News from Dead Darlings

Park benches are slowly reappearing from the snow piles here at Dead Darlings headquarters. Spring may actually come this year. Now is a good time to think about babies, books, novel comps, and breaking through writer’s block. We’ve got all that and more from our favorite posts of this past month.

Babies and Books

In Birthing Babies, Birthing Books Elizabeth Chiles Shelburne talks about gestating two babies and her book. 

The Dreaded Comp

We’ve all been there, searching for that perfect book that is popular enough, new enough, and well written enough to tell prospective agents how to think about our book. Sharissa Jones in Finding that Perfect Comp writes about how painful finding that comp is.

Ack! Writer’s Block

No one wants to talk about this, but we all go through times when writing anything seems impossible. Kelly Robertson in Stuck: How to Deal with Writer’s Block gives pointers on how to get through it.

 Doorstop to Sacred Text

How a thin book serving a utilitarian task became a book to be read and treasured as written by Gerald Whelan in The Book That Was my Doorstop Has Become a Sacred Text.

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