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London Writers' Salon
London Writers' Salon
Parul Bavishi, Matthew Trinetti

What does it take to launch, grow and sustain a successful career as a writer? Listen in each week as Matt &... more

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#105: Krystal Sutherland — Secrets To Writing a Page-Turner, Writing Young Adult Fantasy & Thrillers, How to Motivate Yourself, Amazon Studios

Young Adult Bestselling author Krystal Sutherland on the reality of hitting the New York Times Bestseller list, how she constructs... more

18 May 2024 · 58 minutes
#104: Rupal Patel — Lessons from the CIA, Building A Creative Practice, Prioritising Time & Writing Non-Fiction

Rupal Patel, an ex-CIA agent and author of From CIA to CEO on applying CIA tools to your personal and... more

04 May 2024 · 1 hour, 6 minutes
#103: Pádraig Ó Tuama — Reading, Analysing & Writing Poetry; Making A Living as a Poet

The poet and theologian Pádraig Ó Tuama tells us about his journey into poetry, how he knows a poem is... more

27 Apr 2024 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
#102: Michael Jamin — Writing for TV, Personal Essays, Self-Publishing & Building a Platform

TV writer Michael Jamin (‘Just Shoot Me!’ and ‘King of the Hill.’) on his experience as a writer and showrunner,... more

22 Apr 2024 · 59 minutes
#101: Eliza Reid — Writing Fiction & Nonfiction as Iceland's First Lady

The First Lady of Iceland Eliza Reid on her writing habits, her creative life and why the Iceland Writers’ Retreat... more

06 Apr 2024 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
#100: Clara Vulliamy — Crafting Picture Books and Older Children's Stories, Dealing with Rejection, Finding Your Voice

Clara Vulliamy, a children’s author of over 30 books on how she approaches collaboration, and what she’s learned from decades... more

30 Mar 2024 · 1 hour, 1 minute
#99: Kim Krizan — Writing 'Before Sunrise' series, Crafting Memorable Characters For Ethan Hawke & Julie Delpy & Other Screenwriting Tips

Before Sunrise cowriter, Kim Krizan on plotting for the screen, creating memorable characters for Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy and... more

23 Mar 2024 · 1 hour, 1 minute
#98: Chip Conley — Why Life Gets Better With Age, Creativity in Midlife, Role of Newsletters and Blogs, Creating Ideal Conditions for Writing

New York Times bestselling author Learning to Love Midlife on why life gets better with age, midlife as a chrysalis... more

10 Mar 2024 · 56 minutes
#97: Leo Vardiashvili — Disciplined Writing, From Aspiring to Debut Author, Plotting Literary Fiction, Maintaining Pace, Organising the Query Process

Leo Vardiashvili on disciplined writing, completing his literary novel and writing about home.

03 Mar 2024 · 53 minutes
#96: Lucinda Halpern — How to Get Signed With a Literary Agent, Unlock Your Book’s Big Idea, Query Letter Essentials, Unconventional Ways to Engage With Beta-Readers

New York Literary Agent Lucinda Halpern on positioning your book, finding the big idea for your pitch and finding and... more

25 Feb 2024 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
#095: Hester Musson — Writing Gothic Historical Thrillers, Querying Agents, Moving Past Rejection, Creating Tense Dialogue

Hester Musson (The Beholders) on getting published, and the research, writing and querying process for her gothic historical thriller.

17 Feb 2024 · 58 minutes
#094: Farrah Storr — Lessons from a former Editor-In-Chief at ELLE & Cosmopolitan on Writing Engaging Articles, Substack, and Leaning into Discomfort

Farrah Storr, former Editor-In-Chief (ELLE/ Cosmopolitan) and Head of Writer Partnerships for Substack on what it takes to grab the... more

11 Feb 2024 · 54 minutes
#93: Jami Attenberg — Writing 1000 Words A Day, Learning How to Write Again, Finding Creative Inspiration, Committing to Creativity Daily

The New York Times bestselling author Jami Attenberg talks about her latest non-fiction book 1000 Words: A Writer’s Guide to... more

03 Feb 2024 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
#92: Alex Bescoby - Documentary Storytelling, Brand Partnerships, Funding for Filmmaking, Editing for TV and Pulling Together The Right Team

Filmmaker, author, presenter Alex Bescoby (The Last Overland) takes us behind the scenes of his Channel 4 documentary. We discuss... more

28 Jan 2024 · 1 hour, 6 minutes
#091: Suzie Sheehy — Writing Popular Science, Making Complex Subjects Accessible, Narrative Nonfiction, The Reality Of Getting Published, Twelve Experiments That Changed Our World

Accelerator Physicist and author Dr. Suzie Sheehy (THE MATTER OF EVERYTHING: TWELVE EXPERIMENTS THAT CHANGED OUR WORLD) on simple storytelling... more

20 Jan 2024 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
#090: David Arnold — Writing Love Stories, Building Strong Characters, Mastering Young Adult Novels, From Musician to Writer

New York Times bestselling author David Arnold on his journey from professional musician to writer, choosing POV, using vignettes and... more

13 Jan 2024 · 59 minutes
#089: Emma Gannon — The Success Myth, Substack, Self-Publishing, Productivity Dysmorphia, The Arrival Fallacy, Being A Happy Creative

Emma Ganon on The Success Myth, our obsession with achievement and how to let go of the idea of having... more

30 Dec 2023 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
#088: Seth Godin — The Practice of Making & Shipping Work That Matters, Marketing, Creative Courage, The Resistance, Finding Purpose, Building Community

Bestselling Writer and influential thinker Seth Godin on his journey into writing, and his latest books, The Song of Significance... more

23 Dec 2023 · 59 minutes
#087: Victoria Hislop — Writing Bestselling Historical Fiction, Researching History, Character Development, Evoking Sense of Place, Planning A Novel

Bestselling historical fiction novelist Victoria Hislop (The Island, The Figurines) on how she started writing, the realities of research, and... more

17 Dec 2023 · 57 minutes
#086: Gwyn Bennett — Navigating & Succeeding in Self-Publishing, Pros and Cons of Traditional Publishing, Writing Sales Copy, Amazon Categories, Building an Audience, Handling Rights, Hiring Help

Crime mystery author Gwyn Bennett about how she built a successful indie publishing business sold thousands of her own books,... more

09 Dec 2023 · 59 minutes
#085: Maggie Smith — Crafting Viral Poems, Writing Memoir, Becoming a Better Poet, Narrative Device, Substack, Commercial vs Creative Work

Award-winning poet and writer on her process of crafting a poem, how she brought lyric sensibility to her memoir, and... more

02 Dec 2023 · 55 minutes
#084: Jean Kwok — Writing Family Drama & Constructing Thrillers, Successful Daily Writing Routines, Handling Failure & Pressure, How to Stay Focused On Your Craft

Jean Kwok (New York Times bestselling author) on writing family drama and thrillers, the process of creating compelling characters and... more

25 Nov 2023 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
#083: Peter Komolafe — Rewriting Your Relationship with Money & Visualising Success, Writing Non-Fiction, Building A Brand

Nonfiction writer and financial advisor Peter Komolafe on pulling himself out of homelessness struggles with debt through to becoming a... more

18 Nov 2023 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
#081: Publisher Natalie Doherty — The Magic of Writing for Children, Market Trends, Behind the Scenes of Publishing, Children’s Book Categories, Social Media

Natalie Doherty, HarperCollin’s Children’s Publishing Director on what she looks for when acquiring books, the case against writing toward market... more

11 Nov 2023 · 55 minutes
#081: Ellie Middleton — Writing While Neurodivergent & Building An Audience, Writing Nonfiction, Content Creation & Going Viral

Youtuber and author Ellie Middleton on how she started sharing her work publicly, her viral posts, how she’s built an... more

04 Nov 2023 · 1 hour, 11 minutes
#080: Benjamin Hutchinson — Writing & Reading as Tools for a Meaningful Life, Writing Big Idea Nonfiction, Learning from Literary Greats

Prize-winning essayist, literary critic, and professor of European literature, Ben Hutchinson on finding his voice as a writer and on... more

28 Oct 2023 · 1 hour, 1 minute
#079: Herminia Ibarra — Navigating Career Transitions & Owning the Writing Identity. Also, Writing Big-Idea NonFiction, Being a Confident Writer, Learning Goals Vs Performance Goals

Professor Herminia Ibarra on reinventing your career, how to gain confidence as a writer, why thinking first and then acting... more

21 Oct 2023 · 58 minutes
#078: Chris Guillebeau — Embracing Experimentation in Money-Making and Creativity, Plus Writing Non-Fiction and Tools for Creators

Chris Guillebeau (Side Hustle School podcast) on the new rules of money, how people are making money in the new... more

14 Oct 2023 · 59 minutes
#077: Guinevere Turner — Writing 'Go Fish', 'American Psycho', Crafting Memoir & Excavating Memories of Growing Up in a Cult

Actress and writer Guinevere Turner on her unconventional journey from screenwriting (Go Fish/ American Psycho) to memoir When the World... more

07 Oct 2023 · 51 minutes
#076: Harriet Johnson — Writing Non-Fiction, Storytelling Like a Barrister & Writing to Inspire Change

Writer and barrister Harriet Johnson on her process for writing, researching, planning and pitching her nonfiction book: "Enough: The Violence... more

01 Oct 2023 · 52 minutes
#075: Natasha Lance Rogoff — Bringing Sesame Street to Russia & Writing Memoir, Behind the Scenes Of A Global Television Series, Art in Times of War

Documentary filmmaking Natasha Lance Rogoff on bringing Sesame Street to Russia, the mechanics of a television global series, what makes... more

23 Sep 2023 · 1 hour,
#074: Joy Sullivan — Growing a Community Around Your Poetry & Writing, Dealing With Creative Blocks, Avoiding Cliches, Tips for Reading & Writing Poetry

Poet and community builder Joy Sullivan @joysullivanpoet on the craft of poetry, tips for reading and writing poetry and why... more

16 Sep 2023 · 1 hour, 1 minute
#073: Nicola May — Self-Publishing Bestselling Rom-Coms, Using Price To Drive Sales, Writing From The Heart, Marketing Tips and The Importance of Persistence

Nicola May, a bestselling rom-com author, on publishing 16 books, making money through self-publishing what authors need to know about... more

09 Sep 2023 · 58 minutes
#072: Cyndie Spiegel — Writing NonFiction, Microjoys, Finding Joy in Difficult Times & Navigating Transitions

Author Cyndie Spiegel (Microjoys: Finding Hope (Especially) When Life Is Not Okay) on how she approaches moments of major transition... more

26 Aug 2023 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
#071: Ed Wilson — Submitting to Agents & Navigating Publishing, Junior vs Experienced Agents, How to Follow up with Agents, Smaller vs Larger Literary Agencies

London-based Literary Agent Ed Wilson (Johnson & Alcock) on the relationship between agents and authors, how writers can discern if... more

19 Aug 2023 · 43 minutes
#070: Hannah Bos — Writing TV From The Heart, HBO’s Somebody Somewhere, Artistic Partnerships, Writing Friendships For The Screen

Screenwriter Hannah Bos (HBO’s Somebody Somewhere/ Amazon’s Mozart In The Jungle) on landing a series with HBO, her journey as... more

12 Aug 2023 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
#069: Polina Marinova Pompliano — Writing Newsletters and Non-Fiction, Ambition vs Delusion, How to Study & Learn From Geniuses

Former Fortune writer Polina Marinova and founder of the popular newsletter 'The Profile' talks about growing her Substack to make... more

05 Aug 2023 · 1 hour,
#068: Samantha Shannon — Writing Fantasy Fiction, Plotting, Worldbuilding & Keeping Anxiety At Bay

Bestselling fantasy writer Samantha Shannon on dealing with early success, plotting a seven-book fantasy series and keeping anxiety at bay.

29 Jul 2023 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
#067: Megan Davis — Writing Literary Thrillers & Crime Fiction, Dual Timelines, Bringing Conflict To The Page

Award-winning and debut thriller writer Megan Davis on her book The Messenger, which was influenced by her experience as a... more

22 Jul 2023 · 59 minutes
#066: Ricardo Fayet — How to Promote Your Book In a Crowded Marketplace, Finding Readers, Finding Freelance Help with Reedsy

Marketer and Reedsy Co-founder Ricardo Fayet on the essential elements of marketing your book, the importance of knowing your target... more

17 Jul 2023 · 53 minutes
#065: Maggie O’Farrell — The Art Of Writing & The Marriage Portrait

Award-winning writer Maggie O’Farrell on the role that Arvon played in her early writing career, how she crafts her novels... more

09 Jul 2023 · 56 minutes
#064: Madeleine Milburn — Catching an Agent's Eye & Building an Author-First Agency

Literary Agent Madeleine Milburn on her route into agenting, the common mistakes she sees in submissions, and what she think... more

01 Jul 2023 · 55 minutes
#063: Krystal Sutherland — Writing Young Adult Novels & Bringing Characters to Life

NYT bestselling author Krystal Sutherland on writing young adult novels, bringing characters to life and how she visualises her stories.

24 Jun 2023 · 48 minutes
#062: Emilie Marneur — The Business of Publishing, Role of A Literary Scout, Behind-The-Scenes at the Launch of Amazon Publishing & Audible, Launching Digital-First Imprint Embla & Marketing Essentials.

Emilie Marneur shares her experience of being at the forefront of innovations in the publishing industry. We talk about publishing... more

10 Jun 2023 · 49 minutes
#061: Joanna Nadin — Lessons From Writing 90+ Books for Kids, Teens & Adults, Writing Tools & Plotting Your Book

Award-winning author of 90 books, Joanna Nadin, talks about writing engaging stories for and about kids, and the writing practices... more

03 Jun 2023 · 1 hour,
#060: Natalie Lue & Hattie Crisell — Forging A Portfolio Career: From Journalism To Starting A Substack Newsletter, Launching A Podcast, Self Publishing and Landing A Publishing Deal

Natalie Lue (@natlue) and Hattie Crisell (@hattiehattie) are writers who have forged successful portfolio careers. We explore their adventures in... more

27 May 2023 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
#059: Madeleine Dore — Rethinking Writing Ruts & Routines, Imperfect Creative Processes, Substack, Blogging, Creative Cycles

Madeleine Dore, author of ‘I Didn’t Do The Thing Today’ on rethinking writing routines and ruts and embracing imperfection in... more

20 May 2023 · 1 hour, 1 minute
#058: Steven Pressfield — The War of Art, Battling Resistance, Having A Creative Calling, Writing Memoir

Steven Pressfield on what it means to have a creative calling, faith, his experience writing across multiple genres, and his... more

13 May 2023 · 1 hour,
#057: Abigail Bergstrom — On Becoming A Literary Agent, Tips For Building An Author Brand, Inside the Publishing Industry, Recovering From Burnout

Literary Agent and writer Abigail Bergstrom on her publishing career, choosing to leave editing for agenting, facing and recovering from... more

06 May 2023 · 59 minutes
#056: Jonathan Escoffery — Writing Award-Winning Short Stories, World Building, Managing Reader Anticipation, Dynamic Storytelling

Short story writer Jonathan Escoffery on his process for writing his short story collection, If I Survive You, how... more

29 Apr 2023 · 1 hour, 1 minute
London Writers' Salon
#060: Natalie Lue & Hattie Crisell — Forging A Portfolio Career: From Journalism To Starting A Substack Newsletter, Launching A Podcast, Self Publishing and Landing A Publishing Deal
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Natalie Lue (@natlue) and Hattie Crisell (@hattiehattie) are writers who have forged successful portfolio careers. We explore their adventures in journalism, blogging,... more