Series: The Shit No One Tells You About Writin‪g

This is a podcast for emerging writers, who are looking to improve their work with an aim to having it published, or anyone who would like a behind-the-scenes look at the publishing industry. Your host, Bianca Marais (the author of ‘Hum If You Don’t Know the Words’ and ‘If You Want to Make God Laugh’) will be interviewing authors, agents, editors, publicists, copy editors, creative writing instructors, writing groups, book sellers, jacket designers, audio book narrators, and just about anyone and everyone who’s involved in bringing a book to market. Expect good advice, honest insights and a few laughs along the way.

Books with Hooks & Freelance Editors

In this jampacked episode, author and host, Bianca Marais, chats with fabulous agents, Carly Watters and Cecilia Lyra, as they launch their exciting new segment, Books with Hooks. In it, Carly and CeCe read the query letters and opening pages of novels that listeners have submitted in order to get useful critique. This will be…

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Turning Rejections into Success Stories

Author and Host, Bianca Marais, chats with writing team, Tracy Dobmeier and Wendy Katzman, authors of Girls with Bright Futures,about how they turned their rejections into a success story, as well as learning to write fiction in your 40s; seeing headlines ripped from the pages of your novel; overcoming adversity; and believing in yourself and…

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Finding Your Process as a Debut Author

Author and host, Bianca Marais, chats with award winning author, playwright, screenwriter and journalist, Byron Lane — author of the acclaimed A Star is Bored (which was inspired in part by Byron’s time as assistant to beloved actress Carrie Fisher) — about finding your process as a debut author; getting help when you need it;…

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Showing vs Telling and Online Writing Retreats

Author and host, Bianca Marais, chats with Amherst Writers & Artists method facilitator, Susie Whelehan, about supercharging your creativity with online writing retreats. These 60-90 minute retreats are a great way to revive your imagination during tough times, and to remind yourself that there’s a whole writing community out there; that you’re not going it…

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Creating Characters That Feel Real : Claire Lombardo

Author and host, Bianca Marais, chats with Claire Lombardo, the New York Times bestselling author of The Most Fun We Ever Had,about creating characters that feel real, writing scenes that won’t ever be used, showing vs telling, writing realistic dialogue, and keeping track of multiple timelines. It’s an episode so jam-packed full of useful information…

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Balancing Heartbreak and Humor – Steven Rowley

Author and host, Bianca Marais, chats with bestselling author, Steven Rowley (Lily and the Octopus, The Editor and The Guncle) about writing tearjerkers that are also hilariously funny. Steven gives his advice for writing humor and how to incorporate it when delving into heavy themes. He also shares many nuggets of wisdom about point of…

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My Journey to Publication – Julia Claiborne Johnson

In this hilarious episode, author and host, Bianca Marais, chats with Julia Claiborne Johnson, bestselling author of Better Luck Next Time and Be Frank with Me,about becoming a debut novelist in her 50s, her journey to publication, the challenges she faced with her second novel, juggling writing with being a mother, managing expectations, and the…

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Kicking Off a Wonderfully Creative Year

Author and host, Bianca Marais, discusses the main reasons why writers give up, as well as all the things that get in the way of creativity: the pursuit of perfection; allowing the inner critic too much head space; not prioritizing your writing; procrastination and the fear of failure. Consider this your pep talk to ensure…

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How to Create and Maintain Suspense in all Genres

Author and host, Bianca Marais, chats with Putnam editor and adjunct professor of publishing for NYU, Mark Tavani, about all things suspense: techniques on how to create it, how to maintain it, and how to apply these concepts across all genres. Suspense is why we read; it’s what keeps us turning pages. A story without…

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Point of View and an Update on the Industry: Carly Watters

Author and Host, Bianca Marais, chats with literary agent, Carly Watters from P.S. Literary Agency, about elements of craft and the state of the literary industry. Carly discusses factors you need to consider when choosing the right point of view (PoV) and PoV characters for your novel, as well as what the industry looks like…

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