A Tale of Two Publishing Routes with Sudi “Rick” Karatas

Here’s an interesting question: What does sharing stories and advice on how to talk to kids about LGBTQ families and friends have in common with catering? Stumped? Today’s guest has some insights that might help. Sudi “Rick” Karatas is the author of two books: ‘Rainbow Relatives,’ real world stories about how to talk to kids about LGBTQ families and friends, and ‘How Catering Sucked the Life Right Out of Me.’ In this fascinating discussion, Rick explains why he goes by two different names (Sudi and Rick), as well as his experiences with both traditional publishing and self-publishing. He also outlines some of the fears and doubts that came up for him when writing his first book.


Key Takeaways from this Episode:

  • Why he goes by both “Sudi” and “Rick” and the differences between those two distinct personalities.
  • Why ‘Rainbow Relatives’ is about educating people, not preaching.
  • The fears and doubts that come up when writing a book, and how he overcame them.
  • What was behind the decision to self-publish ‘How Catering Sucked the Life Right Out of Me.’
  • The importance of a good book title.


Resources Mentioned in this Episode:

Sudi “Rick” Karatas website

Sudi “Rick” Karatas Instagram

Rainbow Relatives

How Catering Sucked the Life Right Out of Me


About Sudi “Rick” Karatas

Author, actor, songwriter, screenwriter, singer, producer. Sudi Karatas has worn many hats – so many that he has two names (Sudi and Rick) to help differentiate his two distinct personalities. He says he was born to write, with pen and paper in hand, saving him thousands of dollars on therapy. Rick has written two books: ‘Rainbow Relatives,’ a parenting book that deals with stories and advice on speaking to kids about LGBTQ topics, and ‘How Catering Sucked the Life Right Out of Me,’ an entertaining look at his experiences in the catering industry. Sudi grew up in Syosset, New York but has been living in Southern California the last 20 years. Besides screenplays and books, he’s also written many songs that are on Spotify and Itunes, 12 scripts and a couple of pilots.



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