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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.

    Bonus Episode: A Special Preview

    Bonus Episode: A Special Preview

    The Lit Service crew does a full cast reading of a chapter from Caitlin's upcoming book, SHE WHO RIDES THE STORM, out September 21, 2021.

    If you'd like to get a copy of the book, please consider supporting your local independent bookstores!

    For a signed copy, you can pre-order from The King's English (before September 19th)

    Or from Anderson's Bookshop (whenever!) Both bookstores can ship to you wherever you are and each signed copy will come with a special bookmark. For either bookstore, be sure to put in the comments that you want it signed an personalized.

    • 11 min
    5.17 Historical Fiction 101 with Bethany C. Morrow and CB Lee

    5.17 Historical Fiction 101 with Bethany C. Morrow and CB Lee

    Bethany C. Morrow and CB Lee join the cast to talk about how to approach writing historical fiction, problems that crop up when writers don't do proper research for the time period and society they are trying to represent and the peoples and cultures that are often left out of the narrative.

    Bethany C. Morrow is  an Indie Bestselling author who writes for adult and young adult audiences, in genres ranging from speculative literary to contemporary fantasy to historical. She is author of the novels MEM and A SONG BELOW WATER, which is an Audie, Ignyte and Locus finalist. She is editor/contributor to the young adult anthology TAKE THE MIC, the 2020 ILA Social Justice in Literature award winner. Her work has been chosen as Indies Introduce and Indie Next picks, and featured in The LA Times, Forbes, Bustle, Buzzfeed, and more. She is included on USA TODAY's list of 100 Black novelists and fiction writers you should read. You can find more about her and buy her books here.

    CB Lee is a Lambda Literary Award nominated writer of young adult and middle grade fiction. Her works include the Juinor Library Guild selected A Clash of Steel: A Treasure Island Remix (Feiwel and Friends), the Sidekick Squad series (Duet Books), Ben 10 graphic novels (Boom! Studios), Out Now: Queer We Go Again (HarperTeen), Minecraft: The Shipwreck (Del Rey Books), From A Certain Point Of View: The Empire Strikes Back (Del Rey Books). Lee’s work has been featured in Teen Vogue, Wired Magazine, Hypable, Tor’s Best of Fantasy and Sci Fi and the American Library Association’s Rainbow List. For more about her and to buy her books, visit her website.

    If you'd like to read the chapter we critiqued with our notes, you can find it here.

    To find out how to support Lit Service, get extra content (like the video versions of these episodes, bonus hot seat critiques and occasional other bonus material, as well as opportunities to get critiques from the cast) visit our Patreon!

    • 29 min
    5.16 How to be a Master of Betrayal

    5.16 How to be a Master of Betrayal

    The Lit Service Crew chats about the role of betrayal between characters and how to accomplish it so your reader is both surprised and betrayed as well.

    If you'd like to see the video version of the episode (and a few other episodes that we've already recorded that aren't available on the feed yet!) check out our Patreon. There are are extra episodes and critiques to listen to as well as opportunities to get personal critiques from the cast!

    We critiqued this chapter hot-seat critique-style (we read it out loud!) so there's no text chapter to look at this week.

    • 29 min
    5.15 Poetry: the Hows and Whys with Jeff Zentner

    5.15 Poetry: the Hows and Whys with Jeff Zentner

    Jeff Zentner joins the Lit Service cast to chat about poetry, how it can be used in a novel, and how authors who are interested in learning to write poetry (or more poetic prose!) can get started.

    Jeff Zentner is the author of New York Times Notable Book The Serpent King, Goodbye Days, Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee, and In the Wild Light which released on August 10th (with four starred reviews!). For more about Jeff and his books, visit his website.

    If you'd like to read the chapter we critique and read our written notes, it can be found here.

    Please consider supporting this podcast! You can find out how (along with the benefits to supporting us, like early access to episodes, video versions of the podcast, extra episodes, and a chance to get critiques from cast members) by visiting our Patreon.


    • 35 min
    Bonus Episode: Conlang with John Blackham

    Bonus Episode: Conlang with John Blackham

    John Blackham joins Caitlin in talking about constructed languages authors create for their sci-fi and fantasy worlds.

    Resources and other tidbits John mentions:

    Caillou clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FiSLxeszVCo&ab_channel=tovaeditshttps://www.cnn.com/2021/07/17/health/sunscreen-recall-cancer-wellness/index.html

    Instant conlang generator: https://gwistix.github.io/ling/conlanger

    Mark Rosenfelder’s Language Construction Kit: https://www.zompist.com/kit.html


    For fun, some of John’s conlang, The Lord’s Prayer in Hellish-Latin creole:

    Bader noṣerum, qui eḷwet in ǧevu Saṇificátus nomeus tuí foṣet. Venítus foṣet regḷeṛu tuí. Beṇorwium tuí facétus foṣet in teṛa et quoque in ǧevu. Panum nóbís dá xadix lebiére pro ǧuic dié Et iteredá nóbís debití noṣerum et iteredámus iḷós que debitátí nóbís sunet. Et non lemá nós in deṇaší, autem liberá nós ex malí.

    Audio link, if you’d like to hear it spoken.


    • 11 min
    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

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
26 Ratings

26 Ratings

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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!!!

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