48 episodes

Literary Speaking connects writers with the publishing industry by featuring conversations with best selling authors, literary agents, publishers and publicity firms. How do I establish a writing practice? Find an agent? Get published? Build a platform?

Discover tips and tricks to build your writing practice and release your story out into the world.

Join me as I interview expert guests as they share their experiences as published authors and industry professionals to inspire and infuse your writing practice.

Literary Speaking Crystal-Lee Quibell

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Literary Speaking connects writers with the publishing industry by featuring conversations with best selling authors, literary agents, publishers and publicity firms. How do I establish a writing practice? Find an agent? Get published? Build a platform?

Discover tips and tricks to build your writing practice and release your story out into the world.

Join me as I interview expert guests as they share their experiences as published authors and industry professionals to inspire and infuse your writing practice.

    Season 4 - Episode 1 - The Art of the Anthology with Michele Filgate

    Season 4 - Episode 1 - The Art of the Anthology with Michele Filgate

    Michele Filgate shares how she pitched, placed and edited her anthology - What My Mother & I Don't Talk About. We discuss everything from how she pitched the project, the essay that started it all and how she edited the pieces to fit for publication. Michele also shares how to handle rejection when submitting essays to popular publications and her advice on how to get started.


    Michele Filgate is a contributing editor at Literary Hub and the editor of a critically acclaimed anthology based on her Longreads essay, What My Mother and I Don’t Talk About, published by Simon & Schuster. 

    • 42 min
    Publishing Feminist Banshees: Writing Sexy Feminist Books with Rachel Dewoskin

    Publishing Feminist Banshees: Writing Sexy Feminist Books with Rachel Dewoskin

    Writing about Sex and Feminism.Can you publish each book with a different publisher? How do you develop your characters as a feminist writer? Rachel Dewoskin, author of BANSHEE discusses how she teaches her students to write characters that are complex and multi-dimensional as well as how she's published each book with a different publisher. A rich experience of writing, editing, publishing and promoting multiple books successfully.

    Rachel DeWoskin is the author of six novels, including Someday We Will Fly, Blind,  and Banshee. DeWoskin’s memoir, Foreign Babes in Beijing (WW Norton 2005), about the years she spent in China as the unlikely star of a Chinese soap opera, has been published in six countries and is in development at BBC America, where DeWoskin is co-writing a TV series based on the book. She is on the core fiction faculty and is an affiliated faculty member of Jewish Studies and East Asian Studies at the University of Chicago. You can visit her online at www.racheldewoskin.com 

    • 55 min
    Hiring a Book Publicist with Cameron Dezen Hammon

    Hiring a Book Publicist with Cameron Dezen Hammon

    Book publicist and author Cameron Dezen Hammon discusses the work of a book publicist, which social media avenues to explore and which ones not to waste money on. She also shares the value of Bookstagrammers and what it's like working with a book publicist to market your book. Cameron believes good publicity is about finding what’s newsworthy about you and your book and amplifying that message. It’s about getting your book into the hands of reviewers, interviewers, and influencers who will share it with their networks. She also offers services in building your online presence, media coaching, and book launch event planning.

    Cameron Dezen Hammon’s writing has appeared in Ecotone, The Rumpus, The Literary Review, The Butter, Nylon, Them, The Houston Chronicle, and more. Her essay “Infirmary Music” was named a notable in The Best American Essays 2017. She’s contributed to several anthologies and is the co-founder of The Slant reading series, host of The Ish Podcast, and her debut book This Is My Body: A Memoir of Religious and Romantic Obsession is forthcoming from Lookout Books in October 2019.

    • 47 min
    On Being Human & A Writer with Jen Pastiloff

    On Being Human & A Writer with Jen Pastiloff

    We're only human and we all struggle to quiet the IA - our inner a*****e - as Jen Pastiloff coined it. In this episode Jen shares how her agent found her, what it's like building a large social platform and using a street team based on community sharing to promote her book, On Being Human: A Memoir of Waking Up, Living Real & Listening Hard. We also discuss the art of the ask when it comes to blurbs and book proposals.

    Jen Pastiloff is the facilitator of the popular “On Being Human” workshops, founder of the online magazine The Manifest-Station, and author of On Being Human: a Memoir of Waking Up, Living Real & Listening Hard. Jen leads retreats all over the world in Italy and France, as well as my personal favourite, Writing & The Body Workshops with author Lidia Yuknavitch. She’s been featured on Good Morning America, in New York Magazine, Health Magazine, Shape, People Magazine, CBS News and more. You can find her online at www.jenniferpastiloff.com

    • 58 min
    The Weekend Book Proposal with Kirsten Ott Palladino

    The Weekend Book Proposal with Kirsten Ott Palladino

    Kirsten Ott Palladino, co-founder of Equally Wed.com the digital leader for gay, lesbian, transgender, queer and bisexual weddings, penned the perfect book proposal in just one weekend! Listen in as she shares her experience writing a book proposal in 48 hours, which books she recommends and how she wrote, pitched and published her non-fiction book - Equally Wed: The Ultimate Guide to Planning Your LGBTQ+ Wedding.

    Kirsten Ott Palladino is an award-winning writer and editor, and one of the world’s most notable experts on LGBTQ+ weddings. She's been featured in and on numerous publications and media outlets such as: The New York Times, The Advocate, Out magazine, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Lucky magazine, The Knot and Time magazine to ABC News, CNN, NPR, DailyCandy, Politico and Glamour magazine. Her writing has appeared in Washington Post, the Manifest-Station, Entreprenuer magazine, ARTnews magazine, the Atlantan magazine, and more. In 2016, Palladino founded the Wedding Equality Alliance, an international group of wedding professionals committed to tearing down exclusionary walls in the typically heteronormative wedding industry. She educates wedding and event pros about LGBTQ+ inclusion through the online certification program at equallywedpro.com and teaches at conferences and workshops worldwide. Palladino lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with her wife and their twin sons. Learn more about the author at kirstenpalladino.com 

    • 34 min
    Writing Hybrid Memoir & Literary Community Building with T Kira Madden

    Writing Hybrid Memoir & Literary Community Building with T Kira Madden

    Author T Kira Madden discusses how she wrote her book, Long Live The Tribe of Fatherless Girls using elements of fiction writing, hybrid formats not typically seen in memoir and the importance of building a solid literary community with kindness. T Kira Madden is a lesbian APIA writer, photographer, and amateur magician living in New York City. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Sarah Lawrence College and an BA in design and literature from Parsons School of Design and Eugene Lang College. She is the founding Editor-in-chief of No Tokens, a magazine of literature and art, and is a 2017 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellow in nonfiction literature from the New York Foundation for the Arts. She has received fellowships from The MacDowell Colony, Hedgebrook, Tin House, DISQUIET, Summer Literary Seminars, and Yaddo, where she was selected for the 2017 Linda Collins Endowed Residency Award. She facilitates writing workshops for homeless and formerly incarcerated individuals and currently teaches at Sarah Lawrence College. Her debut memoir, LONG LIVE THE TRIBE OF FATHERLESS GIRLS, is available now. There is no period in her name.

    • 52 min

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RosaPisces ,

Judging the book by its cover.

I never used to be a ‘reader’ - I wanted to be; by my concentration hasn’t been great. My love of books though has literally sometimes been due to its aesthetics: cover, size, pages, font and then the curiosity of what’s inside. This podcast helps me muster the concentration needed to dig deeper, feel closer to the content, and seek the connection. For those of you that are natural born readers that may sound odd, but a podcast like Literary Speaking helps woo us wannabes to go beyond the esthetics and jump in the covers. Thanks Crystal-Lee.

ShaynePT ,

Literarily Engaging & Informative

Love tuning it to get a behind the scenes glimpse of the publishing world from literary experts. Crystal-Lee’s questions are poignant and enlightening. I would definitely recommend this podcast if you're either dipping your toe, or diving into the literary world.

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