How Writing Middle Grade is Different, and How It's Not: Episode 317 with Jamie Sumner Listen now (51 min) | I don’t think we’ve ever talked about middle grade on #AmWriting, which was why I was so delighted to talk to Jamie Sumner, author…
Living with Writer Envy. Episode 316: We wanted to call this conquering it but we can't. Listen now (48 min) | Some of us, which might be all of us, have spent a decent amount of time writhing in the throes of writer envy lately. Can’t…
When Your Agent Doesn't Like Your Idea as Much as You Do: Episode 315 with Kristen GreenListen now | Jess here. On this week’s episode, I talk with New York Times bestselling author Kristen Green about her first book, Something Must Be Done…
How to Write a Cozy Mystery (the rules are changing): Episode 314 with Mia ManansalaListen now (45 min) | Shownotes up front—but scroll down, there’s an announcement! Mia P. Manansala (she/her) is a writer and book coach from Chicago…
One Man's Quest to Find the Next Big Book Idea: Episode 313 with A.J. JacobsListen now (58 min) | Jess here. A.J. Jacobs has long been my inspiration for both writing and writerly mentorship, so I was thrilled when his…
Essays that start light, then hit hard: Episode 312 with Mary Laura PhilpottListen now (51 min) | Fave return guest alert! We talked to Mary Laura Philpott in episode 71–#YouandYourBookstore, back when she was a Parnassus Books…
Where Should Your Energy Go NOW? Episode 311--everything evolves with Jess and KJListen now (43 min) | Where should your energy go? KJ here, and in this episode Jess and I catch up on what’s worth it and what isn’t when it comes to…
Jodi Kantor Chases the Truth: Episode 310 is a Primer on Investigative Journalism Listen now (38 min) | New York Times investigative journalists Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey broke the story of Harvey Weinstein’s sexual assaults in…
Nonfiction Masterclass: Combining Narrative Structure, Lived Experience and Geopolitics in Episode 309 with Scott Carney and Jason Miklian.Listen now (49 min) | Like all great stories, The Vortex: A True Story of History’s Deadliest Storm, an Unspeakable War, and Liberation was born out of…
How to Love Writing What You Can Sell: Episode 308 with Seressia GlassListen now (48 min) | Urban fantasy. Paranormal romance. Historicals. Plus the occasional billionaire, and now a rom-com, complete with a cute graphic…
How to Be on Bookstagram Episode 307 with #bookmarkedbyaListen now (46 min) | Abby Kincer is a reader and a bookstagrammer, a fun person, an enthusiastic consumer of bookish socks and t-shirts, a user of…
Does Your Author Website Answer the Right Questions? Episode 306 with Anne Le TissierListen now (41 min) | Crew, Anne Le Tissier is a listener with a question: What should I have on my website—and how can I get there without breaking the…