Writer, Writer, Pants On Fire Where writers talk about things that never happened to people who don’t exist. Hosted by Mindy McGinnis.

December 11, 2017  

Guest Gayle Rosengren, author of the middle grade titles WHAT THE MOON SAID and COLD WAR ON MAPLE STREET joins host Mindy McGinnis to talk about how different writing skills can be used to create a freelance career, using the three things that all middle grade audiences have in common in order to break the historical ice, and who to target when creating supplemental material for your books. 

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Nonnie and I by Savannah Hendricks

An Unstill Life by Kate Larkindale

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December 4, 2017  

Today’s guest is Corey Ann Haydu, author of the YA novels OCD LOVE STORY, LIFE BY COMMITTEE, MAKING PRETTY, the middle grade novel, RULES FOR STEALING STARS and the upcoming YA novel THE CAREFUL UNDRESSING OF LOVE. A graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and The New School’s Writing for Children MFA program, Corey has been working in children’s publishing since 2009.

Corey joins host Mindy McGinnis to talk about how the acting world helped thicken her skin for the ups and downs of publishing, writing about OCD from a place of understanding, and the moment of choosing a voice for a story that determines whether it will be middle grade or YA, and what to try - and not try - at school visits.

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ROCKS FALL, EVERYONE DIES by Lindsay Ribar

 

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November 27, 2017  

Host Mindy McGinnis recaps the guests and topics for the months of October and November, plus shares six tips on how to successfully hand-sell your book.

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Medici's Daughter by Sophie Perinot

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November 20, 2017  

Today’s guest is Lisa Maxwell, author of the New York Times Best-Selling THE LAST MAGICIAN. as well as UNHOOKED, SWEET UNREST, and GATHERING DEEP. When she's not writing books, she teaches English at a local college. Lisa joins host Mindy McGinnis to talk about having a folder marked “the reject file,” why it’s so important to follow your gut when you have multiple agents offering representation, the never-ending popularity of Peter Pan and how hitting the New York Times Bestseller list can be a career-maker.

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Air & Ash by Alex Lidell Audiobook

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November 13, 2017  

Host Mindy McGinnis talks with Tori Rigby, author of the dark fantasy DREAMCATCHER series, as well as the contemporary YA novel, BECAUSE I LOVE YOU. Topics covered include not letting excitement make decisions for you early on in your career, red flags to look for while searching for agents, why Tori disagrees with writing under different pen names for different genres, and knowing when to take your work to a small press.

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A Void the Size of the World by Rachele Alpine

The Most Beautiful Woman in Florence by Alyssa Palombo

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November 6, 2017  

Today's guest is Geoffrey Girard, Bram Stoker nominee and author of CAIN'S BLOOD, PROJECT CAIN, TRUTHERS, and MARY ROSE. Geoff joins Mindy to talk about how losing an agent doesn't end a career, learning craft through writing shorts, how small indie pubs can teach you a lot, and the art of table selling.

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THE VIOLINIST OF VENICE by Alyssa Palombo

VIAL THINGS by Leah Clifford

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October 30, 2017  

Today’s guest is Kate Watson. Her debut novel, SEEKING MANSFIELD, came out May 16th, 2017, with the companion novel, SHOOT THE MOON to come in 2018.

Kate joins host Mindy McGinnis to talk about her unusual route to finding an agent, why Mansfield Park resonated with her more so than other Jane Austen novels  and how to use your existing connections online to help promote a quiet book, as well as NaNoWriMo – how to use this program to begin and finish projects, or just produce words on the page in the month of November.

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TRADING FACES by Julia DeVillers & Jennifer Roy

AMONG THE SHADOWS: 13 STORIES OF DARKNESS & LIGHT

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October 23, 2017  

Today’s guest is Liz Coley author of the psychological thriller Pretty Girl-13 from HarperCollins. Liz’s short fiction has also appeared in Cosmos Magazine and several speculative fiction anthologies. Liz joins host Mindy McGinnis to talk about using short stories as a stepping stone to publishing a novel, how Liz’s degree in molecular biology helps boost the “science” in her science fiction, and to speak as a hybrid author about the pros and cons of both, as well as the different skills required for each.

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Trading Faces by Julia DeVillers and Jennifer Roy

A Void the Size of the World by Rachele Alpine

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October 16, 2017  

Today’s guest is Melanie Crowder, author of multiple YA and Middle Grade books, and a fellow 2013 debut. Melanie joins host Mindy McGinnis to talk about the pain of rejection, and how to view it as a learning experience that can help you become stronger, the fuzzy area of writing for upper middle grade versus writing YA, and tackling tougher subjects for that audience. Also covered: the power of writing for youth who are ready to change the world, the ability of SciFi and Fantasy to be more subversive than their counterparts, how difficult life can be for today’s youth, and why it’s important to tell their stories.

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The Captain’s Kid by Liz Coley

 

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October 9, 2017  

Today’s guest is Elsie Chapman, whose work includes the YA Sci-Fi series DUALED and DIVIDED, as well as the upcoming ALONG THE INDIGO. Born and raised in western Canada and a graduate of UBC with a degree in English Literature, Elsie Chapman currently lives in Tokyo with her family. 

Elsie joins host Mindy McGinnis  to talk about how so much of the pain of publishing goes unspoken, the luck of hitting a trend, the downside of that trend falling out of style, writing the book of your heart even when you know it might not get published, and putting together teams for theme focused anthologies.

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The Wood by Chelsea Bobulski

Bad Blood by Demitria Lunetta

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