Mar 25, 2022 • 48M

How to Love Writing What You Can Sell: Episode 308 with Seressia Glass

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Entertaining, actionable advice on craft, productivity and creativity for writers and journalists in all genres, with hosts Jessica Lahey, KJ Dell'Antonia and Sarina Bowen.

Urban fantasy. Paranormal romance. Historicals. Plus the occasional billionaire, and now a rom-com, complete with a cute graphic cover that tells you exactly who you’ll be rooting for and what to expect. What do all of these things have in common, besides being written by todays’ guest, Seressia Glass?

Two things. First, they’re all—as she says on her website— tales of overcoming the odds to achieve love and acceptance–universal desires for everyone no matter who or what they are.

Second? They’re all books readers want. Books, in other words, that will sell.

I heard Seressia say briefly on another podcast that she and her agent had strategized about exactly that. On the pod, we dive more deeply into the balance between writing what you love, and writing what people will read. We also talk about super-agent Jenny Bent (travel back in time to listen to her on Episode 24 of the pod), Marlon James, the brilliance of Seressia’s pinned tweet and more.

Links from the Pod:

7 Figure Fiction

The “butter” episode with Theodora Taylor


Seressia: Island Queen, Vanessa Riley

The Dating Playbook, Farrah Rochon

KJ: The Sweetest Remedy, Jane Igharo (also mentioned Sankofa by Chibundu Onuzo)

Jess: The Almost Legendary Morris Sisters, Julie Klam

(also mentioned The Stars in Her Eyes)

IG: @seressiaglass

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