PubCrawl Podcast: Publishing 101 Publication & Beyond


This week, Kelly and JJ explain what happens after you get published, including print formats, the life cycle of a book, and publicity and promotion. Plus, a NaNoWriMo pep talk!

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Show Notes

We’ve written quite a few posts on the topics of promotion, self-promotion, and social media here at PubCrawl, so browse at your convenience!

TL;DL Version

  • There are different print formats: hardcover, trade paperback, and mass market.
  • Books can get remaindered, which means that the publisher is selling off the remaining stock of a title at a loss to make room at their warehouses for new titles. This does not necessarily mean your book is going out of print.
  • The best way to promote books is to make personal connections, i.e. DON’T (solely) BE A SHILL FOR YOUR OWN WORK.
  • The New York Times bestseller list is…complicated.

Creative Endeavors

Both Kelly and JJ are doing NaNoWriMo this year! Add us as writing buddies and keep us accountable! We are bookishchick and sjaejones, respectively.

Some NaNoWriMo tips

JJ won NaNoWriMo 13, and then went on to sell that novel, so she feels she’s got a leg to stand on. Some tips and links:

  • What should you write about? Anything you want, but if you’re stuck for plot, retelling something can help!
  • Pick a story with a small element of “wish fulfillment”No judgement! Writing from a place of subconscious desire really helps you with word count.
  • The Big Idea: How to Turn an Idea into a Book (a post I wrote about finding what to write about)
  • More posts on Ideas on PubCrawl!

Books Discussed/What We’re Reading

Off-Menu Recommendations


3 Responses to PubCrawl Podcast: Publishing 101 Publication & Beyond

  1. allreb Oct 24 2015 at 4:16 pm #


    …but actually I’m about a third of the way through listening to this (even though I’m not usually a huge podcast listener), and thank you SO much, it is really helpful and interesting to get a look at what happens post-publication, since so many writing sites are focused on the lead up. I really appreciate it!

    • Kelly Oct 26 2015 at 8:38 am #


      We’re so glad that it’s been helpful for you! We are going to spend a couple of episodes talking about craft, but we definitely want to do another industry-intensive run of episodes. Sort of a Publishing 201. So if you get to the end of the episode and still have questions about the industry or the publishing process then please let us know so we can devote some time to those answers!

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