Podcast Episode

April 20, 2020

S2 E22: June Hur & All We Talk About Is Murder

We answer some AMAs about pre-order campaigns and skin care. Then we interview debut author, June Hur about her YA Historical mystery novel, writing as a diaspora author, and what it feels to debut these days!

Bio: 

June Hur was born in South Korea, raised in Canada, and studied History and Literature at the University of Toronto. She began writing her debut novel, The Silence of Bones, after obsessing over books about Joseon Korea. She lives in Toronto with her husband and daughter.

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Silence of Bones

June’s Virtual Launch in conversation with Kat on April 23rd at 7PM Eastern (on Instagram Live!)

Alexis Castellanos

Innis Free

The Face Shop

CosRX

Facetory

Rookie Historian

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April 13, 2020

S2 E21: Claribel A. Ortega & The Bi-Annual Clickbait

Part Two of Kat’s interview with Claribel about her publishing journey! She talks about GHOST SQUAD, how it feels to debut, her social media presence, and how she build up her community!

Bio: 

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 filming videos for her YouTube channel or making GIFS for her small graphic design business, GIFGRRL.

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Ghost Squad Virtual Launch 

The One Where I Get Catfished By a Publisher

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April 6, 2020

S2 E20: Claribel Ortega & I’m Expecting a Payoff, Jesus!

For our 2 year anniversary we present the episode you’ve all been waiting for! Kat interviews Claribel about her publishing journey, how she once got catfished, how she got her agent and book deals! Plus Kat and Claribel discuss the reality behind the “YA is dead” conversation that comes up every once in awhile.

Bio: 

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 filming videos for her YouTube channel or making GIFS for her small graphic design business, GIFGRRL.

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Ghost Squad Virtual Launch 

The One Where I Get Catfished By a Publisher

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March 16, 2020

S2 E19: Isabel Ibañez & What Did Claribel Want to Say?

Claribel and Kat discuss current events and how things currently happening in publishing might be making some authors feel uncertainty. Then they interview Isabel Ibañez about her path to publication and how she came up with the very personal topic of her debut novel, Woven in Moonlight, inspired by recent Bolivian events and her family’s experience.

Bio: Isabel Ibañez was born in Boca Raton, Florida and is the proud daughter of two Bolivian immigrants. A true word nerd, she received her degree in creative writing and has been a Pitch Wars mentor for three years. Isabel is an avid movie goer and loves hosting family and friends around the dinner table. She currently lives in Winter Park, Florida with her husband, their adorable dog, and a serious collection of books.

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Mentions: Woven in MoonlightWritten in Starlight

COVID-19/Coronavirus links

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CDC informational guide about Coronavirus (COVID-19)

COVID-19 PreventionGuide for if you are sick

How to “Flatten the Curve” (Why to practice Social Distancing)

For the next 8 weeks CDC recommends cancelling all mass gatherings

WHO Coronavirus guide

WHO Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public

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March 9, 2020

S2 E18: Victoria Lee & A Write Or Die Exclusive Secret

We talk about the financial reality of becoming a writer/author and how writing full-time might not be right for everyone. Then we interview Victoria Lee, the author of The Fever King and The Electric Heir. We discuss what it was like to be traditionally published at a new kind of publisher and what it felt like to have a Times Square Billboard for the Webtoon spin-off of their book!

Bio:

Victoria Lee grew up in Durham, North Carolina, where they spent twelve ascetic years as a vegetarian before discovering spicy chicken wings are, in fact, a delicacy. They’ve been a state finalist competitive pianist, a hitchhiker, a pizza connoisseur, an EMT, an expat in China and Sweden, and a science doctoral student. They’re also a bit of a snob about fancy whisky.

Victoria writes early in the morning, then spends the rest of the day trying to impress their border collie puppy and make their experiments work.

They are represented by Holly Root and Taylor Haggerty at Root Literary.

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A dirty secret: you can only be a writer if you can afford it

Victoria’s Books: http://victorialeewrites.com/books/ 

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March 2, 2020

S2 E17: Marie Rutkoski and The Personal Is The Most Artistic

In this episode we discuss the dangers of comparison in publishing and we interview the amazing NYT Bestselling author, Marie Rutkoski, about her new book The Midnight Lie and what it feels like writing a book in the same world as a previous series but with a very personal aspect.

Bio: Marie Rutkoski is a New York Times bestselling author of several novels for children and young adults. She grew up in Illinois as the oldest of four children, and has lived in Moscow, Prague, and Paris.She holds degrees from the University of Iowa and Harvard University, and is now a professor of English literature at Brooklyn College, where she teaches Shakespeare, children’s literature, and fiction writing. She lives in Brooklyn with her family and two cats, Cloud and Firefly.

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The Cabinet of Wonders by Marie Rutkoski

The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

The economic concept of The Winner’s Curse

The Midnight Lie by Marie Rutkoski

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Katherine Locke

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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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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.

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#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 Irene 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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WBP Questions to ask Agents

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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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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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