The Am Writing Fantasy Podcast

The Am Writing Fantasy Podcast

In today’s publishing landscape, you can reach fans all over the world. Query letters are a thing of the past. You don’t even need a literary agent. There is nothing standing in the way of making a living from writing. Join the two bestselling fantasy authors, Autumn and Jesper, every Monday, as they explore the writing craft, provides tips on publishing, and insights on how to market your books.


November 19, 2022 1 min

A brand-new podcast from Autumn Birt and Jesper Schmidt, the creators and hosts of the Am Writing Fantasy podcast.

This limited series is eight episodes long, dedicated to make you a better writer and understand story structure better.

You get to listen in on Autumn and Jesper's conversations as they plot a short story from scratch.

It's a behind the scenes look at the process of creative writing.

Simply search for 'Write the Story...

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Come for three days of writing workshops, writing time, one-on-one coaching, and group activities. Leave with a completed short story to be included in a published compilation, polished writing skills, and new author friends.

Sure, writers are often introverts, but aren’t you tired of everything happening online? We are! Plus, you can learn more and improve your writing skills faster with a select group of writers (no more than 40!...

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December 13, 2021 4 mins

We've unfortunately come to the end of the Am Writing Fantasy podcast.

In this short brief, you'll learn why and where to go from here.

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The New York Times bestselling author, Anthony Ryan, joins the Am Writing Fantasy podcast for a discussion with Jesper about fantasy writing, publishing, and marketing books in today's publishing landscape.


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Today we delve into the Nebula Award Nominated and bestselling book Jade City by Fonda Lee. What can this highly acclaimed AND popular novel teach us about worldbuildling, plotting, and characters? Join us and we share what we love, what we didn't prefer, and our thoughts on this novel.

Tune in for new episodes EVERY single Monday.  

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Do you wonder if you've avoided stereotypes in your writing and been appropriately sensitive to people of different races, ethnicities, or neurodivergent?

There are aspects to look for as you write and edit to make certain you are aware of how what you've written will be perceived. Plus, there are sensitivity readers who can help you out!

With special guest and sensitivity reader Iona Wayland, Autumn covers some tips from tying men...

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A Game of Thrones has inspired characters who contain such strong good qualities, like honor or justice, that it can lead to his or her death. 

And writing classes teach developing characters with strengths and weaknesses to make them well rounded. A heroine can be a skilled warrior AND too self assured. 

This makes a more complex character, one that is beyond two dimensions, but what about a good character that just loses it and t...

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Do you want to write a page turning novel that will keep readers up long past their bedtime? Well, one key to doing that is to write chapters that keep readers turning pages.

We go over some tips from opening lines to closing and everything in between to help you write chapters that will keep your readers hooked.

To check out the book Plot Development that we mention in the podcast, follow this link:

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Some plot twists can elevate a story into a masterpiece, whereas others utterly destroys everything that came before it. 

In this humorous episode of the Am Writing Fantasy podcast, Autumn and Jesper compete to come up with the WORST five plot twists ever created.   

Tune in for new episodes EVERY single Monday. 


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Many authors have considered starting a YouTube channel. Autumn and Jesper tried for a couple of years - and failed.

It's much harder than it looks. The questions is... will YouTube videos, focused on writing, actually help with fiction sales?

The extremely successful YouTuber, Jenna Moreci, joins the Am Writing Fantasy podcast to offer advice and guidance. She knows everything there is to know about leveraging YouTube as a marketi...

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The best way to learn the craft of writing is to study the best of the best! Join us for our first critical reading episode where we take a look at the Hugo Award winning novel the Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin. We take a look at what this story does right... and what had us scratching our heads.

Warning: there are spoilers if you haven't read the book!

Do you agree on our assessment of the book's strength and weaknesses? Leave mes...

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Masterminds and masterclasses has been around for quiet a while - and for good reason. The best thing you can do for your author career is to invest in yourself. To learn and grow. 

In this episode of the Am Writing Fantasy podcast, Autumn and Jesper share some of their personal experiences from being part of masterminds, as well as, thoughts on why they are so beneficial.


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Have you ever opened a fantasy book, looked at the map, and wondered what the author was thinking?

Jesper and Autumn pull out their favorite worst fantasy maps and a few map pet-peeves in this humorous episode of the Am Writing Fantasy podcast. Oh, plus a ghost story and more!

Join our Fantasy Map Masterclass at!

All maps mentioned were chosen in good humor and jest a...

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You've researched how to ride a horse, maybe how to shoot a bow or what that fiddly bit on a sword hilt is really called, but have you considered how combatants actually FIGHT? Or how long it takes a bruise to heal... and what exactly is the impact of adrenaline post fight?

Join Autumn and special guest Carla Hoch from FightWrite as they tease apart what so many authors get wrong about fight scenes, how to write a great fight scene...

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Sure, you can target ads by keywords, age, and gender... but have you ever thought about what all that means? Not every generation is the same or will respond to the same tactics!

In this week's episode, we take a look at the different trends of Boomers, Gen X, Millennials, and Gen Z. Where do they hang out online? What are their spending habits? What key phrases will get them to buy your book... or cause them to run away in disgus...

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The Internet is filled with advice for how to become a better writer. Some are good, others not so much. 

In this episode of the Am Writing Fantasy podcast, Autumn and Jesper share the best of them and try their hardest to agree on one winning tip. It's not as easy as it might sound. 

Tune in for new episodes EVERY single Monday. 


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It's time for another of our humorously competitive top ten lists! This time Jesper and Autumn go head to head to see who can come up with the worst power to have—you know, the one that makes you think maybe NOT having any magic might not be such a bad thing. 🤣

Join us for some laughs and then comment to let us know who you think won the battle!

Tune in for new episodes EVERY single Monday.  


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What kind of stories are agents interested in? How do you find an agent and how do you know if the person is any good? And what about your publishing contract? What should you be mindful about there?

All these questions, and many more, are answered in this episode of the Am Writing Fantasy podcast by Jane Friedman.

Links to what was mentioned in the episode:

QueryTracker: Duotrope: Publ...

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Dominic asked a question in our Patreon group and we answered with this episode! Does race and gender really matter in fantasy?

We take a look at the history of fantasy up through modern trends, looking at how fantasy has changed and is still changing. This simple question leads to an outcome that surprises Jesper... how important do you think race, gender, and sexuality are in fiction?

And a big thank you to Dominic for the questi...

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What is the difference between preselling your book and making it available as a preorder on sites like Amazon? Is one better than the other?

Tune in to the Am Writing Fantasy podcast, episode 138, where Autumn and Jesper share the result of a recent experiment, using the pre sales function as mentioned by Mark Coker, the CEO and founder of Smashwords, in episode 118.


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