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Launch takes listeners on a journey with acclaimed screenwriter, John August, best known for Charlie’s Angels, Big Fish, and his films with Tim Burton (Frankenweenie, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Corpse Bride) as he launches his first-ever novel, Arlo Finch in the Valley of Fire. Listeners will have the chance go through the ride with John as he discovers whether the book will be a success or not.

Launch takes listeners on a journey with acclaimed screenwriter, John August, best known for Charlie’s Angels, Big Fish, and his films with Tim Burton (Frankenweenie, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Corpse Bride) as he launches his first-ever novel, Arlo Finch in the Valley of Fire. Listeners will have the chance go through the ride with John as he discovers whether the book will be a success or not.
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Launch takes listeners on a journey with acclaimed screenwriter, John August, best known for Charlie’s Angels, Big Fish, and his films with Tim Burton (Frankenweenie, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Corpse Bride) as he launches his first-ever novel, Arlo Finch in the Valley of Fire. Listeners will have the chance go through the ride with John as he discovers whether the book will be a success or not.

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English


Episodes

Questions and Answers | 6

2/20/2018
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John took Arlo on the road, hitting nine cities in thirteen days. We're absolutely sure that this is what rock stars feel like. These are some of the questions and answers that you sent in via email and asked John on the road. Thank you to our sponsors: Squarespace - Use the offer code LAUNCH at checkout when you are ready to launch your website at: www.squarespace.com Serial Box - check out the service that NPR calls the HBO of reading and receive 25% off your first season of any Serial...

Duration:00:53:32

On The Road | 5

2/13/2018
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So, this is it. This is the day. After two years of writing and editing, proofreading and obsessing, Arlo Finch is finally out in the world. This book has gone from being an idea to an actual physical thing you can buy at a store. As a writer, John’s job is done. But as an author, he has a whole new set of responsibilities. He’s taking Arlo Finch on the road as it’s ambassador. He has to talk about the book, get other people talking about the book and (hopefully) buying the book. In this...

Duration:00:46:16

Paper and Glue | 4

2/6/2018
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This is the exclusive Inside Hollywood edition of printing and distributing books. Even Connie doesn’t know how it works. Paper factories make logs into pulp and presses make pages into books. The books are shipped out to be put on shelves. The most important shelves for Arlo are school libraries, and we talk to librarians about what they think of Arlo. But what do the advance reviews say? Did Kirkus and Booklist like it? Will the New York Times write it up? Will it sell? That’s the big...

Duration:00:48:24

A Book By Its Cover | 3

1/30/2018
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There’s another Finch out there: “Finch Finley”, a competing middle-grade book that eeks out to market a few months before Arlo, which means he needs a new name. But the name is everything. John doesn’t even want to finish the book if it’s not Arlo Finch. Then, in a deus ex machina twist, the other author agrees to rename Finch Finley. Why? Months later John tracks him down to ask. Eventually Arlo Finch is here, in our hands, but how? We know where the words come from but the actual book?...

Duration:00:50:21

The Shadow of Harry Potter | 2

1/23/2018
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Saying “It’s like Harry Potter” is a useful way to describe a book, but He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named should absolutely not be named in children’s publishing. Like Facebook or Instagram, it’s the unicorn that warps the industry, and “sets impossible expectations,” according to editor Connie Hsu. Most middle-grade fantasy series are duds, so not only might Arlo Finch not become Harry Potter, it might not become anything at all. Thank you to our sponsors: Squarespace - Use the offer code...

Duration:00:50:26

A Boy in The Woods | 1

1/23/2018
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Arlo Finch sprang from a phone call in an Austin Hotel room in October 2015 during an epic thunderstorm. After writing seven chapters of the book and talking to other screenwriters - turned - novelists, August decided it was time to find a publishing house for Arlo. There’s a preemptive offer, with only hours to decide. Thank you to our sponsors: Squarespace - Use the offer code LAUNCH at checkout when you are ready to launch your website when you visit them here:...

Duration:00:41:42

Introducing Launch

1/4/2018
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Introducing Launch Three out of five people say they dream of writing a book. Chances are you’re one of them. But what does it take to actually go from dream to launch? Screenwriter John August wants to find out. After writing hit films like Big Fish, Go, and Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, he did something that he knew nothing about: he wrote a middle-grade novel and started recording his conversations with everyone he talked to about it. What will happen next? No idea. This is...

Duration:00:02:05