Series: Write Or Die Podcast

The Write or Die Podcast shares the real stories about what it takes to become an author – the gritty, infuriating, pull your hair out because it’s been years – stories of writers who didn’t give up despite it all, and are now living out their dream. It’s hosted by authors Claribel A. Ortega and Kat Cho and releases every other Monday!

S3 E10: Claribel & Kat & End-of-the-Year Check-In

Claribel and Kat discuss 2020, what it was like for Claribel to debut this year, and some trends they’ve noticed in the community. Plus, they discuss methods to try to allow for self-care and positivity in your life as potential coping mechanisms when going through a hard time. And how to cultivate better work habits…

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S3 E9: Chloe Gong & Shakespeare’s Ghost is Looking Out For You

Claribel and Kat discuss #PublishingPaidMe and break down why it’s such an important conversation in publishing. Then they interview NYT bestselling debut author, Chloe Gong about These Violent Delights, her Chinese retelling of Romeo and Juliet in historical Shanghai! We discuss how she got into writing (and how writing for herself helped her write a…

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S3 E8: Nikki Barthelmess & Growing With Your Agent

Kat and Claribel talk about virtual events and how to avoid burn out. Then they talk to YA author Nikki Barthelmess about how her life inspired her novels, how she ended up working with her two agents when her original agent’s assistant was promoted and became her agent! Bio:  Nikki Barthelmess is an author of…

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S3 E7: Mara Fitzgerald & So Much Wisdom With This Episode

Claribel and Kat discuss why problematic books keep getting published and why the publishing industry has to hold itself accountable beforehand so this stops happening. Then they interview Mara Fitzgerald about her debut YA fantasy, BEYOND THE RUBY VEIL, and how being true to her voice helped her write the book that got her an…

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S3 E6: Paola Mendoza, Abby Sher & Please Vote!

Episode Description:  Claribel and Kat discuss how to refill the creative well (especially considering how stressful current events are on the creative mind). Then they interview NYT bestselling author and activist Paola Mendoza and Abby Sher about their new YA novel Sanctuary, making a statement with your art, envisioning a diverse future where we center…

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S3 E5: Alechia Dow & Don’t Ever Lick Your Checks

Episode Description:  This week, Claribel and Kat talk about who to follow on social media to learn more about the industry and writing as well as how to discuss authentic representation with your writer friends or as a sensitivity reader. Then they interview debut sci-fi author Alechia Dow on what it was like writing her…

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S3 E4: Alexis Henderson & A Fear Factor of Seven

Claribel & Kat discuss IP (Intellectual Property) and recent Twitter discourse. Then they interview fantasy horror author, Alexis Henderson, about her debut novel The Year of the Witching, what it was like going on sub as a crossover YA/Adult and what went into her decision to go with an adult imprint over YA. And we…

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S3 E3: Janella Angeles & Emailing Andrew Lloyd Webber

Episode Description:  Claribel and Kat discuss recent Twitter discourse about sharing good news and professional jealousy. How to deal with these feelings and refer to amazing advice from Holly Black’s WorD episode about jealousy! Then they talk to Janella Angeles about her debut Where Dreams Descend, what it feels like to pick yourself up after…

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S3 E2: Shveta Thakrar & I Thought Office Jobs Would be Like TV

Episode Description:  Claribel and Kat talk about the rising discussions of diversity in publishing (both in the talent and behind-the-scenes) and how these aren’t new talks but they’re finally being taken more seriously and how it’s felt being constantly dismissed as POC in the industry (plus some Anti-Racist Resources). Then they talk to the wonderful…

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S3 E1: Claribel, Kat & What We Did on Summer Break!

Episode Description:  Our Season 3 premiere! We discuss what we’ve been up to this summer and our new podcast format! Mentions:   Claribel’s Twitch  Claribel on Good Morning America WorD Patreon: www.patreon.com/writeordiepodcast Follow Claribel Ortega online: Twitter | Instagram | Youtube Order GHOST SQUAD Add FRIZZY on Goodreads www.claribelortega.com Follow Kat Cho online: Twitter| Instagram |…

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