* Me on Twitter! Guest agent Kathleen Ortiz on Twitter!
* New Leaf Literary Agency Submission Guidelines
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.
* The Literaticast has a Patreon!
* Me on Twitter! Guest agent Kathleen Ortiz on Twitter!
* New Leaf Literary Agency Submission Guidelines
The books we discussed:
Pics from Bologna:
YA author Saundra Mitchell joins me to chat about her new anthology, ALL OUT: THE NO-LONGER SECRET STORIES OF QUEER TEENS THROUGHOUT THE AGES. ALL OUT is stuffed chock-full of genre-spanning queer historical stories, and Saundra talks about not only the making of this book, but also different ways to approach anthologies. Also: we talk about how YA publishing has changed in the past ten years, what's up with writing under pseudonyms, what the deal is with #ownvoices, how to know if you are writing YA or adult, and how to juggle writing and promoting your books while holding down a day job. Plus, what we're obsessed with this week.
* The Literaticast has a Patreon: Throw in a buck, and you just might win a copy of ALL OUT. New prizes every month!
* I'm on Twitter. So is Saundra Mitchell! You can also visit Saundra on her website. Her spring tour schedule will be updated as she gets information. :-)
Some of the books we discussed in this episode:
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!
* Literaticast has a Patreon!
* Jenn on Twitter. Lisa on Twitter.
* University of Minnesota Children's Book Art: Techniques and Media
* The Kerlan Collection
* Lisa's blog, the Blue Ox Review
* Check out the LIVE STREAM of the ALA Youth Media Awards, Monday 2/12 at 8am MT.
* ALA YMA: Awards and Criteria
* Other awards to keep your eyes on: Charlotte Zolotow Award - Ezra Jack Keats Award - Ridgway Award
* Ask a Manager Blog - One of Lisa's obsessions now has a book deal!
Some of the books we discussed:
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!
* Me on Twitter - Molly on Twitter
* Molly's agency page & submission guidelines
* Some of the books we discuss:
I spoke to four amazing children's booksellers across the country and got their top picks for holiday giving. Obviously this is for AFTER you've already bought all my client's books ;-) I hope you find some new favorites on this list, and I hope all my listeners have a wonderful holiday season full of warmth and light... and BOOKS!
My guest booksellers are awesome - visit their stores when you are in the neighborhood (or visit their websites anytime!) Meet the booksellers:
* The Literaticast has a Patreon! Throw in a buck, you might win books, or just the glow that comes from helping keep a podcast on the air. :-)
* I'm on Twitter @Literaticat - So are Nicole, Clare, Sara and Summer!
* Book Passage has a"Giving Tree" for local families in need!
* Eight Cousins has even more great holiday picks on their own list!
* A nice article about how to share wordless picture books
AND ON TO THE BOOKS!
Board Books / Baby Books
Kids Graphic Novels
Middle Grade Fiction
Young Adult Fiction
Adult and Older Teen Fiction
Teen and Adult Nonfiction
I sit down with Kendra Levin, the Associate Editorial Director at Viking Children's Books/PRH. She is also a life-coach for writers, and we 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 Superheroines, including the Librarian of Congress.
* The Literaticast has a Patreon! Throw in a buck to get early access to future guests, win books, and more.
* Jenn is on twitter! Kendra is on twitter!
* Buy Kendra's book THE HERO IS YOU: Sharpen Your Focus, Conquer Your Demons, and Become the Writer You Were Born to Be!
* NaNoInspo! Kendra has some great blog posts on the NaNoWriMo blog -- one is about how to emotionally prep for NaNo. Another is about how to use archetypes as tools to bolster your NaNo experience. And the whole NaNo website is worth a look.
* Watch Dix Pour Cent (CALL MY AGENT!) on Netflix!
* Watch our Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden in this CBS interview after her swearing-in. And follow her on Twitter!
Books from this Episode:
episode 10: getting graphic with guest editor Cassandra Pelham Fulton, and guest artist Nilah Magruder
I chat with Scholastic/Graphix editor Cassandra Pelham Fulton about how graphic novels are created from the editorial POV... and then with creator Nilah Magruder about her road to comics success. It's a double episode - and DOUBLE the fun!
* The Literaticast has a Patreon! Throw in a buck to support the show, get a first chance to ask our guests questions, and you might just win a book.
* Find me on Twitter! Find Cassandra on Twitter! Find Nilah on Twitter!
* Cassandra recommends the following as MUST READS for folks new to the Graphic Novel world:
Bone; Smile; Amulet; Cleopatra in Space; El Deafo; Lumberjanes; Persepolis; Maus
* I'm obsessed with a grownup book - YOUNG JANE YOUNG by Gabrielle Zevin.
* Cassandra is obsessed with PUSHEEN! Created by Claire Belton and Andrew Duff.
* Check out Nilah Magruder's website
* Nilah recommends some Webcomics: How to Be a Werewolf; Agents of the Realm; Witchy
* I get two obsessions this week - my latest is the documentary HAROLD AND LILLIAN, A HOLLYWOOD LOVE STORY
* Nilah's obseessions are HAIKYU!! - an anime series about volleyball (among other things) - and MY HERO ACADEMIA, about a school where kids train to be superheroes.
* Nilah's Books!
Hi. So, yeah. This episode was deleted -- however, I really liked a lot of the links in the show notes, so I am leaving them up, because they are quite useful!
* The Literaticast has a Patreon! Throw in a buck, win some prizes, get sneak peeks at upcoming guests and an opportunity to ask them questions, ETC.
* Author Tara Lazar has a great blog post about laying out a picture book (with charts!) -- So does Debbie Ridpath Ohi (including a dowloadable storyboard thumbnail sheet!) -- there is a LOT more info about this than I could possibly get into in a podcast rant, so please go down the rabbit hole a bit. And remember: if you are not an illustrator, this is only an exercise - - it's for your eyes only. So don't be shy!
* I think WRITING WITH PICTURES by Uri Shulevitz is out of print - but you can get it from your library.
* This article by editorial director Carol Hinz from Millbrook is well worth the read: How Picture Book Pagination Keeps Readers Turning the Pages.
* Oh and if you like weird animals AND CURSING, partake of my new obsession, the Drunk Safari podcast.
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!
* The Literaticast has a Patreon! Throw in a buck to support the show, and you might win books, as well as getting sneak peeks at upcoming guests, and more.
* Find me on twitter @literaticat - and guest author Jess @Jess_Keating
* That article about Yoplait and Authenticity from the NYT.
* Jess Keating's totally helpful Social Media Playbook for Authors.
* Jess also wrote an in-depth blog post about Platform Development!
* Kate Messner's Authors Who Skype database.
* Fun fact: Wombat poo is cubic! I googled "do wombats have square butt-holes" so that you didn't have to.
(Spoiler: The answer is no.)
* The grownup book I'm reading! THE POWER by Naomi Alderman - comes out October 10.
* The Colour Collective twitter: @Clr_Collective - and follow their hashtag: #Colour_Collective
More of the fine books we talked about - Click to buy them from your local indie bookstore:
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.
About the Literaticast
Literary Agent Jennifer Laughran and her friends dish about the world of Children's Publishing.