Author: Claribel Ortega

Middle grade & young adult fantasy author.

May 25, 2018

Episode Five: Mark Oshiro & The Ghosting Agent

Mark Oshiro’s book ANGER IS A GIFT came out this week from TOR TEEN but before he had a publishing deal & a great agent, he had to revise an entire book on a flight, overcome an agent disappearing on him and crush a complete overhaul and genre change of his novel. Hear his story and listen to me laugh way too much in this week’s episode! Please remember to subscribe and leave me a review!!!


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May 11, 2018

Episode Three: Julie C. Dao‏ & The Secret Harry Potter Fan Fic

After years of rejection and almost giving up, to a success story that’s good enough to be a fairytale, Julie C. Dao‏ shares her uphill climb to getting one of my favorite YA books FOREST OF A THOUSAND LANTERNS published.


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For anyone wondering who the mysterious Patrice is we talk about around the 38 minute mark Patrice Caldwell is definitely someone you should be following! An up & coming writer and an editor at Disney Hyperion. Follow her! 

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March 8, 2018

WRITE OR DIE: Episode Zero


Welcome to episode zero of The write or die podcast , a podcast that’s going to give you a real, unfiltered look behind the curtain of publishing. So many of the stories we hear are about the authors who are “overnight successes” but I wanted to highlight the stories that I hear every day from people in the community – writers who struggled to get an agent, to get their stories noticed or sold to a publisher, who almost gave up but didn’t. Being an author is hard, and it can also be very lonely but I’m here to let you know you’re NOT alone and that the struggle you’re enduring right now to reach your goal, is a lot more common than you think and believe it or not, it can definitely lead to success.

I’ll be sharing stories and interviews with published and agented authors, giving you writing advice and even answering your burning anonymous questions, on the air.

Subscribe to the Write or Die Podcast now and be sure to follow me on Twitter @Claribel_Ortega for more info and to be the first to know when episode one drops, this summer.


March 8, 2018




I’ve been wanting to do this for so long and I’m super excited to announce my writing podcast WRITE OR DIE will drop this summer! Often times in publishing we only hear about the quick sales, overnight successes and stars – but for most of us publishing is hard as shit! So I’m gonna share those stories, the real, gritty, pull your hair out bc it’s been years – stories of writers who didn’t give up despite it all, and are now living out their dream.

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