[News Flash] December 9, 2018

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Stephanie Elliott! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of Sad Perfect. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet (make sure you follow @DebutanteBall on Twitter too!): So excited to talk to @stephanieelliot this week about her beautiful YA novel SAD PERFECT, called “a well-written page-turner whose sensitive topic is covered with finesse…

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To All the Writing Teachers I’ve Never Met

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

This week we’re sharing advice from writing teachers who’ve inspired us. The truth is, I don’t have much of a formal writing education. I took an introductory creative writing class in college, but that’s about it. So almost everything I know about the craft and business of writing, I learned from reading about it. Next week I’ll give a full run-down of my favorite writing books (I have a whole…

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[News Flash] December 2, 2018

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of The Map of Salt and Stars. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet (make sure you follow @DebutanteBall on Twitter too!): RT & follow @DebutanteBall interview with @JenniferZeynab for a chance to win a copy of #TheMapOfSaltAndStars @devislaskar @LayneFargo @estefsays @KA_Doore @MFournierWatson…

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You’ll Always Suck and That’s Okay

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

There are a lot of things I wish I’d known when I was starting out as a writer, but the most important one is this: Everyone’s first drafts suck. EVERYONE’S. If a writer tells you they can turn out flawless first drafts, they are delusional or dishonest or both. But even though I’m well aware of this truth this now, I have to repeat it like a mantra to myself…

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[News Flash] November 25, 2018

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Cinelle Barnes! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of Monsoon Mansion. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet (make sure you follow @DebutanteBall on Twitter too!): https://t.co/HL8KZ37b5f RT and follow for a chance to win a copy of #MonsoonMansion @DebutanteBall @devislaskar @estefsays @LayneFargo @MFournierWatson @KA_Doore #WritingCommunity #memoir — The Debutante Ball (@DebutanteBall)…

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Giving Thanks

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving to all our American readers! I hope you all have a wonderful holiday, filled with delicious food and quality time with family (whether the biological or the chosen kind). I have to admit: I’m Not Great at expressing gratitude. Not because I don’t feel thankful for all the wonderful people and things in my life, but because I’m always looking ahead to the next milestone, ambition nipping at…

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[News Flash] November 18, 2018

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Vijaya Nagarajan! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of Feeding a Thousand Souls: Women, Ritual and Ecology in India. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet (make sure you follow @DebutanteBall on Twitter too!): https://t.co/TeS5gm7NyJ Delighted to have Vijaya Nagarajan as @DebutanteBall guest author! RT & follow for a chance to win…

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Selling Your Book Before You Sell Your Book

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Querying is hard. Let’s get that out of the way up front. You can be a brilliant novelist who writes stunning sentences and gripping plot twists and still suck at queries. It’s a completely different skill set than fiction writing. Now, to be honest, I don’t think I suck at writing queries. For my first book, I’m fairly certain the query was better than the book itself. I got a…

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[News Flash] November 11, 2018

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Christine O’Brien! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of Crave: A Memoir of Food and Longing. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet (make sure you follow @DebutanteBall on Twitter too!): Interview with Christine O’Brien + CRAVE: A MEMOIR OF FOOD AND LONGING giveaway https://t.co/vxbFVTqVuC pic.twitter.com/CWwwqbH5pv — The Debutante Ball (@DebutanteBall) November 10,…

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Distracting Myself from Distraction

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Things that have distracted me from writing this post (and it isn’t even noon yet): GIFs of this hot dude from American Horror Story several of my friends are currently obsessed with Shopping for Star Wars sheets and duvet covers for my grown-ass adult bedroom Reading a book about how social media is ruining your life Petting my dog (you know what, I’m going to stand by this one as…

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