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Last night, I had the extreme honor and pleasure of recording an episode of Write Your Best Book, my new podcast, with none other than the amazing Derek Murphy, The Creative Indie. I thought I’d share with you a little bit about that experience, as I’ve had many people ask me what it was like to talk to someone so famous in our community. He has thousands of followers across social media, and I’d say it’s safe to say he’s got hundreds of thousands of page visitors on a regular basis at TheCreativeIndie.com. Thousands and thousands of authors turn to him for advice on writing, editing, publishing, and marketing their books. So needless to say, I was nervous just to approach him in the first place and ask him to join the show. Here’s how it all went down.


At Thanksgiving, while visiting my parents in North Carolina (I’m in Kentucky), I decided I was going to do it. I was going to approach all of my favorite famous influencers in the author community. Derek was one of them. I looked all over for his email and finally found it. I shot him and email, but it came back undeliverable. Hm. Now what? So I looked him up on Facebook, found him, drew in a deep breath, and composed a PM to him. I told him briefly about the show idea I had and asked him if he’d consider joining me as a guest host. At that time, I had no one else signed up (at least of his caliber), so he really had no reason to say yes. For a few days, I checked the message and he hadn’t even seen it. I figured, he doesn’t look at messages from unknown people. Then by the fourth day, I saw that he’d at least read the message, but I still had no response. Again, I assumed that was my answer.


But then…about a week later, out of the blue, I got a notification that I had a new message in my inbox. It was Derek Murphy. His first reply was, “Let’s chat about this.” That was all I needed to hear. Three days later, on Skype, I told him all about my idea and how I wanted to reach the masses with my show so I could share all the invaluable information I’d learned in my career with authors everywhere. He talked a bit about himself and his own journey, too, and in the end, he agreed to join the show for an episode.
We scheduled the podcast recording session for about a week out. For that entire week, I was on pins and needles, trying to write the content of the episode and the questions I wanted to ask him. I poured through his website for information and ideas, and I learned a lot about this impressive guy so that I’d be ready when the time came to interview him. I was so nervous, y’all. I was worried I’d ask the wrong question or say something to make myself look like the imposter I feel like sometimes.


But the call rolled around last night, and I gotta tell ya, Derek Murphy is one of the most approachable, easy to talk to people I have ever met. During the interview, he talked a lot about how it’s important to realize that, when writing, you have to keep in mind that this book isn’t just your book…it belongs to the readers. So don’t get caught up in the vanity of trying to “stay to the art” and “not sell out.” He said it’s actually crucial that we DO write for our audience and the market. Otherwise, how are we ever going to sell thousands or millions of books?


So many things he said resonated with me, and I learned even more than I thought I already knew. It wasn’t so much that I learned anything more about the details of how to write or edit a book. It was more that he gave me several different ways of looking at issues I’d never really considered before. He really knows his stuff, guys. I can’t wait for you all to get to hear the episode. It airs January 10, 2020, so stay tuned because you know I’ll promote the hell out of it. It will be available on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, and Stitcher, so you’ll have several different ways of listening.
Thanks for letting me talk about my total fangirl moment and what it was like to meet one of my idols.


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That’s all for today, folks.


Talk soon, and in the meantime, go write your best book! Christina Kaye