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JD Barker
Christine Daigle
Kevin Tumlinson
Jena Brown

What does it take to succeed as a writer? Join hosts J.D. Barker, Christine Daigle, Kevin Tumlinson and Jena Brown as they pull back the curtain and gain rare insight from the household names found on bookshelves worldwide.

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100 Things We’ve Lost to the Internet with NYT Editor Pamela Paul

In her latest book, 100 Things We’ve Lost to the Internet, Pamela Paul urges her readers to take a step back and contemplate just how much the internet has shaped society. From its influence on the very basis of social interaction to the way authors think about and write stories, she seeks to capture all the ways new tech has changed our world and “memorialize the very recent past”. Pamela is the editor of The New York Times Book Review, host of the Book Review podcast, and has written seven books in her free time. To order 100 Things We’ve Lost to the Internet, follow the link below.


Pamela Paul is the editor of The New York Times Book Review, which she joined as the children’s books editor in 2011, and oversees books coverage at The New York Times, where she hosts the weekly Book Review podcast. She is the author of seven books: ” The Starter Marriage and the Future of Matrimony” was named one of the best books of 2002 by The Washington Post; her second book, “Pornified,” was named one of the best books of 2005 by The San Francisco Chronicle. She is also the author of “Parenting, Inc.”, “By the Book: Writers on Literature and the Literary Life from The New York Times Book Review,” “My Life with Bob: Flawed Heroine Keeps Book of Books, Plot Ensues” and most recently, “How to Raise a Reader,” co-written with Maria Russo. Her first picture book for children, “Rectangle Time,” came out in February 2021.Paul’s next book, “100 Things We’ve Lost to the Internet,” will be published by Crown on October 26th, 2021 (and can be preordered now!). Paul has been a contributor to Time magazine and The Economist, and a columnist for The New York Times Sunday Styles section and Worth magazine. Her work has also appeared in The Atlantic, The Washington Post, The New York Times Magazine, The Economist, Vogue, and other publications.

Whether you’re traditionally published or indie, writing a good book is only the first step in becoming a successful author. The days of just turning a manuscript into your editor and walking away are gone. If you want to succeed in today’s publishing world, you need to understand every aspect of the business – editing, formatting, marketing, contracts. It all starts with a good book, then the real work begins.

Join international bestselling author J.D. Barker and indie powerhouses, J. Thorn and Zach Bohannon, as they gain unique insight and valuable advice from the most prolific and accomplished authors in the business.

In this episode, you’ll discover:

  • Why J likes interviewing other podcasters
  • COVID-19’s effect on the writing process
  • How to switch from op-eds to traditional book writing
  • How to deal with writer’s block
  • How to write while commuting


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  1. Christopher Wills

    3 years ago  

    Fascinating show today. As a miserable old bastard who often tells my son, “I remember when… electricity was invented…” the 100 things book sounds fascinating so I’ve ordered one.
    Interesting discussion about the death of boredom. I have always thought that boredom is the seed of creativity. As children we were creative, we could play in a garden or a field or in the woods and create an imaginary world and use sticks as swords and guns etc. Is it possible that lack of boredom in the current generation will stifle creativity?
    Kids today get don’t know what boredom is. Some say they are bored but I suspect it is more likely that they are stressed because they have so much choice and maybe their expectations are too high. No wonder there appears to be more mental problems for the young.
    There’s a business idea somewhere. Boredom Summer Camp – send your kids for a week of complete boredom, no internet, no phone signal, no electricity. Your kids will come back different people… 🙂
    Great show.

    1. J. Thorn

      3 years ago  

      Can I sign up for Boredom Summer Camp? I love that idea!

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