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

October 22, 2018  

Today’s guest is Tara Gilboy who holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia, where she specialized in writing for children and young adults. Her middle grade novel, Unwritten, was published by Jolly Fish Press just this month. She teaches creative writing in San Diego Community College’s Continuing Education Program and for the PEN Writers in Prisons Program.

 Tara joined me today to talk about selling her book without an agent, and how to process criticism from critique partners. Also Covered: exercises to help you capture middle grade voice, and how to find critique partners both online and in real life. And, can writing be taught or is it intuitive?  

Links for Tara:

Site

Twitter

 

Ad Links: 

The Wood by Chelsea Bobulski 

Sleight by Jennifer Sommersby

00:0000:00
August 13, 2018  

Today’s guest is Jessica Verdi, author of the YA contemporary novels My Life After Now, The Summer I Wasn’t Me, What You Left Behind, as well as And She Was. Jess received her MFA in Writing for Children from The New School and is a freelance editor of romance, women’s fiction, chick lit, YA, and kid lit

Jessica joins host Mindy McGinnis to talk about querying a first novel, landing her agent, and breaking out of writing only one genre. Also covered: how Jessica handles hot button issues in her books, and the pushback that can come from writing about such topics, as well as the pros and cons of getting an MFA and why everyone needs an editor.

 

Support the Podcast on Go Fund Me

 

Become a Patron to Listen Ad-Free for Just $2.00 A Month

 

Links for Jessica:

Site

Twitter

Facebook

Instagram

 

Ad Links:

Sleight by Jennifer Sommersby 

See All The Stars by Kit Frick 

00:0000:00

Today’s guest is Abigail Johnson, author of the YA contemporary titles EVEN IF I FALL, THE FIRST TO KNOW and IF I FIX YOU. She became a tetraplegic after breaking her neck in a car accident when she was seventeen, but hasn’t let that stop her from bodysurfing in Mexico, and becoming a published author. Abigail speaks with host Mindy McGinnis about the process of getting an agent, how branding can limit your writing in some ways once you have a career,  the ease of world building when writing contemporary – not to be confused with the idea that writing YA is easy - and how Abigail’s accident shapes her unique perspective of life and people, and where to find her online.

Support the Podcast on Go Fund Me

Become a Patron to Unlock Agent & Editor Episodes

 

Links for Abigail:

Site

Twitter

Instagram

Facebook

 

Ad Links:

Your Destination Is On The Left by Lauren Spieller

Soulstruck by Natasha Sinel 

00:0000:00

Today’s guest is Rachel Pudelek who joins host Mindy McGinnis to talk about querying, the agent hunt, and how heavily trends impact both. Other topics inlcude common writing advice they both hate, as well as tempting the possibility of creative burnout when you write every day.

Support the Podcast on Go Fund Me

Become a Patron to Unlock Agent & Editor Episodes

Links for Rachel:

Site

 

Twitter

Instagram

Facebook

Ad Links:

Your Destination Is On The Left by Lauren Spieller

All For One by Sophia Beaumont

 

00:0000:00

Today’s guest is Amy Trueblood author of NOTHING BUT SKY which released from Flux Books earlier this year. Amy joins host Mindy McGinnis to talk about selling her book without an agent, the importance of maintaining writerly friendships – even when jealousy wants to come between you, and balancing the demands of research versus forging forward with your story when writing historical fiction.

 

Support Writer, Writer, Pants on Fire

 

Amy's Links:

Site

Twitter

Instagram

Facebook

 

Ad Links:

THE TRAIL RULES by Melanie Hooyenga 

THE EARTH BLEEDS RED by Jackson Baer 

00:0000:00
April 16, 2018  

Today’s guest is JR Johansson author of the Night Walkers trilogy as well as CUT ME FREE and THE ROW. J.R. Johansson's books have been published in a dozen languages and more than twenty countries worldwide. She has a B.S. degree in public relations and a background in marketing. She joins host Mindy McGinnis to talk about the process of landing her agent, how writing thrillers came to be her brand, as well as the pros and cons of writing a series versus writing stand alones.

Links for JR:

Site

Twitter

Instagram

Ad Links:

BOOMERANG by Helene Dunbar

A VOID THE SIZE OF THE WORLD by Rachele Alpine

00:0000:00
January 15, 2018  

Today’s guest is Pat Zietlow Miller, who has received multiple awards for her many picture books. Her titles include SOPHIE’S SQUASH, WHEREVER YOU GO, SHARING THE BREAD, THE QUICKEST KID IN CLARKSVILLE, and the newly released WIDE-AWAKE BEAR. Pat joins host Mindy McGinnis to talk about how querying a picture book is different than querying a novel, the misleading ease of each project being 700 words or less, and why a children’s book writer who wants to be traditionally published should not seek out an illustrator before submitting their work. 

Pat's Links:

Site

Picture Book Builders Blog

Twitter

Instagram

Ad Links:

AIR & ASH by Alex Lidell

MY AMERICAN NIGHTMARE: WOMEN IN HORROR ANTHOLOGY by Azzura Nox

 

00:0000:00

Alex Lidell joins host Mindy McGinnis to talk about how she broke into publishing through an Amazon contest, how to find and utilize critique partners, and how successful self-publishing should focus more on the business aspect than the creative side. Be sure to listen to the end for Alex’s offer of a free novella!

Support Writer, Writer, Pants on Fire

Alex Links:

Site

Twitter

Facebook

Ad Links:

AIR & ASH by Alex Lidell

WIDE AWAKE BEAR by Pat Zietlow Miller

P.A.W.S Saga by Debbie Manber Kuper

 

 

00:0000:00
January 1, 2018  

Host Mindy McGinnis shares 20 New Year's Resolutions for Writers in 2018 - 10 things you should do, and 10 you shouldn't.

Ad Links:

Air & Ash by Alex Lidell

Beautiful, Wonderful, Strong Little Me! by Hannah Carmona Dias

 

00:0000:00
July 10, 2017  

Today’s episode is being featured on Podbean’s crowd support service. If you like what we do here, please consider supporting the show by visiting https://patron.podbean.com/writerwriterpantsonfire

For a dollar a month you’ll get a thank you from me, Mindy McGinnis, on the blog or through one of my social media accounts. For five bucks you get a shoutout on a podcast episode, and for ten you can pose questions or suggest topics for the end of the month guest-free show. Twenty dollars will get you a Google chat with myself, or if you’re a writer looking to advertise your book, a freelance editor or copyeditor who would like to air your services to the aspiring writers who listen in here, checkout the patron crowd funding services offered through Podbean.

Today's guest is Tara Dairman whose debut novel All Four Stars, about an 11 y/o restaurant critic moonlighting for New York’s biggest newspaper was published in 2014, followed by The Stars of Summer and Stars So Sweet in 2015 and 2016. A new standalone middle-grade novel, The Great Hibernation, will hit the shelves on September 12.

Tara joined me to talk about how a contest helped her gain an invitation to query a closed agency, how to navigate social media when your target audience may not be there, and the question of who you write for when you write middle grade – the kids, or the gatekeepers? 

Episode Links:

TaraDairman.com

Publisher's Marketplace

Miss Snark's First Victim

Krista Van Dolzer's Blog

00:0000:00

- Older Posts »