Rob Cohen and Christine Roth didn’t plan to start Rothco Press.
But watching the explosion of content that eBooks and self-publishing has created, the couple realized that good books weren’t getting the attention they deserved. With so much content to wade through looking for what you want, many books just drown.
With their experience producing film and television, Rob and Christine bring a unique approach to publishing- dedication to the story itself and a desire to see that story reach the world in whatever form it can. What does this mean for a writer? If you have a great story, Rob and Christine not only want to see it published as a book in print, but also explore the way the story could be a TV show or a film. From their point of view, the best way to get a story made into a movie is to write a book that can be adapted.
From inside the film world in Hollywood, this fresh perspective on getting ideas and stories out in front of people where they can read, watch, and enjoy them was hugely galvanizing. I love the matter-of-fact energy these two bring to books. I’m sure you’ll love hearing this conversation. Enjoy! **Also, Rob and Christine were kind enough to provide the show with some books to give away as part of this episode! Make sure you’re following us on Instagram to find out about the contest where you can win free books!**
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Discussed in Episode 49 with Rob Cohen and Christine Roth:
- The explosion of content in today’s publishing world
- Why a story doesn’t stop with a book
- Getting your book optioned
- What makes a good story in the entertainment world
- The mentality needed to work with the entertainment industry as a writer
- Why who you, the writer, are can be just as meaningful as the story you have to tell
- Why having a book out of print can be a good thing
- What it takes to pitch a book to be optioned.
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Madelyn Kent has found a surprising way into creativity.
For many of us who write, we spend a lot of time up in our heads. We might even spend most of our time in our heads. Since writers are making up worlds, it does make sense that our daydreams would come from our minds and that, as artists who create with words, thinking would be our happy place. But when we get stuck, staying in the mind can be a trap.
I was delighted to have a different sort of conversation this week with Madelyn, who has taught playwriting, screenwriting, and theater at NYU. In 2008, she began training in the Feldenkrais method and, through that work, began to see parallels between movement and the creative process. Since this discovery, she has developed Sense Writing, a method that combines writing with movement sequences and often opens up creative awareness and flow.
I love it when I keep coming back to a subject, like writing and creating books, and keep discovering new worlds and approaches to creativity and expression. I hope this episode reminds us all that not only are we not brains in jars, we are better writers for it. Building a connection with the body can open up all kinds of possibility in your writing. I can’t wait for you to listen to this episode and see why.
Listen up on iTunes | Madelyn’s website | Sense Writing Courses | Blog | Facebook
Discussed in Episode 48 with Madelyn Kent:
- The relationship between the body and creativity
- How Sense Writing was created
- The Sense Writing process
- Connecting movement and writing
- The need to let go of control of writing
- Bringing movement into a creative life
- The Feldenkrais method
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Cory Doctorow not only writes about the future, he’s also advocating for a better one in reality.
As I get more familiar with the world of Science Fiction, it strikes me that most writers in this area are also secretly activists of some form or another. Cory Doctorow, author of numerous books, including the forthcoming Walkaway, is also the co-editor of BoingBoing and a technology activist. He is a special consultant to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (eff.org), a non-profit civil liberties group that defends freedom in technology law, policy, standards and treaties. He holds an honorary doctorate in computer science from the Open University (UK), where he is a Visiting Professor; he is also a MIT Media Lab Research Affiliate. In 2007, he served as the Fulbright Chair at the Annenberg Center for Public Diplomacy at the University of Southern California.
What this means for this episode? I was eager to talk about Cory’s latest book, which feels incredibly relevant in the wacky times we are living in throughout the world, but I was also eager to talk about technology as a whole and the impact he sees our crazy times having on publishing and on writing books in general. One of the beautiful things about Science Fiction is that it tends to present a possible future. We are able to think deeply about how we would like our future to look when reading about one potential outcome. If we want that future to be different, we can look at the course the world is taking right now and respond differently. I was inspired to ask these kind of questions while reading Walkaway, and as I spoke to Cory. I hope you will be similarly inspired. As always, please do share thoughts in the comments below or join the conversation on the Facebook Page for the show.
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Discussed in Episode 47 with Cory Doctorow:
- His new novel, Walkaway
- Where his ideas come from
- The odd way books seem timely when they come out, even after years of work
- The trouble with DRM
- Loopholes in laws around DRM
- Trends in publishing both in eBooks and hard copy
- On writing for young adults as well as adults
- How Cory came to write science fiction
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Guinevere de la Mare is a renaissance woman, with books.
I met Guinevere because I stumbled upon a meeting of the Silent Book Club at the XO conference last September in Portland. I was delighted to see a whole group of people quietly reading together, out in public. Finally, the perfect social outing for introverts!
Upon connecting with Guinevere to learn more about this reading haven, I was fascinated to hear about her career at Chronicle Books prior to creating the SBC. Even better- she has a book coming out this August and was excited to talk about that. So… if you’re into discussing the perils of calling yourself a writer, the early days of online media for publishers, how to start your own chapter of the Silent Book Club so you, too can read peacefully out in the world, this is going to be a very happy episode for you.
Listen up on iTunes | Guinevere’s Website | Guinevere’s Books | The Silent Book Club | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
Discussed in Episode 46 with Guinevere de la Mare:
- The slow and circuitous path to calling herself a writer
- The social rules around reading in public
- How family baggage and expectations can change what you expect out of your career
- Art History as the alternate degree if Creative Writing is too scary as a major?
- What being a “Writer” means
- The early days at Chronicle Books
- The beginnings of social media in publishing
- Creating the Silent Book Club as a way to escape the screen
- Contributing as a writer to anthologies
- Creating her own book Mentioned: I’d Rather Be Reading
- Gathering collaborators for an anthology
- How she got a book deal
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After winning a contract with the publisher of her dreams, Katie Dalebout sat down to write her first book.
She submitted the proposal in the 11th hour before the deadline and won, an amazing story that makes up the introduction of her book, Let it Out: A Journey Into Journaling. Instead of re-telling that story, we discussed the nitty gritty details of sitting down and writing and editing the book after she had gotten the proposal approved and received her book advance. Listen up to learn how Katie created her writing schedule, why having an advance motivated her, her decision to use part of her advance to hire a copyeditor, and the experience of doing the re-writes.
I love this conversation because we get into the process of writing, what it feels like to sit down and do it in the midst of a busy life. Katie is quite self-aware and talks opening about writing this book in her early twenties and how now, in her late twenties, she already sees that she’s quite a different person who hopes to write very different books in the future. If you’re looking for tips to structure your writing sessions and context on how to get the book done along with the rest of your life, this episode will serve you well.
Listen up on iTunes | Katie’s website | Let it Out | Let it Out podcast | Facebook | Twitter
Show notes for Episode 45 with Katie Dalebout:
- The joy of being a guest on a podcast when you’ve been a host (2:00)
- The odd experience of time warp when a book came out (3:00)
- Journaling and writing for yourself vs. writing a book for others (3:40)
- Becoming a journaler (4:00)
- Deciding to write a book about journaling (6:45)
- Learning to be with yourself through writing (8:00)
- The tension of being present (10:30)
- Writing as an activity that doesn’t allow multitasking (11:45)
- The fitness class and mental strengthening connection (13:20)
- Meditation as a source of presence (13:45)
- The impact of personal practices on the writing of the book (14:40)
- Capturing ideas for the book when out in the world (15:20)
- The beauty of a long deadline (15:40)
- Writing the book once the proposal was set (16:30)
- Strategies for writing while working a full-time job (17:00)
- Setting yourself up for success for the next day at the end of a writing session (17:30)
- The beauty of focusing on one thing at a time (18:40)
- Knowing when in the day you’re productive and how much time to spend on writing (20:45)
- The constant negotiation for writing time (21:45) Mentioned: Eat that Frog
- The influence of the podcast on the book (23:40)
- The tension of taking in and putting out (26:00)
- 60,000 thoughts a day and the impact on life (26:30) Mentioned: Josh Radnor’s episode on Katie’s podcast
- How Katie went through the editing process (29:30) Mentioned: Hay House publisher
- The editor’s letter and the re-writing process (32:00)
- The editing timeline (35:00)
- On setting projects aside until the right time (36:40)
- Looking at writing ideas and how they change as we change (37:40)
- The final edit round (37:45)
- Moving into the marketing phase (38:40)
- On writing a book vs blogging and podcasting (39:00)
- Trying out the journaling prompts and what they are inspired by (42:00)
- Preparing and protecting against a vulnerability hangover (44:00)
- The night before the book came out (44:45)
- The reality of what family reads when your book comes out (45:15)
- Defining her role as the author of the book (46:00)
- What you know in your 20s & what you don’t (46:30)
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