“The only way your book is going to be written is if you sit down and write it.” -Elizabeth Eulberg
We have internationally bestselling young adult author Elizabeth Eulberg on the show with us today! Elizabeth first started her career as a book publicist who then transitioned into a full-time writer with numerous books under her belt: The Lonely Hearts Club, Prom & Prejudice, Take a Bow, Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality, Better Off Friends, We Can Work it Out, and The Great Shelby Holmes.
In today’s episode, Elizabeth unpacks why it’s crucial to have an accountability partner to keep you on track with your writing, why it’s important to use an authentic voice for your characters, manageable steps for you to reach your writing goals, how knowing your characters before you write their story is incredibly helpful to you as an author, and so much more.
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“I try to make sure my characters reflect my readers as much as I can.” -Elizabeth Eulberg
“You are allowed to fail and you are allowed to make mistakes.” -Elizabeth Eulberg
What You’ll Learn From This Episode:
Why Elizabeth wrote in secret for five years before publishing The Lonely Hearts Club
- Creating characters that reflect your readers from different cultures
- How having an accountability partner will keep you on track with your writing goals
- Creating an authentic voice for your characters
- How traveling creates inspiration for Elizabeth’s writing
- Letting go of control during the publishing process and how it best benefits you
- Why it’s crucial to seek out criticism and be open to it
- Manageable steps to take that will help you reach your writing goals
- Why it’s important to get to know your characters before you write their story
“You are never going to get to paragraph two if you don’t let go of paragraph one.” -Elizabeth Eulberg
Sherlock Holmes gets a fun, sweet twist with two irresistible young heroes and black & white illustrations throughout, in this middle grade debut from internationally bestselling YA author Elizabeth Eulberg.
Shelby Holmes is not your average sixth grader. She’s nine years old, barely four feet tall, and the best detective her Harlem neighborhood has ever seen-always using logic and a bit of pluck (which yes, some might call “bossiness”) to solve the toughest crimes.
When eleven-year-old John Watson moves downstairs, Shelby finds something that’s eluded her up till now: a friend. The easy-going John isn’t sure of what to make of Shelby, but he soon finds himself her most-trusted (read: only) partner in a dog-napping case that’ll take both their talents to crack.
Learn More About Elizabeth Eulberg
Elizabeth Eulberg was born and raised in Wisconsin before heading off to college at Syracuse University and making a career in the New York City book biz. Now a full-time writer, she is the author of The Lonely Hearts Club, Prom & Prejudice, Take a Bow, Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality, Better Off Friends, We Can Work it Out, and The Great Shelby Holmes. She lives outside of Manhattan with her three guitars, two keyboards, and one drumstick.
Elizabeth’s Recommended Books & Resources:
Sweet Valley High series by Francine Pascal
Homecoming by Cynthia Voigt
Captain Underpants series by Dav Pilkey
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
Save the Cat! The Last Book on Screenwriting You’ll Ever Need by Blake Snyder
Morgan Matson’s podcast episode