Talking with Molly Ostertag & Brennan Lee Mulligan of Strong Female Protagonist

Strong Female ProtagonistMolly Ostertag and Brennan Lee Mulligan are the artist and writer of Strong Female Protagonist, a webcomic that follows the adventures of a young middle-class American with super-strength, invincibility, and a crippling sense of social injustice. Dubbed by io9 one of the best webcomics of 2012, Strong Female Protagonist recently held a successful Kickstarter, achieving 762% of the requested funding needed to turn the webcomic into a trade paperback, which has since earned a distribution deal with Top Shelf.

In this interview, Mulligan and Ostertag share their secret origin, how they use the superhero genre to address social issues, why they turned to Kickstarter to fund a dead tree edition of SFP, and how they're reclaiming the term "social justice warrior".

This interview was recorded on November 7, 2014.

Talking with Rob Walch, Libsyn VP of podcaster relations

Rob WalchRob Walch is the VP of podcaster relations for Libsyn, the largest leading podcast network. Audio podcasting is currently in vogue, but has it always been that way? As one of the first podcasters from 2004, Walch reflects on the evolution of the platform and the benefits that an audio-only show offers its producers in editing, engagement, and monetization. Walch — who literally wrote the book on podcasting — also goes on record with advice for what hardware and software are available to an aspiring podcaster and the hosting and distribution benefits offered by Libsyn's premium service.

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Talking with Lorien Green, inbound marketer at Transparent Language

Lorien GreenLorien Green of Transparent Language is an inbound marketer, using social media and original content to draw customers to the company's three dozen Facebook pages. Tools such as HubSpot and BundlePost make the job easier, but it's still necessary to craft the message to your audience. Lorien discusses how she uses and advertises on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ and also the importance of building a personal brand. Using such tools as Hustream and Kickstarter, Lorien has produced the documentaries Going Cardboard and the upcoming Shoot Again: The Resurgence of Pinball.

This interview was recorded August 16, 2014.

Talking with Delany Martinez, freelance writer

Delany MartinezLouis Roe interviews Delany Martinez, freelance writer. Making a living as a online freelance writer means you're competing in a global market, but it's still a small world, and reputations can be easily built — and ruined — with online tools like WriterAccess. Martinez discusses the challenges and benefits of working for a variety of clients as a freelance writer in today's economy.

This interview was recorded on April 21, 2014.

Talking with Sara Benincasa, author & comedian

Sara BenincasaChristine Theophel interviews Sara Benincasa — Emerson graduate, comedian, popular Internet personality, and author of the young adult novel Great and the memoir Agorafabulous!: Dispatches From My Bedroom. Benincasa talks about online writing, the inspiration for her books, traditional publishing versus self-publishing, managing multiple platforms, and dealing with critics and trolls. Check out her Kickstarter, This Tour Is So Gay!

This interview was recorded on April 10, 2014.

Talking with Breanna Locke, full-time intern with Wiley-Blackwell Publishing

Breanna LockeClaire Paschal interviews Breanna Locke, a books editorial intern at Wiley-Blackwell and editorial consultant at Vegan Publishers. Working with both big and small publishers, Locke gives her perspective on the unique environments for each, how they can use crowdfunding, where she'd like to end up, and how her Emerson College education prepared her for these roles.

This interview was recorded on April 23, 2014.

Talking with David Tytell, former ATK Online Managing Editor

Dave TytellHannah Brown of Simmer Magazine interviews Dave Tytell, formerly of America's Test Kitchen. With so many recipes online for free, why should consumers pay for ATK's premium services — and how effective is this strategy? Tytell reflects on these matters, as well as successful and failed ventures, during his time at America's Test Kitchen (2008–2012).

This interview was recorded on April 22, 2014.

Talking with Anjali Prasertong, Editor at The Kitchn

Anjali PrasertongMiriam Avila chats with Anjali Prasertong, contributing editor at The Kitchn and founder of Eat Your Greens, about creating a personal blog, bringing humor to food blogging, and the online tools necessary to build an online community.

This interview was recorded on April 21, 2014.

Talking with Chris Brock, Manager of Digital Vendor Operations at Constellation Digital Services

Constellation Digital ServicesBriana Loewen interviews Chris Brock, manager of digital vendor operations at Constellation Digital Services. E-books are soaring in popularity and sales, yet the process for creating them and the platforms that support their more advanced features stand room for improvement. Brock discusses where the medium can go from here and the skills and resources necessary to get us there.

This interview was recorded on April 18, 2014.

Talking with Sarah Rodriguez, Director of Network Development at Geek and Sundry/Creator and EIC of Nerdy But Flirty

Sarah RodriguezAshleigh Heaton interviews Sarah Rodriguez, director of network development at Geek and Sundry as well as creator and editor-in-chief of Nerdy But Flirty. As these two geek empires expand, it's important that they remain connected with their audience and not lose focus of their founding mission. Rodriguez discusses the approaches and tools she uses and the future of media platforms such as YouTube.

This interview was recorded on April 17, 2014.