Conditioning Forces – Or, your character doesn’t live in a vacuum!

In the 1951 play, Bedtime Story, by Sean O’Casey, the protagonist is faced with the goal of getting a prostitute out of his apartment before his roommate comes home. The character’s goals are founded on the fact that he is a devout Roman Catholic, feels terribly guilty, and doesn’t want his indiscretion to be discovered. Getting the prostitute out of the house without being detected becomes the main character’s all encompassing goal. The prospect of […]

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Special Friday the 13th Question: Superstitions

Rachel Seigel My biggest superstition is the “knock on wood” expression. I probably over-use it to be honest, but some part of me thinks if I don’t say it I’ll jinx myself! I also don’t know if you can call it a supersition exactly, but if I’m out at night I always look for a star and wish for the thing I most want to have happen. I suppose it’s superstitious because I sort of […]

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Coverlust: Middle Grade Special

by Vanessa Di Gregorio — Okay, I’ll admit it: I’m a total coverlust junkie. I spend WAY too much time admiring pretty covers (so much so that I even started just saving them to my computer to periodically look at). Can you say, addicted? Though I suppose, compared to my addiction to junk food, it isn’t nearly as bad. Anyways, lately I’ve been finding that MG (middle grade) books have FANTASTIC covers galore! I’ve been […]

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Genre Mashing

There are a million reasons I love writing and reading YA, but one of the things I’m constantly grateful for is the freedom of genre. When you want to buy a YA book—or you’ve written one—you know you can find it in the YA section of the bookstore. Contemporary? YA section. Magic realism? YA section. Urban fantasy? YA section. Science fiction? YA section. Dystopian romance with hints of fairy tale set on a second Earth? […]

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Skylark by Meagan Spooner: First Pages Reveal and ARC Giveaway!

So, Pub(lishing) Crawl has been given a very special, very unique chance. Last week, Meagan Spooner revealed her stunning cover for her debut novel, Skylark. And now WE get to share the first pages of it! We are so incredibly honored to share this snippet of Skylark with you—and NOT just because we feel Super Cool for getting to do this…but because we also ADORE the book. And obviously we aren’t the only ones who love it—it sold […]

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