Podcast Episode

February 24, 2020

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, and what it felt like to find out she was a Morris Award Finalist!

Bio: Nafiza Azad was born in Fiji and spent the first seventeen years of her life as a self-styled Pacific Islander. Now she identifies as an Indo-Fijian Muslim Canadian, which means she is often navigating multiple identities. Nafiza has a love for languages and currently speaks four. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Children’s Literature from the University of British Columbia and co-runs The Book Wars (thebookwars.ca), a website dedicated to all things children’s literature. Nafiza currently lives in British Columbia with her family.

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Mentions:  

YALSA announces 2020 William C. Morris Award finalists

Morris Award Finalists

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February 17, 2020

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: Karuna Riazi is a born and raised New Yorker, with a loving, large extended family and the rather trying experience of being the eldest sibling in her particular clan.Besides pursuing a BA in English literature from Hofstra University, she is an online diversity advocate, blogger, and publishing intern.Karuna is fond of tea, baking new delectable treats for friends and family to relish, Korean dramas, and writing about tough girls forging their own paths toward their destinies. She is the author of The Gauntlet and The Battle.

Mentions:  

Follow Karuna: Twitter | Website

#yesallwomen

Salaam Reads

Hamline MFAC

The Gauntlet

The Battle

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February 10, 2020

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 her publishing career as a freelance copywriter and editor before joining the Goodman Agency in 2007, but feels as if she truly prepared for the industry during her brief stint as a standup comic in Los Angeles. She has found success placing thrillers, literary suspense, Young Adult and upmarket fiction and is actively seeking her next great client in those genres, but is passionate about anything with a unique voice. Barbara is also the author of Funny You Should Ask: Mostly Serious Answers to Mostly Serious Questions About the Publishing Industry (Jan, 2020) based on her Writer’s Digest column of the same name.

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Mentions:  

WBP Questions to ask Agents

Cerave

Cetaphil

Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin C Serum

Innisfree Orchid line

Mamonde Rose Water Toner

Ole Henriksen C-Rush™ Brightening Double Crème

Missha Sunstick

The Face Shop Sunstick

Klairs Supple Preparation Toner

Writer’s Block Party Blog post about making writing friends part 1 and part 2

Funny You Should Ask: Mostly Serious Answers to Mostly Serious Questions About the Publishing Industry 

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February 3, 2020

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 Agency in 2017 after working at a previous agency and as an editor for five years. She is originally from San Francisco, but has been living in New York City for over a decade. As a New York-based agent, she is eager to build her MG, YA, and Adult lists. When not curled on her couch reading, she plays video games, enjoys too much TV–mostly Sailor Moon and Harry Potter (Slytherin!), eats delicious things, drinks champagne, hangs out with her very clever husband, and adds another “dramatic” color to her lipstick collection. She is most drawn to literary voices in commercial packages, wonderfully realized characters, untold stories from underrepresented communities, immersive world building, and complex narrative approaches/plots. Also, she is most drawn to character-driven stories and love strong voice as well. She is a huge romantic and doesn’t mind romance subplots outside of the romance genre.

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Mentions:

https://blog.leeandlow.com/2020/01/28/2019diversitybaselinesurvey/

Original ‘American Dirt’ review by Myriam Gurba

NPR interview about American Dirt

‘American Dirt’ Isn’t Just Bad — Its Best Parts Are Cribbed From Latino Writers by David J Schmidt (Huffington Post)

Cummin’s Non-Mexican Crap by David Bowles (Medium)

Novels by Mexican and Latinx Authors to read:

Across a Hundred Mountains by Reyna Grande

Enrique’s Journey by Sonia Nazario

Across the Wire by Luis Alberto Urrea

By the Lake of Sleeping Children by Luis Alberto Urrea

A Cup of Water Under My Bed by Daisy Hernandez

Disappeared by Francisco X. Stork

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika Sánchez

We Are Not From Here by Jenny Torres Sanchez

SCBWI events/workshops

Nelson Literary Agency

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January 27, 2020

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 the romantic lead getting their Happily Ever After.

Mslexia link: www.exacteditions.com/mslexia

Use code WRITEORDIE20 at checkout for 20% off!

Bio: 

Ronni Davis grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, where she tried her best to fit in—and failed miserably. 

Now she lives in Chicago with her husband Adam and her son Aidan. By day she copy edits everything from TV commercials to billboards, and by night she writes contemporary teen novels about brown girls falling in love. When she’s not writing, you can catch her playing the Sims, eating too much candy, or planning her next trip to Disney World.

Her debut novel, WHEN THE STARS LEAD TO YOU, is out with Little Brown Books for Young Readers

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Mentions:  

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon 

We Need Diverse Books 

Cambion Chronicles

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January 20, 2020

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 always considered imagination to be our best attempt at magic. After a double life as an accountant preparing taxes for multinational corporations, she now spends her free time brewing and fermenting foods much more easily obtained at her local grocery store. She lives in Boston, MA with a hoard of books guarded by the most vicious of feline companions, Jelly Bean.

Her books include Daughter of the Burning City, Ace of Shades and King of Fools. The next installment of The Shadow Game series, Queen of Volts, releases on September 1, 2020. Her Middle Grade debut The Accidental Apprentice (the first in her new Wilderlore series) comes out Spring 2021 Margaret K McElderry Books at Simon & Schuster!

Follow Amanda Foody online : Website | Instagram | Twitter

Podcast Mentions: 

DivBookFest

DivBookFest GoFundMe

Daughter of the Burning City

Ace of Shades

Queen of Volts

The Accidental Apprentice

Boston Teen Author Festival

“Anything that matters to you, you can make it matter again even after you’ve shelved it. You can always come back to something.” — Amanda Foody

Mslexia link: www.exacteditions.com/mslexia

Use code WRITEORDIE20 at checkout for 20% off!

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December 9, 2019

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/

Minorities in Publishing Podcast https://minoritiesinpublishing.tumblr.com/

Pubcrawl Podcast https://www.publishingcrawl.com/category/pubcrawl-podcast/

Rizos Graphic Novel https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/47906920-rizos

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Music used in this episode:

Demised To Shield by Ghostrifter Official https://soundcloud.com/ghostrifter-of…

Creative Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported — CC BY 3.0

Free Download / Stream: https://bit.ly/demised-to-shield

Music promoted by Audio Library https://youtu.be/X2p2fIwjbIw

Title: Jingle Bells

Artist: Kevin MacLeod

Genre: Holiday

Mood: Bright

Download: https://goo.gl/hZgvD3

December 2, 2019

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 La Sala is a fantasy writer rooted in the northeast United States. His first book, REVERIE, is a YA fantasy due for publication with Sourcebooks FIRE on December 3, 2019. It’s about what happens when your dreams chase you back, and yes it has a drag queen sorceress as the villain.

You can find out more about REVERIE on Ryan’s site here (including where to order!), or you can check out reviews/info on Goodreads, here.

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http://www.ryanlasala.com/reverie/

Podcast Mentions:  

Beth Phelan https://twitter.com/beth_phelan

#Dvpit http://www.dvpit.com/

https://www.thenerddaily.com/ryan-la-sala-author-interview/

The Right to Bear Arms, a Betsy DeVos Fanfiction

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Order Kat’s debut, WICKED FOX!

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November 18, 2019

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 !

November 11, 2019

S2 E7: Melissa de la Cruz & Look Where the Bench is Now

In this week’s episode Kat and Claribel talk about taking on IP projects versus working on your original ideas PLUS an interview with bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz where we chat about genre jumping, an editor lunch that led to a rejection and her new novel THE BIRTHDAY GIRL!

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