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The Las Musas Podcast pulls back the veil and shares all the details about our publishing journeys, what debut year is really like, and how we're working towards creating a sustainable writing career in an industry still struggling with diversity, equity, and transparency.
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Debut Spotlight: Eliza Kinks
In this episode of the Las Musas Podcast: Debut Spotlight, debut Musa Eliza Kinks joins fellow Musa Zara González Hoang to discuss her picture book, Goldie's Guide to Grandchilding and have a fun, fascinating discussion on inspirations in comedy and humor, art style and meaningful aspects of illustration, the author-illustrator-publisher relationships, origin stories, and finding community. If you enjoyed this episode, please consider buying a book (or a few) to say thanks! Buy Eliza Kink's debut picture book, Goldie's Guide to Grandchilding Buy Zara González Hoang's picture book, A New Kind of Wild Check out other books at the Las Musas Bookshop Page. Connect with Las Musas on social media: Twitter Instagram   Visit our website!
38:26
May 17, 2022
Debut Diaries, Ep. 14 (Middle Grade and Young Adult Authors)
This episode of the Las Musas Podcast's Debut Diaries, the Middle Grade and Young Adult Edition, Angela Velez is joined by Andrea Beatriz Arango, Racquel Marie, Sallie Anne Rodriguez, and Vanessa L. Torres for a discussion on the importance of breaks in the writing process and their favorite ways to break, to share debut year and pub day words wisdom, hopes, and reflections, and talk about the role of your publishing team and how to be proactive as the debut jitters get more real. If you enjoyed this episode, please consider buying a book (or a few) to say thanks! Pre-order Andrea Beatriz Arango's debut middle grade novel-in-verse, Iveliz Explains It All Buy Racquel Marie's debut young adult novel, Ophelia After All Pre-order Sallie Anne Rodriguez's debut middle grade novel, Treasure Tracks Pre-order Vanessa L. Torres' debut young adult novel, The Turning Pointe Buy Angela Velez's debut young adult novel, Lulu and Milagro's Search for Clarity Connect with Las Musas on social media: Twitter Instagram Visit our website!
46:17
May 10, 2022
Ask a Musa, Ep. 14
In this episode of Ask a Musa, Mia García joins Andrea Beatriz Arango, Maria Jose Fitzgerald, and Karina Nicole González to share tips about how to go about outlining different drafts, how the revise and resubmit process can be a bit of a gamble, and how to listen to the vibes your manuscript is giving off to know whether to move forward with it or save it for another time. They also spend some time chismeando about what's been happening with publishing advances. Book Recommendations: Can't be Tamed by Yamile Saied Méndez Lulu and Milagro's Search for Clarity by Angela Velez Fruteros: Street Vending, Illegality, and Ethnic Community in Los Angeles by Rocío Rosales Lotería by Karla Arena Valenti Eating Puerto Rico: A History of Food, Culture, and Identity by Cruz Miguel Ortíz Cuadra If you enjoyed this episode, please consider buying a book (or a few) to say thanks! Buy Mia García's YA book, The Resolutions Buy Andrea Beatriz Arango's book, Iveliz Explains it All Pre-Order Maria Jose Fitzgerald's book, Turtles of the Midnight Moon Buy Karina Nicole González's book, The Coquíes Still Sing
54:58
May 03, 2022
Sophomore Social, Ep. 2
In the second Sophomore Social episode of the Las Musas Podcast, Rebecca Balcarcel and Jonny Garza Villa join Laekan Zea Kemp to talk about the differences in production and publisher support between debut and sophomore releases and navigating a healthy relationship with publicity while maintaining a writing schedule, deadlines, and life. If you enjoyed this episode or plan on using the resources provided, please consider buying a book (or a few) to say thanks! Pre-order Rebecca Balcarcel's MG book Shine On, Luz Véliz! Purchase Jonny Garza Villa's YA book Fifteen Hundred Miles from the Sun Purchase Laekan Zea Kemp's YA book Heartbreak Symphony Check out the other books on the Las Musas Bookshop page! Connect with Las Musas on social media: Twitter Instagram Visit our website!
29:40
April 26, 2022
Debut Diaries, Ep. 13. (Picture Book Authors)
In this episode of the Las Musas podcast, Terry Catasús Jennings speaks with Cynthia Harmony, Mariana Ríos, Anna Orenstein-Cardona, and Eliza Kinkz about how picture books evolve during the editing and illustration process and how the work is truly a group effort. In this conversation, they delve into what it is like to do a revise and resubmit with editors, the importance of listening and being open minded while making sure to stand up for yourself, and what it feels like to see your book come to life through the eyes of an illustrator. Eliza Kinkz also shares her unique perspective of being an illustrator and how humor plays a big role in her artistic process. If you enjoyed this episode or plan on using the resources provided, please consider buying a book (or a few) to say thanks! Pre-order Terry Catasús Jennings's Picture Book The Little House of Hope Pre-order Cynthia Harmony's Picture Book Mi Ciudad Sings and Mi Ciudad Canta Pre-order Mariana Ríos' Picture Book Santiago's Dinosaurios  Pre-order Anna Orenstein-Cardona's Picture Book The Tree of Hope Pre-order Goldie's Guide to Grandchilding illustrated by Eliza Kinkz and written by Clint McElroy
01:02:47
April 20, 2022
Debut Diaries, Ep. 13 (Middle Grade and Young Adult Authors)
In this episode of the Las Musas Podcast's Debut Diaries featuring Middle Grade and Young Adult Musas, Camille Gomera-Tavarez, Sallie Anne Rodriguez, and Vanessa L. Torres discuss debut year marketing, publicity and author branding, giving listeners some tips and best practices practically, professionally, and personally. Resources Mentioned: Sallie Anne's website Camille's website Vanessa's website Hootsuite If you enjoyed this episode, please consider buying a book (or a few) to say thanks! Buy Camille Gomera-Tavarez's YA short story collection High Spirits. Buy Sallie Anne Rodriguez's MG book Treasure Tracks. Buy Vanessa L. Torres' YA book The Turning Pointe. Connect with Las Musas on social media: Twitter Instagram Visit our website!
46:07
April 12, 2022
Debut Spotlight: Camille Gomera-Tavarez
In this episode of the Las Musas Podcast, debut Musa Camille Gomera-Tavarez joins fellow Musa Donna Barba Higuera to discuss her much anticipated YA collection of short stories, High Spirits. They talk about Camille's unique publishing journey from graphic designer to author, uncovering family secrets, magical realism, and being true to your own voice as an author. If you enjoyed this episode, please consider buying a book (or a few) to say thanks! Buy Camille Gomera-Tavarez's YA book High Spirits Buy Donna Barba Higuera's MG books, The Last Cuentista and Lupe Wong Won't Dance Check out other books at the Las Musas Bookshop Page. Connect with Las Musas on social media: Twitter Instagram   Visit our website!
38:42
April 05, 2022
Ask a Musa, Ep. 13
On this episode of Ask a Musa, authors Jonny Garza Villa, Racquel Marie, Vanessa Torres, and Ana Siquiera discuss managing time while writing, finding a Latine critique group, knowing if you are being underpaid as a marginalized author, and the latest publishing chisme. Resources mentioned: KidLit Latinx The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) NYC Latina Writer's Group Latinx in Publishing Latinx in KidLit Hermanas Mentorship Program (with Las Musas) Twitter chats: #WriteTalk, #WOWchat, #WriterPalsChat, (#QPOCchat, #SmoreWords) If you enjoyed this episode, please consider buying a book (or a few) to say thanks! Buy Jonny Garza Villa's YA book Fifteen Hundred Miles from the Sun. Buy Racquel Marie's YA book Ophelia After All. Buy Vanessa L. Torres' YA book The Turning Pointe. Buy Ana Siquiera's picture book If Your Babysitter Is a Bruja. Check out other books at the Las Musas Bookshop Page. Connect with Las Musas on social media: Twitter Instagram Visit our website!
36:35
March 29, 2022
Sophomore Social, Ep 1.
In this episode of the Las Musas Podcast, Rebecca Balcarcel joins Laekan Zea Kemp and Anika Fajardo to talk about their experiences living through the sophomore slump and the pressures to make their second books just as good -or better- than their first. They discuss how the sophomore slump manifested in each of their lives, how it was compounded by the pandemic, and what it's like to juggle the promotion of your debut book while working on your second. If you enjoyed this episode or plan on using the resources provided, please consider buying a book (or a few) to say thanks! Pre-order Rebecca Balcarcel's Book Shine On, Luz Véliz!  Pre-order Laekan Zea Kemp's Book Heartbreak Symphony Pre-order Anika Fajardo's Book Meet Me Halfway  Check out the other books on the Las Musas Bookshop page! Connect with Las Musas on social media: Twitter Instagram Visit our website!
42:48
March 22, 2022
Debut Diaries, Ep 12. (Picture Book Authors)
In this episode of the Las Musas Podcast, debut Musa Terry Catasús Jennings joins fellow Musas Karina Gonzalez, Mariana Ríos, and Eliza Kinkz. They discuss different approaches to query agents -from the methodical and data-driven to the serendipitous ways in which destiny decides for you- as well as submissions and editing. If you enjoyed this episode or plan on using the resources provided, please consider buying a book (or a few) to say thanks! Pre-order Terry Catasús Jennings's Picture Book The Little House of Hope Pre-order Karina Gonzales's Picture Book The Coquíes Still Sing: A Story of Home, Hope, and Rebuilding  Pre-order Mariana Ríos's Picture Book Santiago's Dinosaurios Pre-order Goldie's Guide to Grandchilding illustrated by Eliza Kinkz and written by Clint McElroy Check out the other books on the Las Musas Bookshop page! Connect with Las Musas on social media: Twitter Instagram Visit our website!
01:10:56
March 15, 2022
Debut Diaries, Ep 12. (Middle Grade & Young Adult Authors)
This episode of the Las Musas Podcast is packed full of useful tips, gems of wisdom, and lessons learned. Vanessa Torres talks with fellow Musas, Angela Velez, Sallie Anne Rodriguez, and Andrea Arango about how to find an agent, how to stand out in the famous query letter, the ups and downs of going on submission, revision techniques for the plotter and pantser, and when you should accept feedback or go with your gut. Vanessa Torres Angela Velez Andrea Arango Sallie Anne Rodriguez Manuscript Wishlist
54:14
March 08, 2022
Ask a Musa, Ep. 12
We're bringing back Ask a Musa episodes and they're better than ever! Join Musas Terry Catasús Jennings, Jonny Garza Villa, Laekan Zea Kemp, and Vanessa L. Torres as they blurb some recent favorite reads; discuss the current book banning initiatives occurring around the country, the challenges of rewriting a manuscript; and share some writing craft tips. If you enjoyed this episode, please consider buying a book (or a few) to say thanks! Buy Terry Catasús Jenning's MG book Pauli Murray: The Life of a Pioneering Feminist & Civil Rights Activist. Buy Jonny Garza Villa's YA book Fifteen Hundred Miles from the Sun. Pre-Order Laekan Zea Kemp's YA book Heartbreak Symphony. Buy Vanessa L. Torres' YA book The Turning Pointe. Check out other books at the Las Musas Bookshop Page. Connect with Las Musas on social media: Twitter Instagram Visit our website!
55:10
March 01, 2022
Musa Debut Spotlight: Vanessa Torres
In this episode of the Las Musas Podcast, debut Musa Vanessa Torres joins fellow Musa Alda P. Dobbs to discuss her historical YA novel The Turning Point. Hear how Vanessa's experience as a dancer and later as a paramedic informed this emotionally gripping novel about a Latinx girl finding freedom through dance and breaking expectations in 1980s Minnesota.  If you enjoyed this episode, please consider buying a book (or a few) to say thanks! Buy Alda P. Dobbs' MG book Barefoot Dreams of Petra Luna. Buy Vanessa Torres' YA book The Turning Pointe. Check out other books at the Las Musas Bookshop Page. Connect with Las Musas on social media: Twitter Instagram   Visit our website!
36:26
February 22, 2022
Musa Debut Spotlight: Angela Velez
In this episode of the Las Musas Podcast, debut Musa Angela Velez joins fellow Musa Crystal Maldonado to discuss her contemporary YA  Lulu and Milagro's Search for Clarity, how her own high school to college journey and working in college admissions inspired her book, sisterhood, and writing dual POV novels. If you enjoyed this episode, please consider buying a book (or a few) to say thanks! Buy Angela Velez's YA book Lulu and Milagro's Search for Clarity. Buy Crystal Maldonado's YA book No Filter and Other Lies. Check out other books at the Las Musas Bookshop Page. Connect with Las Musas on social media: Twitter Instagram   Visit our website!
40:26
February 15, 2022
Musa Debut Spotlight: Racquel Marie
In this episode of the Las Musas Podcast, author Racquel Marie joins fellow Musa Ana Siqueira to discuss her contemporary YA debut Ophelia After All, how she acquired her agent through PitMad, and the challenges of juggling querying and submission with college life and the pandemic.  If you enjoyed this episode, please consider buying a book (or a few) to say thanks! Buy Racquel Marie's YA book Ophelia After All. Pre-Order Ana Siqueria's picture book If Your Baby Sitter Is a Bruja. Check out other books at the Las Musas Bookshop Page.  Connect with Las Musas on social media: Twitter Instagram   Visit our website!
32:02
February 08, 2022
Musa Debut Spotlight: Jasminne Mendez
In this very special episode of the Las Musas Podcast, author Jasminne Mendez discusses her debut picture book Josefina's Habichuelas, how her own sweet tooth inspired Josefina's story, how she manages to write across so many different age categories and genres, and the importance of representation in children's books. If you enjoyed this episode, please consider buying a book (or a few) to say thanks! Buy Jasminne Mendez's picture book Josefina's Habichuelas Check out the other books on the Las Musas Bookshop page! Connect with Las Musas on social media: Twitter Instagram Facebook Visit our website!
26:50
October 25, 2021
Debut Diaries, Ep 11 (Middle Grade & Young Adult Authors)
In the season one finale episode of the Las Musas Podcast's Debut Diaries series, the Middle Grade and Young Adult edition, Musas Juliet Menéndez, Jonny Garza Villa, and Laekan Zea Kemp discuss important lessons learned throughout the debut publishing experience.  If you enjoyed this episode or plan on using the resources provided, please consider buying a book (or a few) to say thanks! Buy Juliet Menéndez's children's book debut Latinitas: Celebrating 40 Big Dreamers in English or in Spanish Buy Jonny Garza Villa's YA contemporary novel Fifteen Hundred Miles from the Sun Buy Laekan Zea Kemp's YA contemporary novel Somewhere Between Bitter & Sweet Check out the other books on the Las Musas Bookshop page! Connect with Las Musas on social media: Twitter Instagram Visit our website!
26:54
October 11, 2021
Ask a Musa, Ep 11: The Hermanas Episode
In this special edition of our Ask a Musa series we're talking to our Hermanas post-mentorship program to find out how the mentorship program works, how to make the most of your mentorship experience, and valuable lessons learned. Resources Mentioned: Francesca Lia Block Writing Workshops Highlights Foundation Highlights Foundation Latinx Symposium SCBWI Resilient Writers Writing Group Rhonda Douglas Save the Cat Writes a Novel Story Genius Wired for Story Deadline City Podcast Kidlit Latinx Facebook Group Kidlit 411 Facebook Group #MSWL Twitter Hashtag The S*** No One Tells You About Writing The Manuscript Academy The Manuscript Academy Podcast Save the Cat! The Last Book on Screenwriting You'll Ever Need The Scene Book Writing Picture Books Revised and Expanded Edition: A Hands-On Guide From Story Creation to Publication Storyteller Academy Romy Natalia Goldberg - Twitter | Website Valerie Jauregui - Twitter Verena Rodriguez Saavedra - Instagram | Facebook Ashley Jean Granillo - Twitter | Website Ines Lozano - Twitter | Instagram | Clubhouse | Website Visit the Hermanas Mentorship page on the Las Musas website for more information about our mentorship program.
49:22
October 04, 2021
Debut Diaries, Ep 10. (Middle Grade & Young Adult Authors)
In this episode of the Las Musas Podcast's Debut Diaries series, the Middle Grade and Young Adult edition, Musas Juliet Menéndez, Jonny Garza Villa, and Laekan Zea Kemp discuss Debut Jitters! If you enjoyed this episode or plan on using the resources provided, please consider buying a book (or a few) to say thanks! Buy Juliet Menéndez's children's book debut Latinitas: Celebrating 40 Big Dreamers in English or in Spanish Buy Jonny Garza Villa's YA contemporary novel Fifteen Hundred Miles from the Sun Buy Laekan Zea Kemp's YA contemporary novel Somewhere Between Bitter & Sweet Check out the other books on the Las Musas Bookshop page! Connect with Las Musas on social media: Twitter Instagram Visit our website!
42:54
September 27, 2021
Debut Diaries, Ep 10 (Picture Book authors)
In this episode of the Las Musas Podcast's Debut Diaries series, the Picture Book edition, Musas Ana Siqueira, Mariana Llanos and Gloria Amescua  discuss lessons learned over the course of their debut year. Resources Mentioned: - Full Circle Literary - Texas Book Festival - Kids Need Mentors If you enjoyed this episode or plan on using the resources provided, please consider buying a book (or a few) to say thanks! Buy Ana Siqueira's picture book Bella's Recipe for Success Buy Mariana Llanos' picture book Run, Little Chaski!: An Inka Trail Adventure Buy Gloria Amescua's picture book Child of the Flower-Song People: Luz Jiménez, Daughter of the Nahua Check out the other books on the Las Musas Bookshop page! Connect with Las Musas on social media: Twitter Instagram Visit our website!
01:03:45
September 20, 2021
Musa Debut: Alda P. Dobbs
In this very special episode of the Las Musas Podcast, middle grade author Alda P. Dobbs discusses her debut middle grade novel Barefoot Dreams of Petra Luna, origins of the books, her writing process, Latinx identity, and what comes next. Fellow musa and middle grade author Terry Catasus-Jennings moderates.  Resources Mentioned: Highlights Barefoot Dreams of Petra Luna launch party at The Twig Barefoot Dreams of Petra Luna pre-order campaign If you enjoyed this episode, please consider buying a book (or a few) to say thanks! Buy Alda P. Dobbs's middle grade novel Barefoot Dreams of Petra Luna Buy Terry Catasus-Jennings's chapter book series Definitely Dominguita Check out the other books on the Las Musas Bookshop page! Connect with Las Musas on social media: Twitter Instagram Facebook Visit our website!
40:50
September 14, 2021
Musa Debut: Marcia Argueta Mickelson & Alexandra Katona
On this episode of the Las Musas Podcast, debut authors Marcia Argueta Mickelson and Alexandra Katona discuss brainstorming, revisions, and getting to the final product. If you enjoyed this episode, please consider buying a book (or a few) to say thanks! Buy Marcia Argueta Mickelson's Young Adult novel Where I Belong Buy Alexandra Katona's picture book Dinner on Domingos Check out the other books on the Las Musas Bookshop page! Connect with Las Musas on social media: Twitter Instagram Facebook Visit our website!
36:04
September 13, 2021
Ask A Musa, Ep. 10: LatinxPitch
On this episode of Ask A Musa, we're talking to a few of the founders of LatinxPitch: authors Mariana Llanos, Denise Adusei, and Sandra Proudman, and delving into all things #LatinxPitch, which is just around the corner: September 15! Listen on to learn how you can get involved in this Twitter pitch event for Latinx kidlit writers, what to expect from agents and editors, and a few success stories from last year's event. Make sure to keep listening for these founders' best tips for crafting the perfect tweet to capture your story! Resources Mentioned: LatinxPitch Sara Fajardo LatinxPitch Blog LatinxPitch Blog "Success Stories" Salt and Sugar on Goodreads @JustinRColon @Margaritapoet @LuluDelacre @Claribel_Ortega @SJ_Fennell If you enjoyed this episode or plan on using the resources provided, please consider buying a book (or a few) and following the participating Musas to say thanks! Buy Mariana Llanos' picture book Run, Little Chaski!: An Inka Trail Adventure Follow Denise Adusei on Twitter Follow Sandra Proudman on Twitter Pre-order Angela Velez's YA novel, Lulu and Milagro's Search for Clarity Check out the other books on the Las Musas Bookshop page! Connect with Las Musas on social media: Twitter Instagram Facebook Visit our website!
41:46
September 06, 2021
Debut Diaries, Ep 9. (Middle Grade & Young Adult Authors)
In this episode of the Las Musas Podcast's Debut Diaries series, the Middle Grade and Young Adult edition, Musas Terry Catasús Jennings, Marcia Argueta Mickelson, Jonny Garza Villa, and Laekan Zea Kemp discuss audiobooks! If you enjoyed this episode or plan on using the resources provided, please consider buying a book (or a few) to say thanks! Buy Jonny Garza Villa's YA contemporary novel Fifteen Hundred Miles from the Sun Buy Laekan Zea Kemp's YA contemporary novel Somewhere Between Bitter & Sweet Buy Terry Catasús Jennings' MG contemporary chapter book series Definitely Dominguita Buy Marcia Argueta Mickelson's YA contemporary novel Where I Belong Check out the other books on the Las Musas Bookshop page! Connect with Las Musas on social media: Twitter Instagram Visit our website!
31:51
August 30, 2021
Ask A Musa, Ep. 9
On this week's episode of Ask A Musa, we're talking all about swapping age categories! Listen on as this week's Musas chat about how they choose the age category and genre for their projects, how those decisions can guide a story's voice, and how they prepare for switching age categories or genres. We end with a few red flags to look out for when talking with agents about projects that span multiple age categories, and lastly: dream projects for the future.  Resources Mentioned: The Surrender Tree by Margarita Engle Jenny Torres Sanchez Zoraida Cordova's pen name, Zoe Castile  If you enjoyed this episode or plan on using the resources provided, please consider buying a book (or a few) and following the participating Musas to say thanks Buy Laekan Zea Kemp's YA novel, Somewhere Between Bitter and Sweet Buy Mia García's YA novel, Resolutions Buy Zoraida Cordóva's adult fiction novel, The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina Buy Mariana Llanos's picture book, Run, Little Chaski!: An Inka Trail Adventure  Check out the other books on the Las Musas Bookshop page! Connect with Las Musas on social media: Twitter Instagram Facebook
48:46
August 23, 2021
Musa Debut: Gloria Amescua & Hilda Eunice Burgos
In this very special episode of the Las Musas Podcast, picture book authors Gloria Amescua and Hilda Eunice Burgos discuss their debut picture books, the inspiration behind the stories, language and Latinx identity, and what comes next for them.  Resources Mentioned: Lee and Low New Voices Award NaNoWriMo If you enjoyed this episode, please consider buying a book (or a few) to say thanks! Buy Gloria Amescua's picture book Child of the Flower-Song People: Luz Jiménez, Daughter of the Nahua Buy Hilda Eunice Burgos's picture book The Cot in the Living Room or middle grade novel Ana Maria Reyes Does Not Live in a Castle Check out the other books on the Las Musas Bookshop page! Connect with Las Musas on social media: Twitter Instagram Facebook Visit our website!
35:41
August 17, 2021
Radio Musas, Ep. 4: Blazewrath Games
In the fourth installment of Radio Musas, we get swept away by Amparo Ortiz’s Blazewrath Games where dragons and their riders compete in an international sports tournament in this alternate contemporary world fantasy. Music and sound effects provided by Youtube Studio and FesliyanStudios. If you enjoyed this episode or plan on using the resources provided, please consider buying a book (or a few) to say thanks! Buy Amparo Ortiz’s Blazewrath Games and its sequel Dragonblood Ring! Buy Mia García’s YA contemporary The Resolutions. Check out the other books on the Las Musas Bookshop page! Connect with Las Musas on social media: Twitter Instagram Visit our website!
58:00
August 16, 2021
Debut Diaries, Ep. 9 (Picture Book Authors)
In this episode of the Las Musas Podcast's Debut Diaries series, the Picture Book edition, Musas Jasminne Mendez, Donna B. Higuera, Gloria Amescua, Hilda Eunice Burgos discuss debut jitters, and avoiding comparison, and having grace with yourself.  Resources Mentioned: - Toastmasters - Night-Blooming Jasmin(n)e: Personal Essays & Poems - Mia Garcia If you enjoyed this episode or plan on using the resources provided, please consider buying a book (or a few) to say thanks! Buy Jasminne Mendez's picture book Josefina's Habichuelas Buy Donna B. Higuera's picture book El Cucuy Is Scared, Too! Buy Gloria Amescua's picture book Child of the Flower-Song People: Luz Jiménez, Daughter of the Nahua Buy Hilda Eunice Burgos's picture book The Cot in the Living Room Check out the other books on the Las Musas Bookshop page! Connect with Las Musas on social media: Twitter Instagram Visit our website!
49:09
August 09, 2021
Musa Debut: Gabriela Martins
In this very special episode of the Las Musas Podcast, Crystal Maldonado joins YA Debut Musa Gabriela Martins, author of Like a Love Song, as she shares her writing journey. Listen as she chats about everything from her many years of querying to finally landing her book deal, the importance of online fandoms, the messages she hopes young readers take from her novel, and more! Resources Mentioned: Sour by Olivia Rodrigo Laura Pohl Lucas Rocha Chelsea Eberly, Gabriela's literary agent Bad at Love on Goodreads If you enjoyed this episode, please consider buying a book (or a few) to say thanks! Buy Gabriela Martins' YA novel, Like a Love Song Buy Crystal Maldonado's YA novel, Fat Chance, Charlie Vega Check out the other books on the Las Musas Bookshop page! Connect with Las Musas on social media: Twitter Instagram Facebook Visit our website!
56:40
August 03, 2021
Ask A Musa, Ep. 8 (Part 2 of 2)
It's Part Two of our Ask A Musa episode all about money! Today, we'll be talking about how the pandemic has affected advance sizes, how advance sizes have changed for marginalized authors in recent years, and resources and support for marginalized authors. Resources Mentioned: Publishing Paid Me SCBWI Las Musas Resources Page Cultural Fairs (Check your local and state Cultural Fairs Department) If you enjoyed this episode or plan on using the resources provided, please consider buying a book (or a few) and following the participating Musas to say thanks! Buy Aida Salizar's middle grade novel Land of the Cranes Buy Terry Catasús Jennings' chapter book series Definitely Dominguita Pre-order Alyssa Bermudez's middle grade graphic novel Big Apple Diaries Buy Alexandra Diaz's middle grade novel The Only Road Check out the other books on the Las Musas Bookshop page! Connect with Las Musas on social media: Twitter Instagram Facebook Visit our website!
50:28
August 02, 2021
Debut Diaries, Ep. 8 (Middle Grade & Young Adult Authors)
In this episode of the Las Musas Podcast's Debut Diaries series, the Middle Grade and Young Adult edition, Musas Terry Catasús Jennings, Alda P. Dobbs, Jonny Garza Villa, and Laekan Zea Kemp discuss ARCs (Advanced Reader Copies), Trade Reviews and Publications, and thoughts on navigating, staying away from, and respecting book reviewer spaces as a traditionally published authors. Resources Mentioned: TLC Book Tours Booklist School Library Journal Publishers Weekly Kirkus If you enjoyed this episode or plan on using the resources provided, please consider buying a book (or a few) to say thanks! Buy Jonny Garza Villa's YA contemporary novel Fifteen Hundred Miles from the Sun Buy Laekan Zea Kemp's YA contemporary novel Somewhere Between Bitter & Sweet Buy Terry Catasús Jennings' MG contemporary chapter book series Definitely Dominguita Buy Alda P. Dobbs' MG historical fiction novel Barefoot Dreams of Petra Luna Check out the other books on the Las Musas Bookshop page! Connect with Las Musas on social media: Twitter Instagram Visit our website!
01:03:29
July 26, 2021
Ask A Musa, Ep. 8 (Part 1 of 2)
On this episode of Ask A Musa, we're fulfilling a listener request to have en episode all about money! We'll be talking about advance sizes, financial safety nets, and things we wish we'd known before becoming full-time authors. Resources Mentioned: Hannah Holt's 2017 Author Survey: Young Adult, Middle Grade, Chapter Books, Picture Books Publishing Paid Me Spreadsheet Deadline City Podcast: Season Two: Episode Seventeen: The Bank First Draft: Track Changes Series Author's Guild: Money Matters Laekan's Financial Advisors: The Art of Finance Additional Resources: PubCrawl Podcast: The Business of Being an Author PubCrawl Podcast: Publishing 201 Advances & Royalties New Mexico Writers Programs & Grants If you enjoyed this episode or plan on using the resources provided, please consider buying a book (or a few) and following the participating Musas to say thanks! Pre-order Laurenne Sala's picture book Mi Casa es My Home Buy Laekan Zea Kemp's YA Novel Somewhere Between Bitter and Sweet Buy Terry Catasús Jennings' chapter book series Definitely Dominguita Buy Zoraida Córdova's Adult Fantasy debut The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina Buy Lulu Delacre's picture book Luci Soars Buy Alexandra Diaz's middle grade novel The Only Road Check out the other books on the Las Musas Bookshop page! Connect with Las Musas on social media: Twitter Instagram Facebook Visit our website!
01:17:52
July 19, 2021
Musa Debut: Ana Siqueira & Donna Barba Higuera
In this very special episode of the Las Musas Podcast, Anika Aldamuy Denise joins Picture Book Debut Musas Ana Siqueira, author of Bella's Recipe for Success and Donna Barba Higuera, author of El Cucuy Is Scared Too, as they share their journeys from critique partners to published picture book authors, what inspires their stories, and what's next. Resources Mentioned: Las Musas Mentorship Program The Latinx KidLit Book Festival PitMad Pura Belpré Award If you enjoyed this episode, please consider buying a book (or a few) to say thanks! Buy Donna Barba Higuera's picture book, El Cucuy Is Scared Too Buy Ana Siqueira's picture book, Bella's Recipe for Success Buy Anika Aldamuy Denise's picture book, A Girl Named Rosita Check out the other books on the Las Musas Bookshop page! Connect with Las Musas on social media: Twitter Instagram Facebook Visit our website!
47:29
July 13, 2021
Debut Diaries, Ep. 8 (Picture Book Authors)
In this episode of the Debut Diaries, Picture Book Edition, Musas Alexandra Alessandri, Ana Siqueira, Zara Gonzalez Hoang discuss craft — their writing and illustrating process, developing a story from idea to finished draft, and more.  If you enjoyed this episode or plan on using the resources provided, please consider buying a book (or a few) to say thanks! Resources Mentioned: Writing Picture Books by Ann Whitford Paul Pixar Storytelling: Rules for Effective Storytelling Based on Pixar's Greatest Films by Dean Movshovitz Writing Magic: Creating Stories That Fly by Gail Carson Levine A Poetry Handbook by Mary Oliver The Poet's Companion by Kim Addonizio and Dorianne Laux Old Friend from Far Away: The Practice of Writing Memoir by Natalie Goldberg Storystorm by Tara Lazer Preorder Alexandra Alessandri's picture book Isabel and Her Colores Go to School or buy her picture book Feliz New Year, Ava Gabriela!  Preorder Ana Siqueira’s picture book, Bella’s Recipe for Success! Buy Zara Gonzalez Hoang's picture book, A New Kind of Wild!  Check out the other books on the Las Musas Bookshop page. Connect with Las Musas on social media:  Twitter Instagram Visit our website!
50:49
July 12, 2021
Radio Musas, Ep. 3: Summer In the City of Roses
In the third Radio Musas, we explore Michelle Ruiz Keil’s second novel, Summer In the City of Roses. Inspired by the Greek myth of Iphigenia and the Grimm fairy tale Brother and Sister, the novel follows two siblings torn apart and struggling to find each other in early '90s Portland. If you enjoyed this episode or plan on using the resources provided, please consider buying a book (or a few) to say thanks! Buy Michelle Ruiz Keil’s sophomore book Summer In the City of Roses. Buy Mia García’s YA contemporary The Resolutions. Check out the other books on the Las Musas Bookshop page! Connect with Las Musas on social media: Twitter Instagram Visit our website!
43:55
June 28, 2021
Ask a Musa, Ep. 7
On this episode of Ask A Musa, we take listener and subscriber questions managing writing alongside a full-time job, featuring musas Monica Mancillas, Ana Siqueira, Hilda Eunice Burgos, Vanessa Torres, Carmen Rodrigues. They share how they balance writing and working, strategies that work well (and some that didn't!) for them, and tips and tricks for success. Resources Mentioned: Conferences, Workshops, and Retreats from KidLit411 How to Find a Critique Partner Lee & Low New Voices Award Writing Contest for Picture Books by Authors of Color and Native Nations Lee & Low New Visions Award Writing Contest for MG/YA and Graphic Novels by Authors of Color and Native Nations Kokila Books, an imprint of Penguin Randomhouse, Accepts Submissions for New and Unagented Voices  If you enjoyed this episode or plan on using the resources provided, please consider buying a book (or a few) and following the participating Musas to say thanks! Learn more about Monica Mancillas's picture book Mariana in Mexico Pre-order Ana Siqueira's picture book Bella's Recipe for Success Buy Hilda Eunice Burgos's picture book The Cot in the Living Room or her middle grade novel Ana Maria Reyes Does Not Live in a Castle Add Vanessa Torres's YA novel The Turning Pointe on Goodreads Buy Carmen Rodrigues's YA novel The Universal Laws of Marco Check out the other books on the Las Musas Bookshop page! Connect with Las Musas on social media: Twitter Instagram Facebook Visit our website!
01:09:05
June 21, 2021
Debut Diaries, Ep. 7 (Picture Book Authors)
In this episode of the Debut Diaries, Picture Book Edition, Musas Cynthia Harmony, Ana Siqueira, Gloria Amescua, Hilda Eunice Burgos discuss debut groups, writer friends, and making your community. If you enjoyed this episode or plan on using the resources provided, please consider buying a book (or a few) to say thanks! Resources Mentioned: The Writing Barn Learn more about Cynthia Harmony! PreOrder Ana Siqueira’s picture book, Bella’s Recipe for Success! Preorder Gloria Amescua's picture book, Child of the Flower-Song People: Luz Jiménez, Daughter of the Nahua! Order Hilda Eunice Burgos’s picture book, The Cot in the Living Room! Check out the other books on the Las Musas Bookshop page! Connect with Las Musas on social media: Twitter Instagram Visit our website!
51:59
June 14, 2021
Musa Debut: Jonny Garza Villa
In this episode, Debut Musa and author of the funny, heartfelt YA novel Fifteen Hundred Miles from the Sun chats with fellow musa and author Anna Meriano. They discuss everything from the inspiration behind the book to how Jonny formed their characters to what comes next and more! Resources mentioned: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Abertalli If you enjoyed this episode, please consider buying a book (or a few) to say thanks! Buy Jonny Garza Villa’s YA novel Fifteen Hundred Miles from the Sun Buy Anna Meriano’s MG series Love Sugar Magic or YA novel This is How We Fly Check out the other books on the Las Musas Bookshop page! Connect with Las Musas on social media: Twitter Instagram Facebook Visit our website!
51:07
June 08, 2021
Debut Diaries, Ep. 7 (Middle Grade & Young Adult Authors)
In this episode of the Las Musas Podcast Debut Diaries, the Middle Grade and Young Adult edition, Musas Olivia Abdahi, Jonny Garza Villa, and Laekan Zea Kemp discuss debut groups and the benefits and complexities of author communities and friendships. Resources Mentioned: #WIQchat, #QWriters, #QPOCchat, and #DiverseInk chat on Twitter the 21ders Debut Group website If you enjoyed this episode or plan on using the resources provided, please consider buying a book (or a few) to say thanks! Buy Olivia Abtahi's YA contemporary novel Perfectly Parvin Buy Jonny Garza Villa's YA contemporary novel Fifteen Hundred Miles from the Sun Buy Laekan Zea Kemp's YA contemporary novel Somewhere Between Bitter & Sweet Check out the other books on the Las Musas Bookshop page! Connect with Las Musas on social media: Twitter Instagram Visit our website!
33:07
June 07, 2021
Ask a Musa LIVE, Ep. 6
In our first special Live Ask A Musa episode, we take listener questions on our favorite (and least favorite) parts of the writing process, whether it's more beneficial to use Spanish specific to your particular culture or more general Spanish in your work, the inspiration for and creation of the secondary characters in our books, what we do with story ideas we don't feel ready to write yet, y más. Resources Mentioned: Writing Multiple POVs LIVE Discussion & Q & A If you enjoyed this episode or plan on using the resources provided, please consider buying a book (or a few) and following the participating Musas to say thanks! Buy Laekan Zea Kemp's YA contemporary novel Somewhere Between Bitter & Sweet Buy Jonny Garza Villa's YA contemporary novel Fifteen Hundred Miles from the Sun Buy Mia García's YA contemporary novel The Resolutions Pre-order Angela Velez's YA contemporary novel Lulu & Milagro's Search for Clarity Check out the other books on the Las Musas Bookshop page! Connect with Las Musas on social media: Twitter Instagram Visit our website!
01:15:52
May 31, 2021
Debut Diaries, Ep. 6 (Picture Book Authors)
In this episode of the Debut Diaries, Picture Book Edition, Musas Lorian Tu, Gloria Amescua, Zara González , and Alexandra Alessandri discuss their experiences surrounding marketing and publicity. If you enjoyed this episode or plan on using the resources provided, please consider buying a book (or a few) to say thanks! Add Lorian Tu's picture book Family Song on Goodreads! Preorder Gloria Amescua's picture book Child of the Flower-Song People: Luz Jiménez, Daughter of the Nahua! Buy Zara González Huang's picture book A New Kind of Wild! Buy Alexandra Alessandri's picture book Felíz New Year, Ava Gabriela! Check out the other books on the Las Musas Bookshop page! Connect with Las Musas on social media: Twitter Instagram Visit our website!
46:43
May 25, 2021
Musa Debut: Olivia Abtahi
In this episode, Debut Musa and author of the brilliant and hilarious Perfectly Parvin Olivia Abtahi chats with Las Musas Madrina and author Kristina Pérez. They discuss everything from Olivia's inspiration for the book and high school memories, to her favorite books growing up and more! If you enjoyed this episode, please consider buying a book (or a few) to say thanks! Buy Olivia Abtahi's YA novel Perfectly Parvin Buy Kristina Pérez's latest novel Bright Raven Skies Books Mentioned: - Garth Nix: Sabriel - Tamora Pierce: Alana the First Adventure - Nancy Farmer: House of Scorpion - Adib Khorram: Darius the Great Is Not Okay Check out the other books on the Las Musas Bookshop page! Connect with Las Musas on social media: Twitter Instagram Facebook Visit our website!
49:59
May 18, 2021
Radio Musas, Ep. 2: I Wish You Knew
In this episode of Radio Musas, Jackie Azúa Kramer stops by to read from her upcoming picture book, I Wish You Knew, a story about deportation, divided families, and the importance of community in the midst of uncertainty. Resources Mentioned: Latinx KidLit Book Festival Bank Street Writers Lab Sound effects pulled from YouTube Studio. - If you enjoyed this episode or plan on using the resources provided, please consider buying a book (or a few) to say thanks! Buy Jackie Azúa Kramer’s picture book I Wish You Knew in English or in Spanish. Buy NoNieqa Ramos’s debut picture book Your Mama. Buy Mia García’s YA contemporary The Resolutions. Check out the other books on the Las Musas Bookshop page! Connect with Las Musas on social media: Twitter Instagram Visit our website!
25:07
May 17, 2021
Debut Diaries, Ep. 6 (Middle Grade & Young Adult Authors)
In this episode of the Debut Diaries, Middle Grade and Young Adult Edition, Musas Terry Catasús Jennings, Alda P. Dobbs, Jonny Garza Villa, and Laekan Zea Kemp discuss marketing and publicity, their unique roles in the publishing process, and their own experiences as debut authors. Resources Mentioned: Sun Literary Arts Blue Slip Media Rachel Strolle, @recitrachel on Twitter Adriana M. Martínez Figueroa, @boricuareads on Twitter Adri, @perpetualpages on Twitter What to Do Before Your Book Launch by M.J. Rose and Randy Susan Meyers If you enjoyed this episode or plan on using the resources provided, please consider buying a book (or a few) to say thanks! Buy Jonny Garza Villa's YA contemporary novel Fifteen Hundred Miles from the Sun Buy Alda P. Dobbs' MG historical fiction novel Barefoot Dreams of Petra Luna Buy Laekan Zea Kemp's YA contemporary novel Somewhere Between Bitter & Sweet Buy Terry Catasús Jennings' MG contemporary chapter book series Definitely Dominguita Check out the other books on the Las Musas Bookshop page! Connect with Las Musas on social media: Twitter Instagram Visit our website!
01:27:39
May 10, 2021
Ask a Musa, Ep. 5
On this episode of Ask A Musa, we take listener and subscriber questions about going on multiple rounds of submission with a particular project, how the Las Musas marketing collective works, and our favorite craft books. Resources Mentioned: Story Genius by Lisa Cron & Lisa Cron's website Save the Cat! Writes a Novel by Jessica Brody Writing Magic: Creating Stories That Fly by Gail Carson Levine On Writing by Stephen King Save the Cat Beat Sheet The Hero's 2 Journeys Pixar Storytelling Rules Author Adam Gidwitz Before and After the Book Deal by Courtney Maum If you enjoyed this episode or plan on using the resources provided, please consider buying a book (or a few) and following the participating Musas to say thanks! Pre-order Laura Taylor Namey's YA novel, When We Were Them Pre-order Laura Ojeda Melchor's debut Middle Grade novel, Missing Okalee Buy Anna Meriano's YA novel, This is How We Fly Check out the other books on the Las Musas Bookshop page! Connect with Las Musas on social media: Twitter Instagram Facebook Visit our website!
01:00:42
May 03, 2021
Debut Diaries, Ep. 5 (Picture Book Authors)
In this episode of Debut Diaries (Picture Book Edition), Musas Mónica Mancillas, NoNieqa Ramos, and Ana Siqueira chat about finding community as writers, our families as partners and support systems on our book journeys, and reviews and endorsements. Resources Mentioned: #PBchat, hosted by author Justin Colon SCBWI #DVpit Reviewers such as Kirkus, Booklist, and School Library Journal If you enjoyed this episode or plan on using the resources provided, please consider buying a book (or a few) and following the participating Musas to say thanks! Visit Mónica Mancillas's website! Buy Ana Siqueira's picture book Bella's Recipe for Success! Buy NoNieqa Ramos's picture book Your Mama! Check out the other books on the Las Musas Bookshop page! Connect with Las Musas on social media: Twitter Instagram Facebook Visit our website!
59:37
April 26, 2021
Radio Musas, Ep. 1: Into the Tall, Tall Grass
On this inaugural episode of Radio Musas we’ll be reading an excerpt from Loriel Ryon’s debut Into the Tall, Tall Grass a middle grade novel which follows Yolanda Rodríguez-O'Connell a young girl from a magical family who journeys across her family's land to save her grandmother's life in this captivating and magical debut. This episode is narrated by Loriel Ryon (Into the Tall, Tall Grass), Mia García (The Resolutions), and NoNieqa Ramos (Your Mama). Please note that in the recording we accidentally shortened the publisher’s name, which should have read: MARGARET K. McELDERRY BOOKS, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division. Resources Mentioned: Sound effects used: Barking Dog | Creaking Door | Honey Bees - If you enjoyed this episode or plan on using the resources provided, please consider buying a book (or a few) to say thanks! Buy Loriel Ryon’s middle grade novel Into the Tall, Tall Grass. Buy NoNieqa Ramos’s debut picture book Your Mama. Buy Mia Garcia’s YA contemporary The Resolutions. Check out the other books on the Las Musas Bookshop page! Connect with Las Musas on social media: Twitter Instagram Visit our website!
17:17
April 19, 2021
Debut Diaries, Ep. 5 (Middle Grade & Young Adult Authors)
In this episode, authors Alda P. Dobbs, Jonny Garza Villa, and Crystal Maldonado discuss blurbs and acknowledgments! These musas talk about the value of blurbs, tips for requesting, the thrill of receiving support from authors you admire, suggestions for writing acknowledgments, and more! Resources Mentioned: SCBWI Conferences If you enjoyed this episode or plan on using the resources provided, please consider buying a book (or a few) to say thanks! Buy Jonny Garza Villa's YA contemporary novel Fifteen Hundred Miles from the Sun Buy Alda P. Dobbs' MG historical fiction novel Barefoot Dreams of Petra Luna Buy Crystal Maldonado's YA romcom novel Fat Chance, Charlie Vega Check out the other books on the Las Musas Bookshop page! Connect with Las Musas on social media: Twitter Instagram Facebook Visit our website!
44:26
April 12, 2021
Musa Debut: Laekan Zea Kemp
In this episode, Debut Musa and author of SOMEWHERE BETWEEN BITTER AND SWEET Laekan Zea Kemp is interviewed by Musa and author of BLAZEWRATH GAMES Amparo Ortiz. They chat about the inspiration behind the book, a shared love of food, writing in duel POVs, favorite parts of the book, and what comes next.  Resources mentioned:  Manuscript Academy If you enjoyed this episode, please consider buying a book (or a few) to say thanks! Buy Laekan Zea Kemp's YA novel Somewhere Between Bitter and Sweet. Buy Amparo Ortiz's YA novel Blazewrath Games. Check out the other books on the Las Musas Bookshop page! Connect with Las Musas on social media: Twitter Instagram Facebook Visit our website!
55:39
April 06, 2021
Ask a Musa, Ep. 4
In the fourth episode of Ask A Musa, we take listener and subscriber questions! Discover how to find traditional publishers that are friendly to Latinx creatives, what to do when you get a "Revise & Resubmit" email from an agent, and what to expect when you're on submission and an agent or editor wants to hop on the phone with you.   Resources Mentioned:  Writing Contests from Lee & Low  SCBWI Awards + Grants  Manuscript Wishlist  Here Wee Read's blog post "Diversity in Publishing, A-Z"  If you enjoyed this episode or plan on using the resources provided, please consider buying a book (or a few) and following the participating Musas to say thanks!  Buy Chantel Acevedo's MG books Muse Squad: The Cassandra Curse and Muse Squad: The Mystery of the Tenth  Buy Anika Fajardo's MG book What If a Fish   Buy Emma Otheguy's picture book A Sled for Gabo  Buy Vanessa Torres's YA debut novel, The Turning Point  Check out the other books on the Las Musas Bookshop page! Connect with Las Musas on social media: Twitter Instagram Facebook Visit our website!
35:53
April 05, 2021
Debut Diaries, Ep. 4 (Picture Book Authors)
In this episode of Debut Diaries (Picture Book Edition), Musas Ana Siqueira, Marissa Valdez, and Gloria Amescua chat about picking the perfect book title, what makes a great cover design, and the collaboration between writer and illustrator.  If you enjoyed this episode or plan on using the resources provided, please consider buying a book (or a few) and following the participating Musas to say thanks! Buy Marissa Valdez's picture book Ambitious Girl! Buy Ana Siqueira's picture book Bella's Recipe for Succes! Buy Gloria Amescua's picture book Child of the Flower Song People! Check out the other books on the Las Musas Bookshop page! Connect with Las Musas on social media: Twitter Instagram Facebook Visit our website!
55:58
March 29, 2021
Debut Diaries, Ep. 4 (Middle Grade & Young Adult Authors)
In this episode, Jonny Garza Villa and Alda P. Dobbs discuss titles and cover design! These musas share insight into how they came up with their final titles, reveal how the cover design process worked, offer aspects they loved or things that surprised them, and more! Resources Mentioned: Creating Vision Boards with Pinterest If you enjoyed this episode or plan on using the resources provided, please consider buying a book (or a few) to say thanks! Buy Jonny Garza Villa's YA contemporary novel Fifteen Hundred Miles from the Sun Buy Alda P. Dobbs' MG historical fiction novel Barefoot Dreams of Petra Luna Check out the other books on the Las Musas Bookshop page! Connect with Las Musas on social media: Twitter Instagram Visit our website!
32:36
March 22, 2021
Ask a Musa, Ep. 3
In our third episode of Ask A Musa, we take listener and subscriber questions focusing on our love and hate of revisions, how we make time for our writing, the pros and cons of an MFA, and how we, as writers, approach the creation of our antagonists. Resources Mentioned: Kweli: The Color of Children’s Literature Conference Vermont College of Fine Arts The Rainier Writing Workshop The Highlights Foundation Gemini Ink Workshop University of Pittsburgh MFA Program If you enjoyed this episode or plan on using the resources provided, please consider buying a book (or a few) and following the participating Musas to say thanks! Buy Monica Brown’s award-winning picture book, Sharuko. Add Angela Velez’s Lulu & Milagro's Search for Clarity to your Goodreads. Learn more about Jasminne Mendez and her YA memoir A Bucket of Dirty Water: Memories of My Girlhood and her debut picture book Josefina’s Habichuelas. Buy Ann Davila Cardinal’s Five Midnights and Category 5. Check out the other books on the Las Musas Bookshop page! Connect with Las Musas on social media: Twitter Instagram Visit our website!
53:25
March 15, 2021
Debut Diaries, Ep. 3 (Picture Book Authors)
In this episode, our picture book musas are discussing the editing and revision process! Ana Siqueira, Hilda Eunice Burgos, and Gloria Amescua chat about edit letters, working with your editors, and the highs and lows of the revision process. If you enjoyed this episode please consider buying a book (or a few) to say thanks! Learn more about Gloria Amescua’s picture book biography Child of the Flower-Song People: Luz Jimenez Add Ana Siqueira’s picture book Bella’s Recipe for Success Buy Hilda Eunice Burgos' middle grade novel Ana María Reyes Does Not Live in a Castle and pre-order her picture book The Cot in the Living Room Check out the other books on the Las Musas Bookshop page! Connect with Las Musas on social media: Twitter Instagram Visit our website!
39:28
March 08, 2021
Musa Debut: Terry Catasus Jennings
In this episode, Debut Musa and author of DEFINITELY DOMINGUITA Terry Catasus Jennings with fellow Debut Musa and author Alda P. Dobbs of BAREFOOT DREAMS OF PETRA LUNA. They discuss everything from the inspiration behind this middle grade series, Jennings' journey to publishing, favorite parts of the book, and chat about what comes next for Dominguita and Jennings. If you enjoyed this episode, please consider buying a book (or a few) to say thanks! Buy Terry Catasus Jennings' MG chapter books Definitely Dominguita: Knight of the Cape, Volume 1; Definitely Dominguita: Captain Dom's Treasure, Volume 2; and Definitely Dominguita: All for One, Volume 3. Buy Alda P. Dobbs' MG #OwnVoices novel Barefoot Dreams of Petra Luna. Check out the other books on the Las Musas Bookshop page! Connect with Las Musas on social media: Twitter Instagram Facebook Visit our website!
42:34
March 02, 2021
Debut Diaries, Ep. 3 (Middle Grade & Young Adult Authors)
In this episode we're talking edits and revisions! This month's panel discusses the various types of edits—developmental, line edits, copy edits—timeframes and juggling deadlines with life, and notable high points and struggles of the edit and revisions processes. Resources Mentioned: Episode 1 of Las Musas' Ask A Musa Podcast Series Revising with Julie C. Dao, via PubCrawl If you enjoyed this episode or plan on using the resources provided, please consider buying a book (or a few) to say thanks! Buy Olivia Abtahi's YA contemporary novel Perfectly Parvin Buy Crystal Maldonado's YA contemporary novel Fat Chance, Charlie Vega Buy Jonny Garza Villa's YA contemporary novel Fifteen Hundred Miles from the Sun Buy Laekan Zea Kemp's YA contemporary novel Somewhere Between Bitter & Sweet Buy Terry Catasús Jennings' MG contemporary chapter book series Definitely Dominguita Buy Alda P. Dobbs' MG historical fiction novel Barefoot Dreams of Petra Luna Check out the other books on the Las Musas Bookshop page! Connect with Las Musas on social media: Twitter Instagram Visit our website!
01:29:05
March 01, 2021
Ask a Musa, Ep. 2
In our second Ask A Musa episode, we take listener questions on a variety of subjects including how long it takes to write a novel, when you know a novel is finished, talking finding illustrators for picture books and book covers, and the importance and some tips for marketing. Resources Mentioned: Poppy Magda, cover artist for Laekan Zea Kemp's Somewhere Between Bitter and Sweet Children's Illustrators on Instagram #DrawingWhileBlack on Twitter #LatinxCreate on Twitter #LatinxArt on Twitter mailchimp Latinx KidLit Book Festival If you enjoyed this episode or plan on using the resources provided, please consider buying a book (or a few) and following the participating Musas to say thanks! Preorder Laekan Zea Kemp's YA contemporary novel Somewhere Between Bitter & Sweet Buy Zara González Hoang's picture book A New Kind of Wild Preorder NoNieqa Ramos's picture book Your Mama Buy Mia García's YA contemporary novel The Resolutions Check out the other books on the Las Musas Bookshop page! Connect with Las Musas on social media: Twitter Instagram Visit our website!
01:10:54
February 22, 2021
Books to Fall For
On this special Valentine's Day episode of the Las Musas Podcast, we'll be talking about our favorite picture book, middle grade, and YA novels that feature LOVE! Not just romantic love, but platonic love, love of friends, love of food (our fave!) and yes, that kind of love, too.  Picture Books Mentioned:  The Love Letter by Anika Aldamuy Denise (Author) Lucy Ruth Cummins (Illustrator) Your Mama by Nonieqa Ramos (Author) Jacqueline Alcántara (Illustrator) A New Kind of Wild by Zara Gonzalez Hoang   Middle Grade Books Mentioned: Lupe Wong Won't Dance by Donna Barba Higuera  The Other Half of Happy by Rebecca Balcárcel   YA Books Mentioned:  All the Wind in the World by Samantha Mabry Fat Chance, Charlie Vega by Crystal Maldonado  Furia by Yamile Saied Méndez  We Are Not From Here by Jenny Torres Sanchez Cuban Girls Guide by Laura Taylor Namey Somewhere Between Bitter and Sweet by Laekan Zea Kemp Salty Bitter Sweet by Mayra Cuevas Like a Love Song by Gabriela Martins The Grief Keeper by Alexandra Villasante Bruja Born Series by Zoraida Cordova We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia This Train is Being Held by Ismee Williams Craft Book: Writing the Romantic Comedy by Billy Mernit  If you enjoyed this episode please consider buying a book (or a few) to say thanks!  Buy Ismee Williams’s YA novel This Train is Being Held Buy Mayra Cuevas' YA novel Salty, Bitter, Sweet Buy Anika Aldamuy Denise's picture book A Girl Named Rosita  Check out the other books on the Las Musas Bookshop page! Connect with Las Musas on social media: Twitter Instagram Visit our website!
55:17
February 14, 2021
Debut Diaries, Ep. 2 (Picture Book Authors)
In this episode, we're talking about the often mysterious submission process, how to deal with rejections from editors, and how to stay busy with other projects while you wait for an offer. If you enjoyed this episode please consider buying a book (or a few) to say thanks! Learn more about Gloria Amescua’s picture book biography Child of the Flower-Song People: Luz Jimenez Add Ana Siqueira’s picture book Bella’s Recipe for Success Add Lorian Tu's picture book Family Song Buy Hilda Eunice Burgos' middle grade novel Ana María Reyes Does Not Live in a Castle and pre-order her picture book The Cot in the Living Room Check out the other books on the Las Musas Bookshop page! Connect with Las Musas on social media: Twitter Instagram Visit our website!
43:06
February 08, 2021
Musa Debut: Crystal Maldonado
In this episode, Debut Musa and author of FAT CHANCE, CHARLIE VEGA Crystal Maldonado chats with fellow Debut Musa and author Gabriela Martins of LIKE A LOVE SONG. They discuss Maldonado's journey to publishing, dive into themes and characters in the book, and chat about what comes next. If you enjoyed this episode, please consider buying a book (or a few) to say thanks! Buy Crystal Maldonado's YA contemporary romcom Fat Chance, Charlie Vega Buy Gabriela Martin's YA contemporary romance Like A Love Song Check out the other books on the Las Musas Bookshop page! Connect with Las Musas on social media: Twitter Instagram Facebook Visit our website!
38:40
February 02, 2021
Debut Diaries, Ep. 2 (Middle Grade & Young Adult Authors)
In this episode, we're talking about the rollercoaster ride that happens after you find the perfect agent: everything from setting boundaries during the submissions process to what happens when an editor makes an offer! This months' panel discusses pre-empts, auctions, and all the factors that go into choosing the right editor and publisher for your book project. Resources Mentioned: Publisher’s Marketplace DVPit If you enjoyed this episode or plan on using the resources provided, please consider buying a book (or a few) to say thanks! Buy Crystal Maldonado's YA contemporary novel Fat Chance, Charlie Vega Buy Jonny Garza Villa's YA contemporary novel Fifteen Hundred Miles from the Sun Buy Laekan Zea Kemp's YA contemporary novel Somewhere Between Bitter & Sweet Buy Terry Catasús Jennings' MG contemporary chapter book series Definitely Dominguita Check out the other books on the Las Musas Bookshop page! Connect with Las Musas on social media: Twitter Instagram Visit our website!
01:05:24
February 01, 2021
Ask A Musa, Ep. 1
Our first Ask A Musa episode, where we take listener and subscriber questions, focuses on a mixed bag of subjects including maintaining creative habits in challenging times, how white Latines can leverage their privilege in publishing, personalized agent rejections and deciding on agents, and the impact of Prince. Resources Mentioned: Laekan's recs for focus music and ambient noice— A Soft Murmur Chillhop Forest Flora Adriana's tiny notebook recs— Leuchtturm1917 A6 Pocket Dotted Notebook Moleskine Cahier Journal Artist's Loft Black Hardcover Dot Journal Publishers Marketplace #MSWL on Twitter #DVpit Twitter Pitch Event #PitMad Twitter Pitch Event If you enjoyed this episode or plan on using the resources provided, please consider buying a book (or a few) and following the participating Musas to say thanks! Buy Jonny Garza Villa's YA contemporary novel Fifteen Hundred Miles from the Sun Keep up with 2022 debut Musa Adriana Hernandez-Bergstrom Buy Laekan Zea Kemp's YA contemporary novel Somewhere Between Bitter & Sweet Keep up with 2022 debut Musa Mónica Mancillas Keep up with 2022 debut Musa Vanessa L. Torres Check out the other books on the Las Musas Bookshop page! Connect with Las Musas on social media: Twitter Instagram Visit our website!
01:06:06
January 25, 2021
Debut Diaries, Ep. 1 (Picture Book Authors)
In this episode, picture book authors Gloria Amescua, Donna Barba Higuera, NoNieqa Ramos, and Ana Siqueira discuss their agents, from the querying process to evaluating offers of rep to completing revisions with your agent. This panel discusses a variety of paths to this significant milestone in a writer's career and gives helpful tips on how to make the most of this important relationship.  Resources Mentioned:  SCBWI DVPit #PitMad Bonus Resources:  Laura Pohl’s blog series on finding an agent  Learn more about Gloria Amescua’s picture book biography Child of the Flower-Song People: Luz Jimenez Buy Donna Barba Higuera’s picture book El Cucuy Is Scared, Too! or MG contemporary novel Lupe Wong Won't Dance Buy NoNieqa Ramos’s picture book Your Mama Add Ana Siqueira’s picture book Bella’s Recipe for Success Check out the other books on the Las Musas Bookshop page! Connect with Las Musas on social media: Twitter Instagram Facebook Visit our website!
50:07
January 18, 2021
Debut Diaries, Ep. 1 (Middle Grade & Young Adult Authors)
In this episode we're talking all about agents, from the querying process to evaluating offers of rep to completing revisions with your agent. This months' panel discusses a variety of paths to this significant milestone in a writer's career and gives helpful tips on how to make the most of this important relationship. Resources Mentioned: SCBWI Pitch Wars DVPit LatinxPitch Manuscript Academy Publisher’s Marketplace Publisher’s Weekly Deal Announcements Manuscript Wishlist Bonus Resources: Laura Pohl’s blog series on finding an agent If you enjoyed this episode or plan on using the resources provided, please consider buying a book (or a few) to say thanks! Buy Monica Gomez-Hira's YA contemporary novel Once Upon a Quinceañera Buy Jonny Garza Villa's YA contemporary novel Fifteen Hundred Miles from the Sun Buy Laekan Zea Kemp's YA contemporary novel Somewhere Between Bitter & Sweet Buy Terry Catasús Jennings' MG contemporary chapter book series Definitely Dominguita Buy Alda P. Dobbs' MG historical fiction novel Barefoot Dreams of Petra Luna Check out the other books on the Las Musas Bookshop page! Connect with Las Musas on social media: Twitter Instagram Visit our website!
58:07
January 04, 2021
Introduction
Hi everyone, we are so excited to introduce the latest endeavor from Las Musas, the Las Musas Podcast. Las Musas began in 2018 as a way to connect women and marginalized people whose gender identity aligns with femininity and  who were soon to be traditionally published. What started as a marketing collective meant to uplift marginalized voices evolved to include a mentorship program for aspiring Kidlit authors and the first ever Latinx Kidlit book festival. Advocating for both Latinx authors and readers has become core to who we are and this podcast is an extension of that commitment. We'll be pulling back the veil and sharing all the details about our publishing journeys, what debut year is really like, and how we're working towards creating a sustainable writing career in an industry still struggling with diversity, equity, and transparency. This season will feature one on one interviews with our 2021 debut class, as well as recurring mailbag episodes where we'll be answering listener questions. We'll also be discussing every detail of the debut experience in a monthly series called Debut Diaries. It's our hope that in sharing our experiences, the ups and the downs and everything in between, that aspiring Kidlit authors, and particularly those from marginalized backgrounds, will be equipped with the knowledge to make their own journey just a little bit easier. Because kids need your books and there's nothing we want more than to help you share your story. So hit that subscribe button, connect with us online @LasMusasBooks, and don't forget to leave a rating and review. Catch us online and on the page. ¡Hasta pronto! Las Musas Website Las Musas Bookshop Page Las Musas Twitter Las Musas Instagram Las Musas Facebook Las Musa YouTube
01:56
January 03, 2021