About the Debutante Ball

The Debutante Ball, established in 2007, is a group blog for authors making their debut in the literary world. We are now in our twelfth season of celebrating up-and-coming authors. Former Debs include bestsellers in the genres of women’s fiction, mystery, literary fiction, nonfiction, young adult, and more.   Click on any of the photos above to learn about The Debutante Ball Class of 2019 and their books. Read about the bestselling…

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My Agent Journey Began with A Contest…

Oh my oh my! Let’s chat about my agent quest. According to the time of day, I invite you to grab a cup of coffee, tea, or a coup of champagne, and settle back into your fav comfy chair and listen carefully… It’s a combination of luck, hard work, a good book, and being in the right place at the right time, making the agent search sound like a mysterious…

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Launch Party!

I’m all about milestones and celebrations! Life can be hard and is always too short so sneaking in as much joy as possible sometimes feels like an important part of resistance. Birthdays in my household start with breakfast in bed. April Fools Day pranks have included cars believed stolen, fake notices of academic failure, and flocks of Barbies invading the office. And for added fun and pleasure, I started the…

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[News Flash] January 17, 2021

Congratulations to Greta Kelly! Her debut, THE FROZEN CROWN released this week! Not only is Jodi Picoult looking forward to reading it, but Bustle named it one of their most anticipated books of January! Watch Ehsaneh Sadr interview Greta about her debut at our Instagram account!   Ehsaneh Sadr interviewed Julie Carrick Dalton about her debut, WAITING FOR THE NIGHTSONG, out this week. Read the interview here. More buzz for…

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It’s A Miracle!

I queried for three and a half years before I signed with an agent. And I queried three different books. And during those years, I felt as though signing with an agent was an impossible dream, something that would take a miracle to make happen. And then, almost exactly three and a half years after I started querying, the miracle happened. I was at the vet with my first baby,…

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I left my heart in Corpus Christi

My fellow Debs and I are blogging this week about our favorite types of scenes to write, and it made me think of something George Saunders said once about how you should always write into your strengths. Saunders claims he’s not great at plot (methinks he’s being a touch humble), and so when he writes, he emphasizes his characters, or setting, or whatever, in order to make up for the…

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Interview with Julie Carrick Dalton, author of WAITING FOR THE NIGHT SONG

I’m so excited that this week’s interview is with Julie Carrick Dalton whose debut novel, WAITING FOR THE NIGHT SONG, came out YESTERDAY! Julie has been an incredibly generous writer friend who has always gone out of her way to shine a spotlight on every new debut author so it’s exciting to see her have this moment in the sun. Congratulations Julie! Below, Julie shares about the books she loved…

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PRESS RELEASE: THE FROZEN CROWN DEBUTS!!

Press Release –2021 Debutante Greta Kelly Makes Her Launch into the Literary World For Immediate Release: January 12, 2021­­­—Drum roll please!! It’s launch day for Debutante Greta Kelly. Greta is the second of this year’s Debs to step out onto the ballroom floor!  The Frozen Crown hits shelves today, Tuesday, January 12th. About THE FROZEN CROWN: A princess with a powerful and dangerous secret must find a way to save…

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[News Flash] January 11, 2021

We’re so excited for Greta Kelly’s debut, THE FROZEN CROWN to drop tomorrow!! Join Greta and Ehsaneh Sadr for an interview tomorrow live on our Instagram page. Congratulations Greta!!   Elizabeth Gonzalez James will be a regular contributor to Ploughshares Blog in 2021. Her first essay, “Finding Shape in an Indifferent Universe” is up now. Did you know that, in addition to writing THE TIGER MOM’S TALE, Lyn Liao Butler…

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My favorite scenes? I love them all!

This month, we’re talking about favorite scenes to write and, honestly, it’s hard to choose. I love writing so many scenes and all for different reasons! First of all, I love writing about real live places that I miss because it’s a way of visiting. My current WIP includes a chapter set in the Kahrizak Charity Foundation in Iran where I spent many hours among its wonderful doctors, social workers,…

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