Episodes

October 19, 2020

S3 E7: Mara Fitzgerald & So Much Wisdom With This Episode

Claribel and Kat discuss why problematic books keep getting published and why the publishing industry has to hold itself accountable beforehand so this stops happening. Then they interview Mara Fitzgerald about her debut YA fantasy, BEYOND THE RUBY VEIL, and how being true to her voice helped her write the book that got her an agent and a book deal. 

Bio: 

Mara Fitzgerald writes YA fantasy about unlikable female characters who ruin everything. She is a biologist by day and spends entirely too much time looking at insects under a microscope. She was born in the same state as Disney World and now lives in the same state as Dollywood, which is just as good. BEYOND THE RUBY VEIL is her first novel.

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Mentions:  

Write or Die Anti-Racist Resources

KatChoWrites.com Diversity Resources

ClaribelOrtega.com

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October 5, 2020

S3 E6: Paola Mendoza, Abby Sher & Please Vote!

Episode Description: 

Claribel and Kat discuss how to refill the creative well (especially considering how stressful current events are on the creative mind). Then they interview NYT bestselling author and activist Paola Mendoza and Abby Sher about their new YA novel Sanctuary, making a statement with your art, envisioning a diverse future where we center minority narratives.

Bio: Abby Sher is a writer and performer whose work has appeared in Modern Love: 50 True and Extraordinary Tales of Desire, Deceit, and Devotion and Behind the Bedroom Door: Getting it, Giving it, Loving it, Missing it as well as in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Self, Jane, Elle, HeeB and Redbook. She is also the author of the young adult novel Kissing Snowflakes. Abby has written and performed for the Second City in Chicago and the Upright Citizen’s Brigade and Magnet Theater in New York. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter.

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Bio: Paola Mendoza is a film director, activist, author, and artist working at the leading edge of human rights. A co-founder of the Women’s March, Paola served as its Artistic Director and co-authored the New York Times bestseller Together We Rise: Behind the Scenes at the Protest Heard Around the World.

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Mentions:  

Register to Vote: https://www.usa.gov/register-to-vote

Vote by mail: http://votesaveamerica.com/everylastvote/

Episode Quotes

“Young Adults in general are on the cusp of deciding whether they’re going to be active participants of this world or victims of this world.” — Abby Sher

“So often immigrants whether documented or undocumented are only valued based on the labor we give to this country.” — Paola Mendoza

“We are not going anywhere. We belong here. This is our home. And you have to not only acknowledge us, but include us, because we will force ourselves to be included.” — Paola Mendoza on immigrants in the United States.

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September 21, 2020

S3 E5: Alechia Dow & Don’t Ever Lick Your Checks

Episode Description: 

This week, Claribel and Kat talk about who to follow on social media to learn more about the industry and writing as well as how to discuss authentic representation with your writer friends or as a sensitivity reader. Then they interview debut sci-fi author Alechia Dow on what it was like writing her amazing novel The Sound of Stars, Debuting while living abroad, and her amazing booky cookies!

Bio: 

Alechia Dow is a former pastry chef, food critic, culinary teacher, and Youth Services librarian. When not writing YA sci-fi featuring determined black girls (like herself), you can find her having epic dance parties with her daughter, baking, mentoring, or taking teeny adventures around Europe.

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Alechia’s Books:

THE SOUND OF STARS

THE KINDRED

Mentions:  

Booky Cookies

Writing in the Margins Mentorship

https://www.patreon.com/writeordiepodcast

Dahlia Adler

Susan Dennard

Alexandra Bracken

Kwame Mbalia

LD Lewis

Courtney Milan

DJ Older

Tiffany Jackson

Patrice Caldwell (agent)

Shelly Romero (editor)

Beth Phelan (agent)

Suzie Townsend (agent)

Latinx in Pub

POC in Pub

LasMusas

(Source: https://funnyjunk.com/A+well+meaning+cat/funny-pictures/6143309/)

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September 8, 2020

S3 E4: Alexis Henderson & A Fear Factor of Seven

Claribel & Kat discuss IP (Intellectual Property) and recent Twitter discourse. Then they interview fantasy horror author, Alexis Henderson, about her debut novel The Year of the Witching, what it was like going on sub as a crossover YA/Adult and what went into her decision to go with an adult imprint over YA. And we make her play a game to pick her favorite witches!

Bio: 

Alexis Henderson is a speculative fiction writer with a penchant for dark fantasy, witchcraft, and cosmic horror. She grew up in one of America’s most haunted cities, Savannah, Georgia, which instilled in her a life-long love of ghost stories. When she doesn’t have her nose buried in a book, you can find her painting or watching horror movies with her feline familiar. Currently, Alexis resides in the sun-soaked marshland of Charleston, South Carolina.

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Order WICKED FOX!

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August 24, 2020

S3 E3: Janella Angeles & Emailing Andrew Lloyd Webber

Episode Description: 

Claribel and Kat discuss recent Twitter discourse about sharing good news and professional jealousy. How to deal with these feelings and refer to amazing advice from Holly Black’s WorD episode about jealousy! Then they talk to Janella Angeles about her debut Where Dreams Descend, what it feels like to pick yourself up after rejection, debuting in 2020, and a fun game where Claribel tries to guess the plot of Phantom of the Opera (yup, she’s never seen it!)

Bio: 

Janella Angeles is a Filipino-American author who got her start in writing through consuming glorious amounts of fanfiction at a young age–which eventually led to penning a few of her own, and later on, creating original stories from her imagination. A lifelong lover of books, she’s lucky enough to be working in the business of publishing them on top of writing them. She currently resides in Massachusetts, where she’s most likely to be found listening to musicals on repeat and daydreaming too much for her own good. WHERE DREAMS DESCEND, Book 1 in her debut fantasy Kingdom of Cards duology, will be out August 25, 2020 from Wednesday Books.

Our Phantom Of The Opera Game (photos):

Rules: Claribel had to guess what she thought was going on in the photos

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Mentions:  

CP Matchups

Holly Black WorD Episode

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August 10, 2020

S3 E2: Shveta Thakrar & I Thought Office Jobs Would be Like TV

Episode Description: 

Claribel and Kat talk about the rising discussions of diversity in publishing (both in the talent and behind-the-scenes) and how these aren’t new talks but they’re finally being taken more seriously and how it’s felt being constantly dismissed as POC in the industry (plus some Anti-Racist Resources). Then they talk to the wonderful Shveta Thakrar about her path to publication, how she wrote for many magazines and short stories before getting her novel debut with the upcoming Star Daughter, what a copy editor does, and how she made such big friends in the industry

Bio: 

Shveta Thakrar is a part-time nagini and full-time believer in magic. Her work has appeared in a number of magazines and anthologies including Enchanted Living, Uncanny Magazine, A Thousand Beginnings and Endings, and Toil & Trouble. Her debut young adult fantasy novel, Star Daughter, is forthcoming from HarperTeen on August 11, 2020. When not spinning stories about spider silk and shadows, magic and marauders, and courageous girls illuminated by dancing rainbow flames, Shveta crafts, devours books, daydreams, travels, bakes, and occasionally even plays her harp.

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Mentions:  

Diversity Baseline Survey 2019 Results https://blog.leeandlow.com/2020/01/28/2019diversitybaselinesurvey/

People of Color to Publishing: We’re Not Okay

‘A Conflicted Cultural Force’: What It’s Like to Be Black in Publishing

Anti-Racist Resources: https://writeordiepodcast.com/anti-racist-resources/

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Order GHOST SQUAD

Add FRIZZY on Goodreads

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Follow Kat Cho online: Twitter | Instagram | YouTube

Order WICKED FOX!

Order VICIOUS SPIRITS (sequel to WICKED FOX)

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May 25, 2020

S2 E27: Natasha Diaz & Bat Mixedvah

Claribel and Kat chat about submission and how lonely it can feel. And then they talk to Natasha Diaz about her writing journey from college to writing for a start-up production company to debuting last year with her novel, Color Me In.

Bio: 

Natasha Díaz is a born and raised New Yorker, currently residing in Brooklyn, NY with her tall husband where she spends most of her days writing with no pants on and alternating between E.R. and Grey’s Anatomy binges. Natasha works as an author and screenwriter, her debut novel, Color Me In is out now with Random House/Delacorte Press.

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Mentions: 

Frizzy

Submission Resources Kat Found while on Sub:

Pub Crawl

Submission Hell It’s True — S.H.I.T.

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May 18, 2020

S2 E26: Rachel Stuhler & Christmas Magic Every Ten Pages

Today Kat & Claribel discuss virtual online book events and festivals & Claribel’s new K-drama journey! Plus they interview the amazing writer, Rachel Stuhler, and talk about how she got into writing screenplays for Hallmark and Lifetime and her book Absolutely True Lies!

Bio: Rachel Stuhler hails from Rochester, NY, the home of the hot dog and Kodak. Because everyone in her family agreed she’d make a great lawyer, she decided to go to film school.Rachel is best known for novel Absolutely True Lies and TV movies “Kristin’s Christmas Past” (Lifetime) and “Love Takes Wing” (Hallmark), but she’s also probably the writer of that TV movie you watched last Christmas.Rachel continues to work in TV and is busy plotting her next move in world domination, or writing about world domination, which is more fun and a lot less work.

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Stream Rachel’s Movies:Runaway

You Cast a Spell on Me

Kristin’s Christmas Past

Mentions: Night Court

Always Be My Maybe

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Order Kat’s debut, WICKED FOX!

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May 11, 2020

S2 E25: justin a. reynolds & When the Tables Have Turned

Claribel & Kat discuss current events in publishing including their feelings about the new Twilight novel. And when and how to reach out to an agent’s clients. Then they interview justin a. reynolds, the author of the acclaimed debut novel, Opposite of Always, and the upcoming Early Departures. They discuss his publishing journey and how he processes some personal feelings through his work.

Bio: 

justin a. reynolds has always wanted to be a writer. Opposite of Always, his debut novel, was an Indies Introduce selection, a School Library Journal Best Book, has been translated in seventeen languages, and is being developed for film with Paramount Players. He hangs out in northeast Ohio with his family and likes it, and is probably somewhere, right now, dancing terribly. His second novel Early Departures will publish September 2020. 

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Early Departures

Opposite of Always

Mentions:  

Absolute Write Forum

Query Tracker

Literary Rambles

Claribel’s Blog post about researching agents

Kat’s video about researching agents

MSWL

DVPit

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