Weina Dai Randel

Episode 131 – Weina Randel – The Last Rose of Shanghai

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Weina Dai Randel emigrated to the United States from China at the age of 24, switching from her native Chinese to English, as she began to write fiction. She wrote a duology about China’s first and only female emperor, Wu Zetian, and then penned a truly stunning historical novel called The Last Rose of Shanghai, about a love story between a Chinese woman and a Jewish refugee in Shanghai during World War II. In the latest episode of the Make Meaning Podcast, host Lynne Golodner interviews Weina Randel about the long road to landing an agent and a multiple book deal with a traditional publisher, how to conduct research for historical fiction, and how “writing is an art, and publishing is a business.”
In this episode, Lynne and Weina discuss:
  • The four years it took to land an agent & a book deal
  • Establishing a dedicated writing practice
  • How to come up with topics to write about
  • Using maps and primary sources for historical research
  • Beat sheets & character outlines
  • How to market your books without hiring a publicist
  • Changes in the publishing industry
  • What to do if you’re afraid to share your writing
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