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Hosted ByJennifer Laughran

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


All Episodes

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…

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…

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,…

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,…

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”…

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….

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…

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…

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…

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