By Jason Fagone
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A podcast about writing and editing, with a focus on the practical side of creative relationships and making a living in media. Author and journalist Jason Fagone talks with reporters, editors, fiction writers, fact-checkers, news curators, and producers, sharing tips and advice on how to navigate the industry, do good work, and get paid.
||ExplicitErik Malinowski—the challenges and joys of writing a first book||A features reporter in the Bay Area, Erik Malinowski has just published his first book, BETABALL: How Silicon Valley and Science Built One of the Greatest Basketball Teams in History. Jason talks with Erik about how he got the idea for the book, how...||10/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitKaren K. Ho—reporting on the murder trial of a high-school classmate||Raised in Toronto and trained as a business reporter, Karen K. Ho took a chance two years ago when she decided to cover the murder trial of a former high-school classmate charged with plotting to kill her parents. Karen's gripping story about the...||8/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMalcolm Burnley and the Lost Malcolm X Tape||Malcolm Burnley was a college student doing a class assignment when he stumbled across a true historical find: A lost audio tape of a Malcolm X speech from 1961. The discovery launched Burnley on a journalism career. Now a freelance journalist who has..||3/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitJake Blumgart explains how Frank Rizzo is the original Trump||Frank Rizzo was the larger-the-life mayor of Philadelphia from 1972 to 1980, a former cop who did not like journalists. Rizzo promised to bring law and order to the city but left a legacy of racism, poverty, population decline, and high taxes. In this..||11/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitMarin Cogan—standing your ground & developing range||How do you handle yourself as a reporter in a world where reporters are pretty widely hated and mistrusted? And how do you start in one genre of reporting and broaden into others? This week, Jason interviews Marin Cogan, contributing editor with New...||11/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitHow to write a nonfiction book proposal||Mastering the book proposal: Jason has sold three nonfiction book proposals to major publishers, and in this episode he answers questions that writers tend to have. How do I outline a book that hasn't been fully reported? What if I've never written a...||10/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitStephen Rodrick—A Writing Life is Better than a Regular Life||Stephen Rodrick is an author and veteran journalist who has written for every prestigious magazine (The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, New York, Esquire, GQ) and met every celebrity twice (Lindsay Lohan, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christopher...||9/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitStory-Pitching Secrets from Top Editors||How do you write a freelance story pitch that will grab the attention of an editor? In this episode Jason talks about pitching do's and don'ts with five leading editors: Dan Kois; culture editor at Slate; Cristina Daglas, deputy MLB editor at...||9/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitElon Green—Angels descend to the business side + how to pitch||This week Jason talks to Elon Green, a freelancer in Long Island who has dug up remarkable stories at the New York Public Library and elsewhere: a scoop on the Zodiac Killer, a tale of Edgar Allan Poe's hair, and an unsolved string of murders from the..||8/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitJen A. Miller—the Where's My Money Bat||Freelancers with 6-figure incomes, word rates, and the wisdom of Goodfellas: On the opening episode of Kill Fee, Jason Fagone introduces himself and travels to the New Jersey home of author and freelance journalist Jen A. Miller, for a conversation...||8/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
If you wanna know how the sausage gets made in the publishing biz, and if you want your guide thru that process to be smart, sensitive, and funny--this is your podcast. Listen!
Looking forward to more
Right after we finished the new Malcolm Gladwell podcast on the way home from Vermont, we decided to listen to the first episode and really enjoyed it. A smart look at the little-discussed business end of being in the biz, and as someone who has only freelanced a few times but who also sees freelancing in his future, some very good advice here. It was interesting to hear Miller basically make the point that being a good writer does not make you a good businessperson, especially because I am also a musician, and most musicians are very bad at business (I would say I am quite good at that end) and wind up getting screwed by venues and managers as a result.
Jason is supersmart, engaging, and easy to listen to as he gives practical advice on how freelance writing works. He's a real person, delivering a real podcast. Nothing artificial at all. I really enjoy this pod.