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July Roundup & Self-Editing to Whittle Down the Word Count

July Roundup & Self-Editing to Whittle Down the Word Count

July 30, 2018

A roundup of the month's guest and topics, as well as advice from host Mindy McGinnis on how to self-edit, whittling down your word count when your manuscript has become bloated. 

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Sleight by Jennifer Sommersby

Tribute by Chris Knoblaugh

Kit Frick: Using Structure to Build Suspense In Your Novel

Kit Frick: Using Structure to Build Suspense In Your Novel

July 23, 2018

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

Sleight by Jennifer Sommersby 

The Element of Control in Self-Publishing & Staying Healthy As A Writer: Sara Crawford

The Element of Control in Self-Publishing & Staying Healthy As A Writer: Sara Crawford

July 16, 2018

Today’s guest is Sara Crawford, the author of the YA novels WE OWN THE SKY and HURRY UP WE’RE DREAMING. She graduated in 2008 from Kennesaw State University with a B.A. in English and in 2012 from the University of New Orleans with an M.F.A. in Creative Writing (emphasis in Playwriting). Currently, in addition to working as a freelance writer and internet marketer, she is also a creative writing professor in the graduate program at Southern New Hampshire University, teaching online classes. Sara joins host Mindy McGinnis to talk about the pros and cons of self-publishing vs. traditional publishing, as well as how to stay healthy emotionally, physically and mentally as a writer. Also covered; how freelancing can be lucrative for a writer.

 

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Sleight by Jennifer Sommersby 

Soulstruck by Natasha Sinel

Write What You Know, How Contemporary Can Be A Good Fit For A First Time Novelist: An Interview with Abigail Johnson

Write What You Know, How Contemporary Can Be A Good Fit For A First Time Novelist: An Interview with Abigail Johnson

July 9, 2018

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.

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Your Destination Is On The Left by Lauren Spieller

Soulstruck by Natasha Sinel 

How Trends Impact Publishing & The Literary Agent Hunt: An Interview With Rachel Pudelek

How Trends Impact Publishing & The Literary Agent Hunt: An Interview With Rachel Pudelek

July 2, 2018

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.

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Your Destination Is On The Left by Lauren Spieller

All For One by Sophia Beaumont