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#324 – Publicity for Indie Authors with Halima Khatun

Kobo Writing Life Podcast

Release Date: 08/22/2023

#343 – From Romance Reader to Romance Author with Bal Khabra show art #343 – From Romance Reader to Romance Author with Bal Khabra

Kobo Writing Life Podcast

In this episode, we are joined by Vancouver-based Bal Khabra, debut author of hockey romance novel Collide! Bal started out as an avid reader of romance and reviewer of romance titles, and after reading over 150 romance novels in one year, decided she was ready to write one! That novel, Collide, was picked up and published by Penguin Random House after starting out as a self-published work. We can’t wait to see what Bal writes next! We talked about Bal’s writing journey, her beginnings on Wattpad, how she utilizes social media and what happened when her book went viral on TikTok,...

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#342 – Academics and Authorship with Patrick E. Horrigan show art #342 – Academics and Authorship with Patrick E. Horrigan

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In this episode, we spoke with Patrick E. Horrigan, academic and author of , published by . Since recording this episode, was shortlisted for the category. Congratulations, Patrick! Patrick is also the author of two other novels, plays, essays, and more. He and taught literature for twenty-five years at LIU Brooklyn, and was a previous winner of Long Island University’s David Newton Award for Excellence in Teaching, among many other accolades. We had a great time talking to Patrick about his career as an author, his history in academia, his past experiences at Columbia and LIU Brooklyn...

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#341 – Accessibility Tips for Indie Authors with Jeff Adams and Michele Lucchini show art #341 – Accessibility Tips for Indie Authors with Jeff Adams and Michele Lucchini

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In this episode, we are joined by Jeff Adams and Michele Lucchini, online and digital accessibility experts who work at UsableNet, whose goal is to “make the digital world more accessible and usable.” Jeff and Michele recently wrote and published their first book together, an amazing guide to all things digital accessibility, ! Jeff is the Accessibility Operations Direct at UsableNet, as well as a queer romance author and podcaster. Michele is Vice President of Delivery and Accessibility Operations at UsableNet, and has over twenty-three years of experience working with accessibility...

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#340 – Writing a Road Trip Romance Novel with Alison Cochrun show art #340 – Writing a Road Trip Romance Novel with Alison Cochrun

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In this episode, we are joined by author Alison Cochrun, writer of the best-selling romance novels and . Her latest work, , is a “new queer rom-com following once childhood best friends forced together to drive their former teacher across the country.” is available now from Simon & Schuster Canada! We had a great time hearing about Alison’s journey to becoming an author after being a full-time high school English teacher, the ups and downs of publishing, being inspired to write a story based on personal experience, how Alison incorporates humour into her books, how she writes...

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#339 – Plotting a Dark Romance Novel with J. L. Drake show art #339 – Plotting a Dark Romance Novel with J. L. Drake

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In this week’s episode, we spoke to Jodi Drake, a bestselling author who writes multiple series under the name J.L. Drake! Jodi’s series span over thirty books, and these include the , , and her latest, , which begins with – available to read now! For more info on her series, check out her . Jodi spoke to us about her writing career, writing dark romance, what drew her to dark romance, how she plots her novels, how she uses her “murder board” to keep track of all her characters and plotlines, and much, much more! Jodi gave us many great insights into what it’s like being a...

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#338 – Writing Women's Action-Adventure Novels with Bethany Maines show art #338 – Writing Women's Action-Adventure Novels with Bethany Maines

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In this episode, we spoke to award-winning author Bethany Maines, whose romance-fuelled action-adventure novels include and , among many others. Bethany is a multi-genre author who has written in many genres and sub-genres, including action-adventure, mystery and suspense, science fiction and paranormal romance. She’s also a hybrid author who has experience working with traditional publishing houses as well as independently publishing her work! And, further, she has also written short stories and screenplays, including a screenplay that was recently turned into a short film. Bethany had a...

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#337 – Marketing Advice for Indie Authors with Kiki Chatfield show art #337 – Marketing Advice for Indie Authors with Kiki Chatfield

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In this episode, we are joined by Kiki Chatfield, CEO and founder of . Kiki spoke with us about her PR company, why she founded it, her best marketing tips for authors, the conference she runs, , and so much more! Kiki is always open to hearing from readers and authors alike and is enthusiastic about helping others as much as she can. She had so much great advice to offer during our conversation. If you’re interested in scheduling a free 15-minute chat with Kiki to see what she and The Next Step PR can do for you, check out her booking calendar ! Kiki recently celebrated her 10th year...

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#336 – Mental Health, Queer Narratives and More with Emily Austin show art #336 – Mental Health, Queer Narratives and More with Emily Austin

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In this episode, we are joined by best-selling Canadian author Emily Austin, whose debut novel was nominated for the Stephen Leacock Award for Humour, to discuss her latest release, ! This title is available today and was one of our top reads of last year – we were so grateful to received ARCs of this must-read new release. Emily also has a poetry collection, Gay Girl Prayers, coming out next year, so be sure to add that one to your TBR list, too! is available now from Simon & Schuster Canada and wherever you get your books, eBook and otherwise! We spoke to Emily about her writing...

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#335 – Writing Best-Selling Hockey Romance with Becka Mack show art #335 – Writing Best-Selling Hockey Romance with Becka Mack

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In this episode, we are joined by best-selling author of the book series that became a TikTok sensation, ! is a steamy, romantic hockey romance trilogy that have taken Booktok (the bookish side of TikTok) by storm. We were so excited to talk to Becka and hear all about her writing journey, the realities of both self-publishing and traditional publishing, and, of course, to get a sneak peek at what she’s working on next. Not only that, but we talked about her publishing journey, her path to becoming a writer, hockey romance, writing hockey romance as a Canadian, discussions of our...

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#334 – All About Writing Retreats with Lisa Shaughnessy show art #334 – All About Writing Retreats with Lisa Shaughnessy

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In this episode, we are joined by Lisa Shaughnessy, founder of and creator of . The Writing Retreat Sampler is a series of virtual events that help writers find writing retreats that best suit their writing and publishing goals, and The Writing Retreat Directory is a free directory that features more info on writing retreats across the globe! We have a great conversation with Lisa about all things to do with writing retreats, and how writing retreats can really be a boon to authors. Lisa also tells us how she started her business, what inspired her to create a writing retreat directory,...

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In this episode, we spoke with Halima Khatun, PR consultant, former broadcast journalist, and author of the new non-fiction title Priceless Publicity, a book full of useful information for independent writers looking to improve their publicity and media coverage output! Halima is also the author of several highly praised rom-coms, including her award-winning debut novel, The Secret Diary of an Arranged Marriage. Her work has been featured in Huffington Post, Metro, Business Advice and StartupNation, and we can't wait to see what she writes next.

Halima shared some amazing advice regarding editing, book blurbs, writing (and lengthening) a series, writing a rom-com (and its sequels), and, of course, garnering publicity for your work! If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about publicity and PR for indie authors, this is the episode for you.

Learn more about Halima via her website, and follow her on Facebook and Instagram.