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 […]


U.S. or U.K.: Why Book Covers are Not the Same

by Rachel Seigel — We have all heard the old adage “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover”, but when it comes to deciding which books we want to pick up, I think most of us will admit that we absolutely do judge books by their covers. Cover design is one of the most fascinating and possibly the most difficult aspects of book publishing. How do you a) capture the spirit of the book and […]


The Not-So-Secret Backdoor to Publishing

Besides the fact that they’re some of the most successful YA books, the titles shown above have one very big thing in common: They are the products of a practice known as book packaging, wherein a person or company creates marketable ideas, develops outlines or synopses, then hires writers to write them. The packager—whether it is Alloy (Gossip Girl, The Clique, The Probability of Miracles, the Private series), Full Fathom Five (I am Number Four), or […]