#AmWriting with Jess & KJ

#AmWriting with Jess & KJ

#AmWriting with Jess & KJ

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A show about writing, reading, and getting (some) things done. Jessica Lahey writes the Parent-Teacher Conference column for the New York Times' Well Family and is the author of "The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Children Can Succeed." KJ Dell'Antonia is a columnist and contributing editor for the New York Times' Well Family. In their podcast, they talk about writing short form, long form and book length, give tips for pitching editors and agents and constantly revise how they tackle the ongoing challenge of keeping your butt in the chair for long enough to get the work done.

Link: audioboom.com/channel/amwriting-with-jess-and-kj

Episodes

185: #AudioExplosion

Nov 15, 2019 2052

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Here’s one way to learn how to write books that work in audio: narrate over 700 of them, like our guest this week, Tanya Eby. If that sounds a little daunting, listen in instead for the condensed version. Episode links and a transcript follow—but first, we sent out our first supporter-only #MiniSupporter episode this week: #Prewriting. Those will be short and sporadic bursts of advice and inspiration from one of us, and thanks to the magic of Substack, supporters of #AmWriting will see those drop into a special feed in their podcast apps whenever we’ve got one ready. We’d love to add you to that list if you’re not already on it. Support the podcast you love, get bonus #MiniSupporter episodes AND get weekly #WriterTopFives with actionable advice you can use for just $7 a month.  Upgrade to Supporter (https://amwriting.substack.com) As always, this episode (and every episode) will appear for all subscribers in your usual podcast listening places, totally free as the #AmWriting Podcast has always been. This shownotes email is free, too, so please—forward it to a friend, and if you haven’t already, join our email list and be on top of it with the shownotes and a transcript every time there’s a new episode.  Get New Episode Emails (https://amwriting.substack.com) LINKS FROM THE PODCAST #AmReading (Watching, Listening) Jess: Olive Kitteredge (https://www.amazon.com/Olive-Kitteridge-Elizabeth-Strout/dp/0812971833/ref=asc_df_0812971833/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=312057556784&hvpos=1o1&hvnetw=g&hvrand=13738222966630642545&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9025211&hvtargid=pla-449731911559&psc=1&tag=&ref=&adgrpid=61851652253&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvadid=312057556784&hvpos=1o1&hvnetw=g&hvrand=13738222966630642545&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9025211&hvtargid=pla-449731911559) , Elizabeth Strout KJ: Ninth House (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781250313072?aff=AmWriting) , Leigh Bardugo Sarina: Never Have I Ever (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780062855312?aff=AmWriting) , Joshilyn Jackson Tanya: The Chestnut Man (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780062895363?aff=AmWriting) , Soren Sveistrup #FaveIndieBookstore Schuler Books (https://www.schulerbooks.com/) in Grand Rapids, Michigan Our guest for this episode is Tanya Eby (http://www.tanyaeby.com/) , the Audie Award Winning narrator of over 700 audio books. Her production company, Blunder Woman Productions (https://www.blunderwomanproductions.com/) , is currently nominated for two Society Arts Awards. Find more about Tanya here (http://www.tanyaeby.com/) . This episode was sponsored by Author Accelerator, the book coaching program that helps you get your work DONE. Visit https://www.authoraccelerator.com/amwritingfor details, special offers and Jennie Nash’s Inside-Outline template. Find more about Jess here (http://www.jessicalahey.com/) , Sarina here (https://www.sarinabowen.com/) and about KJ here (https://kjdellantonia.com/) . If you enjoyed this episode, we suggest you check out Marginally, a podcast about writing, work and friendship (https://www.marginallypodcast.com/) . A transcript of this and every episode can be found at www.amwritingpodcast.com.

184: #BeforeYouStartthatNonFictionProject

Nov 8, 2019 2147

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Every nonfiction book starts out as a glimmer of an idea. A topic. An area of interest or expertise. But you can’t just pitch a book about beekeeping, kids. You need to know a whole lot more. Is it a beekeeping memoir? A beekeeping how-to? A meditation about the relationship between bees and humanity? In this episode, we dish about how to answer those questions, because—spoiler—that’s exactly how Jess, who just finished the draft of her second nonfiction book, has been spending her time. Well, not thinking about beekeeping, or at least, I don’t think so. She’s pretty cagey about what, exactly, she’s researching—but that’s a good thing, because this episode is about the first steps that lead to an eventual proposal and, ultimately a book, no matter what the topic.  Episode links and a transcript follow—but first, a preview of the #WritersTopFive that will be dropping into #AmWriting supporter inboxes on Monday, November 11, 2019: Top 5 Steps to Setting Up Your Author Presence on Amazon (Plus a Couple More for Extra Credit). Not joined that club yet? You’ll want to get on that. Support the podcast you love AND get weekly #WriterTopFives with actionable advice you can use for just $7 a month.  Upgrade to Supporter (https://amwriting.substack.com) As always, this episode (and every episode) will appear for all subscribers in your usual podcast listening places, totally free as the #AmWriting Podcast has always been. This shownotes email is free, too, so please—forward it to a friend, and if you haven’t already, join our email list and be on top of it with the shownotes and a transcript every time there’s a new episode.  Get New Episode Emails (https://amwriting.substack.com) To support the podcast and help it stay free, subscribe to our weekly (https://amwriting.substack.com/publish/post/%25%25checkout_url%25%25) #WritersTopFive email (https://amwriting.substack.com/publish/post/%25%25checkout_url%25%25) . LINKS FROM THE PODCAST The Art of the Book Proposal: From Focused Idea to Finished Product (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781585423347?aff=AmWriting) , Eric Maisel The Forest for the Trees: An Editor’s Advice to Writers (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781594484834?aff=AmWriting) , Betsy Lerner Modern Love Series on Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07VMF8TL9/ref=dvm_us_dl_sl_go_ast_108ML_AMe1%7Cc_382328153732_m_eVX64cxj-dc_s__?gclid=Cj0KCQiA-4nuBRCnARIsAHwyuPqvbtEzaMuAjxjxMePshWOBjd8NThW9FNuSLhcJqAIgGMM92q4NQhEaAoCzEALw_wcB) Modern Love Column, New York Times (https://www.nytimes.com/column/modern-love) #AmReading (Watching, Listening) Jess: Jess has been all in this week! Katherine Center’s Things You Save in a Fire (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781250047328?aff=AmWriting) , How to Walk Away (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781250047311?aff=AmWriting) and the bridge story between those two novels, The Girl in the Plane (https://play.google.com/books/listen?id=AQAAAEAs6TOpDM) , plus Happiness for Beginners (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781250047304?aff=AmWriting) , The Lost Husband (https://www.indiebound.org/search/book?keys=the+lost+husband?aff=AmWriting) , and Get Lucky (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780345507914?aff=AmWriting) . Also, Ali Wong’s Dear Girls (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780525508830?aff=AmWriting) , Ronan Farrow’s Catch and Kill (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780316486637?aff=AmWriting) , and Sarina Bowen’s Moonlighter (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781942444831?aff=AmWriting) ! Sarina: The Virgin Gift, Lauren Blakely #FaveIndieBookstore Octavia Books (https://www.octaviabooks.com/) , New Orleans. This episode was sponsored by Author Accelerator, the book coaching program that helps you get your work DONE. AND—they’ve got a new program for new nonfiction projects! Visit https://www.authoraccelerator.com/amwritingfor details, special offers and Jennie Nash’s Inside-Outline template. Find more about Jess here (http://www.jessicalahey.com/) , Sarina here (https://www.sarinabowen.com/) and about KJ here (https://kjdellantonia.com/) . If you enjoyed this episode, we suggest you check out Marginally, a podcast about writing, work and friendship (https://www.marginallypodcast.com/) . The image in our podcast illustration is by William Iven (https://unsplash.com/@firmbee?utm_source=unsplash&utm_medium=referral&utm_content=creditCopyText) on Unsplash (https://unsplash.com/s/photos/research?utm_source=unsplash&utm_medium=referral&utm_content=creditCopyText) . For transcripts, head to amwriting.substack.com (https://amwriting.substack.com/) .

183: #FacebookforWriters

Nov 3, 2019 2736

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Episode 183: #FacebookforWriters (https://amwriting.substack.com/p/episode-183-facebookforwriters) Nov 1 (https://amwriting.substack.com/p/episode-183-facebookforwriters) | Public episode (https://amwriting.substack.com/p/episode-183-facebookforwriters) |  |  |  | edit (https://amwriting.substack.com/publish/post/141155)   | | | |  1x1.25x1.5x1.75x2x 0:00 |  | -45:31 Listen in podcast app (https://amwriting.substack.com/account/add-podcast) Writers need a page, a profile and a whole lot of patience and persistence to even feel like we’re close to getting Facebook “right.” The question first appeared, as these things do, in the #AmWriting Facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/485904005120809/) . A book is coming! I’m on Facebook (obviously), but do I need an author page in addition to my profile? Why—and what should I do with one once I’ve got one? Our answer is yes, but of course it doesn’t stop there. In this episode, we talk the ins and outs of Facebook for writers of all kinds, with a primer on the basics and then a few ninja-level tips from Sarina. Episode links and a transcript follow—but first, a preview of the #WritersTopFive that will be dropping into #AmWriting supporter inboxes on Monday, November 4, 2019: Top 5 Things You Don’t Need to Be a “Real” Writer. We’d love your support, and we hope you’ll love our Top 5s. Join in for actionable advice you can use for just $7 a month. Upgrade to Supporter (https://amwriting.substack.com/) As always, this episode (and every episode) will appear for all subscribers in your usual podcast listening places, totally free as the #AmWriting Podcast has always been. This shownotes email is free, too, so please—forward it to a friend, and if you haven’t already, join our email list and be on top of it with the shownotes and a transcript every time there’s a new episode. Get New Episode Emails (https://amwriting.substack.com/) To support the podcast and help it stay free, subscribe to our weekly (https://amwriting.substack.com/publish/post/%25%25checkout_url%25%25) #WritersTopFive email (https://amwriting.substack.com/publish/post/%25%25checkout_url%25%25) . LINKS FROM THE PODCAST The #AmWriting Facebook Group (https://www.facebook.com/amwritingpodcast/) Grown and Flown (https://www.facebook.com/grownandflown/) on Facebook Ron Lieber’s Author Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/ronlieberauthor/) Sarina’s Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/authorsarinabowen/) Sarendipity (https://www.facebook.com/groups/sareaders/) (Sarina’s Facebook Fan Group) Jess’s Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/jessicapottslahey/) KJ’s Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/KJDellAntoniaAuthor/) , which she didn’t even remember existed but will now tend as directed by Sarina. ManyChat (https://manychat.com/) #AmReading (Watching, Listening) Jess: Home (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781524709198?aff=AmWriting) , Run Away (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781538748466?aff=AmWriting) , Harlan Coben (also mentioned, Tell No One (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780440245902?aff=AmWriting) ) KJ: Kitchens of the Great Midwest (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780143109419?aff=AmWriting) , J. Ryan Stradal Sarina: Ninth House (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781250313072?aff=AmWriting) , Leigh Bardugo #FaveIndieBookstore Gibson’s (https://www.gibsonsbookstore.com/) , Concord NH This episode was sponsored by Author Accelerator, the book coaching program that helps you get your work DONE. Visit https://www.authoraccelerator.com/amwritingfor details, special offers and Jennie Nash’s Inside-Outline template. Find more about Jess here (http://www.jessicalahey.com/) , Sarina here (https://www.sarinabowen.com/) and about KJ here (https://kjdellantonia.com/) . If you enjoyed this episode, we suggest you check out Marginally, a podcast about writing, work and friendship (https://www.marginallypodcast.com/) . The image in our podcast illustration is by NeONBRAND (https://unsplash.com/@neonbrand?utm_source=unsplash&utm_medium=referral&utm_content=creditCopyText) on Unsplash (https://unsplash.com/s/photos/facebook?utm_source=unsplash&utm_medium=referral&utm_content=creditCopyText) . Transcript (We use an AI service for transcription, and while we do clean it up a bit, some errors are the price of admission here. We hope it’s still helpful. Find our transcripts at amwritingpodcast.com

182: #WriteFlailRepeat

Oct 24, 2019 2765

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Novelist Abbi Waxman makes us laugh talking process and inspiration almost as much as we do when reading her books, with emphasis on using settings you know and love. Our transcription assistant reports that this was “her favorite episode ever.” It’s definitely a contender—Abbi Waxman is funny and candid about the challenges of creating characters and worlds that are engrossingly real yet also comical—and about her next novel, the first one not fully set in her California ‘hood.  Episode links and a transcript follow—but first, you don’t want to miss the #WritersTopFive that will be dropping into #AmWriting supporter inboxes on Monday, October 28, 2019: Top 5 Goodreads Secrets for Authors. It’s a good one! If you haven’t yet plunked down a tiny chunk of cash to support the podcast, maybe now is the time. Support the podcast you love AND get weekly #WriterTopFives with actionable advice you can use for just $7 a month.  Upgrade to Supporter (https://amwriting.substack.com) As always, this episode (and every episode) will appear for all subscribers in your usual podcast listening places, totally free as the #AmWriting Podcast has always been. This shownotes email is free, too, so please—forward it to a friend, and if you haven’t already, join our email list and be on top of it with the shownotes and a transcript every time there’s a new episode.  Get New Episode Emails (https://amwriting.substack.com) LINKS FROM THE PODCAST #AmReading (Watching, Listening) Abbi: A Miss Silver Mystery: Lonesome Road (#3) (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781504047852?aff=AmWriting) , Patricia Wentworth Jess: Home (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781524709198?aff=AmWriting) , Run Away (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781538748466?aff=AmWriting) , Harlan Coben KJ: Confessions of a Bookseller (https://www.amazon.com/Confessions-Bookseller-Shaun-Bythell/dp/1788162307) , Shaun Bythell Three Things You Need to Know about Rockets: A Real-Life Scottish Romance (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781476730257?aff=AmWriting) , Jessica A. Fox The Gyrth Chalice Mystery (https://www.amazon.com/Gyrth-Chalice-Mystery-Margery-Allingham/dp/0380705729) , Margery Allingham #FaveIndieBookstore Chevalier’s Books (https://www.chevaliersbooks.com/) Los Angeles, CA — if you’ve read Nina Hill, this is the real life bookstore she works in, and we love that.  Our guest for this episode is Abbi Waxman (http://abbiwaxman.com/) . Abbi is the author of: The Bookish Life of Nina Hill (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780451491879?aff=AmWriting) Other People’s Houses (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780399587924?aff=AmWriting) The Garden of Small Beginnings (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780399583582?aff=AmWriting) This episode was sponsored by Author Accelerator, the book coaching program that helps you get your work DONE. Visit https://www.authoraccelerator.com/amwritingfor details, special offers and Jennie Nash’s Inside-Outline template. Find more about Jess here (http://www.jessicalahey.com/) , Sarina here (https://www.sarinabowen.com/) and about KJ here (https://kjdellantonia.com/) . If you enjoyed this episode, we suggest you check out Marginally, a podcast about writing, work and friendship (https://www.marginallypodcast.com/) . For transcripts, head to https://amwriting.substack.com.

181: #NaWhateverWriMo

Oct 18, 2019 2687

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Maybe you’re drafting a novel, maybe you’re not. Either way, we vote for seizing on the community energy generated by NaNo and getting some work done. The magic of NaNoWriMo isn’t in the number of words or the length of time or even the month of November. It’s in the community seizing this time—when we could so easily heave a giant sigh and say oh, well, November, it’s practically December, might as well give up—and instead bestowing upon it this extra energy, turning it into a holiday of our very own. We’re all for writing a 50K word novel (and there’s much advice in this episode on prepping for just that) but we’re also in favor of creating your own National Whatever Write Month. Pick your poison, name your deadline and join us in taking back November.  Episode links and a transcript follow—but first, a preview of the #WritersTopFive that will be dropping into #AmWriting supporter inboxes on Monday, October 21, 2019: Top 5 Ways to Tame the Internet Distraction Beast. Support the podcast you love AND get weekly #WriterTopFives with actionable advice you can use for just $7 a month. Upgrade to Supporter (https://amwriting.substack.com) As always, this episode (and every episode) will appear for all subscribers in your usual podcast listening places, totally free as the #AmWriting Podcast has always been. This shownotes email is free, too, so please—forward it to a friend, and if you haven’t already, join our email list and be on top of it with the shownotes and a transcript every time there’s a new episode. Get New Episode Emails (https://amwriting.substack.com) To support the podcast and help it stay free, subscribe to our weekly (https://amwriting.substack.com/) #WritersTopFive email. LINKS FROM THE PODCAST Junior NaNoWriMo (https://ywp.nanowrimo.org/) Jennie Nash method for finding your thru line and your roadmap for writing useful words (because we’ve all written our way to finding the story, and we don’t particularly recommend it): The Inside Outline Download (https://static1.squarespace.com/static/56fea0d222482e2172be3c53/t/5c0018204d7a9c15561023ec/1543510053082/Author+Accelerator+Two+Tier+Outline+Worksheet.pdf) (formerly known as the Two-Tier, but don’t worry, this is it.) Character development resources: Episode 180 #CharacterEnneagramRabbitHole The Emotional Wound Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Psychological Trauma (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780989772594?aff=AmWriting) , Angela Ackerman & Becca Puglisi Take Off Your Pants!: Outline Your Books for Faster, Better Writing (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781518637827?aff=AmWriting) , Libbie Hawker  FabulaDeck.com (https://www.fabuladeck.com/) Episode 75: #NovelPreparations (http://amwritingpodcast.com/episode-75-novelpreparations/) #AmReading (Watching, Listening) KJ: The Lager Queen of Minnesota (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780399563058?aff=AmWriting) , J. Ryan Stradal Jess: Boys & Sex: Young Men on Hookups, Love, Porn, Consent, and Navigating the New Masculinity (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780062666970?aff=AmWriting) , Peggy Orenstein  Ready or Not: Preparing Our Kids to Thrive in an Uncertain and Rapidly Changing World (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780062657756?aff=AmWriting) , Madeline Levine #FaveIndieBookstore Print: A Bookstore (https://www.printbookstore.com/) , Portland, Maine, which does not look like this in October but soon will. Sigh. This episode was sponsored by Author Accelerator, the book coaching program that helps you get your work DONE. Visit https://www.authoraccelerator.com/amwritingfor details, special offers and Jennie Nash’s Inside-Outline template. Find more about Jess here (http://www.jessicalahey.com/) , Sarina here (https://www.sarinabowen.com/) and about KJ here (https://kjdellantonia.com/) . If you enjoyed this episode, we suggest you check out Marginally, a podcast about writing, work and friendship (https://www.marginallypodcast.com/) . The image in our podcast illustration is by chmyphotography (https://unsplash.com/@chmyphotography?utm_source=unsplash&utm_medium=referral&utm_content=creditCopyText) on Unsplash (https://unsplash.com/s/photos/driving-in-the-dark?utm_source=unsplash&utm_medium=referral&utm_content=creditCopyText) . No transcript this week as our transcription help is off. If you’d like to see one, check back sometime next week. 

180: #CharacterEnneagramRabbitHole

Oct 11, 2019 2781

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Shortcut to finding our characters’ worst flaws and deepest fears? Yes, thank you. All Sarina had to do was say “protagonist character analysis” and we were off. Enneagrams, for those who have never heard of them [raises hand high] are descriptions of character types intended for “journeys of self-discovery.” But when it comes to knowing more about your protagonist (and love interest and antagonist and their mother and all the people) they’re pure solid gold, especially if you go romping down the rabbit hole of reading what people in various types (there are 9, with a “wing” in one direction or another) think of themselves and their relationships.  Suddenly, you can think about how your character would play fantasy football, or interview for a job. But the best part is diving deep into how your character behaves at her/his/their very worst, and very best, along with what they most fear and what they believe they want. It’s like real butter on movie popcorn, people. Episode links and a transcript follow—but first, a preview of the #WritersTopFive that will be dropping into #AmWriting supporter inboxes on Monday, October 14, 2019: Top 5 Resources for Dictating Your Work. Not joined that club yet? You’ll want to get on that. Support the podcast you love AND get weekly #WriterTopFives with actionable advice you can use for just $7 a month.  Upgrade to Supporter (https://amwriting.substack.com) As always, this episode (and every episode) will appear for all subscribers in your usual podcast listening places, totally free as the #AmWriting Podcast has always been. This shownotes email is free, too, so please—forward it to a friend, and if you haven’t already, join our email list and be on top of it with the shownotes and a transcript every time there’s a new episode.  Get New Episode Emails (https://amwriting.substack.com) To support the podcast and help it stay free, subscribe to our weekly (https://amwriting.substack.com/publish/post/%25%25checkout_url%25%25) #WritersTopFive email (https://amwriting.substack.com/publish/post/%25%25checkout_url%25%25) . LINKS FROM THE PODCAST The Enneagram Institute (https://www.enneagraminstitute.com) (length type descriptions and relationships between the types under the “LEARN” tab). Free Enneagram test (https://www.eclecticenergies.com/enneagram/test) (there are many; this is the one KJ talked about, chosen largely at random for brevity and for being free) from https://www.eclecticenergies.com. Enneagram and Coffee (https://www.instagram.com/p/B3CqtPLgb8D/) on Instagram. #AmReading (Watching, Listening) Jess:  The Butterfly Girl (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780062698162?aff=AmWriting) and an essay “The Green River Killer and Me (https://crimereads.com/the-green-river-killer-and-me/) ” by Rene Denfeld and Demi Moore’s memoir, Inside Out (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780062049537?aff=AmWriting) KJ: The Great Believers (https://www.indiebound.org/search/book?keys=The+Great+Believers?aff=AmWriting) , Rebecca Makkai Sarina: The Play (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781999549763?aff=AmWriting) , Elle Kennedy #FaveIndieBookstore Prairie Path Books, Wheaton IL (https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/jul/08/adrian-mckinty-interview-crime-novelist-the-chain) This episode was sponsored by Author Accelerator, the book coaching program that helps you get your work DONE. Visit https://www.authoraccelerator.com/amwritingfor details, special offers and Jennie Nash’s Inside-Outline template. Find more about Jess here (http://www.jessicalahey.com/) , Sarina here (https://www.sarinabowen.com/) and about KJ here (https://kjdellantonia.com/) . If you enjoyed this episode, we suggest you check out Marginally, a podcast about writing, work and friendship (https://www.marginallypodcast.com/) . The image in our podcast illustration this week is from enneagramandcoffee (https://www.instagram.com/enneagramandcoffee/?hl=en) on Instagram, and I asked permission to use it, although I confess that I’m posting it pre-reply. But I feel good about our odds. Plus, fun follow for everyone! Getting Ready to NaNoWriMo? Every episode of #AmWriting is sponsored by Author Accelerator, the book coaching program that helps you get your work DONE. One key to that is the INSIDE OUTLINE, a tried and tested tool developed by Jennie Nash that can help you start a book, to help you rescue one that isn’t working, and to guide a revision. Author Accelerator is hosting a webinar about the Inside Outline just in time for NaNoWriMo prep on Monday, October 14 at Noon Pacific/2 PM Central/3 PM Eastern. Register even if you can’t attend live, as a replay will be sent to everyone who has registered. REGISTER FOR THE WEBINAR NOW (https://el2.convertkit-mail2.com/c/4zu8w304raehr4n85ax/7dfqp7nqs8h806rkq5/aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuYXV0aG9yYWNjZWxlcmF0b3IuY29tL2luc2lkZW91dGxpbmV3ZWJpbmFy) Find the Transcript HERE (http://amwritingpodcast.com) (We use an AI service for transcription, and while we do clean it up a bit, some errors are the price of admission here. We hope it’s still helpful.)

179: #ShouldWantCanAmWriting

Oct 4, 2019 2580

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Not writing what your inner parent says you “should” be writing? How to get over it. Fellow writers, KJ here. I have gathered you here today to discuss the moment last week when I sat down on my bed, surveying a pile of literary fiction, some of which I liked and some of which I most emphatically did not, and asked myself, as I have many times on other topics—should I be writing something other than what I am writing? Should I be good at something other than that which I am good at? This week, I lay it out there: sometimes I feel ashamed that I don’t write something more … serious. Then Sarina slaps me around a little, and Jess declares that even writers of serious stuff (I give her that title) sometimes feel like they’re not using their time wisely. Episode links and a transcript follow—but first, a preview of the #WritersTopFive that will be dropping into #AmWriting supporter inboxes on Monday, October 7, 2019: Top Five Reasons to Embrace NaWhateverWriMo. It’s a good one! And I happen to know the next one’s on dictation tools and is even better. Not joined that club yet? You’ll want to get on that. Support the podcast you love AND get weekly #WriterTopFives with actionable advice you can use for just $7 a month. Upgrade to Supporter (https://amwriting.substack.com) As always, this episode (and every episode) will appear for all subscribers in your usual podcast listening places, totally free as the #AmWriting Podcast has always been. This shownotes email is free, too, so please—forward it to a friend, and if you haven’t already, join our email list and be on top of it with the shownotes and a transcript every time there’s a new episode. Get New Episode Emails (https://amwriting.substack.com) Keep scrolling—there’s some cool free stuff from Author Accelerator, below. LINKS FROM THE PODCAST The Snobs and Me (https://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/11/opinion/the-snobs-and-me.html) (essay) Jennifer Weiner From Uber Driving to Huge Book Deal (https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/jul/08/adrian-mckinty-interview-crime-novelist-the-chain) (Adrian McKinty and The Chain) #AmReading (Watching, Listening) Jess: The Chain (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780316531269) , Adrian McKinty, Pride and Prejudice (https://www.amazon.com/Pride-Prejudice-Performed-Rosamund-Pike/dp/1489457593) read by [Rosamund Pike] and Sense and Sensibility (https://www.amazon.com/Sense-Sensibility-Emma-Thompson/dp/B000053W5D) read by [Emma Thompson] KJ AND Sarina: Things You Save In a Fire (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781250047328) , Katherine Center #FaveIndieBookstore The Flying Pig (https://www.flyingpigbooks.com/) , Shelburne VT Find more about Jess here (http://www.jessicalahey.com/) , Sarina here (https://www.sarinabowen.com/) and about KJ here (https://kjdellantonia.com/) . If you enjoyed this episode, we suggest you check out Marginally, a podcast about writing, work and friendship (https://www.marginallypodcast.com/) . COOL OPPORTUNITIES FROM OUR SPONSOR: Every episode of #AmWriting is sponsored by Author Accelerator, the book coaching program that helps you get your work DONE—and they have two free webinars coming up. Details: CHARACTER CLINIC Author Accelerator is excited to team up with Writers Helping Writers to showcase the NEW Character Builder tool (https://el2.convertkit-mail2.com/c/4zu8w304raehr4n85ax/qvh8h7hv8497zn/aHR0cHM6Ly9vbmVzdG9wZm9yd3JpdGVycy5jb20vYWJvdXRfY2J0) in the One Stop for Writers software. Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi from One Stop for Writers (https://el2.convertkit-mail2.com/c/4zu8w304raehr4n85ax/92uzhnhxg6oq0n/aHR0cHM6Ly9vbmVzdG9wZm9yd3JpdGVycy5jb20v) and Author Accelerator coach Julie Artz will be co-hosting a free Character Clinic webinar on Tuesday, October 8 at 11 AM Pacific. During the event Julie, will be coaching a writer through the character work they have done using the Character Builder. We encourage everyone to register for the event even if you cannot attend live, as a replay will be sent to everyone who has registered. REGISTER FOR THE WEBINAR NOW (https://el2.convertkit-mail2.com/c/4zu8w304raehr4n85ax/45ivheh90p45vv/aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuYXV0aG9yYWNjZWxlcmF0b3IuY29tL3dyaXRlcnNoZWxwaW5nd3JpdGVycw==) THE INSIDE OUTLINE  Jennie Nash developed the Inside Outline in her work as a book coach, and it has been tested in the trenches by hundreds of writers. It can be used to help you start a book, to help you rescue one that isn’t working, and to guide a revision. We're hosting another webinar about this life-changing writing tool on Monday, October 14 at Noon Pacific/2 PM Central/3 PM Eastern. We encourage everyone to register for the event even if you cannot attend live, as a replay will be sent to everyone who has registered. REGISTER FOR THE WEBINAR NOW (https://el2.convertkit-mail2.com/c/4zu8w304raehr4n85ax/7dfqp7nqs8h806rkq5/aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuYXV0aG9yYWNjZWxlcmF0b3IuY29tL2luc2lkZW91dGxpbmV3ZWJpbmFy) The image in our podcast illustration is by Markus Spiske (https://unsplash.com/@markusspiske?utm_source=unsplash&utm_medium=referral&utm_content=creditCopyText) on Unsplash (https://unsplash.com/s/photos/must?utm_source=unsplash&utm_medium=referral&utm_content=creditCopyText) . Transcript (We use an AI service for transcription, and while we do clean it up a bit, some errors are the price of admission here. We hope it’s still helpful. For transcripts, go to http://amwritingpodcast.com)

178: #WriteFaster

Sep 27, 2019 2845

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More words, better words, in less time? Sometimes. In this episode, finding your own path to write faster. If only we could write as fast as we type! You could set your clock by our book production, right? Not so. This week we’re exploring how to write faster with Sarina in the lead. Finding your own patterns, prewriting and avoiding that “stuck” feeling by finding tangible ways to explore your characters and book without doing battle with words dominate our conversation as we riff on ways to up our daily word counts without ending up with something that’s destined for the cutting room floor file.  Episode links and a transcript follow—but first, a preview of the #WritersTopFive that will be dropping into #AmWriting supporter inboxes on Monday, September 30, 2019: Top Five Reasons to Be on Instagram. Not joined that club yet? You’ll want to get on that. Support the podcast you love AND get weekly #WriterTopFives with actionable advice you can use for just $7 a month.  Upgrade to Supporter (https://amwriting.substack.com) As always, this episode (and every episode) will appear for all subscribers in your usual podcast listening places, totally free as the #AmWriting Podcast has always been. This shownotes email is free, too, so please—forward it to a friend, and if you haven’t already, join our email list and be on top of it with the shownotes and a transcript every time there’s a new episode.  Get New Episode Emails (https://amwriting.substack.com) To support the podcast and help it stay free, subscribe to our weekly (https://amwriting.substack.com) #WritersTopFive email. LINKS FROM THE PODCAST 2k to 10k: Writing Faster, Writing Better, and Writing More of What You Love (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781548271107) , Rachel Aaron #AmReading (Watching, Listening) Jess: She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780525560340) Jodi Kantor, Meghan Twohey KJ: Podcasts for book recommendations: What Should I Read Next? with Anne Bogel (https://modernmrsdarcy.com/what-should-i-read-next/) and Get Booked, from BookRiot (https://bookriot.com/listen/shows/getbooked/) Sarina: 100 Deadly Skills: The SEAL Operative’s Guide to Eluding Pursuers, Evading Capture, and Surviving Any Dangerous Situation (https://www.amazon.com/100-Deadly-Skills-Operatives-Surviving/dp/147679605X) , Clint Emerson #FaveIndieBookstore NEWS Jenny Lawson (https://thebloggess.com/) , author of You Are Here (https://thebloggess.com/you-are-here-2/) , Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (https://thebloggess.com/lets-pretend-this-never-happened-a-mostly-true-memoir/) , and Furiously Happy (https://thebloggess.com/furiously-happy/) , will be opening Nowhere Books in San Antonio with the former GM of Book People. We love it when a new indie is born.  This episode was sponsored by Author Accelerator, the book coaching program that helps you get your work DONE. Visit https://www.authoraccelerator.com/amwritingfor details, special offers and Jennie Nash’s Inside-Outline template. Find more about Jess here (http://www.jessicalahey.com/) , Sarina here (https://www.sarinabowen.com/) and about KJ here (https://kjdellantonia.com/) . If you enjoyed this episode, we suggest you check out Marginally, a podcast about writing, work and friendship (https://www.marginallypodcast.com/) . The image in our podcast illustration is by Jordan (https://unsplash.com/@suspected?utm_source=unsplash&utm_medium=referral&utm_content=creditCopyText) on Unsplash (https://unsplash.com/search/photos/write-faster?utm_source=unsplash&utm_medium=referral&utm_content=creditCopyText) . Transcript (We use an AI service for transcription, and while we do clean it up a bit, some errors are the price of admission here. We hope it’s still helpful. Find the transcript at our website, http://amwritingpodcast.com.)

177: Episode 177 #AudioWriter

Sep 20, 2019 3076

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Joshilyn Jackson doesn't just write best-selling thrillers. She narrates them, too. Should we? Episode links and a transcript follow—but first, a preview of the #WritersTopFive that will be dropping into #AmWriting supporter inboxes on Monday, September 23, 2019: Top Five Steps to Burn Chart Success (a How-to). Not joined that club yet? You’ll want to get on that. Support the podcast you love AND get weekly #WriterTopFives with actionable advice you can use for just $7 a month.  Upgrade to Supporter (https://amwriting.substack.com) As always, this episode (and every episode) will appear for all subscribers in your usual podcast listening places, totally free as the #AmWriting Podcast has always been. This shownotes email is free, too, so please—forward it to a friend, and if you haven’t already, join our email list and be on top of it with the shownotes and a transcript every time there’s a new episode.  Get New Episode Emails (https://amwriting.substack.com) To support the podcast and help it stay free, subscribe to our weekly (https://amwriting.substack.com/publish/post/%25%25checkout_url%25%25) #WritersTopFive email (https://amwriting.substack.com/publish/post/%25%25checkout_url%25%25) . LINKS FROM THE PODCAST #AmReading (Watching, Listening) Jess:  I Like to Watch: Arguing My Way Through the TV Revolution (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780525508960) , Emily Nussbaum KJ:  Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780735214484) , David Epstein Joshilyn: Gretchen (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781542041348) , Shannon Kirk The Better Liar: A Novel (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781984821225) , Tanen Jones  Lady in the Lake (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780062390011) , Laura Lippman #FaveIndieBookstore Little Shop of Stories (http://littleshopofstories.com/) , Decatur, GA Our guest for this episode is Joshilyn Jackson (https://www.joshilynjackson.com/) .  She is the author of: Never Have I Ever  (http://www.joshilynjackson.com/books/never-have-i-ever/) The Almost Sisters (http://www.joshilynjackson.com/books/the-almost-sisters/) The Opposite of Everyone (http://www.joshilynjackson.com/books/the-opposite-of-everyone/) Someone Else’s Love Story (http://www.joshilynjackson.com/books/someone-elses-love-story/) A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty (http://www.joshilynjackson.com/books/backseat-saints/) Backseat Saints (http://www.joshilynjackson.com/books/backseat-saints/) The Girl Who Stopped Swimming (http://www.joshilynjackson.com/books/the-girl-who-stopped-swimming/) Between, Georgia (http://www.joshilynjackson.com/books/between-georgia/) ,  Gods in Alabama (http://www.joshilynjackson.com/books/gods-in-alabama/) My Own Miraculous (http://www.joshilynjackson.com/books/my-own-miraculous/) Don’t Quit Your Day Job (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781849821360) Wedding Cake for Breakfast (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780425247303) This episode was sponsored by Author Accelerator, the book coaching program that helps you get your work DONE. Visit https://www.authoraccelerator.com/amwritingfor details, special offers and Jennie Nash’s Inside-Outline template. Find more about Jess here (http://www.jessicalahey.com/) , Sarina here (https://www.sarinabowen.com/) and about KJ here (https://kjdellantonia.com/) . If you enjoyed this episode, we suggest you check out Marginally, a podcast about writing, work and friendship (https://www.marginallypodcast.com/) . The image in our podcast illustration is by TK Transcript (We use an AI service for transcription, and while we do clean it up a bit, some errors are the price of admission here. We hope it’s still helpful.) Find the transcripts and more at https://amwriting.substack.com.

Episode 176 #FallProductivity

Sep 13, 2019 2875

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175: #HowtoUseaBurnChart

Sep 6, 2019 2479

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The burn chart mindset, whole book project management, and a how-to for finding a progress tracker that works for you.

174 #WhenIt'sReallyHard

Aug 30, 2019 2998

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Writing through chronic illness and other challenges, with Karen Locke Kolp.

173 #LiteraryMagsandPopularAcademics

Aug 23, 2019 2464

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Funny thing—writers for popular pubs tend to see literary magazines as an unsurmountable challenge (I know I do) and vice versa. Danielle Ofri, though, straddles both worlds as the Editor-in-Chief of the Bellevue Literary Review (https://blr.med.nyu.edu/) and a regular contributor to the New York Times and Slate as well as journals like The Lancet and The New England Journal of Medicine, making her the perfect person to talk to about that crossover, as well as the crossover between a career with confidentiality at its core, and one where telling the whole truth is key.  #AmReading (Watching, Listening) Danielle: Ragtime E.L. Doctorow and Little King (https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/07/29/the-little-king) , Salmon Rushdie's short story excerpt in the New Yorker from his book, Quichotte. (https://www.amazon.com/dp/059313298X/?tag=thneyo0f-20) KJ: Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781455586691) , Cal Newport #FaveIndieBookstore The Strand again! We don't mind repeating a good one. Our guest for this episode is Danielle Ofri, the author of What Patients Say, What Doctors Hear; (https://danielleofri.com/books/what-patients-say-what-doctors-hear/) Singular Intimacies ; (https://danielleofri.com/books/singular-intimacies/) Incidental Findings;  (https://danielleofri.com/books/incidental-findings/) Medicine in Translation; (https://danielleofri.com/books/medicine-in-translation/) Intensive Care; (https://danielleofri.com/books/intensive-care-a-doctors-journey-ebook/) What Doctors Feel; (https://danielleofri.com/books/what-doctors-feel/) Best of the Bellevue Literary Review (https://danielleofri.com/books/best-of-the-bellevue-literary-review/) and the forthcoming When We Do Harm, a Doctor Confronts Medical Error. (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780807037881) She is also the Editor-in-Chief of the Bellevue Literary Review (https://blr.med.nyu.edu) , a journal that explores issues of health and humanity. fiction and non-fiction and poetry. Find their submission guidelines here. (https://blr.med.nyu.edu/submissions/guidelines) Find out more about at Danielle at DanielleOfri.com, (https://danielleofri.com/) and Listen to her TEDMed Talk: Deconstructing Perfection, here. (https://danielleofri.com/danielles-tedmed-talk/) You can listen to her TEDMed talk Fear: A Necessary Emotion here (https://danielleofri.com/tedx-beacon-street/) . This episode was sponsored by Author Accelerator, the book coaching program that helps you get your work DONE. Visit https://www.authoraccelerator.com/amwritingfor details, special offers and Jennie Nash’s Inside-Outline template. Find more about Jess here (http://www.jessicalahey.com/) , and about KJ here (https://kjdellantonia.com/) . If you enjoyed this episode, we suggest you check out Marginally, a podcast about writing, work and friendship (https://www.marginallypodcast.com/) .

172: #BucketGoals

Aug 16, 2019 2492

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Big dreams, and how to achieve them. (Jess likes to be told she can do it. KJ prefers to be told she can't.) #AmReading (and watching)  Other People's Houses (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780399587924) , Abbi Waxman Jess: The Butterfly Girl: A Novel (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780062698162) , Rene Denfeld A Discovery of Witches (book one of the All Souls Trilogy), (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780143119685) Deborah Harkness   (and the miniseries) #FaveIndieBookstore Northshire Books (https://www.northshire.com/) , Manchester VT and Saratoga Springs This episode was sponsored by Author Accelerator, the book coaching program that helps you get your work DONE. Visit https://www.authoraccelerator.com/amwriting for details, special offers and Jennie Nash’s 2-tier outline template. Find more about Jess here (http://www.jessicalahey.com/) , and about KJ here (https://kjdellantonia.com/) . If you enjoyed this episode, we suggest you check out Marginally, a podcast about writing, work and friendship (https://www.marginallypodcast.com/) .

171: #WritingWithandAboutFaith

Aug 9, 2019 3053

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The risks and benefits of writing about religion in any genre, with author Phoebe Farag Mikhail. Phoebe's publisher: Paraclete Press (https://paracletepress.com) A few other notes from the episode:  Phoebe's book: Putting Joy into Practice: Seven Ways to Lift Your Spirit from the Early Church https://paracletepress.com/collections/new-releases/products/putting-joy-into-practice Phoebe's blog: Being in Community (beingincommunity.com (http://beingincommunity.com/) ) Instagram & Twitter: @pkfarag    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/phoebefaragmikhailauthor/  andhttps://www.facebook.com/beingincommunity/ Phoeble also mentioned her essay in Talking Writing Magazine about "bridge people":https://talkingwriting.com/agreeing-other-side-can-be-revolutionary She chronicled her path to writing after becoming a mom in this essay as well: http://redtri.com/having-children-was-the-best-thing-i-did-for-my-career/ #AmReading KJ: Scarcity: Why Having Too Little Means So Much (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780805092646) , Sendhil Mullainathan Phoebe: The Enchanted Hour: The Miraculous Power of Reading Aloud in the Age of Distraction, (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780062562814) Meghan Cox Gurdon #FaveIndieBookstore The Strand, New York, NY (https://www.strandbooks.com/) This episode was sponsored by Author Accelerator, the book coaching program that helps you get your work DONE. Visit https://www.authoraccelerator.com/amwriting for details, special offers and Jennie Nash’s 2-tier outline template. COME RETREAT WITH KJ AND SARINA! Details here (https://www.authoraccelerator.com/amwritingretreat?fbclid=IwAR28UHKs094kMRXcybsP6zLyqpuMyJURur5fnc52AVP9ek5EWUpy7ckFu8M) Find more about Jess here (http://www.jessicalahey.com/) , and about KJ here (https://kjdellantonia.com/) . If you enjoyed this episode, we suggest you check out Marginally, a podcast about writing, work and friendship (https://www.marginallypodcast.com/) .

170: #YourFreelanceBusiness

Aug 2, 2019 2684

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Tracking your why, your how, your money and your time with Katherine Reynolds Lewis. A few assorted links, comments and tools Toggl time tracker  (https://toggl.com) The 3Ps: Pay, Prestige and Personal Passion Katherine's Excel Spreadsheet: Katherine's Press Club slide show and her checklist for new clients. (https://www.katherinerlewis.com/freelance-advice/) #AmReading: KJ: City of Girls: A Novel (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781594634734) , Elizabeth Gilbert Katherine: Middle School Matters: The 10 Key Skills Kids Need to Thrive in Middle School and Beyond - And How Parents Can Help (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780738235080) , Phyllis Fagell Code Like a Girl: Rad Tech Projects and Practical Tips (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781524713898) , Miriam Peskowitz Searching for Sylvie Lee: A Novel (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780062834300) , Jean Kwok #FaveIndieBookstore(s): Politics and Prose Bookstore (https://www.politics-prose.com/) , Washington, D.C. East City Bookshop (https://www.eastcitybookshop.com/) , Washington, D.C. Solid State Books (https://www.solidstatebooksdc.com/) , Washington, D.C. Bard's Alley (https://www.bardsalley.com/) , Vienna, VA Katherine: KatherineRLewis.com  (https://www.katherinerlewis.com/) Twitter (https://twitter.com/KatherineLewis) Instagram  (http://instagram.com/katherinereynoldslewis) Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/Katherine.R.Lewis/) This episode was sponsored by Author Accelerator, the book coaching program that helps you get your work DONE. Visit https://www.authoraccelerator.com/amwriting for details, special offers and Jennie Nash’s 2-tier outline template. Find more about Jess here (http://www.jessicalahey.com/) , and about KJ here (https://kjdellantonia.com/) . If you enjoyed this episode, we suggest you check out Marginally, a podcast about writing, work and friendship (https://www.marginallypodcast.com/) .

169: #SummerReading

Jul 26, 2019 2812

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Jess is going gangbusters on her summer writing, and KJ may be struggling, but they’re both plowing through some serious recs for  your summer reading list from them and from members of the #AmWriting Facebook group. #AmReading KJ: Rules for Visiting: A Novel (https://www.indiebound.org/search/book?keys=rules+for+visiting) , Jessica Francis Kane Honestly We Meant Well: A Novel (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781250143150) , Grant Ginder What You Don't Know About Charlie Outlaw (https://www.indiebound.org/search/book?keys=what+you+don%27t+know+about+charlie+outlaw) , Leah Stewart The Gifted School: A Novel (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780525534969) , Bruce Holsinger City of Girls: A Novel (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781594634734) , Elizabeth Gilbert Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780735214484) , David Epstein The Sentence is Death: A Novel (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780062676832) , Anthony Horowitz Bowling Avenue (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780985210007) , Ann Shayne The Library of Lost and Found (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780778369356) , Phaedra Patrick Jeeves and the King of Clubs: A Novel in Homage to P.G. Wodehouse (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781549170935) , Ben Schott There's a Word for That (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780316437165) , Sloane Tanen Mostly Dead Things (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781947793309) , Kristen Arnett The Bride Test (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780451490827) , Helen Hoang Everything Is Just Fine (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781538745649) , Brett Paesel The Late Bloomers' Club: A Novel (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781101981238) , Louise Miller After the End (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780451490568) , Clare Mackintosh I Miss You When I Blink: Essays (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781982102807) , Mary Laura Philpott Happy Campers: 9 Summer Camp Secrets for Raising Kids Who Become Thriving Adults (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781546081791) , Audrey Monke Jess: Top Secret (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781942444800) , Sarina Bowen Raising a Screen Smart Kid: Embrace the Good and Avoid the Bad in the Digital Age (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780143132073) , Julianna Miner Basketball Junkie: A Memoir (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781250006899) , Chris Herren Rough Magic: Riding the World's Loneliest Horse Race (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781948226196) , Lara Prior-Palmer The Thank-You Project: Cultivating Happiness One Letter of Gratitude at a Time (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780762468454) , Nancy Davis Kho Stoney the Pony's Most Inspiring Year: Teaching Children About Addiction Through Metaphor (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781462403110) , Linda Myers Everything Is Just Fine (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781538745649) , Brett Paesel  How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780735224155) , Michael Pollan #FaveIndieBookstore Brookline Booksmith (https://www.brooklinebooksmith.com/) , Brookline, MA This episode was sponsored by Author Accelerator, the book coaching program that helps you get your work DONE. Visit https://www.authoraccelerator.com/amwriting for details, special offers and Jennie Nash’s 2-tier outline template. Find more about Jess here (http://www.jessicalahey.com/) , and about KJ here (https://kjdellantonia.com/) . If you enjoyed this episode, we suggest you check out Marginally, a podcast about writing, work and friendship (https://www.marginallypodcast.com/) .

168: #LuckFavorsTheBold

Jul 19, 2019 2316

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As the wheel of fortune spins, Jess gives us the blow by blow of this week’s celebrity endorsement - spoiler alert...it wasn’t entirely luck! When someone with 10 million followers on Instagram shares a pic of herself reading your book—things happen. And they happened for Jess. But there's a little secret history there. Sure, lightning struck, the stars aligned and everything fell together. But if Jess hadn't done the groundwork, it probably never would have happened. #AmReading Jess: Archaeology From Space: How the Future Shapes Our Past by Sarah Parcak, @indyfromspace www.sarahparcak.com (http://www.sarahparcak.com/) KJ: City of Girls, Elizabeth Glibert #FaveIndieBookstore The Vermont Bookstore in MIddlebury Vermont (https://www.vermontbookshop.com/)

167: #ChangeAndRearrange

Jul 12, 2019 3273

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Book Coach Jennie Nash returns to tackle some effective strategies for revising; it can be a tortuous process, but it can also be where some of the fun happens! Jennie mentioned Susan Bell's The Artful Edit: On the Practice of Editing Yourself (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780393332179) . #AmReading KJ: Bowling Avenue (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780985210007) , Ann Shayne Jess: In Pain: A Bioethicist's Personal Struggle with Opioids (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780062854643) , Travis Rieder and Red, White & Royal Blue (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781250316776) Casey McQuiston Jennie: Daisy Jones & the Six (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781524798628) , Taylor Jenkins Reid #FaveIndieBookstore Chaucer's Bookstore (http://www.chaucersbooks.com/) , Santa Barbara  This episode was sponsored by Author Accelerator, the book coaching program that helps you get your work DONE. Visit https://www.authoraccelerator.com/amwriting for details, special offers and Jennie Nash’s 2-tier outline template. Find more about Jess here (http://www.jessicalahey.com/) , and about KJ here (https://kjdellantonia.com/) . If you enjoyed this episode, we suggest you check out Marginally, a podcast about writing, work and friendship (https://www.marginallypodcast.com/) .

166: #SummerWriting

Jul 5, 2019 2636

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Tips for getting the work done when the season shifts around you.

165: #Twitter#@*!Storm

Jun 28, 2019 2390

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Sometimes, the internet turns against you. What to do, what not to do, how to ride it out and remember--the loudest voices aren't necessarily the most numerous. 

164: #WhoIsThisHelping

Jun 21, 2019 2979

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Subscription services like Kindle Unlimited and Audible do make books—some books—cheaper for readers, but what do they do for authors—and what are readers missing? (with Sarina Bowen)

163: #BookTourReality

Jun 14, 2019 2869

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Mary Laura Philpott tells all. It's glorious. It's embarrassing. Nobody told you you'd be sitting on a barstool in front of a crowd in a short skirt.

162: #HalfwaytoGoal

Jun 7, 2019 3074

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Remember those goals you set with Jess and KJ back in January? Neither did they, but they dug them out and sort out how the year’s going so far. 

161: #WritingAtMyNightmare

May 31, 2019 2582

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We welcome Shane Burcaw. You thought writing was hard? Try doing it with no muscles.

#10MonthsfromStarttoDeadline

May 24, 2019 2430

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Parkland author Dave Cullen on everything you ever wanted to know about pitching and writing a topical nonfiction book at top speed (and going broke doing it).

159: #StoryGenius

May 17, 2019 2381

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Story expert Lisa Cron joins Jess and KJ to dig into the mechanics of a good book, including the difference between plot and story, and looking beyond “what happened” to “why did it happen”. To talk to Lisa Cron is--unless you've already read Story Genius or Wired for Story--to possibly flip everything you thought you knew about story--fiction, nonfiction, short, long, whatever--onto its head. Story, she points out, isn't plot. It isn't what happens, and then what happens next, and then what happens next. It's the why behind those happenings. It's not, well, a spaceship just landed on the green in front of the library, and I'll either a) rush towards it or b) head for my car. It's WHY I do those things. It's not just what I do next, but what it is about me, now the main character in this rather stressful tale that may end with us all being the entrees on some giant interstellar menu, that makes me make the no doubt terrible choices that I make (good choices make bad books). And that's my backstory. Which brings me to one of the many, many quick-write-that-down moments in this episode.  Backstory isn't backstory. It IS the story. It informs every line of every page, every decision, every "because of this, then that," right up until the end, when whatever screwed me up in the first place becomes something I can overcome in order to win the aliens over and persuade them that we're not tasty after all (before I fry them with my laser gun and it's alien nuggets for everyone, with a variety of dipping sauces). Our guest, Lisa Cron, is the author of Story Genius: How to Use Brain Science to Go Beyond Outlining and Write a Riveting Novel* [*Before You Waste Three Years Writing 327 Pages That Go Nowhere] (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781607748892) and Wired for Story: The Writer's Guide to Using Brain Science to Hook Readers from the Very First Sentence (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781607742456) . She also contributed to Author in Progress: A No-Holds-Barred Guide to What It Really Takes to Get Published. (https://writerunboxed.com/2016/06/09/author-in-progress/) #AmReading Jess sings the praises of The Lewis Trilogy (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781549174162) , Peter May Lisa recommends Everything I Never Told You (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780143127550) , Celeste Ng KJ is still finishing her favorite novel of this year so far, There's a Word for That (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780316437165) , Sloane Tanen. #FaveIndieBookstore Book Soup (https://www.booksoup.com/) , Los Angeles This episode was sponsored by Author Accelerator, the book coaching program that helps you get your work DONE. Visit https://www.authoraccelerator.com/amwriting for details, special offers and Jennie Nash’s 2-tier outline template. Find more about Jess here (http://www.jessicalahey.com/) , and about KJ here (https://kjdellantonia.com/) . If you enjoyed this episode, we suggest you check out Marginally, a podcast about writing, work and friendship (https://www.marginallypodcast.com/) .

158: #WhyStickers

May 10, 2019 2640

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Jess and KJ extemporize on the power of stickers - where the only thing that matters is getting into the work, and getting the words out. And some bonus advice to authors on what not to do. Kj here, with a confession: I've been lying to myself Letting myself off the hook.  Not keeping my butt in the chair and my head in the game. I mean, sure, I had lots of excuses. I've been traveling or doing intense farm stuff since April 12. That's almost a month with--count them--only two days of being entirely home without travel or a major, all-day farm commitment. So okay then. Some of those days I called it. I knew I wouldn't get anything done on my next book, and I didn't. Some of those days I had a reasonable plan. Open the file. Stay with the work. That's all. But SOME days... some days I futzed around. I kept moving the needle. I let myself quit because "I'm really not focusing" or "this isn't getting anywhere" and although I had time to do something, and plans to do something, I didn't manage to do anything. So here's the thing about goals, and getting your daily (or 5 days a week, or 6 days a week) sticker: the achievement needs to be hard, but do-able.  Something that will pull you alll the way in and ask something of you. Something that will measurably move the dial. If your sticker goal doesn't demand that you say no to some things--no to lunch, maybe, or no to taking a walk on the nice day, or no to a child who wants but doesn't exactly NEED a ride somewhere--in order to say yes to the goal, then the goal isn't high enough. Because it's the saying no that makes you, as Steven Pressfield would say, a pro (https://stevenpressfield.com/2012/02/saying-no/) . It's the saying no that means you're saying yes to yourself as a serious person with work that needs to get done, whether there's anyone else waiting for that work or not. You're waiting. I'm waiting. So this is my declaration of re-intent. My "sticker" for the next 30 days (at a minimum) is 1000 words. No shortcuts, no lowered goals. SOME DAYS I MIGHT NOT GET A STICKER--but there will be no participation awards. No A-for-effort.  It's sticker or nothing around here, baby. And that's #WhySticker. Other links in the episode:  The Secret Library Podcast, episode 147 (https://www.secretlibrarypodcast.com/episodes/martine-fournier-watson-147) : Martine Fournier Watson What happens when your editor asks you to change a major plot point? The famed 2-tier outline process (https://www.authoraccelerator.com/amwriting) at Author Accelerator. #AmReading Chasing Cosby (https://www.nicoleweisenseeegan.com/chasingcosby) , Nicole Weisensee Egan The best novel KJ's read yet this year (drumroll please):  There's a Word for That (https://sloanetanenauthor.com/books/theres-a-word-for-that/) , Sloane Tanen #FaveIndieBookstore Book People Austin, TX This episode was sponsored by Author Accelerator, the book coaching program that helps you get your work DONE. Visit https://www.authoraccelerator.com/amwriting for details, special offers and Jennie Nash’s 2-tier outline template. Find more about Jess here (http://www.jessicalahey.com/) , and about KJ here (https://kjdellantonia.com/) . If you enjoyed this episode, we suggest you check out Marginally, a podcast about writing, work and friendship (https://www.marginallypodcast.com/) .

157: #ExcitedAboutWords

May 3, 2019 2486

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Podcasting from Mom 2.0 Conference with podcaster, journalist and author, Nicole Blades. She tells us about the pros and cons of skipping an agent, using rejection as fuel, and the joys of the writer community.

156 #WhenFansPay

Apr 26, 2019 2440

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It's hard enough to start a subscriber email. But what if--like freelance writer Lyz Lenz, who has two books coming out in the next twelve months--you asked your fans to pay for it? It's so crazy, it might just work. Hello from the Mom 2.0 conference, where Jess and I just did a panel on Launching a Speaking Career. More on that in an upcoming episode--but meanwhile, this one's a real thought-provoker. Most of us struggle with what's a good use of our time in our writing careers. We've talked a lot about the value of an email subscriber list when it comes to selling books and sharing your work--but what if the email is your work, or becomes a way to share your work?  Journalist Lyz Lenz (https://lyzlenz.com/) uses Substack (https://substack.com/) to share a largely subscriber-only email (https://lyz.substack.com) with a group of readers/fans whose financial support has helped to carry her through the ups and downs of a freelance career.  Other links mentioned in the episode:  Lyz Lenz's Contently (https://lyzlenz.contently.com/) Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture, Roxane Gay (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780062413512) Ann Friedman's Newsletter (https://www.annfriedman.com/weekly) #AmReading Heavy: An American Memoir, Kiese Laymon (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781501125652) Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love, Dani Shapiro (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781524732714) Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania, Erik Larson (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780307408877) Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War, Mark Bowden (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780802144737) The Last Stone: A Masterpiece of Criminal Interrogation, Mark Bowden (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780802147301) #FaveIndieBookstore Lyz Lenz's fave is Next Page Books (http://npbnewbo.com/) in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. "Bart knows all the local gossip and has always been a great supporter of my work." Find out more about our guest, Lyz Lenz, here (https://lyzlenz.com/) —and check out the first of the TWO books she's working on this year, God Land: A Story of Faith, Loss and Renewal in Middle America on IndieBound. (https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780253041531) This episode was sponsored by Author Accelerator, the book coaching program that helps you get your work DONE. Visit https://www.authoraccelerator.com/amwritingfor details, special offers and Jennie Nash’s 2-tier outline template (the one KJ swears by). Find more about Jess here (http://www.jessicalahey.com/) , and about KJ here (https://kjdellantonia.com/) . If you enjoyed this episode, we suggest you check out Marginally, a podcast about writing, work and friendship (https://www.marginallypodcast.com/) .

155: #GetUnstuck

Apr 19, 2019 2586

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Uber-Coach Jennifer Louden on finding your "enough" and letting it power you forward.

154: #MathandDictationAreFun

Apr 12, 2019 2668

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Math storyteller [Steven Strogatz](http://www.stevenstrogatz.com/) makes both calculus and dictation seem approachable and fun. #notkidding Jess, we learn, was told in an early math class not to give up her day job, and so she gave up on math—until she found [Steven Strogatz](http://www.stevenstrogatz.com/), whose writing puts a human, topical, understandable face on numbers from algebra to calculus, and glories in seeing “the math in everything”. If you’re the master of a topic that seems too narrow, academic or wonky for a larger audience, consider finding fresh ways into the subject—or “every way,” says Strogatz. If you can’t relate to one analogy, he’s ready with another, and it’s that willingness to try multiple ways to get his ideas across that’s made his work popular. Strogatz is a teacher first, writer second (now you know why he and Jess bond)---and he uses dictation to find his way into a more natural voice in his writing in the simplest way possible: he holds his phone up to his mouth while he walks the dog and talks into his notes app, the one where you just press the little microphone button on the iPhone. I’ve tried this (this is KJ) and it makes me crazy, because I struggle not to watch the words come out and correct them. For Strogatz, though, the opposite is true. “It helps me get around my OCD tendencies,” he says. “If I’m writing on a keyboard and see the words, my immediate instinct is to start deleting them.” #AmReading [Educated, Tara Westover](https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780399590504) [The Tangled Tree, David Quammen](https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781476776620)  [Inheritance, Dani Shapiro](https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781524732714) [Dead Wake, Erik Larson](https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780307408877) #FaveIndieBookstore Steven Strogatz's Fave is [Buffalo Street Books](https://www.buffalostreetbooks.com/) in Ithaca, NY. It's his local--"I was just in there last week. You just feel surrounded by great books." Buffalo Street Books is a co-op! Members join and get dividends, year-end profit-sharing (I'm guessing they're not getting rich there, but still) and--best of all--their local bookstore is still alive and kicking.  Find out more about our guest, Steven Strogatz, [here](http://www.stevenstrogatz.com/) — and check out his latest book, [Infinite Powers: How Calculus Reveals the Secrets of the Universe](https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781328879981), on [IndieBoundor](https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781328879981) at [Twitter](https://twitter.com/stevenstrogatz). This episode was sponsored by Author Accelerator, the book coaching program that helps you get your work DONE. Visit [Author Accelerator](https://www.authoraccelerator.com/amwriting) for details, special offers and Jennie Nash’s 2-tier outline template. Find more about [Jess here](http://www.jessicalahey.com/), and about [KJ here](https://kjdellantonia.com/). If you enjoyed this episode, we suggest you check out [Marginally, a podcast about writing, work and friendship](https://www.marginallypodcast.com/).

153: #GrammarGirl

Apr 5, 2019 2544

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Mignon Fogerty on Pet Peeves, riding a wave; and what to do if you're a writer and grammar still scares the bejabbers out of you.

152: #ContinueHereforEmailLists

Mar 29, 2019 2753

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Part 2 continues with Sarina Bowen's guidance about what you should put in your email list, and how to market your email before, or after, you’re published.

151: #StartHereforEmailLists 

Mar 22, 2019 2345

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Sarina Bowen guides us through where and how to start up an email list, how to grow it and how to keep it healthy in the first part of a two parter on email lists.

150: #NeverReady

Mar 15, 2019 2932

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Mary Laura Philpott on how to launch a book into the world, with a few regrets and ideas for do-overs.

149: #PlagarismVersusJustWrong

Mar 8, 2019 2235

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Accusations of plagiarism and general bad behavior are everywhere in the writing world. Sarina Bowen joins the conversation about what plagiarism is and isn't and how to protect yourself (and keep from accidentally screwing up).

148: #GreenEyedMonster

Mar 1, 2019 2128

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Omitting wan words to tighten your writing, and battling the inevitable arrival of professional jealousy.

147: #GoodNewsandHowIGotThere

Feb 22, 2019 2597

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You heard it here first: KJ sold her novel. We talk about how the deal happened, why she took a pre-empt, and building a career.

146: #AnthologyWriting

Feb 15, 2019 2807

Description:

...in which Jess and KJ share tips about about answering calls for anthology submissions

145: #DethroneThePhone

Feb 8, 2019 2811

Description:

...in which Jess and KJ talk with computer science professor, and author, Cal Newport on the concept of digital minimalism and the benefits it can have on the writing process.

144: #ReadingWhileWriting

Feb 1, 2019 2862

Description:

...in which Jess and KJ tackle a classic writing question: can you read in your genre while you’re writing in it without absorbing other voices and ideas?

143: #AlwaysBeHustling

Jan 25, 2019 3051

Description:

…in which successful freelancer Kimberly Moran describes how she has created a home and work life that feeds her writing, and how she's always hustling to find new opportunities.

142: #SixYearsOfWork

Jan 18, 2019 3016

Description:

…in which Jess and KJ talk with award-winning biographer, Ruth Franklin, author of Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life, and find out what it takes to write an account of someone else’s life.

141: #ItsTrueSoWriteIt

Jan 11, 2019 2593

Description:

...in which Jess and KJ talk raw honest memoir with Janelle Hanchett, author of I'm Just Happy to Be Here. It's not easy to write memoir, or to put it out there, but as Janelle says, you're either going to tell the truth, or don't bother.

1: 140: #2019Goals

Jan 4, 2019 2698

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...in which Jess and KJ open the new year with their goals and words for the upcoming year.

139: #GoalReview

Dec 28, 2018 2722

Description:

...in which Jess and KJ take stock of 2018 with a review of their goals and their words of the year. 

138: #WhatsYourGenre

Dec 22, 2018 2881

Description:

...in which Jess and KJ weigh the many ambiguous definitions of fiction genres with Emily Tredowe, and her short-story path to novel writing.

137: #SocialProofMatters

Dec 14, 2018 2661

Description:

...in which Jess and KJ speak with author Sarina Bowen about how to get Amazon reviews and why you want them.

136: #GiftShow!

Dec 7, 2018 2251

Description:

…in which Jess and KJ are in the same place! And sharing all the perfect gift ideas for you and your writerly friends.

1: 135: #SteppingBack

Nov 30, 2018 3073

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…in which Jess and KJ are joined by book coach, and fan favorite, Jennie Nash to answer the question: What do you do when you wake up with 50,000 words of something? A guide for post-NaNoWriMo.

134: #WritingAroundFamily

Nov 23, 2018 2596

Description:

...in which Jess and KJ share tips about making space for writing even around the holidays, when family is seemingly everywhere. They tackle a listener's question about working with a book coach, and we finally hear more about KJ's novel and tentative title.

133: #WorkingBackwards

Nov 16, 2018 2010

Description:

...in which Jess and KJ speak with entrepreneur, author, and speaker, Seth Godin about how to market and promote your own writing by thinking about the end product.

132 #ThePitchCameFirst

Nov 9, 2018 2885

Description:

Jess and KJ interview Jennifer Miller and Jason Feifer, the married co-authors of Mr. Nice Guy, a book with the perfect elevator pitch: What if two columnists had sex every week, and then reviewed each other? Turns out there's a catch to a great "what if:" you still have to figure out who you're writing about, and why it matters.

131: #RelentlesslyHelpful

Nov 2, 2018 2712

Description:

…in which Jess (fighting thru a cold) and KJ highlight the opportunities panels present, and the importance of choosing your sponsorship carefully.

130: #HorseKick

Oct 26, 2018 2399

Description:

...in which Jess and KJ update us on how their respective projects are coming along, including Jess's research and KJ's public speaking, all as something NaNoWriMo this way comes.

129: #Don'tGetBuzzed

Oct 19, 2018 2616

Description:

...in which Jess and KJ are joined by actor, author, podcaster and science advocate Alan Alda to discuss reaching readers with good storytelling, and avoiding that moment when—buzz!—you've lost them.

128: #PlanItOut

Oct 12, 2018 2547

Description:

...in which Jess and KJ speak with author and podcaster Virginia Soul Smith, who somehow did everything “in order”, about how to plan everything.

127: #AmBranding

Oct 5, 2018 1952

Description:

...in which Jess and KJ ask Carol Blymire what the heck personal branding is, why you need one, and how you build it. 

126: #PubDay3

Sep 28, 2018 2603

Description:

...in which Jess and KJ review KJ’s recent Pub Day marketing strategy, and what worked and what didn’t.

125: #FindingAnAgent

Sep 21, 2018 2556

Description:

...in which Jess and KJ welcome Laurie Abkemeier, agent extrodinaire, to discuss what you should do to get an agent, and what an agent can do for you.

124: #NomDePlume

Sep 14, 2018 2186

Description:

...in which Jess and KJ Sarina Bowen about the advantages and consequences of using a pseudonym, and an update on CockyGate.

123: #ChasingTheAntelope

Sep 7, 2018 2668

Description:

...in which Jess and KJ sit down with best-selling author Tim Grahl about how becoming a writer of any quality is not a sprint but a marathon.

122: #PubDay2

Aug 31, 2018 2108

Description:

...in which Jess and KJ discuss prepping for PubDay, all the pub feels, and that fall feeling of getting back to work.

121: #ABillionsTimesNo

Aug 24, 2018 1816

Description:

…in which Jess and KJ speak with _Billions_ producer and screenwriter Brian Koppleman about how you sometimes have to say no when you’d rather say yes.

120: #IsolationIsForWimps

Aug 18, 2018 2040

Description:

...in which Jess and KJ examine the jump from journalism to novels with Jo Piazza, and of course some tips for writing your novel.

119: #BestSellers

Aug 10, 2018 2139

Description:

...in which Jess and KJ, by popular request, speak again with USA Today Best Selling author Sarina Bowen about the nitty gritty of best seller lists.

118: #BooksAboutWork

Aug 3, 2018 2336

Description:

...in which Jess and KJ speak with Alysin Camerota about the shifting from writing TV news to writing a novel, finding time to write and the value of a good editor.

117: #BookLaunchTimeline

Jul 27, 2018 2818

Description:

...in which Jess and KJ tackle a bunch of listener questions about building a timeline to give your book the best chance for commercial success.

116: #YouHaveTime

Jul 20, 2018 2404

Description:

...in which Jess and KJ speak with author Laura Vanderkam about how to find time in even your busy schedule to write.

115: #TellingStories

Jul 13, 2018 2208

Description:

...in which Jess and KJ discuss the importance of stories in non-fiction, and absolve you for taking some time for yourself this summer.

114: #AudioBooks

Jul 6, 2018 2306

Description:

...in which Jess and KJ talk us through some of the ins and outs of recording your audiobook.

113: #DestinyThief

Jun 29, 2018 3070

Description:

...in which Jess and KJ chat with Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Russo in a bustling bookstore about writerly life, inspiration and the work. 

112: #KeepingOrganized

Jun 22, 2018 2250

Description:

...in which Jess and KJ answer a question from the FB group about how to stay organized while writing a book, from research to emails to your physical workspace.

111: #TheHeadshot

Jun 15, 2018 2412

Description:

…in which Jess and KJ welcome Sharona Jacobs, a professional portrait photographer, to discuss the value of the headshot, and the logistics of getting yours.

110: CockyGate

Jun 8, 2018 1968

Description:

...in which Jess and KJ are again joined by Sarina Bowen with a case study from the romance fiction world about the difference between copyright and trademark.

109: #SedarisSerendipity

Jun 1, 2018 1962

Description:

…in which Jess and KJ speak with bests-selling author and superstar essayist David Sedaris about letting people help you.

108: #GoalReview

May 25, 2018 2543

Description:

...in which Jess and KJ review the goals they set themselves in January, and how are their words of the year holding up?

107: #FourTendencies

May 18, 2018 2658

Description:

...in which Jess and KJ chat with Gretchen Rubin about hacking your work routine and your writing using the four tendencies.

106: #FirstTimerMistakes

May 11, 2018 2404

Description:

…in which Jess and KJ are again joined by book coach Jennie Nash, this time to discuss the three most common pitfalls made by new novelists.

105: #ConferenceGoing

May 4, 2018 2299

Description:

...in which Jess and KJ, from the Mom 2.0 Conference, share tips about getting the most out of a conference from craft to marketing.

104: #TheFullProposal

Apr 27, 2018 2349

Description:

...in which Jess is finally able to talk about her new book deal and unpacks the arduous task of writing a full proposal! And KJ finds the internet distracting.

103: #DeepWork

Apr 20, 2018 2475

Description:

...in which Jess and KJ share new inspiration and tips for digging in, muscling through those times when the writing gets hard. 

102: #HomelessPieces

Apr 13, 2018 2697

Description:

...in which Jess and KJ consider your options when your piece loses its publisher, or never had one at all. Also, Jess on poor deadline choices, and KJ weighs publicists, promotions and limits.

101: #SerialWriting

Apr 6, 2018 2535

Description:

...in which Jess and KJ are again joined by Sarina Bowen as she details the particular particulars an author faces when she decides to write serially.

100: #DrivingTwoCars

Mar 30, 2018 2987

Description:

...in which Jess and KJ shift gears and mix metaphors in an effort to breakdown how they move from one project to another, and bring the required skills with them...and celebrate 100 episodes.

99: #ImposterSyndrome

Mar 23, 2018 2435

Description:

...in which Jess and KJ confront the voices in their heads second guessing their work, and have some tips on how you can do the same.

98: #Checklists

Mar 16, 2018 2320

Description:

...in which Jess and KJ, inspired by Celeste Headlee, discuss some of the things you should do before you send off that final draft.  

97: #TheLongJourney

Mar 9, 2018 3016

Description:

...in which Jess and KJ welcome columnist turned novelist Anna Quindlen and chat with her about the long road a writer must take when traveling from non-ficton to fiction.

96: #GettingCoached

Mar 2, 2018 2200

Description:

...in which Jess and KJ are in uncharted waters with their fiction projects, so KJ hires someone to help navigate. Also, dealing with rejections through work and occasionally food.

95: #PitchingandPromotion

Feb 23, 2018 2190

Description:

...in which Jess and KJ discuss the advantages of face-time (IRL not the app) when pitching an idea, and things to do to promote your book.

94: #SelfPromotionForIntroverts

Feb 16, 2018 3249

Description:

...in which Jess and KJ chat with Morra Aarons-Mele about getting over your fear of asking for favors and managing your network to help market your work. 

93: #BooksNotYogurt

Feb 9, 2018 2485

Description:

...in which Jess and KJ are spoiled for choice, but what happens when too many pitches are accepted? And they remind us to consider the long tail of book sales.

92: #HowToBeABadass

Feb 2, 2018 2975

Description:

...in which Jess and KJ talk about sticking to your guns, even as a new author, with Jennifer Weiner.

91: #Co-WritinginHollywood

Jan 26, 2018 2171

Description:

...in which Jess and KJ speak with fellow writers and podcasters Liz Craft and Sarah Fain about writing for screens both big and little, and how it works writing with someone else.

90: #NotJustStuntJournalism

Jan 19, 2018 2433

Description:

...in which Jess and KJ speak with journalist AJ Jacobs. He discusses his version of immersion journalism and how he might be related to you.

89: #StructureIsGood

Jan 12, 2018 2383

Description:

...in which Jess and KJ get back to the basics add structure to their writing lives. Now that you’ve got your goals set for the year, how do you stay on track. Jess learns to keep better records and KJ has rec for a useful app.

88: #OrganicStory

Jan 5, 2018 2521

Description:

…in which Jess and KJ are joined by Sarina Bowen as they speak with novelist Kristan Higgins about how she got her start, learned to grapple with the work of writing, and managed to successfully transition from one genre to another.

87: #ReadySetGoals3

Dec 29, 2017 1872

Description:

...in which Jess and KJ share their words of the year, as well as their goals for 2018.

86: #GoalReview

Dec 22, 2017 2174

Description:

...in which Jess and KJ...wait for it...review their goals and their words of the year for 2017 (see episode 34). Might be worth reviewing yours.

85: #BookCoach

Dec 15, 2017 2887

Description:

...in which Jess and KJ talk with book coach Jennie Nash. How a book coach supports writers, and how to find one for yourself.

84: #WritersGifts 2

Dec 8, 2017 2567

Description:

...in which Jess and KJ, eventually, share their (and listener) ideas about the perfect itmes for your gift list or for the writer in your life.

83: #NaNoWriMoWrap

Dec 1, 2017 2405

Description:

...in which Jess and KJ close out National Novel Writing Month, find out how they fared, and what they dropped from their routines to make time to write all their extra words.

82: #ATouchofthePoet

Nov 24, 2017 2607

Description:

...in which Jess and KJ discuss with their guest, poet Lauren Halderman, how one gets started in poetry...and keeps it going. And is it really like writing code?

81: #AcademicPress

Nov 17, 2017 3145

Description:

….in which Jess and KJ speak with Devorah Heitner about the nature of academic presses, and her...unique experience as she shepherded her first book to print. Academic presses, prices and audience, speaking career - building an audience; and her ...unique experience in publishing.

80: #NaNoWriMo3

Nov 10, 2017 2021

Description:

….in which Jess and KJ update us on their word counts after week 1 of NaNoWriMo. Jess gets lots done in the airport and KJ comes clean about the voices in her head.

79: #NaNoWriMo2

Nov 3, 2017 2047

Description:

…in which Jess and KJ are psyched for the beginning of November, discuss final prep like clearing the decks and the dining room table. And if you’re not doing NaNoWriMo, make November a “make your goal” month!

78: #NaNonFiWriMo

Oct 27, 2017 2406

Description:

...in which Jess and KJ share tips about surviving (and succeeding) NaNoWriMo whether your writing fiction or non.

77: #GhostWriting

Oct 20, 2017 2495

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...in which Jess and KJ welcome Meg Lukens Noonan, who walks us through some of the ins and outs of the ghost writing business; she also tells the tale of her own book. PRODUCER'S NOTE: Sorry folks, I mistakenly uploaded last week's episode! Download this episode again to listen to this week's episode.

76: #FaceTime

Oct 13, 2017 2420

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...in which Jess and KJ laud the value of meeting and learning from your colleagues. KJ updates us on progress with her edits, and Jess needed a change of scenery.

75: #NovelPreparations

Oct 6, 2017 2655

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...in which Jess and KJ grill superstar guest Sarina Bowen about what you need before you sit down to write your novel next month.

74: #ListenerQuestions 2

Sep 29, 2017 2621

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...in which Jess and KJ open the mailbag and answer your questions, like how do you know when you’re finished with research? And how to do all this with a day job?

73: #OpenYourMouth

Sep 22, 2017 2433

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...in which author/illustrator Katherine Roy tutors Jess and KJ on the process of pitching and selling an illustrated book; and the power of talking to people about your project.

72: #NaNoWriMoPrep

Sep 15, 2017 2197

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...in which Jess and KJ begin putting their affairs in order ahead of National Novel Writing Month. Jess is finishing up her sample chapter and KJ doesn’t know what her next project is.

71: #YouAndYourBookstore

Sep 8, 2017 2747

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...in which Jess and KJ chat with Mary Laura Philpott about the advantages of cultivating a relationship with your local bookseller, before you even have a book!

70: #Fresh Fall Starts

Sep 1, 2017 2144

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...in which Jess and KJ celebrate the third new year of the year with a cathartic re-org and prep for the last productive time of year before the holidays.

69: #FromAtoBook

Aug 25, 2017 2196

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...in which Jess and KJ chat with Catherine Pearlman about the entire process from creating a platform, to finding an agent, to writing the proposal, and building an audience.

68: #HireAPublicist

Aug 18, 2017 2706

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...in which Jess and KJ weigh whether it may be time for you to hire a publicist, whether you might just need an assistant and other solutions.

67: #MysteryWriting

Aug 11, 2017 2355

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…in which Jess and KJ speak with mystery writer Sarah Stuart Taylor about what make a good mystery, and the dangers of passwords and four-year olds.

66: #CrunchedForTime

Aug 4, 2017 1788

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…in which Jess and KJ touch base briefly about moving the needles on a couple of projects, while feeling a little pinched by too many others.

65: #SummerWriting

Jul 28, 2017 2524

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...in which Jess, KJ and Sarina compare notes about addressing notes, the perils of “summer brain,” and what makes for a productive writing environment.

64: #PubDay

Jul 22, 2017 1928

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...in which guest host Sarina Bowen joins KJ to discuss how to celebrate the day your writing goes public. From panicking to practicalities, how to spend your day of jubilation.

63: #Priorities

Jul 14, 2017 2612

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...in which Jess and KJ discuss how best to make hay whilst the sun shines, and the importance of balancing work with leisure and sleep.

62: #WhatIsADraft

Jul 7, 2017 2019

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...in which Jess and KJ dig into the nuances and vagaries of knowing when a draft is finished enough to submit. KJ’s having trouble settling into the summer and Jess has a new research org tip.

61: #AcademicStuff

Jun 30, 2017 2492

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...in which Jess and KJ welcome author Tim Lahey and discuss the traps and tricks of jumping from the annals of academic literature to the popular press.

60:#CheckingIn

Jun 23, 2017 2169

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...in which Jess and KJ take stock; everything from the daily word goal, daily routine v. summer hours and their words of the year is under the microscope. Also some tips on staying on top of your growing mountain of research.

59: #BeginnersFiction

Jun 16, 2017 2209

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...in which Jess and KJ share their anxieties about writing outside their comfort zone...fiction! Also tips on how to survive a writers group.

58: #ChangingSeasons

Jun 9, 2017 2383

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...in which Jess and KJ celebrate the arrival of summer by changing up their work schedules. And it’s a good time to take stock of your writing goals.

57: #WritingIsHard

Jun 1, 2017 2424

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...in which Jess and KJ compare notes about when your writing takes you in unexpected directions; they also have tips on writing and submitting for anthologies.

56: #TravelWriting

May 26, 2017 2224

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...in which Jess and KJ sit down with travel writer Heather Greenwood Davis; Davis offers tips about getting started in this field, and shares her experiences about her year traveling with her family.

55: #HumorWriting

May 19, 2017 2356

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...in which Jess and KJ sit down with award-winning humor writer Wendi Aarons and dig in to her career and her craft. Tips on becoming a humor writer, selling that funny stuff, and rules of the comedy road.

54: #ListenerQuestions

May 15, 2017 2506

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...in which Jess and KJ field listener questions; like how and whether to move forward in the face of rejection? How to become a blog contributor? How do you construct a social media strategy?

53: #BookProposals

May 5, 2017 2494

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...in which Jess and KJ walk us through the devils in the details of a book proposal, KJ turns in her manuscript and finds herself adrift, and Jess gamifies her writing with stickers.

52: #WritingAdvice

Apr 28, 2017 2576

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...in which Jess and KJ digest really good bits of writing advice from other writers (like King and Vonnegut) and editors; they also argue the merits of semicolons and other punctuation.

51: #BeingAnonymous

Apr 21, 2017 1959

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...in which Jess and KJ consider when you can or when you should use a nom de plume or no nom at all. They also debate the pros and cons of anonymizing your sources.

50: #WriteMore

Apr 14, 2017 2090

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...in which Jess and KJ compare notes about time management tools and share parts of the job they’re tiring of; Jess rethinks speaking agents and KJ contemplates strategies for writing away from home.

49: #BooksForWriters

Apr 7, 2017 2412

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...in which Jess and KJ recommend many and sundry books to get you or the aspiring writer in your life excited about writing, some inspiring, some practical.

48: #StickWithIt

Mar 31, 2017 2475

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...in which Jess and KJ confess to not playing hooky as much as it might sound. KJ updates us on her Burn Chart and her looming May 1st deadline, and Jess shares some tools for working with editors. Also the dangers of cooking with wine, and where do dogs come from?

47: #SpeakingCircuit 2

Mar 24, 2017 2355

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...in which Jess and KJ have more tips on fostering a speaking career. Jess explains the true purpose of the green M&M contract rider, and shares many other things she’s learned on the Speaking Circuit...the hard way.

46: #GiveItARest

Mar 17, 2017 2656

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...in which Jess and KJ grapple with the challenge of not getting things done, and that’s OK! KJ’s on a media diet as her manuscript deadline looms, and Jess is repurposing work and taking naps.

45: #FamilyMemoir

Mar 10, 2017 2600

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..in which Jess and KJ talk with Meghan Walbert about Foster Parent Diary, her column about foster parenting from the New York Times. They discuss the many perils that come with writing about real people, especially your family, like how to share without over-sharing, how to write about your kids and the need for editors who have your back.

44: #GetTheFacts

Mar 3, 2017 2632

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...in which Jess and KJ emphasize the importance of good research. They explains the many facets of conducting primary research, from hiring a pollster to interviewing a source; otherwise read everything you can and keep your research straight (see episode 7)!

43: #SpeakingCircuit

Feb 25, 2017 2498

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...in which Jess and KJ talk through turning a writing career into a speaking career. Jess has tips on how much to charge, how and who to pitch and other ways to jump-start your speaking career. And KJ updates us on her book progress, including that famous burn chart.

42: #ThinkLikeAPirate

Feb 17, 2017 2594

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...in which Jess and KJ welcome Sarina Bowen back to the show to discuss piracy, and what writers can do about it. Sarina makes fighting back easy, offers up some helpful courses of action, and Jess and KJ talk about their reading this week..

41: #VoiceofAuthority

Feb 10, 2017 2246

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...in which Jess and KJ talk about that ephemeral thing, the craft of writing with authority. Tips on keeping out the wishy-washy and examples of good voices.

40: #GettingItDone (Write More)

Feb 3, 2017 1900

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...in which Jess is grappling with painters in the house, and getting out to get it done. Meanwhile KJ updates us on her burn chart and extols the virtues of a treadmill desk.

39: #WriterTaxes

Jan 28, 2017 2150

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...in which Jess and KJ discuss tax strategies to help you put 2016 to bed and make the whole process go easier next year. Jess shares tips from a tax accountant about how to keep your financial house in order throughout the year.

39: #WriterTaxes

Jan 27, 2017 2150

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...in which Jess and KJ discuss tax strategies to help you put 2016 to bed and make the whole process go easier next year. Jess shares tips from a tax accountant about how to keep your financial house in order throughout the year.

38: #WriterFinances

Jan 20, 2017 2706

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..in which Jess and KJ get frank with the financial side of writing; When do you give up your day job? How much can you/should you get paid? Plus, updates on community building efforts and KJ walks us through her burn chart.

37: #OrganizedWriter 2

Jan 13, 2017 2276

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...in which Jess and KJ wrap up their discussion on organizational tools. KJ advocates building your schedule in blocks, and Jess shares the joy of spreadsheets.

36: #OrganizedWriter 1

Jan 7, 2017 2334

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...in which Jess and KJ begin a deep dive into keeping your many projects organized. It all starts with comprehensive back-up SOPs, but they also have suggestions on keeping track of everything from emails to to paper files to social media. Plus, the trouble with raising goats.

35: #ReadySetGoals 2

Dec 30, 2016 2130

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...in which Jess and KJ use the guidelines they set out last episode to create their own goals for 2017. KJ sets her word of the year and Jess has a book pick for finding new strategies.

34: #ReadySetGoals

Dec 23, 2016 1600

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...in which Jess and KJ take aim at setting goals. What should you think about as you set those goals and what strategies can you use to achieve them. KJ also suggests assigning a personal Word of the the Year.

33: #SnowDaysandHolidays

Dec 16, 2016 2382

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...in which Jess and KJ share some ideas for getting down to work when everyone else is taking days off. KJ suggests setting a definite (if abbreviated schedule) and keep a low profile, while Jess reserves certain tasks for snow days. Plus book recs for your holiday shopping list.

32: #WriterGifts, 'Tis the Season to Write

Dec 9, 2016 2146

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...in which Jess and KJ offer some gift ideas for the writer in your life, or to suggest as gifts for yourself. Jess confesses a need for hard deadlines, and KJ implores you to make time to write despite the flurry of the season.

31: #WriteWhatYouKnow, Your Experience Is Valuable

Dec 2, 2016 1932

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...in which Jess and KJ explain how writing what you know makes for engaging prose. KJ reviews her holiday writing goals, while Jess gives herself a pep talk, “stop thinking about it and do it!”

30: #NosyFamilies, Talking About Your Work

Nov 25, 2016 2376

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...in which Jess and KJ discuss strategies about talking (or dodging talk) about your work. KJ tells of her trials when breaking into the biz, and Jess grapples with that demoralizing “what’s next?” question that comes after your first book.

29: #WhenToQuit, Get Your Butt Outta the Chair

Nov 18, 2016 2032

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...in which Jess and KJ put on brave faces and and take on the sunk costs fallacy as they hash out ways to identify when it’s actually best to walk away from a project. The benefits of re-reading and a look at how KJ’s getting on with MailChimp.

28: #OpEd, Own Your Expertise

Nov 12, 2016 2640

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...in which Jess and KJ have recommendations on how to write and pitch your op-ed or essay piece. KJ has another chapter from her email list saga, and of course their weekly reading recs.

27: #WriterFriends

Nov 4, 2016 2057

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...in which Jess and KJ answer a listener email about their friendship, their professional relationship, and about making and keeping writer friends.

26: #UniTasking, Is that a Thing?

Oct 28, 2016 2295

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...in which Jess and KJ offer up some tips on how to stay on one task. Jess updates us on her “2,000 words a day” project, and KJ on her audience building.

25: #ReadingTheComments, the Good the Bad and the Ugly

Oct 21, 2016 1975

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...in which Jess and KJ consider whether and how to respond to readers, both in life and online, who have "comments." KJ breaks down the types of readers who respond, and Jess has a story about developing a thicker skin.

24: #AskAnAgent, A Sit-Down with Jenny Bent

Oct 14, 2016 2313

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...in which Jess and KJ pick the brains of Agent Jenny Bent, of The Bent Agency, about finding the right agent and getting her attention. They also discuss what you need before you start sending out queries.

23: #FirstWords, How to Start the Day

Oct 7, 2016 2103

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...in which Jess and KJ discuss various strategies for picking up the thread of of the previous day’s writing, and KJ has some tips on building your audience with carrots.

22: #OfficeWoes, Making Do with Little or No Office Space

Sep 30, 2016 1970

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...in which Jess and KJ offer tips for the “officially” challenged for organizing writing projects, KJ’s updates us on her adventures in audience building, and Jess sets a goal of 2,000 words a day.

21: #BuildingAnAudience (Pretty Much What it Sounds Like)

Sep 23, 2016 2142

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...in which Jess and KJ answer a listener’s question about “Capturing the Wild Idea,” and KJ explains the finer points of “permission marketing.”

20: #AmBlogging, Should I Start a Blog?

Sep 15, 2016 2150

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...in which Jess and KJ talk blogging, KJ tries bullet journaling and Jess needs help keeping her butt in the chair on the road (even her Mom is helping).

19: #AgentSecrets, Finding and Getting an Agent

Sep 9, 2016 2109

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...in which Jess and KJ have a few tips for finding the right agent and crafting your query; also KJ goes off the grid to get some work done and Jess recommends sleep.

18: #WorkingMess, Harnessing the Energy of Spontaneity

Sep 2, 2016 1927

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...in which Jess and KJ allow themselves to work messy. KJ picks up the pieces of a frustrating week, and Jess rushes to meet a 36-hour deadline.

17a: #OwItHurts, Taking Care of the Body While Flexing the Mind

Aug 26, 2016 1260

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***This is an updated episode. Sorry about the mis-fire, folks!*** ...in which Jess and KJ consider how to keep your muscles from waning as you wax poetic with pen and paper. KJ recommends getting messy with your creativity and Jess speaks to a physical trainer about staying limber in the chair.

16: #FreshFallStart, Vacation Was Nice Now Back to Work

Aug 17, 2016 2078

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...in which Jess and KJ get ready to go back to school. Jess works on her dialogue with Aaron Sorkin and KJ recommends using the weekend to easy the little tensions of the week.

15: #BeforeTheBook, Things You Can Do to Ensure the Success of Your Work

Aug 12, 2016 1779

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...in which Jess and KJ discuss identifying, building and engaging an audience that enjoys your work.

14: #ItTakesTwo, How to Write with a Partner

Aug 3, 2016 1838

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...in which romance novelist Sarina Bowen returns to speak with Jess and KJ about writing with a partner from establishing a workflow, to hashing out an agreement.

13: #HowItsDone, A Step By Step for Self-Publishing

Jul 27, 2016 2488

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...in which Jess and KJ speak with romance novelist Sarina Bowen about self publishing, everything from choosing a pseudonym to marketing the finished product.

12: #MistakesWereMade, The Quest for Truth and Perfection

Jul 20, 2016 2114

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...in which Jess and KJ examine the spectrum of mistakes that writers can make, and they argue the merits of listening to an audiobook versus reading the book.

11: #AmDissecting, Adding Structure to Creativity

Jun 22, 2016 1860

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...in which KJ works on her Moth story and her book, Jess starts a project with her son, and your assignment - take something apart.

10: #WriteNow, Feed Your Writing, with Reading, Bouncy Balls and Silence

Jun 15, 2016 2091

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...in which KJ abandons her To-Do List, Jess commits to writing 1,000 words a day on her vacation; and the virtues of busying the body to free the mind.

9: #ActuallyTypingWords, Stay in the Chair and Write Now!

Jun 8, 2016 2082

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...in which Jess grapples with a perennial issue, KJ warns about using friends as writing fodder, and is it always a bad idea to procrastinate?

8: #DeadofExposure, Should You Write for Free and Great Long Reads

Jun 2, 2016 2195

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...in which Jess's heart acts up and KJ worries about the atrophy of certain writing muscles, and inspiration striking at the wrong time.

7: #AmResearching, Keep Those Notes Organized, and Remember When...

May 20, 2016 1849

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...in which KJ and Jess talk about how they organize their research and wax nostalgic about their first successful pitches. #amwriting #ampitching #amprocrastinating

6: #AmRecommending, Tech Tools (High and Low) and A Special Contest

May 13, 2016 2446

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...in which Jess reminds us that word counts are not suggestions and KJ warns of the perils of the Butterfly Effect.

5: #AmConferencing, Writing it Down and Making Connections

May 6, 2016 1724

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...in which Jess and KJ go into the closet (excuse the squeaky door) and discuss the values of the writers conference, and the dangers of writing in your head. #amwriting #ampitching #amprocrastinating

4: #AmInterviewing, The Art of the Interview and Ignoring the Inbox

Apr 30, 2016 2137

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…in which KJ shares her love of sheep and Jess offers some sensible sources for inspiration. #amwriting #ampitching #amprocrastinating #aminterviewing

3: #AmOverwhelmed, Killing Other People’s Darlings and Timing Pitches

Apr 23, 2016 1870

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…in which KJ struggles with killing other people’s darlings and Jess waxes rhapsodic about audiobooks. #amwriting #ampitching #amprocrastinating

2: #AmPitching, Good Strategies and Unexpected Hurdles

Apr 14, 2016 1738

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...in which events conspire to put KJ behind on her assignments and Jess cancels plans for building a sauna. #AmPitching #AmProcrastinating #AmWriting

1: #AmProcrastinating, with Frankensock and Poop

Apr 4, 2016 2121

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...in which Jess discusses the allure of cow manure and KJ shows off her knitting prowess.