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Find a Way to Protect that Creative Space Within: An Interview with Author Louise Miller

Louise Miller, author of The City Baker's Guide to Country Living (Pamela Dorman Books/Viking/Penguin, August 2016), received a scholarship in 2012 to attend GrubStreet's Novel Incubator Program, where she worked on the final revisions of the novel, before signing with an agent and an editor she met through the Muse and the Marketplace Conference

November 27, 2015 | Sarah Colwill-Brown

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Social Media Promotion For Authors - Understanding Hashtags

Up until recently I was leading social media for a large B2C company.  Every once in a while someone from marketing or legal would ask if we could copyright a hashtag, or would request that we register a hashtag in some way, mistakenly thinking the company could actually own a hashtag. I would chuckle a little, then do what I could to explain what a hashtag was and how it is used.

So let’s start there. What exactly is a hashtag?

November 26, 2015 | Crystal King

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Sound Quality: Daphne Du Maurier's Rebecca

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 brand new blog series, Henriette Lazaridis chooses a single sentence from a work of literature and shows us why it is music to our ears.

November 25, 2015 | Henriette Lazaridis

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Women Who Write Bestsellers Shouldn't Hand Them to the Film Industry: An Interview with Emma Donoghue

As a film journalist, it was a thrill to interview A-list actors and actresses at the Toronto International Film Festival last month. But as a writer, one of my most inspiring sit-downs was with Emma Donoghue.


At first, I was a bit intimidated. I’ve been a fan of the Ireland-born Donoghue since her first novels Stir-Fry and Hood, landmark books for LGBT readers back in the 1990s

November 23, 2015 | Loren King

News from Dead Darlings

November is National Novel Writing Month, and Dead Darlings is the place to go for all things novel. This month, we write about comps, acknowledgements, plate spinners, and real life.

The Comp

The journey in finding a novel comp is a long and arduous one. Jack Ferris’s In Search of the Elusive Comp tells of such a tale.

November 20, 2015 | The Editors at Dead Darlings

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