Bianca Marais presents

The Shit No One Tells You About Writing

This is a podcast for emerging writers, who are looking to improve their work with an aim to having it published, or anyone who would like a behind-the-scenes look at the publishing industry. Your host, Bianca Marais (the author of 'Hum If You Don't Know the Words' and 'If You Want to Make God Laugh') will be interviewing authors, agents, editors, publicists, copy editors, creative writing instructors, writing groups, book sellers, jacket designers, audio book narrators, and just about anyone and everyone who's involved in bringing a book to market. She's joined by literary agents, Carly Watters and CeCe Lyra, from P.S. Literary Agency who read and critique query letters and opening pages in their regular Books with Hooks segment. Expect good advice, honest insights, and a few laughs along the way.

  • Staying True To Your Vision for Your Work - Ella Berman

    October 21, 2021

    Staying True To Your Vision for Your Work - Ella Berman

  • BONUS EPISODE: Romance, Rom-coms and Writing Sex Scenes

    October 19, 2021

    BONUS EPISODE: Romance, Rom-coms and Writing Sex Scenes

  • A Wealth of Information Shared by Super Editor, Amy Einhorn

    October 14, 2021

    A Wealth of Information Shared by Super Editor, Amy Einhorn

  • How Being Impatient to Publish Actually Works Against You - Ruth Ozeki

    October 7, 2021

    How Being Impatient to Publish Actually Works Against You - Ruth Ozeki

  • From the Archives: What I Wish I Knew Before I Got Published - Courtney Maum

    October 4, 2021

    From the Archives: What I Wish I Knew Before I Got Published - Courtney Maum

  • In Praise of the Prologue and Organic Backstory - Christina Clancy

    September 30, 2021

    In Praise of the Prologue and Organic Backstory - Christina Clancy

  • The Evolution of a Rejected Manuscript on its Journey to Publication

    September 23, 2021

    The Evolution of a Rejected Manuscript on its Journey to Publication

  • Having Fun with Your Writing & Getting Out of Your Own Way - Lauren Groff

    September 16, 2021

    Having Fun with Your Writing & Getting Out of Your Own Way - Lauren Groff

  • The Importance of Staring into Space - Sunjeev Sahota

    September 9, 2021

    The Importance of Staring into Space - Sunjeev Sahota

  • BONUS EPISODE: 10 Legal and Business Topics for Writers to Consider

    September 7, 2021

    BONUS EPISODE: 10 Legal and Business Topics for Writers to Consider

  • Every Story Will Tell You What it Needs - Megan Collins

    September 2, 2021

    Every Story Will Tell You What it Needs - Megan Collins

  • Finding Your Plot Engine - Megan Abbott

    August 26, 2021

    Finding Your Plot Engine - Megan Abbott

  • BONUS EPISODE: A One-on-One Books with Hooks & Preparing for #PitMad

    August 24, 2021

    BONUS EPISODE: A One-on-One Books with Hooks & Preparing for #PitMad

  • Writing an Engaging First Chapter - Caitlin Wahrer

    August 19, 2021

    Writing an Engaging First Chapter - Caitlin Wahrer

  • How to Know When You're Ready to Query Agents

    August 12, 2021

    How to Know When You're Ready to Query Agents

  • BONUS EPISODE: How to Make Your Imaginary Worlds Come Alive Through Worldbuilding

    August 9, 2021

    BONUS EPISODE: How to Make Your Imaginary Worlds Come Alive Through Worldbuilding

  • Finding a Hook & Writing Dual POV Stories - Andrea Bartz

    August 5, 2021

    Finding a Hook & Writing Dual POV Stories - Andrea Bartz

  • Writing Intuitively Without Plotting or Outlining - Samantha Downing

    July 29, 2021

    Writing Intuitively Without Plotting or Outlining - Samantha Downing

  • BONUS EPISODE: Delving into the Author/Editor Relationship

    July 27, 2021

    BONUS EPISODE: Delving into the Author/Editor Relationship

  • Curiosity May Kill the Cat but it Makes a Writer

    July 22, 2021

    Curiosity May Kill the Cat but it Makes a Writer