We–Jessica Lahey and KJ Dell’Antonia–have been writing professionally for over a decade each. Between us, we’ve written and edited: a blog for the New York Times, a best-selling book, a couple of spare other books, a novel that’s in the publication pipeline and articles for publications ranging from the aforementioned Times through the Atlantic right on to PTA Magazine and Medium.
We’ve been paid big bucks, peanuts and “exposure”. We’ve read the comments (and moderated them). We’ve been viral, been loved, been hated, been hung out to dry.
Most importantly, we’re both making a living at this, and loving it at least much of the time. In conversations between us and guests like David Sedaris, best-selling romance author Sarina Bowen, Jennifer Weiner, Alan Alda, Anna Quinlan, Cal Newport and many, many more, we give you all we can about getting started and keeping going in all aspects of the writing business (and can we just say that the names you’ve never heard of are probably the most useful episodes).
We end every episode with this reminder: the only to way to succeed in writing, whether your goal is to create for yourself or publish for others, is both simple and is the very hardest thing:
“Keep your butt in the chair,
and your head in the game.”
#AmWriting … “blends the insights of an NPR interview with the how-to appeal of a great cooking show and the caffeine kick of a motivational speech.”
“Peppered with tips and reminders to “keep your butt in the chair,” the series also provides heartier sustenance for writers in the form of interviews with such heavyweight authors as Anna Quindlen and David Sedaris, as well creating a meeting place of sorts. The podcast’s Facebook group has 1,000-plus members and is regularly abuzz with conversations related to the latest episodes.”