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The Secret Library Podcast

The truth about writing books. By speaking to authors and other book lovers, I'm diving into the mystery that is the book world today. From writing to editing to publishing and all that goes into the creation of a book – all of it is open for discussion on the show.
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Aug 18, 2016

In the beginning, there is the blank page. 

We've talked a lot about the later parts of a book's life: publishing and distribution and design. This week we're going all the way back to the start. 

How do you get a book down on the page?

What happens when you face the blank page and there is nothing there?

What's up with the feeling of having to make a story come out of your head?

What do I do with that nasty critical voice that keeps bashing my work as I write?

Where does it all come from, anyway?

Sarah Selecky has been teaching students since 2001 how to deal with these and many conundrums that the writer faces when getting started on a project. We dive into the process of writing and all the magic that goes along with it. 

I won't lie- I felt a little high after wrapping up this recording. 

Want to dive into that novel you've been dreaming of writing? This is where you begin. This episode. 

We want you to write that novel. It wants to exist. This episode will help you find it. 

This episode is sponsored by MuseMonthly.com

Shownotes at SecretLibraryPodcast.com

Aug 11, 2016

Tosh Berman is one of my favorites. We had a podcast together back in 2008, which was big in Japan. During our podcasting reunion, Tosh shares about the process of publishing books in translation, his own writing adventures, why he went to see Sparks every single night of their London performances in 2008, and details about his re-released poetry collection." 

The L.A. Times calls Tosh "a Los Angeles original." They are right. 

In addition to discussing books and writing, Tosh gives some unusual relationship advice and hints at a new book on this topic. 

Definitely our most avant-garde episode so far... you won't want to miss it. 

Aug 4, 2016

It's here! We've hit episode 10 and we are still going strong. 

Today I'm so happy to have Julia Callahan of Rare Bird Books on the show. She's Director of Marketing and Publicity and dishes on how to best work with a small press. If you've ever wanted to go this route, this is a must listen. 

In addition, we talk roller derby and about the book celebrity that makes us both totally weak in the knees and sweaty-palmed. 

 

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Jul 28, 2016

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. 

Jul 21, 2016

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. 

Jul 14, 2016

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. 

Jul 7, 2016

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. 

Jul 1, 2016

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...

Jun 23, 2016

Edan Lepucki came on the show to celebrate finishing the latest draft of her forthcoming novel, Woman Number 17. Edan's first novel, California, was subject to an intense amount of press and scrutiny when she found herself the sudden beneficiary of Stephen Colbert's feud with Amazon in 2014. 

Today on the show Edan talks about dealing with crazy press, how to have a new novel waiting like a lover on the side as you finish your current book, and worth the time it takes to listen alone: an ACTUAL FORMULA about how many pages you have to read before you can give up on a book. 

Such a treat. I know you'll love this episode. 

Jun 15, 2016

Join me on a huge journey through the aspects of interior design. Not of your house, but the inside of books. Learn the most important thing about what book designers have to think about when designing a book, hear how book design has evolved through the decades, listen to us discect the differences between e-reading and hard copy reading and wonder how long it took to do the show notes once it was all done. (Answer: over 2 hrs) You can see the full notes at secretlibrarypodcast.com

Book nerds and design nerds alike will rejoice at this episode. Happy listening. 

May 26, 2016

This episode, we welcome author Esmé Weijun Wang to discuss her debut novel, The Border of Paradise.

Kirkus Reviews called it “Gothic in tone, epic in ambition, and creepy in spades.” 

While Wang has been a novelist working on this story since very early in her career, many people know her better as an essayist since that work has been out in the world much longer. 

We discuss the process of writing a novel from many different points of view, shifting from non-fiction to fiction in the public eye, and how to deal with having to put your characters through the ringer. 

Esmé is a delight and I can't wait to have her back on the show when she writes another book... I suspect there are many stories to come. 

May 15, 2016

Bari Tessler joins us to talk about her upcoming book, The Art of Money, coming out June 14, 2016. Bari is an educator and pioneer in the field of financial therapy. We discuss her gentle yet effective approach to personal finance and building a meaningful relationship to your money. 

We get into the method she shares in the book as well as the process of writing the book, co-authors, how to find the right editor, and what happens between the time you decide to write about and when it arrives on the shelf. An intimate and amazing peek into the world behind the scenes of both money and books. 

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