News from Dead Darlings

Hello from Dead Darlings! Last month we spent some time with our champions. First, five Grubbies with debut novels shared some of their success tips and struggles. Then we shared tips on how writers can get the most out of their protagonists.

November 10, 2017 | The Editors at Dead Darlings

Craft Advice Interviews

What to Do While Your Book is on Submission

By Katrin Schumann

I've been on submission many times over the years. It's fun, until it's not. Or... it's fun and then gets a lot more fun. Here's what I've learned.

1) Create a serene environment around you. Preferably light a candle first thing in the morning. Not one of those scented things called Enticing Aroma's Fall Festival or, god forbid, Pumpkin Spice. Something classy and reeking of intelligence, just like you.

November 1, 2017 | Katrin Schumann

Read The Writing Life

Sound Quality: Henriette Lazaridis on Erica Ferencik's The River At Night

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.

This month's installment comes from Erica Ferencik's novel The River At Night.

October 25, 2017 | Henriette Lazaridis

Craft Advice

News from the DeadDarlings

This month at The Dead Darlings office, we looked up, down and around for fresh ideas and inspiration.


In Writing Awe, Julie Carrick Dalton explores the elements of evoking utter amazement in your reader. 

October 13, 2017 | The Editors at Dead Darlings

Craft Advice Interviews The Writing Life