18 episodes

The Las Musas Podcast pulls back the veil and shares all the details about our publishing journeys, what debut year is really like, and how we're working towards creating a sustainable writing career in an industry still struggling with diversity, equity, and transparency.

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The Las Musas Podcast pulls back the veil and shares all the details about our publishing journeys, what debut year is really like, and how we're working towards creating a sustainable writing career in an industry still struggling with diversity, equity, and transparency.

    Episode 5: Debut Diaries (Middle Grade and Young Adult Authors)

    Episode 5: Debut Diaries (Middle Grade and Young Adult Authors)

    In this episode, authors Alda P. Dobbs, Jonny Garza Villa, and Crystal Maldonado discuss blurbs and acknowledgments! These musas talk about the  value of blurbs, tips for requesting, the thrill of receiving support from authors you admire, suggestions for writing acknowledgments, and more!



    Resources Mentioned:

    SCBWI Conferences



    If you enjoyed this episode or plan on using the resources provided, please consider buying a book (or a few) to say thanks!

    Buy Jonny Garza Villa's YA contemporary novel Fifteen Hundred Miles from the Sun

    Buy Alda P. Dobbs' MG historical fiction novel Barefoot Dreams of Petra Luna

    Buy Crystal Maldonado's YA romcom novel Fat Chance, Charlie Vega



    Check out the other books on the Las Musas Bookshop page!

    Connect with Las Musas on social media:

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    Facebook

    Visit our website!

    • 44 min
    Musa Debut: Laekan Zea Kemp

    Musa Debut: Laekan Zea Kemp

    In this episode, Debut Musa and author of SOMEWHERE BETWEEN BITTER AND SWEET Laekan Zea Kemp is interviewed by Musa and author of BLAZEWRATH GAMES Amparo Ortiz. They chat about the inspiration behind the book, a shared love of food, writing in duel POVs, favorite parts of the book, and what comes next. 

    Resources mentioned: 

    Manuscript Academy

    If you enjoyed this episode, please consider buying a book (or a few) to say thanks!

    Buy Laekan Zea Kemp's YA novel Somewhere Between Bitter and Sweet.

    Buy Amparo Ortiz's YA novel Blazewrath Games.

    Check out the other books on the Las Musas Bookshop page!

    Connect with Las Musas on social media:

    Twitter

    Instagram

    Facebook

    Visit our website!

    • 55 min
    Episode 4: Ask a Musa

    Episode 4: Ask a Musa

    In the fourth episode of Ask A Musa, we take listener and subscriber questions! Discover how to find traditional publishers that are friendly to Latinx creatives, what to do when you get a "Revise & Resubmit" email from an agent, and what to expect when you're on submission and an agent or editor wants to hop on the phone with you.  

    Resources Mentioned: 

    Writing Contests from Lee & Low 

    SCBWI Awards + Grants 

    Manuscript Wishlist 

    Here Wee Read's blog post "Diversity in Publishing, A-Z" 

    If you enjoyed this episode or plan on using the resources provided, please consider buying a book (or a few) and following the participating Musas to say thanks! 

    Buy Chantel Acevedo's MG books Muse Squad: The Cassandra Curse and Muse Squad: The Mystery of the Tenth 

    Buy Anika Fajardo's MG book What If a Fish  

    Buy Emma Otheguy's picture book A Sled for Gabo 

    Buy Vanessa Torres's YA debut novel, The Turning Point 

    Check out the other books on the Las Musas Bookshop page!

    Connect with Las Musas on social media:

    Twitter

    Instagram

    Facebook

    Visit our website!

    • 35 min
    Episode 4: Debut Diaries (Picture Book Authors)

    Episode 4: Debut Diaries (Picture Book Authors)

    In this episode of Debut Diaries (Picture Book Edition), Musas Ana Siqueira, Marissa Valdez, and Gloria Amescua chat about picking the perfect book title, what makes a great cover design, and the collaboration between writer and illustrator. 

    If you enjoyed this episode or plan on using the resources provided, please consider buying a book (or a few) and following the participating Musas to say thanks!

    Buy Marissa Valdez's picture book Ambitious Girl!

    Buy Ana Siqueira's picture book Bella's Recipe for Succes!

    Buy Gloria Amescua's picture book Child of the Flower Song People!



    Check out the other books on the Las Musas Bookshop page!

    Connect with Las Musas on social media:

    Twitter

    Instagram

    Facebook

    Visit our website!

    • 56 min
    Episode 4: Debut Diaries (Middle Grade and Young Adult Authors)

    Episode 4: Debut Diaries (Middle Grade and Young Adult Authors)

    In this episode, Jonny Garza Villa and Alda P. Dobbs discuss titles and cover design! These musas share insight into how they came up with their final titles, reveal how the cover design process worked, offer aspects they loved or things that surprised them, and more!



    Resources Mentioned:

    Creating Vision Boards with Pinterest



    If you enjoyed this episode or plan on using the resources provided, please consider buying a book (or a few) to say thanks!

    Buy Jonny Garza Villa's YA contemporary novel Fifteen Hundred Miles from the Sun

    Buy Alda P. Dobbs' MG historical fiction novel Barefoot Dreams of Petra Luna

    Check out the other books on the Las Musas Bookshop page!

    Connect with Las Musas on social media:

    Twitter

    Instagram

    Visit our website!

    • 32 min
    Episode 3: Ask a Musa

    Episode 3: Ask a Musa

    In our third episode of Ask A Musa, we take listener and subscriber questions focusing on our love and hate of revisions, how we make time for our writing, the pros and cons of an MFA, and how we, as writers, approach the creation of our antagonists.



    Resources Mentioned:

    Kweli: The Color of Children’s Literature Conference

    Vermont College of Fine Arts

    The Rainier Writing Workshop

    The Highlights Foundation

    Gemini Ink Workshop

    University of Pittsburgh MFA Program



    If you enjoyed this episode or plan on using the resources provided, please consider buying a book (or a few) and following the participating Musas to say thanks!

    Buy Monica Brown’s award-winning picture book, Sharuko.

    Add Angela Velez’s Lulu & Milagro's Search for Clarity to your Goodreads.

    Learn more about Jasminne Mendez and her YA memoir A Bucket of Dirty Water: Memories of My Girlhood and her debut picture book Josefina’s Habichuelas.

    Buy Ann Davila Cardinal’s Five Midnights and Category 5.



    Check out the other books on the Las Musas Bookshop page!

    Connect with Las Musas on social media:

    Twitter

    Instagram

    Visit our website!

    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

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5 Ratings

Romy Goldberg ,

The first podcast dedicated to Latinx children’s book creators!

Super happy this podcast exists. I’m a fan of Las Musas and an avid podcast consumer. Excited to be able to learn about the ins and outs of the children’s publishing industry from fellow Latinx creators.

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