22 episodes

NYT bestseller Amie Kaufman and editor turned debut author Kate J. Armstrong take you behind the scenes as they count down to the release of their novels, The Isles of the Gods and Nightbirds, both coming in 2023 from Penguin Random House in the USA, and other publishers around the globe. You'll hear them talk about drafting, editing, cover design, launch plans and much more, as well as meeting their characters and exploring their worlds. Pub Dates is a podcast for readers and for writers that will follow two friends as their stories come to life.

Pub Dates Amie Kaufman & Kate J. Armstrong

    • Arts
    • 4.8 • 19 Ratings

NYT bestseller Amie Kaufman and editor turned debut author Kate J. Armstrong take you behind the scenes as they count down to the release of their novels, The Isles of the Gods and Nightbirds, both coming in 2023 from Penguin Random House in the USA, and other publishers around the globe. You'll hear them talk about drafting, editing, cover design, launch plans and much more, as well as meeting their characters and exploring their worlds. Pub Dates is a podcast for readers and for writers that will follow two friends as their stories come to life.

    Teaser Trailer

    Teaser Trailer

    Welcome to Pub Dates! Join NYT bestseller Amie Kaufman and editor turned debut author Kate J. Armstrong as they take you behind the scenes on the countdown to the release of their novels, The Isles of the Gods and Nightbirds, both coming in 2023. Pub Dates is a podcast for readers and for writers that will follow two friends as their stories come to life. 

    • 2 min
    Pitch, Please

    Pitch, Please

    Welcome to our first episode, in which we talk about who we are, how we met, and the journey this show is about to embark on. Come behind the curtain as we discuss pitches: what they are, why they matter, and how we came up with ours. 
    Add The Isles of the Gods and Nightbirds on Goodreads, or follow Amie and Kate on Instagram. Make sure to sign up for the Pub Dates Newsletter, which will go out every time a new episode drops and include some of the visuals we discussed on air, plus sneak peeks, contests, and more.

    • 39 min
    You Have No Idea

    You Have No Idea

    Welcome back! This episode we're going to talk about where our book ideas come from, and specifically about where these ideas came from. Get ready for tallship adventures and speakeasy sparkle... Add The Isles of the Gods and Nightbirds on Goodreads, or follow Amie and Kate on Instagram. Make sure to sign up for the Pub Dates Newsletter, which goes out every time a new episode drops and includes some of the visuals we discussed on air, plus sneak peeks, contests, giveaways, and more.

    • 34 min
    What in the World

    What in the World

    This episode is all about worldbuilding. We'll discuss why worldbuilding matters, dive into how we created the worlds where our stories are set, and reveal some of our favourite parts of those worlds.  If you like our show, sign up for the complementary newsletter that publishes each time a new episode drops. It's full of images of things we discuss, behind-the-scenes snippets, and a comment section where you can join in on the fun. You can also add The Isles of the Gods and Nightbirds on Goodreads.

    • 46 min
    Questionable Characters

    Questionable Characters

    In this episode, we introduce you to some of our characters, describing their type and some of their quirks. We might even drop a few hints about what sorts of trouble they're going to get into.
    For more Pub Dates goodness, make sure to sign up for the complementary newsletter that publishes each week a new episode drops. It's full of images of the things we discuss, plus behind-the-scenes snippets, perks, and a comment section where you can join in on the fun. You can also add The Isles of the Gods and Nightbirds on Goodreads.

    • 32 min
    A Modest Proposal

    A Modest Proposal

    This episode, we answer a listener question about how we sold our books, Kate on submission and Amie on proposal. What's the difference between the two approaches? Let's get into it.
    For more Pub Dates goodness, make sure to sign up for the complementary newsletter that publishes each week a new episode drops. It's full of images of the things we discuss, plus behind-the-scenes snippets - this week we share quotes from the novels for the very first time - listener perks, and a comment section where you can join in on the fun. You can also add The Isles of the Gods and Nightbirds on Goodreads.

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 Ratings

MtnGrl73 ,

Devoured upon discovery

What a delightful series! The conversation between writing friends at different places in their careers is charming. Special guest interviews add to the insider feel; I’ve been learning a lot on the journey with Amie and Kate. (BTW - no discernible issues with the podcast sound quality for me.)

i.am.fides. ,

My happy-place podcast

I am so grateful for this show. Amie and Kate are generous, unpretentious and thoughtful in their approach to sharing their publication process. It is immensely encouraging to hear a "behind the scenes" show about writing that feels inviting, rather than exclusive (which is a rare tone to strike in the publishing world!) Please - if you are interested in writing, in YA, authors, or simply enjoy hearing two friends talking about creativity - give this show a shot. It’s my personal extra dopamine hit :)

(Also… not sure why another review mentioned “bad” sound. I did not notice that at all, please don’t let their opinion deter you from listening!)

Ediechev ,

Love getting to see behind the curtains!!

Love all the episodes so far!! It’s just getting better and better. They have such great chemistry. And having the newsletters to go with the episodes makes it even that much richer.

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