What do YOU want to read about on Pub(lishing) Crawl?

The Pub(lishing) Crawlers have decided to take a different approach to posting. We’re cutting out one day of the week—partly because we’re all having a hard time even writing one post a month (I’m not even kidding. Our lives suddenly EXPLODED with work over the summer.) but we also feel Y’ALL might be getting burned out on us.

Additionally, we’re hoping to introduce a few features to promote more reader interaction. We love getting comments—even if we don’t always have time to respond (okay, I’m really the only one guilty of this)—and we’re genuinely curious to hear what you all think about…well…everything. And so, to hopefully get a bit more feedback from you, our dear readers, we’re introducing this new poll feature.

From time to time, we’ll offer these polls asking YOU what you think. It might be a poll on a hot topic—like Penguin suing its authors—or just a poll asking for your opinions on content/reading material/whatever. And, we would love if you’d take it a step beyond the poll and give us actual comments in the comment section (duh, right?).

We’re calling it BREWING TOPICS to incorporate both controversial/issue polls as well as brainstorming/content polls. And of course, to pay homage to our pub theme. 😉

To kick off this new interactive feature, we want to know what you all would like to see more off. Or less of. Basically, what content do you want to see from Pub(lishing) Crawl?

And, if you fill out the poll AND leave a comment, then you can enter the giveaway at the bottom of the page. Win a query critique from yours truly (I’m Susan, by the way) or a copy of either If I Lie by Corrine Jackson, False Memory by Dan Krokos, Skylark by Meagan Spooner, or The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly.

Now onto the polls!

And finally, if you have any specific comments or feedback, be sure to leave a comment and let us know!! And don’t forget to fill out the giveaway form for a chance to win one of the following:

a Rafflecopter giveaway


67 Responses to What do YOU want to read about on Pub(lishing) Crawl?

  1. Christina K. Oct 9 2012 at 4:08 am #

    I’d LOVE to see more character interviews, or little glimpses into your characters’ lives, or a Pinterest board based on them. Your characters are awesome:)

    Thank you:)

  2. Yuanting Oct 9 2012 at 5:57 am #

    Other than publishing-related stuff, I’m actually quite interested to see the processes authors take when writing and more about the characters (do you authors have a “Series Bible” like Nalini Singh does to keep track of the characters in the series and details about them, some quirks etc etc). (:

  3. Marc Vun Kannon Oct 9 2012 at 6:10 am #

    Your second poll could use another option. While there are no topics I actively dislike on this blog, there are a few that leave me uninterested.

  4. Emmy Neal Oct 9 2012 at 6:33 am #

    I adore reading about other author’s writing process-whether it’s how they develop characters or build a world!! I definitely want to see more of that 🙂

  5. Heather Cranmer Oct 9 2012 at 7:14 am #

    I agree with Christina. I’d love to see character interviews =) More excerpts from books are good as well =)


  6. Heather Cranmer Oct 9 2012 at 7:15 am #

    I agree with Christina. I’d love to see character interviews =) More excerpts from books are good as well =)

  7. Meredith Oct 9 2012 at 8:03 am #

    What I like most about this site—and what sets you guys apart from so many other sites—is that you really offer a glimpse INSIDE the publishing industry. So many other sites/blogs seem to be concerned with helping writers land an agent, which is all well and good, but it’s only the very, very tip of the iceberg. All your posts about submissions, acquisitions, foreign rights, contracts, book festivals, marketing, debut angst, the pressure to perform … that’s the stuff that keeps me coming back for more. The author interviews and writing advice is an added bonus.

  8. Cassie Oct 9 2012 at 8:22 am #

    What makes this site unique is how it gives the inside scoop of publishing. I definitely prefer articles that highlight the process and the issues today in the publishing arena. Book recommendations are great, but I suppose I have had my fill of them visiting other YA book review blogs. Still, it’s nice to know what you guys are reading and what books you guys loved. Carry on. I love Publishing Crawl. 🙂

    • Caitlin Vanasse Oct 10 2012 at 9:29 pm #

      I’m with Cassie here. I’m not interested in the writing tips really (I can find them on other blogs AND I’m not an aspiring author) but I love the ins and outs of what makes the publishing industry tick. do you think you could ever get an interview with someone on a marketing team (how do they decide what gets what marketing and how effective are different marketing techniques really? This is SO interesting) Or would you ever look at some of the smaller publishing houses and talk about how they fit into publishing (this may not be super relevant to YA, but I live in MN where we have a lot of smaller non-profit publishing houses and this is like a completely different niche in the industry.) Also, I’m not interested in a ton of book recommendation posts (my to-read list is already 1022 books long, yes, that is ridiculous) but I do love hearing what you girls are reading occasionally and WHY exactly you so loved a book. Also I feel like you could really highlight your book of the month a little more. Maybe I’ve been missing posts or something but lately I feel as though the BotM just changes with out any acknowledgement to what it is or why it was chosen.

      Not sure if that helps at all? Also I know you girls are busy but I always end up skimming when you re-post things form LTWF, even when you tweak them. Maybe you could talk a little about the things that are keeping you busy? Book tours (what are they like?!?), life beyond writing, ACK! writer taxes/finances/business stuff that sort of sucks because you have to do it instead of writing, etc. Maybe I’m the only one who would be interested in those things?

  9. Megan Duff Oct 9 2012 at 8:40 am #

    I have NO complaints about the content of PubCrawl. What I love best is being able to see you guys in the nitty gritty-ness of being writers. Whether it be struggling with that first draft or nervous to send it off to crit partners or waiting anxiously to hear back from agents/publishers/editors. As a newbie author I really emulate you guys. I love all the industry stuff because that is all great information that I will need later but I also like hearing what you guys are reading and how real life is effecting your writing. GREAT JOB :DDD

    PS I have a folder in my email entitled Writing where I stash my favorite posts from here, so you guys are on the right track!

  10. Beka Oct 9 2012 at 9:12 am #

    I love hearing about authors’ personal journeys with their stories; the more invested I feel in the author, the more likely I am to check out their books. It’s also nice to find inspiration from them. 🙂

  11. Gwen Cole Oct 9 2012 at 9:39 am #

    The posts I love reading most are about inside the publishing industry. There are very few blogs that do that. 😀

  12. Bee Oct 9 2012 at 9:52 am #

    I LOVE reading author interviews – how they are inspired and how the publishing process worked out for them (’cause it’s different for everyone) etc. I also adore the motivational writing stuff that you post. Nothing like a little inspiration !
    Thanks for being so great 🙂

  13. Kayla Oct 9 2012 at 9:53 am #

    I love everything on this site, but particularly the writing related posts. Those are my favorites. But I also really love the monthly new releases post. I’m usually pretty good about knowing what is coming out when, but I always see something awesome in that post that I missed! 🙂

  14. Lucy D. Briand Oct 9 2012 at 9:54 am #

    I really enjoy the “how to” helps of writing like the how to write a synopsis or query. This site always discussed it in a way that I made me understand it better.

  15. Lauren Oct 9 2012 at 10:01 am #

    I personally like reading about industry life, and I’d like to see more of that. More about acquisitions from agents and editors, the cover art and design process, the editorial process on the author side and editor side, the marketing and ad/promo, conferences, and all the other things that come with post-book deal life! That’s so interesting to me!

  16. Temre Beltz Oct 9 2012 at 10:08 am #

    Pub Crawl is my favorite writing-related site! I never miss stopping by for a visit, so it’s pretty safe to say that I love everything about it 🙂 I also agree that posts related to the inside view of the publishing industry are a unique feature and something that I haven’t found elsewhere. I love the glimpses that we get of each of your personal writing journeys too. It is inspirational and encouraging. For the items that I would love to see more of, I think maybe giveaways focused on those priceless things that writers really crave such as query critiques, first ten page critiques, etc. And for writing topics, I would love to see some Toolbox posts on revision or rewrites. Thank you so much for all that you do! You guys are just all-around awesome <3

  17. Kateri Ransom Oct 9 2012 at 10:10 am #

    I think it’s so great that you’re doing this. Though I have to say I didn’t have much to say for what you’ve been doing already because I adore Pub(crawl) as it is. But I thunk about it really hard and decided there’s two things I don’t hear a lot about. All those nifty book signings (I tend to hear about them either right before or after the fact) and I live close to both San Francisco/Bay area and Sacramento, so that would be nice. Plus all those bigger events I hear about. I don’t really know names, but you know things like CommicCon (though I really hope to go this year) and other bookish conferences where all the writer cool kids go to promote their new book. I’d love to hear all about those experiences…even posting links to writer bloggers who went would be cool. 🙂 Lastly I’d like to hear more about current events…what’s this Penguin sueing its authors?! Gasp, I had no idea! See I’m so out of the loop. Well, those are two things I’d love to hear more of. But like I said, I think you gals are doing a brilliant job!

  18. Leigh Smith Oct 9 2012 at 10:31 am #

    I honestly love every post on this blog. I read this just about everyday, or I store them up for when I’m needing some inspiration/info. I love blogs on “day in the life” of authors. Their day to day schedules, even if they think it’s boring. Specifically, their writing process. Thanks and keep up the good work!

  19. Kendall McCubbin Oct 9 2012 at 10:54 am #

    What specific topics do you want to see from the Pub(lishing) Crawl blog?

    I think that you do everything perfectly! I love all of your posts and the amount of thought that you must put into them! I think that all you ladies do a fantastic job!

    Keep up the amazing work! I can’t wait to read more posts!

  20. Marilyn Oct 9 2012 at 10:56 am #

    I am a little sad to hear that you will be cutting down on your posts. I am relatively new to the blogging world, both as a blogger and as a blog-reader, but this is one of my favorite sites. However, I get how busy works and understand.

    I will hopefully have some time soon to read fun books again and I love it when there are posts about new books or authors. However, I think the articles I most enjoy are about the industry world. More specifically, I like the theoretical topics that discuss an aspect of the industry world, but aren’t exactly about the inner workings. For example, I remember reading an article (or two) about genres and their changing nature in the publishing world to help fill niches.

    Whichever direction you decide to move, I am sure I will follow. But in the meantime, thanks for being such an informative and interesting place that helps me procrastinate in the mornings.

  21. Vivien Oct 9 2012 at 10:58 am #

    I love interviews! I really enjoy getting a behind the scenes because as a reader I don’t often hear about them. I find it really intriguing to hear about the good and the bad about publishing.

  22. Christa Oct 9 2012 at 11:11 am #

    I love book giveaways, especially those by the authors that post here… book giveaways are, often, how I learn of new exciting books (and new release posts, but those typically highlight a whole slew of books & I usually don’t follow all the links). Also, I love seeing the query, pages, etc. critique, I just haven’t gotten to a point where I’m ready to take advantage of those myself. But I LOVE that you are able to offer them & hope I can enter (and maybe win!) one in the future! ; )

    As for topics for writing toolbox/advice… anything on middles is always encouraging, pacing, writing fight/action scenes would be good (it’s always fun to hear from more than one author on any topic, too, because we can get multiple perspectives), maybe thoughts on writing the 2nd book & how to avoid the 2nd book slump, even when you’re working on your first book. I know the typical advice is to start something new rather than the 2nd book, until the 1st gets picked up, but if you don’t teach yourself to always think of ideas for the 2nd book, you’re kinda setting yourself up for dreaded 2nd book slump, right? 🙂

    Anyway, those are just some thoughts. Thanks for all the great posts, and, of course, the giveaways!

  23. alicia marie Oct 9 2012 at 11:11 am #

    I love the author interviews, but I would love to see more character interviews : ) I also like to read about things in publishing and some stuff that goes on behind the scenes.

  24. Adriana Oct 9 2012 at 12:07 pm #

    I love all of your posts <3 I've been following you guys for a long time, but I'm definitely not tired of anything lol I saw this somewhere in the comments, but I'd definitely love some character interviews, or for you guys to tell us things that inspire you? Just more about yourselves :3

    Also, this is not so much a post, but it'd be awesome if you guys could organize a writing sprint or something, so that we could write also with you! :))

  25. Emily Oct 9 2012 at 12:44 pm #

    I’d love to see more about publishing. I’m an aspiring publisher as well as a blogger. I love reading about the entire industry. You want to give me tips as well, I’ll definitely approve! 😉

  26. CB Soulsby Oct 9 2012 at 1:14 pm #

    I really enjoy the stimulating content on this website. You seem to dig deeper then other blogs I follow and I really appreciate this! I love the posts about new releases, too, as it’s nice to know what’s happening in the industry. Thank you for all your hard work!!

  27. Peggy Eddleman Oct 9 2012 at 1:16 pm #

    I read a LOT of writing blogs, and this one is my favorite. Honestly– I say keep doing what you’re doing! I especially love the inside publishing posts, and the posts on craft.

  28. ellie Moreton Oct 9 2012 at 1:17 pm #

    I love reading all your advice on writing. Like BICHOK!! And other inspirational things. Especially things with characters and plot and everything like that. You guys have helped so much!

  29. Halli Lilburn Oct 9 2012 at 1:21 pm #

    excellent interaction, you keep your readers attention. I love your offers for critiqes and writing advice. thanks.

  30. Gill Oct 9 2012 at 1:29 pm #

    What a great idea, to get feedback from your readers!

  31. Becky Wallace Oct 9 2012 at 1:49 pm #

    I’d like to know how working with a professional editor changed the way you write. What would you do differently in subsequent mss, now that you better understand the process?

  32. Steph Sessa Oct 9 2012 at 2:16 pm #

    I like all the writing advice and publish advice; anything on the behind the scenes of writing and publishing!

  33. Caitlin Oct 9 2012 at 2:29 pm #

    I like reading your writing advice. I find it interesting to hear other people talk about their process, and that way I learn about things to try out, things I think I should avoid, new ways to think about the different aspects of writing, etc. A lot of the time reading those posts is good because I’m not necessarily looking for specific advice, and your ideas make me think of things in a way I might not have before. 🙂

  34. Anna J. Boll Oct 9 2012 at 2:34 pm #

    The posts that are more like critical essays are really helpful (I loved the inciting incident discussion.) I also loved the post about how Mandy became an agent. That was really helpful. A day in the life of an agent/editor would be great. Maybe a analysis of a first page that you really received that you loved or hated and why.

  35. Alexa Loves Books Oct 9 2012 at 3:30 pm #

    I’m fairly certain that, based on the way I always talk about you guys on Twitter and highlight your posts, you all know that I LOVE this blog. The posts you guys create are so helpful and interesting, and I feel like I learn a lot about writing and publishing from what you guys share.

  36. Pam Harris Oct 9 2012 at 3:52 pm #

    I love the posts that share all of the “behind the scenes” goodies of publishing. 🙂

  37. Katlin Collins Oct 9 2012 at 5:06 pm #

    This blogs is one of my favorites because everyone of the administrators post things all relative to people in the reading and writing world. I love that their are posts about the newest books in the market and all the writing information that is given.

  38. Sara (Page Sage) Oct 9 2012 at 5:11 pm #

    More behind-the-scenes publishing posts would be great, but I really love everything you guys post! (: This is a really fantastic site.

  39. Stephanie Garber Oct 9 2012 at 5:32 pm #

    I agree with most of the other commenters, I really love all the current posts you all write. I don’t know if I have any suggestions… I really love this blog. Thanks for all the work you all put into it!

  40. Heather Oct 9 2012 at 6:44 pm #

    I mostly come here for writing advice, and I definitely get my fill of it. Something that I kind of miss from LTWF is the QOTW feature–I’m sure you had good reasons to drop it, but I always enjoyed it because 1) we got all the contributors’ views on one point in one quick little post and 2) it allowed for a lot of active participation from the readers.

    I do love this blog though. Another thing that I think might add to this blog a page linking to similar blogs–I could read your thoughts all day, but the archives (here and at LTWF) go back only so far, and some days I just need more material/inspiration/etc. What blogs do you read that get you pumped? What bloggers outside the Pub crew inspire you?

  41. Laura Hughes Oct 9 2012 at 6:51 pm #

    I really liked the Query Dayt feature Sooz used to host on her blog!! I found it super helpful learning from other people’s query. Although, I know that likely introduces a ton of new work for you guys!

  42. Marijana Sitar Oct 9 2012 at 7:13 pm #

    I’d love to see more book recommendations and interviews! 🙂 More everything you post! I love your blog! 🙂
    Thank you for the giveaway!! 🙂

  43. Nhi Oct 9 2012 at 7:29 pm #

    The usual stuff you’d expect to see: world-building, character development (especially with secondary characters and love interests), plotting and possibly how to develop subtle, well-formed romantic relationships between your characters?

  44. Amanda Oct 9 2012 at 7:57 pm #

    I love everything about this website, but if I were to ask for more, I’d love to see more behind-the-scene publishing stuff. How long it takes people, their personal journey to publication, queries that worked, agent success stories, that sort of them. And keep the author interviews coming! I love hearing about an author talk about their road to publication!

  45. Ange/Libby Blog Oct 9 2012 at 10:49 pm #

    I love the publishing behind-the-scenes bits and the new releases! I’d love to read everyone’s stories honestly. Stories written by them about them up until this point! There’s always something fascinating about people!

  46. Lou Oct 9 2012 at 11:54 pm #

    Generally I like everything on PubCrawl- even if it’s not something that catches my eye the day that it is posted it is something that I may come back to at another time. I really appreciate the monthly new releases and book recommendations to add to my ever growing list of things to read!

  47. Llehn Oct 10 2012 at 12:51 am #

    We get very little glimpses of what happens after you get an agent so I would love to have people weighing in on that.

  48. Kirsty in London Oct 10 2012 at 5:13 am #

    You guys have a really great mix of topics! On the writers’ side I’d love to hear more about life *after* the book deal — the editorial process, publicity, book tours, conferences, school visits etc. — as many others above have pointed out, there are already a lot of blogs detailing the agent search *before* the deal. On the industry side, I’d love to see more interviews with editors on what stands out for them and how the acquisitions process looks from their side of the desk.

    Also, with members from so many different corners of the publishing industry it would be fantastic to get all these perspectives (agents, editors, booksellers etc.) on a “first page shooter” feature, even if it’s only a special feature a couple of times a year. I realise this may not be possible though as you lovely, hard-working folks are pressed for time — I’m grateful for any and every post! 🙂

    Perhaps you could use the slot that will be “dropped” from the weekly schedule to solicit questions in the comments, eg “next month we’ll be doing a Q&A session with Editor X — what should we ask them?” or “I’m planning to write a blog post on school visits — what would you like to know?” and then select the questions that you want to address. This might make it easier to put together an interview or mean less time racking your brains on how to get started on (or focus) a blog post?

  49. M. Dee Oct 10 2012 at 5:17 am #

    I do enjoy reading about publishing industry and inspirational/motivational stories.
    I know you all write YA but for book recommendations perhaps books in other genres that you are reading would be good. Book releases section no longer interest me because I feel they are all in the same scope.

  50. Loie Oct 10 2012 at 10:05 am #

    I’d love to see more posts on outlining a novel in a series, how to go about ending the first novel and leading into the second, third, etc.
    Thanks 🙂

  51. Daphne Oct 10 2012 at 10:50 am #

    I love everything I read on Publishing Crawl. My favourite ones are insights into publishing life, writing ‘guidance’ and general discussions on books, like favourite characters, how you started reading, etc.

    Love the work guys!

  52. Laura Wardle Oct 10 2012 at 5:58 pm #

    Gosh, you guys. I wish I could help you out with some constructive criticism or the like, but I don’t have any. You all well know how much I adore you all and this blog. You do such a tremendous job keeping the content varied and interacting with your readers. The community feeling here amongst yourselves and your readers is what sets you apart in my opinion. And that’s why Pub Crawl is one of my favourite places on the interwebs. The fact that the blog populated by so many awesome people is just a bonus.

    Seriously, I love everything here. Author interviews, all the tips on the writing craft and inspiration and finding time, new book releases, glimpses into your lives as industry professionals—it’s all amazing. No matter what, you’ll have one fan frequenting this place, so no fear.

    Keep doing what you’re doing, lovelies. You’re doing such a fantastic job! Lots of love. <3

  53. Aldo Oct 10 2012 at 6:45 pm #

    I would really like to see the parts of the publishing world that are not accessible to all the people. And more interviews would be great, too!

  54. A. Barone Oct 11 2012 at 12:23 pm #

    I love writing tips and behind the scenes access to the publishing process.
    There’s nothing really that I’m not a fan of here…

    You guys are doing such a great job!

  55. Tracey Neithercott Oct 11 2012 at 12:41 pm #

    I love everything you write about, but I think because of the stage of the publishing journey I’m in I’m most interested in publishing insider and tips type articles. I always like the specific stuff (like Susan’s tips for writing a synopsis) better than the vague. And I’m always interested in how authors wrote their novels, even if everyone’s process is different. Of course, I think you guys are doing an amazing job and would probably read Pub Crawl even if you wrote Ikea instructions here. (Though if you’re the ones writing Ikea instructions, we need to have a little talk.)

  56. Alyssa Oct 11 2012 at 5:40 pm #

    There is so much I love about this site that it’s really hard for me to provide any constructive criticism, so I won’t! 😉 I love this new poll idea because I, for one, like answering polls. There’s something cathartic about it. That aside, though, I think you all do such a fantastic job of providing posts on many varied topics. The publishing insight in particular is great because it’s coming from real people who have been through every step of the process, and you guys present it in a realistic but encouraging manner. You don’t just give tips; you also give anecdotes and great insider’s point of view.

    I love the writing toolboxes too, especially the way they’re presented, with charts and graphs and examples and such. That really helps illustrate the process and gives it a workshop-y feel that makes it easier to follow and implement in my own writing.

    As a visual artist as well as a writer, I love it when you do illustrator interviews and provide behind-the-scenes info on the design process of a book’s cover or illustrations. I know it doesn’t make sense to do as many of those as author interviews and writing insights, but I love that you include them!

    All in all, this is one of my favorite blogs and a daily visit for me. Your formula is working extremely well, so keep it up! 😉

  57. Krystle Oct 11 2012 at 7:55 pm #

    Ah, love the blog! Would love to see how the back and forth between an agent/editor works in regards to a manuscript. Or I would also like to see how authors get together to do anthologies. Are they commissioned or something? Voluntary? Are they paid for this?

  58. Erica Oct 12 2012 at 3:06 pm #

    You all do a fantastic job and all of the information is really helpful! Thanks for doing what you’re doing!

  59. Shelver506 Oct 12 2012 at 11:28 pm #

    I really, really enjoy the behind-the-scenes publishing stuff. Who’s coming out with what, what’s trending, what people are worried/excited about.

  60. Lauren M. Barrett Oct 13 2012 at 12:04 pm #

    I’m a newbie in the publishing industry AND an aspiring author. So I voted on writing posts and industry insider tips. Love this blog.

  61. Kasie Cox Oct 13 2012 at 5:58 pm #

    I love that there are so many places for writers to find comfort. For me there are so many scary things to encounter and having some place to help me is a great gift. I would really love to see writing tips and maybe even grammar tips. However, I think the more the better, and I would never get bored with it.

  62. Rebecca Schneider Oct 13 2012 at 11:49 pm #

    Just came across pubcrawl looking for articles about writing. Thank you for the nice site.

  63. Laurie Oct 15 2012 at 12:08 pm #

    I love the idea of giving away things that we aspiring writers cannot just go out and buy ie the query critique!! Other types of giveaways of this nature would be an amazing resource to other aspiring writers. Or giving away opportunities to read an MS and if you think it has potential, pass it on to someone you know. Its just a giveaway, so you wouldn’t have to read them all, just the winner. Just an idea!

  64. Raewyn Hewitt Oct 15 2012 at 11:12 pm #

    I’ve just been referred to your blog – and love your approach. I particularly like having an inside look on life in the industry – so when I’m imagining my hugely successful writing career at least the setting will be accurate! Pays to have a good imagination in this game…

  65. Aaron Ezekiel Oct 19 2012 at 11:55 pm #

    One of the things I love about Pub(lishing) Crawl is all the insight into the inner workings of publishing. I’d LOVE to see more on the process: ranging anywhere from the time frame between getting an editor and publishing house and the book being published, to how deadlines and copyedits and all that fun stuff works, to what contracts for houses to publish your books entail, and even what payment is like (I’ve heard it’s sporadic and can happen at any time, but I’m interested to know a little more on how it works- I don’t want to end up all homeless and junk :P). There’s SO much more I wish to know, so really, anything you can spare would be helpful and make me grateful; I love Pub(lishing) Crawl and I thank all those who contribute to it- it really is invaluable to my journey towards publication. Thank you.

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