225 episodes

Each week on Smart Podcast, Trashy Books, Sarah Wendell interviews authors, readers, reviewers, bloggers, publishing professionals, editors, and librarians about romance novels, which are among the most popular genres in fiction worldwide. Popular guests include: Ilona Andrews, Robin Bradford, NPR's Barrie Hardymon, Chuck Tingle, Sarah J. Maas, and Rachel Aaron. Amanda Diehl, co-pilot of the SS Smart Bitches, makes regular appearances with maximum silliness, especially during our Romantic Times Rewind episodes, where we take a look at old issues of Romantic Times Magazine (1981-2018). Frequent topics include romance novels, the way the genre is changing, and the brilliant and interesting people who read, write, and produce it, and issues common among romance readers. Plus, we always recommend some books we're reading and really enjoying. Learn more at SB-TB.com/Podcast.
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Smart Podcast, Trashy Books: A Romance Novel Podcast Sarah Wendell

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    • 4.7 • 51 Ratings

Each week on Smart Podcast, Trashy Books, Sarah Wendell interviews authors, readers, reviewers, bloggers, publishing professionals, editors, and librarians about romance novels, which are among the most popular genres in fiction worldwide. Popular guests include: Ilona Andrews, Robin Bradford, NPR's Barrie Hardymon, Chuck Tingle, Sarah J. Maas, and Rachel Aaron. Amanda Diehl, co-pilot of the SS Smart Bitches, makes regular appearances with maximum silliness, especially during our Romantic Times Rewind episodes, where we take a look at old issues of Romantic Times Magazine (1981-2018). Frequent topics include romance novels, the way the genre is changing, and the brilliant and interesting people who read, write, and produce it, and issues common among romance readers. Plus, we always recommend some books we're reading and really enjoying. Learn more at SB-TB.com/Podcast.
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    624. Academic Research about Romancelandia with Christine M. Larson

    624. Academic Research about Romancelandia with Christine M. Larson

    Christine M. Larson is the author of the new book Love in the Time of Self-Publishing: How Romance Writers Changed the Rules of Writing and Success, published by Princeton University Press. This book is NIFTY - it’s about us! I was interviewed for it, and we are going to talk about ALL The Things, from identity-driven ethics of care to RWA to the need for “a collective unified body for creative people.”
    Come for the vintage Romancelandia gossip, stay for the labor activism!
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    • 44 min
    623. RT Rewind: December 1997 Reviews

    623. RT Rewind: December 1997 Reviews

    The book reviews in 1997 may be fewer in number but they are ample in wtfery.
    Prizefighter younger sons getting kicked out of brothels on their wedding night!
    Nicknames that follow you around the globe in the 1880s!
    Regency cats!
    We’ve got truly glorious covers, so do not miss the visual aids. They’re incredible.
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    • 54 min
    622. The Love of my Afterlife with Kirsty Greenwood

    622. The Love of my Afterlife with Kirsty Greenwood

    Kirsty Greenwood’s book The Love of My Afterlife is out now, and it’s bubbly and charming and funny, with a lot of emotion, so we’re going to talk all about it. We also talk about making friends as an adult, and how there’s just about every genre inside this book. There’s even a heist. This might be why it’s the Good Morning America book club pick this month – congrats Kirsty!
    Then I learned she’s a former book blogger so there’s recommendations back and forth, all over the place.
    You can find Kirsty Greenwood at her website, KirstyGreenwood.com, and sign up for her newsletter. You can also find her on Instagram and on Facebook at KirstyGreenwoodBooks.
    We also mentioned:
    Book, Music, and LyricsThe Merry Pin craft shop in DC Romancing the Vote
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    • 43 min
    621. RT Rewind: September 2002 Ads & Features

    621. RT Rewind: September 2002 Ads & Features

    We’re going back in time to look at the ads and features of the September 2002 issue of Romantic Times!
    This issue left us with many questions, such as:
    What the hell is Tart Noir?
    Are reviewers elsewhere too mean? (Not us – we weren’t online yet!)
    How much lore is there about pesto?
    Should you jump into a pile of leaves?
    Should you soak crawfish tails in milk?
    Why is an author defending polygamy?
    What snack is best for reading and why is it not an apple?
    We had a lot of fun, even if the feature article was a bit of a let down, so please come join us for assorted silliness, and a Shadow Prince with no neck!
    Don’t miss the visual aids – so many screengrabs, so many weird necks!
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    • 1 hr 5 min
    620. Romance and Kickstarter with Oriana Leckert

    620. Romance and Kickstarter with Oriana Leckert

    Oriana Leckert is the Head of Publishing at Kickstarter, and works with the many, many authors who are finding community support on Kickstarter. They’re hosting a celebration all this month, Heartstrings & Hardbacks: Kickstarter and Romance, so we connected to talk about successful romance projects, strategies that work and don’t work on Kickstarter, and the evolution of fandom (a topic I’m always curious about).
    Oriana has worked in publishing for a long time, and applies her entire employment experience to her current job. She’s also the author of a book called Brooklyn Spaces, and it sounds like it was a really cool project.
    You can find Oriana Leckert on her website, and on Instagram.
    We also mentioned:
    Heartstrings & HardbacksMonopsonyEpisode 507. Romance Kickstarters with Lucy Eden and Katee RobertMy post on book title SEO madness
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    • 54 min
    619. RT Rewind: September 2002 Reviews

    619. RT Rewind: September 2002 Reviews

    We asked our Patreon community to vote on this month’s issue, and September 2002 won by a wide margin. So let’s dive into the book reviews, shall we?
    There are strange subcategories and overlapping genres, and also color-conscious aliens and amnesia, too. Plus, we talk a bit about one of the best lines Avon ever produced.
    Don’t miss the visual aids, because some of the covers are something.
    We also mentioned:
    Avon True RomancesA thread from Ashia Monet on the shift away from story arc to story trope (Twitter)Carrie’s review for How to Manage a Marquess, where she talks about soap bubble books Join our Patreon for complete mayhem, shenanigans, and more!
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    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
51 Ratings

51 Ratings

livelypsyche ,

Clever and interesting

I’ve been listening to this podcast for years. Sarah Wendell always has interesting guests, mostly authors but lots of other people too. If you want to know about poisonings, romance novels, book trends, book publishing, and who knows what else (the poisoning episode really stuck in my mind) this is the podcast for you!

Iggyebab ,

Smart & Fun

Sarah is so smart and fun. All of the guests are interesting and celebrate the joy of romance. The discussion is thoughtful and joyful all at once.

KatieBDMN ,

Awesome Podcast for Readers!

I rarely review but I’ve listened to and loved this podcast for years and is one of the few Patreons I contribute to! If you love reading romance or are adjacent, you’re in for a huge treat and your TBR pile will grow exponentially!!!

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