S2 E16: Nafiza Azad & using anger as writing fuel

We answer some more AMA’s including how authors do their own promo and outside insight about Street Teams. Then Kat & Claribel interview Nafiza Azad, the author of Morris Award Finalist Novel, Candle and the Flame. We talk about her experience learning creative writing in school, getting her agent,...

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S2 E15: Karuna Riazi and going “out of order”

Kat and Claribel discuss what it’s like to work on multiple projects at a time and how to meet multiple deadlines. They also interview author Karuna Riazi about debuting with a book packager, querying after you’ve already debuted, and why she decided to go to an MFA program! Bio:...

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S2 E14: Barbara Poelle & Poelling it

Claribel and Kat answer some AMA’s (including talking about their skincare routine!) They also interview the amazingly funny literary agent Barbara Poelle about her past as a stand-up comic, her life as a literary agent, how to live life with humility and humor, and rage push-ups. Barbara Poelle began...

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S2 E13: Quressa Robinson & All her inbox secrets

Claribel and Kat discuss current events including conversations around American Dirt. They also interview Literary Agent Quressa Robinson about her path to becoming an agent, what she thinks the industry should do to provide support to POC, and her MSWL! Bio: Literary agent Quressa Robinson joined the Nelson Literary...

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S2 E12: Ronni Davis & Sims or Die

Kat & Claribel talk about what *not* to do when you get a bad review. Ronni Davis joins us to talk about her publishing journey, how publishing has changed in the past decade, how publishing is part of the entertainment industry, and writing black girls who get to be...

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S2 E11: Amanda Foody & Selfies of Readers Crying

Claribel and Kat talk about New Year’s Resolutions and Claribel explains her postcard method! Plus we talk to Amanda Foody about her publishing journey, having multiple agents and her thoughts about debuting with a Middle Grade after writing multiple books in Young Adult. About Amanda Foody: Amanda Foody has...

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S2 E10: Holiday Special 2019: We’re Dizzy Benches

In this holiday special episode we talk about end of the year reflections, the dreaded end of the year blues, look back on where the podcast started and read emails from listeners about Write or Die! Podcast Mentions:  The Write Stuff Podcast https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-write-stuff/id1113762043 88 Cups of Tea Podcast http://88cupsoftea.com/...

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S2 E9: Ryan La Sala & Bedazzling Your Eggs

This week, Kat & Claribel discuss social anxiety at book events plus we bring back Ryan La Sala to talk about what’s changed in his life since he’s announced his book deal and how he uses videos, fashion, and bedazzled eggs to build his social media presence! Bio: Ryan...

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S2 E8: Amanda Joy & you have to gas yourself up

This week, we answer listener questions and talk to DVPit alum and author of A RIVER OF ROYAL BLOOD, Amanda Joy about what it’s like going to auction & having a following on bookstagram before becoming an author !

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Write or Die Hosts

Claribel A. Ortega

Author & Founder

Claribel A. Ortega is a former reporter who writes YA & MG fantasy inspired by her Dominican heritage. When she’s not busy turning her obsession with eighties pop culture, magic and video games into books, she’s making  GIFS for her small graphic design business, GIFGRRL. Her debut middle grade novel GHOST SQUAD is coming April, 7th 2020 from Scholastic and her graphic novel RIZOS is out with FIRSTSECOND BOOKS in 2022.

Kat Cho

Author & Co-Host

Kat Cho is a YA author who loves to incorporate her Korean heritage in her writing, especially if it involves describing food. She loves anything that encourages nerding out, including reading, K-dramas, K-pop and anime. She’s the author of Wicked Fox (Putnam/Penguin, 2019).

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