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Most people believe that books are created in cabins all alone, where authors pound away on some manner of keyboard. Then they hand this masterpiece off to a publisher and it feels very much like it goes down a tube and comes out the other side as a book. By speaking to authors and other book lovers, I'm diving into the mystery that is the book world today.
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The Secret Library Podcast Caroline Donahue

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    • 5.0 • 11 Ratings

Most people believe that books are created in cabins all alone, where authors pound away on some manner of keyboard. Then they hand this masterpiece off to a publisher and it feels very much like it goes down a tube and comes out the other side as a book. By speaking to authors and other book lovers, I'm diving into the mystery that is the book world today.
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    Caroline Donahue | Balancing Visibility

    Caroline Donahue | Balancing Visibility

    How does visibility change your relationship to writing? How much of your process do you make public? How soon do you share your work after it’s written? We’ve explored these and other questions this season and today I’m wrapping things up with our final solo episode.

    It’s my continual dream to make this show more visible. If this or any other episode inspires you, please share it with a friend and review a show wherever you listen to podcasts. Thank you, thank you for being a part of The Secret Library.

    Visit today's blog post here: https://www.secretlibrarypodcast.com/episodes/caroline-donahue-s4-ep9 

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    • 40 min
    Panel Discussion | How I Wrote a Novel in 2020

    Panel Discussion | How I Wrote a Novel in 2020

    We didn't expect to share this panel as an episode. But it was so incredible that I couldn't resist.In this heartfelt conversation, I chat with seven writers who completed novel drafts in 2020. We cover all the things that held them back, what they believed was possible for themselves as writers before 2020, and what they see in the future for their writing now. There's laughter and tears, from the panel as well as the audience. I couldn't be more impressed with and inspired by this group. Happy listening!

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    • 1 hr 20 min
    Mia P. Manansala | Visibility and Community

    Mia P. Manansala | Visibility and Community

    Mia P. Manansala won multiple awards for her writing before her first novel sold. She wrote a book she was proud of, found an agent, but that book hasn't yet sold. She persevered, writing a different novel, teamed up with a new agent and happily, Arsenic and Adobo comes out this May.

    How did she stay motivated through this multi-year process? Community played a huge part. As a 2017 Pitch Wars alum and 2018-20 mentor, Mia hasn't had to go it alone along the way. In this episode, we discuss the role of food in her book (yum!), what keeps her motivated, and her passion for writing fiction that includes the experience of the Filipino diaspora culture. I am thrilled to introduce Mia as the final interview of Season 4: The Visible Writer.

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    • 52 min
    Nikka Karli | Honoring the Magic

    Nikka Karli | Honoring the Magic

    What a gift I have for you this week! We began this season by questioning the need to be online in order to be visible, and now we discuss another view. Nikka Karli is a source of powerful inspiration and truth, which she chooses to write about and share online. In this conversation we talk about connecting the magic of your creativity, honoring it, and protecting it from the impulse to work for an algorithm, rather than your own internal knowing. I was totally flying with inspiration after this chat and I know you will be, too. It's with huge joy that I bring you this episode with Nikka Karli.

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    • 43 min
    Raynor Winn | Becoming a Visible Writer

    Raynor Winn | Becoming a Visible Writer

    While it was a joy to speak with Raynor Winn when she first came on the podcast to discuss The Salt Path, her bestselling memoir, this episode has me even more excited.

    Why? Because this memoir covers the period after walking the path, and takes us all the way through Raynor’s experience writing the Salt Path, getting it published, ans the often terrifying prospect of having to tell people she was a writer. What a gift to follow this story through the part most writers don’t share, and to discuss her experience in depth. This book is a must-read for memoirists, and anyone who ever feels a bit wobbly answering the question, “what do you do?” with, “I write.”

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    • 38 min
    Maria Busqué | The Right Book at the Wrong Time

    Maria Busqué | The Right Book at the Wrong Time

    Maria Busqué had an idea for a book that she knew her students and followers would LOVE. In September, when she knew the best chance to sell it was as a holiday gift. 

    Despite pandemic challenges and never having published a book before, Maria tells the story of how she published a book she's proud of on an incredible timeline. Furthermore, in this episode you'll learn about a publishing model I had never considered: one that lets you get your book out in the world NOW, while still preserving the possibility to publish traditionally later. This episode is a MUST LISTEN.

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    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

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11 Ratings

11 Ratings

rcbelliveau ,

A must-listen for writers

EDIT: Since this app won’t let me submit another review, I’ll add to the one I wrote two years ago to say that this podcast has been a constant source of inspiration for me. It has helped dispel misconceptions and doubts, and I’m thrilled that the theme of this new season is “The Visible Writer.” How fitting—as I’m about to publish my debut novel. SLP is still a must-listen for writers. Happy listening!
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This is one of the few podcasts that I look forward to every week. I wish there were more. Caroline is eloquent and easy to listen to, and all of the episodes manage to be fascinating. This podcast is a must-listen for writers.

emergingwriter ,

A gift.

As an emerging writer, this podcast has been such a gift. Caroline asks thoughtful questions grounded in mindfulness and personal growth. It is about craft, yes, but more than that, it is about wholehearted living as a creative.

wendydahling ,

The best

Caroline is an intelligent and thoughtful interviewer. I love listening to her perspective on writing. She brings a relaxed, friendly tone to every episode, and she makes me feel welcome as a listener. I love this podcast!

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