My Love Letter to Fantasy

by Vanessa Di Gregorio — I’ve heard many people talk about how much they admire and love literary fiction. I’ve been in countless classes, studying great literary works – both classic and contemporary. I’m surrounded by many individuals who live and breathe and voraciously read works of literary fiction in my industry. And of course, the biggest and most prestigious of awards tend to lean towards the literary. Well. That’s all fine and dandy, and […]


Gustav Gloom and the People Taker: Meet the creative minds behind it

I enjoy reading middle grade, but rarely do I find a middle grade novel that forces me to stop everything I’m doing and read. Gustav Gloom did precisely this. From the charming voice to the breakneck pacing to the cleverly layered plot to the thoroughly 3D cast of characters, I honestly could not put this down. I recall describing it to some fellow Pub(lishing) Crawlers as “it’s just so delightful.” But it was scary too. […]


Parched Cover Reveal and Giveaway!

Do we have a treat for you! Today we have Melanie Crowder, author of Parched, visiting! And more than that, we ‘re beyond excited to be sharing the cover of Parched with you for the very first time! Can we go even further than that? YES WE CAN! Today we’re also featuring the very first giveaway of a PARCHED ARC! What’s that? Permission to run in circles and squeal? Permission granted, people. Permission granted. Here we go! Isn’t it outrageously beautiful? I […]


Dream Writing Spaces

Somewhere in our heads, we all have our dream office. It might be catered to reading, writing, business….dreaming…but if you’re in publishing, chances are, it also resembles a library. If I were Stephanie Meyer, my house would look like a library and then oh yeah, we forgot the bedrooms, let’s throw in a few of those too. Something like this: Two stories, obviously, is the only way to go. Back in 2008/2009, before I had […]


Correcting Problems with Pacing

When I read through an early draft, problems with the pacing usually jump out at me first. I might notice that an action scene drags, or a romantic scene zips by without any real connection between the characters. If your own draft feels flat, you may need to work on your pacing. When a writer gets the pacing right, readers connect with the characters and keep turning pages. Narrative pace refers to the rate at […]