A literary agent and her friends dish about writing and publishing books for children and young adults.
61: The Dynamic Duo: Raúl the Third and Elaine Bay
Kid-lit power couple Raúl the Third and Elaine Bay are collaborators in both life and in books. They met in high school, grew into underground artists and zinesters, and in recent years, have become an award-winning and New York Times Bestselling creative powerhouse team. We talk about how they got started, how they work together, and the many (MANY) projects they have out and cooking!
Show notes, including links to all the books we talked about, can be found on my website:
60: From Picture Books to YA, with Phoebe Wahl
The multi-talented Phoebe Wahl joins me to talk about how she got her start in publishing, as well as how she manages to run the cutest online shop in history, do brand collaborations, make films, thrive on social media, raise a toddler and more in addition to her busy career as an author-illustrator of picture books. And Phoebe will tell us all about her latest book - a debut YA novel called PHOEBE'S DIARY, based on her own teenage diaries and fully illustrated. We'll also discuss topics like Fat Representation, Shipwrecks, Taxes and Weird Shoes!
The show notes and links to all the books we chat about can be found at: https://www.jenniferlaughran.com/literaticast
59: Predictions and prognostication with guest librarian Betsy Bird
Librarian, author, blogger, podcaster -- our guest Betsy Bird wears a lot of hats. She is not only a bona fide children's book expert but also has a great knack for predicting ALA Awards! As the awards are being given out at the end of this month, Betsy's going to take us behind the scenes and talk about the mysterious process of how the awards are even chosen, and what books MIGHT take home some hardware this year! (Will we be right? WHO KNOWS! But it will be fun to find out!) She also answers some listener questions about library etiquette, book banning, what she'd like to see more of in the picture book space, and more.
Check out the show notes for more information, links to all the books we talk about, as well as a link to the ALA award livestream so you can watch the awards in real time: https://www.literaticat.com/literaticast
58: The Art of Being Present, with author-illustrator Cindy Derby
Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator and author Cindy Derby joins me to discuss her unusual path to an illustration career, getting inspired, dealing with burnout, navigating social media, what she learned from dog finishing school, and so much more. We also celebrate Cindy's latest picture book, BLURP'S BOOK OF MANNERS, about a sentient ink blot that needs etiquette lessons, which is brand new from Roaring Brook.
Show notes and links can be found at www.jenniferlaughran.com/literaticast
57: The Great Big Holiday Gift Guide, 2022
The annual Great Big Holiday Gift Guide is BACK, baby! Booksellers Nicole Brinkley from Oblong Books in Rhinebeck, NY and Kassie King from the Novel Neighbor in St Louis, MO are joining to give their recommendations. If you're looking for holiday gifts for the kids in your life (or, for your own cozy winter reading), this episode is a must! Please remember to order your holiday books as early as possible - continued supply chain issues, etc, mean that it might be tough to get some of these at short notice. Please support your local independent bookstores whenever possible. Happy reading!
Shownotes with links to all the books we talk about can be found at www.jenniferlaughran.com/literaticast
56: Meet the Agent, with Jemiscoe Chambers-Black
We're back from hiatus, and excited to chat with Jemiscoe Chambers-Black. Jem is one of the newer agents at Andrea Brown Literary Agency, and a rising star who has had many awesome deals (and even a NYT Bestseller) in her two years at the agency -- especially amazing considering the fact that she started in the midst of the Pandemic. We'll talk about what she's looking for in a manuscript (and a client!), how to establish a great author-agent relationship, and how she keeps her sanity and focus in a wild time, among other topics.
Show notes and transcripts for each episode can be found on the website: www.jenniferlaughran.com/literaticast
Brilliant! A fantastic look at behind-the-scenes, with a warm witty interviewer who really knows her stuff.