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Basic Pitches

Basic Pitches

By Anna Mercier and Emily Thiede

Anna and Emily offer angst, tips, and laughter for your writing journey.
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45: Taking Chances with Maggie Giles

Basic PitchesMay 17, 2022

Author Interview: Twisting Rom-Com Tropes with Meredith Schorr
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53: FINDING THE JOY: When the Words Won't Flow
Jul 26, 202201:07:12
Author Interview: The Journey with Susan Crispell
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52: FINDING THE JOY: Broken Goals
Jul 19, 202201:14:02
Author Interview: Nostalgic Settings with Erik Jon Slangerup
Jul 14, 202201:01:40
51: FINDING THE JOY: Joy Thieves
Jul 11, 202201:12:28
50: FINDING THE JOY: Deliberate Practice
Jul 05, 202201:07:39
49: Q&A with Emily Thiede
Jun 28, 202240:24
48: Building in Breaks with Tracy Badua
Jun 21, 202257:49
47: 5 Writing Myths Debunked
May 31, 202254:37
46: An Evolving Process with Sonora Reyes
May 24, 202201:00:56
45: Taking Chances with Maggie Giles
May 17, 202201:00:46
44: Using Character to Create Plot with Catherine Bakewell
May 03, 202201:03:58
43: Q&A with Emily and Anna
Apr 26, 202259:40
42: Updating Retellings for a Modern World with Lillie Lainoff
Apr 19, 202201:01:01
41: Memoirs with Taylor Harris
Apr 05, 202201:02:60
40: The Power of Beat Sheets

40: The Power of Beat Sheets

Anna and Emily discuss how beat sheets can really help when you're stuck-- especially if you draw from all different types of beat sheets!

Mar 29, 202252:59
39: When to Let Go with Alexandria Rogers
Mar 22, 202201:01:57
38: Pitch Wars Wrap Up and Catching Up
Mar 15, 202254:21
37: Middle Grade Mysteries with Katryn Bury
Mar 08, 202250:39
36: Sci-Fi with Meg Long
Jan 04, 202255:42
35: Season One Wrap-Up

35: Season One Wrap-Up

Anna and Emily wrap-up season one with reflections on the past, brainstorming for the future, and plenty of shout outs and thanks to listeners!

We'd like to dedicate this episode to our friend K.L. Burd who will always be a member of this family.

Nov 30, 202147:59
34: YALLFest Wrap-Up
Nov 23, 202101:07:58
33: Writing Cookies

33: Writing Cookies

What's with these titles lately? Are Anna and Emily hungry? Stressed? Both?! Whatever the reason, they chat about ways to keep yourself motivated and going when things get tough.

Nov 02, 202154:08
32: Prepping for NaNoWriMo

32: Prepping for NaNoWriMo

Anna and Emily discuss all things Nation Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), how to prep, how to "win", and ways to make it a successful writing. Also, they dish on author heights.

Oct 26, 202158:46
31: Promise of the Premise
Oct 12, 202147:14
30: You are the Snack!
Sep 27, 202156:40
29: Effective Dialogue
Sep 20, 202158:57
28: Gothic Romance with Lyndall Clipstone
Sep 13, 202101:10:44
27: Multiple Points of View
Aug 23, 202101:00:44
26: Break Down Structure: Act Four
Aug 16, 202151:18
25: Breaking Down Story Structure: Messy Middles
Aug 09, 202156:24
24: Breaking Down Structure: First Chapters
Jul 26, 202155:09
23: Breaking Down Structure: Act One
Jul 19, 202101:03:48
22: Publishing Process- Part One
Jul 12, 202150:51
21: Retellings with Lauren Blackwood
Jul 05, 202153:46
20: Tropes, Tropes, Tropes
Jun 28, 202144:29
19: A Pitch Wars Journey with Lyssa Smith
Jun 21, 202101:00:10
18: When to Let Go... of Drafts
Jun 15, 202137:28
17: Building Author Platform with E.J. Wenstrom
Jun 07, 202159:17
16: Writing Resources
May 24, 202159:31
15: Managing Professional Jealousy with Jessica James
May 17, 202152:41
14: Worldbuilding
May 10, 202155:57
13: Work, Life, ... Video Games? Chatting with Lyndsay Ely
May 03, 202159:47
12: Finding the Right Agent for You
Apr 19, 202152:11
11: A Conversation with KL Burd
Apr 12, 202101:08:41
10: Narrative Closeness

10: Narrative Closeness

Anna and Emily answer a reader question about how to achieve narrative closeness.

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RED, WHITE & ROYAL BLUE by Casey McQuinston

Apr 05, 202101:11:17
09: The Spark with Jade Loren
Mar 29, 202153:56
08: Crafting Character Arcs
Mar 22, 202101:08:38
07: Morally Gray Characters with Sam Taylor
Mar 08, 202147:27
06: Wrestling with Revisions
Mar 01, 202149:28
05: Pitches with Ayana Gray

05: Pitches with Ayana Gray

Anna and Emily welcome their very first, very special guest: the fabulous Ayana Gray, author of BEASTS OF PREY coming September 2021. Ayana talks about writing pitches, taking chances, and even gives us a peek into her upcoming debut BEASTS OF PREY. You don't want to miss this episode!

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Feb 17, 202157:58
04: Making Your Query Stand Out

04: Making Your Query Stand Out

Agent inboxes are busy, and your book deserves the best! That's why Anna and Emily are digging into into a few ways to make your query letter stand out.

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Feb 15, 202156:10
03: Pantsing? Plotting? Why not both?

03: Pantsing? Plotting? Why not both?

Anna and Emily talk about the pros and cons of pantsing (writing without a plan) and plotting. Spoiler: they're both valuable, and we think you should learn to utilize both!

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"Story Corpse" talk by V.E. Schwab (

"How to Plan Your Novel Using the Three-Act Structure" by Emma Johnson (

Feb 01, 202144:49
02: Finding Critique Partners

02: Finding Critique Partners

Anna and Emily discuss where to find critique partners.

Thank you to Alyssa for our WONDERFUL cover art. Please go support her on Instagram @jellynellart. She's got an Etsy shop that will soon be up as well as tons of great art for you to feast your eyes upon! Thanks, Alyssa!

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Jan 18, 202128:59
01: Introductions and Critique Partners
Jan 04, 202126:56
Anna & Emily Make a Podcast Trailer
Nov 16, 202001:40