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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

    • How To
    • 5.0 • 25 Ratings

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

    5.04 Author - Editor Relationships with Sarah McCabe

    5.04 Author - Editor Relationships with Sarah McCabe

    Sarah McCabe joins the Lit Service crew to talk about the publication process once a book has been acquired and what to expect from editing and collaborating with an editor.
    Sarah is an editor with Simon & Schuster/McElderry (which is pronounced "mackle-derry", who knew).
    For a look at the chapter we critique (with our notes!) go here.
    Don't forget to check out our Patreon for extra content (want to hear Caitlin's story about the haunted house she came very close to renting? It's up now!) here.
    If you'd like a first chapter critique from us or an upcoming guest, check out our submission guidelines here.

    • 26 min
    5.03 Author - Agent Relationships with Ben Grange

    5.03 Author - Agent Relationships with Ben Grange

    Ever wondered what happens after you start working with an agent? Listen in while Ben and Caitlin discuss what happens behind the scenes, using one of her projects as a frame of reference from when she finished it to when it was sold. 
     
    The chapter we critique can be found here.
    Submission guidelines if you'd like a first chapter critique from us are here.
    If you like the show, please remember to check out our Patreon

    • 37 min
    5.02 Prewriting 101 with Namina Forna

    5.02 Prewriting 101 with Namina Forna

    Do you ever stumble when you begin a new story? Maybe you're not sure where it should start, or you have a great opening, but stall out once you get to the middle?


    Namina Forna's got some advice for you :)
     

    Namina Forna is a young adult novelist based in Los Angeles, and the author of the upcoming epic fantasy YA novel The Gilded Ones. Originally from Sierra Leone, West Africa, she moved to the US when she was nine and has been traveling back and forth ever since. Namina loves telling stories with fierce female leads and works as a screenwriter in LA.
     
    The chapter we critique can be found here.
    Patreon (if you like our show and want us to keep going, please consider becoming a patron!)
    Future guests/submission guidelines if you'd like a critique from us are here.

    • 27 min
    5.01 How to Train Your Heroes

    5.01 How to Train Your Heroes

    Ever think training montages are boring? We chat about how to show your character training (both in magic or in fighting or in...schoolwork? Anything) without it feeling boring. Or like a sports movie.
    Check out the first chapter we critique with all our notes here 
    If you'd like first chapter critique, visit our website to see upcoming guests and our submission guidelines.
    If you enjoy the podcast, please consider checking out our Patreon. It's patrons that keep us going, and you can get access to extra content and even a writing group hosted by Lit Service Crew members.

    • 29 min
    Bonus Episode: Hot Seat Critique with Caitlin and Cameron

    Bonus Episode: Hot Seat Critique with Caitlin and Cameron

    To round out the year we're doing one last bonus hot seat critique! We also did a bonus episode with our reactions to the newest season of the Mandalorian now that the last episode finally landed--to listen, head over to our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/litservicepodcast

    • 20 min
    4.25 Getting Your Characters to Squad Up

    4.25 Getting Your Characters to Squad Up

    Aliah, Caitlin, and Kristen chat about how to get your characters to squad up.
     
    The chapter we critique can be found here.
     
    Don't forget to check our Patreon for video versions of episodes and other bonus episodes and content! 

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
25 Ratings

25 Ratings

lotsofunwriter ,

Fantastic Thoughtful Fun!

This is a great podcast for writers, especially those preparing for or in the querying trenches!! It’s entertaining, informative, and smart. Love the guests they have had! And so awesome that they give back by doing critiques, too. My only complaint... that the episodes aren’t more frequent. Well done LitService!!!

Flapjacklc ,

Mini writers conference

The information presented here makes me feel like I’m at a writers conference. And it’s free! I’ve learned a lot. Thank you!

GraphCalculator ,

Nice!

Nice work! I look forward to more!

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