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Bonus Episode: Hot Seat Query Critique with Tricia Levenseller

Bonus Episode: Hot Seat Query Critique with Tricia Levenseller

April 7, 2021

Tricia Levenseller joins Caitlin Sangster and Kristen Evans to live critique a few queries.

 

Tricia Levenseller is the author of the Daughter of the Pirate King duology, Warrior of the WildThe Shadows Between Us, and forthcoming Blade of Secrets. She writes young adult high fantasies with heavy romantic subplots. You can find more about Tricia and her books here, or preorder her new book (do it!) here.

 

If you'd like us to do more episodes like this or have suggestions about what would help you the most, let us know! You can email us at litservicepodcast@gmail.com or can talk to us on facebook, instagram, or twitter.

 

If you'd like to know more about how to support our podcast, you can find out more here.

To find out who will be coming on the show to critique first chapters next, check out our website.

5.06 The Mentor Always Dies: How to Write Mentor Figures

5.06 The Mentor Always Dies: How to Write Mentor Figures

March 24, 2021

Caitlin, Kristen, and Aliah chat about the roles mentors take in (mostly!) fantasy and sci-fi narratives, their purpose and the shape of their place in a story.

For the chapter we critique with all our notes go here!

To find out how to support the podcast, go here! (We're about to do a live q&a, so if you want to come as us questions in person, now's the time to join our Patreon!)

For more about the podcast and how you can submit your work for a critique (and our next upcoming guests!) visit our website.

5.05 Satisfying Relationship Arcs with Eric Smith

5.05 Satisfying Relationship Arcs with Eric Smith

March 10, 2021

Eric Smith joins the Lit Service crew to talk about what it is (and what authors can do!) that makes relationships arcs in stories satisfying.

Eric Smith is a literary agent and author living in Philadelphia. An agent with P.S. Literary, he's worked on New York Times bestselling and award-winning books. As an author, his books include Don't Read the Comments (Inkyard Press) and the forthcoming You Can Go Your Own Way (Inkyard Press) and the co-edited anthology Battle of the Bands (Candlewick) with Lauren Gibaldi. Find out out more about him and his books here.

 

The chapter we critique with all our notes is here.

If you'd like to find out more about how to support this podcast (we'd really appreciate it!), you can visit our Patreon.

 

For more about the podcast, how you can submit your work for a critique, and an upcoming guest list, visit our website.

5.04 Author - Editor Relationships with Sarah McCabe

5.04 Author - Editor Relationships with Sarah McCabe

February 24, 2021

Sarah McCabe joins the Lit Service crew to talk about the publication process once a book has been acquired and what to expect from editing and collaborating with an editor.

Sarah is an editor with Simon & Schuster/McElderry (which is pronounced "mackle-derry", who knew).

For a look at the chapter we critique (with our notes!) go here.

Don't forget to check out our Patreon for extra content (want to hear Caitlin's story about the haunted house she came very close to renting? It's up now!) here.

If you'd like a first chapter critique from us or an upcoming guest, check out our submission guidelines here.

5.03 Author - Agent Relationships with Ben Grange

5.03 Author - Agent Relationships with Ben Grange

February 10, 2021

Ever wondered what happens after you start working with an agent? Listen in while Ben and Caitlin discuss what happens behind the scenes, using one of her projects as a frame of reference from when she finished it to when it was sold. 

 

The chapter we critique can be found here.

Submission guidelines if you'd like a first chapter critique from us are here.

If you like the show, please remember to check out our Patreon

5.02 Prewriting 101 with Namina Forna

5.02 Prewriting 101 with Namina Forna

January 27, 2021
Do you ever stumble when you begin a new story? Maybe you're not sure where it should start, or you have a great opening, but stall out once you get to the middle?
Namina Forna's got some advice for you :)
 

Namina Forna is a young adult novelist based in Los Angeles, and the author of the upcoming epic fantasy YA novel The Gilded Ones. Originally from Sierra Leone, West Africa, she moved to the US when she was nine and has been traveling back and forth ever since. Namina loves telling stories with fierce female leads and works as a screenwriter in LA.

 

The chapter we critique can be found here.

Patreon (if you like our show and want us to keep going, please consider becoming a patron!)

Future guests/submission guidelines if you'd like a critique from us are here.

5.01 How to Train Your Heroes

5.01 How to Train Your Heroes

January 13, 2021

Ever think training montages are boring? We chat about how to show your character training (both in magic or in fighting or in...schoolwork? Anything) without it feeling boring. Or like a sports movie.

Check out the first chapter we critique with all our notes here 

If you'd like first chapter critique, visit our website to see upcoming guests and our submission guidelines.

If you enjoy the podcast, please consider checking out our Patreon. It's patrons that keep us going, and you can get access to extra content and even a writing group hosted by Lit Service Crew members.

Bonus Episode: Hot Seat Critique with Caitlin and Cameron

Bonus Episode: Hot Seat Critique with Caitlin and Cameron

December 30, 2020

To round out the year we're doing one last bonus hot seat critique! We also did a bonus episode with our reactions to the newest season of the Mandalorian now that the last episode finally landed--to listen, head over to our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/litservicepodcast

4.25 Getting Your Characters to Squad Up

4.25 Getting Your Characters to Squad Up

December 23, 2020

Aliah, Caitlin, and Kristen chat about how to get your characters to squad up.

 

The chapter we critique can be found here.

 

Don't forget to check our Patreon for video versions of episodes and other bonus episodes and content! 

4.24 Illustration as Narrative with Isaac Stewart

4.24 Illustration as Narrative with Isaac Stewart

December 9, 2020

You can find the chapter we critique here

Isaac Stewart joins the Lit Service crew to talk about picture books and illustration and how to get a whole story out of so few words (and how illustrations have to pull their own weight!). We also chat about maps and collaboration between authors and artists.

During the course of his life, Isaac Stewart has had more dreams than there are freckles on his back. When he was eight, he wanted to invent faster-than-light travel. At eleven, he dreamed of being the first person on Mars. At thirteen, he thought there could be nothing better than owning a sled-dog team and winning the Iditarod. Despite these passing obsessions, one dream never left him: He wanted to write and illustrate books. Since then, Isaac has lived in the Philippines as a missionary, graduated with a BFA from BYU, and has worked for two decades in entertainment, video games, and publishing. Though he hasn't yet made it to Mars, he loves to travel and has lived in Germany twice. He currently works for Dragonsteel Entertainment as Brandon Sanderson's art director, and has created many of the maps and symbols related to Brandon's works. Recently Isaac ran a successful Kickstarter for his first children's book, Monsters Don't Wear Underpants. Isaac hasn't yet found the sled dog team of his dreams (he's discovered he prefers warm climates to cold), but he did marry the woman of his dreams. They live in Utah with their four children and two weird cats.

Check out his book here 

Find out more about Isaac on his website here

and Isaac's instagram (which is a delight to follow!) 

For more about how to submit your work for a critique, you can visit our website.

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