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Three out of five people dream of writing a book. Maybe you're one of them. But what does it take to go from dream to launch? Screenwriter John August (Go, Big Fish, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory) sought to find out as he tackled something he’d only ever dreamed of: writing a novel. From Wondery, A Network Of Storytellers, this is a show about putting something out into the world. How will it turn out? You’ll know when we do.

Customer Reviews

Loved every minute!

I binged the whole thing in one day! I was entertained by the humor, educated on the ways of getting published and all the steps from the idea in your mind to holding the physical book in your hands. Very well done and thorough. Also creative with all of the side trips to interview bookstore owners and what they do to help you keep your books selling. I especially enjoyed the printing and bindery portion as I’ve been working in small print shops and watched paper being made etc documentaries and newspapers are printed similarly. I’m more graphic designer (not artist or college training, I helped get through the first moving from physical art to digital, but I digress), it was actually really exciting to hear that portion as I could see exactly what you were describing.
If anything about writing a book interests you then you will enjoy this one!

Amazing Listen


The journey you took me on through Launch gave me the sparkly electric feeling. I just finished the podcast today and bought the book. I just can’t wait to meet Arlo Finch. Thank you for sharing the process you went through writing your first book.

I absolutely love the piano tune during your last monologue (also played throughout the podcast). Not sure why but it strikes me somewhere special. It wildly reminds me of my father I lost 12 years ago!

Again thanks for the journey!

Interesting to learn about the publishing process

This is a really interesting behind the scenes exploration of the process of getting a book published.