In September I’ll be welcoming Jennifer Laughran, a senior agent at Andrea Brown Literary Agency to the podcast. Special agent and editor featured episodes are available by supporting the podcast through Patreon for as little as $5 a month.
Listen to the teaser below for a taste of our conversation, including such topics as what material Jennifer prefers to work with, and thinking of the query letter as a marketing tool.
This week as my author guest I welcomed Lamar Giles, a two-time Edgar Award finalist for his YA thrillers FAKE ID and ENDANGERED. His third YA thriller, OVERTURNED received a glowing New York Times review. Lamar is a contributor to the YA anthology THREE SIDES OF A HEART and the editor of the forthcoming We Need Diverse Books YA short story anthology FRESH INK.
Lamar joined me to talk about the over confidence he had as a young writer, and how he took the time to reflect on 8 years worth of rejection before landed his agent in 2010 with his sixth novel. Also covered: diversity in publishing and how genre writing can be looked down upon, and the complexities of writing a book set in a city you are unfamiliar with, and how research can help you get… most things… right.