Series: Deadline City's Podcast

Welcome to Deadline City: a podcast and a destination. We are two New York City-based authors who share an office and work on multiple books at a time. Between us, we have 40 books published and under contract, and we’re just getting started. If you’ve seen us on the road, you know how we cut up. We like to have fun and talk about the one thing that is always on our minds: creating books. Publishing is a big scary world to many of us, and our goal is to pull back the curtain on some of the mystery by simply talking about it. In our first season, we want to dig into subjects like YA fiction, editing, reading reviews, burnout. Most of the time, you publish a book and then you’re at a loss for what comes next. How do you navigate the industry and then still manage to write more books? That’s a journey we’re on and know that so many others are on the same road. We hope you come along for the ride.

S3: Episode 7 – Destination: Revision Dumpster

This week we do a deep dive into the revision process. Or as Dhonielle calls it, the Revision Dumpster. That’s right, we live here. Revision can often feel like a huge mountain to climb. So how do you actually do it? What do you focus on? We go over our process, what has worked in…

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S3: Episode 6 – Professional Jealousy Jungle

Welcome to the jungle! On this week’s episode of Deadline City, we tackle all kinds of jealousy monsters. Each one has a character and purpose because we know that there are tons of forms of jealousy. The question is, which one are you and which have we been? This topic is tricky and sometimes hard…

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S3: Episode 5 – Love Triangle Lane

Love is in the air. Sort of. This week on Deadline City we do a deep dive into what makes for a compelling love triangle. What makes a love triangle versus a love tent? We look at the most popular books like the Twilight and Shadowhunters series, as well as discuss our tips to write…

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S3: Episode 4 – NaNoWriMo Town Redux

It’s that time of the year again and we are in the trenches of deadlines, specifically NaNoWriMo. Whether you’re new to National Novem Writing Month or you wait for November to roll around to get to work, this episode is for you! It focuses on how we write and how we prepare for the marathon….

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S3: Episode 3 – Oldville w/ Chloe Gong

Come with us on a journey to the past…ish. This section of Deadline City is called Oldville, where historical fiction waits for us. Our first special guest of the season is Chloe Gong, author of The Violent Delights. How much research is too much research? What books do we love that mix historical and fantasy?…

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S3: Episode 2 – Burn Out Borough

We’re living in Burn Out Borough this week on Deadline City. What does burn out look like for working authors? We talk about our biggest fears, our worst habits, and the things we do to get out of this part of Deadline City. Plus, every writing metaphor we can find! Support the show (http://Ko-fi.com/deadlinecity)

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S3: Episode 1 – The Short Story Zone

We are back for season three! That means more deadlines, more book shop talk, and more Dhonielle and Zoraida shenanigans. This week we’re headed to the Short Story Zone. We’ve been involved in a lot of short story anthologies lately and we wanted to break down the process a little bit, especially the ingredients that…

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S2: Episode 19 – Destination: Commercial Tower

Welcome to the season finale of Deadline City. We’re headed to the Commercial Tower! In this episode, we’re going to talk about literary vs. commercial fiction. We break down some of our favorite books and turn them into log lines. Is the book commercial or is it the pitch? What is the science of an…

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S2: Episode 18 – Destination: The Arena – Fantasy vs. Contemporary w/ Jason Reynolds

This week on Deadline City we are heading to the Arena! Fantasy vs. Contemporary. We have the immense pleasure of being joined by multi-award-winning and bestselling author, Jason Reynolds. The big debate? How do creators keep pushing themselves to become innovators? Is fantasy in a Middle-Earth sized rut? Do contemporary writers feel the same constraints…

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S2: Episode 17 – Destination: The Bank

What’s up, Deadline City? This week Dhonielle and I are talking about MONEY. That’s right. We’re going to the Bank. We know that there is a lot of mystery surrounding the financial aspects of becoming a writer. What are world rights? How do I even get paid? How much, in the eyes of publishing, is…

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