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299. On Blogging and Publishing: An Interview with Thea James and Ana Grilo, The Book Smugglers

Today I’m speaking with Ana Grilo and Thea James, who are better known as The Book Smugglers. They’re bloggers, writers, authors, and editors – and at the helm of Book Smugglers Publishing. We talk about how they got their start, and the role the Lost forums played in bringing them together (along with a few blogs you may have heard of).

Among the topics we cover:

  • What they look for in science fiction and speculative fiction
  • Making the transition from blogging and reviewing to acquiring, editing, and publishing
  • How they went from book smuggling to becoming book surgeons
  • Their favorite tropes in speculative fiction and fiction

Plus we discuss their Kickstarter, learn about the behind the scenes experience of a successful campaign, and how they were able to pivot the emphasis of the Kickstarter based on real time feedback and analysis – if it sounds exhausting, it really was.

There is a little bit of popping in the audio – sorry about that! I have to blame transatlantic recording and fussy internet demons. I’ll do better to appease them.

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You can find The Book Smugglers at their website, on Twitter @BookSmugglers, and on Facebook.

You can also find them at Book Smugglers Publishing – and don’t miss the cover gallery!

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Caravan Palace double album set of Caravan Palace and Panic Our music is provided each week by Sassy Outwater, whom you can find on Twitter @SassyOutwater.

This is from Caravan Palace, and the track is called “L’envol.”

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