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Writers Ask: Turkey Day Special

This week, we tackle questions about personalized rejections, the best gifts for writers, and how to overcome writers’ block. Fair warning, listeners: this episode was recorded after a full day of Thanksgiving revelry (and eating!) with Tom’s in-laws. We might be a bit punchier than usual. Witness, for instance, Mike doing his impression of Mark Twain at around the 20 minute mark.

Also: this week we have a sponsor! Please check out Andrew Keating’s new story collection, Participants. If you pre-order before Dec. 3, when the book releases, you can have it for only $7.49. A tremendous bargain, frankly. Andrew’s a great guy, and a talented writer, and deserving of your time and money. After Dec. 3 the price goes up to ten bucks, which is still a great deal when you consider the sheer man-hours it takes to write a solid book of stories (a lot!).

If you’d like to sponsor an episode of the show, visit our Support page for more information. We’re offering episode sponsorships for just $50, as a way to raise money for new audio equipment. That price might not last that long, since soon we’ll be super-famous, and our ad rates will skyrocket accordingly. This is a good chance to get in on the ground floor, by sponsoring an episode which will stay live (and free!) on the Internet forever. We’re happy to advertise a book, a press, or a product or service useful to writers or readers.

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Writers Ask: Cousin Joey

Are people always telling you what you should write about at parties and family gatherings? “Honey, why don’t you at least try to write a bestseller? People love those vampire books!” We’re here to tell you how to fend off their queries without being a jerk. We’ve also got advice about recommending books to your friends, how to end that short story you’ve been working on, and the place of dragons in literature. Continue reading