The Best of Pub Crawl 2013 + the Kindle Winner!

It’s that time of year again, guys–time for us at Pub Crawl to celebrate the past year’s worth of Pub Crawl-y awesome by rounding up some of our most amazing posts. Well, they’re all amazing, right? 😉 But these are the best of the best, I think!

Together, we wrote over 171,097 words worth of posts on this blog this year. Unsurprisingly, the most commonly used word was “book.”  The second most commonly used word was, also unsurprisingly,  “writing.”  “Time,” “story,” and “love” were also common words.

Now that I’ve indulged my statistics-loving heart, here are the Best of 2013! Thank you all for sticking around and hanging out with us this year 😀

General Writer-y Goodness (for earlier stages):

Twisting Your Plot

Killing Your Darlings

Writing Vivid Scenes

The Destructive Twist

Common Problems with Beginnings

Simple Tricks to Unstick Your Story

Writing Diverse Fiction: A Practical Guide

The YA Sass Attack

Telling Yourself the Story 

Literary Voice: Developing it and Defining it 

Adding Sound to Your Prose

Holding Up the Mirror: Hands on Tips for Spotting Flaws in Your Writing

Screenwriting Skills Translated to Book-writing


General Writer-y Goodness (for later stages):

The Request to Revise and Resubmit

Researching Literary Agents

After the Editorial Letter: a Peek at Pass Pages and Beyond

Long Term Query Do’s and Don’ts Tip: Your Decisions Now DO Affect Later Relationships

The Important of Educating Yourself (Royalty Statements Part 1)

The Importance of Educating Yourself (Royalty Statements Part 2)


Writing Inspiration:

The Comparison Game

The Creative Cousins of Writing

Letting Go of Stories

On Writing Risks, and the Safety Net

Write What You Know Love

The Impostor Syndrome

Maintaining Passion for a Story


From the Other Side of the Desk (posts on the beyond-writing aspects of the publishing industry):

Ask Alex: Internships

A Closer Look as Like as a Publishing Sales Rep

Conferences and Book Festivals

A Peak at an Editor’s To-Do List

What is Launch?

Ask Alex: Editorial Assistants

Ask Alex: Summer Publishing Courses


Book Recs from Pub Crawl:

Book Recommendation: PERFECT RUIN


Book Recommendation: Stephen King’s ON WRITING: A MEMOIR OF THE CRAFT

Book Recommendation: THE MADMAN’S DAUGHTER


General (but awesome) Book Talk:

On “Strong” Female Characters

The Importance of Womance

When Characters Age in a Series

New Adult: Passing Trend or Legitimate Genre?

In Defense of Love Triangles Interests


Aaaand, that’s it for now! Plenty of reading material to keep you going while we at Pub Crawl take a little holiday break. We’ll be back and ready to go in January…with a few exciting new members to introduce you to… 😉

kindle-paperwhiteBUT FIRST, before we go, we need to announce our EPIC WINNER OF THE EPIC KINDLE GIVEAWAY!! You know, that awesome giveaway we ran last week along with the cover reveal for Meredith McCardle’s The Eighth Guardian…Well, we chosen a winner, and it’s…

Holly Bryan!!

Thank you so much for preordering the book, Holly, and for helping us spread the word about Meredith’s fabulous new cover. (And don’t worry: we’ll email you soon about the Kindle. ;))

And thank you to everyone else who participated! You readers are what make Pub(lishing) Crawl so much fun for those of us behind the scenes. Now, have a WONDERFUL holiday season and best wishes to you all for 2014.



17 Responses to The Best of Pub Crawl 2013 + the Kindle Winner!

  1. Julie
    Julie Dec 20 2013 at 7:33 am #

    Congratulations Holly! And thanks for the round-up, Kat!
    Happy Holidays to all and see you in 2014!!! <3 <3 <3

  2. Erin Bowman Dec 20 2013 at 10:33 am #

    170k + worth of words? That’s like TWO ya novels. I’m so impressed. Thanks for rounding the posts up, Kat. It’s fun to look back at all we’ve discussed this year. <3

    Happy holidays, everyone!

  3. Natalie Aguirre Dec 20 2013 at 11:02 am #

    Congrats to Holly! And thanks for all you do here. I love your blog. Happy Holidays to you all!

  4. Alexa S. Dec 20 2013 at 10:49 pm #

    All of you know that I adore every single person who writes for Pub Crawl! I love sharing your posts when I can, and I think you guys give such great perspectives on various parts of the writing/reading/publishing industry. It was also an honor to appear in one of your blog posts this year. I can’t wait for 2014 (especially after that tidbit you dropped on Twitter about something big going down)!

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  6. HollyB Dec 27 2013 at 12:13 am #

    OH MY GOSH…. y’all!!!! What?! I cannot believe I am only just now seeing this post — and I am stunned beyond belief! WOW! What an AMAZING day-after-Christmas present this is!!!

    I absolutely, positively LOVE this blog so much anyway, to win this is really just the cherry on top of the amazing year I’ve had reading your awesome books as well as all the posts on the blog. (Seriously, 170K words?! That’s amazing!) I’ve been reading a very, very long time — since I was 2, and I’m now 38 — and I’m not sure if I’ve ever gotten as much enjoyment from it as I have this year, to some degree because I’ve “come back” to YA and it’s so, so much better than when I actually WAS a YA, but also in large part due to the fact that I can interact with authors of whom I’m just in awe and discover that they’re very nice, down-to-earth, regular real people! The pleasure of reading skyrockets when you have all the social media tools available to tell an author how much you loved her book (and she actually responds!) as well as to share your love of reading with a community of other avid readers, literally from around the world. It is an amazing time to be a reader — and, I hope, to be an author, too! I hope you’re all loving it as much as us fans are :)

    Anyway, this is totally rambling and babbling and I’m exhausted from the holidays, but I just wanted to say a MASSIVE THANK YOU to all of y’all – for the blog, for your books, for being so available to your fans, and, yes, for the Kindle as well :) (I look forward to hearing from one of you soon!) And I can’t wait to read Meredith’s debut, THE EIGHTH GUARDIAN!

    Y’all. ROCK. And I <3 you.

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