Creating and Sustaining a Movement Around Your Writing, featuring Hope Edelman

Nov 4, 2019

Hope Edelman

Publishers love authors who generate bigger conversations, which sometimes grow into movements. While many authors will stumble into movements, others are consciously creating, or at least dreaming, into the possibility of a movement they might create. Join Brooke and Grant this week as they talk to guest Hope Edelman about starting a movement, having cohesion across your books, and being the kind of author that publishers have a hard time saying no to.


Hope Edelman is the author of seven nonfiction books, including the bestsellers Motherless Daughters, Motherless Mothers, and The Possibility of Everything, as well as the eBook Boys Like That. Her articles and essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, Glamour, Self, Parade, and She has been teaching memoir and essay writing for more than twenty years, most recently in Antioch University’s nonfiction MFA program and at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival. Her newest book, The Aftergrief, is forthcoming in 2020.

The Takeaway:

What might your movement be? Given the topic of this week’s show, consider what you’re passionate about. What topic are you writing into right now that might be parlayed into something bigger or broader? When you consider your platform and what you want to be known for, you can cast your net wide, but whatever your net touches or catches should also make sense. It should also be inherently you—and what you’re about. Make a list of five ideas or topics or things you could talk about endlessly. Then look at what’s there and consider your options. This is a first foray into considering what your area of expertise might be, what it will be. Let it percolate for a while. Marinade in it and see if something feels like a good fit. You might have that elusive something publishers are after. You won’t know till you sit with what you have.

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