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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 authors Claribel A. Ortega and Kat Cho and releases every other Monday!

Write Or Die Podcas‪t‬ Claribel A. Ortega & Kat Cho

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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 authors Claribel A. Ortega and Kat Cho and releases every other Monday!

    S3 E14: Kosoko Jackson & ...That's Weird

    S3 E14: Kosoko Jackson & ...That's Weird

    Claribel & Kat discuss joining TikTok. Then they interview Kosoko Jackson about his debut sci-fi romance YESTERDAY IS HISTORY, how to push a trope to new limits, and writing in Adult romance after writing primarily in YA. Plus some advice from Kosoko's day job in Social Media marketing and content creation!

    KOSOKO BIO:

    Kosoko Jackson is a digital media specialist, focusing on digital storytelling, email, social and SMS marketing, and a freelance political journalist. Occasionally, his personal essays and short stories have been featured on Medium, Thought Catalog, The Advocate, and some literary magazines. When not writing YA novels that champion holistic representation of black queer youth across genres, he can be found obsessing over movies, drinking his (umpteenth) London Fog, or spending far too much time on Twitter. His YA debut, YESTERDAY IS HISTORY, is out now, published by SourceBooks Fire and his adult #OwnVoices queer Romcom, I’M SO (NOT) OVER YOU will come out in 2022, by Berkley Romance.

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    MENTIONS:

    Add WITCHLINGS on Goodreads

    Claribel’s TikTok

    Kat’s TikTok

    Order YESTERDAY IS HISTORY

    Add I’M SO (NOT) OVER YOU on Goodreads

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    • www.claribelortega.com

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    • www.katchowrites.com

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    • 56 min
    S3 E13: Book Twitter Manual: Introduction

    S3 E13: Book Twitter Manual: Introduction

    Claribel and Kat dive into some Book Twitter news and gossip for your entertainment and education. 

    Mentions:



    CP

    Punching Down

    Avoiding language used to target BIPOC

    Twitter Advice

    Expectations for how interact with readers/bloggers

    Remember, teens are our readers

    MSWL

    "I was hacked"

    "Please stop scrolling"



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    Add FRIZZY on Goodreads

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    Order WICKED FOX!

    Order VICIOUS SPIRITS (sequel to WICKED FOX)

    Add ONCE UPON A K-PROM on Goodreads

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    • 53 min
    S3 E12: Emily XR Pan & Nova Ren Suma & The Right Debut Book

    S3 E12: Emily XR Pan & Nova Ren Suma & The Right Debut Book

    Claribel & Kat look back on how far they’ve come since 2016 & how their goals for their author careers have changed in 5 years. Then they talk with NYT Bestselling authors & co-founders of FORESHADOW: A Serial YA Anthology, Emily XR Pan & Nova Ren Suma about how they became friends & advice about how to find your voice!

    Emily X.R. Pan is the New York Times bestselling author of THE ASTONISHING COLOR OF AFTER, which won the APALA Honor Award and the Walter Honor Award, received six starred reviews, was an L.A. Times Book Prize finalist, and was longlisted for the Carnegie Medal. She co-created the FORESHADOW anthology and lives on Lenape land in Brooklyn, New York.

    Nova Ren Suma is the author of A Room Away from the Wolves and the #1 New York Times bestselling The Walls Around Us, both finalists for an Edgar Award for Best Young Adult Novel. She also wrote the novels Imaginary Girls, 17 & Gone, and Dani Noir and is co-editor of the story & writing craft anthology FORESHADOW: Stories to Celebrate the Magic of Reading & Writing YA. She has an MFA in fiction from Columbia University and teaches creative writing at the University of Pennsylvania and Vermont College of Fine Arts. She grew up in the Hudson Valley, spent most of her adult life in New York City, and now lives in Philadelphia.

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    MENTIONS


    Foreshadow
    Claribel’s Foreshadow Story: Remember
    Order Foreshadow: Stories to Celebrate the Magic of Reading and Writing YA

    Emily’s Fashion suggestions:


    Holy Voids
    Sophie Reaptress
    Nuit Clothing Atelier

    Nova Ren’s Bookstore suggestions:


    Head House Books
    The Golden Notebook
    Oblong Books & Music

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    • 1 hr 20 min
    S3 E11: Claribel & Kat & Words Matter

    S3 E11: Claribel & Kat & Words Matter

    Claribel and Kat discuss some current events and how they’re coping. As well as how powerful words can be, and how important it is for us to take responsibility for them.

    MENTIONS:


    Sunrise Movement
    Claribel TikTok
    Kat TikTok

    Follow Claribel Ortega online: Twitter | Instagram | Youtube | TikTok 


    Order GHOST SQUAD
    Add FRIZZY on Goodreads
    www.claribelortega.com

    Follow Kat Cho online: Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | TikTok


    Order WICKED FOX!
    Order VICIOUS SPIRITS (sequel to WICKED FOX)
    Add ONCE UPON A K-PROM on Goodreads
    www.katchowrites.com

    Follow Write or Die online: Twitter | Instagram 


    Write or Die Podcast Website
    Join our WorDie community! 

    • 46 min
    S3 E10: Claribel & Kat & End-of-the-Year Check-In

    S3 E10: Claribel & Kat & End-of-the-Year Check-In

    Claribel and Kat discuss 2020, what it was like for Claribel to debut this year, and some trends they’ve noticed in the community. Plus, they discuss methods to try to allow for self-care and positivity in your life as potential coping mechanisms when going through a hard time. And how to cultivate better work habits for themselves as full-time writers.

    Mentions:

    Claribel’s GMA appearance

    Read Free Hexel

    DVCon

    DivBookFest

    Romance is a Bonus Book

    W: Two Worlds

    Boys over Flowers

    Mystic Pop Up Bar

    Spinning Silver

    To Kill a Kingdom

    Magic for Liars

    The Gravity of Us

    Be Dazzled

    All of Us Villains

    Silence of Bones

    These Violent Delights

    Stand Up, Yumi Chung

    Lore Olympus



    Follow Claribel Ortega online: Twitter | Instagram | Youtube

    Order GHOST SQUAD

    Add FRIZZY on Goodreads

    www.claribelortega.com



    Follow Kat Cho online: Twitter | Instagram | YouTube

    Order WICKED FOX!

    Order VICIOUS SPIRITS (sequel to WICKED FOX)

    Add ONCE UPON A K-PROM on Goodreads

    www.katchowrites.com



    Follow Write or Die online: Twitter | Instagram 

    Write or Die Podcast Website

    Join our WorDie community! 

    • 1 hr 14 min
    S3 E9: Chloe Gong & Shakespeare’s Ghost is Looking Out For You

    S3 E9: Chloe Gong & Shakespeare’s Ghost is Looking Out For You

    Claribel and Kat discuss #PublishingPaidMe and break down why it’s such an important conversation in publishing. Then they interview NYT bestselling debut author, Chloe Gong about These Violent Delights, her Chinese retelling of Romeo and Juliet in historical Shanghai! We discuss how she got into writing (and how writing for herself helped her write a […]

    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
137 Ratings

137 Ratings

Libraryknight ,

Informative and fun

I started listening a few months after beginning my querying journey, and it’s been super helpful in giving me a sense of publishing norms and the confidence to keep going. The hosts have great friendship chemistry!

ccleeds7 ,

Fun and inspiring

I love listening to Write or Die! The format is so cool, with Kat and Claribel having a conversation for a bit before the actual interview. Their conversations range from fun and hilarious to thoughtful, empathetic, and inspiring. Their honesty about the writing and publishing world is so honest and insightful, and I also love just listening to them having fun and exchanging jokes. Their interviews with other authors are also interesting and insightful and fun. My only complaint would be the quality of the audio, but Kat and Claribel have mentioned recently that they are working on addressing it, and I have been noticing improvement over time. Despite that one issue, it is still a great podcast and I always enjoy listening to it.

Just another fangirl. ,

Funny and earnest with a strong beating heart.

I listen to this podcast most mornings as I’m getting ready for work. I find the friendship and camaraderie between Kat and Claribel so relatable and the way they extend it to their audience is just wonderful. They speak on topics that are so essential and work at demystifying an industry that hoards its secrets like dragons hoard treasure. I appreciate their honesty, candor, and encouragement so much and it’s a treat to be invited to their space for these chats. I also appreciate the diversity in their guests, which all have been delightful. If you’re at all interested in publishing or YA literature or writing, this is definitely a great podcast to check out.

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