Indie Book Talk Podcast

Show Trailer – “What we talk about when we talk about indie books

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

  • 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 reading list. See all the books:
  • 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 start their own publishing house. His website:
  • Gerald Dean Rice shares strategies for writing anywhere and staying on track toward your writing goals. He also talks about how compiling his collection of short stories and poetry revealed something about himself he hadn't realized before, and how anxiety both hinders and helps his writing practice.  Gerald's website:
  • 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. Also, listen for a special guest appearance from Emma's dog Teddy.  Learn more:
  • 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 dystopian to fundraising projects, Shanti does it all. Hear how she does it. Shanti's website:

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