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Interview with Agent Jen Udden

January 24th, 2017 | News | Comments Off on Interview with Agent Jen Udden

To celebrate her one year anniversary with Barry Goldblatt Literary, LLC, we asked agent Jennifer Udden some questions about her podcast, SHIPPING & HANDLING that she co-created with fellow agent Bridget Smith (of Dunham Literary).


What is the podcast about and where can people find it? 

The podcast is basically just Bridget and I talking about what we love most – books! We discuss writing, fandom, the nitty-gritty of publishing, our favorite reads, and answer listener questions each episode. We also run a book club as separate episodes. It can be found in the iTunes podcast store and on Stitchr!

What made you want to start this particular podcast in the first place? 

I wanted to get more of my voice as an agent out there, but didn’t have the time to devote to blogging consistently – little did I know that podcasting is almost as time consuming! But discussing books, writing, and publishing with someone else is much more fun than sitting and writing about it alone, so the podcast format appealed to me.


Are there any specific things you’ve learned about podcasting or the way you organize your podcast since you started Shipping & Handling? 

There was about a year between having the idea for the podcast and posting our first episode. During that time, we were figuring out the details of our recording setup and also figuring out what the best structure for the podcast would be. Believe it or not, the first episode was over two hours long and we definitely drank at least a bottle of wine each, which didn’t make for very coherent listening. 🙂 Now we pick a topic every episode, either something going on in the publishing zeitgeist or something that we recently did, and talk about it for 30-45 minutes. After that we answer questions from listeners, and then we talk about what we’re currently reading. It’s great to have a structure and a format to follow because it lets us keep things on track and interesting, rather than just rambly!


What is it about a podcast as a form of communication that appeals to you as opposed to a blog or youtube channel? 

It’s great to be able to talk through ideas with someone else. Even though Bridget and I have similar tastes as agents in some respects, we’re different enough that there is always a good discussion to be had. And even when we come from the same point of view, we each articulate things differently, which helps us both grow in our understanding. I wouldn’t do a youtube channel because I would worry about looking like a goblin on screen. In a podcast, no one knows I’m a goblin. 😉


What advice would you give to other agents or authors who want to either create a podcast or appear as a guest on a podcast? 

Spend the money to get good microphones, and get someone who knows about audio recording to set up a template and settings for you. Knowing that we don’t have to worry about fixing the setup every time has made things immeasurably easier, even if there are little audio quibbles from time to time. I’m a firm believer in having strong audio quality; I think it makes for a larger listening audience. I would also recommend that if people are starting their own podcast that they work out a strong focus or structure before they start publishing it! In terms of appearing as a guest, have fun! It’s a pretty relaxed undertaking. 🙂


Any final words? 

In our time publishing it we’ve seen the audience for our podcast grow, and we’re looking forward to growing even more in 2017! If anyone has any suggestions for topics, questions for us to answer, or comments, they can reach us at or on our website, where you can ask questions anonymously.

Kate Milford wins EDGAR Award!

January 24th, 2015 | News | Comments Off on Kate Milford wins EDGAR Award!




Holly Black and Karen Healey are 2013 Andre Norton Awards Nominees!

February 25th, 2014 | News | 0 Comments


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Congratulations to Holly Black and Karen Healey on their Andre Norton Award nominated titles THE COLDEST GIRL IN COLDTOWN and WHEN WE WAKE!!!!!

See the full list of nominees here.


DOLL BONES by Holly Black wins a Newbery Honor!

January 27th, 2014 | News | 0 Comments

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Congratulations to Holly Black on her Newbery Honor for DOLL BONES! See the full list of all ALA Children’s award winners here.

Announcing The Angela Johnson Scholarship

September 18th, 2013 | News | 0 Comments


 VCFA icon 

Vermont College of Fine Arts

& Barry Goldblatt Literary

Announce The Angela Johnson Scholarship


New annual award for writers of color attending the MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults degree program


September 18, 2013, MONTPELIER, VT – Vermont College of Fine Arts  (VCFA), a national center for graduate education in the fine arts, and Barry Goldblatt Literary, LLC, announce the creation of The Angela Johnson Scholarship, a talent-based grant for writers of color attending the MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults Master of Fine Arts program. The $5,000 scholarship will be awarded to up to two students annually.


With the hope of helping attract more writers of color to the leading MFA program for writers of literature for young readers, coupled with the need and desire of the publishing community and readers themselves for more diversity in authorship and content, literary agent Barry Goldblatt decided to approach VCFA about establishing this annual award.


“There is growing awareness in children’s publishing that we are not as diverse in what we publish as we would like to be,” said Goldblatt who has represented many VCFA faculty and graduates over the years. “I hope that this scholarship will enable some worthy writers to enroll and complete the program—a program I have the highest respect for—and then sell their resulting work to a good publisher.”


Goldblatt chose to honor his first client and MacArthur Fellowship recipient, Angela Johnson, one of the most prominent and recognized African-American authors for children and young adults, by naming the scholarship for her.


“I couldn’t think of a more worthy writer, someone who has given so much to children’s books already…why not a little more? ”said Goldblatt.


“We are thrilled to offer this new award as a way of affirming our steadfast commitment to diversity both here at VCFA and within the larger community of writers for young readers,” said Melissa Fisher, director of the program.


The MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults at VCFA was founded in 1997 and quickly attracted the attention of accomplished writers and publishers around the country. Faculty and alumni from the program are New York Times bestselling authors, National Book Award Finalists, and Newbery and Caldecott Medal winners.


Scholarship information may be found here.


About Angela Johnson: Angela Johnson is an award-winning author and poet with over 40 books to her credit. She is the recipient of The Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award, three Coretta Scott King Awards, one each for her novels The First Part Last, Heaven, and Toning the Sweep, and the Michael L Printz Award. In recognition of her outstanding talent, Angela was named a 2003 MacArthur Fellow. She was born in Tuskegee, Alabama, grew up in Alabama and Ohio, and now lives in Kent, Ohio.


About Barry Goldblatt Literary, LLC: For more than a decade Barry Goldblatt Literary has helped foster the careers of a diverse group of children’s and young adult authors such as award-winners and bestsellers Angela Johnson, Cassandra Clare, Lauren Myracle, Holly Black, Shannon Hale, Libba Bray and Michael Ian Black. For more information on the agency, visit:


About Vermont College of Fine Arts: VCFA is a national center for education in the arts, fostering the excellence of emerging and established artists, while advancing the arts to create a more humane world. Founded in 2008, VCFA is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. (NEASC), through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. VCFA offers the Master of Fine Arts degree in Film, Writing, Writing for Children & Young Adults, Visual Art, Music Composition and Graphic Design.


For more information:


Mary Welz

Executive Director, Institutional Advancement




Austenland Heads to Sundance

December 7th, 2012 | News | 0 Comments


AUSTENLAND is headed for Utah! The Sundance Film Festival has selected the adaptation of Shannon Hale’s novel of the same name as one of the 16 films in the Dramatic Competition category. Woohoo!

You can read the full press release here with a picture of leading actors Kerri Russell and Bret McKenzie at the top of the page.

To learn more the book and its sequel, MIDNIGHT IN AUSTENLAND, click here to visit Shannon Hale’s author page.



Notable and Awarding News

November 28th, 2012 | News | 0 Comments

It’s been a busy month here at BG Literary. Busy busy busy! Especially as the end of year lists begin to appear along with the children’s book awards season.
















The first BIG NEWS is that William Alexander’s debut novel GOBLIN SECRETS is now a National Book Award WINNER! *muppet flail* Congrats to Will for that wonderful honor. You can learn more about the award and other 2012 winners here.



The other BIG NEWS is that we are happy to announce that Jo Knowles’s novel, SEE YOU AT HARRY’s, and Michael Ian Black’s picture book, I’M BORED (which is illustrated by the equally notable and wonderful artist Debbie Ohi), are both named as New York Times Notable Children’s Books of 2012. Click here to see the full article.

GOBLIN SECRETS is a 2012 National Book Award Finalist!

October 18th, 2012 | News | 0 Comments

Congrats to William Alexander whose debut middle grade novel GOBLIN SECRETS is nominated for a 2012 National Book Award!










Click here for more information about all the 2012 nominees and their books.


Tim Wynne-Jones Wins Boston Globe-Horn Book Award

June 13th, 2011 | News | 0 Comments

Tim Wynne-Jones has won the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for fiction for his wonderful novel BLINK & CAUTION.

See the official press release here:

Karen Healey wins Aurealis Award for Guardian of the Dead!

May 23rd, 2011 | News | 0 Comments

Karen Healey has won the 2010 Aurealis Award for Best Young Adult Novel for her debut novel GUARDIAN OF THE DEAD!

See a list of all the winners here: