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Cover Reveal! The Memory of Forgotten Things by Kat Zhang!

Hello PubCrawlers! I’m very excited to be hosting the cover reveal for fellow PubCrawl contributor (currently on hiatus,) Kat Zhang, whose new MG novel, The Memory of Forgotten Things, is due out from Aladdin in Spring/Summer 2018! I’m so excited for you all to see this gorgeous cover, not only because it’s beautiful, but also because it so perfectly reflects the book inside. I had the opportunity to read an early draft of Memory, and […]

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Author Janet McNally on Writing about Music

Hi PubCrawlers! Today I’m sharing an interview with my friend and fellow Sweet 16 debut author, Janet McNally. Janet’s debut, Girls in the Moon, releases tomorrow, November 29. I was lucky enough to read an advance copy, and I fell in love with this lyrical coming-of-age story with a rock and roll backdrop. I’m so happy to have Janet here to talk about her debut. She is also sharing a giveaway, so enter with the […]

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It Is Decidedly So

As a teen, one of my closest and most trusted confidantes happened to be made by Mattel. Its black and glossy surface gleamed like my future. Within its walls floated a hypnotic icosahedron, a twenty-sided die that would determine the course of everything. Yes. I was obsessed with my Magic 8 Ball. And into that orb of plastic, I poured every one of my adolescent hopes and dreams. Secret crushes, wild aspirations, even my deepest […]

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Why Are We Here?

Like anyone who speaks in public, I choose when I’ll go with spontaneous (having thought ahead about what, at least) or full script. The latter is rare for me; I’m happier talking with, not at, my audience after all. At When Words Collide, I knew I’d share the stage with my fellow GoHs at WWC, namely Ian Hamilton, Marty Chan, Eve Silver, and Dr. Robert “Talks to Toasters” Runté, each guaranteed to be erudite, fun, and […]

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PubCrawl Alum: Discovering Your Novel’s Hook by Janice Hardy

Every novel needs a great hook that grabs reader attention and holds it tight. In a novel’s brainstorming stage, the hook is the gotcha—the twist that will make the novel compelling and fresh. It’s the “ooooh” factor that probably got you excited about the idea in the first place. It might be a plot point, a character goal, or a conflict. It could even be the theme. The hook is what sets your novel apart […]

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