Monday, January 14, 2019

Bestseller: A Self-Publishing Podcast by Reedsy

IWSG once again welcomes Reedsy with a information-packed Podcast. Meet a former CEO who reveals her journey from Nike executive to novelist.

A survey once suggested that 81% of Americans have a book in them that they want to write and publish. This podcast is for them. Tracking former sportswear CEO Shaz Kahng’s first foray into self-publishing, Bestseller: A Self-Publishing Podcast by Reedsy aims to help aspiring novelists on the same path. Listen early on the Reedsy website today. Debuts on all podcatchers December 13, 2018.
About the Show
Bestseller is a storytelling podcast that follows the publication of an author’s first novel from start to finish in its first 7 episode miniseries. Each “chapter” runs 20-25 minutes and takes a deep dive into a different step of Shaz’s journey from Nike GM to self-published novelist.

Since 2014, publishing marketplace Reedsy has helped bring over 5,000 books to life by connecting authors with the industry’s top professionals. Now, they are launching their first podcast to help guide the next debut author through this journey. 

"There are plenty of podcasts out there for authors who are already self-publishing," said Casimir M. Stone, host and producer of Bestseller. "But rarely do they get into how the authors got to that point. That progression from having ‘a book in you’ to having a title that people are buying on Amazon — that’s what I think writers want to know more about.”
About the Story
Shaz Kahng was a boss in every sense of the word — the former general manager of Nike Cycling, the CEO of Lucy Activewear, and a new mother to twin girls. But she also had something else: an urge to get her life’s story down on paper.

Her debut novel The Closer was inspired by her own rise through the ranks of a male-dominated industry. Bringing this story from conception to publication took Kahng a multitude of drafts, editors, agents, and years. “In writing her book, Shaz ran into some of the very same barriers that she faced as an executive,” said Stone. “Those parallels between her life’s story, the story she’s written, and her story of bringing it to publication — I think that’s what makes Shaz such a captivating subject for this show.”

Release Schedule
The first season of Bestseller launched on December 13, 2018 @ Noon EST with the first three episodes: 

“Prologue: What is a Prologue?”
“Chapter 1: The Writing Process.”
“Chapter 2: Acquiring an Editor.”

Subsequent episodes will drop on Tuesday @ Noon EST through the end of the first season (7 episodes in total):

“Chapter 3: Deal or No Deal.” (Dec. 18)
“Chapter 4: The Design Stage.” (Dec. 25)
“Chapter 5: Going to Market.” (Jan. 1)
“Epilogue: What is an Epilogue?” (Jan. 8)

Casimir M. Stone, Host
Writer and podcaster-in-chief at Reedsy.

Shaz Kahng, Subject
Apparel chief executive, global consulting partner, builder of e-businesses, brand strategist, author.

Are you up for hearing more podcasts like this one? What is your response to Shaz Kahng's take on going from idea to published book?


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That's a good podcast for any writer!

Pat Hatt said...

Podcasts with great knowledge are a win indeed.

Fundy Blue said...

Thanks for the informative post, Lee. I haven't listened to many podcasts, but this looks like a good place to jump in.

Gina Gao said...

Informative podcasts are the best.

cleemckenzie said...

Podcasts seem to be on the rise in popularity. I'd like to know more about them.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I like that chapter 2 is about getting an editor. That is SO important, especially when you self-pub.