I’m Booked with April O'Leary: A Podcast for Readers, Authors, Aspiring Authors and Publishers

O'Leary Publishing

Dive into the captivating world of book publishing. Whether you're a bibliophile, an aspiring author, or someone intrigued by the behind-the-scenes action in the literary world, this show is your golden ticket. Each episode invites industry trailblazers - authors, publishers, literary agents, and social media gurus - to share their unique experiences and insights. Learn about writing tips, marketing strategies, publishing trends, and the exciting journey from manuscript to bestseller. Start your journey today by taking our author quiz at https://olearypublishing.com/adventure. read less
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Episodes

Ep 82- How to Build Your Author Brand with Hussein Al-Baiaty
Mar 4 2024
Ep 82- How to Build Your Author Brand with Hussein Al-Baiaty
2024 SPECIAL: Get a FREE Book for all listeners! Email admin@olearypublishing with the Subj: FREE BOOK and request one of the following. Include your mailing address and we'll send it to you. FREE. (US addresses ONLY) The Influencer's Path to Successful Publishing- this book will help you understand the various paths to publishing that are available to aspiring authors today Manuscript Magic- this book will help you navigate the world of writing your first non-fiction manuscript The Old Cocoon- this illustrated story will help you navigate the pain of life changes and soar into your next chapter On this episode join April O'Leary of O'Leary Publishing and successful entrepreneur and author Hussein Al-Baiaty as they delve into the world of non-fiction authorship and building an author brand. Hussein specializes in empowering authors to organically grow their audience while embracing resilience as a key leadership quality. Connect with Hussein Al-Baiaty: Website: http://husseinalbaiaty.com/ LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/husseinalbaiaty YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@husseinalbaiaty Rising Authors: https://www.rising-authors.com/about In collaboration with O'Leary Publishing, this podcast offers actionable strategies and insightful talks tailored for authors seeking to establish a strong online presence. Learn from Hussein's expertise as he shares practical guidance on navigating social media landscapes and leveraging organic growth techniques to amplify your reach as an author. For more about O'Leary Publishing and how you can become an author take our Author Adventure Quiz today at ⁠https://olearypublishing.com/.⁠ --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/olearypublishing/message
Ep 75- Tips for Creating a Children’s Picture Book with Joy Good
Nov 6 2023
Ep 75- Tips for Creating a Children’s Picture Book with Joy Good
Have you ever wanted to write a children's book? Then this is the episode for you. List in as former sixth-grade teacher Joy Good debuts with Dave Asks Permission, featuring her ultra-smart granddog Dave. She talks about how she came up with the idea, created the beautiful images, and her experience working with the O'Leary Publishing team throughout the design and publishing process. Dave Asks Permission is a vivid picture book that not only teaches kids about integrity but also introduces a unique narrative style. When she's not writing, Joy is a certified mermaid, swim instructor, and NICU baby snuggler. She lives in Estero, Florida, with her partner, Keith. BOOK DESCRIPTION: Meet Dave, the lovable dog with a heart of gold. When Grammy bakes delicious cookies for Caroline's birthday, Dave forgets his manners for a minute and takes one from the counter. Now, the big question is, will Grammy let Dave have his coveted treat? Dive into this tail-wagging adventure to find out! A NOTE FROM JOY: As a former English teacher, I struggled to find second-person narratives. In this book, the narrator refers to Dave as "you," offering a unique spin on this perspective. Initially written in first person, I found having an external human narrator telling Dave's story more compelling. I hope you enjoy this too! For more about Joy visit https://joygood.net/ and to learn about publishing your book visit https://olearypublishing.com and take the Author Adventure Quiz today. --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/olearypublishing/message
Ep 74- The Secret to Writing a Powerful Leadership Book with Elliott Haverlack
Oct 17 2023
Ep 74- The Secret to Writing a Powerful Leadership Book with Elliott Haverlack
On this episode, author Elliott Haverlack is joined by O'Leary Publishing editors Heather Desrocher and Boris Boland and Publisher April O'Leary to discuss what goes on behind the scenes of writing a powerful leadership book. With decades of leadership experience and success Elliott has once again put pen to paper to create this one-of-a-kind leadership book, Firestarter: Igniting Change Through Leadership, that is sure to inspire aspiring leaders who want to ignite the fires on their team to even greater productivity, results, and fulfillment. To purchase Firestarter visit https://amzn.to/3Q3cMNm. For more about Elliott visit https://www.cehaverlack.com/. To start your author adventure take our free quiz at https://olearypublishing.com/adventure. The art of maintaining a roaring fire demands the right ingredients: precise kindling, an apt environment, and a mastery of fueling and sustaining the fire. Leadership in business mirrors this intricate formula. Igniting a disengaged team often feels like trying to spark a flame from drenched timber. But imagine leading an energetic team, where each member passionately contributes, owns his or her role, and consistently delivers. Imagine a place where collaboration meets innovation, where risk-taking and talent development are celebrated by team members. Such teams aren't just led - they are ignited by a Firestarter! In Firestarter, you'll be guided through the elements essential to become a skilled leader. As Elliott takes you through real-life triumphs and tragedies, his inspiring words are sure to spark the passion within you. As a true Firestarter, you'll learn to see more than just people; you'll see latent embers of passion in every team member. You'll learn how to breathe life into these embers with encouragement and unwavering positivity, transforming tiny sparks into blazing fires. Embracing the role of a Firestarter isn't just taking on an identity; it's a conscious choice. Like tending to a bonfire, being a Firestarter in business demands skills - skills that you can acquire and hone. Discover how to warm up your team and spark their path to unparalleled success. --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/olearypublishing/message
Ep 73: Unlock Your Potential with Erin Wallace's "Spiritual Shortcuts"
Sep 26 2023
Ep 73: Unlock Your Potential with Erin Wallace's "Spiritual Shortcuts"
Hey there, book lovers! Welcome back to another episode of the "I'm Booked" podcast, where we chat with some of the most intriguing authors shaking up the literary world. I'm your host, April O'Leary, and today I'm beyond excited to introduce our guest, Erin Wallace. She's just released her groundbreaking book, "Spiritual Shortcuts: 7 Simple Keys to Unlock Your Potential," and trust me, it's a game changer! Imagine living a life infused with purpose, passion, and unfiltered joy. Sounds awesome, right? In today's episode, Erin will reveal the seven potent keys that can help you achieve just that. Her book isn't just a guide to self-discovery; it's a life manual for breaking down the barriers that have kept you from reaching your full potential. We'll delve deep into the essence of "Spiritual Shortcuts," as Erin shares the inspiration behind her transformative work and the actionable steps you can take right now to align with your true self. This is not just another self-help book; it's a catalyst for real, lasting change. Say goodbye to feeling stuck and hello to a life where your dreams are not just possible—they're your new reality. So if you've been craving something more from life, if you hear the universe whispering your name, then this episode is a must-listen. Ready to answer the call? Hit that play button and let's get started! To learn more about Erin Wallace and her phenomenal work, visit her website ErinWallaceAuthor.com and check out ModernMysterySchoolNorCal.com for more enlightenment. Are you ready to become an author? Take our Author Adventure Quiz and get a special surprise at the end. Don't miss this enlightening conversation that could very well be the key to unlocking your most vibrant life. Tune in now! --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/olearypublishing/message
Ep 69- Effective Email Marketing for Authors with Matt Treacy
Jul 14 2023
Ep 69- Effective Email Marketing for Authors with Matt Treacy
💌🚀 Welcome back to the I'm Booked Podcast with your host, April O'Leary! Episode 69 is a special treat for small business owners and entrepreneurs who are eager to take their email marketing to new heights. Our special guest, Matt Treacy, is here to share invaluable insights and strategies from his latest book, "Natural Orders: Email Marketing Online Strategy for Small Business". For more about Matt visit: http://symbiosgrowthautomation.com. To learn more about becoming an author visit https://olearypublishing.com/ and take our Author Adventure Quiz. What to Expect in This Episode: 📚 A Sneak Peek into Matt’s Book: Dive into the core concepts of "Natural Orders" as Matt shares snippets and behind-the-scenes insights that led him to write this remarkable book. Understand why email marketing is a vital and sometimes overlooked component of a successful business strategy. 🌱 Getting Started with an Email List: Struggling to build an email list? Matt has got you covered! Discover effective strategies for growing a robust email list from scratch, and learn why quality trumps quantity when it comes to subscriber lists. 🔧 Setting up Email Automation: Don't get bogged down in the day-to-day management of your email campaigns. Matt walks us through the nuts and bolts of setting up email automation to ensure your campaigns run smoothly and efficiently. 🚀 Scaling Your Email Marketing Efforts: As your email list grows, so should your email marketing efforts. Learn how to effectively scale your campaigns and adapt your strategies as your audience evolves. 🤝 Building Relationships through Email: Email marketing isn’t just about selling; it’s about building relationships. Gain insights into how to engage with your audience on a deeper level and foster long-term loyalty. 🔥 Tips & Tricks: Matt and April will share their favorite tools, resources, and actionable tips that you can implement immediately to enhance your email marketing strategies. --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/olearypublishing/message
Ep 68- Understanding Your Unique Energy with Author Nathaniel John Goetz
Jul 2 2023
Ep 68- Understanding Your Unique Energy with Author Nathaniel John Goetz
This episode of "I’m Booked" with April O’Leary is a must-listen for anyone seeking to unlock the potential of team dynamics and personal energy! We are thrilled to welcome Nathaniel John Goetz, author of “The Wonders of You: Understanding Your Unique Energy” and founder of PeopleLogics. In "The Wonders of You", Nathaniel illuminates the contrasting energies of 'Starters' and 'Finishers'. While Starters are characterized as visionaries, big-picture thinkers, and fast-paced leaders, Finishers are detail-oriented, deliberate decision-makers, and impeccable project executors. Understanding and appreciating these inherent abilities is vital for fostering synergy in personal and professional settings. In this engaging conversation, Nathaniel explores: ✅The defining traits of Starters and Finishers. ✅How these energies can complement each other in teamwork and collaboration. ✅The common frustrations that arise between Starters and Finishers, and strategies for mitigating them. ✅Real-life examples and case studies that bring these concepts to life. ✅The vision behind PeopleLogics and how it integrates these ideas to improve human relations. April and Nathaniel also discuss how individuals can harness their unique energy to maximize productivity and create a harmonious working environment. They delve into actionable strategies for individuals and leaders to leverage the strengths of both Starters and Finishers effectively. This episode is a goldmine for entrepreneurs, team leaders, and anyone interested in understanding human dynamics and maximizing collective strengths for success. 📘 “The Wonders of You: Understanding Your Unique Energy” is available at bookstores and online retailers. Learn more about PeopleLogics at peoplelogics.com. For more about becoming an author visit https://olearypublishing.com/ and take the Author Adventure Quiz. --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/olearypublishing/message
Ep 67- Faith, Unity, and the Power of Love with David Hayward @nakedpastor
Jun 25 2023
Ep 67- Faith, Unity, and the Power of Love with David Hayward @nakedpastor
In this enthralling episode of 'I’m Booked,' host April O’Leary welcomes David Hayward, widely known as the @nakedpastor, a prolific writer, artist, and advocate for spiritual independence. Hayward, a former pastor, has an evocative story to share about his journey away from institutional religion and his pursuit to spread a message of unity and love, which he believes mirrors the core teachings of Jesus. The episode commences with April diving into David’s background, exploring his early years, and the experiences that led him to become a pastor. The conversation takes a turning point as David elucidates the reasons behind leaving the church. His candid narration reveals how he grappled with dogmas that, to him, felt incongruent with his deep-rooted understanding of love, compassion, and acceptance. As they dive deeper, Hayward talks about the inception of the 'Naked Pastor' persona. He explains how he began to use art, satire, and humor through his cartoons and writings to share his thoughts on spirituality, religious institutions, and societal issues. April and David engage in a lively discussion on the therapeutic and liberating aspects of art. Whether you’re religious, spiritual, or neither, this episode of ‘I’m Booked’ with David Hayward is bound to resonate with you on some level, as it calls for reflection, understanding, and the acceptance of love as a unifying force. To connect with David online visit https://nakedpastor.com/. For more about becoming an author and sharing your voice with the world visit https://olearypublishing.com/ and take the Author Adventure Quiz. --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/olearypublishing/message
Ep 65- From Academic Writers to Published Authors with Michael Frino and Katie Desiderio
Mar 22 2023
Ep 65- From Academic Writers to Published Authors with Michael Frino and Katie Desiderio
How did first-time co-authors Michael Frino and Katie Desiderio get a traditional publishing contract and what are they doing now that The Beekeeper is in prelaunch? In this episode we discuss the shift from publishing for academic journals to striking a publishing deal and the value of reverse engineering the publishing and writing process, thinking through the reader niche and pitch, and leveraging your network, even before finishing a manuscript. As seasoned academic writers, Michael and Katie had to learn a whole new skill set and are bringing a beginners mind to their work as they navigate the book marketing world. Their commitment to showing up and trying new things is what has opened many exciting doors as they navigated their publishing path. The Beekeeper delivers simple yet profound lessons on leadership that will delight readers, young and old. For more on The Beekeeper and to preorder the book visit https://leadershipfables.com/. To start your publishing journey with us visit http://olearypublishing.com/ where we can help you create your book from idea to finished manuscript and create your book marketing journey too. The Beekeeper: Pollinating Your Organization for Transformative Growth Catherine had just celebrated her 43rd birthday on May 20th. Her dream of owning and running a thriving company was coming true. Essentially Proximal's essential oil line was becoming a major success, and her company was in growth mode. As a female business owner, she was doing her best to promote positive culture at work and retain talent. Her goal was to build a diverse high-performing and inclusive leadership team, but her leadership team was struggling to put people first and live the mission and values of the company. She had to make some serious changes to ensure the future success of the company. She decided to take some time over the summer to re-charge with her family. When the family arrived at H. Ives Family Farms, Catherine quickly realized that the farm was much more than just a family vacation. It was where she learned to become The Beekeeper, enabling her to transform the culture at Essentially Proximal. The story brings to life the world of a Beekeeper and how understanding bees’ role in the growth of all things around us has transferable knowledge for anyone wanting to effectively lead. Families, organizations, and farms need more Beekeepers, and this book is the catalyst to becoming one. --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/olearypublishing/message