Science Fiction Author, Academic Tony Ballantyne ep92

Tony Ballantyne is the author of Dream London, the Penrose series and the Recursion series. He has also written many short stories. Recursion, his first novel, was published by Tor UK in 2004. He has been nominated for the BSFA and Philip K Dick awards.

He now lives in Oldham with his wife and two children. His hobbies are playing the piano, accordion and cornet. He also enjoys walking and cycling.

He is the author of Dream Paris, the follow up to Dream London, and is working on series of stories set in the Recursion universe.

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Links Mentioned in the discussion

Tony’s amazon author page

Tony’s post: using emacs for writing

Tonys author website

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Shilpa Gupta : From an Investment Banker to an Author ep91

Shilpa Gupta is an investment banker turned author.We talk about her book writing, time management, her books, and much more. She is the wife of Sriram Subramaniam, who has been a past guest on MyKitaab Podcast.

About Shilpa

A Chemical Engineer from IIT Roorkee and an MBA from IIM Ahmedabad, Shilpa has 13 years work experience in Investment Banking. During this period, she was ranked among the top Indian financial analysts by Asia Money, a leading international publication. At present she is a member of the national CII committee on ‘Ethics in Healthcare’.
Shilpa took a break from her active corporate career to follow her passion for writing. She is an original thinker and writer who has got the pulse of the modern India which makes the readers connect to her writing. Her first work of fiction ‘Ananya – A Bittersweet Journey’ published by Rupa Publications, dealt with the socially taboo subject of teenage pregnancy. The book received both popular and critical acclaim and is part of several leading educational institutes.
‘Double or Quits’, her second book, being published by Jaico, is a path breaking novel as it is the first corporate crime thriller in India with a female protagonist. Through Jyotsna’s journey, Shilpa brings out the constant struggle to find the right balance between emotions and practicality, aspirations and values, short term gains and sustainable life. Shilpa has deep insight of the corporate dynamics & stock markets and this makes Double or Quits a promising read.
Shilpa has been been a speaker, moderator and panellist at several literary and corporate events and an active member of various writer groups.

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Links and Resources

Shilpa’s Facebook Author Page
Shilpa’s Books on

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How to Write and Publish 7 Bestselling Books- Paul Brodie ep 90

Paul Brodie is a Seven time Amazon bestselling author. He believes believes that books should be inexpensive, straightforward, direct, and not have a bunch of fluff. Each of his books were created to solve problems including living a healthy lifestyle, increasing motivation, improving positive thinking, traveling to amazing destinations, and helping authors publish and market their books. What makes Paul’s books different is his ability to explain complex ideas and strategies in a simple, accessible way that you can implement immediately.
Paul is lifelong learner and educator and earned an M.A. in Teaching from Louisiana College and B.B.A. in Management from the University of Texas at Arlington.In his spare time he loves to read and write books, travel (especially to Maui and Las Vegas), and is an avid sports fan.

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Links and References

Fiction Writing, Podcasting and Book Marketing with Tim Lewis- ep 89

In this episode, I interview Tim Lewis, who is an author and the host of the Begin Self Publishing Podcast. We talk about book writing during nanowrimo, book marketing, and social media.

About the guest

Tim Lewis is the host of the Begin Self-Publishing Podcast and the author of three science-fiction books and two fantasy books.He shares his struggles with publishing and interviews experts in the world of self-publishing to try and understand better what to do.

Read more about Tim’s story here.

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Ways to Contact Tim

Tim’s Podcast: Begin Self Publishing Podcast
Twitter: Stoneham Press
Instagram: Stoneham Press


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How to Use Project Management for your Writing Career: Rachel Amphlett ep 88

Rachel Amplhett is an author originally from the UK but now living in Australia. Her most recent book, Scared to Death, was published in December 2016.

In this interview, we talk about Rachel’s bookwriting journey, importance of cash flow for authors, writing productivity, and the highlight of the discussion was how to use Project Management (scheduling, planning, budgeting) for managing your writing career.

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To learn more about Rachel’s books

Rachel’s Author Website
Rachel’s Amazon Author Page

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How to Discover Virtual Freedom: Leigh Martinuzzi ep 87

Leigh Martinuzzi is The Hidden Why Guy. He has published his book Virtual Freedom in January 2017, and we talk about his book writing process and book marketing.

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About The Guest:
Leigh is an expert in lifestyle design. He helps people go from living a life they hate to living a life they love. His assists people via speaking, coaching, writing and podcasting.Having a corporate background in senior executive positions for various multi-national companies such as ALDI and Masters, Leigh realised that it wasn’t the life he wanted.Leigh made a decision and decided to design his life to give him more freedom, fulfilment and happiness. He has successfully transitioned from a dissatisfying existence to life with greater purpose.Now he pays forward what he has learnt to help other people do the same.


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Publishing Stories with Sweek – Sabine Van Der Plas ep86

Sweek is an app for publishing, reading, and sharing stories. I came to know about Sweek through Instagram, and thought of reaching out to them. Sabine Van Der Plas, Marketing Manager and Co-Founder, tells us the history of this app: How this idea came about, the road to product development, the genres that are popular. She also tells us about geographies (such as Latin America) and languages (such as Spanish) that are popular. Sabine also mentions about the storytelling contests that they organize. Their most recent storytelling competition can be found here.

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How to Publish Your Books Through PublishDrive: Kinga Jentetics ep85

Kinga Jentetics is the Co-Founder of PublishDrive. In this interview, she tells us about the story behind the founding of her company, and gives an overview of the startup: from the bookstores that they serve, to payment methods. Kinga also provides information on the profile of authors and readers, and also which genre(s) are doing well on the platform.

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Kinga Jentetics is the CEO and founder of PublishDrive, the most intelligent ebook publishing platform powered by BI. Kinga gained international experience in working at Zurich Financial Services in Switzerland, but she saw an opportunity in the publishing industry with her co-founders after publishing her master thesis in ebook version. Kinga applied her experiences about digital transition in the music industry to book publishing to let content reach its global audience in an intelligent way. PublishDrive’s goal to increase ebook sales globally with a simple to use interface powered by business intelligence to let publishers focus on their most important job: creating beautiful content.

Kinga besides her passion to publishing is engaged in women entrepreneurship by encouraging young girls and women to make a difference. Kinga was selected to Next Generation Women leaders by McKinsey, 100 Female Founders by The Hundert mentioned on and she was recently nominated for Forbes 30 under 30 Europe list.



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How to use Agile and Scrum for Writing Books: Lancer Kind, ep 84

Lancer Kind is an author form the United States and for the last seven years he has delivered consulting services in China as well as the USA, and has spoken at Agile conferences in the US, China, and India. He’s a publishing author of science fiction and a project management comic series called Scrum Noir which made the Amazon best seller list for a week.

We talk about his bookwriting journey and specifically, how authors can use principled of Agile project management and Scrum for bookwriting. You can read Lancer’s Bio here.

You can Listen to lancer’s Interview, and his book Agile Noir by clicking below


  • Lancer Kind is the author’s pen name. He began writing since he was in grade 3 or 4. he was also an avid reader since his childhood.

When professionals who are not full time authors, write their first novel, it will typically be a fiction related to their profession.

  • He has published several short stories. He believes that one of the best way of getting good at something is to keep trying and failing, an trying again. Short stories help in developing a habit of repetition.

My Day job is writing, my hobby is the work I do to pay bills

  • Agile and Scrum and Project Management processes used in IT. Sources: Agile is a philosophy, Scrum lists the steps to complete the work.
  • Lancer has written script for a science fiction movie project. He met the producer of this film while he was in China, titled Miss Weisenheimer and The Aliens.
  • Agile Noir is the story of a project manager whose life and work are going nowhere. He meets a Rishi who becomes an Agile consultant for the protagonist, and finally is able to succeed both in his life and his work.

    Special offer for MyKitaab Podcast Listeners: Follow this link  to get 40% off on Print copy of Agile Noir.

Quirky Fact:

Lancer wrote parts of his book when he was undergoing treatment in China. He learnt to write with his left hand.

Resources and Links:

Lancer’s Author Website

Lancer’s Amazon Author Page 

Agile Noir Blog

How to Write,Publish Illustrated Children’s Books: Brandon Cullum ep 82

Brandon Cullum is a children’s book author and illustrator and author of the #1 Amazon Bestseller: “Alfred the Time Traveling Dinosaur, his other books include Alphabet Fruit and Vinny The Soccer Playing Dinosaur. In this interview, we talk about writing for Kids, illustrations and editing process for kids’ books, book marketing, and finally, why publishing’s gain is NASA’s loss.

Ways to Connect with Brandon

Brandon’s Author Website
Goodreads Author Page
Twitter: @brcullum

Publishing News from India

  • New Delhi World Book Fair will be organized from January 7th to 15th, 2017. This annual event is the biggest book fair in India.
  • The impact of Amazon opening up Kindle for Indian languages including Marathi, Tamil, Malyalam will unravel in the times to come: From The Viewsroom: Kindling Disruption (Hindu Business Line, 3 Jan 2017)

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