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

  • Fans of urban fantasy adventure stories will love this urban fantasy series by Nicholas Woode-Smith. Part-Time Monster Hunter is a little bit Buffy the Vampire Slayer, a little bit Harry Potter in college, with just a touch of iZombie thrown in for good measure. Get all the details in this indie book review. 
  • In this hilarious interview, E.G. Creel tells us how she wrote The Immortal despite the distractions of being a full-time caregiver and the challenges of her dyslexia. Plus, she shares her first-hand experience of the Kindle Vella platform and offers tips on how to get your book into your local Barnes & Noble.  E.G.'s website: […]
  • Are there rules for writing the first draft of your novel or short story? Yes and no. Emma and Shelley share the one unbreakable rule for writing the first draft in this session of Indie Book Class. 
  • Mark Harbinger author of The Be(k)nighted: The Untold Origin of the Precept, tells us about writing a superhero who has been diagnosed with schizophrenia. He shares his thoughts on how to write multi-dimensional characters with psychological disorders and why the experience made him more empathetic toward those in his own family affected by the disorder. […]
  • Dominic Martell won the author lottery. Twenty years after his traditional publisher dropped his Pascual Rose series, an indie press approached him with an offer too good to refuse. They wanted to resurrect his series and bring Pascual back for more adventures. Listen in as this author of geopolitical thrillers talks about writing a post-cold […]

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