Writer, Writer, Pants On Fire

Hosted ByMindy McGinnis

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


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Discover A New Age of Exploration & Storytelling With Hidden Compass

Today’s guests are Sabine K. Bergmann and Sivani Babu, the founders of Hidden Compass, which is a women-founded media company based on the idea that the age of discovery is not over, exploration – and long form media – are not dead, and that readers dese…

Deanna Raybourn On Mistaken Perceptions of the Victorian Age

Today’s guest is Deanna Raybourn, author of the Veronica Speedwell mystery series. Deanna joined me today to talk about misconceptions about the Victorian – specifically regarding sex and women – as well as writing historical fiction and how closely to a…

Nova McBee On Getting A Film Deal First & Having An Editorial Agent

Today’s guest is Nova McBee, author of Calculated. Nova joined me today to talk about her backwards publishing journey – from film rights, to audio, to the book deal – as well as the necessity of growing a thick skin, and why she enjoys having a heavily …

Tavi Taylor Black On Fame Culture & Writing At Any Age

Today’s guest is Tavi Taylor Black, author ofWhere Are We Tomorrow? a story of four women working backstage on a rock tour. Tavi joined me today to talk about being a woman in a male-dominated space, the toxic nature of our addiction to fame, writing at …

Amazon Bestselling Author JK Ellem On Knowing Your Strengths & Limitations

Today’s guest is JK Ellem, author of the Amazon bestseller Mill Point Road. Jack joined me to day to talk about treating your indie publishing career as a lean, mean startup, focusing on your strengths, and treating your book as a product, and knowing wh…

Elizabeth George On Keeping It Fresh for Twenty-One Books

Today’s guest is Elizabeth George, author of the Thomas Lynley mystery series, recently publishing the 21st book, Something to Hide. Elizabeth joined me to day to talk about keeping a character interesting for both readers and herself since 1988, choosin…

Janet Sternburg on Hindsight & Tackling Hard Family Truths In Writing

Today’s guest is Janet Sternburg, a writer of memoir, essays, poetry and plays, as well as a fine-art photographer. Her books include two memoirs, White Matter: A Memoir of Family & Medicine and Phantom Limb: A Meditation on Memory, as well as the classi…

Literary Agent Lucinda Halpern On Common Query Mistakes

Today’s guest is Lucinda Halpern of Lucinda Literary, whose strong background in marketing and broad media and film relationships enable us the firm to be strategists and advocates not just for books, but for the long-term careers of their authors. Lucin…

Lyn Liao Butler on Debuting During the Pandemic & Research When Writing Literature of Place

Today’s guest is Lyn Liao Butler, author of The Tiger Mom’s Tale and the upcoming Red Thread of Fate. Lyn joined me today to talk about the experience of debuting during the pandemic, how having an active lifestyle helps with her writing and mind / body …

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