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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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Cover Reveal! GIRLS IN THE MOON by Janet McNally! (Plus ARC giveaway!)

First things first! Here’s the gorgeous cover! Isn’t that incredible? And here’s a summary of what you’ll find inside: Everyone in Phoebe Ferris’s life tells a different version of the truth. Her mother, Meg, ex-rock star and professional question evader, shares only the end of the story—the post-fame calm that Phoebe’s always known. Her sister Luna, indie rock darling of Brooklyn, preaches a stormy truth of her own making, selectively ignoring the facts she doesn’t […]

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Guest Post: Jordan Hamessley on BLEEDING EARTH!

Hello, Publishing Crawl! It’s been a while! Today is the pub day of Kaitlin Ward’s debut YA horror novel, Bleeding Earth! Bleeding Earth was my first YA acquisition after I moved to Egmont USA. I vividly remember reading the opening sequence on the subway, being horrified in the best way possible, and then staying up the rest of the night reading it. I proudly championed Kaitlin’s novel, which I lovingly called “the bloodiest book I […]

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