Ghostober S2 E2: Christine Lynn Herman & There’s Something In the Woods

This week we talk about the agent author relationship plus an interview with author of The Devouring Gray, Christine Lynn Herman where she dishes about The Sims, her publishing & Pitch Wars journey and how she got through one of the darkest times in her life. #WordyMondays

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GHOSTOBER: S2 E1 Leigh Bardugo & Michelle’s Couch

This week, Claribel and Kat talk all about being on submission and the dangers of judging authors based on their perceived standing in the publishing world. PLUS we talk to THE LEIGH BARDUGO about her publishing journey, the new Shadow and Bone series, interacting with fandom and her new adult book, Ninth House!

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S2 Episode 5: Michael Mammay & Claribel’s Terrible 1st Draft

This week we talk about Twitter burn out, finding balance with social media and interview adult military Sci-Fi author Michael Mammay who drags Claribel’s first drafts and talks about starting your writing career after a whole other career!

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S2 Episode 4: Jim McCarthy Rejected Both of Us

This week Kat breaks down her debut experience and we talk to literary agent Jim McCarthy who takes us on a day in the life of a literary agent and answers your questions!

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S2 Episode 3: Rebecca Kuss & What The Heck Does a Scout Do?

In this week’s episode we talk publishing trends with former scout and current editor Rebecca Kuss, plus trusting the timing of your own writing journey.

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S2 Episode 2: Katy Rose Pool & There Will Come a Sequel

On this week’s episode Claribel and Kat talk about having hobbies outside of publishing, the author as a brand and an interview with Katy Rose Pool author of THERE WILL COME A DARKNESS where she talks about her long revision process, becoming friends with Kat and her obsession with Animorphs!

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Season 2: Episode 1 – Susan Dennard & #UghJay

In this week’s episode Kat & Claribel talk all about author burn out, taking breaks and what projects they’re currently working on plus an interview with NYT Bestselling author of the Witchlands series, Susan Dennard!  Susan Dennard has come a long way from small-town Georgia. Working in marine biology,...

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35: Tiffany D. Jackson & A Handbook for Writers

Tiffany D. Jackson is the critically acclaimed author of YA novels including the NAACP Image Award-nominated ALLEGEDLY and MONDAY’S NOT COMING, a Walter Dean Myers Honored Book and Coretta Scott King New Talent Award winner.She received her bachelor of arts in film from Howard University, her master of arts in media...

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Episode 34: Tara Sim & Just Let Girls Love Their String Cheese Men

Tara Sim is the author of SCAVENGE THE STARS (Disney-Hyperion) and the TIMEKEEPER trilogy (Sky Pony Press) and writer of all things magic. She can often be found in the wilds of the Bay Area, California. When she’s not writing about mischievous boys in clock towers, Tara spends her time drinking tea, wrangling...

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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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