41 episodes

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

Literaticast Jennifer Laughran

    • Books
    • 4.9, 161 Ratings

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

    42: Creativity in Crisis with guest author Rebecca Stead

    42: Creativity in Crisis with guest author Rebecca Stead

    Author Rebecca Stead (WHEN YOU REACH ME, LIAR AND SPY, among others) joins me to talk about her creative process -- as well as such important topics as revision with book maps, finding an authentic voice, giving yourself permission to suck, shutting down your inner critic, the annoyingness of the word "tween", and the restorative power of watching other people bake things. I'll also let her tell you a bit about her latest novel, out this week: THE LIST OF THINGS THAT WILL NOT CHANGE!

    • 1 hr 21 min
    41: Marketing Mayhem with Hannah Moushabeck

    41: Marketing Mayhem with Hannah Moushabeck

    My guest this week is Hannah Moushabeck, a book marketing wizard from Quarto Books with a life-long history in the book industry. Hannah and I chat about ways for you to get the word out about your book, and what your publisher is doing, as well as social media 101, and so much more.

    ​PLEASE NOTE: This episode was recorded several weeks ago, in the Before-Time when we still had lively bookstores and libraries. Much of the valuable info herein will still apply, but some of it, well.... bear it in mind for when the "shelter-in-place" orders lift. I'll be updating with "Corona-Time" info as I have it.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    40: A Publicist Explains It All For You, with guest Tracy van Straaten

    40: A Publicist Explains It All For You, with guest Tracy van Straaten

    My guest is publicist Tracy van Straaten, who will pull the curtain back and reveal everything you've always wanted to know about Book Publicity but were afraid to ask! (Well, maybe not everything. But a LOT OF STUFF!) Including how to best work with your in-house publicist, when hiring an outside publicist might be the right move, and much more.

    • 1 hr
    39: Career Building with guest author Kate Messner

    39: Career Building with guest author Kate Messner

    My guest this week is Kate Messner -- the perfect person to discuss Career Building! Over the past decade she's published over 30 children's books, and has 12 more coming out in 2020 alone. Wowza! We'll talk about how she does it. We also talk about things she WISHES she had known when she was a debut, how to find balance in what can be a wild business, and so much more. 

    • 43 min
    38: The Great Big Holiday Gift Guide, 2019

    38: The Great Big Holiday Gift Guide, 2019

    We welcome the return of the Great Big Holiday Gift Guide, 2019 edition! I interview three independent booksellers from various parts of the country, and we give you our best recommendations for ALL the young folks on your shopping list – and some of the grownups, too. Joining me are Abby Rauscher, from Books are Magic in Brooklyn New York – Cecilia Cackley, from East City Books on Capitol Hilll in Washington DC, and Stephanie Heinz, from Print: A Bookstore, in Portland Maine. Get a pen and paper, you're gonna want to take notes on this one!

    • 54 min
    37: Nonfic November with guest editor Kandace Coston

    37: Nonfic November with guest editor Kandace Coston

    My guest Kandace Coston is an editor at Lee & Low, the largest multicultural publisher in the U.S. She is a nonfiction picture book expert, and we'll discuss how to choose a topic, what to include in the backmatter, and how to tackle potentially problematic content in a nonfiction book for young readers. Also, I explore an app that makes me feel EXTREMELY old. Join us, won't you?

    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
161 Ratings

161 Ratings

ccjanson ,

Day-Changjng Podcast — loved every minute

I adored every minute of this. Just finished a book by Rebecca Stead which I read as inspiration for a book I am working on — little did I know I would also hear mention of one of my all-time favorite bookstores, Oblong Books. I went to a boarding school nearby (Hotchkiss) and absolutely loved Oblong, and have visited many times since. Thank you for an excellent interview and to RS for her candor about the writing process.

moxiepoet ,

Required Listening

This is the podcast I’ve been looking for. Fantastic interviews with current experts in the field. Every episode offers insider insights and actionable advice about every aspect of being an successful children’s author, though most of the information is universal to any publishing genre. This is a must-listen for anyone who wants a career in traditional publishing, and is of particular value to debut authors.

Julie Jx ,

Informative, interesting, engaging

I love this show. I’ve learned so much about the publishing industry, plus I love Jennifer’s calm demeanor and advocacy for writers. She’s also the reason I watched Russian Doll and a lot of other recs. Oh, and always love the seasonal show with book sellers.

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