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

Episode 14 – Destination: Best of Borough

The end of the year brings with it a ton of “Best of” lists. For many published authors, it tends to be a bit of a sore spot when...

Episode 13 – Destination: Voice Lesson Lane

One this week’s episode we take a drive on Voice Lesson Lane. Voice is one of the most essential tools in the writer’s toolbox. How do you learn it?...

Episode 12 – Destination: NaNoWriMo – There & Back Again

November has come and gone. Whether you “won” NaNoWriMo with the full 50k or wound up with a nice 5k words of foundational scaffolding, you’re a winner in our...

Episode 11 – Destination: Doubt Town

Next stop: Doubt Town! Population: A thousand and one insecurities. We discuss the different times we’ve experienced impostor syndrome throughout our careers and the toll that takes. Let’s face...

Episode 10 – Destination: Thankful Station

Welcome to a very special Deadline City episode. You know how every novel has an acknowledgments page? Well, consider this ours. There are so many brilliant minds who have...

Episode 9 – Destination: World Building with Tochi Onyebuchi

How do you build your worlds? Whether you’re writing sci-fi & fantasy or contemporary fiction, the universe of your story has to feel like a real place. Author of...

Episode 8 – Destination: Emo Basement Feat. Mark Oshiro

This week we welcome the third unofficial member of Deadline City, author and all-around wonderful human, Mark Oshiro. Our destination is Emo Basement. This is a location that we...

Episode 7 – Destination: The Land of Disappointment

This week we get really honest about the ups and downs that come with the publishing journey. You write the book, you query, you get an agent, you get...

Episode 6 – Destination: NaNoWriMo Town

Dhonielle and Zoraida are getting ready for the NaNoWriMo mad dash! National Novel Writing Month starts in just a couple of days. Whether it’s your first time participating or...

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