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On Waiting As Writers

It’s no secret that writers spend a lot of time waiting. When drafting: We wait for inspiration. We wait for time to write. When revising: We wait for critique partners to send feedback. When entering online writing contests: We wait to be chosen. When querying: We wait for agents to fall in love with our work. When on submission: We wait for editors to fall in love with our work. When the book deal is signed: We […]

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Learning to Say No & Prioritizing Writing

Hi, Pub Crawl Readers! Let’s talk sacrifice. mwahahahahaha It’s as much a theme throughout my characters’ lives and worlds as it is my own. Since my last post, on balancing (or not balancing) writing with a full time job—where I shared some general tips—I’ve been thinking a lot about—and struggling a lot with—what that means day-to-day and how I can make more time in my life for the things I want to do. A couple […]

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A New You—In Name Alone? When to Adopt a Pen Name

For the first ten years and twenty-plus novels of my career, I wrote exclusively under my real name. But this summer, The Dress in the Window will come out under the pseudonym Sofia Grant. The decision to use a pen name was not undertaken lightly, but after extensive discussion with my agent and editor, who ultimately felt that my new novel might reach the greatest number of readers if it was launched as a ‘debut.’ […]

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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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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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