Would You Rather Be a Bestselling Hack Or A Critical Darling Who Never Sells? – Episode 078

October 12, 2016

In this episode, Brent and Erik talk about the choices writers face as they consider their future career. “Would you rather be a bestselling hack or a critical darling who never sells?” How writers approach their craft, what they care about, and the kind of writing they want to publish will likely lead an author down one of these two paths. We check out what it means to pursue either path.

We also check in about writing and publishing. Erik talks about a new science fiction novel he’s working on and Brent talks about a new book in the Russel Middlebrook universe, with this one narrated by someone other than Russel. (If you want to skip the check-in, the main topic starts at 5:40.)

Your Hosts

Brent Hartinger
Erik Hanberg

Links Mentioned This Episode

Media Carnivores Patreon Campaign
I Published My Debut Novel to Critical Acclaim—and Then I Promptly Went Broke
Allison Williams just hilariously compared Marnie’s ‘Girls’ apartment to Carrie Bradshaw’s from ‘SATC’

Media Consumed This Episode

Ride Around Shining (book, 2014)
The Art of Fielding (book, 2011)
The Girls (book, 2016)


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