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Writers Ask: Don’t Invite the Spite

On this week’s Writers Ask, we’re answering a couple questions spurred on by our recent episode on copyright and piracy. Namely: How do libraries and used book stores fit into the mix? And how are both self-publishing and indie publishing (two different things!) affecting the major publishers? We’ve also got a couple more rejections from Lee Klein, and Mike is called on to defend his love of the movie Pitch Perfect.

If you want to pre-order a copy of Lee Klein’s Thanks and Sorry and Good Luck, just click on the linked title. And don’t forget to enter the super-secret offer code from the episode to claim 20% off the cover price. If you want to read more from Cory Doctorow on libraries and ebooks, check out his full post here.

As always, you can stream the episode right here on our site, or download it as an mp3 file. Or visit us in the iTunes store, where you can catch up on back episodes and become a subscriber (for free). You can also find us through Stitcher, Downcast, or whatever podcast app you might prefer. If you want to ask us a question, send us an email, or hit us up on Twitter. Or show up at Tom’s house with a couple 40s and a smile. I’m sure his wife won’t mind.

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Writers Ask: Who Moved My Cheese?

On this week’s Writers Ask episode, we’re answering listener questions about getting an MA (like, why the hell you might want to do it), the etiquette of submitting to a magazine that’s already published you, and how to find or form a writing group in your town. Also: Chubby Checker’s lesser-known dance crazes, rejecting your friends, and Philadelphia’s cheesiest pervert.

Somewhat related to our opening discussion of novelty songs, we highly recommend you check out the Wikipedia page for Bobby Boris Pickett. And also one of you should mail us a copy of the 1995 film Monster Mash: The Movie, starring Candace Cameron, Jimmie Walker, and Mink Stole. It’s imperative that we watch this.

As always, you can stream the episode right here on our site, or check us out in the iTunes store, where you can subscribe (for free) and never miss another episode. Also, while you’re on the iTunes page, why not leave us a quick review? It can help us reach new people on the internets.

Thanks for listening. Feel free to drop us a line if you’ve got questions for us, or comments/suggestions about the show.

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Writers Ask: Long Live Beaver College

We’re joined this week by Joshua Isard, author of Conquistador of the Useless and director of the Arcadia University low-residency MFA program. Josh helps us answer questions about reading your own reviews, what you can do with your MFA, and why getting out of the country for a week can be good for your writing. We also subject Josh to our patented Book Fight Lightning Round.

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For reasons that will become clear once you listen to the episode, here is a link to an animated gif of Babe Ruth’s (possibly huge) penis. For reasons that should already be clear, here is a link to information about the low-residency program at Arcadia.

As always, you can listen to the episode here on our site, or visit us in the iTunes store, where you can subscribe (for free) and download as many of our back episodes as you like. While you’re on the iTunes site, please consider leaving us a review, which helps us reach new fans.

Thanks for listening!

Oh, one final note: We’ve now opened voting for our listener-chosen bonus episode. We promised to do this if we reached our fundraising goal, and we did, so we’re keeping to our word. We’ll read whichever book gets the most votes, whether it’s The Silver Linings Playbook, Bruthas, or something that is actually good. It’s up to you! You can vote here, on our Support page.

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Writers Ask: Livin’ on Maybes

This week we welcome back Jaime Fountaine and pepper her with questions about how to run a successful reading. Jaime hosts several reading series here in Philly featuring writers, comedians and storytellers. We want to know how to keep readers from being boring (or overly long), how to say no to a friend whose work you don’t really like, and how to keep things moving as a host.

We also discuss the ethics of using people’s real names in nonfiction, and of course we subject Jaime to the patented Book Fight Lightning Round.

If you like the show, please tell your friends! We rely on word of mouth to build our audience. And if you really like the show, please consider making a (tax-deductible) donation. If you do so before the end of the year, it’ll go toward helping us reach our fund drive goal–if we hit that goal, we’ll do a bonus episode featuring a book of our listeners’ choosing. Just visit our support page, and you can make a donation easily with Paypal. If you don’t have Paypal, you can just show up to Tom’s house with a briefcase full of cash.

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Writers Ask: Angry Peacocks

Another super-sized Writers Ask this week, not so much because we’re answering lots of questions but because we’ve got lots of opinions. Do you want to know what Tom thinks about the television show The View? Do you want to hear about the time in college when Mike was on a Dating Game-style game show in his dorm? Would you like some literary blind items about bad readings? If so, this is the episode for you. Also, we (nominally) answer some listener questions about, like, writing and junk.

Questions include: How can writers make public readings more entertaining? What weird editing marks do you make on your writing (or the writing of your students)? And how could the National Book Award people spice up their annual ceremony? Also, Mike’s got an update on his NaNoWriMo progress.

You can read Mike’s essay/argument/rant on readings here, on The Fanzine. You can watch full episodes of The View here. You can keep current on whether we’re alive or dead here. You can donate your hard-earned money to us, and receive valuable donor gifts here.

As always, you can stream the episode here on our site, or download the mp3 file. We’re also in the iTunes store, on Stitcher, and in just about any other podcasting app you might use. If you like the show, please help us spread the word–on Twitter, on Facebook, on your town’s most crowded sidewalks. We rely on word of mouth to find new listeners, so we appreciate any help we can get. Thanks for listening!

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Writers Ask: Running a Train

We’re neck-deep in National Novel Writing Month, listeners, and that means this week we’re bringing you a super-sized Writers Ask. Mike reads an excerpt from his NaNoWriMo work-in-progress, and Tom digs up questions from the NaNoWriMo forums: how to name characters (people have so many questions about how to name characters!), what to do if you can control and/or travel through time, how many candles it takes to summon the muse, and how to get your stubbornly passive characters to just do something exciting already.

Before we get to those very pressing questions, though, we’ve got advice to dole out about MFA programs, to both a prospective applicant wondering if she should go through with it and a current MFAer who is very, very unhappy with his (unnamed) program.

In case you’ve forgotten, we’re still in the midst of our annual fundraising drive, trying to raise a couple thousand dollars to keep the show going for another year. If you like the show, please consider throwing us a few bucks. We love doing the show, but it’s also a lot of work each week. We’ve also got ongoing costs to cover, like file-hosting for the episodes, which add up over the course of a year. But we’re not just asking for your altruism; in fact we’ve got a bunch of cool donor gifts we will give you in exchange for your money. It’s almost like capitalism! Visit the support page for all the details, or just click on that piggy bank over in the right-hand column.

In addition to your donations, we’d love it if you helped us spread the word about the show. We rely primarily on word-of-mouth to find new listeners, so tell your book-loving friends to check us out.

Also! Barrelhouse Issue 12 is now available! You can order it here! Do it for America! And yourself! Because it is great!

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Writers Ask: Here Comes Your 19th Nervous Breakdown

Last year, we basically spent an entire episode making fun of National Novel Writing Month. This year, Mike is actually thinking about participating. What in the world could drive him to such madness? Well, stress, for one thing. Lately he’s been in a writing funk, and perhaps trying to write a “novel” in thirty days will break him out of it. Or will it only drive him deeper into despair? He’s got until the end of the episode to make a decision.

In the meantime, we answer questions–or, mostly we make fun of questions–from actual NaNoWriMo participants, while Mike debates the merits of joining their ranks. Questions include: What should you name an elf? Why would a young married couple break up? Who should a fictional ghost choose to haunt? And what do horses talk about when they talk about love?

Listeners, if this super-sized episode doesn’t make you want to donate to our annual fund drive, we’re not sure what will. This one has it all: Laughter! Suspense! Existential despair!

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