How to Get Your Book Published…in Only 14 Years

The year is 2000 — Y2K ended up being a bust, mad cow disease is currently sweeping through Europe and my manuscript is in the hands of the editor who published Bridget Jones’s Diary. Supposedly a deal is forthcoming; so I wait. And then…nothing. No Renee Zellweger. No “congratulations!” No celebratory bottle of champagne. But I promised myself I wouldn’t let it get to me. I knew it was time work every contact in order to get my book in front of other editors—the right fielder on my softball team knew a publicist at Penguin. A random woman on the street, who helped me carry a piece of drab furniture home, knew a guy who knows a guy who could potentially get it in the right hands.

It was exhausting, but in the end I spent more than a decade pounding the editorial pavement to sell my book. Here’s valuable advice on what I learned along the way: Continue reading

Happy Holidays from the DMS Team


Esteemed Writers and Editors of DMS,

Can you believe 2014 is steadily drawing to a close? As we prepare the Studio for the holiday observance next week, we want to say “thank you!” to our contributors. Continue reading

Featured Contributor: Kori Morgan


School: Ohio Northern University, West Virginia University
Degree: B.A. in Creative Writing and Professional Writing; MFA in Fiction Writing
Approved Section: Education

A day in the life of Kori Morgan, summarized in a Tweet:


What’s the story, if any, behind the name Kori? My parents had an ongoing feud about what to name me. My dad kept suggesting really bizarre names that my mom repeatedly vetoed, such as Hypatia, the name of the first female astronomer. My dad saw “Kori” named as the daughter of an athlete profiled in an issue of Sports Illustrated and it was the first option they both agreed on. Continue reading

My 5 Favorite Books from 2014

2014As the year comes to a close, I’m looking back at my favorite reads from 2014 (note: these are books that I read in 2014, not books that necessarily published within the past year).

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

My mom has been urging me to read this for years, and I finally got around to it in February (I wanted to read this before starting on The Goldfinch). I’m glad I did – such a compelling read, if a bit long.

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7 Popular Internet Memes You Should Know

memesInternet memes are little snippets of instant gratification and joy; if you think otherwise, then you’ve clearly clicked on the wrong link. Memes have become so mainstream that you can barely browse the web without tripping over half a dozen of ’em. Some are iconic, others hilarious, and some are downright “what-the-heck?” worthy. Continue reading

Featured Contributor: Evan Gillespie

IMG_3271-(4)School: Ball State University, University of Notre Dame
Degrees: BFA, MA in Art History
Approved Sections: Home, Garden

You officially became a journalist in 1996. What was your first big story about? My earliest assignments were artist and musician profiles for a weekly arts and entertainment newspaper. In those days when the Internet was still an infant, it was a big deal to suddenly have my writing in front of tens of thousands of readers and to get to talk to famous people. Early on, I was asked to interview the guitarist from the first band I’d ever seen in concert, and that was the point when I realized that I was a professional. Continue reading

My Deep, Dark Writing Secret

After nearly two decades of writing, including my tenure in San Francisco where I wrote for a nationwide publication, it’s about time I finally confessed something about myself. I’d like to let everyone in on my deepest, darkest writing secret.

Are you ready?

(Sigh) here goes nothing. … Continue reading

Rejecting Rejection

fantasyOurs has become an increasingly fractious world, in which unanimity on any one issue often proves as elusive as satori, the state Zen Buddhists describe as that rare, sudden flash of awareness that produces enlightenment. Yet, there exists at least one sentiment about which the entire DMD community agrees: Rejections reek. Continue reading