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Focusing

Lately, I’ve been a highly distracted ferret creature when I’m supposed to be writing. I’ve got deadlines coming out of my ears right now, so I really need to focus and get my work done. But how?? I’m a firm believer in needing to be able to write wherever, whenever. When writing professionally, there’s no waiting for the mood to strike. Deadlines don’t care about moods. No, for me, it’s about forcing myself to focus. […]

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How to Write Swoon

Because I’m highly predictable and like to repeat myself, this is apparently the second post about what makes romances swoonworthy I’ve written for PubCrawl. (Oops!) And I’m uncreative to boot, as I tied that post to Valentine’s Day as well. Ah well, I’m going to blame this one on post-release brain farts. Anyway, I don’t mind talking about swoonworthy romances again because, to be honest, it’s a topic I like discussing. I am, at heart, a […]

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Using #MSWL to Personalize Your Query

Hello, Fair Pub Crawlers, and Happy #MSWL Day! Today, in honor of #MSWL Day (head over to twitter for a running feed of what agents are looking for), I’d like to talk about some do’s and don’ts of using Manuscript Wishlist (#MSWL) to personalize your query. Manuscript Wishlist has been, largely, a blessing for agents (and some editors!). What a joy to be able to cite specific ideas that come to mind, and to have […]

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The Basics of Show Don’t Tell

Hi all; Julie here! Today’s post goes back to basics with a discussion of Show Don’t Tell. (For other approaches to this rule, you can read JJ’s piece on balancing the mix of showing and telling, Pub Crawl alum Susan Dennard’s post on using showing and telling on macro and micro levels, and Kat’s approach to when to show and when to tell.) There are few rules of craft that can be applied to a […]

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