Write Or Die Podcast
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Often times in publishing we only hear about the quick sales and overnight successes - but for most of us, publishing is hard AF! So I’m sharing those stories - the real, gritty, pull your hair out because it’s been years - stories of writers who didn’t give up despite it all, and are now living out their dream. The perfect podcast for writers and creatives in need of inspiration, laughs and camaraderie! Hosted by author Claribel Ortega.
||ExplicitEpisode 20: Natasha Ngan & Just Being Glad to Have a Forking Deal||Natasha Ngan is a writer and yoga teacher. She grew up between Malaysia, where the Chinese side of her family is from, and the UK. This multicultural upbringing continues to influence her writing, and she is passionate about bringing diverse stories to.||11/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 19: Samira Ahmed & The Truth About Expiration Dates on Dreams||Born in Bombay India and raised outside of Chicago, Illinois, Samira spent countless hours at the library in her small hometown nestled in an oversized armchair next to an old Victorian fireplace with her nose in an Agatha Christie novel or re-reading||11/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitHalloween Bonus Episode: Holly Black, Pond Revelations and Weird Stuff!||Holly Black is the author of bestselling contemporary fantasy books for kids and teens. Some of her titles include The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi), The Modern Faerie Tale series, the Curse Workers series, Doll Bones,||10/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitGhostober Episode 4: S. Jae-Jones & Who Are You Romancing?||S. Jae-Jones was born and raised in sunny Los Angeles, where she spent summers on the beach and winters on the slope until she was convinced by Sesame Street (and university) to move to New York City. A native Angelena and a New Yorker at heart,||10/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitGhostober Episode 3: Kat Cho & The Monthly Whale Fight||Kat Cho used to hide books under the bathroom sink and then sneak in there to read after bedtime. Her parents pretended not to know. This helped when she decided to write a dinosaur time-travel novel at the tender age of nine. Sadly,||10/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitGhostober Episode 2: India Hill, Karen Strong & The Ghost Sugar Daddy||More about Karen Strong: Born and raised in the rural South, Karen Strong has a passion for writing for kids and teens — focusing on black girls who explore the realms of adventure and mystery with a dash of spooky.||10/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitGhostober Episode 1: Ryan Douglass and The Reverse Advance||Ryan Douglass is an author and freelance writer with a BA from Hofstra University. His debut YA novel, Jake in the Box, is forthcoming from Putnam/Penguin in the Spring of 2020. He lives in Atlanta, GA. Follow Ryan online!||10/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 18: Summer Heacock & The Douche Canoe||About Summer: Okay. A bio. Here I go. Just so we are on the same page, I am not mentally capable of talking about myself in third person here, so there will be no, “Summer likes long walks on the beach and is conversationally inept.” NONE OF||9/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 17: L.L. McKinney & Princess Peach||Leatrice “Elle” McKinney, writing as L.L. McKinney, is a poet and active member of the kidlit community. She’s an advocate for equality and inclusion in publishing, and the creator of the hashtag #WhatWoCWritersHear.||9/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 16: Rachel Lynn Solomon & “I Definitely Had Unreasonable Expectations.”||Rachel is a Seattle native who loves rainy days, tap dancing, and red lipstick. In high school, she sang and played keyboard in an all-girl band, and she was once part of a group of people who broke a Guinness World Record for the most natural redhead||9/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode Fifteen: Akemi Dawn Bowman and The Worst Book Unboxing||Akemi Dawn Bowman is the author of Starfish (a William C. Morris Award Finalist) and Summer Bird Blue (out September 11th, 2018). She’s a proud Ravenclaw and Star Wars enthusiast, who served in the US Navy for five years and has a BA in social||8/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode Fourteen: Sonia Hartl & The Hot Santa||Find out how author Sonia Hartl found a literary agent, and a book deal after years of rejection and disappointment.||8/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode Thirteen: Tochi Onyebuchi & The Red Headed Genre Kid||Tochi Onyebuchi wrote about fifteen books in just as many genres before he found his way to publishing success. Come listen to our chat, learn how his book BEASTS MADE OF NIGHT came to be and more! Love Write or Die?||8/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode Twelve: Suzie Townsend & Ten Questions with a Literary Agent||This week I interview my agent Suzie Townsend and ask her ten listener questions, find out what she’s looking for in her inbox and what to avoid when querying agents! Prior to joining New Leaf, Suzie graduated film school,||7/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode Eleven: Rena Barron & The Rise to Pitchwars Stardom||Rena Barron got over twenty revise and resubmits and way more rejections on her road to finding success during Pitch Wars. Find out how she went from the query trenches to having two series deals after ten years of querying and learn more about her you.||7/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode Ten: Jennifer Dugan & Signs from Nicki Minaj||After seven years of false starts and rejections, find out how Jennifer Dugan beat the odds, learned to embrace her bisexual identity in her writing and got a book deal for her upcoming debut, HOT DOG GIRL! Follow Jennifer online!||7/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode Nine: Kosoko Jackson & The Black Android||Kosoko Jackson did pretty much everything you’re NOT supposed to do on his road to publication but guess what? He’s now a rising star in the young adult book community and his debut A PLACE FOR WOLVES is among the most highly anticipated releases of||6/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode Eight: Phil Stamper & The Not So Secret Zelda Fan Fic||Join me and this week’s guest Phil Stamper as we talk Zelda fan fic, leaving your first agent, taking down Lani Sarem and his upcoming debut THE GRAVITY OF US! Want to keep Write or Die episodes free? Buy our merch and help support the podcast!||6/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode Seven: Roselle Lim & The Weird Celebratory Spring Rolls||Roselle Lim wrote seven manuscripts before she felt ready to query but when she finally did, publishing took her on a roller coaster ride to hell. Find out how she queried over two hundred agents and then went on to sell her debut NATALIE TAN’S BOOK||6/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode Six: Zoraida Córdova & The Deadline Dilemma||BRUJA BORN is out June 5th but before Zoraida Córdova found success writing about witches, she had to traverse publishing in the days before We Need Diverse Books and deal with frustrating rejections. Listen to her journey here (she’s written SO MAN||6/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode Five: Mark Oshiro & The Ghosting Agent||Mark Oshiro’s book ANGER IS A GIFT came out this week from TOR TEEN but before he had a publishing deal & a great agent, he had to revise an entire book on a flight, overcome an agent disappearing on him and crush a complete overhaul and genre change||5/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode Four: Ryan La Sala & The Thirst Trap Legacy||Ryan La Sala recently announced a two book deal including his 2019 YA debut REVERIE! Find out how he queried and got a book deal all while dealing with a chronic illness. PLUS learn some exclusive info about his second book coming from Sourcebooks!||5/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode Three: Julie C. Dao & The Secret Harry Potter Fan Fic||After years of rejection and almost giving up, to a success story that’s good enough to be a fairytale, Julie C. Dao shares her uphill climb to getting one of my favorite YA books FOREST OF A THOUSAND LANTERNS published. Links: juliedao.||5/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode Two: Isabel Sterling & And The Super Nerdy Mom Joke Wrapped In Cat Hair||Find out how author Isabel Sterling got a deal for her witchy book series despite parting ways with her first agent, writing a buttload of books that went nowhere and almost losing all hope! Oh and her dog ate all her socks. WTF!||4/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode One: Daniel José Older & The Actual Motherf’ing Biggest Children’s Publisher in the Galaxy||Find out how author Daniel José Older got his start in publishing and how he overcame rejection to become a New York Times Bestselling author and overall badass. Please remember to subscribe and leave me a review, you cowards!||4/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitWRITE OR DIE: Episode Zero||Welcome to episode zero of The write or die podcast , a podcast that’s going to give you a real, unfiltered look behind the curtain of publishing. So many of the stories we hear are about the authors who are “overnight successes” but I wanted t||3/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
The best pep talks!
I love this podcast! Inspiring stories from authors who had to claw their way towards their dreams.
A must listen podcast!
Claribel has proven she is a voice to listen to in publishing and kidlit. She's always available with honest and detailed advice. She's spent her whole writer career lifting others up and providing community to many. As a woman of color she brings her amazingly unique perspective to the trials of trying to get your work published. She inspires me on every social media platform I follow her on. Definitely going to be a must-listen podcast!
I'm so excited for this!
A podcast by Claribel Ortega? AUTO SUBSCRIBE. I'm seriously so excited for this podcast -- Claribel is so incredibly knowledgable about publishing, and so so generous with sharing her knoweldge. I know she's going to have some amazing guests and have some REAL TALK on this thing.