News from Dead Darlings

Here at the Dead Darlings office we've been asking others for their advice. Last month we spoke to several novelists about craft and looked closer at the stressful process of finding an agent.

From the writers' room

Lauren Grodstein, author of Our Short History, shares how writing for an audience of one helped her find her narrator's voice. 

June 16, 2017 | The Editors at Dead Darlings

Craft Advice Read

News from DeadDarlings

This month at the Dead Darlings office we spent time preparing for some of the most challenging parts of a writer's life – querying and pitching our work. Tracey Palmer interviewed Cambridge native and debut novelist Louie Cronin about persistence and craft.

Querying

May 19, 2017 | The Editors at Dead Darlings

Craft Advice The Writing Life

Sound Quality: Henriette Lazaridis on Pat Barker's Noonday

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 focuses on Pat Barker's use of verb tenses in her novel Noonday--in one sentence in particular that moves nimbly between ...

April 26, 2017 | Henriette Lazaridis

Craft Advice Read

News from DeadDarlings

This month at the DeadDarlings Office we took a close look at inspirational ideas, first drafts and what it means to build a series.

Discovering Meaning

In an ambiguous world,Finding True North can be difficult. Lisa Birk looks at how to read and write in a world where definitions are unstable.

April 21, 2017 | The Editors at Dead Darlings

Craft Advice The Writing Life

The Month Before the Book Launch

So you've written a novel; now what? In this series, debut author-to-be Crystal King describes the traditional publication process from start to finish: the lead-up, what to expect along the way, and how building her social media platform has made a difference. In this installment of "On the Path to Publication" Crystal talks about the month leading up to launch.

32 days. Just barely over one month away to the launch of my novel, FEAST OF SORROW. It seems surreal that after so long (I finished the first draft in 2011) this book will finally be out in the ...

March 24, 2017 | Crystal King

The Writing Life