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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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News Flash: Contests, Revisions & other Debut Author Fun!

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Congratulations to Ryan Kincade, winner of MARY: THE SUMMONING by author Hillary Monahan! Check back next Sunday for this week’s winner of a copy of Linda Gray Sexton’s BESPOTTED…     From the 2015 Debs: Colleen Oakley‘s debut BEFORE I GO was selected this week as a January 2015 Indie Next List pick by independent…
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Advice for Writers Who Are Also Parents: “Everything is copy.”

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So you may have noticed that my post this morning was late. Here’s why: life. More specifically? Kids. My whole life as a “real,” soon-to-be published author, I’ve also been a real, extremely sleep-deprived parent. It’s been really intense – lots of skin of our teeth moments and exhaustion. But you know what? I’ve realized…
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Words of Advice…

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A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to hear Jodi Picoult read from her latest novel LEAVING TIME, and to meet her for the briefest of moments while she signed my book. She was funny, and gracious, and quite down to earth despite her 23 books – the last 8 of which have…
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Writerly Wisdom in Five Parts

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We’re talking advice from veteran writers this week on The Ball. Bookstores, libraries, and the internet are full of wisdom from writers who have been there. Here are a few of my favorites. “You can fix anything but a blank page.” – Nora Roberts I’m a reviser. Writing that first draft is pure torture. I…
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News Flash: Contests, Copy Edits, and Life as Debut Authors!

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Congratulations to Kellyn McGee, winner of THE MOMENT OF EVERYTHING by our very own Deb, Shelly King! Check back next Sunday for this week’s winner of a copy of Hillary Monahan‘s debut novel, MARY: THE SUMMONING…     From the 2015 Debs: Colleen Oakley is busy working on her tour events for BEFORE I GO. A…
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