347. Becoming My Own Audience: An Interview with Dahlia Adler

Today I’m chatting with Dahlia Adler, who does so many things, and so we’re going to talk about all of them. We discuss her job history in publishing, and how different areas in publishing are very different from one another. We discuss her career as an author, and her adventures as a book blogger at BN, and her site lgbtqreads.com. The key moment in this podcast: how writing helped her recognize herself and her own sexuality.

We also discuss:

  • What queer YA and NA, math, and blogging have in common (when Dahlia’s working in those spheres anyway)
  • How one hunts academic mathematicians for publication
  • How she ended up as a fashion intern at Maxim
  • Some behind-the-scenes details of working in publishing
  • How she maintains space for the creative projects in her life
  • Learning story craft and structure from rejections
  • The weirdness of requesting galleys when you’re a reviewer
  • The absolute joy of helping people find the books that might mean the world to them.
  • How she discovers books and keeps track of titles she hears about online far, far in advance
  • How Sweet Valley High and The Babysitter’s Club were instrumental in her writing career

And the truth we both embrace: “free books will never not feel glamorous.” Very true.

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Dahlia is in so many places!

You can find her on her website, DahliaAdler.com, on Twitter @MissDahlELama, on BN.com blogging about YA, at Frolic.Media, and LGBTQ Reads.

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