Writing What You Love

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

I often say I don’t love writing, I love having written. As I’ve refined my process and gotten more confident as a writer, I’m learning to love the act of writing a bit more. But that statement was definitely true for my debut. Writing Temper was a long, painful process. There was crying, tearing of hair, gnashing of teeth. I wondered—not just once, many times—whether I should quit. But something…

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[News Flash] February 10, 2019

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Rae Theodore! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of My Mother Says Drums Are for Boys: True Stories for Gender Rebels. 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/XlmtMwRzgX thrilled to host @FlannelFiles this week on @DebutanteBall! Check out the interview & RT to win…

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Literary Empathy & The Atlas of Reds and Blues

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

This week on the Debutante Ball is all about Devi’s debut novel, The Atlas of Reds and Blues – so first things first, I want to say CONGRATULATIONS DEVI! You are the first among us to cross over into Published Author Land, so hopefully you can show us all how it’s done once the time comes for the rest of us. The novel follows a character known only as “Mother”…

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[News Flash] February 3, 2019

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Andrés Cerpa! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of Bicycle in a Ransacked City: An Elegy. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet (make sure you follow @DebutanteBall on Twitter too!): Bicycle in a Ransacked City: An Elegy is perfect company for a long, winter night. Read the interview with @_AndresCerpa, then…

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Love Your Book, Love Yourself

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Most writers will say they hate the self-promotion and branding aspect of being a professional author. Well, I’m not one of them. I don’t feel weird at all about self-promotion. I love my book, and I want as many people as possible to read it, so promoting it feels natural to me, just like promoting any other book that I love (and I am the kind of person who will…

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[News Flash] January 27, 2019

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Rachel Howard! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of The Risk of Us. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet (make sure you follow @DebutanteBall on Twitter too!): Thrilled to have @rachelahoward join us this week! Check out her amazing interview at @DebutanteBall & enter to win a copy of her new…

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The Same But Different

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

I’ve used a couple different comparative titles over the course of writing, querying, and selling Temper: Black Swan – Temper gets compared to this dark and twisty ballet movie all the time, and it pleases me to no end. I actually studied Black Swan as I was plotting Temper and took copious notes on the story structure. The protagonist in Black Swan could not be more different from Temper’s heroine…

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[News Flash] January 20th, 2019

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Amy Gentry! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of Last Woman Standing. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet (make sure you follow @DebutanteBall on Twitter too!): The week of @unlandedgentry continues! Check out Amy’s awesome interview at @DebutanteBall & enter to win a copy of her new thriller LAST WOMAN STANDING…

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Interview with Amy Gentry and Last Woman Standing Giveaway

Saturday, January 19, 2019

So excited to welcome another of my fabulous agent sisters, Amy Gentry, to the Deb Ball this week! Amy Gentry is the author of Good As Gone, a New York Times Book Review “Editors’ Choice” and Entertainment Weekly “Must List” Pick. She is also a book reviewer and essayist whose work has appeared in numerous outlets, including the Chicago Tribune, Salon, The Paris Review, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and the Austin Chronicle. Amy has a doctorate in English…

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Dream Big

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

I think most of my fellow Debs are sharing more realistic writing dreams this week. I have those, of course. I used to say that all I wanted was to see my book on the shelf at the Chicago Public Library one day. I even took a picture of the spot where it would go: And I still want that! I’m going to be ecstatic to cross that item off…

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