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88 Cups of Tea is an online platform and podcast for creative writers who look for guidance in their storytelling journey and connection to a community, fostering year-round conversations around the personal and professional life of a writer. We explore and unpack conversations that touch on topics like overcoming rejections and challenges, querying tips and crafting advice, lifestyle habits that support the heart and the soul, what it means to be Human while navigating a creative path, and more. We pride ourselves in nurturing a supportive environment that aims to encourage, inspire, and entertain.

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88 Cups of Tea is an online platform and podcast for creative writers who look for guidance in their storytelling journey and connection to a community, fostering year-round conversations around the personal and professional life of a writer. We explore and unpack conversations that touch on topics like overcoming rejections and challenges, querying tips and crafting advice, lifestyle habits that support the heart and the soul, what it means to be Human while navigating a creative path, and more. We pride ourselves in nurturing a supportive environment that aims to encourage, inspire, and entertain.

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The best podcast for aspiring middle grade and young adult writers

By Author Amy - Nov 15 2019
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88 Cups of Tea features interviews with the hottest writers, with so much advice and encouragement for aspiring writers. Yin’s thoughtful questions bring out heartfelt and inspiring words of wisdom from those she interviews.

Resourceful and Heartfelt

By Megan Riann - Nov 03 2019
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This podcast is by far my favorite. It’s an amazing source of knowledge from diverse authors and perspectives. I cannot express enough how insightful and motivational the interviews are. It’s the perfect thing to listen to on your commute or while you’re preparing yourself for a writing session. Now go listen!

iTunes Ratings

296 Ratings
Average Ratings
272
12
7
0
5

The best podcast for aspiring middle grade and young adult writers

By Author Amy - Nov 15 2019
Read more
88 Cups of Tea features interviews with the hottest writers, with so much advice and encouragement for aspiring writers. Yin’s thoughtful questions bring out heartfelt and inspiring words of wisdom from those she interviews.

Resourceful and Heartfelt

By Megan Riann - Nov 03 2019
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This podcast is by far my favorite. It’s an amazing source of knowledge from diverse authors and perspectives. I cannot express enough how insightful and motivational the interviews are. It’s the perfect thing to listen to on your commute or while you’re preparing yourself for a writing session. Now go listen!

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88 Cups of Tea is an online platform and podcast for creative writers who look for guidance in their storytelling journey and connection to a community, fostering year-round conversations around the personal and professional life of a writer. We explore and unpack conversations that touch on topics like overcoming rejections and challenges, querying tips and crafting advice, lifestyle habits that support the heart and the soul, what it means to be Human while navigating a creative path, and more. We pride ourselves in nurturing a supportive environment that aims to encourage, inspire, and entertain.

VICTORIA 'V.E.' SCHWAB: Cultivating Stubborn Hope & Earning Your Way Into The Tribe

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If you’d love to keep 88 Cups of Tea going strong, please consider supporting us through our Patreon membership. We added EARLY ACCESS TO INTERVIEWS for our Super Storyteller patrons in the $8.88 tier. Your kind support at any of our tiers is so helpful. A heartfelt thank you in advance.

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I’m thrilled to share this week’s new episode featuring Victoria “V.E.” Schwab, the #1 NYT bestselling author of 12 books. Most of you know Victoria from The Shades of Magic series where an Entertainment Weekly article describes her writing as “addictive and immersive.”

Click here for Victoria's shownotes page! A quick heads up, this episode has adult language.

In Victoria’s episode proudly brought to you by BookCon, we cover a whole lot about life and non-writing related topics including sexuality, tea, the fear of speaking, serial killers, etiquette camp, and S-Town.This magnificent being is queen.

A bit more about what we cover over in the writing related avenue: We discuss why it’s crucial to create as few parameters as you can around your writing, and how working with a flexible schedule and freeing yourself from a strict writing place helps with productivity.

Victoria breaks down how she’s able to read 100 books a year and you’ll be able to apply her tips to your own habits to up your reading game. We touch on reading different genres and styles of writing and how that helps to strengthen your writing.

For my craft-focused listeners, this episode is a d-r-e-a-m. We unpack the differences in writing multiple genres, writing morally ambiguous characters, discovering the voices of your characters, and writing multiple points of views.

Say "Hi" to Victoria on Twitter by clicking here.

Happy listening!

Xo

Yin

PS. Do you know anyone who would love our conversation? Please share this episode to help spread the word! 

PPS. If you enjoyed this episode, I’d really love your support in growing our community by subscribing to us on iTunes, and leaving a rating and review. These specific steps help to increase our visibility on iTunes which really helps new listeners discover us. A huge heartfelt thank you for your time and support. You can click here to go directly to our iTunes page!

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May 18 2017

1hr 46mins

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TOMI ADEYEMI: Storytelling with Heart and Soul

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You have no idea how excited I am to have Tomi Adeyemi on our show! Tomi is the author of Children of Blood and Bone, a West African-inspired fantasy debut and the first novel in her trilogy that conjures a world of magic and danger, perfect for any of you fans of Leigh Bardugo and Sabaa Tahir. It’s been described as “powerful” and “captivating” and Tomi has been hailed as one of the most promising voices in young adult fiction. Entertainment Weekly describes “Children of Blood and Bone” as “a phenomenon” and it landed one of the biggest YA debut novel publishing deals ever. Way before her novel was even released, her entire fantasy trilogy landed a deal to be made into movies produced by the team at Fox 2000 and Temple Hill Productions, the same team who produced the movies “The Fault in Our Stars,” and “Twilight”. “Children of Blood and Bone” releases on March 6th so be sure to grab yourselves a copy to see what everyone’s talking about!

In today’s episode, we discuss ALL things “Children of Blood and Bone”, from the story behind the title, to her research, and writing process. Tomi even shares her resources that helped her world building process in the novel.

We discuss how Tomi’s awareness of poor representation in her earlier stories inspired her to craft strong representation for her readers, why it’s crucial to recognize our responsibility to give younger generations true representation that creates self-love, and the power a story has to create empathy in humanity and to open our eyes to possibility.

For those of you who are currently writing your own manuscripts, you’ll really appreciate all of the helpful and detailed advice Tomi shares for our storyteller community. She walks us through how to craft character descriptions, all about first drafts, how to use rejections to further your story’s success, advice on finding mentors and editors who can help get your story to where you want it to be, and so much more.

Say 'Hi' to Tomi on Twitter and she'll be taking over our Instagram stories for the release of her episode and it’s going to be AWESOME. Be sure to catch her takeover by clicking here!

Happy Listening!

Xo,

Yin

PS. Do you know anyone who would love our conversation? Please share this episode to help spread the word!

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If you enjoyed this episode, I’d really love your support in growing our community by subscribing to us on iTunes, and leaving a rating and review. These specific steps help to increase our visibility on iTunes which really helps new listeners discover us. A huge heartfelt thank you for your time and support! You can click here to go directly to our iTunes page!

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Meet fellow members in our community and check in about your work-in-progress, and join in on other bookish talks and 88 Cups of Tea related things, join our private Facebook group! You can really feel the love and support in our community. You also get the opportunity to submit your questions for upcoming guests on the show. Click here to join our private Facebook group!

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Warm welcome to our new listeners, be sure to check out our archive of episodes by clicking here!

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“Storytelling became this way to get everything I wanted, so I just kept doing it.” 

-Tomi Adeyemi (Click to tweet)

“Books are amazing. You explain something so internal, but in such a universal way, that everybody can understand it.”

-Tomi Adeyemi (Click to tweet)

“The best editors help you write the story you thought you wrote the first time.”

-Tomi Adeyemi (Click to tweet)

“It has been a dream, but it has also been a crazy amount of work, as it should be.”

-Tomi Adeyemi (Click to tweet)

“The more you write and the more you revise, the more you discover exactly what you need.”

-Tomi Adeyemi (Click to tweet)

“When you arm yourself with knowledge, everything feels possible.”

-Tomi Adeyemi (Click to tweet)

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WHAT YOU'LL LEARN IN TODAY'S EPISODE: 

  • How Tomi’s awareness of poor representation in earlier stories inspired her to craft strong representation for her readers 
  • Why it’s crucial to recognize our responsibility to give younger generations true representation that creates self-love 
  • How to craft beautiful character descriptions 
  • Advice on staying current in your genre and in the publishing world 
  • How to use rejections to further your story’s success 
  • The power a story has to create empathy in humanity and to open our eyes to possibility
  • A detailed look into Tomi’s research and writing process 
  • Advice on finding mentors and editors who can help get your story to where you want it to be 
  • What is Pitch Wars, how it works, and Tomi’s experience 
  • The story behind the title of “Children of Blood and Bone” 
  • Tomi shares her experience living her dream as a debut author 
  • How first drafts exist to give our outlines more shape 
  • Tomi shares her resources that helped her world building process in “Children of Blood and Bone” 

Mar 01 2018

1hr 38mins

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HOLLY BLACK: Navigating The World of Contemporary Fantasy & Finding Your Community

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In today’s new episode, we have Holly Black, the author of bestselling contemporary fantasy books for kids and teens. Some of the popular books that many of you recognize her from are the “The Spiderwick Chronicles” and The Modern Faerie Tale series. She’s also hugely popular for “The Coldest Girl in Coldtown” and the Magisterium series. Holly’s been a finalist for an Eisner Award, and the recipient of the Andre Norton Award, the Mythopoeic Award and a Newbery Honor.

In the episode, we talk about the importance of understanding your character’s oppositions to move your plot forward, how to make the most out of critique groups and get the best constructive feedback for your story, the importance of being a part of a community that understands the ups and downs of the industry and ways you can find that community for yourself, and the characteristics you want to ideally find in your critique partner.

We also discuss how to overcome self-doubt as a writer and Holly shares a bunch of writing tools that help set writing goals. We dive into what it means to fast draft and how it pushes you past your critical eye to finish your first draft. For listeners especially focused on the craft of writing, you are going to freaking love today’s episode because Holly also shares how she starts a story with a character and a feeling, and how that navigates her to write the rest of the novel with an image in mind that evokes that specific feeling. Holly unpacks why it’s crucial to describe the fantastical elements at the same level of reality when writing contemporary fantasy, and how to craft narrative voices that resonate with your intended audience by thinking about what you cared about during that age.

Heads up: This episode is so good.

Say 'Hi' to Holly on Twitter! Check out the books and resources mentioned in her episode by clicking here!

Happy listening!

Xo,

Yin

PS. Do you know anyone who would love our conversation? Please share this episode to help spread the word!

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If you enjoyed this episode, I’d really love your support in growing our community by subscribing to us on iTunes, and leaving a rating and review. These specific steps help to increase our visibility on iTunes which really helps new listeners discover us. A huge heartfelt thank you for your time and support! You can click here to go directly to our iTunes page!

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Would you love to support our show with some 88 Cups of Tea swag? Grab our limited edition mug (signed by yours truly) here!

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Meet fellow members in our community and check in about your WIP, and join in on other bookish talks and 88 Cups of Tea related things! You can really feel the love and support in our Facebook community. You also get the opportunity to submit your questions for upcoming guests on the show. Click here to join our private Facebook group!

IMPORTANT NOTE: Be sure to have a clear profile picture of yourself. If not, send over links to either your Twitter or Instagram. Fill out the 3 questions that pop up as soon as you join. To protect our group's safe space, these steps help us weed out any spam/fake profiles/creepers. Can't wait to meet you!

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Warm welcome to our new listeners, be sure to check out our archive of episodes by clicking here!

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“A lot of times we are doing things that have nothing to do with our writing until someday it does.” -Holly Black (Click to tweet!)

“Write for your reader-self, not your writer-self.” -Holly Black (Click to tweet!)

“The more real that you can make the real world, the more real the fantasy is going to feel.” -Holly Black (Click to tweet!)

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WHAT YOU'LL LEARN IN TODAY'S EPISODE: 

  • How Holly discovered her love for fantasy and folklore
  • How writing a manuscript also serves as a journey of self-discovery
  • The importance of understanding your character’s oppositions to move your plot forward
  • How to make the most out of critique groups and get the best constructive feedback for your story
  • The importance of being a part of a community that understands the ups and downs of the industry and ways you can find that community for yourself
  • The characteristics you want to ideally find in your critique partner
  • How to overcome self-doubt as a writer
  • Holly shares writing tools that help set writing goals
  • Holly walks us through the technique of fast drafting and how it pushes you past your critical eye to finish your first draft
  • Starting the story with a character and a feeling and writing the rest of the novel with an image in mind that evokes that specific feeling
  • Why it's crucial to describe the fantastical elements at the same level of reality when writing contemporary fantasy
  • How to craft narrative voices that resonate with your intended audience by thinking about what you cared about during that age

Oct 26 2017

1hr 18mins

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HOLLY ROOT: Entrepreneurial Mindset as a Literary Agent and as an Author

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Are you curious the kind of work that goes into starting a literary agency? Wondering how Holly strategizes career planning with her authors? Want to know what happens when a client’s book doesn’t sell? We get into all of it and so much more with today’s guest Holly Root.

Holly has launched over two dozen New York Times bestsellers before founding Root Literary in 2017 where she represents authors of fiction for adults, teens, and children, along with select nonfiction.

In today’s episode, Holly walks us through how she first fell in love with the world of storytelling, what she studied in school, and how her path led her to become one of the most successful literary agents today. We deep-dive into the origin story of how she first started Root Literary agency. We touch on what Root Literary does for their clients and how they embrace and encourage the business side of their author clients. This is an absolute must-listen for Storytellers looking out for their own careers and looking into agent representation. 

Say 'Hi' to Holly on Twitter @HROOT!

Keep tabs on Root Literary on Twitter @ROOTLITERARY!

To access her shownotes page, head over to 88CUPSOFTEA.COM/PODCAST/HOLLY-ROOT!

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Click here to read our 3-year anniversary event summary by Olivia Liu weaved in with photos by Melora Chang!

Make sure you don't miss out on our feature article "Letting the Ghosts In" by J.C. Cervantes, click here to read it!

Sep 22 2018

1hr 9mins

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ROSHANI CHOKSHI: Writing What You Want To See In The World

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Roshani Chokshi is the author of the instant New York Times bestselling novel, “The Star-Touched Queen”, and “A Crown of Wishes”, and her recently released middle grade debut "Aru Shah and the End of Time".

In today’s episode, we discuss ALL things "Aru Shah and the End of Time", from the story inspiration to the research process and Roshani’s world building.  We touch on adapting mythology and folklore into your story and how to craft lush and vivid descriptions.

Further into our conversation, we talk about the importance of sharing your work and being open to critical feedback as a writer, and Roshani shares advice on maintaining your author brand while writing across different age groups.

Say 'Hi' to Roshani on Twitter! She will also be taking over our Instagram stories for the release of her episode and it’s going to be so much fun! Be sure to catch her takeover on Instagram by clicking here.  We're teaming up with Roshani and her team to giveaway a copy of "Aru Shah and the End of Time" to TWO lucky winners, so look out for the directions in our Instagram stories.

Roshani also created a wonderful writing prompt exclusive for our community, scroll down to the bottom of this page to download your copy.

Happy listening!

Xo,

Yin

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If you enjoyed this episode, I’d really love your support in growing our community by subscribing to us on iTunes, and leaving a rating and review. These specific steps help to increase our visibility on iTunes which really helps new listeners discover us. A huge heartfelt thank you for your time and support! You can click here to go directly to our iTunes page!

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Meet fellow members in our community and check in about your work-in-progress, and join in on other bookish talks and 88 Cups of Tea related things, join our private Facebook group! You can really feel the love and support in our community. You also get the opportunity to submit your questions for upcoming guests on the show. Click here to join our private Facebook group!

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Warm welcome to our new listeners, be sure to check out our archive of episodes by clicking here!

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“I realized I was writing around my own stories trying to write what I saw in the world when what I needed to be doing was write what I didn’t see and what I wanted to see.” 

-Roshani Chokshi (Click to tweet!)

“What is the thing that I really want to read and how would I want it presented to me?”

-Roshani Chokshi (Click to tweet!)

“The minute that I waver on the voice, I’ve lost the whole thread of the story. It doesn’t matter if the plot is there. If the voice isn’t there, the soul of it’s gone.”

-Roshani Chokshi (Click to tweet!)

“Find time just to refresh your soul with someone else’s words.”

-Roshani Chokshi (Click to tweet!)

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WHAT YOU'LL LEARN IN TODAY'S EPISODE: 

  • Roshani’s journey to becoming a bestselling author

  • The importance of sharing your work and being open to critical feedback as a writer

  • A discussion on all things “Aru Shah and The End of Time”

  • How to respectfully adapt mythology and folklore into your story

  • Advice on maintaining your author brand while writing across different age groups

  • Tips on crafting lush and vivid descriptions in your stories

  • Roshani walk us through the research process for her world building

Mar 29 2018

40mins

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KIERSTEN WHITE: Writing Page-Turners & Crafting Memorable Characters

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We have Kiersten White with us this week, the New York Times bestselling author of “And I Darken”, a series that has been compared to Game of Thrones for the YA community. Kiersten and I recorded our conversation late November last year and I couldn’t be more thrilled to finally publish her episode the same month her highly anticipated sequel “Now I Rise” is releasing. 

I'm SO excited to share that this episode is proudly sponsored by 'Libby', a brand new app lovingly developed by Overdrive (a company I've been a fan of for 6 years). Overdrive's vision and mission is to enlighten the world by reading, a vision that also aligns closely with my core beliefs. 'Libby' was designed for readers to discover and borrow ebooks and audiobooks from your library for free. Be sure to click here to learn more and download the app to your phone or tablet!

In our conversation today, Kiersten shares the story behind the title “And I Darken”, and walks us through the historical research process for her series. For those of you who love discussions about the craft of writing, you’re going to love our discussion about creating memorable characters. Kiersten goes into detail about crafting a page-turner novel with multi-layered characters, and how to create authentic characters by channeling your inner feelings. We dig even deeper and talk about how understanding your characters’ motivations will help your readers understand your characters’ decisions.

We also discuss how to overcome rejection, and how to grow from it and make it work for you, rather than against you. We unpack the value a strong editor can bring to your manuscript, and the influential ways a writing partner can help strengthen your craft. You’ll even hear tips and advice on finding the writing partner suited for you.

Say 'Hi' to Kiersten on Twitter and check out the books/resources mentioned in her episode over at her shownotes page by clicking here! :) 

Happy listening!

Xo

Yin

PS. Do you know anyone who would love our conversation? Please share this episode to help spread the word! 

PPS. If you enjoyed this episode, I’d really love your support in growing our community by subscribing to us on iTunes, and leaving a rating and review. These specific steps help to increase our visibility on iTunes which really helps new listeners discover us. A huge heartfelt thank you for your time and support! You can click here to go directly to our iTunes page!

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Meet fellow members in our community and check in about your WIP, and join in on other bookish talks and 88 Cups of Tea related things. You can really feel the love and support in our Facebook community. You also get the opportunity to submit your questions for upcoming guests on the show. Click here to join our private Facebook group! 

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Would you love to support our show with some 88 Cups of Tea swag? Grab our limited edition mug (signed by yours truly) here!

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 “Never give your readers a reason to put the book down.” -Kiersten White (Click to tweet)

“Even when I’m not writing I’m thinking about writing.” -Kiersten White (Click to tweet)

“Writing is all moving parts. You can have the exact same goal accomplished in forty different ways.” -Kiersten White (Click to tweet)

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WHAT YOU'LL LEARN FROM KIERSTEN'S EPISODE: 

  • The value a strong editor can bring to your manuscript
  • The story behind the title of Kiersten’s novel  “And I Darken”
  • How to craft memorable characters in your stories
  • How to write a page-turner with multi-layered characters
  • Kiersten walks us through the historical research process for her series
  • How to create authentic characters by channeling your inner feelings
  • How understanding your characters’ motivations will help your readers understand your characters’ decisions
  • The influential ways a writing partner can help strengthen your craft
  • Tips on finding your writing partner
  • How to deal with rejection and grow from it, and make it work for rather than against you

Jun 15 2017

57mins

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ERIC SMITH: Breaking Down the Query Letter & Life as a Literary Agent and Author

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Where does a literary agent find new author clients? What are specific examples of query letters that really catch an agent's attention? We get into all of that (and so much more) with today’s special guest: Eric Smith.

He’s an author, blogger, podcaster, and literary agent for P.S. Literary. As an author, his first humor book, The Geek's Guide to Dating, was an Amazon 2013 Best Book of the Year selection in Humor, as well as a Best of the Year pick by PopSugar and Wired's GeekDad. He’s also the author of the young adult novels “Inked” and its sequel “Branded”. Eric’s newest Young Adult novel “The Girl and the Grove” was just released this month.

You know I love picking our guests' brains, and I give Eric a million and one brownie points for being so transparent, genuine, and generous during our conversation.

Say 'Hi' to Eric on Twitter and be sure to head over to his shownotes page. There's a downloadable PDF featuring a query letter guide where I compiled notes, transcriptions of examples, and quotes to help ease your querying process. Be sure to download the guide by heading over to his shownotes page and scrolling to the bottom of the page. Click here!

Get ready to dive into the nitty-gritty and happy listening!

Xo,

Yin

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“The way you promote yourself is the way you promote other people.” 

-Eric Smith 

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WHAT YOU'LL LEARN IN TODAY'S EPISODE: 

  • Flashback: Eric’s earliest memory of when he first fell in love with storytelling [6:00]
  • The light-bulb moment when Eric discovered his immediate connection to the YA voice and audience [11:23]
  • How his job at Quirk Books led to his first book deal for “The Geek’s Guide to Dating” [12:43]
  • How to approach opportunities working in different areas of the literary world [13:41]
  • Is it necessary for our listeners to build a digital platform for ourselves? [15:06]
  • Fun random side note in the episode: We talk about my big road trip move from California to New York and how we were hearing about each other through the community meetups in Chicago and Ann Arbor! [17:34]
  • What prompted Eric to look into being a literary agent [19:05]
  • Cameo featuring the one and only Auggie [19:50]
  • Eric’s early days as a literary agent, learning how to negotiate for his authors, and how negotiations are made [21:37]
  • Where Eric finds new author clients to bring on [23:26]
  • What kinds of stories attract him most when bringing on new representation [24:55]
  • Example of a great hook used to describe a novel to editors [30:39]
  • Eric unpacks the “hook, book, cook” idea of writing query letters and grabbing the attention of literary agents [31:15]
  • Two specific exemplary examples of query letters that caught Eric’s attention [32:27]
  • What comp titles are and why they’re important to include in your query letter [35:10]
  • How Eric develops and guides his authors’ careers and his role as an agent [38:38]
  • We dive into our listeners' Q&A segment of the episode (If you'd love to submit your questions for upcoming guests, join our private Facebook group):
    • As a disabled writer working on an #ownvoices YA novel I would love to know: What does he feel is the most important part of a novel that is written by someone who shares their character’s marginalization?
    • As a white cisgender person, I have a hard time writing outside of my lane mainly because I’m worried it isn’t my place. Is there any advice he can give about writing diversely, while also being respectful of the fact that you are not part of those marginalized groups?
    • Who is more helpful as an assistant: Langston or Auggie?
    • Positive voices can be so hard to find in the confusing, tortuous, and anxiety-riddled labyrinth that is publishing. How do you stay human in an industry that can feel at times so dehumanizing with goal posts always moving and the only certainty is uncertainty?
    • I would love to know a little about anthology editing: How do you go about finding the authors to write the stories on the theme; where does agent representation come into it; and how you find an editor to publish the work?
    • Does he have any tips for writers balancing full-time jobs?
    • Please ask him how his corgi is doing for me because I am very invested thanks.

May 24 2018

1hr 10mins

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SUSAN DENNARD: The Revision Process & Overcoming Perfectionist Tendencies

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Susan Dennard is the author of the Something Strange and Deadly series as well as the New York Times bestselling books Truthwitch and Windwitch. Susan is one our community’s most requested authors for the show and is known for her really helpful and eye-opening resources for writers. And not to mention, she also has a solid reputation of being known as an author who really cares about the writing community.

This episode is a must for listeners who love conversations about the craft of writing. We cover how to create a successful “plan of attack” for your novel’s revision process, how to develop a strong magic system, advice on crafting a believable male point of view who isn’t a stereotype or a personification of female idealism, and Susan shares the three phases of writing that helps her turn ideas into concrete stories.

We discuss ways for writers to overcome perfectionist tendencies and use it to your advantage, how to discover and fine-tune your writing process to help you reach your writing goals, how a beta-reader or a critique partner can help you avoid info-dumping in your world building, and why it’s crucial to distance yourself from your story idea in order to help it grow.

We also talk about how Susan learned to be self-motivated, how to cope with the loneliness that usually comes along with a writing career, and the importance of sharing your experiences with a writing community who truly understands what you are going through.

Say 'Hi' to Susan on Twitter! Check out the books and resources mentioned in her episode by clicking here!

For NaNoWriMo participants, join Susan's 'The Mighty Pens" fundraiser by clicking here!

Happy listening!

Xo,

Yin

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Meet fellow members in our community and check in about your WIP, and join in on other bookish talks and 88 Cups of Tea related things! You can really feel the love and support in our Facebook community. You also get the opportunity to submit your questions for upcoming guests on the show. Click here to join our private Facebook group!

IMPORTANT NOTE: Be sure to have a clear profile picture of yourself. If not, send over links to either your Twitter or Instagram. Fill out the 3 questions that pop up as soon as you join. To protect our group's safe space, these steps help us weed out any spam/fake profiles/creepers. Can't wait to meet you!

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Warm welcome to our new listeners, be sure to check out our archive of episodes by clicking here!

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“What one person likes, is not what someone else is going to like.” 

-Susan Dennard (Click to tweet)

“If it doesn’t feel right, if the cookie is not there, I can’t write it.”

-Susan Dennard (Click to tweet)

“Be kind to yourself. It’s okay if you don’t write everyday.” 

-Susan Dennard (Click to tweet)

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WHAT YOU'LL LEARN IN TODAY'S EPISODE: 

  • Ways for writers to overcome perfectionist tendencies and use it to your advantage
  • How Susan learned to be self-motivated 
  • Where to find affordable writing workshops to help improve your craft
  • The importance of doing your research when querying literary agents
  • Susan’s advice on how to format your manuscript and query letter
  • How to cope with the loneliness that usually comes along with a writing career
  • The importance of patience when facing rejection
  • How Susan’s travels inspire her story ideas 
  • How trusting your instincts will help you learn more about yourself as a writer
  • Susan’s three phases of writing that helps her turn ideas into concrete stories
  • The importance of sharing your experiences with a writing community who truly understands what you are going through
  • How to discover and fine-tune your writing process to help you reach your writing goals
  • Why it’s crucial to distance yourself from your story ideas to help them grow
  • Writing tips on developing a strong magic system
  • Creating a successful plan of attack for your novel’s revision process 
  • Tips on crafting a believable male point of view who isn’t a stereotype or a personification of female idealism
  • How a beta-reader or critique partner can help you avoid info-dumping in your world building

Nov 17 2017

1hr 9mins

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V.E. SCHWAB: Bonus Full Episode

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Finally, we're releasing the full, non-edited 3 hour long conversation with V.E. Schwab. This bonus episode is proudly brought to you by Fab Fit Fun! (Be sure to use the promo code 'TEA' for $10 off your first box) 

Say 'Hi' to V.E. Schwab on Twitter!

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Jun 29 2018

3hr 11mins

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TAMORA PIERCE: Believing In Your Craft

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--------------------------------------- Have your insecurities ever driven you to writer’s block? How can we use feedback, rejection, and self-encouragement to break out of writing-related anxiety? We unpack all of that and so much more with today’s guest Tamora Pierce.

Tamora, a #1 New York Times bestseller and recipient of the 2013 Margaret A. Edwards Award, is the author of Alanna: The First AdventureLady KnightWild Magic, and many, many more. Her most recent novel, Tempests and Slaughter, begins the journey into her new series called The Numair Chronicles and is out on the shelves now.

In our conversation, Tamora takes us on a journey throughout her life and describes the moments she first fell in love with writing, found her passion for crafting female heroes, what she’s learned from rejection, and much more. We talk about creative block and how we can encourage ourselves to believe in our craft. Her wisdom shines through as she discusses her research process into the world of magic, how she builds dynamic characters, and how she approaches writing more serious topics for young adults. 

Say 'Hi' to Tamora on: Facebook at "Tamora Pierce, Fantasy Author"Twitter at @TamoraPierce

To access her shownotes page, head over to: 88CUPSOFTEA.COM/PODCAST/TAMORA-PIERCE

Oct 18 2018

1hr 12mins

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RACHEL CAINE: Balancing A Successful Writing Career and Multiple Day Jobs

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Rachel Caine is the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of more than fifty novels in a diverse range of genres and categories. She has been honored with multiple awards from RT Booklovers Association and the Texas Library Association, and was honored with two spots on the 2012 “Most Favorite Books of UK Schoolchildren” list. More recently in 2017, she began writing thrillers with the huge bestsellers "Stillhouse Lake" and "Killman Creek". In early July of this year, she’ll also be releasing “Smoke and Iron”, her 4th book in the Great Library Series where she continues the adventures of her unforgettable characters from "Ink and Bone", "Paper and Fire", and "Ash and Quill".

In Rachel’s episode, we discuss how she first fell into storytelling, how her musical background taught her to be in the moment with her writing, and how she met her first editor and then sold her first book. Be sure to pay special attention to the helpful advice on carving out time for your writing around a full-time job from the time management queen herself. We also dive into the details about the inspiration behind her stories that helped establish the urban fantasy genre, how she proactively gets the word out about her novels, advice on navigating the world of conventions, conferences, and school visits to promote your work, and how Rachel and her team packages her different genres to make her series distinct from one another.

Further into our conversation, we discuss how to go about the writing business by taking control of your expectations, the different ways to overcome writing difficult scenes in your story, crafting a plot that interacts naturally with your characters, and advice on how to decide which point of view works best for your story. We also discuss why it’s important to keep the passion with your story alive throughout the entire process.

Say 'Hi' to Rachel on Twitter! Head over to her shownotes page for a list of resources mentioned in the episode by clicking here.

Happy listening!

Xo,

Yin

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“Writing is unique business in that there is so much of it that you can’t control. You can only control what you do and nothing else.” 

-Rachel Caine (Click to tweet!)

“You have to figure out what your expectations are and how you can best apply yourself to the process.”

-Rachel Caine (Click to tweet!)

"You have to learn to balance just like you balance your work and your family life and all that. You’ve got to learn how to balance writing and everything else. If it’s a matter of your health, then I think you have to choose your health.”

-Rachel Caine (Click to tweet!)

“As far as points of view, you pick the person to whom the story matters the most. That’s my general rule.”

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WHAT YOU'LL LEARN IN TODAY'S EPISODE: 

  • How Rachel met her first editor and sold her first book
  • A look into Rachel’s musical background that taught her how to be in the moment with her writing
  • Ways you can carve out time for your writing while working a full-time job
  • The importance of taking care of your health and the tips and tools that can help you stay healthy as a writer
  • The inspiration behind Rachel Caine and her stories that helped establish the urban fantasy genre
  • How taking control of your expectations will help you navigate the writing business
  • How Rachel proactively promotes and gets the word out about her novels
  • Advice on how to strategically navigate the world of conventions, conferences, and school visits to promote your work
  • An exciting look at all the projects Rachel is currently working on
  • How a conversation on Twitter pushed Rachel and Ann Aguirre together to craft the “Honor Among Thieves” series
  • Ways to overcome writing difficult scenes in your story
  • How Rachel and her team packages her different genres to make her series distinct from one another
  • The importance of crafting a plot that interacts naturally with your characters
  • Rachel’s experience with writing from different points of view and advice on how to decide which point of view works best for your story
  • The importance of keeping the passion and attraction you have towards your story alive throughout the entire process

Apr 26 2018

1hr 15mins

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SAMANTHA SHANNON: On Writing with Intention

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Would you be curious to hear how masters of their craft build vivid worlds alongside their characters? Or how to overcome the pressures of getting your work published? We dive into it all with Samantha Shannon!

Samantha is the New York Times and Sunday Times bestselling author of The Bone Season series. Film and TV rights have been acquired by Imaginarium Studios and her work has been translated into twenty-six languages. Her upcoming novel, The Priory of the Orange Tree, is her fourth novel and her first outside of The Bone Season series and will be released on February 26th.

In our conversation, we discuss her commitment to writing at a young age and overcoming fears through writing. She shares her research process, how she approaches world building, and how to best manage writing goals. She also shares a snapshot of her upcoming novel, The Priory of the Orange Tree and answers some great listener questions. 

Say 'Hi' to Samantha Shannon on Twitter: https://twitter.com/say_shannon

For a list of all the books and resources mentioned in this episode along with the timestamps for each highlight, head over to the shownotes page: https://88cupsoftea.com/podcast/samantha-shannon

Feb 21 2019

1hr 31mins

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MADELINE MILLER: Redefining The Narrative

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Warm welcome to our new listeners, be sure to check out our archive of episodes by clicking here!

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Curious to know how you can draw inspiration for your story during your research process? Or how to not let setbacks in your writing process create writer's block? How about strategies to help you craft smooth transitions in your story? We talk about it all and much more with Madeline Miller!

Madeline is the New York Times bestselling author of The Song of Achilles and her most recent, critically-acclaimed novel, Circe, which is currently being adapted for an 8-episode series for HBO Max. 

In our conversation, we dive deep into how Madeline fell in love with Greek mythology and found her passion to craft strong female characters in classical settings. We discuss how crucial it is to change the narrative by creating the core of strong female characters, what to do when facing setbacks in your writing process, and strategies to lure out new ideas for your stories. Madeline also shares advice on crafting a seamless narrative when the plot has gaps, and how leaning on your characters can help you create smooth transitions. Further into our conversation, we discuss the importance of finding your support system and creating a research process that works best for your voice. 

Say 'Hi' to Madeline Miller on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/madeline.e.miller

Head over to Madeline's shownotes page at https://88cupsoftea.com/podcast/madeline-miller/ to download the first 1,000 words of her newest novel Circe! You’ll also find the resources and books mentioned in her episode, tweetable quotes, and the timestamps of highlights throughout the entire conversation.

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Aug 22 2019

53mins

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ZORAIDA CÓRDOVA: World-Building & Integrating Life Experiences Into A Novel

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Zoraida Cordova is the author of "The Vicious Deep" trilogy, the "On the Verge" series, and the Brooklyn Brujas series. Her latest novel, "Labyrinth Lost", was a Tor.com Best Book of 2016 and an NPR Best Young Adult Book of 2016.“Labyrinth Lost” was also optioned for film by Paramount Studios.

I'm thrilled this episode is proudly sponsored by 'Libby', a brand new app lovingly developed by Overdrive (a company I've been a fan of for 6 years). Overdrive's vision and mission is to enlighten the world by reading, a vision that also aligns closely with my core beliefs. 'Libby' was designed for readers to discover and borrow ebooks and audiobooks from your library for FREE. Be sure to click here to learn more and download the app to your phone or tablet!

In today’s episode, Zoraida walks us through the inspiration behind “Labyrinth Lost” and how she created the religion in the novel. She also shares how the editing journey for her novel inspired new story lines and stronger characters, and what it was like to land the movie deal.

Further into our conversation, we talk about the importance of surrounding yourself with honest people in the writing community who push you to do better.

For craft-focused listeners, we discuss how your own family structure can inspire world-building ideas, and why Zoraida doesn’t always rationalize the characters’ emotions.

Say 'Hi' to Zoraida on Twitter and check out the books/resources mentioned in her episode over at her shownotes page by clicking here. And don't forget to follow her hiking journey on Instagram by clicking here!

Happy listening!

Xo

Yin

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“At the end of the day, the only thing I can control are the words that I put on the page.” -Zoraida Cordova (Click to tweet)

“When we talk about mirror images in media and in society, it’s really important to be able to see a reflection of part of yourself.” -Zoraida Cordova (Click to tweet)

“Read widely…It helps you figure out who you are as a writer and how you want to tell your stories.” -Zoraida Cordova (Click to tweet)

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WHAT YOU'LL LEARN IN TODAY'S EPISODE: 

  • Landing a movie deal for “Labyrinth Lost”
  • How your own family structure can inspire world-building ideas
  • The importance of surrounding yourself with honest people in the writing community who push you to do better
  • How the editing journey for “Labyrinth Lost” inspired new story lines and stronger characters
  • The sources of inspiration Zoraida drew from to create the religion in “Labyrinth Lost”
  • A look into Zoraida’s organized writing process
  • The importance of giving your characters justice by not always rationalizing their emotions

Jul 06 2017

50mins

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STEPHANIE GARBER: Overcoming Fear By Letting Go

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Have you ever reached a point where you wanted to give up on your creative dreams after piles of rejections? Have you been struggling to push past a serious creative block? How about knowing when to put a story aside, and when to start a new one? We get into all of that (and so much more) with today’s special guest: Stephanie Garber.

Stephanie is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of "Caraval" and "Legendary" that just released this week! Her debut novel, Caraval, has been translated into over 30 languages, and the film rights for it have been optioned by 20th Century Fox.

I can’t get enough of soul-filling conversations and this chat with Stephanie fulfilled that need to a tee (or shall I say, tea?)

This episode is longer than most and I promise you it’s worth every minute.

Say 'Hi' to Stephanie on Twitter and be sure to head over to her shownotes page. It's PACKED with highlights of the topics that are covered from her episode along with time stamps. We also put up our favorite quotes and a list of all the helpful books and resources that she mentions throughout our conversation. Click here!

Xo,

Yin

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May 31 2018

2hr 7mins

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SUZIE TOWNSEND: On Becoming A Literary Agent

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Are you curious about what a literary agent does behind the scenes to sell a book? Or how to write a query letter that will grab a literary agent's attention? We dive into this and so much more in Suzie Townsend's episode!

Suzie is a literary agent over at New Leaf Literary and Media who represents all brands of children's and adult fiction. She loves women’s fiction and all subgenres of romance, fantasy, and crime fiction. She also represents children’s fiction and particularly loves YA and Middle-Grade novels. Some of Suzie’s best- known projects include #1 NYT Bestseller "Red Queen" by Victoria Aveyard (a previous guest on 88 Cups of Tea), and many more. 

In our conversation, Suzie takes us on a journey of how her love for storytelling and fantasy books lead her to the path of a literary agent. We get into the nail-biting story of when she sold her first manuscript, how she pitches books to editors, and how to form a great agent to author relationship. She also shares eye-opening query letter tips that will help you catch the attention of literary agents.

Say 'Hi' to Suzie on Twitter @SZTOWNSEND81!

Say 'Hi' to your fellow Storyteller, Katlyn Duncan, on Twitter @KATLYN_DUNCAN!

To access Suzie's shownotes page, the time stamps of highlights throughout the episode, and the bonus downloadable query letter guide, head over to: 88CUPSOFTEA.COM/PODCAST/SUZIE-TOWNSEND

Nov 29 2018

1hr 28mins

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SARA SHEPARD: Writing What You Love & Creating Captivating Villains

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Sara Shepard is the author of the popular NYT bestselling series "Pretty Little Liars" and "The Lying Game". She takes us behind the scenes of her newest book, "Follow Me", the second book in "The Amateurs" series.

We unpack how ghostwriting can help hone your craft and develop your own novel, and how ghostwriting created opportunities for Sara to develop the “Pretty Little Liars” book series with Alloy Entertainment. For “Pretty Little Liars” fans, we dive into detail about the book series and Sara’s thoughts on the TV series adaptation.

Further into our conversation, we talk about coping with imposter syndrome as a writer,  ways to overcome writer’s block and unlock new plot lines, how outlining can help you keep track of complicated plot lines during your writing process, and how to manage the pressure of strict deadlines.

We also talk about how to protect your emotions when writing about dark and intense scenes or characters, how to create a villain readers won’t forget, and how to write action scenes that will captivate your readers.

We discuss the importance of community and support when you are going through a hardship and the importance of giving back and showing gratitude to your fans and support.

Say 'Hi' to Sara on Twitter! Check out the books and resources mentioned in her episode by clicking here!

Happy listening!

Xo,

Yin

PS. Do you know anyone who would love our conversation? Please share this episode to help spread the word!

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Meet fellow members in our community and check in about your WIP, and join in on other bookish talks and 88 Cups of Tea related things! You can really feel the love and support in our Facebook community. You also get the opportunity to submit your questions for upcoming guests on the show. Click here to join our private Facebook group!

IMPORTANT NOTE: Be sure to have a clear profile picture of yourself. If not, send over links to either your Twitter or Instagram. Fill out the 3 questions that pop up as soon as you join. To protect our group's safe space, these steps help us weed out any spam/fake profiles/creepers. Can't wait to meet you!

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Warm welcome to our new listeners, be sure to check out our archive of episodes by clicking here!

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“Don’t worry about getting it perfect.” 

-Sara Shepard (Click to tweet)

“As a writer, you have to put yourself in your character’s shoes and understand what they are feeling and the temptations that go with that.”

-Sara Shepard (Click to tweet)

“There are ups and downs and sometimes what you are doing is really popular and sometimes it’s not. It’s ok when it’s not. You still write what you love and still do what you love to do.” 

-Sara Shepard (Click to tweet)

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WHAT YOU'LL LEARN IN TODAY'S EPISODE: 

  • How Sara’s career explorations lead her to becoming a published author and novelist
  • How ghostwriting can help hone your craft and develop your own novel 
  • How to understand and cope with imposter syndrome as a writer
  • How Sara and Alloy Entertainment developed the concept for her series “Pretty Little Liars” 
  • How to manage the pressure of strict deadlines 
  • Sara’s thoughts on the TV series adaptation  of “Pretty Little Liars” 
  • Ways to overcome writer’s block and unlock new plot lines 
  • How outlining can help you keep track of complicated plot lines during your writing process 
  • The importance of understanding that your story’s first draft may transform into a completely new story 
  • A look into the world of Sara’s new series called “The Amateurs”
  • How to protect your emotions when writing about dark and intense scenes or characters 
  • How to create a villain readers won’t forget
  • How to write action scenes that will captivate your readers
  • The importance of community and support when you are going through a hardship 
  • The importance of giving back and showing gratitude to your fans and supporters

Nov 09 2017

58mins

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AMY ROSE CAPETTA: On Trusting Your Writing Voice

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Warm welcome to our new listeners, be sure to check out our archive of episodes by clicking here!

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Did you know we collaborated with VCFA's MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults to curate a thoughtful series of intimate essays and podcast episodes so you can feel empowered throughout your writing journey? Click here to explore the published pieces.

Vermont College of Fine Arts is a global community of artists continuously redefining what it means to be an arts college. They're accredited by the New England Commission on Higher Education and offers the Master of Fine Arts degree in a variety of fields, including Writing, Writing for Children & Young Adults, and Writing & Publishing, along with an International MFA in Creative Writing & Literary Translation. With low-residency and fully residential options, VCFA has the graduate program to fit your needs. Be sure to learn more about VCFA by clicking here!

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Curious to learn how to push past roadblocks that are preventing you from crafting your story? How about tips for developing complicated plots? Or ways to discover confidence in your writing voice? We talk about it all and more with Amy Rose Capetta!

Amy is the award-winning YA fantasy, sci-fi, and mystery author of The Lost CoastEcho After Echo, The Brilliant Death, bestselling novel Once & Future co-written with her partner Cori McCarthy, her highly anticipated novel The Storm of Life (her sequel to The Brilliant Death), and more. She's also the co-founder of the Rainbow Writers Workshop, the first-ever workshop for YA and middle-grade LGBTQIAP writers.

In our conversation, Amy shares how she fell in love with storytelling and turned that passion into her writing career. She spills plot structure exercises that will help you see the bigger picture to move past roadblocks in your story. We dive into how a writing MFA helped Amy discover confidence in recognizing and trusting her writing voice, strengthen her revision process, and find a supportive writing community that’s very similar to the arts communities that she loves. Further into our conversation, we discuss the inspiration behind Amy's past novels and her writing process. She shares crafting advice on how to begin a story when you have too many ideas in your head. She gets into the nitty-gritty about writing a large cast of supportive characters and how to not distract the readers from the main story, shares incredible tips for aspiring queer writers, and explains her world-building method for developing complicated plots. 

Say 'Hi' to Amy Rose Capetta on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AmyRoseCapetta  Head over to Amy's shownotes page at https://88cupsoftea.com/podcast/amy-rose-capetta/ to find all the resources and books mentioned in her episode, tweetable quotes, and the timestamps of highlights throughout the entire conversation. 

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Jul 11 2019

1hr 1min

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NATASHA NGAN: On Finding The Courage to Write The Book of Our Hearts

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Have you ever wondered what goes into building strong and vivid fantasy worlds? How to add moments of warmth and humor when writing about darker topics? How about creating space for self-care through your writing? We talk about this and so much more with Natasha Ngan.

Natasha is a young adult fiction author known for her novels The Elites, The Memory Keepers, and her most recent novel, Girls of Paper and Fire, that was published in the Fall of 2018 by Jimmy Patterson/Little Brown in the US. and Hodder & Stoughton in the UK. She was also the co-owner of the fashion, travel, and lifestyle blog Girl in the Lens.

In our conversation with Natasha, we discuss Malaysian culture and how it influences her writing style, the inspiration behind her new novel Girls of Paper and Fire, how she explores self-healing through storytelling, and her expansive and organic world-building process. She also answers listener questions about her research and querying process, crafting strong secondary characters, and interjecting humor around serious topics in her stories. 

Say 'Hi' to Natasha on Twitter @girlinthelens

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Jan 10 2019

1hr 38mins

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CARMEN MARIA MACHADO: Staying Focused on Creating Your Best Work

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Carmen Maria Machado is a fiction writer, critic, and essayist whose work has appeared in the New YorkerGrantaTin HouseGuernicaGulf Coast, NPR, and more. Carmen’s debut short story collection, Her Body and Other Parties, was a finalist for the National Book Award, the Kirkus Prize, the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Prize, and the winner of the Bard Fiction Prize. NPR describes “Her Body and Other Parties” as an abrupt, original, and wild collection of stories, full of outlandish myths that somehow catch at familiar, unspoken truths about being women in the world that more straightforward or realist writing wouldn’t.”

In this episode, we kick it off by discussing Carmen’s earliest memories of a story she wrote as a kid called “The Biggest Turkey Can’t Find The Farm” and you’ll understand why it’s become her famous family story shared at gatherings. We then discuss Carmen’s thoughts about MFA programs and if she thinks they’re necessary for a successful or a stable writing career. We talk about maximizing a productive writing schedule by figuring out a system that works for you, how Carmen organizes her thoughts during her writing process, and why it’s so important to not get fixated on being published to the point where you lose yourself and are unable to provide your best work possible.

Later, we touch on abuse in same sex relationships and how that ties in with her memoir “House in Indiana” releasing in 2019. Carmen also shares how to recognize some warning signs of an abusive relationship. We then wrap up our conversation by talking more about “Her Body and Other Parties” and how her editor played a crucial role in the process. She also shares how to recognize signs of a good editor and how to make yourself visible as a short story writer.

Say 'Hi' to Carmen on Twitter and check out the book mentioned in her episode by clicking here!

Happy listening!

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Yin

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"Publication is not the end all be all in making good art.” 

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“I think a part of becoming an artist of any kind, writer in particularly, is figuring what kind of obsessions you have.”

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“A good editor is worth their weight in gold.”

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WHAT YOU'LL LEARN IN TODAY'S EPISODE: 

  • Listen in on Carmen’s famous family story, “The Biggest Turkey Can’t Find The Farm” (Warning: It’s hilarious!)
  • Hear Carmen’s thoughts about MFA programs and if they are necessary for a successful or stable writing career
  • Maximizing a productive writing schedule by figuring out a system that works for you
  • How Carmen organizes her thoughts during her writing process
  • We touch on abuse in same sex relationships and how that ties in with her memoir “House in Indiana” releasing in 2019
  • How to recognize warning signs of an abusive relationship
  • Signs of a good editor
  • Why it’s crucial not to get fixated on being published to the point where you lose yourself and are unable to provide the best work possible
  • Why you should never settle and to only work with the right editor and agent 
  • How to make yourself visible as a short story writer

Dec 21 2017

38mins

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Laura Adams on Marketing Your Writing & Managing Finances

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Warm welcome to our new listeners, be sure to follow us on Instagram @88CUPSOFTEA to keep up with our latest posts and Instagram stories where we announce new episodes and essays,  feature our favorite quotes, and host Instagram Story takeovers by some of your favorite authors. So make sure to head over to https://www.instagram.com/88cupsoftea/ so you don't miss out on the next takeover! 

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Curious about self-publishing your novel and creating a successful marketing plan? Or bringing in a side income with your writing? How about tips on becoming debt-free? We talk about it all and more with Laura Adams.

Laura is a personal finance expert, an author of many books including her book Debt-Free Blueprint, and the founder and host of Money Girl podcast where Laura shares personal finance, real estate, and investing tips to help listeners live a richer life.

In our conversation, Laura shares how she discovered her passion for personal finance that kick-started her blogging, podcasting, self-publishing, and PR career. She chats about how she created her own opportunities to grow her podcast and gain representation from Quick and Dirty Tips Network. We then dive into Laura’s experience self-publishing where she shares invaluable marketing tips like how to take charge of your marketing plan, creative ways to utilize your social media platforms, and how to establish a marketing budget. And later, she dishes some real-talk on side hustles, taxes, and becoming debt-free.

Please say 'Hi' to Laura on Twitter! https://twitter.com/LauraAdams

Head over to her shownotes page at https://88cupsoftea.com/podcast/laura-adams/. ‎to find the resources and books mentioned in her episode, tweetable quotes, and the timestamps of highlights throughout the entire conversation. 

Dec 12 2019

57mins

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Marissa Meyer on Finding Joy in Your Story

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Warm welcome to our new listeners, be sure to follow us on Instagram @88CUPSOFTEA to keep up with our latest posts and Instagram stories where we announce new episodes and essays,  feature our favorite quotes, and host Instagram Story takeovers by some of your favorite authors. So make sure to head over to https://www.instagram.com/88cupsoftea/ so you don't miss out on the next takeover! 

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Curious about crafting rich settings and characters in your stories? How about becoming a better critique partner and giving valuable feedback? Or how sparking more joy in your life can leave an impactful influence on your craft? We talk about it all and more with Marissa Meyer.

Marissa is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Renegades, Archenemies, Heartless, The Lunar Chronicles, and her newly released novel, Supernova, the final book of her Renegades series. 

In our conversation, Marissa shares how she intuitively navigates the business side of the publishing world while also giving us a snapshot of her inspiring writing and querying process for her novel Cinder. If you’re about to jump into the querying trenches - you definitely don’t want to miss this part of our conversation. We then chat about support systems and their important role in our creative pursuits, why it’s so crucial to carve out time for fun in our writing process, and how diverse representation in children’s literacy is helping to change negative stigmas. Further into our conversation, we chat about The Lunar Chronicles series, how she transitions from one popular series to another, and how to balance crafting rich worlds and character development.

Storytellers, be sure to check out the incredible writing prompt that Marissa crafted just for our community. To download it, head over to her shownotes page at  https://88cupsoftea.com/podcast/marissa-meyer/.

Please say 'Hi' to Marissa on Twitter! https://twitter.com/marissa_meyer

Head over to her shownotes page at https://88cupsoftea.com/podcast/marissa-meyer/. ‎to download her writing prompt and find the resources and books mentioned in her episode, tweetable quotes, and the timestamps of highlights throughout the entire conversation. 

Nov 28 2019

54mins

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KELLY BARNHILL: Improving Your Craft By Centimeters

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Warm welcome to our new listeners, be sure to follow us on Instagram @88CUPSOFTEA to keep up with our latest posts and Instagram stories where we announce new episodes and essays,  feature our favorite quotes, and host Instagram Story takeovers by some of your favorite authors. So make sure to head over to https://www.instagram.com/88cupsoftea/ so you don't miss out on the next takeover! 

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Curious to learn how to overcome self-doubt during your revision process? Or ways to instill a creative headspace? How about tips for crafting dynamic character settings? We talk about it all and more with Kelly Barnhill.

Kelly is the award-winning author of The Girl Who Drank The Moon, The Witch's Boy, Iron Hearted Violet, and The Mostly True Story of Jack, as well as the novella, The Unlicensed Magician. She has been on the New York Times bestseller list for a bunch of weeks now, as well as the Indie Besteller list. She was also a McKnight Artist's Fellowship recipient in Children's Literature.

In our conversation, we talk about Kelly’s love for telling stories out loud and how this shaped her writing process. We walk down memory lane of her life adventures that impacted her creative career path to becoming a best selling author and the lessons that helped her write with love and affection. Further in, we discuss how to instill a creative headspace, the importance of giving yourself a break during your drafting process, and powerful revision tools to help you overcome self-doubt. And later on, she pulls back the curtain and gives us a peek into how she forms her stories, crafts her dynamic character settings, and creates a community that helps her through tough days. 

Storytellers, be sure to check out the incredible writing prompt that Kelly crafted just for our community. The prompt will help you write without fear and spark some new ideas for your stories. To download it, head over to her shownotes page at https://88cupsoftea.com/podcast/kelly-barnhill.

Please say 'Hi' to Kelly on Twitter! https://twitter.com/kellybarnhill

Head over to her shownotes page athttps://88cupsoftea.com/podcast/kelly-barnhill ‎to download her writing prompt and find the resources and books mentioned in her episode, tweetable quotes, and the timestamps of highlights throughout the entire conversation. 

Nov 14 2019

1hr 14mins

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MAGGIE STIEFVATER: Staying Motivated During Challenging Times

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Warm welcome to our new listeners, be sure to follow us on Instagram @88CUPSOFTEA to keep up with our latest posts and Instagram stories where we announce new episodes and essays,  feature our favorite quotes, and host Instagram Story takeovers by some of your favorite authors. So make sure to head over to https://www.instagram.com/88cupsoftea/ so you don't miss out on the next takeover! 

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Having trouble pushing past emotional fatigue and brain fog to reach your writing goals? Yearning to craft vivid characters with emotional resonance? Seeking writing tips on plotting a series that still gives you the freedom to explore different storylines? We talk about it all and more with Maggie Stiefvater.

Maggie is the #1 NYT Bestselling author of The Raven Cycle series, the Shiver trilogy, The Scorpio Races, and other novels for young people and adults.

In our conversation, Maggie shares her love for storytelling and gives us a snapshot of her self-taught journey to becoming a best selling author. She chats about her love of music and how she weaves that in with her love of writing. We talk about the most difficult challenge Maggie’s had in her life and from that, we were inspired to discuss how to overcome brain fog and emotional fatigue to reach your writing goals. Further into our conversation, we chat about breaking down societal norms in her writing, how to craft vivid descriptions in your stories for emotional resonance, and how she plotted out her series that still gave her freedom to explore other storylines. She also shares the biggest piece of advice for debut writers that you don’t want to miss.  

Be sure to check out the writing prompt that Maggie took the time to exclusive create for our community at the bottom of the page. Her writing prompt will help you if you’re stuck on the very first chapter of a new project.

Please say 'Hi' to Maggie on Twitter! https://twitter.com/mstiefvater

Head over to her shownotes page at https://88cupsoftea.com/podcast/maggie-stiefvater/ ‎to download her writing prompt and find the resources and books mentioned in her episode, tweetable quotes, and the timestamps of highlights throughout the entire conversation. 

Oct 31 2019

1hr 7mins

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CHRISTINE RICCIO: Cultivating the Mindset of a Writer

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Warm welcome to our new listeners, be sure to follow us on Instagram @88CUPSOFTEA to keep up with our latest posts and Instagram stories where we announce new episodes and essays,  feature our favorite quotes, and host Instagram Story takeovers by some of your favorite authors. We even have an Instagram story takeover by today’s guest Christine Riccio so make sure to head over to https://www.instagram.com/88cupsoftea/

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Curious about juggling multiple creative pursuits around a busy schedule? How about tangible actions you can take to shift into a productive mindset? We talk about it all and more with Christine Riccio.

Christine is a Youtuber and New York Times Best Selling author, Her Youtube channel PolandbananasBOOKS has nearly half a million book-loving subscribers. She makes comedic book reviews, vlogs, sketches, and writing videos chronicling the creation of her own novel, Again, But Better. She’s also one of the three YouTubers behind BOOKSPLOSION- Youtube’s longest-running book club!

In our conversation, we talk about Christine’s journey to becoming a best selling author and one of the most influential booktubers. She gives us a behind-the-scenes look into how she started her YouTube career, her writing and filming process, and how she works around her busy schedule. Further into our conversation, we talk about tangible actions you can take to shift into a writing mindset and the importance of self-care. She shares advice on growing your platform and reaching your writing goals, and we discuss her novel Again, but Better.

Please say 'Hi' to Christine on Twitter! https://twitter.com/xtineMAY

Head over to her shownotes page at https://88cupsoftea.com/podcast/christine-riccio/to find the resources and books mentioned in her episode, tweetable quotes, and the timestamps of highlights throughout the entire conversation. 

Oct 16 2019

1hr 15mins

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JULIETTE KIM: Storytelling Through Design

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Warm welcome to our new listeners, be sure to follow us on Instagram @88CUPSOFTEA to keep up with our latest posts and Instagram stories where we announce new episodes and essays,  feature our favorite quotes, and host Instagram Story takeovers by some of your favorite authors! 

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Curious to learn what goes into designing a new brand identity? Want a behind-the-scenes look into the creative process of 88 Cups of Tea's new logo? Eager to discover all the hidden messages in our logo that perfectly highlights our community values? We talk about it all and more with designer Juliette Kim.

Juliette is a creative director based in South Korea. She graduated from Rhode Island School of Design and in 2017 she established her own creative agency Studio Juli-ette, which specializes in identity design and packaging. Juliette is the artist who designed 88 Cups of Tea's lovely new logo and brand identity.

In our conversation, we talk about how she discovered her love for storytelling through design and art that inspired her to attend Rhode Island School of Design working. She shares the steps she took to open her own design studio and how important it was to lean on her support system throughout the entire process. Further in, we dive into what brought us together to design 88 Cups of Tea’s new logo and brand identity. She shares a behind-the-scenes look into the design process and how we worked together to create a logo that perfectly highlights 88 Cups of Tea’s uplifting values of community, fun, creativity, and love. She shares all the hidden nuances within the logo you might not catch at a first glance. And later, she shares what she hopes people feel when they see our new logo. 

Please say 'Hi' to Juliette on Instagram! https://www.instagram.com/studio.juliette/

Head over to her shownotes page at https://88cupsoftea.com/podcast/juliette-kim/to find the resources and books mentioned in her episode, tweetable quotes, and the timestamps of highlights throughout the entire conversation. 

Oct 03 2019

50mins

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JASMIN KAUR: Discovering Your Authentic Voice

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Warm welcome to our new listeners, be sure to follow us on Instagram @88CUPSOFTEA to keep up with our latest posts and Instagram stories where we announce new episodes and essays,  feature our favorite quotes, and host Instagram Story takeovers by some of your favorite authors! 

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Curious to discover ways to uncover your inner voice? Or how to embrace vulnerability when telling your story? How about ways to practice self-care when crafting difficult scenes? We talk about it all and more with Jasmin Kaur.

Jasmin is a writer, illustrator, and spoken word artist exploring themes of feminism, womanhood, social justice and love, acts as a means of healing and reclaiming identity. She was named The Tempests' 40 Women to Watch in 2019 and has been celebrated at the American Music Awards. Her debut poetry and prose collection, "When You Ask Me Where I’m Going" releases October 1st. 

In our conversation brought to you by Epic Reads, we talk about Jasmin’s love for story and her passion for highlighting her identity and creating representation in her art. We also talk about how she uncovered her inner authentic voice, ways to recognize when you're holding back and self-censoring your writing voice, and how to amplify your vulnerability so it flows naturally in your writing. We discuss her highly-anticipated debut "When You Ask Me Where I’m Going" and why she chose to format the book’s structure the way she did. Be sure to keep your ears out for Jasmin's powerful poetry reading in the later half of this episode. Afterwards, head over to our Instagram @88CupsOfTea ‘cause Jasmin will be taking over our Instagram Stories on Monday, September 30th!

Say 'Hi' to Jasmin on Twitter: https://twitter.com/jusmunkaur

Head over to her shownotes page at 88cupsoftea.com/podcast/jasmin-kaur/ to find the resources and books mentioned in her episode, tweetable quotes, and the timestamps of highlights throughout the entire conversation. 

Sep 26 2019

40mins

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JASON REYNOLDS: The Power of Story

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Warm welcome to our new listeners, be sure to check out our archive of episodes by clicking here!

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Curious to learn the power story can have in our healing processes? How about tips on navigating the financial side of the publishing industry? Or ways to vividly craft emotion in your story? We talk about it all and more with author Jason Reynolds.

Jason is an award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of his many books including When I Was the Greatest, Boy in the Black Suit, All American Boys (co-written with Brendan Kiely), As Brave as You, For Every One, the Track series, Long Way Down, which received both a Newbery Honor and a Printz Honor, and his upcoming novel Look Both Ways.

In our conversation, we dive into the power of story and its ability to help work through hardships and trauma. We discuss writing from instincts when describing feelings and emotions, defining the sweet spot between science and soul in stories and the role this sweet spot plays in his editing process. Further into our conversation, we talk about survivor’s remorse as successful artists, how creating a lane for marginalized voices through access creates opportunities, and he unveils the financial side of the publishing industry. 

Say 'Hi' to Jason Reynolds on Twitter: https://twitter.com/JasonReynolds83

Head over to Jason's shownotes page at  https://88cupsoftea.com/podcast/jason-reynolds/ to find the resources and books mentioned in his episode, tweetable quotes, and the timestamps of highlights throughout the entire conversation.

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Sep 19 2019

50mins

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PITCH WARS: Extra! Extra! Hear all about it!

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Hey Storytellers! 

Here's a bonus episode to fill you in on all the details about Pitch Wars. 

This episode features Brenda Drake (founder), Sarah Nicolas (managing director), Kellye Garrett (board member), Adalyn Grace, Graci Kim, and Susan Lee. 

The shownotes page for this episode will be available in a few hours, please check back for quotables, highlights throughout the episode with time markers, the guests' biographies, and the list of resources mentioned throughout! 88CUPSOFTEA.COM/PODCAST/PITCH-WARS

Sep 16 2019

1hr 29mins

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ALLY CONDIE: Finding Your Creative Spark

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Warm welcome to our new listeners, be sure to check out our archive of episodes by clicking here!

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Curious to discover ways to get into the writing groove? How about advice on working with smaller publishing houses? Or best practices for co-authoring a novel? We talk about it all and much more with Ally Condie!

Ally is the author of The Last Voyage of Poe BlytheSummerlost, Atlantia, and the critically acclaimed Matched trilogy, a  #1 New York Times and international bestseller.  

In our conversation, Ally shares the heartfelt story of how she fell in love with storytelling and her journey to becoming a best-selling author. We discuss working with smaller publishing companies, how to embrace rejection to reach your writing goals, and we get into the nitty-gritty of Ally’s writing and editing process. We continue on to talk about how she finds time to write with such a busy schedule and the tools she uses to get into the writing mindset. She dives into the details of her newest novel The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe and the fascinating behind-the-scenes story of what sparked that idea. And towards the end, Ally talks about her experience getting her master's degree she always wanted, what exciting projects she’s currently working on - including a co-authored novel, and ways you can use writing to make a change in the world.

Say 'Hi' to Ally Condie on Twitter: https://twitter.com/allycondie

Head over to Ally's shownotes page at https://88cupsoftea.com/podcast/ally-condie/ to find the resources and books mentioned in her episode, tweetable quotes, and the timestamps of highlights throughout the entire conversation.

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Sep 05 2019

1hr 4mins

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MADELINE MILLER: Redefining The Narrative

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Warm welcome to our new listeners, be sure to check out our archive of episodes by clicking here!

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Curious to know how you can draw inspiration for your story during your research process? Or how to not let setbacks in your writing process create writer's block? How about strategies to help you craft smooth transitions in your story? We talk about it all and much more with Madeline Miller!

Madeline is the New York Times bestselling author of The Song of Achilles and her most recent, critically-acclaimed novel, Circe, which is currently being adapted for an 8-episode series for HBO Max. 

In our conversation, we dive deep into how Madeline fell in love with Greek mythology and found her passion to craft strong female characters in classical settings. We discuss how crucial it is to change the narrative by creating the core of strong female characters, what to do when facing setbacks in your writing process, and strategies to lure out new ideas for your stories. Madeline also shares advice on crafting a seamless narrative when the plot has gaps, and how leaning on your characters can help you create smooth transitions. Further into our conversation, we discuss the importance of finding your support system and creating a research process that works best for your voice. 

Say 'Hi' to Madeline Miller on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/madeline.e.miller

Head over to Madeline's shownotes page at https://88cupsoftea.com/podcast/madeline-miller/ to download the first 1,000 words of her newest novel Circe! You’ll also find the resources and books mentioned in her episode, tweetable quotes, and the timestamps of highlights throughout the entire conversation.

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Aug 22 2019

53mins

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RACHEL HAWKINS: Navigating The Author Life

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Warm welcome to our new listeners, be sure to check out our archive of episodes by clicking here!

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Ever wondered how to create a successful querying process? Or ways to cope with rejection as a writer? How about tips for nurturing a strong relationship with a literary agent? We talk about it all and so much more with Rachel Hawkins.

Rachel is the author of Rebel Belle, the New York Times bestselling series Hex Hall, Prince Charming, and its sequel and Rachel’s newest book, Her Royal Highness

In our conversation, Rachel shares how she fell in love with storytelling and her journey to becoming an author. She dives into her querying process and discusses key advice on how to cope with rejection. We talk about finding the right agent for you and your story and how to maintain a great agent to author relationship, how to work with your editor to strengthen your plot, and the game-changing writing advice to help you achieve your writing goals. She also gives us a snapshot of her newest book Her Royal Highness and shares the inspiration behind it.

Say 'Hi' to Rachel Hawkins on Twitter: https://twitter.com/LadyHawkins Head over to JL's shownotes page at https://88cupsoftea.com/podcast/rachel-hawkins to download her writing prompt exclusively provided for our community! You’ll also find the resources and books mentioned in her episode, tweetable quotes, and the timestamps of highlights throughout the entire conversation.

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If you enjoyed this episode and would love to support our show, Patreon is the best way! Patrons at certain tiers get early access to our full, uncut interview with Rachel Hawkins and early access to author Madeline Miller's episode this month along with a collection of fantastic extended interviews from previous podcast episodes! If you’re not yet a Patron and you’d love early access to these interviews in addition to other cool benefits (snailmail, Storyteller Welcome Box, livestream hangouts with bookhaul and mystery box giveaways, etc.) head on over to patreon.com/88cupsoftea to sign up! 

Jul 25 2019

1hr 5mins

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JL STERMER: The Journey of a Literary Agent

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Warm welcome to our new listeners, be sure to check out our archive of episodes by clicking here!

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Did you know we collaborated with Gotham Writers for JL's episode? 

Gotham Writers teaches creative writing classes online and in NYC where they’ve built an incredible reputation for nearly 30 years and guess what? Their first-ever Gotham Writers conference is dedicated to arming you with all the knowledge and actionable feedback to best help you land a literary agent. This is a one-of-a-kind experience that puts like-minded people who are at the stage of finding an agent in an intimate and productive setting. And to top it off, there’s free happy hour!  The conference takes place at the Ace Hotel in NYC on Friday, October 25th and Saturday, October 26th. On Day 1, you get to learn from eye-opening and entertaining panels and presentations. And Day 2, get ready to roll up your sleeves at their pitching roundtables. We especially love this because the writers attending Day 2 all have to apply and be pre-selected to attend. Click here to learn more and be sure to grab your spot!

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Curious to know what steps you can take to break into the publishing world? How about ways you can catch a literary agent's attention? We talk about it all and so more with JL Stermer!

JL is a literary agent at New Leaf Literary & Media, Inc. A born and bred New Yorker, JL has lived in Manhattan her whole life and is a lover of all things art & culture, people watching, and Donut Pub doughnuts. She is looking for voices that reflect the world as it changes, stories that share the human experience of life, love, growth, and achievement. And they don’t have to all be serious–having fun is important to her! She is adding to her non-fiction list in both YA and adult categories with smart pop-culture, comedy/satire, fashion, health & wellness, self-help, and memoir. She’s also growing her fiction list (a bit more selectively) and is looking for adult and some YA coming-of-age, humor, dark and edgy stories, and new and original voices in commercial and upmarket. She also thinks graphic novels are really cool.

In our conversation, we dive into how JL fell in love with storytelling and the journey she took to making her literary agent career at New Leaf Literary & Media, Inc. come to fruition. We talk about being open to new opportunities and being vulnerable when asking for advice and help to break into your career. She then gives us an honest look into the finances of being an agent at all levels, how she knows which clients she wants to work with, and the importance of marketing yourself and making connections. She explains what “backlist” and “earning out the check” means in the publishing world and discusses the culture at New Leaf Literary & Media, Inc. And later, we talk about the classes she teaches at Gotham Writers and all about the upcoming Gotham Writers Conference.

Say 'Hi' to JL Stermer on Twitter: https://twitter.com/jlstermer Head over to JL's shownotes page at https://88cupsoftea.com/podcast/jl-stermer/ to download the cheat sheet of “do's and don’ts when querying an agent” that JL exclusively provided for our community! You’ll also find the resources and books mentioned in her episode, tweetable quotes, and the timestamps of highlights throughout the entire conversation.

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If you enjoyed this episode and would love to support our show, Patreon is the best way! Patrons at certain tiers get early access to extended interviews with Rachel Hawkins and New Leaf literary agent JL Stermer this month along with a collection of fantastic extended interviews from previous podcast episodes! If you’re not yet a Patron and you’d love early access to these interviews in addition to other cool benefits (snailmail, Storyteller Welcome Box, livestream hangouts with bookhaul and mystery box giveaways, etc.) head on over to patreon.com/88cupsoftea to sign up! 

Jul 18 2019

1hr 17mins

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AMY ROSE CAPETTA: On Trusting Your Writing Voice

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Did you know we collaborated with VCFA's MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults to curate a thoughtful series of intimate essays and podcast episodes so you can feel empowered throughout your writing journey? Click here to explore the published pieces.

Vermont College of Fine Arts is a global community of artists continuously redefining what it means to be an arts college. They're accredited by the New England Commission on Higher Education and offers the Master of Fine Arts degree in a variety of fields, including Writing, Writing for Children & Young Adults, and Writing & Publishing, along with an International MFA in Creative Writing & Literary Translation. With low-residency and fully residential options, VCFA has the graduate program to fit your needs. Be sure to learn more about VCFA by clicking here!

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Curious to learn how to push past roadblocks that are preventing you from crafting your story? How about tips for developing complicated plots? Or ways to discover confidence in your writing voice? We talk about it all and more with Amy Rose Capetta!

Amy is the award-winning YA fantasy, sci-fi, and mystery author of The Lost CoastEcho After Echo, The Brilliant Death, bestselling novel Once & Future co-written with her partner Cori McCarthy, her highly anticipated novel The Storm of Life (her sequel to The Brilliant Death), and more. She's also the co-founder of the Rainbow Writers Workshop, the first-ever workshop for YA and middle-grade LGBTQIAP writers.

In our conversation, Amy shares how she fell in love with storytelling and turned that passion into her writing career. She spills plot structure exercises that will help you see the bigger picture to move past roadblocks in your story. We dive into how a writing MFA helped Amy discover confidence in recognizing and trusting her writing voice, strengthen her revision process, and find a supportive writing community that’s very similar to the arts communities that she loves. Further into our conversation, we discuss the inspiration behind Amy's past novels and her writing process. She shares crafting advice on how to begin a story when you have too many ideas in your head. She gets into the nitty-gritty about writing a large cast of supportive characters and how to not distract the readers from the main story, shares incredible tips for aspiring queer writers, and explains her world-building method for developing complicated plots. 

Say 'Hi' to Amy Rose Capetta on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AmyRoseCapetta  Head over to Amy's shownotes page at https://88cupsoftea.com/podcast/amy-rose-capetta/ to find all the resources and books mentioned in her episode, tweetable quotes, and the timestamps of highlights throughout the entire conversation. 

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Jul 11 2019

1hr 1min

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AN NA: Writing with Emotional Resonance

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Did you know we collaborated with VCFA's MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults to curate a thoughtful series of intimate essays and podcast episodes so you can feel empowered throughout your writing journey? Click here to explore the published pieces.

Vermont College of Fine Arts is a global community of artists continuously redefining what it means to be an arts college. They’re accredited by the New England Commission on Higher Education and offers the Master of Fine Arts degree in a variety of fields, including Writing, Writing for Children & Young Adults, and Writing & Publishing, along with an International MFA in Creative Writing & Literary Translation. With low-residency and fully residential options, VCFA has the graduate program to fit your needs. Be sure to learn more about VCFA by clicking here!

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This episode contains content and discussion about suicide. If this topic is triggering or upsetting for you, please skip this episode. Thank you.

Curious about crafting your stories with vibrancy? Ever wondered what kind of work goes into building powerful vignettes? How about the role that community serves in your creative pursuits? We talk about it all and much more with An Na.

Na is the author of "The Place Between Breaths", "The Fold", "Wait for Me", and "A Step from Heaven", which was a National Book Award Finalist and won the Michael L. Printz Award. Her honors include the International Reading Association Award and the Parents Choice Gold Award. Her books have been named as ALA Best Books for Young Adults and a New York Times Notable Book. And she also teaches at Vermont College of Fine Arts in the Writing for Children and Young Adults MFA.

In her episode, Na shares how she fell in love with storytelling, giving us a peek into her childhood, and the heartwarming impact that representation has in the world. We dive into her writing process for vignettes and how she builds upon emotions and feelings to craft her scenes. She shares her experience serving on the National Book Awards committee and what the selection process looks like behind the curtain. She tells her story of grief and heartbreak that inspired her novel "The Place Between Breaths", we discuss the harmful narratives created around mental illness, and she stresses the importance of mental health resources. We then continue to dig into her experience writing for TV, the steps you can take to break into TV writing, and the important role that community serves in your creative pursuits and how you can find that through an MFA experience.

Say 'Hi' to An Na on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/anwriting/

Head over to Na's shownotes page at https://88cupsoftea.com/podcast/an-na/ to find all the resources and books mentioned in her episode, tweetable quotes, and the timestamps of highlights throughout the entire conversation. 

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If you enjoyed this episode and would love to support our show, Patreon is the best way! Patrons at certain tiers get early access to extended interviews with Rachel Hawkins and New Leaf literary agent JL Stermer this month along with a collection of fantastic extended interviews from previous podcast episodes! If you’re not yet a Patron and you’d love early access to these interviews in addition to other cool benefits (snailmail, Storyteller Welcome Box, livestream hangouts with bookhaul and mystery box giveaways, etc.) head on over to patreon.com/88cupsoftea to sign up! 

Jun 27 2019

1hr 28mins

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SARAH DESSEN: Finding Your Voice On The Page

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Did you know we have a Patreon page!? Right now all Super Storytellers signed up at our “Silkie Chickens with Balloons” or “Snails with Mail” tier over in our Patreon get early access to interviews with Rachel Hawkins and literary agent JL Stermer this month! So, if you’re not yet a Super Storyteller and you’d love early access to these interviews in addition to other cool benefits, head on over to patreon.com/88cupsoftea and become a Patron at the “Silkie Chickens with Balloons” tier or our “Snails with Mail” tier.  

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For today’s new episode, we’ve partnered with Four Sigmatic. Four Sigmatic is a superfood company whose mission is to take over the world with their delicious coffees, teas, and cacaos that are all made with functional mushrooms and adaptogens.

Head over to foursigmatic.com/88cupsoftea to learn more and get 15% off your order. Thank you to our listeners for supporting a brand we love and a brand that believes in the work that we do here at 88 Cups of Tea. A special thank you to our sponsors and collaborators who help keep our show running!

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Are you curious about sustaining career longevity in your creative pursuits? How about ways to evolve your craft from story to story? Or how to develop strong romantic arcs? We talk about it all and so much more with Sarah Dessen!

Sarah is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen novels for teens, which have received numerous awards and rave reviews. Her books have been published in over thirty countries and have sold millions of copies worldwide. She’s the recipient of the 2017 Margaret A. Edwards Award from the American Library Association for outstanding contribution to young adult literature for her novels like Keeping the Moon, Dreamland, This Lullaby, The Truth about Forever, Just Listen, Along for the Ride, What Happened to Goodbye, and more.

In our conversation, we dive into how Sarah fell in love with storytelling and how her writing has evolved throughout her career. We discuss what it’s like to write for yourself versus writing to please others, and how her mother-daughter relationships in her books are inspired by her relationship with her own mother and daughter. She shares how embracing both the good and bad parts of ourselves in our writing can help us begin to heal, and the importance of seeking help when we need it. She then talks all about her most recent novel, The Rest Of The Story, and shares a behind the scenes look into the writing and publishing process. And later in our conversation, she walks us through her experience of changing publishers, shares tips on crafting romantic arcs, talks balancing finances and your craft, and how to overcome writer’s block.

Say 'Hi' to Sarah Dessen on Twitter: https://twitter.com/sarahdessen.

Head over to Sarah's shownotes page at https://88cupsoftea.com/podcast/sarah-dessen/ to find all the resources and books mentioned in her episode, tweetable quotes, and the timestamps of highlights throughout the entire conversation. 

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Jun 13 2019

1hr 6mins

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SONA CHARAIPOTRA: Navigating The Creative Pursuit

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For today’s new episode, we’ve partnered with Four Sigmatic. Four Sigmatic is a superfood company whose mission is to take over the world with their delicious coffees, teas, and cacaos that are all made with functional mushrooms and adaptogens.

Head over to foursigmatic.com/88cupsoftea to learn more and get 15% off your order. Thank you to our listeners for supporting a brand we love and a brand that believes in the work that we do here at 88 Cups of Tea. A special thank you to our sponsors and collaborators who help keep our show running!

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Curious to know how novels are adapted for TV and film? Or what book packaging is and how it fits into the publishing process? How about best practices for creative collaboration? We dive into it and more with Sona Charaipotra!

Sona is the author of her upcoming solo debut, Symptoms of a Heartbreak, and the co-author of Tiny Pretty Things and Shiny Broken Pieces. In addition to writing novels, Sona also worked as a celebrity reporter and editor at People and TeenPeople magazine and contributed to publications like the New York Times and TeenVogue. She’s also the co-founder of CAKE Literary, a boutique book packaging company.

In our conversation, she shares how she came to be a storyteller through screenwriting and fiction writing. We dive into how she adapts novels for film and TV along with a peek into her screenwriting process. She shares her thoughts on how our streaming culture creates space for YA and diverse content to thrive and reach wider audiences. We unpack CAKE Literary, from discussing what book packaging is and where it fits into the publishing process, to digging deep into CAKE’s mission on creating organic diversity through high-concept reads. Further into our conversation, we talk about best practices for listeners interested in co-authoring and seeking writing partners. Sona also gives us a snapshot of her highly anticipated novel Symptoms of a Heartbreak, and shares her best tips on overcoming writer’s block!

Say 'Hi' to Sona Charaipotra on Twitter: https://twitter.com/sona_c

Head over to Sona's shownotes page at https://88cupsoftea.com/podcast/sona-charaipotra/ to download a writing prompt she created just for 88 Cups of Tea listeners! You’ll also find all the resources and books mentioned in her episode, tweetable quotes, and the timestamps of highlights throughout the entire conversation. 

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May 30 2019

1hr 12mins

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THAO LE: On Being A Literary Agent

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Head over to foursigmatic.com/88cupsoftea to learn more and get 15% off your order. Thank you to our listeners for supporting a brand we love and a brand that believes in the work that we do here at 88 Cups of Tea. A special thank you to our sponsors and collaborators who help keep our show running!

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Have you ever wondered what it takes to become a literary agent? Or how a literary agent sells a manuscript? How about tips on improving your query letter? We discuss these topics and much more with Thao Le!

Thao is a literary agent at the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency. She represents Children’s books and Young Adult across many genres, and in the adult realm represents romantic leaning Fantasy and Light Science Fiction. Thao’s clients include NYT bestselling fantasy author Roshani Chokshi, NYT bestselling contemporary Young Adult author Sandhya Menon, Indie bestselling picture book author-illustrator Jessie Sima, and many more.

In our conversation, we dive deep into how Thao found her passion for stories and the steps she took to become a literary agent. We discuss how she learned to sell manuscripts, we walk through different kinds of book deals, get into details like what sub rights are in contracts, and shine some light on the financial side of being a literary agent. We talk about commercial hooks in query letters and her experience as a marginalized literary agent and a champion for representation. And Thao unpacks some of her favorite query letters and why they stood out to her. (P.S. You can download these query letters on her shownotes page!) 

Special note about this episode: A lot has changed from the time of the original interview back in January to the time of the release of Thao's podcast episode in May. As of March this year, Thao has changed to full-time agenting and no longer handles royalties for the agency. Everything in Thao's episode is accurate for when our interview took place. ENJOY!

Say 'Hi' to Thao Le on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ThaoLe8

Head over to Thao’s shownotes page at 88cupsoftea.com/podcast/thao-le to download three of Thao’s favorite query letters that caught her eye! You’ll also find all the resources and books mentioned in her episode, tweetable quotes, and the timestamps of highlights throughout the entire conversation!

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May 16 2019

1hr 8mins

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NAOMI NOVIK: Making Your Worlds Come Alive

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For today’s new episode, we’ve partnered with Four Sigmatic. Four Sigmatic is a superfood company whose mission is to take over the world with their delicious coffees, teas, and cacaos that are all made with functional mushrooms and adaptogens.

Head over to foursigmatic.com/88cupsoftea to learn more and get 15% off your order!

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Curious to know what goes into building vibrant worlds? How about crafting bold characters? Or where to find inspiration for your stories by combing through your day-to-day? We discuss these topics in detail and explore even more with Naomi Novik!

Naomi is the Nebula-award winning author known for her novels Uprooted and Spinning Silver and her Temeraire Series. She is also a founder of the Organization for Transformative Works and the Archive of Our Own website. 

In our conversation, she shares her love for the Fandom Community and how it helped her discover her passion for technology and writing. We dive deep into how she weaves together computer programing and storytelling to create her art, how she tackles her writing process to help her worlds come alive, and she gives us an inside look into her research process for historical fiction. She also shares her invaluable 3 cardinal rules for writing to help you improve your craft. And at the very end of our conversation, she chats about the exciting project she’s currently working on!

Say 'Hi' to Naomi Novik on Twitter: https://twitter.com/naominovik

To access Naomi's shownotes page to find all the resources and books mentioned in her episode, shareable quotes, and the timestamps of highlights throughout the entire conversation go to  https://88cupsoftea.com/podcast/naomi-novik/

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May 02 2019

1hr 14mins

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LAURIE HALSE ANDERSON: Healing Through The Pages

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For today’s new episode, we’ve partnered with Four Sigmatic. Four Sigmatic is a superfood company whose mission is to take over the world with their delicious coffees, teas, and cacaos that are all made with functional mushrooms and adaptogens.

Head over to foursigmatic.com/88cupsoftea to learn more and get 15% off your order!

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What are some resources to visit to help towards healing and recovery from sexual violence? How do we discover strength through our writing process and use kindness in our revision process? What are some ways to approach sensitive topics during the research process? We take a deep-dive in our conversation with Laurie Halse Anderson.

Laurie is an award-winning young adult author widely known for her novels Speak and Chains, both of which are National Book Award finalists. In her newly released poetry memoir, Shout, she shares deeply personal stories to advocate for survivors of sexual assault and highlight how little our society has changed to help combat sexual assault and support victims.

In our conversation, we discuss the importance of community and creating a safer culture, how we can work towards healing from the damages from sexual violence, and the ways sharing your pain and emotional truths can give you strength. Further into the episode, we talk about writing and the difference between inspiration and craft and how she uses kindness in her revision process. We dive into censorship and why it’s crucial for stories like Shout to be available to younger audiences, ways to approach sensitive research topics, and strategies on grappling with rejection.

Say 'Hi' to Laurie Halse Anderson on Twitter: https://twitter.com/halseanderson

To access Laurie’s shownotes page to find all the resources and books mentioned in her episode, shareable quotes, and the timestamps of highlights throughout the entire conversation go to www.88cupsoftea.com/podcast/laurie-halse-anderson

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Apr 18 2019

1hr 25mins

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