Episodes

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. 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

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

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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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www.katchowrites.com

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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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Order GHOST SQUAD

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Pre-Order VICIOUS SPIRITS (sequel to WICKED FOX)

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May 4, 2020

S2 E24: Write Or Drink (Part 2)

In a continuation of last week, here’s part 2 of Write or Drink!We received a request from a WorDy to do a Q&A while drinking cocktails and we aim to please! So we asked for questions on Patreon, Facebook, and Twitter and ended up recording so much that it became TWO episodes!

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Order Kat’s debut, WICKED FOX!

Pre-Order VICIOUS SPIRITS (sequel to WICKED FOX)

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April 27, 2020

S2 E23: Write or Drink (Part 1)

We received a request from a WorDy to do a Q&A while drinking cocktails and we aim to please! So we asked for questions on Patreon, Facebook, and Twitter and ended up recording so much that it will be TWO episodes! Here’s part 1 of Write or Drink!

Mentions: Kat’s Word Count Video

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Order GHOST SQUAD

Add GHOST SQUAD on Goodreads

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Order Kat’s debut, WICKED FOX!

Pre-Order VICIOUS SPIRITS (sequel to WICKED FOX)

www.katchowrites.com

Write or Die Podcast Website

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.

Mentions:  

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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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Order Kat’s debut, WICKED FOX!

Pre-Order VICIOUS SPIRITS

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Write or Die Podcast Website

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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Order GHOST SQUAD

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Mentions:  

Ghost Squad Virtual Launch 

The One Where I Get Catfished By a Publisher

Follow Claribel Ortega online: Twitter | Instagram | Youtube

Order GHOST SQUAD

Add GHOST SQUAD on Goodreads

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Follow Kat Cho online: Twitter| Instagram | YouTube

Order Kat’s debut, WICKED FOX!

Pre-Order VICIOUS SPIRITS (sequel to WICKED FOX)

www.katchowrites.com

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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.

Mentions:  

Ghost Squad Virtual Launch 

The One Where I Get Catfished By a Publisher

Follow Claribel Ortega online: Twitter | Instagram | Youtube

Order GHOST SQUAD

Add GHOST SQUAD on Goodreads

www.claribelortega.com

Follow Kat Cho online: Twitter| Instagram | YouTube

Order Kat’s debut, WICKED FOX!

Pre-Order VICIOUS SPIRITS (sequel to WICKED FOX)

www.katchowrites.com

Write or Die Podcast Website

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