Our broad for today’s show is actually two broads—sisters, authors, publishers, and longtime friends of mine: Elizabeth Doyle Carey and Carrie Doyle. Between them, they have five sons, and their families make their homes in the Hamptons. Two years ago, they pooled their resources and talents and joined with their partner, Tiffany Palmer, to launch Dunemere Books, an independent book publisher of destination fiction for all ages.
How is Dunemere Books different? As authors, Liz and Carrie were frustrated with the popular slow model of book publishing and the fact that writers give up so much control over their work to a publisher. They wanted their company to stand out and be set apart---and they’ve taken great strides to accomplish those purposes. As writers and publishers, they cater to middle grade and young adult readers, but they have big plans on the horizon! Join us for their amazing story!
What you’ll hear in this episode:
- The beginning: how their idea became reality
- Why they wanted Dunemere to be a different kind of publisher with a faster timeline and more control for authors
- Why they want readers to “binge read”
- Starting out with e-books and transitioning to physical books
- Their “soft” business plan to focus on e-books and their website
- Why they use freelance writers
- Liz’s journey: from Golden Books to Simon & Schuster—22 books and several series
- How Liz and Carrie work together to come up with plots
- Carrie and Liz’s current series: The Hamptons Murder Mysteries and The Junior Lifeguards Series
- What is “destination fiction”?
- What is a “cozy mystery”?
- Carrie’s career highlight: selling her first book, The Right Address
- Liz’s career highlight: selling her first series, The Callahan Cousins
- “You never know what may come of just picking up the phone. Just go for it.”
- What the broads have in their toolbox: The Independent Book Publishers Association, Beauty Counter, Spanx, and other favorite resources
- Favorite mantras: “You’re a plug-gah!” (with Boston accent) and “Don’t let the turkeys get you down!”
- In 2018, they plan to release books written by other authors
- Liz explains her Mother-Daughter Book Clubs for girls as young as 4th grade
- How their sons feel about their books
- Is there a boys’ book series in the future for Dunemere?
- Where you can find their books
- What’s next for Liz and Carrie? New series, more young adult books, wider distribution, and maybe TV shows!
- Where the “Dunemere” name came from
Find Dunemere on Twitter and Instagram: @dunemerebooks
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