Archive | March, 2013

Last Call: Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal

In Shades of Milk and Honey, Jane Ellsworth lives in an alternate version of Regency England, one where magic is a part of everyday life and any respectable lady is skilled in the manipulation of glamour. The thought-provoking quote above suggests that the presence of passion separates art from technique, which got us thinking about creative burnout. Tell us: How do you stay passionate about your writing (or other creative ventures)? Can you see a […]



  by Rachel Seigel — When I was in University and stumbling through my various English Literature courses for my degree, I remember a professor telling me that I would end up reading each book on the list approximately three times. A first-time superficial reading, a second time for deeper meaning, and a third for specific details- primarily those which you need for your exam or your essay. I admit- I was skeptical about this- […]


After the Editorial Letter: a peek at pass pages and beyond

A while back I pulled aside the publishing curtain to discuss the process of revising under contract. That “After the Editorial Letter” post ended with Step 4, Copy Edits, or, as I like to call it, The last step where your book still looks like a word doc. Today we’ll take a peek at what happens next… STEP FIVE: First Pass Pages This is the first time the book will actually look bookish. The author […]


A Conversation Between Critique Partners: World Building

So, thanks to the success of our first glimpse into our super-epic critique partnership, we thought it would be fun to continue sharing some of the stuff that makes our CP relationship work so well. We’re both currently in the middle of drafting fantasy WIPS (I am working on Throne of Glass Book 3; Sooz is working on a Super Secret & Super Amazing project), and have been talking A LOT in recent weeks about […]


It’s The Weekend: What We’re Reading!

It’s the end of another week, and we’re all looking forward to the chance to curl up with a good book! Here’s what Team PubCrawl will be diving into this weekend! Jo is reading FALSE SIGHT by Dan Krokos (and the rest of us are jealous, as it isn’t out until August!) Rachel is reading REQUIUM by Lauren Oliver. Kat is finishing SEVER by Lauren DeStefano and getting ready to start CODE NAME VERITY by […]