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Publishing pros give writing advice and first chapter critiques to aspiring writers.

Lit Service Caitlin Sangster, Kristen Evans, Cameron Harris, Aliah Eberting

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Publishing pros give writing advice and first chapter critiques to aspiring writers.

    4.5 Layers of Tension with Katherine Arden

    4.5 Layers of Tension with Katherine Arden

    The Lit Service crew chats with Katherine Arden (NYT Bestselling author of The Winternight Trilogy: The Bear and the Nightingale, The Girl in the Tower, and The Winter of the Witch as well as the two middle grade horror books Small Spaces and Dead Voices) about how to create layers of tension in your story in order to keep it from feeling flat.
    Sorry about the beeps. We were recording in a new space and . . . well, that's what happens sometimes.
    If you'd like a first chapter critique (and to see who we have coming up on our guest list!) go to our website www.litservicepodcast.wixsite.com/litnation for mor information.

    • 24 min
    4.4 Authentic Kid Voice with Tae Keller

    4.4 Authentic Kid Voice with Tae Keller

    The Lit Service Crew chats with middle grade author Tae Keller about how to approach writing from a child's perspective and what we owe to the audience for whom we're writing.
    Tae Keller is the author of The Science of Breakable Things and When You Trap a Tiger. She grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii, where she danced hula and subsisted on kimchi and spam musubis. Now, she writes about biracial girls trying to find their voices, and lives in New York City with a multitude of books.
     

    • 26 min
    4.3 Characters Are Like Onions with Rebecca Ross

    4.3 Characters Are Like Onions with Rebecca Ross

    Rebecca Ross joins the Lit Service crew to chat about layering characters (like onions! Imagine the Scottish accent) and how that relates to plot.
    Rebecca is the author of The Queen's Rising, The Queen's Resistance, and the forthcoming Sisters of Sword and Song.

    • 31 min
    4.2 Pitch Wars 101 with Sarah Nicolas

    4.2 Pitch Wars 101 with Sarah Nicolas

    Online pitching and mentorship contests can be kind of confusing. Sarah Nicolas breaks down Pitch Wars for us.
    Sarah Nicolas is a recovering mechanical engineer, library event planner, and author who lives in Orlando with a 60-lb mutt who thinks he’s a chihuahua. Sarah writes YA novels as Sarah Nicolas and romance under the name Aria Kane. Sarah has published both traditionally and independently, and has also worked in the publishing industry as an editorial intern, editorial assistant, publicist, publicity director, cover artist, and art director. Sarah is the current Managing Director for Pitch Wars.

    • 27 min
    Bonus Episode: Reactions to The Rise of Skywalker with Emily Duncan

    Bonus Episode: Reactions to The Rise of Skywalker with Emily Duncan

    The Lit Service Crew chats with Emily Duncan about Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and the Mandalorian. Spoilers abound (though not so much on the Mandalorian front!) so be forewarned.

    • 13 min
    4.1 I Made It All Up with Emily Duncan

    4.1 I Made It All Up with Emily Duncan

    The Lit Service crew chats with NYT Bestseller Emily Duncan about how she approaches researching high fantasy. Emily A. Duncan is the New York Times bestselling author of Wicked Saints. She was born and raised in Ohio and works as a youth services librarian. She received a Master’s degree in library science from Kent State University, which mostly taught her how to find obscure Slavic folklore texts through interlibrary loan systems. When not reading or writing, she enjoys playing copious amounts of video games and dungeons and dragons. She is represented by Thao Le of the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency.
    To check out the submission we critique, go to our website www.litservicepodcast.wixsite.com/litnation. You can also find submission guidelines there if you would like your own first chapter critique.

    • 31 min

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