0

NEWS FLASH: BEA, “Best Of” Book Lists, & a Giveaway!

news

Congratulations to Christina Li, winner of Renee Ahdieh’s THE WRATH AND THE DAWN! Check back next Sunday for this week’s winner of THE RAINY SEASON by guest author Maggie Messitt …   From the 2015 Debs: Colleen Oakley is thrilled that Pop Sugar named BEFORE I GO as one of the Best Books of 2015 (so…
Continue reading »

4

Character Naming (or, How To Justify Hours on the Internet…)

whats-in-a-name

When I was growing up, I fantasized about being named…Nancy. Or Cathy. For real. Those were the names I coveted because I wanted to blend in with the Tiffanys and Susans and Lauras peppered throughout my middle grade life, not stand out as the one and only Karma. And Boy George cursing bringing the world…
Continue reading »

4

THE FIRST DRAFT OF ANYTHING IS SHIT. (Thanks, Ernest Hemingway)

displate.com

After writing four books, here’s what I’ve learned about drafting: it’s hard, frustrating, invigorating, confusing, inspiring, MESSY, and it sort of sucks. Author confession: I hate seriously dislike drafting. It reminds me a lot of those early days of dating – yes, there’s the excitement; the sizzle of THERE MIGHT REALLY BE SOMETHING HERE. But…
Continue reading »

30

Kathryn Craft on THE FAR END OF HAPPY + a GIVEAWAY!

23367927

Many writers derive ideas for their novels from personal experience, but perhaps none so personal as a husband’s suicide — the tragic event that became the basis (some 17 years later) for Kathryn Craft’s stunning new novel THE FAR END OF HAPPY. Craft’s sophomore effort is the chilling story of one troubled man, the family that…
Continue reading »

0

News Flash: Revisions, Readings, & a Giveaway!

news

Congratulations to Claudia, winner of THE BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTERS by guest author Nicole Baart! Check back next Sunday for this week’s winner of THE LOUDNESS by guest author Nick Courage …   From the 2015 Debs: Colleen Oakley is busy with babies and littles BUT has managed to carve out some writing time, which makes her…
Continue reading »

News Flash: Early morning writing, new books & a giveaway!

news

Congratulations to Bridget O’Neill, winner of IMAGINARY THINGS by guest author Andrea Lochen! Check back next Sunday for this week’s winner of THE BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTERS by guest author Nicole Baart …   From the 2015 Debs: Colleen Oakley has been getting up at 4 am to work on her next novel, as it’s the only time…
Continue reading »

Meet Agent Rachel Ekstrom

rcourage

Editor’s Note: The winner of last week’s giveaway with author Dahlia Adler is Emmy Neal. Congrats Emmy! Also, this week on The Ball is Agent Week, where each Deb is interviewing her own agent. Check back each day for insider publishing tips from some of the best agents in the business! Rachel Ekstrom found my…
Continue reading »

2

News Flash: Morning Sprints, BEA and More!

news

Congratulations to Jamie Borenstein-Laurie, winner of guest author’s Becky Albertalli’s SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA swag pack! Check back next Sunday for this week’s winner of IMAGINARY THINGS by guest author Andrea Lochen …   From the 2015 Debs: Colleen Oakley has joined the 5 am writer’s club and is actually making a little progress…
Continue reading »

13

ALLISON WINN SCOTCH on Self-Publishing + THEORY OF OPPOSITES GIVEAWAY!

The Theory of Opposites

Editor’s Note: This is Self-Published Author Week on The Ball! Each day we’ll feature a new self-pubbed author, and a giveaway of their book! I first connected with the lovely Allison Winn Scotch via her site, ASK ALLISON, a blog that gave you the real scoop on book publishing way before it was cool to…
Continue reading »

8

Kate Hilton on finding courage, hard work + THE HOLE IN THE MIDDLE giveaway!

HoleintheMiddle-FINAL-COVER-198x300

Editor’s Note: This is Self-Published Author Week on The Ball! Each day we’ll feature a new self-pubbed author, and a giveaway of their book! When I first came across Kate Hilton’s publication story I was out of the query trenches but deep into the submission process, and trying to balance ALL THE THINGS that come…
Continue reading »