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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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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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