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Dec 3, 2016

Head of Cynthia Manson Literary Agency

Interview ‪starts at 14:30 and ends at 41:06

"The trick is that if you have an author that is struggling to find that audience, to find that readership--Alan [Russell] is a perfect example, because he always got wonderful reviews, is a fantastic writer, still has a great relationship with his former editor at St. Martins, but there was always a struggle to find that readership. Amazon [Publishing] was able to do that through their own algorithms and their own customized ways of doing e-mails and finding those readers. I do think it’s just a different technique. Probably authors like Lee Child wouldn’t necessarily benefit from that, because we know that Lee Child is a major bestseller with Random House. He knows who his readers are."


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Tech Tip

Check here for all Kindle and Fire software updates

Software Update 5.8.7 for Kindle Oasis (8th Generation), Kindle (8th Generation), Kindle (7th Generation), Kindle Voyage (7th Generation), and Kindle Paperwhite (7th Generation), Paperwhite (6th Generation)

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Interview with Cynthia Manson

Sterling Lord 

Books by Naomi Novik

Kindle Direct Publishing

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Arctic Fire by Stephen Frey

Red Cell (3 Book Series) by Stephen Frey

Books by Alan Russell

Books by Robert Masello


Aubrey/Maturin Novels (21 Book Series) by Patrick O’Brien, beginning with Master and Commander -  $199.27 on Kindle

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Next Week’s Guest

Bryan Hudson, senior pastor of New Covenant Church in Indianapolis

Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named "Well, You Needn't." This version is "Ra-Monk" by Eval Manigat on the "Variations in Time: A Jazz Perspective" CD by Public Transit Recording" CD. 

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