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Three out of five people dream of writing a book. Maybe you're one of them. But what does it take to go from dream to launch? Screenwriter John August (Go, Big Fish, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory) sought to find out as he tackled something he’d only ever dreamed of: writing a novel. From Wondery, A Network Of Storytellers, this is a show about putting something out into the world. How will it turn out? You’ll know when we do.

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    • 4.9 • 27 Ratings

Three out of five people dream of writing a book. Maybe you're one of them. But what does it take to go from dream to launch? Screenwriter John August (Go, Big Fish, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory) sought to find out as he tackled something he’d only ever dreamed of: writing a novel. From Wondery, A Network Of Storytellers, this is a show about putting something out into the world. How will it turn out? You’ll know when we do.

    The Shadow of Harry Potter

    The Shadow of Harry Potter

    Saying “It’s like Harry Potter” is a useful way to describe a book, but He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named should absolutely not be named in children’s publishing. Like Facebook or Instagram, it’s the unicorn that warps the industry, and “sets impossible expectations,” according to editor Connie Hsu.

    Most middle-grade fantasy series are duds, so not only might Arlo Finch not become Harry Potter, it might not become anything at all.

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    • 45 min
    A Boy in The Woods

    A Boy in The Woods

    Arlo Finch sprang from a phone call in an Austin hotel room in October 2015 during an epic thunderstorm. Screenwriter John August spent the next month tracing Arlo's journey over seven chapters and realized he had a book series on his hands. After talking to other screenwriters-turned-novelists, August decided it was time to find a publishing house for Arlo. There’s a preemptive offer, with only hours to decide.

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    Squarespace - Use the offer code LAUNCH at checkout when you are ready to launch your website when you visit them here: www.squarespace.com

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    • 36 min
    Introducing Launch

    Introducing Launch

    Three out of five people say they dream of writing a book. Chances are you’re one of them. 

    But what does it take to actually go from dream to launch? 

    Screenwriter John August wants to find out. After writing hit films like Big Fish, Go, and Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, he did something that he knew nothing about: he wrote a middle-grade novel and started recording his conversations with everyone he talked to about it.

    What will happen next? No idea. This is Launch. 

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    • 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
27 Ratings

27 Ratings

pabloamigo ,

Great stuff as usual from John

Big fan of Scriptnotes, John’s other podcast with Craig Mazin, so interested to hear about his book adventures.

John is always inspiring and positive (whilst being a down-to-earth realist). If you have a passing interest in any form of writing, I’d recommend checking this podcast out (and Scriptnotes too).

Being privy to conversations you wouldn’t usually have access to (e.g. with his film agent) really lends an extra level of insight to the whole process.

Hope the book is a success and you continue to impart your knowledge and experiences to aspiring creatives.

Tomas Black ,

An interesting insight into publishing

A great insight into writing and publishing a novel by John August. I'm working on my first novel so found this very rewarding to listen to. The first episode in the series is a little too contrived for my liking, but then I'm used to the more spontaneous format of Scriptnotes. That said, the second and third episodes sold me on the format. I did find it strange that for a professional screenwriter, John found his first novel so daunting. There are commercials in these episodes, but John weaves them in so skillfully that you'd hardley notice.

Veccles ,

Listen to Launch

I installed iTunes and reset my password just to subscribe to this podcast, leave this rating and write this review. I've listened to all of Scriptnotes and now I have listened to all of Launch, and will continue to listen to future episodes as they are released. Although a different style of podcast than Scriptnotes this is just as excellent. Honestly, if you have any interest at all in writing, filmmaking or just generally being creative, then listen to BOTH of these podcasts. Well worth the time invested. You'll thank me when you're over 335 episodes deep and desperate for more.

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