Book Fight!

Tough love for literature


Writers Ask: Are We Not Men?

This week we’re back from vacation and answering questions about agents–how to get one, whether you need one–and for a little while there things threaten to get weird. Then we bond over a line-by-line response to a recent email we received accusing us of giving short shrift to young adult literature.

Do you have questions for us? Shoot us an email, or hit us up on Twitter. And feel free to send us your angry rants, so long as you’re okay with us responding to them on air.

As always, you can stream or download the episode 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 we’ve got your attention, maybe we can persuade you to support our sponsor, Powell’s Books. If you use any of the buttons on this site to get to their site, anything you buy will throw a little coin back our way. This quarter, we managed to pay for a happy hour (i.e. business meaning) with our Powell’s affiliate cash. Next quarter, we’re aiming for either a full-on bender or a road trip to Delaware. Tax-free shopping!


Download Writers Ask: Are We Not Men?


Writers Ask: Flash, Revisited

Several weeks ago we lodged some complaints–or maybe just confusions?–about the genre known as “flash fiction.” This week we welcome author Matthew Salesses to help sort us out on the subject. But first we tackle some listener questions: about writing advice we dole out to our students but don’t follow, and books we hate. Plus, Mike’s still mad about losing the 6th-grade science fair, and Tom still carries a grudge against The Decameron, because of a teacher who gave him the finger.

Got a question for us? You can email us, or hit us up on Twitter, preferably using the hashtag #WritersAsk.

As always, stream the episode below, or check us out in the iTunes store, where you can subscribe to make sure you never miss another installment. While you’re there, it would be really cool if you’d leave us a rating, as those things help us reach new listeners. Finally, please support our sponsor, Powell’s Books, a great indie bookstore in Portland that also sells both new and used books online–sort of like the pluckier, less ethically problematic little brother of another site whose name we won’t mention here. If you get to Powell’s through any of the links on this site, including the one just below this post, for every dollar you spend there a little bit will come back to us, to help support the show.

Thanks for listening!

Download Writers Ask: Flash Fiction, Revisited