WWMCD: Creating Depth and Motivation in Your Characters

I’ve always admired those people who know what their main character eats for breakfast. I don’t. I’ve never had the stamina to fill out long questionnaires aimed at getting to know your main character better. For some people, it’s that kind of intimacy that brings their characters to life. For others, it takes out the mystery. No matter what your approach, you need to know what drives your main character, and enough about him or her […]


Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Shadow and Bone by our very own Leigh Bardugo releases today! In celebration, we’re giving away a hardcover copy of the book, as well as sharing why we think you need to read it RIGHT NOW! Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of […]


June Releases!

By Vanessa Di Gregorio — Summer is here, and what better way to celebrate than by reading a great book outside? So, I’ve compiled a list of YA books I’m really excited about that are coming out this month! And there definitely seems to be a colour trend on all these covers! And this month is extra special, because it’s the month that our very own Leigh Bardugo’s SHADOW AND BONE releases! WOOHOO! And having […]


Introducing a new member: Jordan Hamessley!

Dear Readers, we have an announcement: a Real Live Editor is joining the Pub(lishing) Crawl team. You may remember her from her guest post on mass market paperbacks. Either way, she’s a real publishing insider, and we’re so excited (and incredibly honored) to be able to introduce to you: Jordan Hamessley London! Jordan is an assistant editor at Grosset and Dunlap, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers where she edits Adam-Troy Castro’s middle grade horror series Gustav […]


Tone Down the Nobility

Let’s talk about nobility. Not the kind that’s bought with old blood and farmlands, but the kind that’s intrinsic and rare to come by, that will always set aside selfish desires to do what is Right. This nobility will stay a sword at an execution and allow for another chance. It will be wildly protective of all that it loves, and all that it loves will be pure and equally noble. In life-threatening situations, it […]