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Writers talk craft, agent hunt, query trenches, publishing industry, and more. Hosted by Mindy McGinnis.


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Jamie Lyn Smith On Writing Appalachia & Short Stories

Today’s guest is Jamie Lyn Smith, author of Township, a collection of short stories set in Appalachia. Jamie joined me today to talk about writing literature of place, the art of the short story, and ways to make money on your short fiction. 
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Angela Engel On Knowing Your Options For Publishing -And Your Why?

Today’s guest is Angela Engel, who launched the  The Collective Book Studio, which provides authors with a middle ground between the benefits of self-publishing and the art of the well-crafted book. Angela joined me today to talk about what authors shoul…

Katie Henry On Writing Humor During the Pandemic

Today’s guest is Katie Henry, whose most recent release is Gideon Green in Black and White. Katie joined me today to talk about career hopping from being a playwright to a novelist, jumping genres from contemporary humor to mystery, and why writing funny…

R.S. Mellette, Matt Sinclair & Elephant’s Bookshelf Press on Indie Authoring & Publishing

Today’s guests are R.S. Mellette, author of Kiya & The Morian Treasure, as well as his publisher Matt Sinclair, founder and CEO of Elephant’s Bookshelf Press. They joined me today to talk about what works in indie publishing versus trad in terms of marke…

MarcyKate Connolly On The Differences Between Promoting Middle Grade & Young Adult

Today’s guest is MarcyKate Connolly, author of numerous MG and YA books. MarcyKate joined me today to talk about the importance of finding a writer’s critique group, the different ways to promote middle grade versus Young adult, and the difficulties of l…

Fred Koehler On Experience, Inspiration and the Outdoors

Today’s guest is Fred Koehler, author, illustrator and founder of Ready Chapter 1, a program to help writers start their creative journey. Fred joined me today to talk about the importance of having active experiences to inspire storytelling, the pros (a…

Dan Koboldt on Putting the Science in Fiction & Putting the Fact in Fantasy

Dan Koboldt joined me today to talk about two wonderful resources for writers – Putting the Science in Fiction & Putting the Fact in Fantasy – both of which edited. Originally published to help genre writers, these collections are a great addition to any…

Kindlepreneur Creator Dave Chesson on Covers, Mailing Lists & Going Wide… Or Not

Today’s guest is Dave Chesson, creator of Kindlepreneur, which is dedicated to helping authors build their writing and careers from the ground up, from writing to editing, to cover creation. Dave joined me today to talk about the most important aspects o…

Erika Robuck on the Enduring Stories of Women in World War II

Erika Robuck joined me today to talk about her novel Sisters of Night and Fog, how World War 2 continues to be a fertile place for novels, especially as the stories of women resistors and spies become more well known, through the declassification of docu…

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