Novelist Pursues Her Dream in the First Podcast-Based Reality Show for Writers

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Jean Tennant wants to be published, and she’s willing to risk public rejection to make that happen. The Iowa resident is the first subject of The Writing Show’s new podcast-based reality show, “Getting Published,” which debuts September 11th. The series will follow Tennant as she attempts to find an agent and publisher for her women’s novel Karaoke Nights at the Twilight Lounge. Listeners will be asked for feedback as Tennant posts portions of her manuscript, sample query letters, and marketing plan on The Writing Show blog.

Jean Tennant wants to be published, and she’s willing to risk public rejection to make that happen. The Iowa resident is the first subject of The Writing Show’s new podcast-based reality show, “Getting Published,” which debuts September 11th. The series will follow Tennant as she attempts to find an agent and publisher for her women’s novel Karaoke Nights at the Twilight Lounge. Listeners will be asked for feedback as Tennant posts portions of her manuscript, sample query letters, and marketing plan on The Writing Show blog.

Tennant, a journalist and freelance writer who published several novels in the 80s, has enthusiastically embraced the concept despite its potential perils. “I feel like I'm being given a special gift to take part in the beginning of something that might--you never know-- become a trend in podcasting,” she says. “I'm nervous about it, nervous about the possibility of failing so publicly, but have decided it's all about taking risks, and putting yourself out there.“

Shows will be posted on a semi-regular schedule—whenever Tennant has something to report or listeners have offered feedback—but not less often than once a month. The first show runs about half an hour.

Writing Show producer and host Paula Berinstein, who has interviewed Wikipedia leader Jimmy Wales, the president of the Australian Horror Writers Association, and a writer who attempted to pen a novel in 30 days, came up with the concept in 2005 as she was planning her fledgling show. In July of this year, she put out a call for participants. Tennant answered.

Whether or not Tennant succeeds, the show will go on. “If I fail, I'll pull myself up by the bootstraps and try to figure out where my writing is lacking, and use the experience to improve my work,” she says. “This should be fun. Scary, but fun.”

The RSS feed for the show is located at http://www.writingshow.com/Feeds/feed.mrss.xml.

A photo of Jean Tennant is available for download at http://www.writingshow.com/writing_show_images/Jean_Tennant.jpg.

About Podcasts

Podcasts are audio shows you can listen to on your iPod, standalone MP3 player, or computer. To listen on your computer, you need software like Windows Media player, iTunes, Winamp, Real player, etc. You do not need to own or have access to an iPod to listen, but you can use one if you want to.

About The Writing Show

The Writing Show offers information and inspiration for writers of all kinds in an interview format. Each week host Paula B. presents a new show designed to shed light on some aspect of writing, writers, publishing, and other topics of interest to people who write. Recent podcasts have highlighted writing biography, e-books, and writing the urban novel. The show has been airing from Thousand Oaks, California since July of 2005.

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