In the last decade, the market has been flooded with self-published books. In this episode of Communicator Academy, publishing guru Rachelle Gardner uncovers the secrets behind self-publishing, current market trends, and the strengths of traditional publishing.

She provides six great questions one should ask before diving into the rigors of self-publishing and the rigors therein:

1) Are you motivated by a dream?

2) Have you pursued traditional publishing?

3) Who is your audience?

4) What is your timeline?

5) Do you have the money and resources to invest in the project?

6) Are you a control or collaboration person?

You do not want to miss this fact-filled episode or the wisdom one can glean from it. Rachelle has worked alongside both Kathi Lipp and Michelle Cushatt, the podcast hosts, in their writing endeavors.

Meet Our Guest

Rachelle Gardner

Rachelle Gardner

Rachelle is a literary agent with Books and Such Literary Agency based in California.

She’s been in publishing for 20 years, worked in-house at two publishing companies, and worked directly with authors on hundreds of books. As a freelance editor, she has been hired by individual writers as well as by publishers, including Harper Collins, Simon & Schuster, Random House, and many more. Over the years she has developed expertise in substantive editing, line-editing, book doctoring, and general author coaching.

Rachelle works at the foot of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado. “I never get tired of talking about books and publishing, and working with authors is my dream job.”

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Meet Your Hosts

Kathi Lipp

Kathi Lipp

Author, Speaker, Communicator Academy Creator and CEO

Communicator Academy founder, Leverage: The Speaker Conference creator and master instructor Kathi Lipp, is a national speaker and author of 16 books including “Clutter Free,” “The Get Yourself Organized Project,” and “The Husband Project.”

She is a frequent guest on radio and TV, and has been named Focus on the Family radio’s “Best of Broadcast.”

She is the host of the popular podcast “Clutter Free Academy with Kathi Lipp.”

Over the past 10 years, Kathi has helped hundreds of people increase their platform through teaching and coaching. She is a frequent teacher at writer’ s conferences and has helped countless authors and speakers find their audiences.

Kathi’s desire to help fellow speakers and authors avoid the mistakes she made, increase their confidence and be the person God made them to be, inspired her creation of Communicator Academy. The podcast as an extension of Communicator Academy is just another way Kathi wants to serve her audience.

Michele Cushatt

Michele Cushatt

Author, Speaker, Mastermind Coach

As an experiened keynote speaker and emcee, Michele Cushatt’s speaking experience includes Women of Faith, Compassion International, and various retreats, conferences and events held across the country. She has also led radio, video and audio recording projects.

Since 2014, she’s been the co-host of Michael Hyatt’s popular This Is Your Life podcast.

In addition, Michele serves as part of the Dynamic Communicators International leadership team, led by best-selling author and sought-after speaker Ken Davis.
Michele coaches multiple large-platform speakers in how to craft and deliver powerful presentations.
Michele authored Undone: A Story of Making Peace with an Unexpected Life with Zondervan Publishers.
Her second book, I Am: A 60-Day Journey to Knowing Who You Are Because of Who He Is, will release January 24, 2017. She will also launch her first Mastermind group in January 2017.

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