Listen Up: Personal To-Dos and Everything You Need to Know About Book Publishing
Why do we put off personal tasks waaay longer than we’d ever let a work project fester? Let’s stop that! Today we’re sharing the tools that help us tackle our own to-do lists, from getting prescriptions to tracking packages. And if writing a book happens to be on your agenda, we gotcha there too: Brilliant author and editor Rakesh Satyal stops by to break down the big, bad world of book publishing.
P.S. Speaking of books, don’t forget to pick up a copy of Foreign Affairs by Alison Lurie—we’re discussing it in the third installment of the #ReadingThings book club on 8/15!
Tools that make taking care of your personal biz a snap…
How we tackle health stuff:
- Zocdoc for finding doctors and booking appointments.
- Capsule for never having to go to the pharmacy again.
- Sherpaa for help in emergencies.
- MindBody Online for booking things like acupuncture appointments (shout out to our local City Acupuncture) and workout classes—like one at Claire’s weirdly named new obsession Orangetheory Fitness.
How we get sh*t shipped:
- Erica swears by Avery White Full-Sheet Labels, so you can reuse boxes without having to scrape off the old stickers with your fingernails.
- Shyp picks up the thing you want to send, packages it, and prices out the best mailing rates.
How we deal with customer service stuff:
- GetHuman does just that—it provides direct lines for non-robot customer service reps at pretty much any company you need to call (and can even deal with an issue for you!).
Our special and amazing guest Rakesh Satyal takes us through the life cycle of a book, from idea to shelf...
- What the insiders are reading: Publishers Marketplace—especially Publishers Lunch.
- Super awesome successful final products to stick your nose into: Rakesh’s own amazing novel Blue Boy, The Danish Girl (by Rakesh’s mentor David Ebershoff!), What Belongs To You by Garth Greenwell, and Everything I Don't Remember by Jonas Hassen Khemiri.
- Famous cover artists: Chip Kidd (who created the iconic Jurassic Park jacket), Albert Tang, and Rodrigo Corral—who is known for his work with Chuck Palahniuk.
- Keep an eye out for Rakesh’s upcoming books with Joy Press, Dana Stevens, and Marcia Gay Harden, as well as his second novel, No One Can Pronounce My Name!
Our intro music, “Butterfield East,” is written and performed by The Soulful Saints. Because what’s a great show without a catchy theme song?