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Writers talk craft, agent hunt, query trenches, publishing industry, and more. Hosted by Mindy McGinnis.

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Writers talk craft, agent hunt, query trenches, publishing industry, and more. Hosted by Mindy McGinnis.

    Sarah J. Schmitt on Successful School Visits for Authors

    Sarah J. Schmitt on Successful School Visits for Authors

    Sarah J. Schmitt joined me today to talk about her new book, Where There's A Whisk. We talked about school visits for authors with teens, how to get their attention, and how to keep it. Also covered - writing in the pandemic, reality television, and the efficacy (or not) of social media 


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    Caitlin Wahrer On Writing About Male Sexual Assault Victims

    Caitlin Wahrer On Writing About Male Sexual Assault Victims

    Today's guest is Caitlin Wahrer, author of the The Damage, which details the fallout and repercussions of a sexual assault that affects not only the victim, but also family and friends. 


     


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    Laurell K. Hamilton On Starting A New Series

    Laurell K. Hamilton On Starting A New Series

    Today's guest is Laurell K. Hamilton, author of the bestselling Anita Blake Vampire Hunter series, the Merry Gentry series, and her newest series, Zaniel Havelock. Laurell joined me today to talk about the difficulty of writing a long series, the joy of a new one, the choice not to tour during COVID, and... our dogs.


     


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    Harper Collins Editor Ben Rosenthal On the Editor / Author Relationship

    Harper Collins Editor Ben Rosenthal On the Editor / Author Relationship

    Today's guest is my own editor, Ben Rosenthal of Katherine Tegen Books. Ben joined me to talk about the misconceptions of the author / editor relationship, why there is such a long lead time in traditional publishing, and the difficulty of reading for pleasure when books are your job.


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    Saumya Dave On Writing Mental Health, Family Relationships & Debuting In A Pandemic

    Saumya Dave On Writing Mental Health, Family Relationships & Debuting In A Pandemic

    Today's guest is Saumya Dave, author of What A Happy Family. Saumya joined me today to talk about family roles and how they continue throughout adulthood, writing mental health from the perspective of a practicing psychiatrist, and debuting during the pandemic.


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    Ian Dawson On Writing Fiction From Personal Trauma

    Ian Dawson On Writing Fiction From Personal Trauma

    Today's guest is Ian Dawson, author of The Field and Midnight House, which are both loosely based on his own kidnapping and abuse as a child. We talk about the catharsis of addressing trauma through fiction, pushing the boundaries in the young adult genre, and knowing your goals when you choose to self-publish.


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Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
37 Ratings

37 Ratings

AuthorCalie ,

Exactly what needed

I just found this podcast and I am in love. It is exactly what I have been looking for, as a newbie author. Quirky, real, nitty gritty.

Dair B. ,

Worth your time

Gets to the point and the content is useful and provocative.

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Useful, smart, enjoyable

Mindy is one smart cookie, and writers at all stages of the publishing process will find a lot to love and learn from! A great podcast.

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