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Today I talk to Jen Talty, COO of Cool Gus Publishing, and she gives us an insight into how she helps run the lives of a dozen bestselling authors.
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Jen Talty is an award winning author, professional speaker and COO, Chief Operating Officer for Cool Gus, a publishing business she co-created with Bob Mayer.
You can watch the interview on YouTube here, listen above or on the podcast feed on iTunes or Stitcher, or read the transcription below. We discuss:
* Jen's background as an author and how she started writing while sitting by the side of the ice rink as her sons played ice hockey. After a difficult experience in traditional publishing, Jen was looking to the future of digital, and as a technophile, she was excited about the possibilities with ebooks.
* How Jen helped Bob Mayer with his ebook backlist, and how together, they set up Cool Gus, which now has a dozen authors within it. Jen's role in the business is basically doing everything except the writing! And yes, we all want a Jen clone!