365. Sunrise, Sunset, and Behind the Scenes in Publishing: Hanging out with Abby Zidle

Abby Zidle and I had a candid chat at RWA in July, and we talked about everything. Abby is Associate Director of Marketing for Gallery Books, and is also a Senior Editor, as she worked in editorial for many many years. We talk about what’s changing in publishing and what’s changed over her career – from the process of writing and selling a book to the places you find that book in a store, or not.

What’s up with mass market? Trade? What does she love most about working in romance publishing. We are taking a 35,000-foot view here, and there’s a lot to discuss.

My favorite moment: “Your books and your life are so intertwined.”

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This Episode’s Music

Blackhouse by Peatbog FairiesOur music is provided by Sassy Outwater each week. This is the Peatbog Faeries album Blackhouse.

This track is called “The Dragon’s Apprentice.”

Anyway. You can find this album at Amazon, at iTunes, or wherever you like to buy your fine music.


Podcast Sponsor

Today’s podcast is sponsored by MUFF STUFF, Book 3 in THE MUFFIA series by Ann Royal Nicholas.

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Sarah launches a plan to save her house while building a baking goods empire, and before too long, things start looking up—her cookies are a hit, Nathaniel’s Ls are improving and she meets a handsome widower who makes her feel sexy for the first time in years. But when she foils a plot to steal her family’s adopted French Bulldog, and Muff Lauren’s Boston Terriers go missing in the middle of her Labor Day barbecue, it’s time for The Muffia to mobilize. With the assistance of a Palm Springs Magic Men Live! aficionado, a vengeful Pug owner and three Bichon Frises, the muffs set out to nab the nappers, and discover dog thieves come in surprising guises.

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Star Knight Errant: Thrust

Today’s podcast is sponsored by Star Knight Errant: Thrust by A.K. Shelley. If you like Celia Kyle and Anna Hackett, you’ll love this sci-fi romance filled with action and passion. When Martian Air Science Engineer Cass Hedley takes a dare to use her new Artificial Intelligence system for a night of erotic release, there’s only one man she can imagine spending time with—the legendary comic book hero Star Knight Errant. She imagines strong hands, hard abs, and bubble baths, but her black market AI has another idea—an illegal fight club that will only end in her sexy companion’s death…or hers.

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The Orange County Chapter of RWA gave this story The Charlotte Award for Emerging Writers in 2018, and author Anita Philmar says it “hits all the buttons to excite and thrill.”

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