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A literary agent and her friends dish about writing and publishing books for children and young adults.

Literaticast Jennifer Laughran

    • Arts
    • 4.9 • 188 Ratings

A literary agent and her friends dish about writing and publishing books for children and young adults.

    48: Two Times the Charm, with guest author-illustrator Grace Lin and guest editor Alvina Ling

    48: Two Times the Charm, with guest author-illustrator Grace Lin and guest editor Alvina Ling

    My guests are award-winning author-illustrator Grace Lin and editor-in-chief of Little Brown Books for Young Readers Alvina Ling. Both are accomplished children's book pros, lifelong besties, AND hosts of the popular podcast Book Friends Forever. They both have a LOT to say about all things Kids Books. We're going to get into stuff like how the industry has changed over the years, how to confront Burnout, and so much more. Plus, of course, lots and LOTS of book recommendations, and what we're obsessed with. Enjoy it! And, wishing Merry Christmas to those who celebrate, and Happy Almost-New-Year to us ALL! 

    • 1 hr
    47: Feeling Grateful (that 2020 is almost over), with guest agent Molly O'Neill

    47: Feeling Grateful (that 2020 is almost over), with guest agent Molly O'Neill

    Guest agent Molly O'Neill from Root Literary joins me and we take it back to basics, talking about query letters and debunking some myths. We also dig into what the pandemic has been like for the publishing industry from our points of view. And Molly recommends some awesome books for your holiday purchasing pleasure! Finally, we get super-over-excited about TV shows: Ted Lasso, The Crown, and Queen's Gambit. 

    • 1 hr 23 min
    46: October is the New December, with Guest Bookseller Suzanna Hermans

    46: October is the New December, with Guest Bookseller Suzanna Hermans

    I check in with my friend Suzanna, the co-owner and buyer for Oblong Books and Music in Rhinebeck and Millerton, NY. She talks about how the bookstore has weathered these wild times, what has changed, and what booksellers have learned -- and together, we give AWESOME BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS! Get your pencil and paper ready and prepare to order awesome gifts for the holidays (and treats for yourself, too!)  

    • 1 hr 1 min
    45: Heroes, Villains, Sidekicks and Kryptonite with guest author Lamar Giles

    45: Heroes, Villains, Sidekicks and Kryptonite with guest author Lamar Giles

    Today we're talking pop culture! If you insert specific pop culture references in your work, how do you walk the line between seeming current now, and possibly making your book seem dated a couple years from now... and how DOES a grownup stay current, anyway? How can 1980's TV inform the way you structure your book, and what can superhero stories teach us about crafting a short pitch? All this and more with my special guest, MG and YA novel writing superstar Lamar Giles!

    • 38 min
    44: Literaticast Live! Celebrating the Hudson Valley YA Society's 10th Birthday

    44: Literaticast Live! Celebrating the Hudson Valley YA Society's 10th Birthday

    It's a very special episode: Four amazing authors helped me celebrate the Hudson Valley YA Society's 10th Anniversary and launch Christine Heppermann's new novel in verse WHAT GOES UP, in conjunction with Oblong Books & Music's "Oblong Online" event series. Listen in on this great event with Christine Heppermann, Brandy Colbert, Laura Ruby, and Sherri L. Smith. (And please forgive any technical glitches, this was a live event from five locations and something of an experiment!)

    • 1 hr
    43: Shaking Up the "Supposed-To-Bes" with author Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow

    43: Shaking Up the "Supposed-To-Bes" with author Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow

    As you may have noticed, the podcast took a little hiatus - but we're back, baby! This episode, I give a little "state of the publishing industry" address, where I answer some burning listener questions about how the pandemic is affecting publishing. My special guest is picture book author Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow, who talks about shaking up expectations and other important lessons for picture book authors (and, actually, ALL authors!), and tells us all about her latest picture book, YOUR NAME IS A SONG. Plus, I dig a bit into the results of the latest CCBC Diversity numbers.

    • 58 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
188 Ratings

188 Ratings

NJ Charbonneau ,

Insightful, Important Conversations

The spectrum of guests & conversations keeps me thinking about the depth of the children’s literature world—how much has been accomplished, how much work needs to be done, and how layered the book-making process is. Highly recommend!

Howard Pearlstein ,

A must-listen-to for aspiring writers!

This podcast has been invaluable as I continue to build my children’s book writing career. Every episode teaches me something new!

Brinlit ,

Love it!

Great info and insight and fantastic book recommendations! I look forward to each new episode.

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