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Once You’ve Finished Reading

I was listening to the radio today and the host mentioned her lack of interest in visiting the Wizarding World of Harry Potter (Gasp! I know- right?) despite having enjoyed the books. She said that while she understands that fans of the book want to walk down Diagon Alley or select a wand or sample Butter Beer, she prefers to read a book and be done with it. I was particularly struck by this comment, […]

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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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Tracking Your Progress While Outlining and Revising

Hi all! Julie here. Recently I blogged about How to Finish Your Book, focusing on tips on how to get to The End when writing a first draft. In the comments, I was asked a great question about tracking progress during the outlining and revising stages of the writing process. The reason I think this is such a great question is because tracking outlining and revising is definitely trickier than tracking drafting. When getting a […]

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Writers Need Hobbies

Until an author gets published (and even afterward), I’m willing to bet that many of their friends, family, and acquaintances think their writing is just a hobby. After all, they have a real job to pay the bills, right? Even if they’re serious about getting published, beginning writers also may think of writing as something they only do on the side. They squeeze it into the “extra” hours of the day–on lunch breaks, early in the morning, late at night after […]

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Reading and Writing are Political Acts

So. Hi. We haven’t posted in a while. Pub Crawl is not a political website. We’re a website about reading, writing, and the publishing industry. But reading and writing are inherently political acts. Some people are urgently searching for something to do in the wake of the American presidential election, and one of the things I choose to do is embrace the political power of reading and writing. Reading I am committed to becoming a better listener. […]

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