Launch

Launch

Published by: Wondery
10 Episodes | First Released: Jan 4 '18 | 🇺🇸

Three out of five people dream of writing a book. Maybe you're one of them. But what does it take to go from dream to launch? Screenwriter John August (Go, Big Fish, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory) sought to find out as he tackled something he’d only ever dreamed of: writing a novel. From Wondery, A Network Of Storytellers, this is a show about putting something out into the world. How will it turn out? You’ll know when we do.

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Ecostud
Apr 24
Rating:   10
John August in the excellent minutia

We found the free audiobook on a pre-COVID drive back from a cabin in CO. The whole family was immediately drawn in. We loved it so much that we wanted to learn more about its creation.

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LousyNotes
Jun 15 '19
Rating:   2
Creative title

Well I’ll give you one star for a creative title. Frustrating for me, but creative and smart. Frustrating for me because when I tell Siri I to launch podcast it starts playing this .... which I don’t want. Good luck. Maybe one day I’ll listen

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~Jen 🦋
Mar 13 '19
Rating:   10
Loved every minute!

I binged the whole thing in one day! I was entertained by the humor, educated on the ways of getting published and all the steps from the idea in your mind to holding the physical book in your hands. Very well done and thorough. Also creative with all of the side trips to interview bookstore owners and what they do to help you keep your books selling. I especially enjoyed the printing and bindery portion as I’ve been working in small print shops and watched paper being made etc documentaries and newspapers are printed similarly. I’m more graphic designer (not artist or college training, I helped get through the first moving from physical art to digital, but I digress), it was actually really exciting to hear that portion as I could see exactly what you were describing.If anything about writing a book interests you then you will enjoy this one!

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Hjcamp21
Feb 8 '19
Rating:   10
Amazing Listen

John,The journey you took me on through Launch gave me the sparkly electric feeling. I just finished the podcast today and bought the book. I just can’t wait to meet Arlo Finch. Thank you for sharing the process you went through writing your first book. I absolutely love the piano tune during your last monologue (also played throughout the podcast). Not sure why but it strikes me somewhere special. It wildly reminds me of my father I lost 12 years ago!Again thanks for the journey!Heath

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erikakimiya
Dec 18 '18
Rating:   10
Interesting to learn about the publishing process

This is a really interesting behind the scenes exploration of the process of getting a book published.

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FranSharpAsATack
Oct 12 '18
Rating:   4
Irritating

There’s some good info here, some just generally interesting stuff. But generally I find this show annoying. They mention that a lot of people would like to publish a book. But the majority of them don’t have the advantages this guy has. They’re not successful screen writers who just have to ask and they get an agent dropped in their lap. Also, after the end of the first episode of he had said “I’m still that boy in the woods” one more time I would have stopped listening entirely. But as he talks about his search for the perfect font and even commissioning his own font, it just feels like a guy oblivious to his own privilege and under the false impression that people are interested in hearing about it.And all this for a book that is basically the exact same plot as Lumberjanes.

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Jamie5555
Oct 5 '18
Rating:   10
Excellent podcast

I really enjoyed this series. Interesting, well written, and wonderfully narrated. 5 stars to John August!

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Clint Hamlin
Aug 30 '18
Rating:   10
Inspiring piece-detailed and informative

John August knows how to write, he knows how to podcast. He also knows how to make me cry describing the first time he held his book in his hand. Love it!

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zdbdc
Jul 1 '18
Rating:   6
Was expecting more

Listened to episode 1 and was not hooked. Was a bit thrown off from the beginning with the ad in the second minute. This guy seems more interested in the commercial viability of his writing rather than any love for the craft. Also nothing compelling about his time in the woods, not sure why his references to that memory is expected to stir any emotion from his audience.I would love to hear the trials and tribulations of a brand new author trying to break onto the scene, than a successful screenwriter with a strong portfolio moving into a tangential medium. That would make a great podcast!

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bufflord
Jun 3 '18
Rating:   10
Honest

Great podcast.

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Drome McKauliff
May 30 '18
Rating:   4
Transparent self-promotion

This podcast is sometimes genuinely useful to writers, but mostly just feels like a pre-release marketing push for a book that the author hopes will be a huge success. It’s fairly self-indulgent and self-aggrandizing. Most of the people who reviewed it seem to have left reviews based on the preview.

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phastman21
May 11 '18
Rating:   10
Amazing

As a screenwriter who recently starting writing middle-grade, this podcast is a godsend. Answers so many questions I had, even the little things I thought no one else cared about.

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