Episode 79: The One in the Deeply Uncomfortable Phase of Pregnancy

by Barry Lyga


Follow-up on ebooks: Are sales REALLY down? Errors in published books. Also, follow-up on writers taking breaks. Morgan discovers that she likes writing. Did the election kill reading? Morgan’s theory of needing other parents. Plus: Isn’t there a better term for graphic novels?

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Episode 78: The One where Morgan Struggles

by Barry Lyga


Books can keep you sane. What does the election mean for fiction, particularly YA? Maybe ebooks aren’t the big deal everyone thought they were. When is it permissible to slack off on your writing? Thanksgiving advice for non-Americans. Splitting focus between your kids. Clingy post-nap toddlers.

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Episode 77: The One after Trump Wins

by Barry Lyga


A necessary discussion of the distinction between a political podcast and an apolitical podcast. Parenting in the age of Trump. The web reveals which writers Barry writes like. Why is platform-shaming a thing?

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Episode 76: The One with Veggie Burgers

by Barry Lyga


Morgan is, like, the next Arthur Conan Doyle. What do authors wish they’d known when they first started their careers? The difference between institutional and commercial sales…and success. Letting your kids get bored can be good for them. The AAP revises its screen recommendations. (Whew!)

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Episode 75: The One where Barry Talks A Lot

by Barry Lyga



Episode 74: The One not Sponsored by Sesame Place

by Barry Lyga


A brief clarification from last week. Sesame Street vs. Mickey Mouse Clubhouse…to the death! Is a young writer more impressive than an old one? Who do you try to make happy when you write, and should it always be yourself? Practice vs. raw talent. Barry rants briefly about VOYA.

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Episode 73: The One where They Saw Hamilton

by Barry Lyga


Is it all doom and gloom for publishing? Is there a secret room somewhere with the salvation of books? Should authors wish for salaries instead of royalties? What is the secret of Barry’s unpublished novel and its connection to Lin-Manuel Miranda? Plus: Morgan is writing again!

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Episode 72: The One with Cloudy Day Hermine

by Barry Lyga


Morgan abandons Barry. Leia’s vocabulary explodes…along with her temper. The mystery of children’s YouTube. Puppies vs. children. Is there such a thing as vacation with a kid? And is there really even such a thing as a YA novel?

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Episode 70: The One in which Morgan Bites the Bullet

by Barry Lyga



Episode 69: The One where They’re Alone in the House

by Barry Lyga



Episode 68: The One where Leia Drops the F-Bomb

by Barry Lyga


Leia burns up. Barry has a long talk with himself. Morgan asks the audience for advice. The power of positive thinking turns out to backfire. Do you lose yourself as a person when you become a parent? Cursing around your children: Great idea or greatest idea?

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Episode 67: The One with Another One on the Way

by Barry Lyga


Barry and Morgan (and Leia!) survive their move! Barry surrenders to day care, with plenty of guilt. A rant about professionalism. Giving up on a manuscript. New projects for Morgan and Barry.

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Episode 65: The One with Melissa

by Barry Lyga


Special guest Melissa Walker (UNBREAK MY HEART, LET’S PRETEND WE NEVER MET) fills in for Morgan! We discuss different ways of getting published, writing with more than one kid, and how writing a book doesn’t prepare you for the next one. Plus: On spec vs. proposal, and the horror of ranking.

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Episode 63: The One with Sensible Screentime

by Barry Lyga


Morgan damns Barry with faint praise. Mornings! Showers! Is the “limit your kid’s screentime” notion an anti-feminist plot? Barry’s theory that multiple TVs lead to divorce. Plus, Morgan preps for her first writing conference…and makes a soul-searching confession.

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Episode 62: The One with Eight Followers, Maybe Twelve

by Barry Lyga


Morgan is obsessed with Snapchat. Follow-up on programming your brain and baby paranoia. Leia climbs on a truck. Vacations are good. New ideas for stories! The scourge of outlining. Morgan publishes an essay. Pitching vs. blogging. The frustration of being ignored by editors and agents.

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Episode 61: The One without a Daddy Blogosphere

by Barry Lyga


Does a debut have to be big? Guess what: Your sales aren’t determined by the quality of your book. Are celebrity memoirs worth the massive cost? Morgan has opinions about Captain America: Civil War. The (missing) narrative of the Stay-At-Home Dad.

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Episode 60: The One with Sylvia Plath on Zoloft

by Barry Lyga


Leia visits the doctor three times in four days. Revisiting Lyga’s Law of Publishing: Barry signs a contract and explains why it takes so long. Science says: writers and psychotics are the same. (Morgan disagrees.) Don’t be a jerk on the internet. Morgan psyches out Barry. Barry goes nuts over a new book.

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