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Fathers, Food & Memoir: How To Write & Market a Food Memoir with Dawn Lerman

Fathers, Food & Memoir with Dawn Lerman & Crystal-lee Quibell discusses how to write a memoir that includes recipes and family memories. Dawn also shares how she began writing for the New York Times as a food columnist & secured her literary agent. Dawn...

Green-light Your Book with Brooke Warner

Green-light Your Book with Brooke Warner and Crystal-Lee Quibell discusses how to navigate the publishing world as an indie author. How should you promote your work? Learn how to succeed in the new era of book publishing without breaking the bank. Brooke Warner is the...

The Truth of Memoir: Writing With Integrity with Memoirist, Kerry Cohen

Kerry Cohen and Crystal-Lee Quibell discuss The Truth About Memoir, how to write about yourself, and others, with honesty and integrity while honouring your own truth. What to expect from friends, family and the media when your memoir is published and how to navigate...

Inside The Publishing Mind with Bill Gladstone

Get a look Inside the Publishing Mind with founder of one of the largest literary agencies in North America, Bill Gladstone. Bill discusses what makes a book a best-seller, what your publisher expects from it’s authors and whether or not the six figure book deal is really a good thing for your long-term career as an author.

Why You Need A Literary Agent with Carly Watters

Why You Need A Literary Agent with Carly Watters was one of our most popular shows! Carly divulges why you need a literary agent, what she typically looks for in queries and how an agent can help you secure a book deal and build your author brand. You can listen to...

Finding Your Narrative Voice: Writing Your Memoir with Zoe Zolbrod

Finding Your Narrative voice with Zoe Zolbrod and Crystal-Lee Quibell discusses how to find your unique voice as a writer, the difference between writing fiction and memoir and what she’s learned as both a writer and editor for, The Rumpus. Zoe Zolbrod is the author...

Why You Need An Editor with Kelly Notaras

  Why do you need an editor? Kelly Notaras of KN Literary Arts  joined me on Literary Speaking to talk about the in's and out's of editing and getting your book prepared for querying. The full interview is also available on the Vividlife.me Radio Network. During...

My Hope For You…

My hope for you… If you’ve stumbled here from some unknown place and wonder what I could possibly want for you, well it’s simple really – I want you to want to live. I know what it’s like to want to die and feel like you’re in the worst place possible and there could...

A Carmel Book Mama Writing Retreat & Travel Review

I've wanted to write a book for as long as I can remember. I also have been a procrastinator for as long as I can remember. I have OCD, like actually diagnosed obsessive compulsive disorder along with ADD, attention deficit disorder and not just "Oh I'm so OCD"...

Navigating Book Auctions: An Author’s Bidding War Experience

Navigating Book Auctions, Katy Simpson Smith and Crystal-Lee Quibell discuss Katy’s experience as a best-selling author going into a book auction, how to navigate the negotiation process and what to expect when more than one publisher is interested in your work. Katy...

The Magic of Memoir

My first published essay is now available in the anthology, The Magic of Memoir: Inspiration for the Writer's Journey.