Messenger: When the Messages Can't Wait! w/ Liz Keller Whitehurst
April 15, 2022
Hosted by Diane Dewey
What happens when an author, Liz Keller Whitehurst, has written an exciting book, Messenger, that hasn't yet found its publishing home? The clock is ticking. The author gets itchy and she begins to wonder: Maybe there's another way? Liz has her book read and recorded professionally with gorgeous sound accompaniment, and releases it by episode as a series of podcasts. And the world starts to listen, and listen, and listen some more. Until our author realises that she has discovered a way that Messenger was perhaps meant to be released. Its widespread popularity translated to over a thousand downloads. And then, Warner Publishing had the wisdom to realize that many readers still want to hold a beautiful book in their hands, and that Messenger could be transformed once again. Hear Liz Whitehurst document the journey that has the publishing world's attention and has captivated the imagination of authors and readers everywhere. As Liz writes of her subject: A Slight Swerve That Changes Everything “You know that message everybody’s been waiting for their whole lives, as long as they can remember? They’ve looked for it in the mail, e-mail, text, letter, in every book or magazine they’ve ever read. On billboards. In others’ faces. Well, I bring that message. That’s my job. It’s up to me. That’s why I came.” From Messenger’s Composition Book, MESSENGER We'll find out how Liz created the slight swerve that changed everything for her; how she intuited what needed to be done, and how she did it. Delving into the query of if Messenger has more messages and how we'll find them, Drop In this week. Its a Godsend!
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Drop in to the dream of becoming an author. How does the book publishing business actually work? If you’re ready to tell your story, what’s the best way to do it? Do you need help crafting this tale? What about workshopping – is that helpful? When are you ready to show your work to a developmental or copy editor? The time may be now. If you’ve finished your manuscript, what are the next steps? Place your book in the context of the marketplace and decide, who is your audience? What’s the best platform to publish your work? Podcast, electronic or paper bound book? Are you well-versed in developing your book proposal? That means having your agent pitch down. Once you’ve secured an agent, what’s the optimal venue to get your book published, with all the support it needs to be seen and heard in media outlets? Whether through traditional, hybrid, indie presses, or a combination, we’ll bring you the experts in the fields of book coaching, agenting, editing, legal advice, publishing, and publicists, plus resources on the craft of writing. No matter what route you take, your best bet is to get educated. Drop in to how stories are made. In the end, we’ll all become stories. —Margaret Atwood
My most pressing question has always been about identity: Who am I? Growing up near Philadelphia with my adoptive family, my genetic identity was hidden. Then, my Swiss biological father, Otto, contacted me when I was age forty-seven in 2002. I’d been told by my adoptive parents that my biological parents were dead, supposedly to protect me. Meeting Otto upended my life. Through him, I met my German biological mother’s family to discover that her story too, had been changed; that she’d not wanted to surrender me and she’d searched for me all her life. Finding my truth was essential.
Based on my experience I am excited to talk to people about their own search for identity. My education includes a BA from Villanova University, a certificate from the Art Institute of Philadelphia and a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling from Capella University. I’ve worked for The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The SoHo Partnership and the National Academy of Design and have studied writing through New York University’s Continuing Education program. As an entrepreneur, I founded my art appraisal business, The Realization of Art in 2006. My non-fiction writing has been published in Shared Space, a monograph, and in Artes online magazine. Writing workshops worldwide have given me the chance to learn and hone my craft. My first book, “Fixing the Fates,” was awarded the National Non-Fiction Author’s Association Silver Medal and the Living Now Award.