Writer, Writer, Pants On Fire
By Mindy McGinnis
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Where writers talk about things that never happened to people who don't exist. Weekly interviews with authors about writing and the publishing industry. Hosted by Mindy McGinnis.
||CleanPortraying Mental Illnesses Responsibly in Fiction: S Gonzales||Today’s guest is S Gonzales who writes Young Adult contemporary books with twisty plots and a generous dose of romance, featuring witty yet vulnerable characters. She joined me today to talk about landing her agent, Twitter contests, and balancing ti||10/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanResearching For Historical Novels with Sandra Gulland||Today’s guest is Sandra Gulland is an American-born Canadian novelist. She is the author of The Shadow Queen and Mistress of the Sun, novels set in the court of Louis XIV, The Sun King, and a trilogy of novels based on the life of Josephine Bonapa||10/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWriting Without Worrying About Perfection: Katherine Locke||Today’s guest is Katherine Locke, author of THE GIRL WITH THE RED BALLOON and the upcoming THE SPY WITH THE RED BALLOON.Katherine joined me today to talk about landing her agent, and how her process of drafting ignores the need to be perfect, putting||10/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeptember Roundup & Grinding Out A First Draft||A roundup of this month's guests and topics, as well as my advice on how to grit your teeth and get the first draft down. Unlock Agent & Editor Episodes on Patreon Support the Podcast on Go Fund Me Ad Links: Sleight by Jennifer Sommersby It’s a Wond||9/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOctober Editor Teaser: Olivia Valcarce||Today’s guest is Olivia Valcarce an assistant editor at Scholastic. Olivia joined me today to talk about how different houses function within the publishing industry, what “commercial” means, and the benefits of working with a more junior editor.||9/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOctober Literary Agent Teaser: Melissa Edwards||The guest for the October 1st agent episode is Melissa Edwards of Stonesong Literary. Melissa joined me today to talk about how her background in litigation helped prepare her for agenting, as well as providing the foundation for her private business,||9/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWriting Modern Teens With Lauren Gibaldi||Today’s guest is Lauren Gibaldi author of THE NIGHT WE SAID YES, AUTO FOCUS and THIS TINY PERFECT WORLD. Lauren is a public librarian who’s been, among other things, a magazine editor, high school English teacher, bookseller, and circus aerialist (s||9/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPlanning Vs. Pantsing & How Short Stories Help You Experiment: With Kelly DeVos||Support the podcast through Patreon for weekly writing advice, query and first page critiques, as well as exclusive episodes featuring agent and editor interviews. Visit our Patreon to learn more. Today’s guest is Kelly DeVos author of FAT GIRL ON A P||9/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhen Your Inspiration Fades & Why Dark Stories Matter With Megan Shepherd||Today’s guest is Megan Shepherd, author of THE MADMAN’S DAUGHTER trilogy, THE CAGE Trilogy, THE SECRET HORSES OF BRIAR HILL and THE GRIM LOVELIES. Megan joined me to talk about her process, and how the spark of an idea can sometimes get lost during||9/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAugust Roundup & Writing Unlikeable Characters||A roundup of the guests and topics for the month, and Mindy's advice on writing unlikeable characters. Support the Podcast on Go Fund Me Become a Patron to Listen Ad-Free for Just $2.00 A Month Ad Links: Sleight by Jennifer Sommersby Midnight by Je||8/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeptember Editor Teaser: Arianne Lewin||Here’s a teaser for the upcoming September editor podcast featuring Arianne Lewin, an Executive Editor at GP Putnam Sons, an imprint of Penguin Random House. Ari joined me to talk about word count – does it matter at the acquisitions level, how to k||8/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOverconfidence As An Aspiring Writer & The Disparaging of Genre Fiction: Lamar Giles||Today’s guest is Lamar Giles, a two-time Edgar Award finalist for his YA thrillers FAKE ID and ENDANGERED His third YA thriller, OVERTURNED received a glowing New York Times review. Lamar is a contributor to the YA anthology THREE SIDES OF A HEART an||8/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeptember Literary Agent Teaser: Jennifer Laughran||Here's a teaser for the upcoming exclusive agent episode featuring Jennifer Laughran of Andrea Brown Literary. To hear the entire episode in September and for access to previously posted agent episodes, support the podcast through Patreon: https://www.p||8/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJessica Verdi On Writing About Hot-Button Issues||Today’s guest is Jessica Verdi, author of the YA contemporary novels My Life After Now, The Summer I Wasn’t Me, What You Left Behind, as well as And She Was. Jess received her MFA in Writing for Children from The New School and is a freelance editor||8/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWriting In The Mystery Genre With Lori Rader-Day||Today’s guest is Lori Rader Day, winner of both the Mary Higgins Clark Award and the Anthony Award. Lori joins host Mindy McGinnis to talk about the work that goes into a novel before you ever query it, the benefits of joining professional writing or||8/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJuly Roundup & Self-Editing to Whittle Down the Word Count||A roundup of the month's guest and topics, as well as advice from host Mindy McGinnis on how to self-edit, whittling down your word count when your manuscript has become bloated. Unlock Agent & Editor Episodes on Patreon Support the Writer, Writer, Pa||7/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKit Frick: Using Structure to Build Suspense In Your Novel||Today’s guest is Kit Frick, author of psychological thrillers for teens, as well as a poet and editor. Kit joins host Mindy McGinnis to talk about not only the querying process, but the process of knowing her writing was ready to query – and how sh||7/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAugust Literary Agent Teaser: Lauren Spieller||Here’s a teaser for the upcoming August agent podcast featuring Lauren Spieller of Triada Literary. To hear the entire episode in August support the podcast through Patreon. Visit www.patreon.com/MindyMcGinnis to learn more.||7/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAugust Editor Episode Teaser: Kieran Viola||Here’s a teaser for the upcoming August editor podcast featuring Kieran Viola, Senior editor at Disney Hyperion / Freeform books. To hear the entire episode in Augsut support the podcast through Patreon. Visit www.patreon.com/MindyMcGinnis to learn||7/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Element of Control in Self-Publishing & Staying Healthy As A Writer: Sara Crawford||Today’s guest is Sara Crawford, the author of the YA novels WE OWN THE SKY and HURRY UP WE’RE DREAMING. She graduated in 2008 from Kennesaw State University with a B.A. in English and in 2012 from the University of New Orleans with an M.F.A. in Crea||7/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Funny and practical
Mindy's podcast is a great resource for aspiring writers. It's practical and encouraging. Mindy opens up the mystery of writing and getting published and makes you laugh along the way. If you are trying to get published or just want to be a better writer - this podcast is a must-hear.
Smart and helpful
Loving this podcast so far! Delighted to find something YA specific.
An awesome writing podcast
Mindy interviews a wide range of authors on this podcast, and there are always interesting spotlights on the many different writing and publishing journeys of these writers. I would definitely recommend this podcast for anyone interested in writing or publishing!