Honest Authors

The official blurb: Bestselling authors Gillian McAllister and Holly Seddon discuss the truth about being an author, plus expert insider interviews. From: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/honest-authors-show/id1194154338

And another blurb: How do you get a book deal? Why does it take so long for a book to come out, even though it’s finished? Is it normal to totally freak out OR feel like a zombie on publication day? How many abandoned manuscripts does it take to finally hit a home run? What does being a bestseller actually mean and how many books do they sell? From http://hollyseddon.com/about-me/the-honest-authors-podcast/

This podcast is for “The Writer” rather than a mainstream audience, but I suspect a lot of avid readers might enjoy it too.

It’s a British podcast hosted by authors Gillian McAllister and Holly Seddon, two writerly friends who seem quite comfortable with each other.

Image from: https://podtail.com/en/podcast/honest-authors-show/

As the name would suggest, Gillian and Holly attempt to be open and honest about what it’s like being a writer – sharing the good and the bad. They regularly respond to listener questions (most of which seem to come from would-be writers or emerging writers).

For example, in the episode of 30 March 2021, they discuss redrafts, professional jealousy and finding the time to write. On 24 November 2020, they had a ‘mental health roundtable’. This is really valuable for writers, because writing can be psychologically challenging. There’s a lot of rejection, working on your own, second guessing yourself – a big mess of conflicting feelings and emotional drivers, really.

Each episode begins with Gillian and Holly chatting (and I’m going to be honest here too – sometimes I skip these parts, especially if it’s COVID lockdown chat).

Their guests are often fellow writers, but they’ve also had their own agents on the show which was been incredibly interesting – my favourite episodes (and I’d share their dates, but can’t seem to find them!)

If you’re an aspiring writer, I find this podcast to be really generous and useful. It’s nice to ‘be amongst’ people that feel the same way.

It’s a very bolstering podcast but also contains plenty of functional advice that might just help you further along with your own writing work. I know it’s often sent me racing to my keyboard …

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