The Road to Wattys Podcast

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This is the home of the Road to Wattys Podcast! Make sure to check back every couple of weeks as we update and add in links to new podcasts as they are released. Below you'll find bios for the hosts, the list of episodes, and the section for asking questions of the hosts for the end of each show.

Hosts

Keely - Keely Kundell hails from Toronto, and she began her career working at Kobo in Publisher Operations, later moving to Harlequin in early 2016, where she worked for 3 years as an Editorial Assistant for HQN and Graydon House books. She has now found her home at Wattpad as a Content Insights Specialist. Keely holds a BA in Book and Media Studies and English from the University of Toronto, and has completed the Publishing program at Ryerson University. When she is not reading she is playing Dungeons and Dragons, or posting too many photos of her furball on Instagram.

Nick - The Director of Content at Wattpad on the Content and Creator Development Team. He oversees content across the app, both free and Paid Stories. He is also a longstanding Wattpad user and writer, formerly popular but now faded, he still writes to Wattpad, sometimes, but is bad at updating in a timely manner, contrary to his advice to everyone else. He's also the resident manga expert.

Episode 1 - Introduction & Major Changes
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Episode 2 - Planning Your Story
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Episode 3 -  Exploring New Genres - with special guest Amanda!
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Episode 4 - Narrative Arcs & Tension
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Episode 5 - Character Arcs
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Episode 6 - Description & Dialogue - with special guest Leah!
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Episode 7 - Writer's Block & Other Difficulties - with special guests Grant Faulkner, the executive director of NaNoWriMo, and Mignon Fogarty the founder of Quick and Dirty Tips, and a New York Times bestselling author.
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Episode 8 - Set-up, Pay-off, Cliffhangers, and Twists
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Episode 9 - Discoverability and Metadata
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Episode 10 - Loglines, Summaries and Description - with special guest Tom!
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Episode 11- Wattys Judging Systems
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Have a question for Nick & Keely? Comment it here and they'll try to answer it in an episode. You can ask them things about themselves, working at Wattpad, the Wattys, writing, or reading. 

 

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