What We’re Reading

The weekend is here! Which, for a lot of people, means READING! And in case you were wondering what books we currently have our noses in, here they are: Susan Dennard is re-reading Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones Erin Bowman is reading Shadow & Bone by our very own Leigh Bardugo Sarah J. Maas is reading The Shadow Queen by Anne Bishop Kat Zhang just finished A Storm of Swords by George R.R. […]

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Cover Lust: Classic Covers and Sentimental Favorites

I thought I’d take a different approach to Cover Lust this week and peruse old books. Books whose covers are utterly timeless or books whose covers remind me of the story within. For example, Catch-22—a book I have read so much, the pages are barely attached to the spine and almost every other sentence is underlined. The cover is both eye-catching to a modern reader and heart-warming (at least to me). The same for Slaughterhouse-Five, a book […]

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Leaving Pub Crawl

After two and a half years with Let The Words Flow, and now Pub[lishing] Crawl, which is basically forever in internet time, I’ve made the decision to step down as a contributor to this blog project. If you’d like to read my reasons, you’re welcome to visit this post on my personal blog. But given that this is my last day posting, and my last opportunity to speak to you all, I’d rather use this […]

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After The First Book Doesn’t Sign or Sell

Have you ever asked yourself any of these questions: What if this book doesn’t land me an agent? Worse, what if I do sign with someone, but then the book never sells? How can I give up this amazing story? I’ve been with this book so long it’s like my kid! Will my agent drop me if I don’t sell? Am I going to be the biggest failure ever if this book isn’t a success? […]

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One Step Back, Two Steps Forward

I always struggle to find balance when I write a first draft. I’m either tweaking adjectives and commas so obsessively that I fail to move forward, or I’m plowing ahead so blindly that I write myself into a complete mess of poor pacing, character inconsistencies, plot holes, the works. I think many writers fight this battle. We know rewriting a single paragraph seventeen times won’t help us finish the draft, so we plow onward. We […]

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