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News Flash: Debs meet up, trade reviews, & giveaway!

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We have two fun giveaways going right now … To win a copy of Ilene Wong’s NONE OF THE ABOVE be sure to check out her visit to the Ball and leave a comment for your chance to win a copy of her book! And because we like to give readers a chance to read…
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IW Gregorio on NONE OF THE ABOVE + GIVEAWAY!

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Sometimes I can’t believe I’ve only know today’s DebBall guest, IW Gregorio, for less than a year. We met as part of the debut group the Fearless 15ers, but we really bonded over our commitment to diversity in kidlit and YA (and the world!), as the awesome Ilene is one of the founders of the…
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Talk Like a Writer, Think Like an Entrepreneur

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Unlike the other Debs, I’ve never worked in the world of magazines. I’ve never been a freelance writer. I’ve always worked in full-time jobs in high tech–nice, comfy, regular-paycheck, comes-with-bennies jobs. They also come with stock, bonuses, raises, employee discounted stock purchase, free software, and many, many other perks. My last company (if you’re doing…
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And Chaos Ensues (OR: 4 Reasons Not To Quit The Day Job)

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For the past nine — OMG! Has it been THAT LONG? — years now, I’ve worked mostly from home in my pajamas, writing commentary on How to Get Away With Murder, interviewing Paul Wesley (Stefan on The Vampire Diaries, for the uninitiated) and the Pretty Little Liars peeps, working on fiction and CAKE stuff. Jealous yet?…
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Want be a writer? Why goals, beverages & guts matter …

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Being a writer is … awesome. From the fun and chaos of journalism school, to writing articles on everything from finding body confidence in my birthday suit to surrogacy, to penning a novel that will soon grace bookstore shelves, it’s been a dream “job” so far. Because of this I bristle a little when I…
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Wanna Be a Full-time Writer? Here’s What You’re Going to Need

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Are you thinking about writing full-time and quitting your steady job at Wombat Widgets, INC.? Before you do anything rash, you need to address the money situation. On these sites, Kameron Hurley, Jim C. Hines, Scott Berkun share their numbers and give some hard truths about writing and money. Go. Read. I’ll wait. So, dear reader, you still…
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News Flash: Sleep deprivation, updates & a GIVEAWAY!

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Congratulations to Carolsue Anderson, winner of THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY by guest author Bethany Chase! Check back next Sunday for this week’s winner THE WALLS AROUND US by guest author Nova Ren Suma …     From the 2015 Debs: Colleen Oakley is incredibly happy, and also incredibly sleep deprived! #TWINS Amy E. Reichert…
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