24
Nov

BinderCast Bonus: Jillian Lauren Reads From Everything You Ever Wanted

The BinderCast is the only podcast exclusively devoted to women and gender non-conforming writers and their careers. In each episode, co-hosts Lux Alptraum and Leigh Stein tackle the essential questions of making it as a writer. Produced by Jennifer Lai.

A special bonus for BinderCast listeners: here’s Jillian Lauren reading a passage from her latest memoir – one that’s very relatable for just about any writer out there.

Hear our full interview with Jillian in Episode Two of The BinderCast.

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20
Nov

BinderCast Bonus: Emily Gould on Publishing and Blurbs

When we spoke to Emily Gould about writing on the internet, she also opened up a bit about her experience in publishing. That conversation didn’t make it into The BinderCast, but we’re releasing a bit of it here on our blog. Keep reading for insight on how working in publishing effects your experience as a newly published author – and how to get Jonathan Franzen to blurb your book.

LEIGH: From working in publishing, you have this background knowledge of how the whole process works.

EMILY: Yes! I thought that would be an asset. I thought that would help me in some way. I don’ think it does at all. I think it just makes you aware of what’s happening when things are going poorly. In ways that maybe you would be able to trick yourself into thinking things aren’t going as poorly if you hadn’t worked in publishing. But I know what an announced first print run means, I know the exact amount of time that your publicist taking to email you back means.

LEIGH: Right, so to someone on the outside it seems so cynical, but to you, you’re like, I know the language they speak, I know what that all means.

EMILY: And it does make it a little easier to not take things personally, that’s just how it works. Like, I’m not the most important person who anyone at FSG has to interact with on a given day. And I get that, that’s fine.

I haven’t actually – I haven’t actually gotten the gumption to ask – cause I want to ask if Jonathan Franzen would be on my podcast? You know, just to ask. He won’t, but I want to ask. And I haven’t figured out how to get in touch with Jeff Seroy at FSG and be like, “Hey Jeff, remember me? My book came out from FSG. I have a favor to ask you –”

LEIGH: Well how did you get Jonathan Franzen to blurb your essay collection?

EMILY: I have no idea how that happened. I really don’t. My editor sent it to him and he blurbed it. That was how that happened.

LEIGH: I don’t think he blurbs a lot.

EMILY: He, um – No, that’s not true. He blurbs some. He blurbs more than – he’s not Gary Shteyngart, but somewhere between John Green and Gary Shteyngart.

LEIGH: I love that comparison.

EMILY: Well, John Green famously doesn’t blurb. I think because there are so few male young adult authors that he would just get asked to blurb every book that has either a male protagonist or a male writer. Which has – that would suck, I guess.

I’m sorry we’re talking about blurbs. Let’s not –

LEIGH: We’ll move on to the internet.

EMILY: There’s no way not to be incredibly offensive, and I don’t know if people care about them at all. I think it’s this weird currency that you can only spend in this tiny realm where nothing very valuable is ever for sale.

LEIGH: That was deep.

EMILY: Yeah, oops.

Hear more from Emily in our first BinderCast episode, available on iTunes or wherever else you get your podcasts. And if you like what you hear, please rate and review us (and don’t forget to subscribe for more awesome episodes!).

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17
Nov

Episode Two: Jillian Lauren Doesn’t Need Your Permission

The BinderCast is the only podcast exclusively devoted to women and gender non-conforming writers and their careers. In each episode, co-hosts Lux Alptraum and Leigh Stein tackle the essential questions of making it as a writer. Produced by Jennifer Lai.

Who will give you permission to tell your story – and do you even need to ask for it? Bestselling memoirist Jillian Lauren (Some Girls, Everything You Ever Wanted) explains how writing two memoirs had an impact on her personal life, and what writers should (and shouldn’t) worry about before penning a true life tale.

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Further reading:

Jillian’s website and blog

“The Cost of Telling Your Truth, Publicly”

“No One Told Me How Hard Adoption Would Be”

6
Nov

Sponsor Shout-Out: The Harnisch Foundation

BinderCon is all about inspiring women: and Ruth Ann Harnisch is definitely inspiring. From her pioneering journalism and newsroom work in the 1970s to her philanthropic support of causes that help women and girls (as well as other minorities and silenced and disadvantaged individuals) make similar strides in their professions and personal lives.

As Ruth Ann put it herself to MSNBC in March of 2015, “We invest in journalism because people make decisions based on information, so we support diverse voices presenting high quality reliably sourced information to equip people to make decisions about their government, their health, their work.” We love that the Harnisch foundation puts so much time, effort, and funding into ensuring we have richer, more representative conversations in our media.

In the same interview, Ruth Ann explained the goals of the Harnisch Foundation, ones we whole heartedly support. “I hope the next generation will see every person as worthy of dignity and respectful treatment,” she said. “My hope is for a world in which everyone’s contributions are valued, in which individuals are free to fulfill their potential and are supported in their choices.” Amen to that!

We’re so pleased to be counted among the causes that the Harnisch Foundation supports, and to have a sponsor who has so long been devoted to our shared goal— to engage more women’s voices in conversation and celebrate the stories we have to tell. Thanks to the generosity of the Harnisch Foundation, we’ll be recording and archiving all BinderCon panels – and livestreaming all programming that takes place in the Cooper Union Great Hall (head over to our sessions page [http://nyc.bindercon.com/sessions] for more details on what’s being livestreamed).

And that’s not all: the Harnisch Foundation has also brought their decades of expertise to BinderCon NY 2015 session Blurred Lines: The Complicated Relationship Between Journalism and Documentary Filmmaking. Featured on this panel are award-winning filmmaker and Academy Award-nominated director Jehane Noujaim, Emmy award-winning documentary and news producer Alexandra Dean, cinematographer and director Kirsten Johnson, and Rada Film Group co-founder Michèle Stephenson.

We’re deeply grateful to the Harnisch Foundation for their commitment to promoting women’s voices. If you want to thank them, too, show them some love by following them on Facebook, Twitter, checking out the content in their Media Vault, apply for an Awesome Without Borders grant, and check out the current projects we’re proud to stand next to!

6
Nov

Episode One: Roxane Gay and Emily Gould vs. The Internet

The BinderCast is the only podcast exclusively devoted to women and gender non-conforming writers and their careers. In each episode, co-hosts Lux Alptraum and Leigh Stein tackle the essential questions of making it as a writer. Produced by Jennifer Lai.

How has the internet changed the experience of being a writer? In our inaugural episode, Leigh and Lux check in with two of the internet’s favorite writers – bestselling author and New York Times columnist Roxane Gay and author and Emily Books founder Emily Gould – to learn all about how being online has helped, harmed, and shaped their careers.

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Further reading:
“Where I Write: A Cabin on the Lakefront” by Roxane Gay

“Twitter Isn’t Killing Books” by Roxane Gay

“Two Damn Books: How I Got Here and Where I Want to Go” by Roxane Gay

“How Much My Novel Cost Me” by Emily Gould

Emily Books

“Exposed” by Emily Gould