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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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PubCrawl Podcast: Archetypes – The Fatal Flaw

This week JJ and Kelly continue their Summer of Archetypes series with The Fatal Flaw! Some museum recommendations! Hamilton also makes a reappearance! Show Notes Like The Chosen, the Fatal Flaw narrative often has a sense of inevitability to them. Not necessarily fate or preordination, but the feeling of an unstoppable train. Fatal flaw narratives seem to have fallen out of favor in publishing these days, but that isn’t to say there isn’t room for […]

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PubCrawl Podcast: Archetypes – The Chosen One

This week Kelly and JJ kick off their Summer of Archetypes with The Chosen One. What constitutes a Chosen One narrative? What are some examples? What are examples of a subverted Chosen One? CAN you truly subvert a Chosen One narrative? Also, our gripes with the TV show LOST. Show Notes As we define it, the Chosen One is The One Who Solves the Story Problem, or a singular character with a Greater Purpose. Some […]

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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 […]

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Writing Non-Fiction

Whenever I thought about writing, I always assumed that writing non-fiction would be faster and easier than writing fiction. With fiction, I need a plot. I need a beginning, a middle and an ending. I need an interesting storyline and I need well-developed and compelling characters to keep the reader’s attention. Non-fiction, I thought, is easy. I just research the topic, follow the basic Ws that they teach you about good report writing, and meet […]

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