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PubCrawl Podcast: Query Critique III

This week JJ and Kelly run another query critique podcast! The quality of the submissions were pretty high all around, so barring a few nitpicks, we encourage y’all to keep querying! Also, lots and lots of fangirling over the Netflix original show GLOW. Previous Query Critiques Query Critique I Query Critique II Query #1 Dear Agent, Thank you so much for your thoughtful and positive feedback during the recent YARWA pitch contest. It was during […]


PubCrawl Podcast: Archetypes, Stereotypes, & Cliches

This week, Kelly and JJ give a little overview about archetypes, stereotypes, and cliches to kick off their Summer of Archetypes. What is the difference between all of these things? Also, they answer a few questions and give (probably unsolicited) advice on how to become more civically engaged in the US political process. Show Notes Archetypes vs. stereotypes: what is the difference? Functionally, they are both the same, but the difference lies in execution. Archetypes […]

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PubCrawl Podcast: Query Refresher

JJ and Kelly revisit that evergreen publishing topic: queries! We revisit query letters and what makes them successful. There’s also a long tangent about tropes and singing the praises of homemade cold press coffee. Pitching vs Crafting Crafting or drafting is intimate, but pitching requires a certain amount of distance from your work. Sometimes there’s a disconnect between what you want the work to be and what it actually is. Getting some distance and objectivity from […]

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PubCrawl Podcast: Half-Pint Happy Hour #3

WE ARE BACK! FOR REALSIES, Y’ALL. Kelly and JJ go through a backlog of questions, give answers, and catch up a bit on life. Also: their call for submissions for their query critique podcast is still open! If you would like your query critiqued by the two of us, please send them to with the subject QUERY CRITIQUE. Is it best to get an agent in your own country or can you query elsewhere? […]


PubCrawl Podcast: Half Pint Happy Hour #2

JJ and Kelly are back with another Half Pint Happy Hour (that’s more like a full size pint this time around. We’re chatty). We answer questions about social media in fiction, how to finish a draft, and how (not) to personalize your query for agents. Also, snail slime face cream! This is Kelly’s first time editing the podcast (standing ovation for JJ, who has edited every single other episode to date) so her apologies if […]

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