First Draft

Interviews with young adult and middle grade writers

Every Tuesday, host Sarah Enni posts a long-form interview with the biggest, freshest voices writing for children and teens. The more than 100 episodes feature some of the best-selling writers in the field today, including dozens of New York Times best-selling writers, as well as winners of the Caldecott Award, the William C. Morris Young Adult Debut award, the Michael El. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature, and the National Book Award for Young People's Literature.

In candid and inspiring conversations, writers offer their unique perspectives on the creative process, what keeps them typing, and staying sane in publishing. The podcast is a must-listen for aspiring writers, professional authors, and publishing professionals alike. An average of 10,000 listeners download the podcast every month, and to date it has been downloaded more than 200,000 times.



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Most listeners are young women. The average First Draft listener is between 19-39 years old (85.71% of listeners, according to an August 2017 survey), and specifically 40% are between 19-29. Women make up 93% of First Draft listeners. 

Most listeners are middle- to high-income earners. About 59% of First Draft listeners make $50,000 or more in annual household income.


Listener loyalty

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First Draft has a steady, faithful listenership.  The podcast has averaged 10,000 downloads a month throughout 2017. About 41% of listeners said they tune in for every episode, regardless of the guest.

I’m not a gal who is into words like “dream” or “inspire,” but this podcast gives such depth and color to the life of a writer that it makes me believe in the value of them for myself as a writer and a reader. ... Every episode has such wisdom and such a valuable glimpse into the real life of writers. A must-listen every week!
— Anna Swenson
I think First Draft is a must-listen for any aspiring YA author or fan of the genre. Sarah asks great & thoughtful questions that get right to the heart of why we write. ... It’s like sitting down for a chat with an old friend you somehow just met.
— Jessica Sheehan