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Welcome to Deadline City: a podcast and a destination. We are two New York City-based authors who share an office and work on multiple books at a time. Between us, we have 40 books published and under contract, and we’re just getting started. If you’ve seen us on the road, you know how we cut up. We like to have fun and talk about the one thing that is always on our minds: creating books. Publishing is a big scary world to many of us, and our goal is to pull back the curtain on some of the mystery by simply talking about it. In our first season, we want to dig into subjects like YA fiction, editing, reading reviews, burnout. Most of the time, you publish a book and then you’re at a loss for what comes next. How do you navigate the industry and then still manage to write more books? That’s a journey we’re on and know that so many others are on the same road. We hope you come along for the ride.

Welcome to Deadline City: a podcast and a destination. We are two New York City-based authors who share an office and work on multiple books at a time. Between us, we have 40 books published and under contract, and we’re just getting started. If you’ve seen us on the road, you know how we cut up. We like to have fun and talk about the one thing that is always on our minds: creating books. Publishing is a big scary world to many of us, and our goal is to pull back the curtain on some of the mystery by simply talking about it. In our first season, we want to dig into subjects like YA fiction, editing, reading reviews, burnout. Most of the time, you publish a book and then you’re at a loss for what comes next. How do you navigate the industry and then still manage to write more books? That’s a journey we’re on and know that so many others are on the same road. We hope you come along for the ride.

 

#65

S5: Episode 6 - Publicity Parlor w/ Saraciea J. Fennell

This week Deadline City has a special guest! Publicity manager, editor, and festival founder, Saraciea J. Fennell knows the ins and outs of the publishing industry. She stops by the Publicity Parlor to give us her insights into author-publisher relationships and how we can feel a little less helpless in this big wide career.  [Support the show] (http://Ko-fi.com/deadlinecity) (http://Ko-fi.com/deadlinecity) ... Read more

20 Oct 2021

1 HR 06 MINS

1:06:48

20 Oct 2021


#64

S5: Episode 5 - The Theme Park

This week on Deadline City we are digging deep into theme! We break down some of our recent reads and figure out how we build themes and make our stories stronger.  Dhonielle is very organized, and Zoraida is not.  [Support the show] (http://Ko-fi.com/deadlinecity) (http://Ko-fi.com/deadlinecity) ... Read more

14 Oct 2021

37 MINS

37:10

14 Oct 2021


#63

S5: Episode 4 - The Query Quarter

This week on Deadline City we head to the Query Quarter. We have an honest discussion about how we got our agents, when you know you need to move on, and how to keep going. Whether you're polishing your first letter or an author thinking of making a change, this episode is for you.  [Support the show] (http://Ko-fi.com/deadlinecity) (http://Ko-fi.com/deadlinecity) ... Read more

06 Oct 2021

36 MINS

36:43

06 Oct 2021


#62

S5: Episode 3 - Self-Pub Parlor w/ Sierra Simone

USA Today Bestselling author, Sierra Simone, stops by Deadline City to talk all things self-publishing. Sierra Simone is a bestselling author of angsty and dark romance. She's been in the game for years and we are so lucky to have her share her experience, her process, and her journey overall. Tune in to find out more! [Support the show] (http://Ko-fi.com/deadlinecity) (http://Ko-fi.com/deadlinecity) ... Read more

29 Sep 2021

54 MINS

54:02

29 Sep 2021


#61

S5: Episode 2 - The Future of Publishing

This week on Deadline City we're talking about the future of the publishing industry from our perspectives. What are the changes we're reading out? How do we see buying trends changing, and how is this affecting the way we are personally going to keep creating. As always, let us know your thoughts!  [Support the show] (http://Ko-fi.com/deadlinecity) (http://Ko-fi.com/deadlinecity) ... Read more

22 Sep 2021

45 MINS

45:36

22 Sep 2021


#60

S5: Episode 1 - Pandemic Book Babies

Season 5 of Deadline City is here, and we are back on our bullsh*t! We catch up on this episode and go over our pandemic releases and well as discuss how we are staying sane during author promotion. Join us for our first episode back.  [Support the show] (http://Ko-fi.com/deadlinecity) (http://Ko-fi.com/deadlinecity) ... Read more

15 Sep 2021

56 MINS

56:04

15 Sep 2021


#59

S4: Episode 13 - The Idea Factory

Welcome to the season finale of Deadline City! For our final episode, we&apos;ve decided to talk about ideas and trends. We&apos;re often asked, &quot;where do you get your ideas from?&quot; Well, here it is. We discuss organic ideas and how they take shape. How trends might not be such a bad thing to write to if you do the work! And how publishing changes ideas for authors. We&apos;re also thrilled to be partnering with Libro.fm for a Deadline City exclusive discount code. Create a new account and you can get **2** audiobooks for the price of one ($14.99). About our sponsor: <a href='http://libro.fm/'>Libro.fm</a> makes it possible to purchase audiobooks through your local bookstore of choice. The same way Bookshop.org helps independent bookstores, Libro.fm has a network of 1400+ <a href='http://libro.fm/indies'>bookstore partners</a>.  They have over<a href='http://libro.fm/explore'> 185,000 audiobooks</a> including New York Times bestsellers and hundreds of<a href='http://libro.fm/recommended'> bookseller recommendations</a>. The best part about Libro.fm? It&apos;s DRM-Free so all their audiobooks are free of being digitally managed. Translation: Unlike Audible, with<a href='http://libro.fm/'> Libro.fm</a> you OWN the digital file, regardless. Read more<a href='https://blog.libro.fm/cage-free-audiobooks/'> here</a>. To claim your two for one audiobooks:  ---Your code can be entered at checkout: DeadlineCity26 ---It can also be redeemed by clicking on your link with the code embedded: <a href='http://libro.fm/redeem/DeadlineCity26'>libro.fm/redeem/DeadlineCity26</a> Thank you for listening in this season. We wouldn&apos;t be able to this without you. If you&apos;re part of our Patreon, the monthly live streams will still be happening! After our summer break we&apos;ll be back for the fall with more conversations, more publishing deep dives, and more shenanigans. Write on, Zoraida + Dhonielle    [Support the show] (http://Ko-fi.com/deadlinecity) (http://Ko-fi.com/deadlinecity) ... Read more

09 Jun 2021

57 MINS

57:06

09 Jun 2021


#58

S4: Episode 12 - The Arena Pt 2 - YA vs. Adult

YA versus Adult! We get these questions quite a bit. Why write YA? Why write adult? What is the difference? Zoraida is making the move to adult in September 2021, and Dhonielle is so close to finishing her first adult novel. But why the change? And how was the process different than when they wrote Labyrinth Lost or The Belles? How would those books look like if they had written them with an older audience in mind? [Support the show] (http://Ko-fi.com/deadlinecity) (http://Ko-fi.com/deadlinecity) ... Read more

02 Jun 2021

45 MINS

45:13

02 Jun 2021


#57

S4: Episode 11 - The Champagne Room w/ Sarah E. Younger

This week on Deadline City we talk about sex and intimacy in adult romance novels! Sarah E. Younger is a literary agent who specializes in adult romance. She&apos;s part of the Nancy Yost Literary Agency and represents authors like Alexis Daria, Kit Rocha, and many more. We explore the different heat levels (chili peppers, if you will) and what makes for convincing chemistry.  [Support the show] (http://Ko-fi.com/deadlinecity) (http://Ko-fi.com/deadlinecity) ... Read more

19 May 2021

55 MINS

55:52

19 May 2021


#56

S4: Episode 10 - Fantasy Fields w/ Rebecca Roanhorse

Welcome to the Fantasy Fields! New York Times best-selling author Rebecca Roanhorse joins us in Deadline City for a deep dive on fantasy world-building. How do we create fantasy novels that have distinct cultures? How do we go beyond the generic European fantasy? Rebecca is a master world-builder--just read Black Sun! Listen in for her expert advice on how to write with intention.  [Support the show] (http://Ko-fi.com/deadlinecity) (http://Ko-fi.com/deadlinecity) ... Read more

05 May 2021

56 MINS

56:28

05 May 2021


#55

S4 Episode 9 - Destination City Hall

One of the ongoing conversations in the Book World is the politics of being a writer! Can authors take an a-political stance? What are the expectations? Dhonielle and Zoraida discuss the politics of being an author in times like these.  [Support the show] (http://Ko-fi.com/deadlinecity) (http://Ko-fi.com/deadlinecity) ... Read more

28 Apr 2021

57 MINS

57:53

28 Apr 2021


#54

S4: Episode 8 - Community Corner w/ Natalie C. Parker

This week on Deadline City we are joined by an old friend and critically acclaimed author and anthologist, Natalie C. Parker.  We pick her brain about how she creates community through workshops and retreats at her company, Madcap Retreats, as well as other author events. The social aspect of being an author is a big part of #authorlife, and we talk about our own experiences navigating these waters.  [Support the show] (http://Ko-fi.com/deadlinecity) (http://Ko-fi.com/deadlinecity) ... Read more

07 Apr 2021

1 HR 14 MINS

1:14:52

07 Apr 2021


#53

S4: Episode 7 - #OwnVoices Observatory

Let&apos;s talk about #OwnVoices! This term  coined by the writer Corinne Duyvis has changed a lot about the conversation about books. We go over what it means, what it means to us, and how it can be weaponized by the publishing industry. Is #OwnVoices over? Tune in to this week&apos;s Deadline City.  [Support the show] (http://Ko-fi.com/deadlinecity) (http://Ko-fi.com/deadlinecity) ... Read more

31 Mar 2021

44 MINS

44:17

31 Mar 2021


#52

S4: Episode 6: Genre Grove w/ Adam Silvera

A question we get often is &quot;do I have to stay in one genre?&quot; For us, the answer is no. But that&apos;s a big topic and a lot of factors go into that. We&apos;re joined by New York Times bestselling author, Adam Silvera, to talk about how we write our stories and why.  [Support the show] (http://Ko-fi.com/deadlinecity) (http://Ko-fi.com/deadlinecity) ... Read more

24 Mar 2021

54 MINS

54:59

24 Mar 2021


#51

S4 Episode 5 - Destination: Cancel Court

This week we talk about the controversial parts of publishing! As always we want to make sure we cover everything, even subjects that are a bit tricky to navigate. This is a huge discussion and we only cover a bit of it, but we have to start somewhere. The Deadline City court is in session! [Support the show] (http://Ko-fi.com/deadlinecity) (http://Ko-fi.com/deadlinecity) ... Read more

17 Mar 2021

52 MINS

52:38

17 Mar 2021


#50

S4: Episode 4 - Monsterville w/ Cassie Clare & Holly Black

It&apos;s party time in Deadline City. A *monster mash* if you will. This week we have two powerhouse authors stopping by: Cassandra Clare and Holly Black. Cassandra Clare is the creator of the Shadowhunters universe and Holly Black is the author of over a dozen books, most recently The Folk of the Air trilogy. As a duo, they&apos;re the co-authors of The Magisterium Series. With expansive worlds, deliciously bad characters, and morally complex anti-heroes, we couldn&apos;t wait to have a candid conversation about writing monsters, villains, good guys, and everyone in between.  [Support the show] (http://Ko-fi.com/deadlinecity) (http://Ko-fi.com/deadlinecity) ... Read more

10 Mar 2021

1 HR 16 MINS

1:16:30

10 Mar 2021


#49

S4: Episode 3 - A Galaxy Far Far Away w/ Daniel José Older

This week on Deadline City we have special guest Daniel José Older! We get down to the nitty-gritty of race and coding in science fiction and fantasy. Prepare for some conversation around Star Wars and all the things fantasy. How do writing and politics intersect? We don&apos;t have all the answers but we have a starting point to a larger conversation. Plus, Dhonielle renames Jabba the Hut. #Werepigeons  [Support the show] (http://Ko-fi.com/deadlinecity) (http://Ko-fi.com/deadlinecity) ... Read more

03 Mar 2021

1 HR 07 MINS

1:07:25

03 Mar 2021


#48

S4: Episode 2 - Agent Avenue

This ween on Deadline City we talk all things agents! We&apos;ve changed agents and agencies quite a few times and we wanted to share how it all went down, and the questions you need when searching for your forever agent-home. This is a big topic so we can&apos;t cover everything, but we always want to be as honest as possible when it comes to our experiences.  [Support the show] (http://Ko-fi.com/deadlinecity) (http://Ko-fi.com/deadlinecity) ... Read more

24 Feb 2021

1 HR 02 MINS

1:02:16

24 Feb 2021


#47

S4: Episode 1 - Back in the Deadline City Groove

Zoraida and Dhonielle are back for season 4! That means more deadlines, more shenanigans, more loving drags of each other. For the kick-off episode, we cover everything from where we are in our forever deadlines, to the writing process, to how we are going to keep each other accountable in self-care. It&apos;s a new year but the game hasn&apos;t changed. We&apos;re just learning and going with the flow. Welcome back. We missed you! [Support the show] (http://Ko-fi.com/deadlinecity) (http://Ko-fi.com/deadlinecity) ... Read more

17 Feb 2021

53 MINS

53:27

17 Feb 2021


#46

S3: Episode 11 - Resolution Blvd. Part 2

We&apos;ve made it to the end of 2020! We do a recap of our resolutions, the way 2020 body checked us into a new reality, and how we plan to reset into 2021 for a better, more productive writing year. We can do this together. Happy New Year! Love, D + Z [Support the show] (http://Ko-fi.com/deadlinecity) (http://Ko-fi.com/deadlinecity) ... Read more

30 Dec 2020

1 HR 06 MINS

1:06:36

30 Dec 2020


#45

Episode 10: Fantasy Land w/ Tessa Gratton

Welcome to the longest episode we&apos;ve done on Deadline City yet! We invited Tessa Gratton, author of Queen of Innis Lear and Night Shine, to talk about big worldbuilding challenges. We talk about racial coding and queering the worlds we love to read about. What succeeds? How do some fail? Dhonielle has it out for The Witcher and Star Wars, and Zoraida tries to defend her faves. There is a lot of love, shouting, and serious advice on how to get down to business creating new and epic fantasy novels.  [Support the show] (http://Ko-fi.com/deadlinecity) (http://Ko-fi.com/deadlinecity) ... Read more

23 Dec 2020

1 HR 19 MINS

1:19:34

23 Dec 2020


#44

S3: Episode 9 - Hollywood Blvd

To celebrate the release of Dhonielle&apos;s TINY PRETTY THINGS, we are talking Hollywood adaptions! We cover everything from how books get optioned to some of our favorite properties that have received the Hollywood treatment, and what are we excited to see up next! Make sure you stream TINY PRETTY THINGS on Netflix! [Support the show] (http://Ko-fi.com/deadlinecity) (http://Ko-fi.com/deadlinecity) ... Read more

16 Dec 2020

1 HR 04 MINS

1:04:50

16 Dec 2020


#43

S3: Episode 8 - The Library

Deadline City goes to the Library! What books populate your shelves? What makes you love a story forever? What turns you away? This discussion is focused on recent industry conversations involving the place of classic novels and how that ties into a larger discussion about the state of YA, and beyond.   [Support the show] (http://Ko-fi.com/deadlinecity) (http://Ko-fi.com/deadlinecity) ... Read more

09 Dec 2020

1 HR 04 MINS

1:04:25

09 Dec 2020


#42

S3: Episode 7 - Destination: Revision Dumpster

This week we do a deep dive into the revision process. Or as Dhonielle calls it, the Revision Dumpster. That&apos;s right, we live here. Revision can often feel like a huge mountain to climb. So how do you actually do it? What do you focus on? We go over our process, what has worked in the past, what is working now, and more bickering from your Deadline City aunties.  [Support the show] (http://Ko-fi.com/deadlinecity) (http://Ko-fi.com/deadlinecity) ... Read more

02 Dec 2020

50 MINS

50:09

02 Dec 2020


#41

S3: Episode 6 - Professional Jealousy Jungle

Welcome to the jungle! On this week&apos;s episode of Deadline City, we tackle all kinds of jealousy monsters. Each one has a character and purpose because we know that there are tons of forms of jealousy. The question is, which one are you and which have we been? This topic is tricky and sometimes hard to talk about. But as always, we strive to be as transparent as we can, and hope that these anecdotes can help you resolve some of your own publishing dilemmas--or even better--avoid them!  [Support the show] (http://Ko-fi.com/deadlinecity) (http://Ko-fi.com/deadlinecity) ... Read more

25 Nov 2020

56 MINS

56:22

25 Nov 2020