Jenni L. Walsh Says Goodbye (For Now)

Thursday, August 31, 2017

This week the 2017 Debs say goodbye and welcome in the 2018 class! The other gals have also said it, but I want to parrot how it’s hard to believe this is my last post as part of the Deb Ball Class of 2017. It’s been a wonderful year and I’m not sure it’s possible to list all the ways in which I’m grateful for this experience. But, I simply…

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A Deb Ball Graduation

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

I’m having trouble finding the words for this last post, so I’m going to steal a few from Amy. She wrote in her post yesterday, “With gratitude, sadness, excitement, and pride, I say goodbye to the Debutante Ball.” Yes, yes, yes, and yes. I’m grateful for this experience, I’m sad to let it go, I’m excited for the new class of Debs and for a new chapter in my own…

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A Tribute to the 2017 Debs: My Highlight Reel

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

With gratitude, sadness, excitement, and pride, I say good-bye to The Debutante Ball. I have so much respect for the incoming 2018 Debs, Cass, Kimmery, Kaitlyn, Lara, and Julie, so it feels wonderful to hand the Deb Ball over to these accomplished, smart women writers. I wish them all the very best. And I send my thanks once again to the 2016 Debs for allowing me the honor of participating…

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All Good Things…

Monday, August 28, 2017

…must come to an end. This week the 2017 Debs say goodbye and welcome in the 2018 class! It’s crazy to think an entire year has gone by. FEAST OF SORROW landed in bookstores on April 25th, jumpstarting what I hope will be a real future career for me. It took me nearly a decade to get this book in the world, when all was said and done, but hopefully, book…

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Final News Flash for the 2017 Debs

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Congratulations to Megan Armstrong, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of THE COTTINGLEY SECRET by Hazel Gaynor. Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Kerry Anne King! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of I WISH YOU HAPPY! You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet: RT to Enter! Interview w/ Former Deb @kerryschafer + #DebBallGiveaway of WORLD TREE GIRL & I…

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Interview with Former Deb Kerry Schafer + #DebBallGiveaway of WORLD TREE GIRL & I WISH YOU HAPPY

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Today on the Debutante Ball, we’re thrilled to welcome back Kerry Schafer, who was part of our Class of 2013! And we’ll be doing a little something special today where we’re giving away signed copies of two of her latest paperbacks. The first is WORLD TREE GIRL and the second is I WISH YOU HAPPY, where Kerry is writing as Kerry Anne King. To win these books, please enter by retweeting…

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My Debut Year: The Lows

Friday, August 25, 2017

Last week I was doing a google search, collecting pictures to create a big debut year photo album when I stumbled across this one, taken for the Brooklyn Newspaper. This photo has a story: Two hours before the photographer showed up at my apartment, I had a major meltdown in the shower. I pulled myself together with the help of heavy concealer and blush, but my hands were shaking so…

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A Snapshot of Jenni L. Walsh’s Debut Year

Thursday, August 24, 2017

After spending many years and numerous manuscripts to reach the point where I can proclaim, “I’m a published author!” it’s a bit surreal that my debut year — and my time on the Debutante Ball — is winding down. It’s been our goals to give everyone a glimpse into our author lives, our book journeys, and even into our personal lives. We’ve shared our publishing fears, our covers, our celebrity…

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My Debut Year: Standing in My Truth

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Publishing Caged Eyes has changed the surface of my life as dramatically as the events of the actual memoir. When you stand in your authentic truth, powerful things happen – hard things, sad things – but ultimately all positive. I have no idea how many copies I have sold, and frankly, I try hard not to care. As an author, those numbers matter, but as an advocate, they are completely…

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Didn’t See That Coming: My Debut Year’s “OMG” Moments

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

For about thirty years, I hoped that I would write and publish a book. And then it happened. Thirty years is a long time to anticipate something, and yet, the year has been full of surprises. There were a lot of things that I was anxious about from the outset, but there were many that I never expected. I’ve had loads of “OMG” moments — both good and bad. Here…

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