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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

    • Education
    • 5.0 • 26 Ratings

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

    5.14 Writing Fantasy Horror with Erin A. Craig

    5.14 Writing Fantasy Horror with Erin A. Craig

    Erin A. Craig joins the podcasters to chat about horror as a genre and how she approaches writing it. Erin is the New York Times bestselling author of House of Salt and Sorrows and Small Favors which will be out July 27th.


    For more about Erin and her books, visit her website.


    The chapter we critiqued with all our notes can be found here.


    To learn more about how to support the podcast (or participate in a writing group with some of the podcasters!) check out our Patreon.

    • 28 min
    5.13 Creating Near Futures with Axie Oh

    5.13 Creating Near Futures with Axie Oh

    Axie Oh joins the podcast to talk about how to create a shiny (or not so shiny!) near future world. Axie is the author of Rebel Seoul, Rogue Heart, XOXO (releasing July 13th), and The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea (Releasing February 2022). Find out more about Axie and her books here.


    To read the chapter we critiqued with all our notes, go here.


    If you'd like to learn how to support the podcast, check out our Patreon (we'd really appreciate it!)


    Please remember to like, subscribe, comment, and tell your friends! All those things (maybe the last one most of all...) helps others to find the show.

    • 29 min
    5.12 Smaller Publishers 101 with Lori M. Lee

    5.12 Smaller Publishers 101 with Lori M. Lee

    Lori M. Lee joins us to chat about what it's like to work with a smaller publisher (compared with some of her other publishing experiences). What kind of publisher are you interested in working with?


    Lori is the author of The Gates of Thread and Stone series (Skyscape/Amazon), Forest of Souls and it's sequel Broken Web (Page Street), and Pahua and the Soul Stealer (Sept, Rick Riordan Presents/Disney Hyperion). To find out more about Lori and her book, check out her website!


    You can find the chapter we critiqued with all our notes here.


    If you'd like to find out how to support this podcast, check out our Patreon.


    For more about upcoming guests, first chapter submission guidelines, and the podcast, visit our website.

    • 33 min
    5.11 The Power of Subplots with Liselle Sambury

    5.11 The Power of Subplots with Liselle Sambury

    Liselle Sambury joins the Lit Service crew to chat about how to use subplots to flesh out our stories (and where to find them!).


    Liselle is a Toronto-based Trinidadian Canadian author. Her brand of writing can be described as “messy Black girls in fantasy situations.” She works in social media and spends her free time embroiled in reality tv because when you write messy characters you tend to enjoy that sort of drama. She also shares helpful tips for upcoming writers and details of her publishing journey through a YouTube channel dedicated to helping demystify the sometimes complicated business of being an author.


    Check out her website and her book (out the 15th!)!


    If you'd like to see the chapter we critiqued with all our notes, there are two version: one with swearing and one without.


    To find out more about how to support the podcast, please visit our Patreon.

    • 29 min
    5.10 How to Write an Adaptation with Katherine Cowley

    5.10 How to Write an Adaptation with Katherine Cowley

    Katherine Cowley joins the Lit Service Crew to chat about why adaptations, both of fairy tales and other stories people love, are so common, and how to approach writing one so it becomes your own story. 


     


    To learn more about Katherine and her new book The Secret Life of Miss Mary Bennet, check out her website.


     


    The first chapter we critique with all our notes is here.


     


    To learn how to support the podcast, you can visit our Patreon page. Or, to find out how to submit your chapter for us to critique and upcoming guests, you can visit our website.

    • 30 min
    5.09 Orphaned Manuscripts (and what happens if your imprint closes!) with Erin Beaty

    5.09 Orphaned Manuscripts (and what happens if your imprint closes!) with Erin Beaty

    We chatted with Erin Beaty about the closing of Imprint/Macmillan and Simon Pulse and what happens to books that are orphaned because the imprint that acquires your book closed or your editor moves, leaves the business.


    To find out more about Erin and her books, check out her website.


    Here's the first chapter we critiqued!


    To find out how to support the podcast, check out our Patreon.

    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
26 Ratings

26 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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