In 2015, I attended a session at Mom 2.0 Summit
called something aspirational like “Launch Your Own Podcast” with the full intention of doing just that. I sat next to my friend Asha Dornfest
and we took copious notes while whispering back and forth about our big podcast dreams.
I was jealous of their success, but come on. I could hardly be miffed about not winning an Iris Award for Podcast of the Year when I never, in fact, launched a podcast.
I talked about it from time to time, and finally my friend, former New York Times
editor, and bestselling novelist KJ Dell'Antonia
, said, “We’re starting a podcast for writers.”
We agreed we’d do this podcasting thing as long as we both enjoyed doing it and could be helpful to other writers. I wanted to flatten the learning curve about the process of writing and publishing, and as KJ says at the beginning of every episode, #AmWriting is the podcast about writing all the things - short things, long things, queries, proposals, essays, novels, nonfiction - but most of all, it’s the show about getting the work done.
We knew approximately nothing about podcasting save for those notes I’d saved from Mom 2.0 Summit and we made ALL the mistakes that first year. We recorded interviews with faulty microphones, I forgot to hit the record button on a really lovely double episode, and audio files went missing. Our producer Andrew Parrella
stuck with us through all of those mishaps and taught us nearly everything we’ve learned along the way.
When we ran the numbers a few years back and realized we’d sunk over $10,000 of our own money into the podcast, we asked listeners to support us
, and they did just that. For the past two years, we have been able to pay Andrew and our assistant Natasha
out of listener contributions.
I’m so grateful for the women who shared their expertise on podcasting at the Mom 2.0 Summit in 2015, for KJ who is a woman of action, for Andrew who has held our hands and taught us so much, for our intrepid assistant Natasha
who keeps things running, and for Sarina who joined us when we insisted the show was incomplete without her.
Today we hit publish on episode 300
and I’m feeling particularly grateful for our listeners. We will keep going if you will keep listening.
You can access the podcast here
, and become a supporter here
Until next week, keep your butt in the chair, and your head in the game.