Writer's Roundtable


Whether you are a casual listener looking for an entertaining hour of radio or a serious writer seeking a weekly workshop, this show is for you.
Each week, Writer's Roundtable Radio Show offers exclusive insight to all aspects of the writing industry. Literary marketer and publicist Antoinette Kuritz talks with successful writers, agents, editors, book designers, ghost writers, reviewers, writing coaches, read & critique group leaders -- anyone and everyone who can inspire writers in the art, craft, and business of writing.
From writing tips and story secrets from your favorite NY Times bestselling authors to publishing advice from top-flight agents and acquisitions editors from prestigious publishers around the country, Writer's Roundtable offers its listeners a unique opportunity to listen, learn, and participate.



Recent Shows


David Morrell - Download

NY Times Bestselling Author David Morrell On The Depth of the Thriller Genre, Building Characters Your Readers Love, Novels and Reality, and More.


Published: July 9, 2009


Patti Callahan Henry - Download

NY Times Best Selling Author Patti Callahan Henry On Setting As Character, Storytelling, Building a Readership, Changing Publishers, and More.


Published: July 9, 2009


Jane Green - Download

NY Times Bestselling Author Jane Green On Place As Character, Evolving As A Writer, and More...


Published: June 18, 2009


David Ebershoff - Download

NY Times Bestselling Author David Ebershoff on Research, Finding Voice, Writing Style, and More...


Published: June 11, 2009


James Grippando - Download

NY Times Bestselling Author James Grippando on Series vs. Stand Alone, Finding Voice, Writing Style, Building a Career, and More...


Published: June 11, 2009


NY Times Bestselling Author James Frey - Download

NY Times best selling author James Frey on fiction vs. memoir, finding voice, writing style, building a career and more...


Published: May 21, 2009


#1 NY Times Bestselling author Lee Child - Download

#1 NY Times Bestselling author Lee Child on voice, creating characters readers love, finding the story, process, getting started writing, building a writing career, and more.


Published: May 21, 2009


Scottoline - Download

NY Times best selling author Lisa Scottoline on plot vs. characters, creating ongoing characters your audience will love, where story ideas come from, a window into her writing process, sustaining a weekly newspaper column, and more.


Published: May 7, 2009


Peter De Jonge - Download

Peter De Jonge has coauthored three NY Times bestselling books with James Patterson, been a reporter for the Associated Press, and a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine. His work has appeared in Best American Sports Writing, National Geographic, Harper's Bazaar, Details, and Manhattan, Inc. Join him for a discussion of coauthoring, fiction vs. non-fiction, and what it takes to write page-turners.


Published: April 30, 2009


Lisa Jackson on romantic suspense - Download

#1 NY Times bestselling author Lisa Jackson on romantic suspense, suspense in general, creating characters, finding and plotting the story, writing process, creating a successful career, and more.


Published: April 16, 2009


Literary agent Taryn Fagerness on becoming an agent - Download

Literary agent Taryn Fagerness on becoming an agent, finding the right agent for you, foreign rights, what agents expect from you and what you should and can expect from them, what publishers are looking for around the world, and more.


Published: April 9, 2009


Debut author Juliette Fay on writing process - Download

Debut author Juliette Fay on writing process, finding an agent, selling that first book, and more.


Published: January 29, 2009


Margaret Weis in a discussion with fantasy author Eldon Thompson - Download

NY Times Bestselling author Margaret Weis in a discussion with fantasy author Eldon Thompson on creating role-playing games, creating worlds and the characters who inhabit them, series writing, fantasy vs. science fiction, urban fantasy, and more.


Published: January 22, 2009


Kate Jacobs on developing a cast of characters - Download

NY Times Bestselling author Kate Jacobs on developing a cast of characters, creating plot, the writing process, selling to the big screen, revisiting characters years later, & more.


Published: January 16, 2009


David Morrell on novels translated to movies - Download

NY Times bestselling author David Morrell on novels translated to movies, changing gears, finding the story, building characters your readers love, licensing the use of your characters, & more.


Published: December 18, 2008


NY Times bestselling author James Grippando on becoming a writer - Download

NY Times bestselling author James Grippando on becoming a writer, keeping series fresh, finding the story, building characters your readers love, & more...


Published: December 4, 2008


Book Packaging - Download

Literary publicist Antoinette Kuritz and publisher and book packager Bob Goodman discuss book packaging and the most common mistakes made, what to look for in a distributor, the five primary means of publication and scenarios for each.


Published: November 20, 2008


NY Times bestselling authors Linda Lael Miller and Robyn Carr - Download

NY Times bestselling authors Linda Lael Miller and Robyn Carr discuss writing women's fiction, the evolution of the publishing industry, series writing, career longevity, writing holiday books, and more.


Published: November 13, 2008


Rules of Writing - Download

Literary publicist and La Jolla Writers Conference founder Antoinette Kuritz and book packager Bob Goodman discuss some of the rules of writing and what it takes to be a successful writer, whether you write fiction or non-fiction.


Published: October 30, 2008


POD books; children's book market - Download

Epicenter publisher Kent Sturgis on what happens when a POD book hits the big time and his company's book on Sarah Palin. Sandy Dijkstra Agency children's book agent Kelly Sonnack on what she looks for in a submission, the trends in the children's book market, and more.


Published: October 23, 2008


Robert Pincus on reviews; Steve Malk on children's book market - Download

San Diego Union Tribune book section editor Robert Pincus on reviews: what he looks for, how he chooses, whether small press books have a shot, and more. Writer's House children's book agent Steve Malk on trends in the children's book market, what he looks for in submissions, and more.


Published: October 16, 2008


Shelfari; Dave Hanley; Kathleen Norris - Download

Shelfari V.P. Dave Hanley on what Shelfari is and how it can be of use to authors. NY Times bestselling author Kathleen Norris on writing memoir.


Published: October 9, 2008


Author Brad Meltzer - Download

NY Times Bestselling Author Brad Meltzer shares insights on getting started as a writer, research and what it takes, the importance of a character-driven plot, the differences between writing stand-alone novels and a series, and how to get a publisher to give you more than a year between novels.


Published: October 2, 2008


Elizabeth George - Download

NY Times bestselling author Elizabeth George on the elements of mystery.


Published: September 4, 2008


S. M. Stirling - Download

NY Times bestselling author S.M. Stirling on writing sci-fi, creating worlds, writing collaboratively, and more.


Published: September 4, 2008


Mark Kreidler & Mary Alice Monroe - Download

ESPN sportswriter Mark Kreidler on narrative non-fiction, sports writing, and more. NY Times bestselling woman's fiction author Mary Alice Monroe on character, setting, finding the story, and more.


Published: August 8, 2008


Suzanne Enoch & Teresa Medeiros - Download

NY Times bestselling authors Suzanne Enoch and Teresa Medeiros breaking into the romance market and becoming a successful romance author.


Published: July 31, 2008


Eric Kampmann - Download

Eric Kampmann, owner of Beaufort Books and President of Midpoint Distribution joins a discussion of the various ways to publish and which might be right for you.


Published: July 24, 2008


Melanie Rigney & Brian Jud - Download

Join former Writer's Digest Magazine Editor-in-Chief Melanie Rigney and specialty markets guru Brian Jud for a discussion of how the publishing industry is evolving - what's hot, what's not.


Published: July 10, 2008


Jim Rollins - Download

NY Times Bestselling Author Jim Rollins on voice, on using history to create story, and more.


Published: July 3, 2008


Margaret Weis & Nancy Peacok - Download

NY Times Bestselling Author Margaret Weis on creating worlds and the characters who inhabit them.
Writing teacher Nancy Peacok on writing.


Published: June 26, 2008


Patti Callahan Henry - Download

Patti Callahan Henry on setting as character, creating characters that breathe, character vs. plot driven novels, southern fiction, and more.


Published: June 19, 2008


Steve Martini - Download

NY Times Bestselling Author Steve Martini on writing legal thrillers, his process, and more.


Published: June 5, 2008


David Morrell & Phil Margolin - Download

NY Times Bestselling Author David Morrell on novels translated to the screen, creating an enduring career, writing in real time, and more.
NY Times Bestselling Author Phil Margolin on bringing the criminal justice system to life, process, and more.


Published: May 22, 2008


Harlan Coben - Download

NY Times Bestselling Author Harlan Coben on writing suspense, his process, and more.


Published: May 15, 2008


Brian Jud - Download

Specialty Market Sales Guru Brian Jud on selling books beyond the bookstores


Published: May 8, 2008


Dorothea Benton Frank - Download

NY Times Bestselling Author Dorothea Benton Frank on setting as character, humor in writing, process, and her very best writing advice!


Published: May 8, 2008


Trends in Small Press Publishing - Download

IBPA Executive Director Terry Nathan on Trends in Small Press Publishing


Published: May 1, 2008


Series Writing - Download

NY Times Bestselling Author John Sanford on series writing, creating and evolving characters, and process


Published: May 1, 2008


Joseph Wamaugh & writing process - Download

NY times Bestselling author Joseph Wambaugh talks about writing process, find the story, and the difference between writing narrative non-fiction and fiction.


Published: April 24, 2008


Joseph Wambaugh & the writing process - Download

Guest: NY Times Bestselling Author Joseph Wambaugh talks about writing process, finding the story, and the differences between writing narrative non-fiction and fiction.


Published: April 24, 2008


April 17, 2008 Segment 1 - Download


Published: April 17, 2008


April 17, 2008 Segment 2 - Download


Published: April 17, 2008


April 10, 2008 Segment 1 - Download


Published: April 10, 2008


April 10, 2008 Segment 2 - Download


Published: April 10, 2008


April 3, 2008 Segment 1 - Download


Published: April 3, 2008


April 3, 2008 Segment 2 - Download


Published: April 3, 2008


NY Times Bestselling Author Lisa Lutz On Screenwriting vs. Writing Novels - Download

News of the Publishing Industry with The Front Page and Lisa Lutz joins the Roundtable to talk about writing and selling screenplays - and her decade and a half to overnight success.


Published: March 27, 2008


NY Times Bestselling Author Lisa Lutz On Screenwriting vs. Writing Novels - Segment 2 - Download

Writing novels vs. writing screenplays, perfecting dialogue and making it work for your characters, finding the right writing environment, process, selling the book, auctions, process, and more with Lisa Lutz.


Published: March 27, 2008


NY Times Bestselling Author Jesse Kellerman On Writing Plays vs. Writing Novels - Download

News of the publishing industry with The Front Page and then Jesse Kellerman joins the Roundtable to talk about writing plays vs. writing novels.


Published: March 20, 2008


NY Times Bestselling Author Jesse Kellerman On Writing Plays vs. Writing Novels - Segment 2 - Download

Process, getting published, series vs. stand alone novels, working with your editor, developing characters, and more with Jesse Kellerman.


Published: March 20, 2008


NY Times Bestselling Author Catherine Ryan Hyde On Writing for Adults vs. Young Adults - Download

News of the publishing industry with The Front Page and Catherine Ryan Hyde joins the discussion talking about translation of a novel to the big screen and more.


Published: March 13, 2008


NY Times Bestselling Author Catherine Ryan Hyde On Writing for Adults vs. Young Adults - Segment 2 - Download

Writing process, the difference between writing for adults and young adults, the growth of the young adult market, making a living as a writer, and more with Catherine Ryan Hyde.


Published: March 13, 2008


NY Times Bestselling Author John Lescroart On Writing a Series vs. Stand Alone Novels - Download

John Lescroart - is the author of eighteen previous novels and eleven NY Times bestsellers known for his gripping suspense-thrillers filled with hard-hitting blow-by-blow accounts of real-life situations. His newest novel, Betrayal, is on sale now. He is also known for giving exceptional keynote speeches that leave his audience laughing til they cry!

Segment 1 - News of the publishing industry with The Front Page. Then John Lescroart joins the Roundtable to talk about getting started, writing series vs. stand-alones, and more.


Published: March 6, 2008


NY Times Bestselling Author John Lescroart On Writing a Series - Download

Segment 2 - More with John Lescroart on working with your agent and editor, keeping series characters and books relevant, and the writing process.


Published: March 6, 2008


Pulitzer Prize Winning Author Edward Humes On Writing Narrative Non-Fiction - Download

Pulitzer Prize Winning Author Edward Humes On Writing Narrative Non-Fiction, Winning the Pulitzer Prize, Research, and More …

Edward Humes - The author of nine critically acclaimed nonfiction books and a recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for journalism and a PEN Award, Edward Humes is a writer-at-large for Los Angeles Magazine.

Segment 1 - News of the publishing industry with The Front Page. Then Edward Humes joins the discussion talking about the differences between writing for newspapers and writing books; narrative non-fiction vs. fiction.


Published: February 28, 2008


Pulitzer Prize Winning Author Edward Humes On Writing Narrative Non-Fiction - Download

Segment 2 - More with Edward Humes on narrative non-fiction, choosing the topic, research, process, selling the book, and writing stories people want to read.


Published: February 28, 2008


Bestselling Author Ellis Avery On Being the Best Writer No One Knows And Scott Flora of SPAN On Inde - Download

Ellis Avery - On October 25, 2007, The New York Press called Ellis Avery "The best writer you've never heard of but should go read right now." Two awards later, her novel, The Teahouse Fire, is the subject of rave reviews and available in paperback. Today we are going to learn more about this little known author and about how study of the tea ceremony can lead to the writing of an exquisite novel.

Scott Flora - Since 1996, SPAN has been committed to supporting authors and independent publishers as a nonprofit trade association. Our mission is to "to advance the image and profits of independent publishers and authors through education and marketing opportunities," says SPAN's Executive Director, Scott Flora. SPAN has over 1000 members.

Segment 1 - News of the publishing industry with The Front Page and award-winning author Ellis Avery joins the Roundtable to talk about researching for a novel, writing characters who speak to us, and being "the best writer nobody knows."


Published: February 21, 2008


Bestselling Author Ellis Avery On Being the Best Writer No One Knows And Scott Flora of SPAN On Inde - Download

Segment 2 - More with Ellis Avery on the writing and publishing process, and then Scott Flora of SPAN on the future of small press publishing.


Published: February 21, 2008


PMA Executive Director Terry Nathan On Using PMA to Grow Your Publishing Business - Download

Terry Nathan - As of February 13, it was announced that Terry Nathan is the new Executive Director of PMA, the Independent Book Publishers Association. He worked for more than 15 years with the previous executive director, his mother, Jan Nathan, who founded the association and died in June 2007. Since then, Terry Nathan has been PMA's director.

In a statement, Nathan said he looks forward "to building upon the legacy of the past 25 years to insure that PMA continues as the leading voice and advocate for the independent publishing community."

A long-time director of the organization, Terry succeeds Jan Nathan to the post. We celebrate his appointment and welcome him to the Roundtable.

Segment 1 - News of the publishing industry with The Front Page and Terry Nathan joins the discussion.


Published: February 14, 2008


PMA Executive Director Terry Nathan On Using PMA to Grow Your Publishing Business - Download

Segment 2 - Terry Nathan on the direction and future of PMA, the direction and future of independent publishing, and how PMA can support the small press publisher.


Published: February 14, 2008


Kate Jacobs - Download

News of the publishing industry with The Front Page & the Kate Jacobs joins the discussion


Published: January 31, 2008


Kate Jacobs Segment 2 - Download

News of the publishing industry with The Front Page and then Kate Jacobs on writing for magazines, freelancing vs. staff, and getting started on a novel.

The writing process, character development, networking, finding an agent, finding a publisher, publication, and on the road to success with Kate Jacobs.


Published: January 31, 2008


Clive Cussler Segment 2 - Download

News of the publishing industry with The Front Page. Then, how did Clive Cussler get started writing, and how can you? Writer expectations. And having your novel translated to the big screen.

Mistakes in books, working with writing partners, evolving series characters, keeping a series character fresh, writing multiple series, the writing process, and then writing for kids, with Clive Cussler.


Published: January 24, 2008


Wendy Corsi Staub - Download

News of the publishing industry with The Front Page and then Wendy Corsi Staub joins the conversation.


Published: January 17, 2008


Wendy Corsi Staub Segment 2 - Download

More with Wendy on ghost writing, writing several series and keeping them straight, the burgeoning young adult market, and publishing multiple books each yearwith Wendi Corsi Staub.


Published: January 17, 2008


Taryn Fagernes on what to look for in an agent. - Download

News of the publishing industry with The Front Page and then Taryn Fagerness on how a writer chooses the right agent, what to look for in an agent, how many agents to apply to at once, and what a writer should expect from an agent?


Published: January 10, 2008


Taryn Fagernes on what to look for in an agent. Segment 2 - Download

Current hot trends in the publishing industry, what agents and editors look for in submissions and the writers who make them, and more on agenting with Taryn Fagerness.


Published: January 10, 2008


Dec. 20, 2007 Segment 1 - Download


Published: December 28, 2007


Dec. 20, 2007 Segment 2 - Download


Published: December 28, 2007


Getting started as a screenwriter - Download

News of the publishing industry with The Front Page and getting started as a screenwriter.


Published: December 13, 2007


Warren Lewis - Download

Antoinette, Bob, and Warren talk about what's new in the publishing industry. Warren tells us how he got started writing screenplays. Writing the screenplay vs. writing the novel. How to sell you screenplay, get an agent, make connections? This and more with Warren Lewis.


Published: December 13, 2007


News of the publishing industry and literary agent Sally Van Haitsma of the Julie Castiglia Agency - Download

For those of us who thought E-books would never take off, we just might have been mistaken! Textbooks, game books, and even romances are selling in this format. What book is Starbuck's selling next? How do they chose their books? What bookstores are still going strong and why? Limiting access to pornography on the internet, and more.


Published: December 6, 2007


What does it take to land an agent and sell your book? Sally Van Haitsma tells us! - Download

What does an agent look for in a client? What do they look for in a manuscript? How do you make your query attractive to an agent? How do you judge whether an agent is right for you? What are the trends questions and more with Sally Van Haitsma.

How do you find out what an agent wants in a proposal? How do you know what genres an agent will represent? More with Sally Van Haitsma of the Julie Castiglia Agency.


Published: December 6, 2007


News of the publishing industry discussed - Download

What is the future of E-books? Are they a viable publishing alternative? Sony and amazon.com want you to think so, and they have produced the readers to make it possible.

Is the market for memoirs growing? What does it take to make a memoir viable? And what's hot and what's not in the world of publishing?


Published: November 29, 2007


Taking with Eric Kampmann of Midpoint Trade Distribution and Beaufort Books about publishing avenues - Download

The publisher of the OJ book, If I Did It, and President of one of the premier distribution houses in the country, Eric Kampmann joins the discussion to talk about all the avenues to publication: traditional; small press; independent; and e-books.

Writing a book? How do you decide which publishing avenue is right for you? Self-publishing? How do you get a distributor? Provocative books: gauging the market for them and garnering public interest.


Published: November 29, 2007

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