A Boy Like Me cover design by Sarah Pruski
By Jennie Wood
(In this new monthly series for Dead Darlings, I’ll document the step-by-step process of publishing A Boy Like Me. Here in part one, I discuss why I chose to go with an independent publisher for this novel.)
As 2013 drew to close, I had to face the fact that, despite the efforts of an extremely supportive agent, a year had passed without a publishing date for A Boy Like Me. Even worse, the realization hit that if a traditional publisher picked it up in early 2014, it would probably be 2015 or 2016 before it saw the light of day. That was unacceptable.
In 2013, while my agent submitted A Boy Like Me to major publishers, artist Jeff McComsey and I finished the graphic novel Flutter, Volume One: Hell Can Wait and submitted it to indie publisher 215 Ink. A month later, just a month after we’d finished it, the book was published. Read More →
By Michele Ferrari
On April 15th 2013, I was on my couch with an icepack against my face recovering from dental surgery. Having run the Boston Marathon in 2009 and 2010, I had scheduled the surgery that day so that I wouldn’t be thinking about the race. Once you’ve run Boston, on Patriot’s Day you can’t help but wish to be one of the runners.
Then the bombs went off at the finish line, and I decided, in my painkiller haze, that I would run Boston again. Read More →
By Carol D. Gray
Back in February I promised to spill the beans on my favorite coffee clusters and where to find them. But if you’ve forgotten what the heck a coffee cluster is, refresh your memory with the Top Ten Reasons Coffee Clusters are a Writer’s Best Friend.
Ready for the big reveal? First place in the Greater Boston coffee cluster competition goes to . . . Davis Square, Somerville. Five writer friendly cafes all within one or two blocks of each other make this area the mother of all coffee clusters. It’s easily accessible by T – Red line to the Davis Square stop – and there are several public parking lots with 3 hour meters that take credit cards so you’re never stuck searching for quarters. Check out this map for parking locations. Read More →
Go Figure: Musings from the Mind of Rob Wilstein
Spring is here,
Let’s give a cheer.
- From the archives of my third grade poetry class.
Thus began my poetry career, in Mrs. Kerber’s third grade class, to be continued in fourth, fifth, and sixth grades with the exact same spring poem. You will be relieved to know that my career ended there, my poetic license revoked. If there was more to the poem, I don’t remember it. Each year, when the assignment was given to write a poem about spring I would panic, but this sweet couplet saved me. Read More →
By Kelly Ford
Most of our writers are currently unavailable for blogging due to black holes of revision, wedding planning or last-minute Craft on Draft prep. So, I’ll be pinch-hitting for the next couple of weeks. Things might get random, y’all. Let’s start with a tic that I have mentioned in the past couple of posts I’ve written.
What is my deal with the word “just”? Did I eat a brain tumor for breakfast?
In the latest version of my novel in progress, I found 243 instances of “just.” How did this happen? Maybe, like Charles Dickens, I dreamt it all and the word manifested itself into my novel.
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By Jack Ferris
Like virtually every novelist, I am happy to complain about the difficulties besetting me with regard to my *~Unpublished Masterpiece~* of a novel. I am confused by whether agents consider it young adult and grumpy about their desire to change the setting to modern times. I work full time and I’m trying to plan a wedding. I fell and might have broken my wrist (the doctors keep telling me to come back and write “maybe broken” on the forms, it’s like some kind of hilarious Shrodinger’s bone). I have video games to play and those are more fun. Read More →
By Kelly Ford
Back in November, Rob treated us to his wintry writer retreat on the cold beaches of Cape Cod.
Well, grab your sunscreen. This is the Cancun edition, where I regale you with the story of five days spent on the beach — all in the service of my novel. No, really! Read More →