Welcome to Author Chats

Do you want to learn from other authors who have walked the journey?

Hear from fellow authors and industry experts on their experiences of an author's journey.

When I started writing, I had no clue what I was doing. I knew that I wanted to transform my life, but I did not want to make masses of mistakes. 


So I started asking questions and devouring as much training material as I could. 


In this section, I chat to other authors and industry experts to help you gain insight to how to improve your author career.

Author Chats with Disability Awareness Books - with Jann Weeratunga

In this edition, I chat with author Jann Weeratunga on Disability awareness and bullying awareness. Jann is a champion for educating kinds about disability and bullying with the books she writes. Jann writes books with a purpose, and she makes a significant impact with her work. She also visits schools and talks with children. I asked Jann for some advice for parents with kids who have disabilities or who are being bullied. If you want to contact Jann, you can reach her through her website. Her books are also on Amazon. When you buy Jann’s books via the link below, you are helping to support Jann in her work and this channel. If you have a story to share with the world to help create awareness, Jann’s advice is to never give up. Jan’s website: http://www.kidsbookswithoutborders.com Jann’s GoodReads Account: https://www.goodreads.com/jannweeratunga Jann’s Book. https://amzn.to/33x4qGB If you are a writer, you can improve your writing through ProWritingAid, which is a built-in self-editing tool, mentor and style checker.


Author Chats with Ronel Niemand – Top Mistakes that Authors Make with Typesetting

Do you want to know how to complete with top publishers? Using a professional typesetter may be the way to go. In today’s Author Chat, I speak to Ronel Niemand about working with a typesetter. She explains what typesetting is and lets us know what are some of the most common mistakes that typesetters make. We have included a list of things you should prepare for your typesetter before submitting your manuscript to your typesetter and the most common mistakes that authors make when submitting their manuscripts to a typesetter. What should you be submitting to your typesetter before they get started? Ronel Niemand ‘s email: ronellabu@gmail.com If you want to improve your writing, check out ProWritingAid, which is a writing mentor and self-editor all in one. I could not do without it. If you want to improve your writing head on over to Prowritingaid: https://prowritingaid.com/?afid=9376 where you can get software that acts as a writing coach and style and grammar tutor all in one.

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Author Chats With Jacques De Villiers - Presenting your book to to the public

Does the thought of public speaking terrify you? Did you know some people fear public speaking more than death? But as an author, you need to present yourself to your readers. In this episode of author chats we speak to the Author of What If Hollywood Doesn’t Call?: A Fractured Monk’s Guide To Enlightenment Jaques is a professional motivational speaker, trainer, and legacy writer. He gives us some tips on Public speaking as an author Overcoming anxiety for public speaking as an author Jacques has also generously shared his Bio Checklist for Authors with us. Here is the link for the checklist. https://kimvermaak.com/sitepad-data/uploads//2020/09/Author-Bio-Checklist-from-Jacques-De-Villers.pdf To buy Jacques book, click on this link. https://amzn.to/3hVs2c1 Jacques website: https://www.jacquesdevilliers.co.za/ What are your biggest challenges when public speaking? To visit my website www.kimvermaak.com Create Beautiful Books with Vellum: https://a.paddle.com/v2/click/49674/1...

Get a free copy of Jacque's Bio Checklist

How to get to Author Chats How to get to Amazon Best Seller Status with Dr Emee Vida Estacio


Have you ever wondered how to write an Amazon best selling book? 


Psychologist, Dr Emee Vida Estacio, our guest this week, is the author of Imposter Syndrome Remedy: How to improve your self-worth, feel confident about yourself, and stop feeling like a fraud!  


Once you are actively working on eliminating self-doubt, you can take the steps to help you achieve that sort after Amazon Best Selling Book badge. Dr Emee Vida Estacio shares with us about how working on keywords and niches are critical and she teaches on the importance of working with a launch team. 

She has an online community where authors can gain support from each other. https://www.facebook.com/selfpublishing


You can buy her book on Amazon, click on the book image to support her and this page.

Getting to Market Fast with Vellum - with Author Rob Radcliffe

Author Rob Radcliffe is a novelist and blogger with over 11 titles published and a few more on the way due for release in 2020.

Rob, who had 15 years of experience in the pub industry, made the switch to full-time author in 2019. He was born and raised in Lancashire, England, but spent some time in his youth studying in Sunny South Africa. Rob wrote his first book at 8 years old while on a "forced" school break, but he released his first published book in 2015.

He writes across several genres, ‘Lad’ Lit (which would be chick-lit’s naughty younger brother), Satire, Thrillers, and Sci-fi/Fantasy. I enjoyed the Healer, which to my surprise was the third book in a series, but mercifully for me he wrote them as standalone novels. His experience in pub industry means he has few interesting anecdotes to share. We spared our audience the ones that might make you blush. I met Rob on an international author support platform, when someone who was typesetting my book dropped me just days before my launch. Rob stepped in and helped me out by formatting my manuscript in Vellum, which is a software for creating beautiful books.

I am grateful for his time, expertise and generosity, as he helped me to launch quickly and professionally when it looked like everything was about to fall apart for me. Rob chats to us in this edition of Author Chats about his experience with Vellum as book formatting tool. He speaks about his author's career, managing productivity as an author with kids and his books. Rob offers a range of services to a new small group of authors. He has a passion for helping authors who re prone to exploitation by vanity publishers who prey on authors who have not yet learned about the business of books. I loved the fact that Rob could format my book on Vellum in just a few minutes and experiment with different fonts in real-time, that I am now a firm advocate of it.

Check out Vellum by visiting this link: https://a.paddle.com/v2/click/49674/1

You can reach Rob via his website: www.robradcliffeink.com

Or email him on: robradcliffemail@gmail.com Rob’s latest Book, the Guardian, is available on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3iyCgQJ

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Using Social Media for PR with Patrick Neo Mabiletsa

Patrick Neo Mabiletsa started writing love letters for his brother’s friends, and they paid him for them.

In this video we chat about Patrick’s books and his approach to relationship building using social media. He has a hands-on approach to building his author brand. Before he connects with someone on social media, he already knows something about their profile and their interests. He speaks about his background and the power of books to heal the soul. 

Patrick’s book, Chronicles of a Fatherless Son, comes from his own personal experiences. His book Does Time Really Heal deals with people battling to deal with the loss of a loved one. 

You can reach Patrick via WhatsApp: +27 719574623 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NeoMabz.Word.

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-hX... 

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Author Chat with Kim Vermaak and Hush Naidoo- Success with Instagram

A special thanks to Hush Naidoo for joining us in today’s Author Chat.

Hush has been a photographer for over 33 years. He has worked with SAFTAs (The South African Film and Television Awards) for over ten years.


Hush has photographed some famous people including:

Nelson Mandela

Will Smith

Elton John

Johnny Clegg

Basetsana Kumalo

Chris and Angela Rock


In this interview, Hush chats to us about author profile photos. 

Our topics include:

Why is a profile picture so important?

When should you have a photoshoot in a studio and when should you use a natural setting?What are the most flattering poses for body image?

When to touch up photos?

Hush also shares with us some anecdotes for some celebrities he has worked with.

You can reach Hush for your PR, product or event photoshoot via WhatsApp or email.+27 822568059jadephoto@mweb.co.za

You can also view his photos on the following platformshttps://www.redbubble.com/people/jadephoto

https://jadehush.picfair.com/

https://unsplash.com/@hush52https://www.pixoto.com/hush.naidoohttps://youpic.com/photographer/JadePhoto50/

Author Chat with Kim Vermaak and M H Elrich - Success with Instagram

M.H. Elrich,Author of Etania’s Worth is an award-winning author, reader, and teacher who wears too many hats. 

Today we chatted to her about: 

Bookstagram 

Instagram

Building a following 

Hashtag strategies 

Time Management for Social Media 

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A self-proclaimed nerd, she is a big fan of manga, anime, and fantasy books and shows. In her spare time (if she has any), she watches T.V. with her husband, rides horses, and travels to places with lots of trees. She has been published in The Write Word, Orpheus, Kern County Fair,  and Short Fiction Break.

Where to buy M H Elrich's Books

Author Chat with Kim Vermaak & Richard James Edward - Managing book finances

Author Richard James Edward, author of the Puzzle Train has worked in the accounting world since 1992.

In this video, he shares some of his knowledge of accounting and distribution for new authors.

Where to buy Richard's Book

Click on the image to link Richard's Amazon page

Support this author and this page by purchasing a copy of Richard's book.

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