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Writers Ask: On the Nose

This week we cover listener questions about writers’ desks, literary agents, and recommendation letters. Also, Mike defends his choice of hardboiled eggs as an “anytime snack,” and Tom breaks his legendary silence about his brief turn as a reality-television star.

It’s a jam-packed episode, folks, with a little bit of writing and publishing advice, and a whole lot of jibber jabber.

Got questions for us? Send it our way! Your queries power the show; without them, we’re just two dudes talking to each other about nonsense in a basement.

If you’d like to spend even more time with us on the internet, there’s still time to register for a Barrelhouse online workshop–8 week classes begin June 2 and are capped at 12 people apiece. Tom’s teaching a workshop on nonfiction, Mike’s teaching one on fiction, and our friend and colleague Stan Mir is teaching a poetry class. The tuition helps support Barrelhouse, a nonprofit literary journal, and also helps Mike and Tom continue to eat food. Sign up here.

Finally, please support our sponsor, Powell’s Books, where you can buy such modern classics as The Silver Linings Playbook or How to Win Friends and Influence People in the Digital Age. Just click on either of those links, or any of the Powell’s buttons on our site, then shop as you normally would: a small percentage of your purchase price will come back to Book Fight as a donation, and you’ll be supporting a great indie bookstore.

As always, you can stream the episode here on the site, or download the mp3 file. Or check us out in the iTunes store, where you can subscribe (for free) and never miss another episode.

Thanks for listening!


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