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The Meritocracy Myth

All right, as some of y’all might know, I tend to be of the School of Hard Truths when it comes to publishing (especially on the podcast). Here at PubCrawl we try to be as encouraging as possible, but neither do we want to sugarcoat every aspect of this business, thereby giving people a false sense of complacency. Writing is hard, folks. Publishing is, in many ways, even harder. It’s harder because outcomes or results rarely […]

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New Year Writerly Resolutions

Happy New Year, Pubcrawlers! I think we can all agree that 2016 blew pretty hard in a lot of ways. Though many of us experienced awesome things and achieved amazing goals, lots of things outside of our control went kablooey. For me, one of those things was my sense of my own writing. So I decided it was time to create a Writerly New Year’s Resolution. As most of you know, I’m a writer in […]

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The book-a-year schedule

Earlier this week, I tweeted that it turns out writing a book a year is actually really hard. For some reason, I hadn’t expected that. I’ll back up. Before I was published, I could write two or three drafts a year, and even sort of revise them. One year I wrote five manuscripts. (What is sleep???) Naively, I thought that if I could do all that, then a book a year would be easy peasy. I […]

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Gift Ideas for Bookworms!

Hi all! It’s Julie. The holidays are here–the time of year when many of us exchange gifts with loved ones–and I thought it would be fun to put together some gift suggestions for the book lovers on your list. To get me started, I asked my PubCrawl colleagues for their ideas, and they had quite a few good ones! Stephanie and JJ suggested subscription boxes, such as OwlCrate, LitJoy Crate, and Uppercase Box (which all […]

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Acknowledgements Checklist

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” —William Arthur Ward When I got the news of my first publishing deal, along with feeling insanely happy, shocked, and slightly drunk, I also remember the overwhelming sense of thankfulness I felt to not just my agent, but the entire universe. I think I even hugged my plant. That day, I wrote down all the people I wanted to thank, […]

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