Archive | June, 2015

Rules and Tips for Writing Good Queries

If there’s one thing I’m asked over and over again, it’s How do you write a good query? Because there is an endless array of blogs and workshops (and even some posts here at PubCrawl) dedicated to just this very topic, I am sometimes baffled by how often I receive this question. But at other times, I understand. Querying is the first step in the traditional publishing process, the first step in getting your work in front of professionals. […]

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Outlining on Excel…(yes, that’s right, Excel)

Recently, I found myself doing something I never thought I’d ever do in a million years–outlining a book in Excel. You read that right–Excel. (Well, actually, I used Numbers and not Excel because I have iWork, but details, details… :P). This isn’t something I’d recommend for every book, but I’m currently revising a pretty hefty, unwieldy plot with multi-POV. It’s not A Song of Ice and Fire level or anything, but it’s complicated enough for a normal […]

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Introducing: Stacey Lee and Stephanie Garber!

How did you two meet? Stacey: We were both mentors in Brenda Drake’s Pitch Wars, a writer’s contest where mentors choose an unagented writer to work with to polish the writer’s manuscript for an agent pony show. Stephanie had the highest number of submissions, and I remember thinking, who is this rock star? Stephanie: That’s so funny because I remember being intimidated by Stacey. Stacey is one of the sweetest people I know, but I’d […]

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Practicing Like I Mean to Perform

Years ago, when I was in competitive dance, my instructor often told the group we should practice like we meant to perform. Which meant that from the very beginning of putting together a new routine—learning new steps and memorizing choreography—we had to smile (or make whatever facial expressions were appropriate for that style of dance). We had to dance “full out,” including jumps and turns, and other things that we could have “marked” that early […]

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Guest Post: Chandler Baker on Ghostwriting and ‘The Big Reveal’

The Big Reveal: Writing under your own name after years of ghostwriting and ways to navigate the transition It’s a not-so-dirty little secret that when my debut novel comes out this week, it won’t be my first published book. Okay, it actually won’t be my second or even my third published one, either, but it will still very much be my debut, in every sense of the word. You see, up until this point, I’ve been what’s known in […]

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