What Storytellers Say About Us
“88 Cups of Tea is up there on the list of best things that have ever happened to me. Host Yin Chang is one of the most genuine voices out there, and connects quickly and easily with each and every guest she interviews. Since subscribing a year ago, I have gone from feeling like I am floundering as an artist, to having defined goals that I am working towards every day. That wouldn’t have happened without the insight that I glean from each and every episode. But not only is the podcast itself all that is good in this world, the online community that I found through the podcast is amazing! In it I have found my people. We are cheerleaders, enthusiastic supporters of one another, and a group of humans who understand what it is to be a storyteller. I have found my writing partner, and a whole host of ideas and utilities that I wouldn’t have even known existed had it not been for the 88 Cups of Tea community. Yin, you have created something beautiful, and being a part of it is one of the great delights of my life! Hugs from Texas, Jess.”
“I have so many feelings about this podcast that they can’t possibly all fit into a review, but I’ll try. 88 Cups of Tea has become something I always look forward to. Yin is an absolutely charming, extremely thoughtful interviewer and every episode she’s able to guide the guests into open, deep conversations about craft, business, writing, and their life in general. I always feel like I come away from this having learned something new. I found new authors to love because of this podcast, and rejoiced over hearing from authors I already idolized. There’s just a quality about Yin and her interviewing style that inspires honesty. I don’t ever think I’ve heard a writing podcast that is this thoughtful, and this personal. Beyond teaching me a slew of craft related things, 88 Cups of Tea helped me come to terms with who I am. It was the VE Schwab episode where Yin and Victoria spent about 30 minutes discussing how they came to terms with their sexuality that I finally admitted a truth I’ve been running from— I am bisexual. I’ve spent 22 years denying this about myself because I grew up in an extremely homophobic town, but Yin’s honesty in that episode gave me the courage to be honest with myself, too. No one except for myself and whoever ends up reading this review knows that (yet) but just listening to that episode and finally admitting that truth to myself has made it feel like the curtains were pulled back and the light was let in. I never thought I’d find a podcast that gave me that kind of space, but that’s what 88 Cups of Tea does. It gets to the heart of everything. When I feel lost, or hopeless, or like I want to give up, this is the podcast I turn to. Thank you, Yin, for creating a podcast they gave me a home, and a safe space to figure out not only my writing, but myself.”
If kindness had a voice, it would sound like Yin Chang. She so compassionate that you can hear it and feel it through your gadget. She asks the questions that I’d like to ask and more. I just listened to the episode with Atia Abawi, during which Yin asked about helpful organizations that people can reach out to. I’m so grateful for that question. I keep hearing about the Facebook group, maybe I’ll have to reactivate my account just to join. Yin, maybe if I succeed in my endeavors, perhaps one day I’ll be on the show to tell you directly how amazing you are.
I can’t believe I haven’t reviewed this podcast before. I’ve been a listener since day one. It’s crazy to believe this podcast has blown up the way it has but also not at all surprising given how amazing a host Yin is, you feel as if she’s welcoming you to her home…into her family. So when I started listening to this podcast, I was an editorial assistant and a writer going through some really tough times. Since then, I am now an associate editor in book publishing and I have an amazing agent (Pete Knapp, whose podcast I actually listened to and fell in love with before deciding to sign with him!) and I am revising my novel!! Through all of the ups and the downs, this podcast has been here. There’s Kiersten White who shared her stories about her anxiety and made me feel not so alone, Angie Thomas who talked about how hip-hop changed her life and that's something I’ve always felt connected with so much, Nic Stone who talked race relations, Holly Black who shared how her years as a curious child and various reader made her the reader she is today, Victoria Schwab who talked about being queer and honestly as a queer writer who presents straight/is more femme, I so so needed to hear everything she said, and then Renée Ahdieh who has some amazing plotting secrets she shared. This podcast has become my life blood, my go-to when I’m stuck and frustrated and down. Thank you so much, Yin for starting this and I wish you the absolute best in your life and writing. Know that I will always be listening and I now have a new writer goal, to be featured on this podcast haha. If you haven’t given this a listen, seriously do yourself a favor. Doesn’t matter if you’re not a writer, any creative type…any person looking for inspiration and community will find it here.
It is so easy to feel drained, lackluster, and unworthy when you set your sights on writing a story. But 88 Cups of Tea is the cure all for all of that self-doubt and will leave you feeling motivated and rejuvenated to keep working on your project! 88 Cups of Tea is my favorite podcast and the best way for me to start my weekend. I work a 9-to-5 job during the week, which leaves me the weekends to write and be creative. My new Saturday routine consists of waking up, making a cup of coffee for my go-to thermos, and then heading outside to walk around a lake as I listen to the story tellers on 88 Cups of Tea serve me a massive dose of inspiration. Nothing else gets me as motivated or focused to sit down and write for the rest of the day! Beyond the motivation that you will get from 88 Cups of Tea, my favorite part of this podcast is the heart and soul that goes into every episode. Host Yin Chang is so talented at making wonderful connections with the creators that she interviews. Every episode feels like connecting with an old friend, catching up on the journey that got them to where they are today, and then making plans for the future together. Because that’s the beauty of 88 Cups of Tea - it goes beyond a podcast and creates a community of storytellers who are shaping the world for the better. Listen to this podcast! You will love it!
First off, when I publish a book, it will be dedicated to Yin! I manage a Barnes & Noble, write, read and travel. Being creative is my life and this podcast has invigorated my soul in so many ways. Yin interviews a variety of authors, agents and other creative individuals that makes them accessible to listeners. It always feels like a conversation between friends. Being a part of this world has honestly changed my drive. Each week I am excited for new podcasts, being a part of the FB group and knowing I have a support system that shows up to encourage each other. Best podcast ever!!!!
I’ve been a listener since day one! This podcast is the most helpful, entertaining and personal account that I can find of authors for writers and readers everywhere!!!!! It’s my favorite podcast! The energy and effort put into it is felt and she never disappoints! There are gems upon gems for writers to find in each interview! Thank you so much Yin!!!!
Yin Chang provides the shots of motivation I need to keep writing. Her upbeat, authentic personality shines in these interviews, and the group Facebook page is a welcoming community of fellow writers striving for success. Frankly, I don’t know what I would do without 88 Cups of Tea. I’m very grateful for this wonderful resource, and I hope others find it and utilize it, as well. Thank you, Yin!
Yin is the most enthusiastic podcaster and is a joy to listen to. This enthusiasm extends beyond the podcast to the she's created for writers to find one another.
Arguably the best podcast on the topic of writing. I love listening to these conversations, and I always get something out of them.
I adore this podcast! Every episode is so interesting and fun and it never fails to get me inspired to write! This community is the best!
It’s hard to pack an interview with laughs, heartfelt moments, inspiration, and the stone-cold truth, but every one of Yin’s interviews manages that. Her guests are varied, smart, engaged and self-aware, but they get to those personal, truthful places on this podcast because of Yin’s empathetic and confident interview skills. This podcast is curious and wondrous in the best of ways. Highly recommend for all creative types, but especially writers and readers.
Okay, first of all, Yin is an amazing host and I love listening in on her convos with authors because she’s SO EXCITED about them and their work and that’s inspiring. She loves what she does and there’s nothing better, honestly. The authors who come on are incredible, so hope-giving and encouraging! And the community built around this show! I can’t speak highly enough of the people on Facebook who are a part of it. This show is so amazing. <3
Yin and her creative family have made such an amazing podcast. I’ve been in a writing slump for the last few months, really just an all-around slump. I started listening to 88 Cups of Tea just to hear the perspectives of some of my favorite authors. But those few episodes I listen to were so inspiring that I just started binging on all the episodes. Yin’s interview style is personal and informative at the same time. I love how she connects with the author using her own experiences and delves into creating a rapport with the author instead of just asking questions. Yin, the experiences of the authors she interviews, and her entertaining interview style are all amazing. 88 Cups of Tea has been more inspiring than I ever expected it to be. I definitely recommend this podcast to anyone out there who enjoys YA literature or anyone who is dreaming of being a writer out there trying to drag them selves up from their bootstraps and get to work. I’ve already told all my friends to start listening to 88 Cups of Tea and I am imploring you to do the same.
“These are some awesome interviews, the audio quality is awesome, Yin is a warm host and intentional interview, and you can tell how much care and thought goes into every podcast. I like this one!
It took all of one episode for 88 Cups of Tea to become one of my favorite podcasts. Yin Chang is a fantastic host, upbeat and encouraging to her listeners and insightful enough to ask the guests wonderful questions about book inspiration and craft. It’s tough to listen and not feel inspired to create. No matter your level as a writer, this podcast will help and inspire you.
This is a great podcast that covers writing, inspiration, and life insights of the authors. Yin has an amazing energy and brings out personal experiences and perspectives of her guests. This is the one podcast I look forward to downloading and immediately listening to every week. I also appreciate the technical writing questions that Yin asks most of her guests (e.g., how do you Scrivener, when do you write, do you pants or plot, etc.). Thanks!
I am so glad I found this gem! I’ve been listening to every day in the car when I drive to work and pick up my sister from school, and it’s lit a fire under my butt that helped me FINALLY finished the third draft of my book! Yin’s interview style is so engaging and she always asks the questions that I want to ask authors. She gets into things like craft, revision, and inspiration, but also the process of publishing and what life as an author is really like. Seriously, every time I go for a drive now I get out of the car feeling like I’ve learned something that will make me a better writer. Thank you so much for everything you do, Yin!
I love listening to 88 cups of tea. I get to hear inspiring stories from other writers who have made it in the business of story writing. It is very encouraging to me and helps me to keep going even when I am blocked while writing my own story. Yin Chang is genius for thinking up this group. I love listening to this program and interacting with group members on Facebook. After listening to one episode you will be hooked too, just by taking notes on all of the great information that is given.
I LOVE this podcast. It informs, amuses, teaches, and does so while emphasizing the positives of creativity without hiding from the challenges. Yin is a masterful interviewer, drawing out her guests— fabulous guests, I might add— with regard to their background, writing habits, advice to other writers, and personal stories that are often moving; the interview with R.J. Palacio, and her story of how she came to write “Wonder”, is not to be missed. Simply the best writers’ podcast out there.
The podcast leaves me refreshed and inspired! I look forward to every episode. Yin is a great interviewer and takes great care to bring her listeners the best content and audio quality. I found new writers and storytellers that I now adore through her thought provoking interviews. I’m very excited to see what 2017 holds for 88 Cups of Tea!s
I found 88 Cups of Tea on the way home after I decided to look up Sandhya Menon to see if she was on any podcasts to promote “When Dimple Met Rishi” last year. Yin, you are a fantastic host. You ask such insightful questions and your personality is so warm and lovely. It’s exactly what I needed, and still do, as I look forward to new episodes whenever they’re released. But 88 Cups of Tea goes beyond a weekly podcast. With it, comes the amazing community of storytellers. Now, I’ve been a writer since I was seven years old, but due to my mental health, I’d be unable to write for a number of years. And whenever I did try, I was unbelievably shaky and didn’t believe in myself. However, when I joined the private 88 Cups of Tea Facebook group, I found a warm community, warm community of storytellers that I’ve thrived in.I’ve made new writer friends I wouldn’t have otherwise were it not for 88 Cups of Tea cups of tea, and I can’t thank YinJan and Moonlynnidland enough for their hard work and dedication. If you’re a writer, 88 Cups of Tea cups of tea is a must- listen podcast. You’ll learn new things every episode and you’ll be grateful for the knowledge and advice as you apply it to your own work. I know I’m grateful and will continue to be.”
Through all the ups and downs in my writing life, this podcast has been a consistent place of inspiration. Yin’s voice has been a buoy you for me: No matter what else is going on writing-wise, I always feel better after an episode of 88 Cups of Tea. Thank you, Yin!!!
Amazing insight and motivation for writers! This has quickly become my favorite podcast on all things writing! It helps me to continually fine-tune my knowledge of both the business and craft of writing, as well as stay motivated and inspired to sit down and write every day. The friendly, conversational style is engaging to listen to, and the diverse city of the guests provide much-needed perspective on the world of writing. Listening to this podcast feels like being a part of a supportive community, which, in our line of work that often becomes lonely, competitive, and heavy with rejection, is a treasured burst of fresh air! Very grateful to have discovered this gem.
88 Cups of Tea consistently delivers the best content for writers and aspiring writers. Top-notch guests, an amazing host, and practical (inspiring too!) conversations about the craft, business, and philosophy of writing. It’s an easy favorite, and one of the most helpful and motivating podcast you’ll find!
88 Cups of Tea inspires, motivates, and equips me to approach the page with confidence, and that is such a gift as a writer who has to push against artistic resistance and fear every day in order to get the words out of my brain and onto the page.
If you're a writer and you want to learn more about the craft of writing and the business of publishing and want to be overall inspired...then you've found your podcast. Yin has outstanding questions and engaging conversations with authors, illustrators, and industry professionals. And I really appreciate the episode shownotes with links! Love this podcast!
I always listen to these podcasts at work, and I come out of them feeling so inspired. I’m working on my novel (that I hope to be my debut) and this podcast reminds me that I can accomplish anything. What I love most about this podcast is the fact that I don’t have to worry about spoiling their books for myself. This focuses on their craft and I adore that. The community from this podcast also goes to show what an inspiring show it is. Yin connects writers and readers, and it makes me feel like the writing community isn’t a solitary act. Thank you!