Tag Archives | Literary

The Idea Book

Lately, my partner and I have been making our way through Black Mirror in the evenings as a way to unwind after a long time of work. Only it’s not exactly the most relaxing, mindless sort of television, so we often end up more keyed up afterwards than not. What is Black Mirror? It’s hard to describe, but I would call it The Twilight Zone for our age. Where The Twilight Zone tackled topics like isolation, deception, witch hunts—topics relevant in the 1950s, […]


Literary Voice: Developing it…and defining it.

A story’s “voice” is sometimes hard to define or talk about. You’ll hear people in the industry praising a certain writer’s voice, or asking for a certain kind of voice in their submissions—quirky, lyrical, etc. I’ve had people ask me how to practice developing one’s own voice, or improve it. But what exactly is voice? Wikipedia (that college professor’s bane…) provides the following: The writer’s voice is the individual writing style of an author, a […]


Wield Your Words Carefully

I will admit I have a love/hate relationship with so-called “prose stylists”. I, like many editors, have a soft spot for literary fiction: I admire a well-turned phrase, am tickled by metatextual playfulness, and am impressed by striking imagery, but more often than not, beautiful prose styling is simply not enough. I’ve often read submissions (and the occasional published novel!) with exquisite prose, but whose beautiful writing eventually becomes its biggest burden. For me, good writing […]


Urban Fantasy vs Magical Realism

by Rachel Seigel — A couple of weeks ago, a PubCrawl reader asked us if we could better define the difference between magical realism and urban fantasy, both of which are sub-genres of fantasy. The two genres, though often confused, are actually quite different. In an urban fantasy novel, the setting is usually an urban city such as New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, etc… The fantasy creatures live in the city and interact with the […]


Why I Hate The Term “Literary Fiction”

by Vanessa Di Gregorio — I have an issue I want to talk about – that of the literary. Books are often categorized into genres, with “subcultures”, if you will. YA is one of those subcultures; there are YA bloggers all throughout the blogosphere, and YA communities and Twitter chats and groups galore. People who love YA enjoy talking about YA, and enjoy being around others who are like-minded. I even think that Pub(lishing) Crawl […]