Pre-Queries And How To Avoid Them

We talk a lot about queries here on Pub Crawl. How to write them, tips and tricks to write them successfully, mistakes to avoid when querying. You name it and at some point one of our fantastic contributors has written about it. But since becoming an agent I’ve become familiar with the dreaded pre-query. And it happens frequently enough that I thought it might be worth talking about what a pre-query is and why you […]

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PubCrawl Podcast: Archetypes – The Fatal Flaw

This week JJ and Kelly continue their Summer of Archetypes series with The Fatal Flaw! Some museum recommendations! Hamilton also makes a reappearance! Show Notes Like The Chosen, the Fatal Flaw narrative often has a sense of inevitability to them. Not necessarily fate or preordination, but the feeling of an unstoppable train. Fatal flaw narratives seem to have fallen out of favor in publishing these days, but that isn’t to say there isn’t room for […]

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Real Talk: Patience in Publishing

Time for some real, possibly difficult to hear, talk: Publishing, my friends, is a long, long game. Having been on both sides of it – as a writer, going through submission, and as an agent, taking my own clients through submission – I can say with certainty that if this industry is making you absolutely crazy with its snail’s pace, you are not alone. Publishing is an industry that, especially in recent years, is always […]

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Five Things I’ve Learned About Being a Pre-Published Debut

This is the year my dream comes true! My debut novel comes out in exactly 85 days. *slightly hysterical laughter* I have longed for October 10, 2017 even before I knew it would have any lasting significance on my life. Young Julie wished fiercely on stars, birthday candles, and alarm clocks every time 11:11 came around, and held her breath for luck while driving through tunnels and over bridges. She looked at getting published through the […]

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PubCrawl Podcast: Archetypes – The Chosen One

This week Kelly and JJ kick off their Summer of Archetypes with The Chosen One. What constitutes a Chosen One narrative? What are some examples? What are examples of a subverted Chosen One? CAN you truly subvert a Chosen One narrative? Also, our gripes with the TV show LOST. Show Notes As we define it, the Chosen One is The One Who Solves the Story Problem, or a singular character with a Greater Purpose. Some […]

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