Writing Yourself

June is Pride month, a time for the queer community to celebrate its history and commemorate the anniversary of the Stonewall riots—the 1969 uprisings in Greenwich Village that marked the turning point for LGBTQ+ rights in this country. For a number of reasons, this year’s Pride holds special significance for me, and one of the big ones is that it is my first year as the published author of an OwnVoices novel about a gay […]

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PubCrawl Podcast: Query Refresher

JJ and Kelly revisit that evergreen publishing topic: queries! We revisit query letters and what makes them successful. There’s also a long tangent about tropes and singing the praises of homemade cold press coffee. Pitching vs Crafting Crafting or drafting is intimate, but pitching requires a certain amount of distance from your work. Sometimes there’s a disconnect between what you want the work to be and what it actually is. Getting some distance and objectivity from […]

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Introverting In An Extrovert’s Paradise (Or, Surviving BEA)

Are you an introvert or an extrovert? It’s sometimes assumed that an introvert is shy and an extrovert is the life of the party, but the terms actually refer to where you get your energy. Do you feel more charged and refreshed by being alone, or do you feel your best when you’re with lots of other people? Many writers, including myself, identify as introverts. I’m a very social, outgoing person and I like chatting […]

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PubCrawl Podcast: Half-Pint Happy Hour #3

WE ARE BACK! FOR REALSIES, Y’ALL. Kelly and JJ go through a backlog of questions, give answers, and catch up a bit on life. Also: their call for submissions for their query critique podcast is still open! If you would like your query critiqued by the two of us, please send them to publishingcrawl@gmail.com with the subject QUERY CRITIQUE. Is it best to get an agent in your own country or can you query elsewhere? […]

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Guarding your writing time

A couple months ago, I was at an event where someone asked how authors — particularly those with day jobs and children and life events — find time to write. Full disclosure: I write full-time, and I’m very fortunate to be able to do that. I can’t answer as to how writers with all that going on manage to fit it in. Sorcery, as far as I can tell. But for real, I know authors […]

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