Print Run Podcast
About This Show
Print Run is a podcast created and hosted by Laura Zats and Erik Hane. Its aim is simple: to have the conversations surrounding the book and writing industries that too often are glossed over by conventional wisdom, institutional optimism, and false seriousness.
We’re book people, and we want to examine the questions that lie at the heart of that life: why do books, specifically, matter? In a digital world, what cultural ground does book publishing still occupy?
Whether it’s trends in the queries from writers that hit our inboxes or the social ramifications of an industry that pays so little being based in Manhattan, we’re here for it. Probably to laugh at it and call it names, but here for it nonetheless.
Print Run is the happy-hour conversation after a long day at a catalog launch; it’s the bottle of wine you drink most of on a Tuesday when the manuscripts are no good. We’re for writers, for publishers, for anyone who’s opened a book and wanted to know—really know—what goes into getting the damn thing made.
Join us. We’ll talk about the worst sex scene we’ve ever read and wonder aloud about how millennials will affect the books of the future. We’ll figure out why Jonathan Franzen wants to replace your child with a penguin and whether or not that penguin will be buying hardcovers when he grows up.Read more »
Most Recent Episode
Episode 73—Speculation on the Speculative
1 day ago
This week’s show takes a look at the subtle differences between categories like literary science fiction/fantasy and speculative fiction, first in terms of craft and then in terms of selling category. What we find is that those two spheres are separate: the way an author envisions their own work often doesn’t line up with how it’s sold. So what makes a story with speculative or otherworldly elements “literary” or “SFF,” and how does that affect its writing, its readers, and the way it’s pitched and sold?
(Also we talk about the MPR Raccoon, who is not the hero we deserve but the hero we need.)Read more »
Rated 5 out of
Print Run has rapidly become one of my favorite podcasts. Hilarious, informative, and smart. A peek behind the curtain into the world of publishing, and invaluable for any serious writer. (And the Patreon episodes are worth the price!)
Date published: 2017-12-22
Rated 5 out of
An unpretentious peek behind the curtain
I like listening to these two people talk, about publishing and not. Laura and Eric are funny and honest with their insights. They're giving a pep-talk or a beat-down. Just fresh perspective for two people in the know. Great show.
Date published: 2017-03-23
Rated 5 out of
Very Authentic and Funny!
What do you get when two literary agents tell it like it is? Print Run! Enjoy an uncensored, authentic, funny, and sometimes serious discussion of all things books.
Date published: 2016-10-24