By Katrin Schumann
My friend Stephen had an incredibly interesting life. When he died at age 50, he left behind a small family and lots of burned bridges. One thing he didn’t leave behind—something so important that its absence is a tragedy—was any kind of cogent record of his life or work.
There are pictures and half remembered stories. There are paintings and sculptures, covered in Saharan dust, the details of their provenance lost forever
September 6, 2017 | Katrin Schumann
September 1, 2017 | Allison Hoch
This month at the Dead Darlings, we played a frightening game of WHAT IF(?) Here are some of our top nightmare scenarios and helpful hints to survive catastrophe.
What if someone publishes your idea before you?
Milo Todd saw a similar novel to his get to market first and lived to tell us about it.
August 11, 2017 | The Editors at Dead Darlings
Novel Incubator graduate and Grub Instructor Kelly J. Ford's searing debut novel, Cottonmouths, has just hit the shelves. After spending a feverish night inhaling this unputdownable story about love and meth in the rural South, GrubWrites Editor and fellow Novel Incubator alum Sarah Colwill-Brown couldn't wait to sit down with Kelly for a chat about the pains and pleasures of novel writing, navigating the publishing industry, and the scary prospect of writing about home. Cottonmouths follows Emily Skinner, a young college drop out forced to return home to small town Arkansas after losing her scholarship. Back under ...
August 10, 2017 | Sarah Colwill-Brown
By Katrin Schumann
This spring, a new writer—let’s call her Sharon—sent out dozens of queries for her novel and received zero response. Nothing, not even a single no thanks. She contacted me to ask if I could help with her query letter. Understandably, she thought there might be a secret to writing a query that would catch an agent's attention, and she'd missed it.