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PubCrawl Podcast: Archetypes – Redemption and Revenge

Hey guys! Our apologies for the late episode; Kelly is taking over editing duties while JJ finishes up the revisions on SHADOWSONG and her technical ineptitude, plus ancient equipment, plus mercury in retrograde all conspired against us. Thanks for your patience! This week we’re talking about some of our favorite core narratives: Redemption and Revenge. Redemption These are Kelly’s favorite! Excellent examples are Zuko from Avatar the Last Airbender and Helena from Orphan Black. Redemption […]

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PubCrawl Podcast: Query Refresher

JJ and Kelly revisit that evergreen publishing topic: queries! We revisit query letters and what makes them successful. There’s also a long tangent about tropes and singing the praises of homemade cold press coffee. Pitching vs Crafting Crafting or drafting is intimate, but pitching requires a certain amount of distance from your work. Sometimes there’s a disconnect between what you want the work to be and what it actually is. Getting some distance and objectivity from […]

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Tips for Creating an Ensemble Cast of Characters

One of my favorite movies is The Breakfast Club, John Hughes’s 1980s classic that imagines a day in the life of five students from various cliques within an American high school who are forced to spend a Saturday suffering through detention together.  The film’s message centers on the superficial differences between the characters, and how those differences mask the fact that the kids have more in common than they think. The film succeeds because it […]