diy mfa radio jenni walsh and bess cozby

DIY MFA Radio Episode 147: Interview with Jenni Walsh and Bess Cozby — The Author/Editor Team

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jenni walshIn this episode, Gabriela Pereira does something a little bit different and interviews both a debut author, Jenni Walsh, and the editor who helped bring the book to life, Bess Cozby! This interview gives listeners a window into a side of publishing we rarely get to see: the author-editor team. Gabriela moderates an in-depth discussion of all the moving parts involved in bringing Jenni’s debut novel, Becoming Bonnie, to the shelves. For more detailed show notes go to::


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