Why Personal Marketing Matters, Even if You’re Unpublished

Grub instructor and marketing expert Allison Hoch on why personal marketing for writers is important even before the book launch--even before the book sale, for that matter. You can catch Allison in person on Saturday, Febuary 3rd, in her one-day class, Marketing for Writers--Whether You're Published or Not.

January 17, 2018 | Allison Hoch

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Lit Crush: The Books We're Most Excited For in 2018!

Some days, waiting for a new book's release is like waiting to step into a magical bookcase to explore the enchanted forest beyond. And some days, it's a stretch to justify the glossy, social media-friendly image. Today, both are true! The Grub office is gearing up for another winter freeze, and we're contemplating the books set for release in 2018 that we just can't wait to cosy up and hunker down with.

January 16, 2018 | Sarah Colwill-Brown

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News from DeadDarlings: 3 Rs of Writing Exposed

This month at the DeadDarlings offices, we looked at vulnerabilities in characters and ourselves that manifest in our fiction. Here are some common stages in crafting a novel that every writer struggles through:

Research: Finding What Drives Your Story
Jerry Whelan explains how his fascination with long-dead New England abolitionists and digging for his own ancestral roots combine in his fiction in DNA, Memory and Fiction as Magic: A True Story.

Revise: Writing Realistic Characters
Laura Roper suggests Exploring Character Through Memoir as a way to guide them to reveal themselves in direct and indirect ways, intentionally vs. unintentionally ...

January 12, 2018 | The Editors at Dead Darlings

Craft Advice The Writing Life

Child's Play

I like to play with my poems the way I play with my daughters.

 

We invent elaborate games with ever-shifting rules. We treat familiar objects as if they were not familiar. When we wrestle, it almost looks like we’re dancing.

 

The problem, though, is that other poems – poems I’ve never even read before – love to run over and join in on the fun, start trying to grab my thumb or pull the glasses off my face and before I know it I’m surrounded by a pack of little rough drafts all wanting to play slappy-slappy.

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January 10, 2018 | Ben Berman

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January Top Picks: Opportunities for Writers

The January 2018 edition of "Writing Life Essentials," a monthly hand-curated list of contests, grants, scholarships, submissions calls, and awards, with a focus on opportunities that are at least one of the following: local, free to apply, and/or committed to celebrating and supporting writers from historically marginalized communities

January 9, 2018 | Sarah Colwill-Brown

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