020. The full audio for the interview is here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/leanpub_podcasts/FM155-Juergen-Boos-2020-06-04.mp3. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes here https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137 or add the podcast URL directly here: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.
Larry Garfield is the author of the Leanpub book Thinking Functionally in PHP. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Larry about his background, how he got into technology, the history of modern handheld computing devices, remote work and the future of in-person conferences given the impact of the pandemic, his book, and at the end, they talk a little bit about his experience as a self-published author. This interview was recorded on May 20, 2020. The full audio for the interview is here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/leanpub_podcasts/FM154-Larry-Garfield-2020-05-20.mp3. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes here https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137 or add the podcast URL directly here: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.
Special Guest: Maram Taibah is an author, screenwriter, and filmmaker. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Maram about her background, growing up in Saudi Arabia and falling in love with English-language fiction, her films, world-building in fantasy fiction, and her novels, The Road to Elephants and Weathernose. This interview was recorded on May 5, 2020. The full audio for the interview is here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/leanpub_podcasts/FM153-Maram-Taibah-2020-05-05.mp3. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes here https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137 or add the podcast URL directly here: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.
Alfredo Deza is co-author of the Leanpub book Minimal Python. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Alfredo about his background, his first experience with programming, his experience as an Olympic-level athlete in track and field, moving to the United States from Peru, how he learned Python himself, and at the end, they talk a little bit about his experience as a self-published author. This interview was recorded on April 22, 2020. The full audio for the interview is here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/leanpub_podcasts/FM152-Alfredo-Deza-2020-04-22.mp3. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes here https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137 or add the podcast URL directly here: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.
Noah Gift is co-author of the Leanpub book Minimal Python. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Noah about his background and career, how he got his start in television and film production, using his self-taught Python programming skills to work on movies like Avatar, online learning and universities, remote work and productivity, his approach to teaching programming in Python, his books, and at the end, they talk a little bit about his experience as an author, including his advice for how to manage your mood, when you're writing your first book. This interview was recorded on April 17, 2020. The full audio for the interview is here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/leanpub_podcasts/FM151-Noah-Gift-2020-04-17.mp3. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes here https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137 or add the podcast URL directly here: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.
Special Guest: Derek Doepker is a bestselling author, speaker, and consultant, who specializes in content marketing for authors and entrepreneurs. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Derek about his background, how he got into the music scene in Los Angeles, how at a young age he got into healthy living, the "Can I just?" technique for forming good habits and getting motivated, how he is adapting his consulting to the changed circumstances of authors and entrepreneurs in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, and the importance of getting the right advice and coaching, as you pursue the development of multiple income streams from self-published books and audiobooks.
Gabriel Volpe is the author of the Leanpub book Practical FP in Scala: A hands-on approach. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Gabriel about his background, growing up in Argentina and how he got into computers and technology, choosing to live and work abroad, his book, and at the end, they talk a little bit about his experience as a self-published author. This interview was recorded on March 16, 2020. The full audio for the interview is here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/leanpub_podcasts/FM149-Gabriel-Volpe-2020-03-16.mp3. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes here https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137 or add the podcast URL directly here: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.
Special Guest: Guy LeCharles Gonzalez is the Project Lead for the Panorama Project. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Guy about his background, how got into writing, poetry slams, how got his first experience in marketing, Digital Book World, technology and book publishing, libraries, and his work on the Panorama Project. This interview was recorded on March 10, 2020. The full audio for the interview is here: [https://s3.amazonaws.com/leanpub_podcasts/FM148-Guy-LeCharles-Gonzalez-2020-03-10.mp3. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes here https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137 or add the podcast URL directly here: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.
Kyle Simpson is the author of the Leanpub book You Don't Know JS Yet: Get Started. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Kyle about what he has been doing since he was last interviewed on the podcast in 2017, how his work and life have been affected by recent events, his latest books, and at the end, they talk a little bit about his evolving experience as a self-published author. This interview was recorded on March 18, 2020. The full audio for the interview is here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/leanpub_podcasts/FM147-Kyle-Simpson-2020-03-18.mp3. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes here https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137 or add the podcast URL directly here: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.
Special Guest: Jeff Nickoloff is the author of the Manning Publications book Docker in Action, Second Edition. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Jeff about his background and career in software engineering, what it's like working for Amazon, the nature and importance of scalable communication, expert observations on working in coffee shops, the crucial importance of long-form writing when it comes to running a successful company at scale, his book, Docker, and his experience as a author. This interview was recorded on February 21, 2020. The full audio for the interview is here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/leanpub_podcasts/FM146-Jeff-Nickoloff-2020-02-21.mp3. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes here https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137 or add the podcast URL directly here: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.
Michael Rice is the author of the Leanpub book Professional Services: Day 1, Hour 1: An Introduction to Professional Services in Software Companies. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Michael about his background, his first experiences as a software engineer, taking a break to go to law school, working for a big global consultancy, what it's like being a consultant on a new project, his books, and at the end, they talk a little bit about his experience as a self-published author. This interview was recorded on February 14, 2020. The full audio for the interview is here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/leanpub_podcasts/FM145-Michael-Rice-2020-02-14-1.02-1_01.mp3. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes here https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137 or add the podcast URL directly here: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.
Special Guest Alex Hillman is the founder of Indy Hall, a hugely successful coworking space in Philadelphia. Alex is a marketing communications and community-development consultant who works on product launching and community-building strategies through 30x500 and Stacking the Bricks, along with his business partner, Amy Hoy. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Alex about his background, the three waves of coworking, Indy Hall, the origin story of his collaboration with Amy Hoy, and many other things. This interview was recorded on February 13, 2020. The full audio for the interview is here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/leanpub_podcasts/FM144-Alex-Hillman-2020-02-13.mp3. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes here https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137 or add the podcast URL directly here: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.
Special Guest Chris Mattmann is the author of Machine Learning with TensorFlow, Second Edition. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Chris about his background, working at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, re-architecting the way NASA missions handled massive changes in the amount of data being gathered from instruments thanks to technological changes in the mid-2000s, about some fascinating NASA and DARPA projects he's worked on, the particular challenges of dealing with telemetry data, Kobe Bryant, and about his book and his experience as an author. This interview was recorded on February 10, 2020. The full audio for the interview is here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/leanpub_podcasts/FM143-Chris-Mattmann-2020-02-10.mp3. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes here https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137 or add the podcast URL directly here: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.
Mark Coker is the founder of Smashwords, the world's largest distributor of indie ebooks. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Mark about his background, how he got his start in PR, working with companies during periods of huge growth, what it takes to run a successful startup, his experience co-authoring a novel, the history of self-publishing, his motivation for setting up Smashwords and his passion for book publishing, and building Smashwords into the biggest distributor of independent ebooks in the world. This interview was recorded on January 22, 2020. The full audio for the interview is here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/leanpub_podcasts/FM142-Mark-Coker-2020-01-22.mp3. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes here https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137 or add the podcast URL directly here: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.
Ken Buckler is the author of the Leanpub book Hacking of the Free: Understanding Digital Threats to Democracy in the 21st Century. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Ken about his background, his first experience with a computer and his early development of an interest in cybersecurity, the importance of privacy when it comes to technology, the relationship between cyber attacks and social engineering, the vulnerabilities of voting machines in the United States, his book, and at the end, they talk a little bit about his experience as a self-published author. This interview was recorded on January 20, 2020. The full audio for the interview is here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/leanpub_podcasts/FM141-Ken-Buckler-2020-01-20.mp3. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes here https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137 or add the podcast URL directly here: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.
Marshall Poe is the founder of the New Books Network and author of How to Read a History Book: The Hidden History Of History. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Marshall about his background, how he got interested in Russian history, the development of the academic study of history in the United States and its German roots, Wikipedia and the collaborative nature of knowledge, and the creation and success of the New Books Network. This interview was recorded on December 12, 2019. The full audio for the interview is here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/leanpub_podcasts/FM140-Marshallt-Poe-2019-12-12.mp3. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes here https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137 or add the podcast URL directly here: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.
Nicholas Russo is the author of the Leanpub book Fifty Pieces of Gold: An Engineer's Musings on Business and Life. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Nick about what he's been up to since he last appeared on the podcast, becoming a father, getting into the challenging work of making technical training videos for some of the world's top training video providers, starting his own business, about his latest book, and at the end, they talk a little bit about his experience as a self-published author. This interview was recorded on December 10, 2019. The full audio for the interview is here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/leanpub_podcasts/FM139-Nicholas-Russo-2019-12-10.mp3. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes here https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137 or add the podcast URL directly here: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.
Aaron Sumner is the author of the Leanpub book Everyday Rails Testing with RSpec: A practical approach to test-driven development. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Aaron about his background, how he got into programming, the nature and importance of software testing, the origin of his blog, his book, getting your book translated, and at the end, they talk a little bit about his experience as a self-published author. This interview was recorded on November 26, 2019. The full audio for the interview is here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/leanpub_podcasts/FM138-Aaron-Sumner-2019-11-26.mp3. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes here https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137 or add the podcast URL directly here: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.
Tom Hombergs is the author of the Leanpub book Get Your Hands Dirty on Clean Architecture: A Hands-on Guide to Creating Clean Web Applications with Code Examples in Java. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Tom about his background, how he got into programming, the value of doing a year abroad in high school, switching jobs and moving to Australia, software architecture, his book, and at the end, they talk a little bit about his experience as a self-published author. This interview was recorded on November 20, 2019. The full audio for the interview is here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/leanpub_podcasts/FM137-Tom-Hombergs-2019-11-20.mp3. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes here https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137 or add the podcast URL directly here: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137. This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.
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