CBS RADIO’s and Simon & Schuster Launch “The Paper Donkey Podcast” Today


A Podcast Featuring Conversations between Writers and Editors about Their Work,

the Page and Process

NEW YORK – Oct. 26, 2016 – CBS RADIO and Simon & Schuster today announced “The Paper Donkey Podcast,” a conversation between writers and editors about their work, the page and process, hosted on the network. The 45-minute long show will be released every other Wednesday via and iTunes, beginning today, Wednesday, Oct. 26. This is the second podcast created by CBS RADIO’s in collaboration with Simon & Schuster.

“The Paper Donkey Podcast” puts contemporary authors in conversation with their editors, moderated by host Victoria Taylor, to discuss writing, publishing and more. “The Paper Donkey Podcast” also provides a unique opportunity to peek behind the curtain of literary relationships—an inside look into the editorial process.  Listeners will gain perspective on how books are written, edited and published, with insights into a writer’s creative process and overall body of work. With access to both talented writers and renowned editors, these conversations will highlight some of the creativity and advice that professionals can share with aspiring authors and fans alike.

“‘The Paper Donkey Podcast’ is a compelling look inside the world of publishing and a unique addition to our robust and varied line-up of captivating on-demand audio content,” said Adam Wiener, EVP & General Manager, CBS Local Digital Media. “We are thrilled to collaborate with Simon & Schuster on a second podcast on the network.”

“ is a valuable asset within CBS RADIO’s digital portfolio, offering a variety of content and voices on everything from sports and news to entertainment, and now publishing,” said J.D. Crowley, Executive Vice President, Digital, CBS RADIO. “As we continue to grow our on-demand audio offerings, respected partners like Simon & Schuster help deliver the rich and diverse storytelling our listeners crave.”

“We want to give people the chance to eavesdrop on the real conversations that go on between writers and editors, as a way of illuminating and demystifying the way books happen,” says Jonathan Karp, President and Publisher of the Simon & Schuster Publishing Group. “We promise listeners a window into the imagination, impulses and innards of the publishing world.”

The name of the podcast is inspired by an executive editor at Simon & Schuster, who was reminiscing about his early days in publishing—he jokingly referred to editors and authors as “paper donkeys” lugging stacks of paper manuscripts wherever they went. The expression captures the heavy lifting that happens behind the scenes of the publishing industry.

Host Victoria Taylor joined WeWork as the director of digital community after previously serving as reddit’s director of communications and director of talent, assisting with AMAs and more within the reddit community. Besides hosting “The Paper Donkey Podcast,” Victoria has also hosted the series “innoVaTe” for Vermont PBS. The proud owner of 593 books, Victoria is originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and is based out of New York City.

Episode descriptions and release dates:

  • Episode 1: Air date 10/26: Marysue Rucci, Simon & Schuster Editor-in-Chief, and best-selling author Rebecca Traister discuss All the Single Ladies.
  • Episode 2: Air date 11/9: Editors Karyn Marcus and Megan Hogan speak with author Elizabeth Greenwood about Playing Dead.
  • Episode 3: Air date 11/23: Ebony LaDelle, editor and marketing specialist, and Amani Al-Khatahtbeh talk about Muslim Girl.

Follow “The Paper Donkey Podcast” on social:


Twitter: @paperdonkeycast

Instagram: @paperdonkeypodcast

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About Simon & Schuster
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