Hbook Podcast 1.20 - Self Publishing and the Selfie Sweepstakes

Podcast the twentieth in which Siân and Roger chat about self-published books and reviewing (and conversation may or may not briefly derail into talk about Independence Day and the Bourne movies).

Books we talk about

Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird
Carl-Johan Forssén Ehrlin, The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep
Stephenie Meyer, Twilight (y’all heard me ask, right?)
Hugh Howey, Wool (Hugh Laurie is the actor)
Andy Weir, The Martian
Scott Westerfeld, Uglies
John Smelcer, Stealing Indians

Roger’s new book series (wink wink)

The Duck that Didn’t Want to Wake Up
The Chimpanzee that Didn’t Want to Eat Breakfast
The Dalmatian Who Wouldn’t Do His Homework

People we talk about

Eugene Yelchin
Karen Boss
Debbie Reese
Zetta Elliott (The Writer’s Page: Decolonizing the Imagination)
Paula Fox
Claire Gross
Lana Popović

Publishing houses we talk about

Holiday House
Random House
Simon & Schuster

An open letter to the self-published author feeling dissed
Challenge to self-publishers
An Open Letter to Critics Who Won’t Review Self-Published Books
No, I don’t want to read your self-published book
“I don’t want to read your self-published book”
Board Book Roundup: 2016 Edition
Debbie Reese and John Smelcer
Read Roger from 2008 about Debbie Reese and John Smelcer's claim

Selfie Sweepstakes reviews:
Tom Neely and Sharad Kumar, Mary-Ellen O’Keefe’s Word-Speaking Diet
Chris EbochBandits Peak
Michelle R. Eastman and Kevin RichterThe Legend of Dust Bunnies
Sandra Tayler and Angela Call, The Strength of Wild Horses
Patrick T. McBriarty and Johanna H. KimDrawbridges Open and Close
Marty KelleyA Cape!
Darcy Pattison and Rich DavisKell and the Detectives
Siân Gaetano
Siân Gaetano
Siân Gaetano is assistant editor for The Horn Book, Inc. Follow her on Twitter @KidLitChick.

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