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The Book I HAD to Write
The Book I HAD to Write
Paul Zakrzewski

Welcome to the Book I had to write. This is the show where I feature critically-acclaimed writers, who tell me about the... more

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Episodes

What do you need to know about marketing your book in 2024? with Kathleen Schmidt

Last year, I came across an essay called “Book Publishing is Broken” by today’s podcast guest, Kathleen Schmidt .Using her... more

21 Feb 2024 · 34 minutes
The past is every bit as unpredictable as the future, with Abigail Thomas

In this converation with memoirist Abigail Thomas, we discuss the backstory of writing Safekeeping, and that now-classic memoir was initially... more

14 Feb 2024 · 29 minutes
From Pet-Sitting to Publishing, with Chérie Newman

In this episode, I talk with author, musician and audio producer Chérie Newman about her humorous experiences pet-sitting unruly critters... more

07 Feb 2024 · 33 minutes
Mystic vs. Mainstream, with Jay Michaelson

In this episode, I talk with author, professor, journalist, and rabbi Jay Michaelson. After publishing nine other books of nonfiction... more

31 Jan 2024 · 35 minutes
What is the future of literary journals? with Travis Kurowski

Last fall, administrators at Gettysburg College announced the shuttering of the prestigious Gettysburg Review. This just seemed like the latest... more

24 Jan 2024 · 23 minutes
How to Jumpstart Your Memoir the Low-Stakes Way, with Amity Reed & Paul Zakrzewski

Why would anyone want to jumpstart their memoir? For one thing, you’re tasked with plumbing your memory for sometimes difficult... more

17 Jan 2024 · 22 minutes
Brutalities: Crafting truth thru braided essays with Margo Steines

In this week’s episode of The Book I Had to Write, I talk with Margo Steines, the author of Brutalities:... more

10 Jan 2024 · 33 minutes
An urgent & possibly helpful conversation with Jeannine Ouellette

In the Season 3 launch, Jeannine Ouellette, author of the memoir The Part That Burns and creator of the Writing... more

03 Jan 2024 · 38 minutes
How do you write about yourself and others? with Sari Botton (From the Archives)

For this final post of 2023, here’s one from the archives — perhaps the most popular episode of The Book... more

27 Dec 2023 · 47 minutes
S2 Bonus Episode: What's Your Biggest Challenge With Writing?

I’ve just wrapped up season 2 of The Book I Had to Write, and I hope you’ve enjoyed... more

27 Jul 2023 · 2 minutes
The Book I HAD to Write
What do you need to know about marketing your book in 2024? with Kathleen Schmidt
The Book I HAD to Write