Fifteen minutes long, because you're in a hurry, and we're not that smart.

18.23: Our Advice on Giving Advice

“Show don’t tell” is probably the most famous advice given to writers. But. . . we don’t necessarily agree. In our final episode of our deep dive into publishing, we tackle advice: How do you give it? When do you not? Our hosts tell us about the advice they wish they followed and the things they don’t tell their students. Also: Mary Robinette teaches us a trick about puppet fingers. 


  1. Write a letter to yourself a year ago describing what kind of skills are they going to need in order to confront the challenges that are coming.
  2. We’ve finished our 8 episode deep dive into Publishing Is Hard! Next week, we’ll be diving into Dan’s audiobook “Dark One: Forgotten.” Please find this and listen to it! (It’s only 6 hours long)

Thing of the Week:

Stone Soup – Newsletter by Sarah Gailey

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Credits: Your hosts for this episode were Mary Robinette Kowal, DongWon Song, Erin Roberts, Dan Wells, and Howard Tayler. It was produced by Emma Reynolds, recorded by Marshall Carr, Jr., and mastered by Alex Jackson.

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