Deadline City’s Podcast

Hosted ByZoraida & Dhonielle

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.


All Episodes

S6: Episode 4 – Myth Buster Manor

This week we head to “Myth Buster Manor” where we asked the internet for publishing myths and rumors that are spread through the industry streets. Based on our experience,...

S6: Episode 3 – The Political Playground w/ Samira Ahmed

This week's episode features Samira Ahmed, New York Times bestseller and activist! It's a deep dive into the politics of being an author. What risks do we take? What...

S6: Episode 2 – Burnout Borough Pt. II (Extra Crispy)

What's up Deadline City?! We're back to Burn Out Borough. This week we're having an honest conversation about how to identify burnout, working through COVID, what we're doing to...

Season 6: Episode 1 – Where In The World Is Deadline City?

We're back and more tired than ever! But first, we need to catch up on all that's happened in our lives since the start of the year. So much...

S5: Episode 10 – Resolution Blvd. Pt 3

It's that time again. RESOLUTION BLVD, we meet again. Dhonielle and Zoraida break down the peaks and pits of our year and lay out what we want to do...

S5: Episode 9 – Pen Name Palace

This week on Deadline City, we discuss the subject of pen names. Why start your career with one? Why start a new one for a different genre? And what...

S5: Episode 8 – TikTok Tavern w/ Alex Aster

This year, TikTok has become the new publishing buzzword. Publishers and authors have tried to crack the code of virality. What makes a book take off? Does crying online...

S5: Episode 7 – From a Certain Point of View

This week on Deadline City we talk about POV. From a certain POV, that is. No, it's not a Star Wars episode, BUT we do dig into what makes...

S5: Episode 6 – Publicity Parlor w/ Saraciea J. Fennell

This week Deadline City has a special guest! Publicity manager, editor, and festival founder, Saraciea J. Fennell knows the ins and outs of the publishing industry. She stops by...

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