Interview with Emma D. Dryden Episode 202

202: Emma D. Dryden on Worldbuilding

Over the course of her twenty-five year career (including as Vice President and Publisher of imprints at Simon & Schuster), Emma D. Dryden has edited nearly 500 books for children and young readers, ranging in format from board books and picture books to poetry, novelty books, non-fiction, middle grade fiction, and young adult/teen fiction and fantasy.  In this rebroadcast,  Emma talks about how as a publisher she oversaw the annual publication of over 100 hardcover and paperback titles, many going on to win prestigious awards in the publishing industry.

We discuss worldbuilding, including:

  • What’s the best way to help your reader feel like they’re in your world without “telling” and creating prolonged descriptions?
  • How to use the weather to tell you story and build your world. – what if it rains? Are you in a desert?
  • What are key pieces of the world to never forget?
  • High fantasy tends to be created from the top down
  • And more!

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