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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So Long

My book has been out in the world for over a month. I’ve been writing on this blog for nearly a year. It’s seemed interminable and lightning-fast all at once. And now, here we are at the end. Or is it the beginning? That’s the main thing I’ve learned during my debut year: we put so much importance on our first books, counting down until launch day and obsessing over…

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Attacus Atlas & Other Inventions: Mahalo and Aloha

Aloha! I can’t believe it’s been a year since I first joined the Debutante Ball. Mahalo to the previous class for giving me the opportunity to work alongside K.A. Doore, Martine Fournier Watson, Layne Fargo and Stephanie Jimenez, as part of the Class of 2019. I had no idea what kind of ride to expect as a debut author, and it was truly wonderful to be part of the DB-Hive….

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[News Flash] August 18, 2019

Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Stephanie Burgis! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of Snowspelled. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet (make sure you follow @DebutanteBall on Twitter too!): We are delighted to host @stephanieburgis on @DebutanteBall this week! RT and follow for a chance to win a copy of SNOWSPELLED #giveaway https://t.co/LLODXlNW38 @KA_Doore @LayneFargo…

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Interview with Stephanie Burgis and giveaway of SNOWSPELLED!

I’m so excited to welcome the multi-talented and amazing Stephanie Burgis to the Ball this week! Stephanie grew up in East Lansing, Michigan, but now lives in Wales with her husband and two sons, surrounded by mountains, castles and coffee shops. She writes fun MG fantasy adventures and has published five so far, including The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart (Bloomsbury 2017), The Girl with the Dragon Heart (Bloomsbury 2018) and the Kat, Incorrigible…

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Why I’m Choosing to Celebrate They Could Have Named Her Anything

Publishing They Could Have Named Her Anything has already been more satisfying than I could have ever expected. I worked with a phenomenal illustrator to design the cover, deepened my work and artistic vision with my fantastic editor at Little A, got invited to panels with my literary heroes, and have read GoodReads reviews of my book that are lovelier than I could have ever imagined. And this month, I’ve already…

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Celebrate Yourself

In the months leading up to my book launch, I told my friends that since I had the world’s smallest wedding ceremony (held in my apartment, 7 guests in attendance), the day of Temper‘s release was going to be My Special Day. I was only sort of kidding. You only release your first novel once, and so many writer friends had told me that launch day itself could feel anticlimactic, even…

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Share Your Joy

This week we’re talking about launch parties and swag: what we did, what worked, what didn’t. Fun fact: I didn’t really do either. Not so much because I didn’t want to, but because my book came out in March and I had started a new, fulltime job in January. On top of that, the toddler decided early 2019 was a great time to start fighting sleep and I was working…

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