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Renee Swindle on Letting Go of the Rules + GIVEAWAY of A Pinch of Ooh La La!

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In looking back at our launches this week, many of us have also looked ahead to Book 2. Our guest today, Renee Swindle, recently launched A Pinch of Ooh La La—not her first or second book, but her third—so of course, we were thrilled to get her perspective on what she’s learned along the way. A…
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Looking Back is a Historical Author’s Favorite Past Time, Unless We’re Talking Launches

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I’m one of those people who analyzes and picks apart, and reanalyzes something until it’s practically gray matter. So when I think about looking back at my debut launch (even though it hasn’t been that long ago), it all seems a little fuzzy. The weird thing is, I’m a historical writer and I really love…
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The One Thing I Hope to Do Differently for the Next Book

Stop pacing, stop fretting, stop worrying, stop sweating. Some of the best things happen when you just let go

I thought this post would be much harder to write because, like Lori, I don’t quite feel like quite enough time has passed between now and my launch to effectively look back and reflect. But then I realized we don’t always have to let a lot of time pass before reflecting. We can look around…
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The Top 2 Things You Should Know About Rejection

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It’s simple, really. 1. No one owes us anything. We’re not entitled to anyone’s time, admiration, or acceptance; these are privileges earned by a mixture of hard work, open-mindedness, persistence, education, and yes, luck. Last night my husband and I watched Gambit on Netflix, and this line, spoken by Colin Firth, really hit home: “He’s seen the…
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Celeste Ng on POV, First Lines & Diversity in Publishing + GIVEAWAY of Everything I Never Told You

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Please welcome Celeste Ng to the Ball this week! I met Celeste at the AWP conference earlier this year, and it’s strange to think how far away our launch dates seemed back then. Celeste’s debut, Everything I Never Told You, came out at the end of June to fantastic critical acclaim. It tells the story of a Chinese American family…
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5 Tips for Overwhelmed Author Syndrome: Do As I Say, Not As I Do

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Lori was right. I’ve got no answers here. I’m imagining that back when we finalized this year’s topic calendar and decided this week we’d talk about Overwhelmed Author Syndrome, we all thought: all our books will be launched by then, and surely we’ll be feeling like pros! Like we’ve totally got a handle on things….
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Wanted: Debut Authors for The Debutante Ball Class of 2015! Apply Within

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It seems not too long ago we were applying to be a part of The Debutante Ball, and now here we are, putting out a call for the 2015 class of soon-to-be authors. To be honest, we’re all still in a bit of shock from how fast this year has flown. The Deb Ball will forever…
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Researching Ransoms, Publishing Lessons Learned + CHASING THE SUN book giveaway! Natalia Sylvester Gets Cozy in the Guest Author Chair

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I will forever remember this week as one of the happiest, craziest, intensely gratifying and exciting weeks of my life. To every single one of you reading and commenting and sharing your positive energy with me—I’m eternally grateful. As a thank you, I’m sending a signed copy to one commenter—details at the end of this…
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