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

A bonus episode for my listeners! I was recently interviewed by my local radio station, and thought I would re-broadcast for you.

January 19, 2019  

Today’s guest is Anica Mrose Rissi the author of the Anna, Banana chapter-book series, the picture books Watch Out for Wolf! and The Teacher’s Pet, as well as a YA novel, Always Forever Maybe. Her essays have been published by The Writer and the New York Times, and she plays fiddle in and writes lyrics for the band Owen Lake and the Tragic Loves. Anica grew up in Maine and spent many years in New York City, where she worked as an executive editor in children’s book publishing. 

Anica joined me today to talk about writing from a place of pain, and methods to redirect the endless feedback loop of anxiety towards something creative and productive, as well as how process can change from project to project and across age categories. Also covered: considering the performance of reading aloud versus the narrative that is meant to be read silently, writing for other writers, and how essays can both remind of your own authority on the subject, as well as open yourself up to vulnerability.

 

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A New Look On Books

Sleight by Jennifer Sommersby

December 17, 2018  

In this episode: How to know when you need to walk away from that draft, steps to take to make sure nothing you write is ever wasted, and some tips for getting unstuck. Also covered: approaches to editing, and when to hire a professional editor. 

September 22, 2018  

Today’s guest is Olivia Valcarce an assistant editor at Scholastic.

Olivia joined me today to talk about how different houses function within the publishing industry, what “commercial” means, and the benefits of working with a more junior editor.

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August 26, 2018  

Here’s a teaser for the upcoming September editor podcast featuring Arianne Lewin, an Executive Editor at GP Putnam Sons, an imprint of Penguin Random House.

Ari joined me to talk about word count – does it matter at the acquisitions level, how to know if your word count is bloated, and how to trim it down if it is. Also covered, a better explanation of show vs tell, how to do world building effectively without info dumps, and great examples of concise world building in fantasy.

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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.

 

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Sleight by Jennifer Sommersby 

See All The Stars by Kit Frick 

Today’s guest is Kit Frick, author of psychological thrillers for teens, as well as a poet and editor. Kit joins host Mindy McGinnis to talk about not only the querying process, but the process of knowing her writing was ready to query – and how she got to that place, as well as how different structures can be illuminating for particular stories, and how those same structures are challenges to write.

  

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Nothing But Sky by Amy Trueblood

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July 22, 2018  

Here’s a teaser for the upcoming August editor podcast featuring Kieran Viola, Senior editor at Disney Hyperion / Freeform books.

 

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June 20, 2018  

Enjoy this teaser from the upcoming July editor episode with Anica Morse Rissi. If you're a $10 level supporter on Patreon, the entire episode will be posting for you on July 1.

Learn about the submission process from the other side of the desk, what an IP project is, and what an R&R really means.

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May 28, 2018  

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