The Top Three Things That Surprised Me About Publishing A Novel

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

This week we are talking about the differences between expectations and reality when it comes to traditionally publishing. I’ve compiled a run-down of my top three surprises regarding the process but if I had to sum up my debut publishing experience in one word it would be this: intense. The doctor in me feels compelled to point out that my limbic system took a beating this year, whirling around in…

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What Hollywood Always Gets Wrong About Gunshot Wounds and Other Inside Info From Kimmery

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

  This week we are writing about Easter Eggs. Not the chicken byproduct you decorate with pastel colors in the spring, but hidden messages—winks, secret puzzles, and inside jokes—concealed within the pages of our books. Almost all authors include at least a couple of these little nods in their work, whether intentionally or unintentionally, but few of us take it to the lengths of someone like Dan Brown, whose books…

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Writing While Female: Kimmery Discusses Gender

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

This week we are talking about writing as women so I decided to to showcase several random features of being a woman as they relate to a writing career. Bear with me; not all of these will apply to every female author, of course. But I’m willing to bet many female writers will see something they recognize here.  Emotional Intelligence The Upside—It’s a scientifically proven thing that women are vastly…

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Industry Insiders: Insight From An Agent And An Editor

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

  This week we are interviewing publishing industry insiders to get some scoop for you on what they do, their advice for aspiring writers, and changes they’d like to see in the business. I’ve chosen to ask my agent, Jane Dystel, and my editor, Kerry Donovan, for their insight. Both are beloved to me and I am deeply appreciative of their time in answering these questions. Kimmery Martin: Writers are…

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Kimmery’s Perfect Day

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

This week, are writing about our perfect day. It was surprisingly hard to complete this post, because a perfect day could take a lot of different paths and all of them take time. What I figured out is this: I’m at a point in life right now where there is never enough time to do all the things I am supposed to do, let alone the things I want to…

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Interview with Amy Mason Doan, author of THE SUMMER LIST

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Two friends. Ten clues. One breathtaking secret. I am so honored to be able to introduce the incredible book The Summer List—releasing June 26— to our readers! I was lucky enough to score an early copy and tore through it this winter, but whoever wins this week’s drawing is golden: this is the perfect book to enjoy lakeside or poolside or seaside with a cool drink in your hand and…

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Winning and Losing and Writing: Kimmery Talks About Failure

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Failure is an option here. If things are not failing you are not innovating.—Elon Musk Let’s just stipulate that I’m highly innovative. And yes: I fail. A lot. If you want to be a writer, you must brace yourself for a series of truly ridiculous cosmic bitchslaps. Never has there been an endeavor more fraught with options for failure* than deciding to write a book: you can fail at writing…

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Misguided Fear: Why I Almost Didn’t Join The Debutante Ball

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

  This week we kick off the search for next year’s crop of featured writers for The Debutante Ball. To celebrate that, we’re each writing about our (almost-complete) year as one of the debs.  I’m not gonna lie: I was afraid of doing this. I’m about as organized as a toddler and I feared my ability to generate a post every week, let alone a post every week that anyone…

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Kimmery’s Top Ten Favorite Authors

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

  Asking me to name a favorite author is like asking a wine snob to name the best vino. I struggle mightily with this question—which is one of the top three questions I’m asked in interviews—both because I have eclectic reading taste and because I don’t want to leave anyone out. I read across genres and I read constantly: I could literally name at least a hundred books I’ve read…

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Writing Technologies: 4 Websites I Love, 1 Website I Tolerate, and 1 Website I Want To Murder

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Well, it’s official. I have become old. Settle down, young’un, and listen to me bitch about this newfangled writer technology. Writer-specific software! Graphic design! Grammarlys and Dropboxes and writing in the cloud! Next thing you know, authors will be obsolete because brain-scanning cyborgs will be writing all our fiction using templates designed by teenaged nerds. Back when I was coming up, we had to write with wood-encrusted lumps of lead,…

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