Episode 132: #ThePitchCameFirst

Jess and KJ interview Jennifer Miller and Jason Feifer, the married co-authors of Mr. Nice Guy, a book with the perfect elevator pitch: What if two columnists had sex every week, and then reviewed each other? Turns out there's a catch to a great "what if:" you still have to figure out who you're writing about, and why it matters.

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The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed, Jess Lahey

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#ThePitchCameFirst

Mr. Nice Guy, Jennifer Miller, Jason Feifer

Jennifer Miller

Jason Feifer

The Heart You Carry Home, Jennifer Miller

#AmReading

The Lost Night, Andrea Bartz

Bear Brook Podcast

Problem Solvers Podcast

Pessimists Archive Podcast

The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives, Dashka Slater

Sociable, Rebecca Harrington

Diary of a Bookseller, Shaun Bythell

Elevation, Stephen King


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Episode 131: #RelentlesslyHelpful

…in which Jess (fighting thru a cold) and KJ highlight the opportunities panels present, and the importance of choosing your sponsorship carefully.

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The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed, Jess Lahey

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#RelentlesslyHelpful

Courtney Carver

The Fifth Trimester: The Working Mom's Guide to Style, Sanity, and Success After Baby, Lauren Smith Brody

Jennie Nash

Bookends

Scrivener

Maybe There Are Two Separate Muses? Writing Fiction and Non-Fiction From the Heart, The Creative Penn podcast, Joanna Penn

Audible

Hibooks

Libro.fm

#AmReading

Diary of a Bookseller, Shaun Bythell

Mary Laura Philpott

Vampire Witch Series, Deborah Harkness

Bear Brook Podcast

Double Double: A Dual Memoir of Alcoholism, Martha Grimes, Ken Grimes

Good Life Project Podcast

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Episode 130: #HorseKick

...in which Jess and KJ update us on how their respective projects are coming along, including Jess's research and KJ's public speaking, all as something NaNoWriMo this way comes.

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#HorseKick

Laurie Abkemeier

WBUR

NaNoWrimo

Author Accelerator

Jennie Nash

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Wendi Aarons

5 Writing Tips: Barbara Kingsolver

Laurence Steinberg

Age of Opportunity: Lessons from the New Science of Adolescence, Laurence Steinberg

#AmReading

The Fortune Teller, Gwendolyn Womack

French Exit: A Novel, Patrick deWitt

The Sisters Brothers, Patrick deWitt

Bel Canto, Ann Patchett

Scythe, Neal Shusterman

The Greatest Love Story Ever Told, Megan Mullally, Nick Offerman

Mating in Captivity, Esther Perel

The State of Affairs: Rethinking Infidelity, Esther Perel

Where Should We Begin? Podcast, Esther Perel

Kick Ass, Mel Robbins


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Episode 129: #Don’tGetBuzzed

...in which Jess and KJ are joined by actor, author, podcaster and science advocate Alan Alda to discuss reaching readers with good storytelling, and avoiding that moment when—buzz!—you've lost them.

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Alan Alda

Radiance: The Passion of Marie Curie, Alan Alda

If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face?, Alan Alda

Never Have Your Dog Stuffed: And Other Things I've Learned, Alan Alda

Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself, Alan Alda

Clear and Vivid Podcast, Alan Alda

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, Stephen King


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Episode 128: #PlanItOut

…in which Jess and KJ speak with author and podcaster Virginia Sole Smith, who somehow did everything “in order”, about how to plan everything.

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Virginia Sole Smith

The Eating Instinct: Food Culture, Body Image, and Guilt in America, Virginia Sole-Smith

Comfort Food Podcast, Virginia Sole-Smith

Amy Palanjian

Yummy Toddler Food, Amy Palanjian

#AmReading

Sing, Unburied, Sing, Jesmyn Ward

Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget, Sarah Hepola

Dietland, Sarai Walker

The Ravenmaster: My Life with the Ravens at the Tower of London, Christopher Skaife

You, Caroline Kepnes

The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic, Emily Croy Barker

Vampire Witch Series, Deborah Harkness

How to Catch a Frog: And Other Stories of Family, Love, Dysfunction, Survival, and DIY, Heather Ross


#PlanItOutNotesFromVirginia

  • Classic Freelancer Problem:

    • Feast or Famine. Feel like you can never say no to an assignment when they come along.

    • Especially when average assignment takes 90 days from assignment to payment. (And many much longer!)

  • Solution: Business Plan:

    • PART ONE:

      • Set professional goals. (You guys have already talked plenty about how to do this. I like to set five, and make them very specific, and have at least one easily within reach one, and one or two total reaches.)

    • PART TWO:  

      • Set your financial goals. (Here’s a post I wrote about this.)

      • Decide how much money you’re going to make this year. (Yes, really.)

      • Add 25 percent for rate of attrition. (Stories get killed, magazines fold, stories work out but check takes 6 months to arrive, etc.)

      • The income you need + 25% = ACCRUAL GOAL.

      • Divide your accrual goal by 12 and that’s how much work you need to bring in each month. Put that number on your calendar or somewhere you can track it every time you get an assignment so you know where you are in the month.

        • (NOTE: You don’t have to set the same goal every month. You can think quarterly. Or set bigger goals some months and smaller goals in the months you want to work less. This is how I funded two 3-month maternity leaves, plus another year when I had to take 4 months off to deal with my daughter’s medical crisis.)

        • Know that the accrual calendar is different than the actual calendar. Mine runs Sept 1 to Sept 1 because of the 90 day pay cycle. If a story hasn’t paid by Sept 1, I don’t count on it for 2018 income. Work I’m accruing right now is setting up my 2019.

        • Here’s a post where I gave some visuals on what my spreadsheet looks like for tracking all of this.  

    • PART 3:

      • Client Evaluations. I have a whole system I use to grade different publications on how great they are to work with, and it really helps with the next year’s goal-setting process -- what amount of writer torture is acceptable for what amount of professional gain?


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Episode 127: #AmBranding

...in which Jess and KJ ask Carol Blymire what the heck personal branding is, why you need one, and how you build it.

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Carol Blymire

Tom Peters

Fast Company

Alpha Mom, Isabel Kallman

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Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup, John Carreyrou

Jenny Colgan

Leah Remini

Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology, Leah Remini

In Pieces, Sally Field

Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World , Cal Newport

Slow: Simple Living for a Frantic World, Brooke McAlary

The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Marie Kondo

The Word Is Murder, Anthony Horowitz

Magpie Murders, Anthony Horowitz

Alex Rider Series, Anthony Horowitz


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Episode 126: #PubDay3

...in which Jess and KJ review KJ’s recent Pub Day marketing strategy, and what worked and what didn’t.

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Chatbooks

Ron Lieber

Powtoon

Fiverr

Bookmarks Festival

BookWright

#AmReading

Beyond Birds and Bees: Bringing Home a New Message to our Kids About Sex, Love, and Equality, Bonnie J. Rough

In Pieces, Sally Field

Mary Laura Philpott

The Word Is Murder, Anthony Horowitz

Speakeasy, Sarina Bowen

Bittersweet, Sarina Bowen

First Impressions, Charlie Lovett


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Episode 124: #FindingAnAgent

...in which Jess and KJ welcome Laurie Abkemeier, agent extrodinaire, to discuss what you should do to get an agent, and what an agent can do for you.

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The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed, Jess Lahey

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Laurie Abkemeier

John Grogan

Cal Newport

Jennifer Armstrong

Nathalia Holt

Can You Learn to Be Lucky?: Why Some People to Win More Often Than Others, Karla Starr

Experimenting with Babies: 50 Amazing Science Projects You Can Perform on Your Kid, Shaun Gallagher

Something Must Be Done About Prince Edward County,  Kristen Green

Soppy: A Love Story, Philippa Rice

Start Where You Are: A Journal for Self-Exploration, Meera Lee Patel

What a Plant Knows: A Field Guide to the Senses, Daniel Chamovitz

The $64 Tomato, William Alexander

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