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[News Flash] June 17, 2018

Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Anne Mason Doan! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of THE SUMMER LIST. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet: Interview with Amy Mason Doan, author of THE SUMMER LIST https://t.co/Ga8rE7Bczk pic.twitter.com/38lOyn8LjR — The Debutante Ball (@DebutanteBall) June 16, 2018 News from the 2018 Debs:   Lara Lillibridge is in full-on editing…

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Interview with Amy Mason Doan, author of THE SUMMER LIST

Two friends. Ten clues. One breathtaking secret. I am so honored to be able to introduce the incredible book The Summer List—releasing June 26— to our readers! I was lucky enough to score an early copy and tore through it this winter, but whoever wins this week’s drawing is golden: this is the perfect book to enjoy lakeside or poolside or seaside with a cool drink in your hand and…

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Failure and Self Worth

I got fired last week. I keep writing and saying that sentence, trying to make it feel more… something. Real, I guess? I’ve never been fired before, and I’ve certainly never felt less than extremely valued at a job that I was demonstrably (numbers don’t lie, y’all) good at. I guess I’m lucky that this is the first time? Either way, it sucks to be fired, and failure has its…

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Making Friends With Failure

This week we’re talking about failure. Any writer will tell you that this career is filled with it. We all have hundreds of rejections- from publications that don’t want our short stories, from agents who don’t want to represent us, from editors who don’t want to buy our books, from readers who didn’t like our book. Each one feels like a sharp stick to the gut. That flash of adrenaline…

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Winning and Losing and Writing: Kimmery Talks About Failure

Failure is an option here. If things are not failing you are not innovating.—Elon Musk Let’s just stipulate that I’m highly innovative. And yes: I fail. A lot. If you want to be a writer, you must brace yourself for a series of truly ridiculous cosmic bitchslaps. Never has there been an endeavor more fraught with options for failure* than deciding to write a book: you can fail at writing…

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Navigating Failure is Easier Than Navigating Success

Trigger warning: depression, anxiety.   People who have experienced trauma may associate the excitement of success with the same physiological reactions as trauma. They avoid subjecting themselves to excitement-inducing circumstances, which causes them to be almost phobic about success.  Psychology Today  This week’s topic (navigating failure) isn’t hard or scary for me, because I’ve chosen failure for so much of my life. Navigating failure is historically pretty comfortable for me….

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Failing Advantageously

Content Warnings: suicide, self-harm It’s hard to write this post in a week where two high-profile, objectively massively-successful people have killed themselves. And I’m not really going to write about that. I don’t tend to comment on celebrity deaths, whatever the cause. It always feels… I don’t know. Performative, somehow, in a way I feel awkward about. So that’s not what this is about. But we are talking about dealing…

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[News Flash] June 10, 2018

Congratulations to @frenchbarbe, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of Sue William Silverman’s entire collection!   Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Nisha Sharma, author of MY SO-CALLED BOLLYWOOD LIFE! If you missed it, read our interview here. Interview with Nisha Sharma, author of MY SO-CALLED BOLLYWOOD LIFE https://t.co/ErhSxuPfj6 pic.twitter.com/YbY4djkFAO — The Debutante Ball (@DebutanteBall) June 9, 2018   News from the 2018 Debs: Julie Clark is doing an event today in San Diego!…

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Interview with Nisha Sharma, author of MY SO-CALLED BOLLYWOOD LIFE

Nisha Sharma grew up immersed in Bollywood movies, ’80s pop culture, and romance novels, so it is no surprise that her first novel, My So-Called Bollywood Life, features all three. Nisha lives in New Jersey with her cat, Lizzie Bennett, and her dog, Nancey Drew. You can find her online at nisha-sharma.com or on Twitter and Instagram at @nishawrites.             Winnie Mehta was never really…

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Practice Makes Perfect

I felt and hoped for a lot of the same things that the other debs have talked about this week when considering applying to be a Deb. I wanted community and kinship and a small group of people to whom I could turn when publishing got hard. And also, I wanted to commit to a practice. I have always kind of hated blogging, to be honest, but I love writing,…

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