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Weekly Inspiration for Writers

True Inclusion in Book Publishing, featuring Rebekah Borucki

True Inclusion in Book Publishing, featuring Rebekah Borucki

This week’s episode focuses in on our favorite hard topic—inclusion in book publishing. But this conversation is not just a run-of-the-mill conversation about DEI, which we acknowledge can and has gotten a bit diluted in recent months. Instead it’s a fresh and inspiring conversation about what inclusion really means in book publishing, and we interview an inspiring publisher, Rebekah “Bex” Borucki, who is doing the hard work of creating true change in publishing by creating a publishing company that is focused on inclusivity in all the parts of the business and the business model. Geek out on publishing with us this week, but also be prepared to learn and be inspired by what Row House publishing is doing, and the woman who’s leading the charge.

Discipline and the Writing Life, featuring Adriana Trigiani

Discipline and the Writing Life, featuring Adriana Trigiani

This week’s episode is a celebration of discipline with author Adriana Trigiani, who says that the creative expression is the highest expression of our souls. As such, discipline is honoring the gift. We delve into what Adriana learned about working as a writer for the show, A Different World, and her take on the vast changes in the publishing world from her vantage point as a veteran author of more than twenty books. An insightful show that celebrates working hard!

Saving Reading, featuring Andrew Limbong

Saving Reading, featuring Andrew Limbong

Should we be worried about the current state of reading? It’s hard to answer no to this question. Which is why Grant and Brooke take up the topic this week with guest Andrew Limbong, host of NPR’s Book of the Day podcast. Tune in to set a reading goal with Grant, commiserate with Brooke about the kids’ reading habits these days, and hear some great book recommendations from a guest who’s more on top of the book scene than most. We also talk about the reading brain vs. Internet brain, and throw in a little neuroscience for good measure. Join us!

Getting Reinspired, Again, with Grant Faulkner and Brooke Warner

Getting Reinspired, Again, with Grant Faulkner and Brooke Warner

Happy New Year! This short show to ring in the new year starts with a confession from Brooke about Write-minded’s annual New Year’s show —this is Number 5! Grant and Brooke share updates on current writing projects (including goals), episodes that rose to the top in 2022, and one creative takeaway from our writing lives. We invite you to reflect and get reinspired along with us as we forge ahead into a bright new year! And we hope you’ll check out Brooke’s class, 5 Things I’ve Learned about What It Takes to Get Published, coming up on February 19. Find the details at: https://myfivethings.com/class/brooke-warner-what-it-takes-to-get-published.

Having Fun with Book and Amazon Marketing, featuring Dave Chesson

Having Fun with Book and Amazon Marketing, featuring Dave Chesson

This week’s episode is an upbeat and fun look at marketing with guest Dave Chesson, who’s on the cutting edge of Amazon and other book marketing strategies. We cover Amazon rankings, marketing ideas for fiction writers (who too often get left out of these conversations), and why to share your personal story out in the world. This episode includes concrete types and explains some things about Amazon that often feel elusive, so it’s worth your time even if your next published book is a ways out there on the horizon. Oh—and happy holidays. We’re off next week so Write-minded will be back in your queue on January 2!

A New Take on Climate Fiction, featuring Aya de León

A New Take on Climate Fiction, featuring Aya de León

Aya de León returns to Write-minded to share an announcement about her new climate fiction imprint, Fighting Chance Books, that she’s launching in partnership with She Writes Press in 2023. This is an inspiring conversation about why a climate fiction literature of winning is so important. Aya makes the case that the future isn’t written yet—and we need more stories in which humanity fights back and wins in order to create a different narrative than the dystopian stories that currently dominate CliFi. An important conversation—with a mission at its core. Please help us spread the word about Fighting Chance Books!

No Wasted Words, featuring Sarah Manguso

No Wasted Words, featuring Sarah Manguso

An episode that covers so much—the power of writing what’s essential; an exploration of two kinds of abysses: total noise and total silence; and a forthcoming recounting of what it’s like to be on the receiving end of problematic reviews. Guest Sarah Manguso has been called a virtuoso, and her takes on the literary world and writing in her compelling, spare style remind us why we love a meaty interview. Brooke and Grant revel in Sarah’s responses and candor this week—and know listeners will too.

Unexpected Creative Intersections and Influences, featuring Angie Cruz

Unexpected Creative Intersections and Influences, featuring Angie Cruz

This is an episode that will validate every creative impulse you’ve ever had and forgive any creative lapses you might be judging yourself for. Join Grant and Brooke in this inspiring episode with Angie Cruz, who’s faced rejection and overcame it to become a celebrated published author, and who shares with us how she’s in conversation with her characters, pursues other creative interests as a way to inform her fiction, and how she’s balanced her writing with the many other demands of life. A relatable and permission-giving episode!

Radical Fiction Packaged as a Trojan Horse, featuring Xochitl Gonzalez

Radical Fiction Packaged as a Trojan Horse, featuring Xochitl Gonzalez

Olga Dies Dreaming is guest Xochitl Gonzalez’s new novel—and how you interpret it might tell you something about your political persuasion. This week we are exploring what it means to be radical in fiction—especially when what you’re trying to be radical about is packaged as a fast-paced story. This is the subversive (meant in the best sense of the word) nature of fiction with a cause—which we explore this week in all its nuanced glory. Adelante!

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