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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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    • 4.8 • 72 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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    Evelyn Steinthaler | Austrian Publishing Lessons

    Evelyn Steinthaler | Austrian Publishing Lessons

    Today we discuss Austria‘s approach with author and editor, Evelyn Steinthaler. Evelyn has worked for and with multiple independent publishing houses and is bringing all of that experience to our conversation today. You’ll hear the journey of independent publishing abroad, the signs of a good agent, and how to stay positive amidst rejections. Enjoy!
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    • 41 min
    Mary Laura Philpott | Publishing from the Bomb Shelter

    Mary Laura Philpott | Publishing from the Bomb Shelter

    I’m so excited to have another friend of the show on the podcast again this week, Mary Laura Philpott. In our conversation, you’ll hear about the writing process for her second book, Bomb Shelter, which follows on the heels of her previous book, the bestseller I Miss You When I Blink. So many amazing lessons drawing from her readers, the way she positions herself in the memoir and reading widely across many genres. Enjoy!
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    • 46 min
    Renée Belliveau | Publication, Canadian Style

    Renée Belliveau | Publication, Canadian Style

    It’s easy to believe that the publishing model in the US and UK are the only models out there, given how much coverage they get. Renée Belliveau joins me on the SLP to share her publishing journey in Canada. This conversation is special not only because of Renée’s insight, but because she revised her novel with the Next Draft course. Always a joy to see my students’ books reach publication. Enjoy! 
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    • 35 min
    Jacqueline Winspear | Publishing a Series

    Jacqueline Winspear | Publishing a Series

    Can you imagine writing 17 books with the same characters? Jacqueline Winspear is the queen of series writing and she’s on The Secret Library podcast today to share her process of not only writing on publication deadlines, but also how she stays connected with her ensemble of characters. We touch on everything from writing in a different time period to writing through trauma. If you’re looking for a new series to read or you’re embarking on creating a series of your own, this episode is for you. 
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    • 55 min
    Danielle Lazarin | Writing in the Dark

    Danielle Lazarin | Writing in the Dark

    It’s easy to believe that when we send our book off to publishers that we’ll receive at least one, or maybe multiple offers. But what happens when we don’t hear anything besides rejection? This is a topic that needs to be discussed more because it can be really hard to deal with that feeling. Danielle Lazarin is living this experience right now, and it was a catalyst for her to write her newest essay, The Ambiguous Loss of (Probably) Not Selling My Novel. I’m excited to have her on today to talk through this really tough seasons, the lessons she’s going to take with her, and how her view on publishing has changed. This isn’t the easiest topic, but we’ve made it juicy for you. Promise. 
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    • 57 min
    Melissa Fu | Transformation via Traditional Publication

    Melissa Fu | Transformation via Traditional Publication

    One of the best things about The Secret Library is getting to be in relationship with writers from the time their book is just an idea to getting to see it through publication. Today’s guest, Melissa Fu, is one of those amazing people. Her work on her upcoming book, Peach Blossom Spring, started back in 2018 and is now about to hit the shelves in 2022. She’s sharing how her agent found her, the way she stayed engaged with writing during the pandemic, and the hopes that she has for her book. This one is a joy!
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    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
72 Ratings

72 Ratings

bookandbird ,

One of my favorites!

The Secret Library Podcast is one I never miss! Caroline asks insightful and fun questions and provides a platform for a variety of writers and creators across genres. I highly recommend this to all writers looking for meaningful creative conversations.

Kathy Rupff ,

My new favorite podcast!

I’ve only heard the most recent podcast and LOVE it. Love Caroline! Creative person / wanna be writer here finding my place. Looking forward to hearing more!!! Thanks so much for this podcast!!!

Psfrankel ,

My favorite writing podcast

These podcasts are balm for the writer’s soul. And Caroline is such a delight. The diversity of subjects and people make these extra special. There is always one that helps me get out of a creative funk.

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