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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.

Las Musas Podcast Las Musas

    • Arts
    • 5.0 • 17 Ratings

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.

    See You Next Week!

    See You Next Week!

    No new episode this week, but stay tuned for much more from the Las Musas Podcast starting next week! And, until then, take a moment to re-listen to your favorite episodes and let us know which ones you're tuning into in the comments! Thanks for your support, and we'll see you next week.

    Check out all our incredible books, ranging from picture books to young adult, at our Las Musas Bookshop page!

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    • 2 min
    Debut Spotlight: Cynthia Harmony

    Debut Spotlight: Cynthia Harmony

    In this episode of the Las Musas Podcast, Mariana Llanos interviews debut picture book author, Cynthia Harmony about her beautiful new book, Mi Ciudad Sings/Mi Ciudad Canta, coming out today, June 14th! They talk about the 2017 earthquake that inspired her book, the power of music to bring together a community (you might want a box of tissues ready for the story about Cielito Lindo), and how to balance writing about an actual event while bringing to life fictional characters.

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

    Cynthia Harmony's Picture Book in English and in Spanish, Mi Ciudad Sings and Mi Ciudad Canta

    Mariana Llanos' Picture Book, Run little Chaski! An Inka Trail Adventure and ¡Corre, Pequeño Chaski! Una aventura en el camino Inka

    • 19 min
    Debut Diaries, Ep. 14. (Picture Book Authors)

    Debut Diaries, Ep. 14. (Picture Book Authors)

    On this episode of the Las Musas Podcast, Adriana Hernández Bergstrom talks with Terry Catasús Jennings, Mariana Ríos Ramírez, and Karina Nicole González about how publishers decide the amount of publicity they offer authors and how to boost those efforts and get support from your community. They offer great tips for reaching out to librarians, joining marketing groups, getting more reviews, creating swag and book trailers, sending out ARCs, and sending out book mail. 

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

    Pre-order Adriana Hernández Bergstrom's Picture Book Abuelita and I Make Flan

    Pre-order Terry Catasús Jennings' Picture Book The Little House of Hope

    Pre-order Karina Nicole Gonzáles' Picture Book The Coquíes Still Sing: A Story of Home, Hope, and Rebuilding 

    Pre-order Mariana Ríos Ramírez's Picture Book Santiago's Dinosaurios

    • 54 min
    Book Talk: Pride Month

    Book Talk: Pride Month

    In this episode of the Las Musas Podcast, Jonny Garza Villa joins Racquel Marie, Crystal Maldonado, and e.E Charlton-Trujillo for a beautifully bookish celebration of Pride Month. In this love letter to QTBIPOC authors and readers, they talk about the books that changed their lives, the books they would have loved to have read as kids, the books they're reading now, the books they hope to see in the future, and how their love for their readers and the younger versions of themselves shape the books they write today.

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

    Purchase Jonny Garza Villa's YA book Fifteen Hundred Miles from the Sun and pre-order Ander and Santi Were Here

    Purchase Racquel Marie's YA book Ophelia After All

    Purcahse Crystal Maldonado's YA books Fat Change Charlie Vega and No Filter and Other Lies

    Purchase e.E. Charlton-Trujillo's YA books from the Fat Angie series

    Book Recommendations:

    History is All you Left Me by Adam Silvera

    Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera

    Aristotle and Dante Discover the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

    More Happy than Not by Adam Silvera

    Miss Quinces by Kat Fajardo

    Lakelore by Anna-Marie McLemore

    We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia

    This is Why They Hate Us by Aaron H. Aceves

    High Spirits by Camille Gomera-Tavarez

    Witchlings by Caribel Ortega

    The Grief Keeper by Alexandra Villasante

    Bless Me, Ultima by Rodolfo Anaya

    The Lesbiana's Guide to Catholic School by Sonora Reyes

    Cafe con Lychee by Emery Lee

    Living Beyond Borders by Margarita Longoria

    Connect with Las Musas on social media:
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    Visit our website!

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Debut Spotlight: Eliza Kinkz

    Debut Spotlight: Eliza Kinkz

    In this episode of the Las Musas Podcast: Debut Spotlight, debut Musa Eliza Kinkz joins fellow Musa Zara González Hoang to discuss her picture book, Goldie's Guide to Grandchilding and have a fun, fascinating discussion on inspirations in comedy and humor, art style and meaningful aspects of illustration, the author-illustrator-publisher relationships, origin stories, and finding community.

    If you enjoyed this episode, please consider buying a book (or a few) to say thanks!
    Buy Eliza Kinkz's debut picture book, Goldie's Guide to Grandchilding
    Buy Zara González Hoang's picture book, A New Kind of Wild
    Check out other books at the Las Musas Bookshop Page.

    Connect with Las Musas on social media:
    Twitter
    Instagram  
    Visit our website!

    • 38 min
    Debut Diaries, Ep. 14 (Middle Grade and Young Adult Authors)

    Debut Diaries, Ep. 14 (Middle Grade and Young Adult Authors)

    This episode of the Las Musas Podcast's Debut Diaries, the Middle Grade and Young Adult Edition, Angela Velez is joined by Andrea Beatriz Arango, Racquel Marie, Sallie Anne Rodriguez, and Vanessa L. Torres for a discussion on the importance of breaks in the writing process and their favorite ways to break, to share debut year and pub day words wisdom, hopes, and reflections, and talk about the role of your publishing team and how to be proactive as the debut jitters get more real.

    If you enjoyed this episode, please consider buying a book (or a few) to say thanks!
    Pre-order Andrea Beatriz Arango's debut middle grade novel-in-verse, Iveliz Explains It All
    Buy Racquel Marie's debut young adult novel, Ophelia After All
    Pre-order Sallie Anne Rodriguez's debut middle grade novel, Treasure Tracks
    Pre-order Vanessa L. Torres' debut young adult novel, The Turning Pointe
    Buy Angela Velez's debut young adult novel, Lulu and Milagro's Search for Clarity

    Connect with Las Musas on social media:
    Twitter
    Instagram
    Visit our website!

    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

Dreamless Nights ,

Amazing Latinx Podcast

I always love discovering new (and new-to-me) podcasts featuring authors. I was so excited to hear about Las Musas podcast from Twitter. So far this podcast has featured some of my favorite Young Adult authors like Raquel Marie (author of Ophelia After All!!) and Laekan Zea Kemp (author of Somewhere Between Sweet and Bitter!! and Heartbreak Symphony). I have loved learning about different writers’ writing processes and how their publishing journey has gone so far. I can’t wait to listen to more!

c.slavin87 ,

New Books

This is one of the best places to hear about newly published books in a fun way! ¡Gracias, Las Musas! Very relatable content. 👍

Ra Rea ,

Love all the tips!

Episode 14: I loved being inspired listening to Las Musas. The tips were very helpful, and I especially loved “Giving the manuscript space. Leaving it and coming back is ok.” Also wonderful to hear their experiences with revising and publishing.

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