19
Jul

Episode Seven: Danielle Paige Embraces Fan Fiction

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.

Soap operas. Romance novels. Fan fiction. They’re some of the most derided genres of writing – and they also happen to be the forms of writing most readily associated with women. On this episode of The BinderCast, Lux and Leigh check in with best selling author Danielle Paige about getting her start in soaps, updating The Wizard of Oz for the modern era, and why you should always end a scene with a bitch slap.

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Further reading:

Danielle’s website

Danielle on Twitter

Dorothy Must Die

Pre-order Stealing Snow

12
Apr

BinderCast Super Special: Breaking Into Podcasting

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.

Join podcast rockstars Stephanie Foo (This American Life), Manoush Zomorodi (Note to Self), Ann Hepperman (The Sarah Awards), and Jenn Baker (The Minorities in Publishing Podcast) as they share tips, tricks, and strategies for succeeding in the world of podcasting. This conversation took place last November at BinderCon NYC, for more great BinderCon panels, head over to Vimeo.

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Further reading:

Stephanie Foo on Twitter

Manoush Zomorodi on Twitter

Ann Hepperman on Twitter

Jenn Baker on Twitter

12
Jan

Episode Six: How Aparna Nancherla Learned to Work Well with Others

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.

For many of us, writing is a lonely, solitary activity – so how do you make the transition to writing as a member of a team? Late Night with Seth Meyers writer and Totally Biased alum Aparna Nancherla talks about going from being a stand up comedian to a team member in a TV writers’ room, and what she learned along the way.

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Further reading:

Aparna’s website

Aparna on Twitter

Why Comedian Aparna Nancherla Wants You to Stop Calling Her “Nice”

Defending the Bomb: Comic Aparna Nancherla’s Imperfectly Worded Tweet About Makeup

5
Jan

BinderCast Bonus: Emily Gould Reads Friendship

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 author Emily Gould reading from her book Friendship.

Hear our full interview with Emily in Episode One of The BinderCast.

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29
Dec

Episode Five: The Many Influences of Jenny Lumet

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 do our families shape our careers? What role do mentors play in helping us get ahead? Award winning screenwriter Jenny Lumet (Rachel Getting Married) shares how being the daughter of Hollywood royalty helped her get places that women of color don’t normally go – and how she persuaded Jonathan Demme to direct her first film.

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Further reading:

Jenny Getting Noticed, The Wall Street Journal

Going Off Script, The LA Times

Growing Up With Two Icons, The New York Times

15
Dec

Episode Four: Sara Benincasa, From Agoraphobia to ABC Pilot

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.

Making it as a writer means dealing with a lot of rejection – and learning how to persevere through pretty tough times. Novelist and memoirist Sara Benincasa (Agorafabulous, DC Trip) opens up about how her struggles with mental illness gave her the resiliency she needed for a career in writing, and shares the best advice she ever got from Diablo Cody.

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Further reading:

Agorafabulous!: Dispatches From My Bedroom

Great

DC Trip

8
Dec

BinderCast Bonus: Morgan Parker Reads In Search of Morgan, Season Three, Episode Twenty-Four

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 poet Morgan Parker reading “In Search of Morgan, Season Three, Episode Twenty-Four.”

Hear our full interview with Morgan in Episode Three of The BinderCast.

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1
Dec

Episode Three: How Poet Morgan Parker Balances Her Passion With Her Paycheck

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 do you balance the writing you’re passionate about with the work that pays your bills? Award winning poet and Little A editor Morgan Parker (Other People’s Comfort Keeps Me Up at Night) shares how she finds time to write poems about Beyonce and the Real Housewives while making a living as a publishing professional.

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Further Reading:

“My Dreams of Being a Feminist Housewife”

“Reports from the Field: White People Love Me: Dispatches from the Token”

“Matt”

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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