Write Or Die Podcast

Write Or Die Podcast


Often times in publishing we only hear about the quick sales and overnight successes - but for most of us publishing is hard as shit! So I’m gonna share those stories - the real, gritty, pull your hair out because it’s been years - stories of writers...Show More

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WRITE OR DIE: Episode Zero

01:08 | Mar 8th, 2018

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 to high...Show More

2018 Holiday Episode: We Tweet the Most When We’re on Hiatus

0:00 | Dec 31st, 2018

Join us for the last Write or Die episode of 2018 where we read your letters about the podcast, talk about imposter syndrome, hyping your friends, unhealthy comparisons, murder 🙂 and what’s up next for 2019! Thanks for all your support this year!! F...Show More

Episode 22: Mason Deaver And There’s Never a Good Time to Go On Sub

48:29 | Dec 3rd, 2018

Mason Deaver is a non-binary author who lives in Charlotte, NC, where the word ‘y’all’ is used in abundance. Typically, they’re writing incredibly queer stories, but when they decide to take a break, they love gardening and baking. ‘I Wish You All th...Show More

Episode 21: Laura Sebastian & The Great Publishing Bake Off

53:11 | Nov 16th, 2018

Laura Sebastian was born and raised in South Florida (the Redlands and Key Largo) and has always loved telling stories–many apologies to her little brother who often got in trouble because of them. No copies of her first book, a Cinderella retelling ...Show More

Episode 20: Natasha Ngan & Just Being Glad to Have a Forking Deal

26:22 | Nov 9th, 2018

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 ...Show More

Episode 19: Samira Ahmed & The Truth About Expiration Dates on Dreams

1:05:40 | Nov 2nd, 2018

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-readin...Show More

Halloween Bonus Episode: Holly Black, Pond Revelations and Weird Stuff!

51:15 | Oct 31st, 2018

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, The Coldest Girl...Show More

Ghostober Episode 4: S. Jae-Jones & Who Are You Romancing?

53:00 | Oct 26th, 2018

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, she ...Show More

Ghostober Episode 3: Kat Cho & The Monthly Whale Fight

55:27 | Oct 19th, 2018

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, that book was no...Show More

Ghostober Episode 2: India Hill, Karen Strong & The Ghost Sugar Daddy

48:06 | Oct 13th, 2018

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. Add JUST SOUTH OF HOME on Goodread...Show More

Ghostober Episode 1: Ryan Douglass and The Reverse Advance

34:36 | Oct 6th, 2018

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!  Ryan’s website On Twitter ...Show More

Episode 18: Summer Heacock & The Douche Canoe

45:43 | Sep 28th, 2018

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 THAT...Show More

Episode 17: L.L. McKinney & Princess Peach

39:02 | Sep 21st, 2018

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. She’s spent time in the slush by ...Show More

Episode 16: Rachel Lynn Solomon & “I Definitely Had Unreasonable Expectations.”

35:41 | Sep 14th, 2018

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 redhea...Show More

Episode Fifteen: Akemi Dawn Bowman and The Worst Book Unboxing

30:52 | Aug 24th, 2018

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 scienc...Show More

Episode Fourteen: Sonia Hartl & The Hot Santa

28:13 | Aug 17th, 2018

Find out how author Sonia Hartl found a literary agent, and a book deal after years of rejection and disappointment.

Episode Thirteen: Tochi Onyebuchi & The Red Headed Genre Kid

43:44 | Aug 3rd, 2018

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? Help us keep going by donating or...Show More

Episode Twelve: Suzie Townsend & Ten Questions with a Literary Agent

49:24 | Jul 27th, 2018

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, earned her Masters of Educa...Show More

Episode Eleven: Rena Barron & The Rise to Pitchwars Stardom

34:42 | Jul 20th, 2018

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 y...Show More

Episode Ten: Jennifer Dugan & Signs from Nicki Minaj

50:14 | Jul 14th, 2018

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! Add Hot Dog Girl to...Show More

Episode Nine: Kosoko Jackson & The Black Android

29:25 | Jun 29th, 2018

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 ...Show More

Episode Eight: Phil Stamper & The Not So Secret Zelda Fan Fic

42:47 | Jun 22nd, 2018

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!  Dona...Show More

Episode Seven: Roselle Lim & The Weird Celebratory Spring Rolls

35:12 | Jun 15th, 2018

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 ...Show More

Episode Six: Zoraida Córdova & The Deadline Dilemma

56:38 | Jun 1st, 2018

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 MANY...Show More

Episode Five: Mark Oshiro & The Ghosting Agent

57:47 | May 25th, 2018

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...Show More

Episode Four: Ryan La Sala‏ & The Thirst Trap Legacy

38:18 | May 18th, 2018

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! L...Show More

Episode Three: Julie C. Dao‏ & The Secret Harry Potter Fan Fic

49:21 | May 11th, 2018

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.com Follow J...Show More

Episode Two: Isabel Sterling & And The Super Nerdy Mom Joke Wrapped In Cat Hair

0:00 | Apr 27th, 2018

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!   Links: Follow Isab...Show More

Episode One: Daniel José Older & The Actual Motherf’ing Biggest Children’s Publisher in the Galaxy

0:00 | Apr 20th, 2018

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! It helps 🧡 Links: Si...Show More