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Writing in Real Life Podcast by Barry Lyga

Writing in Real Life Podcast

by Barry Lyga

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New York Times bestselling author Barry Lyga (I HUNT KILLERS) and publishing communications executive Morgan Baden discuss a range of related issues, from writing to parenthood.


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Episode 81: The One where Morgan’s Still Pregnant

Author: Barry Lyga Author: &Author: Morgan Baden
Tue, Jan 10, 2017


A shout-out for Barry??? Moms being attached to newborns and the dads who have nothing to do. The meaning of #FUSS! Barry fundraises for the ACLU. Keeping a diary…or not. Does losing hurt more than winning feels good?

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Episode 80: The One Right Before the Holidays

Author: Barry Lyga Author: &Author: Morgan Baden
Wed, Dec 21, 2016


First toddler holiday season. What do you get for the kid who has everything? #firstworldproblems Morgan still hasn’t given birth. What exactly do babies remember and for how long? Morgan can’t distinguish between herself and her twin. A discussion of YA’s obsession with teen romance.

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Episode 79: The One in the Deeply Uncomfortable Phase of Pregnancy

Author: Barry Lyga Author: &Author: Morgan Baden
Wed, Nov 30, 2016


Follow-up on ebooks: Are sales REALLY down? Errors in published books. Also, follow-up on writers taking breaks. Morgan discovers that she likes writing. Did the election kill reading? Morgan’s theory of needing other parents. Plus: Isn’t there a better term for graphic novels?

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Episode 78: The One where Morgan Struggles

Author: Barry Lyga Author: &Author: Morgan Baden
Wed, Nov 23, 2016


Books can keep you sane. What does the election mean for fiction, particularly YA? Maybe ebooks aren’t the big deal everyone thought they were. When is it permissible to slack off on your writing? Thanksgiving advice for non-Americans. Splitting focus between your kids. Clingy post-nap toddlers.

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Episode 77: The One after Trump Wins

Author: Barry Lyga Author: &Author: Morgan Baden
Wed, Nov 16, 2016


A necessary discussion of the distinction between a political podcast and an apolitical podcast. Parenting in the age of Trump. The web reveals which writers Barry writes like. Why is platform-shaming a thing?

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Episode 76: The One with Veggie Burgers

Author: Barry Lyga Author: &Author: Morgan Baden
Thu, Nov 10, 2016


Morgan is, like, the next Arthur Conan Doyle. What do authors wish they’d known when they first started their careers? The difference between institutional and commercial sales…and success. Letting your kids get bored can be good for them. The AAP revises its screen recommendations. (Whew!)

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Episode 75: The One where Barry Talks A Lot

Author: Barry Lyga Author: &Author: Morgan Baden
Wed, Nov 02, 2016


Barry has a book challenged; guess which one! After reading Bruce Springsteen’s memoir, Barry has an epiphany. Leia requests her favorite musician. Morgan plans and executes a toddler’s birthday party without any help.

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Episode 74: The One not Sponsored by Sesame Place

Author: Barry Lyga Author: &Author: Morgan Baden
Fri, Sep 30, 2016


A brief clarification from last week. Sesame Street vs. Mickey Mouse Clubhouse…to the death! Is a young writer more impressive than an old one? Who do you try to make happy when you write, and should it always be yourself? Practice vs. raw talent. Barry rants briefly about VOYA.

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Episode 73: The One where They Saw Hamilton

Author: Barry Lyga Author: &Author: Morgan Baden
Thu, Sep 22, 2016


Is it all doom and gloom for publishing? Is there a secret room somewhere with the salvation of books? Should authors wish for salaries instead of royalties? What is the secret of Barry’s unpublished novel and its connection to Lin-Manuel Miranda? Plus: Morgan is writing again!

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Episode 72: The One with Cloudy Day Hermine

Author: Barry Lyga Author: &Author: Morgan Baden
Thu, Sep 15, 2016


Morgan abandons Barry. Leia’s vocabulary explodes…along with her temper. The mystery of children’s YouTube. Puppies vs. children. Is there such a thing as vacation with a kid? And is there really even such a thing as a YA novel?

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Episode 71: The One that’s Short

Author: Barry Lyga Author: &Author: Morgan Baden
Thu, Sep 01, 2016


Everyone is sick and Morgan doesn’t want to talk about it. She’s willing to talk about a new sale, though! Plus: New writing plans!

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Episode 70: The One in which Morgan Bites the Bullet

Author: Barry Lyga Author: &Author: Morgan Baden
Thu, Aug 25, 2016


Morgan finally goes too far and insults The Princess Bride. What writers shouldn’t worry about (but do anyway). Do starred reviews matter? On-site daycare can be good for business. Bullet journaling: chicken soup for the soul?

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Episode 69: The One where They’re Alone in the House

Author: Barry Lyga Author: &Author: Morgan Baden
Fri, Aug 19, 2016


Leia discovers the curse of imagination. A lovely email from a friend. Working on spec: Should you? When? Why? “Money flows to the writer.” Find the mistake in The Secret Sea and win a prize! Morgan guests on another podcast — shock! Horror!

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Episode 68: The One where Leia Drops the F-Bomb

Author: Barry Lyga Author: &Author: Morgan Baden
Wed, Aug 03, 2016


Leia burns up. Barry has a long talk with himself. Morgan asks the audience for advice. The power of positive thinking turns out to backfire. Do you lose yourself as a person when you become a parent? Cursing around your children: Great idea or greatest idea?

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Episode 67: The One with Another One on the Way

Author: Barry Lyga Author: &Author: Morgan Baden
Thu, Jul 28, 2016


Barry and Morgan (and Leia!) survive their move! Barry surrenders to day care, with plenty of guilt. A rant about professionalism. Giving up on a manuscript. New projects for Morgan and Barry.

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Episode 66: The One Right Before the Move

Author: Barry Lyga Author: &Author: Morgan Baden
Wed, Jun 15, 2016


The Orlando shooting, bad conference experiences, home improvement woes, and a baby that won’t sleep. Also: Barry and Morgan each start working on new projects!

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Episode 65: The One with Melissa

Author: Barry Lyga Author: &Author: Morgan Baden
Wed, Jun 08, 2016


Special guest Melissa Walker (UNBREAK MY HEART, LET’S PRETEND WE NEVER MET) fills in for Morgan! We discuss different ways of getting published, writing with more than one kid, and how writing a book doesn’t prepare you for the next one. Plus: On spec vs. proposal, and the horror of ranking.

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Episode 64: The One where They’re Moving

Author: Barry Lyga Author: &Author: Morgan Baden
Wed, Jun 01, 2016


Familiarity breeds contempt…for your own book. Sensitivity readers. You can’t make everybody happy. Leia reverses her position on sleep. And a big announcement.

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Episode 63: The One with Sensible Screentime

Author: Barry Lyga Author: &Author: Morgan Baden
Wed, May 25, 2016


Morgan damns Barry with faint praise. Mornings! Showers! Is the “limit your kid’s screentime” notion an anti-feminist plot? Barry’s theory that multiple TVs lead to divorce. Plus, Morgan preps for her first writing conference…and makes a soul-searching confession.

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Episode 62: The One with Eight Followers, Maybe Twelve

Author: Barry Lyga Author: &Author: Morgan Baden
Tue, May 17, 2016


Morgan is obsessed with Snapchat. Follow-up on programming your brain and baby paranoia. Leia climbs on a truck. Vacations are good. New ideas for stories! The scourge of outlining. Morgan publishes an essay. Pitching vs. blogging. The frustration of being ignored by editors and agents.

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Episode 61: The One without a Daddy Blogosphere

Author: Barry Lyga Author: &Author: Morgan Baden
Thu, May 12, 2016


Does a debut have to be big? Guess what: Your sales aren’t determined by the quality of your book. Are celebrity memoirs worth the massive cost? Morgan has opinions about Captain America: Civil War. The (missing) narrative of the Stay-At-Home Dad.

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Episode 60: The One with Sylvia Plath on Zoloft

Author: Barry Lyga Author: &Author: Morgan Baden
Tue, May 03, 2016


Leia visits the doctor three times in four days. Revisiting Lyga’s Law of Publishing: Barry signs a contract and explains why it takes so long. Science says: writers and psychotics are the same. (Morgan disagrees.) Don’t be a jerk on the internet. Morgan psyches out Barry. Barry goes nuts over a new book.

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Episode 59: The One with a Note under the Door

Author: Barry Lyga Author: &Author: Morgan Baden
Tue, Apr 19, 2016


Does living in close quarters give neighbors permission to tell parents when a baby is crying too much? Morgan’s new career aspiration. Reese Witherspoon is on Goodreads—who knew? Does being a writer ruin your ability to enjoy reading for its own sake?

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Episode 58: The One that Ends with a Bang

Author: Barry Lyga Author: &Author: Morgan Baden
Tue, Apr 12, 2016


Writing advice — it’s everywhere. But is any of it actually useful? Or even from this century? Morgan invented Pinterest. Barry and Morgan reveal their parenting philosophy. Also: Barry’s new book!

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Episode 57: The One with Morgan’s Apple Watch

Author: Barry Lyga Author: &Author: Morgan Baden
Wed, Apr 06, 2016


Can walking make you a better writer? Thoreau and Rowling think so! Why is there so much contradictory advice for authors? Morgan feels stressed. Why Barry goes to the gym every day. The glory of a speaker in the shower. Plus: The secret to making your kids behave. (Seriously. No joke.)

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Episode 56: The One with Too Much Data

Author: Barry Lyga Author: &Author: Morgan Baden
Tue, Mar 29, 2016


Barry’s nightmare comes true, as the Netflix model approaches publishing. Morgan counsels calm, but c’mon — it’s Barry. An extended discussion of data in publishing, and we want YOUR opinions. Plus: Barry has an epiphany about revisions and reveals (again) what a horrible, egotistical monster he is.

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Episode 55: The One where Morgan Dances

Author: Barry Lyga Author: &Author: Morgan Baden
Wed, Mar 16, 2016


What, when, and how should you share about your kids on social media? Do they have a say in it? Are Barry and Morgan hypocrites for talking about Leia on the show? Being alone in the house when you have kids. Morgan reads the comments on an article.

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Episode 54: The One where Leia Watches Law & Order

Author: Barry Lyga Author: &Author: Morgan Baden
Tue, Mar 08, 2016


Prologues: Threat or menace? Morgan rolls her eyes…in a loving way. Barry says writers don’t cheat, and then admits he cheats. Being a good parent will kill you. Waiting for the perfect week that doesn’t exist. Dueling revision updates! Morgan disses Rockford.

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Episode 53: The One Five Years after They Met

Author: Barry Lyga Author: &Author: Morgan Baden
Tue, Mar 01, 2016


Barry talks about how getting an editorial letter triggers pretty much every neurosis he’s got. (Morgan chortles.) Barry accidentally reveals the true extent of his ego. (Morgan chortles again.) Morgan talks scary movies. (Barry cowers.) Morgan reveals foreign parenting tips. (Barry freaks out.)

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Episode 52: The One where They Don’t Canoodle

Author: Barry Lyga Author: &Author: Morgan Baden
Wed, Feb 17, 2016


Morgan lets Barry see Deadpool on Valentine’s Day. Saying “thank you” to your spouse. Barry does not get offended. The narrative of the inept dad and its consequences. Morgan’s revision update. Barry has lots of books to read.

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Episode 51: The One with the Ministry of Verbiage

Author: Barry Lyga Author: &Author: Morgan Baden
Tue, Feb 09, 2016


Morgan returns, with magical tales of Harry Potter! How do you name your characters? Thinking about your character’s parents. The art of inventing names. Writers and newsletters. The average lifespan of a tweet. Barry’s fantasy novel.

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Episode 50: The One with Sarah

Author: Barry Lyga Author: &Author: Morgan Baden
Wed, Feb 03, 2016


A mega-sized fiftieth episode, with special guest Sarah MacLean! What to expect from a two-year-old. The how and why of romance novels. Challenges that lie ahead for publishing. Is there such a thing as too much sex? The bane of real-world accuracy in fiction. Plus: the ballad of Ted Cruz.

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Episode 49: The One where They’re Snowbound

Author: Barry Lyga Author: &Author: Morgan Baden
Tue, Jan 26, 2016


Snowed in with Leia for the first time. Further discussion of discipline: For parents and for writers. The importance of beginning (not beginnings). Barry races the Grim Reaper. Plus: Authors who are just too damn precious.

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Episode 48: The One with Baby Blood

Author: Barry Lyga Author: &Author: Morgan Baden
Wed, Jan 20, 2016


Re-opening the discussion of whether authors should be paid more. Younger comes back for Season 2; Barry has opinions. Baby Fight Club! Leia transcends separation anxiety, to our mutual glee and disappointment. Morgan actually finishes a book she doesn’t like. Barry asks for help from the audience.

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Episode 47: The One with Discipline (Not the Fun Kind)

Author: Barry Lyga Author: &Author: Morgan Baden
Tue, Jan 12, 2016


Doctor-approved: Be mean to your baby! Is your first baby just practice? Morgan foreswears Barry’s revision advice. Focusing on one project at a time. Followup on Barry’s Cheat Method for Revision and a discussion of what you need to know about your protagonist before you start writing.

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Episode 46: The One that Flourishes

Author: Barry Lyga Author: &Author: Morgan Baden
Tue, Jan 05, 2016


The year that was and the year to come, with our best moments of 2015, along with our goals and wishes for 2016. Plus: The Barry Lyga Cheat Method for Fixing Pacing. (This episode is brought to you by the word “Flourish.”)

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Episode 45: The One with Morgan's Memory Problems

Author: Barry Lyga Author: &Author: Morgan Baden
Wed, Dec 23, 2015


Morgan cheats on Barry. Taking stock of what we’ve read this year. Morgan’s memory is terrible. Barry resists going all Campbell on Star Wars. Wisdom from Sylvia Plath. Plus: Great first lines!

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Episode 44: The One with Morgan's R&R

Author: Barry Lyga Author: &Author: Morgan Baden
Wed, Dec 16, 2015


Barry reconsiders NaNoWriMo. Picking Morgan’s brain. Is writing an compulsion? Should it be? Leia walks like crazy and gets a sibling. An update on Morgan’s agent search.

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Episode 43: The One where Morgan Disses Alan Moore

Author: Barry Lyga Author: &Author: Morgan Baden
Mon, Dec 07, 2015


Morgan has a cold. Barry’s dirty little fable succeeds. Leia starts to demand things in no uncertain terms. Why on earth would you combine YA and Dr. Seuss into the same list? Barry rants about lists and awards and why you shouldn’t care. Plus: What book should every 16-year-old American read?

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Episode 42: The One where Barry Drops the Baby

Author: Barry Lyga Author: &Author: Morgan Baden
Tue, Nov 24, 2015


A discussion of NaNoWriMo. A caution about holiday time in publishing and an invocation of Lyga’s Law. Should authors respond to negative reviews? Comparing books to babies. What would Morgan do if someone panned Gillian Anderson? Morgan looks to her past to figure out her future.

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Episode 41: The One where They Argue about "Blazing Saddles"

Author: Barry Lyga Author: &Author: Morgan Baden
Wed, Nov 18, 2015


Why we hate Libba Bray. What special guests would you like to see on the show? Morgan starts a new project. Barry wants to start five new projects. Scheduling time to talk to your spouse. How do you critique something that’s in a genre you don’t like? Plus: A nanny for Leia???

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Episode 40: The One with Libba

Author: Barry Lyga Author: &Author: Morgan Baden
Tue, Nov 10, 2015


Special guest Libba Bray joins the show! We discuss being married to your agent and when your kid wants to be a writer. Texting edits to authors. The glory and the danger of research. Plus: Outlining — threat or menace? Also, the title to the third Diviners book!

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Episode 39: The One where They Fall Back

Author: Barry Lyga Author: &Author: Morgan Baden
Tue, Nov 03, 2015


Daylight Savings Time and babies. Blaming grandmothers. The nature of the good rejection. The crush of work for agents. Does publishing need a rehaul? Why do publishers stay in New York, and should they leave? Plus: We want to hear your favorite opening lines to books!

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Episode 38: The One with a One-Year Old

Author: Barry Lyga Author: &Author: Morgan Baden
Wed, Oct 28, 2015


Mini-tantrums! Barry proves he’s human then talks about blood in the delivery room. Raising joyful children. Cultivating unstructured play for kids. Burnout in the arts. Plus: What do The Leftovers and Younger have in common?

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Episode 37: The One in the Park

Author: Barry Lyga Author: &Author: Morgan Baden
Wed, Oct 21, 2015


Morgan and Barry throw a party. Leia tries sugar for the first time. The surreality of “Happy Birthday.” What should parents do when their kids want to be something crazy when they grow up? The importance of opening chapters and opening sentences, and the pressure related to them.

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Episode 36: The One about Pop Culture

Author: Barry Lyga Author: &Author: Morgan Baden
Tue, Oct 13, 2015


Barry goes to Comic Con; Morgan does not. What happens when your personal nostalgia becomes mega-big business? Bringing babies to comic book conventions. A discussion of the awe-inspiring opening scene of season two of The Leftovers. Badass cavewomen. Barry’s billion-dollar idea.

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Episode 35: The One with No Baby

Author: Barry Lyga Author: &Author: Morgan Baden
Wed, Oct 07, 2015


Our intrepid podcasters take a huge step as parents. Vacation Brain turns out to be Creative Brain. What do you do when you have a great idea to improve your book…that you’ve already submitted? Spouses reading each other’s email. Plus, Morgan reads a newspaper. An actual newspaper.

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Episode 34: The One with Technical Difficulties

Author: Barry Lyga Author: &Author: Morgan Baden
Wed, Sep 30, 2015


Barry is now a Colonel. Leia gets sick for the first time ever. Is Amy Schumer’s book deal ridiculous or merely insane? Barry’s obsession with quoting Stephen King. An insult levied at the entire movie-making and movie-loving world. And Morgan can’t stomach a book.

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Episode 33: The One with Royalties

Author: Barry Lyga Author: &Author: Morgan Baden
Tue, Sep 15, 2015


A serious episode on a weighty issue: Are authors paid enough? Should royalty rates be changed? Also: a discussion on the usefulness of social media, even if/though it doesn’t lead to (meaningful) book sales. And last but not least, we talk about Morgan’s query letter.)

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Episode 32: The One with an Anticlimax

Author: Barry Lyga Author: &Author: Morgan Baden
Wed, Sep 09, 2015


Morgan’s revision saga ends….and a new one begins. It’s OK to cry. Every book is different. What’s it like for spouses to critique each other’s work? Being in denial about your own writing’s flaws. The importance of giving a story time to breathe. Plus: Leia’s up all night for some fun. (We’re up all night to get lucky.)

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Episode 31: The One where Harry Potter and the X-Men are the Same

Author: Barry Lyga Author: &Author: Morgan Baden
Tue, Sep 01, 2015


Dreams: when — or if — you should give up on them. The strange definition of “similar” in Hollywood and in publishing. The dream of publishing versus the reality. Is it weird to thank people for thinking your baby is adorable? Barry finally finishes writing a @&#%^$&* short story. Morgan sees the light at the end of the revision tunnel.

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Episode 30: The One with the World's Wisest Third Grader

Author: Barry Lyga Author: &Author: Morgan Baden
Wed, Aug 26, 2015


The New York Times finally meets our demands. “Who knew women could write books?” Wishing your life away. Is keeping a baby alive “productive?” Leia turns ten months. Participation trophies: threat or menace? Figuring out “the twist” ahead of time.

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Episode 29: The One where Morgan Makes a Comic Book Reference

Author: Barry Lyga Author: &Author: Morgan Baden
Mon, Aug 17, 2015


We finish (?) discussing the New York Times bestsellers list. Leia eats everything imaginable. “Lady guilt is heavy.” Parenting advice and anti-advice. High-chair condoms. Feeling like a one-hit wonder as an author. The tension between what readers like and what writers want to write. Lyga’s Law of Publishing.

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Episode 28: The One that Was Almost Planned

Author: Barry Lyga Author: &Author: Morgan Baden
Tue, Aug 11, 2015


Barry tours with a movie star. Can authors write while on the road? The true authorship of Gone Girl…revealed! Leia takes her first steps toward super-model-hood. What is a good minimum for maternity leave? Plus: Some necessary follow-up on the New York Times bestsellers list…and Barry rants about the Oscars.

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Episode 27: The One where They Both Get Pissed

Author: Barry Lyga
Tue, Aug 04, 2015


Some more talk about essays and writing classes. Is there a non-jerk way to self-promote? Why are the same books recommended over and over? Plus, Barry rants about the New York Times bestsellers list…and Morgan agrees!

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Episode 26: The One with Chunks of Food

Author: Barry Lyga Author: &Author: Morgan Baden
Wed, Jul 29, 2015


Vaccinate your kids. Thanks, grandmothers! Barry disses personal essays and remains a man of mystery. The submission process as quantum weirdness. What kind of writing class is the best for aspiring authors? Why Morgan married Barry. Plus: Morgan's secret terror.

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Episode 25: The One that's Sort of Backwards

Author: Barry Lyga Author: &Author: Morgan Baden
Tue, Jul 21, 2015


Our 25th episode! Barry’s wish comes true. A discussion of authors responding to controversy on social media. Building a community vs. an audience. Should authors be held to the standards of brands and celebrities? Should authors work on stories they abandoned in the past? Does easy writing equal good writing? Leia takes her first steps.

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Episode 24: The One with Spoilers for The Princess Bride

Author: Barry Lyga Author: &Author: Morgan Baden
Wed, Jul 15, 2015


A hammock may or may not exist…and Barry may or may not be in it. Leia goes in a pool for the first time. The deadly menace of the Triple Lull. Morgan relates her tragic tale of being on submission. Also: colorful side characters, limited cursing, and Barry wishes he had a British accent.

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