Such a juicy conversation, and one that defies a quick episode title. I changed it twice while writing this description. Elora and I covered the gamut, from writing novels, coaching writers, inspiring creativity, traditional vs. self-publishing, to how necessary it is to connect with other people while writing your book.
I felt a little high after this conversation, to be honest. It's just that good. Perhaps it's Elora's background in education that helps her make concepts so clear.
If you've needed a boost, are afraid to get started, afraid of writing, overwhelmed, stuck, burned out or feeling isolated as a writer, this is your episode.
If you have ever wanted to write anything in your life, THIS IS YOUR EPISODE.
Promise. Just trust me.
This week, I'm so excited to be speaking with the magical Ruth Bernstein, who I know from my good old Book Soup days. Ruth wrote her thesis at Pitzer College on libraries and I knew everyone would be down to think about that.
Not only do we talk about how amazing libraries are, but we dive into the topic of what role libraries play in society, the way programs for libraries get funded and what might be the best use of library resources today.
And... for the tech lovers we not only talk about the physical space of a library but also about it's increasing role of being an access point for information both online and off.
Nerds will delight... happy listening.
Milda Harris, novelist, is also a mother of twins and has written over 8 novels. She makes me feel like an enormous slacker, if we're being honest.
Get ready for another show-notes-heavy episode. If you're listening on iTunes, make sure to visit SecretLibraryPodcast.com where you can check out links to all the resources Milda and I talked about for the self-publishing world.
Remember the show notes from Sam Potts' episode? These are like those.
Milda and I talk about writing for the YA market, how she keeps motivated and organized when writing a series (genius tips on this), and on her current project: a serial novel that she's publishing a chapter at a time through the election this November.
Milda and I used to co-host a show way back in 2007, before people knew what podcasts were. It was still fun and it was excellent to have a reunion.
If you've dreamed of reading books and drinking tea all day instead of staying in a soul-sucking job that creates nothing but stress, this is the episode for you.
Join me as I chat with Christina Orlando, founder of Muse Monthly, as we talk about creating a book and tea subscription service, and how she gets dreamy books to her subscribers every single month.
We talk about searching for first-time authors and those from underserved voices to create a really special experience for readers out there.
There's nothing like talking to a book nerd AND someone who loves their job every day. This conversation was such a treat. I know you'll enjoy it as much as I did.
This week, I talk with Catherine Theis about poetry vs. prose and how to break into the wide world of reading poetry. We cover everything from how to find poetry you enjoy reading, to how to read poems, to why it's wrong to think of poetry and prose as totally different concepts.
Catherine is a PhD candidate in Creative Writing at USC and generally kicks ass at talking about this topic. She blew my mind completely at least once.
Prepare for the same thing to happen to you...