Episode 14: A brief pause for celebration

No lesson this week! Celebrate, everyone!


Writing update: I finished my revision of FINDING LUCY!

Shout out to SPL, whose seventh floor will always have a special place in my heart.

Reading update: I love SPL’s ebooks available now page. It is a magical, fun page. For example, when I went to that page to get the link for these very notes, I downloaded Me before You by JoJo Moyes!

And spoiler alert: my agent did not hate my revision, and it is on submission now! Hey-o!

Next week: how to pitch research-y essays. Please come back; do not judge me by this exuberant two-minute podcast about how much I love downloading high-demand ebooks.

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Episode 13: How to submit short stories

Welcome to Part 2 in a series on How to get your work published! Part 1–a general overview of paths to publication–is right here. Find all the episodes in the series here.


Getting published used to seem like a weird, opaque process to me. Luckily, I had friends and teachers demystify it for me at UNH. Here is what I’ve learned from them and from my own experience.

If you are trying to get your first novel or short story published, this episode is for you. I share some resources for finding literary magazines to send your work, a basic overview of how to send in your work (including what to put in your cover letter), and then give you a rundown of the publications I’ve submitted to.

**This is also relevant if you are a writer of lyric or personal essays–the same rules apply! A lot of these journals accept fiction and nonfiction, and some are even nonfiction only.


Numerous publications:

What publications have you submitted to? What questions do you have about sending out short stories and/or personal/lyric essays? Please share in the comments!

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Episode 12: Paths to getting published — Part 1


In this episode, I kick off another series: How to Get Published.

You might like this episode if:

  • You have written something–a novel, a short story, an essay–but you don’t know what to do next.
  • You would like to embark on a big, research-y project that would turn into a book, but you don’t know what to do next.
  • You have always wanted to be a published writer, but you don’t know how to get your work published.
  • You have questions like “Where do agents come from?”


Listen in here for a general overview of how fiction and nonfiction writers “typically” get published–based on my experience, that of my friends, and my observations of bloggers and the like online.

This episode is a map that you can look at and figure out what track you are on, or which track you might want to get on. In the next episodes, I’ll dive into specifics like writing query letters, pitching nonfiction, and submitting short stories.


Please post questions in the comments!! As I say in the episode, I feel like it is a mystery how to get published and I would like it to not be.

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Epsiode 11: What to major in (if you want to be a writer)

This one’s for all my college-aged and college-bound lady friends (you know who you are!).

If you think you might want to be a writer, there are a dozen (million) different paths you can take to get there. That’s exciting, but when you’re trying to make concrete decisions about your life, it’s also a little (a lot) nerve-wracking. For example: let’s say you’re going to college, you’re in college, or you’re considering going back to school. What should you major in?

Here’s a fun fact: I majored in math. I liked it and I still do, and I honestly think it helped my writing. I share why in this episode.

I also reveal my totally secret, totally complete fear of failing in a writing workshop in college. If you have ever bitten your nails about submitting your work, signing up for a class, or calling yourself a writer, you will probably enjoy me remembering how mortified I was when I didn’t get into my first writing workshop.

Also! How silly that was. But also how real.

Ok! Listen in below.


Writing update:

  • WHAT DO YOU KNOW I’m still revising Finding Lucy.

Reading update:

  • I’m trying another book by Geraldine Brooks, Foreign Correspondence. Please send help and/or commiseration if you can’t read anything intense/sad/child-related.


What did/do you major in? Do you think it has helped you become a writer? Please share in the comments!

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