[News Flash] December 17, 2018

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Sunday, December 17, 2017

Thanks again to last week’s guest, Samira Ahmed, Author of LOVE, HATE AND OTHER FILTERS. Did you read our interview with this week’s guest, Melissa Bashardoust, author of GIRLS MADE OF SNOW? If you haven’t already, check out our interview here: Check out our interview with @mothlissa , author of GIRLS MADE OF SNOW AND GLASS https://t.co/UAhVJ2aPNb pic.twitter.com/lNzc0LGmdz — The Debutante Ball (@DebutanteBall) December 16, 2017   News from the 2018 Debs:…


Some Inspiring and/or Relevant Words

Friday, December 15, 2017

I’m not much of a quote gal, but in light of all the lovely posts this week from my fellow debs, I thought I might share a few quotes from women whose work I admire. (Reading recommendation: Because surely you’re familiar with Angelou’s poetry, consider Hallelujah! The Welcome Table, a book of recipes and essays sure to make you laugh and cry.) “You wanna fly, you got to give up the…


Quotes That Kept Me Writing

Thursday, December 14, 2017

  I’m pretty sure Nelson Mendela said something like this, but I swear, I came up with it all on my own. When I first decided I wanted to pursue a career in writing, it seemed impossible. First, I’d have to write a book. Then, it would have to be good enough to get an agent. From there, I’d have to have enough talent to land a publishing contract. All…


Kimmery’s Favorite Quotes About Writing

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

    We all know December is traditionally hellish, what with the looming holiday madness, the ten thousand “festive event” obligations, and the ubiquitous viral plague that bitchslaps everyone into total uselessness. Here at The Deb Ball, we decided to take it easy on ourselves this week. So instead of writing real columns, we’re listing a handful of favorite quotes on writing. (Or that’s what I’m doing, anyway. For fun,…


The Quotes That Got Me Through Publishing my Memoir

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

This was my laptop’s wallpaper through out the months of crafting my memoir:   I have posted it on Facebook too many times to count. When I wake in the middle of the night short of breath from anxiety, when the idea of my memoir coming into the world seems too much to bear, I chant it over and over. Your silence will not protect you. I had first read…


Things Need Not Have Happened To Be True

Monday, December 11, 2017

I have long been a hoarder of quotes. I keep files and files full of them, some organized by theme, some separated by source. I genuinely miss the days when I could show them off and use them to express my current mood in AIM away messages or in LiveJournal subject lines. This week, the Debs are sharing some of our favorite quotes about writing, books, stories, all of that….


[News Flash] December 10, 2017

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Sunday, December 10, 2017

  Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Samira Ahmed, author of Love, Hate & Other Filters! Check out our interview Interview with @sam_aye_ahm, author of LOVE, HATE AND OTHER FILTERS https://t.co/OdjfnCzLnJ pic.twitter.com/AM7GTcns41 — The Debutante Ball (@DebutanteBall) December 9, 2017   News from the 2018 Debs:   Cass Morris is hip-deep in copy edits and trying not to let them lead her into questioning everything about the way she uses language. As…


It’s a Marathon, Not a Sprint: Kaitlyn’s Path to Publication

Friday, December 8, 2017

I met my agent during a live tweet of 50 Shades of Grey. It was a different time back then. Twitter was a different kind of place. We did live tweets that dissected the fact that Ana’s never allowed to eat in that damn movie (BUT REALLY THOUGH) and made friends over silly jokes. There were fewer Nazis to worry about. The world was not yet on fire. But I digress……


I Made It! (Say What, Now?)

Thursday, December 7, 2017

  You’re a writer who dreams of publishing a book. You write and write and write, until you think perhaps you have something that someone, somewhere, would like to read. You research agents and devour every blog post, Facebook post, and twitter announcement, trying to glean the secret, trying to figure out how you can move from form rejections to personal rejections to R & R’s to an email saying…


Kimmery’s Timeline to Publication

Kimmery Martin
Wednesday, December 6, 2017

  Back when I was engaged in the humbling process of querying, I held a keen interest in other people’s publication stories, especially if they were full of initial angst and failure. I wanted to know this: how long did it take, and how hard was it? Because for me, it took forever, and it was hard as hell. I can state with confidence that all debut writers are intensely…