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The Art of Productivity & Procrastination

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I’m currently in the throes of writing book two, which means I have a daily word count to hit and an endless ability to find ways to procrastinate. Like this past Monday morning, when after refreshing my Twitter and Facebook streams multiple times, counting my split ends by the glow of my laptop screen, baking…
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Distractions and How I Handl…SQUIRREL!

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My procrastination skills are Olympic medal worthy. It’s a small miracle I ever finished a book, and kept my family clothed and fed. Miracle. I can waste a day without even opening a browser window, so when I do have internet access – I’m looking for the next squirrel to chase. As an avid pop culture…
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News Flash: Launch parties, first drafts, & a contest!

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Congratulations to Ellie Berger, winner of EVERY TIME I THINK OF YOU by guest author Tracey Garvis Graves! Check back next Sunday for the winner of the signed copy of LEAVING TIME, by this week’s guest author Jodi Picoult …   From the 2015 Debs… Colleen Oakley is in the throes of planning her launch party…
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Jodi Picoult on LEAVING TIME + Giveaway!

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The first Jodi Picoult book I ever read was The Pact. It was back in 2003, and I stayed up all night to finish it. I became a fan, literally overnight. So I’m thrilled to welcome Jodi to The Ball to discuss her 24th novel (!!), LEAVING TIME, set in the wilds of Africa about…
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Fire dancers, doing the wave, and drinking like Hemingway

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We’re writing about contests and conferences this week here on the Debutante Ball. I love them both! I got my first short story published and made the only money ($500!) I’ve ever made from a short story with our local Palo Alto Weekly Short Story Contest. Other than the horrific picture of me, it was…
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The Best KidLit Conference? Rutgers, Hands Down

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There comes a point in every serious writer’s life when they decide to crawl out of the cave and share what they’ve been scribbling with, you know, other actual people. There are many ways to do this — online communities, crit groups, contests, and conferences. I’ve never gone the contest route myself — it’s just…
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Why you win, even when you don’t…

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This week on The Debutante Ball we’re talking contests and conferences, and since I’ve only done the first one (most conferences are scattered throughout the U.S. and Europe, which means this Canadian author must look and dream from afar…for now) that’s where I’ll focus my post. When I first discovered the online writing community on…
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Find Your Writer Friends – Pants Optional

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Writing is isolating. You know that and I know that. That’s why it’s important to get out in the world once in a while, hob nob with other writerly folks, get a little inspiration, make some friends, than disappear back into the writer cave. Those writer connections will help save you when you need to talk…
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