Middle Grade Ninja

16 EpisodesProduced by Middle Grade Ninja

A podcast about reading and writing middle grade novels utilizing ninja stealth and skill. Rob Kent interviews fellow authors and various publishing professionals to discuss the craft and business of producing middle grade and young adult novels. Episodes are also available as videos. Learn more at … read more

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Episode 15 Author Kathi Appelt

March 18th, 2019

2:04:46

Kathi Appelt and I discuss her first young adult novel, ANGEL THIEVES, as well as her many wonderful picture books and middle grade novels. She …

Episode 14 Author Lamar Giles

March 13th, 2019

1:41:57

Lamar Giles and I discuss his newest middle grade adventure novel, THE LAST LAST-DAY-OF-SUMMER, his young adult thrillers, and our mutual love for …

Episode 13 Author Steven K. Smith

March 7th, 2019

1:56:26

Author Steven K. Smith and I discuss indie publishing for the middle grade market and his advice for writers. We talk about his series THE VIRGINIA MYSTERIES and how utilizing local landmarks and history helped him …

Episode 12 Literary Agent Jennifer March Soloway

March 5th, 2019

1:19:18

Literary Agent Jennifer March Soloway and I discuss the types of projects she's looking for, how she evaluates queries and writing samples, and the …

Episode 11 Author Tommy Greenwald

February 22nd, 2019

2:08:22

Author Tommy Greenwald and I discuss his career in publishing and his advice for writers. We do a deep dive on his process from having his initial idea to planning the story to planning a series and working with his …

Episode 10 Author Daniel Kenney

February 19th, 2019

1:44:01

Author Daniel Kenney and I discuss his career in publishing and his advice for writers. We go to some weird places with our mutual love of flying saucers and even discuss whether or not the moon landing was faked …

Episode 09 Literary Agent John Cusick

February 4th, 2019

1:55:20

Literary Agent and author John Cusick and I discuss his career in publishing and his advice for writers. We talk about diversity in publishing, his tips for landing an agent, and many other great things you won't want …

Episode 08 Editor Amy Tipton

January 22nd, 2019

1:04:46

Editor and former literary agent Amy Tipton and I discuss her career in publishing and her approach to editing. We chat about her time representing Courtney Summers, Amy Reed, and many other famous YA authors and I …

Episode 07 Author Jacqueline West

January 18th, 2019

1:09:21

NYT Bestselling author Jacqueline West and I discuss her career in publishing as well as her approach to writing and her background as a performer …

Episode 06 Author Susan Kaye Quinn

January 11th, 2019

1:54:53

Author and indie publishing expert Susan Kaye Quinn and I discuss her career in publishing as well as her approach to writing and editing. She shares …

Episode 05 Editor Mary Kole

December 4th, 2018

1:37:15

Editor and former literary agent Mary Kole and I discuss her career in publishing and her approach to editing. She shares many tips for how to create …

Episode 04 Author Darby Karchut

December 4th, 2018

56:44

Author Darby Karchut and I discuss her new middle grade novel, Del Toro Moon, as well as her advice for writers and thoughts and writing and publishing in general. We also chat a bit about our mutual love for author …

Bonus Episode Indy Author Fair 2017 Genre Writing Panel

December 4th, 2018

1:19:11

I chat with fellow genre writers Maurice Broaddus, Sandy James, and Tony Perona during the Genre Writing Panel at the Indy Author Fair held Saturday, …

Episode 03 Author Jeff Norton

December 1st, 2018

45:34

Author Jeff Norton and I discuss his new middle grade novel, Alienated, as well as his philosophy on writing and his advice for writers. Naturally, we also discussed our mutual love for zombies and the series Choose …

Episode 02 Author Barbara Shoup

December 1st, 2018

1:36:50

Barbara Shoup, one of my most favorite writers and the executive director of the Indiana Writers Center, joined me for this second episode. We had a …

Episode 01 Author Laura Martin

December 1st, 2018

54:34

Laura Martin, my friend and author of THE EDGE OF EXTINCTION series discusses her newest middle grade novel, FLOAT. She also shares intimate details into her writing process and her writer's journey thus far and …

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