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

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

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Day-Changjng Podcast — loved every minute

By ccjanson - Apr 25 2020
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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.

Required Listening

By moxiepoet - Apr 03 2020
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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.

iTunes Ratings

161 Ratings
Average Ratings
152
5
2
0
2

Day-Changjng Podcast — loved every minute

By ccjanson - Apr 25 2020
Read more
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.

Required Listening

By moxiepoet - Apr 03 2020
Read more
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.
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Literaticast

Latest release on Jul 30, 2020

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

Rank #1: 23: Schmagents get a Schmackdown with guest agent Kelly Sonnack

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Guest agent Kelly Sonnack joins me to talk about best practices, agent-wise... and WTH are some bad agents even DOING? Also we answer listener questions, talk about query management, vent on the topic of submission do's and don'ts, and we go in deep about our favorite yearly event, the Big Sur Children's Writers Workshop. Oh and obviously we also talk about the Black Death and how it affects caterpillars, among other scintillating topics. Join us, won't you? 

Sep 13 2018

52mins

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Rank #2: 28: Story Genius with guest author and writing coach Lisa Cron

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I sit down with Lisa Cron, the author of STORY GENIUS and WIRED FOR STORY - she is chock full of advice to make your next novel truly unputdownable. Also, I get a couple of words in edgewise, and talk about my obsession: RUSSIAN DOLL!

Feb 23 2019

46mins

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Rank #3: 5. Agents vs Schmagents, with guest agent Kate Testerman

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I give the skinny on how to spot SCHMAGENTS in the wild - aka scammy and scummy fake "agents" who take naive writers for a ride. Then superagent Kate Testerman joins me for frank talk about how to work with an agent, the ever-loving slowness of publishing, how to choose comp titles, and even the eternal question: When to give up on publishing dreams and go learn to become a carpenter. We also touch on fanfiction, Maurice Sendak, Pokemon, possessed nutcrackers, and Doctor Who. It's a wild ride!

Aug 13 2017

34mins

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Rank #4: 3: Take Me Down to Publicity City, with guest publicist Saraciea Fennell

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I talk about what I like to see in an author's website. And Publicist Extraordinaire Saraciea Fennell talks to me about the Secret World of Publicists -- including what authors can do to work with their publicist, how to grow your own network by getting the word out in your local community, when (and if) to spend your own money on publicity, authors getting political on social media, and much more. Saraciea also mentions a couple of her most memorable publicity campaigns, and we talk about our current obsessions. 

Jul 30 2017

34mins

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Rank #5: 33. Ask the Agent Live! (kinda) with guest agent Jen Rofé

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It's a Summertime Bonus Episode! ABLA Senior Agent Jen Rofé joins me to answer burning listener questions about queries, submission strategies, working with your agent, and so much more. Plus we talk about glass-blowing and Russian spies. (Obviously!)

Jul 26 2019

46mins

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Rank #6: 4: Scandals, Scoundrels, and Badass Broads, with guest YA author Mackenzi Lee

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YA author Mackenzi Lee joins me to talk about, well, almost everything, from book deal depression to hitting milestones like the NYT Bestseller List. We also cover: how to tackle historical research (and when to get anachronistic); cross-dressing fencers; Dutch tulip-mania; a lady painter of the Italian Baroque; 1980's women wrestlers -- this is a wide-ranging conversation with a fascinating author. 

Aug 07 2017

42mins

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Rank #7: 8: Be Careful What You Tell Yourself, with guest author Jess Keating

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This week's show is jammed full of goodies. I explore the topic of Authenticity, then talk with guest author and self-marketing guru Jess Keating about Platform Development (what even IS that?!?), social media best practices, how to buddy up to librarians and booksellers, how to add value for educators, and so much more. Then Jess regales us with some wild animal facts (both the animals AND the facts are wild!), and we get into talking about Jess's new book SHARK LADY, as well as a handful of Non-Jess nonfiction picture books. Plus, as always, we talk about what we are currently obsessed with - in this case, a grownup book, and a hashtag! 

Sep 17 2017

44mins

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Rank #8: 13: Cuppa and a Catch-Up with guest agent, Molly Ker Hawn

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Superagent Molly Ker Hawn, head of the U.K. office of The Bent Agency, joins me for a proper chinwag about the U.K. vs U.S. book market. Along the way, we answer some listener questions, including: What does one look for in a newer agent? How does one work with an editor? What if one wants to write in multiple categories/genres? Plus, we talk about upcoming new books, complain about the monarchy, gab about ghosts, and more!

Jan 13 2018

42mins

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Rank #9: 20: Burning the Candle at Both Ends, with Dan Santat

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Award-winning author-illustrator Dan Santat joins me to discuss time management, illustrating vs authoring, portfolio-making, the World Cup, killers for hire (again! it's a theme!), and so much more. 

Jun 17 2018

50mins

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Rank #10: 17: Double Trouble, with guest authors Amy Spalding and Justina Ireland

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It's a jam-packed double episode featuring two authors whose YA books are polar opposites... except for the fact that they are both TERRIFIC... and they both have the same release date! Amy Spalding is on hand to discuss her new rom-com THE SUMMER OF JORDI PEREZ (AND THE BEST BURGER IN LOS ANGELES), and also to do a deep dive into the hamburger-based culinary traditions of L.A. Justina Ireland joins me to talk about her blood-spattered alt-historical novel DREAD NATION, Mark Twain, and how to kill a man with a grass trimmer. Never say we don't teach you anything on the Literaticast!

Mar 27 2018

1hr 18mins

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Rank #11: 36: Behind the Book: ROAR LIKE A DANDELION

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Welcome to an all-new feature on the Literaticast: BEHIND THE BOOK, in which we take a deep dive into the backstory behind the making of one fascinating book. Up for discussion today is ROAR LIKE A DANDELION by Ruth Krauss, Illustrated by Sergio Ruzzier, published by HarperCollins. Ruth Krauss was one of the foremost children's authors of the 20th century, and ROAR is a long-lost manuscript that has just been published for the first time. I speak to HarperCollins editor Nancy Inteli, who rediscovered the manuscript; Children's Book Historian Philip Nel, who is an expert on Ruth Krauss; and illustrator Sergio Ruzzier, who brought the story to life. If you like children's book history and the art of the Picture Book, you won't want to miss this episode.

Oct 17 2019

50mins

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Rank #12: 7: All for Love with guest author Martha Brockenbrough

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I talk about the qualities of my "ideal author" besides, like, writing awesome books. Author Martha Brockenbrough joins me to rap about such topics as: Writing in multiple categories; the difference between writing fiction and nonfiction; the value of saying YES to opportunity, and more. We then take a look at the subject of her newest book, a man who may have said YES at least two times too many... founding father Alexander Hamilton. HAMTASTIC! Oh and we discuss Santa, do a dog poet storytime, and I not-so-subtly beg for a special ARC.

Sep 03 2017

32mins

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Rank #13: 11: The Hero is You. (Yeah, YOU!), with guest editor Kendra Levin

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I sit down with editor Kendra Levin, who is also a life-coach for writers, to talk NaNoWriMo, among other things. She uses the Hero's Journey as not just a craft tool, but a process tool, and gives us a big dose of inspiration for the writer's life. (NaNoInspo that should be useful all the year round!) Along the way, I tell my secret NaNoWriMo confession. Kendra also helps me answer some listener publishing questions, and we talk about Fancy French People and the Librarian of Congress.

Nov 10 2017

39mins

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Rank #14: 35: Navigating the Pre-Debut Wilderness, with guest author Stephanie Lucianovic

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I'm joined by author Stephanie Lucianovic, whose debut picture book THE END OF SOMETHING WONDERFUL drops on September 10. She's dropping some hot knowledge on us about what it is like to navigate the pre-debut time, how to find and utilize mentor texts, winning social media strategies, how to work well with illustrators, and so much more. Plus you'll hear me moan about... cars? Listen, I can't talk about TV Shows on a Book Podcast EVERY time. ;-)

Shownotes: JenniferLaughran.com/Literaticast

Sep 06 2019

36mins

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Rank #15: 24: Ask an Editor, with Emma Dryden

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Editorial consultant Emma D. Dryden has a storied career in children's publishing. She sat down with me to talk about revision, as well as the difference between working for a publisher and editing under her own shingle. I asked her a LOT of questions, including, what should an author expect from a Freelance Editor? How do you know if or when the time is right to hire one? What are the most common problems she sees in manuscripts? What is a "Quiet Book"? What's the difference between YA and MG, reallllly? Plus, Emma gives her top tips and tricks for revising, and a whole lot more.

Oct 18 2018

49mins

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Rank #16: 29: Meg Medina Changes Gears

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This episode, I'm pleased to welcome newly minted Newbery Medalist Meg Medina. We chat about world building in realistic fiction, writing large casts of characters, balancing business vs art, tips for debut authors as well as those suffering from "sophomore slump." Oh... and though I promised her I would NOT ask her about "the call" from the Newbery committee.... at the end, she tells a bit of the story anyway! Yesss! Plus we gab about TV shows and Tamales.

Mar 13 2019

56mins

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Rank #17: 14: Gold Star Gossip with guest librarian Lisa von Drasek

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Brilliant and opinionated Lisa von Drasek joins me to talk about Kerlan Collection, the Caldecott and Newbery Awards, and much more. Lisa tries not to get roped into my shenanigans of wildly speculating about award outcomes, and only partially succeeds. And, we share a passion for a certain upcoming book about zombies. PS: I almost definitely said the date of the ALA Youth Media Awards announcements incorrectly on the podcast, or forgot to say it at all. If you want to attend the press conference or view the livestream, the correct date is MONDAY, FEB 12, at 8am Mountain Time. Link to the livestream in the show notes, and I'll be tweeting about it on the morning of!

Jan 26 2018

55mins

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Rank #18: 19: The 30,000 Foot View, with guest author Erin Dionne

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I give some recommendations for my favorite books for writers. Then my guest, middle grade novelist and English professor Erin Dionne, chats with me about revision tips and tricks, plotting vs pantsing, story structure, and more. Spoiler alert: There is no one way to be a writer! Oh also we talk a bit about contract killers and trivia addiction. Obviously.

May 24 2018

41mins

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Rank #19: 27: Midwinter Fever, with guest School-Library Marketing guru Jenny Choy

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I'm getting ready to head to Seattle for ALA Midwinter. So what even IS that? In this episode, I speak to Jenny Choy, the Associate Director for School-Library Marketing for Abrams Books for Young Readers. Jenny tells us the difference between publicity, marketing, and school-library marketing, and gives us the lowdown about what happens behind the booth curtains at a big librarian conference like ALA. What books are on display, and why? Which authors get invited, and why? What does she wish that authors knew about her job? So much great info! Yay!

Jan 20 2019

36mins

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Rank #20: 34: For the Littlest Littles, with guest editor Meredith Mundy

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My guest is Executive Editor of the Abrams Appleseed imprint, Meredith Mundy. We chat about all things "little-kid" book related -- including the different types of board and novelty books, and the joys and challenges of writing and publishing them.

Aug 19 2019

30mins

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

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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.

Jul 30 2020

58mins

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42: Creativity in Crisis with guest author Rebecca Stead

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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!

Apr 06 2020

1hr 21mins

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41: Marketing Mayhem with Hannah Moushabeck

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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.

Mar 23 2020

1hr 6mins

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

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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.

Feb 21 2020

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39: Career Building with guest author Kate Messner

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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. 

Jan 19 2020

43mins

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38: The Great Big Holiday Gift Guide, 2019

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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!

Dec 02 2019

54mins

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37: Nonfic November with guest editor Kandace Coston

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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?

Nov 24 2019

25mins

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36: Behind the Book: ROAR LIKE A DANDELION

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Welcome to an all-new feature on the Literaticast: BEHIND THE BOOK, in which we take a deep dive into the backstory behind the making of one fascinating book. Up for discussion today is ROAR LIKE A DANDELION by Ruth Krauss, Illustrated by Sergio Ruzzier, published by HarperCollins. Ruth Krauss was one of the foremost children's authors of the 20th century, and ROAR is a long-lost manuscript that has just been published for the first time. I speak to HarperCollins editor Nancy Inteli, who rediscovered the manuscript; Children's Book Historian Philip Nel, who is an expert on Ruth Krauss; and illustrator Sergio Ruzzier, who brought the story to life. If you like children's book history and the art of the Picture Book, you won't want to miss this episode.

Oct 17 2019

50mins

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35: Navigating the Pre-Debut Wilderness, with guest author Stephanie Lucianovic

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I'm joined by author Stephanie Lucianovic, whose debut picture book THE END OF SOMETHING WONDERFUL drops on September 10. She's dropping some hot knowledge on us about what it is like to navigate the pre-debut time, how to find and utilize mentor texts, winning social media strategies, how to work well with illustrators, and so much more. Plus you'll hear me moan about... cars? Listen, I can't talk about TV Shows on a Book Podcast EVERY time. ;-)

Shownotes: JenniferLaughran.com/Literaticast

Sep 06 2019

36mins

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34: For the Littlest Littles, with guest editor Meredith Mundy

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My guest is Executive Editor of the Abrams Appleseed imprint, Meredith Mundy. We chat about all things "little-kid" book related -- including the different types of board and novelty books, and the joys and challenges of writing and publishing them.

Aug 19 2019

30mins

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33. Ask the Agent Live! (kinda) with guest agent Jen Rofé

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It's a Summertime Bonus Episode! ABLA Senior Agent Jen Rofé joins me to answer burning listener questions about queries, submission strategies, working with your agent, and so much more. Plus we talk about glass-blowing and Russian spies. (Obviously!)

Jul 26 2019

46mins

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32: Pride is NOT just for June, with guest Author and Blogger, Dahlia Adler

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First I talk a bit about the etiquette of leaving your agent and getting a new one -- it's not as scary or weird as you might worry it will be! Then, the fabulous Dahlia Adler joins me to talk about her books, blogging, promoting authors, self-promoting, cutting through the internet noise, avoiding burnout, and being a professional Big Mouth. We also talk about her site LGBTQ Reads, and Dahlia gives us a taste of her favorite queer reads. Get your pen and paper ready so you can jot down these terrific titles!

Jul 05 2019

44mins

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31: Launching a Fledgling Imprint with Guest Editor Namrata Tripathi

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I sit down with powerhouse editor Namrata Tripathi, the founder and publisher of Kokila Books, a new imprint of Penguin Random House. The first books from Kokila are coming this week, so we have a great discussion about what it is like to start an imprint from scratch, from deciding on the name and logo to choosing the first books to publish; also the importance of diversity in creators, topics, gatekeepers; and what conversation would be complete without mentioning nerdy vampires? 

May 13 2019

56mins

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30: Drawing the Lines with guest Art Director Laurent Linn

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My guest is Laurent Linn, an Art Director from Simon and Schuster. He'll give us the inside scoop on such hot topics as: What the heck does an Art Director do?! How are book jackets made? What should an illustrator have in their portfolio? What is the "life cycle" of a picture book and why do they take soooo long to come out? And WHO PICKS THE FONTS?! Also we'll talk about vampires and theme parks, obviously.

Apr 27 2019

48mins

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29: Meg Medina Changes Gears

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This episode, I'm pleased to welcome newly minted Newbery Medalist Meg Medina. We chat about world building in realistic fiction, writing large casts of characters, balancing business vs art, tips for debut authors as well as those suffering from "sophomore slump." Oh... and though I promised her I would NOT ask her about "the call" from the Newbery committee.... at the end, she tells a bit of the story anyway! Yesss! Plus we gab about TV shows and Tamales.

Mar 13 2019

56mins

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28: Story Genius with guest author and writing coach Lisa Cron

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I sit down with Lisa Cron, the author of STORY GENIUS and WIRED FOR STORY - she is chock full of advice to make your next novel truly unputdownable. Also, I get a couple of words in edgewise, and talk about my obsession: RUSSIAN DOLL!

Feb 23 2019

46mins

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27: Midwinter Fever, with guest School-Library Marketing guru Jenny Choy

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I'm getting ready to head to Seattle for ALA Midwinter. So what even IS that? In this episode, I speak to Jenny Choy, the Associate Director for School-Library Marketing for Abrams Books for Young Readers. Jenny tells us the difference between publicity, marketing, and school-library marketing, and gives us the lowdown about what happens behind the booth curtains at a big librarian conference like ALA. What books are on display, and why? Which authors get invited, and why? What does she wish that authors knew about her job? So much great info! Yay!

Jan 20 2019

36mins

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26: The Great Big Holiday Gift Guide, 2018

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I chat with four awesome booksellers about their top children's and YA book picks for holiday gift giving (and my own picks, too!) -- some you've probably heard of, but others likely be new to you, and all are well worth checking out. Of course, there's no way that we could get ALL our faves in one little podcast.... but hey, it's a start. :-) 

Nov 30 2018

1hr 2mins

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25: Ms Martha goes to Washington, with guest author Martha Brockenbrough

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Martha Brockenbrough returns to discuss her latest book of YA Nonfiction, UNPRESIDENTED, a biography/documentary about the life and times of Donald Trump. We also talk about how you can decide when a story is YOURS to tell, how to deal with bad reviews, how teen readers are the BEST readers, and how to write about current events without having a brain meltdown. Martha gives writerly advice about a variety of craft issues, and we do a switcheroo, where Martha asks ME about Holiday Books! Plus, as always, we discuss what we are obsessed with this week.       

Nov 22 2018

39mins

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24: Ask an Editor, with Emma Dryden

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Editorial consultant Emma D. Dryden has a storied career in children's publishing. She sat down with me to talk about revision, as well as the difference between working for a publisher and editing under her own shingle. I asked her a LOT of questions, including, what should an author expect from a Freelance Editor? How do you know if or when the time is right to hire one? What are the most common problems she sees in manuscripts? What is a "Quiet Book"? What's the difference between YA and MG, reallllly? Plus, Emma gives her top tips and tricks for revising, and a whole lot more.

Oct 18 2018

49mins

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iTunes Ratings

161 Ratings
Average Ratings
152
5
2
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2

Day-Changjng Podcast — loved every minute

By ccjanson - Apr 25 2020
Read more
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.

Required Listening

By moxiepoet - Apr 03 2020
Read more
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.