Archive | June, 2016

PubCrawl Podcast: Dissecting Return of the Jedi

This week Kelly and JJ discuss the final installment of the original Star Wars trilogy: RETURN OF THE JEDI. Is it successful? Is it not? It’s better than the prequel trilogy, but is that saying much? NOTE: Sorry about the audio in parts; it was raining really hard and unfortunately we don’t have actual recording studios. P.S. JJ doesn’t know what to spend her Audible credit on, so give her recommendations!

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Learning to Write

Once you have a grasp of grammar basics, how sentences are put together, arguably all you need to do to become a writer is 1) read a lot, and 2) write a lot. You don’t need a college degree or an MFA, you don’t need to take writing classes or go to workshops. You can learn writing simply by doing it. Traditional wisdom holds that you will have to write about a million words of crap […]

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Because Magic: Stakes, Conflict, and the Price of Using Magic

Good morning, Pub Crawlers! Today I’d like to mainly focus on stakes in magic. Making up a world is hard work! You’re creating geography, cultural aesthetics, clothing, sometimes even language. You’re often using magic in some form or another. But I want to start by talking a little bit more in depth about a common problem I see in queries and manuscripts, and that’s the Because Magic issue. “Because Magic” translates to “I don’t have […]

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PubCrawl Podcast: Dissecting The Empire Strikes Back

This week JJ and Kelly continue their series on dissecting fictional properties, this time with the second installment of the original Star Wars trilogy: The Empire Strikes Back. Arguably the best of the original three (and possibly all seven), they try to pick apart why it is both a critical and fan favorite. Also, musical theatre nerds, this week’s off menu recommendations are for you!

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Contract Conversations: Red Flags

I’ve written here before about how vital it is to read your publishing contracts. But recent industry dust ups make conversations about contracts more pertinent than ever. An author-friendly contract is imperative for the health of your career, and today I’m here to talk to you about some red flags to look for when reading the first draft of your contract. Contracts are negotiable. If you see any of these warning signs, it’s not necessarily […]

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