From Professional Basketball to Becoming an Author and Entrepreneur. My Interview with Malcolm Lemmons

Malcolm LemmonsWhen Malcolm Lemmons shifted his career away from professional basketball, he describes how he struggled to find a new purpose. What gave him a clear path? Writing and storytelling. In today’s episode, we talk about his creative shift. There is so much in this episode that directly applies to the work that writers and artists face each day. Malcolm is the author of two books: Impact Beyond the Game and Lessons from the Game.

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You can find Malcolm in the following places:
His books:

malcolmlemmons.com
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“It Keeps Growing.” Promoting Your Book 2+ Years Post-Launch, with Beth Ricanati, M.D.

“I’m selling more books and the message is getting out there.” This is author Beth Ricanati, M.D. described the results of continuing to promote her book two years after release. She has been running workshops in-person and online in support of her book, Braided: A Journey of a Thousand Challahs. In the process, she is finding new audiences she never considered before, is having more people reach out to her, and it has paved the way for her next book. 

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You can find Beth in the following places:
bethricanatimd.com
Braided: A Journey of a Thousand Challahs
Instagram: @bethricanatimd
Facebook

“The book that won the Caldecott was my 99th story idea.” My Interview with Andrea J. Loney

Andrea J LoneyEarlier this year Andrea J. Loney’s book, Double Bass Blues, received a Caldecott Honor. When I asked her about that journey she described how her very first book deal was for her 11th manscript. The next book she sold, Double Bass Blues, was her 17th manuscript. In our interview, she talks about the value of collaboration, persistence, and how her experience working at a circus, in theater, stand-up comedy, and writing for TV helped her realize her dream of being a children’s book author.

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You can find Andrea in the following places:
andreajloney.com
Instagram: @andreajloney
Twitter: @andreajloney
Her books

“I Can Choose My Outcome.” On Creativity, Identity, and Success, with Vesper Stamper

Today author/illustrator Vesper Stamper shares powerful wisdom on the lessons she has learned in four decades of creative work. As a child, she found escape in books, she attended the arts high school featured in the movie and TV show Fame, and then pursued music, illustration and writing. She talks about the long road to success, the role of art in our lives, the power of collaboration, and why relationships need to be at the center of creative work. Her new book, A Cloud of Outrageous Blue is out this month!

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You can find Vesper at:
vesperillustration.com
@vesperillustration
Her books

“You always have a choice, so operate from within that power.” On Money and Creativity, with Jacquette Timmons

Jacquette TimmonsToday I want to explore a topic that many writers and artists avoid: money and finance. I’m excited to welcome financial expert Jacquette Timmons onto the podcast. She talks about the psychology and emotion around money, and how it can limit your potential as a creator. I love the way she frames this: “We are talking about money all the time, but we aren’t having the right conversations.”

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You can find Jacquette in the following places:
jacquettetimmons.com
Instagram.com: @jacquettemtimmons
Twitter: @jacqmtimmons
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