By Jennifer Laughran
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A literary agent and her friends dish about writing and publishing books for children and young adults.
||Clean23: Schmagents get a Schmackdown with guest agent Kelly Sonnack||Guest agent Kelly Sonnack joins me to talk about best practices, agent-wise... and WTH are some bad agents even DOING? Also we answer listener questions, talk about query management, vent on the topic of submission do's and don'ts, and we go in deep...||9/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean22: Getting Biographical with Lesa Cline-Ransome||Guest author Lesa Cline-Ransome gets into it about writing nonfiction (particularly biographical) picture books. Like, how does she choose subjects? How does she decide HOW to tell the story, do research, and get a new angle on a topic we might think...||8/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean21: Mochi Pounding Madness with Guest Author Debbi Michiko Florence||Author Debbi Michiko Florence joins us to chat about her winding path to publication, and her awesome chapter book series, JASMINE TOGUCHI, the fourth book of which has just been released. I talk about how to query chapter books, Debbi gives insight...||7/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean20: Burning the Candle at Both Ends, with Dan Santat||Award-winning author-illustrator Dan Santat joins me to discuss time management, illustrating vs authoring, portfolio-making, the World Cup, killers for hire (again! it's a theme!), and so much more.||6/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean19: The 30,000 Foot View, with guest author Erin Dionne||I give some recommendations for my favorite books for writers. Then my guest, middle grade novelist and English professor Erin Dionne, chats with me about revision tips and tricks, plotting vs pantsing, story structure, and more. Spoiler alert: There...||5/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean18: Buy the Book, with guest book buyer Suzanna Hermans||I'm joined by Suzanna Hermans, from Oblong Books & Music in New York's Hudson Valley. She talks about how she curates the selection at Oblong -- what prompts an "auto-buy" from her -- and when books get returned. We also touch on some hot topics:...||5/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean17: Double Trouble, with guest authors Amy Spalding and Justina Ireland||It's a jam-packed double episode featuring two authors whose YA books are polar opposites... except for the fact that they are both TERRIFIC... and they both have the same release date! Amy Spalding is on hand to discuss her new rom-com THE SUMMER OF...||3/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean16: Rights, Italian style, with guest agent Kathleen Ortiz||Every year in Spring, children's agents descend on a small city in Italy for the largest international children's-only book fair in the world. But it's not all gelato-nomming and prosecco-swilling! I give a crash course in what translation rights even..||3/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean15: Going All Out with guest author / anthologist Saundra Mitchell||YA author Saundra Mitchell joins me to chat about her new anthology, ALL OUT: THE NO-LONGER SECRET STORIES OF QUEER TEENS THROUGHOUT THE AGES. ALL OUT is stuffed chock-full of genre-spanning queer historical stories, and Saundra talks about not only...||2/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean14: Gold Star Gossip with guest librarian Lisa von Drasek||Brilliant and opinionated Lisa von Drasek joins me to talk about Kerlan Collection, the Caldecott and Newbery Awards, and much more. Lisa tries not to get roped into my shenanigans of wildly speculating about award outcomes, and only...||1/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean13: Cuppa and a Catch-Up with guest agent, Molly Ker Hawn||Superagent Molly Ker Hawn, head of the U.K. office of The Bent Agency, joins me for a proper chinwag about the U.K. vs U.S. book market. Along the way, we answer some listener questions, including: What does one look for in a newer agent? How...||1/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean12: The Great Big Holiday Gift Guide, 2017||I spoke to four amazing children's booksellers across the country and got their top picks for holiday giving. Obviously this is for AFTER you've already bought all my client's books ;-) I hope you find some new favorites on this list, and I hope...||12/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean11: The Hero is You. (Yeah, YOU!), with guest editor Kendra Levin||I sit down with editor Kendra Levin, who is also a life-coach for writers, to talk NaNoWriMo, among other things. She uses the Hero's Journey as not just a craft tool, but a process tool, and gives us a big dose of inspiration for the writer's life....||11/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean10: Getting Graphic with Guest Editor Cassandra Pelham Fulton and Guest Artist Nilah Magruder||I chat with Scholastic/Graphix editor Cassandra Pelham Fulton about how graphic novels are created from the editorial POV... and then with creator Nilah Magruder about her road to comics success. It's a double episode - and DOUBLE the fun!||10/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean8: Be Careful What You Tell Yourself, with guest author Jess Keating||This week's show is jammed full of goodies. I explore the topic of Authenticity, then talk with guest author and self-marketing guru Jess Keating about Platform Development (what even IS that?!?), social media best practices, how to buddy up to...||9/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean7: All for Love with guest author Martha Brockenbrough||I talk about the qualities of my "ideal author" besides, like, writing awesome books. Author Martha Brockenbrough joins me to rap about such topics as: Writing in multiple categories; the difference between writing fiction and nonfiction; the...||9/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean6: So Poseidon Walks in to a Critique Group... with guest author David Elliott||I rant a bit about "girl books" and "boy books", then I am joined by David Elliott, the brilliant author of BULL, the ORQ series, and much more. His books are generally hilarious, and his latest is in verse, so we talk about having an "ear" for comedy..||8/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean5. Agents vs Schmagents, with guest agent Kate Testerman||I give the skinny on how to spot SCHMAGENTS in the wild - aka scammy and scummy fake "agents" who take naive writers for a ride. Then superagent Kate Testerman joins me for frank talk about how to work with an agent, the ever-loving slowness of...||8/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean4: Scandals, Scoundrels, and Badass Broads, with guest YA author Mackenzi Lee||YA author Mackenzi Lee joins me to talk about, well, almost everything, from book deal depression to hitting milestones like the NYT Bestseller List. We also cover: how to tackle historical research (and when to get anachronistic); cross-dressing...||8/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean3: Take Me Down to Publicity City, with guest publicist Saraciea Fennell||I talk about what I like to see in an author's website. And Publicist Extraordinaire Saraciea Fennell talks to me about the Secret World of Publicists -- including what authors can do to work with their publicist, how to grow your own network by...||7/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2: Conference Tips and Picture Book Tricks with editor Melissa Manlove||I share some of my top tips for writers attending big conferences. And Chronicle Books senior editor Melissa Manlove joins me to give advice about writing picture books. Also, I give HER advice about getting sick in Italy (spoiler: DON'T). Plus...||7/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1: We Are All Imposters, with guest author Laurel Snyder||In this episode, I answer my most frequently asked question: What the heck is a literary agent, anyway? And author and professor Laurel Snyder is on hand to talk about Imposter Syndrome, mid-list author mania, crafty plots (and how to keep 'em...||7/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Literary Podcast Glory
Informative, funny, personal. Everything a podcast should be.
Great inside peek
Be in the room where it happens, see how the sausage gets made, and don't dream in the dark (for the most part) with this awesome insider's look from actual experts in children's literature. Chock full of good advice for writers of all levels.
Great insights for writers and fans of children's lit!
Fun and informative...I'm excited to hear more :)