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

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. 

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AIR & ASH by Alex Lidell

MY AMERICAN NIGHTMARE: WOMEN IN HORROR ANTHOLOGY by Azzura Nox

 

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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!

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AIR & ASH by Alex Lidell

WIDE AWAKE BEAR by Pat Zietlow Miller

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

 

 

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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.

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Air & Ash by Alex Lidell

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

 

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December 25, 2017  

The December roundup episode with host Mindy McGinnis, as well as tips on how to round out a healthy reading list fro 2018.

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Air & Ash by Alex Lidell

Killer Potential by AftenBrook Szymanski

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Today’s guest is AC Gaughen the author of the Scarlet Trilogy (Scarlet, Lady Thief and Lion Heart) and the Elementae quartet which will start with REIGN THE EARTH in January 2018. She serves on the board for the non-profit Boston GLOW, creating opportunities to encourage and engage teen girls in the Greater Boston area. She has a Masters in Creative Writing from St. Andrews University in Scotland and a Masters in Education from Harvard University. She joins host Mindy McGinnis to talk about how she began to query as a fourteen year old, and how her own love of reading historical and fantasy influenced her writing both then and now, how she knew her own skill set was better suited for traditional publishing rather than self-publishing, and how teaching writing can be inspiring.

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The Medici’s Daughter by Sophie Perinot 

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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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