65 episodes

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

Literaticast Jennifer Laughran

    • Arts
    • 4.9 • 222 Ratings

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

    66: Hallucinating AI Spider Robots with Martha Brockenbrough

    66: Hallucinating AI Spider Robots with Martha Brockenbrough

    Author Martha Brockenbrough joins me to discuss her new book FUTURE TENSE: HOW WE MADE ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE -- AND HOW IT WILL CHANGE EVERYTHING. We're tackling your burning AI-related questions, such as: Should authors and illustrators be worried about AI? HOW worried? Are there ethical ways to utilize AI technology? How can AI help us, and how can it hurt? If Aunt Gladys won't stop posting weird AI images of big-eyed baby peacocks on her Facebook page, should you un-invite her to Thanksgiving dinner? Should we all throw our phones into the ocean and move to an underground bunker? MAYBE! Tune in to find out!
    Links to all the books we discussed, and more, can be found in the show notes: https://www.jenniferlaughran.com/literaticast

    • 1 hr 38 min
    65: Inside the Art Department, with Art Director Brian LaRossa

    65: Inside the Art Department, with Art Director Brian LaRossa

    We're back from hiatus with special guest Brian LaRossa, who in addition to being an Executive Art Director at Scholastic, is an educator, pizza-maker, and all-around mensch. We tackle a variety of topics, like what IS an Art Director, how does the Art Department work with illustrators, what role do they play in the acquisitions process, how do typography and design affect the reading experience, and a whole lot more. It was a fun conversation, I learned a ton, and I hope you will also have fun listening to it!
    For full show notes, visit: https://www.jenniferlaughran.com/literaticast

    • 1 hr 8 min
    64: Getting Inspired with Jami Attenberg

    64: Getting Inspired with Jami Attenberg

    Is this the year you've promised yourself you'd finally finish that manuscript, or stop playing on your dang phone so much and get into a healthier writing routine? Author Jami Attenberg joins me to talk about her new book 1000 WORDS: A Writer's Guide to Staying Creative, Focused and Productive All Year Round, as well as lots of other stuff: The differences between writing fiction and memoir, finding your writing compass, getting motivated when the creative well seems to have run dry, how to start writing again if you've been away from it for a while, the importance of building writerly community, plus the #1000wordsofsummer project, cult documentaries, and more!
    Links to all the books we chatted about are in the shownotes on my website: https://www.jenniferlaughran.com/literaticast

    • 58 min
    63: End-of-the-Year and Mid-Career, with Alex Gino

    63: End-of-the-Year and Mid-Career, with Alex Gino

    Happy Holidays! In this episode, I give a bit of an End-of-the-Year rundown -- what sold this year, what good stuff happened, and what's the mood? Then Middle Grade author Alex Gino joins me to chat about their new book, GREEN, out now from Scholastic, and what it is like being a "mid-career" full-time author. From evolving editorial relationships, to finding a writing process that works, to building an author brand; how have things changed for Alex since their shiny debut era?  
    Show notes, along with links to all the books we chatted about, are available at https://www.jenniferlaughran.com/literaticast

    • 50 min
    62: The Great Big Holiday Gift Guide, 2023 Edition

    62: The Great Big Holiday Gift Guide, 2023 Edition

    It's the most wonderful time of the year -- BOOK GIFTING TIME! I'm joined by booksellers Nicole Brinkley from Oblong Books in Rhinebeck, NY, and Cathy Berner from Blue Willow Bookshop in Houston, TX, and we give you 50+ great recommendations for all the readers in your life, or for your own To Be Read pile. 

    Love these bookseller recs? Support your local independent bookstore! Or, visit Blue Willow Bookshop or Oblong Books! Or, click the links in the show notes to purchase from Bookshop.org and a percentage of the sales goes straight to supporting indie bookstores! Thanks, and happy shopping. :-)
    For the show notes and links to all the books we chat about in this episode, visit https://www.jenniferlaughran.com/literaticast

    • 1 hr 18 min
    61: The Dynamic Duo: Raúl the Third and Elaine Bay

    61: The Dynamic Duo: Raúl the Third and Elaine Bay

    Kid-lit power couple Raúl the Third and Elaine Bay are collaborators in both life and in books. They met in high school, grew into underground artists and zinesters, and in recent years, have become an award-winning and New York Times Bestselling creative powerhouse team. We talk about how they got started, how they work together, and the many (MANY) projects they have out and cooking!
    Show notes, including links to all the books we talked about, can be found on my website: 
    https://www.jenniferlaughran.com/literaticast

    • 1 hr 6 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
222 Ratings

222 Ratings

RealNewsRules ,

Excellent in so many ways!

As a traditionally-published picture book author trying to catch up on the industry after a lengthy break, I’ve found Literaticast to be so very helpful a variety of ways. Jen’s interviews are chock full of great insights. I appreciate her down to Earth style and humor, which keeps me listening (ok, binging). I also enjoy the many helpful tidbits offered by the wide variety of publishing professionals and of course the inspiring stories of each guest author. I’ve been sharing this pod with my writing community, from the newbies to the veterans. Sure hope it continues! Thanks, Jen!

Writer46 ,

Thoroughly Informative & Entertaining

As an emerging kidlit author, I LOVE this podcast. I started with episode 1 and I’m working my way up to the latest show. Jen is genuine, helpful, funny, and smart. She has great guests and I’m learning so much! Thankful to have found this gem.

KateJenksLandry ,

Helpful and hilarious!

Jennifer and her amazing line up of guests have been keeping me company this winter while I walk my dog and do the dishes. Such a great combo of warm, funny, interesting conversation and truly helpful nuggets of insight and information about the craft and business of children's literature, including elements of the industry that are less often talked about, like translation.

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