16
Aug

Episode Nine: Mira Ptacin’s Love Story (That Also Has An Abortion In It)

Motherhood is often treated as the defining experience of a woman’s life – whether or not she wants kids, the decision is usually treated as a major, and potentially life changing, conversation. Mira Ptacin’s been on both sides of the equation: her memoir, Pour Your Soul, chronicles her decision to terminate her first pregnancy; shortly before its publication, she gave birth to her second child. Ptacin stopped by the BinderCast studio with her infant daughter to talk abortion, balancing work with motherhood, and persevering in the face of an unending stream of nos.
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9
Aug

BinderCast Bonus: Charlotte Shane Reads Prostitute Laundry

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 Charlotte Shane reading from her book...
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2
Aug

Episode Eight: Charlotte Shane Knows How To Sell It

These days, it’s not enough to just be a good writer. You’ve also got to have a brand, and you need to be something of a savvy marketer to boot. Sex worker turned writer Charlotte Shane knows a thing or two about selling it. In this week’s episode, she talks about why she picked escorting over academia, how sex work gave her the freedom to hone her craft, and why marketing shouldn’t be a dirty word.
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19
Jul

Episode Seven: Danielle Paige Embraces Fan Fiction

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 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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14
Jul

BinderCon Keynote Suki Kim is Changing the Conversation

New York Times bestselling author and BinderCon keynote, Suki Kim has been getting a lot of press as of late, primarily surrounding racism, sexism, and what she considers to be the misbranding of her investigative narrative journalism book, Without You, There Is No Us: My Time with the Sons of North Korea’s Elite, as memoir. In the...
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14
Jul

What BinderCon Means to Noreen Pulman

After putting out a call to our community for their success stories this week, we received this message from a three-time BinderCon attendee. We are sharing her letter with her permission. Dear Leigh, It took a lot longer than I intended to get my thoughts on paper. It was impossible for me to describe in...
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13
Jul

Pitch Your Heart Out, BinderCon Pitch Success Stories

Did you know that in the two years BinderCon has been around we’ve facilitated 1,158 pitch meetings? That’s 1,158 meetings between writers and agents, editors, and publishers. Every BinderCon offers the opportunity for attendees to add on Speed Pitch sessions to their agenda. Below are just some of the many success stories from pitch meetings...
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12
Jul

BinderCon Success Stories: Veronica & Valentina

We’re always thrilled to see how our programming, support and efforts have helped women and non-binary writers, but it’s not every day we hear about a sister team! We hope you enjoy reading about the RossMottley sisters’ experiences at BinderCon: Valentina says:  I’ve gone to three Bindercon conferences so far and each and every time...
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