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Agent Interview with Brandi Bowles: A Comprehensive Look at What Makes Her Accept or Reject a Manuscript

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I’m so excited to welcome my agent, Brandi Bowles of Foundry Literary + Media, to The Ball today. Brandi and I met nearly four years ago at the Writers’ League of Texas Agents & Editors Conference in Austin, Texas, when I pitched her my book during a one-on-session. In those short ten minutes (and in…
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Things You Need to Do (And Don’t Need to Do) Before A Book Launch

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I’m having one of those days in which this is suddenly starting to feel very, very real. Which is amazing and wonderful, but also slightly (okay, very) terrifying. When you’re two months away from your book launch, things you’ve always dreamed about start happening. You confirm readings at your favorite bookstores. You start seeing your…
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13 Thoughts & Reflections About #AWP14 & Writers Conferences

Me and Kirstin Chen, author of Soy Sauce for Beginners. You might recall she was a Deb Ball guest author in January.

As I write this, I’m sitting in an airport terminal in Dallas, waiting for my final flight back to Austin. Bare with me, I’m exhausted. Not only did I spend the last four days in Seattle for AWP (Association of Writers & Writing Programs conference) with 13,000 other writers, but my flight home got cancelled…
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KIRSTIN CHEN on the Hardest & Easiest Parts of Being an Author + Giveaway of SOY SAUCE FOR BEGINNERS

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This week we’re thrilled to welcome Kirstin Chen, whose debut novel, SOY SAUCE FOR BEGINNERS, launched just last week. It’s the story of Gretchen Lin, who, adrift at the age of thirty, leaves her floundering marriage in San Francisco to move back to her childhood home in Singapore. There, she finds herself face-to-face with the twin…
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ANGELA CERVANTES On Tough Topics + Giveaway of GABY, LOST AND FOUND

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Today we welcome fellow debut novelist Angela Cervantes, whose middle grade novel, Gaby, Lost and Found, came out in August from Scholastic Press. It’s the story of a young girl whose mom is deported, but who finds strength and self-confidence volunteering at a local animal shelter even as her family life unravels. Born and raised in Kansas,…
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How Pinterest Helped Me Get the Book Cover of My Dreams

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I know what you’re thinking. We’re talking book covers this week and what could I, the one Deb whose book cover has been “coming soon” for months, possibly have to say about it? Well, lots. Because even though I haven’t shared the cover for Chasing the Sun yet, I’ve seen it. It’s finalized and perfect…
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