Bestselling author Talia Hibbert joins us on the podcast this week to discuss her career, her writing process, and her newest Kobo Original, Wrapped Up in You. Talia writes sexy, diverse romance and she talks about how indie publishing is more accessible for diverse authors. We also discuss how she works from initial story idea to the finished novel and where she thinks indie publishing is going next.
- Talia talks to us about writing diverse romance stories, why she felt more welcomed by the indie publishing community over traditional publishing, and how indie publishing’s accessibility for marginalized authors has forced trad publishing to take more risks
- As a hybrid author, Talia discusses what she’s learned about the publishing industry through her trad publishing deal, from how to pitch your work to a publisher to what she’s learned about marketing and PR
- Talia tells us all about her newest release Wrapped Up In You, a Kobo Original festive romance novella, and why she loves writing about the festive season
- She talks about her writing process including how she plots out her books, what her writing schedule looks like, and why her process will change depending on the trope she’s writing about
- Talia explains how social media works into her marketing plans, which platforms she loves the most, and why it was so important to her that her mailing list come together organically
- She talks about what she loves about the Romance community, how she learns from her peers, and which sub-genre she thinks will emerge as the most popular next
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Wrapped Up in You
The Brown Sisters
No Longer a Gentleman by Mary Jo Putney
Bridgerton Netflix Trailer
Immortals After Dark by Kresley Cole
Swordheart by T. Kingfisher
Fleabag (on Amazon Prime)
I May Destroy You (on HBO or Crave)
Chewing Gum (on Netflix)
Crazyhead (on Netflix)
Talia Hibbert is a USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author who lives in a bedroom full of books. Supposedly, there is a world beyond that room, but she has yet to drum up enough interest to investigate.
She writes steamy, diverse romance because she believes that people of marginalised identities need honest and positive representation. Her interests include makeup, junk food, and unnecessary sarcasm. Talia and her many books reside in the English Midlands.