The Biggest Surprises About the Traditional Publishing Process

So you've written a novel; now what? In this series, debut author-to-be Crystal King describes the traditional publication process from start to finish: the lead-up, what to expect along the way, and how building her social media platform has made a difference. In this installment of "On the Path to Publication" Crystal talks about the most surprising things she's discovered about the publishing process.

February 24, 2017 | Crystal King

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Sound Quality: Henriette Lazaridis on Tessa Hadley's The Past

We've all had that moment as readers when we stumble across a sentence in a novel or essay that sings to us from the page. There are sentences we want to wrap our tongues around, that we speak aloud just to revel in their aural qualities. For each installment of this series, Henriette Lazaridis chooses a single sentence from a work of literature and shows us why it is music to our ears.

February 22, 2017 | Henriette Lazaridis

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Best of the Web 02/20/17

Twice a month, we feature our favorite literary links. As ever, we promise: You’ll laugh. You'll ponder. You won’t get any writing done.

Rachel Sanders from Buzzfeed put together a collection of essays that talk about the immigrant experience and share what it takes, and means, to uproot your life and begin again in a different country. 

"Essays About the Immigrant Experience

February 21, 2017 | GrubWrites


News from the DeadDarlings

What now? Here at the DeadDarlings office we headed into a new year under a new presidency. Writers know how to handle transitions. We notice the shifts taking place within our scenes or between our chapters and choose how to smooth out the journey for our readers by looking at what has to change and what stays the same from one state to the next. Last month we looked at all the things we want to keep doing in 2017.

February 17, 2017 | The Editors at Dead Darlings

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Why I Write Vol 15: Victory GardensĀ 

In this series, "Why I Write," members of the Grub community share what compels them to put words onto paper day after day. In this edition, Tanushree Baidya shares the importance of pushing through and keep writing and exploring. 


I am taking a writing workshop and one of the assignments is to write about beauty or beautiful things. It is a simple assignment. The purpose is to make you more observant of your world and your life. Groan! 

February 15, 2017 | GrubWrites

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