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

Just Do It--Get Your Stories Down on Paper, Now!

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

Craft Advice The Writing Life

5 Common Myths About Marketing Your Book… and How to Tackle Them

Grub Instructor and marketing expert Allison Hoch is here to rescue your book's promotion and publicity plans. You can catch Allison in person on Saturday, September 16th, in her one-day class, Build Your Own Event: A Marketing Workshop.

September 1, 2017 | Allison Hoch

The Writing Life

News from DeadDarlings

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

Craft Advice

"The Hardest Job You'll Never Get Paid For": A Conversation with Cottonmouths Author Kelly J. Ford

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

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