How Boston’s GrubStreet Went From Teaching 8 Writers Per Year, to 6,000+, with Eve Bridburg

Each year, Boston’s GrubStreet offers more than 600 courses and programs for writers. They began in 1997 with 8 students, and today, they serve more than 6,000 writers per year. In this episode, I talk to GrubStreet Founder and Executive Director Eve Bridburg. We dig into how she and the GrubStreet team make decisions, take risks, and challenge themselves to expand how they can serve writers throughout the Boston Community. 

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You can find Eve and GrubStreet in the following places:
Twitter: @EveBridburg and @GrubWriter
https://grubstreet.org
Facebook

A Book Launch Case Study, with Author Audrey Monke

Earlier this year, author Audrey Monke and I talked about her plans for her upcoming book launch. I knew that she had been preparing for it for months — even years — ahead of time. But I waited to have her on the podcast, because I didn’t just want to discuss what she was planning, but also the results! Today I’m excited to share with you that conversation. We dig into serious details on her book launch strategy and results! Audrey is the author of Happy Campers: 9 Summer Camp Secrets for Raising Kids Who Become Thriving Adults.

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You can find Audrey in the following places:
Her book, Happy Campers
sunshine-parenting.com
Her podcast
Instagram
Twitter

“You have to be willing to begin again”, My Interview with Literary Agent Lori Kilkelly

In this episode of The Creative Shift Podcast, I talk with literary agent Lori Kilkelly about two creative shifts that she made in her career. The first is when she left a successful career in advertising and sales pursue a career in publishing, starting as an intern. The next one is more recent, the launch of her own agency: LK Literary Agency. 

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You can find Lori in the following places:
https://www.lkliterary.com
Instagram
Twitter
Facebook

Getting Out of a Creative Rut

Today I want to share my process for getting out of a creative rut. So many writers and creators I speak with struggle to develop the habits they need to feel fulfilled in what they create, I wanted to share my way of staying on track. In this episode I also mention my next Creative Shift Mastermind which begins July 1: https://wegrowmedia.com/mm/.

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Chuck Wendig on Owning Your Voice and Choosing the Path of Your Career as a Writer

I’m excited to share my interview with bestselling author Chuck Wendig. He gets really honest about:

  • How he got a 3 book deal to write Star Wars book via a Tweet.
  • Why he says Twitter won’t help u sell books, but that it is filled with a lot of professional opportunities, giving you access to amazing people.
  • When Marvel approached him to write for a comic book series, they gave him a choice: a super popular one or a much less known series. He chose the lesser known book, because it would give him more creative freedom that would really leave a mark.
  • The not awesome jobs he took while trying to become a professional writer.
  • The reality of what it is like to make it as a freelance writer.
  • How he wrote four novels that no publisher wanted, were never published, and why he is thankful for that.
  • How he approached his last ditch effort as writing a successful novel differently, and why it worked.
  • How he changed his writing practice from taking 4-5 years to write a book, to writing the next one in 30 days.
  • The reality of what it is like to have your book optioned for a deal in Hollywood, to assemble a team, to get offices… and then have it fall apart.
  • Why he describes book series as having diminishing returns in terms of sales and audience, with each additional book.
  • How he got death threats because of his books, and how he dealt with it.
  • How when one opportunity closes, many new other opportunities open up.
  • The reason his new book, Wanderers is 280,000 words long, and how his publisher encouraged him to go where he needed to with it.

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