Expectations and Exceptions

Monday, July 16, 2018

Debut authors get told, a lot, to moderate their expectations. I didn’t need to be told that. Sure, I might dream of selling millions of copies of From Unseen Fire, getting a Netflix deal, having people obsessively discuss the series and write fanfic and wonder what will happen next. My parents certainly think all that’s going to happen. I want all that to happen. But expect? Of course not. I…

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References and Rhetorical Flourishes

Monday, July 9, 2018

So the question posed to the Debs this week was: Are there any “easter eggs” or “hidden Mickeys” inside your book? And my answer? Boy howdy, are there ever. There are so many, in fact, that I’m offering up an annotated copy of From Unseen Fire once I hit my next Patreon goal, with every one of them marked out and commented upon. (So if you’re interested in knowing what they…

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Interview with Sarah Kuhn, Author of HEROINE’S JOURNEY + Giveaway!

Saturday, July 7, 2018

The last time someone asked me for a recommendation of a really fun book, Sarah Kuhn’s Heroine Complex is what leapt to mind. Asian-American superhero ladies kicking ass to protect San Francisco from demons as quirky as they are deadly — What’s not to love? But the books also have real heart: the heroines are wrestling not just with their superpowers, but with the chaos of modern existence: life, love, money, status, social…

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Cass is a Pack Animal

Monday, July 2, 2018

There are a lot of difficult and frustrating things about existing as a woman, period, let alone as a woman in the publishing world. It’s a strange and particularly maddening state of affairs. More readers are women, more of the money spent on books (as on entertainment in general) is spent by women, and more of the people working in publishing houses are women. And yet — Men still occupy…

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Industry Interview Week: Introducing the Amazing Connor Goldsmith!

Monday, June 25, 2018

This week, the Deb Ball is interviewing industry pros who aren’t authors, to give y’all a bit of a view of the rest of this wild publishing world. I decided, since he’s used to me pestering him for odd things, to ask my spectacular agent, Connor Goldsmith, if he’d tell the Deb Ball readership a little about the mysterious workings of his role:   Tell us your tale! Who are you,…

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Ingredients for a Perfect Day

Monday, June 18, 2018

In honor of the summer solstice, this week, the Debs are talking about our idea of a perfect day. But what sort of perfect day? I mean, in some ways, it’s hard to imagine any day being perfect that didn’t involve being at Disney World. A perfect day of writing looks a lot different than a perfect day of relaxation. A perfect day at the beach is different than a…

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Failing Advantageously

Monday, June 11, 2018

Content Warnings: suicide, self-harm It’s hard to write this post in a week where two high-profile, objectively massively-successful people have killed themselves. And I’m not really going to write about that. I don’t tend to comment on celebrity deaths, whatever the cause. It always feels… I don’t know. Performative, somehow, in a way I feel awkward about. So that’s not what this is about. But we are talking about dealing…

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I get by with a little help from my friends

Monday, June 4, 2018

I knew well in advance that I wanted to be a member of The Debutante Ball, and not only because it fulfilled some portion of my Southern soul that I failed to do justice to as a teenager. I’m a nerd who loves blogging, so the project excited me as soon as I learned about it. I followed the 2017 Debs, some of whom I also knew through 17 Scribes,…

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Not of an age, but for all time

Monday, May 28, 2018

This week, the Debs are discussing authors we fangirl over, and I’ve decided to focus on the one writer who has influenced my brain more than any other. William Shakespeare I mean that so sincerely and entirely. I worked for the man for seven years, after all! My Master’s degree is in Shakespeare studies. I’ve not only read all of his plays, I’ve actually seen all of them. Most of…

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How Tech Controls My Chaos

Monday, May 21, 2018

In life, I’m inseparable from my cell phone, but when it comes to writing, there is one program I can no longer function without: Scrivener. I love this program to bits. I’m a non-sequential writer, and I spent the first ten years or so of my writing life struggling with endless Word docs. This goes back to the days when a full manuscript wouldn’t all fit on one 3.5″ disk…

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