A Debut Author Gives Thanks


  The first thing I do when I open a new book is read the acknowledgements page. It’s so moving to see the writer expressing appreciation for everyone who has helped her along the way. Before I began writing a novel I used to marvel at how many people an author would thank. How could…
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News Flash–The Buzz about…Essays, Copy Edits & Buzz Feed


  Congratulations to Susan Peterson, winner of CHANCE HARBOR by Holly Robinson! Check back next week, where we will announce the winner of this weeks giveaway–IDYLL THREATS By Stephanie Gayle.      From the 2016 Debs Louise Miller went to NYC this week for a thrilling meeting with the marketing team at Pamela Dorman Books/Viking. She met her publicist,…
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The Kismet-Filled True-Tale of How I Sold My Novel

  This week on The Debutante Ball we are talking about our book sales and being on submission. The story of the sale of THE CITY BAKER’S GUIDE TO COUNTRY LIVING involves a fair amount of serendipity. It was the spring of 2010. I had been working on my novel off and on for about…
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On Time


Nineteen ways a writer looks at time. No time to lose­–Do not wait another second to start writing your novel. It’s a long process. The time is now. Doing time­­­–The hours you put in studying craft, through reading, taking classes, participating in critique groups and workshopping your draft. Spare Time–Something you will never have, ever…
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Publishing Fears


(Cue the scary Vincent Price movie music) I have what I consider pretty standard fears–terrorism, house fires or house explosions, being pushed onto the subway tracks, rats. But there is a section of my brain devoted to a special sub-group of scary thoughts: publishing fears. Publishing fears change as you move along in the process….
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News Flash–Author Photos, Blurbs, Acknowledgements and More!


Check back next week, where we will announce the winner of this weeks giveaway–PRETENDING TO DANCE, by Diane Chamberlain! From the 2016 Debs Louise Miller has just made an appointment with a photographer in NYC to have her author photo taken. She is now feverishly shopping for author photo clothes. Jennifer S. Brown turned in her acknowledgments…
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Linda K. Wertheimer Offers Ten Tips for Nonfiction Authors As Launch Day Nears

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The Debutante Ball is thrilled to welcome a nonfiction writer, Linda K. Wertheimer, to discuss how one launches a nonfiction debut. Linda’s book, FAITH ED., TEACHING ABOUT RELIGION IN AN AGE OF INTOLERANCE, is a narrative nonfiction book with a slice of memoir, the author’s story about spending most of her childhood as one of…
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Publishing’s Best-Kept Secret


    When my revisions were complete, and my novel was in my agent’s hands, I got down to the serious business of daydreaming about selling my book. I wondered how long it would take. I tried to picture where I might be when I received the call (for some reason this was always outside…
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Curating Your Query List


There is a ton of excellent information online and in books about how to write the perfect query letter, the one that will wow your dream literary agent and set you on the path to publication. But in between giving your manuscript that final polish and digging into the finer mechanics of the elevator pitch…
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Interview with THE SPARROW SISTERS author Ellen Herrick & a Giveaway!

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Debut novelist Ellen Herrick is the author of THE SPARROW SISTERS. THE SPARROW SISTERS is the story of Sorrel, Nettie and Patience; sisters who are as tightly woven into the seaside New England town of Granite Point as the wild sweet peas that climb the stone walls along the harbor. Patience is the town healer. When…
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