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  Something you should know about me: I am not a big fan of categorization. Of course I am made up of all sorts of sortable facts. You can put me in the female subgroup and the writers subgroup and the cat owners subgroup and the old time banjo players subgroup and the people who…
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Book Two and the Art of Letting Go


I have learned an important thing about my writing process this year, and that is that I am a loyal, one-book kind of girl. Writing a novel is very much like entering a love affair for me—it’s consuming. I spend all day day-dreaming about my characters and spend sleepless nights devoted to their well-being. I…
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News Flash–MODERN GIRLS Edition

MODERN GIRLS by Jennifer S. Brown

  Congratulations to Jennifer, winner of  Julie Cohen’s DEAR THING! Check back next week, where we will announce the winner of this weeks giveaway, our very own Jennifer S. Brown’s MODERN GIRLS! From the 2016 Debs: A quick note about our book giveaways–to enter a book giveaway, simply share our giveaway link on our Facebook page or retweet one…
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MODERN GIRLS and Family Expectations

MODERN GIRLS by Jennifer S. Brown

This week on the Debutante Ball is a big one—it’s pub week for our very own Jennifer S. Brown! Jennifer’s incredible novel MODERN GIRLS is the first of our books to be published, and we couldn’t have been luckier than to have Jennifer go through this process first. We have all been grateful recipients of…
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Last Minute Tips Before You Head to the Writers’ Conference


Tomorrow I am headed to Los Angeles to attend the AWP writers’ conference. I look forward to conferences like AWP and Grub Street’s Muse and the Marketplace every year. What could be more fun? It’s like day camp for writers. Conferences are amazing places where writers can recharge, learn craft, make connections and get inspired. There…
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Louise’s Half-Time Update

The City Baker's Guide to Country Living by Louise Miller

It feels impossible to me that we Debutantes have already crossed the halfway point of our blogging together. I can’t imagine moving through my debut year without my fellow Debs. They have been an endless source of support—from listening to me freak out to making me belly laugh to telling me to get over some…
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Five Tips for a Happy Debut Year*


Keep the business stuff private. Selling your novel feels a lot like winning Publisher’s Clearing House sweepstakes, Powerball, and the Irish Lottery all at once. You will want to jump up and down on camera holding a giant check, screaming. You will want to receive a passionate, congratulatory kiss and have it broadcast on a…
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Resources for Rejection


Here is the simple truth: unless you write only for yourself, and have no interest in seeking publication in any form, you will experience rejection. In the life of a writer there are infinite opportunities for someone to not choose your work. You can be rejected by institutions that offer grants, fellowships, conferences, and MFA…
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News Flash–Writing and Reviewing Edition


  Congratulations to Letty Blanchard, winner of ISLAND OF WORTHY BOYS by Connie Mayo! Check back next week, where we will announce the winner of this weeks giveaway– From the 2016 Debs: Louise Miller received her first Goodreads review! She is thrilled (and terrified) that her book is taking baby steps into the wider world in the form…
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