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Literary Agent Lucinda Halpern On Common Query Mistakes

Literary Agent Lucinda Halpern On Common Query Mistakes

December 27, 2021

Today's guest is Lucinda Halpern of Lucinda Literary, whose strong background in marketing and broad media and film relationships enable us the firm to be strategists and advocates not just for books, but for the long-term careers of their authors. Lucinda joined me to talk about common query mistakes, and marketing tips for authors.

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Lyn Liao Butler on Debuting During the Pandemic & Research When Writing Literature of Place

Lyn Liao Butler on Debuting During the Pandemic & Research When Writing Literature of Place

December 14, 2021

Today's guest is Lyn Liao Butler, author of The Tiger Mom's Tale and the upcoming Red Thread of Fate. Lyn joined me today to talk about the experience of debuting during the pandemic, how having an active lifestyle helps with her writing and mind / body balance, as well as how important research is when writing in a specific setting.

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Bestselling Author Lisa Regan On Writing The Josie Quinn Series

Bestselling Author Lisa Regan On Writing The Josie Quinn Series

November 15, 2021

Today's guest of Lisa Regan, author of the bestselling Josie Quinn Detective series. Lisa joined me today to talk about writing a character over such a long series, the beauty (and pressures!) of a dedicated fan base, and research for police procedurals.

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Chelsea Bobulski on Implementing Indie Strategies in Traditional Publishing

Chelsea Bobulski on Implementing Indie Strategies in Traditional Publishing

November 1, 2021

Today's guest is Chelsea Bobulski, whose new series - All I Want for Christmas - is traditionally published, but releasing under a rapid release model, a hallmark of Indie promotion and marketing. Also covered - how to write and promote at the same time, knowing where your time is best used, and how an author's voice and style can transcend genre.

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Sarah J. Schmitt on Successful School Visits for Authors

Sarah J. Schmitt on Successful School Visits for Authors

October 25, 2021

Sarah J. Schmitt joined me today to talk about her new book, Where There's A Whisk. We talked about school visits for authors with teens, how to get their attention, and how to keep it. Also covered - writing in the pandemic, reality television, and the efficacy (or not) of social media 

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Caitlin Wahrer On Writing About Male Sexual Assault Victims

Caitlin Wahrer On Writing About Male Sexual Assault Victims

October 18, 2021

Today's guest is Caitlin Wahrer, author of the The Damage, which details the fallout and repercussions of a sexual assault that affects not only the victim, but also family and friends. 

 

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Harper Collins Editor Ben Rosenthal On the Editor / Author Relationship

Harper Collins Editor Ben Rosenthal On the Editor / Author Relationship

October 4, 2021

Today's guest is my own editor, Ben Rosenthal of Katherine Tegen Books. Ben joined me to talk about the misconceptions of the author / editor relationship, why there is such a long lead time in traditional publishing, and the difficulty of reading for pleasure when books are your job.

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Ian Dawson On Writing Fiction From Personal Trauma

Ian Dawson On Writing Fiction From Personal Trauma

September 6, 2021

Today's guest is Ian Dawson, author of The Field and Midnight House, which are both loosely based on his own kidnapping and abuse as a child. We talk about the catharsis of addressing trauma through fiction, pushing the boundaries in the young adult genre, and knowing your goals when you choose to self-publish.

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Mary McCoy on Jumping Genres & Misleading Representations of Romantic Love in YA

Mary McCoy on Jumping Genres & Misleading Representations of Romantic Love in YA

August 16, 2021

Todays guest is Mary McCoy, author of Indestructible Object. We talk about jumping genres - why we do it, and if it helps - or hurts - our careers. Also covered: the representation of romantic love in the media in general, and YA in particular.

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Actress & Author Meg Tilly On Writing Organically

Actress & Author Meg Tilly On Writing Organically

August 2, 2021

Actress Meg Tilly joined me to talk about the skills that carried over. from her successful acting career into writing fiction, her process, and how she finally identified herself as an author.

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