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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! Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/writeordiepodcast/support

Write Or Die Podcast Claribel A. Ortega & Kat Cho

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    • 4.9 • 142 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 authors Claribel A. Ortega and Kat Cho and releases every other Monday! Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/writeordiepodcast/support

    S3 E26: Liselle Sambury & The Werewolf Romance

    S3 E26: Liselle Sambury & The Werewolf Romance

    In the Season Finale episode, Claribel and Kat answer some listener questions about drafting, querying, and submission. Then they interview debut author Liselle Sambury about her early writing, learning and growing from past mistakes, and how she uses YouTube to connect to the community

    LISELLE BIO:

    Liselle Sambury is a Trinidadian-Canadian author who grew up in Toronto, and her brand of writing can be described as “messy Black girls in fantasy situations.” In her free time, she shares helpful tips for upcoming writers and details of her publishing journey through a YouTube channel dedicated to helping demystify the sometimes complicated business of being an author.

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    MENTIONS:

    • Kate from Paper Fury

    • Liselle’s Video about her learning experience with problematic narratives

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    • 1 hr 41 min
    S3 E25: Anna Meriano & Sorry Literary Fiction

    S3 E25: Anna Meriano & Sorry Literary Fiction

    Claribel and Kat talk about “parasocial relationships” and how it affects authors and their mental health. Then they talk to Anna Meriano about IP, MFA’s and her new book about fandom and fans reclaiming safe spaces for themselves!

    Bio:

    Anna Meriano grew up in Houston, Texas, with an older brother and a younger brother but (tragically) no sisters. She graduated from Rice University with a degree in English and earned her MFA in creative writing with an emphasis in writing for children from the New School in New York. She has taught creative writing and high school English and works as a writing tutor. Anna likes reading, knitting, playing full-contact quidditch, and translating English song lyrics into Spanish and vice-versa. Her favorite baked goods are the kind that don't fly away before you eat them.

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    • 1 hr 17 min
    S3 E24: Rita Williams Garcia & All Vibes, No Plot

    S3 E24: Rita Williams Garcia & All Vibes, No Plot

    Claribel and Kat discuss how they make promo that’s fun for them and which incorporates their personalities. Then they talk to hilarious bestselling author Rita Williams-Garcia about what it was like when she first got started in publishing, how she goes back and forth between Middle Grade & Adult, and some great advice for authors at all level!

    BIO:

    Rita Williams-Garcia is the New York Times bestselling author of novels for young adults and middle grade readers.  Her most recent novel, Gone Crazy in Alabama ends the saga of the Gaither Sisters, who appear in One Crazy Summer and PS Be Eleven.  Her novels have been recipients of numerous awards, including the Coretta Scott King Award, National Book Award Finalists, Newbery Honor Book, Junior Library Guild, and the Scott O’Dell Prize for Historical Fiction.  She served on faculty at the Vermont College of Fine Arts Writing for Children MFA Program and she resides in Queens, New York.

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    BUY A Sitting in St. James

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    • Add Witchlings (2022, Scholastic) on Goodreads

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    • www.katchowrites.com

    • Add Once Upon a K-Prom (2022, Disney) on Goodreads

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    • 1 hr 14 min
    S3 E23: Editor Shelly Romero Is A Goth Golden Retriever

    S3 E23: Editor Shelly Romero Is A Goth Golden Retriever

    Kat and Claribel talk a little about their personal writing processes. And then they interview Shelly Romero an editor at Scholastic about what she looks for in submissions, how you can support BIPOC authors, and the realities of the day-to-day life of editors!

    SHELLY BIO:

    Shelly Romero is an assistant editor at Scholastic Press, where she is looking to build a list comprised of predominantly BIPOC and traditionally marginalized authors. She graduated from Stephens College with a bachelor’s degree in English and attended the 2017 NYU Summer Publishing Institute. She is a member of Latinx in Publishing, People of Color in Publishing, and a junior mentor for Representation Matters Mentorship Program. She was selected as Publishers Weekly Star Watch 2020 Honoree, which “shines a light on innovative, talented professionals from all parts of the industry.” Born and raised in Miami by Honduran parents, she now resides in New York City where is she is forever chasing the perfect café Cubano and pan tostado.

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    Mentions:

    • Add Witchlings by Claribel a. Ortega on Goodreads

    • Add Once Upon a K-Prom by Kat Cho on Goodreads

    • Add Frizzy/Rizos by Claribel a. Ortega on Goodreads

    • Shelly explains Acquisitions meetings, Launch, and Sales Conference from an editor’s perspective!

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    • 1 hr 17 min
    S3 E22: Sarah Dass & Persuasion Is Our Favorite Austen Book

    S3 E22: Sarah Dass & Persuasion Is Our Favorite Austen Book

    Kat & Claribel discuss some writing and productivity tools that have been helping them write lately. Then they talk to Sarah Dass about her debut romance WHERE THE RHYTHM TAKES YOU, doing a retelling, and what it felt like being in an auction for her debut book

    Bio: Sarah Dass was born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago.

    A graduate of the University of the West Indies and University College London, she works as an Office Administrator by day and writes stories about growing up in the Caribbean by night.

    When she’s not writing, she’s thinking about writing, or taking walks with her dachshund. The only thing she loves more than a lazy day at home is exploring new countries.

    Her debut novel, WHERE THE RHYTHM TAKES YOU, a YA contemporary retelling of Jane Austen’s PERSUASION, will be published by Balzer + Bray / HarperCollins in 2021.

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    Order WHERE THE RHYTHM TAKES YOU

    Mentions:

    • Kingsley Nebechi’s Instagram

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    • www.claribelortega.com

    • Check out all of Claribel’s books

    • Add Witchlings (2022, Scholastic) on Goodreads

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

    • www.katchowrites.com

    • Add Once Upon a K-Prom (2022, Disney) on Goodreads

    • Check out Kat’s Books

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    • 1 hr 15 min
    S3 E 21: Victoria Aveyard Is a Map Nerd

    S3 E 21: Victoria Aveyard Is a Map Nerd

    Kat and Claribel discuss making friends and friend groups in publishing. And then they interview NYT Bestselling author, Victoria Aveyard about her writing process, starting a brand new series after spending so long in one world, how film school influences her writing process, and how she’s liking TikTok!

    VICTORIAS BIO: Victoria Aveyard is an author and screenwriter, born and raised in a small town in Western Massachusetts. Both her parents are public school teachers, as well as avid film, television, and literature fans. Victoria grew up on a steady diet The Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and LOST. She pursued a degree in Writing for Film & Television at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. After graduating college in 2012, Victoria moved home from Los Angeles and began writing the manuscript that would become Red Queen.

    She has since published four #1 New York Times bestselling and USA Today bestselling books, two New York Times bestselling novellas, a New York Times bestselling short story collection.

    She lives full-time in Los Angeles and is hard at work on her next young adult fantasy series. The first installment is Realm Breaker!

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    Mentions:

    • thread on making friends on twitter: https://twitter.com/Claribel_Ortega/status/1273357320928530437

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    • Check out all of Claribel’s books

    • Add Witchlings (2022, Scholastic) on Goodreads

    • FOLLOW KAT: Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | TikTok

    • www.katchowrites.com

    • Add Once Upon a K-Prom (2022, Disney) on Goodreads

    • Check out Kat’s Books

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    • 1 hr 15 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
142 Ratings

142 Ratings

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!

Ryan La Sala ,

I want to scream I love this podcast so much

I truly think this podcast was designed in a lab just for me. I love it and I love Kat and Cho and I’ve been listening throughout my publishing journey, both before I got published and after, and I still learn something new with every conversation.

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