Kimmery Tries Not To Write

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

  This week’s topic is the importance of NOT writing and I was sorely tempted to turn in a blank page as my offering. Who doesn’t love irony? When I first heard I’d been selected as a Debutante writer for 2018, I experienced a brief thrill, followed by an immediate stab of horror. What had I done? Producing an article a week—on a strict schedule, on top of having to…


Sometimes Time Spent Not Writing is Necessary

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

I left my husband because he wouldn’t read the stories that consumed me. OK, there was more to it than that—marriages rarely dissolve over just one issue. But it was a big issue for me. My mother—who had herself been a single mother of two toddlers (my brother and I)  and knew about such things—warned me that my writing time would evaporate if I left my husband. I’d have to…


Things That Aren’t Writing

Monday, March 19, 2018

The vernal equinox is tomorrow, and in the spirit of balance, this week, the Debs are talking about the importance of not writing. But first, enjoy these photos I took as scientific proof that winter will end, dammit. Every once in a while, the internet will spit out advice to aspiring authors that if you want to be a writer, you must write every day. To this, I say: bullshit. There’s a…


[News Flash] March 18, 2018

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Sunday, March 18, 2018

Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Jessica Strawser! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of NOT THAT I COULD TELL. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet: Interview w/ Jessica Strawser + Giveaway for NOT THAT I COULD TELL — The Debutante Ball (@DebutanteBall) March 17, 2018   News from the 2018 Debs:   Cass Morris moved!…


Interview w/ Jessica Strawser + Giveaway for NOT THAT I COULD TELL

Saturday, March 17, 2018

I am all kinds of delighted to be able to interview one of my writer heroines this week. Jessica’s Strawser’s debut novel, Almost Missed You, was named to Barnes & Noble’s Best new Fiction shortlist upon its release in March 2017 and it was one of my favorite books of the year. I’ve admired Jessica for years at the fantastic Writer’s Digest Conference held in New York City each summer;…


Do Your Research & Trust Your Gut: The Call

Friday, March 16, 2018

This week on the blog we’re talking about the infamous call. When I first started querying, I went down the rabbit hole with stories of The Call. I’m a researcher by nature, and I wanted to be as informed as possible if/when the phone ever rang. I’ve now spoken to three different agents about my work (one for an R&R and two offers), and I’m here to tell you that…


Say What, Now?

Thursday, March 15, 2018

THE CALL. The CALL. THE call. The call has reached legendary status among querying writers. Stories told at writing conferences over drinks, everyone with their own version. With my very first offer, the agent emailed me to say, “I loved your manuscript and I’d like to set up a time to chat.” This will incite great panic in writers, because they suddenly begin to gaslight themselves. Is the agent calling…


The Call: It Doesn’t Always Go Like You’d Think

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

  When I was an aspiring author, I read every query letter success story I could get my hands on. There was a common theme to these essays, which tended to go something like this: the writer, having long since given up hope that she’d ever become published, is strolling through Target one day when her phone rings. She glances at it, realizes the phone is displaying the 212 area…


The Offer Call/Email for Girlish

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

I was sitting on the cabin porch when I got The Call, which in my case, was not actually a call but an email—Thank God, because I hate talking on the phone and the cabin has really bad cell service. (The plastic sheeting pictured here was down when I actually got the email, because it was summer. However, today it is not anything close to summer so the plastic is…


A taste of the surreal

Monday, March 12, 2018

Here’s where I was standing when I got The Call from Connor Goldsmith: Yeah. It was kind of a bonkers day. But my life has often seemed a strange and haphazard thing, so it only seems appropriate that one of the most significant moments of it should also be one of the most surreal. It’s actually not out of character at all. I seem destined to have important conversations in…