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The trusted source for indie authors and/or publishers who aspire to be — or already are — changemakers. Your podcast hosts are Boni and John Wagner-Stafford of Ingenium Books. Publishing bi-weekly. Learn more at www.ingeniumbookspodcast.com. 

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Are you a self-published author, pouring your heart and soul into your book only to face the heartbreak of returns? Picture this: a cautionary tale of a publisher forced to pay back royalties on a staggering 25,000 returned copies. The publishing industry is like a consignment store, where that initial sale to a bookstore is just the beginning of a risky ride. But fear not, because in this captivating episode, we unravel the secrets of protecting yourself financially, setting aside a reserve ...
In this riveting episode of The Ingenium Books Podcast, author Ivan Scott defies the odds as he shares his journey through more than 300 rejections from traditional publishers, overcoming dyslexia, and achieving his dreams. With his mantra of "find a way or find an excuse," Ivan's story and positive attitude will inspire you no matter what obstacles you face in your author journey. "With dyslexia, I have to go from A to B, over to C, then to D, then to E and F. Oh, okay, now I'm where I ...
Author Kathy Wagner (no relation to the hosts) shares her journey to a traditional publishing offer, revealing the challenges of gaining media attention and recognition for her memoir, along with the joy of achieving what she had set out to do. Kathy's story shows us the value of perseverance, and teaches us that there is virtually no path to publishing that doesn't involve some hard work on behalf of the author. Listen as Kathy explores the opportunities and frustrations of being a new ...
If you're feeling frustrated and overwhelmed by your lack of book sales, despite your efforts to utilize email marketing, then you are not alone. Many authors find themselves stuck in a cycle of sending out newsletters, freebies, and promotional emails, only to see minimal results. Instead of seeing increased book sales and stronger connections with readers, you may be experiencing low open rates, unresponsive subscribers, and a sense of wasted time and energy."Email is the most overlooked ma...
Do you aspire to be a TEDx speaker? Are you eager to achieve the desired outcome of becoming a captivating presenter on the TEDx stage? Look no further. In this episode, our esteemed guest, Ingenium Books' author Marjorie Aunos, shares her invaluable insights on how to navigate the process of becoming a TEDx speaker. With her expertise, you can unlock the key to becoming a compelling TEDx speaker and realize your dream of captivating audiences worldwide.Every time I spoke, I felt more empower...
Join us as we delve into the world of book launch events with author Colleen Clark. Discover the secrets to creating a successful and impactful event, filled with symbolism, intention, and collaboration. Don't miss this story of the book launch event to top all book launch events. I've always been aware that we can't do things on our own. This book launch was an opportunity to celebrate and acknowledge all of us, because we're part of a collective that makes things possible. - Colleen Cl...
So, you've written the first draft of your book? Yay! Congratulations! But...does that mean it's ready to go to your editor? Does that mean it's ready for publishing? NO! On this episode we're talking about your first round of self-editing, and we're going to lay out a process and an approach to help you get from here to there. I'm with Amie McCracken for this conversation. Amie is a publishing director, author, editor, typesetter, and proofreader. "Break down the daunting editing...
Are you prepared to challenge how you think about your writer's voice? If you think, as I did before this podcast interview, that your writer's voice is mainly how your personality shows through, you're in for a surprise. It's true that our "writing voice" is how we "sound" in our writing, or the persona your reader detects as they read your words. But it's also more than that. My new understanding is all thanks to the newest book by Anne Janzer, called The Writer's Voice. In the introduction...
Join us as David Morris, an independent publisher, shares his insights on the importance of understanding sales data and effectively communicating it to authors. But what happens when an author receives unexpected sales feedback that leaves them questioning their future in the industry? Find out in this episode of The Ingenium Books Podcast."In this small publishing environment, you have the opportunity to fix things. You can create a new model. You can work more quickly. I can pass more mone...
In a world where indie authors often face countless rejections, one woman dared to dream differently. Andrea Wehlann, a yoga teacher and author, developed an ingenious way to infiltrate the elusive world of bookstores. To date, she's held book signings or other book-related events at a whopping ten bookstores! But it wasn't just her enchanting words or incredible covers that captured the attention of book store owners. It was her approach. As we delve into her journey, we uncover the secret b...
Meet Corrina Grace, the changemaker who, we believe, has shattered the mold. From her early career as an engineer in Australia, to founder of a Central American nonprofit organization called Seres, Corrina’s passion for climate justice took her on an unexpected journey — to Guatemala, where she had a realization that changemaking had become elitist, something the wealthy and powerful think they must do for those they believe are not powerful and disenfranchised. Corrina’s book, The...
Are you struggling to get media coverage to promote your books and grow your author platform? When you do get the coverage, are you frustrated by media interviews that don't generate the traction you want? We've brought in internationally recognized, award winning public relations expert Tracy Lamourie to help you crack the media code and establish yourself as a thought leader in your field. In this podcast, you'll discover:How to prepare for and maximize every in...
Have you ever heard these myths about writing for the page versus writing for the screen? Myth number one: All you have to do is adapt your novel into a screenplay. Myth number two: Screenwriting is easier because you don't have to worry about descriptions or internal thoughts. And myth number three: Writing for the page requires more creativity than writing for the screen. In this episode, we have the pleasure of hosting Laura Elliott, a seasoned author and screenwriter, who will debunk thes...
In this episode, Jane Friedman shares valuable advice on publishing and marketing for authors. Discover how to find your book buying audience, plan successful book launches, and the role of literary agents. But what happens when an author engages a non-book buying audience? Find out in this episode...In this second of a two-part interview, we welcome Jane Friedman, a publishing industry expert with extensive knowledge in author marketing and a renowned editor within the industry. Jane is the ...
Have you heard these myths about the impact of AI on the publishing industry? Myth #1: AI will replace authors, leaving them without a job. Myth #2: AI-generated content will flood the market, making it difficult for publishers to stand out. Myth #3: AI will eliminate the need for human creativity in writing. Join us in this episode as we debunk these myths and get to the truth about the impact of AI on authors and publishers. Our guest, Jane Friedman, an expert in the publishing industry, wi...
Do you want your listeners to be fully immersed in your audiobooks? Do you want them to experience the emotions of the story on a deeper level? We have the solution for you. In this episode, John Wagner-Stafford will be sharing his expertise on how to create dramatized audiobooks with original music and sound effects. The result is improved emotional immersion for your listeners, allowing them to feel like they are a part of the story. Join us as we uncover the secrets to creating compelling ...
Ingenium Books is back with another podcast episode, discussing the challenge of finding time to write and be creative. But what happens when you prioritize the wrong things and forget about your own self-care? Join hosts Boni and John Wagner Stafford as they share their personal morning habits that have transformed their energy levels, focus, and joy in their work and creativity. But what surprising, life-changing moment prompted their commitment to self-care? Find out in this episode.In thi...
Dr. Jack Rocco confronts the complexities of adoption and its aftermath through his compelling memoir, Recycled, aiming to understand and accept the irregularities of his life while urging society to rethink how we approach each adoption case.Do you long for a deeper understanding of yourself and your past? Are you an adoptee struggling to process traumatic experiences? Have you considered writing a memoir? As a tool for self-discovery and healing, memoir writing can help you gain insight int...
Join us as we delve into the anatomy of a Wall Street Journal bestseller campaign with publisher Boni Wagner-Stafford and publishing manager Nancy Cavillones. Discover the strategy and hard work involved in achieving this prestigious milestone for authors.In this episode, you will:Learn the insider secrets to becoming a Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author and an indie author powerhouse. Create an outstanding book launch team and develop a result-oriented content strategy. Underst...
Are you tired of feeling like your writing is falling flat? Have you been told to show, don't tell without ever really understanding what that means or how to do it effectively? If so, you're not alone. Do you want to take your writing to the next level with a perfect balance of showing and telling? Look no further! Marie Beswick-Arthur and Amie McCracken have the solution to enhance your storytelling with a harmonious blend of descriptive details and narrative clarity. Get ready to mas...
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