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The Write or Die Podcast shares the real stories about what it takes to become an author – the gritty, infuriating, pull your hair out because it’s been years – stories of writers who didn’t give up despite it all, and are now living out their dream. It’s hosted by NYT & #1 Indie bestselling author Claribel A. Ortega and NYT & international bestselling author Kat Cho and releases every other Monday! Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/writeordiepodcast/support

Write Or Die Podcast Claribel A. Ortega & Kat Cho

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    • 4.9 • 150 Ratings

The Write or Die Podcast shares the real stories about what it takes to become an author – the gritty, infuriating, pull your hair out because it’s been years – stories of writers who didn’t give up despite it all, and are now living out their dream. It’s hosted by NYT & #1 Indie bestselling author Claribel A. Ortega and NYT & international bestselling author Kat Cho and releases every other Monday! Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/writeordiepodcast/support

    S4 E24: Write or Die & FINAL_Final_Episode_Really.doc

    S4 E24: Write or Die & FINAL_Final_Episode_Really.doc

    THANK YOU to all of our WorDies! We love you!

    Kat & Claribel say goodbye to Write or Die by listening to snippets from past episodes and discussing the advice they’ve received along the way from amazing past guests including S.Jae Jones, Alex Aster, Victoria Aveyard, Tiffany Jackson, Phil Stamper and More! Then they read listener comments and answer some last “Ask Us Anything” questions! Thank you to all the WorDies who’ve joined us on this journey! Our hope is that you keep this community going even after the podcast is done!

    Topics discussed include:


    Separating “author” from “writer”
    Fake it til you make it mindset
    Social media and mental health
    Envy and jealousy in publishing
    Switching agents
    Focusing on your craft

    MENTIONS:

    • THIS IS WHY THEY HATE US by Aaron H. Aceves

    • LIGHTLARK by Alex Aster

    • FOLLOW CLARIBEL: Twitter | Instagram | Youtube | TikTok

    • www.claribelortega.com

    • Check out all of Claribel’s books

    • ORDER Witchlings

    • FOLLOW KAT: Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | TikTok

    • www.katchowrites.com

    • ORDER Once Upon a K-Prom

    • Check out Kat’s Books

    • FOLLOW WRITE OR DIE: Twitter | Instagram 

    • Write or Die Episodes

    • Join our WorDie community!

    • Learn more about Write or Die 


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    • 1 hr 37 min
    S4 E23: Write or Die & The Final Episode (part 1)

    S4 E23: Write or Die & The Final Episode (part 1)

    Kat & Claribel say goodbye to Write or Die by listening to snippets from past episodes and discussing the advice they’ve received along the way from amazing past guests including Daniel Jose Older, Leigh Bardugo, Holly Black, Ayana Gray, Mark Oshiro, and More! Topics discussed include:


    Messy first draft.
    How to get into drafting mode.
    Being wary of generalized advice.
    Finding community.
    Being a BIPOC author.
    Parasocial relationships in publishing.



    • FOLLOW CLARIBEL: Twitter | Instagram | Youtube | TikTok

    • www.claribelortega.com

    • Check out all of Claribel’s books

    • ORDER Witchlings

    Buy Claribel a coffee on Claribel's Ko-fi

    • FOLLOW KAT: Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | TikTok

    • www.katchowrites.com

    • ORDER Once Upon a K-Prom

    • Check out Kat’s Books

    Buy Kat a coffee on Kat's Ko-fi

    • FOLLOW WRITE OR DIE: Twitter | Instagram 

    • Write or Die Episodes

    • Join our WorDie community!

    • Learn more about Write or Die 


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    • 1 hr 13 min
    S4 E22: Vita Ayala & The Met is Super Haunted

    S4 E22: Vita Ayala & The Met is Super Haunted

    Claribel & Kat discuss what "success" means in publishing (and what it definitely does not mean). Then they interview Vita Ayala about their journey into writing comics, how the Metropolitan Museum of Art is super haunted, being inspired by Octavia Butler as a kid, and the difference between comics and prose writing. 

    ABOUT VITA: Vita Ayala (they/them) is a trans non-binary Afro-Puerto Rican writer born and bred in New York City, where they grew up dreaming dreams of dancing on far away worlds, fighting monsters on the block, and racing fish along the bottom of the ocean. Before Vita began freelancing as a writer, they worked in book retail, event coordination, building management, baking, and museum security (day and graveyard shift). They’ve broken at least one of every bone in their body, which means they can feel the rain coming. Vita writes both comics and prose fiction, and has written for publishers such as: Black Mask Studios, DC (comics), Dynamite, IDW, Image Comics, Macmillan, Marvel Comics, Realm, Valiant, and Vault Comics. Vita currently resides in New York City with their wife and cat sons.

    • FOLLOW VITA: Website | Twitter 

    Buy New Mutants Vol. 1 (New Mutants, 1) by Vita Ayala

    Buy New Mutants Vol. 2 (New Mutants, 2) by Vita Ayala

    Buy Reclaim the Stars: 17 Tales Across Realms & Space

    Buy Submerged by Vita Ayala 

    Listen to Marvel's Jessica Jones: Playing with Fire

    MENTIONS:

    • DAWN by Octavia Butler

    • FOLLOW CLARIBEL: Twitter | Instagram | Youtube | TikTok

    • www.claribelortega.com

    • Check out all of Claribel’s books

    • Add FRIZZY on Goodreads

    • FOLLOW KAT: Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | TikTok

    • www.katchowrites.com

    • BUY Once Upon a K-Prom

    • Check out Kat’s Books




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    • 1 hr 31 min
    S4 E21: Kat Cho & Suga’s Diss Track

    S4 E21: Kat Cho & Suga’s Diss Track

    Claribel interviews Kat about her young adult k-pop romcom, Once Upon a K-Prom. They chat all things k-pop (including Kat’s first k-pop loves), what inspired the book, whether Kat included BTS in K-Prom, and more!

    ABOUT KAT: Kat Cho used to hide books under the bathroom sink and then sneak in there to read after bedtime. Her parents pretended not to know. This helped when she decided to write a dinosaur time-travel novel at the tender age of nine. Sadly, that book was not published. Kat and her books have been featured in Entertainment Weekly, NBC, Refinery 29, and Seventeen. Her books include the Penguin One World One Book 2019 Selection, Wicked Fox, and its internationally bestselling sequel, Vicious Spirits. As well as  the upcoming romcom Once Upon a K-Prom (Disney, 2022). She currently lives and works in NYC and spends her free time trying to figure out what kind of puppy to adopt.

    • FOLLOW KAT: Website | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | TikTok

    • BUY Once Upon a K-Prom

    • BUY Wicked Fox

    • BUY Vicious Spirits

    MENTIONS:

    • K-Prom Playlist

    • Robbie’s Playlist

    • Elena’s Playlist

    • FOLLOW CLARIBEL: Twitter | Instagram | Youtube | TikTok

    • www.claribelortega.com

    • Check out all of Claribel’s books

    • PRE-ORDER Witchlings (April 5, 2022, Scholastic)

    • FOLLOW WRITE OR DIE: Twitter | Instagram 

    • Write or Die Episodes

    • Join our WorDie community!

    • Learn more about Write or Die 


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    • 47 min
    S4 E20: Traci Chee & The Epic Reads Egg Video

    S4 E20: Traci Chee & The Epic Reads Egg Video

    Claribel & Kat talk about pressures on authors every time a new book comes out & how publishing relationships naturally change over time. Then they interview Traci Chee about her path to publication, behind-the-scenes of finding out her book was a Printz Award Honor, and her newest Fantasy, A Thousand Steps into Night!

    BIO: Traci Chee is a best-selling and award-winning author of books for young people, including the instant New York Times best seller and Kirkus Prize Finalist The Reader and Printz Honor Book, Walter Award Honoree, and National Book Award Finalist We Are Not Free. Her newest book is A Thousand Steps into Night, a Japanese-influenced young adult fantasy. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys hiking, egg painting, gardening, and hosting game nights for family and friends. She lives in California with her fast dog.

    • FOLLOW : website | Twitter | Instagram

    MENTIONS:

    • Epic Reads Egg Video

    • FOLLOW CLARIBEL: Twitter | Instagram | Youtube | TikTok

    • www.claribelortega.com

    • Check out all of Claribel’s books

    • Add FRIZZY on Goodreads

    • FOLLOW KAT: Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | TikTok

    • www.katchowrites.com

    • PRE-ORDER Once Upon a K-Prom (May 17, 2022, Disney)

    • Check out Kat’s Books

    • FOLLOW WRITE OR DIE: Twitter | Instagram 

    • Write or Die Episodes

    • Join our WorDie community!

    • Learn more about Write or Die 


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    • 1 hr 14 min
    S4 E19: Laekan Zea Kemp & Just Pre-Ask For An Extension

    S4 E19: Laekan Zea Kemp & Just Pre-Ask For An Extension

    Claribel & Kat discuss a conversation the saw online about being “satisfied” with your author career vs being “happy” as an author. Then they interview Laekan Zea Kemp about her publishing journey. How she started off self-publishing and transitioned into traditional publishing. And what it’s been like writing across multiple genres and age categories!

    Content Warning: Discussions of grief/parental death/cancer

    ABOUT LAEKAN: Laekan Zea Kemp is a writer living in Austin, Texas. She’s also the creator and host of the Author Pep Talks podcast, as well as a contributor to the Las Musas podcast. She has three objectives when it comes to storytelling: to make people laugh, cry, and crave Mexican food. Her work celebrates Chicanx grit, resilience, creativity, and joy while exploring themes of identity and mental health. Her debut novel, SOMEWHERE BETWEEN BITTER & SWEET is out now from Little Brown Young Readers.

    • FOLLOW : website | Twitter | Instagram

    BUY Somewhere Between Bitter and Sweet

    BUY Heartbreak Symphony

    MENTIONS:

    • Stray Kids

    • FOLLOW CLARIBEL: Twitter | Instagram | Youtube | TikTok

    • www.claribelortega.com

    • Check out all of Claribel’s books

    • Add FRIZZY on Goodreads

    • FOLLOW KAT: Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | TikTok

    • www.katchowrites.com

    • PRE-ORDER Once Upon a K-Prom (May 2022, Disney)

    • Check out Kat’s Books

    • FOLLOW WRITE OR DIE: Twitter | Instagram 

    • Write or Die Episodes

    • Join our WorDie community!

    • Learn more about Write or Die 


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    • 1 hr 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
150 Ratings

150 Ratings

Grace_writes18 ,

Amazing!

I love this podcast with my whole entire being. I found it when I was just starting a book of my own, and the podcast taught me so many great things about writing and publishing in general. It helped my confidence and made me think: “maybe I can do this too.” Claribel and Kat are a joy to listen to. I relate to them so much, it’s like listening to friends. I highly recommend this podcast to anyone and everyone! I value the knowledge I gained from listening to Claribel and Kat so much. Thank you for being my favorite podcast!

malfoxley ,

Great show!

Claribel and Kat, host of the Write or Die podcast, highlights all aspects of being an author and more in this can’t miss podcast! The host and expert guests offer insightful advice and information that is helpful to anyone that listens!

Penelope Garcia doe ,

LOVE

Taught me everything I know about publishing and has great book recommendations!

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