The Shit No One Tells You About Writin‪g

Hosted ByBianca Marais

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.


All Episodes

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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