News Flash: Keeping in Touch with the Deb Class of 2014

Sunday, August 31, 2014

This isn’t a final goodbye, but a fare-thee-well until we next meet online (or maybe in person!). And, this probably isn’t news to anyone: We’re going to miss being Debs and miss all of you. Keep in touch by bookmarking the individual blogs of all the 2014 Debs: Lisa Alber has just reprised her blog. You can also find her at www.lisaalber.com, Twitter, and Facebook. This week a Northern California…

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What I Loved? A Top Ten List

Monday, August 25, 2014

What I loved about being a debut author? Oh, just everything. I loved being a Deb. I loved talking with readers and other writers. I loved that day I typed “the end” and I especially loved the day I knew my book would be published. I loved so much about the experience that I need to get organized just to tell you about it. I went to college at Ball…

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News Flash: Salons, Conferences, Events, and Paree

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Congrats to Jenna, who won a signed copy of A PINCH OF OOH LA LA from Renee Swindle!   From the 2014 Debs…   Lisa Alber is having a blast at Killer Nashville. Also, silly her, she likes that her bio was included on the Left Coast Crime Crimelandia committee page. Fun to be helping out with that conference coming up in Portland in March, 2015! Susan Gloss says “pinch me!” As part…

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Little Pretty Things for Everyone: A Second Book Gets a First Draft

Monday, August 18, 2014

Update on the second book? You want an update? YOU GET AN UPDATE. “The. End.” Typing that Sunday night, last night—after so much thrashing and kvetching—is as satisfying as it gets. Oh, don’t get me wrong. It’s a steaming pile right now. I look forward to revision, for the chance to make it something you’d want to read. I have until December 1 to do that, and then it will…

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News Flash: Target, Readings, Conferences, and OOH LA LA France!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Congrats to Pearl, who won a signed copy of THE ISOLATION DOOR from Anish Majumdar! From the 2014 Debs… Susan Gloss is thrilled that the paperback version of VINTAGE will be available in Target stores in September! Lori Rader-Day had a great time in St. Louis at Left Bank Books, and also stopped by the new location of The Book House to sign a few copies of THE BLACK HOUR. There…

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Hindsight Isn’t 20/20 on a Work in Progress

Monday, August 11, 2014

Hindsight? My launch was less than a month ago. I haven’t looked in the rearview mirror yet because I’m still barreling down the highway. And if that metaphorical highway looks anything like the roads I’ve been traveling in real life this week, there are construction hazards blocking half the lanes. Back to the metaphor? I guess the construction hazards mean I’m still learning from my launch. Like: Listen to your…

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News Flash: Meet the New Debs!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Congrats to Toni, who won a signed copy of EVERYTHING I NEVER TOLD YOU from Celeste Ng! Make room on the dance floor… it’s time to announce The Debutante Ball Class of 2015! Please help us congratulate and welcome this extremely talented and accomplished group of debut authors. Here they are, in order of publication dates. We’re so excited to welcome them to the Ball!   Shelly King is a native…

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Nope-ity Nope, Not What We’re Looking For at This Time

Monday, August 4, 2014

Rejection? *pulls up a chair* I used to deal in rejection quite a bit. When you’re sending out short stories, that’s just part of the process. It doesn’t feel good. I once got a rejection to an emailed submission so fast, I’m pretty sure I hadn’t yet stood up from my computer since I’d sent the thing. Ouch. Yet somehow I had picked up a healthy attitude about rejection from…

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News Flash: Best Sellers, Giveaways, Writer’s Digest and Meet-Ups

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Congrats to Marci & Sharon, who won copies of DESOLATION ROW from Kay Kendall!   From the 2014 Debs… Heather Webb is so excited! She hired an artist—her former high school student who is now a professional artist—to do charcoal renditions of Camille Claudel’s works for her novel RODIN’S LOVER. (Photo rights were astronomically expensive and impossible to obtain) They’re utterly gorgeous—completely breathtaking! She can’t wait to share them! Lisa Alber is…

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Coming Soon to a Theatre Near You: “The Syndrome”

Monday, July 28, 2014

A comedy in one act. *** LORI RADER-DAY, a writer getting ready for her debut novel launch party, sits at her computer in pajamas and unkempt hair. A long list of things to-do rests at her side. She opens the document where the calendar of Debutante Ball topics are listed. She hums softly to self, scrolling through the list. LORI: What the—? CLOSE UP of laptop screen. The screen reads…

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