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News Flash: Launch parties, first drafts, & a contest!

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Congratulations to Ellie Berger, winner of EVERY TIME I THINK OF YOU by guest author Tracey Garvis Graves! Check back next Sunday for the winner of the signed copy of LEAVING TIME, by this week’s guest author Jodi Picoult …   From the 2015 Debs… Colleen Oakley is in the throes of planning her launch party…
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Jodi Picoult on LEAVING TIME + Giveaway!

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The first Jodi Picoult book I ever read was The Pact. It was back in 2003, and I stayed up all night to finish it. I became a fan, literally overnight. So I’m thrilled to welcome Jodi to The Ball to discuss her 23rd novel (!!), LEAVING TIME, set in the wilds of Africa about…
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The Best KidLit Conference? Rutgers, Hands Down

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There comes a point in every serious writer’s life when they decide to crawl out of the cave and share what they’ve been scribbling with, you know, other actual people. There are many ways to do this — online communities, crit groups, contests, and conferences. I’ve never gone the contest route myself — it’s just…
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Why you win, even when you don’t…

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This week on The Debutante Ball we’re talking contests and conferences, and since I’ve only done the first one (most conferences are scattered throughout the U.S. and Europe, which means this Canadian author must look and dream from afar…for now) that’s where I’ll focus my post. When I first discovered the online writing community on…
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Tracey Garvis Graves on being a homebody, an early bird, and a self-publishing success story + GIVEAWAY!

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We are so excited to welcome Tracey Garvis Graves to the Ball this week! New York Times Bestselling author of five books and counting, Tracey has two releases this fall — one being Every Time I Think of You, which features a dashing, chivalrous crime reporter as the hero. Here’s the blurb: Thirty-year-old Daisy DiStefano…
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The Best Call That Came At The Worst Time

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Last February sucked — along with the kiddo and I contracting that crazy swine flu that kept me in bed for a week, I was still recovering from bad news about a potential offer, and then our beloved labradoodle, Quincy, died. Not to mention we were still buried deep under ice, snow, and frigid winter…
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The Call, the Conversation, and the Corgis

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This week we’re discussing THE CALL, be it an offer of representation from an agent or our agent calling with a book deal. I’m not one of those writers where everything happened in a whirlwind. It was slow, it was painful, but I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way (well, maybe that’s not quiet…
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News Flash: Reviews, WIPs & Celebrations!

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Congratulations to Carrie Mansfield, winner of the signed copy of BETWEEN by guest author Megan Whitmer! Check back next Sunday for the winner of THE MOMENT OF EVERYTHING, by this week’s guest author — and fellow Deb —  Shelly King…   From the 2015 Debs… Colleen Oakley flew to the brrrrrrrrrrrr state of Minnesota (OK, it was…
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Megan Whitmer on Spiders and Pep Talks + GIVEAWAY

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We are so excited to welcome Megan Whitmer to the Ball this week! Her debut, BETWEEN, tells the story of seventeen-year-old Charlie, who finds out she’s protected by the Fellowship—the secret group in charge of keeping humans from knowing that mythical creatures actually exist. (Except Bigfoot. That attention whore is a total lost cause.) As Charlie uncovers…
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News Flash: Conferences, Pre-orders, and Book signings!

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Congratulations to Amy Mays, Lauren Stacks Yamaoka, and Michelle Westenbroek — winners of FIVE DAYS LEFT, by guest author Julie Lawson Timmer! Check back next Sunday for the winners of FOREVER, INTERRUPTED, and AFTER I DO, by this week’s guest author Taylor Jenkins Reid…   From the 2015 Debs… Colleen Oakley spent Friday and Saturday this…
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