Lit Service
5.14 Writing Fantasy Horror with Erin A. Craig

5.14 Writing Fantasy Horror with Erin A. Craig

July 21, 2021

Erin A. Craig joins the podcasters to chat about horror as a genre and how she approaches writing it. Erin is the New York Times bestselling author of House of Salt and Sorrows and Small Favors which will be out July 27th.

For more about Erin and her books, visit her website.

The chapter we critiqued with all our notes can be found here.

To learn more about how to support the podcast (or participate in a writing group with some of the podcasters!) check out our Patreon.

5.13 Creating Near Futures with Axie Oh

5.13 Creating Near Futures with Axie Oh

July 7, 2021

Axie Oh joins the podcast to talk about how to create a shiny (or not so shiny!) near future world. Axie is the author of Rebel Seoul, Rogue Heart, XOXO (releasing July 13th), and The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea (Releasing February 2022). Find out more about Axie and her books here.

To read the chapter we critiqued with all our notes, go here.

If you'd like to learn how to support the podcast, check out our Patreon (we'd really appreciate it!)

Please remember to like, subscribe, comment, and tell your friends! All those things (maybe the last one most of all...) helps others to find the show.

5.12 Smaller Publishers 101 with Lori M. Lee

5.12 Smaller Publishers 101 with Lori M. Lee

June 23, 2021

Lori M. Lee joins us to chat about what it's like to work with a smaller publisher (compared with some of her other publishing experiences). What kind of publisher are you interested in working with?

Lori is the author of The Gates of Thread and Stone series (Skyscape/Amazon), Forest of Souls and it's sequel Broken Web (Page Street), and Pahua and the Soul Stealer (Sept, Rick Riordan Presents/Disney Hyperion). To find out more about Lori and her book, check out her website!

You can find the chapter we critiqued with all our notes here.

If you'd like to find out how to support this podcast, check out our Patreon.

For more about upcoming guests, first chapter submission guidelines, and the podcast, visit our website.

5.11 The Power of Subplots with Liselle Sambury

5.11 The Power of Subplots with Liselle Sambury

June 9, 2021

Liselle Sambury joins the Lit Service crew to chat about how to use subplots to flesh out our stories (and where to find them!).

Liselle is a Toronto-based Trinidadian Canadian author. Her brand of writing can be described as “messy Black girls in fantasy situations.” She works in social media and spends her free time embroiled in reality tv because when you write messy characters you tend to enjoy that sort of drama. She also shares helpful tips for upcoming writers and details of her publishing journey through a YouTube channel dedicated to helping demystify the sometimes complicated business of being an author.

Check out her website and her book (out the 15th!)!

If you'd like to see the chapter we critiqued with all our notes, there are two version: one with swearing and one without.

To find out more about how to support the podcast, please visit our Patreon.

5.10 How to Write an Adaptation with Katherine Cowley

5.10 How to Write an Adaptation with Katherine Cowley

May 26, 2021

Katherine Cowley joins the Lit Service Crew to chat about why adaptations, both of fairy tales and other stories people love, are so common, and how to approach writing one so it becomes your own story. 

 

To learn more about Katherine and her new book The Secret Life of Miss Mary Bennet, check out her website.

 

The first chapter we critique with all our notes is here.

 

To learn how to support the podcast, you can visit our Patreon page. Or, to find out how to submit your chapter for us to critique and upcoming guests, you can visit our website.

5.09 Orphaned Manuscripts (and what happens if your imprint closes!) with Erin Beaty

5.09 Orphaned Manuscripts (and what happens if your imprint closes!) with Erin Beaty

May 12, 2021

We chatted with Erin Beaty about the closing of Imprint/Macmillan and Simon Pulse and what happens to books that are orphaned because the imprint that acquires your book closed or your editor moves, leaves the business.

To find out more about Erin and her books, check out her website.

Here's the first chapter we critiqued!

To find out how to support the podcast, check out our Patreon.

5.08 Anagnorisis: Characters Discovering Their True Circumstances with Erin Beaty.

5.08 Anagnorisis: Characters Discovering Their True Circumstances with Erin Beaty.

April 28, 2021

Erin Beaty joins the Lit Service crew to teach them a new word (it's pronounced AnagNORisis, if you were wondering.) which is the moment when a character realizes the truth of the situation they're in or who they are or that another character is not who they thought they were. 

 

Erin Beaty is the author of The Traitor's Circle Trilogy (and provides many lovely moments of anagnorisis for readers to chew on). To find out more about her and her books, check out her website.

 

For the first chapter we critique, go here:

To learn how to support the podcast, check out our Patreon.

Want a first chapter critique from us? Our list of upcoming guests is on our website, as are our submission guidelines.

5.07 Setting as Character with Lisa Maxwell

5.07 Setting as Character with Lisa Maxwell

April 14, 2021

Lisa Maxwell joins the Lit Service cast to talk about injecting your setting with that special something that makes it interactive and immersive, almost like an additional character in the story.

Lisa is the NYT bestselling author of The Last Magician, The Devil’s Thief, The Serpent's Curse, and Unhooked. She grew up in Akron, Ohio, and has a PhD in English. She’s worked as a teacher, scholar, bookseller, editor, and writer. When she’s not writing books, she’s a professor at a local college. She lives in Virginia with her husband and two sons. Check out Lisa's books here or follow her Instagram.

To see the chapter we critiqued with our notes, go here.

To find out how to help support this podcast, visit our Patreon.

We'd love to see your first chapter! To see who will be coming on the show next and how to submit your work, visit our website.

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.

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