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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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#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: Ep 73 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
#055: Dr Gloria Mark — Finding Focus For Creativity, 4 Different Attention States, Practicing Forethought, “Flow" vs “Focused Attention”

Dr. Gloria Mark on her 30+ year writing and academic career, the different attention states, how we can get into... more

16 Apr 2023 · 1 hour, 1 minute
#054: Anna Jordan — Developing as a Playwright, TV Writing (Killing Eve/ Succession), Shitty First Drafts, Overcoming Self Doubt.

Anna Jordan playwright (Yen/ Bruntwood Prize) and screenwriter (Killing Eve, Succession) on how she developed as a playwright. Plus,... more

08 Apr 2023 · 59 minutes
#053: Stephen Markley — Writing Epic Novels, Creating Sprawling Narratives, Inside TV Writers Rooms, Persisting as a Writer, Having Stephen King As A Fan, Making Money As A Writer, Staying Away from Feedback

Novelist and screenwriter Stephen Markley on writing his 900-page epic novel The Deluge and what it’s like to count Stephen... more

01 Apr 2023 · 56 minutes
#052: Orna Ross — How to Succeed as Indie Author, Marketing Essentials, Paying Yourself First

Poet, novelist and founder of the Alliance of Independent Authors, Orna Ross, on her career from traditional to indie publishing,... more

25 Mar 2023 · 1 hour, 7 minutes
#051: Cecile Pin — Writing Literary Fiction, Telling Your Family’s Story, Starting Your Career as an Author, Reality of Working In Publishing, Advice For First-Time Authors

Debut novelist Cecile Pin, author of Wandering Souls (nominated for the Women's Prize for Fiction, 2023), on her writing choices.... more

18 Mar 2023 · 53 minutes
#050: Jasmine Richards — Creating Bestselling Children’s Book Series, Ideating, Secrets Of A Great Pitch & The Business Of Children’s Publishing

Jasmine Richards, editor, writer, and award-winning founder of StoryMix Studio, talks to us about the business of children’s publishing and... more

11 Mar 2023 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
#049: Huma Qureshi — Writing the Memoir You're Not Sure You Can Write, Writing About Grief, Importance Of Role Models

Writer Huma Qureshi on how you know you’re ready to write a memoir. Plus, the importance of role models, writing... more

04 Mar 2023 · 51 minutes
#048: Oliver Burkeman — Writing Impactful Articles, Making the Most of Our Finite Lives, Reevaluate Your Relationship With Time, Being Happier

Oliver Burkeman @oliverburkeman, author of Four Thousand Weeks, on his process for writing impactful articles, reevaluating our relationship with time,... more

28 Feb 2023 · 59 minutes
#047: Rebecca Stott — Balancing Writing & Researching Historical Fiction, Chasing Your Curiosity, Accuracy In Historical Fiction, The 'History Of Emotions'

Award-winning writer and historian Rebecca Stott on how she balances researching and writing, accuracy in historical fiction and the importance... more

20 Feb 2023 · 58 minutes
#046: ​​Bec Evans & Chris Smith — How To Overcome Creative Blocks & Get It Written. Plus Banish Procrastination, Dealing With Imperfect Environments, The Power Of Noticing

Authors and writing coaches Bec Evans (@eva_bec) and Chris Smith (@beprolifiko) on techniques that have helped thousands of writers get... more

11 Feb 2023 · 1 hour, 8 minutes
#045: Jay Clouse — Find Your Niche, Become a Professional Creator & Build Your Creative Platform. Learn To Experiment, Charge Without Guilt

Jay Clouse (@Jay Clouse), entrepreneur, writer and host of The Creative Elements Podcast on professional content creation, finding your niche... more

04 Feb 2023 · 1 hour, 7 minutes
#044: Eimear Ryan — Learning to Write a Novel, Creative Resilience & Behind The Scenes of a Literary Press

Author and co-founder of Banshee Press, Eimear Ryan (@eimear_ryan) on her 13-year journey to writing her award-nominated debut book, the... more

29 Jan 2023 · 59 minutes
#043: Tom Rob Smith - Writing Thrillers, Screenplays & High-Stakes Stories

Award winning novelist and screenwriter Tom Rob Smith (Child 44 Trilogy & American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace)... more

21 Jan 2023 · 1 hour, 6 minutes
#042: Laura Kay — Writing Romantic Comedy, Creating Relatable Characters and Queer Visibility in Fiction

Novelist Laura Kay (@lauraelizakay) on her writing journey from journalism to novels, how her writing career was launched from Penguin... more

14 Jan 2023 · 58 minutes
#041: Christy Lefteri - Using Real Stories to Inspire Powerful Fiction

Christy Lefteri, the international-best selling author of The Beekeeper of Aleppo and Songbirds on finding inspiration from real life, how... more

07 Jan 2023 · 57 minutes
#040: Jean Kwok — Overcoming Fear & Rejection & Writing Novels That Move Readers

Award-winning novelist Jean Kwok talks about her writing journey from poverty to becoming a bestselling author, how she drafts and... more

31 Dec 2022 · 1 hour, 6 minutes
#039: Nikesh Shukla: Breaking Into Publishing, Lessons From Running A Literary Agency & Writing A Memoir

Award-winning writer and the founder of The Good Agency, Nikesh Shukla (@nikeshshukla), on the journey to becoming a writer, running... more

17 Dec 2022 · 51 minutes
#038: Derek Sivers - Focus, Ambition, Writing Clearly & How to Live

Entrepreneur, publisher and writer Derek Sivers (@sivers) on giving away $22 million, breaking rules, why “If it’s not a hell... more

10 Dec 2022 · 1 hour, 18 minutes
#037: Daniel Paisner - Secrets from the 'World's Most Prolific Ghostwriter', Working With Serena Williams, How To Unearth The True Story

New York Times Bestselling author and ghostwriter Daniel Paisner on how he landed his first ghostwriting job, how the ghostwriting... more

04 Dec 2022 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
#036: Pragya Agarwal — From Academic Writing to Big Idea Nonfiction & Tackling Complex Ideas

Celebrated and award-winning nonfiction writer Pragya Agarwal on moving from academia to commercial and big idea nonfiction, finding her voice,... more

26 Nov 2022 · 50 minutes
#035: Soman Chainani — Writing Dark Tales For Children, Navigating Hollywood & Balancing Creative Work With Discipline

Bestselling children’s book author, Soman Chainani @SomanChainani about his early days working in the film industry, overcoming failure and rejection,... more

19 Nov 2022 · 55 minutes
#034: Bonnie MacBird — Sherlock Holmes, Crime Fiction, Lessons from Hollywood & NaNoWriMo

Bonnie MacBird (@macbird), screenwriter and author behind HarperCollins' Sherlock Holmes mysteries talks about her early career working for Universal, co-writing... more

12 Nov 2022 · 1 hour, 6 minutes
#033: Joanna Penn — The Indie Writer Path, Web 3.0 & AI-Assisted Creativity

Bestselling Indie Author and podcast Joanna Penn (@thecreativepenn) on what it means to be an indie writer today, the mindset... more

05 Nov 2022 · 1 hour, 7 minutes
#032: David Whyte — Poetic Imagination & The Way of the Poet

Internationally renowned poet David Whyte (@whytedw) on his life and craft as a poet, writer, and speaker. We explore poetic... more

29 Oct 2022 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
#031: Beth Kempton — Becoming a Fearless Writer & Writing Bestselling Non-Fiction

Bestselling author Beth Kempton (@DoWhatYouLoveXx) about her journey into writing, from her first published book Freedom Seeker to her latest... more

22 Oct 2022 · 1 hour, 16 minutes
#030: Harriet Minter — Manage Your Time & Regain Control Of Your Creative Career

How can we escape the trap of overworking and spend more time on our creative work? Journalist, writer and hybrid... more

15 Oct 2022 · 57 minutes
#029: Stacey Halls — Writing Historical Fiction & Building A Life Around Your Writing

Bestselling historical fiction writer Stacey Halls (@stacey_halls) on her path from rejection to becoming an award-winning author, researching and plotting... more

08 Oct 2022 · 52 minutes
#028: Nir Eyal — How to Build An 'Indistractible' Writing Life

Bestselling author and behavioral design expert, Nir Eyal @nirandfar) on what it means to be ‘Indistractible’, and how we can... more

01 Oct 2022 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
#027: Hamish McKenzie — The Future of Newsletters, Writing About Elon Musk & How to Make It on Substack

Substack co-founder and writer Hamish McKenzie on the future of newsletters, how to make it on Substack and why he... more

27 Sep 2022 · 40 minutes
#026: Julia Cameron — Writing With Intuition, Overcoming Perfectionism & Pursuing The Artist’s Way

Bestselling writer Julia Cameron on how to listen to your intuition, essential tools every writer needs and how to overcome... more

21 Sep 2022 · 51 minutes
#025: Will Storr — The Science of Storytelling, Moving Past Rejection & Writing Impactful Non-Fiction

Award-winning author, Will Storr (@wstorr) on The Science of Storytelling, his Sacred Flaw technique, how he approaches his nonfiction writing,... more

13 Sep 2022 · 54 minutes
#24: Steph Smith - Beyond Blogging: Self-Publishing, Creating Content & Selling with Heart

Writer, growth marketer and independent creative Steph Smith on launching side projects quickly, how she evolved her blog (400k readers)... more

03 Sep 2022 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
#023: Rebecca Schiller — The Art Of Writing A Memoir, Writing Truthfully and Dealing With Neurodivergence

Journalist, author and writing coach Rebecca Schiller on the art of writing a memoir, writing uncomfortable truths, her recent ADHD... more

27 Aug 2022 · 57 minutes
#022: Kat Falls: How to Brainstorm Like a Screenwriter, Writing YA and Creating Complex Fantasy Worlds

Award-winning Young Adult writer and screenwriting tutor (Northwestern University) Kat Falls on Brainstorming Like a Screenwriter, challenging your characters, writing... more

20 Aug 2022 · 56 minutes
#021: Yancey Strickler — Overcoming Creative Anxiety, The Importance Of Sharing Your Ideas With Others, and How To Create A Better Future with Bentoism

Writer, creative entrepreneur and co-founder of Kickstarter, Yancey Strickler, on his career from a music journalist to launching crowd-funding platform... more

14 Aug 2022 · 56 minutes
#020: Katherine May — Writing Memoirs, Wintering, and Embracing Every Season of a Creative Life

New York Times Bestselling Author Katherine May on writing memoirs, writing through fallow periods, finding our natural rhythm, and how... more

06 Aug 2022 · 48 minutes
#019: Emma Reed Turrell — Turn Your Expertise Into A Book, Learn To Set Boundaries & Stop "People Pleasing" In Your Writing

Psychotherapist and podcaster Emma Reed Turrell on how she developed her writing practice alongside her day job, how to stop... more

30 Jul 2022 · 52 minutes
#018: Ruta Septys — How to Write Gripping Historical Fiction, The Importance of Melody And Rhythm & Giving Voice to Underrepresented History.

#1 New York Times bestselling author of historical fiction, and Carnegie winner Ruta Sepetys about the art of researching and... more

23 Jul 2022 · 55 minutes
#017: Natalie Lue — Reclaim Control of Your Emotional & Creative Life & Choose Your Own Publishing Path

Blogger, author, podcaster Natalie Lue (Baggage Reclaim) on how she launched her successful blog and expanded into writing books and... more

16 Jul 2022 · 1 hour, 1 minute
#016: Marti Leimbach — The Art of Writing a Novel

NY Times Bestselling Author and Oxford University Tutor, Marti Leimbach, on the art and craft of writing and plotting a... more

09 Jul 2022 · 49 minutes
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#017: Natalie Lue — Reclaim Control of Your Emotional & Creative Life & Choose Your Own Publishing Path
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Blogger, author, podcaster Natalie Lue (Baggage Reclaim) on how she launched her successful blog and expanded into writing books and launching a... more