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News Flash: Holidays, Book Birthdays, & Giveaways!

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Congratulations to Katelyn Carolyn Hart, winner of the signed copy of TOP TEN CLUES YOU’RE CLUELESS by guest author Liz Czukas! Check back next Sunday for this week’s winner of ELECTRIC CITY by guest author Elizabeth Rosner…   From the 2015 Debs: Colleen Oakley can’t believe her book baby will meet the world in less than a…
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Publish or Perish: Two Sides of the Same Coin

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I was a competitive gymnast growing up and the vault one of my best events. At least until this one competition, when my teammate fumbled her vault by running right into it instead of hand springing over it. As I watched her try again – running into it again – two things occurred to me:…
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The Pit of Despair

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I’ve been writing seriously for about four years, not counting my years as a grad student when I wrote papers on equivocation in Shakespeare’s Macbeth (we won’t talk about how bad that paper was). The clock started when I outlined my first ideas for what became THE COINCIDENCE OF COCONUT CAKE. During those four years, I’ve…
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How I Write: Distractions, Muffins, & Deadlines

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Writing is hard. Not because of the whole come up with an idea and make it interesting thing – though that isn’t exactly easy, either. What makes writing “hard,” at least in my books, is just how easy it is to NOT do it. Case in point: my latest book. I have a deadline, and…
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News Flash: Contest winner, Giveaways, & Gratitude

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Congratulations to Jessica McFarlin, winner of author Mia King‘s book bundle, including novels GOOD THINGS, TABLE MANNERS, and FAMILY ROOM!  Check back next Sunday for this week’s winner of a signed copy of Shelly King’s THE MOMENT OF EVERYTHING…   From the 2015 Debs: Colleen Oakley is thankful that it’s finally acceptable to listen to Christmas…
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It Sucks Until It Doesn’t: Staying Grounded through the Good & Bad

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“It sucks until it doesn’t.” That was advice given to me by one of my critique partners when I was stuck in the query trenches, trying to find an agent. I was adrift on the query sea, which looked a lot like this: send a query, cross my fingers, get a rejection, try to (over)analyze…
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News Flash: Author Events, Book Club Fun & Galleys …

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Congratulations to Sherri Templin, winner of BESPOTTED by author Linda Gray Sexton! Check back next Sunday for this week’s winner of Debutante alum Mia King‘s bundle of novels, including GOOD THINGS, TABLE MANNERS, and FAMILY ROOM…   From the 2015 Debs: Colleen Oakley has added more events to her BEFORE I GO tour in January….
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Shameless Self-Promotion? A Lesson Learned, Not Once But Twice

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Way back when I was just a young thing, fresh out of college and braving the wilds of New York, I got a job at a magazine that shall remain nameless here (but if you know me, you know which one — and it’s not hard to figure it out). I worked my ass off…
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Why You Should Promote Yourself (or at least get your mom to do it for you)…

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I have never been afraid of a little self-promotion. Maybe it started when I was 15 months old and my baby sister was born, and I needed to remind my parents I was here first. Or perhaps it was in high school when I ran for student government and had to outline my plans and…
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Shameless Cover Reveal

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Self promotion goes against every fiber of my being. From an early age I was taught to not brag, to not raise myself above others. I’ll gladly tell you about how everyone else is great, but if you turn the spotlight on me, I want to hide. But in today’s publishing world, that’s not an…
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