Indie Book Talk Podcast

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Explore the expanding universe of indie books. Find 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 fantasy and works of mythological weirdness, including Nothing’s Ever Lost, Near-Life Experience, and *soon* Assembling Ella (July 2021).

Shelley Shearer is a writer of cozy mysteries and urban fantasy. Look for her first novel, Menace at Meeple Manor, soon. It’s the first in the Board Game Cafe Mysteries series. In the meantime, read her work in the Black Market Anthology.

What we talk about:

  • Insight from indie authors
  • Indie book reviews
  • Guidance for publishing indie
  • The latest publishing news
  • NEW – On air critiques

Find us on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Breaker, Castbox, Google Podcasts, Overcast, Pocket Casts, RadioPublic…or your favorite podcast distributor.

Recent Episodes

  • 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 tale of zombies, sarcasm, and the will to create something great. Burning Bulb Publishing: Uncle John is a Zombie:
  • 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 shares his thoughts on his hometown of Cape Town, South Africa  and why most forms of social media are terrible. Nichola's website:
  • 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 cursed. Can they use science and technology to break the spell and save their kingdoms? That's the question author Emma Jean explores in this mind-expanding middle grade fantasy […]
  • 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 partnered with Burning Bulb Productions to turn her indie book into an indie movie. Michelle's Facebook – @authormichellebowser Burning Bulb Productions – The Desk Clerk on Amazon Video […]
  • 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 pantser, or something in between. Listen for tips on how to create 3-dimensional characters your readers will love. Mentioned in this episode:  Creepy Lucinda – Assembling Ella – […]

Be a Guest or Get Reviewed

Are you an indie author? Would you like us to review your book? We’re looking for entertaining works of fiction in all genres. See book submission guidelines in the *important* note below.

NEW! Get honest, helpful feedback on your work in progress. We’ll read up to 3000 words and provide a thoughtful, writer’s group style critique on our podcast. Plus, you’ll get our written notes to reference as you revise.

Want to be a guest? If you are an indie author or you work with them and have insight to share, we’d love to have you as a guest. We’re looking for:

  • publisher
  • editor
  • designer
  • bookkeeper
  • attorney
  • publicists
  • book marketers
  • social media managers
  • etc.

See our guest application below ⬇️ .

Get Reviewed

Important: We only review indie books, that is, books published by small press, hybrid press, or indie authors.

Books must be fiction. We prefer fantasy, sci-fi, and mystery, but will happily read any fiction genre. We don’t publish negative reviews, so even if your book is accepted, there’s a chance it won’t end up on the show.

Please query before sending any books, drafts, or manuscripts.

Submitting for On Air Critique: Include the phrase “On Air Critique” in the title field. Include a link to a Google Doc or Dropbox doc in the Where Can We Find It? field.

Use this form to submit books for review or sections for on air critique

Be a Guest