Rank #1: 33. Ask the Agent Live! (kinda) with guest agent Jen Rofé
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
Rank #2: 23: Schmagents get a Schmackdown with guest agent Kelly Sonnack
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
Rank #3: 28: Story Genius with guest author and writing coach Lisa Cron
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
Rank #4: 5. Agents vs Schmagents, with guest agent Kate Testerman
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
Rank #5: 3: Take Me Down to Publicity City, with guest publicist Saraciea Fennell
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
Rank #6: 17: Double Trouble, with guest authors Amy Spalding and Justina Ireland
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
Rank #7: 29: Meg Medina Changes Gears
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
Rank #8: 8: Be Careful What You Tell Yourself, with guest author Jess Keating
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
Rank #9: 20: Burning the Candle at Both Ends, with Dan Santat
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
Rank #10: 4: Scandals, Scoundrels, and Badass Broads, with guest YA author Mackenzi Lee
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
Rank #11: 13: Cuppa and a Catch-Up with guest agent, Molly Ker Hawn
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
Rank #12: 19: The 30,000 Foot View, with guest author Erin Dionne
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
Rank #13: 11: The Hero is You. (Yeah, YOU!), with guest editor Kendra Levin
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
Rank #14: 27: Midwinter Fever, with guest School-Library Marketing guru Jenny Choy
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
Rank #15: 16: Rights, Italian style, with guest agent Kathleen Ortiz
Every year in Spring, children's agents descend on a small city in Italy for the largest international children's-only book fair in the world. But it's not all gelato-nomming and prosecco-swilling! I give a crash course in what translation rights even are, and then superagent Kathleen Ortiz from New Leaf Literary joins me to talk about what exactly goes on at the Bologna Children's Book Fair. (Though, off the record, if you want to talk to me about gelato, I do also have a lot of opinions on that subject.) Plus, we talk about some upcoming titles in self-promotion corner, and as always, share our current obsessions.
Mar 11 2018