Archive | August, 2017

PubCrawl Podcast: Coming of Age Stories

JJ and Kelly wrap up their Summer of Archetypes with Coming of Age narratives! Did you read and love The Pigman in middle school? We did. Also, we can’t help but discuss the Handbook for Mortals/NYT Bestseller List shenanigans! If this episode seems particularly choppy, that’s because we were interrupted several times by Kelly’s 3 year old daughter, who makes a guest appearance in the bloopers. Coming of Age Stories Although some of us may […]

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Guest Post: Surviving the Querying Trenches

We talk a lot about how difficult it is to query—how you have to put together the right list and all the important things to remember when writing a query. All of that is true, but in my experience, the most difficult part of querying was something more internal: I was sending my hard work out to strangers and many of them would, inevitably, reject it. There’s no way to avoid this, but you can […]


Cover Reveal! The Memory of Forgotten Things by Kat Zhang!

Hello PubCrawlers! I’m very excited to be hosting the cover reveal for fellow PubCrawl contributor (currently on hiatus,) Kat Zhang, whose new MG novel, The Memory of Forgotten Things, is due out from Aladdin in Spring/Summer 2018! I’m so excited for you all to see this gorgeous cover, not only because it’s beautiful, but also because it so perfectly reflects the book inside. I had the opportunity to read an early draft of Memory, and […]


Writing Alone Together

As you probably know if you’ve been following this blog, the concept of writing as a lonely pursuit is often a fallacy, or at least a melodramatic representation of the writer as a lonely, angst-ridden individual. Sure, some of us are–and I know many writers are introverts–but one of my favorite things about being an author is that I’m part of a community, or several communities. (In my case, primarily speculative fiction and children’s fiction.) […]

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PubCrawl Podcast: Archetypes – Cataclysms and Survival Stories

This week, Kelly and JJ are still chatting about Archetypes with a discussion of Cataclysm and Survival Stories. These narratives highlight humankind’s innate resourcefulness and desire to survive. We’re the cockroaches of the universe! Cataclysms and Survival Stories At their heart, these types of stories–post-apocalyptic or natural disaster or other survival narratives–are about human resilience. They highlight humankind’s innate resourcefulness and desire to survive. We’re the cockroaches of the universe! Stories about survival are great showcases […]

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